RM50 polymer banknote

Have you seen this note before? No? Neither have I.
Bank Negara Malaysia in co-operation with Sukom Ninety Eight Berhad has issued a new RM50 note to commemorate the Kuala Lumpur ’98 XVI Commonwealth Games. This banknote is the first polymer banknote to be issued in Malaysia.

The design of the note will remind the world of Malaysia as a world class sporting destination. The front side features the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the right and the Kuala Lumpur city skyline with prominent landmarks in the centre. The Commonwealth Games Look Programme which features the stylised butterfly symbol and the gold-coloured Optical Variable Device (OVD) with the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the clear window appear on the left. The logo of Bank Negara Malaysia appears in the other clear window on the right of the note. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport is featured as the central backdrop. To the right, the background design shows the artist’s impression of the Multimedia Super Corridor connecting Kuala Lumpur City Centre to Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The back design shows the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil in the centre. The logo of the Kuala Lumpur ’98 XVI Commonwealth Games appears on the left of the note.

The main security features of the RM50 polymer note are highlighted below as a guide to assist the public. It combines conventional security features commonly found in paper banknotes and innovative security features which are unique to polymer banknotes. These features provide protection against the use of contemporary high-resolution digital colour copiers and scanners.

The public is advised to look carefully for the security features to differentiate the genuine notes from the counterfeits.

Read more on security features

11 thoughts on “RM50 polymer banknote”

  1. This is a very old note that comes in its own presentation pack. Collectors have been trading this note for a long time. You can check the auction listings on eBay or Yahoo! Auctions.
    When I first read your title, I thought BNM was coming up with a new RM50 polymer note, as that has been the trend among some countries. Polymer notes are meant to be longer lasting and cheaper to produce (in the long run) compared to paper notes. However, they tend to have a problem with vending machines, which is why some countries have yet to implement them fully.

  2. It wasn’t widely circulated, just as a commemorative issue or maybe even a dry run to test the security features before they introduce it enmass. Saw it being sold at round RM200 as a commemorative item at the stamp and coin shop.

  3. like nged, i thought u were posting up a new design of the rm50 polymer banknote. yeah, have seen this. my dad bought me one from the banks when it came out in 1998. i think it was price rm80 thereabouts.

  4. Kenny: yup! both of them are tear-proof 😀
    pikey: kekeke dont think its wise to use it la. it’s a collector’s item keke
    wingkeong: LOL mini me!!
    Jon: HEHE I guess u have something against lim kok wing students.
    jasmine: wow, did ur dad frame it? 😀 i saw that note @ a stamp shop once!
    Kervin: w00t thanks for the info.
    foevy: where did u get it? 😀
    nged: wow, thanks for the info. by any chance u collect stamps as well? 😀 hehe

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