PMG Attributing Singapore Banknotes According to New Authoritative Catalog

Posted on 2/1/2018

The catalog, written by Vincent Tan, was just released.

Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) is now using Singapore Banknotes: Complete Prefix Reference by Vincent Tan as its primary method for attributing Singaporean banknotes by catalog number.

The catalog covers all Singapore banknotes since that city-state started issuing its own paper currency in 1967. It assigns a catalog number to each note type, all of which are illustrated with authoritative descriptions and serial number information.

Singapore has produced a vibrant assortment of banknotes over the years, including ones featuring orchids, birds, ships and portraits, as well as a series of commemoratives. These are all described in comprehensive detail in the book, which was released December 1, 2017.

The catalog number is a key part of the PMG label, and serves as a universally accepted shorthand for describing the note. In cases where exceptional research catalogs are available for a specific region or type of currency, PMG will supplement the general use of Pick or Friedberg catalog numbers with other catalog numbers — such as those found in Singapore Banknotes: Complete Prefix Reference — to correctly identify and attribute banknotes.

“PMG is excited to add this definitive work on banknotes from Singapore to our immense collection of numismatic research,” said Adam Howerton, PMG Finalizer. “It is clear that the meticulous research that went into producing this new catalog will help our graders deliver a better product to our customers.”

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