50 Riels Democratic Kampuchea
|Value||50 Riels (50)|
|Size||140 × 72 mm|
Standard Catalog of World Paper Money
by Tracy L. Schmidt
Khmer peasants planting rice in field, Four faces of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (God who hears the cry of the World), Bayon temple (Angkor Thom) to the right. Text and denomination in Khmer
Female Khmer Rouge firing Rocket Propelled Grenade and other light arms, text in Khmer date in cartouche embedded in boarder design.
Three central towers of Angkor Wat, part of state motif adopted on Democratic Kampuchea flag (5 spires).
The notes were printed in China, and were released when the Khmer Rouge forces occupied Phnom Pehn. From here there is some disagreement. Some sources state that the notes were exchanged by sympathetic soldiers while others state that the notes were destroyed having never been issued. Some eyewitness accounts shared that some zones the notes were distributed, but regardless the notes were useless as Democratic Kampuchea, as the state would be know, destroyed all vestiges of capitalism and money in all forms was outlawed.
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