MAS Launches Commemorative Coins to Celebrate 50 Years of Independence
Singapore, 4 April 2015… 2015 marks Singapore’s 50th year of independence. To mark this major milestone in the nation’s journey, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today launched a series of three commemorative coins. The series comprise a $2 cupro-nickel coin, a $5 silver coin and a $50 gold coin, and will be issued on 28 May 2015. The coins are a lead up to a series of commemorative notes that will be issued in the second half of 2015.
2 The coins are themed ‘Education, Building Our Nation Together’, reflecting the fundamental role that Education has played in the transformation of a young nation.
3 The cupro-nickel coin features basic education at the primary and secondary levels, which equips our children with the foundational skills and the character and values that prepare them for the future. The silver coin showcases higher education that provides students with multiple pathways to achieving their aspirations. The gold coin features our educators, who seek to bring out the best in every child.
4 Singapore’s multi-racial diversity is depicted in all three designs. The obverse of the coins bears the Singapore Coat of Arms with the year 2015.
5 More details of the coins are at the Annex.
Sale of Coins
6 The coins will be sold by The Singapore Mint.
8 Pre-orders must reach The Singapore Mint by 15 May 2015. Coins that are oversubscribed will be subjected to balloting.
$2 Cupro-Nickel Proof-Like Coin
The foreground depicts students engaged in diverse learning activities, in both academic and non-academic domains. It underscores the importance of a holistic education in developing character, and enabling students to discover and build on their strengths and interests.
2 The background features Bukit Panjang Government High School (BPGHS). Set up in 1960, BPGHS is an example of the schools that have journeyed with the nation, and continue to nurture our next generation.
$5 Silver Proof Coin
3 The foreground depicts students in various fields of study – culinary arts at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), engineering at a polytechnic, and medicine at a university. The range of courses available at the various institutes of higher learning reflects the diverse strengths and interests of our students.
4 The background features the ITE Headquarters and ITE College Central, and the National University of Singapore’s Bukit Timah Campus. The former is the latest ITE campus, opened in November 2013, while the latter symbolises the early years in the development of a high-quality tertiary education system.
$50 Gold Proof Coin
5 The foreground depicts educators in a range of teaching activities, collectively representing the teaching fraternity.
6 The background features a typical classroom scene in a primary school, reminding us of the role our educators play in guiding and inspiring every child through their words and deeds, and developing each to his or her fullest potential.
7 The coins can be purchased individually or in a deluxe set. The specifications of the coins are as follows:
a. $2 Cupro-Nickel Proof-Like Coin
The coin is minted with 20 grams of cupro-nickel alloy and has a diameter of 38.70 mm. It features colour application.
Mintage: On demand
b. $5 Silver Proof Coin
The coin is minted with 1 troy ounce of 999 fine silver and has a diameter of 40.70 mm. It features colour application, and comes with a serialised certificate of authenticity.
Mintage: 15,000 pieces
c. $50 Gold Proof Coin
The coin is minted with ¼ troy ounce of 999.9 fine gold and has a diameter of 21.96 mm. It comes with a serialised certificate of authenticity.
Mintage: 2,000 pieces
d. Deluxe 3-in-1 Coin Set
The deluxe coin set comprises a $2 Cupro-Nickel Proof-Like Coin, a $5 Silver Proof Coin, and a $50 Gold Proof Coin. Each coin set comes with a serialised certificate of authenticity. The coins in this set form part of the mintage for the individual coins.
Mintage: 500 sets
(a) $2 Cupro-Nickel Proof-Like Coin
(b) $5 Silver Proof Coin
(c) $50 Gold Proof Coin
(d) Deluxe 3-in-1 Coin Set