Thursday, October 7, 2010

Commemorative Coins in Conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Bunga Raya as the National Flower

It will be 50 years since the day the "Bunga Raya" or hibiscus was made the national flower of Malaysia. Despite being glorified as the country's national flower, the hibiscus is gradually losing its 'lustre' among Malaysians as compared to the flower's popularity some decades ago. The national flower of Malaysia is found in abundance throughout the country, and for this very reason, the "Bunga Raya" was chosen to be the national flower in 1960 by Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. There are many varieties of the hibiscus, but the five-petalled Hibiscus rosa sinensis was chosen as the most symbolically relevant for the tag of Malaysia's national flower. The five petals of the "Bunga Raya" symbolise the "Rukunegara" (the Five Principles of Nationhood), while the colour red represents courage. The hibiscus became a national heritage after the National Heritage Department made the announcement on it in 2007.

In conjunction with the celebration, Tuanku Mizan launched a special coin issued by Bank Negara Malaysia with the cooperation of the National Heritage Department

Have you even a small pieces of coin but actually bears on RM1oo denomination of face value?

This is the 1st gold proof coin in my collection life and which I succeed to purchase from BNM directly. According to collection news, there were only 14 sets of single gold sets be sold at BNM, Kuala Lumpur, and it is believed that most of gold-sets had been reserved by government as souvenir for foreign VIPs or official occasions. Most of collectors or dealers were lined up at BNM since 4am for it!

Total Mintage: 450 pcs (inclusively proof set of 3)
Face Value: RM100
Condition: Proof
Composition: purity 0.999 of gold
Weight: 7.96g
Date of issued: 01/10/2010

The design description of the 50th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Bunga Raya as the National Flower is as follows:

  • The Obverse Side of the Coin
    The centre of the coin features 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 Side of the Coin
    The centre shows 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 coin.
  2. BNM official website

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