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Numismatic Collection :  Early Money

Private Issue Tampang, ca. 1860s; Tin; One cent with Chinese characters.


In the 1860s, certain Chinese tin mine owners were authorised by the Bendahara (Sultan after 1882) to cast their own Tampang up to a certain limited value. The name of the relevant Company or Kongsi in Chinese characters was impressed on the flat top of the pyramid stump.