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Rama V, Chulalongkorn, 1868–1910, gift set of Siamese coins from the second half of the 19th cent. presented to A. du Plessis de Richelieu by Rama V (22)

Description

Gift set of Siamese coins from the second half of the 19th cent. presented to A. du Plessis de Richelieu by Rama V, Chulalongkorn. The set consists of the following 22 coins; Rama IV, 1851–1868, Tamlung / 4 Baht ND (1864), 60th birthday of Rama IV, KM / Y A12, Kann p. 332f., 60.88 g; 2 Baht ND (c. 1863), Y 12, 30.41 g; Baht ND (1860), Y 11, 2 variations, 14.81 g, 15.14 g; 2 Salu'ng / 1/2 Baht ND (1860), Y 10.1; Salu'ng / 1/4 Baht ND (1860), Y 9; Sika / 1/16 Baht ND (1860), Y 7.1; Rama V, Chulalongkorn, 1868–1910, Baht ND, 1869, Y 31; Salu'ng / 1/4 Baht ND (1869, Y 29; Fuang / 1/8 Baht ND (1860), Y 28 (3 variations); Baht ND (1876–1900), Y 34; Salu'ng / 1/4 Baht ND (1876–1900), Y 33 Bullet coins: Rama IV, 1851–1868, Tamlung / 4 Baht (Mongkut), C 139.1; 2 Baht, C 138; Baht, C 137.1; 2 Salu'ng / 1/2 Baht, C 136.2; Salun'ng / 1/4 Baht, C 135; Fuang / 1/8 Baht (P'ra Tao), C 124; Song Pai / 1/16 Baht, C 123; Pai / 1/32 Baht, C 122 - An extremely rare and truly remarkable set with most of the coins in a stunning condition and with a wonderful iridescent patina. In the original silk and velvet lined black leather box.

The set has been consigned by a direct descendant of the admiral.

Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu (1852–1932) was a legendary Danish naval officer who travelled to Siam in 1874. He soon became one of the closest advisors to the king and was highly involved in the introduction of electricity and railways. He was appointed both admiral and minister of the Navy, and was active in the Franco-Siamese war in 1893, following which he achieved the highest noble title of “Phya Pan Tong”. From 1900–1901 he functioned as the only foreign born Commander in Chief of the royal Siamese Army ever. Following attacks of malaria he returned to Denmark in 1902 where he right until his death in 1932 experienced considerable success in both business and politics.

Auction

Coins and Medals, 8 November 2016

Category

Coins ▸ World coins

Estimate

100,000 kr.

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Price realised

300,000 kr.

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