Sunday, November 21, 2010

4th Series - RM50 Banknote with Stamp in Folder

As most of us are aware that the first 20,000 pieces of 4th Series of RM50 banknote comes with the serial number of AA0000001 to AA0020000 are with golden trim and a folder. However, the recent market survey has discovered that the similar folder has been reprinted and they are sold with AA note that comes with silver trim (Serial number AA0020001 and above).

There are also creative dealers that have Incorporated the RM50 banknote stamp that launched in January 2010 by POS Malaysia into the folder. The overall package looks attractive as the stamps, banknote and folder carry the same theme.

However, one must be able to differential the original folder that comes with premium banknote. The value of this reproduction folder has to depend on its banknote and, or stamp that come with it. After all, it is the banknote or stamp value that will appreciate.

A complete 4th Series of RM50 folder comes with AA note and stamp.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Malaysia Coins & Banknotes 2010

The first edition of Malaysia Coins and Banknotes 2010 edited by Peter Eu and Ben Chiew and published by Eureka Metro Sdn Bhd is now available in the market. It is a very useful pocket guide book for collectors whom are interested in collecting Malaysian coins and banknotes.

The cover of Malaysia Coins and Banknotes 2010 Pocket Guide Book

The 153 pages guide book provides information for both coins and banknotes. It is written in both Bahasa Malaysia and English language. The guide book is divided into two main sections namely coins and banknotes. The coins section covers first series circulation coins, second series circulation coins, commemorative coins, coins in education program and bullion coins from 1967 to 2010.

The second part of guide book mainly focus on banknotes started from first series to current fourth series which was issued by Bank Negara Malaysia from 1967 to 2010. The guide book also covers commemorative banknotes issued within this period of time.

The content of the guide books illustrate the banknotes and coins.

The coin and banknote images illustrated in this guide book are high quality. I notice that most of the banknote images used for this guide book are specimen banknotes which carried a very unique serial number i.e. A/1 000000 or AA 0000000.

Besides the current update on coin and banknote prices, the guide book also provides technical specification or short description of coins and banknotes which are useful for collectors. If you are looking for post independence coins and banknotes, this guide book is highly recommended to you.

This guide book is offered at RM28. Many banknote dealers do carry the stock. One can purchase through Numis Coins and Notes located at LG22 & 23 Maju Junction Mall, 1001 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

19th Edition of Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coin & Paper Money

The release of 19th Edition of Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coin & Paper Money in June 2010 was in the conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd which was founded by Mr. Steven Tan in 1960. Congratulation and best wishes to him and his company!

The 19th Edition of Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Coin and Paper Money

This catalogue is divided into two main sections which include paper money and coin. The first part of catalogue provides information of the paper money from Brunei, British North Borneo, Malaya, Malaya and British Borneo, Malaya Japanese Occupation and its Propaganda Issues, Malaysia, Sarawak, Straits Settlement and Singapore in alphabetical order.

Besides the Malaya Japanese Occupation notes, it also gives additional information and images of notes on Burma Japanese Occupation, Netherlands East Indies Japanese Occupation, Oceania Japanese Occupation and Philippines Japanese Occupation.

The guide book also covers the Federal Malay States (F.M.S) War Loan Bond Certificates and Coupons, Coagulant Units Coupons, Malaya Private Paper Currency, Malaya Rubber Export Coupons, Sarawak Rubber Export Coupons and Singapore Rubber Export Coupons.

Biography of Steven Tan and Brief History of International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd

One thing that I find this catalogue interesting is that the catalogue also displays some of the Malaya Unissued Proof and Colour Trial Specimen which I believe many of us might have not seen them before. These notes are extremely rare and they were only appeared in auction catalogue.

The second half of the catalogue provides information of coins. Coins that covered under this section include British North Borneo and its token, British Trade Dollar, Brunei, Malaya, Malaya & British North Borneo, Malaysia, Penang Tokens, Sarawak, Singapore Merchant and Private Tokens, Singapore Gold Bullion Coins and Strait Settlements.

However, the coin images illustrated in this section is without colour. In fact, some of the coin images used was inherited from its very earlier publication. Perhaps, this can be improved in upcoming edition.

Part of the contents of the guide book

Apart from the valuable information and current update of paper money and coins, collectors can also find useful sources especially in identifying the coin and banknote dealer in Malaysia and Singapore. Many of the dealers have their advertisement in this guide book. They do provide their contact to serve you.

Another useful information price analysis of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei banknotes over 25 years from 1976 to 2000. The banknote prices were tabulated and compiled through the 1st edition to 15th edition of the catalogue.

This catalogue can be purchased from International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd located at Lot 2.4 & 2.5 of Pertama Shopping Complex in Kuala Lumpur. The retail price is RM78.

1st Edition of Coin & Paper Money Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

This is the 1st Edition of Coin & Paper Money Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei form 1845 to 1976. This guide book was edition by Mr. Steven Tan and was published in 1976. It was one of the very few guide book available to collector back then.

The cover of 1st Edition of Coin & Paper Money Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

This copy of guide book is given as a souvenir with the purchase of newly release 19th Edition Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coin & Paper Money. Printed in black and white, this 72 pages guide book covers the coins and paper money of the Straits Settlements, Malaya, Malaya and British Borneo, Malaysia, British North Borneo, Brunei, Sarawak and Singapore.

Personally I am happy that this guide book is made available to the collectors as it provides useful reference on the market price. Your will amaze to see that many of the coin and banknote prices have rapidly appreciated through out recent 20 or 30 years.

Content of Coins & Paper Money Catalogue edited by Mr. Steven Tan

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Release of Malaysia Banknote and Coin Guide Book 2010

This year seems to be a busy year for publication of Malaysian banknote and coin catalogue. Through the recent information collected, it is observed that there are at least three new publications have been released to the market. Collector now has more choices to make reference on their collection with the new guide books make available to them.

One of the pioneer in Malaysian banknote and coin catalogue, Mr. Steven Tan, has released the 19th Edition of "Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coin and Paper Money" middle of the year. This catalogue consists of 318 pages of color and quality printing that illustrate the Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei banknotes and coins started from 1845 to 2010. The catalogue provides information such as new pricing, issue year, banknotes size and coins mintage for collector reference.

Mr. KN Boon has also released its new guide book through his latest publication of the 5th Edition of "Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Banknotes and Coins". This guide book give a complete educational reference for Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore banknotes and coins that cover from 1786 to September 2010. The guide book has a total of 453 pages compare to 437 pages in its 4th edition.

Another famous author in banknote and coin guide book, Mr. Peter Eu and Mr. Ben Chiew have join the battle by introducing their 1st publication of "Malaysia Banknotes and Coins 2010". This newly introduced catalogue consists of 153 pages with colourful images of Malaysian banknotes and coins. It provides information on circulation and commemorative banknotes and coins with reference prices.

I am a guide book collector. I love collecting them because they provide valuable information and current update on my collection. I surely will want to grab all the above guide books. I will share with you my review of these guide books once they are on my bookshelf.