Tuesday, February 23, 2010

RM1 Specimen Banknote

Many collectors love to collect banknotes with fancy numbers. How about having a banknote with a unique serial number of MS0000000? This is not a normal circulation banknote but it is rather a specimen banknote. Take a closer look on the following scans. Does it look interesting to you? Oh, definitely yes.

This is a piece of 3rd series of RM1 specimen banknote printed by the Canadian Banknote Company. It is signed by Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz and the word "CONTOH" is stamped in red at both obverse and reverse sides of the banknote.


RM1 Specimen Banknote with serial number MS0000000. A collection of Kelvin Cheung.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting banknote indeed but how did Kelvin know that the RM1 specimen banknote is printed by the Canadian Banknote Company? I too have some RM1 specimen banknotes but with the prefix MX0000000 and an error piece of WV0000000. Difference is of course the overprint CONTOH on both sides of the specimen and the small copy number print at the bottom left corner on the reverse.

B_E_N said...

Hi Jack,

How do ppl get this specimen notes? Shouldn't it be a controlled item by BNM or the printer?

Bernard

Jack Hoo said...

According to the Pick catalogue the RM1 was printed by Canadian Banknote Company.

Jack Hoo said...

Ben, there are specimen notes that kept by Printer archive and they sold or auction it over the time.

Kelvin Cheung said...

Dear Collectors,

Thank you for your interest in these two notes. I must apologise for a mistake.

I mentioned that the RM1 is from Canadian Banknote because the Pick catalogue says so but I got it mixed up with the RM5. I looked in the Pick catalogue to check and they did not specify which printer the RM1 came from. However, it is still possible the RM1 came from Canadian banknotes because other speciemen notes from that person's album came from there.

regards,

Kelvin

Kelvin Cheung said...

Ben, sometimes the people who have helped to design the note may be given a copy of the finished sample, and that will obviously always be a 'specimen'. (i.e. a legitimate reason).

As I mentioned before in an earlier post, the printers themselves may decide to sell the specimen notes i.e. TDLR or Bradbury wilkinson.

Apparently, when TDLR bought Bradbury and Wilkinson, they sold most of there archived banknotes to collectors, as well as their own. Therefore, most specimen notes in the market now are either from TDLR or Bradbury (if you discount American banknote company for Chinese banknotes). There have been auctions of Malaysian specimen banknotes in the past and so it will be easy for you to check which printers they came from. I think you will find most of them are from TDLR and very few from Canadian banknotes.

Anonymous said...

Pick catalogue??? What's that? Don't know how true it is since BNM has removed the printer from all the newer series banknotes, that all denominations except RM1 are still printed overseas, probably in Germany. RM1, however, are printed locally in Shah Alam.

B_E_N said...

Dear Jack, thanks for your reply.

Dear Anonymous, how much you paid for the specimen notes?

Anonymous said...

Bernard, sad to say, Malaysia specimen banknotes are never cheap and can cost easily in the thousands. So far, the most affordable piece must be the 6th series RM5 Jaffar Hussein which I think, costs just over a thousand, if you can find one. To answer your question 'vaguely', I paid in the region of 2-3K each. No real market value per se so it's more of a happy seller willing buyer thingi.

Anonymous said...

Kelvin, when you mentioned that very few Malaysia specimen banknotes are from Canadian banknotes, the statement is obviously true because other than the 7th series Ahmad Don RM5, they don't print any other series or denominations. Also, you mentioned the only reason you think the RM1 specimen is from CB was due to the other specimens from "that person's" album are of the same printer appears very misleading. Btw, what other specimens do your friend have which you think are also from CB? Does the Pick catalogue mention any other Malaysia banknotes from CB?

KP Gasket said...

Can I ask a question, as I'm just start to learn about the Bank Note collection. Is it all the Prefix which start with "Z" consider a replacement note, no matter is ZA or ZM or ZV? And recently I found some RM1 note already have 3 alphabet prefix in the front like AAP and AAN, is it got any special meaning on it?

Jack Hoo said...

Hi KP, I have answered your questions in my ealier posts. Please read them.

Kelvin Cheung said...

Anon,

Other notes in that album from CB are the 1992 Ukrainian series!

Even if the RM1 is not form CB, it doesn't really matter. At least the RM5 is from CB and that is probably the rare one.

Anonymous said...

No hard feelings, Kelvin. Whether the RM1 specimen banknote is from CB or not, like Jack correctly pointed out, all Malaysia specimens are relatively rare so enjoy the collection !!

Anonymous said...

RM1 Specimen Banknote with serial number MS0000000, how much is it if i want to buy? This note is the new 1? Thanks

Jack Hoo said...

It is a UNC note and belongs to Kelvin.

Anonymous said...

I've left the Specimen notes with Eurseree Auctions in Bangkok to be auctioned in early Decemeber. Thanks for the interest!

Mark drag said...

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lea porsec said...

hey..my rm1 specimen start (ck12...33)..I need info..