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Offline Bob J.

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Siam boat money..??
« on: April 14, 2013, 08:14:00 PM »
Purchased two pieces of "Siam Boat Money - Silver" at a local coin auction about 30 years ago and would love to have a clue what it really is....
The first piece is approximately 97 mm in length and 15 mm wide.  The second is 71 mm in length and 7 mm wide.  Both are shaped like a canoe.  Have no way of testing if they are silver but the weight "feels" right.
Would really appreciate any information anyone could share....
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Re: Siam boat money..??
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 11:28:10 PM »
Hello Bob. Without a picture, it is hard to judge. Your description sounds like "tiger tongue"money from Laos. See picture.

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Re: Siam boat money..??
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2013, 01:19:59 PM »
I have just the one of the "tiger tongue" money. The story goes that live ants were dropped into the molten silver to produce these patterns - others dispute this saying ants would not be heavy enough but I am not sure weight would be needed anyway.

This one measures 112mm X 20.3mm and weighs 98.5g.

Also below is one of the boat money, this measures 89mm X 13mm and weighs 43.8g. It seems to be of a base silver colour too under the patina.
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