Inaugural Kuala Lumpur International Money Fair 2002

In the year of 2002, we in the MNS have something to shout about, in the sense that we have opened our door to the world. Our sincere thanks go to The Royal Mint of Malaysia, the official sponsors of the Inaugural Kuala Lumpur International Money Fair 2002. The Organisers, Protemp Exhibitors Sdn Bhd have taken a bold step in organizing this prestigious event which covered a period of three (3) days from 1st - 3rd November 2002. The venue was none other than the renowned Putra World Trade Centre or better known as PWTC which is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
The event was a great success. It saw the participation of both the local and foreign dealers. Reputable and established dealers from United States, England and Down Under made their presence felt. The crowed far exceeded the Organisers expectation. Our King and our beloved Prime Minister Tun  DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD made an impromptu visit and mingled with the crowd.

Touching on the exhibition, special mention must be made of the Pavilion erected by Bank Negara Malaysia. They set up a magnificent Pavilion that occupied centre stage. To compliment it, they displayed a unique collection of un-adopted patterns of Malaya and British Borneo Banknotes, which also included the $1,000 and $10,000 pieces. Also on display was the printing machine for printing Japanese Occupation Banknotes. It was truly a crowd puller.
The highlights of Money Fair was our very own MSN Auction comprising auction items of 350 lots, Lot Number 170 which was a complete set of 50 Cents Specimen Banknotes dated 1st July 1941 with all the four (4) varieties bearing Serial nos. 000000, went under hammer at RM10,000 to local collectors. It was rather happy to mention lot number 309 which was a 6th Series Malaysia RM100, Replacement Banknote with Tan Sri Dato Jaffar Hussein's signature and printed by United Sates Banknote Company bearing Serial no. ZU 0000009 was won by a local bidder, who knew the scarcity. This banknote was knock down at RM7,150 (inclusive of 10% commission). Apparently,  the consignee only paid RM160 in the late 1980's and he is laughing his way to the bank during then.
Source: Lawrence De Souza


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