The relatively large and heavy plaque of brass has a circular shape that is reminiscent of an ancient coin from China. This coin, however, is not Chinese but Javanese. Instead of Chinese characters we see traditional Javanese writing embossed on the rear face of the amulet. It reads: “1946 Palang”, referring to the year of fulfillment of Jayabaya’s ancient prophesy, which indicates a time of glory and prosperity. The old and plumb body of the deity is embossed on the front face of the sacred brass coin. Semar is depicted with the index finger of his right hand pointing forward, indicating his divine role as a respected teacher.
Indeed, Indonesian people in general and the Javanese in particular consider Semar to be their spiritual guide and protector. Yet this talisman offers not just guidance and protection alone, for it has additional magical qualities that serve to generate material merits for the owner. This means that the magic coin also has the ability to help the owner win the lottery or find success in gambling. Furthermore, Semar’s blessings allow an increase in substantial wealth through one’s business. And just like the charismatic Semar himself, the amulet will help to improve one’s charisma as well as one’s authority and leadership.
Mantra for Sacred Brass Gambler’s Coin
Sang Hyang Ismaya
Rawuhno sejatining Semar
Kang api raja ing sangga buwana rawuh
Rawuh mijil ana ing pangarsan ingsun.