Western Samoa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Western Samoa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 13-page catalog covers notes notes issued by the Government of Samoa from 1915-1920, Territory of Western Samoa from 1922-1959, Bank of Western Samoa from 1960-1967, and Monetary Board of Western Samoa from 1980-1984. Published 27 November 2015.

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  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Tanzania new signature 2,000-shilling note (B141b) confirmed

B141b: Like B141a, but new signatures. Prefix EQ - EX.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Guinea new 1,000-franc note (B340) confirmed

B340 (PNL): 1,000 francs (US$0.15)
Tan. Front: Woman with plaits; two pigeons taking flight; coat of arms; bank logo as registration device. Back: Map of Guinea; two dump trucks and steam shovel at open pit bauxite mine; stalk of bananas. Windowed security thread with demetalized GNF 1000. Watermark: Woman with plaits and electrotype RG 1000. Printer: Unknown. 139 x 68 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 5. Prefix AF.

Courtesy of Hamid Kazemi (banknoteswholesale).

Brazil new signature 5-real note (B875b) confirmed

B875b: Like B875a, but new signature. Prefix CD.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

China new 100-yuan aerospace commemorative note confirmed

According to a Chinese-language press release dated 6 November 2015, this note commemorates Aerospace Science and Technology. It was issued 26 November 2015.

Blue, purple, and green. Front: Coat of arms; Dongfanghong I satellite; Shenzhou 9 manned spacecraft rendezvous and docking with Tiangong-1 space station; Chang’e 1 lunar-orbiting spacecraft; denomination as registration device. Back (vertical): Advancement of flight (bird, Fung Joe Guey biplane, jumbo jet, Shenzhou 9 and Tiangong-1, Chang’e 1). Windowed security thread with printed * 100 *. Watermark: Dongfanghong I satellite and electrotype 100. Printer: (China Banknote Printing and Minting). 155 x 77 mm.

Courtesy of 嘉瑞(Nick Chiu) and Teng Zhiming (Tzm-Collections).

Guyana new 50-dollar commemorative note reported for early 2016 introduction

According to a Caribnewsdesk article dated 23 November 2015, the Bank of Guyana intends to introduce a new 50-dollar note in April or May of 2016 to commemorate the nation's 50th independence anniversary on 26 May 2016.

European Monetary Union new 20-euro note (B110) reportedly introduced 25.11.2015

According to a press release, the new 20-euro note was introduced on 25 November 2015. "The new €20, the third in the Europa series, enters into circulation today. It has a refreshed look and more vibrant colours, and includes a new kind of security feature: a “portrait window” near the top of the hologram stripe which becomes transparent when seen against the light. The window reveals a portrait of Europa, a figure from Greek mythology, which is visible on both sides of the note. The same portrait is also visible in the watermark, alongside an emerald number which displays an effect of the light moving up and down when the note is tilted – exactly like in the €5 and €10 of the Europa series."

Israel new 200-new shekel note (B445) reported for December 2015 introduction

According to a press release dated 23 November 2015, the Bank of Israel will introduce a new 200-new shekel note (B445) in December 2015. The precise date will be announced in the next few days.

Oman new 1-rial commemorative note (B236) reportedly introduced 18.11.2015

According to a press release dated 18 November 2015, on the occasion of the 45th National Day 2015, the Central Bank of Oman announced the introduction of a new commemorative 1-rial banknote.

There are unconfirmed reports that the bank immediately withdrew the note because of an error in the Hijri year on the front of the note below the signature. It should be ١٤٣٧ (1437) but appears as ١٤٢٧ (1427). The date is correct on the back as 1437 H / 2015 G.

B236 (PNL): 1 rial (US$2.60)
Purple. Front: Sultan Qaboos bin Said; coat of arms with crossed swords and khanjar (dagger); Al Alam Palace in Muscat, khanjar as registration device. Back: Flowers; khanjar; Desert white butterflies (Pontia glauconome); 45th National Day logo; Sultan Qaboos University in Al Khoudh in the Muscat Governorate. Two-tone windowed security thread. Watermark: Sultan. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 71 mm.
a. 1437 H / 2015 G. Signature 2. Intro: 18.11.2015.

Mexico new sig/date (17.10.2013) 200-peso note confirmed

Like P125, but new date (17 OCT. 2013) and new signatures. Serie AS.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

Russia new 100-ruble Crimea commemorative note reported for December 2015 introduction

According to an article in The Moscow Times dated 12 November 2015, in December the Central Bank of the Russian Federation will issue 20 million 100-ruble notes commemorating the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014. The new notes feature symbols of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

Hong Kong Standard Chartered Bank new date (01.01.2014) 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes (B418d, B419d, B420d) confirmed

B418d: Like B418c, but new date (1 JANUARY 2014). Prefix DB.

B419d: Like B419c, but new date (1 JANUARY 2014). Prefix BC.

B420d: Like B420c, but new date (1 JANUARY 2014). Prefix BG.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Zambia new 5-kwacha note (B160) confirmed

B160: Like B153, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Royal Joh. Enschede). Prefix BH-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Zambia new 2-kwacha note (B159) confirmed

B159: Like B152, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (OBERTHUR fiduciaire). Prefix AL-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Rwanda new 1,000-franc note (B140) confirmed

According to the Official Gazette n° Special of 16/10/2015, the National Bank of Rwanda was authorized to issue a new 1,000-franc note (B140) on 15 October 2015. It's like the preceding issues, but the security features have been strengthened and French has been removed from these notes. Now all text is in Kinyarwanda on the front, and English on the back.

B140 (PNL): 1,000 francs (US$1.40)
Blue, green, and orange. Front: Green-to-blue flying dove SPARK Orbital patch; National Museum of Rwanda buildings in Butare. Back: Golden monkey in Volcanoes National Park. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BNR1000. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype BNR. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 72 mm.
a. 01.05.2015. Signature 24. Prefix AA - BV. Intro: 15.10.2015.

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com).

Canada new signature 10-dollar note (B372c) confirmed

B372c: Like B372b, but new signature 17 (Wilkins/Poloz). Prefix FTT.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Iraq new 50,000-dinar note (B356) reported

According to an Arabic press release dated 11 November 2015 (English translation here), the Central Bank of Iraq will introduce a 50,000-dinar note.

B356 (PNL): 50,000 dinars (US$42)
Brown, green, yellow, and blue. Front: Assyrian jar as blue-to-green SPARK patch; water wheel on the Euphrates river; palm trees; flying birds; Gali Ali Beg waterfall in Kurdistan; Assyrian palm tree as registration device. Back: Assyrian palm tree; fishermen poling canoes through marshes with flying ducks, water buffalos, reed house; outline map of Iraq showing Euphrates and Tigris rivers; palm trees. varifeye thread with spiral minaret, Malwiya Tower, at the Great Mosque of Samarra. 4-mm wide purple-to-green RollingStar Cube windowed security thread with demetalized Arabic text (The Central Bank of Iraq). Watermark: Horse head and electrotype 50000. Printer: (G&D). 156 x 65 mm.
a. ٢٠١٥ - ١٤٣٦ (2015/AH1436). Signature 18. Prefix ي/٨٨. Announced: 11.11.2015.

Courtesy of Musaab Ibrahim and John Raine.

China new 100-yuan note confirmed issued 12.11.2015

On 12 November 2015, the People’s Bank of China introduced a new 100-yuan note which is like P907, but new date, and enhanced anti-counterfeiting features, including purple-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized 100, denomination as registration device, denomination as SPARK, additional Omron rings, and vertical serial number in blue at right front.

Courtesy of Teng Zhiming (Tzm-Collections).

Macedonia new sig/date (12.2014) 500-denar note (B213c) confirmed

B213c: Liek B213b, but new date (Декември 2014) and new signature. Prefix EИ.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Press release: United States Paper Money Errors

United States Paper Money Errors
Frederick J. Bart, 296 pages, soft cover, 146 x 228 mm, color illustrations, English, ISBN 978-0-87184-250-3, $27.95 (plus $5.75 shipping), Coin & Currency Institute, P.O. Box 399, Williston, Vermont 05495, http:www.coin-currency.com

New edition of comprehensive catalog and price guide makes first appearance since 2008

After a lapse of seven years, a new, fourth edition of United States Paper Money Errors, Fred Bart's ground-breaking book is now available. The 4th edition is more than just an update to the third recent – Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) errors have been added, nearly all the illustrations have been changed, there is a rarity guide for each note, which additionally are now priced in four grades (EF, AU, Choice CU and Gem CU), and for the first time, there is a section showing some notes in color.

This has always been an enormously popular book, not only among established collectors, but also with newcomers seeking to learn more about their "find." There is no other book like it on the market. More than a price guide, its 296 5.75 x 9 inch pages contain a wealth of information on what to look for, as well as the mistakes to avoid. It is a necessity for all dealers, collectors, and anyone who comes into regular contact with paper money.

Error notes continue to carve an ever larger niche in paper money collecting. This edition of the definitive reference allows advanced collectors to recognize the value in their holdings and still permits members of the general public to identify potentially profitable notes encountered in circulation. The book offers more than 550 photos, making identification easy. Chapters are arranged according to the actual production sequence within the BEP providing a logical flow to the arrangement. The book begins with an overview of paper money production and a discussion of error collecting. The next section deals with first and second printing errors such as board breaks, double denominations, inverted backs, and missing and offset printings. The next section details the types of overprint errors including misaligned and missing overprints, mismatched serial numbers, and stuck digits. The last section is devoted to folds and other errors. In addition, historic photographs from the BEP offer a fascinating glimpse into currency production during a bygone era, contrasting sharply with the advanced technology in use today.

The print version of the book, ISBN 978-0-87184-250-3, has a list price of $27.95 and is available from dealers and wherever numismatic books are sold. It may also be ordered direct from the publisher, Coin & Currency Institute, P.O. Box 399, Williston, Vermont 05495 or online at www.coin-currency.com. $5.75 should be added to each order for shipping and handling. Major credit cards are accepted. Call toll-free 1-800-421-1866. Fax (802) 536-4787. E-mail: mail@coin-currency.com.

An E-book edition, ISBN 978-0-87184-005-9, is available for digital download or on USB stick at www.coin-currency.com, or for viewing on tablet-like devices, from the Amazon Kindle store. List price is $17.50

Preview pages are available for viewing at www.coin-currency.com.

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