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MEDALS FROM WAT KAO BANDAI IT

A person can hardly call himself an amulet collector without having a clue about LP Daeng's  medals, or at least about the first batch. 

As i mentioned in the LP Daend's brief biography, the first batch was made in B.E.2503(1960) - a year after LP had received an official statute of Buddhist teacher and Phra Kru title from The King Rama IX. This brought some funds and rights for making his own amulet batches. The medal very quickly became famous as a higly protective charm. Then Phetbury was suffering from Mafia wars and gunfights would happen often, endangering ordinary people as well as the Police members. Thus, sadly enough, there were many occasions to prove the protective powers of the LP Daeng's new pendant. Also, those American soldiers who received the medals confirmed their efficiency under the open fire of Vietnamese battlefield.

Since 2503 LP Daeng would keep on creating medal-batches until his death in B.E.2517(1974).


Here is some info on batches 2503, 2511 and 2512:

BATCH 2503 (the 1st medal)
There is so many fakes of this incredible 1st batch that a chance to come across a real piece is probably the same as the chance to find a real Somdet Wat Rakang. Almost every single amulet shop in Thailand or a street vendor has at least one piece of LP Daeng 2503 displayed even though it is an obvious copy. There is simply too many copies not to have at least one after years of collecting. There are some guidelines to recognize the right features of the original pieces but they are mostly useless as the new, better looking generations of fakes hit the market. Thus apart from a pure luck, to find an original  you have to gain some knowledge from the other collectors, which is not completely an easy thing.

First of all, please consider that the 1st batch comprises of 3 slightely different prints.
Since  i have no pictures of the other two, i will just describe them:

1. The first print: the most known one - see the pictures below
2. The second print: monk's face feels a bit smeary and "sunken" to the background
3. The third print: very simillar to the first one. It doesn't have completely the same features though and thus can be very easily treated as a fake. Monk's ears are a bit "sunken" to the background.

What i want to say is: some of the ridiculous looking fakes can actually be the originals of the print 2 or 3.

Hhere are a few hints for the FIRST PRINT VARIANT i received from a Thai guy who had one of those 2503 originals on his neck:

1. If you see a mint, black piece for less than 50.000B be always very suspicious. The "not-that-good-looking" pieces can be much cheaper.
2. First check the basic guidelines at Lek Watruak's site
but keep on mind that those are very basic and many new fakes follow them.
3. For the first approach memorise the monk's face and his ears (that's almost a general rule for the first approach)
4. Check the pictures 1 and 2 below
4. If you ever run across a piece that has a little round lump on the monk's robe (see the picture 3 below) forget about it - it is a well known fake!
5. that's all i know, good luck

pic. 1 pic. 2 pic. 3
 

The following 2 batches are not that hard to find but there are still many fakes around markets, as well as some recent re-prints that have been made right at Wat Kao Bandai It ...

BATCH 2511, the 1st division army batch
(from my collection)  
This is another famous batch, and YES there is many fakes around. First of all, please consider that the 1st batch comprises of
3 slightly different prints:

1. There are 3 stars under the wheel on the back. The star in the centre is slightly bigger.
2. There are 3 stars under the wheel on the back. All 3 stars are the same size.
3. There are NO stars under the wheel on the back

As you see, without knowledge about the prints you can treat original pieces as quite funky fakes :)


Here is a few hints to help you recognize a genuine 
2nd PRINT piece:

1. Look at the monk's face - it MUST be looking like he is trying to suppress a laugh. If he look serious, avoid it.
2. The print must be nicely carved with fine details.
3. Tthere is a visible contour around the monk which makes him look very plastic
4. See the pictures below for more details



BATCH 2512, so called medal of two relatives (from my collection)  
This is another famous batch, and AGAIN - YES there is many fakes around. First of all, please consider that thist batch comprises of 2 slightly different prints (that differ only by the arrangement at the very top part of the back side):

Here is a few hints to help you recognize the
genuine 1st PRINT piece:

1. First look at the back side. There MUST BE a hair-thin line at the top in between the very top two letters (pic. 1) . This is absolutely crucial and if you cannot see the line on your piece then it is NOT a genuine LP Daeng but fake or recent Wat Kao Bandai It re-print.
2. Then check the rest of the back side (pic. 2) and the front side (pic. 3)

Personally - if the line from the pic. 1 is there, you almost certainly hold the genuine medal and you don't have to be that precise with the rest of the features.

pic. 1 pic. 2 pic. 3

As i said, Wat Kao Bandai It recently reprinted a few LP Daeng medal batches. They look good, but they miss the feature from the pic.1
    

 

last actualised May 13, 2007 (2550)
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