Stamped coin

This gold coin, also known as ‘piloncito’, is shaped like flattened dice. It is stamped on one side to produce a rounded depression with a line down the middle, and a single raised dot on either side of this line. On the reverse side, it may be inscribed with Sanskrit characters, curves, or grid marks. 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.

Date/Period
7th-14th century
Region
Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: D-0.6cm
Accession No.
1997-04011
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Category
Gold