The 3rd Series was introduced since 1996 in RM2. The release of RM10 of 3rd Series was done in 1997 with the signature of Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Mohd Don on the side of the note (TYPE 1).
It was in 1999 when Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan took over the position of Bank Negara Governor, the RM10 banknote was released with the new signatory (TYPE 2). However, It still remains the position of signature which is on the bottom left side. The position of the signature was reconfigured and was placed in the center of the note, thus in end of 1999, BNM released another different type of RM10 note with Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan signature in the center (TYPE 3).
Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Zeti Aktar took over the BNM Governor position in 2000 and again the banknote changes it governor signatory (TYPE 4). In 2004, BNM upgraded the RM10 security feature by introducing the holographic strip on the obverse of the note but retained all its other design features (TYPE 5).