Dong: coin from Democratic Republic of Vietnam; 10 hao


2 dong (đồng), 1946: Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam)

2 dong (đồng), 1946: Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam)

In numismatic catalogs, this Vietnamese coin is classified as "Rebel Communist State".

VIET NAM DAN CHU CONG HOA (Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa): Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV).

HAI ĐỒNG: two dong.

NAM II: second year of DRV.

Five-pointed star as the main element of the coat of arms and flag of North Vietnam.

CHU TICH HO CHI MINH: President Ho Chi Minh.

Portrait of a Vietnamese revolutionary.

  • Bronze: 30 mm - 10.5 g
  • Reference price: 18$

COIN DONG — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. VIETNAM (1946-...) — North Vietnam (Democratic Republic of Vietnam) + South Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam) + Socialist Republic of Vietnam: dong = 10 hao = 100 xu (sometines, su)

About the name of the coin dong (đồng): the word "đồng" in the Vietnamese language literally means "copper" or "bronze".
During the French colonization of Vietnam, locals called the copper piastres of French Indochina đồng. Earlier, ancient Chinese bronze coins were called đồng too.
Interestingly, today the Vietnamese call the dong not only their currency but also the money of other countries with the addition of the name of the state.