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50 Riels Democratic Kampuchea

50 Riels (Democratic Kampuchea) -  obverse50 Riels (Democratic Kampuchea) -  reverse

© Micheal Linke

Features

Country Cambodia
Type Standard banknote
Year 1975
Value 50 Riels (50)
Composition Paper
Size 140 × 72 mm
Shape Rectangular
References P# 23
Standard Catalog of World Paper Money
by Tracy L. Schmidt
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

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

Lettering:
๕๐ ๕๐
ហាសិបរៀល
๑๙๗๕
๕๐

Translation:
50 50
FIFTY RIELS
1975
50

Reverse

Female Khmer Rouge firing Rocket Propelled Grenade and other light arms, text in Khmer date in cartouche embedded in boarder design.

Watermark

Three central towers of Angkor Wat, part of state motif adopted on Democratic Kampuchea flag (5 spires).

Comments

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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Year Signatures No. printed G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1975 

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