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Exceptional Thailand ½ Baht Struck in Gold

Exceptional Thailand ½ Baht Struck in Gold

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is extremely eager to present this week’s Asian numismatic rarity for our Hong Kong Showcase Auction which is just a month away. This coin hails from Thailand, though at the time the nation was known as the Kingdom of Siam. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation that was never colonized by a Western power, a feat made possible mostly by their capable and reform-minded monarchs, the Chakri Dynasty. King Mongkut is one of the most revered Thai sovereigns, and is also well known outside Thailand as the ruler portrayed in the classic play and film, The King and I, based on Anna Leonowens’ years in Mongkut’s court.
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Metal Dollar Coins

Metal Dollar Coins

By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

A recent issue of Time magazine had an article titled “Scrap metal: Americans hate the $1 coin. Too bad we have so many,” by Emily Maltby. The author quoted Dr. Ute Wartenberg, executive director of the American Numismatic Society, who suggested that the dislike of current dollar coins is because they are “cheap and unrecognizable, like Monopoly money.” The weight of a dollar, eight times more than a paper bill, is another aspect. However, some reason was added when Dr. Wartenberg was further quoted, “If we get rid of the bank note, then maybe people will start to love them.” 

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