Singapore issues bills in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 50, 100, 1000 and 10000. According to Wikipedia
On 27 June 2007, to commemorate 40 years of currency agreement with Brunei, the $20 note was launched; the back is identical to the Bruneian $20 note launched concurrently. A circulation version of the $20 note can be exchanged at banks in Singapore beginning July 16, 2007, limited to two pieces per transaction.
However, I have only ever seen the 2, 5, 10, and 50. I have taken S$1000 out of an atm and it just spat twenty 50’s at me.
As you can see, each bill is a different color. I’m not sure if you can tell, but they’re each also a slightly different size, which is odd to me. The front of the bills are identical. The guy in the picture is Yusof bin Ishak, the first President of Singapore.
You’ll have to click on the picture to enlarge it, but the back of each bill denomination celebrates something. The S$2 celebrates education. The S$5 celebrates Singapore as the “Garden City.” The S$10 celebrates sports (I find this one funny…the only professional team in Singapore are the Singapore Slingers–yes, they went there–a basketball team that plays in the Aussie league–and we have our own Soccer league). The S$50 commemorates the arts.
Again, according to Wikipedia (which does have pictures), the S$100 commemorates Youth, the S$1000 celebrates government and the S$10000 celebrates economics.
Another interesting point about the bills is that they aren’t made of paper. They are made of polymer (and feel very slippery), and if you look closely on the first picture, you’ll see that each has two points where it is transparent.
I do have to say that I’m still getting used to the money here…it all looks like Monopoly money. I’m also trying to get used to the fact that here in Singapore there are lots of places where money is required. Many eateries (including most McDonald’s) do not accept credit cards or NETS (the debit card). You can use credit or NETS cards in cabs, but there’s a surcharge, so it’s better to use cash. I’m also always trying to find a $20 and get thrown by the S$2 bills. But, as with most things, we’re getting used to it, and I’m sure that by the time I visit in November I’ll be confused by how the money is all the same color and size.