Group of 20 dinheiros and bazaruccos from Melaka, Portuguese Far East, 16th century

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Various types and denominations. 12mm to 20mm in size, 1 to 5 grams each. All from Melaka mint. The price is for the entire group of 20 coins shown above. The coins are uncleaned or not completely cleaned.The Portuguese were the first to arrive in India in 1498. The closing of traditional trade routes in western Asia by the Ottomans and rivalry with the Italian states, set Portugal in search of an alternate sea route to India. The first successful voyage to India was by Vasco da Gama in 1498, when he arrived in Calicut, Kerala. He proceeded to Goa. The Portuguese captured the entire coastal territory along the western and eastern coasts of India as well as the island of Sri Lanka in the early 16th century. Portugal had established trading outposts in Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli along the west coast of India. However Goa was their prized possession and their capital of the eastern hemisphere.