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     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.




VIETNAM CASH COINAGE 970 - 1945


   Large offering of official cash listed by Barker.

   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

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


FRENCH INDO-CHINA


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
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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

K23   20 Cents 1939 security edge   EF, numerous edge nicks but not intruding much on surfaces 27.50

K23a.2   20 Cents 1941S AEF $1, AU 2.00

K32   Piastre 1946 security edge    EF 17.50; AU $35

K32a   Piastre 1947 reeded edge (KM# 32.2)   VF-EF 2.25; EF $3

K32a Lot   Piasatre 1947 reeded edge Lot of 10 near EF or better, some edge nicks or stains (several lots availaable)   $14/10

K30   5 Cents aluminum 1946B UC $2

K29   20 Cents 1945(a) VF-EF $1; 1945C VF $1

K25X   1/4 Cent 1942 contemporary, circulating Lead fake   VF, cleaned $15

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

K26   Cent 1943 aluminum Vichy issue, crudely struck   g) Grooved edge, sharp strike UC $2;   p) Plain edge, crude or weak strike UC 2.50, decent UC $4

K27   5 Cents 1943 aluminum Vichy issue, crudely struck   g) Grooved edge, sharp strike UC 2.50;   p) Plain edge, crude or weak strike UC 12.50

OPIUM BUYING BOARD (Hanoi) ISSUES


     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.)

FRENCH COCHIN CHINA


TONKIN

K1 1/600 Piastre zinc 1905 EF-AU, moderate oxidation $30

NORTH VIETNAM & SOCIALIST REPUBLIC

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


SOUTH VIETNAM

K1, 2   10, 20 Su 1953 aluminum   UC EACH $3

K6   50 Xu 1963 aluminum    UC $2

LAOS

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


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