New note to mark Cambodian King’s coronation

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - The government announced that a new 15,000 riel bank-note will be introduced to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the coronation of King Norodom Sihamoni on October 29.

The government announced on Monday that a new 15,000 riel bank-note
will be introduced to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the coronation
of King Norodom Sihamoni on October 29.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said the new note bears the portrait of the
King, with an image of the Win-Win Monument in Phnom Penh on the
reverse.

Hun Sen said on Monday that the 15,000 riel ($3.75) note was
intended to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the King’s coronation at
the end of this month.

“The anniversary of the King’s coronation will be widely celebrated
across the country through the October 29 holiday, the 15,000 riel
banknote and a commemorative coin,” Hun Sen told 443 Grade-A students at
the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Monday.

The National Bank of Cambodia announced the features of the new note on Monday.

The front bears a portrait of the King in the centre, with an image
of a statue of a seven-headed naga at Angkor Wat to the left. The note
uses braille so the blind can tell its denomination.

On the reverse of the note left of centre is an image of the King,
Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk and the late King Father Norodom
Sihanouk during a ceremony as part of his coronation in 2004.

Right of the centre is an image of the Win-Win Monument, and far
right is a depiction of a three-headed elephant carrying a garuda
bearing a swan. The far left carries the message “Congratulations on the
15th anniversary of the coronation of the King”.

However, some Facebook users criticised the note bearing an image of
the Win-Win Monument, considering it a copy of a memorial in Vietnam.

General Nem Sowath at the Ministry of National Defence, the head of
the monument’s construction committee, on Friday dismissed such critics
as unimportant.

They are not interested in and are ungrateful for the achievements of the government, he said.

The Win-Win Monument embodies the peace of the nation after the
government successfully implemented the strategy to unify the nation
after years of war, he said.

Kin Phea, the director of the International Relations Institute at
the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said there was nothing wrong with using
the Win-Win Monument on a banknote.

He said the Win-Win Monument represented Cambodia enjoying full peace due the implementation of the government’s Win-win Policy.

Hun Sen’s “Win-Win Policy” of 1998 allowed Khmer Rouge holdouts to
keep their military positions in exchange for defecting to government
forces, ending years of civil war.

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