Thailand Singgora Tin Jokoh Zhen Xing Tong Bao
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. 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. 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.

I was told there were soft tin and hard tin metal, I tried to make a cut in the edge with my thumbnail. It makes a cut easily on the soft copy, but with the hard, barely an impression. This is not an absolute test of genuineness, as I have tested my genuine old tin Johor Ketun coins and all are hard. Some tin coins collectors told me they can be a genuine when the metal used was an alloyed. Some collectors called them a restrike tin Jokoh because they were stuck with the same dies.

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

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

Metal: tin

Wong Hon Sum Collection.


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