Yemen new 500- and 5,000-rial notes reported

There are various reports out of war-torn Yemen of a new 500-rial note, supposedly printed in Russia and intended for circulation by the "official" Central Bank of Yemen now located in the southern city of Aden.

Meanwhile, a competing bank in the northern city of Sana'a is rumored to have ordered new 5,000-rial notes, also from Russia. A truck full of the new notes was captured by tribal gunmen in the al rayon desert east of al Jawf province.

Courtesy of Cleophas Schockem.

Bangladesh new thread/date (2017) 500-taka note (B353g) confirmed

B353g: Like B353f, but new date (2017) and new 4-mm Kinetic StarChrome windowed security thread. Intro: 11.06.2017.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 500-franc note (B317d) confirmed

B317d: Like B317c, but new date (30.06.2013), new signature, and new printer imprint.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Madagascar new note family to be introduced July/September 2017

Banky Foiben'i Madagasikara intends to introduce a new family of notes with the following denominations: 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 ariary. The four larger denominations will be issued in July 2017, followed by the four smaller denominations in September 2017. The theme will remain “Madagascar and its Riches,” including economic activities, biodiversity, culture, and tourist sites. All the notes will have tactile geometric features for the sight-impaired, zebu head watermarks, security threads, and iridescent stripes.

According to a decree:

The 100-ariary note measures 114 x 60 mm and depicts the Cathédrale d’Ambozontany.

The 200-ariary note measures 119 x 63 mm and depicts the Amber mountains waterfall.

The 500-ariary note measures 124 x 66 mm and depicts the site of Ambohimanga.

The 1,000-ariary note measures 129 x 69 mm and depicts the Kamoro bridge.

The olive green 2,000-ariary note measures 134 x 72 mm and depicts a lemur on front, and a tropical pitcher plant on back.

The red 5,000-ariary note measures 139 x 75 mm and depicts a waterfall in Ranomafana Park on front, and a humpback whale on back.

The brown-yellow 10,000-ariary note measures 144 x 78 mm and depicts the port of Ehoala on front, and Valiha and Zafimaniry carved wooden objects on back.

The blue 20,000-ariary note measures 149 x 81 mm and depicts the nickel processing plant at Ambatovy on front, and vanilla, rice, and lychees on back.

Courtesy of Jérémy Pureur.

Myanmar reportedly to introduce 5,000- and 10,000-kyat notes with enhanced security

According to an article in Myanmar Business Today dated 13 June 2017, the Central Bank of Myanmar plans to introduce new 5,000- and 10,000-kyat notes like the current issues (B117 and B118, respectively), but with enhanced security features to combat counterfeiting. The new notes have new watermarks, serial numbers, and security threads. No word yet on the timing of the introduction.

Bhutan new sig/date (2016) 1,000-ngultrum note (B223b) confirmed

B223b: Like B223a, but new date (2016), new signature, and 4-mm wide Rolling Star windowed security thread with demetalized RMA 1000. Prefix R.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Norway new 100- and 200-krone notes confirmed



Courtesy of Håkon Meidell-Pritzier Hagelund and Kjell Riibe (

Bahamas new 50- and 100-dollar notes on Durasafe reported for 2018 intro

According to a press release dated 8 June 2017, new 50- and 100-dollar notes expected to be introduced in 2018 will be printed on Durasafe, a paper-polymer-paper composite substrate produced by Landqart. According to other sources, these denominations will reportedly be printed by Canadian Banknote Company using Crane’s Rapid windowed security thread. The 1- and 5-dollar notes are reported to be printed on Louisenthal’s Hybrid substrate.

Courtesy of Cedrian López Bosch.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 2,000-franc note (B122Dp) confirmed

B122Dp: Like B112Do, but new date (2016) and new signature (42).

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

Georgia new 5-lari note (B254) unveiled for 01.09.2017 introduction

According to a press release dated 7 June 2017, the National Bank of Georgia has unveiled the design of a new 5-lari note with revised designs/colors/dimensions and enhanced security features that is slated for introduction on 1 September 2017.


Courtesy of Cleo Has.

Bangladesh new 100- and 500-taka notes reported for 11.06.2017 introduction

According to an article in the Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh Bank will reportedly introduce new 100- and 500-taka notes on 11 June 2017. The new notes are supposedly like the existing issues (B352 and B353), but have a new 4-mm Kinetic StarChrome windowed security thread.

Yemen new sig/date (2017) 1,000-rial note (B128c) confirmed

B128c: Like B128b, but new date (2017) and new signature (Mohamed Awad Bin Humam).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger (

Uganda new sig/date (2017) 1,000-shilling note (B154e) confirmed

According to a press release dated 17 February 2017, the Bank of Uganda has introduced a 1,000-shilling note like B154d, but with new date (2017) and new signatures. Prefix CK - CR.


Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Vygandas Kadzys.

Canada new 10-dollar polymer commemorative note (B377a) confirmed

B377 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$7.70)
Purple. Front: English and French text; Assomption sash underprint pattern; SPARK arch found in the Memorial Chamber on Parliament Hill; John Alexander Macdonald, George-Étienne Cartier, Agnes Campbell Macphail, James Gladstone Akay-na-muka; sylized maple leaf. Back: Capilano Lake and Lions/Twin Sisters mountains (Western Canada); wheat field outside Regina, Saskatchewan (Prairie provinces); Kipawa River and trees of Canadian Shield in Parc national d’Opémican (Central Canada); rocky coast of Cape Bonavista (Eastern Canada); northern lights above Wood Buffalo national park (Northern Canada). Holographic stripe with coat of arms, flag, Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak’s Owl’s Bouquet. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (CBN). 152 x 70 mm. Polymer.
a. 2017. Intro: 01.06.2017. Sig. 17. Prefix CDA - CDF.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Pakistan new date (2017) 50-rupee note (B234m) confirmed

B234m: Like B234l, but new date (2017). Prefix HR.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Uganda new sig/date (2017) 2,000-shilling note (B155d) confirmed

B155d: Like B155c, but new date (2017) and new signatures. Prefix BU.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Soviet banknotes discovered abandonded in Russian forest

Check out this fascinating video of billions of demonetized Soviet banknotes abandoned in a Russian forest.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 500-franc note (B120De) confirmed

Like B120Dd, but new date (2016) and new signature.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Mozambique new sig/date (16.06.2017) notes reported

According to a press release dated 29 May 2017, the Bank of Mozambique will issue on 16 June 2017 a new note family like the existing issues (B234 - B239), but with new signature (Rogerio Zandamela) and new date (16 DE JUNHO DE 2017).

Courtesy of Carlos Pinto.

India new sig/date (2017) 1-rupee note reported

According to a Ministry of Finance notification dated 25 May 2017, the Government of India will issue a 1-rupee note like the existing issue, but with new signature (Shri Shaktikanta Das), new date (2017), inset letter L, and novel serial number.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.