Unpublished! Tin dinheiro w/Z pattern reverse, Philip I (1580-1598), Melaka

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Portuguese coat of arms within a dotted border / Globe or astrolabe, reversed "Z" pattern type. 18mm, 3.05 grams. Malacca mint. Cast tin. Unpublished.

The coin is probably from a very early issue minted early in the reign, derived from the coins of Sebastian. The coins of the Phillips are known only in small bazaruccos, the large denominations like this dinheiro were previousely unknown. This coin is completely unpublished. Malaka was captured by the Portuguese on the 24th of August, 1511, after an attack on the city by a force led by Alfonso D'Albuquerque, the 2nd Viceroy of Portuguese India (1509-1515) and who was to become to the first governor of Melaka. The Melaka remained occupied by the Portuguese for the next 130 years, until the year 1541, when the Dutch occupied the city following an 8 months siege.