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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


NEWATTRACTIVE FRENCH INDO-CHINA CENT

French Indo-China 1 Cent 1939 KM12.1 French 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  Both France and French Indo-China fell to the Axis forces and the coins were withdrawn.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-UNC. 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.  
Item FIC-QTRC FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1/4 CENT 1942 Osaka Mint KM25 Fine 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


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


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




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


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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