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Numismatic Collection :  Early Money

Duit Ayam Kedah, 1710; Cockerel-shaped.


Money in the form of a fighting cock perched on a number of rings attached to its base was introduced during the reign of Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin Muazzam Shah (1710 - 1773), Kedah. It is said that the cockerel was worth five cents of the Spanish silver dollar and each ring was worth one cent of the Spanish silver dollar.

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