1 Cash - Shidan Libao Palembang

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Issuer Malay peninsula (Malaysia)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1600-1658
Value 1 Cash (1)
Currency Palembang - Keping
Composition Tin
Weight 0.47 g
Diameter 18.7 mm
Thickness 0.5 mm
Shape Round with a square hole
Technique Cast
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 108379
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References Palembang# 1,
Palembang Coins (http://www.fsrcoin.com/palembang.html)
HCM# 121
Henricus Christiaan Millies; 1871. Recherches sur les monnaies des indigènes de l'archipel Indien et de la péninsule Malaie. Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands.


Chinese legend with phonetic transcription of "sultan"

Script: Chinese

寶 利

Unabridged legend: Shi Dan Li Bao (Mandarin)/Su Tan Li Po (Hokkien)

Translation: the Sultan's profitable currency






Mitchiner (2012:36) date this coin to a period between 1600–1658 CE. This corresponds to the reign of Pangeran Madi Angsoko (1595–1629) to Sri Susuhunan Abdurrahman (1659-1706) in the Palembang Sultanate.

Mitchiner (2012:35) noted that some source attributed this coin to Cirebon, such as Millies (1871:53-54, Plate XV), but recent evidence suggests Palembang as the more likely issuer.

Millies (1871:54), Yih (2010:28), and Mitchiner (2012:35-36) concurred that 史丹 is a phonetic transcription of the title "sultan" but Romanized it in various way based on the Mandarin pronunciation: sz-tan (Millies), shi dan (Yih), and se dan (Mitchiner). As noted by Mitchiner however, the pronunciation used at Palembang would have been closer to Southern Chinese varieties such as Hokkien or Cantonese.

Yih (2010:29) and Mitchiner (2012:35-36) agreed that li bao 利寶 is meant to be read semantically as "profitable currency". Some source however read 利寶 as a name which corresponds to "Sultan Li Poh" mentioned in the Malay Annals, although this name is not recorded in Palembang's list of sultans. Other source claim that the inscription is related to Ming Dynasty abscondee Liang Daoming who became king of Palembang in Srivijaya and subsequently issued this coin. This claim however is not yet verifiable.

Robinson (2015) provided the following variants:

Millies, Henricus Christiaan (1871).  Recherches sur les monnaies des indigènes de l'archipel Indien et de la pèninsule Malaie https://archive.org/details/recherchessurles00mill_0 plate XV #121
Mitchiner, Michael (2012). "Coin Circulation in Palembang (Sumatra), circa AD 1710 to 1825. Including Coins made in Banten, Siak, Kampar, Indragiri, Jambi, Palembang and Batavia" https://www.orientalnumismaticsociety.org/archive/ONS_213.pdf, pp: 36-37
Robinson, Frank S. (2015). Palembang Coins http://www.fsrcoin.com/palembang.html
Yih, Tjong Ding (2010). "Tiny pitis inscribed "Shi-Dan" (Sultan) from Palembang" https://www.orientalnumismaticsociety.org/archive/ONS_204.pdf, pp: 27–31

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
ND (1600-1658)  92% Pal#1 (18-19 mm)
ND (1600-1658)  0% Pal#1.1 (15-16 mm)
ND (1600-1658)  15% Pal#1.2 "Right and left characters reversed" (17-18 mm)
ND (1600-1658)  0% Pal#1.3 "Shi Dan Tong Bao" (16 mm)

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