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21 September, 2015

Singapore - 50th Year of Independence 2015 Commemorative

Ten Dollars (15 million pieces each issued)
Dated 2015
regardless of race, language or religion, 1 Diamond
Opportunity for all, 1 Diamond
Safe and Secure, 1 diamond
Caring Community, 1 Diamond
Strong Families, 1 Diamond
Fifty Dollars (20 million pieces issued)
Dated 2015
Reverse, 1 Star
A complete set of Commemorative Polymer notes of five $10 (dated 2015) and one $50 (ND2015). Singapore, aka the little red dot, celebrates it's Independence Silver Jubilee on the 9th of August 2015. The release of these commemorative notes was first announced on 13.04.2015 and were released to the public on 20.08.2015 by 9 commercial banks throughout the island. Singapore became a self-governing State following the general election in 1959 when the Peoples' Action Party (PAP) won a landslide victory. On 16.9.1963, Singapore, Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah (North Borneo) joined together and formed a new country called Malaysia. However due to differences between Singapore and Malaya, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia and became an independence nation on 9.8.1965. Some would argued that Singapore deliberately acted and behaved in such a manner that it purposely wanted to get expel from the Malaysia union. The reason for joining Malaysia in the first place was a strategic move to get full independent from the British and from there by breaking away from Malaysia to become a fully independence nation. None of the Singapore PAP representatives attended the debate when they got expelled from Malaysia. This can only indicated their original intending when joining Malaysia in the first place. This is the second time in the history of Singapore that a design of banknotes featuring the image of the late former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (b.16.9.1923-23.3.2015). The first time was also on the $50 note which was issued in 1990 to celebrate the country's 25th independence. This new $50 note (quantity 20 million pieces) is printed in gold colour which represents the country's Golden Jubilee celebration. This note is printed with a year date of 1965. The five $10 notes (total 75 million pieces) all have common front design of the portrait of the first President Yusof bin Ishak (b.12.8.2010-23.11.1970) but with varying themes on the back - "regardless of race, language or religion", "Opportunity for All", "Safe and Secure", "Strong Families" and "Caring Community, Active Citizenry". As all notes are printed with the portrait of Yusof bin Ishak, the design of the portraits between the $10 and $50 notes are not the same. The new notes are also issued in a folder with all six notes, a total of 2.8 million folders, at no extra cost. These folders are sponsored by the 9 commercial banks that distributed the new notes to the public. This is indeed a good move to ensure the citizens of this country to get these notes in full set at no extra cost.

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