Saturday, June 26, 2010

Singapore 25th Anniversary $5 Major Coin Error

This coin was issued by The Singapore Mint sometime in July 1990 in a plastic pouch costing S$5.60 per coin.
 This particular error coin was given to me by my sister-in-law who had in fact returned it back to the bank after finding that it was not fully struck. Thankfully, she managed to retrieve it back from the bank the very next day and gave it to me.

The reverse of the coin was perfectly struck, I wonder how many of these pieces managed to get into circulation. Can this be the only Singapore error coin with the highest denominational value in private hands? Care to make an offer?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

1918 TWENTY FIVE cents Coloured Varieties Banknotes

There was a shortage of Silver coins during the First World War Years(1914-18) owning to the Silver becoming intrinsically worth more than their face value. People started to hoard these coins and subsequently melt them down for disposal as bullion.

As a temporary and remedial measure, an ordinance was passed on the 1st October 1917, providing for the issue of low denominational cuurency notes of 5, 10, 25 & 50 cents value.

However, a Government Gazzette of 5th October 1917 announced the intention to issue two values - 10 & 25 cents.

The 25 cents notes were then issued in January 1918 and apparently the decorative background has two different colours, Orange or Yellow. I happened to be in possession of the Yellow variety, anyone care to comment on their varieties?
(Certain extracts from Coins and Coinages, F.Pridmore)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Straits Settlements & Malaya Counterfeit Currencies

A counterfeit Straits Settlements Five Cents dated 1884.
Back then, you could hire a Chinese servant for 15cents a day.

Another counterfeit Straits Settlements currency, this time a Five Dollars banknote dated 10 July 1916. Recently, a 2 Jan 1914 counterfeit Five Dollars banknote was sold for USD500.00 in a local auction.

Another counterfeit banknote of Five cents in value.In 1941, a Chinese labourer working for the Royal Engineers gets paid 45cents a day inclusive of food and lodgings.


A well circulated counterfeit 20cents coin and $1 banknotes of the 1950s era.On 19 August 1960, the local newspaper reported that the authorities seized 45855 pcs of $1 counterfeits plus an assortment of printings materials and a Multi Lith Model:1250 printing machine traceable to the NCR company. (Source: National Library, Singapore)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Straits Settlements 10cents, 14th October 1919, Third Issue

   A pair of Third Issue Straits Settlements 10 cents banknote dated 14th October 1919.
  Notice any difference between the two notes, except for the prefix and serial numbers.

  • The colour of the printings.                 
  • The 1919 numerals.                              

According to a Malaysian reference book published in the 70s, all 10c banknotes signed by the Ag. Treasurer A.M. Pountney, are Dark Red with green pattern prints and when signed by the Treasurer A.M. Pountney, are Bright red (Pink according to F. Pridmore) with green pattern.
In this instance, even the one signed by the Treasurer is Dark Red with green pattern prints
                                               COLOUR ERROR?

Another interesting point is the 1919 year numerals, the numeral 9 of darker series is of a different font from the lighter series.

 Pretty odd, anyone care to comment?
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