Friday, November 18, 2011

Malaysia 2011 $100 ZE Replacement Banknotes Uncirculated

***It's already moot to suppose or not to suppose if the current RM100 banknote series has run its course, as even a dungu knows the answer.
And likewise, one doesn't need to be a Pakar Numis Malaysia to know that the printing of the RM100 ZE Replacements has run its course.

In fact, this ZE series is very seldom seen and there is no so-called deluge of this issue being offered for sale online or offline.

Will this ZE banknotes repeat the performance of its cousin, the RM100 ZB Replacements?

Only time will tell but by then, its price will definitely be as high at the ZB or perhaps, even higher.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Malaysia 1986 $500 ZX Replacement Banknote

***If there is an apt word to describe this extinct & now-never-seen banknote, it should be generously tagged as the Grandfather of the Malaysian Replacement banknotes.
And there's a cause to crow like a rooster as how many of us have actually seen this banknote with our own eyes and/or even feel the embossment of this banknote, ya, a rare banknote if that's what you like to hear?

But I have, and I am going to sleep with it tonight.....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Malaysia 1982 $1 Keydate Coin

***Even though the 1981 Malaysian $1 coin was minted in two hundred thousands, yet, it is a coin which carris the 'keydate' tag as most Malaysian numis enthusiasts would like to have a piece in their albums.

And, of course, I have yet to see 1 piece in BU condition, yet I know that a BU one does exist and would definitely command a price very much higher than all the various numismatic catalogues put together.

For those who have the BU ones, sure, they have all the right to crow about what they have, after all, there is no harm crowing like a rooster once in a blue moon.....

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Malaysia 1986 $5 Solid Numbers 8888888 Uncirculated Banknote

***Another banknote that warrants a few seconds to gloat over in the form of the ordinary 1986 $5 issue but one with the very extraordinary Solid Serial Numbers of 8888888, and of course in solid uncirculated condition.

Banknotes with the Solid Numbers of 8888888 are quite comon for the current banknote series but yet, their open market prices come with a thumping hefty premium and with banknotes issued more than 20 years ago that bear such so-called desirable and prosperous solid numbers, surely, the premium is very, very much higher or rather sky high, but I suppose, it's worth all the dough as it's a case of "I have it & You don't!"

Friday, November 4, 2011

Malaysia 1986 $10 First Prefix VM BA Banknote

***A stack of crisp & unusually fresh Uncirculated banknotes in the form of the 1986 $10 notes printed by BA Banknote & bearing the First Prefix of VM.

Not surprising at the rather high price this banknote commands versus similar ones printed by Thomas De La Rue as this one apparently only comes with 5 Prefixes compared to the rest which were printed in huge quantities.

No wonder this issue is selling at at least RM60 per piece in the current open market.

How some folks have managed to keep these 25 year-old notes in such mint & pristine condition is something is be amazed at & also to gloat at....

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2003 Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) Proof Set Of 3

***And from under the staircase of a very low-profile collector, here is the nothing-to-shout-about Set of 3 Proof Coins in a box issued in 2003 for the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Show.

These proof coins come in a rather odd-shaped plastic-like box, and of course, with the tiny 8.6gm pure gold coin as its centre piece.

The gold coin should be worth around RM1,500 today, based on its weight vis-a-vis the current spot gold price & as such, this Set of 3 should be worth around RM2,000 to RM2,400, as after all, only the gold coin has value as the other 2 pieces in the form of silver & copper-nickel are mere fillers.

My collector friend is trying to sell this set to me at a ridiculous price of RM3,500, but I am not biting.

Definitely, something that's not worth gloating about. The best thing to gloat about is having a low-numbered Replacement banknote & that's really my cup of tea, I suppose.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Malaysia 2003 Proof Set Of 3 Islamic Summit Conference (OIC)

***And from the store-room of my former dormitory mate, here comes the seldom-seen Proof Set Of 3 coins issued 8 years back commemorating the 10th Session Of The Islamic Summit Conference, with, of course, the 8.6gm Proof gold coin as its pivotal centre piece.

Apparently, only 250 boxes were issued for this set by the, then, Royal Mint Of Malaysia, and by the way, where have they all gone now as this set is now rarely seen?

Don't tell us that the delegates of the conference had taken them back to the countries where they came from!

With the recent surge in prices for everthing that is Proof & comes with a box & a cert, the open market value for this elusive Set Of 3 must also have shot up, if one were to be invited to take a wild guess....

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Malaysia 1983 10 Sen Coin Brilliant Uncirculated

***And from the monetary vault of low-profile Datuk Raymond Chang, here comes the common Malaysian 10 Sen coin dated 1983 but in golden-toned lustrous Brilliant Uncirculated condition.

Vis-a-vis the 1971 10 Sen coin issue, the 1983 one seems to belong to the usual big mintage group but trying to look for a nicely struck one in BU condition is not easy, esp. if it carries a golden lustrous patina. Most, if not all of the 1971 10 Sen coins are in BU condition; try looking for a few in VF condition and see, if you can get any.
The motto among many Pakar Numis' today seems to be to accumulate as many as possible the nice BU Parliament Series. It's not that these Pakar Numis' want to ignore the Hibiscus series but how many of these Hibiscus coins are actually in BU condition, tell me?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Malaya & British Borneo 1961 $10 Buffalo Note Choice Uncirculated

***What a gorgeous note in Choice Uncirculated condition in the form of this ever-popular & very popularly known Buffalo Note from British Malaya!

Definitely a very fresh looking buffalo rather than the overworked tired-looking ones that one sees so often being offered for sale online.

This banknote actually is the consecutive piece to another one already featured over here a month or two ago.

And this gorgeous note is now on the way to the US so that PMG can do its usual good job by independently and professionally grading this note, & I am very cocksure that this note will come back graded at least with PMG 66 EPQ, no matter how strict PMG grading criteria will be as this is a banknote a few notches up against many others in terms of freshness, sharpness of the corners & the exceptional paper quality..........

Friday, October 21, 2011

Malaysia 2011 $1 ZAC Replacement Banknotes Uncirculated

***This is a consecutive pair of the RM1 ZAC Replacement banknotes which I believe were issued this year and which I have managed to buy during my recent trip down south to Singapore, while attending the recent Singapore's Monetarium auction.

As I don't have a piece of this 'rare' Replacement issue I thought acquiring them would be a good idea as after all, I was an underbidder through & through at the Monetarium Auction as my pockets weren't enough deep enough vis-a-vis the big players present there.

Yes, I felt like a squeezed anchovy all the way through.

Thus, getting these 2 notes back home was some sort like the 4D's Consolation prize, I suppose.

But the freaking question running through the back of my mind for these past several nights is will there be a ZAD Replacement, or better still, why not, a ZAE?! The more, the merrier, I suppose!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Malaysia 1981 50 Cents Coin Brilliant Uncirculated

***Never have I seen a 50 Sen coin from the Parliamant Series as lustrous and as beautifully struck as this one from the year of 1981.

This is definitely what all Pakar Numis' will label as a Choice BU type of coin, so lustrous, very few or hardly any bagmarks & so well & sharply struck, despite the fast passage of 30 years.

And of course, that can't be said for the current Hibiscus Series as coins from this series seem to be poorly struck, perhaps due to worn-out dies or even lousy planchets & they seem 'invaded' with lots of bagmarks.

As such, there is a feeling that coins from the Hibiscus Series that exhibit the traits of BU condition would command very high prices in the numis market in the not too distant future.

Actually, that's not what I have opined. That's the expresed opinion of a few Pakar Numis' during our recent alfresco tea-tarik session. And this speculation should hold water as after all they came from the mouths of an esteemed group of numis folks.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Malaysia 1986 $20 Banknotes Last Prefix TH Uncirculated

***As most collectors are aware, the $20 deno will be making a comeback next year & apparently, this time, it will be in yellow color, compared to the previous brown color.
The $20 banknotes signed by Jaffar Hussein have always been underpriced & 2 years ago was selling for just around RM40 a piece in UNC condition, perhaps, due to slavish following of the numismatic catalogues which for one reason or another assigned a low reference price to this issue even though the total quantity printed for this issue was less than half that of its predecessor of the same denomination.
But, since this year, this $20 banknote has been on the uptrend and that too, depends on its prefixes.
Its TH prefix commands the highest price as only less than 2 million pieces were printed & those in Choice UNC mostly, as you may notice, bear the Serial NOs starting with TH 149xxxx.
Featured today is the seldom yet seen in Choice UNC condition with the serial numbers that start with TH05xxxxx.
Many numis Smart Alecs are predicting that this TH prefixed banknote will hit way above the RM300 mark by next year.
They should be correct with their guess or rather prediction I suppose, as after all, these are the Smart Alecs who should be in-the-know compared to a layman like, who else, but yours truly.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Malaysia $50 Solid Numbers 8888888 Uncirculated

***Another banknote that's worth crowing about & this piece is in the form of the RM50 deno from the previous series & of course, bearing the ever desirable Serial Numbers of 8888888.

A note that used to appear in abundant form but altogether disappeared from the scene and at the same time had its price spiked upwards.

I suppose that's what is being meant when words like 'Today's The Crapper, Tomorrow's The World" were uttered.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Malaysia 1986 $10 Solid Numbers 8888888 Uncirculated

***This banknote which was issued more than 20 donkey years ago is worth crowing about as it bears the ever desirable & universally popular as well as prosperous Serial Numbers of 8888888.
It's never easy to get such serial numbers from banknotes from the 'days of yore' compared to those issued these days but even recent banknotes these days with such serial numbers do not c0me cheap but put it this way, this hobby doesn't come cheap or should I say, this is not a cheap hobby.
It's quite hard to build a respectable collection if one's pocket is too shallow & ya, this, indeed, is a 'cruel hobby', as someone not so famous recently put it to yours truly.
These days, it's imperative that one buys ahead and not as an idiotic slave to what have been quoted in various numismatic catalogues, pricewise.
Why? Because these catalogues are all wrong always. Either the prices quoted are way too low or are too high.
So, you collectors need extra input, input that cannot be acquired in a day, input that cannot be bought but input that can only be acquired through & through by 'turun padang', & by also mingling with the various Pakar Numis Malaysia and there are quite a number of these Pakar Numis' around, mind you.....

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Malaysia 1979 50 Cents With Extra Dot Brilliant Uncirculated

***Of course, by now you all should know that this variety of the 1979 Malaysian 50 Sen coin that has an extra Dot at the bottom of the Parliament House was discovered by none other than our highly esteemed friend, Pakar Numis Malaysia, Steven Tan.

Actually, there are tonnes of this coin around, esp. those in Fine or VF conditions, & many more that have been chemically cleaned & which some collectors proudly claimed to be 'EF' or even 'AU!'

What we desire most today will be those in BU condition, which are never easy to find and never cheap to acquire obviously.

Here is a nice specimen thats worth gloating about to those who like this so-called 'Extra Dot' variety or rather those who like dot or dots on the Malaysian coins.

However, just because of this 1979 variety, I have noticed that many amateur collectors have been very busy getting down & looking for so-called 'dots' for the Hibiscus series & believe it or not, some even proclaimed that they have discovered those with not just 1 dot but oh God, 2 'dots'.....Good luck to these pioneering folks who are obviously 'dots hunting'....

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Malaysia 1973 1 Sen Brilliant Uncirculated

***Besides the 1976 Malaysian 1 Sen coins which were struck in 2 different metal planchets, the 1973 1 sen coins too were struck in 2 variations, ie, copper & copper-clad steel planchets, with the latter being magnet friendly.

Of course, by, now, every Tom, Dick & Harry know that the 1 Sen 1976 copper can command more than RM3 grand a piece, which means in terms of weight, this coin costs more than its weight in gold & as usual, if anything sounds too good to be true, most probably, it is!

I still prefer to stick to gold as after all, gold is forever! Of course, the fairer sex would prefer diamonds, I am told.

And of course, people can claim that there are ONLY roughly 100 pieces of this copper variation being available & but how accurate can that be?!

Even the leading Malaysian numismatic catalogue makes no reference as to its presumed quantity & never gave a reference price to this particular coin struck in copper.

If 100 pieces is something to really, really, really, really, really gloat about, what about the Malaysian commemorative proof gold coins which only had 150 pieces struck?

Shouldn't these gold coins cost more than RM8 grand a piece if a miserable 1 sen copper with a presumed quantity of 100 pieces is commanding more than RM3 grand?

After all, how much does an oz of gold costs vis-a-vis copper you tell me? Every dungu knows how much gold costs today compared to copper!

Anyway, you folks don't have to break your balls for you can own a set of these 1973 Malaysian 1 sen coins also struck in both copper & copper-clad steel in Brilliant Uncirculated condition for just a miserable RM47, postage already thrown in.
I have several sets of these 1973 ones in very sassy BU condition for sale, do contact me if you want any & you can, thus,now join the league of collectors collecting high grade Malaysian 1 sen coins!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Malaysia 2011 $100 ZE 0010000 Replacement Banknote Uncirculated

***A rather cute banknote in the form of the current RM100 Replacement Series but with the cute Serial Numbers of ZE0010000.
The moment I saw this banknote I really wanted it as I find the serial numbers cute. Maybe you don't but I do! The more zeroes the better. 6 zeroes make a million & that means the more zeroes the richer you are.
I am lucky to have got this banknote from a well-known Pakar Numis Malaysia during the latest MNS auction held at the Museum Negara.
For that, I am hereby, thanking you again profusely but as per your wish to remain anonymous, I swear in the name of heaven that I will never mention your name to anyone. And you know my word is as good as anything!
I think it's better to send this banknote to the PMG folks for grading as I am sure it will be returned as at least PMG 65 or 66, but you'll never know....One clown told me that this banknote is a PMG 68 candidate...

Monday, October 3, 2011

Malaysia 2011 $50 ZC Replacement Banknotes Uncirculated

***I still remember how my backside got burnt thru the RM1 'rare' ZD Replacement banknotes and since then, I have promised my grandma that I wouldn't want to put good money into these Replacements crap.

Once burnt, twice shy, as they so aptly put it!

But, as usual, I never seem to be able to keep my word when an old runner with a gift of gab this morning convinced me to buy these freaking RM50 ZC Replacements, saying, there is 'future' in these.

What the fuck was this old fox talking about, what bloody future,heaven knows?

And I almost pissed thru my khaki pants when he showed me 4 stacks of these notes starting from the Serial Nos of ZC 0000001 to ZC 0000400.

There could be hundreds of stacks of these all over the place!

Anyway, since he was only offering these to me at a mere RM55 each, I decided to take these 3 pieces as these 3 numbers are the lucky numbers of my pussycats & who knows, these might bring me truckloads of prosperity soon.

By the way, the above runner has already sent the ZC0000001 banknote to PMG to be graded & he is praying that it will be tagged PMG 68, as after all, the PMG folks are the undisputable experts as far as banknotes grading is concerned.

Apparently, he wants to put this banknote for auction thru the coming Spink Auction as he is a bit miffed that despite the low numbers, nobody locally is willing to pay him at least a thousand Ringgit for it.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Malaysia 1998 Paperweight $2 AA0000000

***A unique paperweight issued more than 10 years ago by the Central Bank Of Malaysia featuring an unissued RM2 note bearing the all-desirable Serial Numbers of AA0000000.

This paperweight comes with a box & a blue-colored velvet cover. However, most similar paperweights being sold online & offline don't come with these.
The banknote encased in the paperweight is a rather unique one as it's not available in any other form & as such, there have been contemplated attempts to crack open one & retrieve the very much desirable note.

Apparently, one well-known Pakar Numis Malaysia has tried doing so but made a mess of it big time!

And now, the Venerable One, the low-profile Malaysian numismatic market leader, Datuk Raymond Chang, is planning to crack open a similar paperweight in order to get that bloody encased note out, apparently, so that he can crow & gloat about it all to you & me obviously.

I am waiting to see the outcome of Datuk Raymond Chang's attempt to do so & if he could, I will get mine cracked open too & that way I too can gloat & crow like him!

But guys, do you know that Datuk Raymond Chang wants to charge me a professional fees of RM200 just to crack open this lousy paperweight?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Malaysia 1978 10 Cents Brilliant Uncirculated

***A Malaysian coin from the Parliament series that exhibits a lustrous golden-toned hue is definitely something to gloat about, esp. this one struck in 1978 & carrying the value of 10 sen.

How I wished the current Hibiscus series could be so well struck as per what was done to its predecessors!

This coin has been with me, thru the good & bad times, for heaven knows how long & yes, I bought it from a renown Pakar Numis Malaysia.

Anyway, wherelse could someone have bought a BU copy of such immense quality, if not from an esteemed Pakar Numis?
There is no way one could have bought a coin of such standard thru the Petaling Street early morning flea market or thru online.

I only wished that I had a $20k camera so that the pictures taken would do justice to the actual coin depicted, but then, with $20k to throw around, can you folks imagine how many or rather how much coins from this Parliament series I could have bought or can still buy?!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Malaysia 1971 20 Cents Brilliant Uncirculated

***It's easier to find a s0-called 'rare' 1971 Malaysian 10 sen coin in BU condition than to find one 20 sen Malaysian coin from that same year in BU condition.

As such, which coin is scarcer, the 10 sen one or the 20 sen one? No prizes for guessing right, unless of course you are a blind follower of the various numismatic catalogues.

That's why many greenhorn collectors can never buy anything good for they are forever very sentimental about the prices of the better items, always following the various prices quoted in catalogues blindly, as if the catalogues' writers can even sell those items at those prices quoted!

Many times, banknotes & coins had to be bought at forward prices & way2 above the catalogued prices as one will never see them again.

A fine example is how much is the catalogued price for the 1976 1 sen copper vis-a-vis to what was recently done?!

You think the buyers who recently bought one at the MNS Auction for Rm3,600 & at the Singapore's Mavin auction at around Rm4,000 are dungus?

The on-the-spot decision to buy good items at prices higher than as per catalogued distinguishes the in-the-know true collectors from the many neophytes, who are still information lacking & are sentimental slaves of numismatic catalogues. These are folks who will consider the 1971 10 sen coin in BU condition as rare...

The 1971 20 sen in BU condition featured here today was bought from a famous Pakar Numis Malaysia many2 years back at the, then, princely sum of RM80.

It's worth all the golden toned patina that this coin exhibits, something that must have taken years to produce.

And you all can have all the 'rare' BU 1971 10 sen coins if you want to! How many do you want?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Malaysia 1978 20 Cents Brilliant Uncirculated

***As far as the 20 Sen coin from the Malaysian Parliament series is concerned, most collectors would deem those minted in year 1970 as the rarest of all, just simply because it carries the lowest mintage amount of a million or so.

But, actually, the most difficult one to get is the one minted in year 1978.

Though minted in higher quantities but those in choice UNC condition are very seldom seen.

In fact, I have yet to come across even one, even in a lousy grade, thru pocket change.

Here is a rather nice specimen that's worth doting over.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Malaysia $50 Low Serial NOs 0000001 To 0000010

***A set of 10 Uncirculated pieces of the previous 12th Series RM50 banknote bearing the low serial numbers of 1 to 10, a set that was not worth gloating about just a year or two ago.
However, the price of this old set has gone up a lot lately and one no longer sees it flooding the online market and also the offline market.
And that's how things are when such numismatic stuff are available in abundance and then, suddenly disppears from the market scene & then, reappears with much higher price.
Same thing with the 1st series Parliament Series coins because a year of two from now, those Choice pieces will command ceiling-high prices.
Most collectors actually prefer to buy high, not buy low. Maybe, they are part-time stock-market punters as well as most punters buy high (& sell low) as far as the stock market is concerned.
Look at the RM20 Jaffar Hussein banknote. At RM60, people said it's expensive, now people are buying at RM120 to RM130, but then, this banknote is all ready to rise about the RM200 mark by next year, according to one rather low-profile numismatic guru.......
So, if you want to buy any Malaysian banknotes, esp, those in UNC condition, but them now, if not you will buy them at much higher prices, esp. when the new numismatic catalogues are issued.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Malaysia 1986 $1000 ZZ Replacement Uncirculated

***Well, well, well, this must be a banknote I am cocksure will give you Malaysian collectors a little cock-stand, I suppose.

This is a $1000 Replacement banknote issued more than God knows how many decades ago and is still in an amazingly virginal pristine condition, a banknote any Malaysian Replacement collector must have or rather must dream to have....

How many of such notes were actually printed, heaven knows?

To that very little kiasu, kiasi dickhead from Singapore, no, this banknote was not obtained from the ATM machine you moron, don't you learn anything from your so-called BCBG (Bon Chic Bon Genre, you dickhead, in case you don't know what it stands for, vous, le petit abruti, est-ce qu'il n'y a que de la merde au sein de votre cerveau?) schools over there down South?!

By now, you should know that you are nothing but a real big disgrace not only to your family but to that little republic called your country!