BEAUTIFUL BANKNOTESIt might be the root of all evil, but money can also be a thing of beauty. We take a look at some of the most remarkable banknotes from around the world:
COSTA RICAN COLÓN
SOUTH AFRICAN RAND
NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR
HONG KONG DOLLAR
SOUTH KOREAN WON
FRENCH POLYNESIAN FRANCread more
The Tanglin Halt flats & a 1-dollar note
The Tanglin Halt flats
A 1-dollar note
Iconic landmarks in Singapore have been commonly used as the back designs of the former and current Singapore currency notes. Examples are the Supreme Court Building, Clifford Pier, Victoria Theatre, The Istana, Benjamin Sheares Bridges and Changi Airport, which have all been used as motifs in the previous Orchid, Bird and Ship series.
The dollar notes’ motif designs sometimes also tell a Singapore’s history. For instance, the back of the Orchid Series’ 1-dollar note, released in mid-1967, features the Tanglin Halt flats, which were built in 1962.
Fondly known as chup lau chu (“10-storey building” in Hokkien), these early HDB flats had existed for more than 50 years but eventually could not stand the test of time. Most of its tenants had moved out since 2008, and the vacant blocks will be demolished by end of 2015.
THE 5-DOLLAR TEMBUSU TREE
This is our 5-Dollar Tembusu tree. It is not just a default artist’s illustration. As a matter of fact it is a feature of Singapore’s most famous Tembusu tree. Located near the Tanglin entrance of the Botanic Gardens, it is believed to have existed long before the gardens was officially laid out in 1859. That puts the tree at close to two centuries old!
With its low lying branch to sit on and boundless green backdrop, this old Tembusu has long been a popular site for family portraits and outdoor wedding photo shoots. The tree has been inducted into the Heritage Trees of Singapore, which was launched in 2001 to identify and safeguard mature trees that serve as important green landmarks in our natural heritage.
The artist of the $50 note
Take a $50 bill and look at the back of it.
Do you see a pair of gibbons swinging through vines?
Most Singaporeans will have missed the painting by the late Chen Wen Hsi, one of Singapore's pioneer artists.