Thursday, December 25, 2008

Getting Banknote at Flea Market

There are many ways or places where you can purchase your favorite banknotes and add them into your collection. One the the places the I love to hang around searching for valuable banknote is at flea market.

I have mentioned earlier that in Klang Valley the most famous flea market (selling antique items) is located at Amcorp Mall. Many of the antiques and collectible items are displaying every weekend at ground floor till 2nd floor. For banknote collector, one can find many stalls that sell various kind of banknotes from different countries or even offer to buy your collection. All kind of antique notes can be found with reasonable price.

For Penang Island, I have heard numerous times on their flea market at Lorong Kulit and was only able to visit the place over the last weekend during my vocation there. Unlike Amcorp Mall, the Penang flea market is more traditional. It is held at an open car park area. You can see some of the vendors display and sell their goods over a blanket on the floor.

A seller displayed his collection items at flea market Penang

I particular like to visit the flea market because almost all antique things are sold there. Many times you can find the collectors are selling their collectible items which they have kept them for many years. Some of these collectible items are rare to find and are able to offer to you at your affordable price.

Many people have mentioned to me at they have some old banknotes and would like to offer for someone intrested but how can they do it? I think one way is to drop by these flea markets and you will find many dealers are willing to purchase from you if your have nice piece.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Logo of Bank Negara Malaysia

One of the common features of Malaysian Banknote is that they all are printed with Bank Negara's logo on the reverse side of the note. This BNM logo remains the same throughout the all four series. For Malaysian, I think most of us are aware of the the logo design which depicts Kijang Emas, a barking deer in its natural habitat in Malaysian jungle. But not many aware of the story of Kijang Emas.

The BNM logo depicts on the all series of Malaysian banknotes. 1st to 4th Series from left to right.

Indeed, BNM started adopting the Kijang Emas as official logo back in 1964. The motif was actually from the ancient Kelantan gold coins. There were three types of ancient Kelantan gold coins issued namely Kijang coin, Dinar Matahari or Sun coin and coins with Arabic inscriptions on the both sides of the coin.

The story of of Kelantan Kijang coin was associated with Che Siti Wan Kembang, whom believe to a women ruler of Kelantan. According the the legacy, a Kijang was presented to her Majesty by some Arabian traders which later she became very fond to this animal and thereafter had inscribed the Kijang into the Kelantan ancient coin.

Another version of this Kijang coin was in fact associated with the influence of Saivite Hinduism. It was believe that this Kijang coin resembled the Indian humped-back bull. The bull motif was depicted in ancients coin which found to be circulated in the northern Malay states. Many historians believe that the bull motif had been gradually transformed to that of a Kijang.

The ancient Kelantan gold coin depicts the Kijang

Besides the BNM logo, Kijang Emas is also used and known as Malaysian gold bullion coin. Malaysia is the 12th country in the world issued its own gold bullion coin. It was launched in 17 July 2001 by the Bank Negara Malaysia and minted by Royal Mint of Malaysia Sdn Bhd. This Kijang Emas comes in three different face values i.e. RM200 (1 Troy ounce), RM100 (1/2 Troy ounce) and RM50 (1/4 Troy ounce). They are minted with 99.99% pure gold. You may find further information of this Kijang Emas coin at Bank Negara's website or other commercial websites such as Maybank.

Kijang Emas, gold bullion coin issued by BNM

Thursday, November 27, 2008

3rd Series - RM1 Blind Mark

Have you ever ask a question why the 3rd Series of RM1 blind spot deviated from the traditional "dot", but instead a diamond sharp was introduced? Do you give yourself a second thought on this matter?

3rd Series of RM1 with a diamond sharp of blind spot

To trace back the history, the 3rd Series of Malaysian Banknote was introduced back in 1996 with the theme of Wawasan 2020. The introduction of this new series was began with lowest denomination of RM2 instead of RM1 compared to its previous two series. A traditional single "dot" was assigned to this RM2, the lowest denomination of the initial 3rd Series. It was only four years later or in 2000, the RM1 paper note was reintroduced. By then, the RM1 has not choice but to carry a different blind mark i.e. diamond sharp.

In deed, it was intention of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) back then to face off the RM1 paper note and to replace it with RM1 coin which was introduced in 1989, known as gold coin. However, due to the technical problem of standardisation of two different versions of minted coins and forgery issue, the RM1 coin was finally withdrawn from the circulation and demonetised in 2005.

I think the general public are happy with the BNM decision by re-introducing the RM1 paper note mainly because the RM1 coin is simply to heavy and troublesome to carry.

The single "dot" blind spot was used in RM2

Monday, November 17, 2008

Banknote Printers

Do you ever notice there is a few words printed at the very bottom of the reverse side of 1st Series and 2nd Series of Malaysian Banknote? You can find them printed in "Thomas De La Rue", "Bradbury Wilkinson & Co", "Harrison And Sons", "BA Banknote", "United States Banknote Co", "Canadian Banknote" or "Giesecke & Devrient". What do they mean? Indeed, this is one of the special features of the these two series of banknote where they can be identified through different printers. Printer is an authorised printing company that undertakes the responsibility to print the banknote on behalf of Central Bank.

The reverse of RM1 of 2nd Series indicates the position of Printer name

Bradbury Wilkinson on 2nd Series of RM1 note

Thomas De La Rue on 2nd Series of RM1 note

Giesecke & Devrient on 2nd Series of RM10 note

Harrison And Sons on 2nd Series of RM100 note

Collector always like to search for rare quantity of notes despite they are almost 100% identical except the tiny words describing the Printer. Different note printed by different printer carries different value. For example, a RM1 note (issued in 1982) printed by Thomas De La Rue and Bradbury Wlkinson & Co are not having the same value. The later has the higher value that earlier.

However, this feature has not inherited on 3rd Series and 4th Series of Malaysian Banknote. No printer name is found at the reverse of these notes. Why? It is for us to find out.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Malaysia First Banknote Set (Serial Number A/1 000001)

This is an amazing historical set of first series of Malaysian Banknotes which was issued in 1967 with the serial number of A/1 000001. It was sold at Spink Auction for £100,000 in London on 8 October 2007. This No.1 presentation set of banknotes was presented by Tun Ismail Mohd Ali, the first Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia to Tuanku Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, the fourth Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Malaysia in 1967. However, it is now in the hands of a private collector.

The Highly Important First Issue Malaysia No.1 Presentation Set

Below is the full description of this wondeful set of banknotes.

Bank Negara Malaysia, a blue leather presentation album with title BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA and arms in gold and containing 1 ringgit, blue and multicoloured, 5 ringgit, green and multicoloured, 10 ringgit, blue and multicoloured, 50 ringgit, blue and multicoloured and 100 ringgit, purple and multicoloured, all ND (1967), serial number A/1 000001, all with portrait of Yang Di- Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman, first King of Malaysia, at right, all are signed by Ismail Mohd Ali, value at centre and at each corner, all notes are mounted in card with gold border (Tan M 27, 28, 29, 30, 31), also a second presentation album containing 1000 ringgit, ND (1968), serial number A/1 000001, purple and multicoloured, portrait of Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman, first king of Malaysia at right, signed by Ismail Mohd Ali, value at centre and each corner, mounted in card with gold trim (Tan M 32).

Presented by Ismail Mohd Ali, the Governor, on behalf of the Board of Governors of Bank Negara Malaysia to then (fourth) King of Malaysia, Tuanku Ismail Nasiruddin Shah. Slight foxing otherwise a superb presentation and a historical series. An exceptional and unique opportunity to obtain the first Malaysia currency notes.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Definition of Malaysia Banknote / Currency Series

I believe there has been confusion of Malaysia banknote series from what I written in my blog compare with the some of the guide book published in the market. Some of you may raise a question as there has been twelve series of Malaysia banknotes issued or circulated in the market but I have only mentioned not more than four series of Malaysia banknotes in my blog. What's going on?

Accordingly to Bank Negara Malaysia, there are only four series of Malaysia banknote that were released to the public since 1967. Of course throughout each series of these banknotes, there were some minor changes on the banknote itself. These changes could be due to changing of spelling, slightly modification of the design, change of Governor signature, adding new security feature etc. Despite these changes, they are still grouped and classified as the same series.

However, many of the guide book that you encountered in the market has identified each of the changes mentioned above as a new series of banknote that issued by Bank Negara Malaysia. Of course, by doing so, it eases the collector's ability to differential the changes of the banknote. Thus, you will find some guide book that will have as many as twelve series of note.

Let us explore on the differences that I highlighted earlier. I suppose the First Series has four different types. I have named them as First Series Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4. The Second Series consists three different types. Therefore using the same methodology, they are classified as 2nd Series Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3. Also, the Third Series can be differential in four different types and they are known as 3rd Series Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4.

However, all the different type of notes mentioned above have been segregated and tagged as different series in the guide book. For example, the four types in First series has been named as 1st Series, 2nd Series, 3rd Series and etc. It continues applying to subsequent issuance note and thus it ends up with twelve series of note (refer to the following printed in red)

1st Series Type 1 (1st Series) 1967-1972
It was signed by Tun Ismail bin Mohamed Ali. It used the old Malay spelling "Di-perlakukan", "Gabenor" and "Sa for SA-PULOH, SA-RATUS & SA-RIBU".

1st Series Type 2 (2nd Series) 1972-1976
It was signed by Tun Ismail bin Mohamed Ali. The words "Diperlakukan" and "Gabenur" were used to replace the old Malay spelling. "Sepuluh", "Seratus" and "Seribu" were used.

1st Series Type 3 (3rd Series) 1976-1981
It was signed by Tun Ismail bin Mohamed Ali. Slight changes on the note design. The "$1" on the bottom left corner had been removed. A relative small dollar sign ($1) was introduced at the top left corner.

1st Series Type 4 (4th Series) 1981-1983
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Aziz bin Haji Taha.

2nd Series Type 1 (5th Series) 1982-1984
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Abd Aziz bin Hj. Taha. A recognisable blind mark was introduced at the upper left corner.

2nd Series Type 2 (6th Series) 1986-1995
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Jaffar Hussein. it removed the blind mark on the upper left hand corner. The serial number which was previously printed horizontally is now printed vertically in red colour.

2nd Series Type 3 (7th Series) 1995-1998
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Mohd.

3rd Series Type 1 (8th Series) 1996-1998
It was singed by Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Mohd Don on the bottom left side of the notes.

3rd Series Type 2 (9th Series) 1999
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan on the bottom left side of the notes.

3rd Series Type 3 (10th Series) 1999
It was signed Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan's signature has been shifted to the center of the note.

3rd Series Type 4 (11th Series) 2000
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz at the center of the note.

4th Series Type 1 (12th Series) 2007
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

World Banknote Atlas / World Paper Money Map

World atlas and flags of the world are sound familiar to everyone of us. But, have you came across with world banknote atlas? I got this piece this world banknote atlas through a friend of mine. This a a wonderful piece of banknote atlas which printed and laminated on both sides. It has a size of 700mm x 980mm and displays all 193 countries' banknote.

The front of this world banknote atlas feature all the obverse of the world banknotes. It has been categorised into five different zones through the major continents of the world namely Asia, Europe, Africa, America and Oceania. It provides banknote images of 48 Asian countries, 46 European countries, 55 African countries, 34 American countries and 10 Oceania countries. The back of this world banknote atlas feature the the reserve of the world banknotes and some remarks of the currency use.

The country name and its currency are printed at the bottom of each banknote. They are printed in two different languages namely English and Chinese. This is a good piece of educational reference to all the younger generation to promote the hobby of collecting banknotes. At lease, we now can identify a country not just through its map or flag, but through its banknote too.

The front of the World Banknote Atlas with the world map at the center

The back of the World Banknote Atlas that feature the reverse of world banknote

A closer look at the World Banknote Atlas

4th Series - RM50 Circulation Note

Despite the announcement by Bank Negara Malaysia on the release of RM50, a new fourth series of Malaysian currency note on 21 December 2007, it is learnt that they are not many of this note circulated in the market. It was a plan by BNM to replace its current currency (3rd Series) in stages with this newly release note. However, personally I have not seen any of this note during my withdrawal of money through ATM machines or bank counters. Neither I have seen it during the exchange of money while paying my grocery bills.

Many of us have speculated the reasons behind this incident. I was told by some collector that this newly release note is not able to "fit" (with technical problem) into our ATM machine and the cash deposit machine. Therefore, it is not widely circulated in the market. Will it be possible for BNM to discontinue this newly design note or a modification to all ATM machines need to be done? Or anyone who has idea on what is really going on?

The new RM50 note issued by BNM in December 2007

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Portrait of The First Yang Di-Pertuan Agong

The portrait of the First Yang Di-Pertuan Agong for 1st and 2nd Series of Malaysian Banknotes

The Portrait of Yang Di-Pertuan Agong for the 3rd and 4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes

As to date, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has issued four series of Malaysian Banknotes. All of these banknotes feature the portrait of the first Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Malaysia. The above are the four different portrait of the first Yang Di-Pertuan Agong depicts on the Malaysian banknotes. Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad was the first Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of the Federation of Malaysia elected on 3 August 1957 for a five year term.

Established in 1957 under the constitution of the federation of Malaysia, Yang Di-Pertuan Agong is the highest ranking office created by the constitution. He is "the Supreme Head of the Federation" and the Malaysia's Head of State.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is formally elected by and from among the nine Rulers of the Malay States namely Perak, Selangor, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor for a five year term.

The current or 13th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Malaysia is Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, the 16th Sultan of the state of Terengganu.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

St. John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM) Commemorative Coin

These commemorative coins were issued by Bank Negara Malaysia on 24 June 2008 to commemorate the 100th anniversary and establishment of St. John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM). Three type of commemorative coins were released by BNM in RM100 Gold Proof Coin, RM10 Silver Proof Coin and RM1 Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Coin.

The St. John Ambulance f Malaysia Commemorative Coin Proof Set

The obverse of these coins depict the SJAM's volunteers providing emergency medical assistance to members of the public. The name "St. John Ambulans Malaysia " appears on the upper circumference of the coin, whilst the official motto of SJAM "Perkhidmatan Bagi Manusia" or "Service to Mankind" appears on the lower circumference.

The reverse of these coins depict the official emblem of SJAM at the centre of the coin. A plant with yellow flowers "St.John's Wort", an herb used for wounds, burns, insect bites and as a treatment for malaria, is depicted encircling the lower half of the emblem. The upper circumference shows the words "Ulang Tahun Ke-100" signifying 100 years of SJAM's existence whilst the words "BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA" as the issuing authority appear on the lower circumference. The denomination is reflected on the lower centre of the coin.

More information on the sales outlet for these commemorative coins, please visit BNM's website.

Technical Specification

RM100 Gold Proof
Composition : Gold Au 999.9
Diameter : 22 mm
Weight : 7.98 gram
Mintage Quantity : 100 piece/set
Selling Price : RM1,248.00

Technical Specification

RM10 Silver Proof
Composition : Silver Ag 92.5
Diameter : 37.7 mm
Weight : 21 gram
Mintage Quantity : 350 piece/set
Selling Price : RM138.00

Technical Specification

RM1 Nordic Gold (B.U.)
Composition : Cu89 Zn5 Al5 Sn1
Diameter : 30 mm
Weight : 8.8 gram
Mintage Quantity : 10,000 piece/set
Selling Price : RM8.00

Friday, September 19, 2008

3rd Series - Complete Set of RM10 Note


The 3rd Series was introduced since 1996 in RM2. The release of RM10 of 3rd Series was done in 1997 with the signature of Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Mohd Don on the side of the note (TYPE 1).

It was in 1999 when Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan took over the position of Bank Negara Governor, the RM10 banknote was released with the new signatory (TYPE 2). However, It still remains the position of signature which is on the bottom left side. The position of the signature was reconfigured and was placed in the center of the note, thus in end of 1999, BNM released another different type of RM10 note with Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan signature in the center (TYPE 3).

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Zeti Aktar took over the BNM Governor position in 2000 and again the banknote changes it governor signatory (TYPE 4). In 2004, BNM upgraded the RM10 security feature by introducing the holographic strip on the obverse of the note but retained all its other design features (TYPE 5).

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Commemorative Coin - SEA Games XXI

This RM1 commemorative coin was issued on 8 September 2001 by Bank Negara Malaysia to commemorate the event of Southeast Asia Games or SEA Games XXI that held in Kuala Lumpur from 8 September 2001 to 17 September 2001.

The Southeast Asian Games or SEA Games as is popularly known, owes its origins to the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games or SEAP Games. The SEAP Games was conceptualised by Laung Sukhumnaipradit, the then Vice-President of the Thailand Olympic Committee. The proposed rationale was that a regional sports event will help promote cooperation, understanding and relations among countries in the region.

The founding members were Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia (with Singapore included thereafter). The member countries agreed to hold the Games every alternate year. An oversight committee called the SEAP Games Federation Conmmittee was created.

The first SEAP Games in Bangkok from 12 to 17 December, 1959 saw 527 athletes and officials from Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Laos participating in 12 sports.

At the 8th SEAP Games in 1975, the SEAP Federation voted to consider the inclusion of Indonesia and the Philippines in the Federation. This inclusion was formalised in 1977. With this the next games was called the 9th SEA Games, and the SEAP Games Federation assumed its present name as SEA Games Federation. The present member countries stand at 10, with the inclusion of Brunei at the 10th SEA Games.

Techincal Specification

Type : Cupro-Nickel Coin

Composition : Copper 75 Nickel 25

Diameter : 33.7 mm

Weight : 16.8 g

Thickness : 2.6 mm

Approved mintage : 100,000 pieces

Commemorative Coin - Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace 2003

This RM1 Commemorative coin was issued on 30 September 2003 by Bank Negara Malaysia to commemorate the event of Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) that held from 30 September 2003 to 5 October 2003 at Langkawi island.

The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition began in 1991 to showcase both commercial and defence related aerospace and maritime excellence and development both in equipment and systems. LIMA'03 is the seventh of this biennial show and it continues to witness successful partnerships, bringing about effective transfer of technology between global aerospace industry players and their Malaysian counterparts. LIMA combines air show prowess and maritime superiority in a stage that continues to grow as a premier event in the Asia Pacific Rim. This exhibition does Malaysia proud as it promotes the country in the global arena.

Techincal Specification

Type : Brilliant Uncirculated Cupro-Nickel Coin

Composition : Copper 75 Nickel 25

Diameter : 33.7 mm

Weight : 16.8 g

Thickness: 2.6 mm

Approved Mintage : 25,000 pieces

Commemorative Coin - The Installation of His Majesty The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong XII

This commemorative coin carries the face value of RM1. It was issued on 25th April 2002 in conjunction with the installation of His Majesty Yang Di-Pertuan Agong XII. The observe of the coin features the portrait of Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail. The reserve of the coin features the Malaysia emblem with the wording of "The Installation of His Majesty Yang Di-Pertuan Agong XII" printing in Malay language.

His Majesty The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail, D.K.P., D.K., S.S.P.J., D.K.M., D.M.N., D.K. (PERAK), D.K. (Negeri Sembilan), D.K. (Kedah), D.K. (Kelantan), D.K. (Terengganu), S.P.M.J., S.P.C.M., S.S.M.T., Grand Order of King Tomislav (Crotia), was installed as the country’s 12th King constitutional monarch on 25 April 2002.

Born in Arau, Perlis on 17 May 1943, His Majesty received his early education in Malaysia and later completed his formal education in England. He later attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. Upon his return, His Majesty served in several positions in the armed forces. His Majesty is an avid sportsman with a keen interest in education and in the activities of the Ex-Servicemen Association of Malaysia.

His Majesty was installed as Raja Muda Perlis in 1960 and was proclaimed the sixth Raja Perlis on 17 April 2000. His Majesty married Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanke Fauziah binti Al-Marhum Tengku Abdul Rashid, D.K., S.S.P.J., S.P.M.P., D.M.N., in 1967.

The brief introduction on His Majesty Yang Di-Pertuan Agong XII


Type: Brilliant Uncirculated Cupro-Nickel Coin

Composition : Copper 75 Nickel 25

Diameter : 33.7 mm

Weight : 16.8 g

Thickness : 2.6 mm

No. of Issuance : 100,000 pieces

Monday, September 15, 2008

Commemorative Coin - 10th Session of The Islamic Summit Conference

Commemorative coin for 10th Session of the Islamic Conference

This commemorative coin was issued by Bank Negara Malaysia in October 2003 to commemorate the 10th Session Of The Islamic Summit Conference held on 16-18 October 2003 at Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organisation grouping of fifty seven nations which have decided to pool their resources together, combine their efforts, share experience and speak with one voice to safeguard the interest and secure the progress and well being of their people. The OIC was established in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, on 12 Rajab 1389H (25 September 1969), and The Islamic Summit Conference has since convened nine times. Putrajaya, Malaysia has been chosen as the venue for the 10th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference to be held on 16-18 October 2003. The theme for the 10th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference is "Knowledge and Morality for The Progress of Ummah"

Technical Specification

Type : Nordic gold

Composition : Cu 89 Zn 5 Al 5 Sn 1

Diameter : 30 mm

Weight : 9.16 gram

Thickness : 2 mm

Authorized Mintage : 25,000 pieces

Sunday, September 14, 2008

RM5 Replacement Note (3rd Series) With Running Numbers

This is another collection of mine that shows the Rm5 replacement note (3rd Series) in running number. Replacement note of third series always come with the Prefix of ZA and follow by ZB, ZC and etc. Do check your wallet to find the note with Prefix Z, occasionally you can identify them as circulated note. Of course the uncirculated (UNC) replacement note reserve higher value than circulated replacement note.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Complete Set of RM5 (3rd Series)

A complete set of RM5 note with different signatures and types

The issuance of third series of RM5 note took place in September 1999 despite the third series of banknote was introduced in 1996. This RM5 note was first introduced with signature of Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan in the center of the note (refer to the top note). In 2000, with the change of the Bank Negara Governor to Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, this note was reprinted with a new signature (refer to middle note).

The circulation polymer RM5 note was released in 26 October 2004 (refer to the bottom note). This polymer note carries the same design with its previous RM5 paper note. However, a clear window incorporates an image of the Prime Minister office at Putrajaya on the middle left of the note was introduced to replace the watermark shown on the paper notes.

Monday, September 1, 2008

RM10 Replacement Note (3rd Series) With Running Numbers

The Replacement Notes for the Third Series carry the Prefix that starts with Z i.e. ZA, ZB, ZC etc. They are relatively hard to find compare to the normal circulated notes. This is just to share with you the replacement note of RM10 in ZA with running numbers. Generally, these running notes have higher value than individual replacement note.

A Complete Set of RM2 (3rd Series)

A complete set RM2 with three different kind/arrangement of signatures

RM 2 was introduced back in 1996 during the introduction of 3rd Series of Malaysian Banknotes. The first RM2 was introduced in 1996 with the signature of Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Mohd Don at the left side of the note (refer to top note). In January 1999, with the change of Bank Negara Governor to Tan Sri Dato' Sero Ali Abul Hassan, the signature has been changed but the location of the signature has still remain unchanged (refer to middle note).

However, in December 1999, this series of banknote has been revised with the signature shifted to the center of the note (refer to bottom note). With the re-introduction of RM1 of 3rd Series note in 1999, RM2 was slowly discontinued from the market despite it is still valid as circulation note today.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

2nd Series : Coin of Malaysia 1990

Coin of Malaysia 1990 : Front and rear cover design issued by Bank Negara Malaysia

This beautiful pack of coins is the 2nd series of Malaysia issued in 1990 by Bank Negara Malaysia. In fact, the 2nd series of coins were introduced in 1989 to replace the 1st series of coins that has been circulated for 22nd years. The 2nd series of coins consist of denomination of 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen and $1.

This coin pack gives a brief introduction of Malaysia

Malaysia covers an area of about 330,000 sq km, with just over one-third of its in the Malay Peninsula (bordering with Southern Thailand) and the remainder in Sabah and Sarawak on the north-western coastal area of the Island of Borneo. It lies in Southeast Asia. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur. It is the business central and the seat of Federal Government.

Modern history of Malaysia begins with the emergence of the Malay kingdom of Malacca in the 14th century. It dominated both sides of the Straits of Malacca and was the centre of trade for spices. It fell to the Portuguese in 1511, marking the beginning of colonization by western powers. In 1641, Malacca was under the control of the Dutch and was later given to the British in the exchange for Batavia. Later, the other states in the Malay Peninsula progressively became British Protectorates. The Federation of Malaya became independent in 1957. In 1963, together with Sabah and Sarawak and Singapore, Malaysia was formed. However, Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965.

Malaysia has a population of 23 million It is multiracial, embracing a diverse group of Malays and other indigenous peoples, Chinese, Indian and other minorities, such as Eurasians. Although Islam is the official religion, other religions are practised freely. Bahasa Malaysia is the national and official language, with English widely used in business.

Malaysia is a constitutional Monarchy practicing multi-party parlimentary democracy. It is a member of ASEAN and the Commonwealth.

The country is rich in natural resources and is a leading exporter of rubber, palm oil, timber and tin. Manufacturers account for about one half of the total exports. Malaysia enjoys a high standard of living among one of the highest in South East Asia.

This coin pack also gives brief description of coin design

Keris (1 Ringgit)
The keris is a traditional Malay dagger, which symbolizes authority and power. It is included as one of the main items of Malaysia’s Royal Regalia. Once considered a weapon, it now graces ceremonial occasions and is considered as a work of art. The background design depicts a popular “songket” motive.

Wau (50 Sen)
Kite (wau) flying is a popular from of Malaysian past time during the windy season especially in the East Coast. It requires much skill, dexterity and experience to make and to fly a kite. Kites are also decorative items, which sometimes grace the walls of Malaysian homes.

Tepak Sirih (20 Sen)
Tepat sirih, which is intricately carved, is used to store betel leaves and its accompanying condiments. They are used during auspicious occasions and is a sign of welcome amongst the Malays.

Congkak (10 Sen)
The congkak board is used for traditional indoor games, played by children with marbles in the Malay villages. It is carved out of wood and consists of numerous large holes. Played by two persons, with numerous variations of the rules, a congkak game is a popular past time. The congkak is placed on a traditional home-woven mat found in most Malay village homes.

Gasing (5 Sen)
Top (or gasing) spinning is an entertaining and competitive sport amongst the residents of the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It is popular during the period when the rice crop is ripening and is believed to bring a good harvest. Top spinning competitions are a fascinating crown puller, with perfectly balanced tops trying to out-spin each other.

Rebana Ubi (1 Sen)
The Rebana Ubi is a gaily painted single-headed drum made of thick leather secured by a rattan hoop, with thick wooden wedges at the base frame. These are often assembled in groups of five and played during wedding celebrations. The beating of the Rebana Ubi is a popular gesture for welcoming guests.

Reverse Design
The reverse sides of the six denominations have a common design and feature the national flower, the Bunga Raya (or hibiscus flower) in the upper middle part of the coin with the denomination below it. The words “BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA” are described aong the upper circumference, with the year mintage in the lower half.