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These women were doing transaction of traditional money, or what they call "uang kepeng".

According to the ancient history books of Bali, written on lontar palm leaves, Uang Kepeng has circulated as a primary medium of exchange on the island of Bali for at least the past 1,100 years. A wide variety of these coins, made of various metals and with different texts, share the similarity of having a hole in the center, similar to a washer for a bolt, which allows them to be strung together to become larger units of currency.

Throughout history, Uang Kepeng was extremely important to the Balinese people, touching on all aspects of their lives, cultural, religious, social, political and economic. Today, the valuation of Uang Kepeng relates mainly to cultural uses in the arts and religion, while the social, political and economic aspects have withered away.

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