Sunday, 17 March 2013


This is a gold coin from Sultanah Kamalat Shah era. She is the fourth female to be throned in Aceh She reigned Aceh from 1688 - 1699 CE. After protests from people who wanted a male sultan, especially after a fatwa from a Kadi in Mecca stating that a woman as a head of state is in conflict with the laws of Islam, she was desposed in October 1699. Aceh is a state located at the northern end of Sumatra island ( Indonesia). It is also known by its Arabic honorific Darus Salam ( Abode of Peace) from 1511-1959 CE. Aceh's origins are unquestionably Cham, as the Champa king Syah Pau Kubah sent his son Syah Pau Ling to rule over Aceh when the capital Vijaya in 1471 AD, was sacked by the Vietnamese Le Dynasty. The Sultanate of Aceh was founded in 1511 CE after the fall of Pasai Sultanate by Sultan Ali Mughayat Shah. It’s presumed that he is the same person as Syah Pau Ling who converted to Islam. The Sultanate lasted till 1903 when the last Aceh Sultan Muhammad III Daud Shah Johan Berdaulat surrendered to Dutch occupation. Obv: Zakiat Ad Din Berdaulat Shah Rev: Paduka Sri Sultanah Kamalat Shah Weight : 0.59 gm Dim : 14mm Date : 1688 - 1699 CE

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