Malaysia's democracy to be featured on NAM coins


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 08 Feb 2003

BY AUDREY EDWARDS

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s democracy will be featured prominently on the commemorative coins issued for the 13th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit, to be held here later this month. 

The Parliament House has been chosen to be on the reverse side of the coins, together with a star and crescent, representing the seat of the Government, democracy and the place where government policies are decided. 

The obverse side of the coin depicts the NAM official logo and wording. 

Royal Mint of Malaysia sales and marketing director Hashmiah Hashim said the design was chosen from among five submitted entries because democracy was the best “theme.” 

FOR THE REPS: The commemorative coins wil be given to the NAM Summit delegates.

“For heads of countries and government, the brilliant uncirculated and proof Nordic gold coin will be presented in a special wooden box with a pewter plate, featuring the NAM logo,” she said yesterday after the launch of commemorative coins, stamps and first day covers by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Putra World Trade Centre 

Hashmiah said the Petronas Twin Towers would be included in an acrylic block together with a brilliant uncirculated Nordic gold commemorative coin, which would be given out to delegates of the summit. 

Bank Negara has issued three commemorative coins, which are legal tender. The gold coin has a face value of RM100 and is being sold at RM888 a piece. The silver coin has a face value of RM10 and is RM128 a piece. 

The coins will be on sale beginning Feb 17 at the KL general post office and state post offices, The Royal Mint of Malaysia’s Coin Shoppe and the Money Museum at Bank Negara. 

For the commemorative stamps, Pos Malaysia senior general manager Mohd Zin Abdul Manap said that the four designs, in blue and green colours, chosen by Wisma Putra emphasised on Malaysia playing host to NAM. 

Sales of the stamps began yesterday at all 645 Pos Malaysia outlets and Pos Mini throughout the country.  

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