Valkenburg show report

Owen at Valkenburg
I am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed attending and exhibiting at the Paper Money Fair held in Valkenburg, Netherlands over 5-7 April 2013. This was the first time I had ever been to the "Maastricht" show, and it was a great experience. The highlight was meeting in person many of The Banknote Book's contributors and subscribers, such as Frank van Tiel shown at right in the photo above.

I was in awe of the wide assortment of notes on display, from very rare older items to modern notes available in bulk from many wholesale dealers. Never before have I seen so many straps and bricks of notes! I was also taken with the general sense of comradery rather than competition that prevailed among the dealers assembled from the far reaches ot the globe.

My only regret was that I was unable to spend much time visiting with other exhibitors and pouring over their offerings because I had to be at my own table extolling the virtues of The Banknote Book. I did manage to buy a few new additions to my collection, but the best things I brought home were memories of meeting old friends and making new ones in this great hobby of ours.

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  • Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Qatar & Dubai
  • Qatar
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Rhodesia & Nyasaland
  • Rhodesia
  • Rwanda and Burundi
  • Saar
  • Saint Helena
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbian Krajina
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Somaliland
  • South Arabia
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • South Vietnam
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
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  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen
  • Zaire
  • Zambia
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  • Zimbabwe

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Angola new 50-, 200-, and 500-kwanza notes confirmed

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On 22 March 2013, Banco Nacional de Angola issued the above three denominations, along with a 100-kwanza note that has not yet been confirmed. The remaining three denominations (1,000, 2,000, and 5,000 kwanza) are scheduled to be introduced on 31 May 2013.

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

Courtesy of Francisco Marques.

Philippines new date (2013) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 2013. Like P196, but new date.

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

Courtesy of S C Tan (http://stores.ebay.com/goodluck4u888).

Afghanistan has new notes printed and ready to issue

According to an undated article on The Frontier Post, Da Afghanistan Bank has announced that 100 billion Afghanis worth of new notes have been printed by a British firm (presumably De La Rue) with "the latest specifications" and will be issued as the market demands.

Papua New Guinea demonetizes paper notes as of 30.06.2013

According to an undated article on Islands Business, "all paper banknotes in circulation in the country will be withdrawn by the Bank of Papua New Guinea by June 2013, after which they will not be accepted as legal tender." Polymer notes remain legal tender.

Malawi new sig/date (01.01.2013) 1,000-kwacha note confirmed

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1,000 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like RBM B55 (P62), but new date and new signature (Charles Chuka, governor as of 2012).

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Bhutan new sig/date (2013) 10-ngultrum note reported

10 ngultrum, 2013. Like RMA B18 (P29), but new date and new signature (Dasho Daw Tenzin).

Courtesy of Gylfi Snorrason.

Hungary new date (2013) 2,000-forint note confirmed

2,000 forint, 2013. Like P198, but new date.

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

Courtesy of G. Scheidl.

Kazakhstan new 2,000-tenge note confirmed

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According to a press release from the Naitonal Bank of the Rupublic of Kazkhstan, a new 2,000-tenge note was issued 29 March 2013. "The banknote of KZT 2,000 (two thousand) nominal value with a modified design is made of the paper of 139х73 mm. The obverse side of the banknote is a follows: the prevailing colors are dark green and light green; the prevailing images are vertical. The key images: the monument “Қазақ Елi” (“Kazak Eli”) on the right side of the banknote and images of the flying doves in the bottom center. At the bottom of the banknote there is a figure of saiga antelope made with the color- shifting paint. In the upper part there are the images of the symbols of state of the Republic of Kazakhstan: national emblem and state flag. The digital notation of the nominal value is printed on the left side, above and below; on the left center there is a digital notation of the nominal value in the state language. The legend "ҚАЗАҚСТАН ҰЛТТЫҚ БАНКІ" (KAZAKHSTAN ULTYK BANKI) is in the upper left corner; below there is a legend in the state language warning about responsibility for counterfeiting: "Банкноттарды қолдан жасау заңмен қудаланады" (Banknottardy koldan zhasau zanmen kudalanady)."

"The reverse side is as follows: the prevailing colors are dark green and light green; the prevailing images are horizontal. The key image is an outline of Kazakhstan map contour with the image of Irtysh River. On the right side there is a holographic band of 13 mm wide with the image of nominal value, a stylized yurt and fragment of the state flag. Lower left, right top and lower right there is a digital notation of the banknote nominal value and in the bottom center there is a literal notation of the nominal value in the Russian language. A legend “ҚАЗАҚСТАН ҰЛТТЫҚ БАНКІ", is printed in the top middle; in the lower left corner, under the notation of the banknote nominal value, there is a legend “Подделка банкнот преследуется по закону” (“Counterfeiting is prosecuted under the law”)."

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

Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya and Arsentiy Khonin.

United Arab Emirates new 100- and 1,000-dirham notes confirmed issued on 02.02.2013

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According to a press release dated 28 January 2013, on 2 February the Central Bank of The United Arab Emirates issued new 100- and 1,000-dirhams banknotes like the existing notes (CBA B29 and B31, respectively), but with a 3-mm wide, magenta-to-gold color-shifting windowed security thread and green-to-blue OVI coat of arms.

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

Courtesy of Raihan and Nazir Rahemtulla and Dr. Saleh A. Al-Ali.

Kuwait new signature 20-dinar note confirmed

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20 dinars, ١٩٦٨ (1968). Like CBK B28 (P28), but new signatures (Mohammad Y. Al-Hashel [governor as of April 2012] and Mustafa Jassim Al-Shamali).

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

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla and Dr. Saleh A. Al-Ali.

Angola new sig/date (2011.01.00) 10-kwanza note confirmed

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10 kwanzas, JANEIRO DE 2011. Like BNA B36, but new signature and new date.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Libya new 20-dinar note confirmed

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According to an article (English) in the Libya Herald dated 20 March 2013 and a press release (Arabic) from the Central Bank of Libya, the new 20-dinar (US$15.55) note was issued on 31 March 2013. The orange-colored note shows a school in Ghadames on the front and Al-Ateeq mosque in Oujlah on the back.

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

Courtesy of Antje Maroussi and Eyad Alai.

Philippines new date (2013) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 2013. Like P196, but new date.

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

Courtesy of goodluck4u888.

Turkey new 5-lira note reported to be issued 08.04.2013

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On 8 April 2013, Türkiye Cümhuriyet Merkez Bankası (Central Bank of Turkey) will issue a new 5-lira note that is purple, not tan, in color to help distinguish it from the brown 50-lira note. Only time will tell if this ends up creating confusion with the violet and purple 10- and 200-lira notes, respectively.

In addition to the new color of the 5-lira note, the bank will also change the Deputry Governor signatures on the following notes (Governor Erdem Başçı’s signature remains unchanged):
· TL 200 banknotes: Mehmet Yörükoğlu
· TL 50 banknotes: Turalay Kenç,
· TL 5 banknotes: Mehmet Yörükoğlu

Courtesy of Okyay Demirors.

Bermuda new signature 2-dollar note confirmed

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2 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2009. Like BMA B30, but new signatures (Alan C. Cossar and E. Barclay Simmons) and prefix A/1 instead of Bermuda onion.

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

Courtesy of Yuri111.

Bangladesh new sig/date (2013) 2-taka note reported

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2 taka, 2013. Like GOB B7 (P52), but new date and signature (Fazle Kabir). Intro: 03.04.2013.

Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam.