Pulau Nangka ‘coins’ probably Majapahit artefacts

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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
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Pulau Nangka: Much ado about nothing?

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On the Pulau Nangka trail, nothing new seems to have emerged from the excitement of the previous weeks. These collection of recent articles do not reveal anything new about the hunt.

Pulau Nangka, Pulau Besar and St Paul’s Hill form Sultan’s Treasuries, says expert
The Star, 07 May 2014

Pulau Nangka’s ancient coins planted? [Link no longer active]
Malaysia Chronicle, 06 May 2014

Do not be obsessed with search for hidden treasures- Malacca CM [Link no longer active]
Bernama, via New Straits Times, 06 May 2014

CM: Old coins will be tested [Link no longer active]>
New Straits Time, 03 May 2014
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Pulau Nangka’s ‘hoard’: two coins

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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Coins found at site of excavation [Link no longer active]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Ancient coins found in Malacca are historical artifacts [Link no longer active]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
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Coins and ceramics unearthed during construction works in Malaysia

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Construction works at Terengganu, a state on the eastern part of the Malaysian peninsula have revealed artefacts such as Chinese coins and ceramics. Authorities have stepped in to claim the artefacts, but it appears that some of the construction workers have been quietly selling off some of the artefacts to private collectors already.

Ancient coins and artefacts found in Terengganu’s Chinatown worksite
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34kg of ancient coins unearthed in Vietnam

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09 November 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – As you can tell from the pictures, it’s a pretty impressive haul of Vietnamese coins dated from the 9th-15th centuries.

Ancient coins unearthed in Quang Tri

The central province of Quang Tri’s museum is to receive 34kg of ancient coins from a local resident in Dong Ha Town.

The ancient coins were unearthed by a man in Ha Tay village while he was scavenging for rubble iron and steel left from war.

Nguyen Du Dac bought the ancient coins and donated them to the Quang Tri Museum.

The coins are contained in a glazed terra-cotta jar and come from several of China’s dynastic periods; there are also some rare Vietnamese coins cast between 960 and 1454.

Treasure hunters find treasure in Melaka river

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16 July 2007 (New Straits Times) – It’s not surprising that one would be able to find plenty of old coins along the silted banks of the Melaka river. In its heydey as the seat of the Melaka Sultanate and under later Portuguese and Dutch colonisation, the river would have seen many vessels pass through. It’s a shame, however, that the coins seem to have been sold on to collectors rather than to have someone actually come and study them.

River dirt yields rich pickings

They are four men, growing RM500 richer by the day from the things they sell.
Things they have neither bought nor made, but scavenged.

They call themselves treasure hunters. The real McCoy.

And the treasures they seek are real enough: Old coins, bits and pieces of porcelain and other antiquities from the era of the Malacca sultanate as well as the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial period.

Their raiding ground is a spot on the river bank of the Sungai Melaka near Jalan Kilang where a 30m-high pile of river dirt has accumulated, courtesy of the contractors beautifying the river.
Unlike the archaeologists and tomb raiders shown on TV, the four men, led by Raffiee Mohd Najeer, 37, are armed only with ladles and their method is drama-free.

For the past few days, Raffiee and his friends have been climbing the mound of dirt to comb for treasure.

“Rain or shine, we are here. We saw the pile of sedimentation and decided to try our luck. We did not expect to hit jackpot,” said Raffiee.

“The first coin we found was from the sultanate era. The coin was well-preserved; the writings on it still visible. We sold it to an unknown collector.

“Since then, we have discovered coins from the Portuguese era, about 500 years old, and also those used by the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC in old-spelling Dutch), which are about 400 years old.”

Read more about the finds from the Melaka river.

Books about the historical city of Melaka:
The Malay Sultanates 1400-1700 (The Encyclopedia of Malaysia)

Cache of Tang Dynasty coins unearthed in Vietnam

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07 July 2007 (Nhan Dan) – A pot filled with copper coins dating to the Tang dynasty (7-10th centuries AD) was found by a farmer in North Vietnam. Up to the 11th century, much of Northern Vietnam was part of imperial Chinese territory.

Tang dynasty money discovered in central Vietnam

A scrap metal collector has struck treasure in the central coastal province of Quang Binh, with a find of centuries-old Chinese coins believed to date back to the Tang dynasty of China.

Nguyen Duc Dung from Le Thuy district, discovered the pot of copper coins as he was digging in a rice field on July 5.

Most of the coins are clearly engraved on one side with four letters from ancient Chinese scripts of the period with the other side left clear.

Provincial museum Director Tran Anh Tuan said the design showed that the coins were probably minted in the 8th – 9th centuries.

“These coins were found in Quang Binh province because the money was circulated into Vietnam for trading during the heyday of the Tang dynasty,” said the artifact expert.

Dung uncovered some 20 kilogrammes in total which he sold at VND 200,000 (US $12.5) per kilogramme.


Books about ancient Vietnam under China:
Vietnam: An Illustrated History (Illustrated Histories) by L. S. Woods
The Birth of Vietnam by K. W. Taylor