Sunday, November 21, 2010

44. Terengganu Pitis / Keping Coin

Country of Origin: Terengganu (Now a state, part of Malaysia)
Date: Most probably issued in the late 18th Century and/or early years of 19th century
Denomination: One Keping / One Pitis
Weight: Average of 3.30g
Edge: Plain
Dimension: Diameter of 24mm
Composition: Tin
Population: Unknown
Reference: SS28, P.105
Mint: Unknown
Category: -
Extra Note: On obverse, in Jawi "Malik Al Adil" (The Just Ruler) while having blank reverse. Rarity level indicated by Saran Singh is R out of RRRR, probably means rare.


       These coins were found together with the coin in my previous post. These coins are not to be confused with these coins, although both come from Terengganu.
    The first coin is very beautiful with perfect details on it, while the second one is no less interesting where we can see the incomplete tin flow which makes several holes in the coins. Cut marks also can be traced on both of the coins.

     The coins are hard and not bend-able, but the Kali Malik Al Adil coins are bend-able. According to here, the coins made from tin are supposed to be bend-able as they are ductile. I suppose the softness meant here does not reflect the softness where we can deform it with our bare hands. Could it be the softness indicates fake coins? I need more info about this.

     The bend-able set of Terengganu tin coins was obtained from an Indonesian seller, which he claimed that the coins were found in the deep river of Sungai Musi where the latest unbend-able set of Terengganu tin coins was obtained from a local which claimed that he discovered the coins at the river shore of Sungai Terengganu, due to deepening civil work there. I am more positive and confident that the latter are most probably genuine coins. But still, I do hope that both sets are genuine.

    Collecting tin coins are very risky! Counterfeiters out there really give me a headache.



Anonymous said...

Hi mnfaj,
Thanks alot for sharing your tin coins with us again.
Yes, we found out in most cases, the interesting part was not just acquiring them but the history behind these coins.
Maybe you could help us shed some light on a tin coin which we've acquired many years back.
Will be posting it in our blog.
Haha, its the mysteries behind these coins that prevent us from giving up collecting them totally.
The two tin coins of yours here look interesting.
Guess most are new to us because collecting tin coins is rather new to us.
But always willing to learn something new.
Thanks for sharing, mnfaj.

mnfaj said...

Hi whycollect,
Thanks for the comment. Since I am a beginner, my knowledge and experience in this field are very limited, me too looking forward to increase my knowledge in these tin coins collecting. Of course the utmost priority is the genuinity of the coins. Do you know whether we have a body or an organisation which can check the authenticity of the coins?

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