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

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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. Although he disagreed with European culture and thinking, he studied it closely and was known for his scholarly nature. In 1820, Captain John White of the US Navy was the first American to make contact with Vietnam, arriving in Saigon. Minh Mang was interested in purchasing artillery, firearms, uniforms and books, but a deal was not made. In 1833 the south revolted. Saigon was put under siege in December 1834 and fell nine months later in September 1835.Minh Mang

VN19873. Bronze cash, small flan (6 phan); Barker 101.13, Toda 227, VF, weight 2.282 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, 1820 - 1822 A.D.; obverse Minh Mang thông bao, narrow open Minh, closed short foot Bao; reverse plain; $8.00 (€6.80)
 


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

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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. Although he disagreed with European culture and thinking, he studied it closely and was known for his scholarly nature. In 1820, Captain John White of the US Navy was the first American to make contact with Vietnam, arriving in Saigon. Minh Mang was interested in purchasing artillery, firearms, uniforms and books, but a deal was not made. In 1833 the south revolted. Saigon was put under siege in December 1834 and fell nine months later in September 1835.Minh Mang

VN19874. Bronze cash, small flan (6 phan); Barker 101.14, Toda 227, VF, weight 2.734 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, 1820 - 1822 A.D.; obverse Minh Mang thông bao, closed Minh and Bao; reverse plain; $8.00 (€6.80)
 


Kingdom of Annam (Vietnam), Later Le Dynasty, Lê Thánh Tông, 1460-1497 A.D.

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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.
EA86333. Bronze cash, Barker 35, Toda 57, gVF, weight 2.483 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, 1460 - 1470 A.D.; obverse Quang thuan thong bao; reverse plain; $7.00 (€5.95)
 


Kingdom of Annam (Vietnam), Later Le Dynasty, Lê Thánh Tông, 1460-1497 A.D.

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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.
EA86341. Bronze cash, Barker 35, Toda 57, gVF, light deposits, weight 2.908 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, 1460 - 1470 A.D.; obverse Quang thuan thong bao; reverse plain; $7.00 (€5.95)
 


Kingdom of Annam/Empire of Vietnam, Nguyen Dynasty, Emperor Bao Dai, 8 Jan 1926 – 25 Aug 1945

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This, the last cash style coin ever produced anywhere in the world, bears the name of Bao Dai the last emperor of Vietnam. There are three types: a large cast piece with 10 van inscription on the reverse, a medium cast piece with no reverse inscription (this type), and a small struck piece. All were issued in 1933. Under the French, Bao Dai nominally ruled the Amman protectorate. After the Japanese ousted the Vichy-French in March 1945, they ruled through Bao Dai, who renamed the country Vietnam. After the Japanese surrendered, Bao Dai abdicated the throne on 25 Aug 1945 and transferred power to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.Nguyen Bao Dai
VN86933. Bronze 2 cash, Barker 110.5, Hartill 25.43, Novak 170, Lecompte 30, aF, holed, scrapes, encrustations, weight 2.414 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, 1933; obverse Bao Dai Thong Bao; reverse plain; $6.00 (€5.10)
 


Kingdom of Annam (Vietnam), Later Le Dynasty, Lê Thánh Tông, 1460-1497 A.D.

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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 A.D.; 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 (€3.40)
 







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REFERENCES

Barker, A. The Historical Cash Coins of Viet Nam. (Singapore, 2004).
Krause, C.L. & C. Mishler. Standard Catalog of World Coins. (Iola, WI, 2010 - ).
Krisadaolarn, R. & V. Milhailovs. Siamese Coins: From Funan to the Fifth Reign. (Bangkok, 2012).
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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