High quality rare tin pitis, date 1203 AH (1788), Baha-ud-Din (1776-1803), Palembang mint, Palembang Sultanate, Sumatra, Indonesia
Arabic inscriptions and date: Sultan Palembang Sanat 1203 (1203 AH = 1788 AD) / Blank. Struck on a cast tin flan. 18mm, 1.16 grams. Krause -; V.LaHaye/E.Spanier & Fils Lith Du Roi #191; Cf. Zeno 101777. SKU X103-38097
Palembang is a city in the Northern area of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was once a Portuguese colony, and later the seat of the Sultanate of Palembang. These coins used to be quite rare and expensive, until a number of large hoards made them generally available and relatively cheap. For example, coins of this type were sold by Munzen & Medaillen Deutschland GmbH, Auction 10 (March 22nd, 2002), #681.