The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) yesterday launched a set of two coins featuring native orchids in colour.
The 2014 Native Orchids of Singapore coins are the fourth in an annual series that celebrates the beauty of the plants.
This year's set features two native orchids that have been reintroduced to parks and other nature areas. One of them is the Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi, which has yellow star-shaped flowers specked with deep maroon. The plant usually grows on trees in exposed lowland areas and can be found in many parts of South-east Asia.
The other, Coelogyne rochussenii, has pale yellowish-green and lemon-scented flowers which can be found in hanging flower sprays going up to 70cm in length. They usually bloom in the morning and close partially in the evening.
There are more than 200 species of orchids that once thrived in Singapore, some of which are still found in forests here today.
On the other side of the coin is the Singapore Arms with the year 2014.
A portion of the circumference of each coin is semi-rimless, a unique feature of the coins in the series.
The coins will be issued on July 23 and can be bought from the Singapore Mint individually or as a set. There will be 3,000 two-in-one coin sets, 10,000 individual coins of each design, and 500 specially selected pieces of each coin encased in capsules.
For enquiries and orders, the public can call 6566-2626, 6895-0288, 6222-2486, 6238-9890, or visit www.singaporemint.com
This article was first published on JUNE 3, 2014.
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