Proof 20 Cents, Issued by Malaya, Malaysia, 1939
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Crowned head of the King facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA; artist's initials, PM, below neck
At centre within a bead circle, 20 / CENTS; around, COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY MALAYA 1939
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).
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
Type of item
23 mm (Outside Diameter), 5.449 g (Weight)
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.
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2009. 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000.
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1955. Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951.