Singapore Merchant Tokens Series One Cent And Half Cent 1804 SUSU

One of the most meaningful and fruitful thing that I received in my recent trip to Singapore in  conjunction with the SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL COIN FAIR 2015 27-29 MARCH-2019 was to visit Mr. Sunny Lam Teck Bong of Clifford Numismatic Center.
I was very lucky to be given a chance by Mr. Sunny Lam to view closely on his rare collection of 
two pieces Singapore Merchant 1804 "Duit Ayam" tokens.

One Cent (SS22) Token is a Proof token and a normal Half Cent (SS23A) Copper Token. I was told by him, the Proof Token was an ex-collection of the exiled Egyptian King Farouk's collection.
The One Cent 1804 Proof SUSU was struck in a unknown mint in London with a mintage of 100 pieces dated 1804.

The Half Cent 1804 SUSU was struck at a mint in Susu, Sumatra with an unknown total mintage. It appears to have been struck on a small planchet and the edge is smoothed. It was struck from the same die as the One Cent 1804 Proof Token. The existence of this token was not known until its illustrated pieces was turned up in London in 1984.

Many tokens were circulated in the Straits and neighbouring territories of Singapore. But the most intriguing issue consisted of copper cents know as cock tokens, because the obverse featured a large spurred fighting-cock. The reverse was inscribed "Susu" in Arabic, with the date 1804 in the European calendar. Susu was a port on the west coast of Sumatra, in the kingdom of Acheen, where American had established a base.
At one time Pridmore (pp. 91-94) thought that these pieces might have been issued by the American Free Traders illegally trading at the Port of Susu, a west coast port in Sumatra in the Kingdom of Acheen. Recent research, published after his death in a joint paper with David Vice (SNC, Sept. 1980 and Mar. 1981) indicates that they are much more likely to be an issue of the rebel chief, Lebi Dapa, a descendent of a Chief of Susu, and that the Heavy Issue were the 100 "samples" struck from dies prepared in London, and that the Light Issue was produced locally. That they are almost certainly the prototype for the later Fighting Cock tokens is not in doubt.
Thank you very much to Mr. Sunny Lam for allowing me to take some photos of his rare collections so that I can share with my Blog and facebook visitors.


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