Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Malaya Saga continues with Five Cents........................

You sometimes hear people say " my five cents worth........." ( inflation! gone up from two cents)
Well, here are my Five cents "worth"..............

The King George VI series has 2 distinct Jawi script variation under the King's portrait vignette. 
Could our Jawi learned collectors care to explain the meanings of the Jawi variations?

                               Type I                                          Type II

The Type I Jawi variety:

As of date there has been no reported design varieties for Type I.

The Type II Jawi variety :

The common variety,

The rare variety,

                                                       The scarce variety.

This is a minor error note which I bought from an American dealer way back in the early 1980s.The error is in the lack of printing for the Jawi scripts and was only discovered many years later.

Close-up of the error:
                                 (ERROR)              (STANDARD)

All the notes are signed H. Weisberg - the signature of Hyman Weisberg, B.A., Financial Secretary of the Straits Settlements and Chairman of the Commissioners of currency, Malaya.
(excerpts from Coins and Coinages, F.Pridmore)

The following five cents notes are forgeries and I have seen some of them being passed off as the real thing and also on eBay.

As for most forgeries the printing are blurry and design patterns are not sharp.
Please examine them carefully before buying, be more careful if the seller does not allow you to remove the note from the plastic holder.


  1. hi and good morning,
    thanks for the information of the forgeries,really help me a lot.

    by the way, i had learned lil bit on jawi during my childhood, and i think the different of those two jawi writings is the stress we put on the pronouncation of the words.

    for the first type, the tail pointing downward is actually a arabic letter, 'mim', similar to our 'm'. and the second type, tail pointing upward, is combination of two arabic letters, "mim" and "alif", similar to our "m" and "a". It form the word "lima", so maybe the pronouncation of the first type is more to "lima sen" and for the second part is more stressed, should be "limaa sen".

    To my knowledge, both spellings are acceptable, with the first type is more widely accepted as it is simpler than the second one.

    hope it will help.

  2. Thanks a lot my learned friend for clarifying the Jawi script.This is what my blog is for.... to help & educate all collectors! Plenty of BUAYA dealers out there lah!!
    I wonder which type was issued first? The type II has more varieties, could this be a later/second issue.Even the forgeries are type II.

  3. I would be thrilled to learn where these banknotes can be purchased; I am not a collector, I am actually the grandson of Hyman Weisberg (Financial Secretary whose signature is on the note!). This is the first time I have ever seen one of these notes with my grandfather's signature on and I would love to get a momento of his time in Malaysia. If you can help in any way, please do!

  4. Please could someone tell me where I could purchase one of these notes; I am not a collector, I am actually the grandson of Hyman Weisberg, the Financial Secretary whose signature is on the note! If anyone can help, I would love a momento of his time in Malaysia. Thanks


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