Friday, July 23, 2010

Rare Singapore Ship 1 Dollar Banknotes

As mentioned previously, there are a few ways people collect notes. Some people like to collect the different signatures for a particular series (e.g. Orchid Series), special numbers, birthdays, the first of each series, the last of each series etc.

In this post, I am showing you the common but rare Ship series 1 dollar banknotes. Ship series notes were issued on 12th Jan 1987. For most people around my age, we would be vaguely familiar with these notes. Bring one or two to school, its enough to buy a couple of drinks at the school canteen or even a few nice, fancy erasers at the bookshop.

However, though these notes are common, this series of 1 dollar note was signed by 2 of our ex-minister of finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee and Dr. Richad Hu Tsu Tau. Contrary to popular belief that all Dr. Goh's notes are more expensive, in this series, Dr. Goh's notes are the common ones apart from the D/14 prefix.

The reason is because while this series run from A/1 to D/20, only D/14 to D20 prefixes bear the signature of Dr. Richard Hu, while the rest of the A B C till D/14 series bear the signature of Dr. Goh. Therefore, due to the limited supply, the prices of Dr. Hu's notes are higher. Especially interesting is that for the prefix D/14, it is a cross signature prefix, with both Dr. Goh's and Dr. Hu's signature, with different font for the printing of the serial number.

In the scans above, I have uploaded the images of the D/14 to D/20 notes. Note the different signatures of the notes, as well as the last 2 digits, which are similar. These notes were taken from 8 different stack of 100 notes, to make out the same ending 2 numbers which makes them special.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Singapore Mint Silver Bullions

Apart from cashcards and coins, Singapore Mint also occasionally produces silver bullions and bars. This set of silver bullions were cast with the images of Malayan notes.

Singapore Orchid Series Cashcards

While I was arranging my collection, I found these interesting items. Singapore Mint has always been producing other interesting products apart from the large supply of coins they have released into the market. One of these products are printed cashcards. These cashcards below are printed with images of the singapore orchid series banknotes.

Monday, July 5, 2010

3 Consecutive Singapore Bird Series 10K Banknotes

This is a rare find, a set of 3 consecutive pieces of Singapore Bird Series 10K banknotes. The notes are very well preserved, with little signs of foxing and light centre folds.

Front design


White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Back design:Two scenes of the Singapore River
Size of note:203 mm x 133 mm
First issued:1 February 1980