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chinthe

Royal Animal – Shaped (Chinthe) Coin Weight, Burma

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Detail:  Made from high quality silver and nickel, this highly detailed weight was made for Burmese royalty in the 19th Century.  The history of such weights began before regular currency when transactions in the bazaars were made by weighing out lumps of metal, ganza (basket or metal canister)… Continue reading
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