Wednesday, May 6, 2009

All The Money In The World

The front and back cover of the book "All The Money In The World" by Douglas Mudd

"All The Money In The World" is an awesome book written by Douglas Mudd, the Curator of the American Numismatic Association Money Museum that provides an unique and fascinating overview of the world currency chronically on how political, cultural and economic forces have shaped the development of coinage and paper currency from antiquity through today.

Published in year 2006, this book has a total of 170 pages with gorgeous illustrated color images that covers coinage and paper currency from Western and Eastern Europe, East Asia, India Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, Islamic World, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and North America, Australia and Oceania. Is also provides a comprehensive background or origin and spread of coinage and paper currency.

Despite the title of the book "All The Money In The World", not all the world currency are illustrated in the book. For instant, the East Asia and South East Asia currency cover coin and banknote images on the country of China, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Malaysia only.

Part of the book content that illustrates the current banknote of Malaysia with full description

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Petronas Twins Towers and KLIA on RM5 Note

You will never miss the two major icons depict in the RM5 of 3rd series banknote when visiting to capital city of Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur. Upon arriving to Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur International Airport is welcoming you with its unique outlook as illustrated in the note below. On the other hand, the Petronas Twin Towers can been seen from many angles while you are entering the city as it is the tallest building in town, in deed it was once the world tallest building.

The 3rd series of RM5 Malaysian Banknote depict the main building of KLIA with the Petronas Twin Towers appear in the background.

The Petronas Twin Towers and the main facade of Kuala Lumpur International Airport as illustrated in 3rd Series of RM5 note.

Petronas Twin Towers

Illustrated on RM5 of the 3rd Series of Malaysian banknotes, Petronas Twin Towers has became the icon of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. The Petronas Twin Towers were once the tallest building (from 1998 to 2004) in the world before the title was taken by the Taipei 101. Designed by the Argentine-American architect Cesar Pelli, the Petronas Twin Towers floor plan design adopted a simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares creating a shape of eight-points stars with the semi-circles softening in the inner angles.

The comparison of height of Petronas Twin Towers with other skyscrapers (left). The design layout of Petronas Twin Towers (right).

The Petronas Twin Towers comprise of 88 Storeys with 452 metres above street level. It has a skybridge connecting two towers locate at level 41. The skybridge has a length of 58.4 metres. These towers are equipped with 29 double deckers high speed passenger lifts with six heavy duty service lifts and four executive lifts in each tower.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

Another feature depicts in RM5 note is the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) building. Located at Sepang district, the KLIA is 50 kilometres away from the Kuala Lumpur city. The KLIA was officially inaugurated in June 1998 and since then it has became the Malaysia's main international airport, replacing the Subang Internation Airport.

The KLIA is currently the 13th busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic and the 7th busiest airport in Asia. It has a capacity of handling 35 million passengers and 1.2 million tonne of a cargo within a year in its current phase.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

World Heritage Site on Malaysia Banknote

As we aware that the Malacca and George Town, Penang have been inscribed at the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in year 2008, do you aware that there are two others site in Malaysia which earlier had also been inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO under the categories of wildlife habitat and geological formation? Yes, these are the Kinabalu Park and Gunung Mulu which are located at Sabah and Sawarak respectively. They were inscribed in year 2000.

Mount Kinabalu, one of these World Heritage Sites, has been adopted to depict on the reverse of RM1 of 3rd Series Malaysian Banknote. It is in deed an honour to appreciate the natural habitat that we have in Malaysia.

The reverse of 3rd Series RM1 note depicts the Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia

Photo of Mount Kinabalu from Wikipedia

Located at Sabah, the Kinabalu Park is dominated by the Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia with the total height of 4,095 meters above sea level. The Kinabalu National Park was established as one of the ealiest national parks of Malaysia back in 1964.

This national park contains of a variety of flora and fauna that ranges over 4 climate zones. It covers from the from rich lowland dipterocarp forest through the montane oak to the coniferous forests, also to the alpine meadow plants, and to the stunted bushes of summit zone. Besides, it also home to a multitude of endemic animal species that include birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.

For more information about Mount Kinabalu, please visit Sabah Tourism. It is definitely an exciting trip to those who in love with the nature of our earth.