Item: 2006 – 2010 Heritage Orchids of Singapore
Weight: 20.00 g, 0.999 Silver 0.643 troy oz
Diameter: 38.70 mm
Thickness: 2.50 mm
Recognising the significance of orchids in Singapore’s heritage, the Singapore Botanic Gardens established the Orchid hybridization programme in 1928. This has contributed to a flourishing cut-flower export industry in Singapore, auguring well with the Government’s vision of developing Singapore as a centre for horticulture excellence. Paying homage to these splendid blooms, the Monetary Authority of Singapore is proud to present the Heritage Orchids of Singapore Coin set. Each years issue will feature two different hybrids.
Vanda Tan Chay Yan (KM#256):
This peach-coloured hybrid was awarded a First Class Certificate (FCC) – the highest award given by the Royal Horticultural Society of the UK at the Chelsea Flower Show in England in 1954. It is considered one of the most outstanding hybrids produced in Singapore and has established Singapore firmly on the world orchid map. This timeless beauty is named after the rubber plantation merchant and philanthropist, Tan Chay Yan, the grandson of philanthropist Tan Tock Seng.
Aranda Majula (KM#257):
A fine and fragrant flower with strong colours and good substance, this hybrid was awarded the High Commendation Certificate in 1973 by the Orchid Society of South East Asia for the cultivar ‘Rimau’, which is Malay for Tiger. In 1993, it won a White Ribbon at the 14th World Orchid Conference in Glasgow. Majula means “Let’s prosper in Malay.
Dendrobium Singa Mas (KM#275):
“Singa” is Sanskrit for “Lion” and “Mas” is Malay for “gold”, so this hybrid with its clear yellow colour aptly translates as “Golden Lion”. It is one of the most beautiful hybrids created by the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The 50 cm upright inflorescene bears 15 to 20 well arranged flowers. A light lilac veins the lip, making this orchid hybrid a highly sought after beauty.
Vanda Mimi Palmer (KM#276):
A local favourite, this handsome hybrid’s distinctive tessellated flowers represents a breakthrough in Vanda breeding, where the total flower has strong tessellations. The bluish grey colour tessellations are brilliantly displayed. It has a sweet fragrance which some have likened to the scent of delicious chocolate.
(images from MAS)
Aranda Tay Swee Eng circa 1965:
Easily recognisable with its distinct tessellations and well-shaped flowers, this hybrid is a local favourite for cut flowers. It is also an award winning hybrid with three of its cultivar being accorded the Award of Merit in 1969 and the High Commendation Certificate in 1980 and 1972 by the Orchid Society of South East Asia.
Oncidium Goldiana circa 1940:
More commonly known as “Golden Shower”, it first flowered in 1939 and turned out to be a very successful hybrid that can be found in almost every florist shop throughout the world. It is also known as the “Dancing Lady” with its tiny yellow flowers shaped like skirted dancing girls.
This was the first hybrid of the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ breeding programme initiated by Professor Richard Eric Holttum more than 70 years ago. The seed was sown in May 1929 and the plants first flowered in August 1931. This hybrid is a very robust and free flowering plant, which makes it suitable for growing under tropical conditions.
With a distinctive lip from the influence of one of its parent, Vanda Tricuspidata, this attractive hybrid was one of the earlier hybrid registered and created by John Laycock in 1956, a well known lawyer and one of the founding members of the present Orchid Society of South East Asia. It was named by Mr Laycock for his daughter Amy, who was a City Councillor in the period before independence. This orchid is a terete-leave Vanda that grows and flowers well in the sun.
Aranthera Anne Black Circa 1957:
Aranthera Anne Black is the first VIP orchid of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and was named after the lovely wife of Sir Robert Brown Black, the former governor of Singapore. With its unique scorpioid shaped flowers on a long spray together with long extended vase-life, this cultivar is on the list of popular orchids for export.
Aranda Noorah Alsagoff Circa 1972:
Aranda Noorah Alsagoff was first grown in 1972 by Syed Yusof Alsagoff, a leading orchid hybridizer in Singapore. The orchid was named after his beloved daughter. Today, growers regard Yusof Alsagoof’s creation as one that “cannot be matched by another Aranda for its blue shading substance and floral arrangement”.
2006 Two-In-One Set Box Photos