First Malaysian Book to Win the IBNS Book of the Year

The September copy of the International Banknote Society Journal was just released yesterday, 20 September 2017. 

I have been eagerly awaiting the official announcement of the winner and indeed, Mr. Saran Singh's book won the prestigious IBNS Book of the Year Award! 

The award was first given out as far back as 1979. Recent winner include "Banknotes of British Malaya: The Frank Goon Collection by Frank Goon" published in 2011, by Spink & Son, UK. 

For the 2016 submission, there were 20 books in the running, from various countries such as USA, the UK, Uruguay, Argentina to name a few. "The Encyclopaedia of Dry Rubber Export Coupons : Malaya, Ceylon & Netherlands East Indies 1922-1942" was the ONLY submission from Asia / Malaysia.

This is the FIRST time a Malaysian numismatic has won the IBNS award !!! 

IBNS Book of the Year Selection Criteria

According to the IBNS website, the selection criteria are base on the following : 

The IBNS Book of the Year is awarded annually to an outstanding publication related to paper money. The following criteria will be used to select the award-winning publication:
  • The book must be published in the year of the award
  • The subject of the book must be paper money
  • The book should contain original research and comprehensive information on the topic it covers
  • Quality presentation of the book will be well regarded but the most important factor is the knowledge the book brings to the note-collecting community
Note : The author(s) need not be members of the IBNS

The list of past winners can be found here.

Congratulations to Mr. Saran Singh for a book that is of international standards. 

alphaNumis was responsible in the book design, layout and editing. We were honour to have been given the opportunity to work with Mr. Saran Singh and assisting him in research, review and scanning of the artifacts. All of the works were done on a voluntary basis, we did not charge anybody any money for our service.

Special thanks to Dato' Sharuddin of Kelab Warisan Numismatik Malaysia for being the official publisher for the book. 

Fig. 1 : The Certificate for the Literary Achievement Award from IBNS
About the Book

Details of the book can be found at our previous blog entry here :

The 320 page hardcover book is priced at RM300 / USD75. Interested buyer can email us at OR Whatsapp to +60 12 318 3042 to purchase.

You can also buy them at alphaNumis Coin and Banknote Gallery in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Google Map location here.

About the IBNS 

The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) was founded in 1961. It operates as a non-profit educational organization and in furtherance of such purpose, its objectives are to promote, stimulate, and advance the study and knowledge of worldwide banknotes and paper currencies and all matters related thereto along educational, scientific and historical lines. Currently the IBNS has over 2,000 members in more than 90 countries.

IBNS in Malaysia

At the time of writing, there are 13 IBNS members in Malaysia, of whom Mr. K. N. Boon is one of them. We have created a Facebook Group for fellow members which is located here [ you will need to be an official member of IBNS to join this group, do email us your IBNS member number to ] : 

Those of you who are keen to join, you can email us at OR visit the IBNS membership web page.

Annual membership fees is only US$36. 

Fig 2. The Cover of the IBNS Journal, Sep 2017
Fig 3. Announcement page for the winner of the award

Fig 4. : Official letter from the IBNS President

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