Siamese bullet coin to auction for $9,000 at Morton & Eden

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2015-06-26 13:18:03

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Siamese bullet coin to auction for $9,000 at Morton & Eden

The Siamese bullet coin commemorates the death of King Rama V's mother

An extremely rare and unusual bullet coin from Siam is being offered as part of Morton & Eden's June 5 auction in London.

Siamese thai bullet coinsThis example would not have been put into circulation, instead being used for ceremonial purposes

The bullet coin, which is around the size and shape of a marble, will be sold with a 6,000 ($9,098) estimate. They were in use in ancient Siam (now Thailand) until 1860, when traditional flat coinage was introduced.

The example at auctionhad the unusually high value of 20 baht, but was never in circulation as it was made for ceremonial purposes in 1880.

This example of thesilver coin was introduced to commemorate the death of the mother of Rama V (1853-1910).

Rama V was known as the Royal Buddha and is considered one ofthe country's greatest rulers.

Made from bars of silver and gold, the bullet coins are thickest in the middle, and are bent round to form a complete circle. The shape is thought to be inspired by that of cowry shells, which were widely used as money in ancient times.

"They are always struck with countermarks to prove their authenticity, one of which is always an ornate chakra wheel," commented Morton & Eden's Jeremy Cheek.

"This example also has an ornate royal crown mark and an exceptionally rare mark showing a Thai flower with the date 1242."

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