If you look at this post title, you must be thinking what is the issue with 1988 50 sen bunga raya coins? Malaysia Bunga Raya series coins only minted in 1989 and start circulating on 4 September 1989. For most Malaysian coins collector, the 2nd series Malaysia coins known as a "Bunga Raya Series", Bank Negara Malaysia released this as a "Cultural Artifact Series" with the denominations issued are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 sen and 1 ringgit. Do Kilang Wang Bank Negara minted this coins in 1988? If you visited Sasana Kijang Bank Negara before, you can find a 1988 50 sen, 20 sen and 1 ringgit on display at the museum. If these coins can be found in circulation, its certainly a rare piece and a good coins for investment. Sadly, we never seen any 1988 bunga raya coins in circulation yet.
Sifu Dickson Niew share this story before in his post, MALAYSIA COIN BUNGA RAYA SERIES MINTED IN 1988. He told me that he try to take picture of the coins so many time but cannot get a good result. I think, this is the best picture in my collection that I can share with everyone. I suppose to go to Sasana Kijang today but my sister told me not to because it is 14th Agong Coronation today and many road are closed for public. Will try to take a better picture of this coins next time. Sifu Dickson told me that maybe this coins are displayed by mistake by BNM staff who maintain Sasana Kijang Bank Negara. This coins most probably a specimen coins and BNM should make another space for coins specimen. Museum should be a place to educate people, any wrong information will give a wrong education to visitors about Malaysia coins. People might be thinking that Bunga Raya series start since 1988. To BNM, please don't remove that coins from your display, it is a rare piece and many collectors want to take a look at it.
If any of you visit Sasana Kijang Bank Negara, don't forget to take a closer look at the bunga raya series coins on display. If any of you own 1988 bunga raya series, you can contact me or Sifu Dickson Niew. Many collectors want to put that coins in their collection.