Singapore – Commemorative Notes to Celebrate SG50

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In August 20, 2015
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Source: MAS

Singapore, 18 August 2015 MAS Press Release: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today unveiled a set of six commemorative currency notes to celebrate SG50.  The commemorative notes, issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), comprise a $50 polymer note and five $10 polymer notes. Together with a set of three commemorative coins launched in April this year, the notes complete the set of SG50 commemorative currencies issued by MAS to mark Singapore’s 50 years of nation-building.

The note designs drew inspiration from significant milestones and achievements in Singapore’s history, the multiracialism that defines us as a nation, and the values and aspirations that underpin Singapore’s progress. The front of both the $50 and $10 notes feature the portrait of Mr Yusof Ishak, Singapore’s first President, as in the current Portrait series notes.

The $50 note highlights Singapore’s history, transformation and future. It shows the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister, shouting “Merdeka!” – the rallying cry of our independence struggle. The note makes distinctive use of the colour gold, reflecting Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.

SGD5015f   SGD5015b

The five $10 notes have a common front design and varying back designs depicting the theme ‘Vibrant Nation, Endearing Home’. Each note reflects a value or aspiration that defines this theme.

SGD1015f  Front Design of $10 Note

SGD1015b1  Back Design of $10 Note: …regardless of race, language or religion…

SGD1015b2  Back Design of $10 Note: Opportunities for All

SGD1015b3  Back Design of $10 Note: Safe and Secure

SGD1015b4  Back Design of $10 Note: Strong Families

SGD1015b5  Back Design of $10 Note: Caring Community, Active Citizenry

Both the $50 and $10 notes have security features that are the first of their kind in the world to be used on a currency note. The security stripe on the $50 note has a unique see-through feature with “image movement effects” that create depth to the image of Mr Lee Kuan Yew.  The SG50 logo has “colour-switching effects”, with the year flipping from ‘1965’ to ‘2015’. The $10 notes have a security stripe with a “switching effect” which features the Singapore Coat of Arms, SG50 logo and the years ‘1965’ and ‘2015’.

Images: MAS