About Commemorative and Numismatic Currency
Besides its main role of issuing currency for circulation, MAS also issues commemorative and numismatic notes and coins to mark significant national events and achievements, and to cater to collectors' interests.
Note: Commemorative notes and coins are issued as one-off currency for a limited time only. MAS and commercial banks do not carry any remaining stocks of past commemorative notes and coins. MAS also does not participate in secondary market transactions of commemorative currencies.
To enquire about the market value or availability of past commemorative and numismatic currencies, you may consider contacting Mavin International Pte Ltd , which regularly conducts auctions of Singapore currency. Alternatively, you may contact coin and banknote dealers or The Singapore Mint (for commemorative and numismatic coins).
Refer to the following for interesting facts about Singapore's commemorative and numismatic currency.
- The $50 polymer commemorative note issued in 1990 was the first note to be designed by a local artist, Mr Chua Mia Tee.
- The SG50 $50 commemorative note won the International Association of Currency Affairs' (IACA) award for Best New Feature or Product in 2016.
- The innovative optical security feature on the Brunei-Singapore Currency Interchangeability Agreement 50th anniversary commemorative notes won the Best Applied Security Product award category at the Excellence in Holography Awards 2017.
- The unique security stripe with KINEGRAM COLORS® technology (known as KINEGRAM COLORS® with FLUX effect) on the Singapore Bicentennial (SB) note won the Best Applied Security Product award at the Excellence in Holography Awards 2019.
- The first gold coin (face-value $150) was issued in 1969 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Singapore by Sir Stamford Raffles.
- On the reverse, it bears the design of the Raffles Lighthouse with the inscription '150 Dollars'.
- The $5 uncirculated silver coin issued in 1973 was the first commemorative coin packaged together with a set of stamps for a Philatelic-Numismatic Cover.
- It was issued to commemorate the staging of the Southeast Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games in Singapore and the opening of the National Stadium.
- The first platinum coin was the $500 Platinum Proof Coin issued in 1990 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Singapore's Independence.
- The first piedfort coin (double thickness) was the $10 silver piedfort proof coin issued in 1992 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Board of Commissioners of Currency Singapore (BCCS).
- The first Singapore coin to receive an international award was the $250 gold proof Year of the Tiger Coin (Second Chinese Almanac Series) issued in 1998.
- It was awarded the Best Gold Coin in the Coin of the Year Competition organised jointly by World Coins News and Krause Publication in 2000.
- The $5 millennium coin issued in 2000 is the first Singapore coin to have a latent image that shows the year-date "2000" and BCCS logo when viewed at different angles.
- The smallest Singapore coin is the $1 Gold Bullion coin, first issued in 2003.
- The size of the coin is 7.00 mm in diameter and its weight is 0.30 grams.
- The $10 silver piedfort coin issued in 2005 (Year of the Rooster) is the first almanac coin in full colour.
- The $10 gold cameo silver proof coin issued in 2005 to commemorate Singapore's 40 years of independence is the first commemorative coin with cameo (silver with gold insert) feature.
- Singapore's first rectangular coin is the $5 silver proof colour coin issued in 2010 to commemorate Singapore's 45 years of independence.