1st edtion of 1976 Ismail Ali RM1
Has anyone ever thought of the definition of modern Malaysia banknotes???
When should we draw the line for modern Malaysia banknotes???
For many collectors, I believe this is a problem as it was never mentioned or clearly defined. Some may say from the 1st series 1967, some may say 1982 blind man series while another may refer to the Wawasan series...
If we study the Malaysian Banknotes history, Malaysia was formed in 1963 but only started issuing her own banknotes in 1967. The 1st series until the 4th series in 1981 all carries similar designs....amongst the features the note carry are also those security features from the colonial era. These features includes the tiger head watermark and fractional prefixes, and old spelling ofcertain Malay words.
The blindman series started in 1982 overturn all the these features, the tiger head wayermark was replaced with YDP Agongs portrait, Fractional prefixes becomes double alphabets prefixes, and the background designs used local tradition concepts that portrays the multiracial indiviuality of Malaysia. These clearly indicates a brand new Malaysia look away from the colonial influences.
So for me, the 1st - 4th Malaysia notes are considered to be Old Malaysian note, while those beginning 1982 Blindman series are considered Modern Malaysian Banknotes...
What say you???