Monday, December 31, 2012

Malaysia 1967 $1 Z/1 Replacement

***How time flies, yes, for this banknote is already 55 years old, much, much older than all you neophyte collectors out there.
But though half a century old, it's still holding its own with a firm and crisp paper but sadly its condition is only, maybe, About Very Good only, ya, do judge the banknote by the scan, like they always say, "because I am not a professional grader & I don't want to misslead(sic) anybody"...........
How come there were no Replacements for the 1967's $1,000 deno or say the $5 deno?
Yes, the answer is actually very simple, ie, all the notes for the $1,000 & $5 denos were printed perfectly, all scoring a perfect 10 & as such, none needed to be replaced & thus, the prefix of Z/1 for these denos became superfluous.
Yes, that's a perfect 10 answer for why the $1,000 & $5 1967 series had no Replacements, unless, of course, as usual, some Smart Alecs out there have a better suppositioned answer.........

Monday, December 24, 2012

Malaysia $1 ZB Replacement 100 Pieces

***From ZA all the way to ZW for the previous RM1 Replacement series, the ZB one is the most valuable or that's what the Malaysian numismatic catalogues have said.
There should some truth as all the 3 books couldn't be all so wrong, could they?
And if the books said that the RM1 ZB is expensive, then, it shall be expensive for who are we to defy what the learned books have immortalised?!
It's just like Santa Clause. If they say there is a Santa Claus, then, there should be a Santa Claus, so be it!
And if they say that Santa is now at the North Pole & standing by to bring you all your dreamed-of presents, then, he freaking will be bringing these presents to you with his reindeer powered sleigh, of course. 
And may you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year wherever you folks may be, including you folks at the Noth Pole!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Malaysia 1986 $1,000 PMG Choice AU 58 EPQ

***A now demonetized piece of the once familiar looking $1,000 Malaysian banknote issued more than 20 donkey years ago.
A freaking crisp & nice banknote that looked like an Uncirculated piece but as usual, with the PMG's strict criteria as far as banknotes' grading is concerned, this banknote has been graded as Choice About Uncirculated 58.
But at least it comes with the three-letter-word EPQ & with EPQ, one is assured that this banknote has not been tampered or artificially 'enhanced' in any way or neither had it been given a chemical bath.
Of course, some banknotes graded by PMG come with out the EPQ tag & some come with "Net' grade and usually, a banknote graded 'NET' by PMG but did score high marks meant that that banknote could have been Washed & Pressed.
But of course, one can always cut that banknote out from its PMG holder and then send the note to PCGS for a second opinion.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $10 AA First Prefix

***2 pieces of the current RM10 series with the usual First Prefix crap of AA.
It's rather strange why some collectors are gloating over this issue knowing bloody well that 10 million pieces had been printed and 10 million pieces are hell of a lot for this regular note, yes, they bear the First Prefix but what's the big deal anyway?
Actually, it's rather strange what collectors do today esp. a regular note that's meant for circulation but is being currently sold at double its face value.
Actually, what has become of this world? Have the various collectors gone bananas or has the world gone flat?!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $5 Polymer LAST PREFIX "EM"

***Last year  various collectors, dealers as well as the omnipresent Smart Alecs proclaimed that the Prefix of EG was the 'Last Prefix' for this RM5 Polymer series.
But as usual, there wrong as EG was never the so-called Last Prefix as there were several other prefixes printed.
And now, EM has been proclaimed as the Last Prefix, and maybe these folks could be correct after all as they cannot be wrong all the time, can they?
But, what's so great about these Last Prefix banknotes as even my grandma has several hundred pieces and she is spending them like nobody's business.
What's the use of keeping them or hoarding them if everyone else have them?
Of course, in 20 or 30 years time, they might cost a bomb but where would one be in 20 or 30 years' time esp. when one knows that the 3rd generation normally squanders everything that you have built under the sun!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Malaysia 1999 $100 Ali Abul Hassan CENTRE SIGNATURE

***A rather ordinary stack of 100 pieces of the RM100 note issued way, way back in year 2000.
Why would anyone want to keep these for more than 10 years as you don't need to be an Oxford graduate to know that the omnipresent inflation would eat into the value of these notes?
And furthermore, if one wants to keep these numismatically, it's better to keep the one bearing the Side-Signature, instead of these which bear the Centre-Signature.
The reason is plain simple because the RM100 notes bearing the Side-Signature are more valuable among collectors and these Centre signed are more  common.
And that's what being strongly emphasised thru the Malaysian numismatic catalogues unanimously.
All 3 fantastic & well-written catalogues indicated that the RM100 Side-Signature RM100 notes are more valuable than the Centre-Signed ones and all the current 3-headlines-making catalogues are saying the same tting, ie, the Side signed ones are more valuable than the Centre Signed ones.
They cannot all be wrong, can they. They certainly must be 1000% correct, surely. Just like someone not so famous once said, 1 billion people couldn't be wrong, could they?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Malaysia 2011 $1 ZAC Replacements Uncirculated

***For a very new Replacement issue, it's catalogued at a very high price by the various catalogues.
Could the catalogues be wrong? Impossible, as not all of them could be wrong, could they?!
And various newly anointed Smart Alecs are saying that this is a rare Malaysian Replacement too or so-called rare if one could put one's faith into the hands of these very 'learned' Smart Alecs but you do surely know that if one were to refer to History, these Smart Alecs had never been correct in their intelligent 'analysis.'
Where the hell they procured such invaluable info to conclude that a certain issue is rare should be a good topic for a PhD thesis....

Friday, December 7, 2012

Malaysia 20 Pieces $1 ZA To ZW Prefixes (Missing ZF Prefix)

***A rather sassy set of 20 Pieces of the RM1 note with the Prefixes from ZA right up to ZW.
But sadly, the note bearing the Prefix of ZF is missing as it has been extremely hard trying to locate for one from North South & East West of Malaysia.
Before any Smart Alec out there tries to make a face and say that this ZF note doesn't exist, you are kindly advised to refer to the local numismatic catalogue that says it exists.
Its existence has been emphasised in 2 editions, not 1, in case you moron starts to yap that it's a pure unforeseen to err-is-human-like oversight.
Hey, if the book says ZF exists, then, the freaking ZF note exists OK & don't start to oppose for the sake of opposing, OK?
And if you think you are  so freaking smart, then, go ahead and publish a numismatic catalogue yourself and see if you  yourself will become an object of scorn and ridicule... 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $5 Polymer Solid Numbers 8888888

***A Solid Serial Numbers that's universally liked by various numismatic collectors but of course, it's history and is already done with as it's now an obsolete issue & with obsoleteness, follows the usual price increment.
Will the price of this Polymer banknote charter never chartered before territory?
Definitely with any doubt due to the fact that many 'rubbish' that's being currently sold are themselves chartering territories never chartered before and as such, this banknote certainly deserves a special place high up pricewise one fine today tomorrow.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $5 Polymer Solid Numbers 9999999

***The ever popular, evergreen & ever durable Malaysian polymer note with the face value of 5 bucks but with God knows what sort of numismatic value it carries as not many of this issue featuring such a solid number are in collectors' hands, as what the usual unreliable grapevine has indicated and/or insinuated.
But the saddest & very regrettable part is that this polymer note is not in UNC  condition, esp. if one were to spend an hour or so scrutinising it under one's bedroom's light.
It looks more like a Good AUNC note. Or rather, it's an AUNC++ note, gradewise.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Malaysia 1981 $100 PMG Choice Uncirculated 65 EPQ

***Can you all believe how fast time flies as this 100 bucks banknote is already 30 years old?!
What you could buy with 100 bucks 30 years ago you couldn't buy today & you don't have to walk the corridors of Harvard to know the reason for that.
This banknote has altogether 6 prefixes in total and as such, the similar deno from the First Issue dated 1967 should be scarcer as the latter had only 3 Prefixes.
You don't need to be a high IQed Einstein to know that this $100 issue is not really a rare or scarce banknote as such.
And getting the PMG Choice UNC 65 is definitely not good enough as that's 65 out of 70, and as such, 65 is nothing to crow about as it's actually way off the desired 70........
But at least the condition of the paper on which this banknote was printed on has been deservingly described as Exceptional Paper Quality.
EPQ is apparently not just another freaking meaningless 3-letter-word as apparently those graded  without EPQs have specific reason or reasons for not being given EPQ by PMG & in fact, some chemically washed banknotes have been given the 'NET' instead of the desired 'EPQ.'

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Malaysia 1976 $1,000 PMG Choice About Uncirculated 58 EPQ

***In the 70s, $1,000 bucks were big bucks as not many wage earners actually earned this much at the end of every month.
As such, not many such big deno notes were left in high grade condition so the usual story goes.
Which moron wouldn't  want spend away this banknote and instead hide it away under the pillow, unless, that particular moron was way filthy rich & if he were to be that way filthy rich, would you think he would want to waste time collecting such obsolete banknotes, which is actually child's play?
This banknote looks like UNC, smelt like UNC & even felt like UNC, but somehow PMG thinks otherwise.
PMG is the world's NO.1 most credible & trusted banknotes grader and being conservative, it's no surprise this banknote has been 'slabbed' as Choice AU 58, and it's always better to be conservative than to overgrade and make an idiot of oneself.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Malaysia 2011 Zeti $10 Serial Numbers 10000000

***This is a piece of banknote that has gone around the country, being used from hand to hand, for God knows how many times.
And apparently, this seems to be a rare note, yes, accordingly to some Pakar Numis'.
Well, these Pakar Numis' definitely have a case to answer if this note doesn't turn out to be as rare as the Tasmanian Tiger.
But what's attractive are the Serial Numbers of 10 Million, 10 freaking million.
If only everyone of us could have at least 10 cool million bucks in our pockets, then, we all could get ourselves into some new hobbies......

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $100 Replacement ZA 0043210 Uncirculated

***The collection of Malaysian Replacement issues is a very serious affair among Malaysian numismatic collectors as some Replacements might take many years of hard labor income before one can even get a sniff at one, the finest example of which is the $100 ZU Replacement printed by the US Banknote Co which costs a bomb to locate, not to mention, to acquire.
Unless corrected, Malaysians must rank as Number One as far as the collection of Replacement issues is concerned.
And also, there is an endless stream of Replacement issues for the various denominations printed & sometimes, it's Replacements galore...
But how many Replacements are there with extremely low serial numbers or those with Solid Numbers or even those wth Ladder Numbers or some other freaking 'funny' numbers?
Is 0043210 considered as some sort of the 'Reversed Ladder' Number, if there is such a thing in the first place?
Maybe some Pakar Numis' or even some Smart Alecs out there could shed some precious light on this?!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Malaysia 2011 $1 AGP Prefix 1 Stack 100 Pieces

***A stack of the nothing-to-gloat-about RM1 Malaysian banknotes bearing the Prefix of AGP.
This is nothing but part of the quest to collect all the various prefixes printed & the cheapest way to do so is to collect the lowest deno of RM1.
If one is loaded, would one want to waste time collecting all these RM1 notes?
Needless to say, if one is loaded, one would be collecting the works of Picasso, Gaugain, Monet and many others....All these RM1 notes are nothing but child play, actually.
Of course, all the Prefixes from AAA right up to AGP are safely in the bag & next in the bag will be the Prefix of AGQ which should be arriving by Pos Laju, the latest by tomorrow, if not, then, by Sunday.
And according to the usually unreliable grapevine, AGQ could be the Last Prefix for this RM1 deno series.
But one particular dungu shouted so freaking loud from behind that AGR could be the Last Prefix.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Malaysia $5 Polymer Serial Numbers 10000000

***The best thing about Polymer banknotes is that they do not suffer from foxing and many of the shortcomings papermoney suffer & polymer banknotes give the feeling that it somehow will last forever.
But of course, for those professionals in washing banknotes, you cannot chemically wash polymer banknotes if you so desperately want to and also, you cannot iron them to give them a much flatter look, as after all, that's what some collectors want & that's what some dealers would do, because if there's a demand, there must surely be a supply!
As such, if a Polymer banknote has a so-called Ang Pow fold, you cannot press it to make it UNC again; you can try it until Kingdom Come and get an elephant to press on it, but somehow a fold on a polymer note is forever.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $1 Polymer ZA 0000046

***A seldom seen low numbered Polymer Replacement but sadly, it has a lousy number and most sad is this banknote is not in UNC Condition.
It seems to be Good EF but under strong light, it's merely Fine plus, sad, real sad, but what can one do, as the previous owners of this banknote most probably know nothing numismaticswise, otherwise, this banknote would have been in its original virginal state of never having known what its like to be in circulation.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $10 AA 0080808

***Some folks can dish out thousands & thousands of dollars for a true blue solid number note, but for someone constantly lacking as far as dough is concerned, sticking to banknotes with sassy repeating numbers is a less costly option.
And it's no shame having such a less costly banknote in one's collection as after all why dish out a princely sum for a banknote when you can use that very same amount to, say, buy a brand new car or even buy your girlfriend a diamond necklace, after all, diamonds are a girl's best friend & if you are also your girlfriend's best friend, why not get an expensive diamond necklace for her instead of getting a freaking expensive banknote & then hiding it away in some dark bank vault?
So screw the expensive solid numbers' banknotes and stick to the laymen's repeating or radar numbers banknotes!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $10 AA & $20 ZA Same Serial Numbers

***Making sets of banknotes of different denos with same serial numbers seems to be en vogue these days by the ingenious Malaysian banknotes dealers.
And thinking about it, it looks easy making these same numbers sets but honestly, is it that easy to do so? It's easy if you have these notes but it would seem impossible if you don't have them in your hands, of course.
These 2 pieces were obtained at the ever famous Jalan Kulit Sunday flea market in wherelse but Penang.
Apparently, the dealer has many sets but was only willing to part with just 1 set. I don't blame him as after all he was parting at their face value & I wonder which moronic dealer in KL would do that? They will never do that, no matter how good they claim to be your friends.
These dealers would want to buy notes from you at the lowest & would sell you at the highest prices even if all of you have grown up together in some far flung village.
And I think I once heard that there is a saying that there are no permanent friends or enemies in the banknotes selling business. Maybe I could have heard that wrong & got it mixed up with another topic.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Malaysia 2008 St John Ambulance Coin Card

***Yet another 'crappy' Malaysian coin card that was not a 'wish list' item thenbbut now an item whose price has spiked 6 or 7 folds.
So what they said about not being able to predict the future is true after all even if you have the world's biggest crystal ball!
And for the Proof Sets for this issue, they have totally disappeared from the surface of this planet if you so wish to put it that way as you can no longer see them being offered for sale, & if you do once in a blue moon, you would wish you had bought them way in 2008 or wished that you haven't sold them in the first place, like I did.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Malaysia 2003 NAM Non-Aligned Movement Coin Card

***This was a coincard that nobody wanted as early as 3 years ago but that was then & now is now as what was, then, crap has now turned into glittering gold for each piece is now selling for way above 100 bucks.
Definitely taking a contrarian position even in the numismatic world seems to pay off & what a pay off if you have them in large quantities.
These days, most if not all Malaysian coincards have the the so-called total 'Authorised Mintage' indicated at the back of each coin card but for this issue, that has been left out.
Does that tell you that the total mintage in fact could be just a few thousands or even a few hundreds? That nobody will never ever know even if you have the biggest & roundest crystal ball in front of you.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $100 ZA Replacement

***These are 100 pieces of the latest RM100 ZA Replacements that no one seems to want or rather should it be nicely put it that no one seems to be able to afford, after all, this is the highest deno Replacement.
Would today's crap turns out to be tomorrow's gold? Of course, that would left to be seen and how long would it take for crap to turn into gold would be subjected to what is considered as crap & what is considered as gold.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Malaysia 2012 Solid Number AGP 6666666

***With the learned Malaysian collectors now willing to pay a bomb for the latest RM1 Polymer Solid Numbers' banknotes, would the price for the previous series RM1 Solid Numbers banknotes spike upwards too?
After all, the former is in polymer wherelse the latter was printed on paper, so, what's the bloody big difference as both carry the face value of RM1.
At least if one gets tired of the one printed on paper, you can roll it up like a cigarette & pretend to fag it & get high with it if you want to but you can't do the same with the one on polymer, unless you want to be the freaking first person  in the universe to do so.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Malaysia 1985 $20 UZ Replacement

***Extremely unbelievable that this $20 Malaysian Replacement is currently commanding a transacted market value of above RM1,000 each. Unbelievable but true.
And with its price now hitting the ceiling,  ironically, there is currently none for sale online.
Perhaps, the spike in its price is due to the $20 denomination's popularity as collectors have the notion that there are 'not many' $20 notes around & as such, that's why a hefty premium is given to this deno.
They all can't be wrong, can they? 1 million collectors cannot be wrong, can they?!
And maybe, that's also why the latest RM20 ZA Replacements are becoming 'scarce' or rather some assholes called it 'scare', because the same belief is being believed again by who else but the learned collectors.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Malaysia 1985 $500 ZX Replacement

***I am not the type of moron who generously uses the word 'rare' to describe this or that banknote, but I wouldn't stop you if you have the knack for doing that, as after all, it's you who would look like an imbecile as a result, not me!
All sorts of Malaysian Replacements have been labeled 'rare' by various parties but as far as I am concerned, there are only 3 RARE Malaysian Replacements that I can think of and the one featured here today is one of them.
A very simple reason is that many of you folks out there have never even seen one before, not to mention to have the rare privilege of touching one. And above all, you don't even see them in running numbers.
As such, no need to look up in the dusty dictionary what the word 'rare' means as by now you would have got the drift what 'rare' stands for.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Malaysia 2011 $10 1 Brick 1000 Pieces Uncirculated

***A brick of the previous Malaysian RM10 note, now superseded by the new much more attractive series.
These 1,000 pieces are meant to be sold in some distant future but looking at things, it's better to spend them than to have them locked up for, say, 20 years, & then, had them sold for twice its value as by then, inflation would have eaten into its value 3 or 4 times more, meaning if I can buy 1 stick of fags with it today, most probably, in 20 years time, I could only get a quarter of a stick.
Regardless whether it's the First or Middle or Last Prefix, it's better to have this money spent, after all, they are indeed meant to be spent.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Malaysia 2011 $10 ZG Replacements Uncirculated

***And of course, these are the RM10 ZG Replacements and according to grapevine and most Smart Alecs, this is the last of the previous RM10 Replacement series.
And according to grapevine & the very same Smart Alecs, this is a rare issue.
I can't freaking help it but whenever anyone tells me this or that is rare, I don't like it as I have been burnt so many times buying so-called 'rare' items which later turned out to be as 'rare' as the garbage in front of your neighbor's house!
I can never forget the day when I bought the 'rare' RM1 ZD Replacement at RM500, only to see it sank in a heap to RM3 a piece, & as such, anything that doesn't move or walk but is tagged as 'rare' scares the shit out of me.
Anyway, I got these from Datuk Raymond Chang & he still has stacks of these I suppose, after all, everyone knows he is currently the undisputed Malaysian numismatic market-leader.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Malaysia 1985 $500 Uncirculated Banknotes

***These are the banknotes that 2 or more years ago no one wanted as there seem to be 'a lot' of them, then, so said they.
Today, their market price has more than doubled & there goes the more than truthful saying, 'yesterday's shit is today's gold.'
And this is where the market-leader in banknotes grading co & which is non-other than the universe-famous PMG, comes in.
And in the event if these banknotes are graded anything less than PMG 65 by those American folks, I will definitely go hang myself.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Malaysia 2011 $5 Polymer ZA 0008880 Replacement Uncirculated

***This was the Malaysian Replacement banknote that so-called created waves last year because it was the very first time ever that this Polymer issue had a Replacement.
Is this Replacement 'rare' or not 'rare', that's the question that needs an urgent answer?!
Well, there seem to be quite a number of this Replacement being offer for sale online and that being the case, could it be, thus, 'rare' when it's such a common sight?!
However, those with lower Serial Numbers in the form of those with 3 Zeroes seem to be available in minute quantity as not many of these are put up for sale online or offline.
Could these be the Real McCoys & could these indeed be the actual rare ones whose future would be bright as its price will sure spike skyhigh in the not too distant future?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

France 1994 50 Francs Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

***A rather small banknote in terms of size bearing the value of 50 French francs issued way back in 1994 honoring the very well-known French writer & aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), who was also a French aristocrat.
To those in the dark & to practically anyone & everyone from the anglophone world, the vignette on this banknote looks as if it belongs to the British silverscreen jester, Mr Bean.
But to those from the francophone countries, this is one of the greatest & highly revered Frenchmen who ever walked the Earth.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $20 Almost Solid Numbers 8888898 Uncirculated

***Another fine example of a 'so near yet so far' banknote as far as Solid Numbers are concerned.
According to the usually unreliable grapevine, the Solid Numbers of 8888888 for this RM20 series have been sold for more than 10 grand, believe it or not!
But don't think you are hell of a smart by now calling the buyer an idiot, a dungu, a moron or some profanity-laden noun because for all you know, this 'stupid buyer' could have sold it to another collector for a few grand in profit as after all, it's very common to buy high & sell higher & for the new chap to sell even higher still, & its all simply because he has got balls.......

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Malaysia 2012 $20 AD 4444443 Almost Solid Numbers

***If you do not know what is the meaning of the commonly used phrase 'so near yet so far', then, the banknote featured today is an excellent example of what 'so near yet so far' is.
And if you still don't know what the fuck I am talking about, then, please go back to the Standard One classroom.
With the new series' banknotes commanding such hefty premiums for those bearing the various Solid Numbers, this so-called Almost Solid is definitely a better alternative as you don't have to crack your financial balls owning one as it just cost RM22 a piece, & bear in mind, an almost solid piece!
By the way, who is the moron who is having the Solid 4444444 note? Please don't tell us that it is none other than Datuk Raymond Chang....

Monday, September 17, 2012

Malaysia $1 Paperweight Bank Negara Money Museum

***This was all I inherited from my grandpa & to those who are always in the dark, this is an Original paperweight sold by Malaysia Central Bank's Money Museum about 10 years ago.
I said Original because there are bootleg copies being sold out there but the original ones come with a blue-colored velvet cover together with the official box which has the Central Bank's details on them.
And also, on these original paperweights, you can see the words "Muzium Matawang & Pusat Seni" on them, which are conspicuously missing on the bootleg copies.
My grandpa had class for he would never have touched pirated crap, esp. all things numismatic.
And after all, this paperweight only cost RM20 at that time & I suppose even a beggar could have own more than one as what can one buy even at that time for RM20?!