Currency Bill –
Country of Origin: Malaya (now Malaysia including Singapore)
Amount: 1 Dollar
A Little History of Malaya…..
So I was confused of whether Malaya had anything to do with Malaysia. I decided to look it up. It turns out that Malaysia used to be several states under the control of the British Colony. Eventually, the Japanese invasion during WWII set their currency distribution under Japan’s control. As the old currency becomes scarce, the Japanese Government issued their own banknotes to Malaya and Borneo during the invasion. The Federation of Malaya did not become fully independent until 1957 and it was not until 1963 that it has officially become Malaysia. Although Singapore may not be so visible on a world map, it is officially an independent country since 1965.
One other thing to take notice is, the Japanese Government used “dollars” for their issued banknotes. It seems like they decided to follow their predecessors in calling the currency.
If you’d like to know more about Malaya like I did, please visit – Malayan Independence.
Citation: “Japanese Government-issued Dollar in Malaya and Borneo.” – Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Aug. 2016.
Cavendish, Richard. “Malayan Independence.” HistoryToday. History Today Ltd., Aug. 2007. Web. 13 Aug. 2016.