A $10 coin to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew (LKY100).
The coin pays tribute to his strategic vision, boldness and indomitable spirit that transformed Singapore from a regional trading port to a global manufacturing, business and financial hub, creating opportunities for all Singaporeans. The LKY100 coin is gold in colour, minted in aluminium bronze, with a diameter of 30mm.
The coin is designed by local artist Mr Weng Ziyan and the design features a portrait of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, accompanied in the foreground by the Marina Barrage, representing Mr Lee’s vision to build a freshwater reservoir in the city, strengthening Singapore’s water resilience.
The backdrop is the skyline of the Raffles Place financial district, and two heritage buildings which have witnessed significant milestones in Singapore’s history – Fullerton Hotel (formerly the Fullerton Building/General Post Office) and National Gallery Singapore (formerly the Supreme Court and City Hall).
On the other side of the coin, below the Singapore Coat of Arms, a dual latent image features Mr Lee’s birth year ‘1923’ viewed from one angle, and his 100th birth anniversary ‘2023’ viewed from another.
The coin pays tribute to his strategic vision, boldness and indomitable spirit that transformed Singapore from a regional trading port to a global manufacturing, business and financial hub, creating opportunities for all Singaporeans.
Lee Kuan Yew Centennial Fund Launched to Support About 2,000 Students Annually Through Scholarships and Programmes
Fund aims to inspire 1,000 IHL student leaders and uplift up to 1,000 ITE and polytechnic students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate resilience and potential
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Mr Lawrence Wong launched the Lee Kuan Yew Centennial Fund, which has been established with donations from the private and people sectors to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s birth in 2023. The Fund will support education-related initiatives to develop young leaders in Singapore, including the Singapore Young Leaders Programme (SYLP) which was also launched by DPM Wong.
A total of 580 students from the Autonomous Universities (AUs), Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and the five polytechnics attended the launch ceremony at Nanyang Polytechnic on 30 May 2023. Minister for Education Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Manpower & Second Minister for Trade and Industry Dr Tan See Leng and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law Mr Edwin Tong were also present at the launch.
Lee Kuan Yew Centennial Fund
The Lee Kuan Yew Centennial Fund was established from a ground-up initiative by business leaders to invest in and support the development of Singapore youth to become visionary leaders with the imagination and determination to shape Singapore’s future as an exceptional nation.
Managed under MOE’s Education Fund, the Lee Kuan Yew Centennial Fund will be used to support the following four education-related initiatives to develop and recognise young leaders in Singapore, and may also be used for other education-related initiatives in future.
Minister for Education Mr Chan Chun Sing said: “We extend our gratitude to the donors for their generous contributions to the Lee Kuan Yew Centennial Fund. Their invaluable support will have a lasting impact on not just our Institutes of Higher Learning, but also shape future generations of leaders who embody a spirit of gumption, vision and service above self. Together, we can forge a bright future for Singaporeans and Singapore.”
Minister for Manpower & Second Minister for Trade and Industry Dr Tan See Leng said: “It is especially heartening that many established institutions which have benefitted from our founding leaders’ values of transparency, non-corruptibility and good governance are now paying it forward. Their initiatives to remember Mr Lee reflect a strong desire to uphold the values that have made Singapore exceptional so that we can ensure the future of our young.”
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law Mr Edwin Tong said: “With these programmes and initiatives, we hope that the next generation will be inspired by the values and ideals of our founding leaders, learn and form bonds with peers from different institutions, and actively contribute to Singapore’s future.”
Members of the public who wish to contribute to contribute to the Fund may make donations to the Lee Kuan Yew Centennial Fund under MOE’s Education Fund at: