Malaysia is home to many things: yummy street food, hundreds of gorgeous holiday islands and the World Games' greatest athlete of all time
But did you know that Malaysia is also home to the biggest banknote in the world?
So big, it can't even fit in your bag!
Yup, that's right: Malaysia actually released a banknote that is so big, you'll need a clear folder if you want to bring it out.
The ringgit in question is the RM600 bank note that was issued by Bank Negara in 2017 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement.
And in case you're wondering, yes; the RM600 banknote has been certified as the 'World Largest Legal Tender Banknote' by the Guiness World Records
website back in December 2017.
According to the website, the RM600 banknote measured in at a whopping 814 cm²
, with a measurement of 22cm x 37cm
That makes the banknote 4cm longer compared to the previous record holder, the Philippines' 100,000 pisos note.
Unlike previous commemorative banknotes, the RM600 notes were printed on the composite substrate (a combination of polymer and paper substrate), which, according to Bank Negara Malaysia, offers higher security features and a longer life span.
And in case you're wondering, yes: you can actually bring the huge a$$ RM600 to Tesco to buy your groceries, but why would you want to do that?
A tribute to our kings
The design of the RM600 commemorative banknote was based on the theme "Raja Payung Kedaulatan Negara
", which pays tribute to the Council (later renamed to Conference) of Rulers’ contribution towards Malaysia's independence on 31 August 1957.
On the front of the banknote, you'll find the portraits of the 15 Yang di-Pertuan Agong who have reigned from 1957 till 2017 encircling the royal throne.
On the reverse side of the bank note, you'll find the portraits of the nine rulers signing the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement on 5 August 1957.
The Agreement proclaimed that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the Supreme Head of the Federation, and the signing was witnessed by Sir Donald MacGillivray, the High Commissioner of the Federation of Malaya who represented Queen Elizabeth II.
You'll also find the iconic silhouette of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, our first Prime Minister and the architect of Malayan independence, shouting "MERDEKA!"
on the bottom right of the bank note.
Such a historical piece of bank note, kan?
Highly sought after
Bank Negara Malaysia only made 6,000 pieces of this commemorative bank note -- which was sold at RM1,700 per piece when it first came out -- available, so it is legit a collector's piece from the get-go.
But if you want to add the RM600 bank note to your collection now, don't expect it to come cheap though.
When they were put up for auction
back in 2018, one of the notes managed to fetch a whopping RM78,000
! Guess we'll just settle for our RM50 note then.
If you managed to grab one when it first launched, do hit us up because we would love to see the RM600 in person.