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Coins of Vietnam

Vietnam was the only region to rival China in the production of cash coins, issuing a vast variety over a 1000 year period, from 960 A.D. to the early 20th century. The coins of Vietnam relate to historically relevant people, places, and events, and include coins issued by rebels and competing political factions.

Dai Nam (Vietnam|), Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen Thanh Thai, 2 February 1889 - 3 September 1907

|Vietnam|, |Dai| |Nam| |(Vietnam|),| |Nguyen| |Dynasty,| |Nguyen| |Thanh| |Thai,| |2| |February| |1889| |-| |3| |September| |1907|, |Cash| |(10| |Phan)|
At the age of ten, Nguyen Thanh Thai became the tenth Nguyen emperor after being taken from prison, along with his mother, by the a French. Thanh Thai was the first Vietnamese monarch to cut his hair in the French style and learn to drive a car. He encouraged French-style education, but maintained bitter feelings over their control of his country. He also supported numerous building projects and took an interest in the everyday lives of his subjects, holding "Town Hall meetings" where the Emperor sat on a mat with his subjects in a circle around him, discussing the issues of the day. When he realized his palace had been thoroughly infiltrated with French spies, he feigned insanity to escape constant scrutiny. Seen as a harmless lunatic, Thanh Thai was able to work for Vietnamese autonomy while waiting for the right time to throw off colonial rule. He was on his way to join a resistance movement in China when he was arrested by the French who declared him insane and exiled him to Halong Island in 1916. In 1945, he was allowed to return home but was kept under house arrest in Vung Tau. Thanh Thai died in Saigon on 24 March 1954.Thanh_Thai
VN84018. Bronze Cash (10 Phan), Barker 107.7, Toda a13, Yeoman 2, Novak 107, Lecompte 23, F, earthen encrustations, weight 3.384 g, maximum diameter 25.4 mm, 2 Feb 1889 - 3 Sep 1907; obverse Than Thai thong bao; reverse Van shi (a great number, ten) left and right; $8.00 SALE |PRICE| $7.20


Japan, Nagasaki Trade Coins, 1659 - 1685, For Trade with Vietnam

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Nagasaki| |Trade| |Coins,| |1659| |-| |1685,| |For| |Trade| |with| |Vietnam|, |cash|
From 1641, under the Sakoku isolationist policy, Nagasaki was the only Japanese port open to trade with Vietnam. Japan traded silver and copper for raw silk, sugar spices and sandalwood. Nagasaki Trade Coins were cast from 1659 to 1685. By law, they could not bear the officially issued Kanei Tsuho inscription. The inscription on this type copies Chinese Northern Song Dynasty cash coins, inscribed Yuan Feng Tong Bao, issued 960 - 1122. The clerical script style on these imitatives is quite different from the Song coins. A string of these trade coins was worth 1 liang of silver in Japan but 10.5 liang of silver in Vietnam! Copies of this type were also cast in Vietnam; their style is even further removed from their Song prototypes.
JA93040. Bronze cash, Hartill EJC 3.176 (copies Northern Song, Yuan Feng Ton Bao, Hartill 16.234), weight c. 3.1 g, maximum diameter c. 23 mm, Nagasaki mint, 1668 - 1685; obverse Gen Ho Tsu Ho (Vietnamese: Nguyen Phong Thong Bao), li (clerical) script, clockwise, one dot Tsu, large characters; reverse plain; many varieties in the lot, Fine or better, quality and patina varies, some with minor flaws, bumps, scratches, encrustations, similar to the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $8.00 SALE |PRICE| $7.20 Out of Stock!


Kingdom of Annam (Vietnam|), Later Le Dynasty, Le Thanh Tong, 1460 - 1497

|Vietnam|, |Kingdom| |of| |Annam| |(Vietnam|),| |Later| |Le| |Dynasty,| |Le| |Thanh| |Tong,| |1460| |-| |1497|, |cash|
Le Thanh Tong (1442-1497) was a prominent king, a reformist and a noted poet of Vietnam in the latter half of the 15th century. During his 38 year reign, one of the longest reigns of feudal Vietnam, he made great improvements, taking Vietnam into a period of prosperity.
EA12788. Bronze cash, Barker 35, Toda 57, VF or better, 1460 - 1470; obverse Quang thuan thong bao; reverse plain; one coin of the same type as the coins in the photo, random selection from coins in stock (all VF or better, but not the exact coins as the photo and quality varies a little), one coin; $4.00 SALE |PRICE| $3.60


Vietnam, Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen The To (Gia Long), 1 June 1802 - 3 February 1820

|Vietnam|, |Vietnam,| |Nguyen| |Dynasty,| |Nguyen| |The| |To| |(Gia| |Long),| |1| |June| |1802| |-| |3| |February| |1820|, |Cash| |(1| |Phan)|
A nephew of the last Nguyen lord who ruled southern Vietnam, at age 15, Nguyen The To (also known as Nguyen Anh) was forced into hiding when his family was slain in the Tay Son revolt. After several changes of fortune in which his loyalists regained and again lost Saigon, he befriended the French Catholic priest Pigneau de Behaine. Pigneau recruited volunteers to help him take the throne. From 1789, he advanced north, defeating the Tay Son, reaching the Chinese border 1802, and reuniting all Vietnam, from China down to the Gulf of Siam, after centuries of feudal warfare. He took the regnal name Gia Long, moved the capital from Hanoi to Hue, and reinstated Confucian education and civil service. In return for French support, he tolerated Catholic missionaries, which was increasingly restricted under his successors. Using French expertise, he modernized Vietnam's military, gained dominance in Indochina, and made Cambodia into a vassal state.Gia Long
VN87482. Copper Cash (1 Phan), cf. Barker 99.3, Toda 213, SCWC KM 169, Schroeder 113, 1 Jun 1802 - 3 Feb 1820; obverse Gia Long Thong Bao; reverse blank; condition varies, mostly Fine, randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $3.00 SALE |PRICE| $2.70


Vietnam, Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen Thanh To (Minh Mang), 14 February 1820 - 20 January 1841

|Vietnam|, |Vietnam,| |Nguyen| |Dynasty,| |Nguyen| |Thanh| |To| |(Minh| |Mang),| |14| |February| |1820| |-| |20| |January| |1841|, |cash|
Minh Mang was the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam, reigning from 14 February 1820 until his death, on 20 January 1841. He was well known for his opposition to French involvement in Vietnam and his rigid Confucian orthodoxy. He banned missionaries from Vietnam and seven missionaries were sentenced to death.

During the reign of Minh Mang a substantial quantity of zinc coins were issued. They are of the same general style and calligraphy as the copper coins.
Minh Mang
VN87485. Bronze cash, small flan (6 phan); cf. Barker 101.10 ff., Toda 228, F or better, 14 Feb 1820 - 1822; obverse Minh Mang Thong Bao, open Minh and Bao; reverse plain; randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $3.00 SALE |PRICE| $2.70


Vietnam/Amman, c. 1300 - 1700

|Vietnam|, |Vietnam/Amman,| |c.| |1300| |-| |1700|, |cash|
Vietnam was the only region to rival China in the production of cash coins, issuing a vast variety over a 1000 year period, from 960 A.D. to the early 20th century. The coins of Vietnam relate to historically relevant people, places, and events, and include coins issued by rebels and competing political factions.
VT17203. Bronze cash, condition varies, most Fine, c. 1.9g, c. 21 mm, variety of types, unattributed, no tags or flips, randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $2.00 SALE |PRICE| $1.80


Vietnam, Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen Thanh To (Minh Mang), 14 February 1820 - 20 January 1841

|Vietnam|, |Vietnam,| |Nguyen| |Dynasty,| |Nguyen| |Thanh| |To| |(Minh| |Mang),| |14| |February| |1820| |-| |20| |January| |1841|, |cash|
Minh Mang was the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam, reigning from 14 February 1820 until his death, on 20 January 1841. He was well known for his opposition to French involvement in Vietnam and his rigid Confucian orthodoxy. He banned missionaries from Vietnam and seven missionaries were sentenced to death.

During the reign of Minh Mang a substantial quantity of zinc coins were issued. They are of the same general style and calligraphy as the copper coins.
Minh Mang
VN87481. Zinc cash, cf. Barker 101.22 - 101.28, Toda 228, 14 Feb 1820 - 1822; obverse Minh Mang Thong Bao; reverse plain; condition varies, most Fine, some with thick patina/encrustation, you may get two coins (for the price of one) stuck together, randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $2.00 SALE |PRICE| $1.80







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REFERENCES|

Barker, A. The Historical Cash Coins of Viet Nam. (Singapore, 2004).
Greenbaum, C. The Nguyn Ho Era Coins of Vietnam (1533-1548 AD). (Nantes, 2013).
Krause, C.L. & C. Mishler. Standard Catalog of World Coins. (Iola, WI, 2010 - ).
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Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins and Their Values, Vol. 2: the Ancient and Classical World. (London, 1978).
Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins and Their Values, Vol. 3: Non-Islamic States & Western Colonies. (London, 1979).
Mitchiner, M. "Some Early Annamese Cash" in NC XI. (London. 1971).
Novak, J. A Working Aid for Collectors of Annamese Coins. (Merced, CA, 1989).
Schroeder, A. Albert Schroeder's Gold and Silver Coins of Annam. (London, 1968).
Toda, E. Annam and its Minor Currency. (1882).

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