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"