sbu33

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sbu33's Bio
From a very young age, I was somewhat exposed to silver coins. Let me now tell you about the real life story of my grandmother's two silver coins......

My paternal grandmother, Madam Sim Poh Neo came from Fujian province in South China in the early nineteen hundreds. She was probably in her teens but she became the second wife of my merchant grandfather living in Malacca (part of the British Straits Settlements then). The Peranakan (local term for Straits-born Chinese) family later moved to Singapore, a major trading center even in those early days.

It was an extended traditional family typical of those olden times when my grandmother and her two sons lived in the same household as the matriarch (first wife) and her eight children. Needless to say, cultural norms notwithstanding, the matriarch gave my grandmother a very difficult domestic life for obviously being the favored wife of my grandfather.

My grandmother was a tough old lady. I remember that she would often tease us for not being as strong as her when we fall ill ever so often. 'I'm Made-In-China' she would say, alluding to all of us who were born in Singapore. A play of words, for in those days that China label meant an inferior quality but she instead embodies the very opposite. Hard domestic life, two world wars, Japanese occupation of Singapore after the British surrender, dire third world economic conditions yet very few complaints came out from her.

She had very little luxury until she was well past her middle age, I think she was generally happy on very little. One of those “luxuries” that she possessed were two silver coins……..

When I was a boy in the 1960s, I would notice that my grandmother would pour hot water into an enamel mug containing either the 1920 Straits Settlements King George V $1 silver coin or the Queen Victoria 1845 Indian 1 rupee silver coin. She would then drink that concoction! Whenever I try to sip it out of sheer curiosity (I figured then that a silver coin-flavored beverage must have a 'rich' taste right??), she would shoo me away.

She would do that whenever she feels under the weather or have heart palpitations! Now, please don't try that at home!

Years later, I discovered that it was an old Chinese wives' tale. Many would do that……an added reason for the popularity of silver coins even in those days? Apparently, those minute traces of silver and what-have-you elements in those coins in the hot water must have helped or least was an effective placebo!

To end this story, my grandmother lived to 98 years old. Those two coins are now with me (not slabbed by NGC!). They must have sparked off my 'healthy' hobby in numismatics. And oh, I never got to drink the lustrous silver coin-flavored beverage..... is there any hope that I'll live to 98???? Likely not, but I became an "accidental" coin collector...

Starting with those coins that are close to my heart, coins that once upon a time circulated (or uncirculated?) in Singapore, Malaysia and in the region..... Straits Settlements, British Trade Dollars, Singapore Kepings, modern day Singapore proofs...later, China coins in memory of a scarce gem, my grandmother and, British North Borneo coins because although they are a small group, they are really an elusive collection to complete.




















    

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[Collapse] British North Borneo
  British North Borneo, 1882-1941, Complete Circulation Issue 2 BNB Circulation Set - sbu33 87 29 2 18 21122 -2074 11/8/2018433
  British North Borneo, 1882-1929, Complete Specimen Issue 2 BNB Specimen Set - sbu33 42 6 0 1 10600 -199 11/8/2018331
  Half Cent, 1885-1907, Circulation Issue 2 Half Cent BNB sbu33 80 4 0 3 3995 -668 11/8/2018384
  Half Cent, 1885-1907, Specimen Issue 2 Half Cent Specimen sbu33 50 2 0 0 3295 -349 11/8/2018336
  Cent, 1882-1907, Specimen Issue 3 Cent Specimen sbu33 50 4 0 1 6936 266 11/8/2018377
  Cent, 1882-1941, Circulation Issue 1 BNB Cent sbu33 88 15 1 9 12136 566 11/8/2018529
  2.5 Cents, 1903-1920, Circulation Issue 1 2.5 Cents sbu33 100 2 1 2 1461 -559 11/8/2018499
  Five Cents, 1903-1941, Circulation Issue 2 BNB 5 CENTS sbu33 87 7 0 3 1781 -1528 11/8/2018399
[Collapse] China - Empire & Provinces
  Chihli Province, Milled Coinage, 1896-1908, Complete 3 sbu33 Chihli Milled Coinage 4 2 0 0 1638 1638 11/6/2013245
  Fukien Province, Milled Coinage, 1896-1932, Complete 5 sbu33 Fukien 3 2 0 0 553 553 11/6/2013186
  Hunan Province, Empire, 1897-1906, Circulation Issue 1 sbu33 Hunan 1897-1906 6 2 0 0 749 749 11/6/2013198
  Kiangnan, Milled Coinage, 1898-1908, Complete 13 sbu33 Kiangnan 0 1 0 0 301 301 11/5/2012257
  Kwangtung Province, Milled Coinage, 1889-1930, Complete 5 sbu33 Kwangtung Silver Dollar 1 1 0 0 2140 -268 1/31/2012453
  Szechuan Province, Milled Coinage, 1898-1930, Complete 2 sbu33 Szechuan Silver Dollar 2 3 0 0 2514 1030 11/6/2013387
  Yunnan Province, Milled Coinage, 1906-1949, Complete 14 sbu33 Yunnan 2 1 0 0 524 524 11/14/2011406
[Collapse] China - Republic, Including Taiwan
  Dollar (Yuan), 1912-1934, Circulation Issue 4 China Silver Dollar sbu33 20 8 0 0 6991 813 9/4/2018853
[Collapse] Great Britain - Pre-Decimal
  Trade Dollars, 1895-1935B, Circulation Issue 4 BTD Collection sbu33 46 22 0 1 13289 2 1/25/2017619
[Collapse] Straits Settlements
  1/2 Cent, 1872-1932, Circulation Issue 6 1/2 Cent sbu33 28 2 0 0 2269 -665 5/18/2018342
  Cent, 1872-1926, Circulation Issue 8 Cent sbu33 9 3 0 0 1670 -2472 5/18/2018434
  5 Cents, 1871-1935, Circulation Issue 11 5 Cents sbu33 2 1 0 0 622 -541 5/23/2018474
  10 Cents, 1871-1927, Circulation Issue 7 10 Cents sbu33 6 3 0 0 1752 -1481 5/23/2018334
  20 Cents, 1871-1935, Circulation Issue 8 20 Cents sbu33 2 1 0 0 469 -645 5/23/2018308
  50 Cents, 1886-1921, Circulation Issue 10 50 Cents sbu33 4 1 0 0 415 -403 5/23/2018375
  Dollar, 1903-1926, Circulation Issue 9 Straits Dollar sbu33 22 2 0 0 1216 -1313 5/23/2018476
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