Counterfeit 1841 Sarawak 1 Keping Brass Token
The 1841 Sarawak 1 Keping Token are a legitimate regal issue of Rajah James Brooke of Sarawak and were struck in copper or brass, the later being the scarcer variety.

In this article, you will find 1841 Sarawak 1 Keping Token prices, images and specifications.
The coin obverse show a badger facing left; under it are the initials J.B (James Brooke) and the date SEPt. 24 1841. The badger, or brock, is derived from the crest of the Brooke arms.
The coin reverse was struck from an old worn out die bearing the denomination "satu keping" (one keping) in Arabic and the date 1247A.H (1831) which had been used earlier for the striking of the Singapore Merchant Token.

Rajah James Brooke 1 keping coin Technical Specifications:
Denomination: 1 keping
Issued By: James Brooke, Sarawak
Year: 1841
Mint: N/V
Shape: Round
Material:Brass, Copper
Dimensions: 21.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.75 g
Coin Edge:Plain
References: KM#Tn1 (copper), KM# Tn1a (brass).

1841 Sarawak 1 keping token price:
Year   Mintage       Note            V.Fine             E.Fine           Uncirculated          Proof
1841  unknown       Brass        RM19800         RM39600            RM79200             RRRR
1841  unknown     Copper      RM16200         RM36000            RM72000             RRRR

Counterfeit of the Sarawak 1841 keping came on to the market in 1971 and have since caused many a headache to collectors.

Counterfeit Brass Token. Obverse.
Counterfeit Brass Token. Reverse.
How to differentiate and detect a counterfeit 1841 Sarawak 1 Keping Token:
(1) The hair on the badger of a original token is very clear; the hair on the counterfeits tokens are missing.
(2) The lettering on the obverse and reverse of the original token are always very neat and sharp, it is different on a counterfeits.
(3) The beads around the rim are not equal in size on a counterfeit token.
(4) The most obvious difference is that there is a dot after the initials J.B.on a counterfeit coin but there is  no dot after the initials J.B on the obverse of a genuine coin.
(5)The weight of a counterfeit token is always vary from an original token.

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Copper Token Of Pahang Consolidated Company Limited (PCCL).
Sungai Lembing is a tin mining town 42 km northwest of Kuantan in Pahang, Malaysia. Lembing is Malay for spear, and "sungai" means river. Per local legend, the local ruler saw a vision of a spear in the nearby river and thus named his town after this vision.
Until the 1970s, Sungai Lembing was a major producer of underground tin. Sungai Lembing town developed in the 1880s when the British set up the tin mining industry, although the history of mining in this area extends much further back. From 1891, the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited, (PCCL), which was under British control, had a 77-year lease to mine the area.

PCCL managed the mine from 1906 until its liquidation in 1986 when world tin prices collapsed. The pit mines were closed in 1986 due to high operational costs and low yields, but during their heyday they were among the largest and deepest in the world. The total tunnel length is 322 km, with a depth of between 610 m and 700 m.
A museum highlighting the tin mining industry was opened in 2003. The museum is housed in an old bungalow once used by the mine manager. The museum houses a collection of mining artifacts.
Today the town of Sg Lembing is in decline although it was once the richest town in Pahang, known as El Dorado of the East. In the 1940s about 1400 people worked in the mine. Today many of the wooden shoplots are closed and people are moving away. The town straddles the river, and the main street on the right bank is split by an avenue of majestic trees. At the end, an old wooden building overlooks the padang where games of cricket and other social activities were held.
Sunrise on Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing Nearby Sungai Lembing is Bukit Panorama, which is a popular place to watch the sunrise. 16 km from Sg. Lembing is Gunung Tapis Nature Park, where one can camp, fish, and shoot the rapids. Gunung Tapis itself is 1,512 m high. On the way to Sg. Lembing at the hamlet of Panching[1] is Gua Charas, a temple cave that is a popular tourist destination, also Sungai Pandan Waterfall, which is 29 km from Kuantan.
Source: Sungai Lembing From Wikipedia,

During the mine's operation, the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited (PCCL) had issued several type of tokens to his workers to use in the PCCL's provision shop . PCCL provides special tax-free shop for their employees to buy imported brands at low prices like  Arrow, Van Housen clothing, Amco jean, Clarks and Bally shoes and Brutt brand perfume with prices much cheaper than outside. PCCL had also built a cinema for employees to watch movies from Hollywood. The usage of PCCL tokens by the employees of PCCL were very popular during that time.

Type: Token for employees
Issued by: Pahang Consolidated Company Limited PCCL Year 1906 - 1984
Mint: London
Material: Copper
Weight: 15.25gram
Diameter: 33mm
Thickness: 2mm
Obverse: PCCL (Pahang Consolidated Company Limited)
Reverse: Register Numbers.
Edge: Plain


Malaysia Bunga Raya Series 1992 50 Sen With "Sepal" Variety.(Die Chip Error).

The Malaysia Bunga Raya 1992 50 Cents with "Sepal"(Kelopak Daun) variety was introduced to me by Sifu Tony Au. This is first of the Bunga Raya Series coin that was known to me with variety. A Die Chip Error variety.
Die Chips Definition
If part of the die chips out, showing as a raised, unstruck area on the coin, it is called a chip.
A small piece (less than 4 square millimeters) that falls out of the die face and has no direct connection to the design rim. The missing piece leaves a void in the die face into which coin metal flows. As a result, the coin shows a featureless lump in the affected area.
A die chip can be connected to a die crack or it can be freestanding.

Die chips frequently develop within narrow interstices in the design.
A die chip is similar to a cud, but it can be very small and occur anywhere in the die, not just the edge.


Malaysia 12th Series RM10 Banknote With "Ink Drop" Inking Error.
Last year, Mr. Wei Notes, a Malaysia numismatist sent me a piece of Malaysia 12th series RM10 banknote with half of the Agong's face on the portrait is dark in colour. The Rafflesia flower on the reverse is also in black-dark colour. (Normal colour:Yellow).
They have tried with many attempts to find out from our Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), whether this banknote is an original error banknote or a post print error banknote. Mr.Wei Notes told me that a spoke men from BNM told them it is a real banknote but he can't explain why half of the Agong's face on the portrait is dark in colour and the Rafflesia flower on the reverse is in black-dark color.
Today, I met a very experience printer. I took the chance to show him the error RM10 banknote. He told me, it is likely a "Ink Drop" inking error printed banknote. An over-inking error occurs when a surplus of ink is delivered to the plate or accumulates at a particular location on the plate.
He explained to me in more details. A banknote is printed by many runs, the Agong's portrait is printed in one run and the Rafflesia flower design is printed in an other run by a different nylon plate. He said that it was likely a large drip of dark ink was dropped on to the nylon plate that was having a raised image of the Rafflesia flower design by mistake during the printing proses. Hence, the early printed banknotes with the dark inked Rafflesia flower nylon plate will produced a dark coloured Rafflesia flower. The dark colour on the Rafflesia flower will be faded on the subsequent pieces of the RM10 banknotes. The same inking errors was happened on the Agong's portrait.
A note will be under-inked when the engraved plate pressing on a sheet of currency paper does not received a sufficient supply of ink. Under-inking may occur for a single colour or different colour inks, in which case correspondingly different design portions of a note will appear with weak, faded or even no colour design.
Last year, during the Chinese New Year, many pieces of Malaysia RM10 banknotes were found with the Portrait of Agong printed without any colour. There were  occurred likely the nylon plate used to print the Portrait of Agong was not received a supply of ink during the printing process. It was a under-inked error banknote.

This RM10 Banknote is a courtesy of Wei Notes. Thank you very much.


Johor Forgery Gold Kupang
The Johor counterfeit Gold Kupang caveat emptors are smarter now. From the early method of using the mould casting to make the Gold Kupangs, now they have advanced to use the press method.
These listed Johor counterfeit Gold Kupangs were put on sale recently on the Ebay, auction houses in Singapore and Malaysia. I think , there is an urgent need to have a relevant authority from our Malaysian government to tackle this problem. The Johor counterfeit Gold Kupang caveat emptors are using the press method and making the forgery Gold Kupangs to near perfect condition.
Forgery "Sultan Ala'uddin"Johor Gold Kupang.(SS2)W:0.60gm. D:11-12mm.  
To new Malay States Sultanate coins collectors, this is a tough challenge. Given them (the Johor counterfeit Gold Kupangs) another 15 to 20 years  to age, the toned surface will be very difficult for the newbies to differentiate the forgery pieces.
Forgery "Sultan Mahmud Shah"Johor Gold Kupang.(SS16) W:0.63gm. D:12mm
Now, beside the gold color toned, the font of the Arabic inscriptions on the Johor counterfeit Gold Kupangs are also near perfect.
Forgery "Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah"Johor Gold Kupang.(SS14)W:0.66gm. D:12-13mm
I had consulted a few Malay States Sultanate coins experts, they were shocked to see these near perfect Johor counterfeit Gold Kupangs and they were extremely worried about the future of the numismatists to collect the  Malay Sultanate gold coins as a hobby.
Plain Edge

These are the Johor Gold Kupangs. I have seen some Johor Mas Gold coins  were listed on the Ebay.
I am worry and I am very sure, more Malay Sultanate States gold Kupang and Mas coins from other states will be surfaced in due time. Please do something !


Malaysia 3rd Series (M3S) 10 Cents 2013 Coin With Full Brockage Strike Error.
I did mentioned before, with its state of art technology of minting process, the M3S error coins are very difficult to come by. Not to mentioned a major error of M3S coin 10 sen  with a full brocakge strike error.

A brockage occurs when a coin is struck and then sticks to usually the bottom die. Then a new planchet is fed in and struck. The original coin that was stuck then acts as a sort of die and leaves an incuse reverse image on the other side of the second coin.

A brockage error can only occur when there are two coins involved. One of the coins involved will always be a struck coin which has not ejected properly. That struck coin will find its way back between the dies and will be struck next to a blank planchet which was fed into the collar. The image of that first struck coin will be impressed into that side of the blank planchet. The result will be a second coin which has images of the first coin impressed into it. Those images will be pressed into the coin and the image will be in reverse. This incuse sunken image is known as a brockage. The first coin will be left with a flattened  and blurred details. In this case, it was on the reverse of the first coin.
Brockages can be found which are miss-aligned and partial,but full brockages, where the coins are completely overlapping, are the most desirable. The most sought after type are the "full" brockage, where the image is fully centred.


MNP Coins & Banknotes Auction At sPICE (PISA) Penang On 11-1-2015 (Part 2)
On Sunday (11-1-2014) morning, Mr. William Phang brought us to enjoy a very typical "Penang taste" breakfast at a wet market near to Suntex Complex.

We arrived at sPICE Exhibition Hall at 10.45am. The MNP Coins & Banknotes Auction (Penang) Series 2/2015 Public Viewing commenced at 11.00am sharp.

They were more numismatists from North and South of Malaysia arrived at the counter to register. I received a surprise called from Y.H.Dato' Sharuddin, he said he is also on his way to sPICE.

I realized that they were many new faces, mainly from the north were interested to know more about the  MNP Coins & Banknotes Auction (Penang) Series 2/2015.

They were also many of my Blog, facebook and Dickson Niew Collection shop visitors arrived to attend the auction.

Of course, again they were many "numismatists" came to do authentication and verification on their coins and banknotes collections. Some of them claimed have only two items to check but ended up two plastic bags of coins and a roll of banknotes.
The auction commenced at 2.15pm. The response on the coins were not very encouraging. Out of 50 lots only about 30 % was bidded. Its looked like the Malaya, Straits Settlements and Commemorative coin sets were not popular among the Northern numismatists.

However, the banknotes were receiving a very over helming  response. More then 75% of the Banknote lots was realized with a good price. Especially banknotes with solid and "golden" series numbers.

The auction was ended at 4.15 pm. To me, the shortfall of this auction is it should have more lots. I am very sure the results will be more interesting.

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To the MNP Auctioneer Sdn Bhd Team members, I salute ! Cheers!
For Details of the realized prices on the highlight items, please visit these links....

For the rest of the lots, please visit :
50 lots of coins (Details: and
60 lots of banknotes (Details:

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