European Monetary Union new signature 50-euro note with prefix E (Slovakia)

50 euros, 2002. Like ECB B4, but new signature (Mario Draghi) and prefix E (Slovakia).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

European Monetary Union new signature 50-euro note with prefix G (Cyprus)

50 euros, 2002. Like ECB B4, but new signature (Mario Draghi) and prefix G (Cyprus).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

European Monetary Union new signature 500-euro note with prefix N (Austria)

500 euros, 2002. Like ECB B7, but new signature (Mario Draghi) and prefix N (Austria).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

Hong Kong HSBC new date (01.01.2013) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P213, but new date. Prefix DN.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Cuba new date (2013) 10-peso note confirmed

10 pesos, 2013. Like BCC B6, but new date. Prefix DO.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Cuba new date (2012) 5-peso note confirmed

5 pesos, 2012. Like BCC B5, but new date. Prefix EM.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Syria new 500-pound note reported for intro in July 2014

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According to an article on Syrian Radio & TV dated 16 July 2014 and an article on SanaSyria dated 20 July 2014, Adib Mayala, governor of the Central Bank of Syria, has announced that a new 500-pound note has been issued on 20 July 2014, and will be dispersed early in August, and a 1,000-pound note will be issued in two months (August - September).

Existing notes of that denomination will circulate in parallel before being gradually withdrawn.

The new note is expected to join the family of 50-, 100-, and 200-pound notes (CBS B27-B29, respectively) dated 2009, introduced 27.07.2010, and printed by Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck, a subsidiary of Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Austria’s central bank.

Mayala said the new note will have different colors, depiction, and figures, and will be made of better-quality materials “in a way to reflect the cultural and historical image of Syria and protect the banknotes from getting worn out."

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Pakistan new date (2014) 10-rupee note confirmed

10 rupees, 2014. Like SBP B31, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Kazakhstan new signature 10,000-tenge note reported

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10,000 tenge, 2012. Like NBK B40, but new signature.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko.

Malawi to issue new note family with blind recognition features in August 2014

According to a press release dated June 2014, in August the Reserve Bank of Malawi will introduce a family of notes similar to the existing issues (RBM B50-B55), but with enhanced blind recognition features. Furthermore, the color of the 50-kwacha note will be changed from light blue to light green to differentiate it from the 200-kwacha notes. Curiously, the 200-kwacha note is not listed as a denomination expected to have the new Braille features.

Malawi new 1,000-kwacha commemorative note reported

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According to a press release, on 6 July 2014 the Reserve Bank of Malawi introduced a limited edition 1,000-kwacha note to commemorate the country's 50 years of independence. This note will circulate in parallel with the existing note of this denomination (RBM B55). The special commemorative banknote has the words “50 Years of Independence” printed at lower right front.

Scotland's Royal Bank of Scotland new 5-pound Ryder Cup commemorative Hybrid note confirmed

According to a BBC article dated 15 June 2014, the Royal Bank of Scotland has unveiled the design of a new 5-pound note commemorating the Ryder Cup. The notes will be available to ticket-holders of the golf tournament which takes place at Gleneagles in Perthshire from 23 - 28 September 2014. The note is legal tender, though it is being sold as a numismatic product for US$32.

The note is printed by G&D on hybrid substrate with a see-through window in the shape of the Ryder Cup trophy, and is the first to bear the signature of new RBS chief executive Ross McEwan.

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Blue, green, orange, red, and yellow. Front: SPARK Ryder Cup trophy; bank headquarters building and equestrian statue with Earl of Hopetoun in St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh; coat of arms; Lord Ilay (Archibald Campbell), first bank governor wearing powdered wig. Back: Ryder Cup 2014 logo; PGA Centenary Course; golf clubs; Ryder Cup trophy; Gleneagles Hotel. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Lord Ilay and electrotype £5. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 135 x 70 mm. Hybrid.
a. 22nd SEPTEMBER 2014. Signature Ross McEwan. Prefix RCE. Intro: July 2014.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Max Keller.

East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 21-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of the East Africa Protectorate from 1905 to 1919 and the East African Currency Board from 1920 to 1965. Published 18 July 2014.

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  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Zambia new date (2013) 20-kwacha note confirmed

20 kwacha, 2012. Liike BOZ B55, but new date. Prefix DG/12.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Vanuatu new 200-, 1,000-, and 2,000-vatu polymer notes confirmed

According to an article in the DailyPost dated 10 June 2014, on 9 June the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu introduced three new notes produced by Oberthur Fiduciare (France) on polymer substrate from Innovia (Australia) to increase longevity and reduce counterfeiting. The notes denominated in 200, 1,000, and 2,000 vatu represent family, agriculture, and flora and fauna, respectively. Notes denominated in 500 and 5,000 vatu are planned for introduction within two to three years.

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RBV B9 (PNL): 200 vatu (US$2.10)
Pink, brown, blue, and green. Front: Conch shell; waterway; Melanesian chief standing holding a spear; map of Vanuatu islands. Back: Map of Vanuatu islands; family of five seated outside house with palm trees; conch shell. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: OBERTHUR fiduciaire. 130 x 65 mm. Polymer.
a. (20)14. Signature 6. Prefix AA. Intro: 09.06.2014.

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RBV B11 (PNL): 1,000 vatu (US$10)
Brown, purple, blue, and green. Front: Conch shell; waterway; Melanesian chief standing holding a spear; map of Vanuatu islands. Back: Map of Vanuatu islands; flower; four farmers with crops; rancher riding horse among cattle with palm trees; conch shell. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: OBERTHUR fiduciaire. 140 x 65 mm. Polymer.
a. (20)14. Signature 6. Prefix AA. Intro: 09.06.2014.

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RBV B12 (PNL): 2,000 vatu (US$21)
Green, blue, orange, and brown. Front: Conch shell; waterway; Melanesian chief standing holding a spear; map of Vanuatu islands. Back: Map of Vanuatu islands; flower; three birds, tree, and waterfall; conch shell. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: OBERTHUR fiduciaire. 145 x 65 mm. Polymer.
a. (20)14. Signature 6. Prefix AA. Intro: 09.06.2014.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Aidan Work, Stane Štraus (http://www.polymernotes.org), and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Ukraine denies rumors it plans to redesign its banknotes

According to a report on Ukranian News dated 15 July 2014, the National Bank of Ukraine has denied rumors that it is the design of its banknotes:

"The National Bank has not asked any private company to change the national currency design because under Article 33 of the Law on the National Bank, the latter decides upon denominations, protection systems, payment features and design of national currency's banknotes and coins itself."

India new date (2014) 10-rupee note with R and S insets confirmed

10 rupees, 2014. Like P102, but new date and R and S inset letters.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Sudan 10,000-dinar note confirmed in issued form

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10,000 dinars, ١٩٩٦ (19.05.1996). Previously thought to exist only as specimen (BOS B47as), this note has now been confirmed in issued form with signature 12. Prefix NA.

Currently offered in F/VF for sale on eBay with Buy It Now price of US$10,000.

Courtesy of Kang Hyun Soon.

The Banknote Book 2nd edition now in print as 4-volume set

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The Banknote Book 2nd edition now in print as a beautiful and massive 4-volume set professionally printed on demand by Lulu.com.

The 200 chapters published as of June 2014 are available as a 4-volume perfect-bound set on US letter-sized paper with heavyweight glossy cover pages. This represents a total of 2,454 pages covering 20,477 types and varieties, including thousands of notes not listed in Krause’s “Pick” catalog.

This print-on-demand edition is meant to be purchased as a four-volume set organized alphabetically:

  1. Abyssinia to Czech Republic (49 countries).
  2. Dahomey to Lithuania (54 countries).
  3. Macau to Serbian Krajina (57 countries).
  4. Seychelles to Zimbabwe (40 countries).

Combined, these volumes provide a comprehensive reference of the banknotes from the 200 countries included (see complete list below). Be advised that The Banknote Book is a work in progress and that not all countries in the world are currently cataloged.

The 4-volume price is $176 for B&W and $264 for color.

Keep in mind that anyone buying the print edition also gets a free one-year subscription (or renewal for existing subscribers) to the online edition (a $99 value).

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  • Abyssinia
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Arab Rep. of Yemen
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Azores
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Biafra
  • Bohemia and Moravia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Caribbean Terr.
  • British Guiana
  • British Honduras
  • British Solomon Islands
  • British West Africa
  • Brunei
  • Burma
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Empire
  • Central African Rep.
  • Central African States
  • Ceylon
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo Dem. Republic
  • Cook Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Dahomey
  • Danzig
  • Dem. Rep. of Yemen
  • Djibouti
  • East African Community
  • East Caribbean States
  • Equatorial African States
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • European Monetary Union
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • French Afars and Issas
  • French Antilles
  • French Guiana
  • French India
  • French Pacific Terr.
  • French Sudan
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • German Dem Rep.
  • Germany, Federal Rep.
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Gilbert and Ellice Islands
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italian East Africa
  • Italian Somaliland
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Katanga
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar & Comoros
  • Madagascar
  • Malagasy Republic
  • Malawi
  • Malaya
  • Malaya & British Borneo
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Memel
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Muscat and Oman
  • Myanmar
  • Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Netherlands New Guinea
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Oceania
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Poland
  • Qatar & Dubai
  • Qatar
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Rhodesia & Nyasaland
  • Rhodesia
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Rwanda and Burundi
  • Saar
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Sarawak
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Serbian Krajina
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Somaliland
  • South Arabia
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • South Vietnam
  • Sri Lanka
  • Straits Settlements
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tangier
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trans-Dniester
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Upper Senegal & Niger
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zaire
  • Zambia
  • Zanzibar
  • Zimbabwe

Egypt new sig/date (17.0.2013) 50-pound note confirmed

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50 pounds, 17.06.2013 in Arabic. Like P65, but new date and signature (Hesham Ramez).

Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.