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Cambodian coinage with X# instead of KM#

Hello all,

I was looking at copper Cambodian coins from the reign of Norodom I and realised that a vast majority of them have been redesignated with an X #M (Medallic coin in Unusual World Coins) by Krause such as this one here:


I found this a bit strange since medallic coinage usually lacks a denomination, but it is quite clearly displayed on the 10 Centimes piece above. Just wondering whether anyone would be able to shed some light on this quite strange classification?


  • pruebaspruebas Posts: 4,275 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 28, 2023 9:58PM

    In my case (above) both are trials from a minting machine manufacturer trying to get the business of the Cambodian government for minting equipment.

    The first is called KM-XT4 and the second is something similar, but PCGS uses the Lecompte catalog number, maybe because it was slabbed in the Paris office.

    Even though they are called pattern 5 Francs, they really aren’t. They were just struck on 5 Franc planchets.

  • lordmarcovanlordmarcovan Posts: 43,194 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't know how to answer your question, but they're lovely.

    Your NGC link doesn't work. I note there's an extra "http" in there.

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  • pruebaspruebas Posts: 4,275 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have heard coins like the one in your link were made in 1875 or later, not in 1860 per the date on the coin. I've also heard they were made in Belgium, just like the test pieces that I showed above. Perhaps they served the same purpose? (Probably if I read the Lecompte book, they would be explained.)

    In any event, they aren't real coins/patterns with governmental authority, hence their inclusion in the Krause Unusual World Coins (X number) catalog.

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