Saturday, October 22, 2011

Speciment Banknote Under Bank Negara Tanah Melayu

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

Therefore, I believe many of the guide books or reference books have not mentioned the existence of the these banknotes which was intended to be issued under Bank Negara Tanah Melayu. One might have a very rare change to see them unless you are in this gallery.

Specimen banknotes

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

BNM Money Museum

I recently made another trip to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Money Museum or Sasana Kijang located at Jalan Tun Hussien Onn, Kuala Lumpur after its official opening by Prime Minister in September 2011. Indeed, I found that it is a very interesting museum or gallery that one should visit to understand the development of currency in this country.

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

The gallery is not complete without the current series of Malaysian currency issued by BNM from 1967 until now. A complete series of Malaysian coins and banknotes are available for viewing from First Series to its current Fourth Series. You also have a change to take a closer look at a complete series of commemorative coins issued by BNM.

A complete series of Malaysian Banknotes

Before leaving the gallery, you definitely do not want to missout a special section that display the currency around the world. These world currencies are alphabetically arranged and most of these notes are specimen note issued by central banks.

World Currency Notes

This museum or gallery is free admission and I strongly suggest coin and banknote collectors to pay it a visit. It is worth spending some time there, you might encounter some collections that you have not seen before. For those who want to know more about the development of our country currencies, this gallery provides all.