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Proof Coin - 20 Cents, Malaya, 1939 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14081

Summary:
Proof 20 Cents, Issued by Malaya, Malaysia, 1939
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
In the early 1930's the Federated Malay States sought a share in the profits accruing to Britain from the issue of paper money and coins for the Straits Settlements. This request saw a commission established which reported in 1934 that the states formed a single economic unit which employed the notes and coins of the Straits Settlements. The report recommended that a Commission for Currency for Malaya should be established to manage the production and issue of currency in the region on behalf of, and guaranteed by, the Malayan Governments. This recomendation was followed and coins, referring to the Commision on the reverse, were first produced and released in 1939. Initially all coins were produced by the Royal Mint, London although the outbreak of War saw production transferred to India in 1941.

The 20 cent was first issued in 1939. At that time, the Royal Mint produced small numbers of proof quality reference pieces, known as "Proof of Record" for retention in its own collection and distribution to authorised recipient reference collections (including the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint from which this example is derived).
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.444 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Percy Metcalfe, Coin Designer, (1895-1970), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Malaysia
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Proof of Record
DateEra: 1939 AD
Denomination: 20 Cents
Obverse Description: Crowned head of the King facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA; artist's initials, PM, below neck
Reverse Description: At centre within a bead circle, 20 / CENTS; around, COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY MALAYA 1939
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Board of Commissioners of Currency, Malaya, Malaysia, Malaya, 1939
Artist: Percy Metcalfe - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1937
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1939
References: KM#5
Pridmore 269
Pridmore, Fred. 1955. Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951, p.56-57 and Appendix XXXVIII and XXXIX, p. 149-157.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009
  2. [Book], Major Fred Pridmore, Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951, Government Printing Office, Singapore, Singapore, 1955

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