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VIETNAM AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA



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 spots as is typical of zinc coins.
Item TONKIN TONKIN 1/600 PIASTRE 1905, KM1  UNC.-spots $29.75



ATTRACTIVE FRENCH INDO-CHINA CENT

French Indo-China 1 Cent 1939 KM12.1French Indo-China consisted of the French colonies of what is now Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.  This 1939 1 Cent is the last bronze cent issued for French Indo-China. Shortly after the coins were minted World War II began.  Both France and French Indo-China fell to the Axis forces and the coins were withdrawn.  The obverse features the symbolic figures of France and Indo-China around a center hole.  Beneath the hole is the denomination and “A” mintmark of the Paris mint. The reverse has the denomination in Chinese, patterned after the 4 character Annamese and Chinese cash coins.
Item FIC-1C FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1 CENT 1939 KM12.1 AU 6.00


WORLD WAR II COIN OF FRENCH INDO-CHINA  

French Indo China 1/4 Cent 1942 Osaka Mint KM25 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 Indo-China dated either 1942 or 1943. 
Item FIC-QTRC-42 FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1/4 CENT 1942 KM25 Fine $3.50
NEW Item FIC-QTRC-43 FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1/4 CENT 1943 KM25 Fine $5.00




SCARCE VIET-MINH COINS 

Vietnam aluminum 5 Hao 1946 (incuse value) KM2.1Vietnam aluminum 1 Dong 1946 KM3
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 large (33mm) aluminum 1 Dong features a portrait of Ho Chih Minh on the obverse. A rice stalk tied with a ribbon and the denomination is on the reverse. The aluminum 5 Hao coin shows a ceremonial urn on one side and the denomination incused in a five-pointed star on the other. Because the coins were struck under primitive conditions using scrap metal and makeshift equipment the coins tends to be crudely struck with weak areas in the design and minor spots or corrosion.
Item VN-2 VIETNAM - VIET-MINH 5 HAO 1946 (KM2.1) F-VF-crude $6.00
Item VN-3 VIETNAM - VIET-MINH 1 DONG 1946 (KM3) F-VF-cleaned $19.50




FIRST & LAST COIN OF THE STATE OF VIETNAM

State of Vietnam (South Vietnam) 50 Xu 1953 KM3The State of Vietnam was a puppet state created by the French which claimed authority over all of Vietnam.  It lasted only from 1949 to 1955.   It was ruled by Bao Dai, the former Emperor of Annam.  In 1953 it issued its first and only coins, including this aluminum 50 Xu.  One side depicts three young Vietnamese women, the other has two dragons.  The coin was struck at the Paris Mint.  After the defeat of the French in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, Vietnam was divided into the communist Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) and Bao Dai was ousted.  The coin continued to circulate in South Vietnam until the mid 1960’s.  It is an historic coin from a short-lived government.
Item SVN-3 STATE OF VIETNAM 50 XU 1953 KM3 F-VF $4.50



ATTRACTIVE 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



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


2003 VIETNAM COIN SET  

Vietnam 2003 coin set KM71-KM75
In 2003 Vietnam released their first coins in over a quarter of a century.  An entire generation grew 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. Vietnam has not issued any coins for circulation since then. 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.  Because of inflation they are no longer used and are difficult to obtain.
Item VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 COIN SET 200 - 5000 DONG, 2003 KM71-75, UNC. $9.75


POLYMER 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




1980 LAOS COIN SET 

Lao 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.  In 1980 Laos issued its first coins since 1952.  These consisted of the 10, 20 and 50 Att  struck in aluminum, and issued by the Lao People's Democratic Republic.  The designs  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 S-LA-SET80 LAO PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC REP. 1980 3 COIN SET (KM22-24) UNC. $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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