Pulau Nangka ‘coins’ probably Majapahit artefacts

Malacca’s Chief Minister announces that the ‘coins’ found from Pulau Nangka were probably Majapahit amulets. Similar amulets have been found in other sites in Malacca, making its link to the treasure less likely.

Idris Haron: Pulau Nangka relics probably Majapahit amulets, not coins
The Star, 16 May 2014

Artefacts found in Pulau Nangka believed to be Majapahit amulets
The Rakyat Post, 16 May 2014

The two medallion-like artefacts found in Pulau Nangka on April 30 are probably ancient Majapahit amulets and not ancient coins, said Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

He said a study carried out by relevant quarters revealed that the artefacts could not possibly be ancient coins as speculated, as words depicting ancient Javanese mantra were carved on them.

The possible link between the amulets and the Malacca Sultanate and Pulau Nangka, however, had yet to be proved, he said.

“These type of amulets are also found in other historic sites, such the old fort and river banks in Malacca. So, it is difficult to specifically link the amulets with Pulau Nangka,” he said after opening the National Speakers Seminar 2014 here.

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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