PMG's Featured Note of the Month: Singapore $20

Posted on 1/19/2021

This note features the Concorde, the supersonic jet that was first flown 45 years ago.

Singapore ND (1989) 20 Dollars Collector Series Specimen, Pick# 12CS4 graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ.
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Country: Singapore

Catalog Number: Pick# (SCWPM) 12CS4; TAN# B-4a

Date: ND (1989)

Denomination: 20 Dollars

Varieties: Pick# 12 is the ND (1979) version for circulation; Pick# 12r is for ND (1979) Remainders; and Pick# 12s is for ND (1979) Specimens.

What makes it special? The note features the Concorde, a supersonic jet that first flew 45 years ago, on January 21, 1976, and remained in operation until 2003. Synonymous with the pinnacle of commercial aviation, the planes were primarily operated by Air France and British Airways, but Singapore Airlines did lease one. The note also shows Singapore Changi Airport, which was new at the time the circulation-issue Singapore 20 Dollars from the Bird Series were issued.

This Concorde is part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
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Did you know? Modern Singapore traces its roots to January 1819, when Thomas Stamford Raffles led a British expedition to establish a new port.

Total graded by PMG: PMG has graded 30 of the ND (1989) Pick# 12CS4 Collector Series version, which includes the word SPECIMEN in red on the front and back. PMG has graded 2,809 of ND (1979) Pick# 12; 5 of Pick# 12r; and 44 of Pick# 12s.

PMG median grade: PMG 65 Choice Uncirculated EPQ for Pick# 12CS4, 12 and 12s; PMG 66 Gem Uncirculated EPQ for Pick# 12r.

PMG highest graded: PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ for Pick# 12CS4 and PMG 68 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ for Pick# 12.

Sales highlights: A Pick# 12CS4 graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ was sold by Heritage Auctions in January 2017 for $493, while a Pick# 12 graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ was sold by Heritage Auctions in April 2020 for $94.

PMG Registry Champion: Pick# 12 is part of four competitive sets, including Singapore, 1967-Date, Complete; Singapore, 1967-Date, Complete with Replacements; Singapore Bird Series Set, 1976-1980, P9-P17; and Singapore Bird Series Set with Replacements, 1976-1980, P9-P17. Sets owned by Ian Yan lead each of the four categories, filling the Pick# 12 slot with a PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ example.

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