Sultanate of Sulu

12 Sep 2020  Sat

The Sultanate of Sulu was a Muslim state that ruled the islands in the Sulu Archipelago, parts of Mindanao in today's Philippines, certain portions of Palawan and north-eastern Borneo. It was founded on 17 November 1405 by a Johore-born explorer and religious scholar Sharif ul-Hashim.

The Sultanate of Sulu in the southernmost islands engaged actively in barter trade with the Arabs, Han Chinese, Bornean, Moluccan, and British traders. The Sultans issued coins of their own as early as the 5th century. Coins of Sultan Azimud Din that exist today are of base metal Tin, Silver and alloy bearing Arabic inscriptions and dated 1148 AH corresponding to the year 1735 in the Christian era.

Depicted here is a tin unit of Muhammad Sharaf al-Din. The obverse of a coin depicts the temple. On the other hand, the reverse of a coin represents the legend in three-line “Al-Sultan Muhammad Sharaf Al Din”.

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