Saturday, January 17, 2009

Malaya Banknote - 20 Cents 1941 & 1942 King George VI

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 "a"

20 Cents 1941 & 1942 King George VI variety "b"

Besides 20 cents note, other variety of notes also discovered in 5 cents, 10 cents and 50 cents of this series. These varieties are not limited to the Jawi scripts, they appeared in King's uniform too. Of course, the value of these notes are different and they are very much depending on their scarcity in the market.


truff said...

hi there, i dont know much about money collecting. would like to know how much are old ringgit notes worth and how are they valued. perhaps can provide some rough guide on this? =)

Jack Hoo said...

The value of Malaysian Banknotes always follow the cronological events or history of Malaysia. In general the pre-independence (Malaya & North British Borneo) banknote has a higer value than the post-indepencent notes (1st, 2nd and 3rd series).

Anonymous said...

Hi Jack,

I've some old Malaya Banknote issues in July 1941, in the denomination of 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents. I'm willing to sell to any buyer but how much are they valued at? I'm reachable via my e-mail Thank you.

Anonymous said...

how about the opinion for variety "B9a" which stated in K.N.BOON catalog?

Jack Hoo said...

I suppose the Malaya 1941 20 Cents Note of variety 'a' is more expensive than variety 'b'.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jack , i need help to grade my 3 notes... because you say got A&B and i need to know how much i can sell.
Can you please visit this forum that i post everything there.

Thanks for help!

Jack Hoo said...

To determine the variety 'a' or 'b' as discussed in article. The value of these notes are ranging from RM120 to RM200 for extremely fine condition. Noted that price of a note is very much depend on its condition.

Anonymous said...

Hi, i don't know the value of Malaysian Banknotes starting as below:

1. Malaya and British Borneo - 1 dollar 1953 series.

2. Malaya and British Borneo - 1 dollar 1959 series.

3.Malaya Banknote- 20 and 50 cents, 1 and 10 dollar 1941 series.

4. The Japanese Government - 100 dollars with a mark MT

How much their value is? Pls contact me through


Sharikin Shahriman said...

Hello there, can i know please the value of Malaysian old banknotes as stated below:

a) Malaya Banknote (Board of Commisioners of Currency" - One cent, Five cents & Fifty cents

b) 1st series - 10 & 1 ringgit (serial #: B 973347 & M 416762)

c) type 2 of 2nd series of Malaysian banknotes - 1 ringgit

how much their value is now? Kindly contact me throught my email