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Cambodia 1860 Gold Restrike 4 Franc

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Author: Chris Chatigny / Thursday, May 05, 2016 / Categories: World Coin of the Week

The inaugural preview for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is an exceptional Cambodian 4 Franc restrike. Cambodia became a French protectorate in August of 1863 as a result of King Norodom petitioning the French Consul for assistance. The country had been a dependency of Annam dating back to the previous century, and after a number of border disagreements with both Siam and Annam, Cambodia became aligned with the French and was eventually attached to French Indochina in 1887. Though dated 1860, three years prior to the protectorate period, the coins from this series were first struck in 1875 within a Brussels workshop, with the press eventually being shipped to King Norodom who then had it installed in Phnom-Penh. This type was not struck for circulation, instead it was reserved for use only at important state functions with the Sovereign himself personally handing the coins out. To mark the passing of the Queen-Mother in 1897, King Norodom had the dies retrieved in 1899 for the striking of additional specimens. This denomination was restruck in very limited quantities. After many years of storage, the dies had become corroded and the resulting damage can be seen particularly in the fields, much as is the case with the piece offered here. Overall this historically significant piece is certain to inspire considerable interest.  Be sure to check back with us often as each week we will preview a new highlight from our August Hong Kong Showcase Auction.

We are now accepting consignments of world and ancient coins for our August 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction as well as Chinese and other Asian coins and currency for our August 2016 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. Time is running short, so if you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) be sure to contact one of our consignment directors.