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I am starting to really like protomoney :)


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It's just so neat! Like a whole new world.


Got a small lot of ancient Greek 600-400BC Borysthenes arrow / leaf bronze proto money in the mail today. Going to keep a couple and pass the rest on to other collectors. Ad is up on the sell forum if anyone is interested in these.





Some other proto money in my collection:


1800's Thai 1/2 baht bullet money



1970 Newspaper article on how these were made: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19700902&id=OCseAAAAIBAJ&sjid=o7cEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6140,170754


Thai "canoe" money, bronze ingot (approx 60 grams)




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It's interesting how these proto coins were spreading on the periphery of the Greek world while silver was spreading around the Agean

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I believe you are referring to the island of Yap, which is in the Caroline Islands, Micronesia (not Indonesia). I don't have any but I know some people who do.


I don't think anyone has gotten one slabbed yet.


A "tooled" coins slabbable? :lol:

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Another NEWP!


A "tiger tongue" ingot from the Thailand/Siam area. Some sort of silver alloy, dates to somewhere between the late 1600s and early 1800s most likely. Weighs 68 grams.


I believe mine is the same as the type written about here: http://www.moneymuseum.com/moneymuseum/coins/coin.jsp?lang=en&id=88782





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Picked this up at a show over the weekend. A Chinese Silver Sycee. Turns out that this particular one is a more modern (early 20th century I'd imagine) piece that would have been given as a gift rather than used as money as the old Sycee ingots were. As with many types of Sycee, this one has the "Fu" characters for good luck.


The boat shape was made by rocking the mould back and forth as the metal cooled, resulting in the raised sides and indents on either side. The older sycee that were used in commerce date back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) and many, many different types have been made over the centuries.








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