Identifying Genuine Currency

Currency notes and coins issued by MAS have advanced security features to deter counterfeiting. Find out how to distinguish between genuine and counterfeit currency, and what you should do if you come across counterfeit currency.

Identifying Genuine Currency

While the number and occurrence of counterfeit Singapore currency is very low, it is important for you to be aware of these security features to distinguish between genuine and counterfeit currency. 

Each currency note or coin has various advanced security features to minimise the risk of counterfeiting. Find out more about the security features and how you can determine the authenticity of your currency notes and coins:

If You Come Across Counterfeit Currency

If you suspect that you have received or have counterfeit currency in your possession, you should:

  • Avoid using the currency.
    • Circulating and retaining counterfeit currency is a criminal offence under the Penal Code .
  • Keep the currency in the condition as it was found or received. 
    • If it is a note, do not cut it or write anything on it.
  • Note down the particulars of the person or name of the vendor from whom you received the counterfeit currency (if applicable).
  • File a report at the nearest police station immediately.

If you have doubts about the authenticity of a Singapore currency note or coin, you may contact us via email  to find out how you can have it verified physically. Please leave your contact number and a MAS staff member will get in touch with you.

For numismatic and commemorative coins, you may contact The Singapore Mint , MAS’ appointed numismatic coin contractor.

If a note or coin is verified to be counterfeit, it will be confiscated and you will be required to file a report at any police station.