Kalung Liontin

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This gold coin was designed by J.P.M Menger

Before 1930s, the use of gold and silver coins as a jewellery was popular among the Peranakans in The Dutch East Indies. Coins in denominations of 1/2, 1, 2.5 and 10 guilders were incorporated into  different kinds of jewelries such as belts, bracelets, hairpins, kerosangs and pendants. This particular 10 guilders gold coin from 1889 was used as a pendant by a Peranakan Nyonya.The head of the coin that was designed by J.P.M Menger, shows a portrait of King William III who reigned from 1849 to 1890. This coin is attached to a crown and a gold chain made by a  local goldsmith. This pendant is an example of a cultural assimilation that occurred in the Dutch East Indies in the late 19th century.

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