Brunei and Nusantara History in Coinage by William L. S. Barrett
Consists of six chapters which explained the history of coinage and currency in Brunei and the Malay Archipelago. It also contains some specimens of coinage and currency used in Brunei and the Malay Archipelago since few centuries and decades ago.
This book was published in conjunction with the official opening of the Brunei History Centre as well as an exhibition on the history of Coinage of Brunei and Nusantara.
The book is interesting and to use to words in the foreword 'sheds light on the history and administration of the Sultans of Brunei during the late 17th and 18th centuries.' The coins in the book served to validate the Brunei Tarsilah such as the rightful correct lineage of the Sultans throughout the ages. Some of the earliest identifiable coins are those that belong to Sultan Nasaruddin who ruled from 1690 to 1710 and there are other coin which have been issue either prior to, or later than some of the more positively identified coinage. Those who doubted the existence of Brunei only has to look at the older coins and the coins really demonstrated the capability of the Brunei economy at that time. We don't really know the exact time when Brunei issued its own coins. Some of the earliest unidentifiable coins are said to be about a few hundred years earlier than some of the more identifiable ones.
Title Brunei and Nusantara History in Coinage
Author William L. S. Barrett
Contributors Brunei. Historical Center Department
Publisher Brunei History Centre, 1988
Original book from University of Michigan
Published: 4 Jun 2008
Page: 273 pages / Hardcover
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