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20 Dollars 1979, Singapore

in Krause book Number: 12
Years of issue: 06.08.1979
Edition: 80 000 000
Signatures: Minister for finance: Mr. Hon Sui Sen
Serie: 2nd Series - Bird Series (1976–1984)
Specimen of: 06.08.1979
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 148 x 72
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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20 Dollars 1979




Head of the lion.

When it was first unveiled, some sections of the public felt that it should have been facing rightwards to represent a more forward looking nature. However, the original left-facing lion was maintained.


20 Dollars 1979

Nectarinia jugularisThe Yellow-breasted Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis). The species of sunbird found from Southern Asia to Australia.

It is a beautiful bird with olive green back and yellow underside. The bill is long and curves downwards. Males have a metallic blue throat and breast. Thy have short wings and fly with fast and direct flight, and hovers to feed. Immatures are similar to females. Sometimes seen with other honeyeaters.

Top right 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.

Lower is business center of Singapore.

Above and below are the strip pattern of Singapore orchids.

Denomination in numerals are in top left and lower right corners, in words centered.


20 Dollars 1979

Female dancer is on the left side.

ConcordeSingapore Airlines Concorde 102 G-BOAD (model of 1977) takes off.

During December 1977 both BRITISH AIRWAYS and SINGAPORE AIRLINES commenced a joint CONCORDE interchange service agreement on the Bahrain/Singapore route .... as an extension to the established BRITISH AIRWAYS London to Bahrain CONCORDE service. This arrangement was supported by BRITISH AIRWAYS flight/technical crew with a combined cabin crew representative of both airlines. This particular aircraft supported full/definitive 1970´s era SINGAPORE AIRLINES livery on its port side (only) and full/definitive 1970's era BRITISH AIRWAYS livery on its starboard side (only). (HJG Message Board)

Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde was a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner that was in service from 1976 to 2003. It was one of only two supersonic transports to have entered commercial service; the other was the Tupolev Tu-144. Concorde was jointly developed and produced by Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) under an Anglo-French treaty. It featured a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for 27 years.


Under the plane is Changi International airport.

Singapore Changi Airport. It is the main airport in Singapore. A major aviation hub in Southeast Asia, it is about 17.2 km (10.7 mi) northeast from the commercial center in Changi.

Denomination in numerals are in top left and lower right corners.