Wednesday, March 23, 2011

76. Malaysia 10 Sen Error Coin Thin Planchet

image 1: obverse and reverse of coin 1

image 2: obverse and reverse of coin 2

     Currently don't have any idea what had caused these coins to be like this. Among the characteristics that can be seen on these two coins are, thinner planchet (thickness of the coin), granular surface on both obverse and reverse, plain edge and slightly smaller in diameter.

   Could it be a slag inclusion planchet (I-A-1)case? or perhaps improper alloy mix planchet (1-A-2)? Rolled thin planchet (I-B-2)? Any comments are welcome.



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

75. Malaysia 50 Sen 1984 Third Collar Die Omitted

image 1: the coin

      My friend just found this coin in his loose change. Currently do not know what had caused this error but I am pretty sure that this is not a post mint defect (PMD) coin.

      Currently, some collectors think that this is a Multiple Struck Coin.

I wondered this is a Multiple Struck Coin.This coin received many times of strikes on the (almost)same spot when it was stuck in the mint press and could't be ejected.The continuous striking caused higher rim to be formed,and caused the lettered edge to deformed.The impact on multiple struck on the same spot may caused high temperature and and resulted the coin, especially smaller denominations to become darker in colour. You may find that the center of the coin is thinner,due to the impact of continuous struck,the metal was pushed to the edge,hence,form a higher rim. (Dickson Niew)

     And it could be a coin which was not struck by the third collar die. (Nu Coins and Notes)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

74. Malaysia 10 Sen 2007 Error Coin Capped Die, Brockage Error & Die Crack UNC

image 1: obverse and reverse of the coin

This is my 3-in-1 error Malaysia coin. Capped die, brockage error and die crack in uncirculated condition.

1. Capped die
A capped die is caused when a struck coin sticks to the upper hammer die. Once the coin is stuck to the die face, the reverse of the struck coin becomes the new die face. When the next blank is fed into the collar and the strike occurs, the reverse design of the adhered struck coin impresses itself into the new blank. This struck coin is a brockage strike. The coin adhered to the upper die is known as a die cap. This process repeats itself as more coins are struck by the cap. The greater the number of strikes, the higher the cap metal will be pushed around the upper die shaft. Eventually, the cap brakes away from the die in the shape of a thimble.

2. Brockage

 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.

3. Die Crack

A die crack is a mark appearing on a coin, usually in the form of a fine raised line or small blob. This happens because the coin die which struck the coin had a crack or small break in it that got transferred to the planchet during striking.

Friday, March 11, 2011

73. Malaysia 20 sen 2008 Doubled Die Variety Reverse

image 1: reverse and obverse of the coin, scanned image
image 2: reverse of the coin, image taken from a digital camera

This is a Doubled Die Reverse (DDR) Variety Coin Class V due to Pivoted Hub Doubling Counter Clockwise (CCW)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

72. Malaysia 10 sen 2006 Error Major Die Break

image 1: reverse and obverse of the coin

    Just bought this coin because I thought this was lamination error. But then after I recheck it back, it seems that the error is more close to a large cud. What's the term for extra large cud? Please somebody help me.

   Okay I was wrong. This is far from lamination error, and the term to call it is large cud, due to major die break. Cheers!

Monday, March 7, 2011

71. East India Company Dua Keping 1804

image 1: reverse and obverse of the coin

Origin: East India Company
Date: 1804
Denomination: Two Keping / Dua Keping / 2 Keping
Weight: 4.40g
Edge: plain
Dimension: Diameter of 26mm
Composition: Copper
Population: 4 656 313 pieces  
Mintmark: ---
Reference: SS 4a
Mint: Soho Mint, Birmingham
Category: Normal Circulation Coin 
Engraver: ---
Variety : --- 
Grade: ---

image 2: reference from Saran Singh's book

     Currently searching for a One Keping piece to complete this series, East India Company Singapore Merchant Coin Thin Planchet Series. This is my earlier post of 4 Keping.

image 2: obverse and reverse of countermarked "OD", image of smokyisabigcat from

Sunday, March 6, 2011

70. New Members in my Collection

Today I just received two coins to be added into my collection. Welcome mates!

1. Singapore Merchant Coin/Token - East India Company Dua Keping
2. Malaysia Error Coin 10 sen 2006 - Lamination Error

Will update about them later. Stay tuned.

Friday, March 4, 2011

69. Malaysia 2011 Coins

image 1: 20 sen 2011

image 2: 10 sen 2011

   Latest coins for circulation in Malaysia. Haven't seen a 50 and 5 sen yet, do you?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

68. Straits Settlements 25 Cents 1917

image 1: obverse and reverse of the note

Country of Origin: Straits Settlements
Denomination: Twenty Five Cents / 25 Cents
Prefixes: 0/1 33457
Dimension: 109mm x 76mm
Reference: K.N Boon B15
Category: Emergency Issues
Date: January of 1917 
Sign(s): H. Marriot as Acting Treasurer
Watermark(s): None
Design & Print: Government Survey Office, Kuala Lumpur, Federated of Malay States
Extra Note: Black on cream white paper, orange pattern design in centre. Reverse with yellow background and tiger, facing to the left in black.

     A rag? My roommate laughed at me like hell when I told him I bought this note for a few hundred Ringgit. Well, so far this rag has chartered the highest price ever paid by me in buying coins or banknotes. Personally, this is the most beautiful banknotes of Straits Settlements, especially for its font. According to Steven Tan (2010), an uncirculated piece of this banknote is worth .. RM25,000. Would you buy it if someone offer a piece in UNC condition at a price of RM20,000?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

67. Straits Settlements One Dollar 1916

Country of Origin: Straits Settlements
Denomination: One Dollar
Prefixes: D/63 60037
Dimension: 121mm x 64mm
Reference: K.N Boon B3e
Category: Normal Circulation Notes
Date: 10/7/1916 
Sign(s): N. James, A.M Pountney, R.J Saunders
Watermark(s): None
Design & Print: Thomas de la Rue
Extra Note: Printed in black on pinkish paper

   Fortunately this note has a tear on one of its edges, if not, for sure I can't afford to buy it. Printed on pinkish paper, I think this banknote is quite unique. And it is beautiful too! Just found 4 cute little elephants and 4 birds on its reverse. Can you find it?