From the information I gathered, the banknotes of the Straits dollar were printed by Thomas De La Rue & Company, Limited, a firm based in London. Were the banknotes of the Straits dollar printed in Britain, in India, or in the Straits Settlements?

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    The Wikipedia entry for De La Rue only mentions manufacturing locations in the UK, so I'd imagine they were printed in Britain.
    – Steve Bird
    Jan 1, 2018 at 1:17
  • @SteveBird The modern day De La Rue has manufacturing locations in the UK, Kenya, and Sri Lanka. It may have been different in the past (i.e. 100+ years ago).
    – Flux
    Jan 1, 2018 at 5:15

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They were printed in the UK.

The Straits Dollar was initially printed by Thomas de la Rue of London at their UK plants from 1901 until 1930:

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and later, from 1931 to 1935, by Bradbury Wilkinson at their plant in New Malden in Surrey:


The Straits Dollar was replaced by the Malayan dollar in 1939, at an exchange rate of 1:1

In fact, even after independence, Singapore currency notes continued to be printed in the UK right up until 1984:

Singapore’s currency notes were initially printed in the British plants of Bradbury Wilkinson & Co Ltd and Thomas De La Rue Ltd. In 1984, Thomas De La Rue established a plant in Jurong for the printing of Singapore currency notes

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