Rare small pitis or 1/2 pitis, S.Mahmud Badar-ud-Din II (1804-1821), Palembang mint, Palembang Sultanate, Sumatra, Indonesia (Robinson #16)

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Extremely stylized Arabic inscriptions: Zarb Fi Balad Palembang Dar al-Islam ("Coin of the city of Palembang, the abode of Islam"), double rim / Blank. 15mm, 0.64 grams. Robinson #16; Krause -; Millies #202-203; Cf. Zeno 81652

The small types (Robinson 16) are quite rare, much scarcer than the larger types.

Palembang is a city in the Northern area of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was once a Dutch colony, and later the seat of the Sultanate of Palembang. During Napoleonic Wars in 1812, the sultan at that time, Mahmud Badaruddin II repudiated British claims to suzerainty, which was responded by British by attacking Palembang, sacking the court, and installing sultan's more cooperative younger brother, Najamuddin to the throne.