|Foreigners visit the Lịch Sử Tiền Tệ Việt Nam (Currency History of Việt Nam) exhibition at the HCM City Museum of History. — VNS Photo by Phương Mai|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — An exhibition of 700 artefacts related to Vietnamese currency opened yesterday at the HCM City Museum of History.
The Lịch Sử Tiền Tệ Việt Nam (Currency History of Việt Nam) showcases coins and banknotes from the 10th century to the present day.
The first Vietnamese coins cast under the Đinh Dynasty (968-980) are on display. The round coins with square holes were used during several reigns.
During the French colonial period (1858-1945), coins and banknotes were issued by the Bank of Indochina.
From 1945, the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam issued banknotes with the image of President Hồ Chí Minh and the country’s name.
In 1948, the government released 200 special coins in pure gold.
President Hồ Chí Minh used it to reward ministers and major officials and as diplomatic gifts during his state visits.
After reunification in 1975, the State Bank of Việt Nam issued new banknotes which are still being used today.
Decrees on issuing and printing money are also on display, as well as metal moulds and mechanical calculators.
The exhibits are property of the museum, the Southern Women Museum, and private collectors Huỳnh Tấn Thành, Nguyễn Văn Mai, Nguyễn Nữ Thiên Hương, Lê Hoan Hưng, Nguyễn Văn Hòa.
The exhibition will open until October 27 as part of activities to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Liberation Day (April 30) and the International Museum Day (May 18).
The museum is located at 2 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm Street in District 1. — VNS