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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Why is BNM introducing the new third series of Malaysian coins?
  2. What are the denominations of the new coins series?
  3. What are the benefits of the new coins series?
  4. What is the theme and motifs used for the new coins series?
  5. What are the new security features incorporated in the new coins series?
  6. Are there any features to make the coins more user friendly to the public and the visually impaired persons?
  7. When will the new coins series be made available for circulation?
  8. What will happen to the existing coins in circulation? Should I exchange the existing coins to the new ones? Why?
  9. Will the coin accepting machines (e.g. parking, vending, coin deposit machines) be ready to accept the new coins?
  10. Where can I buy the commemorative version of the new coins series?
  11. Will BNM introduce a new series for the banknotes?

 

 

1. Why is BNM introducing the new third series of Malaysian coins?

The introduction of the new third series Malaysian coins is undertaken to gradually replace the existing series that has been in circulation for more than 20 years. The new coins incorporate modern, practical features and latest advancements in technology to enhance the usage and security.

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2. What are the denominations of the new coins series?

The new coins series will be issued in the denominations of 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen.

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3. What are the benefits of the new coins series?

The new coins series is smaller and lighter making it more user friendly for the public. The yellow and silver coloured coins and the edge designs will enable the public and also the visually impaired to identify and distinguish more effectively the different denominations.

The new series of coins embodies the latest advancements in minting technology which incorporates improved counterfeit resistance security features. The new metal alloys used for minting have enhanced durability against wear and corrosion. The technical specifications for the new and existing coins series are as follows:

Technical Specifications:

a. New Coins Series

Face Value

50 sen

20 sen

10 sen

5 sen

Alloy

Nickel Brass Clad Copper

Nickel Brass

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Diameter (mm)

22.65

20.60

18.80

17.78

Weight (gram)

5.66

4.18

2.98

1.72

b. Existing Coins Series

Face Value

50 sen

20 sen

10 sen

5 sen

Alloy

Copper Nickel 75/25

Copper Nickel 75/25

Copper Nickel 75/25

Copper Nickel 75/25

Diameter (mm)

27.76

23.59

19.40

16.25

Weight (gram)

9.33

5.66

2.82

1.41

 

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4. What is the theme and motifs used for the new coins series?

The theme for the new coins series is "Distinctively Malaysia", which is also adopted for the banknotes series. The new series draws inspiration from the distinctive features that define the nationís rich culture and heritage. The design motifs were crafted in the form of nature, flora and fauna and traditional handicraft which is uniquely Malaysia. The motifs for each denomination are as follows:

Denomination

Motif Design

50 sen

Sulur Kacang

20 sen

Bunga Melur

10 sen

Orang Asli Motif

5 sen

Destar Siga

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5. What are the new security features incorporated in the new coins series?

The new security features incorporated in the new coins series are clad material, latent image and 'spanish flower' shape. They can be found in 50 sen coins.

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6. Are there any features to make the coins more user friendly to the public and the visually impaired persons?

Yes. The coins come in different sizes, edges and colours to assist the public and the visually impaired person. The improved features of the new coins series are as follows:

Denomination

Edge

Colour

50 sen

Special edge with 9 indents

Yellow

20 sen

Coarse edge

Yellow

10 sen

Milled edge

Silver

5 sen

Plain edge

Silver

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7. When will the new coins series be made available for circulation?

The new coins series will be made available for circulation starting 16 January 2012. Kindly refer to the official statement here.

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8. What will happen to the existing coins in circulation? Should I exchange the existing coins to the new ones? Why?

The existing coins will continue to be legal tender. The new coins series will co-circulate alongside the existing series until the existing series are gradually phased out.

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9. Will the coin accepting machines (e.g. parking, vending, coin deposit machines) be ready to accept the new coins?

Yes, the coin can be used with the various coins accepting machines after these machines have been calibrated. Machine vendors are given 6 months to calibrate their machines to ensure public convenience.

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10. Where can I buy the commemorative version of the new coins series?

The Bank is issuing initially 50,000 sets of commemorative coins for sale at RM10 per set and will increase to 500,000 sets in stages.

Members of the public can purchase the commemorative coins over the counter from 26 July 2011 at:

  1. BNMLINK (Laman Informasi Nasihat & Khidmat)
    Ground Floor, Block D
    Bank Negara Malaysia
    Jalan Dato' Onn
    50480 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia

    Contact No. : +603 2698 8044 / 9044 (ext: 7417 / 7390)

  2. Bank Negara Malaysia branches at Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

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11. Will BNM introduce a new series for the banknotes?

Yes. Bank Negara Malaysia will be issuing the commemorative new Fourth Series of banknotes in December 2011. The new banknotes series will be available for circulation in 1st Quarter 2012.

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The Third Series of Malaysian Coins
Distinctively Malaysia
Common Features
Commemorative Coins
Coin Denomination and Design
50 sen : Sulur Kacang
20 sen : Bunga Melur
10 sen : Orang Asli Motif
5 sen : Destar Siga
Related Information
Technical Specifications
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Press Release

 

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