A reader informed us the picture of the coin we posted earlier was from the French colonial era and was highly influenced by its French design, as well as by the use of the "Piastre" currency. This reader also sent us a photo of the "Prak Duong" coin (see below), also known as the "Preah Bat Ang Duong's coin".
Based in the date shown on the coin above - Buddhist era 2390 or Chol Sakrach 1209, i.e. Christian era of 1847 - it predates the French protectorate era and coincides with the reign of King Ang Duong (1841-1844, 1845-1860). Looking at this coin, you can now guess why the "Hangsa" bird is now used to represent Cambodia's National Bank.
|King Ang Duong portrait|