Disc-shaped coin

This concave disc-shaped silver coin is stamped with a four-petaled sandalwood flower design within a square depression. On the reverse side, the silver coin is inscribed with the Sanskrit character ‘ma’, which perhaps refers to ‘masa’, a measurement of weight to indicate the weight of silver the coin was supposed to contain. Javanese coins were used as currency around the 7th century to about 1350, when Chinese bronze coins replaced them as the main medium of exchange. Silver coins were generally more widely used in Java than gold coins.

Date/Period
7th - 14th century
Region
Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: W-1.1cm
Accession No.
1997-03917
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Category
Silver

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