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
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
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
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...
There are Cambodian postage due stamps available for collectors. Cambodia has twice printed postage due stamps, intended for mail that had insufficient regular postage affixed to it by its sender. The first postage due stamps of Cambodia were made in 1957; there were five different stamps of various face values (in centimes and riels). The designs on each were the same, and these 1957 postage due stamps can only be distinguished by the amount shown, not their design or colors. The second set of Cambodian postage due stamps came in February 1974, months before the Khmer Rouge took control of the country and, eventually, abolished the post office as it was known. The 1974 postage due stamps consisted of four different values, all in riels, and this time could be differentiated not only by inscription but also by their four different color schemes. None of the Cambodian postage due stamps is particularly valuable and rare, and interested collectors can usually find individual stamps or whole sets of postage due stamps for sale if they look through the marketplace enough. Check what we have listed currently in this section; we update the listings quite frequently
Cambodian stamp covers include postcards, letters, and other envelopes that have been posted to, from, or within Cambodia at some point, usually with the stamp cancelled. This is quite a busy area of Cambodian stamp collecting, and different buyers look for different types of covers in this large marketplace. Of interest to some are letters sent before Cambodia's 1953 independence — that is, covers involving being posted in Cambodia but using French Indochina stamps. Others may even be interested in mail sent during the chaotic Khmer Rouge era of 1975-1979, during which regular postage was suspended but mail was indeed sent. Various covers can always be found for sale to Cambodian stamp collectors, and the selection can change quickly
Cambodia has issued several stamp souvenir sheets for collectors over the years. Khmer souvenir sheets feature a wide range of subjects, from notable international figures to domestic subjects and more. Some souvenir stamps sheets from Cambodia are more rare and valuable than others, but most collectors of these special Cambodian stamps can find some nice pieces for their collections, because the for sale listings tend to be pretty numerous at any given time. Buyers of souvenir stamp sheets from Cambodia may also be interested in our stamp minisheets, FDCs, and maximum cards sections
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...
One of the more striking colors of Cambodian zircon gemstones that is available to buyers these days is the green zircon that make up a small and even undiscovered portion of the Cambodian zircon marketplace. While blue zircon tends to get the lion's share of international attention (and understandably so), green Cambodian zircon — with a mesmerizing, sometimes pine-y color and an absorbing translucence that draws the eye — is quietly gaining a foothold among open-minded buyers and others in the know who are searching for the perfect item for their collection. If green is the color of your fancy, then Cambodia probably has found just the zircon for you. With a quality often compared to diamonds, naturally-occurring Cambodian zircon (from either Ratanakiri or Pailin Province, usually) is often a naturally robust, earthy green directly out of the ground, though treatment may enhance or change the green. There are many shades of what may be called green available; the stones can often tend toward yellow, blue, or even a rich brown-green. Most often, a kind of tea-green or turquoise shade is available. Some green zircon gemstones from Cambodia may be sold loose, either cut or uncut, or may be included in a silver or gold ring, necklace, or other finished piece of jewelry
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
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