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The Malaysian Currency :  Circulation Notes

Current Series - RM50

Bank Negara Malaysia has issued a new RM50 note, the second highest denomination in a new design Malaysian currency notes series (3rd series). The new series incorporate new security features and retain some of the existing security features to deter counterfeiting. The new series will circulate alongside the existing series until the existing series are gradually phased out.


RM50 General 1The theme of the new series, "Wawasan 2020" reflects Malaysia's economic development and achievement towards a fully developed country. For the RM50 denomination, the background motif depicts the mining sector. This is represented by a central oil drilling platform together with wellhead control valves. In the background are images of oil pipes - symbolic of the many branches of the oil industry. The new series also use RM as the currency symbol for the Malaysian Ringgit.


The security features of the RM50 denomination are highlighted here as a guide to the public. These features include the security thread  with the repeated "BNM RM50" text, three-dimensional watermark portrait, optical variable strip known as "LEAD®", anticopy feature known as "PEAK®" and security fibres in the paper. The new RM50 note retains the green and blue predominant colours of the previous RM50 note design. The size of the note is also slightly reduced to facilitate easier handling and to be consistent with size reduction of other denominations in the new series. The intaglio (raised printing) of the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong is retained as a dominant feature.


The design layout for the Bank's logo in the top left hand corner, the denomination numeral and serial numbering, matches already established layout for the RM2 and RM10 new design denominations. Also, the perfect see-through hibiscus (in register with the front of the design) has been included on the central top and bottom edges as a common feature in the new series.


RM50 General 2A horizontal "novel" style serial number is positioned in the top left hand corner, printed in black magnetic fluorescent ink. On the right hand edge of the note (to the right of the portrait watermark), a vertical "novel" serial number is printed in red fluorescent ink.


The public is advised to look carefully to differentiate the genuine notes from the counterfeits based on the features as outlined.