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Singapore merchant tokens bibliography
« on: February 06, 2011, 04:01:01 PM »
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Here I would like to provide some useful information about catalogs of Singapore merchant token, and also their numbering system.

Some early books do contain information of Singapore merchant token, such as Netscher and J.A.van der Chijs.
But I will not recommend these books because they are outdated, and a bit expensive.
(got mine for EUR50 from van der Dussen 5 years ago)
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Re: My Singapore merchant token - Catalog and Numbering system
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2011, 04:33:52 PM »
The first and the best is following.

Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786-1951
Major Fred Pridmore
1968 2nd Edition

1st edition released 1955 didn't include Singapore merchant token.
It's the major update of 2nd edition.
Pridmore used 46 pages for detail description of tokens, which could not be found from any other book.

Pridmore revised his previous work in CBCN2 and used a different numbering system which seperated all major varieties, when CBCN2 number refers type only.
And also type defining, for example, CBCN2 Type2 (Island of Sumatra 'q' instead of 'p') was treated as a major variety of Type A/I (Variety 11).
Although this is the most accurate numbering system, few people use this. (maybe because the book is not a popular one, so sad...)

Plus, this is not a expensive book, usually realized $40-$80 when appeared in ebay.
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Re: My Singapore merchant token - Catalog and Numbering system
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2011, 04:41:26 PM »
There are 2 important articles based on Soho Mint document, posthumous work of Pridmore, published in Numismatic Circular.

SINGAPORE MERCHANTS' TOKENS 1831-1845 AND THE EAST INDIA COMPANY'S SUMATRA COINAGE DATED 1804 STRUCK AT THE SOHO MINT, BIRMINGHAM
By Major F. Pridmore and D. Vice
Numismatic Circular September 1980 P.302

SINGAPORE MERCHANTS TOKENS 1831-1845 STRUCK AT THE SOHO MINT, BIRMINGHAM
By Major F. Pridmore and D. Vice
Numismatic Circular January 1981 P.3

These are important complement for above book.

Extract from 1st article:
The original research undertaken in 1950-52, indicated that the issue of the Merchants' tokens had commenced between the years 1828-1830. It was also deduced that the initial token types were copies or counterfeits of the English East India Company's Sumatra 1 Keping copper coin dated 1804 and the Dutch East Indies copper 1/4 Stiver of 1826. The new information establishes that the first issue of the Merchants' tokens consisted of a 2 and 1 Keping value which bore the design of a "Game Cock" and were released into circulation in 1832. The person primarily responsible now appears to have been a Scotsman named John Colville.

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Re: My Singapore merchant token - Catalog and Numbering system
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2011, 05:06:17 PM »
The Coins of the Dutch Overseas Territories 1601-1948
C.Scholten
1953 Edition 1981 Reprint

$20-30, a cheaper choice

Few detail description, generally listed by types, also some varieties.
Some types such as Siam lotus/elephant were not listed.

Numbering system follows Scholten standard, 984-1008 for major types, a/b/c/d for varieties.

Since this is the standard work of Dutch colonial coins, and Singapore merchant token is not an important part, I will recommend the book for Dutch colonial coin collector but not Singapore merchant token coin collector.
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Re: My Singapore merchant token - Catalog and Numbering system
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2011, 05:20:24 PM »
Standard catlogue of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Coin and Paper Money
Steven Tan
2005 16th Edition

It seems 18th edition is the latest.
A local price catalog, ST7-ST53 price listed with VG/F/VF/EF/UNC/PROOF.
Maybe the only choice of price guide except KM.

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Re: My Singapore merchant token - Catalog and Numbering system
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2011, 05:46:01 PM »
The Encyclopedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 1400-1967
Saran Singh
1996 2nd Edition

As named, a encyclopedic work.
Singapore merchant token part is generally based on CBCN2, plus a bit further information.
This is the standard work for British part Southeast Asia as well as Scholten for Dutch part.
So as Scholten, I will recommend the book for Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei coin collector rather than Singapore merchant token coin collector.

The paper book became expensive these years. I got mine $50 6 years ago, but at least $150 now.
Anyway, it seems pdf version is available free in Internet.

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Re: My Singapore merchant token - Catalog and Numbering system
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2011, 05:50:08 PM »
The last book

The Coins of The British Commonwealth of Nations Part 2. Asian Territories
Major Fred Pridmore
1965 Edition

Early work, but still better than all others except first one.

Numbering system of obv/rev type was inherited by frist one.

Very expensive, maybe $200+ now?

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Re: Singapore merchant tokens bibliography
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2011, 12:28:51 AM »
Sinial ,

You have nice collection of reference books , I presume you must be having personal library.

Keep it up.

Cheers ;D
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