President Halimah launches medallions to commemorate Istana’s 150th anniversary

President of Singapore Halimah Yacob launched a series of medallions to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Presidential abode Istana during the Chinese New Year Open House.

The Istana Souvenir Series consists of five medallion designs featuring the architecture of the buildings within the Istana compound and significant highlights of the residence. It is the result of the collaboration between the President’s Office and the Singapore Mint.

President of Singapore Halimah Yacob launching Istana Souvenir Series Official Medallions at the Open House in commemoration of the Istana 150th anniversary. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of President Halimah
President of Singapore Halimah Yacob launching Istana Souvenir Series Official Medallions at the Open House in commemoration of the Istana 150th anniversary. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of President Halimah

A NETS Flashpay card featuring a view of the Istana is also available.

The designs of the series create a unique opportunity for Singaporeans to know more about the history and heritage of the Istana.

During the launch of the Istana Souvenir Series, President Halimah Yacob said, “Through the medallions and card products, Singaporeans can bring a piece of their memories of the Istana back home with them. Their designs also tell interesting stories about the customs and traditions within the Istana, some of which are not commonly known before this.”

The Istana Souvenir Series consists of five medallion designs featuring the architecture of the buildings within the Istana compound and significant highlights of the residence. Photo courtesy: Singapore Mint
The Istana Souvenir Series consists of five medallion designs featuring the architecture of the buildings within the Istana compound and significant highlights of the residence. Photo courtesy: Singapore Mint

“I look forward to commemorating Istana 150 with Singaporeans this year and hope that everyone will enjoy the various commemorative activities we have planned,” she added.

A total of eight different silver medallion and card products with limited mintages are available in the Istana Souvenir Series. This includes five single silver medallions, one card and two special silver medallion sets consisting of various medallion combinations.

People enjoying the Lion Dance performance by the Yi Wei Athletic Association during the Chinese New Year Istana Open House. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of President Halimah
People enjoying the Lion Dance performance by the Yi Wei Athletic Association during the Chinese New Year Istana Open House. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of President Halimah

“A key highlight of the series is the exclusive Istana 150th Anniversary 2oz 999 Fine Silver Proof-Like Medallion, which features the frontal view of the Istana Main Building on the obverse. The Presidential Crest is presented on the reverse. It is the only medallion in Singapore to feature this highest honor,” said Singapore Mint in a press statement.  

Part of the proceeds from the series' sale will be donated to the President's Challenge.

The medallions will be available at Singapore Mint retail outlets from today.

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Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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