Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - BNM Coins
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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.
The new coins series will be issued in the denominations of 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen.
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:
a. New Coins Series
b. Existing 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 nation�s 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:
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.
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:
The new coins series will be made available for circulation starting 16 January 2012. Kindly refer to the official statement here.
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.
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.
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:
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.