The first Vietnamese coins were cast under the rule of the Đinh Dynasty (968-981).
Cash coins circulated in the 19th century along with silver and gold bars, as well as silver and gold coins known as tiền. Denominations up to 10 tien were minted, with the 7 tiền coins in gold and silver being similar in size and weight to the Spanish 8 real and 8 escudo pieces. These coins continued to be minted into the 20th century, albeit increasingly supplanted by French colonial coinage.
The last king whose name was cast on cash coins, Emperor Bảo Đại, died in 1997.
There were several efforts by French administration to produce machine-struck cash (sapeque):
- Pham Quoc Quan, Nguyen Dinh Chien, Nguyen Quoc Binh and Xiong Bao Kang: Tien Kim Loai Viet Nam. Vietnamese Coins. Bao Tang Lich Su Viet Nam. National Museum of Vietnamese History. Ha noi, 2005.
- Collection Banknotes of Vietnam and the World
- Coins and Banknotes of Vietnam and French Indochina
- Cash coins of Vietnam 968 - 1945. Online Identifier
|Currency of Vietnam
968 – 1945
French Indochinese piastre
Reason: modern economy