Sunday, November 28, 2010

Malaysia 1st Series RM1 Colour Error?

This 1st series Malaysian Banknote was engraved and printed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co Ltd.
The note measures 121mm x 64mm and bears the portrait of Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman, first King of Malaysia. This note has straight thread security line which is of the first variety type.

What makes this piece interesting is that the blue is of a different shade from the rest, whereas the multi-coloured central ornamental pieces retains it's original colours, could this be a colour error or the handiwork of someone?

Any of my Malaysian fellow collectors care to comment?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"FILTHY MONEY" ~~~ Straits Settlements Paper Banknote Series?

In a recent auction, this repaired centre hole VF piece was sold for US$266.91including the buyer's premium of 16.05%.

                                                        (Expensive Filthy Money )
ex-Mavin Auction 25 dated 13 November 2010

These two Straits One Dollar notes dated 20 June 1921 and 5 September 1924 was bought in the 80's and each cost a mere fraction(< US$50.00).

(Cheap Filthy Money)

              Why FILTHY ?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the following articles were from the newspaper of that era:


This could be the reason why polymer notes are being issued after almost a hundred years later.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Straits Settlements Emergency 10cents Banknotes

On the 5th October 1917, the Straits Government issued an official Government Gazatte notice no:1313 announcing the intention of issuing the 10 cents banknote to counter the shortage of coins in the Straits Settlements.
The 10-cent note, locally designed and printed at the Government Printing Office, was a poor production, A thick open texture paper was employed which quickly absorbed moisture and dirt. It maybe unsuitable for the many and varied transactions of the population, nevertheless it had a large issue owning to the shortage of coins.
                                            Extracted from Coins and Coinages by F.Pridmore.

Hence, this publication from the Straits Times dated 15th Oct 1917.                          

This series has many issue dates and was either signed by H. Marriott, the Acting Treasurer or A.M. Pountney, the Treasurer. The first issue date was 1/10/1917 and last was 10/6/1920.
It is a tremendous challenge to have a complete series, something like 31 dates.

The first date of issue, 1.10.17, signed by the Acting Treasurer H. Marriott, and the only issue with the No. notation

Another date of issue, 1.1.18, signed by the Acting Treasurer H. Marriott, but with slight inking error of the serial number.

This variety carries the Tresurer A.M. Pountney signature with a date of 8.8.1919

Another A.M Pountney signature dated 25.2.1920

Do drop me a note if you have got the complete series. Happy Collecting!
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