Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has announced the introduction of new series of Malaysian Banknotes through its press statement on 21 December 2011. It was official launched by Prime Minister of Malaysia. This 4th series of Malaysian Banknotes consists of denomination of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20 and RM100 which will be circulated in second half of 2012. The earlier issued or circulated RM50 is part of the new series. RM1 and RM5 are issued in form of polymer notes.
The 4th series of Malaysian Banknotes draws its inspiration from the distinctive features of Malaysia, incorporating elements of the country's natural treasures, culture and heritage. Themed 'Distinctively Malaysia', the banknotes features traditional expressions in the art and craft, natural wonders, flora and fauna and the economy.
In addition, this new series of banknote has Incorporated enhanced security features in line with the latest advancements in banknote technology. The security features for the new banknotes include shadow image, clear window, watermark portrait with pixel and highlighted numerals, colour shifting security thread, micro lens thread, perfect see-through register, coloured glossy patch for public recognition. Other features include tactile identification which enables the visually impaired to identify and distinguish the different denominations.
In conjunction with the official launched of the 4th series of Malaysian Banknotes, the BNM is issuing the commemorative banknotes for collection. The are three types of commemorative banknotes issued as following:-
- A collection of two banknotes (RM1 and RM5 denomination) - 500,000 sets priced at RM15.00 each.
- A collection of a single banknote (RM20 denomination) - 500,000 sets priced at RM30.00 each.
- A collection of six banknotes (RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50 and RM100 denominations) - 50,000 sets priced at RM300.00 each. For each set of this collection, all the banknote denominations will carry the same serial number.
The obverse side of the 4th series of banknotes retain the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the national flower Rosa-sinensis hibiscus (known locally as the 'Bunga Raya'), the face value of the banknote, the words 'Bank Negara Malaysia' as the issuing authority of the banknotes and patterns of traditional woven fabric the 'songket' which are in the background and edges of the banknote to reflect traditional Malaysian textile handicraft and embroidery. Other features include the tactile identification for the visual impaired, watermark portrait with pixel and highlighted numerals.
The reverse side of the 4th series of banknotes illustrate the different elements of nature, tradition, culture, flora, fauna and the economy that are distinctively Malaysian. This series of banknotes also retain the Bank Negara Malaysia logo, serial numbers, Jawi wordings and songket weave patterns on the reverse side of the banknotes.
The motifs for each denomination are as follows:-
- RM100 - Mount Kinabalu and pinnacles rock formations of Gunung Api valley
- RM50 - Oil Palm and Biotechnology
- RM20 - The Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtle
- RM10 - Rafflesia
- RM5 - Rhinoceros Hornbill
- RM1 - Wau Bulan' (Moon Kite)
For further information of the newly launched series of Malaysian Banknotes, please visit the official website of THE NEW SERIES OF MALAYSIAN BANKNOTES by BNM. You can find detail description of each denomination banknotes and a video clips that reveals the new series of Malaysian Banknotes.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
One thing that I have learned during my recent visit to Money Museum at Sasana Kijang is that there was a series of specimen banknotes printed under the Central Bank of Malaya (Bank Negara Tanah Melayu) in 1950s by a British printer but were never confirmed and released.
If we can recall the history, the authority to issue currencies is vested under the The Central Bank of Malaya Ordinance 1958, which formed the Central Bank of Malaya (Bank Negara Tanah Melayu) in January 1959. However, the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya and British Borneo continued to issue currencies until June 1967.
Specimen banknote under Bank Negara Tanah Melayu
There are other specimens banknotes displayed. For instance the first series of RM100 not was printed without the portrait of DYMM Yang Di-Pertuan Agong. Others were printed adopting the similar concept or design from the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya and British Borneo. But none of them were successfully gone through it.
Friday, October 21, 2011
The money museum or numismatic gallery displays chronological currencies in Malaysia, starting from early currencies used in Malay states and Borneo island to the recent currency issued by Bank Negara Malaysia. You can find many early currencies such as tin coins or tin block currency issued by various Malay states. Besides tin, there are gold coins which formally known as mas or kupang. Of course there are also coins displayed from the Malacca Sultanate in mid-15th century.
Main Entrance of Numismatic Gallery located at second floor.
Other than currencies from the Malay states, the gallery also collect wide range of currencies during colonial rule. Among them are the Portuguese, Dutch, British and Japanese Occupational currencies. The gallery also displays many currency of the British Government in the Straits Settlement, the British rule in Sarawak and North Borneo, the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya and the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya and British Borneo.
Early Malay states' coins display
The British Occupational Currency
A complete series of Malaysian Banknotes
World Currency Notes
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
The motif for the 5 sen, 10 sen and 20 sen denomination features fourteen dots representing the thirteen States and the Federal Territory and (with exception of the 50 sen coin) five horizontal lines representing the five principles of the 'Rukun Negara' (national pillars).
The motifs for each domination are as follows:-
- 50 sen - Sulur Kacang
- 20 sen -Bunga Melur
- 10 sen - Orang Asli Motif
- 5 sen - Destar Siga
Sunday, July 3, 2011
2nd Series of RM1000
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Soon after the release of three alphabets prefix i.e. AAA by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in 2010, the replacement notes have also followed with the three alphabets prefix i.e. ZAA. And recently, the ZAB replacement notes also release to the market.
There is an obvious discrepancy between the ZAA and ZAB. Noted that the font size used for ZAB is slightly bigger than ZAA. In ZAB replacement note, you will notice that the prefix font size is bigger than the first numeric font i.e. 'ZAB' has a bigger font size than '0'. However, you will not find this in ZAA replacement note.
3rd Series RM1 ZAB Replacement Note.
This is just to share a piece of ZE replacement note received in daily transaction. Many times, you need no spend extra bulks or pay premium to own a piece of replacement note. They just appear in front of you without notifying you. However, it is usually hard to discover a UNC replacement note in your daily transaction. Unless you are so lucky to withdraw them fresh from ATM machine or it appears in your new stack of money that you exchange from bank.
RM10 Repalcement Note ZE
For those collectors whom have read my earlier postings by now should be aware that this 4th series of RM50 replacement note that carry the prefix ZB is meant for replacement on those notes that do not carry any 50th anniversary logo i.e. prefix AF onwards.
Only replacement note ZA has 50th anniversary logo on the reserve side of the note. Therefore ZA note is replacement for prefix AA to AE.
RM50 Replacement Note with Prefix ZB