Forgeries Freak Banknotes !

Last Wednesday ,I received a set of freak notes from my good friend who is a serious collector of  Malaysia coins and banknotes.

He wanted me to help him to authenticate his set of Malaysia freak banknotes.There are two pieces of RM1.00 notes,one piece of RM2.00,two pieces of RM5.00 and two pieces RM10.00.

Among the seven banknotes, except the two RM10.00 notes, the other five notes  are exhibiting  with same errors; i.e. extra 'Agong ' portrait on the reverse,what a "coincident" !

And what a coincident, while I was still studying and looking at  those freak notes,the "Freak notes man",Mr.David just walked into my shop,the Dickson Niew Collection Corner with his lovely wife.

I grabbed the opportunity to invite him to authenticate these notes and asked him to teach me ways of detecting an forgery error notes.

He confirmed to me that these were the Post Print Job freak notes, some unscrupulous guys printed the 'Agong ' portrait on the reverse with bad intention.

I hope all  freak notes collector friends be extra careful on these  freak banknotes surfaced on the market recently.
Latest updates: (18-05-2012)Latest was RM1.00 with such  ghosting image with prefix:ADR.


  1. Hi Dickson,

    Care to share how to detect a PPJ note. Is it an offence to multilate or sell these type of notes?

  2. Hi Dickson,
    Any articles on forgeries are always extremely useful and interesting to collectors.
    Yes, pretty scary to see how these forgeries have been done to almost perfection.
    We were told by a stamp dealer that the China red monkey 8 fen stamps have been forged to almost 97% to perfection in China.
    Suppose the best way is if even the slightest doubt, don't buy them.
    Thanks a lot for the good article, Dickson :)

  3. Macam2 cara orang boleh tipu.. Coin collecters must always be up to date..

  4. Hi @Clement,
    How is everything down south?
    I am pretty sure it is an offense to deface a legal tender banknote.
    Someone must make a report to the authority in order for them to act.

  5. Hi whycollect,
    I am totally agreed to your "even the slightest doubt, don't buy them."
    With state of art computer technology,we can do wonders,
    but it will attracts these unscrupulous people do something illegally.
    I always told and showed samples to the newbies who patronages my Dickson Niew Collection corner,how to detect a forgeries.
    Always remember,
    Don't Buy if:
    Too cheap to be true;
    Too good to be true;
    Too many to be true;
    Too new to be true.

  6. Hi Kantha Rao,
    Tersangat penting untuk collectors sentiasa up to date!
    Pada saya "up to date" mungkin pun tak cukup untuk menangangi dunia sekarang yang mana apa-apa pun nak segera seperti dalam era global komunikasi.
    Apa kata "up to minute" atau "up to second"? haha!

  7. If collectors only know how genuine 'wet ink transfer error' can happen on notes, they can easily detect an altered note. Only some sections of the reverse image of the back of the front note of the same series can be inadvertently transferred. Anything else is definitely suspicious.

  8. Hi nucoins,
    Thank you for the terminology "wet ink transfer error".
    Yes,once you understand the basic printing process,one should be able detect such altered notes.
    Thank you for sharing and happy week end!