Friday, December 15, 2017

New Malaysia RM600 banknote break the Guiness record?

Yesterday, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is issuing a RM600 commemorative banknotes in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement. The size of the banknote is 22 x 37 cm according to the press release by BNM but can the new Malaysia banknote break the Guiness record for the world largest banknote?

World Largest banknote

These banknotes commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement signing in the year 1957. The commemorative banknotes honour the Council (later called Conference) of Rulers’ contribution towards the realisation of the Nation’s independence on 31 August 1957. The Agreement dated 5 August 1957 proclaiming the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the Supreme Head of the Federation was signed by the Malay Council of Rulers from Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor and Terengganu with Sir Donald MacGillivray, the High Commissioner of the Federation of Malaya who represented Queen Elizabeth II. The Agreement became a historical constitutional evidence for the independence of the Federation of Malaya.

The design is based on the theme of “Raja Payung Kedaulatan Negara”. These commemorative banknotes are the first commemorative banknotes printed by Bank Negara Malaysia on the composite substrate, a combination of polymer and paper substrate, which offers higher security features and longer life span. These banknotes are printed larger in size, based on its face value.

According to Guiness Book of world Records website, current record holder for world largest legal tender banknote is a 100,000 Philippine piso banknote issued on 22 May 1998 by the Central Bank of Manila.

100,000 piso

The 100,000 piso banknote measuring 22 x 33 cm (8 ½ x 11 in) is printed by Giesecke Devrient of Munich, Germany. Only 1,000 pieces were issued to commemorate The Centennial of Philippine Independence in 1998. The record holder is Giesecke Devrient, GMBH; place in Munich, Germany and the record were made on 22 May 1998.

If you look at the specifications information provided by BNM press release, the new RM600 banknote is 4cm longer compare to the current record holder.
  • Malaysia 600 Ringgit banknote (22 x 37 cm)
  • 100,000 Philippine piso banknote (22 x 33 cm)

Looking at the numbers given, new Malaysia RM600 banknote is a clear winner but BNM or the banknote printer need to apply to be in the Guiness Book of world Records and some charges may apply.

So far there is no official information about which company print the new Malaysia RM600 banknote.

Hopefully this time Malaysia Numismatic can break the world record and BNM or the banknote printer will apply to Guiness Book of world Records for the new RM600 Merdeka banknote to be the new World largest legal tender banknote.


An early congratulations to Bank Negara Malaysia for the new banknote, it was worth waiting for.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Agong XV commemorative coins launched today

Bank Negara Malaysia is issuing commemorative coins in conjunction with the installation of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V as the fifteenth Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The commemorative coins were presented to His Majesty today by the Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, Muhammad bin Ibrahim, FCB, at Sasana Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia.

Agong coin

His Majesty was elected as the fifteenth Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a five year term, by the Malay Rulers at the 243rd Conference of Rulers (Special Meeting) at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur on 14 October 2016. His Majesty subsequently took the oath as the fifteenth Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 13 December 2016 at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur. The installation of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V as the fifteenth Yang di-Pertuan Agong was held on 24 April 2017.

Sultan Muhammad V

The portrait of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V, is featured at the centre of the coin. The words "KEBAWAH DULI YANG MAHA MULIA SERI PADUKA BAGINDA YANG DI-PERTUAN AGONG XV SULTAN MUHAMMAD V" are inscribed along the circumference of the coin with the date of the installation depicted at the bottom of the portrait of His Majesty.

The centre of the coin depicts the image of the official royal insignia of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V. The name “BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA” as the issuing authority of the commemorative coins is featured on the upper circumference of the coin, while the words “PERTABALAN SERI PADUKA BAGINDA YANG DI-PERTUAN AGONG XV” are inscribed at the lower circumference of the coin together with the respective face value of the coin.


Specifications of the commemorative coins are as follows:

Gold Commemorative Coin (proof)
This proof coin is made of gold with 999.9 purity and weighs 7.96 grams with a face value of RM300. The coins will be sold via public auction at a reserve price of RM4,000 a piece. The mintage quantity is 300 pieces.

Coloured Silver Commemorative Coin (proof like)
This proof-like coloured coin is made of fine silver with 99.9 purity and weighs 92.0 grams. It has a face value of RM150 and will be sold at RM1,000 a piece. The mintage quantity is 500 pieces.

Copper Commemorative Coin (matte finish)
This matte finish coin is made of pure copper with 99.9 purity and weighs 77.76 grams. It has a face value of RM15 and will be sold at RM200 a piece. The mintage quantity is 500 pieces.

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 RM11 a piece. The mintage quantity is 15,000 pieces.

Set of 2
500 units of sets of 2 priced at RM1,200 per set are also available comprising one proof-like coloured silver and one matte finish copper coins.

Note: Prices stated above are inclusive of GST.

You can read detailed specifications of the coins at malaysiancoin.som.

Display units of the coins will be available for public viewing from Thursday, 21 December 2017 at Bank Negara Malaysia’s Museum and Art Gallery and at the Bank’s offices in Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Kuala Terengganu.

To provide a fair opportunity for the public to buy these limited edition coins, there will be a purchase limit (a set of 2, a silver coin, a copper coin and three Nordic Gold coins per person). To improve buying convenience, the public can place their orders online from 5 January 2018. In the event of oversubscription, balloting will take place. The gold commemorative coins will be sold via public auction on 10 March 2018. Further information on the ordering, auction, payment and collection will be informed to the public in a press release prior to the sale date.
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Agong launched 60 years Merdeka commemorative banknotes

Bank Negara Malaysia is issuing commemorative banknotes in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement. These commemorative banknotes were launched by His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V at the Museum and Art Gallery, Sasana Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

60 Merdeka banknotes

These banknotes commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement signing in the year 1957. The commemorative banknotes honour the Council (later called Conference) of Rulers’ contribution towards the realisation of the Nation’s independence on 31 August 1957. The Agreement dated 5 August 1957 proclaiming the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the Supreme Head of the Federation was signed by the Malay Council of Rulers from Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor and Terengganu with Sir Donald MacGillivray, the High Commissioner of the Federation of Malaya who represented Queen Elizabeth II. The Agreement became a historical constitutional evidence for the independence of the Federation of Malaya.

The design is based on the theme of “Raja Payung Kedaulatan Negara”. These commemorative banknotes are the first commemorative banknotes printed by Bank Negara Malaysia on the composite substrate, a combination of polymer and paper substrate, which offers higher security features and longer life span. These banknotes are printed larger in size, based on its face value.

600 ringgit

The banknote obverse symbolising Malaysia as a constitutional monarchy, placed in the middle is the majestic royal throne encircled by the portraits of 15 Yang di-Pertuan Agong who have reigned from 1957 till the present day. The obverse design is inspired by the crescent and a 14-pointed federal star which are featured on the royal headgear.

rm600

The reverse design features the portraits of the nine rulers signing the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement on 5 August 1957. These banknotes are decorated with prominent independence and post-independence figures and features. On the right-hand side of the banknote is the triumphant silhouette of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the architect of Malayan independence and the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. Imprinted on the background are four significant landmarks: the National Palace, Perdana Putra, the Parliament building and the Palace of Justice. These reflect the four pillars of the nation: the institution of the Monarchy, the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary respectively.

The specifications of the commemorative banknotes are as follows:

RM600 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement commemorative banknote:
Face Value: RM600
Dimension (mm): 370 x 220
Quantity: 6,000
Price: RM1,700 (inclusive of 6% GST)


RM60 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement commemorative banknote:
Face Value: RM60
Dimension (mm): 162 x 84
Quantity: 60,000
Price: RM120 (inclusive of 6% GST)


Uncut 3-in-1 RM60 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement commemorative banknote:
Face Value: RM60 x 3
Dimension (mm): 162 x 252
Quantity: 6,000
Price: RM500 (inclusive of 6% GST)

Note: Prices stated above are inclusive of GST.


Display units of the banknotes will be available for public viewing from Thursday, 21 December 2017 at Bank Negara Malaysia’s Museum and Art Gallery and at the Bank’s offices in Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Kuala Terengganu.

To provide a fair opportunity for the public to buy these limited edition banknotes, there will be a purchase limit (a piece of RM600, a set of Uncut 3-in-1 RM60 and five pieces of RM60 banknotes per person). To improve buying convenience, the public can place their orders online from 5 January 2018. In the event of oversubscription, balloting will take place. Banknotes with special serial numbers will be sold via public auction on 10 March 2018. Further information on the ordering, auction, payment and collection will be informed to the public in a press release prior to the sale date.
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Monday, December 4, 2017

National Archives coins launched today

Bank Negara Malaysia is issuing commemorative coins in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of National Archives of Malaysia on 4 December 2017. The commemorative coins were launched by Datuk Azemi Abdul Aziz, Director General of National Archives of Malaysia today.

arkib 60 tahun

The words 60th ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF MALAYSIA is depicted clockwise on half the circumference of the coin. The orange and gold coloured anniversary logo at the centre of the coin represents the celebration of the National Archives of Malaysia’s diamond jubilee.


arkib logo

The image at the centre of the coin depicts the logo of National Archives of Malaysia where pieces of paper are stacked together, representing national documents and records. The star in the middle of the paper signifies the star of the national flag, a symbol of Malaysian unity. The words Arkib Negara Malaysia in both roman and jawi script encircling the Archive’s logo show their responsibility in safekeeping the national documents and records. Sixty dentils inscribed along the coin represent the Archive’s 60 years of establishment. The name “BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA” as the issuing authority of the commemorative coins is featured on the upper circumference of the coin, while the face value of the coin is depicted at the lower circumference of the coin.

Specifications of the commemorative coins are as follows:

Coloured Silver Commemorative Coin (proof)
The proof coloured coin is made of Fine Silver with 99.9 purity and weighs 31.10 grams. It has a face value of RM10 and will be sold at RM230 a piece. The mintage quantity is 500 pieces.

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.

Note: Prices stated above are subject to GST of 6%.

These commemorative coins are also available in a Set of 2. The Set of 2 comprises the coloured silver proof and nordic gold proof coins. This set will be sold at RM280 per set (price is subject to GST of 6%) with 700 sets available. 

Display units of the coins will be available for public viewing from Tuesday, 12 December 2017 at Bank Negara Malaysia’s Museum and Art Gallery and at the Bank’s offices in Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Kuala Terengganu.

In order to provide a fair opportunity for the public to buy these limited edition coins, there will be a purchase limit (a set of 2, a silver coin and three Nordic Gold coins per person). To improve buying convenience, the public will also be able to place their orders through a new online ordering facility. Further information on the online ordering facility, ordering and collection period will be informed to the public in a press release prior to the sale date.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Royal Collection in Trigometric Auction 6

A set of Medallion and Swiss made watch for the Installation of His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong XIV, the late Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah will be the main highlight in the upcoming Trigometric Auction 6, 15 October 2017.

Royal Collection

The Royal Collection (lot 0071) consist of The Installation of His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong XIV Medallion (.999 Silver) minted by Public Gold & Swiss made automatic watch. Both of the items come with special wooden box.

box

Agong watch

medallion agong

Kedah's Sultan Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah has passed away at the age of 89 at 2.30pm on 11th September 2017. The late Sultan Abdul Halim made history when he became Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the second time in 2012 after being installed for the first time in 1970.

Bidding price for lot 0071 start at RM7,000 and maximum estimate price is RM15,000.

Trigometric Auction 6 will be held at Serunai Suite, Level 1, East Wing, Hilton Hotel Petaling Jaya, (P.J. Hilton), 2, Jalan Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Solid 3

Another main highlight for the auction is a 50 Ringgit Ahmad Don first prefix Solid 3, AA 3333333 (lot 0599) banknote. The banknote graded by Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) 66 EPQ, the bidding will start at RM30,000 and maximum estimate price is RM38,000. As always, fancy number banknotes like this will get a higher price when the auction day end. 

Proof Coin

A 1967 Malaysia Proof coin set (lot 0106) with NGC grading offered at starting price of RM12,000. The whole set come with Ultra Cameo and graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC); 1 Sen PF 66RD, 5 Sen PF 66 10 Sens PF 66, 20 Sens PF 66 & 50 Sens PF 66 (5pcs). Malaysia 1967 proof coin set minted by Royal Mint of London, only 500 sets was minted. The set was extremely scarce and seldom seen on the market.

Singapore Road Tax

For the first time, Trigometric Auctions are offering some old documents and manuscripts related to Malaya, Straits Settlements and Singapore. In lot 0652, a Municipality of Singapore Road Tax dated 2.2.1942 offered for a starting price of RM1,200. The road tax serial no. 1332, in Extremely Fine condition, toned with 1 pin hole.

Other highlight includes:

  • Lot 0019: 2010 China Colored Silver Coin - Geng Yin Year (Year of the Tiger) Proof 50 Yuan with box & certificate. Estimate RM13,000-RM18,000.
  • Lot 0142: 2003 Malaysia Non-Aligned Movement (KN62) Proof set of 2 RM1 (Nordic Gold), RM10 (.925 Silver) Only 300 sets issued. Estimate RM900-RM1,800.
  • Lot 0143: 2003 Malaysia Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (KN64) Proof set of 2 RM1 (Copper Nickel) RM10 (.925 Silver) . Only 300 sets issued. Estimate RM1,000-RM2,500.
  • Lot 0145: 2004 Malaysia 100 Years of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (KN70) Proof set of 2 RM1 (Copper Nickel), RM10 (.925 Silver). Only 300 sets issued. Estimate RM1,000-RM2,500.
  • Lot 0160: 2003 Malaysia Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (KN35) Proof set of 3 RM1 (Copper Nickel), RM10 (.925 Silver) RM100 (999.9 Gold) with certificate no. 019. Only 100 sets issued. Estimate RM6,500-RM10,000.
  • Lot 0162: 2004 Malaysia 100 Years of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (KN39) Proof set of 3 RM1 (Copper Nickel), RM10 (.925 Silver) RM100 (999.9 Gold). Only 100 sets issued. Estimate RM6,000-RM9,000.
  • Lot 0206: Hong Kong, HK & Shanghai Banking 1926 1 Dollar. Serial no. D 089920 PMG 64EPQ. Estimate RM7,500-RM8,000.
  • Lot 0334: Japan 2004 10,000 Yen (P106b) Solid Serial no. TH 888888 R, PMG 67 EPQ. Estimate RM2,200-RM2,400.
  • Lot 0337: Mali 1970 - 84 10,000 Francs (P15f) S/N E.6 71675, PMG 67EPQ. Estimate RM5,000-RM5,500.
  • Lot 0351: Thailand, 2000 50 Bath (P105) Commemorative Golden Wedding Anniversary. Serial no. 9R 657711 PMG 64 UNC. Estimate RM500-RM700.
  • Lot 0586: 50 Ringgit 3rd Series Sign. Ismail Md.Ali Solid 8's, Serial no. B/64 888888 UNC light foxing. Estimate RM15,000-RM30,000.
  • Lot 0594: 20 Ringgit 5th Series Sign. Aziz Taha Solid 4's, First Prefix, Serial no. TA 4444444 PMG 66 EPQ. Estimate RM16,000-RM28,000.
  • Lot 0600: 50 Ringgit 8th Series, Sign Ahmad Don Solid 3's, Solid no. AK 3333333 PMG 67 EPQ. Estimate RM6,500-RM9,000.


Lot viewing for the Trigometric Auction 6 will be held on 13 and 14 October 2017 from 10.30am until 6.00pm at Trigometric shop, level 3, Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya.

Bidding is now live via liveauctioneers.com.

Buyer premium is 15% for floor bid and 20% for liveauctioneers.com internet bidding. You can pay using cash or credit card but the charges for credit card is 3%. You also need to add 6% GST for the buyer premium.

For further information, you can contact Trigometric Sdn Bhd (Mr. Koay / MS Farah) at 03-7957 9566 or you can visit them at Amcorp Mall Petaling Jaya (Open everyday 10am – 6pm, except Monday and Public Holiday).
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