Add Laos to the list of countries that have issued
coins commemorating Buddha, that include the Kushan
Empire in South Asia (2nd century AD), and in modern
times -- Cambodia, China, Nepal, etc.
Gautama was born in southern Nepal in the beginning
of the Magadha Period (c. 563 BC). He lived in luxury,
provided by his father, but still felt unfulfilled.
Endeavoring to find Nirvana, he renounced his life
of power and opulence to become an ascetic ... ultimately
forming a path of moderation away from the extremes
of self-indulgence and self-deprivation. Upon attaining
enlightenment, he became known as Buddha. Today,
Buddhism is a philosophy in addition to a religion,
with about 28 million followers around the world
seeking serenity and enlightenment.
prices range from $49 for the 15,000 Kip, 20 gm.,
.999 fine silver proof coin (mintage 6,888) to $5,999
for the one million Kip, 5 oz., .9999 fine gold
proof coin with genuine diamond insert (mintage
99). Other denominations available are the 10,000
Kip, 1/25 oz., 9999 fine gold brilliant uncirculated
issue, priced at $52 (mintage 6,888), and the 100,000
Kip, 1/2 oz., 9999 fine gold proof issue, priced
at $599 (mintage 688).
All of these coins are struck at the Singapore
Mint, and are available from the official distributor
Panda America, 3460 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100,
Torrance, CA 90503. Credit card orders can be
placed by calling (800) 472-6327 or on
. Shipping and insurance
is extra. Prices subject to change due to market
conditions. Each coin comes in the original
government packaging with a certificate of authenticity.
Torrance Blvd. Suite 100 - Torrance,
800-4-PANDAS (800-472-6327) - 310-373-9647