My First Kupang

Started by Pellinore, November 23, 2020, 10:51:16 PM

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This is a small gold coin from Early Modern Times. The beautiful gold piece was issued from Aceh, the northernmost sultanate of Sumatra, in the middle 17th century AD. In that period, rulers were female members of the family. Don't know how this worked! The coin dates from AH 1051-1086 = AD 1641-1676. Cromwell and aftermath, early Louis XIV - that time.

If you look at the style, you say: millions of this type must have been made, the tiny gold coins. They are not rare and the price just over that of gold. Lucky for us: artistic excellence. For now: hard to read, and I don't know which side to call the obverse.

Sultanate of Aceh, gold kupang. Safiyat Al-Din Taj Al-'Alam, AH 1051-1086. 12 mm, 0.59 gr.

-- Paul


Dear Paul, your coin details:
Sultanate of Aceh, Sultanah Safiyat al-Din Taj Al-'Alam, no date, Gold Kupang (AH 1051-1086/ 1641-1675)
Obverse (Left photo):
فادك سر (پادوكا سري) سلطانه تاج العالم ,  Padoeka (Paduka) Sri Sultanah Taj Al-'Alam.
Reverse (Right photo):
صفيه الدين شاه بردوله , Safiyat al-Din Shah berdaulat (sovereign state).
Sultanah Safiyat al-Din Taj Al-'Alam was the fourteenth ruler of Aceh. She was the daughter of the Sultan Iskandar Muda and the wife of his successor, Iskandar Thani. She became Sulṭanah upon the death of her husband and ruled from 1641 to 1675, being the first of four women to hold the position in succession.

Coin collecting has a curious name. It is also called the "Hobby of Kings".