Friday, March 21, 2008

Story Behind Cross Flag Post of RM5 Banknote

The 2nd Series of Malaysian Banknote (Type 1) was issued in 1982. This series of note reflects the Malaysian cultural artefacts that include tradisional ornaments and woodcarvings from various parts of Malaysia. The reverse of each of denomination depicts a prominent building or landmark in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

The reverse of a RM5 features the Istana Negara or King's Palace which is the official residence of His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) Malaysia.

The Istana Negara or King Palace of Malaysia

On a closer look at the reverse of RM5 of the Type 1 of 2nd series with signature of Tan Sri Dato' Abd Aziz bin Hj Taha and the Type 2 of 2nd series with signature of Tan Sri Dato' Jaffar Hussein, a cross flag post can be identified in front of the King Palace. It was misinterpreted by certain people that it was a religion symbol. For this reason, the Bank Negara Malaysia had modified its original design by removing the horizontal bar on the cross flag post. This modification has reflected in the later issuance of Type 2 and Type 3 notes. Ever since, this RM5 note has became one of the favorite pieces to be added into collector's album.

Cross flag post shows in front of Istana Negara shows on Type 1 and earlier Type 2 notes

RM5 note with cross flag post shows on reverse on Type 1 and earlier Type 2 notes

A modified version of RM5 without showing cross bar on flag post on later Type 2 and Type 3 notes


thriftytraveller said...

Your blog is excellent with lots of fascinating content. I would like to use your information (and possibly the images) regarding the cross flag post for a book I am writing. May I have your permission please? I will list you as the source in my book.

engkiat sin said...

What is the market value of this RM5 Banknote?