World Silver & Bronze
This lot is not illustrated.
INDONESIA, assorted primitive money, including South East Asia, interupted dumbbell ring lead coinage (5), issued A.D. 200-600, (5.68, 8.60 12.97, 20.10, 22.63 grams), other varieties (2), (cf.M.2610-5 and 5321-2; Mitchiner 11-12 [p.30, History and Coinage of South East Asia until the fifteenth century"). Surface oxidation, otherwise very fine and unusual. (7)
The interupted dumbbell Mitchiner (p.29 cited above) notes that finds of similar types as these as well as moulds were found at Oc-eo by Malleret's excavations (1959-1963) as well as contemporary Mon sites in Thailand and the Pyu site of Beikthano in the Irrawaddy valley. These are all dated to the period A.D. 200-600. Consequently the circulation of these pieces must have covered from South Vietnam, Thailand and Burma. He notes most examples are 20-30 grams but a few specimens have been observed around 50 grams. The analysis of these "dumbbell interupted rings" show that they are almost 100% lead. The style of these dumbells are somewhat similar to those illustrated by Mitchiner.
Estimate / sale price does not include buyer's premium (currently 22% including GST) which is added to hammer price. All bids are executed on the understanding that the Terms & Conditions of sale have been read and accepted. For information on grading and estimates please refer to the Buying at Auction advice.
View a lot by number and sale.
Lot 1928 This lot
INDONESIA, assorted primitive money, including South East Asia, interupted dumbbell ring lead coinage (5), issued ...