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V0026
Selling Price: $5385 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $5
VIETNAM CIA! OPERATIONS KIT GOLD BARTER FIELD CURRENCY (2)
ORIG CIA FIELD SCRIP! CIA MARKED & MINTED! NUMISMATIC!
I got this from a friend that I served in the Infantry with during the last 3 years of Vietnam.

Here is what he told me. These were stamped into sheets, marked in the many different Far East currency standards as pure gold. There are 2 distinct stampings I have seen. I have one of each.

They cut them up, or bent a piece off during missions if they needed to buy their way out of some situation. They were supposed to be turned in after each mission - or they had to justify where it went to. If you knew my friend, you would know why he had two full, uncut sheets and a small piece that he gave to me. It has a numismatic value as well as a cash value, as well as of pure, exotic and was elite Vietnam era value.

It is 13.8 grams. 28.35 grams in an ounce. It is 3.9 inches tall by 1.5 inches wide. There are Characters in Chinese, English, Vietnamese cast into it. So this is a full sheet. Each sheet is usually between 13 and 15 grams. CIA field currency, wild! My friend gave the excuse that he had to either give up the gold, or his Zippo - and there was no damn way he was going to let some $#@!*& have his Zippo.

On my own, I have scoured web sites and found this: "Gold wrapped in rice paper was a type called Kim Thanh."

These types of bar gold, as a media in Asia, are commonly traded units in Hong Kong and throughout the Far East. These are clandestinely made, whereas other bars are civilian used in barter - so it is an issue of emission as to rarity. These are the commonly traded units in Hong Kong and throughout the Far East. Kim Thanh weigh about 1.2 troy ounces, or a teal, as it is called in the Orient.

They look like thick gold leaf rectangles 3 to 4 inches long, 1-1/2 to 2 inches wide, and a few millimeters deep. Kim Thanh are embossed with Oriental characters describing weight and purity. In any regard. A promise has been made and I have given you all of the information available on this item. It is ORIGINAL. GUARANTEED! FOREVER!

I've had this in my collection for years. I left the Infantry in 1977, and had known this man since the fall of Saigon. A real, clandestine piece of in-theatre history. In all, I know there are 2 different styles of bars from this one source. Each with different markings.

My source was in country late in the war, 1970s, and that he was not in a recon team or anything, but worked in the same office as the Saigon, CIA Station Chief. He offers no field information.



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