1953 South Vietnam 10SU - 1953 S.Vietnam 10SU NGC MS62, KM # 1. This lustrous, Mint State, aluminum 10 SU 1953 piece from South Vietnam is well struck. Full details are present on the three portraits, the legends, and the rice plant. The surfaces are original and show light oxidation, especially on the left side of the obverse. Otherwise, the surfaces are very clean for the grade, with no individually distracting abrasions or other marks.
The obverse shows the conjoined busts of three women facing to the left. Each woman represents one of the three regions of Vietnam. From left to right, the first woman is from the south of Vietnam, the middle one is from Hue, and the woman on the right is from the north of Vietnam. Above them is the legend QUOC-GIA VIET-NAM with the date below. The date is one year before the demise of Dien Bien Phu. The reverse shows a common rice plant (oryza sativa) dividing the denomination with 10 on the left of the plant, and SU on the right.
Aluminum coins are subject to corrosion and pitting unless encapsulated in a protective holder such as one from NGC or PCGS. Since most were not properly saved, Uncirculated specimens in good condition are scarce and even rare. Here is an excellent opportunity to acquire an historic piece at a reasonable price.