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In the history of Singapore’s paper currency, post independence up to 2013, there has been seven (7) signatures over four (4) series of banknotes.
The Singapore currency bears the signature of the Finance Minister from the Orchid, Bird to Ship series. Starting from the Portrait series, the currency bears the signature of the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Currency, Singapore (BCCS) and after 2002, the Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
The seven (7) signatories of Singapore currency, from 1967 to 2013:
- Mr Lim Kim San
- Dr Goh Keng Swee
- Mr Hon Sui Sen
- Dr Richard Hu Tsu Tau
- Mr Lee Hsien Loong (current Prime Minister)
- Mr Goh Chok Tong (Emeritus Senior Minister)
- Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam (current Deputy PM & Finance Minister)
Q: Who are the longest serving signatories on our currency?
A: Mr Hon Sui Sen served for 13 years (est.), having his signature printed on the Orchid to the Bird series. Dr Richard Hu served about 16 years (est.), helming the Ship to President Yusof Ishak series.
Q: Who are the shortest serving signatories on our currency?
A: Mr Lim Kim San served from 1965 to 1967 (about 2-3 years), while Dr Goh Keng Swee served from 1967 to 1970 (about 3-4 years). But it could also be Mr Lee Hsien Loong who served as MAS Chairman from 1998 to 2004 and Finance Minister from 2001 to 2007.
But how could that be since PM Lee was MAS Chairman and Finance Minister up to 2007?
If you wish to know more, look out for my next blog post
Orchid Series $100, signed by Finance Minister LKS.
Bird Series $20, signed by Finance Minister HSS.
Ship Series $2, signed by Finance Minister HTT.
Ship Series $100, signed by Finance Minister HTT.
Portrait Series $5, signed by Chairman BCCS, HTT.
Portrait Series $50, signed by MAS Chairman, Tharman.