Dec 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


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Anonymous said...

What a horrible logo, I thought it was a goat, ha ha ha

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CChong said...

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Anonymous said...

That logo is more like the babylonian marduk dragon, with a pagan crescent moon and sun disc symbology representing their idols, like that of "Shamash & Nanna" or "Baal-Hadad" worship etc. It could also be a representation of anubis and the sun disc symbol with crescent moon symbol also within ancient egyptian pagan idol worship. I heard it was supposedly a "kijang emas" or "golden deer" taken from a story from kelantan, but deers don't have long tails now do they? So it's obvious someone lied about its origins as being a deer. Gold is also usually associated with the sun, so it definately has something to do with a "sun god" or something. Don't forget, those staying in what was kelantan back in the day and the rest of "malaya" (or whatever~) were either hindus or some other pagans. As much as folks like to deny it, their ancestors weren't from the beginning Muslims. And puh-leaseee... don't say the folks who chose the logo didn't know what it meant. As much as they pretend to be naive and innocent, the truth of the matter is they were FULLY AWARE of the symbology they choose, and that it WASN'T a deer.

Timothy Augustine said...

I agree with u , infact it's more likes Anubis than a deer ... Lol