We, here in Malaysia, have in addition to the introduction of newly designed coins, now have newly designed currency notes! They were just released at the beginning of the week, and I’ve just gotten my hands on the whole set.
Well ok, the photo only shows you 4 because I’d somehow forgotten to include the RM10 note. I’ve got the picture of the full set after the jump though :D
The RM1 and RM5 notes are that new fangled polymer notes that are supposed to last longer, while the rest are still paper. Lovely and crisp and fresh from the mint!
The colours of the new notes are brighter than the old versions and I’m quite glad to have the RM20 note come back into circulation. If you remember the previous brown coloured RM20 note, raise your hand! Or maybe don’t – your age will show ;)
It all does look a bit like Monopoly money at this point (although its legal tender unlike Monopoly notes ;) ) but once they are broken in and all grubby, I think it’ll look less like a toy and more like real money :D I had the impression that all the new notes would be polymer notes, rather like the Euro, so I’m glad to see that we are still getting paper notes. I dislike the feel of plastic and much prefer the feel of paper.
Have you picked up any new notes yet? I got my first, the RM1 notes in change from a stall on Monday and amused the aunty by exclaiming “Eh! New notes!” like it was the first time I’d seen money. Not impressive LOL! :D
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