Brunei Replica Copper Cent.

Early currency in Brunei included cowrie shells. Brunei is also famous for its bronze teapots, which were used as currency in barter trade along the coast of North Borneo.

Brunei issued tin coins denominated in pitis in AH1285 (AD1868). These were followed by a one cent coin in AH1304 (AD1888). This cent was one hundredth of a Straits dollar.
It was also the last coin to be issued before the introduction of the Straits Settlements currency was the ‘Duit Bintang’, otherwise known as the ‘Star coin’. It is called the Star coin because of the star imprinted on the front of the coin. It was minted in Birmingham, England, in 1887. It was made from copper.

Sultan Hashim Jalilul Alam Aqamaddin was the 26th Sultan of Brunei. He ruled Brunei from 1885 to 1906, and he issued this first copper coin for Brunei bearing the denomination 1 Cent and the Arabic date 1304 A.H. (1887).These coins were minted in the mint of Ralph Heaton and Sons,Birmingham, England..This was a major change from previous Brunei coins which were all minted from tin. The design of the coin featured a five-pointed star, prompting these coins to become better known as "Duit Bintang"(Star Cash).It's diameter was 29.00mm.

Country : Brunei
Year : 1304 (1887) Calendar : Islamic
Value : 1 Cent (0.01)
Composition : Copper
Weight : 9.33 g
Diameter : 28.83 mm
Shape : Round
Demonetized : yes
Obverse : Five pointed Star within a radially pointed circle,around which is the Jawi inscriptions "Belanja Perentah Brunei Satu Sen sanat 1304"Lettering : ١٣٥٤
Reverse : The figure '1' within a plain circle around which is the legend : "SULTANATE OF BRUNEI 1304"
Edge : Plain
Mintage: 1,000,000 pieces.

However, there were replicas. Two pieces of such coins were posted to me by Mr. Khairi Woods.
Replica? Obverse.

Replica? Reverse.
On 9th of August, I received a facebook personal massage (pm) from Mr. Khairi Woods.

"Thk you Mr Dickson for the Hari Raya greetings. I'm shy lah Mr Dickson. Whenver I find anything often I share only with close frens. As for the Fake Bintang no worries sending it to u on Monday by mail. It suface early 2012 at $50 to $80 each. Then it sky rocket to $200 per pc thus need to put a stop to this. I've informed Poh (Brunei Oldbanknotes) as he is the admin of Brunei Numis Club. Sudah terlalu ramai yg terkena. I send a sample to Hairani Daem, but not sure if he update geng MasDinar".
On 12th August 2014.

Pm from Khairi Woods: "Mr Dickson I've send 2pcs of Modern Brunei Bintang Pitis to you yesterday. Rgds. "

I replied to him, "Yes,just received couple minutes ago, will check it out. How much should I pay you.please convey my thanks to Hafiz Malik.
Rgds Dickson Niew."
He wrote," No cost Mr Dickson, for your research. Hope you can share the findings. I manage to get advice/opinion fr Mr Ishar before he pass away. I'll inform you of his replies. I'm meetin hafiz later again today. I'll pass him ur msg. Cheers. Have a gud day...".
Since then , I was busy doing my research on these two Brunei Cent, asking and checking around with sifus that I met.

Among sifus that I asked for help were Master Tan Tai Seng, Mr. Tony Au, Mr.William L.C. Barrett who is the author of " "Brunei and Nusantara History In Coinage", Tuan Haji Rani and King Miharbi.
Here are the conclusion. Firstly, the weight of these replica coins are lighter, there were weighed at 8.53gm and 8.69gm compare to the original weight of 9.33gm. Secondly, the details on obverse and reverse of the coin are not sharp, it shows a weak struck. The  Five pointed Star within a radially pointed circle on the obverse were blurred.  The Jawi inscriptions "Belanja Perentah Brunei Satu Sen sanat 1304"Lettering : ١٣٥٤ were crude in font.

On the reverse,the figure '1' within a plain circle around which is the legend : "SULTANATE OF BRUNEI 1304" showed some worn spot on the figure "1" but both replica coins were showing the same degree of worn.

Thirdly, the edge of these two coins were still showing lustre with no sign of nick and dent. It is too new at the plain edge but displayed quite a substantial worn on the obverse and the reverse.
Tuan Haji Rani and King Miharbi told me that there were rumors  said that these coins were minted "main-main" (for fun).

I am still not sure, is this a replica coin or a contemporary counterfeit coin, but definitely it is not an original Brunei Cent.


Gold Kijang Kupang Of Patani-Kelantan With Flourish Tail.

Derivation from my trip to Kelantan from 16th to 18 of August 2014, I received this Gold Kijang Kupang of Patani-Kelantan from my new met friend. It is a unique piece because in Gold Kupang Patani-Kelantan of my Malay States Sultanate Coins collection, I have not come across with such variety.

The reverse of the coin is with crude inscription in Arabic " Al Adil" (The Just) similar with  the reverse of Gold Kupang SS57.

But the obverse is a bull/Kijang facing left with a flourish tail raised ending in a circle and touching the horn and the hump. There is no sign of salivary flow in a thin straight line.

The posture of four legs of the Kijang in the obverse f this Gold Kupang are similar to the standing style of the Kijang in SS55.

Edge: Plain.
Weight: 0.61gm.
Composition: Gold.
Rarity: Unlisted.

My collection of Patani-Kelantan Gold Kijang Kupangs are becoming more and more interesting.


Time Capsule Malaysia By Astro. Film Production On The Set Of 10 Animal Series Trial Pattern Coins Of Malaysia.
On 23rd of June, My Dickson Niew Collection shop at Subang Jaya was closed in the morning until 2.00pm for Astro History Channel 555&575HD to do filming on the topic of our Malaysia coin set of 10 pieces unissued, unrecorded uniface Animal Series Trial Pattern coins intended for general circulation in 1967.
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Yesterday  Aug 27 (1 day ago), I received an email from the production house of Astro on this program:

Person Incharge:Mohd Afiq Ikhwan

Hi Mr. Dickson,
Just to inform you the series will be telecast next month.
I have listed below the broadcast dates. Your interview is featured in Episode 4.
EPISODES                 AIR DATE                TIME
1                                  14 Sep 2104              9.00pm
2                                  14 Sep 2014              9.30pm
3                                  21 Sep 2014              9.00pm
4                                  21 Sep 2014              9.30pm
5                                  28 Sep 2104              9.00pm
6                                  28 Sep 2014              9.30pm

Apart from that, FINAS (Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Nasional Malaysia) - the co-owners of series, would like to invite you (Dickson Niew) for the MEDIA LAUNCH of the show next week.

They will be sending you an official invitation for the MEDIA LAUNCH to be held as follows:

Date : 4 September 2014

Venue: FINAS Complex, Hulu Kelang - Auditorium P. Ramlee (next to Zoo Negara)

Time : 3pm.

Great if you or any of your colleagues can attend.

Thanks again very much for allowing us to feature your Dickson Niew Collection.. Really appreciate it.

Best regards,
Mohd Afiq Ikhwan
Code Computer Design Sdn Bhd

For details and images of all pattern coins,please visit these links:


Interestin​g talk - “East Meets West: Western Banking Come to the Archipelag​o” By William L.C. Barrett. 27 Aug 2014
Today at 11.00am, I attended the special talk by Mr.William L.C. Barrett at Sasana Kijang on the topic of "East Meets West: Western Banking Come to the Archipelago", organized by the MUZIUM, GALERI SENI DAN PERKHIDMATAN KMC (Centralised Shared Services (CSS))of Bank Negara Malaysia | (Central Bank of Malaysia).
Mr.William L.C. Barrett
 In the talk show, Mr. William Barrett showed us a lot of his Bank Draft collections issued by the Western and Eastern Banks and how there were influenced the banking system of Nusantara.
 Mr. Lucien de Guise, The Director Of MAG and Knowledge Management Centre of BNM
After the talk show, I took the opportunity to ask him to autograph my copy of "Brunei and Nusantara History In Coinage" that was edited by him. He was very happy to sign my book although it is a photo copy. I told him I got difficulty to get the original copy of his "Brunei and Nusantara History In Coinage" for my reference, it is only available in the Brunei Museum. He told me, Mr. Lucien de Guise, The Director Of MAG and Knowledge Management Centre of BNM also facing the similar problem. Mr. Lucien agreed and said it took him sending more than 20 massages to the management of Brunei Museum, only they responded to his request.
Later, Mr. & Mrs Barrett, Mr. Cho Chun Loong (MNS), Cik Idarani Ibrahim of MUZIUM, GALERI SENI DAN PERKHIDMATAN KMC of Bank Negara Malaysia and myself went to the exhibition hall of "Knowing Nusantara: Money That Made The Region" on the second level to pay a second visit to the exhibition in order to catch a better view on every item that was on display. Mr. William gave us a very details explanation on most of his collections that were displayed in the exhibition.
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I would like to give a special thank to Mr. Lucien and Cik Idarani for their hospitality rendered to us during the event. I hope the MAG of BNM will organized more of such event in the future.


Launching Of The Exhibition "Knowing Nusantara: Money That Made The Region" By Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz Today.
I arrived at Sasana Kijang Of Museum and Art Gallery (MAG) Bank Negara Malaysia at 9.15am this morning. There were massive traffic jammed around down town because some roads were closed for the rehearsal of 57th Anniversary Merdeka parade.
I met our Second Vice President of Malaysia Numismatic Society (MNS) Dato' Shahruddin and family at the lobby of Sasana Kijang. He started his journey at 5.00am in the morning from Jengka, Pahang.

We proceeded to the second level, we met Mr. Lucien de Guise, The Director Of MAG and Knowledge Management Centre and Mr. William L.S.Barrett, the Author of "Brunei and Nusantara History In Coinage". We had a good chat for a while. Mr. Lucien suggested us to have a drink at the café at the lower ground floor, because still early.
Among the MNS committee members participated were our First Vice President Mr. Lawrence de Souza, Second Vice President Dato' Shahruddin, Treasurer Mr Peter Tok, Committee Mr.Cho,Tuan Haji Rani and myself.
The event commenced at 10.00am sharp. It was officially launched by Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, The Governor of Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM).
Then, we were invited to view items that are on display in the exhibition.
 We were served with snacks.

The exhibition is open to public from 26-8-2014 to 26-12-2014 at Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Level 2. Visiting hours: 10.00am until 6.00pm. Admission is free.