Generally speaking, all collectors already read the news about BNM Design Competition for 2017 Commemorative Banknotes.
BNM has conducted two briefing sessions on 16 June (Thursday) and 17 June 2016 (Friday) at Theatrette, Muzium dan Galeri Seni, Sasana Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia.
Many local designer don't know they must come to the briefing sessions to know what kind of banknotes they will be designing. BNM don't stated in their statement that it is necessary to go to any of the briefing sessions. I am not sure if only people who go to the briefing sessions are allowed to join the competition.
From the information we received, BNM distributed a CD cointaning information, rules and regulation about the competition during briefing sessions on 16 and 17 June.
If any of you local designer who don't go to the briefing session, you might want to try to contact the persons who are in charge of the competition (you can get their contact in my earlier post). Maybe they can give you the CD. If they can't give you any information, you need to find any of your friends who attend the briefing to know the competition guidelines.
The 60 years Merdeka commemorative banknote will be in two denomination and sizes, RM60 and RM600 banknotes. You can also make a design for a vertical or normal banknotes. The RM60 banknote will be a bit bigger then the current RM50 baknnotes and the RM600 banknote will be the biggest Malaysia banknote in history.
We heard the main theme is Yang di-Pertuan Agong, 15 Yang di-Pertuan Agong faces maybe will be on the banknotes.
The submission deadline is on 5 August 2016, the competition winners announcement will be on October 2016. The commemorative banknote will be on sale one month before Merdeka 2017.
However, this is just a rumors since they're no official announcement about the banknote designs by BNM.
Anyone of you go to the briefing sessions? Can you share the information with us?