Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Malaysia 2011 - Third coin series

The designs of the third series of Malaysian coins draw its inspiration from distinctive elements that define Malaysian culture and heritage. They feature motifs from traditional crafts and flora and fauna. The coins reflect the diversity and richness of Malaysia's national identity.



50 sen "Sulur Kacang": The motif featured on the new 50 sen coin is popular among traditional woodcarvers and silversmiths. The motif is drawn from the graceful twists and curls of long bean vines, and can be seen embellishing fine jewellery pieces and boxes, in addition to decorating doorways, window frames and wood paneling in traditional wooden homes. The coin also has a latent image as a security feature:



20 sen "Bunga Melur": the jasmine flower is culturally significant among the three major races in Malaysia. Its aromatic scent makes it an important part of traditional ceremonies like weddings and prayers. It is also a popular motif in traditional arts and crafts like embroidery and silverwork.

10 sen "Orang Asli": the aboriginal tribes of Malaysia are talented in weaving indigenous leaves and plants into decorative items such as headbands, sashes and skirts for traditional rituals and ceremonies. Each tribe have their own weave pattern that is often inspired by their belief system and surrounding environment. On the new 10 sen coin, this heritage is represented by the unique weave pattern of the Mah Meri tribe in Peninsular Malaysia.

5 sen "Destar Siga": this cloth is an indigenous form of fabric weaving that originates from the Kadazan Dusun tribe in Sabah. Used as a headdress during traditional ceremonies, it is woven mainly from yarns of black thread and accented by multi-coloured threads into various geometric patterns and flora and fauna inspired motifs.

SPECIFICATIONS
50 sen
Composition: Nickel Brass Clad Copper
Weight: 5.66 g
Diameter: 22.65 mm
Thickness: 1.92 mm
Edge: Plain

20 sen
Composition: Nickel Brass
Weight: 4.18 g
Diameter: 20.60 mm
Thickness: 1.75 mm
Edge: Coarse

10 sen
Composition: Stainless Steel
Weight: 2.98 g
Diameter: 18.80 mm
Thickness: 1.50 mm
Edge: Milled

5 sen
Composition: Stainless Steel
Weight: 1.72 g
Diameter: 17.78 mm
Thickness: 1.12 mm
Edge: Plain


(news by Pabitra Saha)
(information from Central bank of Malaysia)

LINK: Central bank of Malaysia

1 comment:

  1. These look strikingly similar to the euro coin designs.

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