Bank Negara Money Museum

Jalan Dato' Onn
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Show map
+60 326 988 044

We show you more than just money at Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery. Throug interactive and computerized games, interesting facts and knowledge, you´ll learn everything there is to know about money and the major role it plays in our lives, and throughout the world. 

And view the Art Gallery´s collection of artwork by renowned contemporary Malaysian artists, accumulated since early 1960s. 

The money museum is located within Bank Negara Malaysia compound and provides a good numismatic collection that traces the evolution of money. The history of how ancient people traded before the use of coins and notes is shown and described in detailed at many of the exhibits here. The collection of coins on display here include those from the times of the Malacca Sultanate, colonial money, private tokens, commemorative issues and other world currencies.

The numismatic collection include the following themes:

  • Early Money features the cockeral shaped money made from tin, brass kettle, shell-backed ingot made from tin and 1 cent, 1/100 cent tampang during the era of the 1400 to 1800.
  • Malay Sultanate Coins displays the coins made from tin and gold from the states of Melaka, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor. Of particular interest is the pohon pitis or tin coin- trees of Kelantan that were produced by using moulds adapted from those used by the Chinese to cast copper coins. The copper coins were first introduced to the Malay States from China during the reign of Tang Dynasty from AD 618 to AD 906.
  • Colonial Money showcases the money used during the time of the rule of the Portuguese, Dutch, British and the Japanese. Coins and notes during the time of the Straits Settlements are also on display here. A good place to study the history of money in Malaysia.
  • Malaysian Currency Notes & Coins shows the beginning of the unique design of currencies used in Malaysia.
  • Malaysian Commemorative Issues displays the many notes and coins that were issued to commemorate special events such as the South East Asia Games, Employees Provident Fund 25th Anniversary, Independence commemorative coins and the World Wildlife Conservation coins.
  • World Currencies & Commemorative Issues showcases the currencies that were/are used in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Switzerland, Kuwait, Italy, Demmark, Ghana, Falkland Islands and Seychelles Island.
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