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
SCARCE ZINC COIN OF
THE NGUYEN LORDS OF ANNAM
This scarce and unusual zinc 1
Cash coin of Annam was issued by the Nguyen Lord Phuc Khoat who ruled
the southern portion of Annam (now Vietnam) from 1738 to
1765. Due to the monarch’s extravagant lifestyle, a lack of
copper mines, and changes in trade patterns, there was a shortage of
copper needed to make coins. In 1746, at the suggestion of a
Chinese contractor, zinc was purchased from Dutch merchants and coins
were privately minted with official sanction. These coins
bore the title Thien Minh Thong Bao rather than the
traditional title of the emperor. Soon over a hundred private
mints were issuing the coins, which solved the coin shortage but lead
to severe inflation that sparked a major rebellion. The coin
is listed in the Standard Catalog of World Coins as KM135 in copper,
with a notation that zinc examples have been reported.
VN-135 ANNAM ZINC 1 CASH, THIEN MINH 1746-65
C36, KM135var. G-VG $6.00
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
offer two of the first coins
after the formal establishment of the Republic of Vietnam (South
Vietnam) in 1954. The 1960 copper-nickel 1 Dong and the 1963 aluminum
Xu. Both coins picture Ngo Dinh Diem, the autocratic and
ruler of South Vietnam who was assassinated in 1963. The
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.
As World War II drew to a close, Japanese, Chinese, French and
Vietnamese forces all battled for control of Vietnam. These
coins were issued by the Viet-Minh under Ho Chih Minh in 1946. The
coins circulated only briefly before being withdrawn in 1948.
The aluminum 5 Hao coin shows a ceremonial urn on one side and the
denomination incused in a five pointed star on the other.The large
(33mm) aluminum 1 Dong features a portrait of Ho Chih Minh.
Because the coins were struck under primitive conditions using
makeshift equipment, it tends to be crudely struck with weak areas in
the design and may show slight corrosion.
VN-2 VIETNAM - VIET-MINH 5 HAO 1946 (KM2.1) F-VF-crude $6.00
VN-3 VIETNAM - VIET-MINH 1 DONG 1946 (KM3) F-VF-cleaned
SCARCE COMMUNIST VIETNAM COIN
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
CLOTH 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
still contain all their individual coupons. It is a rarely
seen item that was issued not long after the fall of South Vietnam to
PM-CLOTH-PINK VIETNAM WOMEN'S
(PINK) CLOTH RATION COUPON SHEET
COINS OF VIETNAM
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. Since then, Vietnam has not issued
any more coins for circulation.
S-VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 COIN SET 200 - 5000 DONG,
2003 UNC. $9.00
ORANGUTAN ON VIETNAM COIN
VIETNAMESE 100,000 DONG
NOTE DEPICTS ANCIENT UNIVERSITY
This attractive Polymer 100,000 Dong note from Vietnam pictures Ho Chi
Minh on the front. The back pictures the Temple of Literature
in Hanoi. The Confucius temple was built in 1070.
In 1076 Vietnam's first university, the Imperial Academy, was
established at the temple. For centuries the Academy educated
Vietnam's bureaucrats and nobles. The note includes two clear
see-through windows, a "watermark" of Ho Chi Minh and many other
sophisticated anti-counterfeiting devices.
PM-VN-P122 VIETNAM 100,000 DONG NOTE (2008)
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.
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.
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 a 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 Uncirculated.
KH-SET3 CAMBODIA 3 COIN SET, 1959 KM54-56
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
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
coin was issued for circulation while the country was called
Kampuchea. It was this aluminum 5 Sen dated 1979.
time the coin sold for $20!
KAMPUCHEA 5 SEN 1979 KM69 UNC.
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
in 15 years. The four coin set consists of the steel 50, 100
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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