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5 Ringgit 2004, Malaysia

in Krause book Number: 47
Years of issue: 26.10.2004
Edition: 80000000
Signatures: Gabernor: Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz
Serie: Third series 1996
Specimen of: 26.10.2004
Material: Polymer
Size (mm): 135 х 65
Printer: Note Printing Australia, Craigieburn, Melbourne

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5 Ringgit 2004

Description

Watermark:

watermark

Security features are quite extensive. A clear window contains the denomination numeral “5”. Part of the white border of this window contains an image of part of the Prime Minister’s building at Putrajaya. The balance of the building appears as a shadow image within the printed area of the note adjacent to the window. These features may be viewed from both sides and appear where the watermark is on the paper version of this note.

When viewed under ultraviolet light hibiscus blooms at the top and bottom of the front of the note fluoresce, as does a vertical box with the legend BNM 5 to the right of the portrait and the serials numbers on the back.

Avers:

5 Ringgit 2004

Tuanku Abdul RahmanThe engraving on banknote is made after this photo of colonel Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Colonel Paduka Sri Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad (24 August 1895 - 1 April 1960) was the first Supreme Head of State or Supreme King (Yang di-Pertuan Agong) of the Federation of Malaya, eighth Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Seri Menanti and second Yang di-Pertuan Besar of modern Negeri Sembilan. Tuanku Abdul Rahman was elected first Yang di-Pertuan Agong or Paramount Ruler of independent Malaya on 3 August 1957 for a five year term by eight votes to one, defeating the more senior Sultan Abu Bakar of Pahang. He had been the ruler of Negeri Sembilan for 24 years before being elected as the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Hibiscus flowers are on top and bottom. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia.

Kijang Emas

One of the common features of Malaysian Banknote is that they all are printed with Bank Negara's logo (top right). This BNM logo remains the same throughout the all four series. The logo design depicts Kijang Emas, a barking deer in its natural habitat, in Malaysian jungle.

Indeed, BNM started adopting the Kijang Emas as official logo back in 1964. The motif was, actually, from the ancient Kelantan gold coins. There were three types of ancient Kelantan gold coins issued namely Kijang coin, Dinar Matahari or Sun coin and coins with Arabic inscriptions on the both sides of the coin.

The story of of Kelantan Kijang coin was associated with Che Siti Wan Kembang, whom believe to a women ruler of Kelantan. According the the legacy, a Kijang was presented to her Majesty by some Arabian traders which later she became very fond to this animal and thereafter had inscribed the Kijang into the Kelantan ancient coin.

Another version of this Kijang coin was in fact associated with the influence of Saivite Hinduism. It was believe, that this Kijang coin resembled the Indian humped-back bull. The bull motif was depicted in ancient coins, which found to be circulated in the northern Malay states. Many historians believe, that the bull motif had been gradually transformed to that of a Kijang.

Denominations in numerals are in top right corner and lower, centered. In lower right corner in words.

Revers:

5 Ringgit 2004

MSC Malaysia (formerly the Multimedia Super Corridor, and also known as the MSC in Malaysia) is a Special Economic Zone in Malaysia. The Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) program was officially inaugurated by the 4th Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on 12 February 1996. The establishment of the MSC program was crucial to accelerate the objectives of Vision 2020 and to transform Malaysia into a modern state by the year 2020, with the adoption of a knowledge-based society framework. The Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) is a Government-designated zone in Malaysia designed to leapfrog Malaysia into the information and knowledge age. It aims to attract companies with temporary tax breaks and facilities such as high-speed Internet access and proximity to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

MSC Malaysia covers an area of approximately 15 km. (9.3 mi) × 50 km. (31 mi) (that is, 750 km2 (290 sq. mi)) stretching from the Petronas Twin Towers to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and including the towns of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. On 7 December 2006, Port Klang was added to the MSC.

airport

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is Malaysia's main international airport and one of the major airports of South East Asia. Built at a cost of US$3.5 billion in Sepang district of Selangor, it is located approximately 45 kilometres (28 mi) from Kuala Lumpur city centre and serves the Greater Klang Valley conurbation. Airport building designed by Kisho Kurokawa - famous Japanese architect and one of the founders of metabolists. The two terminals are connected by an automated passenger transport system.

Petronas Twin Towers

The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)'s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101, but they remain the tallest twin buildings in the world. The buildings are the landmark of Kuala Lumpur with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.

Hibiscus flowers are on top and bottom. Hibiscus rosa - sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia.

Bank Negara’s logo the kijang, a deer like creature, is visible at top left corner in window.

Denominations in numerals are in top right corner and lower, centered.

Comments:

Bank Negara Malaysia uses several printers in a deliberate policy to obtain notes at a competitive rate. On this basis it may not fully convert to polymer - unless of course it is convinced that the economics of polymer are paramount. No indication is given as to the printer but reading between the lines in various comments made by various officials, it seems that Note Printing Australia is the printer.