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    Front: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah I (1946-)

     

    Bolkiah was graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and has received an honorary doctorate from a Russian University.

     

    He became Sultan of Brunei in 1967 when his father abdicated voluntarily. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, of which Brunei was a protectorate until 1984, knighted him. Bolkiah also held the positions of Prime Minister,

    Defense Minister, and Finance Minister. He has not favored democratization. Brunei has no elected legislature since the Legislative Council was dissolved in 1962.

     

    The Sultan has married three times, the second marriage to a Bruneian air stewardess ending in divorce and the third marriage to a former Malaysian TV3 presenter occurring in August 2005. The Sultan has a sizable private fortune.

    He was considered by Forbes Magazine to be the world's richest man in 1997, with a net worth of almost US$ 40 billion.

     

    Back: Distinctive national landmarks of Singapore's Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and buildings along the city waterfront, and Brunei's Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque with the Royal Barge and the water village

     

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    Front: Encik Yusof bin Ishak (1910-1970), an eminent Singaporean politician

     

    Yusof bin Ishak first served as Yang di-Pertuan Negara (head of state) between 1959 and 1965, remaining in office during the time that Singapore was part of Malaysia, between 1963 to 1965. Following Singapore's departure from the Federation of

    Malaysia in 1965, he served as President of the Republic until his death in 1970.

     

    Back: Distinctive national landmarks of Singapore's Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay and buildings along the city waterfront, and Brunei's Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque with the Royal Barge and the water village

     

    Tom Chao's Paper Money Gallery

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    Front: Mirabal sisters - Patria Mercedes (1924-1960), Maria Argentina Minerva (1926-1960), Antonia María Teresa (1935-1960), anti-Trujillo activists

     

    The four Mirabals sisters grew up in Salcedo, Dominican Republic during the era of the dictator Rafael Trujillo. Three

    of the sisters were assassinated by the dictator in 1960 for their involvement in efforts to overthrow the fascist government. The surviving sister, Bélgica (more commonly known as Dedé), lives in Salcedo, tending the museum in Ojo de Agua that commemorates her sisters. The Mirabal sisters, now national heroines of the Dominican Republic, have been immortalized in poem, fiction, art, and even with an international day dedicated to them.

     

    Back: The Mirabal sisters monument

     

    Tom Chao's Paper Money Gallery

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    Front: Moshe Sharett (1894-1965), 2nd Prime Minister of Israel (1953-1955)

     

    Front shows portrait of Moshe Sharett; picture of the ceremony of the unfurling of the Israeli flag at the UN building on May 12, 1949; text from the speech given by Sharett on that occasion.

     

    Sharett was born Moshe Shertok in Ukraine. He immigrated to Palestine in 1908. His family was one of the founders of Tel Aviv. From 1933 to 1948, He guided negotiations between the Zionist movement and the British Mandate of Palestine, which led to the creation of the State of Israel.

     

    Back: Picture of Jewish Brigade volunteers during WW II and of a pre-State look-out tower; text from Sharett's radio address after his return from a visit to the Jewish Brigade in Italy.

     

    Tom Chao's Paper Money Gallery

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