Below is my stock for French Indochina, Cochinchina, Tonkin, North and South Vietnam, and Laos. See links above for Cambodia: Early, Hindu Southeast Asia (c. 450-800 AD). Pages for Vietnam: Early (Annam), Cambodia: Modern, Burma, and Thailand are in the works. For 10 Lang bars see the Sycee page.
When the catalog reference at the left of a listing is red, it is a link to a scan of the piece. Scans are generally enlarged to show detail.
The big news in the field is the appearance of The Historical Cash Coins of Vietnam Part I: Official and Semi-Official Coins by Dr. Allan Barker. It is a comprehensive catalog of official and attributable coins in historical context with excellent illustrations, in English but usable by Vietnamese and Chinese readers.. Both rubbings and knockout color photos on art paper with descriptions to clarify all variety distinctions. Numerous charts, maps and indexes. Replaces Novak and supercedes all other references (excepting unofficial series). Contains new discoveries. Detailed forgery analysis. Valuation guide. Displays the beauty and range of the series as no other work: An early reign Catalog page Reign introduction Forgeries 407p, 7.5x10.5", hardcover, 2005 Price: $75.00 Out of stock but we hope to get more; please inquire.
Medieval small Cash Mixed inscriptions, probably made 17-18th century, according to Barker. Most bear known reign titles or have been attributed to reigns as early as the 10th Century by Toda and other authors. However, they are too similar to have been issued over a long period. From Vietnam these light coins or "floaters" filtered into southern China along with low-weight counterfeits of Qing cash, and were bought up for export to the Chinese communities on Java and the archipelago, where they are used to this day in wedding ceremonies, as adornment, and reportedly still as small change in remote places. Antique buyers gather them in from the countryside today and export them in bulk to jewelry crafters, where such small pieces are disfavored, though they are now numismatically uncommon in Vietnam and easily retail at $2-5 in the West. Among hundreds of strings of mixed Chinese cash I examined at a jewelry importer, I found just a few that are completely made up of these Medieval private Vietnamese cash. I have not checked these strings, but have worked through similar lots acquired years ago, and found that there usually is not a great deal of variety; sometimes half the string will be a single reign title! Condition on these is never sharp as athe coins are thin and the fields are shallow. Most will be readable without cleaning but this can help. XB185) Per string of 200 coins: $150, or $50 for 50 coins.
VIETNAM EMPIRE SILVER & GOLD
NONE IN STOCK
PRECIOUS METAL SERIES 1885 - 1937
K1 Cent 1887 VF+ $6
K8 Cent reduced size, with center hole 1898 VF+-EF 7.50
K8 Lot Cent 1898 Rarest date for type, purchased from U.S. servicemen who cherry picked them ca. 1970 & sitting too long in my stock! Lot A: 8 pieces VF or better, some dark tone, soil adhesions, etc. $30; Lot B: 10 pieces near VF or better, more soil, verdigris, hard adhesions - many need cleaning $22.50
K12 Cent reduced size Type coins: 1923p (K12.3) EF 1.25; 1938 UC25% lustre $2, UC75%lustre $3; 1939 UC 85%lustre (=BU) $3
Date coins: 1909 G-Vg 2.50; 1913 AU-UC 10%lustre 17.50; 1918 VF+ 8.50; 1930 EF $2; 1931-Torch F+ $22, VF+ $32, EF $55
K18 5 Cents 1937 VF $1, EF $2; 1939 UC some tone $4
K9 10 Cents 1909 Poor $2; 1912 Vg $4;
K16 10 Cents 1928 G 6.00, Vg $10; F $20; 1929 EF+ 4.50; 1937 VF+ 2.00, EF 2.50
K17 20 Cents 1928 AVF 12.50; 1929 VF+ $30
K5a Piastre 1907 F 34.50 -->
BASE METAL SERIES 1938 - 1947
K20 1/2 Cent 1939 Bronze EF-AU $1.50
K20a 1/2 Cent 1939 Zinc Rarest type coin in FIC series and underrated in KM. F+/Pr: Obverse is unworn, but rough, and the reverse is heavily oxidized (now stabilized) and shows little detail. $250; AU-UC: Much original lustre, usual pimpled surface, darker toning around edges rev. Exceptioinal for a zinc coin this old. (Anton Fox specimen) $1250
K23 20 Cents 1939 security edge EF, numerous edge nicks but not intruding much on surfaces 27.50
K24 Cent Zinc 1941 (KM#24.3) I have just broken open a mint-state roll of this date obtained in the 1970s and sorted by quality of strike. I have brushed some with Blue Ribbon coin preservative to stabilize them. Your choice blue-ribboned or natural: Grade A (best) $30 5/$125; Grade B (weaker) $20 5/$75; Grade C (worst) $12.50 5/$37.50
The Bureau d'Achat de l'Opium, a French government corporation, controlled the opium market in Indochina and by 1944 had succeeded in raising production to 60 tons. In late 1943, seeking a means of payment acceptable to the various tribes involved, and with access to European mints cut off by Axis hostilities, the Bureau at first atttempted to copy the 10 Lang bars, then decided to create unique coins for the purpose. The first attempt was the 1/2 and 1 Tael coins bearing the Chinese character Fu. Although evidently coined in large quantity, they were not popular with the growers and did not circulate; circulated examples are much rarer than UC. The listing in KM of a 34 gram type suggests a later private recoinage. Two very distinct versions exist for the 1/2 Tael, a finely engraved, well struck piece with raised rims and distinct, bevelled reeding (KM# A1.1, but their photo is wrong), and the common, more crudely engraved and struck type (KM# A1.2) with barely raised rims and vague, flat reeding. It is uncertain whether both versions are official coinings.
The final issue was a Tael showing a large antlered stag (KM# A4), coined from late 1944 to March 1945, evidently in small numbers as it is rare today. There are three additional versions of this "big-head" stag Tael, also rare, as well as a commoner small-head version (KM# A3), none of which were coined by the Bureau, and are thus likely private issues for use in the opium trade, or simple forgeries. (See ONS Newsletter #141 p.17, #142 p.11-12, and #143 p.16.)
K2a 5 Hao 1946 Incense pot Value incuse aluminum (KM# 2.1) crudely struck G-Vg (corrosion) $3; EF 12.50
K5,6,7 1, 2, 5 Xu 1958 center hole aluminum, UC, but the 5 Xu has light whitish oxidation spots. Each: $7.50; SET of THREE $20.00
K11,12,13 1, 2, 5 Hao 1976 aluminum K11 1 Hao $4; K12, 13 UC $6 each; SET of THREE $15.00
K14 Dong 1976 aluminum VF $4; AU $8; UC $15 VF, light to moderate edge bangs, nicks, etc $10/20
S24/2 Military Decoration Soldier of Liberation Order, 2nd class, 25m, aluminum, two stripes in ribbon. Sylvestre 24/2 (shown) $30; S24/3 3rd class (single stripe in ribbon) Some oxidation $25; S23/3 Liberation War Exploit Order, 3rd Class, similar design some toning $35
K23 100 Dong 1986 Calgary Olympics, Skier, PLAIN EDGE I wonder how KM can price these in "Unc" and "BU" when they were all issued in plastic capsules. UC/BU in capsule 29.50
K24 100 Dong 1986 Seoul Olympics, Fencer, REEDED EDGE UC /BU in capsule 22.50
Z2 Ration Coupon Sheet of 16 coupons totalling 40cm of cloth, 1979, made out to citizen & ink-stamped when redeemed, 1979. Set of mens (blue) & womens (red) $0.95
Z11 Lottery Tickets Colorful, pictorial banknote-like in denominations of 400 Dong, 500 Dong, etc. mostly from Hanoi, 1985-92, some provincial 10 different for 1.75; 25 different for 4.00
K1,2 10, 20 Su 1953 aluminum UC EACH $2
K3 50 Xu 1953 aluminum Select UC from mint bag 12.50
K6 50 Xu 1963 aluminum UC $2
KA8-A10 1, 2, 5 Xu 1975 Viet Cong issue prior to integration with North Vietnam K-A8 1 Xu UC $4, VF-EF $12.50/20; AU-UC $25/20
K4-6 10, 20, 50 Cents 1952 aluminum SET: UC $2
K5Q 20 Cents Mint Bag Sealed cloth bag of 500 pieces. Tags faded and overwritten, but lead seal intact $75