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History of Money in Malaysia :  Colonial Notes & Coins

Portuguese Coins

Melaka was captured by the Portuguese in 1511 after an attack on the town by a seaborne taskforce under the command of Alfonso D’Albuquerque. A local minting of official coinage began soon after. Records indicate that this currency consisted of five denominations, namely, the gold Catholico, the silver Malaquese, Bastardos, Soldos and Dinheiros in alloy of tin and lead. There as an unlimited amount of Bazaruccos issued for use the local market. The silver Tanga was issued between 1629 and 1635, after which Melaka fell to the Dutch in 1641.