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===Second and third coins (1979–2003)===
 
===Second and third coins (1979–2003)===
 
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In 1979, the Royal Government of Bhutan commissioned the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Wales, to strike a new series of Bhutanese coins in denominations of 5, 10, 25, and 50 chhertum, and 1 ngultrum. The pieces were first released that year, but they have been largely unpopular due to the Bhutanese public's disinterest in using coins as a [[medium of exchange]]. As a result, many examples are available in higher grades, even though circulation grade pieces also exist.
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In 1979, the Royal Government of Bhutan commissioned the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Wales, to strike a new series of Bhutanese coins in denominations of 5, 10, 25, and [[Bhutanese 50 chhertum coin|50]] chhertum, and 1 ngultrum. The pieces were first released that year, but they have been largely unpopular due to the Bhutanese public's disinterest in using coins as a [[medium of exchange]]. As a result, many examples are available in higher grades, even though circulation grade pieces also exist.
   
 
Until 2003, the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan also issued modified versions of the 25 chhertum and 1 ngultrum pieces. They were struck at the Royal Mint using the same dies as the original 1979 coins, and bear frozen dates. In spite of recent efforts by the Royal Monetary Authority to popularize coins in Bhutan, these newer pieces do not see much widespread use, making examples in higher grades easily available to collectors. Because the [[melt value]] of the new 25 chhertum pieces surpasses their face value, some individuals have reportedly melted them down to make {{wp|en|jewelry}}.
 
Until 2003, the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan also issued modified versions of the 25 chhertum and 1 ngultrum pieces. They were struck at the Royal Mint using the same dies as the original 1979 coins, and bear frozen dates. In spite of recent efforts by the Royal Monetary Authority to popularize coins in Bhutan, these newer pieces do not see much widespread use, making examples in higher grades easily available to collectors. Because the [[melt value]] of the new 25 chhertum pieces surpasses their face value, some individuals have reportedly melted them down to make {{wp|en|jewelry}}.

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