The Monetary Authority of Singapore unveiled a set of six commemorative banknotes today to mark Singapore’s 50 years of nation-building. The notes to be issued on August 20, 2015 comprise a $50 polymer note and five $10 polymer notes.
The note designs drew inspiration from significant milestones and achievements in Singapore’s history, the multiracialism that defines the nation, and the values and aspirations that underpin Singapore’s progress. The front of both the $50 and $10 notes feature the portrait of Mr Yusof Ishak, Singapore’s first President, as in the current Portrait series notes.
The $50 note highlights Singapore’s history, transformation and future. It shows the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister, shouting “Merdeka!” – the rallying cry of our independence struggle. The note makes distinctive use of the colour gold, reflecting Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.
The five $10 notes have a common front design and varying back designs depicting the theme ‘Vibrant Nation, Endearing Home’. Each note reflects a value or aspiration that defines this theme:
Front Design of $10 Note
Back Design of $10 Note: …regardless of race, language or religion…
Back Design of $10 Note: Opportunities for All
Back Design of $10 Note: Safe and Secure
Back Design of $10 Note: Strong Families
Back Design of $10 Note: Caring Community, Active Citizenry