Saturday, September 19, 2009

Malaysia, Brunei & Singapore Coins and Paper Money Catalogue

This is one of the earliest catalogue on Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coins and Paper Money by International Stamp & Coin Co. Ltd. which was published in 1985. This catalogue consists of two parts : Part One covers the coins from British North Borneo, British Trade Dollars, Brunei, Malaya, Malaya & British Borneo, Malaysia, Penang, Sarawak, Singapore and Straits Settlements. The Part Two of this catalogue provides the information of paper money that includes Asian Japanese Occupation (Burma, Malaya, Netherland East Indies, Oceania, Philippines), British North Borneo, Brunei, Malaya, Malaya & British North Borneo, Malaya Private Paper Currency, Rubber Export Coupons, Sawarak, Singapore and Straits Settlement.

This catalogues has a total of 168 pages and it was printed in black and white. All the coins and paper money listed in this catalogue is tagged with an estimated price which was based on current marker price. This is one of the earlier method that collectors can buy coins and paper money through a dealer. Unlike the modern technology now which the internal access is so common and advance that allow one to browse through and purchase from any dealer within few minutes.

The newer edition of this catalogue is also available in the market with the latest and updated information of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei coins and paper money.

The cover of Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coins and Paper Money 1985 by International Stamp & Coin Co. Ltd.

Part of the content of Standard Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coins and Paper Money 1985

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bunga Bangkai or Corpse Flower

This 1982 series of 500Rp Indonesian banknote features Bunga Bangkai or Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum), one of the flowering plants with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. In other words, it is the largest flower with cluster of flowers arranged on the stem that is composed on a main branch. Of course many recognise the Rafflesia as the world number one flower. Indeed, Rafflesia is the largest single flower in the world.

The local name of Bunga Bangkai or Corpse Flower was named in such the way that Bunga means flower and Bangkai means corpse. The flower name was adopted mainly due to fragrance which is reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal. It was originally found in the tropical forests of Sumatra, Indonesia. One interesting of this flower is that it can grow up the 3 meters or 10 feet height.

500 Rp issued in 1982 features the Corpse flower or Titan arum

The tropical forest of Southeast Asia is home to many flora and fauna that you can only see them in this part of planet. Many of them are already classified as endangered species and protected by the local government or international organizations.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


This is 1992 series of 500Rp Indonesian banknote that features an Orangutan, one of the intelligent great apes in the world. Orangutan is one of the endangered species of great apes and can only be found in rainforest of Sabah and Sarawak of Malaysia and also Kalimantan and Sumatra of Indonesia.

The origin of Orangutan name indeeds is derived from the Indonesian and Malays words in which the Orang means 'person' and Utan or Hutan means 'forest'. Thus, the local people name this great apes as 'person of the forest' mainly due to its similarity of outlook to human being. The fact is this great apes are our closest relatives in the animal world, sharing 97% of same DNA with us - human being.

The 500Rp banknote issued on 28 December 1992 features an Orang Utan.

A typical Orangutan can reach up to standing height of 1.2 to 1.5 meters with the body weight of 33 to 82 kilograms. Their lifespan is about 35 to 40 years in wild habitat. In view of the endangered situation of this great apes, there are already many organisations out there are so dedicated to the conservation of Orangutan and their natural rainforest home. We should support all of them by all mean.

Komodo Dragon

This is an Indonesian banknote printed in 1957 that features a Komodo Dragon, one of the biggest lizards in the world. It can grow up to 2 to 3 meter long with the body weight of around 70 kilogram. This species of lizard inhabits in Komodo, Rinca, Flores Island of Indonesia. It is so huge that the local people would have called them as dragon - Komodo Dragon.

Komodo dragon is now protected under Indonesian law and the government has even set up a Komodo National Park to protect them. Komodo National Park consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar which are the volcanic origin. The national park was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Besides its appearance in the banknote, the Komodo Dragon also use to feature in Rp50 Indonesian coins.

A 1957 Indonesian Banknote features a Komodo Dragon