Bank Negara Malaysia is issuing a new RM50 banknote, the second highest denomination in a new design Malaysian banknotes series (4th Series). This new design of RM50 banknote is the first denomination of the 4th Series of Malaysian currency notes which will be replacing the existing series in stages.
The new design RM50 banknote retains the predominant colour of green-blue. The main theme of the design is the National Mission where the first thrust is "to move the economy up the value chain" which reflects Malaysia's economic transformation to the higher value-added activities in the agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors of the economy.
The dominant intaglio portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Tuanku Muhammad, is retained on the right and the national flower hibiscus is in the centre on the front of the new RM50 banknote. Design patterns from songket weaving, which are in the background and edges of the banknote, are featured to reflect the traditional Malaysian textile handicraft and embroidery.
The new RM50 banknote features Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj at the historic declaration of Malaya's independence and the logo of the 50th Anniversary of Independence on the reverse side.
Members of the public are advised to take note of the security features and design of the new RM50 notes as outlined. The existing series of the RM50 banknotes will continue to be legal tender.