Cambodian franc

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Cambodian franc
Cambodia 2 Francs 1860.jpg
2 Francs 1860
 5.37 piastre
 1/100 centime
 Rarely used 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 centimes, 1, 2, 4 francs, 1 piastre
User(s) Cambodia Cambodia

The franc was the currency of Cambodia between 1875 and 1885. It was equal to the French franc and was similarly subdivided into 100 centimes. It circulated alongside the piastre (equal to the Mexican peso) with 1 piastre = 5.37 francs. It replaced the tical and was replaced by the piastre. No paper money was issued.


Coins were issued in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 centimes, 1, 2 and 4 francs and 1 piastre. The 5 and 10 centimes were struck in bronze, with the remaining pieces in silver. All the coins were dated 1860 but were minted (mostly in Belgium) in 1875. They all bear the portrait of King Norodom. In about 1900, some of the silver coins were restruck but at approximately 15% reduced weights.

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