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VIETNAM AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA

OLD COINS OF THE LE DYNASTY OF ANNAM 

Annam 1 Cash of Dien Ning (1454-59) and Hong Duc (1470-98)These 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.
Item VN-S32 ANNAM 1 CASH DIEN NING 1454-59AD, Scj.32, T56 F-VF  OUT
Item VN-S34 ANNAM 1 CASH HONG DUC 1470-98AD , Scj.34, T56 F-VF $5.00


ONLY COIN OF TONKIN 

Tonkin 1/600 Piastre 1905Tonkin 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.
Item TONKIN TONKIN 1/600 PIASTRE 1905, UNC.-spots $39.50


WORLD WAR II COINS OF FRENCH INDO-CHINA  Restocked

French Indo-China 1 Cent 1941As World War II spread, French Indo-China (now Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) became increasingly isolated and people started to hoard coins, creating severe coin shortages. After France fell to the Germans in June 1940, the French Indo-China government struck zinc 1 Centime coins at an engineering college (Ecole Pratique) in Hanoi.  The coin was struck in the name of the French Republic and the design was similar to the previous 1940 issue that was struck in France, however the coins tended to be much cruder and often weakly struck.   It featured a Phrygian cap on one side and a wreath and the denomination on the other. French Indo China 20 Centimes 1941 KM23a.2The United States had not yet entered the war, so the San Francisco Mint was contracted to produce copper-nickel 20 Centimes. The coins bear the S mintmark on the reverse and are dated 1941. The symbolic bust of France is on the front and a sheaf of grain is on the back. The coins bear the legend "Republique Francaise".  Hanoi fell to the Japanese on December 7, 1941, the same day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.  Shipments from the United States ceased and  production of the zinc 1 Centime stopped as it bore the legend of the French Republic rather than the Axis supported Vichy government. The Japanese soon French Indo-China 1/4 Cent 1942 Vichy Governmentbegan to withdraw and melt the Annamese copper and brass cash coins, which had been in circulation as they needed the copper for their 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 began to strike a zinc 1/4 cent coin for French Indo-China in 1942. The coins bore the Vichy Government legend of "Etat Francais" rather than the French Republic legend. The Japanese war effort began to go badly and few shipments of the coins could be made. French Indo China aluminum 5 Centimes 1943Coin shortages got worse, so in 1943 the local government in Hanoi authorized the Ecole Pratique in Hanoi to strike aluminum 1 and 5 Centime coins. These coins also bear the Vichy "Etat Francais" legend.  Like the previous local issue, the coins are often weakly struck or have other minor minting problems. We are pleased to offer you these historic World War II coins of French Indo-China, including the scarce Osaka mint and emergency Hanoi mint issues. 
Item FIC-1C FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1 CENT 1941 Hanoi Mint KM24.3 VG-Crude $4.00
Item FIC-20C FRENCH INDO-CHINA 20 CENTS 1941-S San Francisco Mintg VF KM23a.2 VF $3.50
Item FIC-QTRC FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1/4 CENT 1942 Osaka Mint KM25 Fine $3.00
Item FIC-SET2 FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1 and 5 CENTS 1943 Hanoi KM26-27 AU-UNC. out



COINS OF SOUTH VIETNAM

South Vietnam 1 Dong 1960South Vietnam 50 Xu 1963We 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.
Item S-SVN-SET2 SOUTH VIETNAM 1 DONG 1960 KM5 & 50 XU 1963 KM6 UNC. $5.75



NEWTRANSITIONAL NOTE OF SOUTH VIETNAM

People's Revolution Government (South Vietnam) 10 Xu 1966 (1975) banknoteThis transitional note was issued for use in South Vietnam after the Peoples Revolution Government took over in April 1975.  The notes were used until 1978 when the economic system of South Vietnam was merged with that of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Though dated 1966, the note was not issued until 1975.  One side depicts the drying and harvesting of salt.  The other side depicts boats being unloaded along a river.  The small  note measures 100mm x 50mm.
Item PM-SVN-10XU SOUTH VIETNAM TRANSITIONAL 10 XU NOTE, 1966(1975) P37 UNC. $4.00


NEWATTRACTIVE SOCIALIST VIETNAM BANKNOTES

Vietnam 200 Dong note 1987, Front, P100   Vietnam 200 Dong note 1987, Back P100Vietnam 500 Dong note 1988, Back P101
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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 front and have watermarks. 
Item PM-VN-SET2 VIETNAM 200 & 500 DONG 1987-88 P100 & P101, UNC. $3.00



ORANGUTAN ON VIETNAM COIN

Vietnam 10 Dong 1987 OrangutanAn 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.
Item VN-ORANGUTAN VIETNAM 10 DONG 1987 ORANGUTAN KM28 UNC. $15.00



VIETNAM COIN SET  

Vietnam 2003 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.
Item S-VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 COIN SET 200 - 5000 DONG, 2003 KM71-75, UNC. $9.75



VIETNAMESE CLOTH RATION COUPON SHEETS

Vietnam 4 Meters Women's Cloth Ration Coupon sheet from Ho Chih Minh City, 1979
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. 
Item PM-CLOTH-PINK VIETNAM WOMEN'S (PINK) CLOTH RATION COUPON SHEET $3.00


NEWPOLYMER NOTE SET FROM VIET NAM

Vietnam bank note set, 10,000 to 100,000 Dong P119 - P122
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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. 
Item PM-VN-SET4 VIETNAM 4 NOTE SET: 10,000 DONG to 100,000 DONG P119-P122 UNC. $24.00




THE COINS OF LAOS  

Kingdom of Laos 1952 coin setLao People's Democratic Republic 1980 coin set
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.
Item LA-SET52 KINGDOM OF LAOS 1952 THREE COIN SET KM4-6 UNC. out
Item S-LA-SET80 LAO PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC REP. 1980 3 COIN SET (KM22-24) UNC. $4.50


PATHET LAO BANKNOTES

Pathet Lao 10, 20 & 50 Kip banknotes from 1960'sKingdom of Laos 1 Kip banknote from 1960'sREDUCED 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.
Item PM-LA-SET3 PATHET LAO BANKNOTES: 10, 20 & 50 KIP BANKNOTES P20a-22a UNC. $5.00
Item PM-LA-1KIP KINGDOM OF LAOS 1 KIP BANKNOTE P8 UNC. $1.50



ATTRACTIVE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA COIN SET  

Kingdom of Cambodia 1959 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 Uncirculated.
Item KH-SET3 CAMBODIA 3 COIN SET, 1959 KM54-56 BU  $4.50

SCARCE KAMPUCHEA COIN  

Cambodia 5 Sen 1979The 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! 
Item KH-KAMP KAMPUCHEA 5 SEN 1979 KM69 UNC. $3.00


TRADITIONAL THEMES ON CAMBODIAN COINS 

Cambodia 1994 Four coin set: 50 - 500 Riels
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. 
Item S-KH-SET94 CAMBODIA 1994 4 COIN SET KM92-95 UNC. $6.00




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