Sunday, July 10, 2011

Singapore Orchid Series Currency Notes ~ Lim Kim San ~

The Board of Commissioners of Currency, Singapore and subsequently as Monetary Authority of Singapore has issued four series of currency notes for general circulation since 1967.
The currency notes of all the four series, known as the "Orchid", "Bird", "Ship" and "Portrait" series are legal tender.

The "Orchid" series has nine denominations; $1, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 and $10,000.The dominant feature is a spray of orchid in the centre of the front of each note but missing is the name of the type of Orchid.Could this mistake of missing name be a 'Boo Boo' made by the then BCCS? (see an earlier blog story of the $25 "Orchid")

This series has varieties of signatures and seals of the then Minister for Finance  and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Currency, Singapore but not all nine denominations were issued with their signatures and seals.

The 'first' of the "Orchid" series has only six denominations and were issued with Mr Lim Kim San's signature on 12 June 1967.

The $1.00 denomination:
                                       Name of Orchid: Vanda Janet Kaneali
                                       Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co Ltd

                                                                      Reverse of note
               Notice any thing peculiar about the picture on the reverse of the note?

                                                       The whole scene is missing of people, vehicles and street lamps!          Another Boo Boo?

The $5.00 denomination:
Name of Orchid: Vanda T.M.A.
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co Ltd

Reverse of note
Oh, why must the BCCS committee choose this controversial orchid to grace the $5.00 me!!

Apparently, the parent orchid has its fair share of controversy, involving allegations of mixed-up seedpods, confused parentage and faulty registration(refer:
Maybe that's the reason for not printing the name of the orchid on the banknote. Boo Boo again?

              The print of this note is slightly shifted towards the bottom margin of the note.

The $10.00 denomination:
                              Name of Orchid: Dendrobium Marjorie Ho "Tony Pek"
                                  Printer: Thomas De La Rue & Co Ltd

Reverse of note

               Currently the island of Singapore is about this shape, almost totally different from the days of 1967.

The $50.00 denomination:
                                    Name of Orchid: Vanda Rothscildiana "Teo Choo Hong"
                                              Printer: Thomas De La Rue & Co Ltd

Reverse of note

The $100.00 deniminaion:
                                                     Name of Orchid: Cattleya
                                         Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co Ltd



  1. This is one of the best design of notes that I have seen so far. Full credit to the designe(s).

    As for your question regarding the $1 note, well, maybe perhaps those were brand new flats, just completed and no one has moved in yet, like the occupancy permits have not been issued yet. Well, I am just kidding. With or without cars, humans or street lamps, they are just beautiful. This series of notes is just breath taking.

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