Malaysiana: Evolution of our ten ringgit note
In our September issue, we examine the country’s pop culture timeline – from movie trends and beer ads to election posters and even the many types of laksas. Here's a look at how our ten ringgit note has changed over the years. Look out for more in the upcoming week as we'll be releasing more features in our Malaysiana series.
FIRST SERIES (1967–1983)
Motif: Bank Negara issued its first local currency notes in 1967, signed by the Governor of BNM, Tun Ismail bin Mohamed Ali. The motif of the first series notes was simple; featuring a geometrical design. The official Bahasa Malaysia spelling system was introduced on Aug 16, 1972 thus changing the word ‘Sa-Puloh’ to ‘Sepuluh’.
Obverse: The first DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Tuanku Muhammad (top picture).
Reverse: Bank Negara Logo, the ‘Kijang Emas’.
SECOND SERIES (1982–1998)
Motif: The basic design took inspiration from decorations, word engravings, traditional Malaysian handicrafts and vegetation found in several places, including Sabah and Sarawak. The banknotes were smaller for ease of handling and storage.
Obverse: The DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong is encircled by patterns of vegetation, wood carvings and traditional handicrafts. The background shows mat-weaving patterns, songket, wau, needlework and batik.
Reverse: The second series displays important landmarks and buildings in the capital city. The building featured on this ten ringgit note is the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.
THIRD SERIES (1996–2000)
Motif: The notes were issued with designs in the spirit of Wawasan 2020, depicting the country’s rapid economic development and achievements.
Obverse: The DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong is surrounded by geometrical patterns.
Reverse: The Putra LRT train, Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft and MISC ship.
FOURTH SERIES (2012)
Motif: The latest series uses elements that distinctively define our country’s diverse culture, heritage and nature. The banknotes highlight our arts, crafts, natural wonders, flora and fauna, economy and tradition.
Obverse: The DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong, national flower hibiscus and songket.
Reverse: Showcasing Malaysia’s lush tropical jungle, the Rafflesia (also world’s largest flower) became the new motif on our RM10 note. The Rafflesia Azlanii species was first discovered in the Royal Belum Forest Reserve of the state of Perak in 2003.
Next in the series: Laksas of Malaysia.
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