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History of Money in Malaysia :  Malay Sultanate Coins

Malay Sultanate Coinage

In the Central Malay States of the Malay Peninsula, the early currency took the form of solid ingots of tin of standard weight and purity. These ingots were particularly popular at the height of the Malacca Empire. The earliest known indigenous coins of the Malay States commenced with tin cash, which was first introduced by the fourth Sultan of Malacca, Sultan Muzaffar Shah (1445-1459).

In the Malay States, most of the gold coins were made by first cutting metal discs, or octagonal planchets, from sheets of beaten gold and then striking them individually between pairs of inscribed dies. The resultant coins were later trimmed around the edges until the correct weight was roughly achieved.