What is the current series of banknotes and coins in circulation?

Since 1967, BNM has issued four series of currency banknotes and three series of currency coins for general circulation.

The current series is the 4th series with the theme "Distinctively Malaysia" which define Malaysia's diverse culture, heritage and nature. There are altogether 6 denominations in the current series i.e. RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50 and RM100. The new currency series was introduced into circulation in second half of 2012.

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. Other features include tactile identification which enables the visually impaired to identify and distinguish the different denominations.

The new RM1 and RM5 are polymer banknotes while RM10, RM20, RM50 and RM100 are paper banknotes. RM1 and RM5 are the lower denominations widely used by the public. Therefore, polymer substrate is used to make the RM1 and RM5 banknotes more durable.

The new RM1 currency banknote was reintroduced into circulation in response to public demand. The RM1 banknote is also easier to handle compared with the RM1 coin, which is heavy and tends to tarnish easily. The RM1 coin is no longer accepted as legal tender since December 2005.

Malaysian currency coins in circulation since January 2012, comprise of 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen. The new coins series draws inspiration from distinctive features that define the nation's rich culture and heritage. The design motifs were crafted in the form of nature, flora and fauna and traditional handicraft which are found in Malaysia.

The 5 sen and 10 sen new coins materials consist of stainless steel, while the 20 sen is made up of nickel brass. The 50 sen coin is now made of a composition called nickle brass clad copper.
Series Denomination Design/Theme
1st series $1, $5, $10, $50, $100 and $1000 Mathematics and Geometrical
2nd series $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1000 Cultural Artifacts
3rd series RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100 Wawasan 2020 (Vision 2020)
4th series RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50 and RM100 Distinctively Malaysia
1st series 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen and $1 Parliament
2nd series 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen and RM1 Malaysian tradition and character
3rd series 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen Malaysian culture and heritage

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