1980 Arts of Singapore Silver Proof Ingots

Item: 1980 Arts of Singapore Silver Proof Ingots
Issue Date: 15 March 1980
Dimensions: 50 x 24 x 2.5 mm
Weight: 1 Troy Oz each (5 pieces = 5 troy oz)
Finish: Proof
Composition: 925 Fine Stirling Silver
Mintage: 4,000

On The Designs
The principal face of the ingots depicts the logo of the Singapore Cultural Foundation and the year of mintage.

The reverse faces of the ingots depict the five art-forms practised in any gracious society – Dance, Drama, Literature, Music and Visual Arts.

The Board of Trustees and the Management Committee wanted a designer who could give each of those forms a strong, graphic representation suitable for three-dimensional reproduction. At the same time he was to communicate a vivid sense of their vitality an characteristic evocative power. To complete the assignment, the designs would have to impart a distinctive Singaporean flavour.

The designer chosen for the job gives a simple but illuminating account of the “clues” he has left in each of the motifs he designed.

On Dance
To the designer, the ballet seems to offer possibilities for combining elements of Malay, Indian and Chinese dance in a harmonious whole. To give the design a Singapore flavour, an orchid is placed on the dancer’s hair.

On Drama
The mask of a Chinese opera character occupies a great part of the design. Masks of Chinese opera characters are known for their beauty in shapes and power. Two hands of an Indian dancer appear below the mask. Graceful hands of Indian dancers often express meanings. Here the left hand depicts “beauty” and the right “word” or “man”. A Malay keris is at the lower end. Keris is a typical weapon of Malay warriors on important ceremonies and on stage. It depicts “bravery”, “power” and “righteousness”.

On Literature
The book, pen and a bottle of ink represent all literary works. Four lines and round dots are designed on the left of the book to depict contributions of each race in Singapore towards Literature.

On Music
Here, the designer selected representative ethnic musical instruments – the Chinese pipa; the Indian sitar; the Malay bronze gong; the western guitar, piano and trumpet, and wove them into an evocative pattern of musical notes.

On Visual Arts
To the designer, this was the easiest to depict. The palette represents painting. The hand gripping the brush guides the artistic eye in the depiction of proportion. The knife stands for sculpture. The lines and dots motif which appears throughout the five designs represent all the personalities, regardless of race, involved in the production of art.

Personal message from Ong Teng Cheong regarding this coin set
“The Arts of Singapore Silver Commemorative Ingot Sets are being issued at a time when interest in the arts has never been higher. The five specially commissioned designs depicts, appropriately, the five arts – Dance, Drama, Literature, Music and Visual Arts. This silver ingot issues is of more than symbolic significance. Each of these arts will receive the greatest possible assistance and support from the Singapore Cultural Foundation for their development and growth. A relatively small number of sets, only 4,000 of the ingots is being issued. Singapore’s avid art collectors no doubt will want a set for their collection. This newest project of the Funds Appear Committee certainly deserves to succeed.”

— Ong Teng Cheong (Acting Minister for Culture & Chairman, Board of Trustees, Singapore Cultural Foundation).

1980 Arts of Singapore Commemorative Silver Ingot Set
1980 Arts of Singapore Commemorative Silver Ingot Set

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1986 Singapore Chinese Lunar Tiger 5oz Silver Proof Medal X# MB14

Item: 1986 Singapore Chinese Lunar Tiger 5oz Silver Proof Medal X# MB14
Issue Date: 1986
Diameter: 65.0 mm
Weight: 155.67 g, 5 oz ASW
Finish: Proof
Composition: 999 Fine Silver
Mintage: 5500

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1987 Singapore Raffles 12oz Silver Proof Medal X# MB33

Item: 1987 Singapore Raffles 12oz Silver Proof Medal X# MB33
Issue Date: 1987
Diameter: 88.0 mm
Weight: 373.6902 g, 12 oz ASW
Finish: Proof
Composition: 999 Fine Silver
Mintage: 188

1987 Singapore Raffles 12oz Silver Proof Medal X# MB331987 Singapore Raffles 12oz Silver Proof Medal X# MB331987 Singapore Raffles 12oz Silver Proof Medal X# MB33

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2000 Millennium Silver Trade Dollar Silver Ingot

Item: 2000 Millennium Silver Trade Dollar Silver Ingot
Issue Date: 1999
Denomination: US$2
Size: 51.00 mm x 30.00 mm
Weight: 30 g
Finish: Proof
Composition: 925 Fine Silver
Mintage: 999

The logo comprises of four components – the twirl, the numeral 2000 and the Singapore Lion symbol. The vibrant red shows bonding and kinship among all Singaporeans as we shape our future together with a great sense of purpose and hope.

Twirl – represents our confidence in the creativity and talents of our people as it spirals outwards into the new Millennium. The twirl gains strength as it spirals out, signifying a united Singapore with a shared heritage and a common vision.

Globe – signifies Singapore’s international standing in the global community and her openness to new ideals and talents.

Singapore Lion – a symbol of Singapore’s national resolving to face all challenges boldly as the Lion looks ahead with confidence, tenacity and resolution.

2000 Millennium Silver Trade Dollar Silver Ingot2000 Millennium Silver Trade Dollar Silver Ingot2000 Millennium Silver Trade Dollar Silver Ingot2000 Millennium Silver Trade Dollar Silver Ingot

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2001 National Day Parade Silver Medal

Item: 2001 National Day Parade Silver Medals
Issue Date: Aug 2001
Diameter: 38.70 mm
Weight: 20 g
Finish: Proof
Composition: 925 Fine Silver
Mintage: 5,888

This issue consists of three NDP medallions – and launched in time for the 2001 36th Anniversary of Singapore’s National Day celebration. This was the first time the Singapore Mint issued its silver product in colours (tbc). The three medallions feature the beautiful NDP logos of the year 1999, 2000 and 2001. The reverse of the medals shared the same design.

Signification of NDP 1999 Logo
The key feature of the logo is a human figure twirling a ribbon with the crescent moon and five starts, symbolic of the national flag. It represents the central them of NDP 1999 — “OUR PEOPLE”. The figure is in forward motion and in a celebratory mood. The ribbon forms a heart-shape, and the number “99” marking the concluding NDP of the millennium.

The human figure symbolises the unity of “Our People” in a single Singapore identity — as “One People, One Nation, One Singapore”. The ribbon in motion forms a heart, symobolising the unit of Our People in the Singapore Heartbeat — 3 million hearts pulsating as one. The heart also represents the Singapore “heartware” that we are enriching as we move into the next millennium.

Signification of NDP 2001 Logo
The “36” indicates the celebration of 36 years of our nation’s independence. The unbroken brush stroke signifies our continuous strive towards a gracious and knowledge-based global city. The vibrant colour used in the design represents the bustling creativity of our people. The 4 people symbols at the foot of the “36” are jumping for joy in celebration. They also reflect the cohesion among the 4 major races in Singapore.

Note: Sorry about the missing NDP 2000 medal, no information at this moment, as I have not gotten hold of this medal yet.

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1994 The Silver Kangaroo (by Royal Australian Mint)

Item: 1994 The Silver Kangaroo (by Royal Australian Mint) Silver Coin
Issue Date: 1994
Denomination: $1
Diameter: 40.60 mm
Weight: 31.635 g
Thickness: 4.0 mm
Finish: Reverse Frosting, Proof-like
Composition: 999 Fine Silver
Mintage: 44,966

The coin features a Red Kangaroo in full flight. It carries the “C” mintmark to denote its origin in Canberra and the words “1 Ounce Fine Silver”. The designer was Horst Hahne.

1994 The Silver Kangaroo (by Royal Australian Mint) Silver Coin1994 The Silver Kangaroo (by Royal Australian Mint) Silver Coin1994 The Silver Kangaroo (by Royal Australian Mint) Silver Coin1994 The Silver Kangaroo (by Royal Australian Mint) Silver Coin

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1991 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin

Item: 1991 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin
Issue Date: 1991
Denomination: $5
Diameter: 40.60 mm
Weight: 31.135 g
Thickness: 4.00 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: 999 Fine Silver
Mintage: 300,000

Usually this coin comes in a square capsule or a typically round capsule. A rare find will be one that come in this nice acrylic presentation.

1991 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin1991 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin1991 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin1991 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin1991 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin

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2012 China Silver Panda

Item: 2012 China Panda Silver Bullion
Issue Date: 2012
Denomination: 10 Yuan
Diameter: 40 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Thickness: 2.98 mm
Composition: 999 Fine Silver
Mintage: TBC

2012 China Panda Silver 1oz Coin2012 China Panda Silver 1oz Coin

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2012 Native Orchids of Singapore Proof Silver Coins

Item: 2012 Native Orchids of Singapore Proof Silver Coins
Issue Date: 5-Aug-2012 (official) (available on market since 30 March 2012)
Denomination: $5
Diameter: 40.70 mm
Weight: 31.103 g
Thickness: 3.05 mm
Composition: 999 Fine Silver
Mintage: 3,150 for both single coin, 2,350 for 2-in-1 Set (this number is included in the 3,150 number for the single)
Retail Price: S$148.00 (for single piece, S$300.00 for 2-in-1 set)

* Singapore Mint introduces a new packaging – “Best 100 Striked Coins” in a special slab capsule (no cert, no box). Priced at S$168 each.

2012 Native Orchids of Singapore Proof Silver Coin2012 Native Orchids of Singapore Proof Silver Coin2012 Native Orchids of Singapore Proof Silver Coin
2012 Native Orchids of Singapore Proof Silver Coin2012 Native Orchids of Singapore Proof Silver Coin
2012 Native Orchids of Singapore Proof Silver Coin2012 Native Orchids of Singapore Proof Silver Coin
(Photos from The Singapore Mint website)

The abundant rainfall and heat of Singapore’s tropical climate favours a rich diversity of plant species, including orchids. However, the rapid urbanization of Singapore has affected our natural habitats and native species. To preserve the beauty of our natural world, the Singapore Botanic Gardens has initiated an Orchid Conservation Programme to cultivate, propagate and re-introduce some of the native orchids back to our environment for all to enjoy.

Following the success of the inaugural issue, the Monetary Authority of Singapore is proud to present the second set in a series that celebrates the beauty of over 200 species of orchids that once thrived in Singapore. The 2012 Native Orchids of Singapore Coins feature two vibrantly coloured and attractive native orchids, namely, Arundina graminifolia and Bulbophyllum macranthum. Similar to the design concept of the inaugural issue, the 2012 Native Orchids of Singapore coins will be partially rimless at the bottom of the coin. This special feature further accentuates the splendour of the beautiful blooms.

Arundina Graminifolia

Commonly known as the Bamboo Orchid for its strong resemblance to the bamboo plant, this orchid is usually found free flowering in open grasslands where there is an abundance of light and moisture. Its reedy stems, which are capable of reaching more than 1.5m in height, are covered with slender bamboo-like leaves that are alternately arranged. The flowers are a contrasting amalgamation of white and lavender or a deep violet-pink combination with a subtle hint of bright yellow in the throat. The flowers of this species have a relatively short life-span of approximately 3 days. As every of this Cattleya – like flower fades, a new flower will blossom on the same inflorescence, in succession of the faded flower—one at a time.

Bulbophyllum Macranthum

This orchid is characterized by its unique flowers where the lip is situated at the top, giving it an “upside-down” orientation. The sepals are creamy-yellow or white, with specks of dark purple. The flowers emit a spicy odour to attract its pollinators. Its leaves grow on separate pseudobulbs and have a leathery texture.

The Bulbophyllum macranthum is a widespread epiphytic orchid species, which mainly grows on trees in a variety of habitats ranging from old mangroves to lowland forests. It can sometimes be found in montane forests as well. However due to loss of habitat, the Bulbophyllum macranthum is becoming increasingly endangered in Singapore.

Marketing Brochures In English and Mandarin
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2008 Mongolia Gulo-Gulo 500 Togrog Silver Coin

Country: Mongolia
Issue Date: 2011
Face value: 500 Togrog
Weight: 1 oz 999 Fine Silver
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Quality: High Relief Antique Finish, with Swarovski Crystal eyes
Mintage: 2,500

2009 Coin of the Year.

2007 Mongolian 1 oz Wolverine (Gulo Gulo) Silver Coin with Swarovski Crystal Eyes2007 Mongolian 1 oz Wolverine (Gulo Gulo) Silver Coin with Swarovski Crystal Eyes

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