We have here on offer, a very rare vintage 1943-44 Francaise Indochine China Yunnan "FU" Opium Trade Silver Coinage. VF+/V.Rare!
"This coins, so called "Opium" Taels, were used in 1943-1944 in opium trade in Laos and Tonkin. The inscription of Chinese character "FU", directly translated as "Wealth" (obv). and Laotian & Chinese Character denomination (rev). Large crown size of 41 mm.
Minted in France for opium trade payment with Indochina hill tribal growers in Indochina region."
"The most important opium-growing regions in Indochina were Xieng Khouang Province in northeastern Laos and the Tai country of northeastern Tonkin. Both regions had a high concentration of opium-growing Meo tribesmen and lay astride major communication routes. By choosing Touby Lyfoung as their opium broker in Xieng Khouang Province, and Deo Van Long for the Tai country, the French made political commitments that were to have unforeseen consequences for the future of their colonial rule."
Across the century, many silver coins were melted, lost, or destroyed for its bullion, especially for war efforts use during the Pacific Far East WWII periods. Today, these have very limited quantities left available in the hands of collectors, and their circulation circles.
Circulated with used marks, this is still very beautiful and rare silver coin! Feels & looks better in your hand! This top rarity collector's item can serve as a unique addition to your collection! Authenticity guaranteed for life! Fairly priced!
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