Monday, July 11, 2011

132. Johor Tin Katun with Dots

image 1: obverse and reverse of the coin

          Sometime this coin makes me wonder, is this a real coin? With 7 dots on its obverse, this coin is still shrouded with mystery. Purposely made for petty cash in bazaar or wet market in Johor Sultanates, this coin is one of the many varieties of Johor's katuns. Their price is very low, since very few people have interest in them, I want to try to complete every varieties. Even I already have 2 varieties which are currently unlisted.

    Currently genuinity is a major problem for Malay Sultanate's coins, since no one can confirm whether these coins are genuine or not. Does carbon dating technique can solve this problem? Or compositional analysis?

5 comments:

Dickson Niew said...

Dear mnfaj,
I was told by a very serious Malay States Tin coins collectors,is quite impossible to have Johor's katuns in counterfeits because is still not expensive to acquire them.A Singaporian dealer still got thousand over pieces!
Counterfeits always happened to the Northen Malay States!Beware!!

mnfaj said...

Hi Mr Dickson,
Thank you so much for the information.
Perhaps this is the right time to start collecting johot tin katuns. Thank you.

Dickson Niew said...

Dear mnfaj,
Actually crossed my mind also to start looking into Malay Tin coinage.It covered Johor katuns,ancient tin coinage in Kepulauan Indonesia,(Java,Palembang,Sumatera,Riau,Kalimantan,Sulawisi.etc.)that would be very interesting.And is still inexpensive to collect those in good condition.Cheers!

mnfaj said...

Hi Mr Dickson,
Sure, Malay Tin coinage it seems does not fetch much popularity with local collectors. Perhaps this is the right time to start collecting those coins!

Dickson Niew said...

Dear Mnfaj,
Ya! Biar cepat asakan selamat (collect)!Kalau lambat,harga naik kita pulak tak sempat!

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