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The Kingdom of Cambodia lies in Southeast Asia, alongside Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Known for its amazing collection of temple ruins known as Angkor Wat, its serene and beautiful Lake Tonle Sap, the Khmer Rouge-led years of 1975-1979, and its subsequent growth and resilience, today Cambodia continues to amaze visitors and supply endless collectibles to buyers worldwide.

Cambodia-For.com is full of information about various interesting items from Cambodia and aspects of Khmer culture. Some of the things you can find here, pages which usually also include some unique items for sale or auction, include Cambodian postage stamps, banknotes, coins, and music. Click on any category for information and to see our extensive Cambodia-related subcategories.

Cambodia music

Cambodian music comes in both traditional folk and modern pop music. The traditional folk music of the Khmer people is closely related to its neighbors, particularly Thailand. Orchestras including the pinpeat and other instruments common to the region of Southeast Asia can be found on vinyl records, CDs and as MP3 downloads of Cambodian music albums. Popular music, including the romvong (រាំវង់) and rom kbach (រាំក្បាច់) styles, tends to attract the bulk of the attention that is paid to modern Cambodian music. With highly emotional singing and melodies rooted in traditional Khmer music, Cambodian pop music tends to be like no other. Hip-hop and other Western styles are increasingly popular as well among young Cambodians. To hear the music of Cambodia, look for online downloads or even on Cambodian vinyl records. Fans of Cambodian music may also be interested in Dengue Fever, a psychedelic California surf band with a female singer from Cambodia who sings beautiful...

Cambodia music downloads

Download traditional and modern Cambodian and Khmer music online. Browse the available digital albums and tracks featuring Cambodian artists, instruments, and music. You can download Cambodian music from online retailers such as Amazon and the iTunes Music Store. Downloads are cheap, easy, and safe. Traditional orchestral and folk/dance Khmer music can be easily found through online download retailers. You may also enjoy modern Cambodian pop music, which has strong roots in the traditional music of the Khmer past. Also look for downloads of Dengue Fever, an America/Cambodian hybrid band specializing in psychedelic surf and Khmer singing

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Cambodia music records

There are usually a few vinyl records related to Cambodian and Khmer music available. If vinyl records is your preferred way to hear music, you can generally find traditional Khmer folk music, and even some pop music, in a vinyl format from various sellers. Many Cambodian music LPs have French titles, reflecting the history of French colonialization in Cambodia and the greater Indochina area. In addition to more traditional Khmer folk music records, you may also be able to find the occasional modern Cambodia-related vinyl from artists such as the American/Cambodian rock group Dengue Fever. Whatever you are looking for for your vinyl collection, check the current listings here. You may also be interested in Cambodian music downloads

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Cambodia coins

The earliest Cambodian coins were issued by the Khmer Kingdom in 1847, and were small, simply-designed silver pieces denominated in ticals. A tical was about 15 grams of silver, and there were several coins made in ticals and in fractional amounts — att, pe, fuang, and salong coins can be found for sale and include some quite nice pieces. In 1875, the French had new coins made for Cambodia and these used a decimalized monetary system based on the Mexican peso. You may be able to find some nice franc, centime, and piastre coins from this era for your collection. Note that these coins all bear a date of 1860, although they were actually produced in the last three decades of the 1800s. Cambodia soon began using the Indochinese piastre, and this was not an exclusively Cambodian coin. In 1953, Cambodia began issuing its own coins after the breakup of Indochina; although the unit of Cambodian currency was now the riel, these early coins were fractions of riels and were called centime...

Cambodia franc, centime, and piastre coins

Cambodia used a franc and centimes system of decimalized coinage beginning in 1875, replacing the previous tical system. Coins made after 1875 were dated 1860 — note this fact when buying or collecting these coins. The first centimes coins were brass tokens worth 1, 10, 20, and 25 centimes, now rare but sometimes seen for sale in the coin marketplace. Regular Cambodian franc coins were issued in 1 franc, 2 franc, and 4 franc versions; fractional coins were 5 centimes, 10 centimes, 25 centimes, and 50 centimes. There was also a 1 piastre coin. All but the smallest two coins were made of silver (or, more rarely, gold), and it is these that bore the 1860 date. Soon, the Cambodian franc would disappear as Cambodia was made part of the larger Indochina area administered by France. In the 1950s, Cambodia gained its independence from French Indochina and began minting its own coins. At first, these 1953 coins retained the old units, and there were 10, 20, and 50 centimes coins. In 1959 these coins were all re-minted, with the designs the same but centimes was replaced by sen. All of these 1950s centimes coins were made of aluminum. Following these early coins, Cambodian coinage would be denominated in the country's new unit, the riel. However, banknotes would win out over coins, and most attention given to Cambodian coins these days is from collectors, not from Khmer consumers

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Cambodia riel and sen coins

In 1953, after several decades of using the French Indochinese piastre, Cambodia became independent and once again started issuing its own coins in riels. The first coins were in fractions of riels — 10 centimes, 20 centimes, and 50 centimes. Six years later, in 1959, Cambodia produced these same coins, but changed the denomination (and thus, slightly, the design) to sen. The first full riel coins wouldn't be made until 1970, but as the government fell soon afterwards, they were released in limited numbers, if at all. In 1974, several large-value proofs were made: 5,000 riels and 10,000 riels of silver, and 50,000 riels and 100,000 riels (in gold). All but the 100,000-riel gold proof had two different designs. A 5-sen coin was made in 1979, and in 1988 some riel coins were issued (4 riels and up, made of copper and nickel). In recent years, banknotes have proven much more popular and useful for daily purchases among Cambodians, and coins are generally not used. However, there have been several uncirculated proof coins released by Cambodia, aimed at the international collectors' market. These coins and other riel and sen coins of Cambodia for sale can be found in the current listings. See also the sections for Cambodian franc, centime, and piastre coins, and the nineteenth century tical coins

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Cambodia tical and related coins

Coins of the Cambodian tical unit of currency were minted and used from the late 1840s until the mid 1870s. The tical was a small coin containing fifteen grams of silver, and there were several designs over the years. The most common design was an animal, usually a rooster, with few or no other elements. Tical coins came in a variety of fractional values, as well. The subunits of the tical were: 1 tical = 4 salong 1 tical = 8 fuang 1 tical = 32 pe 1 tical = 64 att The Cambodian coins of this era can be hard to identify as Cambodian; often one-sided, there are frequently few or no inscriptions, and even within the group of coins available from this time it can be tricky to distinguish them. Also, face values are not always consistent from one seller or collectors to another — one person's 2 pe coin is another person's 1/2 fuang coin, for example. Copper coinsSome coins from this period of Khmer numismatic history were made only of copper; this includes an att coin and a very similar pe coin from 1847. Copper billon coinsA large percentage of these coins were made of copper billon; that is, a copper and silver alloy. Such coins include most of the ones minted in 1847 — i.e., the ones that tend to feature roosters and little else as their design. SilverMany of the coins were made of pure silver, though weights varied even among supposedly same coins. Many of the 1847 "rooster" coins (and their brethren) exist as silver pieces, as do some later and larger coins with quite stunning and more ornate designs that are much rarer and almost never seen for sale. BrassThere were a few tical coins made with brass, including some token coinage from Cambodia's early French Protectorate days. Mintage numbers for tical and related Cambodian coins of the mid 1800s are not known, but it is not too difficult to find some of these interesting pieces for sale at a variety of prices. Collectors interested in Cambodian or Indochinese coins can look through the sales listings

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Cambodia stamps

Before 1951, Cambodia used the postage stamps of French Indochina, which also included the areas of Laos and Vietnam. Covers from this time (and afterwards, or course) appeal to many collectors. The first true Cambodian postage stamps came in 1951, and over the years there have been a great deal of interesting postal collectibles from this Southeast Asian country. In addition to various maximum cards and first day covers, there have been some airmail stamps from Cambodia, some postage due stamps, and several semi-postal stamps, many for the Red Cross. Collectors of Cambodian stamps can find subcategories on Cambodia-For.com for full stamp sheets and stamp mini-sheets, overprinted and surcharged stamps, errors and misprints, and even some cinderella stamps and souvenir sheets. You can also look at stamps by condition, including mint stamps that have never been hinged (MNH) or are lightly hinged (MLH). Our extensive Cambodian stamps for sale listings get updated daily. Listings expire...

Cambodia stamp maximum cards

Cambodian maximum cards are special collectors' pieces that include a postage stamp affixed or printed onto a postcard that includes a design that harmonizes with the stamp design; of interest to most maximaphilists is that a unique postmark, also in concordance with the design of the stamp and card, is also present. Design-wise, Cambodian maximum cards are generally used to commemorate local, Cambodian subjects — the life of the country's citizens, its wildlife, important historical or political events, et cetera. Because of this, Cambodian maximum cards are particularly absorbing as collectibles because they are so drenched in Khmer culture and identity. Cambodian maximum cards form a special subset of the collecting of Khmer postage stamps. Buyers should check the current listings to see what various Cambodian maxicards may be offered for sale now. Different Cambodian maxicards come and go at different times, and smart collectors will keep a close (daily) eye on listings to see the latest

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Cambodia cinderella stamps

There are not too many Cambodian "cinderella stamps" seen for sale, generally; there haven't been many of these non-postal or local or fantasy stamps issued by anyone. However, hunting the sales listings diligently may turn up the occasional interesting cinderella stamp. This may include stamps made in other countries with a Cambodia-related theme or some postage stamp-like piece used within Cambodia. Check the current listings for any Cambodia-related cinderella or other fantasy stamps

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Cambodia stamp minisheets

Some collectible Cambodian postage stamps are available as miniature sheets (also known as mini-sheets). These small-sized sheets of (usually) perforated but unseparated multiple stamps often come on a specially designed piece and are intended especially for collectors. Other Cambodian minisheets may be regular stamps that for one reason or another are intact on their original small sheet. For larger sheets of Cambodian stamps see the full stamp sheets section. Stamp minisheets have occasionally been used for postage and these special covers can be of interest to many collectors of Cambodian philately

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Cambodia banknotes

Cambodia has issued many banknotes since its first issue in 1955, and there have been several different denominations made available for circulation. Most Cambodian banknotes have been in the riel unit, though some were fractional riels in the 1970s and are sometimes referred to as being in the kak unit (1 riel = 10 kak). Look for info and sales offers on the various subcategories on this site; you can look at Cambodian banknotes by face value in riel or kak, or Cambodian banknotes by issue (there have been thirteen issues to date). Each of these sections have multiple subcategories so you can drill down into the exact types of Cambodian paper currency for your collection. The listings are updated lately...

Cambodia banknotes by issue

Cambodia has prepared thirteen different issues of its riel banknotes since its first in 1955. The issues have, overall, featured eighteen different denominations (three as fractional riel amounts — 1 riel = 10 kak. The different issues and their denominations are: First issue (1955-1956): 1 riel, 5 riels, 10 riels, 50 riels Second issue (1956): 1 riel, 20 riels, 50 riels, 100 riels, 500 riels Third issue (1963): 5 riels, 10 riels, 100 riels Fourth issue (1972): 100 riels, 500 riels, 1,000 riels, 5,000 riels Fifth issue (1975): 1 kak, 5 kak, 1 riel, 5 riels, 10 riels, 50 riels, 100 riels Sixth issue (1979): 1 kak, 2 kak, 5 kak, 1 riel, 5 riels, 10 riels, 20 riels, 50 riels Seventh issue (1987): 5 riels, 10 riels Eighth issue (1990-1992): 50 riels, 100 riels, 500 riels Ninth issue (1992-1993): 200 riels, 1,000 riels, 2,000 riels Tenth issue (1995): 1,000 riels, 2,000 riels, 5,000 riels, 10,000 riels, 20,000 riels, 50,000 riels, 100,000 riels Eleventh issue (1995-1999): 100 riels, 200 riels, 500 riels, 1,000 riels Twelfth issue (2001-2005): 50 riels, 100 riels, 500 riels, 1,000 riels, 5,000 riels, 10,000 riels, 50,000 riels Thirteenth issue (2007-2013): 1,000 riels, 2,000 riels, 20,000 riels, 100,000 riels Some of the notes that were prepared — and printed in significant quantities — were not actually released for use by the public. Notably, the entire Khmer Rouge's 1975 fifth issue was not used because the regime abolished all money after the bills were printed. You can check the various subcategories on this site and see what is available for sale from various vendors. Info can be found there and sales offers are updated daily

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Cambodia banknotes by face value

Cambodia has issued banknotes in 18 different denominations over the years; most have been in the country's main unit of currency, the riel but there have been fractional banknotes in kak (1 riel = 10 kak). In order of face value, the various denominations of Cambodian banknotes have been released in the issues of the following years: 1 kak (.1 riel): 1975, 1979 2 kak (.2 riel): 1979 5 kak (.5 riel): 1975, 1979 1 riel: 1955-6, 1956, 1975, 1979 5 riels: 1955-6, 1963, 1975, 1979, 1987 10 riels: 1955-6, 1963, 1975, 1979, 1987 20 riels: 1956, 1979 50 riels: 1955-6, 1956, 1975, 1979, 1990-2, 2001-5 100 riels: 1956, 1963, 1972, 1975, 1990-2, 1995-9, 2001-5 200 riels: 1992-3, 1995-9 500 riels: 1956, 1972, 1990-2, 1995-9, 2001-5 1,000 riels: 1972, 1992-3, 1995, 1995-9, 2001-5, 2007-13 2,000 riels: 1992-3, 1995, 2007-13 5,000 riels: 1972, 1995, 2001-5 10,000 riels: 1995, 2001-5 20,000 riels: 1995, 2007-13 50,000 riels: 1995, 2001-5 100,000 riels: 1995, 2007-13 Collectors have different approaches for what Cambodian banknotes to buy for their own collections. Whatever your style, look through our subcategories to see what is for sale from a variety of vendors right now. Selection changes daily; subscribe for free email updates in one or more categories you are interested in to see the latest additions to the sales listings before other buyers and bidders do

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Cambodian zircon

Stunning Cambodian zircon and zircon jewelry are the most beautiful examples of this rare gemstone found on Earth. The province of Ratanakiri (រតនគិរី) of northeast Cambodia is especially famous for its breathtaking blue zircon — this adulation is well-deserved, but there are many other colors of Cambodia zircon available in jewelry and as loose gemstones both cut and uncut. Zircon, which may be rendered as ពេជ្រថៃ in the Khmer script used throughout Cambodia, is generally a darker color when found or mined in its natural state. Brown or red, pink, black and other colors of zircon can be found naturally, and such colors of zircon unearthed during mining are often made into beautiful jewelry and exported to the international buyers' market. However, it is the application of heat in various amounts to various natural colors of Cambodian zircon which yields some of the most popular colors, including the mesmerizing blue zircon that is by far the most popular...

Cambodian brown zircon

When the famous Cambodian zircon gemstones are first dug out of the ground, they tend to be dark in color, often an earthy brown hue. Brown Cambodian zircon can be cut as it is, yielding a translucent brown (or brownish) stone that looks quite stunning in a necklace, ring, or other type of accessory. Certain brown zircons from Cambodia may be more red or orange or even yellowish in color, and heating it via various techniques may change the brown somewhat (this is how the famous blue Cambodian zircon is made). Cambodian zircon comes primarily from two regions of the Southeast Asian country — the small Pailin Province on the western border with Thailand, and Ratanakiri Province in the northeast, bordering Laos and Vietnam. Brown zircon may come from either place, though Ratanakiri tends to be the higher-producing and more popular of the two. When shopping for a brown zircon — either set in an item of jewelry or as a loose gemstone — study the colors and, if cut, the facets and design on the piece you are thinking of buying. With as many shades as there are stones, you can choose the brown that best suits your tastes with some patience and by looking carefully at the beautiful brown stones that sellers are currently able to offer you

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Cambodian pink zircon

An undiscovered area of the growing Cambodian zircon gemstone marketplace is the category of pink zircon. With a tendency towards a bright hue and a subtle beauty in its soft translucence, pink is a color of zircon that appeals to anyone looking for a rare pink stone with a lot of individual personality. While Cambodian zircon tends to be a dark (often brown) color when first mined, it is possible for it to have a pinkish hue right out of the ground. It is more common to treat zircon with various heating techniques, which rely on set patterns of heat and timing to achieve a huge array of colors and hues. (This is how blue zircon is made, for example.) So pink zircon from Cambodia can be any one of multiple hues, and may be somewhat blueish or may tend towards the red end of the pink spectrum. Sellers often have a variety of different pink Cambodian zircon stones available, and you may, depending on the timing, be able to find loose cut or uncut pink stones, or faceted pink zircon set in a ring, necklace, or other item of gold or silver. Whatever your style is, have a look at the pink zircon available today and see which one suits you best

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Cambodian yellow zircon

Cambodian zircon is world-renown for its different shades, and yellow zircon remains one of the brightest and striking colors available. While a lot of Cambodian zircon tends to be darker — the brown it tends to be when first mined, or a dark wine-red color — the most popular types of these Southeast Asian gemstones is the bright blue and blue-green versions. With zircon, deep translucence and strong-colored brightness are popular features. So it is yellow zircon, which itself can be divided into countless hues of its own. Yellow zircon makes up a small percentage of the Cambodia zircon stone market but one of the brightest-colored types. Yellow zircon from Cambodia, usually achieved through various heating techniques, can range from a green-yellow hue or a darker orange-yellow or red-yellow hue. The most popular type of zircon that may be called "yellow" is arguably the golden-yellow stones that are frequently seen for sale, and that tend to be the subject of the most competition from buyers when new stones are offered for sale by vendors. Some yellow zircon from Cambodia is sold loose, and sometimes it is available mounted on a piece of fine jewelry — silver rings and pendants are particularly popular among the small but growing number of people who have been turned on to the loveliness and rarity of zircon, which is not a rare as diamond but which is often favorably compared with it. If yellow appeals to your style, take a look through the yellow Cambodian zircons available now

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