The obverse design combines traditional and modern art styles – echoing Bhutan’s current modernization policy, where they strike a balance between modernization and staying true to their traditions and roots. The formidable tiger appears full of vigor, with earthly elements of leaf-like stripes and vines, emphasizing its prowess in Bhutan’s evergreen forests.
The reverse coin design features Paro Takstang, also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, a tranquil monastery especially revered by the Buddhist and Bhutanese people. Built in 1692, Paro Taktsang is precariously perched on a cliff over 3,000 meters above sea level. Stunning in both its structure and location, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is undoubtedly an apt and prominent attraction to be featured on the Year of the Tiger Coins.