Howard A. Daniel III writes from Viet Nam that he has found an item about very early Cambodian coins that he would like to pursue. Can any of our readers help? -EditorGeorge Groslier, a Frenchman who worked in the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh did some work matching the coin descriptions in some old European journals of their travels in Cambodia to the museum's coin collection. I don't know the date of Groslier's work, but he lived from 1887 to 1945 and passed away in Phnom Penh. One of his many books is the Catalogue du Musee de Phnom Penh, IDEO, 1924, which could illustrate some of the coins, but I think this specific work about the coins might be in an article in a French archeological or numismatic periodical. In my translation, Groslier describes the coin designs as "a cock facing left with a flower in its beak; a lotus flower with a coiled stem; and a coconut.
I've matched the descriptions to coins in my own collection (with some past email assistance from Scott Semans) but I want to see which varieties Groslier actually picked. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated and will land the contributor(s) into my own Cambodian catalog's List of Contributors.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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