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SIAMESE PORCELAIN MONEY 

Siam porcelain money (Pe), 19th CenturyThere was often a shortage of small change in Siam. Porcelain gaming tokens, also known as Pe, issued by Chinese owned gambling houses were widely used as money in Siam during the 18th and 19th century. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. After a period of time the gambling houses would recall the tokens and they would be declared valueless.
Item TH-PORC SIAMESE 19th CENTURY PORCELAIN MONEY $8.00
Item TH-PORCx3 3 DIFFERENT SIAMESE 19th CENTURY PORCELAIN MONEY $20.00




OLD COINS OF SIAM

Thailand 3 con set: 1, 5 & 10 Satang Y35-Y37This 3 coin set includes the bronze 1 Satang and the copper-nickel 5 and 10 Satangs issued  by Siam from 1908 to 1937.  All three coins were struck with center holes. The coins span the reigns of Rama VI, Rama VII, and Rama VIII. The issues ceased with the renaming of the nation from Siam to Thailand.
Item TH-OLDSET3 SIAM 3 COIN SET 1 - 10 SATANG 1908-37 Y35-37 VF $3.00




SILVER SIAMESE COIN FEATURES 3-HEADED ELEPHANT

Thailand 1/4 Baht (Salung) Y43a 1917-1925King Rama VI (Vajiravudh) is on the obverse and Erawan, the mythological three-headed elephant, on the reverse of this silver Salung (1/4 Baht) of Siam (now Thailand). The 20.15mm, .500 fine coin was minted from 1917 to 1925.  Rama VI had a difficult time following up on the successful modernization reforms of his father King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).  His "Westernization" reforms included founding the first University in Thailand, introduction of Scouting in Thailand, introducing compulsory education, and having Thai's adopt last names (Previously only first names were used). Being a gifted writer he even invented last names for his citizens.
Item TH-SALUNG25 SIAM SILVER 1/4 BAHT (SALUNG) 1917-25 Y43a VG-Fine $5.00



ONLY SILVER 10 SATANG OF THAILAND    

Thailand silver 10 Satang 1941 KM56In 1941 Thailand issued its only silver 10 Satang coin.  The 19mm coin had a center hole. One side has the denomination and name of the country in Thai, the other side has a geometric floral design and the date in Thai using the Buddhist Era calendar: year 2484 which corresponds to 1941 AD.  Japan invaded Thailand on December 8, 1941. Thailand surrendered in 5 hours. It allowed the Japanese free passage to invade Malaya and Burma, but kept control of its internal affairs and armed forces.  The following year the coin was replaced with a tin 10 Satang utilizing a similar design.
Item TH-10S THAILAND SILVER 10 SATANG 1941 KM56 VF $4.00



THE MYSTEROUS DEATH OF THE YOUNG KING OF THAILAND

Thailand 4 coin set: 5 - 50 Satangs Rama VIII Child Head 1946 Y64-67Rama VIII (Ananda Mahidol) became the King of Siam at age 9 in 1935 upon the abdication of his Uncle, Rama VII.  He was attending school in Switzerland at the time. He did not return to Siam until he completed his medical studies at Harvard in 1938. In 1939 he changed the name of the country to Thailand.  He again left the country shortly before the outbreak of World War II and did not return until December 1945.  On June 9, 1946 he was found dead in his bed in the royal palace with a bullet wound to his head. It is unclear if it was murder, suicide or an accident as details of his death have been suppressed.  Probably the last person to see him alive was his brother Bhumibol Adulyadej who became the next king upon his death.  In 1946 a set of four coins were struck in tin were issued bearing the head of Rama VIII as a young child, though he was no longer a child at the time. The mythical Garuda bird is on the reverse of each coin.  This four coin set includes the 5, 10, 25 and scarce 50 Satang coin.
Item TH-SET46x4 THAILAND 5,10,25 & 50 SATANG, 1946  CHILD HEAD Y64-67 F-VF $25.00


THAILAND BI-METALLIC 10 BAHT COMMEMORATIVES

Thailand 10 Bahts
Thailand introduced circulating bi-metallic 10 Baht commemorative coins in 1995.  Since then it has issued a wide range of these popular coins honoring numerous important events, anniversaries,  government agencies and  celebrations of the Royal Family.  Though the coins are reasonably priced and popular with collectors, they can be difficult to obtain.  One of our correspondents has put together a collection of 61 different of these commemorative coins.  This remarkable set includes nearly all of the 10 Baht coins issued thus far, all in Uncirculated condition, and at less than $3 per coin.  It would be a difficult set to put together at any price.
Item TH-SET10B THAILAND SET OF 61 DIFFERENT 10 BAHT 1995-2011 UNC. $175.00



 

NEW 2018 COINS OF THE NEW KING OF THAILAND  Restocked

Thailand 2018 6 coin set: 25 Satang - 10 Baht
Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindrade-bayavarangkun, also known as King Rama X, ascended to the throne of Thailand after the death of this father, Rama IX, in 2017.  He has spent most of his life outside of Thailand and has a reputation for being a playboy. He has been married and divorced three times, including a marriage to his first cousin.  Thailand introduced a new set of coins bearing his portrait on the obverse and his royal monogram on the reverse in 2018.  The coins include the 25 and 50 Satang, 1, 2, 5 and bi-metallic 10 Baht.
Item TH-SET18 THAILAND 6 COIN SET, 25 SATANG-10 BAHT 2018 UNC. $5.00


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