Your $10 Note Now Comes with a Triangle

The Singapore $10 banknote now comes in another variety, with one triangle on its reverse. These polymer notes bear the signature of Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The serial numbers for the one triangle variety begin with 3AA.

As described by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, ‘there may be other shapes, such as circles, stars or triangles’. So far, only the square, triangle and diamond shapes are observed in general circulation. Perhaps this would mean that it would take some time before another series of banknotes is launched. Nevertheless, these symbols certainly created a level of curiosity within collectors.

To date, only the $5 and $10000 denominations remain devoid of the mysterious symbols. The following table summarises the different varieties found for each denomination of Singapore’s banknotes.

The Portrait series of notes was introduced back in 1999. Three different signature varieties have been featured on this series over the past eleven years. They include BCCS Chairman Richard Hu from September 1999, MAS Chairman PM Lee Hsien Loong from May 2004 and MAS Chairman SM Goh Chok Tong from January 2008.

6 replies
  1. Wei Jie
    Wei Jie says:

    The first prefix for the $10 banknotes with one triangle could be 3BA instead, just like how the $10 banknotes signed by SM Goh Chok Tong started with 2BA. This is likely to avoid a duplicate serial number with the 2004 polymer notes signed by PM Lee Hsien Loong.

  2. Bin Hee Jum
    Bin Hee Jum says:

    I saw a scaned pic of the comparison between the $10 2004 and 2008 versions of teh serial number. You showed a 2AA prefix for the $10 2008 version. How is this possible when it was supposed to start with 2BA for the GCT signature?

  3. Wei Jie
    Wei Jie says:

    Bin Hee Jum: Yes, the first prefix for the 2008 version is 2BA. The serial numbers shown on the comparison sheet are for illustrative purposes only. The use of the same letters make it easier to compare.

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