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What is Numismatics? 
Numismatics is the collection and study of money; which include coins, paper money or banknotes, tokens and related objects. 

 

Numismatists are people to study and/or collect such objects. 

Like most English words, the word numismatic originated from the Greek word nomizein, which means “use currently” and it was adapted by the French in the form of “numismatique”, eventually finding its way into the English dictionary in early 1800s.

 

Coin collecting may have started as early as they were first minted some 3,000 years ago in what is today's Turkey. This hobby expanded to include paper money when it was first used in China and later spread throughout the world.

 

To the numismatist, to collect something is to own a piece of history because these artifacts are closely tied to the events at the time. The design of money is influenced by the government of the time, the available technology and often reflects the nation's daily life, its culture or even its aspirations.  More often than not, it also marks the change of a king, dynasty, governments or empires. 

 

The "strength" of a currency is a measure of the power and influence of a nation in the world stage at the time; by strength we mean its value vis-a-vis other currencies and how widely it was used and accepted at the time.  As with any nation or empire, its currency rises and falls with it. They tell a unique and interesting story - from the Malay Sultans to Portuguese who took Malacca, to the Dutch, then the British and for a short while, the Japanese during World War II, followed by what we know today as Malaysia.  Each era presents a plethora of artifacts to collect and study, not to mention their  varieties and many quirks that makes our collecting journey an exciting one!

 

These are some of the collecting categories for Malaysian numismatics :    

By History / Time Periods

  • Malaysia (1967 - Now)

  • Malacca / Sultanate Coins

  • Dutch / Portuguese Coins

  • Straits Settlements

  • Malaya

  • Japanese Invasion Money (World War II)

  • Malaya & British Borneo

  • British North Borneo

  • Sarawak

By Types    

  • Errors

  • World 

  • Proof / Commemorative Coins 

  • Fancy Numbers Banknotes

  • Proof / Specimen / Uncut Banknotes

Exonumis / Notaphilly / Bibliophilly 

  • Numismatic Literature - books, catalogues,
    magazines,journals, auction catalogues, leaflets

  • Coupons (Rubber / Petrol / Water)

  • Medals

  • Tokens

  • Shares & Bonds

  • Lotteries & Tickets

Besides collecting, there is a technical dimension to numismatics, which include:

  • Numismatic Grading & Valuation

  • Coin Minting Process

  • Banknote Printing Process

  • Counterfeit Detection

  • Preservation/Conservation        

 
Of course, numismatics is not merely confined to areas listed above. As with any
growing science and hobby there are new categories that emerge every now and then. 

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Straits Settlements 5 Dollars 1931
Malaya 50 Cents 1941
Malaya Japanese Occupation Money
1000 Dollars 1944
Malaya British Borneo 1 Dollar 1959
Malaya British Borneo 5 Dollars 1953
Malaya British Borneo 10 Dollars 1961
Malaya 5 Cents 1948
British Trade Dollar 1929
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The Malaysia Numismatic Society (MNS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the research, collection and documentation of coins, banknotes, medals, tokens and related exonumia items.

 

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