Malaya Sultane Coinage The Kelantan Gold Kijang.

Coins of Kelantan
Between 1400 to 1780, a number of gold coins or Kupang were known to be minted for used in Patani and Kelantan. Unfortunately, little is known about the history of Kelantan coinage as these coins were not dated, except for the gold Kupang with the inscription “Al Julus Kelantan”, which were issued after 1780. The Kelantan-Patani gold coins which were on display in the Museum were only minted in one denomination, namely a Kupang, which contained approximately 9 grains of gold. There were three types of Kelantan gold coins: the Kijang coins, the Dinar Matahari or Sun coins, and coins with Arabic inscriptions on both sides.

The Kijang coins derived their name from the motif of the Malayan barking deer or Kijang embossed as the obverse design. This motif is used as the logo of Bank Negara Malaysia.

Myth of the Kijang Coins
Differing views were given regarding the origin of the Kijang gold coins. One is the view which associates the coins with Che Siti Wan Kembang, a female ruler in Kelantan. Her reign was rather obscure as one historian places her in the 14th century while another puts her in the 17th century. According to local folklore, some Arab traders presented a Kijang to the Queen. She became very fond of her pet and had it inscribed on the gold coins.

Another version was linked to the influence of Saivite Hinduism. The connection was based on the fact that the earliest issue of Kijang coins resembled the Indian humped-back bull and the bull motif was depicted on the ancient Hindu coins which were circulated in the Northern Malay States.
Source: BNM

This is a Gold Kijang Kupang pendant with defect.

Obverse: A humped bull/Kijang (deer) facing left with tail raised ending in a circle. The salivary      
               (Ectoplasm) flow in the mouth is sometimes ornate, straight or appears like a ball and chain.

Reverse: In Arabic "Malik Al Adil" (The Just Ruler)
Edge: Plain.
Weight: 0.60gm.
Diameter: 10mm.
Composition: Gold.
Rarity: RRR
Note: Several varieties exist of the above.

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