Thailand Private Tin Token

January 19, 2002
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Weight 13.35 g, diameter 38.5 mm

Obverse: Chinese Zhen Xing Tong Bao
      raise, excite, arouse action thrive, prosper, flourish Bao
      zhen = raise, excite, arouse action
      xing = thrive, prosper, flourish
      Pridmore: Money of the Impulse to prosperity company

Reverse: Arabic and Thai inscriptions (Arabic characters slightly blundered).
      Pridmore: Arabic Malay: negri singgura = City of Singgora
                     Siamese: song khla = Singgora

Metal: tin

      According to the information from a coin dealer, it is a private token (jokoh) issued in the province of Patalung (Phatthalung, southern Thailand) and used in Kelantan (Malaysia) and Thailand as private money in the 19th century.

Message from Jim Farr (21-Jan-2002):
          There are only two such tokens from Patalung in Mitchiner's non-Islamic book, but there are five in his World of Islam. There is also one similar token from Singgora that looks very much like the obverse of the top one in your scan. Unfortunately, being able to read the reverse is important, because it would say where it was from and who issued it.
          Patalung and Singgora are both on the Malay peninsula, but apparently were semi-independent. Mitchiner cites a series of papers by Pridmore.

Vladimir Belyaev (23-Jan-2002):
          This token has been published in Major F.Pridmore's article (thanks to J.Farr for this reference), coin # 213. Pridmore indicates that the coin is 39 mm in diameter and weighs 9.0 g (varying considerably).
          I have updated the obverse and reverse description (see above) on the base of this article.

Message from Scott Semans (23-Jan-2002):
          I have sent 5 scans of the P213 type. For soft vs hard tin, I try to make a cut in the edge with my thumbnail. With the soft it makes a cut easily, but with the hard, barely an impression. This is not an absolute test of genuineness, as I have tested my genuine old Brunei tin and all are hard. But I think it may be important for types where both soft and hard versions are found.
          I had a large number of the P213x.1 and sold them from $7.50 to $22.50 at the last. They came from Paul Dillingham (former dealer) who I think got them from Doug Gardner, who was in Thailand in the 1960s-70s. They were all exactly the same die variety, as is your piece at the webpage. None show any wear. I am not completely sure yet if they are genuine or not, but the sameness, hard tin, and lack of wear all count against them.
Five below images received from S.Semans:

  1. Mitchiner, Michael. Oriental Coins and their Values. III. Non- Islamic States an Western Colonies, AD 600-1979. Hawkins Publications, London, 1979.
  2. Mitchiner, Michael. Oriental Coins and their Values. I. The World of Islam. Hawkins Publications, London, 1977. Reprinted 1998.
  3. Pridmore, F. The Native Coinages of the Malay Peninsula, The Numismatic Circular, April 1973, pp.139-141; May 1973, pp.197-200; September 1973, pp.326-327; March 1974, pp.97-100.

English proof reading - V.Nastich

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