About the Singapore Bicentennial Commemorative Note

On 5 June 2019, President Halimah Yacob launched a $20 currency note to commemorate Singapore’s Bicentennial. The commemorative note depicts Singapore’s journey to nationhood and pays tribute to our forebears who laid the foundations for modern Singapore.

Note Design

The front of the commemorative note features a portrait of Encik Yusof bin Ishak, Singapore’s first President, alongside the former Supreme Court and City Hall, which are now the National Gallery Singapore. These two national monuments witnessed many key events in Singapore’s passage to nationhood, including the swearing-in of the state government in 1963 and Singapore’s first national day parade in 1966.

The back of the note showcases eight pioneering individuals who were part of a broad cast who arrived from different lands and made significant contributions to nation building in diverse areas ranging from education, culture and community service to sports and defending Singapore.

The eight individuals are portrayed against a backdrop of the old Singapore River, flowing into present-day Singapore. The river was at the heart of Singapore’s development as a trading port, and later our transformation into a business and financial hub.

The note also features a multi-coloured lattice-work that reflects Singapore’s rich and diverse cultural tapestry. The ‘20’ denomination, Singapore Coat of Arms, Singapore Bicentennial logo, and the years ‘1819’ and ‘2019’ are depicted in gold with dynamic optical effects in a security stripe.

This $20 commemorative note was designed by local artists Mr Eng Siak Loy and Mr Weng Ziyan.

Singapore Bicentennial $20 Commemorative Note


Singapore Bicentennial Commemorative Note Video

More information on the pioneering individuals and key design elements can be found here.


All two million pieces of the initial issuance of the $20 commemorative notes were exchanged at the banks within a week of the launch in June 2019. To meet the strong public interest, MAS announced on 14 June 2019 that an additional two million pieces of the notes will be issued. An online application service for the notes was opened for 4 weeks from 16 September 2019 until 13 October 2019. All Singapore citizens and permanent residents who applied for the notes were allotted the full quantity requested. They will receive an SMS notification by 3 November 2019. The exchange period at the banks will run for two weeks, from 4 to 18 November 2019. Applicants who have opted to exchange for their notes at DBS/POSB branches will have a longer period up to 30 November 2019 to make the exchange. This is to avoid long queues from forming as a large number of applicants chose to make their note exchange at DBS/POSB branches. After the exchange period for online applicants, remaining notes will be available to the public at the participating retail banks (557.3 KB). See the frequently asked questions for more information on the exchange of the notes.

Numismatic Sets

5,000 limited edition numismatic sets, each comprising one uncut sheet of three $20 commemorative notes, were available for purchase at $280 per set. All 5,000 sets have been sold.