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Hong Gambling Token Siamese Gaming Token Rare Porcelain Coin

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This is a gambling or gaming token produced in Siam (now Thailand) approximately 200 years ago. They were used in old Siam at Chinese-run gambling establishments known as hongs in a game called Fantan. They were used as counters originally, but later the owners of the hongs allowed them to be used as currency within their districts. Those who issued the pees, as they were known, were required to exchange them for gold or silver. The tokens were much easier to use than the silver bars that were Siam's legal tender at the time, and in fact became so popular that they were used in trade throughout Siam. The value of the token appears on one side in Siamese or Chinese. Use of the tokens was eventually forbidden by Siam's King Rama IV. In 1875 he ordered new coins to be struck and circulated for his country. These coins or tokens are highly sought after by collectors today and are wonderful additions to an existing collection of world coinage or perfect for a beginning numismatist! This circular shaped Pee or token is in good condition with very vibrant color. Four Chinese characters on one side, one large character on the other side. Glaze on token still has beautiful shine. Measures 7/8" dia. Stunning piece!
NOTE: This token has not been cleaned.

Hong Gambling Token Siamese Gaming Token Rare Porcelain Coin

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: porcelain, glaze
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