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Offline maudry

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Anyone an idea what this may be?
« on: May 16, 2017, 10:11:17 PM »
This item was part of a large lot (more than 100) of Indian and Islamic coins from +/-10th to 19th century, including even 4 or 5 fakes.
I never found out what it could be.
Initially most probably not a coin but could have been used as such?
Size: 9X16mm
Weight: 4.09gr

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Re: Anyone an idea what this may be?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2017, 01:28:56 PM »
I had some items like this once. I was informed that Indian metal dealers would cut up copper coins into small pieces and sell them to be distributed at weddings to guests as largesse. I noticed that fantasy or even real low value banknotes may still be used in large numbers at Indian weddings.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: Anyone an idea what this may be?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2017, 10:23:38 PM »
I had some items like this once. I was informed that Indian metal dealers would cut up copper coins into small pieces and sell them to be distributed at weddings to guests as largesse. I noticed that fantasy or even real low value banknotes may still be used in large numbers at Indian weddings.

Peter
Merci beaucoup. That's quite some interesting information.
In the lot there was also half a dram which could confirm your sugestion. I did not try to identify that one as large parts of the legend were eaten by verdigris.
So we could say some kind of Indian jeton  ;)