Bahamas new CRISP Evolution 10-dollar note (B350) reported

According to a press release dated 26 September 2016, on 28 September 2016 the Central Bank of The Bahamas launched a new 10-dollar note, the first in its newest family of CRISP Evolution (Counterfeit Resistant Integrated Security Product) banknotes, with other denominations to be introduced over the next few years.

The new note bears some of the same design elements as the preceding issue (B340), but with a vertical orientation for the back, and enhanced security features. The note is the first non-commemorative banknote in the world bearing De La Rue's Active, a lenticular thread visible on the back of the note (Poland BNP820 with Active was introduced on 20 April 2016). The note also has subsidiary features, such as the use of raster graphics throughout the banknote, a SPARK Orbital butterfly, and the installation of tactile bars for the visually-impaired.


Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Malaysia new signature 50-ringitt note (B148b) reported

According to a press release dated 28 September 2016, Bank Negara Malaysia will introduce 50-ringgit notes (B148b) with the signature of Datuk Muhammd Ibrahim, who was appointed as the new governor for five years, effective from 1 May 2016, following the retirement of the previous governor, Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akthar Aziz.


Scotland's Clydesdale Bank new sig/date (13.02.2016) 5-pound polymer commemorative confirmed

According to an article in the Daily Record dated 27 September 2016, the Clydesdale Bank has begun withdrawing paper 5-pound notes and is now issuing a polymer 5-pound banknote, like the commemorative previously issued, but with new date (13th February 2016) and new signature of CEO David Duffy. Prefix W/HS.


Courtesy of Zbyszek Warszawski and Quality World Currency.

Luxembourg's bank museums and displays

Following a great weekend attending the Paper Money Fair in Valkenburg, The Netherlands, I journeyed on to Luxembourg City, where I visited the Head Office of the Banque et Caisse d'Epargne. Alas, I had the misfortune to visit the one day that the bank was holding a special event for its employees, and it had shoved all the banknote displays into an inaccessible corner. The most interesting installation was a mini theater in the old bank vault, which was inexplicably playing a montage of every bank heist movie ever made (not exactly building confidence in the bank's security). The bank doesn't have any items for sale, nor any take-home educational material, but it is free and worth a stop if you're in town. The exterior of the bank is quite beautiful, though the view is temporarily marred by the renovation of the Adolphe Bridge just in front.


Afterwards, I walked 15 minutes to the Banque Central du Luxembourg, which is housed in a very modern building. After being buzzed into the secure numismatic exhibit hall, I was greeted by a large table with many brochures detailing the security features of various euro denominations, but again, nothing was available discussing the country's prior banknote issues. They did offer for sale a huge assortment of numismatic products containing coins, however. This exhibit is also free and worth checking out if you're in the area, though I must admit i enjoyed my stroll through the nearby ravine much more.


Cuba new date (2016) 3-convertible peso note (BFX906c) confirmed

BFX906c: Like BFXP906b, but new date (2016). Series BD. Replacement notes: Series BZ.

Courtesy of Hans Seems.

Cuba new date (2016) 1-convertible peso note (BFX905e) confirmed

BFX905e: Like BFXP905d, but new date (2016). Series AF. Replacement notes: Series AZ.

Courtesy of Hans Seems.

Georgia new 100-lari note (B258) to be issued 01.11.2016

According to a press release dated 23 September 2016, the National Bank of Georgia plans to introduce the following new 100-lari note on 1 November 2016.


Bangladesh new signature 1,000-taka note (B354g) confirmed

B354g: Like B354f, but new signature (Fazle Kabir).

Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam.

Philippines new date (2016) 100-peso note confirmed

Like P208, but new date (2016).

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan ().

Philippines new date (2016) 1,000-peso note confirmed

Like P211, but new date (2016).

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan ().

Guatemala new sig/date (14.05.2014) 100-quetzal note confirmed

Like P119, but new signatures, date (14 DE MAYO DE 2014), and printer (GIESECKE & DEVRIENT).

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Guatemala new date (02.05.2012) 5-quetzal note confirmed

Like P122, but new date (2 DE MYAO DE 2012), and new printer: OBERTHUR fiduciaire. Suffix E.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Guatemala new date (14.05.2014) 10-quetzal note confirmed

Like P125, but new date (14 DE MAYO DE 2014) and new printer: OBERTHUR technologies. Suffix D.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Bahrain new 20-dinar note (B310) confirmed

B310 (PNL): 20 dinars (US$53)
Brown and light blue. Front: SPARK Live Truspin; King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa. Back: Al Fateh Islamic Center in Juffair. Rapid Motion windowed security thread with demetalized ٢٠ / 20. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with electrotype TWENTY and denomination in Arabic text. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.
a. ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Signature 1. Intro: 04.09.2016.

Courtesy of Paul Mclean.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 10,000-franc note (B124Cp) confirmed

B124Cp: Like B124Co, but new date (2016) and new signature.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 5,000-franc note (B123Cp) confirmed

B123Cp: Like B123Co, but new date (2016) and new signature.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States new date (2015) 500-franc note (B120Cd) confirmed

B120Cd: Like B120Cc, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Indonesia new family of banknotes announced

Following the issuance of Presidential Decree No. 31 of 5 September 2016, Bank Indonesia plans to introduce seven new banknote designs featuring national heroes:

  • 1,000 rupiah: Tjut Meutiah
    • 2,000 rupiah: M. H. Thamrin
    • 5,000 rupiah: K. H. Idham
    • 10,000 rupiah: Frans Kaisiepo
    • 20,000 rupiah: Gerungan Saul Samuel Jacob Ratulangi
    • 50,000 rupiah: Juanda Kartawidjaja
    • 100,000 rupiah: Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta

The press release is unclear if the notes will be issued in 2016, or if the design phase will begin this year. It typically takes many years to develop a new family of notes from conception to introduction into circulation.

Bahrain new 10- and 20-dinar notes (B309, B310) reported

According to a press release dated 4 September 2016, the Central Bank of Bahrain has introduced these notes which are like the preceding issues, but with enhanced security features (SPARK and Motion thread) and tactile lines added at center right front for the visually impaired.



Courtesy of yaqoob AlShaer.

Christoph Gärtner auction 35 takes place 19 October 2016 and is now online on Sixbid

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According to a press release, Christoph Gärtner auction 35 contains more than 3,000 banknote lots from all over the world, and all are now online on Sixbid.

Among them many rarities from Europe with rarely seen specimen banknotes including a comprehensive collection of Bulgaria will be offered.

"A special focus on banknotes from Russia and the Ukraine will be created by 1,400 different lots which will be offered as small collections and rare single notes. They start with the very early 18th century state issues, containing for example the very rare issue of 1,000-rubles 1895 P.A77, many specimen notes and nearly all issues of the “chervonetz”-series of the 1920s. The highlight of this section will be a prototype of a not issued project design of a 1-chervonets banknote from 1923. Furthermore a wide range of Russian regional and local issues will be auctioned, from North Russia to the far eastern regions – surely an exceptional collection of banknotes and an outstanding possibility to complete a collection.
But the auction will also show high value banknotes from Asia and Africa to complete this impressive offer of world banknotes which are waiting for your bids."