Malaysian Numismatic Books by Saran Singh from 1974 to 2017


Mr. Saran Singh, Writer, Numismatist & Collector
Mr. Saran Singh, Writer, Numismatist & Collector
For those of you who collect Malaya/Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei coins and banknotes, you must have heard of the name "Saran Singh" before. He is perhaps Malaysia's most prolific numismatic writers. His books are more than just catalogs of numismatic collectibles, they chronicle the historical aspects of the numismatic artifacts as well, which makes all the difference as a result his books are highly sought after by serious collectors and numismatic researchers.

To honor his achievements and contributions to the numismatic community, we have compiled the full list of his books on Malaysian numismatics for your reference. For those who collect numismatic literature, this will be a useful guide on what's out there. There are a total of 8 books listed, arranged in chronological order and we have assigned reference numbers GC1 to GC8 for these highly sought after items.We have included useful information such as release date and the price of the book at the time is was issued. Other key data such as size and dimension and weight of the books are also included.

All of these books are available for reference at the alphaNumis Coin & Banknote Library and Gallery, Shah Alam, Malaysia. These took us several years and with the help of fellow collectors from around the world to assemble the complete set of these books. In fact 2 of these books were acquired overseas - one from the United States and another from Switzerland.

If you wish to visit the library, do feel free to contact us at help@alphanumis.com or message us at +60 12 318 3042.

Note : Special thanks to Mr. Saran Singh himself & Mr. Steven Tan for graciously allowing me to interview both of them in September 2017. 

alphaNumis Coin & Banknote Gallery & Library
Fig. 1 : alphaNumis Library in Shah Alam, Malaysia





Cat#
Book Title & Details
Copies
Year
Price

GC1

The Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coins (1700-1974)

Author(s)      :  Saran Singh
Publisher      : Malaysia Numismatic Society (MNS)
Pages            : 92 pages, paperback
Dimensions   : 23.6 x 19.3 x 0.6cm
Weight          : 217g
Printer           : International Cultural Enterprises, K.L.
Notes            : 

While the book itself was ready to be published as early as March 1973, financial constraints had delayed its printing to May 1974 with some portions of the book had to be left out due to the high printing cost. Eventually only a paperback/soft cover edition was released in December 1974. The book was sold out in in 1976.

The Catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Coins (1700-1974)



1,000

1974

M$9

GC2

Standard Catalogue of Coins and Banknotes of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (1700-1976)

Author(s)      :  Saran Singh, Mohd Kassin Haji Ali, CC Low & Tony Lye Fong Nge
Publisher      : Malaysia Numismatic Society (MNS)
Pages            : 403 pages, hardcover
Dimensions : 26.8 x 19.3 x 2.8cm
Weight          : 1.08 kg
Distributor     : World Monetarium, K.L.

Notes            :

Better financed (private funding rather than from the MNS) and this time complete with standardized reference numbers, the book was released on 3 October 1976. It was sold out 5 years later.

Standard Catalogue of Coins and Banknotes of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (1700-1976) by Saran Singh



1,000

1976

M$30

GC3

Pictorial Guide to Grading of Malaysian Coins & Banknotes

Author(s)      :  Saran Singh
Publisher      :  Malaysia Numismatic Society (MNS)
Pages           :  143 pages, hardcover with dust jacket
Dimensions  :  25.0 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm
Weight          :  380g
Printer           : Academe Art & Printing Services Sdn Bhd
Notes            : 

Officially released on 2nd December 1987 at the MNS 10th Anniversary Dinner at the Federal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The mid to late 1980s was the start of the numismatic grading era, the timely release of this book provides a guide on the grading of coins and banknotes. It also covers coin cleaning and preservation as well as how to identify fakes. The book was sold out in 2 years.

Pictorial Guide to Grading Malaysian Coins and Banknotes by Saran Singh




1,000

1978

M$15

GC4

Standard Catalogue of Coins and Banknotes of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (1786-1980), First Edition

Author(s)      :  C. C. Low & Saran Singh
Publisher      : World Monetarium, K.L.
Pages           : 100 pages, paperback
Dimensions    : 21.7 x 15.5 x 0.5 cm
Weight          : 217g
Distributor     : World Monetarium, K.L.
Notes            :

A smaller sized book that covers the coinages with a distinctive red colour paperback with gold hot stamped title and embossed company logo of the late Mr. C.C. Low’s World Monetarium, Kuala Lumpur. This is somewhat a lesser known book and rarely seen.  

Standard Catalogue of Coins and Banknotes of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (1786-1980), First Edition by Saran Singh



1,000

1980

M$15

GC5

The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1400-1986

Author(s)      :  Saran Singh
Publisher      : Malaysia Numismatic Society (MNS)
Type              : 696 pages, hardcover
Dimensions : 29.8 x 21.0 x 3.0 cm
Weight          : 2.08kg
Printer           : United Selangor Press Sdn Bhd, K.L.
Notes            : 

This book was officially released on 28 September 1986 to coincide with MNS Auction Number 69 at the Federal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. This is by far the most comprehensive book on Malaysian numismatics, dating back to 1400; with 21 chapters and 4 appendices. It took Saran 4.5 years to research and write.

The most notable fact of this book is that it contains illustrations of 1,500 coins and token of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei issued in the last 500 years in ACTUAL SIZE.  For numismatic researchers and writers, it is advisable to obtain this edition for your reference. Subsequent editions may not illustrate the coins in the actual dimensions.

In addition, a separate volume of “Price Guide” was issued free along with the book, 58 pages, 29.8 x 21.0 x 0.6 cm, 193g. As of end of 1989, there were only 30 copies left for sale.

The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1400-1986 by Saran Singh

The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1400-1986



850

1986

M$67

GC6

Malaya & Sarawak Coupons

Author(s)      :  Saran Singh
Publisher      : Malaysia Numismatic Society (MNS)
Pages            : 39 pages, paperback
Dimensions    : 29.8 x 21.0 x 0.3 cm
Weight          : 178g
Printer           : The Pepin Press, K.L.
Notes            : 

The contents of this book was an extension of what was published in the Malaysia Numismatic Society 21st Anniversary Souvenir Book (1969-1989).

Malaya & Sarawak Coupons, First Ed, By Saran Singh



350 with hand written serial #

1990

-

GC7

The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1400-1967

Author(s)      :  Saran Singh
Publisher      : Malaysia Numismatic Society (MNS)
Pages            603 pages, hardcover
Dimensions    : 26.5 x 19.3 x 3.5 cm
Weight          : 1.75kg
Printer           : International Stamp & Coins Sdn. Bhd.
Notes            :  Book production by Mr. Steven Tan
                        Released in Feb 1997

The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1400-1967, 2nd Ed by Saran Singh




1,000

1997

RM90

GC8

The Encyclopaedia of Dry Rubber Export Coupons of Malaya, Netherlands East Indies and Ceylon (1922-1942)

Author(s)      :  Saran Singh
Publisher      : Kelab Warisan Numismatik Malaysia 
                        (KWNM)
Pages            : 302 page, hardcover
Dimensions    : 29.0 x 22.5 x 2.5 cm
Weight          : 1.70kg
Printer           : Percetakan Osacar Sdn. Bhd.
Notes            : Book design and layout by alphaNumis
Copies          :  700 printed, with serial number on the 
bottom of inside cover
ISBN              :  978-967-14658-0-6

Released in 16 December 2016, the research for this book took 2.5 years to complete. It is a follow up 2nd edition of the book with the similar title published (GC6 above) in 1990.

Officially launched on 8 January 2017 as a KWNM publication at the MNS auction, this edition covers the detailed history of rubber export coupons for Malaya, Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) and Ceylon.

The book also documents and catalogues petrol ration coupons, share certificates and government bonds. This book went on to win the prestigious International Banknote Society (IBNS) Book of the Year 2016 award, the first Malaysian publication to do so. Mr. Saran Singh was assisted in the research, book design and layout by Gilbert C for this ground breaking book.


The Encyclopaedia of Dry Rubber Export Coupons of Malaya, Netherland East Indies and Ceylon (1922-1942)




700 

S/N : 000 to 699

Dec 2016

RM300




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