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OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:24 pm
by fogie
Here is $$$ from the Chiang Mai are of Thailand from about 1275 A.D. It is called clam shell money, Jiang Money, kakime or tamerlung (and a bunch of other things I am sure...). The first specimen is quite normal and while rare - can be found at large shows on occasion, the second specimen is the uber rare piece. This piece is the Plate coin from Kneedler's book on northern Thailand/Siam ancient money. The authenticity was considered dubious by some until one was discovered in a vault in India (3000-4000 miles away!) that had been sealed since ~1300 A.D.. (the vault was under a Buddist temple the had been accused of mishandleing it's funds and was court ordered to disclose it's financial position. In doing said disclosure it opened 7(or 8?) of 11 sealed vaults under the temple. They were then ask to stop as the treasure uncovered at that point exceeded the amount of money INDIA spent on education in a year! The government did not have the resources to protect the pile of goodies. I would have loved to volunteer a year or so to cataloging the haul.
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Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:57 pm
by LateDateMorganGuy
The 2nd one looks like, well, some sort of manhood thingie.

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:07 pm
by fogie
exactly!

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:24 pm
by LateDateMorganGuy
Looks kinda small. Can you out a tape measure up to it?

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:36 pm
by CascadeChris
Holy hell, that is quite the neat piece.. Looks more like a Chinese Penis Fish (real thing) than it does a clamshell though :lol:

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:03 pm
by collectinsince65
Very cool Fogie! I have an appreciation for Siam coinage. Have never seen anything like your images.

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:08 pm
by vamnuke
:o

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:19 pm
by iwillbenice
What grade is it. :lol:

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:53 pm
by DHalladay
It is quite inevitable that this thread will veer into adolescent territory. :lol:

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:38 am
by CascadeChris
DHalladay wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:53 pm
It is quite inevitable that this thread will veer into adolescent territory. :lol:
Going off of the cryptic way he worded it when he was telling me about the coin and to go check out the pics, he's fully aware of the poof possibility of this thread :lol:

@fogie so is that the one found in the ancient vault, and you own it now or a different one? Cant believe I'm even asking that but with you it's a valid question :lol: :lol: 😎

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:37 am
by DHalladay
You mean this isn't from Vietnam?
(Look up what that nation's currency name is.)

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:11 am
by Kurt28
Suddenly I need one of these.
Preferably the one without the phallus.
Thanks for sharing.

Re: OT - ober rare and way cool

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:25 pm
by Longstrider
It is beautiful and it does look a bit phallic. I can't believe I just used that word. Is it in two pieces that, well, come together?
Believe it or not there is a Buddhist temple, "Wat Santi" at the beginning of the dirt road to my house in Landers, CA. High Desert and they are from a sect of Forrest Monks from Thailand. Great neighbors. Thanks, that is very cool.🐍