The most highly preferred and rare guru monk coin amulets of the great Master Monk Luang Phu Hmun of Wat Ban Jan, in Sri Saket, the ‘Rian Run Raek’, or, ‘Rian Laekh 1’ amulet, with number 1 code stamp indented into the front surface of the amulet. Although called the ‘Rian Laekh 1’, meaning ‘coin with number 1’ this amulet was also made without the number 1 code stamp in some exhibits, hence, many people prefer to call it the ‘Rian Run Raek’ (first edition coin), of 2452 BE. Only 5000 amuletsa were made in Nuea Tong Daeng, with only another 35 Gammagarn edition versions in solid silver.
In truth it is hard to name which coin amulet as Luang Phu Hmun’s first edition, because he released various at various temples, so each temple has a ‘first edition’ amulet which was released and blessed by Luang Phu Hmun, such as the Rian Run Raek Hlang Hanuman released at Wat Ban Jan in 2542, is also referred to as first edition, for its simultaneous release, and the4 fact it was the first and only time that design model was released. Each design has therefore its own ‘first edition’ because often they are made again in later years due to high popularity and demand from devotees in the case of many amulets from many masters. This is a common truth in general in the Thai amulet world.
The revered and rare guru monk coin amulets of the esteemed Master Monk Luang Phu Hmun, from Wat Ban Jan in Sri Saket, hold great significance. Among these treasures is the distinguished ‘Rian Run Raek’ or ‘Rian Laekh 1’ amulet, bearing a unique number 1 code stamp delicately etched on its front surface. While it is commonly referred to as the ‘Rian Laekh 1,’ denoting a coin with the number 1, it is worth noting that some examples of this amulet were crafted without the number 1 code stamp. Consequently, many enthusiasts prefer to call it the ‘Rian Run Raek,’ signifying the first edition coin, originating from the auspicious year 2452 BE.
Determining which coin amulet truly represents Luang Phu Hmun’s first edition can be a challenge since he released various editions at different temples. Each temple has its own ‘first edition’ amulet, meticulously crafted and blessed by Luang Phu Hmun. For instance, the Rian Run Raek Hlang Hanuman, released at Wat Ban Jan in 2542 BE, is also regarded as a first edition due to its simultaneous release and the fact that it was the initial and sole occasion this specific design model was made available. Each design, therefore, possesses its own distinct ‘first edition’ as they are often reproduced in subsequent years to meet the immense popularity and demand among devoted followers and collectors. This phenomenon is a common reality in the vibrant realm of Thai amulets, embraced and understood by enthusiasts and practitioners alike.