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Coin - 5 Cents, Malaya, 1945 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 8965

Summary:
5 Cents, Issued by Malaya, Malaysia, 1945
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
The British Government established the Malay Planning Unit in London in 1943 to prepare for the return to Civil Government to the area after the Japanese invasion force was removed. One of the steps it took was to have the Royal Mint strike coins, ready for placement in circulation soon after the return (the Japanese issued no coinage, relying on paper money). The coins were struck in London in 1943 and 1944 but all with the date 1943. They stock-piled in London until Malaya was placed under British Military Administration in August 1945 when the coins were soon put into circulation and a new issue bearing the date 1945 was begun. From 1943 silver 5 cent was struck with a 50% silver content (75% before the War) this, the post-war 1945 issue, retained the low silver content. To meet demand the 5 cent denomination was struck in both London and Calcutta in 1945, this is an example of the London production. The pre-war silver level was never returned to; in 1948 the use of silver in the coinage was abandoned, being replaced by a copper-nickel alloy.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John Sharples - Museum Victoria, 1990
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 15 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.34 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: working strikes
DateEra: 1945 AD
Denomination: 5 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, 5 / CENTS; around, COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY MALAYA 1945
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Board of Commissioners of Currency, Malaya, Malaysia, Malaya, 1945
Artist: Percy Metcalfe - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1937
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1945
References: KM#3a
Pridmore 284
Pridmore, Fred. 1955. Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951, p.58-59
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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