The Gamecock Rooster on Malay Coins


– Gameness til the End


Malacca (Malay: Melaka, dubbed “The Historic State” ) is the third smallest Malaysian state after Perlis and Penang. It is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, next to the Straits of Malacca. It borders Negeri Sembilan to the north and Johor to the south. The capital is Malacca City, which is 148 kilometres (92 miles) south east of Malaysia’s capital cityKuala Lumpur, 235 kilometres (146 miles) north west to Johor’s largest city Johor Bahru, and 95 km (59 miles) north west to Johor’s second largest city, Batu Pahat. This historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7 July 2008.

Malacca Sultanate 15th century
Portuguese control 24 August 1511
Dutch control 14 January 1641
British control 17 March 1824
Japanese occupation 15 January 1942
Federal accession 1948

Although it was the location of one of the earliest Malay sultanates, the monarchy was abolished when the Portuguese conquered it in 1511. The head of state is the Yang di-Pertua Negeri or Governor, rather than a Sultan.

Islamic calendar

The Islamic calendarMuslim calendar or Hijri calendar (AH) is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days.

It is used to date events in many Muslim countries (concurrently with the Gregorian calendar), and used by Muslims everywhere to determine the proper days on which to observe the annual fast (see Ramadan), to attend Hajj, and to celebrate other Islamic holidays and festivals.

The first year was the Islamic year beginning in AD 622 during which the emigration of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra, occurred. Each numbered year is designated either H for Hijra or AH for the Latin anno Hegirae (in the year of the Hijra); hence, Muslims typically call their calendar the Hijri calendar.

The current Islamic year is 1434 AH. In the Gregorian calendar 1434 AH runs from approximately 14 November 2012 (evening) to 4 November 2013 (evening).


Keping may refer to:

  • Kelantan keping, a former currency of Kelantan (now part of Malaysia). The keping was the currency of Kelantan until 1909 when it was replaced by the Straits dollar. It was subdivided into 10 pitis. Coins were struck in tin in denominations of 1 pitis (holed), 1 and 10 keping.
  • Trengganu keping, a former currency of Trengganu (now part of Malaysia). The keping was the currency of Trengganu until 1909 when it was replaced by the Straits dollar. It was subdivided into 10 pitis. Coins were issued in denominations of 1 pitis (tin), 1 keping (copper) and 10 keping (tin).

1 Keping

KM#8 Features
Country Malay peninsula(Malacca)
Years 1147-1411 (1832-1836)
Calendar Islamic
Value 1 Keping (0.0025)
Metal Copper
Diameter 21.5 mm
Thickness 0.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized yes


Rooster standing right, below Arabic writing which translates as “land of the Malays”; beaded rim


تانه ملايو


Denomination written above Jawi script (“satu keping – Tanah Melayu”) above date in the Islamic calendar (1247); beaded rim


سات كڤڠ

1 Keping -  obverse1 Keping - reverse

© Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Year Mintage Exchange
1147 (1832) KM#8.2 (Value written as number)
1247 (1832) KM#8.1 (Value written as fraction)
1247 (1832) KM#8.2 (Value written as number)
1219 (1836) KM#8.2 (Value written as number)
1241 (1836) KM#8.2 (Value written as number)
1251 (1836) KM#8.2 (Value written as number)
1411 (1836) KM#8.2 (Value written as number)

Malay peninsula – Malacca Keping (British Administration Coinage)

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Malacca km8 1 Keping (AH1247)

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