Export commodity and regional currency: The role of Chinese copper coins in the Melaka Straits, tenth to fourteenth centuries

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Abstract

In the Melaka Straits, Chinese copper cash has been recovered archaeologically, in varying quantities, from land settlement sites dated to between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. Despite their apparent importance, their role and function in a regional context is still largely unknown. This article seeks to reconstruct the usage of these coins in the Straits region through the integrative use of Chinese textual information and archaeological data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-203
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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