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The Malaysian Currency :  Circulation Notes

Current Series - RM5

Bank Negara Malaysia has issued a new RM5 note, the fifth denomination issued in a new design Malaysian currency notes series (3rd Series). The new RM5 note bears the signature of the previous Governor Tan Sri Ali Abul Hassan bin Sulaiman. The new series incorporate new security features and retain some of the existing security features to deter counterfeiting. The new series will circulate along the existing series until the existing series are gradually phased out.

RM5 General 1The theme of the new series, "Wawasan 2020" reflects Malaysia's economic development and achievement towards a fully developed country. For the RM5 denomination, the background motif depicts the construction sector. This is represented by landmark buildings, namely the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Petronas TwinTowers and a geographical map with symbols representing the location of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. This design motif also depicts major construction activity involving completed and on-going infrastructure projects. The new series also use RM as the currency symbol for the Malaysian Ringgit.

RM5 General 2The security features of the RM5 denomination are highlighted here as a guide to the public. These features include the security thread with the repeated text BNM RM5, three-dimensional watermark portrait, anticopy feature known as "PEAK" and security fibres in the paper. The new RM5 note retains the predominant green colour of the existing design but the size of the note is slightly reduced to facilitate easier handling. The intaglio (raised printing) of the portrait of the First Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong is retained as a dominant feature.

The public is advised to look carefully to differentiate the genuine notes from the counterfeits.