Sunday, August 5, 2012

Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Banknotes & Coins 6th Edition - 2012

A Complete Educational Reference of Malaysia, Brunei & Singapore Banknotes and Coins, 6th Edition, July 2012 by K. N. Boon

The 6th edition of K.N. Boon's publication on Malaysia, Brunei & Singapore Banknotes and Coins is now available in the market.  It was released by Trigometric Sdn. Bhd. in July 2012.  This is the latest guide book that provides comprehensive collection of banknotes and coins of Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore.  It has a total of 481 pages with quality images of banknotes and coins collection. 

Apart from the latest update on the market value of banknotes and coins, this guide book has also added illustration and explanation of essay notes issued by Central Bank of The Federation of Malaya 1957, unissued notes of Malaya & British Borneo from 1962 to 1966 and essay notes by Bank Negara Tanah Melayu 1962 which I personally feel that those information are very useful and interesting. 

With the recent launched of 4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes, this guide book has included the latest information of newly issued notes by Bank Negara Malaysia.  Update on the Brunei polymer banknote also provided for the reference of collectors.

Since its first publication in 2003, I have been following up with the update of each publication.  It is indeed a very good reference book and has been widely accepted by the collectors.  To make the collecting to be interesting, one must know the history and origin of the banknotes and coins.  Once again, this book has it all.

Happy collecting!

This guides provides information of unissued notes by Central Bank of The Federation of Malaya, Malaya and British Borneo and Bank Negara Tanah Melayu. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has made an announment on the release of the 4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes into the circulation starting from 16 July 2012.  This new series of banknote will co-circulate with the existing banknotes which remain as legal tender.

The theme chosen for this new series of Malaysian Banknotes is 'Distinctively Malaysia' which featues the traditional expressions in the art and craft, natural wonders, flora and fauna, economy and tradition.  It draws its inspiration from elements which distinctively define the country's diverse culture, heritage and nature.

The common Features of new series of Malaysian Banknotes are as follows:-
  • On the obverse side, all banknote denominations in the new series retain the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Tuanku Muhammad, the national flower Rosa-sinensis hibiscus (known locally as the 'Bunga Raya') and patterns of traditional woven fabric - the 'songket'.
  • The reverse side of each banknote denomination features different elements of nature, tradition, culture, flora, fauna and the economy that are distinctively Malaysian.
RM1 Polymer Banknote - Traditional Sport

RM1 features the traidtional sport

Kite-flying is a popular traditional sport in Malaysia especially in Kelantan and Terengganu. Kite-flying is also traditionally a celebration of a good harvest which brings together the local communities in these states. 

Amongst the best-known and most iconic Malaysian kites is the 'Wau Bulan' or Moon Kite which is featured on the new RM1.

The Wau Bulan, which is hand crafted from bamboo and paper, is also a popular decorative item that adorns the walls of Malaysian homes.

RM5 Polymer Banknote - Widlife

RM5 features the wildlife

Featured on the new RM5 polymer banknote is the Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros), one of the largest and most magnificent hornbill species in the world

Found in low densities throughout various rainforests in the country, this beautiful, broad-winged and long-tailed forest bird plays an important role in the customs and traditional ceremonies in Sarawak which is known as 'Bumi Kenyalang' or 'Land of Hornbills'.

Hornbill is also seen as a symbol of strength and courage by the native communities of Sarawak.

RM10 Banknote - Flora

RM10 features flora

Malaysia's lush tropical jungle, which is one of the world's oldest living rainforest, is home to a spectacular variety of flowering plants. Most iconic amongst them is the Rafflesia, the world's largest flower.

The Rafflesia Azlanii species featured on the new RM10 banknote is indigenous to Peninsular Malaysia and was first discovered in the Royal Belum Forest Reserve of the state of Perak in 2003.

To commemorate its discovery, this majestic flower was named after the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuff Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-Lah.

RM20 Banknote - Marine Life

RM20 features marine life

As ambassadors of the rich and colourful marine life found in our tropical waters, two of the most well-known species of sea turtles endemic to Malaysian waters are on the new RM20 banknote - the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).

The Hawksbill is easily identified by its curved beak and scaly shell while the Leatherback has a leathery skin and seven ridges on its shell.

These gentle turtles are a reminder that their existence rests in the delicate balance of human activity and marine life conservation.

RM50 Banknote - Agriculture and Technology

RM50 features agriculture and technology

Oil palm and biotechnology are featured on the RM50 banknote as Malaysia's thriving economy icons. Oil palm has become the country's most valuable agricultural crop as Malaysia is one of the largest producer and exporter of palm oil in the world.

Biotechnology continues to drive this commodity up the value chain, supporting the nation's economic transformation towards higher value-added activities in the agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors of the economy.

Crude palm oil is also used as the underlying commodity to facilitate Islamic financing.

RM100 Banknote - Natural Wonders

RM10 features natural wonders

The magnificent beauty of Malaysia's two prominent natural wonders, declared 'World Heritage Sites' by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are portrayed on the RM100 banknote.

These are the Kinabalu Park in Sabah, home to the majestic Mount Kinabalu (the highest mountain in Southeast Asia) and the spectacular limestone pinnacle rock formations of Gunung Api valley, found within the Mulu National Park in Sarawak.

Together, they represent the many natural wonders of Malaysia that provides visitors a unique experience.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes - Commemorative Set

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has launched the commemorative banknotes of 4th series of Malaysian Banknotes. It has been long waited for many collectors. However, to purchase a set of this newly launched banknotes, one has to queue for a long period of time especially during the first and second launching day.

Like many collectors, I am one of them whom patiently queueing up in order to get a set of this newly launched series of Malaysian Banknotes. BNM has imposed restriction to repeated buyers and only allow one to purchase 1 set of full set of 4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes, 5 set for each of RM1 & RM5 and RM20 commemorative banknotes.

The theme of the 4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes - 'Distinctively Malaysia' has truly reflected the uniqueness of our country's diverse culture, heritage and nature. It also features traditional expressions in art and craft, natural wonders, flora and fauna, economy and tradition. Personally, I feel that this a great series of Malaysian Banknotes because it reveals what Malaysia has.

The 4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes