New coins for Monkey Year

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) yesterday launched a series of coins and a puzzle coin set for the upcoming Chinese Year of the Monkey.

The coins and coin set will be issued on Jan 1 next year.

Part of the MAS' third Chinese Almanac coin series, the coins will be available in nine versions. Each will feature a design of a monkey holding a peach.

They include a 1kg coin made of 999 fine silver, which has a diameter of 10cm, and is the largest issued by MAS so far. The $80 coin will have a limited mintage of 500 pieces.

Left: One of the nine designs in the coin series. Centre: With a diameter of 10cm, this 1kg silver coin is the largest issued by MAS so far. Right: The 2016 Almanac Series Puzzle Coin Set. PHOTO: MONETARY AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

Some of the coins will also be released as a set. Selected sets include an eight-sided ingot with a design depicting a family of monkeys.

The 2016 Almanac Series Puzzle Coin Set comprises a centrepiece surrounded by 12 coins.

Each of the 12 coins features an animal in the Chinese zodiac. On the reverse side of the coins are the Singapore coat of arms and the year, 2016.

The coins will be sold by the Singapore Mint. For more information, call 6566-2626 or visit

All orders must reach the mint by Dec 15.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2015, with the headline 'New coins for Monkey Year'. Print Edition | Subscribe