In the feudal dynasties, money and history were inextricably linked. Money emerged as a result of the growth of the commodity economy, acting as a trade and exchange medium and as such, playing a significant role in human society. In Vietnam, coins were minted from the period of formation and development of the independent feudal state in Vietnam in the 10th century. In each dynasty, coins with the era name on them were used.
The “Vietnam Currency” exhibition room, with more than a thousand artifacts of coins and banknotes, provides visitors with a closer look at Vietnamese currency through different periods of time: Currency used in the feudal era, in the French colonial era, and from 1945 up to the present.
Many unique artifacts are also displayed in the “Vietnam Currency” exhibition room, including money counting instructions, ancient coins, some money-related documents. Each item has the imprint of Vietnamese history and tells a tale of social as well as currency history.
The collection of Vietnamese banknotes from the past to the present has demonstrated the evolution of Vietnamese money throughout history, from the material to the name changes throughout history. Consequently, it affirms the independent economic – financial sovereignty of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.