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2 Ringgit 1996, Malaysia

in Krause book Number: 40b
Years of issue: 05.02.1996 - 1999
Edition: --
Signatures: Gabernor: Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan bin Sulaiman
Serie: Third series 1996
Specimen of: 05.02.1996
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 130 х 65
Printer: Unknown printer

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2 Ringgit 1996

Description

Watermark:

watermark

Colonel Paduka Sri Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad and denomination 2.

Avers:

2 Ringgit 1996

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.

Top left is a Braille dot for the visually impaired.

Denominations in numerals are in top right and lower right corners and centered. Lower right in words.

Revers:

2 Ringgit 1996

Topic - Telecommunications.

Menara Kuala Lumpur

The Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) is a tall tower located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its construction was completed on 1 March 1995. It is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 metres (1,381 feet). The roof of the pod is at 335 metres (1,099 feet). The rest of the tower below has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also contains a revolving restaurant, providing diners with a panoramic view of the city. Races are held annually, where participants race up the stairs to the top. The tower also acts as the Islamic falak observatory to observe the crescent moon which marks the beginning of Muslim month of Ramadhan, Syawal, and Zulhijjah, to celebrate fasting month of Ramadhan, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Aidiladha. The tower is the highest viewpoint in Kuala Lumpur that is open to the public.

On the background is a map of Malaysia.

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd, formerly Binariang Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd is a Malaysian communications satellite operator, which owns and operates the MEASAT (Malaysia East Asia Satellite) spacecraft. As of 2006, the MEASAT satellite network consists of three geostationary satellites designed and built by Boeing Satellite Systems. MEASAT-1 and MEASAT-2 (AFRICASAT-2) were launched in 1996 and MEASAT-3 in 2006.

The MEASAT-1 and 2 satellites were designed to provide 12 years of both direct-to-user television service in Malaysia and general communications services in the region from Malaysia to the Philippines and from Beijing to Indonesia. With the launch of MEASAT-3, the coverage extends even further to an area encompassing 70% of the world's population.

Both MEASAT-1 & 2 satellites were launched on Ariane rockets from Centre Spatial Guyanais at Kourou in French Guiana. MEASAT-1 was launched in January 1996, and MEASAT-2 was launched in November 1996.

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

Top left - Bank Negara Malaysia logo.

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 and lower right corners, also centered.

Comments:

The third series was issued with designs in the spirit of Wawasan 2020 in 1996 in denominations of RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100. The larger denomination RM50 and RM100 notes had an additional hologram strip to deter counterfeiters.