5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Singapore Money
STORY: Pearlyn Tham
03 September 2019
1. Most of our dollar notes are made of polymer now, not paper
The reason is simple: polymer apparently lasts three to four times longer than paper, which means all that rough handling won’t tear your money that easily these days.
2. We actually have a rectangular coin
It was the $5 Silver Proof Colour Coin issued in 2010 to commemorate our 45 years of independence.
3. Every note has a Braille code
This is at the top right corner on the front of the note to let visually handicapped users recognise different denominations by touch.
4. You can find our national anthem on a $1,000 note
First, you’ll have to get your hands on a $1,000 note; next, you have to peer closely at the back where the entire lyrics are printed in microtext.
5. Spanish currency was once our legal currency
Yes, back in 1823 when John Crawfurd, the Resident of Singapore, said so.