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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


SCARCE ZINC COIN OF THE NGUYEN LORDS OF ANNAM 

Annam zinc 1 Cash, Thien Minh 1746-2765This 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.
Item VN-135 ANNAM ZINC 1 CASH, THIEN MINH 1746-65 C36, KM135var. G-VG $6.00



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


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


SCARCE VIET-MINH COINS Restocked

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 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.
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


NEWSCARCE COMMUNIST VIETNAM COIN SET

Vietnam set comes in a plastic holder     Vietnam 7 coin set: 1959 - 1976
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 plastic folder.
Item VN-MINTSET7 COMMUNIST VIETNAM 7 COIN MINT SET, 1 XU – 1 HAO 1958-1976 UNC.-minor spots $75.00



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


COINS OF VIETNAM  

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.  Since then, Vietnam has not issued any more coins for circulation.
Item S-VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 COIN SET 200 - 5000 DONG, 2003 UNC. $9.00


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POLYMER VIETNAMESE 100,000 DONG NOTE DEPICTS ANCIENT UNIVERSITY

Vietnam 100000 Dong banknote P122
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.
Item PM-VN-P122 VIETNAM 100,000 DONG NOTE (2008) P122 UNC. $10.00



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 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.
Item KH-SET3 CAMBODIA 3 COIN SET, 1959 KM54-56 BU  $4.00


NEWRARE, UNRELEASED CAMBODIAN BANKNOTE

Cambodia 5000 Rials banknote (1974)
This attractive Cambodian 5000 Rials banknote was printed in 1974, shortly before the Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia in 1975. Because the Khmer Rouge rejected the use of money, the notes were never released into circulation.  The front depicts both the picture and watermark of Cambodian writer and musician Krom Ngoy.  The back depicts the Cambodian National Bank building which was blown up the Khmer Rouge in 1975, as a symbol of their rejection of capitalism.  After sitting in storage for 30 years, a small quantity of the notes appeared on the market a few years ago.
Item PM-KH-5000R CAMBODIA 5000 RIALS (1974) P17A AU-UNC. $7.00

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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-69 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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