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Published Date: 02 July 2005

MAS Launches National University of Singapore Centennial Commemorative Coins


Singapore, 2 July 2005...Senior Minister and Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Goh Chok Tong today launched the National University of Singapore (NUS) Centennial Commemorative Coins at the NUS Centennial Celebration dinner.

2   NUS started as a small medical college in 1905.  Today, it is internationally acknowledged as a global university with affiliations to the leading institutions around the world.  Besides the Centennial coins to commemorate the institution's 100 years, NUS will be organising a series of activities to showcase its global excellence, academic distinction, cultural vibrancy and rich heritage.

Coin Design

3   The coin design was based on the winning entry by Mr Wong Chung Hau and Ms Aw-Yeong Yan Yan in a coin design competition organised by NUS for its students, alumni members and staff. 

4   The design includes the following elements:

  • A single human figure depicts the aspirations of NUS in striving towards global excellence. It reflects the NUS community's focus on people and depicts NUS as one body.  The figure reaches towards the star in the NUS Centenniel logo, signifying NUS' quest for global excellence as well as a personal drive for life-long learning.
  • The stylized globe signifies NUS as a global knowledge enterprise that transcends boundaries of space and time.  The text on the circumference anchors the human figure, suggesting that NUS equips graduates to thrive in a fast-changing global economy. 

5   The obverse of the coin bears the Singapore Arms with the year-date 2005.

Limited Worldwide Mintage

6   The coins will be issued on 2 July 2005.  The details of the coins are: 

a) S$100 Gold Proof Coin
1 troy ounce of 999.9 Fine Gold.  Coin diameter of 33.00 mm.  Very low mintage of 500 pieces only.  Issue price:  S$1,200 (GST inclusive).

b) S$10 Silver Proof Coin
20 grams of 999 Fine Silver.  Coin diameter of 38.70 mm.  Mintage of 10,000 pieces.   Issue price:   S$68 (GST inclusive).

c) S$10  Cupro-Nickel Proof-like Coin
20 grams of cupro-nickel.  Coin diameter of 40.70 mm.  Mintage of 20,000 pieces.   Issue price:   S$24 (GST inclusive).

Sale of Coins

7   The coins will only be sold by The Singapore Mint and NUS.

8   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.

c) NUS Development Office
University Hall
Lee Kong Chian Wing
#UHL -03-01
21 Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077
Tel : 6874 5761
d)  NUS Extension
9 Penang Road, #10-08 Park Mall
Singapore 238459
Tel: 6338 8400 

e) NUS Co-operative, Forum Bookstore
Ground Floor, Central Library Building
Kent Ridge Crescent
Singapore 119260
Tel: 6776 6145 

9   Orders can also be placed via the Internet at

10   Mail orders must reach The Singapore Mint before 22 July 2005.  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 0350 during office hours.

 (a)                          (b)                         (c)

(a) $10 Silver Proof Coin
(b) $100 Gold Proof Coin
(c) $10 Cupro-Nickel Proof-like Coin