Saturday, August 22, 2009

Malaysia First Polymer Note and comemorative note

Have you ever seen or used this RM50 denomination polymer note before? Maybe you will ask,our first polymer note is not the RM5 denomination? The answer is No!!

Furthermore, is that this note can be used? Yes!! It is the legal tender note issued by Bank Negara, it just up to whether you are willing or not! If you willing to do so, surely the person who receive this note must be very happy! At that period, this note was sold with the price RM80 (exclusive of the numismatic value and inflation), if you treat it as value of RM50, then you are the most stupid in country...

Malaysia is the 5th country in South East Asia that issued the polymer note. Commemorative Note issuing is very rarely in Malaysia money printing history. So far, it only happened two times since the independence. The first is as mentioned, the second is the 50th year of independence celebration.
In other words, commemorative note only issued for the high memorial value event in our country. Even at that year of 1998, commemorative note issued for memorial of sport event also quite rarely in the world. record, sure now is very common!

The following is the statement of Bank Negara about it. This limited edition of RM50 Commemorative Note was issued by Bank Negara Malaysia in co-operation with Sukom Ninety Eight Berhad on 1st June 1998 to commemorate the Kuala Lumpur '98 XVI Commonwealth Games. It was the first polymer banknote issued in Malaysia.

THE FRONT features the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King of Malaysia) on the right and the Kuala Lumpur city skyline with prominent landmarks in the centre. The Commonwealth Games Look Programme which features the stylised butterfly symbol and the gold-coloured Optical Variable Device (OVD) with the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the clear window appear on the left. The logo of Bank Negara Malaysia appears in the other clear window on the right of the note. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport is featured as the central backdrop. To the right, the background design shows the artist's impression of the Multimedia Super Corridor connecting Kuala Lumpur City Centre to Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport. THE BACK design shows the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil in the centre. The logo of the Kuala Lumpur '98 XVI Commonwealth Games appears on the left of the note. All the prefix of this note carries KL/98 that represents Kuala Lumpur '98 XVI Commonwealth Games.

Main Security Features

  • Optical Variable Devise
  • Two clear windows
  • Intaglio micro-letterings
  • Rainbow printing
  • See-through registration
  • Anti-scanner/copier patterns
  • Invisible inks fluorescing under ultra-violet light


  1. so what is the value of this note now?

  2. honey: do you would like to change wif me for RM50?hahah

    khim hoe: market standard price is RM150, but I think now can be found in the market about RM100-120. This note actually quite a lot, about 50000pcs (but consider less at other countries), so that the price do not inflate so much. However, according to my experience, it will mark up a lot people tend to sell it cheap are less and less compared last time.

  3. actually buying this kind of the coin and note, involve a lot of the experience sharing with other collectors, knowledge and guidelines from the catalog book, identify the counterfeit notes and coins and even how to find the reliable sellers. I and my "neighbour" actually had paid a lot of "fee" to learn it.

    Nice,it is a hobby can play until you died, more longer the time you play, more higher the "portfolio value" of your collection.

  4. so, wat was the RM5 note made of if its not polymer?

  5. Choon: our RM5 note also made by polymer, but not the 1st polymer note of our country.

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