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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ancient Coin Review 99 : Antique Gold Mas Coin Sultan Abdullah II ( Samudra Pasai Sultanate 1475-1513 CE)

This is a gold coin from Sultan Abdullah era of Samudra Pasai Sultanate. He reigned Samudra Pasai from 1475 CE to 1513 CE.

Looking at the Arabic calligraphy used, its quite tricky as the calligraphy is compressed to fit on the coin face. However it has the resemblance to Thuluth & Sini. Or probably this is how Malay calligraphy was derived.The letter ع in word عبدالله is written closed.

Obverse : عبدالله ملك الطاهر    
                 Abdallah Malik AtTahir
Reverse : السلطان العادل
                AsSultan Al Adil

Pasai, also known as Samudera and Samudera-Pasai sometimes called Samudera Darussalam was a Muslim harbour kingdom on the north coast of Sumatra from the 13th to the 15th centuries CE. It was believed the word Samudera derived from Samudra meaning ocean in Sanskrit. According to Hikayat Raja-raja Pasai, it was said Merah Silu saw an ant as big as a cat, he caught it and ate it and he named the place Samandara. King Merah Silu later converted to Islam, known as Malik ul Salih, he was the sultan in year 1267 CE.

Obverse : عبدالله ملك الطاهر    
                 Abdallah Malik AtTahir
Reverse : السلطان العادل
                AsSultan Al Adil
Weight : 0.60 gm
Dim : 14mm
Date : 1475 - 1513 CE
Rarity :
Denom : Mas
Material : Gold
Reference : ٍSP18a type 2 pg 158 ( Jaarboek Voor Munt-en Penningkunde)

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