Ah, coins. What other mass-produced object can be so emblematic of history, of politics, and most of all, of man’s attachment to money? The fittingly titled “Striking a Legacy” is the Singapore Mint’s coin gallery remarkable display of of coins, medallions, and medals from the world.
Some of the rare coins showcased here date back to earlier than the 1800s. Both Singaporean and international currencies are shown, with a distinct focus on the evolution of the Singaporean coin. This evolution is outlined for you with examples of coins from each era:
- When the state was first established in 1965, it used the common Board of Commissioners currency of the Malaysia and British Borneo.
- 1967 saw the establishment of the Board of Commissioners of Currency for Singapore- the BCCS. There was then the issue of the first Singaporean circulation coins which were radically different from its previous counterparts.. You will see that in these first coins there was not only no longer an image of the British monarch, but the new coins also used radically different materials, sizes, shapes, and denominations.
- In 1968 was the establishment of the Singapore Mint. The Mint also advocated and followed through on an innovative minting technique that resulted in coins that were much more precisely engineered and much harder to copy. These coins are much more similar to the Singaporean coin today.
- To mark the founding of Singapore on its 150th Anniversary, the BCCS commissioned the Singapore Mint to mint special 22-carat commemorative coins.
- In 1975, Singapore celebrated its 10th year of Independence. You will see that in lieu of this occasion the government commissioned: silver and gold commemorative coins in denominations ranging from $10 to $500.
- The 1970s also saw the expansion of the Mint’s operations to minting various medals and medallions for military services and the like.
- 1981 saw the first issue of the lunar coin series, featuring coins such as the Year of the Rooster Coin.
- Other coins were made on more occasions Singapore became an increasingly renowned financial hub and gained international recognition: thus you will see coins commemorating occasions such as the Changi Airport opening, 25 years of Public Housing, and the Benjamin Sheares Bridge opening.
- In the 1990s, the Singapore Mint minting process continued to develop until the coinage gained international certification for quality. It started producing gift and collectible items, several of you can see displayed for purchase.
Naturally, it is not only the coins themselves that have evolved, but their minting procedures as well. The Singapore Mint’s coin gallery displays several coins as examples of both ancient processes and contemporary, ground-breaking technological methods innovated by the institution. The Singapore Mint, in fact, has received awards for some of these processes.
Make your own
The best and often most-anticipated part of your museum tour is that you will be able to mint your own coin using a coin press! Kids will also love being able to create their own special souvenir to commemorate their visit.
The Singapore Mint continues to fulfill its mission as being a world-class producer of currency-related memorabilia, gifts, and collectibles. There is so much to experience and learn about its history and currency evolution that your tour will evolve into a learning journey of its own.
Singapore Mint Coin Gallery
20 Teban Gardens Crescent,
Tel: (+65) 6566 2626
8.30am – 4.30pm (Mon – Fri)