10 Majaphait “Coins” 10885

Java

Gold

14th/15th Century

16.5 grams

These currencies are considered the first coinage of Java.  Each of the “seeds” displays a chop that refers to the value based on weight. Before the 14th/15th Century, value was stored in pigs. When money came along, ceramic pigs were made to hold the currencies, linking old values and new, and thus begat the first "piggy banks".