Pulau Nangka coins an alloy of bronze and silver

Elemental analysis of the coins discovered from Pulau Nangka have indicated that they are not gold – what does this mean for the treasure hunt?

Pulau Nangka treasures contain no gold
New Straits Times, 09 May 2014

The two coins were initially thought to be part of the multi-billion Ringgit treasure belonging to the Malacca Sultanate, found in Pulau Nangka, do not contain any traces gold.

Tests on the coins revealed that the coins were made of a mixture of bronze and silver.

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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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