Siamese Singgora/Songkhla Tin Coin With Arabic Inscription.
In the 18th century many Chinese immigrants, especially from Guangdong and Fujian, came to the province. Quickly rising to economic wealth, one of them won the bidding for the major tax farm of the province in 1769, establishing the Na Songkhla (i.e. 'from Songkhla') family as the most wealthy and influential.

In 1777 the family also gained political power, when the old governor was dismissed and Luang Inthakhiri (Yiang), Chinese name Wu Rang (呉譲)) became the new governor. In 1786 the old governor started an uprising, which was however put down after four months. The post was inherited in the family and held by 8 of his descendants until 1901, when Phraya Wichiankhiri (Chom) was honorably retired as part of the administrative reforms of Prince Damrong Rajanubhab.

This is a small piece (only 24mm in diameter) of 1809 A.D. unlisted Singgora Tin Pitis which I collected recently. It was not listed in the book named "Siamese Coins From Funan to the Fifth Reign" authored by Mr.Ronachai Krisadaolarn and my friend Mr.Vasilijs Mihailovs.

Obverse: In Arabic " Malik Al Adil" ( The Just Ruler). It is very similar to the Terengganu's Pitis. It exhibits three dots under the Arabic inscription " Al Adil".

Reverse :In Siamese " song khla " (Singgora).

Edge : Plain.(2.5mm)
Diameter: 24mm ( Size of Malaysia 20 Cents Coin).
Thickness: 2.5mm.

 I need more information about this Singgora tin coin, you are most welcome to contribute!

Comments From:

Vasilijs Mihailovs

11:51 PM
I will discuss this piece with Ronachai Krisadaolarn on Friday. I have
never seen anything similar to that. The Thai script does say
"Songkhla"; the Jawi script spells "Malik Al-Adil" with a couple of
script mistakes, suggesting that the coin might have been produced in
what is Thailand today, not in Malaysia. I will follow up on this coin -
if genuine (and so far it looks genuine to me), this is a very
interesting specimen. Can you send me the picture files by email please,
along with weight and diameter?

Are you coming to the Bangkok auction this weekend by chance?

Best regards - Vasilijs


Malaysia Senior Numismatists Visited Dickson Niew Collection Shop On Hari Raya Day.
Yesterday, was the first day of Hari Raya Adil Fitri holiday, it falls on Monday.I thought of taking a day off to visit my Muslim friends. After making a few calls, I found that most of them were back to kampong. Then I decided to have breakfast with my senior sifus, Master Tan Tain Seng and Master Tony Au. When I picked them from their home at OUG, Jalan Klang Lama and Jalan Ipoh , they wanted to visit my Dickson Niew Collection Shop (DNCS) at Subang Jaya. We had a good breakfast together.
Master Tan Tai Seng, he is very experience on old coins and Malay States Sultanate coins. He is a very senior member of Malaysia Numismatic Society (MNS). He is also a Pakar Numismatic Malaysia (PNM).

Master Tony Au, a founder member of Malaysia Numismatic Society. He is also a very senior numismatist and specialize on error coins and Straits Settlements coinage.

I learnt a lot from both of them since I started to become a coins collector in 2007. We used to meet up almost every Saturday at Mr Bob Chew's shop at UE3, Jalan Cheras.(Mr. Bob Chew is also a PNM). Later we used to meet up at Berjaya Times Square when Mr. Bob Chew moved to the 7th floor of Berjaya Times Square at Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur.

Now, both of them are having arthritis problem, difficult to walk around. I try my very best to pick them up for breakfast or tea at least once a week or fortnightly. I do hope they are always healthy and can share their endless, very worthy experiences on numismatics with us.


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Malaya Sultanate Terengganu Debased Gold Kupang.
Terengganu Coins (1700-1921)
Terengganu was an important trading centre in the 14th century. Gold Mas and Kupang coins were minted in Terengganu. There appears to have been only three varieties of the gold coins. The first, a gold Kupang, was dated 1120 Ah (1708). The second variety consisted of an octagonal gold Mas and the third, a gold Kupang; both of these are undated.

Prior to 1700, the States of Terengganu consisted of numerous petty chiefdoms claimed by the rulers of Johore as part of their territories inherited from the former Malacca Empire. The Terengganu Sultanate was founded in 1700, when Zainal Abidin Shah, the Sultan of Johore’s younger half-brother, was installed as its ruler.

Only three varieties of gold coins are attributed to Terengganu. These were issued during one or two reigns. Both the emas and the kupang, minted in the octagonal shape, closely resembled the Johore trading currency. Octagonal gold emas and kupang coins were first issued in 1708/9 by Zainal Abidin Shah I, the first Sultan of Terengganu.

Around 1870, with the permission of the Sultan, the Chinese headmen or Kapitans were also permitted to issue monetary tokens known as Jokoh, for use in their areas of jurisdiction and gambling houses. The ability of these Kapitans to issue pewter Jokoh depended on the confidence of the public in the issuers’ ability to exchange the tokens for silver dollars on demand.
This is a piece of debased Terengganu "Gold" Kupang. Written in Arabic on the Obverse is "Sultan Zainal Abidin Shah", on the Reverse also written in Arabic is "Khalifatul Muminin 1120". My sifus told me that it looked like a debased (Gold + Copper or Silver in composition) and  a casted coin. It is a contemporary counterfeit coin, its weight is 0.35gram.They have seen a Patani-Kelantan Kijang, a Kedah and a Johore Kupang debased coins before, they were the casted contemporary forgeries "Gold" Kupang.
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Hong Kong & Macau Numismatic Educational Reference (1846-2014) By KN Boon.
Today, while I was still in Port Dickson, I received a call from Cik Farah of Trigometric , she told me that their new released of Hong Kong & Macau Numismatic Reference 1846-2014 Catalog has arrived in their shop at Amcorp Mall.

The same publisher of "1786-2014 Complete Educational Reference of Malaysia Brunei & Singapore Banknotes & Coins 7th Edition, 2014". This Hong Kong & Macau Numismatic Reference 1846-2014 Catalog, is a publication by Trigometric Sdn Bhd. It consists 300 pages of details information of Banknotes dated 1846 to 2014 of Hong Kong & Macau. The person incharge Cik Farah told me that it was sold for RM75.00.

She also informed me that The Trigometric Sdn Bhd showroom will be closed from 25th of July to 4th of August 2014 because starting from 26th of July to 4th of August.2014, they will be at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) for an exhibition. Below are the details :

Venue : Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)
Date : 26th July – 4th August, 2014
Time : 10 am – 10 pm
Hall Location : Hall 4
For further information, please contact:
Mr S.C. Koay : 012-220 8386 or  MS Farah : 019-306 0356

The Hong Kong & Macau Numismatic Reference 1846-2014  catalogue will be sold at RM75.00. (US$24.00)
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Malaya Sultane Coinage The Kelantan Gold Kijang.

Coins of Kelantan
Between 1400 to 1780, a number of gold coins or Kupang were known to be minted for used in Patani and Kelantan. Unfortunately, little is known about the history of Kelantan coinage as these coins were not dated, except for the gold Kupang with the inscription “Al Julus Kelantan”, which were issued after 1780. The Kelantan-Patani gold coins which were on display in the Museum were only minted in one denomination, namely a Kupang, which contained approximately 9 grains of gold. There were three types of Kelantan gold coins: the Kijang coins, the Dinar Matahari or Sun coins, and coins with Arabic inscriptions on both sides.

The Kijang coins derived their name from the motif of the Malayan barking deer or Kijang embossed as the obverse design. This motif is used as the logo of Bank Negara Malaysia.

Myth of the Kijang Coins
Differing views were given regarding the origin of the Kijang gold coins. One is the view which associates the coins with Che Siti Wan Kembang, a female ruler in Kelantan. Her reign was rather obscure as one historian places her in the 14th century while another puts her in the 17th century. According to local folklore, some Arab traders presented a Kijang to the Queen. She became very fond of her pet and had it inscribed on the gold coins.

Another version was linked to the influence of Saivite Hinduism. The connection was based on the fact that the earliest issue of Kijang coins resembled the Indian humped-back bull and the bull motif was depicted on the ancient Hindu coins which were circulated in the Northern Malay States.
Source: BNM

This is a Gold Kijang Kupang pendant with defect.

Obverse: A humped bull/Kijang (deer) facing left with tail raised ending in a circle. The salivary      
               (Ectoplasm) flow in the mouth is sometimes ornate, straight or appears like a ball and chain.

Reverse: In Arabic "Malik Al Adil" (The Just Ruler)
Edge: Plain.
Weight: 0.60gm.
Diameter: 10mm.
Composition: Gold.
Rarity: RRR
Note: Several varieties exist of the above.

The 21st Edition of The Standard Catalogue Of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Coin & Paper Money catalogue will be sold at RM93.00. (US$29.00)
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Malay States Sultanate Patani-Kelantan Gold Kupang.
Malaysia has a long history of using money. Did you know that one of the early forms of currency used during the Central Malay States of the Malay Peninsula were solid tin ingots that had roughly the same weight and purity?
Tin mining has always been a major industry in the area so tin was used in many forms of currencies used throughout Malaysian history. There were also gold coins that were used during the Malay States period that were made by cutting metal discs or octagonal planchets taken from sheets of gold. These were then struck between pairs of inscribed dies.
There were two denominations, the Mas and the Kupang, which were used as far north as Patani, Kelatan, Terengganu and Kedah, and even in parts of Sumatra. An Mas normally weighed between 36 and 40 grains (2.60gm) of gold, while a Kupang about 9 to 10 grains (0.65gm), thus establishing the rate of exchange at 4 Kupang to 1 Mas.)

Obverse: In Arabic " Malik Al Adil" (The Just Ruler)

Reverse: In Arabic "Khalifatul Muminin" (Ruler of the faithful)
Edge: Plain.
Weight: 0.60gm.
Diameter: 9.0-9.5mm
Composition : Gold.

Bank Negara Malaysia’s Money Museum has many facts about the evolution of money in Malaysia. Pattani (Patani) or the Sultanate of Pattani was a Malay sultanate that covered approximately the area of the modern Thai provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and much of the northern part of modern Malaysia.

The 21st Edition of The Standard Catalogue Of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Coin & Paper Money catalogue will be sold at RM93.00. (US$29.00)
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