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one becomes suddenly rich, it is commonly said that he has found Tauarcarrd, or amber, as though it were treasure. There is also a plentiful fishery of black coral,1 which belongs to the king, and he keeps numbers of men employed at it.
The coin of the realm is silver only, and of one sort, These are pieces of silver called larins,2 of the value of eight sous
or thereabouts of our money, as I have said, as long as the finger, but doubled down. The king has them struck in his island, and stamped with his name in Arabic characters. All other coins are foreign, and though they are current, they are only taken at their just value and weight, and they must be
* M. endiri.
? This coin takes its name from the city Lar, in Persia. The earliest mention of it by a European writer is, so far as I am aware, in the Lembranqas das Cousas da India (Subsidios, iii, 53), that is, in 1525, and the following table is given 2 fules =1 dinar; 12 dinars =1 tanga ; 3 tangas 10 dinars =1 new larin; 3 tangas 9 dinars =1 old larin. At Cambaye, the same writer says (p. 38) that 1 tanga larin = 60 reis, and that 45 of these larins weighed 1 Portuguese marco, i.e., 50 grammes each (,Subsidios, i, 61). We get the following values from Antonio Nunes (1554), in his Livro dos Pesos, etc.: aAt the port of Bengala, 80 cowries =1 pone; 48 pones a 1 larina (Subsidios, i, 61). The editor of the Subsidios, taking a marco of silver in the reign of Joao III as being equivalent to 2,500 reis, notes that the larin would then be worth 51.012 reis.
The early Portuguese writers do not mention the shape of the larin, but there is no reason to doubt that it was as Pyrard describes it, that is, in the form in which it was current all over Western India in the seven-s teenth and eighteenth centuries,
The earliest Dutch authority describes it as current at Goa and the Malabar coast:aaIls usent aussi une monnoye venant de Perse nommee Larrin, du nom de la ville Lar, ou on les forge ; elle est longue comme gros fil daargent, double : ayant e laun coste un signe ou carac-tere du Roy de Perse; elle est de pur argent sans aucune mixtion: valent la piece 105 ou 108 Basarucos selon que le change vaa (PremierThe earliest Dutch authority describes it as current at Goa and the Malabar coast:a a Ils usent aussi une monnoye venant de Perse nommee Larrin, du nom de la ville Lar, ou on les forge ; elle est longue comme gros fil da argent, double : ayant e la un coste un signe ou carac-tere du Roy de Perse; elle est de pur argent sans aucune mixtion: valent la piece 105 ou 108 Basarucos selon que le change vaa (Premier