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Sri Vijaya Money

The Sri Vijaya Kingdom covered from major cities in southern part of the Suvarnabhumi Peninsula such as Chaiya, Nokhon Si Thammarat along with other towns way down to the island of Sumatra. Sri Vijaya coins were primarily made of gold, silver, or even electrum and could be easily distinguished by the unique of sandal flower with Sanskrit letter imprinted on each of them. Later all other succeeding kingdoms developed their own currency systems. Likewise, most of the coins minted also reflected great influences of the Arabs, Indians as well as the Chinese. Sri Vijaya silver coins were impressed with a sandal-wood flower on one side, and with the ancient Sanskrit word Vara (i.e., supreme) on the other side. Most Sri Vijaya coins were either made of silver, gold, or electrum and came in three difference sizes.



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