Kathmandu: The last vestige of Royalty is
set to disappear in Nepal with the country`s central bank
announcing on Thursday to drop the king`s face from bank notes.
Former King Gyanendra`s face on the bank notes would be
replaced with a picture of the world`s highest peak, 8,848
metre Mount Everest, in all currency notes to be printed in
the country, a central bank spokesman said.
The decision to drop the face of the King from the
currency notes comes two years after Gyanendra stepped down
from the throne signalling an end of 240-year-old Shah
But the old notes bearing the King`s picture will
continue to be legal tender and remain in circulation, the
"We are trying to do away with old currency notes
gradually, and by mid-2011 most of them would have
disappeared," he said.
Former King Gyanendra was forced to step down after
Parliament voted to abolish monarch and the country was
declared a secular republic.