Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Kuala Lumpur 98 XVI Commonwealth Games - Commemorative Polymer Note

The Kuala Lumpur 98 XVI Commonwealth Games RM50 Commemorative Note

This limited edition of RM50 Commemorative Note was issued by Bank Negara Malaysia in co-operation with Sukom Ninety Eight Berhad on 1st June 1998 to commemorate the Kuala Lumpur '98 XVI Commonwealth Games. It was the first polymer banknote issued in Malaysia.

THE FRONT features the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King of Malaysia) on the right and the Kuala Lumpur city skyline with prominent landmarks in the centre. The Commonwealth Games Look Programme which features the stylised butterfly symbol and the gold-coloured Optical Variable Device (OVD) with the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the clear window appear on the left. The logo of Bank Negara Malaysia appears in the other clear window on the right of the note. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport is featured as the central backdrop. To the right, the background design shows the artist's impression of the Multimedia Super Corridor connecting Kuala Lumpur City Centre to Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

THE BACK design shows the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil in the centre. The logo of the Kuala Lumpur '98 XVI Commonwealth Games appears on the left of the note. All the prefix of this note carries KL/98 that represents Kuala Lumpur '98 XVI Commonwealth Games.

Main Security Features

  • Optical Variable Devise
  • Two clear windows
  • Intaglio micro-letterings
  • Rainbow printing
  • See-through registration
  • Anti-scanner/copier patterns
  • Invisible inks fluorescing under ultra-violet light

The Front cover features the Kuala Lumpur city and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

The Back cover features the National Stadium located at Bukit Jilil which is the heart of XVI Commonwealth Games

Highlight of the Kuala Lumpur 98-XVI Commonwealth Games

Kuala Lumpur is the first Asian city to host the Commonwealth Games. This glorious event brings together 6,000 athletes officials from 69 Commonwealth nations.

The Games is held from 11-21 September 1998 and staged at 26 venues around Kuala Lumpur and the Langkawi Island.

For the first time in history of the Games, team sports such as netball, cricket, rugby and hockey (men and women) are being introduced. This is in addition to 11 other sporting events, which are, athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, lawn bowls, shooting, squash, swimming, tenpin bowling and weightlifting.

In conjunction with 1998 – Years of Sports and Recreation, the Malaysian Government has declared the Games a National Event.


cho0ng ^^ said...

hi. do you know where got sell this banknote and how much is it?
i have been searching for it like a mad woman.
thank you.

Jack Hoo said...

The currenct market value of this commemorative note (UNC)is around RM160. You can find it quite easily with local banknote dealers. You may try your luck at Trigometric at Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya.

cho0ng ^^ said...

ok! now i know where to find!
by the way, central market at KL got banknote dealers?

Jack Hoo said...

I guess those are money exchangers or antique shops. You might try flea market on every Sunday at Amcorp Mall, there are many banknote dealers available.

Jyericho said...

Hi! I have 2 pcs of the bank note, if you are interested kindly contact me.

Tee said...


How much are you offering?

Tee said...


How much is it?

Anonymous said...

me have 1 oh this note ....who intersted can let me know .....the price are nego this is my email

me said...

Very well presented and good to have some back ground story being the note too. Great work. If I may say, at your next convenience, I would include 2 vital information; -
1) Initial Issue price; and
2) Quantity issued/printed.

And perhaps it should also mentioned that the 3-uncut sheet was also issued. For this I do not know what was the issue price nor the quantity issued, but if you have the info, please feel free to let me know (for my own recording purposes).

Finally, I disagree with your advise (re: cho0ng^^) on price or where to get them for obvious reason which I will not say it here.

Jack Hoo said...

Hello ME. Thanks for sharing your views. There are total of 500000 commemorative notes issued, starting from prefix KL/98 000001 to KL/98 500000.

CollectionBD said...

Nice note, i own this :D


Anonymous said...

I have this note interested mail to me

Terry Tan said...

I have two, anyonr interested please sms to 0182791827

Michael Wong said...

what the price for 1 pc now?
plse sms me at 0168788878

Anthony Chia said...

I have one pc of that note.. Interested kindly pm me or email me at

Anthony Chia said...

I have one pc of that note.. Interested kindly pm me or email me at

Tee said...

Anybody mine to share what us the market price for this note now?
Coz i have a few, just wonder if it is worth to keep it.

Chan Jiong Jiet said...

Hi I've got one on hand do email me if you're interested,

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