Sunday, February 17, 2008

Coins of Malacca

The first truly Malay Coins were issued in about 1445, during the heyday of Malacca Sulatanate, the most glorious period in the history of penisula of Malaysia. The coins that issued back then were made of tin and stamped with Sultan's (King's) name. The tin coin was die struck and was known as pitis. The first Malacca coin so far recorded has been ascribed to th reign of Sultan Muzaffar Shah.


THIS IS THE LARGEST TIN COIN UNDER SULTAN MUZAFFAR SHAH'S COINAGE IN MALACCA DURING THE 15th CENTURY

Diameter : 31mm
Obverse : In Arabic "Muzaffar Shah Al sultan" (The Sultan Muzaffar Shah)
Reverse: Interlaced Arabic inscription "Nasir Al Dunia Wa'l Din" (Helper of the world and of the religion of Islam)
Composition : Tin
The coin has 2 sets of 3 dots under the Jawi writing of Sultan Muzaffar Shah and it also shows the stump where the breaking point from the "Money Tree" lies.




THE TORTOISES AND CRABS CAST DURING THE COMING OF ADMIRAL CHENG HO TO MALACCA IN THE 15th CENTURY

Jumbo Tortoise (With 1 OR 2 Chinese Characters)
Head to tail length : 111 mm
Weight : 595 gramme
Composition : Tin

Smallest Tortoise (With 1 OR 2 Chinese Characters)
Head to tail length : 42 mm
Weight : 30 grammes
Composition : Tin


Big Crab (With 2 Chinese Characters)
Length : 45 mm
Weight : 59 gramme
Composition : Tin

Small Crab (With 1Chinese Character)
Length: 36mm
Weight: 29 grammes
Composition : Tin





ADMIRAL CHENG HO'S DOUBLE CASH TIN COINS CIRCULATED DURING THE 15th CENTURY IN MALACCA.


Reverse of the double cash tin coin with a single chop mark in Chinese - " " (Fu Lai) means Wealth Forthcoming

Obverse with 4 Chinese Characters " " (Cheng Ho Yan Pow) - means Cheng Ho's Money. The other piece is also Cheng Ho's Money but with 2 Chinese chop marks on the reverse of the coin" " (Fu Lai) - Wealth Forthcoming

" " (Chou) - Second of The Twelve

Double Cash Tin Coin

Diameter : 31 mm

Weight : 8 grammes

Composition : Tin

4 comments:

Ammbiz said...

a good info ...

Malaysian Herrtage said...

Yes ...quite a good info but I believe that Sultan Muzaffar's coin is a fake...there are a few forums/links about those coins. mail me for more infos

Aidan Work said...

Don't forget that Kelantan has been issuing their own coins since AH1427 (2006).

You can read for yourself here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelantanese_dinar & http://www.dinarkel.com .

Anonymous said...

Fakes, you should speak to your dealer about them. Ask any reputable auction house and they will refuse to touch those coins (or any lured in the late Tiny Lye's book) with a barge pole. A similar no ident happened at the Malacca museum where such fakes were displayed and there was huge outcry among numismatists.