1 Cash - Shi Dan Li Bao Palembang
Malay peninsula (Palembang)
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Value||1 Cash (1)|
|Shape||Round with a square hole|
|Orientation||Coin alignment ↑↓|
by Frank S. Robinson
(Verity Press International)
Translation: Shi Dan Li Bao
Rare tin cash with Chinese characters "Shi Dan Li Bao", Chinese Sultan Li Poh (ca.1450's-1470's) in Palembang, Indonesia
Found in Palembang. Extremely rare.
This is an obscure coin, discovered only recently in a hoard in Palembang. It is attributed to Sultan Li Bao (Li Poh), who was Chinese and seemingly used Chinese characters to strike his coins. It is stated in the 15th century Malay Annal that a men name Sultan Li Poh (Li Bao) sent his daughter (Hang Li Po) for marriage with the Sultan Mansur Shah of Malacca to establish ties. This girl accepted Islam, and became the wife of the Sultan. Stylistically the coin dates to the 15th century, so this attribution is not unlikely.
There are some different variants are known.
Listed in "Palembang Coins" catalog by Frank S. Robinson page#4
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|ND (1450-1470)||Pal#1 (18-19 mm)|
|ND (1450-1470)||Pal#1.1 (15-16 mm)|
|ND (1450-1470)||Pal#1.2 "Right and left characters reversed" (17-18 mm)|
|ND (1450-1470)||Pal#1.3 "Shi Dan Tong Bao" (16 mm)|
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