INDONESIA, JAVA, amulet, circa 1960s-70s


INDONESIA, JAVA, amulet, no date, (circa 1960s-70s), pseudo Arabic legends, star at top, 2/3 of a sphere, cast iron, 11mm, 5.89g, F

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Mitchiner, in his Oriental Coins and their Values, volume III, thought these were some kind of money, and assigned them to a kingdom. The facts have turned out to be that a guy in Jakarta had access to cast iron casting waste and created these objects by drawing the designs with wax and then soaking them in battery acid. Time frame was 1960s-70s.

This catch-all category of exonumia to include things that don’t fit in the other categories. Coal scatter, bale tags, things to put on keychains, seals, and so forth.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.