Monday, September 29, 2008

$2 Singapore 2008 F1 Coin

$2 Cupro-Nickel coin issued by the Singapore Mint to commemorate the event of F 1 2008 in Singapore.

Singapore has successfully host the inaugural Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix from 26 to 28 September 2008. It was the first ever night race in Formula 1 history kicked off at Marina Bay Street Circuit. The Spanish driver, Fernando Alonso of the Renault Formula 1 team, has won his first championship title for the Year 2008.

To commemorate such meaningful event of the first ever night race in Formula 1 history and first ever street race in Asia, The Singapore Mint issued a commemorative coin on 12 September 2008 to commemorate this auspicious event.

The obverse of the coin features the two most recognizable icons in auto racing, namely a Formula 1 car in full throttle and the winning chequered flag. The background of this coin features the spectacular mood of dazzling lights and vibrancy of the night race and landmarks in the Marina area that forms part of the street circuit.

The reverse of the coin features the Singapore national coat of arms with four different languages namely English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese and the year of mintage.

Specification

Diameter : 38.7 mm
Weight : 20 g
Composition : Cupro-Nickel Proof
Mintage : 8,000 pieces

Sunday, September 28, 2008

$20 Polymer Commemorative Banknote of Brunei and Singapore : 40th Anniversary of Currency Interchangeability Agreement

To recall the history, prior to 1967, the Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore were using the same currency namely the Malaya and British Borneo banknotes that issued by the Malaya and British Borneo Currency Board. It was until 12 June 1967, all three countries decided to issue their own notes but kept the exchange at par. However, Malaysia had pulled out from this Currency Interchangeability Agreement in 1973. Despite termination from Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore still hold the agreement until today.

On 27 June 2007, Brunei and Singapore celebrated their 40th anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement. To commemorate the auspicious event, very interestingly, both counties have issued new $20 polymer notes with adopting the same color and design on the reverse of their notes.

Brunei issues a new $20 polymer commemorative note to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between both Brunei and Singapore

Singapore issues a new $20 polymer commemorative note to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between both Brunei and Singapore


The Brunei $20 polymer commemorative note bears a see-through window with red crest and gold OVD with HB as latent image. The front of this note features the Portrait of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on the right and the plant, Ipomoea Pes-capre, at the center.

The Singapore $20 polymer commemorative note bears two embossed see-through windows, gold lion with latent image of Singapore Arms, security thread shaped like Singapore island and a red-to-gold OVD. The front features the Portrait of Encik Yusof bin Ishak, the first president of Singapore, on the right and the orchids, Dendrobium Puan Noor Aishah, at the center.

The back these two notes feature the Singapore’s splanade and buildings along the city’s waterfront on the left; the Brunei's Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque, Royal Barge and water village on the right.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Singapore $50 Commemorative Note for 25th Anniversary of Independence

This $50 commemorative note was issued by Monetary Authority of Singapore in 1990 to commemorate the nation's 25th Anniversary of Independence. Singapore was the second country to issue a Guardian polymer banknote after Australia. This note was printed by Note Printing Australia in size of 157mm x 74mm. The following are the full description of this commemorative note.

The front features the development of Singapore

The back features the multi-racial character of Singapore

A $50 commemorative banknote is being issued for the first time in Singapore to celebrate the nation’s 25th year of independence. It was designed by artist Chua Mia Tee, and is also the first banknote to be designed in Singapore. Some 5.1 million notes will be produced, of which 300,000 will carry the anniversary date, 9 August 1990; the other 4.8 million are for circulation.

The front of the note illustrates the country development. The picture on the left is based on a painting of the harbour and water-front executed by W.Gray in 1861. Singapore’s natural deep water harbour and strategic location at the crossroad of Europe and the Far East had much to do with the island’s early success as an entrepot. The port’s activities expanded rapidly with the opening of the Suez Canal and the advent of the steamship; and the resulting prosperity, together with the lure of the rich Malayan hinterland, drew migrants from all over the world to make their fortunes and their homes in Singapore.

A studied contrast is provided by the picture on the right, which depicts the highly computerized container part of today, flanked by the lofty building of the financial district. Modern Singapore is a major manufacturing and financial centre, and, in terms of tonnage handled, is the busiest port in the world. It is a global city, linked to the rest of the world by its efficient telecommunication system, and its highly acclaimed airline.

The oval in the center shows the first President of Singapore, Encik Yusof bin Ishak, with five stars on the left. Four blossoms of the national flower, Vanda Miss Jaaquim, are above this oval; these flowers are perfectly matched on the front and the back of the note.

The 25th anniversary logo is visible on the upper right-hand corner when the note is held up to the light; the signature and seal of Dr. Richard Hu Tsu Tau, Minister for Finance and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Currency, Singapore, is in the lower right-hand corner.

The back of the note highlights the multi-racial character of Singapore. On the right is a mixed group of jubilant Singaporeans, with State flag behind them. The Singapore Arms is to the right of the flag. At the sitting of the First Parliament (shown on the left), the President, Encik Yusof bin Ishak, is flanked by six High Court Judges (Justice Kulasekeram, Justice Ambrose, Justice M Buttrose, Chief Justice Wee Ching Jin, Justice Tan Ah Tah, Justice FA Chua and two aides-de-camp; the Speaker is Mr. A P Rajah, and on the government bench can be seen the Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, and fours members of his cabinet.

In addition to traditional security devices (intaglio printing, microprinting, perfect registration of features, latent image i.e. the BCCS logo is seen on the fornt when the note is viewed horizontally at eye level), this virtually unforgeable note also incorporates the latest in banknote security features: a shadow image (the anniversary logo) and an optically variable device (OVD) – the image in the centre of the note. The ODV can be viewed from the front and the back, and diffracts light to produce a varying rainbow pattern when viewed from different angles. TO incorporate the OVD, a special polymer (plastic) substrate which can take printing like an ordinary banknote was created. The technology to produce this note was pioneered and developed by the Note Printing Branch of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Thai 2007 Circulation Coin Set

The front cover of Circulation Coin Set of Thailand 2007

This circulation coin set of Thailand Year 2007 was issued by Bureau of Grand National Treasury of Thailand. It consists of 8 circulation coins with the denominations of 10 Baht, 5 Baht, 1 Baht, 50 Satang, 25 Satang, 10 Satang, 5 Satang and 1 Satang. Bath is an official currency of Thailand and 1 Baht is subdivided into 100 Satang.

This coin pack gives a brief introduction of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej or known as King Rama IX. He is the longest ruling monarch in Thailand's history and also the longest reigning ruler in the world.

His Majesty was born on Monday 5th December 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a son of Prince Mahidol of Songkla and Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother.

His Majesty started primary education at Mater dei school, Bangkok. In 1933, he continued his study at Mermont school in Lausanne, Switzerland. He finished his study at University of Lausanne with degrees in law and political science.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej accessed to the throne as the ninth King of Chakri dynasty on 9th June 1946. On 28th April 1950, he was married to Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara, who later became Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

For over six decades, His Majesty has devoted himself almost entirely to his numerous development projects for the benefits of the whole nation. The King also encourages "sufficiency economics" lifestyle for the country's sustainable development.

The obverse of the coins feature the King Rama IX

The reverse of the coins feature various temples in Thailand

Specification

10 Baht
Obverse : King Rama IX
Reverse : Phra Prang Wat Arun
Composition : Bi-Metal Cupro-nickel Bronze
Weight : 8.5 g
Diameter : 26mm
Edge : Milled and plain

5 Baht
Obverse : King Rama IX
Reverse : Wat Benchama Bo Phit
Composition : Cupro-nickel / Clad copper
Weight : 7.5 g
Diameter : 24mm
Edge : Milled

1 Baht
Obverse : King Rama IX
Reverse : The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Composition : Cupro-nickel
Weight : 3.4 g
Diameter : 20 mm
Edge : Milled

50 Satang
Obverse : King Rama IX
Reverse : Chedi Wat Phra That Dol Suthep
Composition : Bronze
Weight : 2.4 g
Diameter : 18 mm
Edge : Milled

25 Satang
Obverse : King Rama IX
Reverse : Chedi Wat Phra Mahathat
Composition : Bronze
Weight : 1.9 g
Diameter : 16 mm
Edge : Milled

10 Satang
Obverse : King Rama IX
Reverse : Chedi Wat Phra That Cheung Chum
Composition : Aluminium
Weight : 0.8 g
Diameter : 17.5 mm
Edge : Plain

5 Satang
Obverse : King Rama IX
Reverse : Chedi Wat Phra Pahtom Chedi
Composition : Aluminium
Weight : 0.6 g
Diameter : 18 mm
Edge : Plain

1 Satang
Obverse : King Rama IX
Reverse : Chedi Wat Phra That Dol Suthep
Composition : Aluminium
Weight : 0.5 g
Diameter : 15 mm
Edge : Plain

Brunei - 2nd Series Banknote

The second series of Brunei banknote was introduced in 1972 by Brunei Currency Board. The overall concept and design of this series of banknote inherited its first series except the portrait of Sultan Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin was replaced with Portrait of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. A total seven denominations were issued in this series which consist of the denomination of $1, $5, $10, $50, $100, $500 and $1000. The denomination of $500 and $ 1000 were introduced later in 1979. They were released with the new design compare to others in the same series.

The front of these notes feature the portrait of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the eldest son of Sultan Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin and also the 29th Sultan of Brunei . The back of these notes depict the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin (SOAS) Mosque which was built in 1958 located in the city of Bandar Seri Begawan.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thai - 12th Series (The Great Series) Banknote

Thailand has a very unique history on its banknote development. It started issuing its 1st Series of banknote back in 1902 and until todate it has gone through more than a century. Unlike other countries in Southeast Asian, Thailand was not colonized by European country and thus it has developed unique elements in banknote development.

This 12th Series of Thai banknote was issued by Bank of Thailand since 1978 and consists of denomination of 10 baht, 20 baht and 100 baht. This series of banknote also known as "The Great Series". They were issued with the intention of glorifying Thai monarchs in history who have been revered and honored with the title The Great.

10 Bath was issued in 5 September 1980 by Bank of Thailand. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX on the right. The back features the statue of King Chulalongorn (King Rama V) the Great.

20 Baht was issued on 28 December 1980 by Bank of Thailand. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX on the right. The back features the statue of King Taksin the Great.

100 Bath was issued 6 April 1978 by Bank of Thailand. The front features the portrait of King Rama IX on the right. The back features the statue of King Naresuan the Great.

The statues or monuments printed and the reserve side of this series banknotes were actually dedicated to King Rama V the Great, King Taksin the Great and King Naresuan the Great. These were the greatest rulers in the ancient history of Thai Kingdom.

Brunei - 1st Series Banknote

The first Series of Brunei Banknote was issued in 1967 in the denomination of $1, $5, $10, $50 and $100. $500 and $1000 denomination note were later introduced in 1979. It is learnt that this series of note design looks similar to the First Series of Malaysia banknote. Both were using the old Malay spelling and having the similar arrangement or position of serial numbers. It is also noted the this series of printed with two different languages i.e. Malay and English. These notes were signed by the Sultan instead of bank governor.

This series of note adopted the portrait of Sultan Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin, the 28th ruler of Brunei on the obverse of the note. The reverse of the note illustrated the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin (SOAS) Mosque which was built in 1958 located in the city of Bandar Seri Begawan. Designed by an Italian Architect, the golden-domed structure is the tallest building in the city. A stone replica of a 16th-century barge rests in the Brunei River in front of the mosque.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Singapore - $2 Millennium 2000 Note

Can you differential these two notes? Yes, the bottom $2 note was printed in red squarish symbol. Why has it different from the other circulated $2 note? Indeed, This special note was issued by Board of Commissioners of Currency Singapore (BCCS) or later known as Monetary of Authority Singapore (MAS) on 8 December 1999 as part of the Millennium celebration programme. The red squarish symbol was actually the special logo created to commemorate the Millennium year 2000 and to replace the traditional prefix of the serial number. These notes were printed in 5,000,000 pieces to circulate in the market.

The Millennium logo printed on the $2 note

The Fourth series of Singapore banknote is known as portrait series whereby it uses the portrait of Encik Yusof Bin Ishak, the first president of Singapore. This Fourth series of note was issued by BCCS on 9 September 1999 in the denomination of $2, $5, $10, $50, $100, $1,000 and $10,000.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thai 10 Baht Circulation Coin and Banknote


The Thai Government issued a 10 Baht coin in 1989 to replace the 10 Baht banknote. In conjunction with that event, this coin pack was issued. The 10 Baht coin is a bi-metal, bi colour coin. The center disc is of aluminium-bronze and the outer ring is cupro -nickel. The obverse of the coin features the King Rama IX with the inscriptions Bhumibol Adulyadej on the right and IX Reign on the left. The reverse of the coin features the temple of the Dawn with the denomination in Braille above and in numeral below, the inscription Thailand on the right and the date on the left.

This coin pack also comes with a 10 Baht banknote that issued in 1980 which is one of its 12th Series of Thai banknote. The front of the 10 Baht banknote features the portrait of King Rama IX and at the back of the note features the monument of King Rama V the Great. This series of note also known as The Great Series.

This coins pack gives a brief introduction on the The Royal Thai Mint and The Royal Decorations and Coins Division located at Bangkok of Thailand.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Brief History of Brunei Banknote

The First Series of Brunei Banknote was introduced in 1967 with the portrait of Sultan Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin

Prior to establishment of the Brunei Currency Board (BCB) in 1967, the Malaya and British Dollar was used as legal currency in Malaya and North Borneo States that includes Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak. Brunei Darussalam commenced issuance of its first series of banknote on 12th June 1967 that consists of notes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 dollar. This series of notes carry the portrait of Sultan Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin, the father of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (current ruler).

The Second Series of Brunei Banknote was released in 1972 with the portrait of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah but remain the design of First Series

The second series of Brunei banknote was introduced in 1972. Basically, this series of banknote uses the same design of its first series except the portrait of Sultan Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin has be replaced with Portrait of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Addition to this second series, the denomination of $500 and $ 1000 were introduced in 1979. These two notes have new design in second series.

Third Series of Brunei Banknote revealed in year 1984 adopted a new theme

Brunei obtained its independence in 1984. Subsequent to that, the Brunei has changed its name to Brunei Darussalam. The third series of banknote that issued in 1989 have the name change from previous Kerajaan Brunei (Brunei Government) to Negara Brunei Darussalam (Country of Brunei Darussalam). The post independence series of banknote consists of note in denomination of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 10,000.

The current or Fourth Series uses the polymer banknote was introduced in 1996

The fourth series of Brunei Darussalam banknote was introduced in 1996. Unlike previous series, the denomination of 1, 5 and 10 dollar of fourth series were issued first time as polymer notes. The new design of 50 and 100 dollars were also been issued in paper notes. It was later in year 2004 that the 50 and 100 dollar denomination paper notes were replaced with polymer notes. Other higher denomination of 500, 1000 and 10000 were also introduced subsequently.