BEING A PLACE where the winds meet, the Malayan Peninsula has witnessed the use of many types of currency. For example, the Malacca Sultanate made use of wang pitis in the early 15th century. These were coins made from tin and gold, and moulded in the shape of crocodiles, roosters, elephants or turtles. They were called jongkong timah and jongkong emas, the latter being more highly valued. After Sultan Muzaffar Shah (1446-1459) came to power, wang pitis was phased out...
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The Indian Rupee had previously been in use in the Straits Settlements.
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