Singapore Ship $5 40-in-1 Uncut Sheet MAS 30th Overprints

This Singapore Ship $5 uncut sheet is quite unusual. Issued to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), it bears two (2) special overprints on alternate notes: the MAS logo and the MAS 30th anniversary logo. 
Overprints on Singapore notes are rare. 
Does the 30th anniversary logo looks familiar? Yes, it’s the same logo used on the Ship $100 28-in-1 uncut sheet. These were the only two uncut sheets issued to mark the special occasion.
To make this uncut sheet even more collectible, the sheet actually comes with a printing border, something unusual: 
  1. at the top     – a colour bar with alphabets indicating the columns
  2. on the left     – arabic numbers indicating the rows & a set of printed numbers probably indicating batch numbers and, production date and time.
  3. on the right   – a smaller border with markings.
  4. at the bottom- a semi circle notch and a set of printed numbers


Top border: colour bar 

Top and left border: Alphabet A, B, C, D, E indicating the 5 columns (on the top).

Arabic numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 indicating the rows (on the left).

On the left border, a set of printed numbers probably indicating  batch numbers, and production date and time. If that’s true, then the sheets were printed on 22 February 1995, at 7.38pm. That’s about 30 months before the issue date.

So are you looking forward to 2015? In other words printing would be completed in 2013 (?). Final design and approval would be given in 2012 (?). What am I talking about? 
Ok, back to the Ship $5 uncut sheet.
At the bottom: a semicircular notch in between the first and second column. Anyone knows the purpose of this notch?
At the bottom right-hand corner, a set of printed numbers. Anyone knows what it means?


On the reverse-side, the colour bar is at the bottom. The set of printed numbers is different from the front.

If you’ve engaged a printer in your course of work, you’d know this is the original print that comes off the press before the sheet is cut to it’s required size.

Most uncut sheets do NOT come with the printing borders. The only other uncut sheet (pre-portrait series) that do come with borders would be the Ship $2 (Violet) 25-in-1, commemorating MAS 25th anniversary.


Date of issue: August 1997.
Size: 569 x 688 mm
Signed by Minister for Finance Hu Tsu Tau.
Special serial no: B/xx 9xx592
All notes bears the same last 3 digits of 592.
Come with box and certificate. 
Certificate serial no. and note’s last 3 digits are non-matching.
Limited to 1,000 sheets only.

Serial Number Configuration:
This Ship $5 uncut sheet has 8 rows and 5 columns.
The serial numbers are arranged as follows.

1st column: 

B/28 959592 
B/28 909592
B/28 859592
B/28 809592

B/29 959592
B/29 909592
B/29 859592
B/29 809592

Based on the above, the entire sheet has 10 prefixes: 
B/28, B/29, B/30, B/31, B/32, B/33, B/34, B/35, B/36 & B/37; 
and 4 sets of numbers (959, 909, 859, 809) that ends with 592 and are repeated with each prefix.

My other Ship $5 uncut sheet (last 3 digit 593), also bears the exact prefixes, serial no. and configuration.

Is it the same for all other Ship $5 uncut sheets? 

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The Ship $5 note is well designed with a vibrant green mixed with yellow and red. A majestic reverse but I find it a less prominent note compared to the other notes of the same series because the Twakow, the star subject of this note, is overly subtle. To put it plainly it is too small without emphasis and there’s too much empty space around it. Looking at it, I still can’t tell what’s a Twakow.

1. Among the $2, $5, $10, $50 and $100 notes, which has the lowest “in circulation” numbers?

2. The beautiful reverse of the Ship $5 note showcases the Merlion and the PSA container terminal. Is this the terminal at Keppel or West Coast? The 5-storey building could be a clue.

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So with this, the publication for the Ship series is complete ($2, $5, $10, $50 & $100). I will provide an update for the Ship $10, $50 and $100 in the near future.

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by Russell Cheong

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