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
WORLD WAR II
COIN OF FRENCH INDO-CHINA
Hanoi, the capital of French Indo-China (now Vietnam,
Cambodia and Laos) fell to the Japanese on December 7, 1941, the same day Japan
attacked Pearl Harbor. The
Japanese withdraw and melted the Annamese
copper and brass cash coins in circulation in order to use their metal in the war effort. The cash coins were valued
1/5 to 1/6 of a cent and were widely used for small transactions. To
replace them the Osaka mint in Japan struck a zinc 1/4 cent coin for French Indo-China in 1942. The
coins bore the Vichy Government legend of "Etat Francais". We are
pleased to offer you this historic World War II coin of French
FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1/4 CENT 1942 Osaka Mint KM25 Fine $3.00
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.
ATTRACTIVE SOCIALIST VIETNAM
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This two note set from Socialist Vietnam includes the brown 1987
200 Dong note which features a tractor and farm workers on the back and
red 1988 500 Dong which depicts ships unloading at a dock on the
back. Both notes are 131mm x 65mm, have Ho Chi Minh on the
and have watermarks.
PM-VN-SET2 VIETNAM 200 & 500 DONG
& P101, UNC.
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
POLYMER NOTE SET FROM VIET NAM
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This set of four current polymer notes from Socialist Republic of
Vietnam includes the 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 Dong issued
between 2012 and 2014. The front of the notes all feature Ho
Chi Minh and the arms of Vietnam. The back of the 10,000 Dong
note depicts offshore oil platforms. The back of the scarce
20,000 Dong pictures the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An. Hoi An
was an important trading port until the 19th Century. The bridge was
built in the 1600's by Japanese traders who lived on one side of the
bridge, while the Vietnamese lived on the other. It is the
only known covered bridge with a Buddhist Pagoda attached to
it. The 50,000 Dong features old buildings in imperial
capital of Hue. A gate to the National University is on the
back of the 10,000 Dong. The notes contain numerous anti-counterfeiting
devices, including a "watermark", front/back registration marks, and a
clear window that shows the denomination.
PM-VN-SET4 VIETNAM 4 NOTE SET: 10,000 DONG to
100,000 DONG P119-P122 UNC. $24.00
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.
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
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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