Aug 1, 2019 | 5 min read
The Singapore Bicentennial in 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of a key milestone in Singapore’s history- the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. The Bicentennial will commemorate this momentous occasion and reflect at the 700-year-old rich history of the country beginning in 1299.
Inspired by the Bicentennial celebrations, many retailers across the island country have come up with creative and unique, limited-edition memorabilia that capture elements of our history.
Whether you are on a budget or your don’t mind spending to own a bit of history, here’s a list of 12 exclusive SG Bicentennial Collectibles that you must check.
Price: SG$2.50 per tattoo sheet
The SG Bicentennial temporary tattoo sheet has 8 tattoos totally, each representing a point in time in Singapore’s evolution, from Sang Nila Utama’s sighting of the mythical lion to Sir Stamford’s arrival to the current vibrant multicultural society that it is today. At this entry price point, this tattoo sheet is a unique and pocket-friendly celebration of Singapore’s history and evolution.
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This special SG Bicentennial collectible edition of the popular Khong Guan Tin Biscuits is now available in supermarkets and grocery stores. Try and get your hands on one, before stocks run out!
Price: SG$8.45 for a set of 5
The next item on our must-have SG Bicentennial Collectible list is ‘The Everyday Heroes of Early Singapore’ by Naiise. This is a bookmark collection that commemorates the everyday heroes who made their mark on Singapore. These are the hardworking men and women who toiled on our soils and seas and contributed to Singapore’s journey. Get your Bicentennial bookmark set here.
Price: Single Card – SG$12 (Has $7 load value)
EZ-link has launched exclusive ez-link cards to commemorate Singapore’s Bicentennial. This card series features the changing architecture and landmarks of the country through the ages, from fishing villages, to shophouses to the Marina Bay sands. You can get your 2019 Singapore Bicentennial limited edition ez-link cards at all TransitLink Ticket Offices and selected SMRT Passenger Service Centres. You can also shop online at Lazada EZ-Link Official Store. The entire set of 4 cards costs SG$20.
Singapore Post recently launched the Singapore Bicentennial stamp issue at the Singapore Bicentennial Roadshow. The stamp issue is also available at all Post Offices and the Philatelic Store @ GPO. You can also order online here.
Price: SG$ 19.30
In 1299, Sang Nila Utama was inspired by a vision of a lion and named our island ‘Singapura’! Accessorise with these quirky Sang Nila Utama and lion double-collar enamel pins to show your love for Singapore’s history in this Bicentennial year.
This collection acknowledges that tea was a significant and valuable commodity traded in early Singapore. It includes three unique tea flavours of the past enjoyed by people even today. Get your special bicentennial edition tea set here.
Price: SG$40 for the Coaster
The Bicentennial-themed Singapore Scenes collection by Royal Selangor contains items such as a tankard, a pair of tumblers and coaster, a décor plate, photo frame and a business card holder. All items come with space for engraving a personalised message.
Click here to view and buy items from the collection.
This cotton linen cushion cover by Onlewo has an alluring ‘Spice Garden’ print featuring ginger, nutmeg and pepper, acknowledging the key role that spice trade had in Singapore’s history.
This limited-edition 100 % silk twill scarves collection by Binary Style is specially designed to mark Singapore’s Bicentennial. It captures significant vignettes of the pre- and post- Raffles periods. The pre-1819 scarf features Sang Nila Utama, multi-ethnic waterside settlements, ships of many nations, and silhouette of traders with different costumes from various exotic origins. In the post-1819 scarf the focus shifts to English gentry, equestrian scenes, carriages, landmark buildings, and the new, rationalised city plan: the Jackson Plan. Get your Bicentennial scarves here.
President Halimah Yacob launched the $20 Singapore Bicentennial commemorative note during the Istana open house on Hari Raya Puasa.
The Singapore Mint is the exclusive marketing agent for the Singapore Bicentennial Numismatic Currency Set. The numismatic currency set contains one uncut sheet of three Singapore $20 commemorative notes. Get your set here.
The most expensive item on our Singapore Bicentennial Collectibles list is this beautiful gold medallion design and Swarovski crystal featuring Sir Stamford Raffles. You can make this a part of your family heirloom by buying it here.
Which of these Singapore Bicentennial collectibles do you plan to get? Won’t it be a great idea to put one of these into a time-capsule? Or pass it to your next generation as a Singaporean heirloom?
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Happy Singapore Bicentennial Year to you!
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