Singapore 50 Dollars

Singapore 50 dollar note
Singapore Portrait Series currency notes - $50 banknote
Singapore 50 dollars

Singapore banknotes 50 Dollars banknote Portrait Series 1999–present
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Obverse: Portrait of Singapore's first President, Yusof bin Ishak.
The Cylindrical Cowrie (Cypraea cylindrica) decorates the front of the $50 note. The shell of this animal is cylindrically elongated and its back is bluish grey with a large central irregular blotch. It is found widely in central Indo-West Pacific and Micronesia, ranging from Okinawa, Japan, to northwestern Australia, and from the Malay Peninsula to New Caledonia.
This species is moderately common in the inter-tidal and shallow sublittoral zones.

As the secondary design for the $50 note, the Arts Theme  reflects the coming-of-age of the Singapore Arts scene. The design appropriately depicts a mix of four ethnic musical instruments. The Chinese Pipa, Malay Kompang, Indian Veena and Classical Violin epitomise Singapore as a confluence of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures. The instruments are complemented by portions of two local artworks in the Singapore Art Museum, entitled "Gibbon" (artist Chen Wen Hsi) and "Drying Salted Fish" (artist Cheong Soo Pieng). The works represent the development and achievements of artists in the country.

Colour: Blue
Size of note: 156 mm x 74 mm
First issued on: 9 September 1999 (Paper)

4th Series – Singapore Portrait Series currency notes 1999–present
The current Portrait series was introduced in 1999, with the one- and 500-dollar denominations omitted. These notes feature the face of Yusof bin Ishak, the first president of the Republic of Singapore, on the obverse, and the reverse depicts a feature of civic virtue. There are both paper and polymer notes in circulation. The designs of the polymer notes are very similar to the corresponding paper note except for the slightly slippery feel and a small transparent window design in the corner of the banknote. Polymer notes are progressively replacing the paper banknotes in circulation. The notes also have Braille patterns at the top right-hand corner of the front design.

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