Sunday, March 29, 2009

Cambodia - People's of Republic Kampuchea Series (1987)

Inherited from its 1979 series, the People's of Republic Kampuchea has reissued two additional notes in 1987 in the denominations of 5 Riels and 10 Riels. These notes adopted the exact same design from its previous issuance note, but using the different color design. The brown color 5 Riels note printed in 1979 has changed its color to red in its 1987 issuance. Similarly, the 10 Riels note was printed in green color for its latest 1987 issuance.

Unlike the previous Cambodian banknotes which were issued under the Kingdom of Cambodia or Khmer Republic, there was not signatures printed on the note under the People's Republic Kampuchea series. However, year of issuance has started printing on the note.

The issuance year of the banknote was printed in the bottom middle of the note.

5 Riels

10 Riels

Cambodia - People's of Republic Kampuchea Series (1979)

This is a series of Cambodian banknote under the regime of People's of Republic Kampuchea (PRK). The People's of Republic Kampuchea was established in 1979 after the overthrow of Democratic Kampuchea. Cambodia was ruled under this communist state from 1979 to 1993 under the first leadership of Heng Samrin.

This was a complete series of Cambodia banknote that represented a communist state back then. The design of this series of note was very similar to other earlier communist state banknotes i.e. Vietnam, Republic of North Korea and Republic of China which was people oriented base design.

This series of banknote was issued in 1979. It consists of eight denominations namely 0.1 Riel, 02 Riel, 0.5 Riel, 1 Riel, 5 Riels, 10Riels, 20 Riels and 50 Riels. The obverse of the note features a PRK party symbol. The reverse of the note depicts various important agricultural activities in the state.

0.1 Riel



0.2 Riel

0.5 Riel


1 Riel


5 Riels


10 Riels

20 Riels

50 Riels

Friday, March 27, 2009

South East Asia - UNESCO World Heritage Site on Banknotes

There are many famous UNESCO world heritage sites in South East Asia. Interestingly, most of these world heritage sites were used as a feature in their country banknotes. As we all known, one of the famous heritage sites in South East Asia is Angkor Wat which is located at Cambodia and many of its unique sculptures from this ancient remains have been depicted on Cambodian banknotes.

The theme of a banknote very much depends on its country historical, cultural or technological development. For those countries which are rich with historical elements, it is always easy to find such beautiful and unique piece of architectural element depicted on the banknote.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The reverse of 2001 Combodia 50000 Riels note features the whole scene of Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat is considered one of the most important historical and archaeological site in South East Asia. This archaeological site has magnificent remains of the different capitals of Khemer Empire which is one famous from 9th to 15th century. Angkor Wat Temple and Bayon Temple are among the famous historical strucutures that decorated with counrtless of unique sculptures.

Temple of Preah Vihear, Cambodia


The obverse of 2008 Cambodia 2000 Riels note features the Temple of Preah Vihear

The Temple of Preah Vihear is a unique architectural complex of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases on an 800 metre long axis together with the decoration and relationship to the spectacular landscape environment. It is another masterpiece of Khemer architectural which is well preserved today.

Borobudur Temple, Indonesia



The reverse of 1992 Indonesia 10000 Rupiah note depicts the Borobudur Temple

Located in central Java, the Borobudur Temple is one of the famous Buddhist Monument from the 8th and 9th century. The construction of this Buddhist Monement was divided into three tiers. The bottom layer consists of a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the middle tier is the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and finally the top tier is a monumental stupa. The surrounding walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs.

Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

The reverse of 1979 Indonesia 10000 Rupiah note depicts the Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple is the largest temple compound that dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. It was built in the 10th century. The three majors temples arising from this archaeological compound were decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana. It is meant to dedicate to the three great Hindu divinities namely Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cambodia - Kingdom of Cambodia Series (1995)

This is one of the complete series of Cambodian banknotes which was issued on 25 March 1995. It consists of seven denomination namely 1000 Riels, 2000 Riels, 5000 Riels, 10000 Riels, 20000 Riels, 50000 Riels and 100000 Riels. Except for the denomination of 1000 and 2000 Riels, the obverse of these notes feature the portrait of King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk Varman. The reverse of these notes feature the scene of historical monuments or temples in Cambodia.

Eventhough these notes were originally issued in 1995, some of these notes were reissued in year 1998. Those notes printed in year 1998 can be differentiated by wording of "1998" which was printed underneath the signature.

Example of the reissued in year 1998 for the denomination note of 10000 Riels

1000 Riels


This 1000 Riels note was issued on 25 March 1995. The front features the Bayon Temple tower with the four faces of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. The back features the scene of "Prasat Chan Chaya" square.

2000 Riels


This 2000 Riel note was issued on 25 March 1995. The front features a scene of fishing activities at great lake "Tonle Sap". The frieze around the note is characteristic of the decorative art found on the Banteay Srei Temple. The back features the rear view of Angkor Wat Temple.

5000 Riels

This 5000 Riels note was issued on 25 March 1995. The front features the portrait of King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk Varman with a Banteay Srei temple on the left. The back features the New Market of Cambodia.


10000 Riels

This 10000 Riels note was issued on 25 March 1995. The front features the portrait of King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk Varman and the Bayon statue appears on the left. The back features a scene of traditional Water Festival.
20000 Riels
This 20000 Riels note was issued on 25 March 1995. The front features the portrait of King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk Varman in the background of Phnom Penh's river port. The back features the Throne Room of the Royal Palace of Cambodia.
50000 Riels
This 50000 Riels note was issued on 25 March 1995. The front features the portrait of King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk Varman and the sculture of the Preah Vihear Temple. The back features the road leading to Preah Vihear Temple with its surrounding scenery.

100000 Riels

This 100000 Riels note was issued on 25 March 1995. The front features the portrait of King and Queen of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk Varman and Monineath Sihanouk. The back features the scene of King and Queen receiving the homage of the people.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cambodia - Kingdom of Cambodia Banknote (1995 to 1999 Series)

This series of Cambodian banknote consists of four denominations which are 100 Riels, 200 Riels, 500 Riels and 1000 Riels. These notes were issued from 1995 to 1999. One of the features of this series of Cambodian banknote is the year of the note issuance was printed at the bottom right corner of the note except 1000 Riels was printed at left corner. Despite the year of issuance and signature are varies, the designs of the note are identical.

The obverse of this series of banknote depicts the Cambodian historical icons and landmarks. These landmarks have included the famous Angkor Wat Temple, Bayon Temple, four faces of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and etc. The reverse features the scene of various agricultural activities such as rubber tapping, paddy harvesting etc.

The year of issuance was printed at the right corner of 100 Riels note.

100 Riels

This 100 Riels note was first issued on 27 December 1995. The obverse of the note features the Independence Monument with a standing lion stone. The royal coat of arm was printed on the upper left corner. The reverse features workers tapping the rubber trees.

200 Riels

This 200 Riels note was first issued on 27 December 1995. The obverse features the irrigation sluice gate and the royal coat of arms printed on the upper left corner. The reverse features the four faces of the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.

500 Riels

This 500 Riels note was first issued on 27 December 1995. The obverse depicts the picture of Angkor Wat Temple and the royal coat of arms printed on the upper left corner. The reverse features the scene of paddy fields and farmers transplanting rice.

1000 Riels

This 1000 Riels note was issued on 24 December 1999. The obverse features Bayon temple that symbolizing the glorious culture of the Khmer people. The reverse depicts the scene of "Troh" bridge construction along the National Road No 6.