This is a FDC to commemorative the 600th anniversary of Malaysia-China relationship. What is unique about this cover is that it is endorsed by the Maritime Archaeology Museum of Melaka (see its official chop with UNESCO membership number at the front and back).
A museum would only endorsed/certified an item if:
1. The item is a collection of the museum and sold to the public
2. To certified that the item is genuine and not a replica
As the FDC is sold out to me as part of the Museum collection, thus, it is endorsed.
The tin money is also featured in the miniature sheet above and the back of the cover. It has various animal shapes. The known ones are cockerel (chicken), fish, grasshopper, crocodile, goat, cow, tortoise and elephant. All these “money” which imitate the animal shape are evident of trading and diplomatic relationship with other culture/country. For instances, in ancient
<-The people of Ancient Egypt worshiped Sobek, a crocodile-god associated with fertility, protection, and the power of the Pharaoh
One week before the original issue date (7th July 2005), it was pointed out to Pos Malaysia that the 50 sen stamp depicts an ancient ceramic plate with verses from the Koran. This 50 sen stamp was recalled and replaced with another one depicting a business meeting between a Malay and Chinese trader. This deferred the issue of this stamp to 21 July 2007. The subject ceramic plate may be seen from the scan of the Folder below.
The original design of the miniature sheet had also changed. The left hand side was the original design while the right hand side was the final product. The coins with the jawi word on it was removed and the China Trader clothing was also changed. I heard that the original design miniature sheets were printed and some may had leaked to the public. But so far I have not seen any.