MAS launches final set in orchid coin series

SINGAPORE - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has launched the 2015 Native Orchids of Singapore Coins, the fifth and final set in a series that pays homage to over 200 species of orchids that once thrived in Singapore.

MAS said in a press statement on Friday (Oct 23) that the latest set of coins features two native orchids, Dendrobium leonis and Dendrobium secundum.

The coin edges are partially rimless with colour applied to the semi-rimless area. MAS added that the tinge of red on the creamy yellow petals of the Dendrobium leonis and the densely packed purplish pink flowers with a contrasting orange lip of the Dendrobium secundum are captured on the coins.

The signature semi-rimless circumference of the coins also highlights a distinct feature that sets it apart from other coin series. The obverse of the coin bears the Singapore Arms with the year 2015.

"It is a great honour to be presenting the final instalment of the Native Orchids of Singapore Coins series after the conferment of the World Heritage status on our beloved Botanic Gardens by UNESCO. The series symbolise how Singapore has managed to successfully cultivate greenery and soften the harshness of the metropolis," said Mr Yip Pak Ling, Director at The Singapore Mint.

These worldwide-limited coins will be issued on November 13. The full series of Singapore orchid commemorative coins and medallions, will be showcased at The Singapore Mint's Suntec City outlet throughout the month of November.