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By Han Cheung  /  Staff reporter

A sample of some of the coins that will be discussed at the conference.

Photo courtesy of the French School of Asian Studies, Taipei Center

Conference: Old currencies from Cambodia, Laos, Siam, Annam and Beyond

Before the French introduced paper money to Laos and Cambodia, the area’s indigenous people used a variety of ways to exchange goods. They started out simply exchanging goods such as iron, wax and shells, and later moved on to silver and bronze ingots from China and later Siam (Thailand).

By the 1850s, there were locally minted silver coins in use, as well as Mexican peso coins brought in by foreign traders. The detailed history of this evolution of currencies in the area will be the topic of a conference taking place today, organized by the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica and the French School of Asian Studies

Bernard Dupaigne, professor at the French National Museum of Natural History, will be the presenter.

■ The conference will be held today at 3pm at Room 701 in the Institute of History and Philology research building, 130 Academia Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市研究院路二段130號)

■ The conference is in English and no registration is required

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