Armenia new 500-dram commemorative note (BNP301) confirmed introduced 22.11.2017

According to a press release dated 22 November 2017, Armenia introduced a new 500-dram note commemorating Noah’s Ark, the vessel that supposedly saved Noah’s family and the all the world’s animals from a biblical flood before coming to rest atop Mount Ararat in modern day Armenia. 300,000 notes were packaged in brochures and sold for 1,700 dram each.


BNP301 (PNL): 500 ԴՐԱՄ (dram) (US$1.05)
Yellow, gray, brown, and blue. Front: Armenian text; cabinet with Noah’s Ark relic in green-gold Kinegram; Etchmiadzin Cathedral building; back side of Mount Ararat; flying dove with olive branch in beak. Back: Armenian text; Mount Ararat; animals and birds flanking Noah’s family; flying eagle. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Noah’s Ark and electrotype 500. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 140 x 76 mm. Hybrid.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Mikhail Plakhov.

South Korea new 2,000-won Olympics commemorative note (BNP201) confirmed

On 11 December 2017, the Bank of Korea introduced 2.8 million new 2,000-won notes to commemorate the Winter Olympic Games to be held 9 - 25 February 2018 in PyeongChang. Not intended for circulation, individual notes were packaged in a folder and sold for 8,000 won each. The bank also sold uncut pairs and sheets of 24 notes.


Courtesy of Sejin Ahn ( and Jason Lee.

New Zealand's Reserve Bank new governor to assume post 26.03.2018

According to a press release dated 11 December 2017, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand has appointed Adrian Orr to a five-year term as Reserve Bank Governor, effective 27 March 2018. Orr takes over from Grant Spencer, acting governor from 27 September 2017.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Djibouti new 40-franc commemorative note (B205) confirmed

The Banque Centrale de Djibouti introduced this 40-franc note to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Djibouti’s independence from France, which took place on 27 June 1977.


Courtesy of Stane Štraus (, Alex Zlotin, Dennis Zammit, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2017) 50-riyal note (B138b) confirmed

Like B138a, but new date (2017) and new signatures. Prefix A.

Courtesy of Rahiz Z. Hassan.

Keeling-Cocos Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 4-page catalog covers notes issued by the Clunies-Ross family on Keeling-Cocos Islands from 1879 to 1902. Published 08.12.2017.

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Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2017) 10-riyal note (B137b) confirmed

Like B137a, but new date (2017) and new signatures. Prefix A.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Czech Republic new 100-korun commemorative note design competition announced

According to an article in dated 23 November 2017, the Česká Národní Banka has announced a competition to design a new 100-korun banknote featuring Alois Rasin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak currency. The new note will be gold, and will circulate in parallel with the normal issues beginning in 2019. The deadline for the competition is 19 January 2018.

Courtesy of Mojmir Cerny.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2017) 500-dollar note (B240i) confirmed

Like B240h, but new date (01.06.2017) and new printer imprint (OBERTHUR fiduciare). Prefix BP.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2017) 1,000-dollar note (B241j) confirmed

Like B241i, but new date (01.06.2017) and new printer imprint (OBERTHUR fiduciare). Prefix FG.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Mauritania new polymer note family (B126 - B130) scheduled for introduction 01.01.2018

On 5 December 2017, the Banque Centrale de Mauritanie unveiled designs for new coins and banknotes, expected to be introduced into circulation on 1 January 2018. The ougiya currency unit has been redenominated at a rate of 1:10.


Courtesy of Marco Pache.

Peru new 10-sol note reportedly introduced December 2017

Like P187, but denominated in soles, not nuevos soles. Dated 10 DE MARZO DE 2016.

Peru new 100-sol note reportedly introduced December 2017

Like P190, but denominated in soles, not nuevos soles. Dated 19 DE FEBRERO DE 2015.

Courtesy of Juan Carlos,

Philippines enhanced New Generation Currency notes reportedly introduced 05.12.2017

According to a press release dated 5 December 2017, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas introduced New Generation Currency (NGC) notes enhanced to highlight significant moments in the nation’s history, as well as its world heritage sites and iconic natural wonders.


Courtesy of Lexter Ibasco.

Philippines new date (2017F) 20-peso note confirmed

Like P206, but new date (2017F). Prefix LM.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (

Trinidad and Tobago new signature 100-dollar note confirmed

Like B233a, but new signature. Prefix NB.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

West African States Benin new sig/date (2016) 500-franc note (B120Be) confirmed

Like B120Bd, but new date (2016) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels (Delcampe store).

West African States Benin new sig/date (2015) 500-franc note (B120Bd) confirmed

Like B120Bc, but new date (2015) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels (Delcampe store).

Uruguay new 50-peso commemorative polymer note unveiled

According to an article in El Observador dated 23 May 2017, on 3 May 2017 a resolution authorized the Banco Central del Uruguay to introduce up to 10 million new 50-peso uruguayo polymer notes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bank. No word yet on when the notes will be introduced, but the Banco Central del Uruguay was created by law 13594 of 6 July 1967 and decree on 12 September 1967.

Images of the new 50-peso notes appear in a video recently released by the bank.


Courtesy of Alex Zlotin and Cleo Phas.

Trans-Dniester new 1- and 5-ruble commemorative notes (B221, B222) confirmed introduced 03.11.2017

On 3 November 2017, the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank introduced 1- and 5-ruble banknotes commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. 2,983 pieces of each denomination were issued into circulation. 2,017 pieces of each denomination were sold as numismatic products.



Courtesy of Albert Vokhmin, Dmitry Nevmyvako, and Vadim Tislenko.