Monday, September 5, 2016

P 23 1940 One Dollar Sarawak PMG EF 45

An obsolete but rather important piece of Malaysian numismatic paper carrying only a lowly fair value of One Dollar issued way, way back in 1940, but still having its rather unique eye-appeal of striking conifer-green hue dominating its surface in entirety.

To those who are experts in the numismatic papers issued by the nation of Sarawak just prior to World War 2, they would know that 1940 is a key-date, esp. to the one bearing a face value of $1.

But of course, according to many, many serious collectors, who these days call themselves the so-called numismatists, the key date to this $1 issue is actually the one issued in 1935. Maybe, they could be true as after all what they might lack in knowledge, they could make it up in numbers & who is one to say one party is right & the other one is wrong. Such a discussion should be left for another different time on another different day, perhaps.....

Thursday, September 1, 2016

P 1a 1945 Oceania Block Letters OA Half Shilling Japanese Invasion Money PMGed

A rather high grade 1/2 Shilling Japanese Invasion numismatic paper from the so-called now defunct entity called Oceania which looks unmistakebly like a strong EF note but now only graded as a lowly VF 35 by the esteemed numismatic experts, PMG.

But  it's just one of those things whereby an EF note is graded as VF as we are not experts, we are merely small-time, part-time amateur anchovies-in-the-ocean collectors. Would one make noise if a raw note bought as EF and then subsequently graded as AUNC 58 EPQ by PMG?! It's just one of those things, sozusagen.

But the question is why bother getting this all-common lowly JIM note graded, as there is nothing therein gloatable or crow about, esp. gradewise, as most serious numismatic buggers are targetting grades like PMG 68 & above these days, the higher the better? And also the Block Letters of OA is the all-common one as everyone or almost everyone knows OC is the Block Letters that every serious collector desires. Maybe it's one of those "I want to complete the set" things, perhaps...