Rare private mint dinheiro, Joao III (1521-1557), Portuguese India

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Crowned Portuguese coat of arms within a circle, corrupt and unreadable inscriptions around / Astrolabe. 22mm, 2.7 grams. Private mint in Melaka. Sim. J3.11 var.

Cast tin, excellent condition for these, rare.

Some of the production of these coins was given into private hands, and some coins were produced in those private mints. These coins follow the pattern of the official coins, but carry nonsensical and unreadable inscriptions. All such private mint coins are scarce to rare.

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.



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