Our blog-ette this week is on a note from the Southeast Asian nation Cambodia. This note is 5 Riels p33 and was printed in 1987. The front of the note features an office worker with a portfolio, a farmer with rice stalks, a factory worker with a hammer, a soldier with an AK-47 assault rifle, a factory in the background, and the coat of arms. The coat of arms featured on this note was used from 1979-1989 and represents the People’s Republic of Kampuchea. The People’s Republic of Kampuchea was a group of Cambodian communists that were the de facto government between 1979-1993.

On the back of the note, you will find both French and Khmer text. Khmer is the official language of Cambodia and has about 16 million speakers. Additionally, the back of the note includes the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh is the capitol of Cambodia, and this beautiful, eye-catching monument is located in the city center. The monument was built in 1958 to commemorate Cambodia’s liberation from the French, who controlled Cambodia from 1863 until 1953. The Independence Monument was created by Vann Molyvann, who designed the monument to look like a blooming lotus flower. The symbolic flower is used in many structures across Cambodia including Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a large religious temple complex in Cambodia, and is frequently represented on Cambodian notes.

Angkor Wat

This note is especially uplifting. I enjoy the representation of everyday people on the front of the note, and the grand Independence Monument taking center stage on the back of the note. To see more on this note, or to add this wonderful note to your collection, please visit our website.

Country: Cambodia
Denomination: 5 Riels
Pick #: 33
Year: 1987
Grade: UNC
Coloration: Red/Light Green
Depictions: office worker with portfolio, farmer with rice stalks, factory worker with hammer, soldier with AK-47 assault rifle, factory, coat of arms, and Independence Monument
Note Size: 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: Asia and the Middle East
Watermark: Repeating Pattern