Singapore’s Golden Jubilee Collectible Currency Series

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A lot of people are asking me, why am I doing this? Creating the Singapore’s Golden Jubilee Collectible Currency Series. Why go through so much trouble, just to create a souvenir for ordinary folks who only appreciate its face value a lot more than its artistic and collecting values?

I think SG50 is a good opportunity to showcase what this tiny little red dot has given us over the last 50 years. As a currency enthusiast, I think it is important to share with our  fellow countrymen and our children, the currency of our nation.

For this young nation, we have produced just 4 currency series: Orchid, Bird, Ship & Portrait. Currency notes that were discontinued were removed from circulation, most ended up at the shredder. Whatever that survived were kept in biscuit tins or boxes in mouldy wardrobes, forgotten and eventually rot away. The lucky ones ended up in the hands of collectors. Good quality notes become more and more expensive as local & international collectors buy them up. Over time, we can be sure there can only be fewer and prices are higher.

It would be a shame if our children and their children, can only see our older currency in museums and auction houses. So I want ordinary folks to own a piece of our history to enjoy and to hand them down to future generations: currency notes that have powered our nation to what it is today and the future.

To celebrate and to remember Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, I selected six rare and discontinued notes from Singapore’s four currency series, that have played an important role in our nation building, the notes that ordinary folks used most, the $1 and $2. These notes are encapsulated in acrylic so that they can be displayed and enjoyed, their condition can be better protected and preserved for future generations.

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

The Golden Jubilee Set.

The Golden Jubilee Set.

新加坡金禧年珍藏纸币系列

很多人都在问我,为什么我要这样做呢?搞了个新加坡金禧珍藏纸币系列。经历了这么多,就只为了给国人做个纪念品吗?而一般国人除了认识纸币的面值,不一定会欣赏纸币的艺术和收藏价值。那我不是白忙了吗?

我认为SG50是一个很好的机会来展示一下这个小红点在过去的50年里给了我们些什么。作为纸币爱好者,我觉得跟我们的同胞和我们的孩子,分享我们国家所发行的纸币是很重要的。

这个年轻的国家,只发行了四个系列的纸币:胡姬花,鸟类,船舶及肖像。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,或在饼干罐、或在发霉的衣柜里,度过黑暗的岁月,被遗忘,最终被白蚁肆虐,无一幸存。落在收藏者手中的是最幸运的了。品相好的纸币被本地及国际收藏家抢购,价格飙升,变得越来越昂贵。我们可以肯定的是,这些纸币随着时间的推移会越来越少,也越来越昂贵。

试想想,如果有一天,我们的孩子和他们的孩子,只能在博物馆和拍卖行才能看到我们以前的纸币,那是多么遗憾的一件事。所以,我想这些推动了我们国家发展时至今日和将来的纸币,就如国家历史的一部分,国人也可以拥有,并把它世代相传。

为了庆祝和记念新加坡金禧年,我选了来自新加坡四个纸币系列的六款绝版稀有纸币,在我们的国家建设中发挥了重要作用,是国人最常用的1元和2元面额纸币。这些纸币被封装在亚克力里,典雅美观,可供欣赏,也更好的保护纸钞的品相,绵绵瓜瓞,延续不断。

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

 

by Russell Cheong

owner & author of uncutcurrency.sg

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