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Pick up locally
With over 20 convenient store locations across New Zealand, you can securely pick up your Singapore Dollars with no hassles.
About the currency
Coins and notes
In Singapore, you’ll find coins worth 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and $1, then notes worth $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.
Facts about the currency
- The Singapore dollar splits into cents similarly to dollars, but you may find they’re called ‘sing’ locally. So if someone asks you to sing in public, checking your smaller change is a wiser move than busting out a verse or two.
- The $1,000 note is printed with the entire lyrics of the national anthem – which is handy if you have a lot of cash on you and need to sing the anthem for some reason.
- Currency was introduced to Singapore by the Chinese in the 8th Century AD.
- The Tembusa tree, which has stood tall in the Botanic Gardens since 1859, is shown on the green $5 note.
- The Japanese invasion during WWII brought with it a whole new currency system – now delicately named ‘banana money’ to honour the image of a banana tree on the old $10 note.
- There’s quite a bit of cash in circulation – enough that if you laid all notes side by side, you could lap Singapore’s coastline over 600 times!
- If you happen to have some sneaky Brunei dollars, you’ll find they’re widely accepted throughout Singapore too – just like Singaporean dollars are accepted in Brunei. Isn’t that nice?
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