Friday, January 30, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya issued several types of Malayan currency from 1940 to 1942. A complete set of notes with the denomination of 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, 10 dollars, 50 dollars, 100 dollars, 1000 dollars and 10000 dollars were issued in 1941 and 1942.
Among these currency, those with denomination lower than 50 cents were printed without serial number. Despite these lower denomination notes were printed with same printer i.e. Thomas De La Rue, several variety observed in this series of note.
The 20 cents King George VI note has two different varieties namely variety "a" and variety "b". These two variety notes could only be observed if you take a closer look at the Jawi scripts printed in the bottom left of the note. Noted that the variety "b" has two additional dots compare to variety "a" as highlighted in red below.
20 Cents 1941 & 1942 King George VI variety "b"
This is a unique piece and extremely rare of $1 Sawarak banknote issued by Sawarak Government Treasury on 1 July 1919. It was printed in uniface with the portrait of Charles Vyner Brooke by Perkins, Bacon & Co. Ltd London. Charles Vyner Brooke was the third White Rajah of Sarawak.
The 1 Dollar Sarawak note issued in 1919 with the portrait of Charles Vyner Brooke
Saturday, January 10, 2009
As we all know, most of Malaysian Banknotes were issued by the British Government prior to independence and the role of issuance currency has been taken over by Bank Negara Malaysia in 1967 with the issuance of 1st Series of Malaysian Banknote. However, Do you aware that there were settlement notes issued for Sungei Buloh Settlement?
Indeed, the Sungei Buloh Settlement notes were issued in denomination of 5 Cents, 10 Cents and 1 Dollar in 1935 and 1936. They were to be used within Sungei Buloh Settlement as Sungei Buloh was a leprosarium back then. These notes were printed by the Survey Department, Federated Malay States.
The obverse of 5 Cents Sungei Buloh Settlement issued in 1936
The obverse of the $1 Sungei Buloh Settlement note valid for goods worth within the Sungei Buloh Settlement only
Layout of Sungei Buloh Settlement in 1932. Photo from International Leprosy Association
The original issuance of Malayan $1 note in 1940 was printed in green color
The revised issuance of the Malaya $1 in 1941 adopted the blue color
Sunday, January 4, 2009
It was highlighted by one of the collectors . The 3rd Series of RM10 has a shadow printed on Yang Di-Pertuan Agong's portrait. Interestingly, I check across all other denomination notes within the same series, none of them has this "obvious" shadow as printed in RM10 note (take a piece of RM10 note and have a closer look). Could it be the over-printed color that unintentionally spilled over during the printing process? Or could it be a feature that created purposely? Nevertheless, this is not an error note and many of us even not aware of this over-printed color issue.
An over-printed color or shadow on RM10 note
Thursday, January 1, 2009
$1 currency issued by Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya and British Borneo on 21 March 1953.
Besides Malaya and North Borneo, there are total of 33 countries have had featured the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in their currency prior to their independence. Among these countries are Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Caribbean Territories, British Honduras, Canada, Cayman Islands, Ceylon, Cyprus, East African Currency Board, East Caribbean States, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta, New Zealand, Rhodesia, Scotland, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Mauritius, Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Saint Helena, Seychelles and Southern Rhodesia.
$1 Currency issued by Government of Hong Kong on 1 July 1955
Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926 in London, England. She is the Queen of Britain and Northern Island and Head of 15 States of 15 other Commonwealth countries. She is also the Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. She was proclaimed as Queen of Great Britain on 6 February 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI.
To many collectors, the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II sounds extremely familiar to them. For those whom have yet to have any Queen Elizabeth II portrait banknotes, I think you are still long way to be classified as a banknote collector. You should have at least one piece of Queen Elizabeth II portrait banknote in your collection throughout your collection life if you want to be a genuine collector.