Singapore launches 'World Peace' medallion to mark Trump-Kim summit

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SINGAPORE - Singapore on Tuesday unveiled a commemorative medallion ahead of next week's summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders in the wealthy city-state, carrying the inscription 'World Peace' in large letters on one side.

The words on the medallion, featured on the online shop of the Singapore Mint, are accompanied by the dove and olive branch motif, a biblical symbol of peace, as well as a rose and a magnolia, the national flowers of the two countries.

The other side of the souvenir, which costs more than $1,000 (751.26 pounds) for the version in gold, depicts two hands clasped in handshake in front of both nations' flags and the June 12 event date.

The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will be the first ever between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. After a war of words that lasted months, it aims to start a discussion on ending the North's nuclear weapons programme in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.

Singapore Mint unveils 3 commemorative medallions for Trump-Kim summit

  • To mark the historic Trump-Kim summit and Singapore's role as host, the Singapore Mint unveiled three commemorative gold, silver, and base-metal medallions.
  • The 1/2 ounce 999.9 fine gold medallion will cost $1380
  • The national flags on only the 1 ounce 999 fine silver medallion will be in colour application. It will be priced at $118.
  • Each medallion features an affirmative handshake between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who are set to meet in the Republic on June 12.
  • The base-metal version with nickel-plated zinc will be $36.

A small Southeast Asian nation with good ties to countries both East and West, Singapore tends towards neutrality, projecting itself as the region's answer to Switzerland.

In 2015, Singapore hosted a historic meeting of the leaders of Taiwan and China, the first since victory in a civil war for the Communists in 1949 confined their Nationalist foes to the island.

The exact venue of the Trump-Kim summit has yet to be confirmed, although Singapore has declared a special event zone including its foreign ministry, the U.S. embassy, and several large hotels, such as the Shangri-La.

Singapore retailers are also banking on the summit, with pubs offering themed drinks to lure some of the thousands of journalists and delegates expected to visit.

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