Northern Ireland's Ulster Bank unveils new 5- and 10-pound polymer notes for 2019 introduction

On 23 May 2018, Ulster Bank unveiled the designs of two new banknotes to be introduced in 2019 under the “Living in Nature” theme. Both notes have vertical designs and are printed on polymer substrate. The blue 5-pound note focuses on Northern Ireland as a place that people pass through and visit, highlighting the importance of the sea and migration. It depicts Strangford Lough in County Down and Brent Geese. The brown 10-pound note focuses on Northern Ireland as a place of growth, both in terms of agriculture and heritage. It depicts Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, the Irish hare and Guelder-rose shrubs. The notes also feature culinary delights associated with the north, namely a king scallop and an Ulster Glade potato.


Courtesy of Mark Irwin, David Hunter, Philip Smith, Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen, Don Ludwig, and Iain Burn.

Belize new date (01.12.2016) 50-dollar note (B328f) confirmed

Like B328e, but new date (1st. DECEMBER 2016). Prefix DP.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Venezuela new date (13.12.2017) 5,000-bolívar note confirmed

Like P97, but new date (13 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2017), denomination on front not in OVI, and 3-mm wide holographic windowed security thread with BCV.

Courtesy of Dario Silva.

Azerbaijan new 200-manat note (B404) reported introduced 24.05.2018

According to a press release dated 23 May 2018, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan introduced a new denomination, the 200-manat note designed by Crane Currency in the US and printed by Giesecke & Devrient in Germany. The motif of the notes is "the ‘Heydar Aliyev Center’ constructed to the memory of the architect of independent Azerbaijan, the National Leader Heydar Aliyev. The new banknote features the majestic image of the Heydar Aliyev Center, one of the most contemporary symbols of our capital, the main exterior and interior design elements, elements of national carpet samples, and other national ornaments."


Courtesy of Mehdi Kasumov, Claudio Marana, and Jerôme Deschamps.

Bolivia new 10-boliviano note confirmed

10 bolivianos
Blue. Front: Spanish text; Caverna de Umajalanta (Umajalanta Cavern in Torotoro); José Santos Vargas “El Tambor Vargas,” Apiaguaiki Tüpa, and Eustaquio Méndez “El Moto Méndez.” Back: Spanish text; hummingbird as SPARK; landscape of Isla del Pescado (Fish Island) in Salar de Uyuni salt flat; Picaflor Gigante (giant hummingbird) perched on tree branch; Puya raimondi bromeliad. Windowed security thread with demetalized 10 and Jose Santos Vargas. Watermark: José Santos Vargas, pixelated drum, and electrotype 10. Printer: OBERTHUR fiduciaire. 140 x 70 mm. a. 26 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 1986. Sig. unknown. Suffix A. Intro: 00.04.2018.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Central African States new signature 500-franc note (B106U) confirmed

Like B106Uf, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Jérôme Deschamps (

Russia new 100-ruble FIFA commemorative note (B840) reportedly introduced 22.05.2018

This 100-ruble note commemorates the World Cup held in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, and run by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (French: International Federation of Association Football, FIFA).

B840 (PNL): 100 рублей (rubles) (US$1.50)
Blue, green, yellow, and red. Front (vertical): Russian text; coat of arms; standing boy holding soccer ball under arm; goalkeeper (Lev Yashin) diving for soccer ball; Quick Recognition Code. Back (vertical): Russian text; stylized Russian flag with silhouettes of athletic fans; stylized globe on soccer ball with Russian Federation map; names of Russian cities hosting playoff games. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): None. Printer: (Goznak). 150 x 65 mm. Polymer.
a. 2018. No sig. Prefix AA.
20,400,000 notes printed. Intro: 22.05.2018.

Courtesy of Jérôme Deschamps, Vladimir Buravlev, 钞票百科 (Chaopiaobaike), Sergey Parfenov, Menshikov Anton, and Vadim Tislenko.

Trans-Dniester new 1-ruble commemorative note (B226) reported

On 11 May 2018, the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank introduced a 1-ruble banknotes commemorating the 100th anniversary of the border troops. 1,500 pieces were issued into circulation and 1,000 pieces were sold as numismatic products.


Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Albert Vokhmin.

Iran new signature 10,000-rial note (B295b) confirmed

Like B295a, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Afshin Sadri.

Mongolia new date (2016) 500-tögrög note (B432c) confirmed

Like B432b, but new date (2016). Prefix AR.

Courtesy of Max Keller.

Solomon Islands reported to introduce commemorative 40-dollar note and 2-dollar coin in July 2018

According to an article on SIBC, on 10 May 2018 the Central Bank of Solomon Islands announced plans to introduce a new 40-dollar note and 2-dollar coin to commemorate the country’s 40th anniversary of independence. Both are currently in production and are expected to be received in time for introduction in July.

Courtesy of Paul Nahmias.

Cambodia new 20,000-rial note (B433) confirmed

This note celebrates the 65th birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Jacek Stącel, and Vladimir Buravlev.

Poland new sig/date (12.01.2017) 500-złoty note (B864b) confirmed

Like B864a, but new date (12 STYCZNIA 2017) and new signatures. Prefix AF.

Courtesy of Jan Boguś.

Nigeria new date (2018) 20-naira note (B232r) confirmed

Like B232q, but new date (2018). Prefix EY.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Macedonia new 10- and 50-denar polymer notes (B217, B218) confirmed


These notes are like the preceding issues, but printed on polymer substrate, not paper.

Courtesy of James Pickering (

Indonesia new date (2018) 5,000-rupiah note (B611c) confirmed

Like B611b, but new date (2016 / 2018). Prefix HEJ.

Courtesy of Sabine Leuenberger ().

Venezuela new security thread 20,000-bolívar note confirmed

Like P99 dated 18 DE AGOSTO DE 2016, but new date (13 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2017) and 13-mm wide holographic windowed security thread. Prefix A.

Courtesy of Numisnota (

Peru new sig/date (10.03.2016) 20-sol note confirmed

Like preceding issue, but denominated in soles, not nuevos soles, new date (10 DE MARZO DE 2016), and new signatures. Prefix/suffix C/D.

Courtesy of Andrew Randall.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2017) 100-dollar note (B250c) confirmed

Like B250b, but new date (01.06.2017). Prefix BDM.

Courtesy of Manuel Pires Horta Rosa.

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