Tuesday, December 28, 2010

48. Malaysia 1st Series Sa-Ratus Ringgit 1967 - 1972 First Prefix A/1

Country of Origin: Malaysia
Denomination:100 Ringgit
Prefixes: A/1 869156
Dimension: 158mm x 95 mm
References: K.N Boon B5b
Category: Normal Circulation Note
Sign(s): Tun Ismail Md Ali as Gabenor of Bank Negara Malaysia
Issuance Period:
1967 - 1972
Printer: Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, London 
Watermark(s): A head of tiger on the left of the note (obverse)
Vignette/Portrait: Tuanku Abdul Rahman, The First Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
     My last catch for this year. I have been waiting for the right time and the right price to have any of 1st to 4th series of Seratus Ringgit Malaysia to be added to my collection. But I did not put high hope of possessing a Sa-Ratus piece, what more an A/1 prefix one! at least in foreseeable future. But I guess it's my luck then to have chance of keeping this first prefix of the first series Sa-Ratus Ringgit Malaysia at a very reasonable price.
    Too sad the note has been washed and got major tear on it. After had successfully bringing her home, I must say that I am still eluded by the beauty of this note. The purplish tone on this note makes me thinking of my mother, which is very fond of that color. Does any of your banknote reminds you of someone? By the way Mom, don't mad at me, I'm buying this note because of you. Good excuse right? hehe

Monday, December 20, 2010

47. Straits Settlements 1 Cent 1926/20 Overdate

Image 1: Obverse of SS 1920
Image 2: Reverse of SS 1920

Image 3: Obverse of Normal SS 1926
Image 4: Reverse of Normal SS 1926
Image 5: Obverse of Overdated 1926/1920 SS Coin
Image 6: Reverse of Overdated 1926/1920 SS Coin

Image 7: A normal 1926

Image 8: A overdate 1926/1920
     This is an overdate issue of Straits Settlements coin of year 1926. The overdate of 1926 onto 1920 is simply due to use of earlier coin die in order to save cost of producing new die. The former die (which is 1920 die) is being altered, in this case of number "0" to "6"

   The normal and overdate issue can be differentiated easily by observing the number "6" on the year wordings. The overdate issue have a "cobra-tail like" of number six while the normal one has its tail pointing outwards.

   Recently I just noticed that this variety is being mentioned in Saran Singh book, but without photos.

   Instead of searching 1941i of square coins, why don't you try to find this one? A nice variety to add into your collection.

   For some in-depth discussion of this coin, you can visit this page. Happy collecting! My advise is, find this piece before it is being included in our local catalogue.

Friday, December 17, 2010

46. Malaya JIM 5 Dollars with Prefix MA

Country of Origin: Malaya (Now known as Malaysia)
Denomination: 5 Dollars
Dimension: 149mm x 71mm
Reference: ST B6a
Category: Japanese Invasion Money (JIM) Notes

Watermark(s): None

Design & Print: Unknown
Extra Note: -

My blog has come into idle mode for the past weeks. Among the reasons of not worth being mentioned here are like busy with studying (really?), absence of camera and scanner services, and and and, lack of $$ to add new collection. Heheh but now I guess I am back.

Due to unknown reason, it seems that Malaya JIM notes has been my favourite items for my collection. I have heard that they are serious JIM collectors out there who aimed to even, completing their prefixes! My only reference catalogue do not even listed their prefixes, they just categorized their prefixes, in block or letters or maybe color variety. Well I guess I just can afford to stick on collecting major varieties of Malaya's banknotes. That is too expensive for me!, but I like the thrill.

I have not yet meet an uncirculated piece of this note. Where the uncirculated non-numbered JIM notes are easy to obtain, the one with numbers seems quite hard to find in the market.

Now targeting on finding her twin, MB prefix. Okay I can afford prefix variety, just for the numbered one. ;)