Malaysia Malay State of Perak 1 Keping  1835
Malaysia Malay State of Perak 1 Keping 1835

Isn't this a great coin? Perak is one of the thirteen states that make up the country of Malaysia. Back in the day, they minted their own coins for local circulation. This 1 keping copper issue is one of those.

Kiddo is absolutely correct in the translation of the Arabic inscriptions. The obverse reads 'Negri Perak' or 'State (of) Perak', while the reverse reads 'Satu Keping 1251', or 'One Keping 1251'. The AH date of 1251 translates into Gregorian April 29th 1835 to April 17th 1836.

The catalog values for these are not bad, as listed below:

worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog values
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $120

These coins are quite scarce, and, we feel, are undervalued in the catalogs. It is very difficult to find them in good condition. The values are probably low becuase many collectors from around the world have not yet picked up on the interesting aspect of coin collecting that is Asian coinage. It is quite likely that values will rise steeply in the near future. Hold on to your coin, Kiddo -- it's a good one!

The coin in our picture comes from Nuri Coin in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Nuri's web site has many fine examples of coins like this. CoinQuest thanks Nuri Coin for use of their coin photo.

Damaged coins will be worth a couple dollars at most. Check our our Important Terminology page found at the top left in order to learn more about the ambiguous term 'Catalog Value' used on this page.

Coin: 16472 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: Kiddo, Mon, 03-Feb-2014 16:28:42 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 04-Feb-2014 20:19:52 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 24-Jan-2016 00:56:01 GMT
Requester description: 1835 Front inscription: Inscription in Arabic characters which mean ' one keping' and a year in Hijra calendar 1251. Back inscription: some inscription in Arabic characters represent the place where the coin was issued. E.g : 'negeri perak' and 'negeri deli'
Tags: malaysia malay state perak 1 keping malaysian malaya staats stated stets stato staaten stado stadt statehood tates stet inscription monogram arabic arab characters character one year hijra calendar place negeri deli script letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials arabesque aribic arabian arabia logograms logogram ones hijiri circle ring dot bead pearl line bar circled encircle circlet circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed beaded period dotted beading beads point periods dots points pearls lined lines lining bars


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