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  Last Updated: October 4, 2011

Vietnam was the only region to rival China in the production of cash coins issuing a vast variety over a 1000 year period. The Historical Cash Coins of Vietnam is the definitive reference on the official cash coins issued from 960 AD to the early 20th century. It covers all the official issues including seldom seen rare coins as well as many varieties. The book provides clear color images of the author's own coins from what is perhaps the strongest collection in its category. The coins are presented against a historical background that relates them to historically relevant people, places, and events, including coins issued by rebels and competing political factions.

 

Written while living in Asia, the author presents the more accurate Asian view of Vietnamese numismatics based on earlier works from Vietnam, Japan, and China while correcting misconceptions that have propagated from early Western works. The book is popular in Vietnam, China, and Japan, where collectors can navigate the book using multi-language tables, indices, headers, and a three language dictionary of important terms.

 

The book also makes an easy introduction to the subject of ancient Asian coins with background information on casting, coin legends, the Chinese language, and the calligraphic styles used on coins. Also of interest to new collectors, are several detailed studies of current forgeries of Vietnamese can Chinese coins.        Hardbound, 416 pages, full color on clay archival paper

 
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The Historical Cash Coins of Vietnam, Introduction


Cover
Preface 
Lời Mở Đầu

Contents
Table of Coin Legends by Date/Page (part 1)
Table of Coin Legends by Date/Page (part 2)
Introduction
Authentication
The Supply of Vietnamese Coins
Rarity Scale
A Brief History of Vietnam
A Timeline of Vietnamese History. 21
A Chronological List of Vietnamese Reign Titles (table)
Historical Maps of Vietnam

Chinese Characters, Calligraphy, and Writing Style (part 1)
Chinese Characters, Calligraphy, and Writing Style (part 2)
The Casting Process for Cash Coins

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Official Coins of Emperors and Rebels



The Đinh Dynasty  (968 - 980 AD) 丁朝   
Đinh Bộ Lĩnh
. 50 The Anterior Lê Dynasty (980 - 1010) 前黎朝    
Lê Đại Hành


The Lý Dynasty  (1010 - 1225)   李朝   
Lý Thái Tổ
Lý Thái Tông
Lý Cao Tông
. 56 . 57


The Trần Dynasty (1225 - 1400)  陳朝 
Trần Thái Tông
Trần Thánh Tông
Trần Minh Tông
Trần Dụ Tông
Dương Nhật Lễ
Trần Nghệ Tông
Trần Phế Đế  (Trần Hiện Đế)
. 63 . 66 . 69 . 70 . 87 . 88




The  Hồ Dynasty (1400 - 1407)  胡朝 
Hồ Quý Ly
Hồ Hán Thương
. 92 . 92


Ming Occupation, War of Independence (1414 - 1428)  明占領期之獨立戰爭
Lê Ngã
Trần Cảo
. 95 . 97


The Later Lê Dynasty  (1428 - 1527) 黎朝
Lê Thái Tổ
Lê Thái Tông
Lê Nhân Tông
Lê Nghi Dân
Lê Thánh Tông
Lê Hiến Tông
Lê Uy Mục
Lê Tương Dực
Lê Chiêu Tông
. 101 . 102 . 108 . 118 . 119 . 126 . 130 . 131 . 136



Later Rebels Named Trần  (1516-1527)     陳氏起義軍
Trần Công Ninh
Trần Cảo
Trần Thăng
. 138 . 139 . 141

The Mạc Dynasty  (1527 - 1592)  莫朝
Mạc Đăng Dung
Mạc Đăng Doanh
Mạc Phúc Hải
Mạc Phúc Nguyên
. 142 . 143 145 . 146

The Mạc at Cao Bằng  (1592 - 1677) 莫氏
An Pháp Nguyên Bảo
Thái Bình Coins
Other Possible Mạc Coins
. 148 . 150 . 152

Lê Kings Restored (1533 - 1573) 後黎
Lê Trang Tông 
Lê Kings under the Trịnh (1573 - 1788) 後黎
Lê Thế Tông
Lê Thần Tông
Lê Huyền Tông
Lê Hi Tông
Lê Dụ Tông
Lê Hiển Tông
Lê Mẫn Đế
. 154 . 154 . 163 . 163 . 165 . 168 . 190



The Trịnh Lords  (1539 - 1787) 主鄭
Nam Vương, the Southern King
. 194

The Nguyễn Lords (1558 - 1778)  阮氏
Nguyễn Phúc Chú
Nguyễn Phúc Khoát
Nguyễn Phúc Ánh
Other coins of the Nguyễn
Bình Nam Thông Bảo
Nguyễn Lords Coins, a Comparison
. 196 200 . 201 . 203 . 208 . 208


The Tây Sơn & Tây Sơn Dynasty  (1778 - 1802) 西山, 西山朝
Nguyễn Nhạc
Nguyễn Huệ
Nguyễn Quang Toản
Other Coin Issues
. 211 . 214 . 221 . 224

The Nguyễn Emperors (1802 - 1945 阮朝
Nguyễn Thế Tổ
Nguyễn Thánh Tổ
Nguyễn Hiến Tổ
Nguyễn Dực Tông
Nguyễn Giản Tông
Nguyễn Hàm Nghi
Nguyễn Cảnh Tông
Nguyễn Thành Thái
Nguyễn Duy Tân
Nguyễn Hoằng Tông
Nguyễn Bảo Đại
. 225 . 227 . 233 . 236 . 238 239 . 240 241 . 243 . 245 246





Rebels of the Nguyễn Dynasty  (1831 - 1833)

The Rebel Khôi
The Rebel Nông Văn Vân
249

Other Coins of Interest
Coins Under Study
Thánh Cung Từ Bảo
Thánh Trần Thông Bảo
Đại Định and Chính Long Coins
Late Trần Dynasty Rebels
The Rebel Nguyễn Bồ
The Rebel Phạm Sư Ôn
Seal Script Thánh Nguyên
Hồ Dynasty Hán Nguyên coins
Chính Pháp Thông Bảo
The Rebel Thiên Bình
Western Settlements
Error Coins
251 . 251 . 252 . 252 . 254 . 254 . 256 . 257 . 257 . 258 . 259 . 259



  The Large Cash Coins of the Nguyễn Emperors. 267
Known Legends of Minh Mạng, Thiệu Trị, and Tự Đức
Minh Mạng Thông Bảo
8 Character Inscriptions
4 Character Inscriptions
Thiệu Trị Thông Bảo
8 Character Inscriptions
4 Character Inscriptions
Tự Đức Thông Bảo
8 Character Inscriptions
4 Character Inscriptions
Tự Đức Bảo Sao Series
10 Văn Coins
20 Văn Coins
30 Văn Coins
40 Văn Coins
50 Văn Coins
60 Văn Coins
Other Large Coins and Charms
Cảnh Thịnh Large Cash
Cảnh Hưng Large Cash
Chu Nguyên Thông Bảo Charms
. 270 . 283 . 290 . 295 . 302 . 306 . 312 . 313 . 314 . 315 . 316 . 317 . 319 . 320 .. 324







Examples of Vietnamese Coin Forgeries

Current Vietnamese Coin Prices
Commonly Used Chinese Characters and Their Meaning
Alphabetized by Vietnamese
Alphabetized by Chinese Pinyin
Alphabetized by Number of Strokes
The 214 Chinese Radicals of Kang Xi
Alphabetical List of Coin Legends
Chinese Character Listing of Coin Legends by Strokes
General Index
. 348 . 350 . 350 . 356 . 362 368 . 371 . 376


Chronological List of Reign Titles
 
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