Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Malaysia 1985 $5 Crossover NK 00 Prefix

***The significance of the having the printer's name on Malaysian banknotes is very obvious as the earlier Malaysian banknotes with printers' names on them at times do command very high prices when they crossed-over scarecely from one printer to another with the continuance of the Serial Numbers and a great example of this is the $5 banknote dated 1985 signed by Jaffar Hussein that begins with NK 0xxxxxx.
A UNC piece of this banknote will cost you at least RM1,000 and I suppose most collectors do know about this already but what the hell, no harm repeating that fact to you once again! However, the normal $5 Jaffar Hussein's note will cost you at most RM20 and can be catagorised as a 'crap note.'
Of course, the King Of All Crossovers' banknotes is the $100 bankote signed by Jaffar Hussein and printed by Thomas De La Rue with the Prefix of ZX that easily commands Rm12,000 in UNC Condition, and how many of you have even seen this note, not to mention owning one?
As such, it's a shame that the current banknotes have no printers' name on them even though we might know who the printers were.
Imagine the RM1 banknote crossing over from the German printer, then over to the Aussie printer & over to God-knows-what printer and back to the German printer!
How exciting Malaysian banknotes collecting, then, will be and of course, for the lucky ones, they might own banknotes costing thousands a piece due to their scarcity in crossing over from one printer to another!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Malaysia 1995 $5 Ahmad Don Banknotes Uncirculated

*** The year 2011 & 2012 have been numismatically very active years for various Malaysian banknotes with many2 various banknotes chartering previously unthinkable unchartered territories pricewise.
Prices have spiked-up, esp. for Uncirculated Choice banknotes, to a level never seen and never dreamt about before, including some banknotes deemed at one time as 'crap notes' like these featured here today.
The only rational reason for the above could be due to the presence of the internet whereby it brings buyers & sellers together at the tip of the fingers & above all, the 'coming upstream' of many2 new collectors, thereby, creating a shortage of supply situation in the Malaysian numismatic scene, esp. on the banknotes side.
It is being speculated by many dealers that prices of various Malaysian banknotes still have room for more upside due to limited stock.
If what these motherfuckers say is correct, I suppose it's better to buy now than later!
If you want to, you can say that whoever has stock is the king or will be the king in waiting!
And in this case, the much-used sarcastic phrase, 'heavy is the head that wears the crown,' would not really matter.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Malaysia 1981 $100 Uncirculated

***A pivotal Malaysian banknote from the earlier series and something that every true classic Malaysian banknotes' collectors must have in their collections in order for their collections to be gloatable about.
Sadly, most of the banknotes from this particular deno & series have been properly washed and pressed without their current owners realising it, esp. those in the so-called 'high grade' category.
Indeed, many of the so-called high grade pieces of this series have been so nicely processed without their current owners realising it.
This particular banknote featured here today is definitely a piece, or rather a master piece as it is as fresh & virginal as it can get and above all, it also bears the Last Prefix of this series.
I am cocksure PMG would without any hesitation grade this banknote as PMG 67 or God knows, it could just as well be a notch higher at PMG 68, who knows!
Oh, by the way, this banknote is currently on its way to PMG!