Wednesday, December 28, 2011

4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes - Commemorative Set

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has launched the commemorative banknotes of 4th series of Malaysian Banknotes. It has been long waited for many collectors. However, to purchase a set of this newly launched banknotes, one has to queue for a long period of time especially during the first and second launching day.


Like many collectors, I am one of them whom patiently queueing up in order to get a set of this newly launched series of Malaysian Banknotes. BNM has imposed restriction to repeated buyers and only allow one to purchase 1 set of full set of 4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes, 5 set for each of RM1 & RM5 and RM20 commemorative banknotes.


The theme of the 4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes - 'Distinctively Malaysia' has truly reflected the uniqueness of our country's diverse culture, heritage and nature. It also features traditional expressions in art and craft, natural wonders, flora and fauna, economy and tradition. Personally, I feel that this a great series of Malaysian Banknotes because it reveals what Malaysia has.


The 4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes



























Release of 4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes by BNM

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.

4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes RM20 Commemorative


RM20 is back for the 4th Series after it was discontinued in 3rd Series of the Malaysian Banknotes. According to BNM, the reintroduction of RM20 denomination is meet public's need for an intermediary denomination between the RM10 and the RM50 denomination. This is for the convenience of the public in meeting the needs for payments.
The reverse side of the RM20 banknote features two of the most well-known species of sea turtles endemic to Malaysian waters - the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). The two turtles were chosen to represent the rich and colourful marine life found in our tropical waters. The Hawsbill is easily identified by its curved beak and scaly shell while the Leatherback has a leathery skin and seven ridges on its shell. These gentle turtles are a reminder that their existence rests in the delicate balance of human activity and marine life conservation.

4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes - RM20 Commemorative

4th Series of Malaysian Banknotes RM1 & RM5 Commemorative

The two newly launched polymer banknotes in 4th Series are RM1 and RM5 denomination. According to BNM the introduction or RM1 polymer banknote is because of polymer banknote has an extended life cycle and most suitable for a lower denomination which has a high usage.


The RM1 polymer banknote features kite flying which is a popular sport in Malaysia especially in Kelantan and Terengganu. Kite flying is also traditionally a celebration of a good harvest which brings together the local communities in these states. Amongst the best known and most iconic Malaysian kites s the 'Wau Bulan' or Moon Kite which is features on the new RM1. The Wau Bulan, which is handed crafted from bamboo and paper, is also a popular decorative item that adorns the walls of Malaysian homes.


The RM5 polymer banknote features the Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros), one of the largest and most magnificent hornbill species in the world. Found in low densities throughout various rainforests in the country, this beautiful, broad-winged and long tailed forest bird plays an important role in the customs and traditional ceremonies of Sarawak which is known as 'Bumi Kenyalang' or Land of Hornbills. Hornbill is also seen as a symbol of strength and courage by the native communities of Sarawak.


4th Series of Malaysia Banknote - RM 1 and RM 5 Polymer Banknote