16 August 2014, Steven Tan 21st edition Catalogue or better known as "Standard Catalogue Of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Coin & Paper Money 21st edition" has been released by International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd and edited by Steven Tan. The best thing about the new book is a the new updated price are much better than the old 20th edition Steven Tan Book, way much better.
Many people are dissapointed with the price update on the 20th edition book because market price at that time was much higher than what is written in that book. Thanks to the new catalogue, we can get a good reference for Malaysia coins and banknotes market price. However, you may be able to see some of the items do not have price tags or just a symbol RRR/Rare. This is because the market price for that item is constantly changing.
Master Sifu Steven Tan has called several dealers to help him with the market valuations for some of its item. You can find it in his acknowledgements:
"Many thanks to Mr. Tan Eng Wan, Mr. Steven Aw, Mr. Dickson Niew, Khoo Collections Enterprise and King Banknote Collection who have kindly in helping me in the market valuations"
He don't mention which part of the coins and banknotes that they help him for market valuations but I will assume it is for Malaysia coins and banknotes. In my last meeting with him during MNS Auction 160, he told me that he made a comparison between the dealers market prices before making a decision for the coin/banknote price in the book.
There is little argument with my friends about the price for some of the Malaysia banknotes but I think Master Sifu Steven Tan have his own reasons for that.
Market prices for coincard also has been improved, for me it is very satisfactory when compared to the price of the old catalogue.
The new list for Malaysia coin varieties are not complete if you want to compared it with Master Sifu Saran Singh; Coins of Malaysia die varieties and varieties list. Many of the varieties are still not listed in the book. However, for a start, this is enough for Malaysia coin varieties collectors. Hopefully this will also change the perception of newbies about 'dot coins'. Many newbies has been thinking that any coin with extra dot can get a high price. Steven Tan has listed the varieties for 10 sen 1971 (V1, V2, V3) with a little bit information about them.
- First and last prefix for Malaysia banknotes including market price.
- Detailed market price for Malaysia replacement banknotes.
- List of Signatures for Singapore banknotes.
- Malaysia banknotes series title with the BNM governor signature according to their series.
- New Malaya Japanese occupation medals.
- New Jim overprints of the Anti-Japanese armies notes.
- New list of Malaysia coin varieties including market price.
- New list of Malaysia UNC circulation coin set including market price.
- To avoid confusion, he has transferred The Malaysia Coin Official Proof Sets in presentation case items according to their commemorative coins type.
To anyone who want to buy this book, you can contact any dealer near you, a list can be found in here; Malaysia coin dealer.
You can also buy this book directly from Sifu Steven Tan:
International Stamps & Coin Sdn Bhd
Address: 2.4 & 2.5, 2nd Floor, Pertama Shopping Complex,
Jln Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan.
Tel: +603-2692 6373, 26983781, 26926117
E-mail: isc_mal[at]streamyx.com, isc.mal[at]gmail.com
Thank you to International Stamps & Coin Sdn Bhd for the complimentary copy.