Pulau Nangka’s ‘hoard’: two coins

Source: The Star 20140501

Sounding almost too good to be true – which I why I think it isn’t – the salvage company tasked with finding ‘treasure’ on Pulau Nangka reportedly discovered two coins at the very last hour of their operation. Certainly a far cry from the treasure that was promised!

Source: The Star 20140501
Source: The Star 20140501

‘Treasure’ believed from Malacca Sultanate era found on Pulau Nangka
The Star, 01 May 2014

Coins found at site of excavation [Link no longer active]
New Straits Times, 02 May 2014

Ancient coins found in Malacca are historical artifacts [Link no longer active]
New Straits Times, 02 May 2014

Two pieces of medals, believed to be from the era of the Malacca Sultanate, were found during a hunt for a multi-billion ringgit treasure on Pulau Nangka near here.

The ‘treasure’ was discovered at 11.30pm on Wednesday by Smart Partnership International (M) Sdn.

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the medals would be sent for analysis, including to the National Heritage Department, to determine its authenticity.

He said this to reporters after opening the The Green apartment project at Kota Laksamana here on Thursday.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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