I have something interesting to share about old currencies. When I was a little kid, my father bought my siblings and I, our own stamp albums. He taught us to collect stamps and First Day Covers which I had little interest until today. I must admit that I enjoyed looking at stamps that were colourful and odd shapes like round or triangles. I remember some countries like Madagascar, Mongolia and Congo had very colourful photos that still play in my mind. The good news is that I still keep some First Day Covers that dated back to 1950s and they are very valuable today. I might blog about it later when I have compiled them together with the estimated value.
Besides my strongest penchant for antiques and shopping bags, I don't have other hobbies or keepsakes to collect. Yes, you heard shopping bags correctly. I just nailed them all over the small wall inside my own private office. By the way, do you want to see my wallpaper of shopping bags?
Now let me share my accidental moment to dabble in old currencies. I think I was inside an antique shop 2 decades ago and saw them selling some old coins and notes. What struck my eyes was the old notes of Malaya under the Japanese Occupation. They call it Banana Money until today and it was so worthless even though they were printed during the World War 2 in 1941. The folks hated the money after the painful war and burnt them away when the new Malaya currencies came into force. Some kept them in the biscuit tins and later sold it to antique collectors at dirt cheap prices. I was curious and picked them up to admire the interesting drawings of Banana Trees on the various notes. I decided to buy some notes as keepsakes even when they posed no value as investment...... Today I discovered that these Banana Monies are in demand suddenly. Let me check the value and dig up my biscuit tins.
Then someone posted in his Facebook to sell some coins. It caught my attention as we still use 50 cents in our present era of currency. The seller's 50 cents were very old and decided to auction. I was not really interested in those coins but I was rather itchy and loved any form of gambling including auction. Can you identify the different 50 cent coins in the above photo?
Yes, the middle coins were dated in the 1960s. I saw them being sold at Amcorp Mall's Flea Markets for over RM50.00 per 50 cent coin. The FB seller wanted to auction off 3 coins at once.
I simply tried my luck and offered RM100 for the 3 coins. That night I won! Now the value is over RM180 for 3 coins in today's value by the collectors. Somehow the 1969 coins are slightly more worthy than those dated 1968 or 1967. I do not know the reasons but I am just happy to make this MCO investment. Someday I hope it will hit RM10,000 for the coins like how other old ringgit notes have soared.