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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 47, November 12, 2000, Article 12

LAOTION COIN WEIGHTS 

   Howard A. Daniel III writes: "Carl Honore writing about 
   English cartwheels being used as weights in your E-Sylum 
   v3#46 reminded me of a recent purchase.  In my area of 
   Southeast Asia, many denominations were also weights.  For 
   example, the old Thai Baht (Tical) coin equals the weight of 
   the same name and could be used on a scale in a marketplaces. 
   But there were also many weights made in each country of the 
   region with designs unique to each country.  Many of the 
   older weights are very difficult to locate, even in references. 

   When in Bangkok this past May, I found five or six old Lao 
   weights in a junk/gift store.  I was very calm on the outside, 
   but after I paid for them, I was jumping up and down.  The 
   store owner definitely thought I was crazy, but I just could 
   not help expressing my happiness after finding the first old 
   Lao weights for my collection." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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