It was at Oc-Eo, the port city of Funan, that coinage first appeared in Southeast Asia during the first few centuries of the Christian era.
This coinage was based on the Hindu models of silver coins, and throughout the region's history, most coins have been local variations of this early Indian silver coinage.
ROMANTICS STEP ASIDE, money makes the world go round (not love comes in second).
The Kingdom of Funan was established as a Hindu (Indian) kingdom in the Mekong delta area to foster trade between Hindu and parts of Asia, particularly China.Namo money and Dok Chan money from the Srivijaya kingdom which encompassed southern Thailand are also briefly displayed.Pictures of other ancient coins include Lawa Bura coins, bia (cowrie shells), and the various coins found and used in northern Thailand (Lan Na kingdom) including Sycee money featuring Chinese characters, Tok money, Pak Moo money, Dok Mai money, Bai Mai money, and Chiang money.), known as Kalinga in ancient times, started before 350 BC according to early sources.The people of this region of eastern India along the coast of the Bay of Bengal sailed up and down the Indian coast, and travelled to Indo China and throughout Maritime Southeast Asia, introducing elements of their culture to the people with whom they traded.