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Hoard of 300+ rare San Fo Chi (Sumatra) issue Chinese-style cash, early Song dynasty, ca.960-1050 - Srivijaya Chinese Client Kingdom in Sumatra, Indonesia

Hoard of 300+ rare San Fo Chi (Sumatra) issue Chinese-style cash, early Song dynasty, ca.960-1050 - Srivijaya Chinese Client Kingdom in Sumatra, Indonesia

Lot of 300+ copper cash with Chinese characters issued in Indonesia (plus 130 low quality coins from the same hoard, for a total of about 430 coins). 19-22mm, around 1.5-2.5 grams each. Issued in ca.960-1050 AD or slightly later. Palembang mint. Not properly studied and seems unpublished.

There are some rare cash coins, locally produced in Indonesia, found in Palembang, Sumatra (Indonesia). These are NOT Chinese coins. To the Northern Song, Palembang was known as San Fo Chi (for `Sri Vijaya`). The locals (Srivijaya) obtained a permission from the Emperor to cast Chinese model coins (Xian Ping Yuan Bao coins, it seems), form which they paid the Emperor tribute and the Chinese provided protection from the Chola South Indians. these coins probably cannot be called ìmitaitons`since they were issued with the official permission of the Chinese. It probably makes more sense to refer to them as `Sumatra issue Chinese coins`.

These coins are only about half in weight compared to the official issue and are much smaller. Rare and not well-studied. This lot contains about 300+ coins which are generally uncleaned and an medium condition. Most should be attributable. In addition to these 300 coins, the buyer will receive about 130 coins from the same hoard, but in low quality (so the buyer will receive a total of 430 coins or so).

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