Bank Negara Malaysia is issuing three types of commemorative coins in conjunction with the global celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). These commemorative coins were launched today by YB Dato' Dr. Maximus Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, at the Planetarium Negara, Kuala Lumpur. These commemorative coins are legal tender and their specifications are as follows:
1. Gold Commemorative Coins (proof)
This proof coin is made of gold with 999.9 purity and weighs 7.96 grams. It has a face value of RM100 and will be sold at RM1,200 a piece. The mintage quantity is limited to 100 pieces.
2. Silver Commemorative Coin (proof)
This proof coin is made of Sterling silver with 92.5 purity and weighs 21.00 grams. It has a face value of RM10 and will be sold at RM150 a piece. The mintage quantity is limited to 350 pieces.
3. Nordic-Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin
The Nordic-Gold (B.U) coin has a face value of RM1 and will be sold at RM10 each. The mintage quantity is 10,000 pieces.
These commemorative coins are also available in Sets of 3 and Sets of 2. The Set of 3 consists of the gold, silver and Nordic gold proof coins. It will be sold at RM1,450 per set and there are only 150 sets available. The Set of 2 consists of the silver and Nordic-gold proof coins. These sets will be sold at RM200 per set, and there are 200 sets available. Detailed specifications of these coins are as per Attachment I.
The descriptions of the International Year of Astronomy 2009's commemorative coins design are as follows:
1. The Obverse Side of the Coin
Depicts the Langkawi National Observatory with its main telescope in the centre. The background displays the constellation of stars known as the Orion Belt and the planet Saturn. The words "International Year of Astronomy 2009" appears in the circumference to signify the global celebration of astronomy.
2. The Reverse Side of the Coin
Depicts the official logo of IYA2009 and its main theme "The Universe, Yours To Discover". The words "Bank Negara Malaysia" and the denomination of the coin is reflected on the upper and lower circumference of the coin respectively.
These commemorative coins are minted and distributed by Bank Negara Malaysia and will be available for sale from 14 April 2009 at Bank Negara Malaysia's headquarters (BNMLINK) and its branches located in Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
Bank Negara Malaysia
13 April 2009
Issuance of Commemorative Coins in Conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy 2009
|Mintage Quantity (piece/set)||Diameter
|100||1,200||100||22.00||7.96||Round with milled edge|
|Silver Proof||Silver (Ag92.5)||10||150||350||35.70||21.00||Round with milled edge|
|Nordic Gold (B.U.)||Cu89 Zn5 Al5 Sn1||1||10||10,000||30.00||8.80||Round with milled edge|
|Set of 2 Proof||10+1||200||200|
|Set of 3 Proof||100+10+1||1,450||150|
(i) Set of 2 consists of silver and Nordic gold proof coins, and
(ii) Set of 3 consists of gold, silver and Nordic gold proof coins.