Kijang / Nandi Bull Gold Kupang Of Patani-Kelantan
Rarity:RRR/ SS54
The word “Nandi” is believed to be derived from the ancient Tamil word “Pandi” meaning bull or its has origins in the Sanskrit language where it means 'of Shiva', 'attendant of Shiva', or happy.

Nandi (Sanskrit: नन्दी, Tamil: நந்தி, Telugu: న౦ది) is the name for the bull which serves as the mount (Sanskrit: Vahana) of the god Shiva and as the gatekeeper of Shiva and Parvati.

This is a  gold coin that was used during the Malay States period that was made by cutting metal discs or octagonal planchets taken from sheets of gold. These were then struck between pairs of inscribed dies. On the obverse is a Bull/Kijang (barking deer) that facing left with tail raised ending in a circle. On the reverse was in scripted with a very crude inscription in Arabic " Malik Al Adil " (The Just Ruler ).

It was graded as RRR by Master Saran Singh.
The Malay Sultanate gold coinage were produced in two denominations, the Mas and the Kupang, which were used as far north as Patani, Kelatan, Terengganu and Kedah, and even in parts of Sumatra
An Mas normally weighed between 36 and 40 grains (2.60gm) of gold, while a Kupang about 9 to 10 grains (0.65gm), thus establishing the rate of exchange at 4 Kupang to 1 Mas.

Bank Negara Malaysia’s Money Museum, The Sasana Kijang has many facts about the evolution of money in Malaysia. Pattani (Patani) or the Sultanate of Pattani was a Malay sultanate that covered approximately the area of the modern Thai provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and much of the northern part of modern Malaysia.


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