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.