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Notes Of The Pathet Lao, Aspiration For A Future: 10 Kip (Laos, 1968)-Article

Updated: Apr 12

This small Laotian banknote represents the 2nd denomination of the Pathet Lao "Liberation" Kip (Series 1968). The “Liberation” Kip were printed as aid, from the People's Republic of China. They used to replaced the Royal Kip, in areas under Pathet Lao control. The exchange rate was 20 “Liberation” Kip to 1 Royal Kip.

The “Liberation” Kip was briefly the currency of Laos. After the Kingdom of Laos was defeated by the Pathet Lao, in 1975. The “Liberation” Kip was replaced by the Lao PDR Kip, at a rate of 100:1. The PDR Kip has since remained the currency of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.


The observe features an illustration of nurses working at a clinic. Despite efforts to improved education and train more healthcare workers, since 1975. Most treatment is limited in the Laotian capital, Vientiane. As the outlaying providences lack the infrastructure, needed to provide proper care. Thus doctors and nurses are often pooled in the most developed areas.

All text is printed Lao script and numerals. The header reads "ປະ​ເທດ​ລາວ", translated as the "Pathet Lao". At the lower left and right are the note's dual serial numbers. Both of these serial numbers read "FF 118001". Between there serial numbers is the text "ສິບກີບ", translated as "Ten Kip".

In regards to the observe frame, it resembles traditional stonework with floral designs. Decorative backings can be seen along the lower corners. All the corners feature Lao number "໑໐"s, representing the note's 10 Kip value.


The reverse depicts a group of Pathet Lao guerillas, setting up bamboo traps. Similar to their National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) allies. The Pathet Lao employed punji stick traps. By sharpening and hardening bamboo stakes, than camouflaging them with natural foliage. They were meant to injure, rather than to kill. Causing enemy patrols to become slowed down evacuating the injured.

The reverse text is fairly simple, yet is surrounded by decorative embellishments. The header reads "ຄະນະກາມະການສນກາງແນວລາວຮກຊາດ", translated as the "Lao National Front Central Committee". There is a number "10"s on the center-left, representing the note's 10 Kip value. At the lower-center is additional Lao text, it translates to "Ten Kip".

The reverse border resembles traditional stone work, featuring abstract floral patterns. Notably as the border is printed towards the note's center. It simplifies viewing the full surface watermark.

Pathet Lao Kip Gallery

(Gallery will updated as additional banknotes are databased)


Additional Notes

  • The note's dimensions are 128 x 64 mm or 5.04 x 2.52 in, smaller than a US Dollar.

  • The preferable method to preserve this note are side-opening protective sleeves, cut to size.

  • The “Liberation” Kip ISO code was LAK, it uses and ₭N as it's symbols.

  • The “Liberation” Kip was subdivide into 100 Att, although it lacked coins in that value.


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