Information about Cambodia and Cambodian collectibles
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...
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
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
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...
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
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
In November 2013, Japan announced a 3,000-riel silver Cambodian coin, intended for Japanese coin collectors, that would feature Angkor Wat on one side and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the two Asian nations enjoying diplomatic relations. Initially sold for ¥6,000 in Japan (far more than the roughly 75 yen that is the coin's face value), the Japan Mint said it planned to make about 10,000 of the coins. Cambodia may sell some of the coins to its own resident collectors, but Cambodian coins are generally not used for daily transactions there; banknotes have won out. The .925 silver coins are colored one one side, with a design that is based on the Cambodian and Japanese national flags swirling around each other to form a "60", and features both Khmer script and English inscriptions (curiously, there is no Japanese writing on the coin). The English reads: 2013 60th Anniversary JAPAN and CAMBODIA Trust we built, Future we share The coins are 35 mm in diameter and weigh 20 grams. Collectible Japan and Cambodia 60th anniversary silver friendship coins will hopefully be on the online marketplace for interested collectors soon. Sign up for email updates in this category to be notified when we add new listings
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...
Although Cambodia has never used special stamps only for official use, there have of course been several examples of official governmental correspondence involving the Southeast Asian nation over the years. Some collectible official covers to, from, and/or within Cambodia can sometimes be found for sale in the marketplace from various vendors. Special, official-use only stamps of other countries may also have been used on letters to Cambodia. The collection of official Cambodian letters, covers, and other stamp specialties can be found in this section
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
Full sheets of Cambodian postage stamps are a unique and challenging way to collect Khmer stamps. If your collection is suited to getting full sheets of stamps, you can always find some nice and interesting examples for sale in the marketplace. Finding full sheets can go alongside the collection of stamp minisheets or even multi-stamp blocks. Of particular interest to you may be elusive full sheets of a specific stamp issue, or perhaps you want to collect full sheets of all stamp issues from a certain year in Cambodian postal history. Many collectors look for full sheets of the famous Cambodian gold-embossed stamps of the early 1970s. Whatever your personal approach to collecting Cambodian stamps and your reasons for looking for full sheets for sale, check the listings to see what is being offered right now
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 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
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
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...
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
Cambodian zircon, a strikingly pretty gemstone found in places such as Ratanakiri Province in the northeast, and Pailin Province in the western part of the country of Cambodia, can be heated in various stages until its blue color disappears and it emerges colorles — a translucent white gem. White Cambodian zircon has been used for centuries as a less-valuable but nearly equally-beautiful substitute for actual diamonds. Such is the beauty and sparkle of white Cambodian zircon that its most fervent supporters actually don't seem to prefer real diamonds to it. Colorless zircon from Cambodia tends to envelop its own personal beauty, and it is the smart shopper indeed who explores the current for-sale selection of this type of zircon with a critical yet hopeful eye. White Cambodian zircon can be bought either as loose gemstones — cut or uncut — or already incorporated into a piece of jewelry. Prices can fluctuate quite a bit depending on the source, provenance, and look of a particular stone. Check the images and be sure you are getting the perfect white Cambodian zircon that fits your own style and personality
The beautiful and intoxicating colors of Cambodian blue zircon make it the most famous of all types of zircon. As with the other colors that can be achieved with Cambodian zircon gemstones, there is a large range of hues within the category of "blue" zircon, and shoppers and other buyers are each drawn to their own favorite examples of these unique and striking stones. Ratanakiri blueThe most famous type of blue zircon of all is the kind mined in Ratanakiri Province (រតនគិរី) in northeast Cambodia, an area which borders Laos and Vietnam. This kind of zircon, which is a muddy brown when still in its natural state, is heated until it yields the astonishingly vivid blue color that cutters and lovers of jewelry covet the world over. World reknown for its ethereal loveliness, its shifting colors, and its diamond-like appeal, blue Ratanakiri zircon stones are a wonder to behold and are well-deserving of their reputation. Pailin pale blueAnother type of blue Cambodian zircon comes from Pailin Province (ប៉ៃលិន), a small province far from Ratanakiri on the western border with Thailand. Zircon mined in Pailin heats to a pale blue, and has its own impassioned devotees. Both Pailin and Ratanakiri blue Cambodian zircon can be found for sale as loose, cut gemstones, as part of some truly exquisite rings and other jewelry, and even as freshly-mined natural-color unheated pieces. The best cuts and the most mesmerizing colors of course command the highest prices. But for a stone like Cambodian zircon — which has supporters who compare it favorably to diamonds, of all things — these prices are understandable, when the look is so breathtaking. Subsequent heating of blue zircon gemstones may yield some other, equally-beautiful colors, including yellow zircon and the famous colorless white zircons