VIETNAM AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA
OLD COINS OF THE LE
DYNASTY OF ANNAM
bronze 1 cash coins were issued during the prosperous, early years of
the Le Dynasty of Annam (now Vietnam.) The kings of Annam would
sometimes change their reign title that appeared on their coins during
their reign, thus one emperor may have more than one name.
The first was issued by King Le Nhan Tong (Nhon Tong, Jen
Tsung). Le Nhan Tong ascended to the throne in 1443 at age of
two. He was killed in 1459 when he was 18, during a
short-lived, unsuccessful coup by supporters of his older brother that
had been passed over for the throne due to the low social status of his
mother. Le Nhan issued coins with the reign title Dien-Ning
from 1453 to 1459. In 1460 the throne went to his younger
brother, Than Tong, (Sheng Tsung) who was 17 at the time. His reign
marked a period of prosperity for the country and he instituted a wide
range of government and legal reforms and reduced corruption.
He used the reign title Hong-Duc from 1470 until his death in
1498. These rarely seen early coins of Annam are well made
and grade Fine or better.
VN-S32 ANNAM 1 CASH DIEN NING 1454-59AD,
Scj.32, T56 F-VF
VN-S34 ANNAM 1 CASH HONG DUC 1470-98AD ,
Scj.34, T56 F-VF $5.00
ONLY COIN OF
Tonkin was a French protectorate, that later
became part of North Vietnam. Tonkin issued only a single
coin, a zinc 1/600 Piastre, (1/6 cent) dated 1905.
The coin, commonly called a Sapeque, was intended to replace the widely
used Annamese cash coins in circulation. It was struck in the
style of a cash coin: round with a square hole. One side of
the coin had Chinese legends, the other had French legends.
The coin proved to be unpopular with the Vietnamese and most never
entered circulation. The coin is Uncirculated, however it will have
some minor spots as is typical of zinc coins.
TONKIN TONKIN 1/600 PIASTRE 1905,
COINS OF SOUTH VIETNAM
We offer two of the first
coins issued after the formal establishment of the Republic of Vietnam
(South Vietnam) in 1954. The 1960 copper-nickel 1 Dong and the 1963
aluminum 50 Xu. Both coins picture Ngo Dinh Diem, the
autocratic and corrupt ruler of South Vietnam who was assassinated in
1963. The reverses of the coins picture bamboo. The
coins were struck at the Paris mint. Both coins are Uncirculated.
S-SVN-SET2 SOUTH VIETNAM 1 DONG 1960 KM5
& 50 XU 1963 KM6 UNC.
SCARCE SOUTH VIETNAM 1000 DONG NOTE
This multi-colored 1000 Dong was issued by South Vietnam in
1971. It was the highest denomination issued. The note
depicts the National Bank of Vietnam on the front and lathework on the
back. The watermark is of a warrior on the back. The note circulated
only briefly. The following year a new 1000 Dong note was
released and in 1975 South Vietnam fell to the communist North Vietnam.
PM-SVN-1000D SOUTH VIETNAM 1000 DONG NOTE
(1971) P29a AU-UNC.
World War II drew to a close, Japanese, Chinese, French and Vietnamese
forces all battled for control of Vietnam. This crude bronze
2 Dong coin was issued by the Viet-Minh forces under Ho Chih Minh in
1946. The 30mm coin was made from melted Annamese cash
coins. It features a portrait of Ho Chih Minh on one side and
a star on the other. The coin circulated only briefly and was
withdrawn in 1948.
VN-2D VIETNAM – VIET MINH 2 DONG 1946 KM4 VG-F
COMMUNIST VIETNAM COIN SET
This seven coin mint set issued by the Bank of Foreign Trade of Vietnam
includes the North Vietnam 1958 1 and 5 Xu, the 1975 2 Xu issued for
South Vietnam during the reunification process, and the 1, 2, 5 Hao and
1 Dong of 1976 issued after the reunification of Vietnam. The
coins are Uncirculated, however some have minor spots. The coins have a
catalog value of $282.00. Though the coins are scarce, the
catalog value is obviously in error. The set is in a soft
VN-MINTSET7 COMMUNIST VIETNAM 7 COIN MINT
SET, 1 XU – 1 HAO 1958-1976 UNC.-minor spots $75.00
An Orangutan is featured on this 1987
10 Dong from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Above the Orangutan is
the logo of the World Wildlife Fund, which received part of the
proceeds from the sale of the coin. The obverse features the
arms of Vietnam. The 30mm copper-nickel coin was struck at the Havana,
Cuba mint and has a mintage of 22,000 pieces.
VN-ORANGUTAN VIETNAM 10 DONG 1987 ORANGUTAN
KM28 UNC. $15.00
VIETNAM COIN SET
In 2003 Vietnam released their first coins in over a quarter of a
century. An entire generation had grown up without ever using
coins! The government finally bowed to the requests of
merchants and citizens who wanted the convenience of coins for use in
vending machines. There were reports that many children who had never
seen a coin before, tried to eat them thinking they were candy. The
brass 5000 Dong coin pictures the Chua Mot Cot temple in Hanoi. The
brass 2000 Dong shows a traditional high-roofed house. The
brass 1000 Dong shows a temple in the ancient capital of Hue. The
copper-nickel 500 and 200 Dong coins portray the denomination in large
numerals. All five coins are dated 2003 and show the arms
Vietnam on the obverse. The coins were minted a single year
and circulated only briefly. They are no longer used and are
difficult to obtain.
VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 COIN SET 200 - 5000 DONG,
2003 KM71-75, UNC. $9.75
RATION COUPON SHEETS
This cloth ration coupons were issued in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and
are dated 1979. In order to purchase cloth or clothing, one
had to present the appropriate number of coupons. Each sheet
was good for 4 meters (about 13 feet) of material and contained 14
individual coupons with values ranging from 5 centimeters (about 2
inches) to 50 centimeters of material. These pink
ration coupons were issued to women.. Each sheet is
made out to an individual. These pink ration coupons were
issued to women.. The sheets of ration coupons are approximately 125mm
x 85mm (5" x 3.5") and have a blank back. The sheets have
been redeemed however still contain all their individual
coupons. It is a rarely seen item that was issued not long
after the fall of South Vietnam to the communists.
PM-CLOTH-PINK VIETNAM WOMEN'S (PINK) CLOTH
RATION COUPON SHEET
THE COINS OF
Laos is a landlocked nation bordering Vietnam. Because of its
strategic location, it got pulled into the war in Vietnam.
Laos issued its first coins in 1952, when it was gaining independence
from France. The coins were issued by the Kingdom of Laos and
consisted of the 10, 20 and 50 Cents struck in aluminum at the Paris
Mint. All three coins were struck with a center hole to allow for the
coins to be easily strung and carried. It appears the hole was an
afterthought in the design process as it pierces the center of the
design, rather than incorporating the hole into an artistic
design. The communist-backed Pathet Lao immediately
began a civil war when the country was to get its
independence. The war continued until 1975 when the
government surrendered after the fall of South Vietnam and
Cambodia. It was not until 1980 that Laos issued its second
set of coins for general circulation. These consisted of the 10, 20 and
50 Att, also struck in aluminum, and issued by the Lao People's
Democratic Republic. The designs of 1980 coins feature the
denomination in large numbers, with a small picture below. A woman
holding grain is on the 10 Att, a farmer plowing is on the 20 Att and a
fish is on the 50 Att. The reverse features the national
arms, which include a hammer and sickle.
LA-SET52 KINGDOM OF LAOS 1952 THREE COIN SET
KM4-6 UNC. out
S-LA-SET80 LAO PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC REP. 1980 3
COIN SET (KM22-24) UNC.
BANKNOTE COMMEMORATES 2500th YEAR OF BUDDHISM
This 500 Kip banknote issued in 1957 commemorates the 2500th year of
the Buddhist Era. It was one of the first banknotes issued by the
Kingdom of Laos. The note depicts King Sisavang Phoulivong
and the Wat Haw Pha Kaew temple in Vientiane. The back features a
building and a stupa. The watermark depicts a crowned three-headed
elephant, which was the national arms of Laos. The King was quite
active. He had up to 50 children by as many as 15 wives, two of whom
were his half sisters and one was a niece. It is a scarce,
early Laotian note.
PM-LA-500K LAOS 500 KIP NOTE, 1957 P7 VG-FINE $6.00
REDUCED SIZE IMAGES
The Pathet Lao were communist guerillas that were active in Laos from
the 1950’s until 1975, when they overthrew the 600 year old monarchy of
Laos and gained full control the country. During the 1960’s
they issued their own banknotes for areas of the country that they
controlled. The images on these colorful banknotes reflect
communist ideals. The 10 Kip pictures doctors or nurses
giving medical exams to villagers on one side, and fighters hiding in
the jungle on the other. The 20 Kip depicts rice distribution
and blacksmiths working in an open air factory. Factory
workers and farmers are on the 50 Kip. All three notes
include a small picture and watermarks of the Pha That Luang Stupa,
which is a national symbol for Laos. The undated notes are
Uncirculated. We also have the Kingdom of Laos 1 Kip note
issued by the National Bank in the early 1960’s. The brown
note features a stylized Buddhist figure on the front and a three
headed elephant, known as an Erawan on the back.
PM-LA-SET3 PATHET LAO BANKNOTES: 10, 20
& 50 KIP BANKNOTES P20a-22a UNC. $5.00
PM-LA-1KIP KINGDOM OF LAOS 1 KIP BANKNOTE P8
KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA COIN SET
This three coin set from the Kingdom of Cambodia includes the aluminum
10, 20 and 50 Sen coins dated 1959. The 10 Sen pictures an ornate
Garuda bird. The 20 Sen features a bound Constitution on an
urn with the sun above and water below. The Royal
coat-of-arms is on the 50 Sen. All three coins are
KH-SET3 CAMBODIA 3 COIN SET, 1959 KM54-56
RARE UNRELEASED KHMER REPUBLIC COIN This rare 1970 dated 1 Riel of the Khmer Republic (now
Cambodia) was to be the first Cambodian coin issued for circulation since 1959!
It was struck by the British Royal Mint and was to be issued as part of the
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's coin program to encourage
farmers to grow more food. Then disaster struck! The Cambodian government was
overthrown and the economy collapsed and so the coin was never issued into
circulation.. Pictured on one side is a Temple at Angkor Wat.. The other side
features rice plants. Though the coins have never circulated, they were stored unprotected
in a damp, tropical environment, so are heavily spotted and tarnished or show
signs of minor corrosion.
Item KH-KHMER KHMER REPUBLIC 1
RIEL 1970 KM59 XF-heavily tarnished or spotted
The world did nothing while the Khmer Rouge
government of Cambodia slaughtered over a million of their citizens in
an effort to create a communist paradise in Cambodia. Finally
in December 1978 the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia and quickly chased out
the Khmer Rouge. In 1979 a new government was created for Cambodia and
the country was renamed to Kampuchea. Only a single coin was
issued for circulation while the country was called
Kampuchea. It was this aluminum 5 Sen dated 1979.
At one time the coin sold for $20!
KH-KAMP KAMPUCHEA 5 SEN 1979 KM69 UNC. $3.00
ON CAMBODIAN COINS
In 1994, with the restoration of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the return
of peace after decades of war, Cambodia issued its first coins for
circulation in 15 years. The four coin set consists of the
steel 50, 100 and 200 Riels coins and the bi-metallic 500 Riels. The
designs were largely taken from previous coin issues and feature
traditional Cambodian themes. The 500 Riels features the Royal
coat-of-arms that was used on the 50
Sen of 1959. The 200 Riels has the Consititution
and urn design that was used on the 1959
20 Sen coin. The 100 Riels depicts a temple at
Angkor Wat that was used on the unreleased 1970 1 Riel coin.
The 50 Riels pictures Independence Monument in Phnom Penh. It
was built in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France.
Cambodian legends are on the reverse of each coin.
S-KH-SET94 CAMBODIA 1994 4 COIN SET KM92-95
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