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The New Malaysian Coins

The New Malaysian Coins

Last week Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) had begun circulating coins with new designs. The new design is the third series of Malaysian coins. It is to replace the current coins that have been in usage for more than 20 years.

Emphasizing on Malaysian heritage and culture, the new coins sport motifs of our traditional crafts as well as flora and fauna such as our national flower the hibiscus (or bunga raya), the weave patterns of the Orang Asli and Kadazan Dusun in Sabah and the popular curly motifs in woodcarvings.

According to BNM, the new coins have enhanced security features that will make counterfeiting them harder that before. They come in two different colours; silver for the 5 sen and 10 sen coins and yellow for the 20 sen and 50 sen coins. They are lighter than the current coins so they wouldn’t weigh down our purses and pockets. They are also more durable against wear and corrosion. For the visually impaired, the coins come with different edges to make them easier to differentiate.

Now that the new coins are in circulation, it might take quite some time for us to get used to them. But we can’t wait to get our hands on those new shiny coins, have you got yours?

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