Singaporean Money–Coins

Coins come in denominations of  1, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and a dollar coin.

One cent coins are barely in circulation.  The only reason I have this one is because we had a 44 cent phone bill when we moved out of the serviced apartment and I demanded my penny…mostly because I’d never seen a one cent coin in Singapore and was curious.  It’s also the reason I’ve held onto it…other than that occasion I have not stumbled across a single instance where a one cent coin would be given or received.  Not one single restaurant or grocery bill that didn’t end in a 5 or a 0.  Although the penny in the US is practically worthless, you are constantly acquiring them.  Not so, here.

Five cent coins are also fairly rare, but you see them every once and a while, unlike the one cent coins.

10, 20 and 50 cent coins are just…coins. They’re ubiquitous.

The one dollar coins are by far the most useful.  You need them to unlock carts, to make the kiddy rides at the mall go…and of course, they’re the one you never have when you need it.

For better pictures of Singapore money, go here

I’ll talk about bills tomorrow.

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4 Responses to Singaporean Money–Coins

  1. Rebecca Redin says:

    Have you noticed that in nearly every circumstance, the total amount is rounded down to the nearest 10-cents (usually) or 5-cents (grocery stores and established businesses)? So, for instance, I was at Cold Storage yesterday and my total was $21.17. That was what appeared on the cash register. But, the checkout girl said, “21.15” and that is what I paid. I’ve been here three years and have yet to see a penny! Consider yourself lucky =)

  2. Daphne says:

    The 1-cent coin has been discontinued a few years back and actually cannot be changed at the banks anymore =)

    Cold Storage and NTUC Fairprice have been practicing the round down to the nearest 5cents ever since the 1 cent coin was discontinued. So are a number of other supermarkets.

    I havent seen a one cent coin either in a long long time!

    That coin will probably become a collector’s edition one day!
    Keep it safe! =D

    • Crystal says:

      I didn’t know it had been discontinued entirely! I definitely will put it somewhere safe (although that usually leads to losing things…the “I’ll put it somewhere safe.”)

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