Jan 10, 2009

Sungei Buloh Leprosarium Settlement Banknote

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 10 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

Sungei Buloh was established by British government in 1930 as a one of the largest and most modern leprosarium in British Commonwealth. It also became a treatment and research center for the disease. It was also known as one of the designated area to establish the self-contained community for patients whom could live humane surroundings while under medical supervision.

Layout of Sungei Buloh Settlement in 1932. Photo from International Leprosy Association

Today, Sungai Buloh has became one of the fastest growing town in Klang Velley. Obviously, one of these rapid changes is that the residents of Sungai Buloh no longer use this Sungai Buloh Settlement note within their community to buy goods. However, these notes now have became the goods of many collectors.


Aidan Work said...

Have you thought about assisting Owen Linzmayer of http://www.banknotenews.com with information about the banknotes of the Sungei Buloh Leprosarium,the Post Bills of Perak,Selangor,& the Straits Settlements,plus the private banknotes from Johore,Perak,& Selangor? Mr. Linzmayer can be contacted at owen@banknotenews.com .

He is in the process of compiling a new world banknote catalogue,& he wants to list the banknotes that are currently not listed in the Pick catalogues.

Encyclobanknotes said...

Never heard about "Sungei Buloh Leprosarium Settlement Banknote" before...very interesting to read and very banknote collector should read too....:)

Aidan Work said...

There's a group at http://www.coinnetwork.com/group/bruneianmalaysiansingaporeannumismatics ,which will be of interest to those collecting the banknotes & coins of Brunei,Malaysia,& Singapore,as well as the notes issued by the states of Malaya,Malaya,British North Borneo,Sarawak,& the Straits Settlements .