Standard Stamp Catalogue Of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei 30th Edition. (New Released) By Steven Tan.
The 30th Edition of The Standard Stamp Catalogue Of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei, published by International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd
It was just released in conjunction with the Singapore 2015 " WORLD STAMP EXHIBITION" (14-19 August 2015) at Sands Expo & Convention Center. 
The key sponsor  and the official auctioneer is Spink London.
I was briefed by Mr.Steven Tan his new stamp catalogue consists of 350 pages in full colour and to be sold at RM95.00.
In its contents are stamps of Bangkok, B.M.A.(Malaya), Brunei, Federated Malay States, Japanese Occupation Of Malaya,Malaysia States, British North Borneo, Straits Settlements, Sungei Ujong etc.
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The "Gold" Token Of The Trade Currency Of The Malay Archipelago Exhibition At Money Museum Of Bank Negara Malaysia.
This Money Museum Token was issued to commemorate the officially opening of the Exhibition of Trade Currency of the Malay Archipelago, Money Museum of Bank Negara Malaysia on 18th May 1995 by Y.B.Datin Sri Dr. Wan Azizah binti Dato' Wan Ismail.
The Numismatic heritage of the Malay Archipelago is as rich as the region itself. There were few other regions that had such a level of trade that has existed in this part of Southeast Asia. Every type of seafarer had been here over the centuries, bringing with them a wide range of currencies. From Chinese copper cash to South American "pieces of eight", Nusantara has been a magnet for money of all shapes, sizes and materials. When these are combined with the indigenous currency minted in the Archipelago, the legacy is immense.
This exhibition explores the coins and banknotes that have circulated in the Malay Archipelago, telling a story that goes back 2,000 years and that continues to evolve. By telling this story, the objective is to create a deeper understanding of the region. The history of the archipelago is largely about contact and the interconnectivity that existed in the region even during that period. Movement between islands and the mainland are mirrored by the encounters between the indigenous and foreign peoples. Farmers, traders, rulers, missionaries and the military have all had a part in the cosmopolitan societies that existed in Nusantara.
Money has taken many forms over the millennia, and our region has seen a greater diversity than most. Cowrie shells, tin "tampang" and brass gongs are some of the more exotic stores of value.
This token was initially mistaken for a gold token by some senior Malaysia numismatists. Actually it was minted on a highly polished brass planchet. This was confirmed by Puan Rohaya, the ex-chief curator of Money Museum BNM.
In my survey, so far there are only three pieces known to exist.One piece was located by me in Singapore and two pieces in Malaysia ,so this is a rare Money Museum BNM's VVIP token.


Johor Kupangs (Gold) Sultan Mahmud Shah II (1685-1699)

Sultan Mahmud Shah II of Johor Paduka Sri Sultan Mahmud Shah II ibni al-Marhum Sultan Ibrahim Shah was the 10th Sultan of Johor, Pahang and Lingga (1685 – 3 September 1699).
Born in 1675, he was the last in line of a dynasty of the Sultanate of Johor (founded by his grandfather, Sultan Alauddin Ri'ayat Shah II) descended from the Sultans of Melaka (Malacca). As he was still a young boy when his father Sultan Ibrahim died (16 February 1685), Sultan Mahmud II reigned under the joint regency of his mother and the Bendahara Paduka Raja until the death of the latter (27 July 1697).
He had several wives and is said to have slain any of them to have the misfortune of becoming pregnant. Perhaps this could have been the result of his fear that the birth of a son would enable rivals to depose him. After all, he himself came to power at a young age through a palace conspiracy that led to the poisoning of his father Sultan Ibrahim by his wives.
Sultan Mahmud Shah II is famously known as "Sultan Mahmud Mangkat Dijulang". The name Mangkat Dijulang was given in remembrance of the way he was killed (mangkat being the Malay word referring specifically to a royal death) while being carried (dijulang) in a royal litter or dais.
On his way back from Friday prayers, he was assassinated by one of his military chiefs. This military chief, Laksamana Megat Sri Rama (hailing from Bintan), was enraged The famous legend behind the murder of Sultan Mahmud Shah II is recounted in the 19th century Malay chronicle, the Tuhfat al-Nafis. Based on this story, he is mostly remembered for his decadence and cruelty, marking a shameful end to his dynasty.
Sultan Mahmud was buried in a village near Kota Tinggi in Johor, which is still known today as Kampung Makam (Village of the Tomb). Legend has it that before he died, he lay a curse on Kota Tinggi, forbidding any sons of Bintan from entering the city for all time.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Obverse: In Arabic "Sultan Mahmud Shah"
Reverse: In Arabic "Khalifatul Muminin" (Ruler of the Faithful)
Weight: 0.61gm.
Diameter: 11.00-12.00mm
Composition: Gold
Rarity: RR/SS16


The Selangor Turf Club Token.
The Selangor Turf Club traces its humble beginning in 1800s to the efforts of a group of amateur racing enthusiasts with the founding of the Selangor Gymkhana Club. In 1896 under the patronage of British Resident Sir Frank Swettenham, the Selangor Turf Club was founded as a result of the re-organisation of the Selangor Gymkhana Club. The first race meeting took place in March 1896. For over a century, horse racing was primarily a lavish pastime of the rich and famous in Kuala Lumpur and the Selangor Turf Club was the place to meet and to be seen.

History of the Selangor Turf Club (SLTC) at a canter:
•Early 1890s: The British Resident, Sir William Maxwell, started amateur racing in Selangor.

•1896: SLTC was established. Sir Frank Swettenham, the new British Resident, was its first President. Membership stood at a grand 110.

•March 1896: SLTC hosted its first race meeting. Seven races each day for two days, not necessarily weekends. The A$1,000 Miner's Purse was the feature race. It has a field of two.
•1906: Membership grew to 300.

•1939: SLTC introduced The Selangor Gold Cup, forerunner of the Tunku Gold Cup. The Chairman reported a profit of $30,400.

•1952: Raceday attendance exceeded an average of 14,000. Turnover exceeded $70 million.
•1954: Radio broadcasts of race proceedings began.

•1956: A $1million grandstand replaced the 'dear old attap shed'. Attap is the Malay word for palm frond.

•1957: The 'Great Floods' prevented visiting horses from reach by Club by land. Ferries were used to bring them in.
•1959: SLTC hosted the inaugural The Yang DiPertuan Agong Gold Cup (now re-named the Selangor Gold Cup).

•1960: Sunday racing replaced Wednesday races.

•1961: Punting at the SLTC and the other turf clubs in the MRA circuit was formalised and regulated by the Racing Act.
•1962: A fire bnroke out at the Griffin Inn located in the Club. No one was injured. Some horses broke loose and were only rounded up the following day.

•1968: The Selangor Gold Cup was renamed the Tunku Gold Cup in honour of Tunku Andul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the country's first prime minister.

•1976: SLTC's totalisator was conputerised.
•1980: The Piala Emas Sultan Selangor (Sultan Of Selangor Gold Cup) was introduced to commemorate the birthday of His Royal Highness The Sultan Of Selangor. This Class 1, 1,600-metre race pioneered the 'weight-for-age' system of handicapping.

•1981: A new computerised sell-pay system was launched.

•1982: Computerised telephone betting was launched, replacing the manual system.
•1983: Closed circuit television coverage began, linking all the turf clubs in the MRA circuit.

•1985: SLTC opened its Sungei Besi Off-Course Centre.

•1987: The installation of a central computer system linked SLTC to the Penang and Perak turf clubs.
•1988: The Club bought 255 acres of disused mining land in Sungei Besi for its relocation.

•October 1989: SLTC hosted the Queen Elizabeth II Commonwealth Cup to commemorate the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Malaysia and the Club.

•June 1980: Work began on the Club's new premises - The SLTC Equestrian and Sports Centre, Sungei Besi.
•November 1991: Laying of tracks began.

•August 1992: The last race was run at the Jalan Ampang racecourse.

•October 1993: The first race was run at the SLTC Equestrain and Sports Centre. The winner was Spark Plug.
 •April 3, 1994: The official opening of the SLTC Equestrian and Sports Centre.


Johor Mas (Gold) Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah (1571-1597)
Rarity: RRRR/SS7
The name "Johor" originated from the Arabic word Jauhar, which means "Precious Stones". Founded by Sultan Alauddin the son of Sultan Mahmud Shah, the last Sultan of Malacca, after fleeing from the Portuguese in Malacca. Johor harassed, attacked and became a thorn to the Portuguese during their 130-year rule. The Johor empire covered the area of Riau archipelago, Singapore, Terengganu, Pahang and parts of Sumatera namely Rokan, Siak, Kampar and Indragiri.

A trade coinage in gold for the State of Johore first appeared in the reign of the first Sultan Ala'uddin (1527/28-1564). It consisted of two denominations, the Mas and the Kupang and was used as far as Patani and Kedah as well as parts of Sumatra.
These gold coins were octagonal in shape except for the issue of one reign (Sultan Abdul Jalil) which were struck on circular flans.

A Mas usually weighed between 2.2gm to 2.6gm while a Kupang weighed about 0.60gm to 0.65gm., thus establishing the rate of exchange at 4 Kupang to 1 Mas Coin

I was told by a very serious Malay States Sultanate coins collector, he said he has not seen this SS7 Mas Johore gold coin for more than 15 years.It is definitely a very rare coin.

Obverse: In Arabic "Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah"
Reverse: In Arabic "Khalifatul Muminin" (Ruler of the faithful).
Edge: Plain.
Thickness: 1.60mm.
Composition: Gold


Thailand Singgora 1879-1881 Tin Jokoh Zhen Xing Tong Bao
Rarity: RRR
Thailand-Singgora 19th Century  tin Jokoh "Zhen Xing Tong Bao" Or a tin  Jokoh of Patalung?
This is a rare and an interesting piece of Thailand tin Jokoh.It is either a Jokoh from Singgora or Patalung or is it a private token. ?

According to Major Pridmore the Chinese characters on the obverse were translated as "Zhen Xing Tong Bao" and is the money of the "Impulse to Prosperity" company.
The reverse mentions the City of Singgora - "negri singgura" - in Arabic Malay and "song khla" in Siamese.

It appears to be Pridmore #213. A similar obverse is listed as KM#2 in Krause but the obverse is much more stylized on this piece. It is 40.00mm in diameter and weighs at 14.00gm. The composition is tin .


Malaysia Bunga Raya Series 2007 20 Sen With Plain Edge Collar Die Strike Error Coin
The collar is the third die in the coining chamber; a device which surrounds the edge of the planchet as the coin is struck. The collar die keeps the coin metal from spreading larger than its intended diameter. The collar die also imparts the edge design, if any, onto the struck coin. The edge design includes such elements as the reeds, words, symbols or other edge devices. Even the flat, smooth finishes on the edges of coins like cents and nickels are considered to be "edge designs" imparted by the collar die.We all know about the hammer and anvil dies. But we sometimes overlook the collar die and its significance in the coin-striking process, especially as it relates to the production of error coins.
It occurs when the collar die is stuck in the recessed position, usually due to a build up of grease and debris. In this instance, when a planchet is fed into the coining chamber, it rests on top of the anvil die with no collar in place to retain the strike. Therefore, the planchet is struck between the anvil and hammer dies only.
This 2007 20 Cents Plain Edge Error coins are coins somehow escaped the edge reeding process. To authenticate the coin, I scrutinized the edge closely and found it to be unaltered. The weight and diameter were checked and found to be within tolerance.

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Malaysia Bunga Raya Series 2001 50 Sen With Die Adjustment Strike Coin.
Rarity: RR
The die alignment is adjusted by the technician at the hammer or reverse die. Alignment is important in that the tolerances between the feeder fingers, the collar and the die are quite small such that too much initial offset could result in damage to any of the above. To avoid this, the technician runs trial strikes at reduced pressure to test his adjustments. Although intentionally made, any that escape the mint are considered errors and are called a “Die Adjustment Strike.”
Die Adjustment Strikes are also known as die trials. This error occurs when a coin is struck from the press with very little pressure. When the press is being set up and adjusted, extremely weak strikes occur as the strike pressure reaches its optimum level.The resultant coins are very weakly struck and are gathered up afterwards to be destroyed and are rarely found in circulation.
Shown here is an example that showing only approximately 75% detail . The key diagnostic in identifying these is that there is equal weakness on all two sides – the reverse, and the obverse. The Mint technicians are very careful to prevent these from escaping the Mint; however, occasionally one will find its way out.