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.