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100 Dollars 1972, Singapore

in Krause book Number: 6b
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): 159 × 95
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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100 Dollars 1972




Head of the lion.

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


100 Dollars 1972


Centered are the Cattleya orchids.

Cattleya Orchids are some of the most beautiful orchids in the world. Their stunning colors make them beloved jewels of the jungle. To understand their culture and care we need to look at their native habitat. They grow in the upper story of the jungle forest canopy and are epiphytes. They need a porous potting mix and should never sit in water. Cattleyas also grow as rhizomes; that simply means their stem runs along the ground or tree trunk from which arise pseudobulbs and leaves. (


In top 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 lower left and top right corners, in words on right side, at the bottom.


100 Dollars 1972

A peaceful scene along the Singapore waterfront.


Centered are the sailing ships Pinisi.

The pinisi or phinisi is a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship. It was mainly built by the Konjo tribe, a sub-ethnic group of Bugis-Makassar mostly residents at the Bulukumba regency of South Sulawesi but was, and still is used widely by the Buginese and Makassarese, mostly for inter-insular transportation, cargo and fishing purposes within Indonesian archipelago. The pinisi is the largest Bugis traditional vessel, and also the largest Indonesian traditional vessel, after the disappearance of giant jong.

UNESCO designated pinisi boat-building art as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity at the 12th Session of the Unique Cultural Heritage Committee on 7 December 2017.

Denominations in numerals are in 3 corners.