The first coins of Vietnam. The “ Đinh “ Dinh Dynasty 968 – 980 : Thai Binh Hung Bao. Reverse Dinh 丁 mark. AD970. The first known official Vietnamese coinage from the time of the Dinh dynasty. Back then Vietnam was known as Annam and was for a thousand years since the Qin Dynasty in China, an interregnum period under the Trieu 赵 dynasty before under direct Chinese suzerainity up to AD938. After the victory over the twelve self-appointed governors ruling chaotic Annam and the Later Ngo kings, Dinh Bo Linh proclaimed himself ‘Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang’, established his capital at Hoa Lu and renamed the country Dai Co Viet in the year of 968. He was the first Emperor to cast Vietnamese coins ‘Thai Binh Hung Bao’ in Viet Nam history and opened an independent era from China for Viet Nam. For thr next millennia, Vietnam continued the tradition of issuance of cash coinage but with distinct Vietnamese regnal titles apart from occasional Chinese imitations and imports.