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Brunei: 1979 Proof Set, Royal Mint
« on: January 18, 2021, 12:25:13 PM »
Another nice addition to the collection today - Proof Set from Brunei. As it can be easily guessed, the coins have been struck at the Royal Mint in UK.

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Re: Brunei: 1979 Proof Set, Royal Mint
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2021, 10:08:03 PM »
Little detail: judging from the wheels, that cannon is probably a coin.

On Borneo, miniature cannons were used as money. Many are elaborately decorated. Bad imitations used to be plentiful in the tourist industry. Not sure how it is today.

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Brunei: 1979 Proof Set, Royal Mint
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2021, 02:31:10 PM »
Little detail: judging from the wheels, that cannon is probably a coin.

On Borneo, miniature cannons were used as money. Many are elaborately decorated. Bad imitations used to be plentiful in the tourist industry. Not sure how it is today.

Interesting. Numista just says "Antique Cannon, date above, denomination below". Also, the coin shows the regular $ symbol when it should actually say B$ in order to distinguish it from other dollar denominations.

Numista also tells me that the mintage of the proof set was 10,000.

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Re: Brunei: 1979 Proof Set, Royal Mint
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2021, 09:59:04 PM »
The money guns were known as lilla. They could actually be fired. They also circulated on Sulawesi and Ceram. See OEANG* 156 and 224.

Apart from what is now Indonesia, miniature cannons were used as money in Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak. From Odd & Curious and Traditional Money by Charles Opitz (page 148): The cannons were used for trading purposes, barter of goods, payment of fines, and in wedding and engagement ceremonies. The cannons were fired during weddings, births of children and visits of important people.

You can tell the canon on the coin is a miniature because the wheels are too small for the real thing. Also, the gun is put on a stand.

Peter

* R. Zaalberg, catalogus bij de tentoonstelling OEANG, ruil- en betaalmiddelen in Indiƫ (Arnhem 1999)
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