SG50 Special: The Singapore Ship $2 Red Currency Note in Acrylic

Rare Ship $2 Red currency note encapsulated in acrylic.

The Ship $2 Red was issued on 28th January 1991.

It was the first $2 currency note, a major change in currency denomination indicating a significant shift in our economic progress and spending patterns. But being red in colour, it was almost similar to the $10, although it is of a different shade and size. Some would argue that it is not red but orange! So is it RED or ORANGE?

Officially it is RED. But you can call it ORANGE . . .

In less than a year in circulation, the RED was changed to PURPLE on 16th December 1991.

Question: Who was so against red and wanted it changed? Who are the “complain kings and queens”?

Answer: The hawkers and small traders! They were confused by the new Red $2 as though they were the $10. These were the real people that run our economy, our daily lives, and the authorities took their “feedback” very seriously and swift actions were taken!

Now if you think having a typo error on 2 million folders is serious and overwhelming, what about having the wrong colour on a currency note?

Do you know how many Ship $2 Red were printed? 120 million. (Source: singaporemint.com) Is that a lot? Yes, if you count them one piece at a time. For $1 & $2 notes, 120 million is just a small pile.

As a matter of fact, it is the smallest pile of $1 & $2 notes ever printed out of the four series. Collectible? Definitely. (Only a tiny percentage of discontinued notes will survive, most end up at the shredders, and even fewer in pristine condition.)

The Ship $2 Red currency notes has two firsts:

  1. the least printed $1 and $2 currency notes; and
  2. the currency note with the shortest circulated period (less than 12 months).

That’s really not bad! Not bad at all!

To preserve for future generations, now encapsulated in acrylic with the printed slogan “Majulah Singapura 1965 – 2015″, these magnificent pieces are presented in a luxurious gold colour gift box, together with a certificate of authenticity.

Celebrating Singapore’s 50 Years of Independence.

Limited to 500 pieces.

The Singapore’s Golden Jubilee Collectible Currency Series is listed on MCCY’s SG50 official website.

Rare Ship $2 Red currency note encapsulated in acrylic.

Rare Ship $2 Red currency note encapsulated in acrylic.

新加坡金禧年珍藏纸币系列

船舶系列2元面额红色纸钞,1991年1月28日首次发行。这是新加坡第一张2元面额纸钞,是货币面额上的重大改变,表明我们的经济发展和消费模式的转变显著。但这张红色2元面额纸钞,在颜色上相当接近10元面额纸钞,虽然色调和大小都不同。有人会说,这不是红色而是橙色!那它到底是红色还是橙色?

根据官方的说法,它是红色。但没关系,你可以说它是橙色。

在1991年12月16日,不到一年的时间,红色变成了紫色。

问题:是谁在针对红色,要它变色?谁是“投诉王”?

答案:是小贩和小商贩!他们把新的红色2元当成了10元,经常找错钱!他们是我们经济和日常生活中的真正推手,而当局对于他们的“反馈”,反应是相当的凌厉和慎重!

现在想想,如果有两百万个新钞封套印错了名字是非常严重的一件事,那么如果一张纸币的颜色选错了,那后果又如何?

你知道船舶2元面额红色纸钞总共印了多少张?

一亿两千万张。 (资料来源:singaporemint.com)

很多吗?是的,如果你一张一张数算的话。对于1元和2元面额的纸钞,发行一两个亿是少之又少,小菜而已!

事实上,船舶2元面额红色纸钞发行了一亿两千万张,是四个系列1元和2元面额纸钞里头最小的一堆。值得珍藏?绝对。(注:当一个系列的纸币被另一个系列所取代而停止流通时,大多数的纸币都被回收,送到碎纸机那里结束余生。其余幸存者,能完好无损,也应该所剩无几!)

船舶2面额红色纸钞有两个第一:

  1. 发行量最少的1元和2元面额的纸钞;
  2. 流通时间最短的新加坡纸钞(少于12个月)。

厉害了吧?!

为了庆祝新加坡金禧年,这款绝版稀有纸钞,重新登场。未流通品相船舶2元面额红色纸钞被封装在亚克力里,印上 “Majulah Singapura 1965 – 2015” 的标语。豪华金色礼盒包装、配有证书。精美收藏,世代相传。

庆祝新加坡建国五十周年。限量发行500个。

新加坡金禧年珍藏纸币系列的纪念品以被列入SG50政府官方网站

Rare Ship $2 Red currency note encapsulated in acrylic.

Rare Ship $2 Red currency note encapsulated in acrylic.

 

by Russell Cheong

owner & author of uncutcurrency.sg

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