Singapore Ship $100 28-in-1 Uncut Sheet (Part 2)

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The Singapore Ship $100 uncut sheet has high numismatic importance and value due to its magnificent design and rarity. Therefore I’m doing a part 2 to give it better coverage.

Issued to commemorate 100 Years of Currency Board and 30th Anniversary of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), this $100 Ship Series 28-in-1 uncut sheet comes with two special overprints:

 

  1. 100 Years of Currency Board &
  2. MAS 30th Anniversary

Specifications:

  1. Date of issue: 10 July 1997.
  2. Size: 661 x 547 mm
  3. Signed by Minister for Finance Dr Hu Tsu Tau.
  4. Special serial no: A/38 84xx90
  5. All notes bear the same first 2 digits of 84 and last 2 digits of 90.
  6. Come in a heavy wooden box.
  7. Uncirculated mint condition.
  8. Certificate serial no. and note’s last 2 digits are non-matching.
  9. Production: 100 sheets only.

 

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Front design: Passenger Liner Chusan

Serial Number Configuration: 

This Ship $100 28-in-1 uncut sheet has 7 rows and 4 columns.

The serial numbers are arranged as follows.

1st column     2nd column     3rd column     4th column
840 090          840 790           841 490           842 190
840 190          840 890           841 590           842 290
840 290          840 990           841 690           842 390
840 390          841 090           841 790           842 490
840 490          841 190           841 890           842 590
840 590          841 290           841 990           842 690
840 690          841 390           842 090           842 790

All notes share the prefix A/38.

The first note on the top-left corner starts with the serial number 840090. The serial number of the note below increases with an increment of 100, consecutively to the last note at the bottom-right corner that ends with 842790.

This arrangement is different from the Ship $2, $5 and $10 uncut sheets.

The “30th anniversary” overprint appears on the 1st, 4th and 7th row, on alternate notes.

The “100 Years” overprint appears on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th row, on alternate notes.

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So, how many “30th anniversary” and “100 Years” overprints are there?

The Ship $100 note is without a doubt a very beautiful note: distinctive colours and themes, large sized, majestic and intricately designed.

The banknote was released to the public in 1985, that’s 27 years ago. The passenger liner on the front has probably gone to a metal scrap-yard and Changi airport has transformed from a “garden” (as depicted on the back of the note) to Asia’s busiest sky-hub; and it has begun to build its fourth passenger terminal two months ago. SIA’s Boeing Jumbo 747 Big Top has all been retired years ago with the introduction of the A380s.

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Back design: Singapore Changi Airport

Time flies but history is permanently “etched” on a banknote.

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by Russell Cheong

owner & author of uncutcurrency.sg