Phra Phong Roop Meuan LP Toh Phim Yai were produced in 3 times by using the mould was that copied from Mae Phim Phra Roop Meuan Nur Navaloha that only produced 21 pcs in B.E. 2521.
The 1st batch of Phra Phong Roop Meuan produced in B.E. 2521
The mould had been copied from Phra Roop Meuan Nur Loha (metal). The mould was made from hard plastic. During the pressing process of 157 amulets, the mould was broken at the left base of the amulet. This batch of Phra Roop Meuan Nur Phong has been named “Roon Raek Phim Block Taek” (the 1st batch from the broken block/mould).
For this batch of Phra Phong Roop Meuan, Phra Kru Viroj Kittikhun (presently the Abbot of Wat Pradochimplee) had intention to give to the people who donated money to buy the land to extend a cave named Singto Thong (golden lion cave) in Ratchaburi province where LP Toh had contacted to purchase.
Khun Surat Mooputharak (Aun Songsin) who has high respects for LP Toh brought this batch of amulets to his friends who were also LP Toh’s followers to donate the fund to purchase the land at the cave Singto Thong. For every contribution of Baht 2,000, the donater will get an amulet of Phra Phong Roop Meuan. The whole batch was completely taken within a few days.
This 1st batch was possessed by LP Toh’s followers who lived in Jakrawas and Sampeng (nearby the China Town = old commercial area where rich Chinese traders live). This batch is rarely found in the market as the owners would not let go.
The 2nd batch was produced in B.E. 2523
Phra Kru Viroj Kittikhun subsequently repaired the mould by using Epoxy glue. Before pressing the amulets, he tried to produce 50 amulets of which the Nur Pong (powder material) did not contain Tang Ew Oil, but only with powder and water. Consequently, the amulets were shrinked so this trial batch was called “Roon Long Pim” (Trial mould amulets) while some other people called it “Roon Block Nam” (Water block).
This 2nd batch of Phra Phong Roop Meuan used the materials from broken amulets of Phra Somdej Maruekhataiyawan of about 1 cigarette can, broken amulets of Phra Lampoon mixed with powder according to the formula of Wat Mai Amataros. There was no powder of Wat Pak Nam as misunderstood by some people.
After mixing all the powder materials, 10,000 amulets were pressed. In this batch, the amulets were big and the quantity produced was large too; however, the characteristic of some amulets were different. The earlier quantity that were produced were darker in colour and the pressing quality was deeper, while the latter quantities were lighter in colour and the pressing quality was shallower.
The 3rd batch of Phra Phong Roop Meuan (Roon Fang Takrood = with embossed Takrood) were produced at the same time as 2nd batch. However, this 3rd batch has Takrood at the base of the amulets. Quantity produced was only 400 pcs.
Phra Phong Roop Meuan LP Toh Phim Yai that had been produced 3 times has a strong and graceful characteristic. Though LP Toh was a small figure monk, he liked to produce big amulets. Most of his amulets were big mould types, eg. Phra Pidta Phim Jumbo (Jumbo Neung), some batches of Phra Somdej, and the Phra Phong Roop Meuan. This mould is big with a 4-cm, 2.8-cm width and 1.2 cm depth. LP Toh’s image sat in meditation posture in full frame. At the seat there is a Thai word “Phra Sangvoravimon Tera” (The Thai name in the monkhood) which was LP Toh’s designation/rank in B.E. 2521. At the back of the amulet is Yantrinisinghe (Yan-tri-ni-sing-he) with a Thai word “Wat Pradoochimplee LP Toh”. Many people who had worn them had good experiences of safety (from accidents, or whatever physical risks), while it was also good for those in the trading business as well. Many traders in Jakrawas and Sampen confirmed to this fact and that LP Toh’s amulets make honest and good people rich.
(Thank you to Khun Panida for the translation from the LP Toh Blue Book).