Banknotes issued are in the denominations of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20 and RM100 and will be available for circulation in the second half of 2012. For this new series, polymer substrate is used to make the RM1 and RM5 banknotes. The RM50 denomination banknote for the new currency series is already in circulation and the prefix will start with AAA.
The security features for the new banknotes include shadow image, clear window, watermark portrait with pixel and highlighted numerals, colour shifting security thread, micro lens thread, perfect see-through register, coloured glossy patch for public recognition.
Bank Negara Malaysia is issuing three types of commemorative banknotes to mark the introduction of the new currency series. Collections will be offered for sale as below:
RM1 and RM5 Polymer banknote - 500,000 sets priced at RM15.00 each.
RM20 denomination - 500,000 sets priced at RM30.00 each.
RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50 and RM100 denominations - 50,000 sets priced at RM300.00 each. For each set of this collection, all the banknote denominations will carry the same serial number.
Banknote to Commemorative George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish football player, regarded by many as the greatest player of all time. He is mainly remembered for his halcyon days with Manchester United.
George Best had an alcohol problem for much of his adult life and underwent a liver transplant in 2002 after years of heavy drinking. He died in Year 2005 at the age of 59 after suffering multiple organ failure.
For the first anniversary of his death, Ulster Bank issued one million commemorative five pound notes. The notes were sold out in three days.