From a previous release schedule of around 3 coins per year, it looks like the Central Bank of Malaysia is ramping up the numbers, having already launched four coins so far this year, three of them in the last two months. We’ve only covered one Malaysian commemorative coin to date, a nice silver coin featuring the tropical rainforest of the countries most important national park, Taman Negara. That release was what had been a CBM standard until 2016, a 1 oz silver, a ¼ oz gold, and a ‘Nordic Gold’. Nordic gold contains no actual gold, but is a mix of base metals.
For 2016 it seems that gold is no longer on the menu. It also seems that mintages are taking a tumble, down from 2,000 silver and 25,000 Nordics, to just 500 and 10,000 respectively, although the number of sets is up. So, Malaysian commemorative coins will have a greater choice this year, but each design will be rarer.
The four designs to be released in the first half of the year are an unusual mix. First out of the gate was a pretty nice coin released to mark Malaysia’s hosting of the 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships. It’s a simple and effective piece of artwork and there’s no confusing what it represents, hallmarks of good coin design. The second coin celebrates a half century since The Sabah Foundation was founded. A worthwhile organisation, but a pedestrian corporate design in our view.
The third coin marks 70 years since the Malaysian broadcaster RTM put out its first radio transmission. Again, a very corporate design no doubt aimed at an exact niche of buyers, made all the more possible by the smaller mintages being struck now. The fourth, and latest design marks a century of the Girl Guides Association of Malaysia. Certainly a more appealing design to the general collector than the previous two coins, the 500 coins will likely sell out pretty quickly with an organisation this popular in a country this big.
All four coins are available individually, or as a two-coin set. Five hundred silver coins are individually packaged, and a further 2,000 are paired with the Nordic gold version. All should be available now, with Ebay seemingly the easiest place to pick them up.