Just read from the MAS website regarding some tips on currency preservation. Apart from the regular tips like regular inspection to detect deterioration in early stages; avoid handling of notes and coins with bare hands; and not to use PVC and paper envelops to store the notes. One particularly interesting tip was the test for PVC. Using an uncoated copper wire, heat it over a gas flame until red hot. Touch the hot end of the wire on the plastic test sample and put it back into the gas flame. If there is a burst of blue-green from the end of the wire in in the flame, the plastic contains PVC. If the flame is yellow, then the holder is safe to house the currency. I need to do this test!
The Board of Commissioners of Currency, Singapore ("BCCS") has stopped issuing 1-cent coins from 1 April 2002. Since they are not worth much (100 of them makes S$1 only !!), I have collected them in an empty glass bottle. They make a good display piece :)
First Series: The First Series of coins was issued on 20 November 1967. The denomination of the coin is in the centre with the year-date at the top. Two stalks of paddy are on the left with the word "SINGAPORE" on the right. The reverse side of the coins show an old style HDB flat built in the 60s-70s set against a fountain and some clouds in the background. Very nostalgic.
Second Series: The Second Series was introduced on 2 December 1985. One side of the coins bears the Singapore Arms in the centre surrounded by the word "SINGAPORE" in the four official languages (English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil) around the circumference of the coins. The year-date is below the Singapore Arms. The reverse side shows the denomination of the coin as well as Singapore's national flower Vanda Miss Joaquim.
I keep my little old notes collection in a money album. Got it from Popular Bookshop for SGD 20+ dollars. I like it as it looks great, sturdy with its hardcover and metal capped corners and it is refillable.
The refills can also be obtained at Popular Bookshop, about 5 sheets for SGD $3+. Right now, I only use it to keep some of my notes (too expensive to keep all of them in albums). Contemplating to buy a dry box to house the rest, which I am keeping them wrapped in pastic bags and stored in a plastic box along with some desiccants.
My dream album is the Lighthouse album. I was looking for them at Bras Brasah, and was told they are expensive and not many shops carry them. Maybe one day when I go to Germany, I will look for one, hopefully they are cheaper there! Lighthouse Classic GRANDE Binder & Slipcase in Red