1 Cash - Shi Dan Li Bao Palembang

1 Cash - Shi Dan Li Bao (Palembang) -  obverse 1 Cash - Shi Dan Li Bao (Palembang) -  reverse

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Country Malay peninsula (Palembang)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1450-1470
Value 1 Cash (1)
Metal Tin
Weight 0.47 g
Diameter 18.7 mm
Thickness 0.5 mm
Shape Round with a square hole
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized yes
References Pal# 1
Palembang Coins
by Frank S. Robinson
(Verity Press International)


Chinese letters

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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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
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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1 Cash - Shi Dan Li Bao (Palembang)