|Bank notes:||1000 ₫, 2000 ₫, 5000 ₫, 10000 ₫, 20000 ₫, 50000 ₫, 100000 ₫, 200000 ₫, 500000 ₫|
|Coins:||200₫, 500₫, 1000₫, 2000₫|
|Three-course meal for 2, mid-range restaurant||400000 Dong|
|One-way ticket for local transport||7000 Dong|
|Bottle of water||6928 Dong|
The State Bank of Vietnam resumed issuing coins on December 17, 2003. The new coins, minted by the Mint of Finland, were in denominations of 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 5,000 Dong in either nickel clad steel or brass clad steel. Earlier, Vietnamese had to exchange banknotes for tokens with a clerk before purchasing goods from vending machines. This was also to help the state ease the cost of producing large quantities of small notes which tended to wear hard. Many residents expressed excitement at seeing coins reappear after many years, as well as concern for the limited usefulness of the 200 ??ng coins due to ongoing inflationary pressures. There had been rumours of coins being mistaken for candies by children and as fakes by some vendors since coins had long been absent from use in Vietnam, these reports have been difficult to verify.