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10 Dollars 1972, Singapore

in Krause book Number: 3c
Years of issue: 10.02.1972
Signatures: Minister for finance: Mr. Hon Sui Sen
Serie: 1st Series - Orchid Series (1967–1976)
Specimen of: 12.06.1967
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 133 × 79
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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Head of the lion.

The lion facing rightwards to represent a more forward looking nature.


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orchid orchid

Centered is the orchid "Dendrobium Marjorie Ho 'Tony Pek'".

I have not yet found a real photo of this particular subspecies of this mysterious flower. Therefore, I put in the description 2 photos of other subspecies of the Dendrobium orchid, as similar as possible to the version on the banknote.

According to the version on the banknote, only one fact is known - that someone Lim Lee Kek took first place at the international flower exhibition, on February 27 1964, with the presented flower of Dendrobium Marjorie Ho "Tony Peck".

Dendrobium (Latin Dendrobium) is a genus of perennial herbaceous plants of the Orchid family.

The abbreviation of the generic name used in amateur and industrial floriculture is Den.

Many representatives of the genus and hybrids with their participation are popular indoor and greenhouse plants, and are also widely represented in botanical gardens.


In lower right corner is the coat of arms of Singapore.

The National Coat of Arms of Singapore is the heraldic symbol representing the Southeast Asian island nation of Singapore. It was adopted in 1959, the year Singapore became self-governing within the British Empire. The committee that created it, headed by then Deputy Prime Minister Toh Chin Chye, was also responsible for the national flag and the national anthem of Singapore.

At the centre of the emblem is a red shield bearing a white crescent (a new moon, representing a rising young nation) and five white stars (representing various national ideals including multiculturalism), supported by a lion and a tiger (representing Singapore and Malaysia respectively); below them is a blue ribbon inscribed with Majulah Singapura in gold, Malay for "Onward Singapore".

The central emblem of the coat of arms is a red shield with five white stars resting above a white crescent, similar to the crescent and stars used on the Singapore flag and such other national symbols as the national ensign for civilian ships. Red symbolises "universal brotherhood and equality of man" and white "pervading and everlasting purity and virtue". The crescent represents a new moon, which reflects "a young nation on the ascendant", while the five-pointed stars "stand for the nation's ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality".

The supporters of the shield are a lion and a tiger: the tiger symbolises the nation's historical connections to Malaysia (which Singapore was a state of from 1963 to 1965) while the lion represents Singapore itself. Below the supporters is a blue ribbon on which the national motto, Majulah Singapura, is written in gold. Majulah Singapura is also the title of the national anthem; it means "Onward Singapore" in Malay, the national language of Singapore.

On the right, in a circle, the inscription "Singapore" (Singapura 新加坡 சிங்கப்பூர் Singapore) in the four main languages of the city-state: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English.

Denominations in numerals are in top corners, in words on left side, at the bottom.


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Four clasped hands over the Singapore map. There is an assumption, that the four clasped hands symbolize the racial harmony and unity of the four main, national groups of Singapore.

Denominations in numerals are in top corners and centered, at the bottom.