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Published Date: 13 November 2004

MAS Launches First Colour Commemorative Coin

Singapore, 13 November 2004...The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will issue a series of coins from 2004 to 2008 to commemorate the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) Identity Plan.  The first series is launched today in conjunction with URA's Old World Charm Heritage Trail.

2   URA's Identity Plan aims to preserve the unique "essence" of places that are close to Singaporeans' hearts by recognising, retaining and enhancing them. These areas are grouped into various clusters.  MAS will issue a set of coins featuring one of the clusters from 2004 to 2008:

     2004 -     Old World Charm


-     Urban Villages
2006 -     Rustic Coast
2007 -     Southern Ridges & Hillside Villages
2008 -     Northern Wetlands & Central Catchments

3   The four areas in the Old World Charm cluster are Balestier, Jalan Besar, Joo Chiat and Tanjong Katong. These areas were identified because of their distinctive qualities and charm. The four areas exude the old world charm of Singapore's yesteryears, with rich architectural heritage, thriving street life and unique streetscapes.

4   The launch of the 2004 Singapore Identity Plan Coins will also mark the first time that coloured coins are issued in Singapore.  The coins come in an attractive packaging.

5   The Old World Charm series will be issued on 3 December 2004 to coincide with the URA's Exhibition "Shaping Singapore: Achievements (1974-2004) and Aspirations (2004-2034)". 

Coin Design

6   The  four designs of coins are based on the four areas in the Old World Charm cluster - Balestier, Jalan Besar,  Joo Chiat and Tanjong Katong.

7    The obverse of the coins bear the Singapore Arms with the year-date 2004.

Limited Worldwide Mintage

8   The details of the coins are:

a)  $1 Silver Proof Coin
8.56 grams of 999 fine silver with selective colour application.  Coin diameter of 24.66 mm.  Mintage of 8,000 pieces per design only.  Issue price:  $32 each (GST inclusive).

b)  $1 Cupro-Nickel Proof-Like Coin
7.29 grams of cupro-nickel.  Coin diameter of 24.66 mm.  Proof-like condition and mintage is based on demand.   Issue price:   $8.60 each  (GST inclusive).

9   The 2004 Singapore Identity Plan Coins are also available in premium sets housed in coloured boxes featuring conservation shophouses on the front:

a)  8-in-1 Coin Set 
4 Silver Proof and 4 Cupro-Nickel Proof-like Coins of the four areas in the Old World Charm cluster.  Issue price: $268 (GST inclusive).  Only 88 sets.

b)  4-in-1 Silver Proof Coin Set
4 Silver Proof Coins featuring the four areas in the Old World Charm cluster.  Issue price:  $178 (GST inclusive).  Only 800 sets.

c)  4-in-1 Cupro-Nickel Proof-Like Coin Set
4 Cupro-Nickel Proof-like Coins featuring the four areas in the Old World Charm cluster.  Issue price: $48 (GST inclusive).  Only 800 sets.

d)  2-in-1 Set
A Silver Proof Coin and a Cupro-Nickel Proof-Like Coin featuring one of the four areas in the Old World Charm cluster.  Issue Price:  $58 (GST inclusive).  Only 1,000 sets per design.

Sale of Coins

10   The coins will only be sold by The Singapore Mint.

11   Details of the sale and order for the coins will be published as follows:

      • The Straits Times

13 November 2004 (Saturday)

      • Lianhe Zaobao 13 November 2004 (Saturday)
      • Lianhe Wanbao 17 November 2004 (Wednesday)
      • Shin Min 19 November 2004 (Friday)

12   Order forms can be obtained from:

a)    The Singapore Mint retail shops at :

  • The Singapore Mint Coin Gallery
    20 Teban Gardens Crescent, Singapore 608928
    Tel :  6566 2626
  • Coin City, Starhub Centre
    51 Cuppage Road #01-07, Singapore 229469
    Tel :  6339 0886

b)    MAS Currency House at 109 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118536.

13   Orders can also be placed via the Internet at

14   For priority allocation, orders must reach The Singapore Mint by 30 November 2004.  Order forms can be sent to the above outlets or faxed to The Singapore Mint at 6565 2626 or 6567 2626.  For enquiries, you can contact The Singapore Mint at Tel: 6566 2626 / 6895 0386 / 6895 0383 during office hours.