MAS launches last coin set featuring native orchids in colour

The 2015 Native Orchids of Singapore coins feature the Dendrobium leonis (right) and the Dendrobium secundum orchids.
The 2015 Native Orchids of Singapore coins feature the Dendrobium leonis (right) and the Dendrobium secundum orchids.PHOTO: SINGAPORE MINT

SINGAPORE- The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has launched a set of two coins that features native orchids in colour.

They are the fifth and last in an annual series that pays tribute to the beauty of orchids that have once thrived in Singapore. Some of these orchids can still be found in our forests today.

The 2015 Native Orchids of Singapore coins feature the Dendrobium leonis and the Dendrobium secundum orchids. The former has creamy yellow petals tinged with red, while the latter, commonly termed the "Toothbrush Orchid", is known for its flower sprays, which consist of purplish pink flowers with orange lips.

On the other side of the coin lies the Singapore coat of arms, bearing the year 2015. A portion of the circumference of each coin in the native orchid series is semi-rimless.

They can be purchased individually or as a coin set, and each coin has a face value of $5.

There will be 10,000 pieces of each individual coin design, 3,000 pieces of the two in one coin set, and 500 pieces of specially selected coins in each design encased in a capsule.

The coins will be issued on Nov 13, and orders need to reach The Singapore Mint by Nov 9. For enquiries and orders, the public can contact The Singapore Mint on 6566-2626 / 6895-0288 / 6222-2486 / 6238-9890 / 6532-0301 or online at www.singaporemint.com.

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