The king of Siam was distinguished by a deep knowledge of the history, economy and culture of not only his country. He was actively interested in the development of neighboring countries (in particular China, with which he established a partnership that brought huge profits to Rama III personally and the state Treasury of Siam), as well as European States and America. Even before his coronation, as Minister of trade and foreign Affairs at the court of his father Rama II, Prince Thap financed the translation of the history of the Napoleonic wars, first from French to Portuguese, and then, through the Consul of Portugal, from Portuguese to Siamese.
It was in honor of Rama III and to mark the beginning of cooperation that the United States minted a coin the following year, 1834, called the Little Silver Dollar. Because along with his many virtues, Rama III was also known as an avid numismatist. He even had a nickname 'The king of coins', and in his collection were collected many copies from all over the world. Today, the late king's collection is owned by the same anonymous fanatic collector who bought a Small Silver Dollar for a fabulous sum.
To date, the Small Silver Dollar exists in only 8 copies. On its obverse, traditionally, the American dream - Liberty is depicted, the reverse is decorated with the heraldic symbol of the United States-the eagle. The coin itself, a sample of 1804, has a relatively small size compared to other numismatic copies. What can not be said about its cost...
After the events of 1833, relations between the two worlds - East and West - revived. And not only in the trade and commercial sphere. The widespread missionary activity at that time was popular among Christian activists. And the most courageous went to carry the Word of the Lord to the 'wild pagans' (this category included the peoples of the East in the eyes of 'enlightened' Christianity).
The romantic and deeply moving story of the life of the British writer and traveler Anna Leonuens, told by Margaret Landon in the novel 'Anna and the king of Siam', comes to mind.