The Monetary Authority of Singapore unveiled the Hawker Culture in Singapore Commemorative coins, to celebrate the inscription of Hawker Culture in Singapore into the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 16th December 2020. Two versions of the coin, a nickel-plated zinc coin and a silver coin, will be issued on 12th November 2021.
The design captures the passion of four hawkers from diverse cultural backgrounds engaged in their craft, paying tribute to hawkers who work hard to serve the community, and showcasing the following:
- Local favourites – Hokkien Mee (fried prawn noodles); Nasi Lemak (aromatic rice infused with coconut milk served with fried chicken, egg, anchovies, peanut and sambal); Roti Prata (Indian flatbread served with curry); Indian Rojak; and Singapore’s breakfast staple, Kaya Toast accompanied with soft-boiled eggs and Kopi – are depicted on the front of the coin.
- (Patrons, young and old, enjoying their meals in a hawker center, are depicted in the background.
- The obverse of each coin bears the Singapore Coat of Arms with the year 2021.
The Hawker Culture
Hawker Culture in Singapore is an integral part of life for Singaporeans, where people from all walks of life gather at hawker centers to dine and bond over their favourite food prepared by hawkers.
The coin design showcases three key elements of Hawker Culture in Singapore: the mastery of culinary skills by hawkers, the reflection of our multicultural society and how hawker centers serve as community dining spaces for everyone. Patrons, young and old, enjoying their meals in a hawker center, are also depicted in the background.
Two versions of the coin, a nickel-plated zinc coin and a silver coin, and a 2-coin set will be issued on 12th November 2021.
The coins can be purchased individually or as a coin set. Each silver coin will be accompanied by a serialized certificate of authenticity. The coins in the sets are part of the total quantity of coins minted (mintage) for the respective coin type. The nickel-plated zinc coin with a face value of $2 has a diameter of 40.70 mm and a mintage of 10,000 pieces. The 1 troy oz silver proof color coin is made of 999 fine silver with a face value of $5 with a diameter of 40.70 mm. The mintage is 5,000 pieces. The 2-coin set consists of a nickel-plated zinc proof-like coin and a 1 troy oz silver proof color coin. It is limited to 2,000 sets. Each coin set comes with a serialized certificate of authenticity.
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