Monday, May 13, 2013

Is a NAME more than just a name................


Ever had anyone called you by a different name or wrote an article about you and used the wrong name!!

Well, here are Straits banknotes depicting three different signatories whose names were either published or known differently from their actual names, two of them are almost correct whereas the third one is completely different......................





I supposed someone took a look at the signature and deduced that the person's name should be L.M. Lean by the way he signs his name,............... what do you think?









           What about this one? It was deduced and published as Luis Shelley.






Well, both were close but incorrect and "a miss is as good as a mile"!!

In fact, the person/expert(s) responsible for coining these incorrect names should have done some research from the newspaper archives or relevant Straits Settlements documents in the first place, rather than be looked upon as experts, and unwittingly misinformed a lot of people, publishers, auction houses, etc for some forty or more years.

Well, I hope they see this article and refer to Owen Linzmayer and Mike Prizov contributions in The Banknote Book and realized the errors and so correct their catalogs, publications, etc to hopefully re-informed the Straits banknotes collectors and restore rightful ownership of a correct name and acknowledged achievement of a Straits Settlements Officer.

 These are some newspaper clippings from the 1930s that confirms the correct names of these honourable gentlemen whose names were all these many years spelt wrongly.


                                             Singapore Free Press & Mercantile Advertiser article dated 30/09/1937
 .....published as L.M. Lean, should be Lachlan Mclean

                                                                    Singapore Free Press & Mercantile Advertiser article dated 23/4/1931

  published as Luis Shelley, should be Malcolm Bond Shelley



           Now for the 'MOTHER of ALL ERRORS'




           The name published as REX CURALL
Well got to give the 'fella' credit! Signature really looks like Rex Curall..............Right?..... WRONG!!!!!



Guess what................................................................may I present the Hon. Mr "Rex Curall":

                                                               Singapore Free Press & Mercantile Advertiser article dated 20/3/1936

                                     SHOCKING !!
                                        "Alamak"   ;-)

The names: L.M. McLean, Luis Shelley and Rex Curall  can never be found in any official Straits Settlement documents!

This is not all................ the early 1900s banknotes (3 CC signatories type) too have names with numerous spelling errors......oh! what disappointment.......

If you need to know the correct names, etc ...............my friend Owen Linzmayer has just published the whole series of the Straits Settlements banknotes which is for sale from his website: www.BanknoteBook.com

I hope that our esteemed learned banknote experts can concur and correct these glaring mistakes and restore the rightful acknowledgement of Mr Lachlan Lean, Mr Malcolm Bond Shelley and Mr Alexander Sym Small's appointments and invaluable selfless contributions to the government and people of the Straits Settlements era.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

1942 $50 & $100.... Best,Worst & Very Good?


Why......Why......the BEST.....because this is the best condition that my budget can buy!! and it cost me thousands of dollars to acquire these two banknotes and over a period of many years of hard savings..............hope me wife does not get to know about it ;-)




























 Why......Why......the WORST.....because this set of Malaya $50 and $100 is graded far better than VERY GOOD.......what? say again?

                          A Case of Numismatic World of Mrs Malapropism! Ha! Ha!



Sunday, December 30, 2012

WOW! What a GOOD year 2012 has been for me!!

Good first and foremost, I wish everyone who is reading and faithfully following my blog,
                          " A Happy Blessed and Prosperous 2013"
and that all your hopes and aspirations come true for 2013!

What a Blessed and Prosperous 2012 has been for me.......................................it is really GOOD  ................despite all the "crabby Euro screw-ups, US fiscal cliff rubbish, end of the world Mayan nonsense, etc................" I've made Good enough in the equity market to buy notes that I wanted, go on GOOD holidays to neighbouring Malaysia thrice, Hong Kong once and had just returned from the United States after fifteen GOOD and enjoyable days, made some contributions into the GOOD and world renowned Owen Linzmayer's documented chapters of The Banknote Book.

Ahhhh.............wonder if you have been sharp enough to notice the number of "GOOD" that I have deliberately inserted. Why..........your GOODself may enquire?

Well, the word GOOD in Dictionary.com defines:
Adjective: of high quality
Noun: excellence or merit


The following 17th March 1911 Straits Settlement $1.00 is defined as a GOOD note!



                       Oh, what a misnomer to categorize this note as GOOD!

International Bank Note Society defination of a GOOD banknote:
A well worn and heavily used note. Normal damage from prolonged circulation will include strong multiple folds and creases, stains, pinholes, and/or staple holes, dirt, discoloration, edge tears, center hole, rounded corners and an overall unattractive appearance. No large pieces of the note may be missing. Graffiti is commonly seen on notes in Good condition.

Has any renowned numismatic society or establishment ever thought of correcting the grading term of "GOOD" to reflect a more accurate term, or has the numismatic world adopted a "first blind leading the rest of the blind" ;-)

Why am I so harsh to say something like "blind leading the blind".....................................
well, did you notice the currency commissioners' signatories of my 1911 $1.00 banknote.

Apparently, the currency commissioners' names mentioned by two respected Malaysian numismatic experts in their publication of their Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei articles during the mid 1970's and lately another 2010 publication by a premier authority in Petaling Jaya mentioned the same commissioners' names; Arthur Young, J.O. Anthonioz, D.Bratty.(the spelling of these names are according to the publishers' articles and are not necessary their correct names)

Now take a much more closer look............... does any of the signatures bear any resemblance to their names, be it alphabetically or otherwise?

Either my banknote which carries the undocumented signatures of E.L. Brockman, W.C. Mitchell, P.A.F.David a rarity  :-) or some so called premier experts made a BIG BOO BOO!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Singapore's 1916 Christmas Buys

Wow.............the spirit of Christmas is in the air already! How time really flies since my last article in June..............


Ever wondered what can you buy in 1916 for $10.00.....................................

 
The correct Currency Commissioners' names are Frederick Seton James, Arthur Meek Pountney and Charles James Saunders and not what some so called experts perceived.
 
 
Managed to acquire this piece a couple of months back for a "song".........I really had to sing to pacify me missus that paying a few thousand Singapore dollars was not an act of insanity!!


Well, these are a few things that having $10.00 during Christmas time in 1916 can buy:



 

 



These advertisements were extracted from various December 1916 newspapers
 
 
Happy Memories and Wishing A Very Merry Christmas and Prosperous 2013 New Year to you folks out there...................till 2013 then.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Plastic Fantastic ~ Singapore's Only $50 Polymer

How Singapore started her journey into the world of literally plastic money, starting with these articles from The Straits Times dated June 14, 1990........................................






The long anticipated date of release, July 24 1990,  finally arrived......................






The commemorative note comes with these envelope and deluxe folder:


envelope cover


front of deluxe folder

internal face of deluxe folder

back of deluxe folder





This pamphlet was not issued with the commemorative note but was available over various bank counters...............wonder how many collectors knew about it and managed to collect them too. Could this end up to be a more valuable collector's item than the note itself ? (wishful thinking )



and finally the commemorative notes.......................................................................ta rah!!


Whatttt......................errors already!!!


Yuupp..........look at the notes carefully and see if you can find the error!
(for the benefit of those who hates solving puzzles................................. the commemorative date of  '9 August 1990' is missing in the second consective note.....Major Error I would say)


The reverse face of the banknote:

 

                                    The rest of my commemorative collections:




  





This special serial numbered note was sold in an auction complete with the commemorative envelope and sticker label. 






These are some of the 4.8million pieces meant for circulation............ I wonder where.............NEVER seen any in circulation except............






     What again.......... another major error ........can spot the error?  This time you go spot it!


 
These notes with J prefix were printed as replacement notes(to replace error notes that have been spotted during the printing process and removed before delivery to the currency board).

The peculiar thing about these notes is that almost all have been folded with at least three creases and looks like that have been used around a long time in circulation.

I wonder how come...............does any one have the answer



Wahhhh....even the replacement notes have errors too.....this type of error is called reverse image wet ink transfers.


Another classic reverse wet ink transfers.............................



 this time it concerns the serial numbers appearing on the reverse of this replacement note.


Whew! at last.....................................THE END!


Oh! wait will these be the only plastic Singapore $50 ?

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