III. Chronological Tables of the Annamese Dynasties
The Annamese have a chronological system identical with that of the Chinese, and they use the same characters of cycles and years as the Chinese. The twenty two cyclical characters which occur sometimes on Annamese coins, are herewith given:
The present year in Annam, as in China, is 壬午 Nhâm-Ngọ (1882). The kings of Annam have a Nien-hao which is changed according to their pleasure. These designations of reign are, of course, also changed after the death of their bearer, with the Miao-hao. I subjoin a list of both designations and the time corresponding to the reign of each king.