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What are the requirements and conditions for the reproduction of banknotes and coins in Malaysia?

Even if the conditions below have been met, you are still required to obtain written permission from the Central Bank of Malaysia (Malay: Bank Negara Malaysia) to reproduce any Malaysian currency.

The following application for the reproduction of notes and coins will be rejected if the reproduction is:
  1. related to or associated with alcohol, cigarettes or other related forms;

  2. related to or associated with offensive context such as violence or pornography;

  3. related to or associated with any political content; or

  4. against public interest.

Conditions for the Reproduction of Coins

  1. The reproduction must not be printed on any material similar to a genuine coin.

  2. The reproduction must be printed on one side only to avoid giving the impression that the reproduction is a genuine coin.

  3. For avoidance of doubt, a coin can be reproduced in its actual size or otherwise with or without the word 'SPECIMEN' or 'CONTOH'.

Conditions for the Reproduction of Notes Printed Media

  1. The reproduction of any note must not be the same size as the actual note. If it is to be smaller, it must be at most two-thirds as long and two-thirds as wide. If it is to be larger, it must be at least one and a half times as long and at least one and a half times as wide as the original size of the actual note. Any reproduction of a part of a note must meet the same conditions.

  2. The reproduction must show the note in its original design without any alteration unless specified otherwise.

  3. The reproduction must not distort the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong's image (apart from enlargement, reduction or slanting).

  4. The reproduction must not be printed on watermark paper or other substrates similar to a genuine note.

  5. The reproduction must not be printed in loose form to avoid giving the impression that the reproduction is a genuine note.

  6. The reproduction must show the note in its original colour or in black and white.

  7. The Governor's signature and the phrase "Wang Kertas Ini Sah Diperlakukan Dengan Nilai" on the note must be obliterated by folding, over-printing or some other method.

  8. The reproduction must be printed on one-side only to avoid giving the impression that the reproduction is a genuine note.

  9. The reproduction must include the word 'SPECIMEN' or 'CONTOH' which must be boldly printed from the bottom left corner to the top right corner across the face of a single note reproduced. The length of the word 'SPECIMEN' or 'CONTOH' must be not less than one third of the length of the reproduction and the width of such word must be not less than one-eighth of the width of the reproduction.

  10. The reproduction of overlapping notes is acceptable provided that the word 'SPECIMEN' or 'CONTOH' is printed on the uppermost or on the most prominent note in the manner specified above.

Film and Television
  1. The reproduction of notes on film and television must meet the condition specified in Printed Media (2) and (3).

Other Forms of Electronic Media including Internet and CD-ROM
  1. The reproduction of notes on other forms of electronic media including the Internet and CD-ROM must see the conditions specified in Printed Media (2), (3), (9) and (10).

  2. In addition, if the media for the reproduction is the Internet, the visual of such reproduction must be in a standard resolution of 800x600 pixels.

Merchandise
  1. The reproduction of notes on any merchandise or product must meet the condition specified in Printed Media (1), (2) and (3).


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