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The Koin Emas OHN is an alternative currency that Indonesian Muslims use to save for the pilgrimage.

Religious currency

Religious currency: The Koin Emas OHN (visible, upper right, in original packaging) is an alternative currency that Indonesian Muslims use to save for the pilgrimage to Mecca. The OHN began circulating briskly in 1999-2000, according to anthropologist William Maurer.

Credit: © 2004, Princeton University Press, from forthcoming book by Bill Maurer, MUTUAL LIFE LIMITED: Islamic Banking, Alternative Currencies, Lateral Reason.

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