Tuesday, December 13, 2011

14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong coin?

Everyone already knew, yesterday, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah took his oath as the 14th Yang Dipertuan Agong at Istana Negara. One question that most probably in all Malaysian coin collectors mind, will Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) mint any commemorative coin for the new 14th YDP Agong coronation. The last two YDP Agong have their coins minted by Bank Negara. But this time, the oldest monarch in Malaysia History (84 years old) is making history as the first head of state to become King/YDPA twice. He previously served as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1970 to 1975.

BNM has released a press statement about the new Agong coin sales that will be held on 28 June 2012; New Agong coin sales 28 June 2012.

I had been asking about it in BNM Facebook page but still with no reply from BNM Admin. In my opinion, BNM should mint two types of coins,  fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong and 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong coins. I know Kedah people love their King so much, BNM will have no problem to sell those coins. The only problem is if the King agree/give his approval to mint the coins. In my opinion as a coin collector, it will be a great piece of coin to collect since we can keep a coin with a young King face and a coin with current pictures of the King.

A little bit biography of Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah. He born on 28 November 1927.  Tuanku Abdul Halim married twice: In 1956 to Tuanku Bahiyah, daughter of Tuanku Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan by whom he has three daughters. In 1975 to Cik Haminah binti Hamidun, a commoner from Perak, who was titled Che Puan Kedah until 9 January 2004 when she was promoted to Sultanah of Kedah On 15 July 2008. On 15 July 2008, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah celebrated his Golden Jubilee as the Sultan of Kedah. He is only the fourth Sultan in a line of 28 Sultans who have celebrated 50 years of reign in Kedah.

With so much history in the men himself, I think BNM should mint a new coin for 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong. I will update if there is any news about any new coins for 14th YDPA. In the meanwhile, you can read my post about a petition for BNM to make an online shop for us collector; BNM online shop petition. So far, over 20 collectors has signed the petition.

Please share your opinions about the new YDPA coins.