RETIREE Jang Eng Koon braved the rain to get commemorative coins issued by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to mark the 50th anniversary of Yayasan Sabah.
Jang, 69, turned up at the bank’s Penang branch in Light Street, George Town, at around 9pm. He was among the long line of people who chose to wait overnight for the coins.
When the bank opened its doors 12 hours later in the morning, he was among the first to get the coins.
He bought a Coloured Silver Commemo-rative Coin (proof) and five pieces of the Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated Commemorative Coin.
“I heard there were only 12 pieces of the Coloured Silver available at this branch. If I had waited until this morning to come here, I wouldn’t get the chance to buy.
“There was heavy rain last night so my friends and I waited together and sought shelter at a bus stop near the bank,” said the avid coin collector recently.
Grill installer Lim Khoon Huat, 41, said he was elated that he managed to buy a Coloured Silver Commemorative Coin (proof) and five pieces of the Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated Commemorative Coin.
“I waited outside the bank from around 9pm last night.
“There were some who came even earlier, around 6pm or 7pm,” he said.
c“I’m really happy to get the Coloured Silver coin as there is a limited number at the Penang branch and I’m one of the very few who managed to get it,” he said.
The Coloured Silver Commemorative Coin is a proof-coloured coin made of fine silver with 99.9 purity and weighs 31.10gm each.
It has a face value of RM10 and is sold at RM212 a piece. The mintage quantity is 500 pieces.
The Nordic Gold coin has a face value of RM1 and will be sold at RM10.60 each. The mintage quantity is 10,000 pieces.
“These commemorative coins are also available in a set of two.
“A total of 2,000 sets are available for sale, each priced at RM265,” said BNM in their official website.
On the obverse side of the coin, the centre shows the image and surroundings of Menara Tun Mustapha, also known as the Sabah Foundation Tower.
The words ‘Ulang Tahun Ke-50’ and the years ‘1966-2016’ denotes the 50th anniversary.
The foundation’s name ‘Yayasan Sabah’ is featured on the upper circumference of the coin.
On the reverse side of the coin, the words “Bank Negara Malaysia’ as the issuing authority of the commemorative coin are featured on the upper circumference of the coin while the face value of the coin is inscribed on the lower circumference.
The official logo of Yayasan Sabah is also featured on the coin.
The coins are available for sale from now at Bank Negara Malaysia’s Museum and Art Gallery.
The coins can also be obtained at the bank’s regional offices and branches located in Penang, Johor Baru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
Yayasan Sabah (the Sabah Foundation) was founded by Tun Datu Haji Mustapha Datu Harun on May 10, 1966.
Its main objective is to enhance the socio-economic standing of all Malaysians in Sabah, especially those in rural areas, through educational and economic development programmes.
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