|The Singapore Coins and Notes Museum is the country's first and only museum dedicated to displaying currency. Through their intimate but novel exhibits, journey through a world of coins and notes from the earliest objects used for barter trade to the latest cutting-edge polymer notes.
The museum consists of 2 floors. One of the levels showcases ancient currencies, the history of currency used in Singapore, and the coins & medallions of today, whilst the other features the different cultural usage of coins as well as a video presentation on the minting of coins. They also offer a minting service whereby patrons can obtain their own souvenir coin for the price of $2.
The museum’s shop is literally a treasure trove, where you can purchase commemorative coins and medallions, currency memorabilia and other souvenirs.
Open to the public from 24 June 2009, Wednesday. The museum was first conceptualised in 2008 by the Singapore Mint to showcase Singapore's history and currency evolution, and is supported by the National Heritage Board's Heritage Industry Incentive Programme.
From the beginning of time, a hallmark of human societies was inter-group contact. When one group met another, they exchanged greetings, potential spouses, ideas, spare food and other personal belongings. Another type of exchange is known as 'barter trading'.
Early Singapore was no exception. While no ancient currencies were made locally, many were used here. Tokens and coins from around the region, and as far away as India, China and Europe, were used by the traders in early Singapore. It was not until 1871 when coins marked 'Straits Settlements' were made specifically for the British colonies of Singapore, Melaka and Penang. All the coins and notes for the British colonies in Southeast Asia were abruptly replaced by the Japanese 'banana' notes between 1942 and 1945, which were just as quickly made worthless after World War II was over.
Guided group tour is available, you need to call to make a booking. The guided tour of the Museum will take approximately 60-90 minutes depending on the interest level of the group.