Friday, October 29, 2010

125th Anniversary of Jabatan Ukur Dan Pemetaan Malaysia (JUPEM) Commemoratve Coin

Bank Negara Malaysia launched three types of commemorative coins to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan Malaysia (JUPEM) on 14 oCTOBER 2010. The commemorative coins were launched by YAB Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin bin Mohd. Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister, at Dewan Perdana FELDA, Jalan Maktab, Kuala Lumpur.

The three types of commemorative coins are RM100 Gold Commemorative Coin (proof), RM10 Silver Commemorative Coin (proof) and RM1 Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin.

The obverse of these coins feature a surveyor of JUPEM carrying out measuring works with the theodolite, a device used to measure angular values in a traverse or network between survey marks. It is also used for defining the direction of lines of sight. The name "Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan Malaysia" appears on the lower circumference of the coins, whilst "125 Tahun" appears at the top of the coins.

The reverse of these coins illustrate the official logo of JUPEM. At the upper circumference, the words "Bank Negara Malaysia" appear as the issuing authority of the commemorative coins. The years "1885-2010" appear below the logo and the denomination is at the lower circumference of the coin.


RM100 Gold Commemorative Coin (proof)

Technical Specification

Gold Commemorative Coin (proof)

Type : Gold Proof
Alloy : Gold (Au999.9)
Face Value (RM) : 100
Selling Price (RM) : 1,200
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 150
Diameter (mm) : 22.00
Weight (gram) : 7.96
Shape : Round with milled edge


Silver Commemorative Coin (proof)

Type : Silver Proof
Alloy : Silver (Ag92.5)
Face Value(RM) : 10
Selling Price(RM) : 150
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 300
Diameter(mm) : 35.70
Weight(gram) : 21.00
Shape : Round with milled edge


Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin

Type : Nordic Gold (B.U.)
Alloy : Cu89 Zn5 Al5 Sn1
Face Value (RM) : 1
Selling Price(RM) : 10
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 10,000
Diameter (mm) : 30.00
Weight (gram) : 8.80
Shape : Round with milled edge

50th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Bunga Raya as the National Flower Commemorative Coin

Bank Negara Malaysia issued three types of commemorative coins to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Bunga Raya as the National Flower on 30 September 2010. It was launched by Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah at Kompleks Perbadanan Kraftangan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

These commemorative coins consist of RM100 Gold Commemorative Coin (proof), RM10 Silver Commemorative Coin (proof) and RM 1 Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin.

The obverse of the coins feature the image of the Bunga Raya as the National Flower with the words "50 Tahun" at the upper circumference. The years "1960 - 2010" appear below the Bunga Raya and the words "Bunga Raya Bunga Kebangsaan" at the lower circumference of the coin.

The reverse of the coins feature the map of Malaysia with the Malaysian flag as the background. The upper circumference displays the words "Bank Negara Malaysia" with the denomination below it. "Jabatan Warisan Negara" as organiser of the ceremony for the proclamation anniversary appears on the lower circumference of the coins.


Gold Commemorative Coin (proof)


Silver Commemorative Coin (proof)


Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin


Technical Specifications

Gold Commemorative Coin (proof)

Type : Gold Proof
Alloy : Gold (Au999.9)
Face Value (RM) : 100
Selling Price(RM) : 1,200
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 150
Diameter(mm) : 22.00
Weight(gram) : 7.96
Shape : Round with milled edge


Silver Commemorative Coin (proof)

Type : Silver Proof
Alloy : Silver (Ag92.5)
Face Value (RM) : 10
Selling Price(RM) : 150
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 400
Diameter(mm) : 35.70
Weight(gram) : 21.00
Shape : Round with milled edge


Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin

Type : Nordic Gold (B.U.)
Alloy : Cu89 Zn5 Al5 Sn1
Face Value (RM) : 1
Selling Price(RM) : 10
Mintage Quantity (piece/set) : 10,000
Diameter(mm) : 30.00
Weight(gram) : 8.80
Shape : Round with milled edge

Sunday, October 17, 2010

5 Ringgit Prime Minister Commemorative Coin

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) issued 1st Prime Minister Commemorative Coins in 1971 that feature Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, Father of Independence Malaysia. These commemorative coins were released in two different types i.e. 5 Ringgit copper-nickel coin and 100 Ringgit .917 gold coin.

A total of 2,000,000 mintage of 5 Ringgit copper-nickel coins were released and 100,000 mintage of 100 Ringgit gold coins were issued.

5 Ringgit copper-nickel commemorative coins that feature 1st Prime Minister f Malaysia - Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.

25th Anniversary of EPF Commemorative Coin

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) launched a series of commemorative coins in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in 1976. There were three types of coins issued namely 1 Ringgit Copper-Nickel coin, 25 Ringgit .925 Silver coin and 250 Ringgit .900 Gold coin.

These 25th Anniversary of EPF Commemorative Coins of RM1, RM25 Silver and RM250 Gold are also available in Proof set of 3 with limited to 1,000 sets.

25 Ringgit of .925 Silver commemorative coin issued with the conjunction of 25th Anniversary of EPF. A total of 100,000 silver coins were issued.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The 3rd Malaysia Plan Commemorative Coin

The 3rd Malaysia Plan Commemorative Coins were issued in 1976 in conjunction with the introduction of the 3rd Malaysia Plan by Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak. These commemorative coins were released in two denominations namely 1 Ringgit Copper-Nickel coin and 10 Ringgit .925 Silver coin. They were minted by Franklin Mint, United State.

A total of 1,000,000 and 200,00 of 1 Ringgit Copper-Nickel and 10 Ringgit .925 Silver coins were issued in 1976. The obverse of the coin features portrait of Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak with 14 flags - Malaysia and its 13 states. The reverse depicts the coat of arm Malaysia and the 3rd Malaysia Plan was written in national language "Rancangan Malaysia Ketiga 1976 - 1980".

This is a 3rd Malaysia Plan's 10 Ringgit .925 Silver coin issued in 1976.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Coins in Clothing

Coins are used in our daily transaction as a form of money. Coins which usually come with a lower-valued units are type of modern money we use as cash today to settle our bills. However, many of us might not aware that coins had been used or worn by many civilizations in centuries ago as jewelry to show their status in the community.

Coins were turned into necklaces and bracelets and worn by a person to reflect the standing in his/her community. The more coins he/she wore, the higher up they were in the society. Apart from jewelry, coins were used in clothing. Some of the old coins we encounter today have holes punched or addition round metal at the back of coins. All these alteration works to coins came with a purpose - making them fit into clothing or jewelry.

I have a few coins in my collection come with the features that I described above which make me believe that they were used as buttons in clothing. These coins were from Queen Victoria (1871 - 1901) and it is believed that people in century ago had used coins as buttons in their clothing apart from using them as medium of transaction - money.

Additional round metal welded at the back of coins to make them as buttons.

Obverse side of coins.

Malaya and British Borneo - Queen Elizabeth II

The Malaya and British Borneo currency was issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya and British Borneo from 1952 to 1967. The currency was widely circulated in the states of Malaya, British North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak, Singapore and Brunei.

The Malaya and British Borneo coins were introduced from 1953 to 1961. The obverse of this series of coins bore the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II while the reverse has the inscription of "Malaya and British Borneo".

There were five denominations in this series of coin namely 1, 5, 10, 2o and 50 cents. The 5 and 10 cents coins were first issued in 1953 and followed by the 20 and 50 cents in 1954. Subsequently 1 cent square bronze coin was released in 1956. In 1962, a new design of 1 cent coin (round shape) was issued without the royal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The intention is to reflect the spirit of a newly independent nation after Malaya achieved its independence in 1957.



Coins issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya and British Borneo from 1953 to 1961 under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.


Malaya Coins - King George VI (1936 - 1952)

The Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya came into being in October 1938 and started its maiden currency in 1939. The first set of coins issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya in 1939 has the inscription of "George VI King and Emperor of India". However, after the Indian Independence Act 1947, the British Parliament assented to omit the royal title of "Emperor of India" from the coins. Therefore, the coins issued for Malaya from 1948 to 1950 had the inscription "King George The Sixth" on the obverse of the coins.

There were five denominations issued in this series of coins. They were released in 1/2, 1, 5, 10 and 20 cents. The 1/2 and 1 cent were issued in bronze. The 5, 10 and 20 cents issued 1939 were minted in .750 fine silver. However, these coins issued in 1948 to 1950 were minted in copper-nickel.



Coins issued under by the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya. Noted the coins issued from 1948 to 1950 had inscription of "King George The Sixth"

Straits Settlement Coins - King George V (1910 - 1936)

This is the third series of Strait Settlements coins issued under reign of King George V from 1910 to 1936. There are total of eight denominations in this series of coin namely 1/4, 1/2, 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and one dollar coin.

The 1/4, 1/2 and 1 cent coins were issued in bronze. There are two type of 1/2 cent coins in this series. They come in round and square shape and were issued at different years. The earlier 1/2 cent issued in 1916 was in round and later issue in year 1932 was in square type.

5, 10, 20 and 50 cents as well as one dollar coin were minted in silver. They are in range of .400 to .600 silver. However, the 5 cents copper nickel coin was also introduced in 1920.



Straits Settlements coins issued under reign of King George V