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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 19, May 7, 2006, Article 25

VIETNAM PRESENTS COIN BOOK TO DIGNITARIES

"The Vietnamese government will present a book on the country’s
ancient coins as a souvenir to leaders attending the APEC Summit
in Hanoi next November.

Kho Bau Tien Co Dai Viet (The Ancient Coins of Great Viet) is about
a collection of old coins dating back 1,000 years. Described as the
most precious in Vietnam, it includes coins made during the time of
King Dinh (968-980), later by the Tien Le, Ly, Tran, Le, Ho, Le So,
and Mac kings, and up to the last dynasty, the Nguyen, which reigned
from 1802 to 1945.

The collection includes priceless coins found nowhere else, like the
Dai Tri Nguyen Bao and Dai Tri Thong Bao cast during the reign of
King Tran Du Tong (1358-1369), and Chieu Dao Nguyen Bao and Chieu
Bao Vuong Nha cast by Tran Ich Tac who was a puppet ruler under the
Chinese Nguyen invaders in the 8th century.

The coin collection was catalogued by the Museum of Vietnamese
History with assistance from experts from the Guangxi Ancient
Coins Museum in China."

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Howard Daniel adds: "This must be the reference I bought during my
last trip that was done by the National Museum in Hanoi and a Museum
in South China.  It is oversized and would be an impressive book to
give to a non-numismatist -- only 700 were printed."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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