Sunday, November 21, 2010

4th Series - RM50 Banknote with Stamp in Folder

As most of us are aware that the first 20,000 pieces of 4th Series of RM50 banknote comes with the serial number of AA0000001 to AA0020000 are with golden trim and a folder. However, the recent market survey has discovered that the similar folder has been reprinted and they are sold with AA note that comes with silver trim (Serial number AA0020001 and above).

There are also creative dealers that have Incorporated the RM50 banknote stamp that launched in January 2010 by POS Malaysia into the folder. The overall package looks attractive as the stamps, banknote and folder carry the same theme.

However, one must be able to differential the original folder that comes with premium banknote. The value of this reproduction folder has to depend on its banknote and, or stamp that come with it. After all, it is the banknote or stamp value that will appreciate.

A complete 4th Series of RM50 folder comes with AA note and stamp.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Malaysia Coins & Banknotes 2010

The first edition of Malaysia Coins and Banknotes 2010 edited by Peter Eu and Ben Chiew and published by Eureka Metro Sdn Bhd is now available in the market. It is a very useful pocket guide book for collectors whom are interested in collecting Malaysian coins and banknotes.



The cover of Malaysia Coins and Banknotes 2010 Pocket Guide Book

The 153 pages guide book provides information for both coins and banknotes. It is written in both Bahasa Malaysia and English language. The guide book is divided into two main sections namely coins and banknotes. The coins section covers first series circulation coins, second series circulation coins, commemorative coins, coins in education program and bullion coins from 1967 to 2010.

The second part of guide book mainly focus on banknotes started from first series to current fourth series which was issued by Bank Negara Malaysia from 1967 to 2010. The guide book also covers commemorative banknotes issued within this period of time.


The content of the guide books illustrate the banknotes and coins.

The coin and banknote images illustrated in this guide book are high quality. I notice that most of the banknote images used for this guide book are specimen banknotes which carried a very unique serial number i.e. A/1 000000 or AA 0000000.

Besides the current update on coin and banknote prices, the guide book also provides technical specification or short description of coins and banknotes which are useful for collectors. If you are looking for post independence coins and banknotes, this guide book is highly recommended to you.

This guide book is offered at RM28. Many banknote dealers do carry the stock. One can purchase through Numis Coins and Notes located at LG22 & 23 Maju Junction Mall, 1001 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

19th Edition of Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coin & Paper Money

The release of 19th Edition of Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coin & Paper Money in June 2010 was in the conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd which was founded by Mr. Steven Tan in 1960. Congratulation and best wishes to him and his company!


The 19th Edition of Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Coin and Paper Money

This catalogue is divided into two main sections which include paper money and coin. The first part of catalogue provides information of the paper money from Brunei, British North Borneo, Malaya, Malaya and British Borneo, Malaya Japanese Occupation and its Propaganda Issues, Malaysia, Sarawak, Straits Settlement and Singapore in alphabetical order.

Besides the Malaya Japanese Occupation notes, it also gives additional information and images of notes on Burma Japanese Occupation, Netherlands East Indies Japanese Occupation, Oceania Japanese Occupation and Philippines Japanese Occupation.

The guide book also covers the Federal Malay States (F.M.S) War Loan Bond Certificates and Coupons, Coagulant Units Coupons, Malaya Private Paper Currency, Malaya Rubber Export Coupons, Sarawak Rubber Export Coupons and Singapore Rubber Export Coupons.



Biography of Steven Tan and Brief History of International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd

One thing that I find this catalogue interesting is that the catalogue also displays some of the Malaya Unissued Proof and Colour Trial Specimen which I believe many of us might have not seen them before. These notes are extremely rare and they were only appeared in auction catalogue.

The second half of the catalogue provides information of coins. Coins that covered under this section include British North Borneo and its token, British Trade Dollar, Brunei, Malaya, Malaya & British North Borneo, Malaysia, Penang Tokens, Sarawak, Singapore Merchant and Private Tokens, Singapore Gold Bullion Coins and Strait Settlements.

However, the coin images illustrated in this section is without colour. In fact, some of the coin images used was inherited from its very earlier publication. Perhaps, this can be improved in upcoming edition.



Part of the contents of the guide book

Apart from the valuable information and current update of paper money and coins, collectors can also find useful sources especially in identifying the coin and banknote dealer in Malaysia and Singapore. Many of the dealers have their advertisement in this guide book. They do provide their contact to serve you.

Another useful information price analysis of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei banknotes over 25 years from 1976 to 2000. The banknote prices were tabulated and compiled through the 1st edition to 15th edition of the catalogue.

This catalogue can be purchased from International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd located at Lot 2.4 & 2.5 of Pertama Shopping Complex in Kuala Lumpur. The retail price is RM78.

1st Edition of Coin & Paper Money Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

This is the 1st Edition of Coin & Paper Money Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei form 1845 to 1976. This guide book was edition by Mr. Steven Tan and was published in 1976. It was one of the very few guide book available to collector back then.

The cover of 1st Edition of Coin & Paper Money Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

This copy of guide book is given as a souvenir with the purchase of newly release 19th Edition Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coin & Paper Money. Printed in black and white, this 72 pages guide book covers the coins and paper money of the Straits Settlements, Malaya, Malaya and British Borneo, Malaysia, British North Borneo, Brunei, Sarawak and Singapore.

Personally I am happy that this guide book is made available to the collectors as it provides useful reference on the market price. Your will amaze to see that many of the coin and banknote prices have rapidly appreciated through out recent 20 or 30 years.

Content of Coins & Paper Money Catalogue edited by Mr. Steven Tan

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Release of Malaysia Banknote and Coin Guide Book 2010

This year seems to be a busy year for publication of Malaysian banknote and coin catalogue. Through the recent information collected, it is observed that there are at least three new publications have been released to the market. Collector now has more choices to make reference on their collection with the new guide books make available to them.

One of the pioneer in Malaysian banknote and coin catalogue, Mr. Steven Tan, has released the 19th Edition of "Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coin and Paper Money" middle of the year. This catalogue consists of 318 pages of color and quality printing that illustrate the Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei banknotes and coins started from 1845 to 2010. The catalogue provides information such as new pricing, issue year, banknotes size and coins mintage for collector reference.

Mr. KN Boon has also released its new guide book through his latest publication of the 5th Edition of "Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Banknotes and Coins". This guide book give a complete educational reference for Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore banknotes and coins that cover from 1786 to September 2010. The guide book has a total of 453 pages compare to 437 pages in its 4th edition.

Another famous author in banknote and coin guide book, Mr. Peter Eu and Mr. Ben Chiew have join the battle by introducing their 1st publication of "Malaysia Banknotes and Coins 2010". This newly introduced catalogue consists of 153 pages with colourful images of Malaysian banknotes and coins. It provides information on circulation and commemorative banknotes and coins with reference prices.

I am a guide book collector. I love collecting them because they provide valuable information and current update on my collection. I surely will want to grab all the above guide books. I will share with you my review of these guide books once they are on my bookshelf.

Friday, October 29, 2010

125th Anniversary of Jabatan Ukur Dan Pemetaan Malaysia (JUPEM) Commemoratve Coin

Bank Negara Malaysia launched three types of commemorative coins to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan Malaysia (JUPEM) on 14 oCTOBER 2010. The commemorative coins were launched by YAB Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin bin Mohd. Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister, at Dewan Perdana FELDA, Jalan Maktab, Kuala Lumpur.

The three types of commemorative coins are RM100 Gold Commemorative Coin (proof), RM10 Silver Commemorative Coin (proof) and RM1 Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin.

The obverse of these coins feature a surveyor of JUPEM carrying out measuring works with the theodolite, a device used to measure angular values in a traverse or network between survey marks. It is also used for defining the direction of lines of sight. The name "Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan Malaysia" appears on the lower circumference of the coins, whilst "125 Tahun" appears at the top of the coins.

The reverse of these coins illustrate the official logo of JUPEM. At the upper circumference, the words "Bank Negara Malaysia" appear as the issuing authority of the commemorative coins. The years "1885-2010" appear below the logo and the denomination is at the lower circumference of the coin.


RM100 Gold Commemorative Coin (proof)

Technical Specification

Gold Commemorative Coin (proof)

Type : Gold Proof
Alloy : Gold (Au999.9)
Face Value (RM) : 100
Selling Price (RM) : 1,200
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 150
Diameter (mm) : 22.00
Weight (gram) : 7.96
Shape : Round with milled edge


Silver Commemorative Coin (proof)

Type : Silver Proof
Alloy : Silver (Ag92.5)
Face Value(RM) : 10
Selling Price(RM) : 150
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 300
Diameter(mm) : 35.70
Weight(gram) : 21.00
Shape : Round with milled edge


Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin

Type : Nordic Gold (B.U.)
Alloy : Cu89 Zn5 Al5 Sn1
Face Value (RM) : 1
Selling Price(RM) : 10
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 10,000
Diameter (mm) : 30.00
Weight (gram) : 8.80
Shape : Round with milled edge

50th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Bunga Raya as the National Flower Commemorative Coin

Bank Negara Malaysia issued three types of commemorative coins to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Bunga Raya as the National Flower on 30 September 2010. It was launched by Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah at Kompleks Perbadanan Kraftangan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

These commemorative coins consist of RM100 Gold Commemorative Coin (proof), RM10 Silver Commemorative Coin (proof) and RM 1 Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin.

The obverse of the coins feature the image of the Bunga Raya as the National Flower with the words "50 Tahun" at the upper circumference. The years "1960 - 2010" appear below the Bunga Raya and the words "Bunga Raya Bunga Kebangsaan" at the lower circumference of the coin.

The reverse of the coins feature the map of Malaysia with the Malaysian flag as the background. The upper circumference displays the words "Bank Negara Malaysia" with the denomination below it. "Jabatan Warisan Negara" as organiser of the ceremony for the proclamation anniversary appears on the lower circumference of the coins.


Gold Commemorative Coin (proof)


Silver Commemorative Coin (proof)


Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin


Technical Specifications

Gold Commemorative Coin (proof)

Type : Gold Proof
Alloy : Gold (Au999.9)
Face Value (RM) : 100
Selling Price(RM) : 1,200
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 150
Diameter(mm) : 22.00
Weight(gram) : 7.96
Shape : Round with milled edge


Silver Commemorative Coin (proof)

Type : Silver Proof
Alloy : Silver (Ag92.5)
Face Value (RM) : 10
Selling Price(RM) : 150
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 400
Diameter(mm) : 35.70
Weight(gram) : 21.00
Shape : Round with milled edge


Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin

Type : Nordic Gold (B.U.)
Alloy : Cu89 Zn5 Al5 Sn1
Face Value (RM) : 1
Selling Price(RM) : 10
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 10,000
Diameter(mm) : 30.00
Weight(gram) : 8.80
Shape : Round with milled edge

Sunday, October 17, 2010

5 Ringgit Prime Minister Commemorative Coin

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) issued 1st Prime Minister Commemorative Coins in 1971 that feature Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, Father of Independence Malaysia. These commemorative coins were released in two different types i.e. 5 Ringgit copper-nickel coin and 100 Ringgit .917 gold coin.

A total of 2,000,000 mintage of 5 Ringgit copper-nickel coins were released and 100,000 mintage of 100 Ringgit gold coins were issued.

5 Ringgit copper-nickel commemorative coins that feature 1st Prime Minister f Malaysia - Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.

25th Anniversary of EPF Commemorative Coin

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) launched a series of commemorative coins in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in 1976. There were three types of coins issued namely 1 Ringgit Copper-Nickel coin, 25 Ringgit .925 Silver coin and 250 Ringgit .900 Gold coin.

These 25th Anniversary of EPF Commemorative Coins of RM1, RM25 Silver and RM250 Gold are also available in Proof set of 3 with limited to 1,000 sets.

25 Ringgit of .925 Silver commemorative coin issued with the conjunction of 25th Anniversary of EPF. A total of 100,000 silver coins were issued.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The 3rd Malaysia Plan Commemorative Coin

The 3rd Malaysia Plan Commemorative Coins were issued in 1976 in conjunction with the introduction of the 3rd Malaysia Plan by Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak. These commemorative coins were released in two denominations namely 1 Ringgit Copper-Nickel coin and 10 Ringgit .925 Silver coin. They were minted by Franklin Mint, United State.

A total of 1,000,000 and 200,00 of 1 Ringgit Copper-Nickel and 10 Ringgit .925 Silver coins were issued in 1976. The obverse of the coin features portrait of Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak with 14 flags - Malaysia and its 13 states. The reverse depicts the coat of arm Malaysia and the 3rd Malaysia Plan was written in national language "Rancangan Malaysia Ketiga 1976 - 1980".

This is a 3rd Malaysia Plan's 10 Ringgit .925 Silver coin issued in 1976.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Coins in Clothing

Coins are used in our daily transaction as a form of money. Coins which usually come with a lower-valued units are type of modern money we use as cash today to settle our bills. However, many of us might not aware that coins had been used or worn by many civilizations in centuries ago as jewelry to show their status in the community.

Coins were turned into necklaces and bracelets and worn by a person to reflect the standing in his/her community. The more coins he/she wore, the higher up they were in the society. Apart from jewelry, coins were used in clothing. Some of the old coins we encounter today have holes punched or addition round metal at the back of coins. All these alteration works to coins came with a purpose - making them fit into clothing or jewelry.

I have a few coins in my collection come with the features that I described above which make me believe that they were used as buttons in clothing. These coins were from Queen Victoria (1871 - 1901) and it is believed that people in century ago had used coins as buttons in their clothing apart from using them as medium of transaction - money.

Additional round metal welded at the back of coins to make them as buttons.

Obverse side of coins.

Malaya and British Borneo - Queen Elizabeth II

The Malaya and British Borneo currency was issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya and British Borneo from 1952 to 1967. The currency was widely circulated in the states of Malaya, British North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak, Singapore and Brunei.

The Malaya and British Borneo coins were introduced from 1953 to 1961. The obverse of this series of coins bore the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II while the reverse has the inscription of "Malaya and British Borneo".

There were five denominations in this series of coin namely 1, 5, 10, 2o and 50 cents. The 5 and 10 cents coins were first issued in 1953 and followed by the 20 and 50 cents in 1954. Subsequently 1 cent square bronze coin was released in 1956. In 1962, a new design of 1 cent coin (round shape) was issued without the royal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The intention is to reflect the spirit of a newly independent nation after Malaya achieved its independence in 1957.



Coins issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya and British Borneo from 1953 to 1961 under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.


Malaya Coins - King George VI (1936 - 1952)

The Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya came into being in October 1938 and started its maiden currency in 1939. The first set of coins issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya in 1939 has the inscription of "George VI King and Emperor of India". However, after the Indian Independence Act 1947, the British Parliament assented to omit the royal title of "Emperor of India" from the coins. Therefore, the coins issued for Malaya from 1948 to 1950 had the inscription "King George The Sixth" on the obverse of the coins.

There were five denominations issued in this series of coins. They were released in 1/2, 1, 5, 10 and 20 cents. The 1/2 and 1 cent were issued in bronze. The 5, 10 and 20 cents issued 1939 were minted in .750 fine silver. However, these coins issued in 1948 to 1950 were minted in copper-nickel.



Coins issued under by the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya. Noted the coins issued from 1948 to 1950 had inscription of "King George The Sixth"

Straits Settlement Coins - King George V (1910 - 1936)

This is the third series of Strait Settlements coins issued under reign of King George V from 1910 to 1936. There are total of eight denominations in this series of coin namely 1/4, 1/2, 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and one dollar coin.

The 1/4, 1/2 and 1 cent coins were issued in bronze. There are two type of 1/2 cent coins in this series. They come in round and square shape and were issued at different years. The earlier 1/2 cent issued in 1916 was in round and later issue in year 1932 was in square type.

5, 10, 20 and 50 cents as well as one dollar coin were minted in silver. They are in range of .400 to .600 silver. However, the 5 cents copper nickel coin was also introduced in 1920.



Straits Settlements coins issued under reign of King George V

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Straits Settlements Coins - King Edward VII (1901 - 1910)

The second series of Straits Settlement Coins were issued under the reign of King Edward VII (1901 - 1910) . This series of coins were released in denomination of 1/4 Cent, 1/2 Cent, 1 Cent, 5 Cents, 10 Cents, 20 Cents, 50 Cents and 1 Dollar.

1/4, 1/2 and 1 Cent coins were made by bronze. 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents were made by silver in range of .600 to .800 silver. One dollar coin was made by .900 silver. The coins were issued from 1901 to 1910.



Straits Settlements Coins issued under reign of King Edward VII (1901 - 1910)

Straits Settlements Coins - Queen Victoria (1871 - 1901)

There are three series of Straits Settlements coins issued between 1871 and 1935 with the inscription of "Straits Settlements". These series of coins were issued under the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 -1901), King Edward VII (1901-1910) and King George V (1910-1936).

In brief, the three Settlements of Penang, Malacca and Singapore were amalgamated to form the Straits Settlements in 1826. The capital was Penang until 1836, when it was transferred to Singapore. In 1858, British Government took over the Straits Settlements. During this period, the Straits Settlements was under control of the Government of British India. A new issuance of coins with the inscription of "India Straits" was released in 1862.

In 1867, the Straits Settlements were transferred to the Imperial Government in London and on the same year the Straits Settlements became a Crown Colony. The first series of Straits Settlements coins was then issued in 1871. This series of Queen Victoria Straits Settlements coins was issued in 1/4 Cent, 1/2 Cent, 1 Cent, 5 Cents, 10 Cents, 20 Cents and 50 cents.

1/4 , 1/2 and 1 Cent coins were made by copper and bronze depending on their issuance year. 5, 10, 20 and 50 Cents were made by .800 silver. These coins were released from 1871 to 1901.



Straits Settlements coins during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 to 1901)



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

145th Malaysia Numismatic Society Auction

The 145th Coins and Banknotes Auction will be held at Muzium Negara on 26 September 2010 (Sunday). This is the 3rd auction organised by the Malaysia Numismatic Society (MSN) in 2010. If you are looking around for coins and banknotes to add into your collection, pay a visit to MNS website for latest auction list. There are more than 100 items for you to bid.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Commemorative Coins Available for Sale at BNM

Coin collectors to take note! A golden change for you to grab BNM commemorative coins. Kindly be informed that the following commemorative coins are available for sale at Bank Negara Malaysia with a very attractive prices.

2010 - 125th Anniversary of Keretapi Tanah Melayu
2009 - International Year of Astronomy 2009
2008 - 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Royal Malaysian Air Force
2006 - 50th Years of Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA)
2005 - Islamic Development Bank (IDB) 30th Annual Meeting 2005
2001 - 21st Sea Games
1992 - Ordinary uncirculated Coin Sets (OUCS)

The above coins are available at Laman Informasi Nasihat & Khidmat, BNM located at Ground Floor, Block D, Bank Negara Malaysia, Jalan Dato Onn, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia . Please visit BNM website for further information.



Building of BNM located at Jalan Dato Onn. Image by wikipedia.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Gold Dinar And Silver Dirham By Kelantan State

Coin collectors might not want to miss out the opportunity to own the newly launched gold dinar and silver dirham by Kelantan State government which was officially introduced on 12 August 2010. This debut has made Kelantan the first state in Malaysia to introduce the gold dinar and silver dirham as its official currency.

The gold dinar and silver dirham is managed by Kelantan Gold Trade (KGT), a subsidiary of Kelantan Mentri Besar Incorporated (PMBK). The state government would strive to expand the use of gold dinar and silver dirham in its transactions, including the payment of civil servants' remuneration.

The gold dinar and silver dirham issued by Kelantan State government. Photo taken from The Star.

8 Dinars released by Government of Kelantan. Photos from World Islamic Mint.

10 Dirhams released by Government of Kelantan. Photos from World Islamic Mint.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Malaysia Numismatic Society Auction 144


The 144th Coins and Banknotes Auction will be held at Muzium Negara on 27 June 2010 (Sunday) at 10a.m. This is the 2nd auction organised by the Malaysia Numismatic Society (MSN) in 2010. For those who are interest to find out some good stuff, please visit the MNS website for latest price list.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

RM10 Error Banknote

Error banknotes are usually scouting actively by many banknote collectors because of its scarcity and its high appreciation value. Error banknotes are banknotes printed imperfectly in one or many aspects. Some of them are due to imcomplete printing i.e. missing portrait on the banknote or over printed with double images. Others could be due to extra or minus in banknote sizes. They are also error banknote printed with imcomplete serial number.

This is a typical Malaysian banknote printed with error. Take a close of the serial number printed on the reverse side of note. The horizontal serial nummber was printed in two portions with the majority of the number printed on the left and the prefix was printed at the right.


3rd Series of Malaysian banknote RM10 with error in serial number. The horizontal serial number (printed in black) was seperated in left and right.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

RM50 Prefix AA

RM50 notes with 50th anniversary logo were printed and issued in 2007 by BNM. These notes carry the prefix of AA to AE. It is observed that not many of these notes were released in 2007 during its first debut, particularly notes carry prefix AB to AE. However, they are recently found by collectors through withdrawal from ATM machines or exchanging through bankers. Nevertheless, these are limited notes and highly demanded by many collectors.

RM50 note with prefix AA in running number

RM50 Prefix AE

In my earlier post I have shared some facts of this RM50 AB to AE notes. This is just to share with collectors on the running number of RM50 with prefix AE.

RM20 with prefix AE in running number.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

RM50 Prefix AB

The RM50 notes with the prefix of AA to AE are printed with the 50th anniversary logo at the reverse of the note. Despite the issuance of prefix AA notes in 2007, the rest i.e. AB to AE notes were not issued back then. They are recently released by BNM after overcoming the technical difficulties.

Total of 50 million pieces of notes bear with 50th Anniversary Logo issued (i.e. AA to AE)