SHAH ALAM: Bank Negara Malaysia has
introduced the “coin in education” (CIE) programme to
promote coin appreciation and encourage coin collecting among schoolchildren.
The programme's first series features 12 endangered animals, starting
with the Sumatran Tiger.
Other animals which will be featured are the orang-utan, Asiatic
elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros, slow loris, barking deer, tapir,
serow, gaur, sambar deer, clouded leopard and the proboscis monkey.
The Sumatran Tiger coin is now on sale. The rest would be introduced
throughout the year. According to a press release, the coin, made
of Nordic gold alloy (brilliant uncirculated) with a face value
of 25 sen, is sold for RM5 each.
This is the first time that Bank Negara is issuing coins in 25
The featured animal's common name in Bahasa Malaysia and English
and its scientific name appear on the lower half of the coin. The
reverse side shows the denomination and the rain forest where the
animal is found.
The coins are minted and distributed by the Royal Mint of Malaysia
and are available at the General Post Office in Kuala Lumpur and
state post offices.
They are also available at the Coin Shoppe at the Royal Mint in
Shah Alam; the Muzium Matawang at the Bank Negara and its branches
in Penang, Johor Baru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Kuala Terengganu.
The coins are also sold at the National, Taiping and Malacca Zoos
as well as at Mariwasa Kraftangan Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur and Kuala