Date Post :  12-01-2015

State Property & Royal Mint


Brunei Darussalam 



Republic of the Union of Myanmar


In 1852, Mindon, the second last king of Burma, established the Royal Mint in Mandalay (Central Burma). The dies were made in Paris. Silver coins were minted in denominations of 1 pe, 1 mu (2 pe), 1 mat (4 pe), 5 mu (10 pe) and 1 kyat, with gold 1 pe and 1 mu. The obverses bore the Royal Peacock Seal, from which the coins got their name. The reverse contained the denomination and mint date (in the Burmese era, which starts from AD 638).


Kingdom of Cambodia 


          Cambodia does not have Mint production facilities.  All I can find are coins minted for Cambodia by Japan and Singapore:

          The Singapore Mint aren’t one of the more prolific producers of collectible coins, but they do release some beautiful stuff, and this latest set certainly falls into that category. Billed as an inaugural set in a new series called ‘Discovery of Nature’ the coins depict some of the marine life around Singapore.
          Each coin is designed to sit side-by-side and give a wave effect, quite appropriate for the subject, and each carries a colour image of a marine animal on a cleanly struck background. The design running to the very edge of the coin instead of stopping at the rim enhances the overall look and gives the set a very cohesive and integrated look. The display case shows them off superbly.
          Unusually, these are issued for Cambodia, a first for the Singapore Mint, and the first Cambodian coin we’ve covered here at AgAuNEWS. The obverse is attractive, depicting the famous and beautiful Angkor Wat temple. Also on this side is a small struck image of the coin subject.
          Shipping at the end of December, they seem quite reasonably priced at $300 SGD ($230 USD, £145, €185) and are limited to 3,000 sets.

To celebrate the beauty of the marine life in Singapore, The Singapore Mint is proud to present the inaugural 2014 Marine Life Commemorative Coin Set, issued by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC). NBC recognises the importance of the biodiversity conservation efforts of Singapore and we are honoured to have their support in the issuance of the coins. Presented in a unique coin shape that showcases the rich marine biodiversity of Singapore, this 4-coin set is the first issue of the ‘Discovery of Nature’ coin series. These coins are also the first Singapore thematic coins issued by Cambodia.
Each of the coins is shaped in a unique “wave-like” effect, emulating the habitats where the animals live. To create a more vivid and realistic depiction of the animals, tasteful coloured elements have been carefully infused onto the coins. The 4 coins packed in a wave-shaped capsule form a seamless scenery of the seashores to the deep waters, with each coin featuring a rimless effect. This creates a remarkable illusion in which the marine animals are seen coming alive and emerging from the coins. This is a further testament to our coin minting technology which requires exceptional precision in minting. Enjoy a captivating story of the seas as told by putting all four coins together, which form a structure symbolising “giant sea waves” that carry you from the muddy sea shores, all the way to the deep sea waters.

In honour of The Singapore Mint’s esteemed partnership with NBC, the famous Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most iconic symbol, is featured on the reverse side of the coin. Steeped in rich history and revered for its unparalleled beauty, the famed temple is highly regarded as one of the greatest historical landmarks in the world. This ancient architectural masterpiece is part of the Angkor World Heritage site, which has been identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continued conservation efforts have been put in place by the UNESCO and the Cambodian authorities to protect and preserve this great cultural treasure, much like Singapore’s continuous efforts for marine life conservation.
           With a limited mintage of only 3,000 sets, this exclusive coin set is housed in a beautiful packaging box coupled with life-like sandy shore and seashells, depicting a realistic environment of the marine animals.


Republic of Indonesia


          The Indonesian Government Security Printing and Minting Corporation (PERUM PERURI) It was founded in 15 September 1971, the combination of two companies, the PN. Pertjetakan Kebajoran and PN. Artha Yasa in accordance with the Government Regulation Number : 60 year 1971, subsequently amended by regulation of the Government No.: 25 year 1982, then modified with the Government Regulation Number 34 year 2000 and refined for the last time through Government Regulation No. 32 year 2006.
          As the only company of State-owned enterprises (STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES) in the field of Printing money in Indonesia, the main task of PERUM PERURI is organizing efforts to print money rupiah Indonesia Republic (both banknotes and coins) to Bank Indonesia as well as printing paper products non precious money to order company Booker.



Lao People’s Democratic Republic Malaysia


In 1852, Mindon, the second last king of Burma, established the Royal Mint in Mandalay (Central Burma). The dies were made in Paris. Silver coins were minted in denominations of 1 pe, 1 mu (2 pe), 1 mat (4 pe), 5 mu (10 pe) and 1 kyat, with gold 1 pe and 1 mu. The obverses bore the Royal Peacock Seal, from which the coins got their name. The reverse contained the denomination and mint date (in the Burmese era, which starts from AD 638).


The Republic of the Philippines

Manila Mint
          The Manila Mint (Spanish: Real Casa de la Moneda y Timbre de Manila) was a branch of the United States Mint, located in Manila, now the capital city of the Philippines.
          Originally constructed from 1857 through 1861 under the auspices of the Spanish government, the "Casa de Moneda" (as it was called then) began issuing gold coinage in the denominations of one, two, and four Pesos in 1861. On March 5, 1862, permission was also granted to coin silver coinage, which began in 1864 for the ten and twenty Centavo denominations, and 1865 for fifty Centavos. The coins all bore the image of the then-reigning Spanish Monarch, Queen Isabel II. In 1868, Isabel was deposed, but the mint continued to issue coinage in all six denominations until 1873, all dated 1868 and indistinguishable from those minted in 1868. In 1880 under the aupsices of then-current Spanish King Alphonse XII, coinage production resumed, this time with the King's image, and a slightly lower silver content for the ten, twenty, and fifty Centavo denominations. Only a very small number of gold coins were issued, all being of the four Pesos denomination. In 1885 Alphonse XII died, with control of Spain to go to his (as yet unborn) son, Alphonse XIII. Once again, the Casa de Moneda continued to issue coins until 1898, all dated 1885 and indistinguishable from those minted in 1885.
          Shortly after the Spanish-American War and a brief insurgency by the Filipinos, the country became a United States possession. Unlike all other territories taken by the United States, the United States soon began to produce a special coinage for the Philippines. To encourage circulation, the denominations were modeled on those produced by the Spanish, namely a silver Peso similar to that minted in Madrid in 1897, denominations of fifty, twenty (instead of twenty-five), and ten Centavos, and a one Centavo similar in size to some pattern cents minted by the Spanish. Also, noted Philippine sculptistMelecio Figueroa was enlisted to provide the designs for the coinage, creating a seated man design for the base metal denominations and a standing woman design for the silver denominations, which latter is though to have been modeled on his daughter Bianca. In 1903 the San Francisco Mint began producing silver coins for the Philippines, and the Philadelphia Mint producing proofs and base metal coins, along with providing some additional silver issues for circulation. Coins minted in San Francisco had a small "S" mintmark placed to the left of the date; Philadelphia coins were without a mintmark. In 1904 all Spanish and other foreign coinage was demonetized.
          The territorial coinage minted for the Philippines was locked in an exchange rate of two Pesos to one Dollar, and issued in denominations of Half, One, Five, Ten, Twenty, and Fifty Centavos, and One Peso. The Half Centavo proved useless in commerce and was withdrawn from circulation in 1904, and owing to a rise in silver prices the silver denominations (Ten centavos on up) were all reduced in size and alloy in 1907. In 1908, the San Francisco mint was finally authorized to coin base metal cents, and was thus positioned to take over all coinage production for the Philippines after that. After 1912 the Peso ceased to be minted. Such was the state of the coinage for the Philippines when the United States decided to establish a branch mint in the Philippines to take over the role then occupied by the San Francisco mint.
          In 1920, the Manila Mint was reopened under United States auspices, and was the first (and to date only) U.S. branch mint located outside the Continental United States. It produced coins until 1922 and then again from 1925 to 1941, when the Japanese Empire invaded the Philippines during World War II. The mint was operated under Japanese auspices during the occupation. No U.S. coins were produced at Manila after 1941 due to the occupation and to Philippine independence in 1946, although Philippine coinage did take place at the other U.S. mints in 1944 through 1946 (all dated 1944 and 1945 only). The mint also produced a special coinage for the inmates at the Culion Leper Colony. The building housing the mint was destroyed during the retaking of the city in 1945.
          In the beginning the Manila mint produced its coins without a mintmark, but in 1925 it began using the "M" mintmark on all of its coins until its closure at the end of 1941 with the Japanese invasion. In 1936, to commemorate the Philippines becoming a Commonwealth and no longer a mere territory, Ambrosia Morales was commissioned to generate new coin designs for the commemorative Fifty Centavos and One Peso. The coins he designed featured Manuel L. Quezon as the Philippines' first Commonwealth President and General Murphy and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A new design for the reverse based on the seal of the Commonwealth he designed was also introduced on those commemoratives, and featured on all Philippine coins minted from 1937 until 1946. When Philippine coinage production resumed in 1944, the One, Five, and Fifty Centavo pieces were again struck in San Francisco (complete with "S" mintmark), Five Centavo pieces were also struck in Philadelphia (no mintmark), and the Ten and Twenty Centavo pieces were struck in Denver, introducing the "D" mintmark to Philippine coinage. All of these coins featured the new Commonwealth reverse design. On July 4, 1946, the era of the Commonwealth ended as independence was granted to the Philippines as a sovereign nation.

The Manila Mint struck coins in the following denominations:Base Metal Denominations (identical to alloys used for United States One Cent and Five Cents)
One Centavo (1920-1922, 1925-1934, and 1936-1941)Five Centavos (1920-1921, 1925-1928, 1930-1932, 1934-1935, 1937-1938, and 1941)
Silver Denominations (seventy-five percent silver for Ten through Fifty Centavos and eighty percent for the One Peso)
Ten Centavos (1920-1921, 1929, 1935, 1937-1938, and 1941)Twenty Centavos (1920-1921, 1928-1929, 1937-1938, and 1941)Fifty Centavos (1920-1921 and 1936 Commemorative)One Peso (1936 Commemorative only, with two varieties)
Leper Colony Coinage (struck in aluminum 1920 and brass all later years)
One Centavo (1927 and 1930)Five Centavos (1927)Ten Centavos (1920 and 1930)Twenty Centavos (1920 and 1922)One Peso (1920, 1922, and 1925)
In addition, a medal (commonly called the 'Wilson Dollar,' owing to having a design featuring then-current U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and being similar in size to a silver dollar) was issued in gold, silver, and copper in 1920 to commemorate the opening of the Manila Mint


Republic of Singapore

           The Singapore Mint was established in 1968 by DrGohKengSwee, then Minister for Finance, to cater to circulation coin requirements after Singapore's independence.
           Throughout the years, we have constantly been at the forefront of new minting technologies, maximising on hybrid techniques to create high security and innovative features on circulation and commemorative coins.
           Leveraging on our core competencies, we provide customised corporate services, as well as quality currency-related gifts and collectibles, and lifestyle products and services, to the local and overseas markets. We are also proud to continually showcase highly innovative and meticulously designed products that appeal to a wider, growing audience.
           For our stringent guidelines on quality standards, The Singapore Mint has been awarded ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. Now a fully integrated facility catering to program concept, product design, marketing, sales and distribution with after-sales services, we continue to strive towards enhancing our long-term technical capability and maximising customer satisfaction.
          Moving forward, building upon the recognition and goodwill gained, we aim to position ourselves as a prominent market leader in the international arena. As a leading mint and a pioneer of local industry, we pledge our unwavering commitment to you - our customers, business associates and partners.


          A new era of business environment in the 90s spurs The Singapore Mint to focus on harnessing its minting capabilities and initiating creative marketing approaches to meet new challenges of the 21st century.
          In the 1990s, the Mint saw the need to fine-tune its quality management system to meet internationally accepted standard. In 1993, it was certified to the ISO9002 standard.
          Capitalising on the total integration of core competence, which included successful process development for new product innovation, the Mint pursue its ISO9001 certification. In 1995, it was certified to the ISO9001 standard for design and manufacturing of numismatic and circulation coins, medals, medallions and minted products. This has placed the Mint as one of the few mints in the world, which has been certified to this ISO9001 international standard.
          Credible testaments to the Mint's dedication to quality were also recognised. In 1986, the Mint was awarded a gold medal for a National Quality Circle Convention Stage Presentation. It also received a ST Quest Silver Award in 1995 and subsequently a Gold Award in 1996 and 1997 from Singapore Technologies Pte Ltd (STPL).
          Other prestigious awards received by the Mint include two Chew Set Chai Awards for innovation in 1995 and two Cheng FookChoon Awards for process innovation and improvement in 1997.
          To support its customer-oriented approach, the Mint has set up several retail and customer service outlets located at convenient venues to serve its customers. Customer services has also extended to more than the traditional method of receiving orders through mail ordering, such as using the telephone ordering system, internet, fax-on-demand facilities and over-the-counter purchases at our conveniently located outlets.
           We have also taken one step forward to launch our very own web site in 1997 as an extension of our services to our customers. This web site provides comprehensive and up-to-date numismatic information of the mint's products and allows customers to order online and communicate directly with the Mint.
          Expanding into new horizons has always been of priority to the Mint. In its strive to seek new international markets while it builds an extensive overseas marketing and distribution network, the Mint participates in prestigious coin shows including the ANA Coin Convention in USA, the Tokyo International Coin Convention in Japan, the Beijing Coin Convention in China and many others.


Socialist Republic of Vietnam

           The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has permitted the National Money Printing House (NMPH) to produce gold bars and gold souvenirs, according to the instructions of the bank’s governor.
          This is in addition to its traditional task of printing paper currency, minting coins and producing other currency papers.
          The new function is regulated in the SBV’s decision No 2809/QD-NHNN, issued on December 12, 2014, which amended and supplemented some articles on the organisation and operation of NMPH.
          Prior to the regulation, the Saigon Jewellery Company (SJC) was the sole company that was allowed to produce gold bars for the SBV.
          The new order is expected to end the monopoly of SJC, according to the business news website
           In addition, NMPH will be allowed to create moulds for minting coins and designing paper currency, as per the governor’s instruction.
           It can also import or authorise the import of materials and equipments for printing and minting notes, coins and valuable papers

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