Sunday, 21 August 2016

1932 cuba one peso silver coin

Got this at a flea market at S$1. Turned out to be a steal as it's actually a Silver coin, and is selling for as much as US$65 online!



Saturday, 25 June 2016

Counterfeit Malaysia 1992 $1 ringgit coin

I read with interest about the reasons the Malaysian 1 ringgit coins were demonetised and withdrawn from circulation. One of the reasons it seems was due to forgery.

I went to look at my collection, and I think i have one. The suspected forged coin stood out from the rest as you can see.


Front view of the 1992 coins (spot the difference in the bottom row, middle coin)

Back view of the 1992 coins (spot the difference in the bottom row, middle coin)

Close up front view. The rim is off centre, with the bottom portion thicker than the upper portion.

Close up back view. The rim is off centre, with the bottom portion thicker than the upper portion.

Side view (bottom is the suspected fake coin)




Malaysia 1 ringgit 1959 - 1969 commemorative coin

My dad also gave me a Malaysia 1 ringgit 1959 - 1969 commemorative coin. It has a mintage of 1 million, and was issued in 1969 to commemorate 10th anniversary of Bank Negara Malaysia.


Front view

Back view




Malaysia 5 ringgit 1971 commemorative coin

My dad gave me a huge coin the other day. I saw that it is a 1971 5 ringgit coin from Malaysia. After some research on the net, I gathered that it is a commemorative coin and has a mintage of 2 million coins. Its Proof in case is only 500 cases!


Front View

Back View


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Genting Highlands Gaming Token 1974 - 20 sen

Got this interesting looking coin from my Dad a few days ago. At first, I thought it was just a normal Malaysian 20 sen coin. After taking a closer look, I recognised the Genting logo on the other side. That piqued my curiosity and I went to look up on it.

Apparently, this is NOT what I thought it was - an old 20 sen coin. In fact, I got to know that it is a Genting Highland token issued in 1974 minted in copper-nickel. This and other tokens issued at that time were used as substitutes for normal currency in the market, and was later requested by the authorities to remove from circulation.

I also understand that this can sell for RM60 uncirculated!

Front view

Back view

Sunday, 24 March 2013

My first Orchid notes!


I was recently gifted a couple of $1 old Orchid notes :) My first ones!! 



They look rather dainty to me, being small and flowery :)

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Tips on Currency Preservation

Just read from the MAS website regarding some tips on currency preservation.

Apart from the regular tips like regular inspection to detect deterioration in early stages; avoid handling of notes and coins with bare hands; and not to use PVC and paper envelops to store the notes. One particularly interesting tip was the test for PVC.

Using an uncoated copper wire, heat it over a gas flame until red hot. Touch the hot end of the wire on the plastic test sample and put it back into the gas flame. If there is a burst of blue-green from the end of the wire in in the flame, the plastic contains PVC. If the flame is yellow, then the holder is safe to house the currency.

I need to do this test!