Tuesday, January 25, 2011

54. Terengganu Half Pitis Malik Al Adil Tin Coin

photo 1: obverse of the 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: Half Keping / Half Pitis
Weight: 0.5g
Edge: Plain
Dimension: Diameter of 13mm
Composition: Tin
Population: Unknown
Reference: SS32,
Mint: Unknown
Category: -
Extra Note: On obverse, in Jawi "Malik Al Adil" (The Just Ruler) while having blank reverse. The inscription is written from left to right. Rarity level indicated by Saran Singh is Scarce.
photo 2: inscription of the coin

photo 3: extract from SS reference book

photo 4: comparison of size with 1 pitis coin


Anonymous said...

Hi mnfaj,
Are there any genuine tin coins which a bendable?
Have seen some about the size of 10 cents coin, uniface and bendable.
Thanking you in advance.

mnfaj said...

Hi whycollect,

For this moment, I think that genuine tin coins are bendable. This is because most of collectors that I met agree that tin-made coins can be bended as tin is a soft metal. This is also supported by some collectors in zeno.ru forums, which is quite a reputable forum in coins collecting. The reasons why I still think that bendable coins are probably fake because I think that bendable coins are just not practical to be used. The other reason is because I had read in a Saran Singh book that some fake coins exist in composition of lead (plumbum), and lead-made coins are bendable.

But still I had some tin coins in my collection which I am confident they are genuine, but are not bendable. I think that chemical reaction is among the possibility of this case.

Recently I had shared my tin coins with one of reputable dealer/collector in KL and he had conducted simple test to determine whether this tin coins are authentic or not. And the result is they are genuine.

Now I am looking for various ways to test the authenticity of tin coins and share it with fellow collectors.

Anonymous said...

Growing up in an era of tin mining activities in Malaysia, its hard not to feel tempted to collect these tin coins.
Ya,will be a great help to us if you or any other knowledgeable collectors can post more articles on these items.
Especially how to differentiate between genuine and fakes!
Thanks alot mnfaj.

MGMSabri said...

wow fadz,
thanks for the info.

salam fadz,
tau x pe.
specimen tu beli pun bwh rm100 kalo x silap.
harga psrn usd100++.
ni je lah yg mampu.
Malaysia pny x mampu.

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