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20 Nov 2015

Cambodian Rooster

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This is one of those coins that I am not really sure what made me want to add it to my collection. At first glance it appears to be a very crude coin but the rooster is actually very detailed. The coin has an unfinished appearance. There is very little that I was able to find in regards to the significance of the rooster on the coin so I have included a short history of the ruler of Cambodia at the time this coin was minted.

Norodom I 2 Pe ND (1847-60) XF45 NGC, KM7.3. Also valued at 1/2 Fuang. With rooster on obverse and reverse blank.

Composition: Silver

Weight: 1.2700g

Obverse: Rooster with long crude feathers left

Reverse: Blank

Ruler: Norodom I

Norodom I (February 1834 – 24 April 1904) ruled as king of Cambodia from 1860 to 1904. He was the eldest son of King Ang Duong, who ruled on the behalf of Siam, and half-brother of Prince Si Votha as well as the half-brother of King Sisowath. Norodom was considered to be the first modern Khmer king. He was credited with saving Cambodia from disappearing altogether. In 1863, to prevent the two powerful neighbours, Vietnam and Siam, from swallowing Cambodia altogether he was invited by France to make Cambodia its protectorate. However, he sent many letters to Siam claiming French Admiral de la Grandière had forced him into signing a false treaty. Many Cambodians believed that this brilliant act and his shrewdness did actually save Cambodia from disappearing.

Comments

ShriekenGriffon

Level 5

Beautiful coin! How much did you pay for it?

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

You can pick these up raw for a pretty reasonable price. I've seen some under $25.

Ian Fenn

Level 5

Interesting coin never seen one in real life

user_7180

Level 5

No date, but proper certification is everything. No date makes it a more unique coin!

Ian Fenn

Level 5

Its a nice coin but I wouldn't rely on what is written on the slab, I have some very entertaining described slabs from both NGC and PCG. Remember: buy the coin not the slab!!!

Kellen

Level 5

When was this coin made exactly?

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

This coin was minted from 1847-1860. Due to it not being dated I can't narrow it down any more than that. You can find coins with the same Krause number that look quite a bit different due to the dies being all cut by hand.

user_7180

Level 5

Interesting coin and history too. You got a good conversation piece!

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