Saturday, January 16, 2010

Malaysian Banknote Dealers

Many collectors or non-collectors have asked a common question, "Where can we buy or sell our coin or banknote collections?" There are many coin and banknote dealers in town. Just to name and share a few of them.

a) Trigometrik Sdn Bhd

Located at Amcorp Mall, the heart of buy and sell coins and banknotes on every Sunday's flea market, Trigomektirk is one of the pioneers in buying and selling the coins, banknotes and stamps in Malaysia. They offer quality coins, banknotes and stamps from all over the world and are always keen to purchase quality collections.

They are also the joint publisher of the famous Malaysian currency guide book "Malaysia, Brunei & Singapore Banknotes and Coins" edited by K.N. Boon. They can be reached as following:-

Lot 327, Amcorp Mall,
18 Jalan Persiaran Off Jalan Timur,
46050 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 603-79579566

b) Numis Coins & Notes

Located at lower ground floor Maju Junction, Numis Coins & Notes is another famous coins and banknotes dealers in town. They offer various coins and banknotes from straits settlements to recent issuance. They are also the importer & distributor of numismatic accessories. They can be contacted as following:-

LG-22 & 23, Maju Junction Mall,
1001 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.
Tel: 603-26910933

c) Tan Coin Trading

One of the famous coins and banknotes dealer at northern region of Malaysia. Located at Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Pitt Street) of Penang Island, the hub of license money changes, jewellery and antique shops, Tan Coin Trading is a professional dealer who offers all types of coins and banknotes.

76, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Pitt Street),
10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: 604-2624264

Specimen Banknote - $1 & $10 Malaya And British Borneo

These are another two pieces of specimen banknotes printed by Thomas De La Rue. As discussed earlier these specimen banknotes have a few common features. Among these features are the banknotes printed with serial number of all zero. They are also stamped and punched with the word "SPECIMEN" on the face of the banknotes.

The 1959 Malaya And British Borneo $1 Specimen Banknote

The 1961 Malaya And British Borneo $10 Specimen Banknote

These specimen banknotes are very rare. Despite the face values of these notes are only $1 and $10, the actual values of these notes have appreciated rapidly. They are worth more than ten thousands Ringgit today.

Specimen Banknote - 1953 $10 Malaya And British Borneo

I am sure many of you are aware of the definition of specimen banknote. In the event that you are new to this, let us explore it. Specimen banknote is normally come with full or all Zero serial number and is stamped or punched with the word "SPECIMEN" on the obverse of the banknote. They are not sent into general circulation.

The 1953 $10 Malaya And British Borneo Specimen Banknote

There are two main purposes as why the specimen banknote is produced. One of the reason is that the specimen banknote is used as sample to check the designs and / or colors prior to full printing runs. Another function of the specimen banknote is to help a central bank to understand or recognise other countries' banknotes specially during the new issuance. It is normally given by the banknote Printer to a central bank to be distributed to other central banks.

The specimen banknote is so rare that only a few are kept at the banknote Printer's archives or at the central banks. Many of these specimen banknotes can be viewed at Money Museum Negara.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Special Stamps and First Day Covers on Malaysian Currencies 2010

Pos Malaysia Berhad launches the stamp and first day cover on Malaysian Currencies

Is this banknote look familiar to you? Definitely yes. It is a 4th Series of RM50 note that reintroduced by Bank Negara Malaysia in July 2009. However, the above shown photo is rather a new design of stamp that is going to launch by Pos Malaysia Berhad in this coming 18 January 2010. For stamp collectors, I am sure you have tagged this piece of newly launched stamp into your collection as it is the first stamp and first day cover to be launched by Pos Malaysia Berhad in 2010.

An officer from Pos Malaysia Berhad pose with new stamps and first day covers during the launch.

As a coin and banknote collector, you might interested in these stamps and first day covers as well. This is a very good effort by Pos Malaysia Berhad in promoting the history of Malaysian Currencies to our younger generation.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Coins of North Malaya

This is just to share another currency guide book by Willam Shaw and Mohd Kassim Haji Ali which was published in 1971 by Museum Negara. This book briefs and explains the history and development of coins in northern Malaya States as early as in 13th century.

Coins of North Malaya by William Shaw and Mohd Kassim Haji Ali

It covers the coin development in Kedah, Kelatan - Patani and Terengganu. There are many types of coins that being discussed and expained by the authors. Among them are gold, silver, copper, and pewter coins intorduced by various Malay rulers.

The authors also cover the story of 'Kijang' gold coin that introduced by the Kelantan. 'Kijang' coin, a name derived from the image of the animal that constituted the obverse design of the coin. In the early varieties this had the apperance of a humped-back Indian bull. However, over the years it underwent a gradual metamorphosis until it more nearly resembled the Malayan 'Kijang', or barking deer. This animal was used as the logo of Bank Negara Malaysia.

Ancient gold coins of Kelantan - Kupang

Ancient coins circulated in Northern Malaya States

For coin lover, you might want to understand further on the history and development of early coins in northern Malaya States. This book suit you perfectly to give you better understanding of early coins that you have collected or intend to collect.

Tin 'Hat' And Animal Money

This is one of the earliest currency books that published by Museum Negara on the development of tin currency in peninsular Malaya. It was written by William Shaw and Mohd Kassim Haji Ali and was published in 1970. You still can find this book at Museum Shop located at Museum Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

The cover of Tin 'Hat' And Animal Money

This book provides a very good information on the early development of tin currency in Peninsular Malaya. Started with the introduction of tin activities in Malay States, it explains the transformation of tin as a mining activity into the common acceptable currency in trading.

The authors believe that the tin currency was developed as early as A.D. 1413 whereby the Ma Huan, an interpreter with the naval expedition of Ming Admiral Cheng Ho, reported that the sole money of Malacca consisted of locally smelted tin cast into solid blocks. It was later transformed into pagodas and pyramids type which we commonly recognised them as Tampang.

Another interesting part of the book is the authors' explanation on the development of tin currency in the shape of animals or insects such as crocodiles, elephants, cocks, tortoises and grasshoppers. The authors believe that the intention of making this animal money was due to two possibilities. They could be made under the supervision of pawang or wizards and and were intended to have some talismanic significance for the use in magical ceremonies. Another possibility is that they might be used at one time as weights.

The tin currency that comes in pagodas and pyramids type. They also minted in animal shapes.

Tin currency that made in animal shapes.

For those who like to further understand or study the history and development of ancient money especially the tin currency, this is definitely a very interesting book that provides awesome information.