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Coin Gobog
2628-3032
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is of historical value because it shows the early introduction of Islam.

History of the Object
The front side shows Arabic characters: “Syahadat La Ilaha Ilallah Muhammad Rasulullah” (“There is only One God and Mohammad is His Prophet.”) This Arabic script indicates that in the period of the Majapahit Kingdom several people already believed in Islam. At that time the majority of the people were still Hindu or Buddhist. The flipside shows wayang-figures; Krishna, Semar and an elephant. In Hinduism the elephant is one of the vehicles of the Gods.

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Type
Coins and medals 
Materials
Copper 
Measurements
Weight: 73,5 gramsDiameter: 68,16 mm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Java 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 15th century 
Creation date
14th Century - 15th Century 
Function
It was used by nobility, especially for exchange and it is also possible that it was used as an amulet to ward off evil spirits. 
Acquisition
It was presented by Rademacher, the founder of the Museum at the occasion of its opening. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum Nasional 
Museum
National Museum of Indonesia 
Credit line
 

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