Since everyone is asking about Pandas, here is a social service announcement for stamp collectors who are also part-time coin collectors.
Bank of China will issue Panda Coins
to commemorate the 40 Years of Diplomatic Relations. 1,000 sets will be made available in Malaysia. The set contains 5 gold coins of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz. Based on today’s information from the Bank of China the price is RM 10,880 (wow!).
If you only want one of the coins (not the full 5 pieces in a set), you need to queue up at the nearest Bank of China branch in Malaysia. Date of sale is 06 June 2014.
If you are interested to pre-order, just give a call to: 03 – 2162 6633. When the automatic voice answering machine comes on, press “0” for operator and then ask to order the coins. Leave your name, identity card number and handphone number. You will be asked which branch you want to collect the coins. Payment is via cash or cheque. You need to OPEN an account with the Bank of China too 🙂
Image? Nowadays everyone is stingy on images. Wait for the Bank of China to release the image. Check out: http://www.bankofchina.com/my/en/
Bank Negara? Well, they are more “tak tahu” than Pos Malaysia. Hopefully they do not release another midnight announcement so that the “connected” and the coin dealers have the advantage. Anyway, you need to start queue from midnight if you want a set. Hmmm, perhaps we can learn from the Bank of China (except for the price!!!).
Updated 04 June 2014:
False alarm, go back to bed. I have confirmed that it is the regular Panda Gold Coins that is being planned to be released in conjunction with the Malaysia – China 40 Years of Diplomatic Relations 🙂 For the Gold Coin investors, it is another avenue for you.
As for Bank Negara, they are kind enough to release the news very early. https://myfdc.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/40th-anniversary-of-malaysia-china-diplomatic-relations-coins/