Description

French Cochinchina, sometimes spelled Cochin-China (French: Cochinchine Française, Vietnamese: Nam Kỳ, Hán tự: 南圻), was a colony of French Indochina, encompassing the Cochinchina region of southern Vietnam. Formally called Cochinchina, it was renamed in 1946 as Autonomous Republic of Cochinchina, a controversial decision which helped trigger the First Indochina War. In 1948, the autonomous republic, whose legal status had never been formalized, was renamed as the Provisional Government of South Vietnam. It was reunited with the rest of Vietnam in 1949.

Obverse

Depicts a country name (French Cochinchina), date below under the mintmark (A, Paris Mint) surrounded by privy marks.

1879:
• Mintmaster privy mark: bee, Renouard de Bussière
• Chief engravers privy mark: anchor, Désiré-Albert Barre

1885:
• Logo of the Paris Mint: cornucopia
• Chief engravers privy mark: fasces or bundle of arrows, Jean Lagrange

COCHINCHINE FRANÇAISE
A
1879

Reverse

Chinese lettering ("French Cochinchina" and "2 Sapeque") around square hole at centre.

南安之 國法大

Edge
Characteristics
Material Bronze
Weight 2.1 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness 0.8 mm
Shape round with a square center hole
Alignment Coin
Mint
Paris Mint (A)

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