via Khmer Times, 17 November 2020: A discussion about coins in Cambodia’s archaeology and history. The story has opinions from coin dealers as well as archaeologists and historians.
Archaeological evidence shows that Khmer people first minted coins for transactional purposes hundreds of years ago and the currency from each of the eras could tell what the economy and people’s lives were like during that period, although they are no longer used in today’s economy.
In Udom Chay Asian Art antique shop, located just north of the Russian Market, Udom Chay, the owner, said she has some Khmer coins in her stock. In a room at the back of her shop, there are a number of old coins in plastic bags.
“Very few Cambodians collect them (the coins),” she says. “People who come to my shop and ask for them are French and Thai people.”