Uang Kepeng, From Ceremony to Souvenirs

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Uang Kepeng (coin with hole) very close to people’s lives in Bali. Coin with a hole in the middle was supposed to go to Bali since the 7th century to the era of the ruling dynasty Pillars in the plains of China. It was in Bali, the coin serves as a medium of exchange. Later, as expressed in the inscription Sukawana which dates to 882 AD, kepeng suspected to have had a function as a means of Hindu religious ceremony in Bali. Of its kind, kepeng circulating in Bali is a production of China, Korea, Japan and Indonesia itself.

In ancient times kepeng is the smallest unit that is easiest to determine the number of units either as a medium of exchange and as a means of ceremony. But now, because this type of money is increasingly scarce, in some cases the value of money is often replaced with the current coins in accordance with the exchange rate.

Since 2002 the provincial government of Bali to make efforts to preserve the kepeng production. Its production is centered in the village of Kamasan, Klungkung, about 40 kilometers from Kuta. Then kepeng produced regularly. In addition to meeting the needs of the ceremony means, as well as souvenirs. In one day at least five thousand pieces of kepeng produced in this village. The price per coin relatively inexpensive, at Rp700.

The types of souvenirs made ??from kepeng is very diverse, including pendants, bracelets Tamiang (shield), sculptures, and various forms of miniature houses. Souvenirs price range between Rp 25 thousand to Rp 7.5 million.

by Duwi Mertiana

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