Macau new sig/date (08.08.2010) 100-pataca note confirmed


100 patacas (US$12.50), 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2010. Like P82, but new date and new signatures: Herculano de Sousa (Chief Executive Officer BNU) and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador (Chairman of the Board of Directors BNU).

This is the last signature for Herculano de Sousa; he has retired after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of BNU for the past 11 years (1999–2010).

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.

Venezuela new sig/date (03.02.2011) 20-bolívar note confirmed


20 bolívares (US$4.65), 3 DE FEBRERO DE 2011. Like P91, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez.

India new 1,000-rupee note with rupee symbol confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$19), 2011. Like P100, but new date, new signature, and addition of rupee symbol to denomination.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Shibu Paul & Ashley Alexander (www.ebanknoteshop.com).

India new 100-rupee note with rupee symbol confirmed


100 rupees (US$1.90), 2011. Like P98, but new date, new signature, and addition of rupee symbol to denomination.

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Courtesy of Shibu Paul & Ashley Alexander (www.ebanknoteshop.com).

Philippines new sig/date (2011) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$1.15), 2011. Like P193, but new date and signatures (Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.).

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Ghana new sig/date (01.07.2011) 5- and 20-cedi notes confirmed


5 cedis (US$3.25), 1st JULY 2011. Like BOG B46 (P38), but new date and signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur).

20 cedis (US$13), 1st JULY 2011. Like BOG B48 (P40), but new date and signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Guyana new 500- and 1,000-dollar notes confirmed


In “the coming months” (by December 2011, but maybe sooner if supplies of existing notes run out), the Bank of Guyana will issue a new 500-dollar (US$2.47) banknote with new security features, including the denomination added to the watermark as an electrotype element, a holographic stripe with a colorful macaw at right on the front, a new registration device, vertical serial numbers at left, and a windowed security thread now visible from the back, not the front. Furthermore, the notes bear a new printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient instead of DE LA RUE). They remain undated and are signed by Lawrence Williams and Ashni Singh.


A new 1,000-dollar note will also be released with the same set of changes.

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Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Murtaza Azeez.

Mongolia new 1,000-tögrög note confirmed


1,000 tögrög (US$0.70), 2011. Like P67, but new date, signature (L. Purevdorj), and revised script to the left of the signature on front.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger (www.banknote.ws).

Dominican Republic new 50- and 100-peso dominicano notes confirmed

These notes are like the preceding issues, but have new dates, signatures (Albizu and Bengoa), printer imprints (DE LA RUE), screen traps, and currency name of pesos dominicanos.


50 pesos dominicanos (US$1.30), 2011.


100 pesos dominicanos (US$2.60), 2011.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Georgia new sig/date (2011) 5-lari note confirmed

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5 lari (US$3), 2011. Like NBG B48 (P70), but new signatures (Giorgi Kadagidze and Dmitri Gvinadze) and date.

Courtesy of Дмитрий Чохонелидзе and Dmitry Zagorenko (http://bonistica.ru).

Liberia new sig/date (2011) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$0.70), 2011. Like CBL B9 (P29), but new signatures (Augustine K. Ngafuan and Joseph Mills Jones) and date.

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Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee.

Russia announces it is printing 10-ruble notes again


According to an article on The Moscow News dated 23 December 2011, Georgry Luntovsksy, the head of the Bank of Russia, has acknowledged, “In the fourth quarter [of 2011] we once again began printing the paper 10 ruble note, as banks had begun to complain of a deficit of the coins.” In October 2009, the bank announced the 10-ruble (US$0.30) note would be replaced with a coin.

Saar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Saar cover

The Saar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (16 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Mines Domaniales de la Sarre (State-Owned Mines of the Saar) in 1919 and the Treasury in 1947.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Brazil new signature variety 50-real note reported


50 reals (US$27), 2010. Like new 50-real note issued 13.12.2010, but new signatures (Guido Mantega and Alexandre Antonio Tombini).

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of www.banknoten.de.

Sao Tome and Principe new sig/date (10.12.2010) 50,000- and 100,000-dobra notes confirmed


50,000 dobras (US$2.65), 10 de Dezembro de 2010. Like P68, but new date and signatures (unknown and Luis Fernando de Sousa Moreiraa).

100,000 dobras (US$5.30), 10 de Dezembro de 2010. Like P69, but new date and signatures (unknown and Luis Fernando de Sousa Moreiraa).

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Courtesy of David Murcek (www.themonetaryunit.com).

Laos new 2,000-kip note confirmed


According tp a report on J&C Expat Services dated 29 November 2011, the Bank of the Lao PDR has released a new 2,000-kip (US$0.25) note dated 2011, marking the 36th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the birthday of the late President Kaysone Phomvihane on 13 December.

BOL B17 (PNL): 2,000 kip (US$0.25)
Light blue, purple, gold, and green. Front: Kaysone Phomvihane; Xieng Thong temple; coat of arms. Back: Seset 2 Hydropower Plant. Solid security thread demetalized with Lao text. Watermark: Kaysone Phomvihane with electrotype design. Printer: (BOL). 141 x 65 mm.
a. 2011. Intro: 01.12.2011.

More details are in this Lao press release.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana, José Fabrício Macêdo, and Dirk Kultus.

Solomon Islands new signature 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$1.40), no date. Like CBSI B17 (P27), but new signatures (Denton Hehenoro Rarawa and Shadrach Fanega).

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Zambia new date (2011) 500-, 1,000-, and 20,000-kwacha notes confirmed


500 kwacha (US$0.10), 2011. Like BOZ B45 (P43), but new date and printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient.).

1,000 kwacha (US$0.20), 2011. Like BOZ B46 (P44), but new date and printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient.).

20,000 kwacha (US$3.90), 2011. Like BOZ B49 (P47), but new date and printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient.).

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Belarus chairperson discusses new denominations and currency revaluation

According to a Charter 97 article dated 16 December 2011, “I think that there will be no denomination [currency revaluation] next year. I cannot tell for sure,” stated Nadzeja Yermakova, the chairperson of the board of the National Bank of Belarus (NBB).

The bank is planning to issue a new 200,000-ruble (US$24) note, but when asked about larger denominations, including 500,000- and 1,000,000-ruble notes, Yermakova claimed that there are no such plans and said that if such high denominations were needed, it would be better to revalue the currency by removing several zeroes.

Even though they are worth less than a penny, Yermakova maintained that the 50- and 100-ruble banknotes are still needed, though she admited that the 10- and 20-ruble notes are “outdated.”

Switzerland new sig/date (2010) 50-franc note confirmed


50 francs (US$53), (20)10. Like P71, but new date and signatures (Hansueli Raggenbass and Jean-Pierre Danthine).

Courttesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Thailand new 100-baht commemorative note confirmed

On 2 December 2011, Bank of Thailand issued a new 100-baht note to commemorate the king’s 7th Cycle (84th) Birthday Anniversary.


PNL 100 baht (US$3.18)
Red and orange. Front: King’s initials in silver foil circle; King Rama IX wearing uniform; royal seal; Royal Garuda emblem. Back: King Rama IX with camera, holding papers, during his visit to Mae Roem Reservoir Project; Rama IX kneeling with a group of Thai people; royal Garuda emblem; Rama IX playing the saxophone; Rama IX planting an experimental plot of vetiver grass; four aircraft employing Super Sandwich cloud-seeding technique; Kwai Noi Bamrung Daen Dam in Phitsanulok Province and Chaipattana Low Speed Surface Aerator. Solid security thread. Watermark: Royal seal with electrotype king’s initials. Printer: (NPW). 162 x 84 mm. No date. Intro: 02.12.2011. Signature Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala and Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

9,999,999 notes were printed. If anyone knows for certain if all of these notes were sold in a folder at a premium as numsmatic products, or if some were issued into circulation for regular use, please share that information.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson, Sejin Ahn, Jose Fabricio Macedo, TDS, and Deschamps Jérome.

Suriname chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Suriname cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 16-page catalog covers every note (87 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Centrale Bank van Suriname (Central Bank of Suriname) from 1957 until present day. De Surinaamsche Bank notes and currency notes (Muntbiljet) are not currently included in this chapter.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Mauritius new 200-, 500-, and 1,000-rupee notes confirmed


According to a press release dated 10 October 2011, on 14 October Bank of Mauritius issued revised 200-, 500-, and 1,000-rupee (US$6.90, 17.25, and 34.55, respectively) banknotes with new security features:

Multi Image Hologram upgrade for 200- and 500-rupee banknotes
This upgrade consists of a new feature which appears as a Multi Image design of a dodo and the face value as a new feature on the 200-rupee banknote, whereas the previous silver foil on the 500-rupee banknote has been replaced by a Multi Image design of a deer and the value of Rs500.

Depth Image Hologram upgrade for 1,000-rupee banknote
This feature replaces the current silver foil on the 1,000-rupee banknote and is an optically variable device. Classical holography allows a perception of depth by placing an image over a secondary plane apparently deep. On the hologram there is a registered central image of the Bank of Mauritius Tower and in the background the Multi Image feature showing the design of a key and the value of Rs1000.

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Courtesy of Sami Kiuru, Claudio Marana, and Noteshobby.

Saudi Arabia names new governor of SAMA


According to a post on the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council dated 13 December 2011, King Abdullah appointed Dr. Fahad Al-Mubarak as governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, taking over from Muhammad Al-Jaser. As the governor’s signature appears on SAMA banknotes, it’s likely that this move may mean that new signature varieties can be expected eventually.

Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

Mexico new sig/date (05.10.2009) 200-peso note confirmed


200 pesos (US$14.50), 5 OCT. 2009. Like P125, but new date and signatures (Guillermo Guemex Garcia and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie W.

Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez.

Poland new Marie Curie 20-złoty commemorative confirmed


According to a post on www.numizmatyczny.pl, the National Bank of Poland is issuing a new numismatic product commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in chemistry being awarded to Marie Curie. 60,000 pieces are being sold in a folder at 47 złotych each.

BNP13 (PNL): 20 złotych (US$6.65)
Brown and green. Front: Physicist Marie Skłodowska Curie; Sorbona w Paryżu (Sorbonne school building in Paris); coat of arms; Ra (atomic symbol for radium) in SPARK patch of concentric circles. Back: Curie quotation; Instytut Radowy w Warszawie (Radium Institute building in Warsaw); Nobel Prize medal for chemistry. Solid security thread with microprinted 20 Zł. Watermark: Marie Skłodowska Curie and electrotype denomination. Printer: PWPW S.A. 138 x 69 mm. 20 KWIETNIA 2011. Signatures: Marek Belka and Jerzy Stopyra. Intro: 09.12.2011.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk, Mario Hilge, Jan Bogus, and Claudio Marana.

Denmark new sig/date (2010) 100-kroner note confirmed


100 kroner (US$18), (20)10. Like P66, but new date, new signatures, and series A3.

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Courtesy of Pages Coins and Currency.

Uzbekistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Uzbekistan cover

The Uzbekistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (53 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the ЎЗБЕКИСТОН ДАВЛАТ БАНКИ (Bank of Uzbekistan) in 1992, and the ЎЗБЕКИСТОН РЕСПУБЛИКАСИ МАРКАЗИЙ БАНКИ (Central Bank of Uzbekistan Republic) from 1994 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Pakistan new sig/date (2010) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$11), 2010. Like P50, but new date and new signature (Shaheed Kardar). This denomination has previously been confirmed with the same date and the signature of Saleem Raza.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Malawi new date (30.06.2011) 100-kwacha note confirmed


100 kwacha (US$0.60), 31th JUNE 2011. Like RBM B45 (P46 & P54), but new date and signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Indonesia redenomination plans move a step closer to implementation

According to an article in The Jakarta Post dated 7 December 2011, the government has approved Bank Indonesia’s proposal to redenominate the rupiah by eliminating three zeros. A draft law is being finalized and still needs to be approved by the Law and Human Rights Ministry, then passed by the House of Representatives.

Bank Indonesia announced that the rupiah’s redenomination would be carried out in four stages over 10 years to minimize public confusion: information campaign to alert the public (2011-2012), transition period (2013-2015), the gradual withdrawal of the “old” rupiah (2016-2018), and the use of the “new” rupiah (2019-2020).

The redenomination would mean the 1,000-rupiah banknote, the nation’s smallest denomination, would become a 1-rupiah note, but the value would remain the same (currently US$0.10).

Angola new date (2011) and signature 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-kwanza notes confirmed


500 kwanza (US$5.25), JANEIRO DE 2011. Like P149, but new date and new signatures.

1,000 kwanza (US$10.50), JANEIRO DE 2011. Like P150, but new date and new signatures.

2,000 kwanza (US$21), JANEIRO DE 2011. Like P151, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Rui Manuel Palhares.

Sudan new 5-pound notes confirmed


5 pounds (US$1.85), JUNE 2011. Like P66, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note, and map removed from upper right front.


5 pounds (US$1.85), JUNE 2011. Like above note, but with windowed thread on front of note.

Curiously, all denominations of the new designs issued on 24 July 2011 had the windowed thread on the back, apparently to help distinguish them from the preceding issues. However, it now appears that the bank is reversing course. It remains to be seen if the thread will move to the front on the other denominations in this series.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

The Challenge: Identify flowers and scene on back of Suriname's 1986-1988 notes

Today’s challenge is to identify the flowers and the scene which appears on the back of the Suriname’s banknotes from 1986 and 1988 (P130-P135).

The front of these notes features a portrait of Anton de Kom, a Surinamese resistance fighter and anti-colonialist author, so it may be that the crowd scene on the back is related, but I’ve been unable to locate any information to confirm this hunch.

I’m also interested in learning the precise names of the flowers which appear behind the toucan on the back of these notes.

If you can precisely identify the flowers or scene—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.




IDENTIFIED: Hibiscus, heliconia, and ginger flowers.

Courtesy of Frederick Martin.

Suriname new 5-, 10-, and 100-dollar notes confirmed

On 20 December 2010, the Central Bank of Suriname issued new 5-, 10-, and 100-dollar (US$1.50, 3.05, 30.30, respectively) notes dated 1 SEPTEMBER 2010 with the following improved security features:

  • The notes now have a holographic strip at right front.
  • An electrotype CBvS has been added to the watermark.
  • The signature of the previous president of the Central Bank, Andre Telting, is no longer on the bottom but on top of the note, just below the serial number.
  • The serial number itself is more up and moved more toward the center.
  • The bank logo at upper right front has been added as a registration device.
  • A color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized SRD.
  • A protective varnish to increase durability.
  • The denomination numerals on the back are shaped differently.


5 dollars
Orange, red, brown, green, and blue. Front: Coat of arms; Central Bank van Suriname headquarters building at the Waterkant in Paramaribo; nymphaea missouri (missouri waterlily) flower; bank logo registration device. Back: Bank logo; cocos nucifera (coconut palm) tree; forest and rapids near Gran-Rio in Sula. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized SRD. Watermark: Bank headquarters and electrotype CBvS.. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 70 mm.



10 dollars
Green, purple, and brown. Front: Coat of arms; Central Bank van Suriname headquarters building at the Waterkant in Paramaribo; zingiber spectabile (golden sceptor) flower; bank logo registration device. Back: Bank logo; tabebuia serratifolia (yellow lapacho or yellow poui ) tree; forest and Suriname river. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized SRD. Watermark: Bank headquarters and electrotype CBvS. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 70 mm.


100 dollars
Brown, red, and green. Front: Coat of arms; Central Bank van Suriname headquarters building at the Waterkant in Paramaribo; heliconia humilis (lobster claw) flower; bank logo registration device. Back: Bank logo; pterocarpus officinalis (dragonsblood tree) tree; Aruba-tabbetje, Marowijne rivier (tributary flowing from forest into river). Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized SRD. Watermark: Bank headquarters and electrotype CBvS. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 70 mm.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer and Thomas Augustsson.

Fiji new signature 2-, 5-, and 10-dollar notes confirmed


According to a press release dated 1 December 2011, 2-, 5-, and 10-dollar notes of the 2007 design series were issued 5 December bearing the signature of Barry Whiteside, governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji. Governor Whiteside’s signature replaces the signature of the former governor, Savenaca Narube.

The title under the signature reads “Acting Governor” as Whiteside was acting as the governor when these banknotes were reordered and printed. Other banknotes of 20, 50, and 100 dollars will continue to bear the signature of the former governor until the introduction of the new series in 2012.

Courtesy of Stane Štraus and Nin Cheun (http://stores.ebay.com/Noteshobby).

Singapore new 1,000-dollar variety note confirmed


1,000 dollars (US$780), no date. Like MAS B7 (P51), but with one diamond symbol under GOVERNMENT on back.

At some point in the late 2000s, the Monetary Authority of Singapore began including symbols on the back of the notes to indicate new printings. The first issue under a given signature has no symbol. The second printing has one square; the third, two squares; the fourth, one triangle; and the fifth, two triangles. To date, no note has had a sixth printing, and the MAS has not indicated what symbol it would use should the need arise.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie.

United Arab Emirates new 500-dirham note confirmed


According to an article on Khaleej Times, on 29 November 2011, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates introduced a revised 500-dirham (US$136) note with new security features.

The new notes are like the preceding issues (CBA B24 / P24c & P32), but the holographic stripe at right front has been replaced by G&D’s varifeye thread with see-through window. Extending throughout the window is an optically-variable stripe showing the National Emblem, a falcon head and denomination value. The old windowed metallic thread on the back of the note is replaced with a broader 3-mm wide color-shifting window thread with demetalized UAE 500. The metallic ink surrounding the UAE emblem on the top portion of the obverse side is replaced by multicolor ink print. The metallic silver ink at the bottom left of the banknote is replaced by a multicolor latent image. The falcon on the reverse side of the note is made smaller, and there is no intaglio printing on the reverse side of the banknote.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun and Claudio Marana.

Philippines new sig/date (2011) 100-peso note confirmed


100 pesos (US$2.30), 2011. Like P194, but new date and signatures. Lowest known prefix is AF.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

India 10-rupee note with rupee symbol and R inset letter reported

The Reserve Bank of India is expected to issue 10-rupee (US$0.20) notes with the new rupee symbol, the inset letter R, bearing the signature of Governor D Subbarao, and the year 2011 on back.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

South Sudan new piaster notes confirmed






According to various news reports, on 19 October 2011 the Central Bank of South Sudan issued new notes in the denominations of 5, 10, 25, and 50 piasters. These low-value notes will make it possible to purchase smaller items that cost less than a pound (1 South Sudan pound = 100 piasters), said Governor Kornelio Koriom. The new piaster notes are reportedly printed by De La Rue, which also produced the pound-denominated notes introduced on 18 July 2011. Further reports indicate that the 50-piaster denomination was dropped in favor of a coin.

Curiously, the currency is spelled piaster, not piastre, and the signatures remain the same as on the pound-denominated notes, even though the governor was replaced shortly after their introduction, which means these notes must have been planned well before his removal. To differentiate the designs from the higher denominations, the piaster notes have the portrait at right instead of left, and they do not have windowed security threads.

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Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee.

Malawi new date (30.06.2011) 50-kwacha note confirmed


According to an article on Nyasa Times dated 2 June 2011, in late May the Reserve Bank of Malawi issued a large quantity of 50-kwacha (US$0.35) notes dated 30th JUNE 2011. These are like the preceding issues (P53) dated 31st OCTOBER 2009, but with the new date which oddly falls after the date of introduction into circulation.

Courtesy of Aidan Work and Andrew Roberts.

Ukraine new sig/date (2011) 500-hryvnia note reported


500 гривень (hryven), 2011. Like P124, but new date and new signature (Serhii Arbuzov).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Pavlo Kravchuk.

Madagascar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Madagascar cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 16-page catalog covers every note (118 types and varieties, including 41 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by Madagascar’s governor general in 1917, the Banque de Madagascar (Bank of Madagascar) from 1926 to 1942, and the Banky Foiben’i Madagasikara (Central Bank of Madagascar) from 1983 to present day.

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Madagascar and Comoros chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Madagascar and Comoros chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (26 types and varieties, including 10 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque de Madagascar et des Comores (Bank of Madagascar and the Comoros) from 1950 to 1958.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Malagasy Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Malagasy Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (58 types and varieties, including 19 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Institut d’Émission Malgache / Famoaham-Bolan’ny Repoblika Malagasy (Malagasy Issuing Institute) from 1962 to 1969, and the Banky Foiben’ny Repoblika Malagasy / Banque Centrale de la Republique Malgache (Central Bank of the Malagasy Republic) in 1974.

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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
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  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Angola new date (2010) and signature 5-, 10-, and 50-kwanza notes confirmed


5 kwanza (US$0.05), MAIO DE 2010. Like P144, but new date and new signatures.

10 kwanza (US$0.10), MAIO DE 2010. Like P145, but new date and new signatures.

50 kwanza (US$0.10), MAIO DE 2010. Like P146, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Alexey Semakov and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Libya new note series to be issued 2012


According to an article on Arabstoday dated 29 November 2011, the Central Bank of Libya is set to introduce new 1-, 5-, and 10-dinar banknotes in early 2012.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Ukraine not planning 1,000-hryvnia note

According to a Ukrainian Journal article dated 1 December 2011, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has no plans to issue a 1,000-hryvnia (US$125) banknote, says Viktor Zaivenko, deputy director general of the Money Circulation Department.

"The NBU has no such plans. And did not have [such plans]… The NBU is not working on issuing of 1,000 hryvnia banknotes and has not even designed them… The NBU thinks that the nominal range of banknotes as of today is sufficient for the economy," Zaivenko told reporters.

Currently the largest denomination in Ukraine is the 500-hryvnia note (P124), issued in 2006.

Scotland RBS new sig/date (21.11.2008) 5-pound note confirmed


5 pounds (US$7.85), 21st NOVEMBER 2008. Like P352, but new date and new signature (Stephen Hester). The first prefix with this sig/date is B/97.

Iraq denies rumor of new 50,000-dinar note

According to an article in Alsabaah Daily, the Central Bank of Iraq is planning to issue a 50,000-dinar (US$42.77) note to facilitate transactions. It plans to restart the issue of coins too. The new issues will not affect the redenomination plans, which will take more than one year to be implemented.

The plans mentioned above were denied in an article dated 11 November 2011 on The Currency Newshound, in which an anonymous source states that the bank is actually planning to redenominate its currency by removing three zeros from the dinar.

Courtesy of Mosab K Ibrahim.

Tunisia new 20- and 50-dinar notes confirmed

On 20 October 2011, the Central Bank of Tunisia introduced a new 20-dinar (US$14.20) note dated 2011 and measuring 153 x 76 mm. The preceding 20-dinar note dated 1992 (Pick 88) will remain legal tender for the time being, but will be gradually withdrawn from circulation. The front of the new 20-dinar note is similar to the preceding issue, but it’s pinkish red and brown in color instead of purple. The back of the note features an entirely new design. A new 50-dinar (US$35.45) note was also issued. Like the 2008-dated commemorative note (P91) of the same denomination, it features a portrait of Rachiq, but the front and back designs have both changed.


PNL 20 dinars (US$14)
Red, blue, and yellow. Front: Ksar Ouled Soltane fortified granary in Tataouine district; Kheireddine Ettounsi with sword on horse. Back: L’ecole Sadiki (Sadiki College) building in Tunis. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 20 DINARS BCT. Watermark: Olive tree with electrotype 20. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 76 mm. 2011-3-20. Signature unknown. Intro: 20.10.2011.


The same signature combination appears on both the 20- and 50-dinar notes. I am unsure of to whom the signatures belong. The bank’s web site identifies them by title only, which are Governor and Vice Governor of the Central Bank, positions currently occupied by Mustapha Kamel Nabli and Brahim Saada. However, given the recent turmoil in Tunisia, it’s not certain that these were the signaturories for the notes.


PNL 50 dinars (US$34)
Green, blue, and orange. Front: Musée de la Monnaie (Currency Museum) building in Tunis; scholar Ibn Rachiq. Back: Place Gouvernement la Kasbah, central square in Tunis. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50 DINARS BCT. Watermark: Olive tree and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 158 x 79 mm. 2011-3-20. Signature unknown. Intro: 03.11.2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

India new 1,000-rupee note with rupee symbol reported

According to a press release dated 18 November 2011, the Reserve Bank of India plans to issue a new 1,000-rupee (US$19.13) note without inset letter, bearing the new rupee currency symbol.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Anil Bohora.

Interesting article on polymer notes

On 18 November 2011, the BBC published an interesting article, “Who, What, Why: Why don't more countries use plastic banknotes?,” which quotes BanknoteNews.com contributor Stane Štraus, publisher of the Polymer Bank Notes of the World web site.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Sweden new sig/date (2008) 20-krona note confirmed


20 kronor (US$3), (200)8. Like P63, but new date and new signature combination (Johan Gernandt and Stefan Ingves).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Bangladesh new sig/date (2011) 20-taka note confirmed


20 taka (US$0.30), 2011. Like P48, but new date and new signature (Atiur Rahman).

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares and Sejin Ahn.

Canada new 100-dollar polymer note confirmed


100 dollars (US$98.40), 2011.
Brown. Front: Maple leaf; Prime Minister Sir Robert L. Borden. Back: Electrocardiogram (EKG) reading; woman looking into microscope; bottle of insulin; DNA double helix; maple leaf. Holographic stripe with Robert Borden and tower of parliament building in Ottawa. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: Unknown. 152 x 70 mm. Polymer. Intro: 14.11.2011.

According to a press released dated 14 November 2011, the Bank of Canada has introduced a new 100-dollar note which is the first polymer note for the nation. The new 50-dollar note is scheduled for introduction in March 2012.

Courtesy of Arthur Boyko and Nicholas Cheung.

Zambia new date (2011) 10,000-kwacha note confirmed


10,000 kwacha (US$2), 2011. Like P46, but new date.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Iceland new signature 500-króna note confirmed


500 krónur (US$4.25), 22. MAÍ 2001. Like P58, but new signatures (Davíð Oddsson and Ingimundur Friðriksson).

Courtesy of Werner Kober.

Indonesia new sig/date (2011) 1,000-rupiah note confirmed


1,000 rupiah (US$0.10), 2011. Like P141, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Armenia new 1,000-dram note confirmed



According to a News.am article dated 29 September 2011, the Central Bank of Armenia plans to issue a new 1,000-dram (US$2.67) banknote dated 2011 like the preceding issues dated 2001 (P50), but with a holographic stripe at left front. The note is printed without imprint by Enschede on paper produced by Landqart.

PNL 1,000 dram
Green and light rose. Front: Writer Yeghishe Charents; Mount Ararat. Back: Old Yerevan building; carriage with driver and two horses. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized AMD 1000. Watermark: Yeghishe Charents and electrotype 1000. Printer: (JEZ). 136 x 72 mm.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Indonesia new 20,000-, 50,000-, and 100,000-rupiah notes confirmed






According to an article in The Jakarta Post dated 28 October 2011, Bank Indonesia issued newly designed banknotes denominated in 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000 rupiah (US$2.25, 5.67, and 11.35, respectively) on 1 August 2011 in commemoration of Youth Pledge Day, although they bear no special commemorative text or images. The new notes do have enhanced security features, including “rainbow printing.” The notes also have new codes for the sight impaired. Existing notes of the same denominations will remain in circulation.

Courtesy of Wing Tse and Thomas Augustsson.

Congo (Democratic Republic) chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Congo Democratic Republic

The Congo (Democratic Republic) chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 13-page catalog covers every note (177 types and varieties, including 33 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Conseil Monétaire de la République du Congo (Monetary Council of the Republic of Congo) from 1962 to 1963; the Banque Nationale du Congo (National Bank of Congo) from 1961to 1971; and the Banque Centrale du Congo (Central Bank of Congo) from 1997 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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Sudan to issue new 2-pound note by end of November 2011

According to an article in Sudan Vision dated 15 November 2011, the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) has announced that it will start circulation of the 1-pound coin and the new 2-pound (US$0.75) banknote by the end of November 2011. The bank is removing old style notes from circulation as they are processed, regardless of their condition.

Mexico new sig/date (03.05.2010) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$1.50), 3 MAY. 2010. Like P122, but new date, signatures (Guillermo Guemez Garcia and Raul Valdes Ramos), and serie L, M.

Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez and Mark Fox.

Nigeria new date (2011) 10-naira note confirmed with 6-digit serial numbers

10 naira (US$0.05), 2011. Like previous unlisted polymer 10-naira notes, but new date, new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda), and 6-digit serial numbers.

Courtesy of Mohammed el-Arabi.

Malawi no longer issuing 20-kwacha notes

According to an article on Nyasa Times dated 11 November 2011, the Reserve Bank of Malawi claims it has stopped issuing 20-kwacha (US$0.12) notes because they are in short supply and the existing stock consists of poor-condition notes. Speculation holds that the move is intended to encourage use of coinage instead of notes.

Uganda clarifies position on 100,000-shilling note to keep up with inflation

According to an UGPulse article, Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile said the Bank of Uganda would consider introducing a 100,000-shilling (US$38.50) banknote if inflation doesn’t ease from recent levels around 30 percent. Currently the largest denomination is the 50,000-shilling note issued on 17 May 2010.

In a follow-up statement dated 11 November 2011, the Bank of Uganda clarified that it is not contemplating and has no immediate plans to introduce a 100,000-shilling note and that the bank has no intention of changing its currency structure at the moment.

Republic of the Congo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Republic of the Congo cover

The Republic of the Congo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 6-page catalog covers every note (45 types and varieties, including 2 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale (Central Bank) in 1971, and the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of the Central African States) from 1974 to 1992.

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  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
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The Challenge: Identify building and monument on back of Madagascar 5,000-franc note

Today’s challenge is to identify the objects which appears on the back of the old 5,000-franc note of Madagascar.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of the building and/or monument—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

These objects appears on the back of the 5,000-franc from 1983 (Pick 69). The SCWPM claims the building is a school, but doesn’t give a precise identification. The monument has writing on it which reads “MADAGASIKARA MAHALEOTENA NAMBARA AMBAHBENASO 26 JUIN 1960.” The date is Madagascar’s independence day, and the text is in Malagasy.

IDENTIFIED: Stèle de l’Indépendance in Place de l’Indépendance in Antananarivo.

Courtesy of Robert Bethea and Murray Hanewich.

Burundi new sig/date (2011.09.01) 100-franc note confirmed


100 francs (US$0.07), 01-09-2011. Like P44, but new date and sigantures (Aimee Laurentine Kanyana and Gaspard Sindayigaya).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Giuseppe Favaro.

Nigeria new sig/date (2011) 10- and 20-naira notes confirmed


10 naira (US$0.05), 2011. Like previous unlisted polymer 10-naira notes, but new date, new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda), and 7-digit serial numbers.


20 naira (US$0.10), 2011. Like P34, but new date, new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda), and 6-digit serial numbers.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Mohammed el-Arabi.

The Challenge: Identify dam on front of Congo 100-franc note

Today’s challenge is to identify the dam which appears on the front of the old 100-franc note of Congo Democratic Republic.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of this dam—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This dam appears on the front of the 100-franc from 1963 (Pick 1):

IDENTIFIED: Ruzizi I hydroelectric dam on Ruzizi River between Congo and Rwanda.

For extra credit, please supply the precise name of this equipment which appears on the back of this note:

IDENTIFIED: Bucket chain excavator.

Courtesy of Frederick Martin.

Switzerland new sig/date (2010) 50-franc note confirmed


50 francs (US$57), (20)10. Like P71, but new date and new signatures (Hansueli Raggenbass and Jordan).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Belarus new 100- and 5,000-ruble notes confirmed




According to a press release, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus introduced new 100-ruble (US$0.02) and 5,000-ruble (US$1) banknotes dated 2000. Both denominations retain their current designs (P26 and P29, respectively). The solid security thread is eliminated from the 100-ruble note as a cost-saving measure, whereas the 5,000-ruble note saw its security thread changed to a windowed thread with demetalized НБРБ, to strengthen its counterfeiting deterrence. The existing notes of the same denominations remain legal tender.

Courtesy of Vitali Khaletski, Didier Wiot, and Ivan Bogdanov (http://bonistics.org).

Laos chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Laos

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

At the time of initial publication, this 15-page catalog covers every note (142 types and varieties, including 24 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Lao Issara Government from 1945 to 1946; the Banque Nationale du Laos (National Bank of Laos) from 1957 to 1975; the Pathet Lao Government in 1968; the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic in 1979; and the Bank of the Lao PDR from 1979 until present day.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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Vanuatu new signature 200-vatu note confirmed


200 vatu (US$2.20), no date. Like RBV B3 (P8), but new signatures (Odo Tevi and Sela Molisa).

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

Solomon Islands new signature 2-dollar note confirmed


2 dollars (US$0.30), no date. Like CBSI B15 (P25), but new signatures (Denton Hehenoro Rarawa and Shadrach Fanega).

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Ukraine new sig/date (2011) 5-hryvnia note confirmed

5 гривень (hryven), 2011. Like P118, but new date and new signature (Serhii Arbuzov).

Courtesy of Aleksey Gladkov (www.bonistika.net).

Ukraine new sig/date (2011) 200-hryvnia note confirmed


200 гривень (hryven), 2011. Like P123, but new date and new signature (Serhii Arbuzov).

Courtesy of Aleksey Gladkov (www.bonistika.net).

Iraq new date (2010) 25,000-dinar note confirmed


25,000 dinars (US$21.40), ٢٠١٠ - ١٤٣١ (2010/AH1431). Like P96c, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Indonesia new sig/date (2010) 100,000-rupiah note confirmed


100,000 rupiah (US$11.15), 2010. Like P146c, but new date and signatures.

This note has been confirmed dated 2004-2011, inclusive, with three signature varieties.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Argentina new signature 10-peso note confirmed


10 pesos (US$2.35), no date. Like P354, but new signature and suffix L.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

England new 50-pound note confirmed


50 pounds (US$80). Red. Front: Bank of England seal; Bank of England headquarters building in London; Queen Elizabeth II. Back: Entrepreneur Matthew Boulton; horse with rider and carriage outside Boulton’s Soho factory building; Whitbread steam engine; engineer James Watt; cogs. Solid and windowed Motion security threads. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II and electrotype £50. Printer: (DLR). 156 x 85 mm. 2010. Signature Chris Salmon. Intro: 02.11.2011.



Read the Bank of England’s press release for more details.

Courtesy of Antje Ryberg.

Scotland new sig/date (19.01.2009) 50-pound note confirmed


50 pounds (US$80), 19th JANUARY 2009. Like P127, but new date and signatures (Daniels/Archie G. Kane Jr.).

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Courtesy of Alan Bergson.

European Central Bank gets new governor on 01.11.2011


As of 1 November 2011, Mario Draghi takes over from Jean-Claude Trichet as governor of the European Central Bank. Draghi previously served as the head of the Bank of Italy since 29 December 2005. The change in governors will likely be followed by new signature varieties of euro banknotes.

Courtesy of Dennis Zammit.

Pakistan delays demonetization of old 500-rupee notes

According to an Online International News Network article, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has approved pushing back the date of exchange of old design 500-rupee (Pick 42) notes until 30 September 2012.

Ukraine new 50-hryvnia commemorative note confirmed


According to a press release dated 5 October 2011, the National Bank of Ukraine has issued a new 50-hryvnia (US$6.25) banknote to commemorate the bank’s 20th anniversary, which are like the notes originally issued in 2004 (Pick 121), but with the phrase “НБУ 20 років” (NBU - 20 years) on the front in a green-to-gold color-shifting SPARK patch, and serial numbers NB 0000001 - 0001000.




While technically legal tender, the first 200 notes were encased in acrylic and packaged in a box containing a silver version of the note; the remaining 800 notes were sold in a commemorative folder.

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Courtesy of Alexander Kirshankov, Thomas Krause, Aleksey Gladkov, and Olexandr Danishenko.

Jamaica new date (15.02.2009) 500-dollar note confirmed


500 dollars (US$5.78), 15.01.2009. Like P85, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

India new date (2011) 50-rupee note with R inset letter confirmed


50 rupees (US$1.02), 2011. Like P97, but new date, new signatures, and R inset letter.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

India new date (2011) 100-rupee note with R inset letter confirmed


100 rupees (US$2.05), 2011. Like P98, but new date, new signatures, and R inset letter.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Colombia new date (25.08.2009) 50,000-peso note confirmed


50,000 pesos (US$1.10), 25 DE AGOSTO DE 2009. Like P455, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Colombia new date (20.08.2009) 2,000-peso note confirmed


2,000 pesos (US$1.10), 20 DE AGOSTO DE 2009. Like P457, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Colombia new sig/date (23.11.2010) 1,000-peso note confirmed


1,000 pesos (US$0.55), 23 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2010. Like P456, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Rhodesia and Nyasaland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Rhodesia and Nyasaland cover

The Rhodesia and Nyasaland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (154 types and varieties, including 3 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1956 to 1961.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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The Challenge: Identify building on back of Laos 20-kip note

Today’s challenge is to identify the building which appears on the back of the old 20-kip note of Laos.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of this building—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This building appears on the back of the 20-kip notes from 1963 (Pick 11):

IDENTIFIED: Wat Sop monastery in Luang Prabang.

Courtesy of José Fabrício Macêdo.

Argentina new signature 2-peso note confirmed


2 pesos (US$0.47), no date. Like P352, but new signature and K suffix.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Pakistan new sig/date (2011) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$11.52), 2011. Like P50, but new date and new signature of Shahid Hafiz Kardar, SBP Governor.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Serbia new 10-, 20-, and 200-dinar notes confirmed

On 30 September 2011, the National Bank of Serbia issued new notes dated 2011, denominated in 10, 20, and 200 dinars, all bearing the new Serbian coat of arms on back and a new signature (Dejan Šoškić, Governor).

Notes denominated in 100, 500, 1,000, and 5,000 dinars have not been similarly updated, but will probably be revised when stocks of these notes are exhausted.

Courtesy of Matej Omahen, Dragan, and Thomas Augustsson.

Pakistan to demonetize 5-rupee note 01.01.2012


According to a press release issued by the State Bank of Pakistan, the 5-rupee note (P53) originally introduced 8 July 2008 will be demonetized on 1 January 2011 and replaced by a coin.

Courtesy of Tristan Williams and Sejin Ahn.

Malaysia announces printers for fourth series of notes

Malaysia's central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, has settled on the printers of its fourth series of ringgit banknotes which will have improved security features to overcome counterfeiting. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Donald Lim said the suppliers for the new bank­notes were Crane AB of Sweden, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH of Germany, Oberthur Technologies of France (producing 1-ringgit note), and Orell Fussli of Switzerland. In a press release dated 23 May 2011, the bank indicated the new notes would be issued in early 2012.

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.

Bhutan new 100-ngultrum commemorative confirmed



The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan has issued a 100-ngultrum (US$2.05) banknote to commemorate the 13 October 2011 royal wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema. According to this BBS article dated 12 October 2011, the notes (and 500-ngultrum coins) are available in Bank of Bhutan, Bhutan Development Bank Limited, and in the BOB counter at the Paro Airport from 13 October until 4 November at a cost of 500 ngultrum and 5,000 ngultrum, respectively.

RMA BNP1 (PNL): 100 ngultrum
Orange, brown, and red. Front: Mythical angel carrying the Raven Crown; national emblem; royal wedding logo consisting of khorlo (wheel) signifying royalty, circles with dhar (ceremonial scarf) signifying eternal union of thap (method) and sherab (wisdom), and the dham tshig tsangma and lotus, symbolizing purity of union; King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema. Back: Dragons; Punakha Dzong (aka Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong, meaning “the palace of great happiness or bliss”). Solid security thread with demetalized ROYAL WEDDING. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 70 mm. 2011. Signature 6. Intro: 13.10.2011.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Sing Chai Tan, Marian Meyer, Christoph Thomas, and Thomas Krause.

Norway appoints new governor to central bank


According to a Ministry of Finance press release dated 22 October 2010, Øystein Olsen has been appointed the new governor of Norges Bank for a six-year term beginning on 1 January 2011. New signature varieties are likely to follow.

Courtesy of Håkon Hagelund.

Belarus expected to issue 200,000-ruble note in 2012

According to a statement given by Chairman Nadezhda Ermakova on 20 October 2011, the National Bank of Belarus plans to issue a new 200,000-ruble (US$21.35) note in early 2012. The note will feature Belarusian architecture works. Additionally, the bank plans to withdraw 10- and 20-ruble notes and round off prices to the nearest 50 rubles.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Vitali Khaletski.

Slovakia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Slovakia cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 14-page catalog covers every note (119 types and varieties, including 14 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Slovenský Štát (Slovakia State) in 1939; the Slovenská Republika (Slovak Republic) from 1939 to 1945; the Slovenská Národná Banka (Slovak National Bank) from 1940 to 1944; the Slovenská Republika (Slovak Republic) in 1993; and the Národná Banka Slovenska (National Bank of Slovakia) from 1993 to 2007.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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Paraguay new sig/date (2010) 5,000- and 10,000-guaraní notes confirmed


5,000 guaraníes (US$1.20), 2010.



10,000 guaraníes (US$2.40), 2010.

These notes are like the preceding issues, but have new date, new signatures (Jorge Aurelio Villalba Leguizamón and Jorge Raúl Corvalán Mendoza), new printer imprints (CASA DE MOEDA DO BRASIL), and new F series.

Courtesy of Arnoldo Efron (Monetary Research Institute).

Georgia new sig/date (2011) 20-lari note confirmed


20 lari (US$12.10), 2011. Like P72, but new date and signatures (Giorgi Kadagidze and Kakha Baindurashvili). Intro: 06.06.2011.

Japan color change of serial numbers on 1,000- and 10,000-yen notes confirmed


According to a press release dated 26 April 2011, the Bank of Japan is changing the color of the serial numbers on the 1,000 (US$12.25) and 10,000 (US$122) yen banknotes from black to brown on 19 July 2011. Other than this minor change, the notes will remain the same as the existing P104 and P106 designs which have been in circulation since 2004.

Courtesy of Kazutaka Nagura and Kinichiro Fujikawa.

India new 20-rupee 2011 note with F inset letter reported

According to an October 2011 press release, the Reserve Bank of India will soon introduce a 20-rupee (US$0.40), 2011 note with F inset letter and signed by Governor Subbarao.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Mozambique new 20-, 50-, and 100-meticais notes confirmed






The Banco de Moçambique has announced a new family of banknotes dated 2011 that are similar in design to the existing series (P143-P148) dated 2006, but with enhanced security features. The three smaller denominations are printed on polymer, and the three larger denominations remain printed on paper. The notes were issued 1 October 2011.

Courtesy of Carlos Pinto and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Indonesia new date (2011) 5,000-, 10,000-, and 100,000-rupiah notes confirmed


5,000 rupiah (US$0.55), 2011. Like P142, but new date and signatures.


10,000 rupiah (US$1.15), 2011. Like PNL, but new date and signatures.


100,000 rupiah (US$11.30), 2011. Like P146, but new date and signatures.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Haiti new date (2009) 1,000-gourde note confirmed


1,000 gourdes (US$24.80), 2009. Like P278, but new date and new signatures (Charles Castel, Philippe W. Lahens, Marc Hébert Ignace)

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Colombia new date (02.09.2008) 20,000-peso note confirmed

20,000 pesos (US$10.55), 2 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2008. Like P454, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Somalia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Somalia cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (82 types and varieties, including 5 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banca Nazionale Somala (National Bank of Somalia) from 1962 until 1971; the Bankiga Qaranka Soomaaliyeed (Somali National Bank) in 1975; and the Bankiga Dhexe ee Soomaaliya (Central Bank of Somalia) from 1977 until present day.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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Angola to issue new note family by end of 2011

According to an AngoNotícias article dated 3 October 2011, the Banco Nacional de Angola plans to introduce new banknotes before the end of the year. The new series will contain a 5,000-kwanza (US$53) denomination for the first time, and will replace the co-joined portrait of José Eduardo dos Santos and Agostinho Neto with kings of Angola and nature scenes.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Great article on Landqart, a Swiss banknote paper producer

Check out this BBC article dated 21 September 2011, discussing the details of Landqart AG, a Swiss firm which produces security paper for the banknote industry. The article contains a lot of fascinating details and has several embedded videos, too. Be sure to check out the Related Stories links at the bottom of the web page.

Dominican Republic announces features of new 2011-dated banknotes


According to a press release dated 26 September 2011, the Banco Central de la Republica Dominciana has announced that all banknotes dated 2011 will be denominated in pesos dominicanos instead of pesos oro. Additionally, the 100-peso dominicano note will have color-shifting ink. The 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-peso dominicano notes will have the bank seal in a new position, SPARK patches at left front, and the watermark with pixelated denominations. There is no word yet on when these notes will be issued.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Zambia new date (2011) 50,000-kwacha variety confirmed


50,000 kwacha (US$10.35), 2011. Like P48, but new date and new printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient instead of DE LA RUE).

Courtesy of Garry Craig and Ronald Kowaleski.

England to issue new 50-pound note 02.11.2011

According to a press release dated 30 September 2011, “the Bank of England will introduce a new-style £50 banknote into circulation on 2 November 2011. The note will feature the renowned 18th century business partnership of entrepreneur Matthew Boulton and engineer James Watt.

“A range of new and enhanced security features have been incorporated into the design of the Boulton and Watt £50 banknote. Full details of these will be revealed when the new banknote is introduced into circulation, accompanied by a publicity and education campaign.

“The Boulton and Watt £50 banknote marks the first time two portraits have appeared together on the back of a Bank of England banknote. It will also be the first banknote in circulation to be signed by Chris Salmon, who was appointed as the Bank’s Executive Director, Banking Services and Chief Cashier in April 2011.

“As new-design banknotes are introduced so the notes they replace are withdrawn – although they can always be exchanged with the Bank of England for their face value.

“The Boulton and Watt £50 banknote will initially circulate in tandem with the current £50 banknote featuring Sir John Houblon, the first Governor of the Bank of England, which was introduced in 1994. The Bank will make an announcement regarding the withdrawal date of the Houblon £50 banknote in due course.”

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Italian Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Italian Somaliland

The Italian Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 5-page catalog covers every note (24 types and varieties, including 2 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the V. Filonardi & C. in 1893, the Banca d’Italia Somalia Italiana in 1920, and the Cassa per la Circolazione Monetaria della Somalia from 1950 to 1960.

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Peru new 50-, 100-, and 200-new sol notes confirmed

On 31 August 2011, Banco Central De Reservea del Perú introduced the following three new banknotes.


50 nuevos soles (US$18.35). Red. Front: Abraham Pinto Valdelomar. Back: Templo Nuevo, Chavin de Huantar, Ancash; coat of arms. Solid security thread with demetalized PERU 50 BCRP. Watermark: Abraham Pinto Valdelomar, pixelated rooster, and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 65 mm.


100 nuevos soles (US$36.70). Blue. Front: Jorge Basadre Grohmann Back: Gran Pajatén, Cultura Chachopoyas, San Martin; coat of arms. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Jorge Basadre Grohmann, pixelated flag, and electrotype 100. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 65 mm.


200 nuevos soles (US$73.35). Gray. Front: Santa Rosa de Lima. Back: Ciudad Sagrada de Caral, Lima; coat of arms. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Santa Rosa de Lima, pixelated arc, and electrotype 200. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 65 mm.



Courtesy of Thomas Krause, Claudio Marana, and Thomas Augustsson.

Peru new 10- and 20-nuevos sol notes confirmed


10 nuevos soles (US$3.65)
Green, orange, brown, and red. Front: Inverted biplane; José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzales. Back: Vase; Machu Picchu ruins and mountains; coat of arms. Solid security thread with demetalized PERU 10 BCRP. Watermark: José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzales, pixelated airplane, and electrotype 10. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 65 mm. 13 DE AGOSTO DE 2009. Signature (Gerente General, Renzo Rossini Miñán; Presidente, Julio Velarde Flores). Intro: 30.06.2011.


20 nuevos soles (US$7.30)
Brown, orange, green, and red. Front: Raúl Porras Barrenechea. Back: Chimú pottery vessel of a cat; Chan Chan archaeological complex; coat of arms. Solid security thread with demetalized PERU 20 BCRP. Watermark: Raúl Porras Barrenechea, pixelated open book, and electrotype 20. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 65 mm. 13 DE AGOSTO DE 2009. Signature (Gerente General, Renzo Rossini Miñán; Presidente, Julio Velarde Flores). Intro: 30.06.2011.

More info is available from the Banco Central de Reserva del Perú.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause, Dennis Zammit, and Fernando Horna.

East Caribbean States new 1-dollar variety confirmed


1 dollar (US$0.37), no date. Like P21, but with V suffix, the country code for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Courtesy of TDS.

Cameroon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Cameroon

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (73 types and varieties, including 12 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Kaiserliches Gouvernement von Kamerun (Imperial Government of Cameroon) in 1914, the Territoire du Cameroun (Territory of Cameroon) in 1922, the Banque Centrale (Central Bank) from 1961 to 1972, and the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) from 1974 to 1992.

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Lesotho 50-loti note dated 1993 confirmed


50 maloti (US$7.45), 1993. Like P14, but new date.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ethiopia accepted bids to print more banknotes

According to an article on allAfrica.com dated 14 September 2011, De La Rue, Francois-Charles Oberthur, and Giesecke & Devrient have submitted bids to the National Bank of Ethiopia for printing 46 billion birr worth of 100-birr notes and 6 billion birr worth of 50-birr notes. The winning bidder is expected to deliver the new notes within four months. No word on if the notes will be new designs.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

New Sudan high denomination notes sought


The IBNS Journal Volume 50 Number 1 contains an interesting article, “The Elusive Unofficial Banknotes of New Sudan.” Author Peter Symes details the history of notes from the “Bank of New Sudan” which were prepared in late 2002 and issued regionally for a few years thereafter. Reliable information is scarce regarding these issues, particularly regarding the higher denominations. Anyone who owns the 50, 100, or 200 pound notes in this family is encouraged to send 300-dpi scans of same so this info can be shared with other collectors.

Romania new date (20)11 10-lei note confirmed

10 lei (US$3.20), 1 decembrie 2008 / (20)11. Like P119, but new date.

Courtesy of Daniel Mendea.

Jordan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Jordan

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

At the time of initial publication, this 16-page catalog covers every note (231 types and varieties, including 49 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the The Hashemite Kingdom of the Jordan from 1950 to 1952; and the Central Bank of Jordan from 1965 until present day.

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Paraguay contemplating polymer 5,000- and 10,000-guaraní notes

According to a Digital ABC article dated 11 September 2011, Banco Central del Paraguay is considering issuing its 5,000- and 10,000-guaraní (US$1.25 and $2.50, respectively) banknotes in polymer to extend their lifespan. Paraguay currently has a polymer 2,000-guaraní note issued in December 2009.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Taiwan numismatic product expected to sell out quickly

According to an article in The China Post dated 9 September 2011, the Central Bank of China experienced strong demand for the 500,000 sets of “Collector's Version of the Republic of China Founding Centenary NT$100 Banknotes” it sold to the public for NT$500 (US$17.10). Each set contains three NT$100 banknotes.

Isle of Man new 10-pound variety confirmed

The 10-pound (US$15.90) note issued by the Isle of Man Government has been confirmed with Q prefix and the printer imprint at lower center on back changed to DE LA RUE.

Courtesy of Mark Brook.

Nigeria chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Nigeria

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

At the time of initial publication, this 15-page catalog covers every note (251 types and varieties, including 81 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Nigeria in 1918, and the Central Bank of Nigeria from 1958 until present day.

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Seychelles new 50-, 100-, and 500-rupee notes confirmed






According to a press release dated 3 June 2011, the Central Bank of Seychelles issued updated 50-, 100-, and 500-rupee banknotes on 7 June 2011. The new notes have enhanced security features, revised colors, and updated designs.

Each of the three new banknotes has a hologram instead of a foil sailfish which currently appears at upper right front on the existing notes. On the 50-rupee (US$4.10) note, the silver holographic sailfish alternates between the number 50 and an image of the Aldabra rail, a flightless bird. On the 100-rupee (US$8.15) note, the gold holographic sailfish alternates between the number 100 and an image of the Seychelles giant tortoise. On the 500-rupee (US$41) note, the gold holographic sailfish alternates between the number 500 and an image of the Seychelles scops owl.

Additional security upgrades include a 2.5-mm wide fluorescent security thread on the 50-rupee note, a 2.5-mm wide color-shifting security thread on the 100-rupee note, and a 3-mm wide color-shifting security thread on the 500-rupee note. The notes are also protected by De La Rue’s unique Gemini technology that fluoresces under ultraviolet light but appears normal in daylight.

The color schemes of the notes have been revised, with the notes being more green, red, and orange, respectively, than the notes currently in circulation. The new notes also carry the year of printing, as well as the signature of Pierre Laporte, the bank’s current governor. Existing notes remain legal tender and will be removed from circulation as they wear out.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Bangladesh new note family confirmed











According to a press release dated 9 August 2011, Bangladesh Bank will issue on 11 August a new set of notes denominated in 5, 100, 500, and 1,000 taka, all dated 2011 and featuring a portrait and watermark of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with the National Martyr’s Monument in Savar at center front. The new 2-taka note issued by the state bears the signature of Finance Secretary Dr Mohammad Tareq while the other denominations have the signature of Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman.

The press release is available in Bengla only, so if someone can translate and send the relevant facts in English, please do.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Seychelles new 100-rupee variety confirmed


100 rupees (US$8.20), no date. Like P40, but signature of Governor Norman Weber in red ink, not purple. The change in ink color for the signature appears to take place sometime between prefix AE and AF, which makes this variety a very short run because the signature changes to that of Francis Chang-Leng with prefix AF, when the vertical serial number also switches from black to red.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

India 20-rupee variety with F inset letter reported

According to a press release dated 2 September 2011, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a 20-rupee note with F inset letter and the signature of Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

England contemplating polymer notes

According to an article in The Independent dated 4 September 2011, the Bank of England is considering a polymer 5-pound (US$8.05) note and a 50-pound (US$80) note with a transparent window (most likely De La Rue’s Optiks) to improve durability and protect against counterfeiting.

A source close to the BoE said: "This is at the evaluation stage. A decision won't be made for the next year or two and production a little while after that, but a plastic £5 note is a possibility even though it won't provide as much security as other options."

Courtesy Thomas Krause and Richard Miranda.

The Challenge: Identify gate on front of South Korea 100-won note of 1950

Today’s challenge is to identify the gate which appear on the front of the old 100-won notes of South Korea.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of this gate—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

The following image appears on the front of the 100-won note of South Korea from 1950 (Pick 7):

IDENTIFIED: Gwanghwamun gate to Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul.

Courtesy of José Fabrício Macêdo.

Sierra Leone chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Sierra Leone

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

This 11-page catalog covers every note (90 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Sierra Leone from 1964 until present day. Revised 23 June 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Ukraine new sig/date (2011) 1-hryvnia note confirmed


1 гривня (hryvnia), 2011. Like P116A, but new date and new signature (Serhii Arbuzov). Intro: 1 September 2011.

Courtesy of Mykhaylo Kharytonov.

Somaliland new date (2011) 500-shilling note confirmed


500 shillings (US$0.05), 2011. Like BOS B22 (P6), but new date and new signatures (Abdi Dirir Abdi and Abdi Mohamoud Gullet).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Dennis Zammit.

UN releases $1.5 billion in Libyan banknotes from DLR

The United Nations has approved the release of 1.86 billion (US$1.5 billion) worth of Libyan dinar banknotes printed by De La Rue. The notes had been held in the UK under sanctions imposed on the Gaddafi regime, but will now be delivered to the Central Bank of Libya.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Macau commemorative notes reported



The Banco Nacional Ultramarino and the Banco da China will issue 10-pataca (US$1.25) banknotes to commemorate the Year of the Dragon. The Banco da China is also planning to issue a 100-pataca (US$12.50) note to commemorate its centennial anniversary.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

The Challenge: Identify items on back of Jordan 5-dinar note

Today’s challenge is to identify the items which appear on the back of the old 5-dinar notes of Jordan.

If you can precisely identify the name of these items—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

At left is a registration device that looks like an urn, vase, or maybe even the top of a chess piece, and at right are plants that look like cattails. These appear on the back of all 5-dinar notes from 1992 to 1997 (Pick 25 and Pick 30):

IDENTIFIED: Monastery tomb urn on top of Ed-Deir Monastery in Petra. See also this photo.
IDENTIFED: Cattails.

Courtesy of Tristan Williams and Alessio Amato.

India to issue polymer 10-rupee notes

According to an article on MoneyControl dated 26 August 2011, the Reserve Bank of India will introduce 100 crore (1 billion) polymer 10-rupee (US$0.20) banknotes on a trial basis. India has been contemplating such a test for several years now. No word yet on exactly when the polymer notes will be issued.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Anil Bohora.

South Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

South Sudan cover

The South Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (6 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of South Sudan from 2011 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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Ghana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Ghana

The Ghana 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 every note (278 types and varieties, including 92 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Ghana from 1958 until until present day. Revised 17 November 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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Philippines new 100-peso Ateneo Law School commemorative confirmed


100 pesos (US$2.35), 2011. Like P194, but with blue 75 YEARS ATENEO LAW SCHOOL AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM overprint on watermark area. This note was issued to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the school.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Kirsty Lopez and Alexander Jacinto.

Bangladesh new 100-taka variety dated 2009 confirmed


100 taka (US$1.35), 2009. Like other previously reported varieties of P49 dated 2009, but with Western digits used for the serial number at lower right. All preceding notes used Bangla digits for both upper left and lower right serial numbers. The previously reported note dated 2010 also has Western digits at lower right.

Courtesy of Rui Palhares.

Ethiopia considers issuing 200-birr notes

According to an article on Ezega dated 20 August 2011, the National Bank of Ethiopia is considering introducing a 200-birr (US$11.70) banknote to keep up with the needs of an economy experiencing high inflation. Currently the highest denomination in Ethiopia is the 100-birr note (Pick 52).

Central African States new sig combo confirmed


The above signature combination has been confirmed on 500-, 1,000, 2,000-, and 5,000-franc notes with U country code for Cameroon. These notes are like P206 to P209, respectively, except for the new signatures (Le Gouverneur is Lucas Abaga Nchama and Censeur Salomon Francis Meke).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Hans-Dieter Müller, Dennis Zammit, Richard Castedo, and Murtaza Karimjee.

Bhutan revised 5-, 100-, and 500-ngultrum notes confirmed



The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan has issued revised banknotes denominated in 5, 100, and 500 ngultrum. The notes are dated 2011, and carry a new signature (Dasho Daw Tenzin) and title of GOVERNOR. as well as improved PEAK (printed embossed anticopy key) security elements (see area above date in detail image).

Courtesy of Rui Palhares.

Turkmenistan new 10,000-manat variety reported


There may be a new variety for the 10,000-manat note dated 1999, listed in The Banknote Book as TMB B6 (P13). As you can see from the scans above, there is a crescent moon and five stars in optically variable ink at upper left front. On the earlier issue (based upon the serial number) shown at left, the OVI appears green, but on later issues shown at right, the OVI appears gold. The differences in the color is not a scanning artifact; examining the notes themselves reveals they appear different to the naked eye even when tilted back and forth.

All images I’ve seen of notes with higher serial numbers than the one shown at right also appear to have gold OVI, including the revised 2000 dated note TMB B7 (P14). If anyone else has a green OVI note, please post a comment with your note’s serial number.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Serbia new 50-dinar note confirmed


50 dinars (US$0.70), 2011. Like P40 (top), but new date, new signature (Dejan Šoškić, Governor), and modified coat of arms (more detailed illustration).

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Brunei's new notes contain Braille blunder


According to an article in the Brunei Times dated 9 August 2011, the dots in the upper left front corner of new polymer banknotes issed 18 July 2011 are intended to assist the sight-impaired, but they are not raised, so they can’t be felt tactilely, and they are not accurately rendered as Braille numbers corresponding to the denominations. Specifically, the spacing of the dots is wrong, and the lack the lead-in character that indicates that numbers follow.

Malta chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Malta cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 13-page catalog covers every note (115 types and varieties, including 15 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Malta from 1914 to 1963, and the Central Bank of Malta from 1968 until 2008.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Canada new date (2011) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$20.20), 2011. Like P103 (“ISSUE OF 2004”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2011 at lower center on back and new signatures (Maclem / Carney).

Courtesy of Dharshan Mahalingam.

Uruguay new date (2011) 20-peso uruguayo note confirmed


20 pesos uruguayos (US$1.10), 2011. Like P86, but new date, new signatures, Serie F instead of E, different imprint (DE LA RUE), and different screen trap pattern at left and right edges.

By the way, the 17th edition of the SCWPM lists P86 as an exected new issue dated 2006, but I suspect this is an error as I’ve never seen this denomination dated 2006. If anyone has a 20 pesos uruguayos dated 2006, please send scans.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmail.com and Frank van Tiel.

South Sudan's central bank governor replaced by deputy

According to a Reuters Africa article dated 16 August 2011, Elijah Malok has been replaced as the governor of the Bank of South Sudan by his former deputy, Kornelio Koriom. Malok’s signature appears on the world’s newest nation’s banknotes which were issued 18 July 2011.

The Challenge: Identify building on back of Ghana's 20,000-cedi note

Today’s challenge is to identify the building which appears on the back of the old 20,000-cedi note of Ghana.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of this building—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This building appears on the back of all of the 20,000-cedi notes from 2002-2006 (Pick 36):

IDENTIFIED: National Theatre of Ghana in Accra.

Courtesy of Frederick Martin.

Indonesia announces new notes to be issued in late 2011


According to an article in JakartaGlobe dated 13 August 2011, Bank Indonesia is planning to upgrade the security of its banknotes with a new series to be printed by October at the latest. The new notes will feature “rainbow printing,” which allows several colors to be printed using a single plate in specially modified equipment, resulting in a natural blending of the colors that is difficult to reproduce using commercially available printers. The only Indonesian note to currently feature rainbow printing is the 10,000-rupiah note dated 2010, shown above.

“Now we will also use rainbow printing for the Rp 20,000, Rp 50,000 and Rp 100,000 bills. This is in line with international standards,” said Muhammad Dahlan, the central bank’s director for circulation.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Singapore chapter of The Banknote Book is now available


Singapore

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

At the time of initial publication, this 18-page catalog covers every note (129 types and varieties, including 33 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency from 1967 to 2002, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 2004 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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Sierra Leone to withdraw old notes as of 15 August 2011

According to a press release dated 25 February 2011, the Bank of Sierra Leone has postponed until 15 August 2011 the withdrawal of old-style banknotes in favor of the new, smaller notes which were issued 14 May 2010.

Ukraine new sig/date (2011) 10-kryvnia note confirmed


10 гривень (hryven), 2011. Like P119, but new date and new signature (Serhii Arbuzov). Intro: 1 July 2011.

Courtesy of Aleksey Gladkov (www.bonistika.net).

Singapore new 2-dollar variety confirmed

2 dollars (US$1.65), no date. Like P46, but with two triangles below EDUCATION on back. Intro: July 2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Sudan new 10- and 20-pound notes confirmed


10 pounds (US$3.75), JUNE 2011. Like P67, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note, and watusi cattle removed from front of note.


20 pounds (US$7.50), JUNE 2011. Like P68, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, and 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of http://stores.ebay.com/PHILANOTE.

Austrian banknote firm may pull out of Syria contract

According to an Associated Press report dated 5 August 2011, OeBS (Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck, Austria) is reviewing its contract to provide banknotes to the Central Bank of Syria. The Austria Press Agency reported that printing company OeBS—a subsidiary of Oesterreichischen Nationalbank, Austria’s central bank—has nearly completed the 2008 contract it has with Syria, and may pull out of the troubled country due to international pressure in the wake of the crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Macedonia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Macedonia cover

The Macedonia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 9-page catalog covers every note (70 types and varieties, including 2 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the НАРОДНА БАНКА НА МАКЕДОНИЈА (National Bank of Macedonia) in 1992, and the НАРОДНА БАНКА НА РЕПУБЛИКА МАКЕДОНИЈА (National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia) from 1993 until present day. Revised 4 October 2012.

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Jersey to issue 100-pound commemorative note in 2012


According to a press release dated 2 August 2011, the States of Jersey will issue a 100-pound (US$162) note to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. The note will feature artist Chris Levine’s holographic portrait of QEII called Equanimity.

Treasury and Resources Minister Philip Ozouf said, “In order to issue a new £100 note, I will be asking the States to amend the existing 1959 law which limits the maximum denomination of any currency note to £50. As with our most recent set of banknotes, the commemorative £100 note will feature English, French, and Jèrriais. I am hopeful that, as well as forming an integral and useful part of our currency, these new notes will become collectors’ pieces in their own right.”

Courtesy of Marcus Jansson.

Australia new date (2010) 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes confirmed


20 dollars (US$21), (20)10. Like P59f, but new date.
50 dollars (US$53), (20)10. Like P60g, but new date.
100 dollars (US$105), (20)10. Like P61a, but new date.

All three denominations have the same signature combination shown above.

Courtesy of Kai.

Moldova chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Moldova cover

The Moldova chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 5-page catalog covers every note (69 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banca Naţională a Moldovei (National Bank of Moldova) from 1992 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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Liberia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Liberia

The Liberia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 7-page catalog covers every note (64 types and varieties, including 25 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Republic of Liberia Treasury Department from 1857 to 1880, the National Bank of Liberia in 1989 and 1991, and the Central Bank of Liberia from 1999 until present day. Revised 21 December 2012.

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Sudan new 50-pound note confirmed


50 pounds (US$18.70), JUNE 2011. Like P69, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, and 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note.

Courtesy of Tom A. Adami.

Nigeria new sig/date (2011) 50-naira note confirmed


50 naira (US$0.30), 2011. Like unlisted 50-naira note first issued dated 2009, but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

India new date (2011) 10- and 100-rupee notes reported

The Reserve Bank of India will soon issue 10- and 100-rupee banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi series with the signature of Governor Subbarao. The 10-rupee notes will have inset letter B. The 100-rupee notes will have inset letter L.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Iraq new date (2010) 10,000-dinar note confirmed

10,000 dinars (US$8.50), ٢٠١٠ - ١٤٣١ (2010/AH1431). Like P95, but new date.

Courtesy of Haider Saffar.

Hong Kong's new 100-dollar note has a design error


According to an article in The Standard dated 25 July 2011, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp has admitted to making a mistake in the design of its new 100-dollar (US$12.85) note which was officially unveiled on 20 July and slated for issuance between November 2011 and January 2012. The back of the note depicts the flag-raising ceremony of the SAR Establishment Day with a marching band playing in front of the Golden Bauhinia Square, where the national flag and regional flag of Hong Kong are flying. The problem is that the bauhinia flower on the regional flag is reversed from the correct orientation shown here:



"HSBC has immediately proceeded to redesign and reprint the faulty banknotes, with a view to putting them into circulation early next year as scheduled," the bank said in a joint statement with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the government's administration wing.

HSBC was responsible for the design of the notes, while the HKMA reviewed the design before revealing it to the public. The administration wing also reviewed the banknotes for approval. "The three parties had not detected the issue," the statement said. "We sincerely apologize for the incident."

HSBC will bear all relevant costs for revising the design, remaking the plates and printing the new notes. The cost of producing each new note is about 60 HK cents (US$0.08).

It will be interesting to see if any of the error notes make in onto the collector market.

Brunei new 1-, 5-, and 10-dollar notes confirmed


AMBD B1 (PNL): 1 dollar (US$0.80)
Blue. Front: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque and ceremonial barge; flower as registration device; bunga simpur (dillenia suffruticosa) flower; Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah wearing uniform and cap; coat of arms. Back: Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan; lagoon; Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation (Yayasan) building; flower. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): Sultan and HB. Printer: (NPA). 141 x 69 mm. Polymer. 2011. Signature 1. Intro: 18.07.2011.


AMBD B1 (PNL): 5 dollars (US$4.05)
Green and yellow. Front: Lapau (Royal Ceremonial Hall); flower as registration device; bunga kunyit (curcuma longa) flower; Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah wearing uniform and cap; coat of arms. Back: Lapau (Royal Ceremonial Hall) building and fountain; flower. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): Sultan and HB. Printer: (NPA). 141 x 69 mm. Polymer. 2011. Signature 1. Intro: 18.07.2011.


AMBD B1 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$8.10)
Red, yellow, and brown. Front: Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque; flower as registration device; rancah rancah (cosmos caudatus) flowers; Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah wearing uniform and cap; coat of arms. Back: Masjid Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah (Jame’ Asrihassanil Bolkiah mosque); flower. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): Sultan and HB. Printer: (NPA). 141 x 69 mm. Polymer. 2011. Signature 1. Intro: 18.07.2011.

According to a press release dated 18 July 2011, the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam has issued new 1-, 5-, and 10-dollar polymer notes which will circulate in parallel with existing notes. The issuance of the new polymer notes is in conjunction with the 65th Birthday of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam but the notes do not bear any commemorative text. The notes have various new security features and new designs.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause, Alex Klark, Hj Sare, and Noorilham MD. Tahir.

Hong Kong to issue new 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes starting November 2011





















According to a press release dated 20 July 2011, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the three note-issuing banks (Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited) today unveiled the designs of the $100, $50 and $20 of the Hong Kong 2010 Series New Banknotes.

The new $100, $50 and $20 banknotes incorporate the same state-of-the-art security features as the new $1,000 and $500 banknotes (which are already in circulation) and also the design to facilitate the visually impaired to differentiate the denomination.

Mr Norman Chan, the Chief Executive of the HKMA, said “The new $100, $50 and $20 banknotes will be gradually put into circulation starting from this November, after which the entire Hong Kong 2010 Series New Banknotes will be in full circulation in the community. The new $1,000 and $500 banknotes, which have been in circulation since last December and this February respectively, receive very positive response from the public. I am confident that the new $100, $50 and $20 banknotes will be equally well received. ”

The Hong Kong 2010 Series New Banknotes were designed by the respective note-issuing banks and approved by the Financial Secretary. They are printed by Hong Kong Note Printing Limited.

The HKMA will launch an extensive education programme to raise public awareness of the new banknotes. Seminars will be conducted for banks, retailers and money changers; and special outreach seminars for centres for the elderly and people with visual impairments. Exhibitions will be held in different districts in Hong Kong (see schedule of exhibitions at Annex). The interactive online-learning programme on the HKMA website at www.hkma.gov.hk has been updated to include the design and security features of the whole 2010 Series Hong Kong Banknotes. Education leaflets are available to the public at the HKMA office, branches of the note-issuing banks and District Offices.

Mr Benjamin Hung, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited said, “Standard Chartered Bank issued its first Hong Kong banknotes in 1862, and we celebrate a history of 150 years of note issuance in this vibrant financial centre. The new series of banknotes from Standard Chartered Hong Kong represents the continuous evolution of a design theme first commissioned in the 1980s. This latest series incorporates an overarching theme on the reverse side of the notes that pays tribute to the heritage of Chinese inventions whilst contrasting such early breakthroughs with those of modern security technology. Standard Chartered is proud to have played a part in contributing to Hong Kong’s financial sector as one of the SAR’s three note-issuing banks. We look forward to continuing to grow with Hong Kong in the next 150 years – and beyond.”

Mr Peter Wong, Chief Executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, said “HSBC’s legacy as Hong Kong’s largest note issuer begins another exciting chapter with the official launch of our new notes. HSBC’s new banknote series strongly reflects on Hong Kong’s culture for inspiration, showcasing local celebrations and festivals, Chinese calligraphy and traditional symbols and patterns within the unique design. As the bills enter circulation, we take great pride in the fact that this new series marks the first time that the Hong Kong community has been featured on HSBC’s banknotes.”

Mr He Guangbei, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, said, “Building a Better Tomorrow is what Bank of China (Hong Kong) is committed to, which also echoes in the designs of our new series of Hong Kong Banknotes. With roots in Hong Kong for more than 94 years, we have encountered ups and downs together with the society. While providing professional financial services to the public, we are also committed to protecting the environment in Hong Kong as a responsible corporate citizen. In designing the new banknotes, we not only honour these natural wonders, but encourage the public to join us to build a green Hong Kong and contribute to the sustainability of the society.”

All existing banknotes continue to be legal tender. They will circulate along with the new banknotes and be gradually withdrawn from circulation when they become physically unfit for circulation.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun, Glen Warren, Wilson Chow, and Thomas Krause.

Qatar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Qatar cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (45 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Qatar Monetary Agency from 1973 to 1985, and the Qatar Central Bank from 1996 until present day.

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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Romania new date (2011) 5-leu note confirmed


5 lei (US$1.70), (20)11. Like P118, but new date.

Courtesy of Daniel Mendea.

Mauritania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Mauritania cover

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

This 10-page catalog covers every note (85 types and varieties, including 14 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale de Mauritanie (Central Bank of Mauritania) from 1973 until present day. Revised 30 November 2012.

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Sudan new note designs unveiled


The International Business Times has posted Reuters images of Sudan’s new notes which are expected to be issued in the coming weeks in response to Monday’s issuance of a new series of notes in the newly independent South Sudan. From the photos, it appears Sudan has simply changed the color schemes of the existing designs for its various denominations.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

New Zealand announces upgrade of banknotes to begin in 2014

On 21 July 2011, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand held a press conference to announce that a project has begun to upgrade the nation’s banknotes, which will include a review of the material of the notes, and anti-counterfeiting features, but the people depicted on the notes are not expected to change, including the retention of Queen Elizabeth on the 20-dollar note despite her portait being the most disliked part of the design of that denomination. Little solid information was given at the press conference, except that the new notes are expected to start being issued one or two denominations at a time in 2014. There are, however, a lot of interesting tidbits in these two survey result reports conducted with retailers and consumers.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Belarus new 500-ruble variety confirmed


500 rubles (US$0.10), 2000. Like P27, but with 2-mm wide windowed thread. Intro: 15.03.2011.

Courtesy of Ivan Bogdanov (http://bonistics.org).

Philippines reveals details about note production

According to a press release issued by the Philippine Information Agency dated 20 July 2011, the new banknotes introduced by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on 16 December 2010 were printed by an undisclosed French firm (most likely Oberthur Technologies), but that upgrades to the Security Plant Complex in Quezon City were under way so that the notes could be printed locally.

Curiously, the press release indicates that BSP is apparently continuing to produce notes of the old design even after it has introduced the new designs. Perhaps this is because the need for currency in the Philippines is so great that the BSP can’t meet demand with only the new notes from France, or that it feels compelled to keep the local printers in business.

The press release indicates that the old designs will be phased out by 2012, and that they will be demonetized in 2013.

Nigeria new date (2011) 200-naira note confirmed


200 naira (US$1.30), 2011. Like P29, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

South Sudan public complains about lack of dates on new banknotes

According to articles in Al Bawaba and Sudan Tribune, members of the public in South Sudan are complaining that the new series of banknotes issued on 18 July 2011 lack printed dates, as have all notes previously issued by Sudan. Apparently the people are unaware that many countries routinely issue notes without dates (much to the consternation of researchers and catalogers such as myself).

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Paraguay new date (2008) 100,000-guaraní note confirmed


100,000 guaraníes (US$25.35), 2008. Like P233, but new date and prefix E.

Courtesy of Didier Wiot.

Iraq new date (2010) 25,000-dinar note confirmed


25,000 dinars (US$21.40), ٢٠١٠ - ١٤٣١ (2010/AH1431). Like P96, but new date.

Courtesy of Haider Saffar.

The Challenge: Identify objects in Liberia bank seal

Today’s challenge is to identify the crossed objects which appear in the seal of the Central Bank of Liberia (and previously the National Bank of Liberia).

If you can precisely identify the name of these objects—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This bank seal appears on the back of all of Liberia’s notes since 1989:

IDENTIFIED: Kissi money.

Liberia new date (2008) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$0.15), 2008. Like P27c, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun.

South Sudan issued new pound notes 18 July 2011


According to an Al Jazeera article dated 11 July 2011 as well as a BBC article dated 11 July 2011, South Sudan—which just gained its independence on 9 July—will introduce its own currency next week [update: the notes officially entered circulation on 18 July]. The South Sudan pound notes feature a portrait of rebel leader John Garang on the front, while the backs contain images of the country's culture and wealth. Finance Minister David Deng Athorbei said plane-loads of the South Sudan pound would arrive in the capital, Juba, on 13 July and would be in circulation by 18 July. The new notes, printed by De La Rue, will be exchanged at par for the existing Sudanese pounds. The Bank of South Sudan will issue six denominations – 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 pound – and the notes are signed by Elijah Malok as “Governor” even though he has not been officially appointed to the position.

Meanwhile, Sudan has announced that it will issue new notes of its own. The Central Bank of Sudan issued a new series of pound-denominated notes just four years ago.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Mojmir Cerny, Thomas Krause, David Bonczak, Aidan Work, Murtaza Karimjee, and Thomas Augustsson.

Dominican Republic preparing new notes denominated in pesos Dominicanos

According to a post on the MRI Guide web site dated 15 July 2011, “The Constitution of January 26, 2010 mandated the change of the name of the monetary unit from "peso oro" to "peso Dominicano". To comply with this change the Banco Central de la República Dominicana is preparing a new family of notes. It has been proposed that the national flower, the Rose of Bayahibe and the national tree, The Mahogany should be pictured in the new notes.”

Iran asking citizens to vote on new name for its currency

According to an article in the Washington Post dated 16 July 2011, the Central Bank of Iran is taking a poll to gauge the public's preferences for new names for the country’s currency, including the current rial, as well as historic names such as toman, parsi, and derik. The bank is also asking how many zeros should be removed from the currency if and when the government approves redenomination, a proposal that has been bandied about for years.

Bank Indonesia Deputy Governor Rochadi dies in New York


On 10 July 2011, Bank Indonesia Deputy Governor Budi Rochadi died at age 60 of unspecified causes in New York, where he was attending a conference on banknotes. Rochadi had served as deputy governor in charge of settlement systems since January 2007. Rochadi’s signature appears on the 2,000-rupiah notes dated 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Indonesia new sig/date (2010) 2,000-rupiah note confirmed



2,000 rupiah (US$0.25), 2010. Like the same denomination introduced 09.07.2009, but with new date (2010 on front instead of 2009) and new signautres (Darmin Nasution and S. Budi Rochadi). This note has also been confirmed with the same new signatures and dated 2011 on front. All three varieties bear the imprint “PERUM PERCETAKAN UANG RI IMP 2009” at lower right on back.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

The Challenge: Identify man in watermark on Mauritania's notes

Today’s challenge is to identify the following man whose face appears as the watermark on all of Mauritania’s notes since 1974.

If you can precisely identify the name of this man—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This man’s face appears as the watermark on all of Mauritania’s notes since 1974, and is shown here from an unissued specimen design of 1981:


While we are on the subject of Mauritania, if anyone has 500- or 1,000-ouguiya notes dated 28.11.1989, please send me scans of same or links to where they can be viewed online. All other date varieties have been confirmed for all denominations, with the exception of these two.

Falkland Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Falkland Islands

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

This 9-page catalog covers every note (69 types and varieties, including 13 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the British Governor in 1842, and the Government of the Falkland Islands from 1899 until present day. Revised 25 September 2012.

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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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French Antilles chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Antilles

The French Antilles chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 5-page catalog covers every note (28 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Institut d’Emission des Départements d’Outre-Mer from 1960 to 1962, and the Institut d’Emission des Départements d’Outre-Mer République Francaise from 1962 to 1967.

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  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Iraq new date (2010) 5,000-dinar note confirmed


5,000 dinars (US$4.25), ٢٠١٠ - ١٤٣١ (2010/AH1431). Like P94b, but new date.

Courtesy of Haider Saffar.

Katanga chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Katanga

The Katanga chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 5-page catalog covers every note (43 types and varieties, including 4 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Gouvernment Katanga (Katanga Government) in 1961, and the Banque Nationale du Katanga (National Bank of Katanga) from 1960 to 1962.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Russia to issue modified 500- and 5,000-ruble notes in 2012


The Moscow News has run the above photo of Gennady Luntovsky, deputy chairman of Bank of Russia, holding a modified 5,000-ruble (US$177) note which has enhanced anti-counterfeiting features. According to this Russian-language post, the new 5,000-ruble notes are scheduled for introduction in 2012, along with upgraded 500-ruble notes.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Top 10 world's most beautiful banknotes

China.org.cn has an interesting article on the “Top 10 world's most beautiful banknotes.”

South Africa Reserve Bank's printing presses sit idle since February 2011

According to an article in Times Live dated 9 July 2011, the South African Reserve Bank has outsourced printing of the 100-rand note to Sweden following the discovery of missing security features on notes previously printed by the SA Bank Note Company. Other problems with other denominations have left the SABN presses sitting idle since February. The article also mentions SABN’s printing of notes for Zambia and Namibia.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Cayman Islands new 1- and 50-dollar notes enter circulation

According to a CaymanNewService article dated 7 July 2011, the 1- and 50-dollar notes in the new D series are now entering circulation. The entire D series was introduced on 4 April 2011, but only the 5- and 25-dollar notes were actually released to the public at that time. No date has yet been set for the issuance of the remaining 10- and 100-dollar denominations.

Cambodia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Cambodia

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

This 23-page catalog covers every note (228 types and varieties, including 23 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Nationale du Cambodge (National Bank of Cambodia) from 1955 to 1975, the Ministere du Tourisme du Cambodge (Cambodia Ministry of Tourism) in the 1960s, the National Bank of Kampuchea in 1975, the People’s Bank of Kampuchea from 1979 to 1992, the Khmer Rouge in 1993, and the National Bank of Cambodia from 1992 until present day. Revised 7 December 2012.

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Equatorial Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Equatorial Guinea

The Equatorial Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 8-page catalog covers every note (23 types and varieties, including 1 note unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banco Central (Central Bank) in 1969, the Banco Popular (People’s Bank) in 1975, the Banco de Guinea Ecuatorial (Bank of Equatorial Guinea) from 1979 to 1980, and the Banque des États de L’Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) from 1985 to 1986.

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Lesotho chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Lesotho

The Lesotho chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 9-page catalog covers every note (81 types and varieties, including 12 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Lesotho Monetary Authority in 1979, and the Central Bank of Lesotho from 1981 until present day.

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Mali chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Mali chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 6-page catalog covers every note (44 types and varieties, including 10 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque de la République du Mali (Bank of the Republic of Mali) from 1960 to 1967, and the Banque Centrale du Mali (Central Bank of Mali) from 1970 to 1983.

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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Kazakhstan new 10,000-tenge commemorative note confirmed

In the second quarter of 2010, the board of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan adopted at its meetings 34 resolutions, including one “On emission of an anniversary banknote of KZT 10,000 (ten thousand) denomination devoted to the 20th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”


NBK B38 (PNL): 10,000 tengé (US$69)
Violet and blue. Front (vertical): National emblem; birds; Kazakh Eli monument in Astana; flag. Back: 20th anniversary logo; outline of Kazakhstan; Akorda Palace (the presidential residence in Astana); birds. Copper stripe. Solid security thread. Optiks security thread. Solid security thread. Watermark: Eagle with spread wings. Printer: (TDLR and BFoNBK). 149 x 79 mm. 2011. Signature 5. Intro: 04.07.2011.

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Courtesy of Ted Sofos, Vadim Tislenko, and Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Palestine chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Palestine cover

The Palestine chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (40 types and varieties, including 18 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Palestine Currency Board from 1927 to 1945.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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United States new date (2009) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$50), 2009. Like P527, but new date and signatures (Rosa Gumataotao Rios and Timothy Geithner).

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

The Challenge: Identify flora on Lesotho's banknotes

Today’s challenge is to identify the following plants and flowers from Lesotho’s banknotes.

If you can precisely identify the proper name of any of the following—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This plant appears as the registration device on Lesotho’s 20-loti note dated 1990 (P12):

IDENTIFIED: Agave plant and flowers.

This left and flowers appear as the registration device on Lesotho’s 100-loti note dated 2001 (P19):

IDENTIFIED: Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) leaf and flowers.

This plant appears as the registration device on Lesotho’s 200-loti note dated 1994 (P20):


These flowers appear on the back of Lesotho’s 10-loti note dated 2010 (PNL):

IDENTIFIED: Cosmos flowers.

United States BEP banknote production falls to modern low in 2010

There’s an interesting article in The New York Times dated 6 July 2011 entitled, “As Plastic Reigns, the Treasury Slows Its Printing Presses,” which discusses the reduced output of banknotes at the BEP in response to the shift to using credit cards for payments, though the death of cash likely remains a long way off.

Courtesy Mark St. Pierre.

Hungary new sig/date (2011) 500-forint note confirmed


500 forint (US$2.75), 2011. Like P188, but with Omron rings, new signatures, and new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

The Challenge: Identify person on Chile's banknotes

Today I’m inaugurating a new feature on BanknoteNews.com: The Challenge.

Anyone who has downloaded chapters of The Banknote Book catalog knows that I take pains to precisely identify all the people, places, and objects depicted on banknotes. However, sometimes precise identifications remain elusive despite all the efforts of myself and various contributors. This frustrates me both as an author and a collector because it’s my belief that if a country has chosen to feature something on one of its notes, it must have some particular historical or cultural significance and it deserves better than a generic description.

So I’m turning to the power of crowdsourcing with The Challenge, an open call for help in identifying certain design elements which have heretofore defied identification.

If you can precisely identify the proper name and location of any of the following—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

Today’s second challenge is to identify the following person from the front of Chile’s 1-peso note dated 1898 (P15 show below, but the same also appears on P1 and P11):

The SCWPM identifies this portrait as “Prat” (presumably naval officer Agustín Arturo Prat Chacón), but this identification is called into question in this document written by collector Raúl Donoso Rosso.

IDENTIFIED: Chilean president, Federico Errázuriz Zañartu.

Courtesy of Art Matz (LANSA) and Raúl Donoso Rosso.

Belarus new 1,000-, 10,000- and 20,000-ruble varieties confirmed






On 15 March 2011, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus introduced new 500-ruble (US$0.15) banknotes, as well as 1,000-, 10,000-, and 20,000-ruble notes dated 2000. The modified notes have the same images, sizes, and colors as preceding issues also dated 2000, but feature a new 2-mm wide windowed security thread.

Additional information and images are requested of the 500-ruble notes so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Vitali Khaletski, Elena Zoubarik, and Ivan Bogdanov (http://bonistics.org).

Swaziland new 10-, 20-, and 50-emalangeni notes confirmed


10 emalangeni (US$1.45)
Blue. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion and elephant flanking shield topped with crown of feathers (lidlabe); shield (isihlangu), spears (sikhali), and staff (umgobo). Back: Nine princesses taking part in the Ncwala (kingship ceremony); bank seal. Windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 10. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 148 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 9b. Intro: 30.06.2011.


20 emalangeni (US$2.90)
Purple. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion and elephant flanking shield topped with crown of feathers (lidlabe); shield (isihlangu), spears (sikhali), and staff (umgobo). Back: Flower, corn, and pineapple; steer; refinery; bank seal. Windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 20. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 151 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 9b. Intro: 30.06.2011.


50 emalangeni (US$7.25)
Violet. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion and elephant flanking shield topped with crown of feathers (lidlabe); green-to-blue OVI shield (isihlangu), spears (sikhali), and staff (umgobo). Back: Central Bank of Swaziland headquarters Umntsholi building in Mbabane; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 50. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 154 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 9b. Intro: 30.06.2011.

Courtesy of Andre du Toit, Joseph Gerber, and Thomas Krause.

The Challenge: Identify buildings and dams on Mali's banknotes

Today I’m inaugurating a new feature on BanknoteNews.com: The Challenge.

Anyone who has downloaded chapters of The Banknote Book catalog knows that I take pains to precisely identify all the people, places, and objects depicted on banknotes. However, sometimes precise identifications remain elusive despite all the efforts of myself and various contributors. This frustrates me both as an author and a collector because it’s my belief that if a country has chosen to feature something on one of its notes, it must have some particular historical or cultural significance and it deserves better than a generic description.

So I’m turning to the power of crowdsourcing with The Challenge, an open call for help in identifying certain design elements which have heretofore defied identification.

If you can precisely identify the proper name and location of any of the following—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

Today’s challenge is to identify the following items from Mali’s banknotes.

The building on the back of Mali’s 5,000-franc note dated 1960 (P5 shown below, but it also appears on P10):

IDENTIFIED: Le Marché Rose (pink market) building in Bamako.

The dam on the front of Mail’s 50-franc note dated 1960 (P6):

IDENTIFIED: Markala dam on the Niger River.

The dam on the front of Mail’s 1,000-franc note of 1970 (P13):

IDENTIFIED: Sotuba dam hydropower plant on the Niger River.

Philippines new 100-peso commemorative confirmed


100 pesos (US$2.30), 2011.
Purple and blue. Front: Black UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES COLLEGE OF LAW 1911-2011 overprint; Manuel Acuña Roxas; bank seal; Roxas lowering United States flag and raising Philippines flag on 4 July 1946 in Manila’s Independence Grandstand. Back: Old Central Bank of the Philippines building; new Central Bank of the Philippines headquarters building in Manila. Windowed security thread with demetalized 100 and solid security thread. Watermark: Manuel Roxas. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Canada new date (2011) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$52.10), 2011. Like P104 (“ISSUE OF 2004”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2011 at lower center on back and new signatures (Maclem and M.J. Carney).

Courtesy of David Ryder.

Swaziland announces release of remaining denominations of new series

According to a press release dated 30 June 2011, the Central Bank of Swaziland announced the release into circulation the remaining denominations (10, 20, 50, and 200 emalangeni) of its new series of banknotes. This comes after the official introduction of the 100-lilangeni note on 1 November 2010, and the premature release of a small batch of the 200-lilangeni notes at one bank branch. The other denominations were originally scheduled for a staggered introduction schedule over the course of 2011 and 2012. The press release seems to contradict the notion that all denominations will be available immediately when it quotes Governor Martin G. Dlamini thusly, “We are more likely to see the new E10 dominating in the public domain. Other denominations will also be released in due course, depending on market demand.”

Courtesy of Tod Hunt.

Colombia new sig/date (21.08.2009) 5,000-peso note confirmed


5,000 pesos (US$2.85), 21 DE AGOSTO DE 2009. Like P452, but new date and signatures, and Braille ⠼⠑ (5) at left front near frog.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Israel new sig/date (2010) 200-new sheqalim confirmed


200 new sheqalim (US$59.15), 2010. Like P62, but new date and new signature. Intro: June 2011.

In accordance with Section 42(a) of the Bank of Israel Law, new banknotes printed henceforth shall bear the facsimile signature only of the Governor (hitherto banknotes carried the facsimile signatures of the Governor and of the Chairman of the Advisory Council, which no longer exists under the new Law).

Courtesy of Andrew Quirke.

Muscat and Oman chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Muscat and Oman cover

The Muscat and Oman chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (18 types and varieties) issued by the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman in 1970.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Oman chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Oman cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 12-page catalog covers every note (78 types and varieties, including 10 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Oman Currency Board in 1972, and the Central Bank of Oman from 1976 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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 chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 13-page catalog covers every note (85 types and varieties, including 14 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Tanzania from 1966 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Trans-Dniester chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Trans-Dniester

The Trans-Dniester 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 every note (68 types and varieties, including 14 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the ПРИДНЕСТРОВСКИЙ БАНК (Trans-Dniester Bank) from 1994 to 1998, and the ПРИДНЕСТРОВСКИЙ РЕСПУБЛИКАНСКИЙ БАНК (Trans-Dniester Republican Bank) from 2000 until present day. Revised 23 September 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Turkmenistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 11-page catalog covers every note (38 types and varieties, including 5 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Türkmenistanyñ Merkezi Döwlet Banky (Central State Bank of Turkmenistan) from 1993 to 1995, and the Türkmenistanyñ Merkezi Banky (Central Bank of Turkmenistan) from 1995 until present day. Revised 12 October 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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New Zealand planning new note series for 2014

According to a Stuff.co article dated 30 June 2011, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is planning a press conference in the coming weeks to discuss a review of the nation's banknotes. No decision had been made on whether the current series of notes would be redesigned, but that is an option. The new notes will definitely include new security features to prevent counterfeiting, and are scheduled to be introduced in late 2014.

Hungary new date (2011) 1,000-forint note confirmed


1,000 forint (US$5.35), 2011. Like Pick 195, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings. This note has also been confirmed dated 2009 and 2010 with the same signatures.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

United Arab Emirates collector's article

I recommend reading this interesting article, UAE currency: a history lesson in your wallet, in the 27 June 2011 edition of The National.

Kazakhstan new 1,000-tengé commemorative and specimen confirmed




1,000 tengé (US$6.90), 2011. Ten million banknotes were introduced on 25 May 2011 to commemoratie the Republic of Kazakhstan's chairmanship in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

Obverse: The images are vertical. The main image in the middle of the banknote: the dome of the mausoleum of Hodja Akhmed Yassavi. On the left is the official logo of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. The face value is placed in the lower part of the banknote. The upper part shows the state symbols of the Republic of Kazakhstan: National Emblem and National Flag. The name of the issuing bank, in Kazakh, is placed vertically in the top left, above the name there is an inscription in the Kazakh language stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law.

Reverse: The images are horizontal. The main image is the mausoleum of Hodja Akhmed Yassavi. . The face value is placed in the bottom left, in the middle and the right part. The name of the issuing bank, in the Kazakh language is in the middle of the upper half of the note. At the bottom in the middle of the banknotes, there is an inscription in Russian stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Ömer Yalcinkaya.

China new serial number format 1-yüan note confirmed



1 yüan (US$0.15), 1999. Like P895, but prefix format now A#A# in red followed by 6-digit number (top), versus old format of AA## in red and 6-digit number in black (bottom).

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Iraq planning to delete zeros from dinar

According to an article in Alsumaria, on 23 June 2011 the Central Bank of Iraq announced it is planning to delete zeros from the Iraqi dinar, and add Kurdish to the Arabic text on the notes.

Said the adviser of Iraqi Central Bank governor Mothahhar Mohammed Saleh, “The project of deleting zeroes is complete. It will be submitted to the central bank’s administration in the next session. Then, it will be passed to the ministerial council before presenting it to the Parliament for vote. The mechanisms of changing the currency will be gradual. It will be preceded by awareness campaigns for citizens. The new currency will be printed after deleting the zeros and will include the Kurdish language in addition to the Arabic language. It will bear as well photos of Iraq’s civilizations and patrimony in addition to symbols of Iraqi intellectuals and figures.”

There have been similar reports of revaluing the dinar since 2007, but to date none have come to fruition.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Zambia contemplating changes to currency

According to an article in the Times of Africa dated 21 June 2011, the Bank of Zambia is contemplating replacing the paper 500- and polymer 1,000-kwacha notes with coins, and issuing notes larger than the current highest denomination of 50,000 kwacha. The bank is also considering using polymer for a higher denomination than the 1,000-kwacha note. Nothing is official yet, but the new measures could take effect in 2012.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Honduras new sig/date (17.04.2008) 10-lempira note confirmed


10 lempiras (US$0.50), 17 DE ABRIL DE 2008.
Like P92, but new date, new signatures, and new imprint (DE LA RUE).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Antonio Sansur.

French Afars and Issas chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Afars and Issas

The French Afars and Issas chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (6 types and varieties) issued by the Trésor Public Territorie Français des Afars et des Issas (Public Treasury of the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas) from 1969 to 1975.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Kenya chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Kenya

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

At the time of initial publication, this 15-page catalog covers every note (218 types and varieties, including 31 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Kenya from 1966 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Kuwait chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Kuwait

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

At the time of initial publication, this 12-page catalog covers every note (97 types and varieties, including 9 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Kuwait Currency Board in 1961, and the Central Bank of Kuwait from 1970 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Solomon Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Solomon Islands cover

The Solomon Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 9-page catalog covers every note (53 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Solomon Islands Monetary Authority from 1977 to 1981, and the Central Bank of Solomon Islands from 1984 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Bahamas new 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$20), 2009.
This note is like the preceding issues (P74), but the map of the islands at center front has been altered, the $20 at lower left front is no longer two-tone, and there is a new printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient instead of FCOF) at lower right back.

Courtesy of Monetary Research Institute.

Tajikistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Tajikistan cover

The Tajikistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (49 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the National Bank of the Republic of Tajikistan in 1994, and the National Bank of Tajikistan from 1999 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Costa Rica new 1,000- and 2,000-colon notes confirmed


1,000-colon (US$2.00), 2 de setiembre de 2009.
Red. Front: Braulio Carrillo Colina; coat of arms. Back: Dry forest landscape in Guanacaste; pitahaya cactus flowers; tree; white-tailed deer; scorpions. Simulated security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 125 x 67 mm. Polymer.


2,000-colon (US$3.95), 2 de setiembre de 2009.
Blue. Front: Books; Mauro Fernández Acuña; Colegio Superior de Señoritas building in San Jose; map. Back: Fish; coral reef; star fish; bull shark; turtles. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Mauro Fernández Acuña. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 132 x 67 mm.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Jose Alvarado.

Malawi new sig/date (31.01.2011) 500-kwacha note confirmed


500 kwacha (US$3.30), 31ST JANUARY 2011. Like P56, but new date and signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Canada unveils new polymer banknote series



Canada's new polymer bank note series was unveiled on 20 June 2011. The themes for the entire series, as well as designs, images, and security features of the first denominations to be issued—the $100 and $50 notes—were unveiled by James M. Flaherty, Minister of Finance; William J. S. Elliott, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and Mark J. Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada in a ceremony at the Bank of Canada.

The $100 note is to be issued in November 2011. The $50 note is to be issued in March 2012. The remaining $5, $10, and $20 notes are to be issued by late 2013.





Download the Bank of Canada Review Supplement dated 20 June 2011, Paying with Polymer: Developing Canada’s New Bank Notes.

Watch the unveiling ceremony on the bank’s website.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda and Thomas Krause.

Romania new date (2011) 1-leu note confirmed


1 leu (US$0.35), (20)11. Like P117, but new date.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Daniel Mendea.

IBNS Book of the Year: Standard Catalogue of the Provincial Banknotes of England and Wales


The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) has awarded its 2011 Book of the Year, for a book published in 2010, to The Standard Catalogue of the Provincial Banknotes of England & Wales by Roger Outing. The announcement was made at the Annual General Meeting of the IBNS in Memphis, Tennessee, USA in early June.

Already considered an essential guide for collectors of English and Welsh paper money, Roger Outing’s book covers a wide range of bank note and banking information. While the book carries on the pioneering work of Geoffrey Grant’s The Standard Catalogue of Provincial Banks and Banknotes, there is much more to Mr. Outing’s work. The main section of the new work is an alphabetical listing of issuing banks by town, which also incorporates the multi-branch joint stock banks. This is followed by a full listing of the London private and joint-stock banks; most of which never issued banknotes, but the comprehensive coverage is a boon for bank historians, as well as collectors of cheques and other financial ephemera. A further section lists all non-bank issuers by town of origin – mostly collieries, ironworks and the like, which issued notes in the early years of the nineteenth century. The final section covers Skit Notes, an area not previously researched in detail. Skit Notes were often prepared for advertising, entertainment or political purposes, and quite often were designed to look similar to genuine notes. While only items issued prior to 1900 are included, there are still details of some 63 ‘issues’.

The Standard Catalogue of the Provincial Banknotes of England & Wales is an impressive work – not only is the information of great value, it is very well presented. A large format, hard-back publication of 520 pages, with over 850 colour illustrations, the book has been prepared to a high standard by its publishers – Token Publishing of the United Kingdom. This catalogue and price guide is a wonderful example of the investment of time and effort into the research of paper money and the IBNS congratulates Roger Outing on a valuable achievement and contribution to the world of paper money.

Rhodesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Rhodesia cover

The Rhodesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 6-page catalog covers every note (91 types and varieties, including 4 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Reserve Bank of Rhodesia from 1964 to 1979.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Saudi Arabia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Saudi Arabia

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

At the time of initial publication, this 11-page catalog covers every note (79 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency from 1953 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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Uganda chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 20-page catalog covers every note (163 types and varieties, including 36 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Uganda from 1966 until present day. Revised 7 December 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Central African Empire chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Central African Empire

The Central African Empire chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (5 types and varieties, including 1 note unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of the Central Africa States) from 1978 to 1979.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Central African Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Central African Republic

The Central African Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 6-page catalog covers every note (33 types and varieties, including 4 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of the Central Africa States) from 1974 to 1976, and 1980 to 1991.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Brunei chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 13-page catalog covers every note (128 types and varieties, including 22 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Brunei Currency Board from 1969 to 1996, the Brunei Currency & Monetary Board from 2004 to 2008, and the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam) from 2011 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Bhutan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 12-page catalog covers every note (80 types and varieties, including 40 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Royal Government of Bhutan from 1974 to 1978, and the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan from 1985 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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Dominican Republic revised 100-, 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-peso oro notes confirmed



All of these notes are like the preceding issues of the same denominations, but are dated 2010, signed by Héctor Valdez Albizu and Vicente Bengoa, have printer imprint of OBERTHUR technologies, and feature a new screen trap background pattern.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Brunei new date (1992) 1-dollar note confirmed


1 dollar (US$0.80), 1992. Like P13, but new date.

Courtesy of Don Cleveland.

Somaliland burns Somali shillings as part of currency switch

There’s an interesting article on Somalilandpress dated 28 May 2011 which discusses Somaliland’s efforts to replace Somali banknotes in its region.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Malawi new 1,000-kwacha banknote reported

According to an article on Nyasa Times dated 13 June 2011, the Reserve Bank of Malawi will soon introduce a 1,000-kwacha (US$6.60) note, twice as large as the current highest denomination, the 500-kwacha (P56). The new notes are supposedly being printed by De La Rue.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Book review: Moneymakers


Moneymakers: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Notorious Counterfeiters by Ben Rarnoff (Order from Amazon.com)

This 396-page hardcover was a bit of a disappointment for me, perhaps because I am very interested in the subject of counterfeiting from a technical perspective and this book focuses more on the forgers themselves and the economic state of America during the times in which three “most successful counterfeiters” operated, starting in Colonial times, then the early 1800s, and finally during the Civil War. Also, I found the attempts to draw parallels to the recent Wall Street scandals a bit of stretch, as was the author’s portrayal of these criminals as Robin Hood figures merely helping out the ordinary citizens by producing money the banks couldn’t or wouldn’t supply in sufficient quantities to meet popular demand.

Check out other book reviews and news on the Books page of this site.

6th edition of Standard Catalogue of World Plastic Money now available


Anyone interested in the increasingly popular field of polymer banknote collecting should definitely purchase a copy of the Specialized Catalogue of World Plastic Money, written and compiled by Peter Bauer and Thomas Krause, the expert behind the Polymernotes of the World web site and a frequent contributor to BanknoteNews.com. The 6th edition was published in April 2011 and costs only 20 euros plus S&H for the disc which contains an installer for the PDF-based 406-page catalog.

Banco de España publishes Billetaria journal

Since 2007, Banco de España has been publishing Billetaria, a half-yearly publication created and co-ordinated by the Cash and Issue Department in collaboration with its counterparts from the Banco de México and the Banco Central de la República Argentina.

It is aimed at cash management professionals from central banks all around the world, offering opinion-based and technical articles written by experts from central banks or bank note printers.

It comes out in April and October and is circulated in 85 countries. Every two years, moreover, an extra edition is published focusing in depth on an individual topic.

The latest issue focuses on a new breed of substrates and makes for fascinating reading if you’re interested in technological advances as they apply to banknote security and longveity. Click here to download PDF copies of Billetaria.

Uganda 50,000-shilling note wins IBNS Banknote of 2010


The International Bank Note Society’s (IBNS) ‘Banknote of 2010’ is Uganda’s 50,000-shilling note. This year, for the first time, the award was decided by a popular vote by members of the IBNS, rather than by a committee, and the award shows a strong appreciation of the 50,000-shilling note among a large community of banknote enthusiasts. From thirteen nominations, voting indicated a strong preference for the Ugandan note from the time voting was made available to members on the IBNS web site (www.theIBNS.org) in mid February.

The highest denomination in a series of six notes introduced in May 2010, the 50,000-shilling note has strong design elements consistent with the series. These elements include the watermark of the head of a crested crane, an outline of a map of Uganda (highlighting the equator), the profile of man wearing Karimojong head dress, patterns based on indigenous basket work and, at the far right on the back, the Independence Monument. Erected to celebrate Ugandan independence in October 1962, the statue is of a woman wrapped in bonds lifting a child above her head, celebrating the birth of the nation.

On the front of the award-winning note the ‘Stride Monument’ is at the left, the Bwindi tropical rain forest is illustrated at the centre left, a foil strip with the denomination and images of shields at centre right and an area for the watermark at the far right. The Stride Monument was erected to celebrate the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Kampala in 2007. Depicting a husband, wife and son stepping forward, the monument symbolizes the countries of the Commonwealth progressing as a family.

The back of the note is dominated by illustrations of silver back mountain gorillas and undoubtedly these amazing animals attract people to the notes and their depiction is one of the reasons the 50,000-shilling note was so popular amongst the IBNS members voting for the award. Apart from the gorillas, there is much which is attractive about the note, such as the good use of colour – particularly the brown, which might have made the note appear dull if used inappropriately, and the golden highlights which capture attention. Strong images, well depicted, add to the quality design of the note and good use of security features for a high-denomination note enhances the overall effect.

Printed by British security printers De La Rue, the note was designed in co-operation with the Bank of Uganda. This successful collaboration has seen an impressive series of banknotes introduced to Uganda and it has produced the award-winning note in the competition for the IBNS Banknote of 2010. The IBNS congratulates the Bank of Uganda and De La Rue for its achievement.

India new 100-rupee variety reported

According to a press release dated 10 June 2011, the Reserve Bank of India will “shortly” issue a 100-rupee (US$2.25) note with L inset letter, 2011 date, and Subbarao’s signature.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

India new 10-rupee variety reported

According to a press release dated 10 June 2011, the Reserve Bank of India will “shortly” issue a 10-rupee (US$0.20) note with B inset letter and Subbarao’s signature.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Canada new date (2010) 5-dollar note confirmed


5 dollars (US$4.75), 2010. Like P101A (“ISSUE OF 2006”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2010 at lower center on back and new signatures (W.P. Jenkins and M.J. Carney).

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Belize chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Belize cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 13-page catalog covers every note (97 types and varieties, including 4 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Belize from 1974 to 1976, the Monetary Authority of Belize in 1980, and the Central Bank of Belize from 1983 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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
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Bohemia and Moravia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Bohemia and Moravia cover

The Bohemia and Moravia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (65 types and varieties, including 21 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren (Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia) from 1940 to 1944, and the Nationalbank Für Böhmen und Mähren in Prag (National Bank for Bohemia and Moravia in Prague) from 1942 to 1944.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Liechtenstein chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Liechtenstein

The Liechtenstein chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

At the time of initial publication, this 2-page catalog covers every note (3 types and varieties) issued by the Fürstentum Liechtenstein (Principality of Liechtenstein) in 1920.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
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  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Malawi chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Malawi

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

At the time of initial publication, this 15-page catalog covers every note (158 types and varieties, including 27 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Reserve Bank of Malaŵi from 1964 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Namibia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Namibia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (35 types and varieties, including 3 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Namibia Reserve Bank in 1990, and the Bank of Namibia from 1993 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Swaziland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 13-page catalog covers every note (120 types and varieties, including 13 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Monetary Authority of Swaziland from 1974 to 1978, and the Central Bank of Swaziland from 1981 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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Iceland contemplating 10,000-króna banknote

According to an IceNews article dated 8 June 2011, Mar Gudmundsson, governor of Sedlabanki Islands (Central Bank of Iceland), believes the country needs a 10,000-króna (US$88) banknote following decades of inflation. Currently the 5,000-króna note (P58) is the largest denomination.

Members sought for new South African banknote collectors' society

I have recently been contacted by Andre du Toit, who is trying to form a new society of collectors of South African banknotes. Please read the following and write directly to Andre if you are intersted in joining.—OWL

Dear fellow banknote collectors,

For those who don’t know me please let me introduce myself.

My name is Andre du Toit. I live in South Africa very close to the Oliver Tambo (Johannesburg) airport.

I was a member of the South African Banknote Society (now defunct) where I also served as the Secretary.

I am also the Regional Director of the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) for Region 5, which includes other African countries.

The reason for this writing is to start a new Banknote Society which will be called THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN BANKNOTE SOCIETY. The exact demographics will be determined by the members at a later stage.

There is currently no official collectors forum for banknotes in South Africa that I am aware of.

My idea is to run this society as the IBNS does: totally electronically. All communications, voting, etc. will be done via the Internet.

For those of you who are not familiar with the IBNS, please visit www.theIBNS.org and see what it is all about.

At this stage, membership will be free, but we may have to charge a small fee at a later stage to cover the website. I am currently negotiating with the IBNS to make use of a website similar to theirs.

Furthermore I will try to get sponsors to finance the website.

All I need from you at this stage is to let me know whether you would like to become a member of the new Society. Thereafter I will send you application forms.

The current interest is 76 people.

If I have failed to contact anyone that you know that may be interested in joining please, forward this letter to them as well.

The main objectives of this Society will be:

  • To foster and maintain the art of banknote collecting;
  • To assist and keep each other informed about new issues and older ones;
  • To get a swop or want list going;
  • To become a chapter in the IBNS and participate in their programmes

This list will be much longer than above as we go along.

This Society will be properly constitutionalised with a management team which will be elected by the members.

Just to get the ball rolling I have appointed myself as the Secretary. This can be changed at a later stage when a committee is elected.

Please let me know about your decision at your earliest convenience.

Thank you

Andre du Toit

Brazil new signature 5-real note confirmed


5 reais (US$3.15), no date. Like P252, but new signatures (Guido Mantega and Alexandre Antonio Tombini). Intro: 2011.

Courtesy of Alexandre Costa.

Barbados new signature 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$5), 1 MAY 2007. Like P68, but new signature (DeLisle Worrell).

Courtesy of Monetary Research Institute.

Falkland Islands new sig/date (01.01.2011) 10- and 20-pound notes reported

According to a confidential report dated 19 August 2010, the Commissioners of Currency are preparing new 10- and 20-pound banknotes, to be printed by De La Rue with Cornerstone watermarks, dated 1 January 2011, prefix B, and signatures of K. Padgett, M. C. Eccles, and L. M. Lyse.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Jonathan Callaway.

Albania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Albania cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 20-page catalog covers every note (178 types and varieties, including 25 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banka Kombëtare e Shqipnis Banca Nazionale d’Albania (National Bank of Albania) from 1926 to 1940, the Banka e Shtetit Shqiptar (Albanian State Bank) from 1945 to 1992, and the Banka e Shqiperise (Bank of Albania) from 1992 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Rwanda and Burundi chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Rwanda and Burundi cover

The Rwanda and Burundi chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (31 types and varieties, including 1 note unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque d’Emission du Rwanda et du Burundi (Issuing Bank of Rwanda and Burundi) from 1960 to 1963.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Slovenia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 12-page catalog covers every note (119 types and varieties, including 3 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Republika Slovenija (Republic of Slovenia) from 1990 to 1992, and the Banka Slovenije (Bank of Slovenia) from 1992 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (46 types and varieties, including 2 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Baanka Somaliland (Bank of Somaliland) from 1994 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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United Arab Emirates chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

United Arab Emirates

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

At the time of initial publication, this 11-page catalog covers every note (70 types and varieties, including 11 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the United Arab Emirates Currency Board from 1973 to 1976, and the United Arab Emirates Central Bank from 1982 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Zaïre chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 15-page catalog covers every note (159 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque du Zaïre (Bank of Zaïre) from 1972 to 1996.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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LANSA web site has been revamped

The Latin American Paper Money Society was established in 1973 and is popularly known as LANSA. Current president Arthur C. Matz recently sent me this announcement which I am happy to share with visitors to BanknoteNews.com:

“Since 1973, LANSA has been dedicated to the enjoyment of collecting the paper money of Latin America. Please visit our new web site at www.latinamericanpapermoneysociety.org. You will see a totally new look. Thanks to our webmaster, Garry Saint, we now have a web site that will prove enjoyable and worthwhile to visit often. Click the Login link in the upper right corner of the home page, then click the Register link to create a free account which will grant you access to the entire site and all the features offered. There are no membership dues or fees of any kind. Just log in and enjoy!”

Philippines new sig/date (2011) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$0.45), 2011. Like P182, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Ukraine new sig/date (2011) 50-kryvnia note confirmed


50 гривень (hryven), 2011. Like P121, but new date and new signature (Serhii Arbuzov). Intro: 1 June 2011.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Mykhaylo Kharytonov.

Nigeria new sig/date (2011) 100-naira note confirmed


100 naira (US$0.65), 2011. Like P28, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Congo Democratic Republic new 200-franc note confirmed


200 francs (US$0.45), 31.07.2007. Like Pick 95, but instead of the bank initials embossed on the silvery round patch at lower center on the front, the initials are printed; and the note is lithographed front and back. Furthermore, new date and new printer imprint (GIESECKE & DEVRIENT MUNICH). Imprint is in lower right corner on the back, below the denomination. It’s hard to read without a magnifying glass. Available in varieites with 1- or 2-character prefixes.

All of the other 2007 dated denominations I’ve seen have 2-letter prefixes. If anyone has 1-letter varieties of these notes, please send scans so they can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

United States new date (2006 A) 100-dollar note confirmed


100 dollars, 2006 A. Like P528, but new date (2006 A).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

United States new date (2009) 1-, 10-, and 20-dollar notes confirmed


All three above denominations are like preceding issues (P523, P525, and P526, respectively), but with new date (2009) and new signatures of Rosa Gumataotao Rios and Timothy Geithner.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Dollar ReDe$ign Project


In the same spirit as the Make your Franklin art project I wrote about recently, take a look at the Dollar ReDe$ign Project where artists offer their own new designs for the banknotes of the United States.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Denmark new 1,000-krone note confirmed


Dansmark National Bank unveiled the design of the new 1,000 krone (US$189) note issued 24 May 2011.

Confirmed with A0 prefix and the following signature combination (Hugo Frey Jensen and Lars Gerrild Sørensen):


Confirmed with A2 prefix and the following signature combinations:


The Great Belt Bridge
The Great Belt Bridge, consisting of the Eastern and Western sections was opened in 1998. The Eastern section links the island of Sprogø to Zealand and is 6,790 metres long. The Great Belt's Eastern Channel, spanned by the suspension bridge, has the status of international waters. The maximum vertical clearance is 65 metres. At 254 metres, the pylons are two of the highest points in Denmark.

The Sun Chariot
The Sun Chariot was found in September 1902 when Trundholm Bog in north-western Zealand was ploughed for the first time. It was made in the early Bronze Age in approximately 1400 BC. The elegant spiral ornamentation adorning the golden sun disc reveals its Nordic origins. The Sun Chariot demonstrates the belief that the sun was drawn on its eternal journey by a divine horse. However, the chariot is not intrinsic to this belief. Both the sun disc and horse are mounted on wheels to show the movement of the sun.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Jan Stuller, Sami Kiuru, Jens Luettschwager, and Haris Numismatik.

Argentina new 100-peso variety confirmed


100 pesos, no date. Like P357, but with both serial numbers printed horizontally in black, and without novel numbering (increasing in size). Series S. Signatures: Mercedes Marcó del Pont and Julio Cobos. Read the press release (in Spanish). Intro: December 2010.

Courtesy of William N. Keijzers.

Gambia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Gambia

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (109 types and varieties, including 20 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the The Gambia Currency Board in 1964 and the Central Bank of The Gambia from 1971 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Georgia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Georgia

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

At the time of initial publication, this 16-page catalog covers every note (92 types and varieties, including 11 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Republic of Georgia from 1919 to 1921, and the National Bank of Georgia from 1993 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Guinea-Bissau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Guinea-Bissau

The Guinea-Bissau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 6-page catalog covers every note (27 types and varieties, including 7 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the National Bank of Guinea-Bissau from 1975 to 1984, and the Central Bank of Guinea-Bissau from 1990 to 1993.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Kyrgyzstan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyzstan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 9-page catalog covers every note (47 types and varieties, including 11 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Kyrgyz Republic in 1993 and the Kyrgyzstan Bank from 1993 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
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Maldives

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This 8-page catalog covers every note (60 types and varieties, including 13 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the The Government of the Maldives from 1947 to 1980, and the Maldives Monetary Authority from 1983 to present day. Revised 23 September 2012.

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Myanmar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 5-page catalog covers every note (26 types and varieties, including 7 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Myanmar from 1990 to present day.

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Georgia 500-lari note information sought



While working on the Georgian chapter of The Banknote Book catalog, the authenticity of the above pictured 500-lari note dated 1995 came into question. The SCWPM lists this as Pick 60, without image, and indicates the note was unissued. The National Bank of Georgia makes no mention of this note on its site, although this denomination is listed in the annual report of 1998, which shows zero such notes in circulation, so it appears the denomination was anticipated but unissued for some reason. I’ve also been told that the note may have been issued for intrabank transactions only.

Does anyone have any information about this note, or better yet, actually own this note? If so, please click the Contact button at left or post a comment.

UPDATE: The National Bank of Georgia has confirmed that the 500-lari banknote was never in circulation nor sold for numismatics and that it is used only for souvenir purposes.

Palestine and Israel currency issues

There’s an interesting article on Hudson New York dated 25 May 2011 discussing the implications of Palestine attempting to declare independence from Israel and issue its own currency.

Indonesia passes bill to add finance minister's signature to banknotes

According to an article in The Jakarta Post dated 25 May 2011, the government and the House of Representatives agreed to pass a currency bill for final approval at the House plenary session on 31 May, despite the opposition of officials at Bank Indonesia. The bill would add the finance minister’s signature to banknotes beginning with the 69th anniversary of Independence Day on 17 August 2014.

Denmark new 500-krone note confirmed


500-krone (US$91.65), (20)10 and (20)11.
Blue and brown. Front: Urn holographic patch; Dronning Alexandrines Bro, bridge across Ulvsund, connecting Kalvehave on South Zealand with island of Møn. Back: 4th-centrury bronze pail from Keldby on island of Møn; map. Solid security thread and windowed Motion security thread. Watermark: Unknown and electrotype 500. Printer: Unknown. 155 x 72 mm. Intro: 15.02.2011.

Oddly enough, the (20)10 dated note has been confirmed with prefix A2, and the (20)11 dated notes have been confirmed with prefixes A0 and A1.

Confirmed with the following signature pairs:
Torben Nielsen, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services
Nils Bernstein, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services
Jens Thomesen, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services

Dronning Alexandrines Bro
The bridge Dronning Alexandrines Bro, also called the Møn Bridge, was opened in 1943. The bridge across Ulvsund connects Kalvehave on South Zealand with the island of Møn. Dronning Alexandrines Bro is 746 metres long and has a maximum vertical clearance of 26 metres.

The bronze pail
The bronze pail from Keldby on the island of Møn was unearthed by a plough near Trehøje in the period before 1826. It was probably made in the 4th or early 3rd century BC. Other pails closely resembling this pail have been found in the Thracian area of the Black Sea in Southern Ukraine. Judging by the clearly Greek inspired ornamentation and shape, the pail could have been made in Macedonia or the Greek Black Sea colonies.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Mark Pedersen, Jan Stuller, and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Chile new 1,000-peso polymer note confirmed

On 16 March 2011, the Central Bank of Chile unveiled the design of the new 1,000-peso note, of which a total of 34 million notes were issued on 11 May 2011, while the existing 140 million older notes of the same denomination currently in circulation will gradually be withdrawn. This note, the last denomination to be issued in the new series, is printed on polymer.


1,000 pesos (US$2.05)
Green. Front: Stylized sun in red-to-gold OVI; stylized corazón del copihue (heart of Chilean bellflower); Ignacio Carrera Pinto. Back: Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. Simulated solid security thread with demetalized 1000 PESOS. Watermark: None. Printer: (NPA). 120 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Monetary Research Institute.

Uruguay new 100-peso note signed by a woman confirmed


According to a Banco Central del Uruguay (BCU) press release dated 11 January 2011, Presidente Mario Bergara presented a new set of coins with designs based on native animals, and announced that a new series of notes began circulating. The notes are unique for Uruguay in that they are the first to carry the signature of a woman, Secretaria General Elizabeth Sonia Oria.

The only note depicted in the press release is the 100-pesos uruguayos (US$5) denomination, which is like P88, but dated 2011, series F, and printed by De La Rue instead of G&D, which printed the 2006 and 2008 dated notes from series D and E, respectively. However, MRI has reported that the following denominations will be issued when stocks of the current series are depleted:

20 pesos uruguayos Serie F 2011 Printed by De la Rue
50 pesos uruguayos Serie E 2011 Printed by De la Rue
500 pesos uruguayos Serie D 2009 Printed by Oberthur
1,000 pesos uruguayos Serie D 2011 Printed by Oberthur

Additional information and images are requested.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Venezuela new sig/date (03.09.2009) 100-bolívar note confirmed


100 bolívares (US$23), 3 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2009. Like P93, but new date and signatures.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Paraguay stolen 50,000-guaraní note confirmed


The Central Bank of Paraguay reported that six boxes containing 250,000 new 50,000-guaranies notes were stolen during shipment by sea between France (where they were printed by François-Charles Oberthur) and Uruguay. The notes carry a “C” serial number prefix, have “50 MIL” in the upper left-hand corner, feature an intaglio-printed star below the watermark area, and are dated 2005 between the signatures or Ramon Arréllaga, Gerente General and Monica Perez, Presidenta. They were intended to enter circulation in early December 2006, but in response to the theft the Central Bank has canceled the emission of the “C” series in this denomination. The total value of the theft exceeds US$2.3 million.

UPDATE:
Some of these notes entered circulation before the theft was made public and are beginning to surface in the collectors’ market at prices up to US$200. Krause assigned this note Pick 231, but the listing in the current SCWPM shows the wrong image and has the date incorrect as 2007. Furthermore, the SCWPM is also wrong indicating that P232 is dated 2008 (it’s really 2007), and that it was not released.

Courtesy of Central Bank of Paraguay.

Uruguay new sig/date (2011) D series 1,000-peso uruguayo note confirmed



1,000 pesos uruguayos (US$53), 2011. Like P91, but new date, serie D, new signatures, new printer imprint (OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES), and new screen trap background pattern (compare details at right of serial number from C and D series).

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Courtesy of Shibu Paul (www.ebanknoteshop.com).

United States 100-dollar note gets remade as part of Make your Franklin art project


The US BEP is having trouble producing the next generation of 100-dollar notes, but that hasn’t stopped artists around the world from creating their own interesting designs as part of the Make your Franklin art project. Most are pretty whimsical, but some designs are actually rather intriguing. Take a look and have fun finding your favorite.

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.

India to enhance security features of banknotes soon

According to a Financial Chronicle article dated 23 May 2011, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue new banknotes of all denominations with enhanced security features and the new currency symbol for the rupee. Although the date of intro of the notes hasn’t been revealed, newly designed coins with the new symbol are expected in July.

Malaysia to issue new banknotes in 2012

According to a press release dated 23 May 2011, “Bank Negara Malaysia is pleased to announce that a new series design of Malaysian banknotes and coins will be issued for circulation in early 2012, an exercise that is undertaken periodically every twelve years. The theme of the design of the new currency series will include features that are distinctively Malaysia. It will also have enhanced security elements in line with the latest advancements in technology for currency notes.

The new fourth series design of banknotes will be featured in the denomination of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20 and RM100. The current design of the RM50 banknote already in circulation since December 2007 to commemorate Malaysia’s 50th Anniversary of Independence will continue to remain in circulation. The new design coins are the third in the series for the denominations of 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen. This new series of banknotes and coins will co-circulate with the existing series until the latter are gradually withdrawn from circulation.

In preparation for the issuance of the new currency series, Bank Negara Malaysia will be working closely with financial institutions, businesses and cash handling vendors to ensure a smooth transition to the new series. Vendors of cash handling machines will be given six months to calibrate their machines to ensure public convenience for the use of the new currency.

As part of the effort to increase public awareness on the new currency series, Bank Negara Malaysia will issue the commemorative coins for the third series and unveil the new fourth series banknotes design in the third quarter of 2011.“

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.

Haiti new date (2008 and 2010) varieties confirmed


10 gourdes (US$0.25), 2010. Like P272, but new date and signatures: Charles Castel, Philippe W. Lahens, and Marc Hébert Ignace.


50 gourdes (US$1.25), 2010. Like P274b, but new date.


250 gourdes (US$6.20), 2008. Like P276, but new date and signatures.

All three denominations also have Cornerstone watermarks, indicating they were printed by DLR without imprint.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Krause.

Icelandic banknote curator accused of stealing museum's notes

According to an IceNews article dated 21 May 2011, the curator of Islandsbanki’s old banknotes was arrested and accused of stealing notes from the bank’s museum and attempting to sell them to collectors.

Philippines new date (2011) 1,000-peso note confirmed


1,000 pesos (US$23.20), 2011. Like P197, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Samoa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Samoa

The Samoa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 8-page catalog covers every note (50 types and varieties, including 26 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Samoa from 1985 to present day.

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Kazakhstan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Kazakhstan

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

At the time of initial publication, this 11-page catalog covers every note (69 types and varieties, including 18 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the National Bank of Kazakhstan from 1993 to present day.

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Jersey chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Jersey

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (97 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the States of Jersey from 1941 to present day.

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Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Guinea

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

At the time of initial publication, this 12-page catalog covers every note (81 types and varieties, including 12 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Colonie de la Guinée Française (French Colony of Guinea) from 1917 to 1920, the Banque de la République de Guinée (Bank of the Republic of Guinea) in 1958, and the Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée (Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea) from 1960 to present day.

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German Democratic Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

German Democratic Republic

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At the time of initial publication, this 11-page catalog covers every note (120 types and varieties, including 19 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Deutsche Rentenbank (German Treasury) in 1948, the Deutsche Notenbank (German Note-Issuing Bank) from 1948 to 1955, the Deutsche Notenbank DDR in 1964, and the Staatsbank der DDR (State Bank of the German Democratic Republic) from 1964 to 1999.

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Federal Republic of Germany chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Germany Federal Republic

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At the time of initial publication, this 16-page catalog covers every note (199 types and varieties, including 18 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank deutscher Länder (Bank of the German States) from 1948 to 1949, and the Deutsche Bundesbank (German Central Bank) from 1960 to 1998.

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Bahrain chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Bahrain cover

The Bahrain chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 8-page catalog covers every note (52 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bahrain Currency Board in 1964, the Bahrain Monetary Agency from 1973 to 2001, and the Central Bank of Bahrain from 2006 to present day.

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European Monetary Union 50-euro note oddity reported



Does anyone have any information about this 50-euro (Pick 4) note which appears to have CC3 printed near the 50 denomination in the lower right rear? The person reporting this note says it appears the CC3 was printed at the same time as the rest of the note, not as an overprint, but it’s hard to confirm based upon the scans provided. In any event, if you’ve seen other such notes or have any ideas on how/why it was created and what it’s worth, please post a comment.

UPDATE: Thomas Krause recommends this web site which shows hundreds of different stamps applied to euro notes.

Swizterland new sig/date (2008) 10-franc varieties confirmed


10 francs (US$11.35), (20)08. Like P67, but new date and member signatures (Roth and Jordan).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Gibraltar new note family now complete

With the introduction of the £5, £20 and £100 denominations on 11 May 2011, Gibraltar’s new family of banknotes is now complete.


B30 (PNL): 5 pounds (US$7.20)
Green. Front: Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms of castle with key. Back: Upper Ward and Tower of Homage of the Moorish castle. Windowed security thread with demetalized 5. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype £5, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). Unknown dimensions. 1st JANUARY 2011. Signature 14. Intro: 11.05.2011.


B31 (PNL): 10 pounds (US$14.45)
Blue. Front: Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms of castle with key. Back: Artist John Trumbull’s “The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar” depicting Spanish and English troops fighting and General George Eliott with officers attending to the dying Don José de Barboza during The Great Siege, 1779-83; General Eliot; rifles. Windowed security thread with demetalized 10. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype £10, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 141 x 75 mm. 1st JANUARY 2010. Sig. 14. Intro: 08.07.2010.


B32 (PNL): 20 pounds (US$28.90)
Orange and purple. Front: Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms of castle with key. Back: HMS VICTORY RETURNING TO GIBRALTAR being towed by HMS Neptune after the Battle of Trafalgar. Windowed security thread with demetalized 20. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype £20, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). Unknown dimensions. 1st JANUARY 2011. Signature 14. Intro: 11.05.2011.


B33 (PNL): 50 pounds (US$72.25)
Red and brown. Front: Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms of castle with key. Back: Casemates Square buildings. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype £50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). Unknown dimensions. 1st JANUARY 2010. Sig. 14. Intro: 08.07.2010.


B34 (PNL): 100 pounds (US$144.50)
Purple. Front: Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms of castle with key. Back: King’s Bastion. Optiks security thread. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype £100, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). Unknown dimensions.
1st JANUARY 2011. Signature 14. Intro: 11.05.2011.


The above images come from the official Know Your New Gibraltar Banknotes PDF which contains additional information. The notes were released into circulation in two phases, the £10 and £50 on 08.07.2010 and the £5, £20 and £100 on 11.05.2011.

Courtesy of Marcus Jansson, Antje Ryberg, Ömer Yalcinkaya, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Euro notes contain rare earth elements for luminescence

According to an article on SmarterScience, euro banknotes use a rare earth element known as europium to enhance the luminescence of anti-counterfeiting features.

Courtesy of Richard Bonkowski.

Justine Smith uses banknotes to create art


Check out “The Money Sculptures of Justine Smith” on OddityCentral for a fascinating look at how artist Justine Smith is using real banknotes to create interesting art. Did you recognize the banknotes of Myanmar on the pistol above?

Swizterland new sig/date (2008) 20-franc varieties confirmed


20 francs (US$22.70), (20)08. Like P69, but new date and member signatures (Jordan and Hildebrand).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Biafra chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Biafra

The Biafra chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (14 types and varieties, including 3 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Biafra from 1968 to 1969.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Cook Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (20 types and varieties, including 1 note unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Cook Islands from 1894 to present day.

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  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Eritrea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Eritrea

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At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (17 types and varieties, including 9 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Eritrea from 1997 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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French Pacific Territories chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Pacific Territories

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This 5-page catalog covers every note (36 types and varieties, including 29 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Institut d’Emission d’Outre-Mer (Overseas Issuing Institute) from 1986 until present day. Revised 15 October 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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French Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Sudan

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At the time of initial publication, this 2-page catalog covers every note (2 types and varieties) issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’Afrique Occidentale (Government General of West Africa) in 1917.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Gabon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Gabon

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At the time of initial publication, this 5-page catalog covers every note (31 types and varieties, including 4 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale (Central Bank) from 1971, and Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) from 1974.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Malaya and British Borneo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Malaya and British Borneo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 5-page catalog covers every note (25 types and varieties) issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency from 1953 until 1967. Revised 4 September 2011.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Panama chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Panama chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 2-page catalog covers every note (9 types and varieties) issued by the Republic of Panama in 1933 and the Banco Central de Emision de la Republica de Panama (Central Bank of Issue of the Republic of Panama) in 1941.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Qatar & Dubai chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Qatar & Dubai chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (12 types and varieties) issued by the Qatar & Dubai Currency Board from 1966 until 1973.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Saint Helena chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Saint Helena chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (27 types and varieties, including 1 note unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of St. Helena from 1976 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Upper Senegal and Niger chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Upper Senegal and Niger cover

The Upper Senegal and Niger chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

At the time of initial publication, this 2-page catalog covers every note (2 types and varieties) issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’Afrique Occidentale (Government General of West Africa) in 1917.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Botswana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Botswana

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (92 types and varieties, including 3 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Botswana from 1976 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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British Caribbean Territories chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The British Caribbean Territories chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 6-page catalog covers every note (103 types and varieties, including 35 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the British Caribbean Currency Board from 1950 until 1964.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Comoros chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Comoros

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At the time of initial publication, this 8-page catalog covers every note (57 types and varieties, including 11 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Republique Française Colonies Postes (French Republic Colonial Post) in 1920, the Banque de Madagascar et des Comores (Bank of Madagascar and Comoros) from 1960 to 1963, the Institut d’Émission des Comores from 1975 to 1976, and the Banque Centrale des Comores (Central Bank of Comoros) from 1986 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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
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Gibraltar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Gibraltar

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (91 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Gibraltar from 1914 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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
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Papua New Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Papua New Guinea

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

This 18-page catalog covers every note (114 types and varieties, including 34 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Papua New Guinea from 1975 to present day. Revised 4 September 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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
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Sri Lanka chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Sri Lanka cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (89 types and varieties, including 24 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from 1987 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Vanuatu chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Vanuatu cover

The Vanuatu chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (34 types and varieties, including 7 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale de Vanuatu (Central Bank of Vanuatu) from 1982 to 1989, and the Banque de Reserve de Vanuatu (Reserve Bank of Vanuatu) from 1993 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Zimbabwe's inflationary notes selling well to curious collectors

There’s an excellent article in The Wall Street Journal about how Zimbabwe’s large-denomination banknotes are selling well to collectors as well as the general public curious about the huge number of zeros on these inflationary issues. Be sure to read it soon as I seem to recall that the WSJ blocks access to articles after a few days.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Malaysia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Malaysia cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 16-page catalog covers every note (102 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia) from 1967 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Zambia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 16-page catalog covers every note (197 types and varieties, including 14 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Zambia from 1963 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Zimbabwe chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 27-page catalog covers every note (187 types and varieties, including 49 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe from 1980, and the Cargill Cotton Group from 2003 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Israel chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Israel

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

This 24-page catalog covers every note (154 types and varieties, including 4 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Anglo-Palestine Bank Limited from 1948, the State of Israel from 1948, Bank Leumi le-Israel B.M. (Israel National Bank Ltd.) from 1952, and the Bank of Israel from 1955 until present day. Revised 15 November 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Aruba chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Aruba chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (29 types and varieties, including 4 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Centrale Bank van Aruba from 1986 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Belarus chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 11-page catalog covers every note (64 types and varieties, including 13 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus from 1992 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Cayman Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 12-page catalog covers every note (64 types and varieties, including 9 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Cayman Islands Currency Board from 1971, and the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority from 1998 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Chad chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Chad

The Chad chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 6-page catalog covers every note (40 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale from 1971, and the Banque de États de l’Afrique Centrale from 1974 until 1992.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Croatia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 13-page catalog covers every note (75 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Nezavisna Drzava Hrvatska (Independent State of Croatia) from 1941, Hrvatska Drzavna Banka (Croatian National Bank) from 1943, Republika Hrvatska (Republic of Croatia) from 1991, Narodna Banka Hrvatska (National Bank of Croatia) from 1993, and Hrvatska Narodna Banka (Croatian National Bank) from 2001 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Guyana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Guyana

The Guyana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (77 types and varieties, including 16 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Guyana from 1965 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • 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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Singapore new 10-dollar variety confirmed


10 dollars (US$7.70), no date. Like P48, but new signature and now with two triangles below SPORTS on back. This denomination has been previously confirmed with no symbol, one or two squares, or one triangle in the same location.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 1-riyal note confirmed


1 riyal (US$0.25), ١٤٣٠/2009. Like P31, but new date and new signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Algeria new 2,000-dinar note confirmed



PNL 2,000 dinars (US$27.55)
Greenish-blue and brown. Front: University professor lecturing students in amphitheater; satellite; double-helix DNA strand; three researchers in scientific laboratory with microscope and beakers. Back: Wheat; palm tree; body of water; urban high-rise buildings; olive tree. 13-mm wide LEAD holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized Arabic text. Watermark: Emir Abdelkader pattern. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 70 mm. 2011-03-24. Signature Unknown. Intro: 28.04.2011.

Read the Magharebia story dated 4 May 2011, “Algeria issues 2,000-dinar banknote.”

Courtesy of Yves Courtemanche and Jean-Michel Engels.

Suriname new date (01.05.2009) 20-dollar note confirmed

20 dollars (US$6.05), 1 MEI 2009 (01.05.2009). Like P159, but new date and the translucent band has been moved to the back.

If anyone has the 50- or 100-dollar denominations in this series with the new date, please send scans of same.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

India new date (2011) 20-rupee note without inset letter confirmed

20 rupees (US$0.45), 2011. Like P96, but new date and signature (Subba Rao).

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Mongolia scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Mongolia:

Pick A1-A4
Pick A8
Pick A10
Pick 16-19

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Sri Lanka new series numismatic product confirmed


The Central bank of Sri Lanka issued a set of all six notes from the new 2010 series with matching serial numbers in a special folder with descriptive text.

Anyone interested in buying one of these sets can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Dilminidu Samarasekara.

Mongolia new 10- and 20-tögrög notes confirmed



10 tögrög (US0.01), 2009. Like P62, but new date, signature (L. Purevdorj), and script to left of signature. Intro: March 2011.



20 tögrög (US0.01), 2009. Like P62, but new date, signature (L. Purevdorj), and script to left of signature. Intro: March 2011.

Can anyone please identify the language of the script to the left of the signatures, and translate the meaning of the script which appears on the 2007 versus 2009 dated 20-togrog notes below?



Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Belarus new 50- and 50,000-ruble notes confirmed

On 29 December 2010, the National Bank of Belarus introduced new 50- and 50,000-ruble banknotes to bring the inscriptions on the notes into compliance with the new rules of Belarusian spelling and punctuation. The images, colors, and sizes of the notes remain consistent with the preceding issues of the same denominations dated 2000 (P25 and P32, respectively) which circulate in parallel.

The modified 50-ruble notes have the following differences: no security thread and the spelling of the word ПЯЦДЗЯСЯТ instead of ПЯЦДЗЕСЯТ.



The modified 50,000-ruble notes have replaced the solid security thread for a 2-mm wide windowed security thread. In addition, it has the changed spelling of ПЯЦДЗЯСЯТ instead of ПЯЦДЗЕСЯТ.



Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Vitali Khaletsk, Rui Manuel Palhares, and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Nigeria new sig 20-naira note confirmed


20 naira (US$0.12), 2010. Like P34, but new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Suriname new date (01.05.2009) 5-dollar note confirmed

5 dollars (US$1.50), 1 MEI 2009 (01.05.2009). Like P157, but new date and the translucent band has been moved to the back.

If anyone has the 50- or 100-dollar denominations in this series with the new date, please send scans of same.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India new date (2011) 100-rupee note without inset letter confirmed


100 rupees (US$2), 2011. Like P98, but new date and no inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Suriname new date (01.11.2004) varieties confirmed

New date (1 NOVEMBER 2004) varieties have been confirmed for the 10-, 20-, and 50-dollar notes from the Centrale Bank Van Suriname (Pick 157-159, respectively). All of these have the same signature of André E. Telting as the notes dated 1 JANUARI 2004. If anyone has the 5- or 100-dollar note with the new date, please send scans so it too can be confirmed.

Please note that I am currently working on the Suriname chapter of my catalog and seeking assistance from anyone with a strong collection of notes issued before the creation of the central bank. If you want to help, click the Contact button in the left-hand menu.

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

India new date (2011) 10-rupee note with A inset letter confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.20), 2011. Like P95, but new date and A inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Indonesia new sig/date (2011) 2,000-rupiah note confirmed


2,000 rupiah (US$0.25), 2011. Like note of same denomination dated 2009 (unlisted in 17th edition of SCWPM), but new date and signatures (Darmin Nasution, Gubernur; S. Budi Rochadi, Deputi Gubernur).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net and Charles Hunt.

Swaziland new 100- and 200-emalangeni confirmed


B36 (PNL): 100 emalangeni (US$14.70)
Brown. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; green-to-blue OVI shield and spears. Back: Elephant, rhinoceros, lion, flowers, and bird; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 100. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 157 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 10b. Intro: 01.11.2010.


B37 (PNL): 200 emalangeni (US$29.40)
Green. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; green-to-blue OVI shield and spears. Back: Straw huts; two goats; warrior; rock formation; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 200. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 160 x 70 mm.
6.9.2010. Signature 10b. Intro: 2011.

Central Bank of Swaziland Governor, Mr. Martin G. Dlamini has announced that the new series of banknotes with upgraded security features will be released to the public on the 1st November 2010.

The Governor stated that although all the banknotes have been upgraded (E10, E20, E50, E100 and E200), the denominations will be released at intervals of six months, starting with the E100 (One Hundred Emalangeni).

“It is important to clarify from the onset that the new banknotes will be used together with the old notes,” he said.

The Governor further explained that banknote security technology had advanced significantly since the issuing of the current series of notes in 1999. “In addition to ensuring that these banknotes are produced with the best technology in line with the highest international standards, we have also ensured that the new notes are a creative expression of our heritage as a nation,” he said. “We gave a lot of thought to making our new printed currency one that we can all identify with as a reflection of our own lives.”

The Governor appealed to the public to familiarize themselves with the new notes by paying close attention to the security features. “We encourage you to know and understand your money so that you can trust it,” he said.

Click here to download the bank’s official brochure describing these two new notes.

Courtesy of Ny Andry Ranaivosolo, Hermann Huber, and Leszek Porowski.

Colombia new 2,000-peso note with Braille confirmed


On 28 December 2010, the Banco de la República Colombia introduced a new 2,000-peso (US$1.10) note which is like P457, but with the number 2 expressed in Braille over the watermark on the front left, to facilitate the use of the notes by the sight impaired. The 50,000-peso note (P455) has had the number 50 embossed in Braille to the left of the serial number ever since it was first introduced in 2001. The bank intends to add Braille to all the other denominations over time.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of David F. Cieniewicz.

Samoa to replace 2-tala note with coin


According to a Radio New Zealand International posting on 5 April 2011, the Central Bank of Samoa plans to replace the polymer 2-tala (P31) note with a coin, and also plans to reduce the size of its coinange, all in an effort to save money in the face of rising commodities prices.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Macedonia new date (09.2008) 100-denar note confirmed


100 denari (US$2.35) СЕПТЕМВРИ 2008. Like P16, but new date.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Suriname scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Suriname:

P120 with 2.75-mm tall serial numbers
P138 dated 1 JUNI 1995

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Cayman Islands new family of notes confirmed


CIMA B18 (PNL): 1 dollar (US$1.20)
Violet, sea blue, and orange. Front: Angel fish; map; coat of arms; Queen Elizabeth II. Back: Nautilus shell; The Bluff on Cayman Brac. 1.4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CAYMAN ISLANDS. Watermark: Turtle, electrotype CIMA, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 156 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature Cindy Scotland and McKeeva Bush. Intro: 04.04.2011.


CIMA B19 (PNL): 5 dollars (US$6.10)
Green. Front: Hawksbill turtles; map; coat of arms; Queen Elizabeth II. Back: Conch shell; Cayman parrots. 1.4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CAYMAN ISLANDS. Watermark: Turtle, electrotype CIMA, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 156 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature Cindy Scotland and McKeeva Bush. Intro: 04.04.2011.


CIMA B20 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$12.20)
Red, violet, and dark gray. Front: Landcrabs; map; coat of arms; Queen Elizabeth II. Back: Shell; wild banana orchid flower. 1.4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CAYMAN ISLANDS. Watermark: Turtle, electrotype CIMA, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 156 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature Cindy Scotland and McKeeva Bush. Intro: 04.04.2011.


CIMA B21 (PNL): 25 dollars (US$30.50)
Dark brown, light brown, and orange. Front: Scallop shells; map; coat of arms; Queen Elizabeth II. Back: Scallop shell; Hawksbill turtle, fish, and coral. Holographic stripe. 0.75-mm wide solid security thread. Watermark: Turtle, electrotype CIMA, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 156 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature Cindy Scotland and McKeeva Bush. Intro: 04.04.2011.


CIMA B22 (PNL): 50 dollars (US$61)
Purple. Front: Stingrays; map; coat of arms; Queen Elizabeth II. Back: Shell; stingray. Holographic stripe. 0.75-mm wide solid security thread. Watermark: Turtle, electrotype CIMA, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 156 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature Cindy Scotland and McKeeva Bush. Intro: 04.04.2011.


CIMA B23 (PNL): 100 dollars (US$122)
Orange, brown, and red. Front: Cayman Schooner boats; map; coat of arms; Queen Elizabeth II. Back: Conch shell; Financial Centre in George Town. Holographic stripe. 0.75-mm wide solid security thread. Watermark: Turtle, electrotype CIMA, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 156 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature Cindy Scotland and McKeeva Bush. Intro: 04.04.2011.

According to a CayCompass.com article dated 23 March 2011, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority introduced the above redesigned family of banknotes on 4 April 2011. Read about the notes in this brochure.

Courtesy of Simon Biddlestone, Thomas Krause, Leszek Porowski, and James Huang.

Congo Democratic Republic new 500-franc variety/error confirmed


500 francs (US$1.10), 04.01.2002. Like P96, but lacking the three diamonds to the left of the watermark area on the front (top image). Both notes bear the imprint of GIESECKE & DEVRIENT MUNICH (the imprint is very faint, printed at lower right on back).

I’m not sure if this is an error note or an intentional new variety. On the “normal” note (bottom image), the diamonds appear to be printed as part of the rest of the design, so it’s not as if the underprinting or an overprinting was omitted by mistake. It may be that the diamonds were removed to make the design of the note conform to the other denominations in this family, none of which have any similar elements in the same location. Does anyone else have examples of this note to report?

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Iran considering revaluing its currency, yet again

According to an article in Tehran Times dated 7 April 2011, Mahmoud Bahmani, the governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said the bank has begun studying plans to remove four zeros from the rial, and will seek approval from the Monetary and Credit Council within six months. Meanwhile, the Finance and Economy Minister, Shamseddin Hosseini, recently said the bank is planning to remove three zeros from the currency within the current calendar year which started on March 21. Currently Iran’s largest banknote is the 100,000-rial note (US$9.60), although it has also issued note-like cheques in denominations ten times that amount.

Iran has been discussing revaluing the rial for years, so it’s anyone’s guess as to whether anything will come of this latest announcement.

Sweden announces design motifs for new notes due in 2014

The General Council of Sveriges Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, has announced its choices for people and natural motifs to be featured on a new family of banknotes and coins:


Denomination
Portrait
Nature and environment motifs
20 krona
Astrid Lindgren 
Småland
50 krona
Evert Taube
Bohuslän
100 krona
Greta Garbo
Stockholm
200 krona
Ingmar Bergman
Gotland
500 krona
Birgit Nilsson
Skåne
1,000 krona
Dag Hammarskjöld
Lappland

The notes are to be printed on cotton substrate, and will be slightly smaller than the existing series. All notes will be 66-mm tall, with lengths graduating from 120 to 154 mm.

The bank will conduct a design competition later this year, and barring intellectual property law problems, the first of the new notes is slated for release in 2014.

Courtesy of Sami Kiuru, Martin Maillot, Martin Rydberg, Marcus Jansson.

Kenya's constitution requires new notes without names

According to an article in The East African dated 4 April 2011, Kenya's new constitution requires that names of individuals be removed from the front of banknotes and coins. The country's current notes, originally issued in 2004, all feature a named portrait of Kenya's first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. This design is owned by De La Rue, which holds the exclusive contract for printing Kenya's banknotes. By changing the design to conform with the constitution, the Central Bank of Kenya would own the copyright on the new notes and could put their printing out to bid by other security printers. However, in a related article dated 4 April 2011, it's reported that DLR is on the verge of signing a new 10-year deal with the Central Bank of Kenya.

Ghana new 2010 1-cedi variety confirmed


On early 1-cedi notes dated 6th MARCH 2010, the watermark is Tetteh Quarshie, a cacao pod, and Cornerstones. On later issues with the same date and signature, an electrotype denomination numeral has been added.

Collectors are encouraged to check the other denominations also dated 6th MARCH 2010 to see whether they can confirm any without the electrotype denomination in the watermark, or if this variety appears on the 1-cedi notes only.

In addition to the different watermark, there’s also a change in the brown underprint bar to the left of the words BANK OF GHANA on the front of the note. On the earlier 2010 notes, the bar is ragged with ill-defined edges, but on later 2010 notes, the bar has straight edges, as on the 2007 notes.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts and Ricardo Castedo.

Czech Republic withdraws 50-koruna banknote


On 1 April 2011, the Czech National Bank officially replaces the 50-koruna note (Pick 17) note with a coin as a cost-saving measure. Notes remain redeemable for another five years.

Courtesy of Jay Mollindo.

South Sudan to issue new banknotes in July 2011

According to a Bloomberg Businessweek article dated 30 March 2011, the Bank of Southern Sudan plans to release its own currency, called the South Sudan pound, when the new African country declares independence in July 2011 and after either the US or the UK recognizes Southern Sudan as an independent nation. The new notes are being printed by an unnamed European company. The issuance of a new currency in Southern Sudan will probably prompt Sudan to revise its own currency, too.

Philippines reordering new 500- and 1,000-peso notes

According to a Manila Bulletin article dated 23 March 2011, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is reordering new 500-peso (US$11.50) and 1,000-peso (US$23) notes from Oberthur Technologies. The first order was for 20-peso, 50-peso, 100-peso, and 200-peso notes, of which only a small number have been issued since their introduction in December 2010. There’s no word yet on whether Oberthur intends to correct the errors which are present on the new design.

Lesotho new 2-maloti variety confirmed


The blue underprint which appears to the right of the portait on earlier issues of the 2-maloti note P1 (bottom image) is missing on later issues (top image), then returns on still later issues.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Cuba devalues convertible peso to match US dollar

According to a BBC report dated 14 March 2011, Cuba is devaluing the convertible peso by approximately 8% to place it at par with the US dollar in an effort to boost exports and local production, and to make travel to Cuba more affordable to tourists.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Scotland replacement note info requested

Collector Mick Wilson is trying to obtain a full breakdown of replacement Scottish banknotes.

He seeks info on the following:

Bank of issue
Denomination
Date on note
Serial number
300-dpi scans of the note.

Anyone who can assist Mick is encouraged to email him directly.

Venezuela new date/signature varieties confirmed


10 bolivares fuerte (US$2.30), 3 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2009. Like Pick 90, but new date and new signatures.

20 bolivares fuerte (US$4.65), 24 DE MAYO DE 2007. Like Pick 91, but new date.


100 bolivares fuerte (US$23.30), 19 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2008. Like Pick 93, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Alexandr Petrov.

Bank of Estonia publishes third part of money catalog

Eesti Pank, the Bank of Estonia, has published the third part of Estonia's money catalog. The first and second volumes of the catalog published in 2007 include banknotes and circulation and collector coins that were issued during both the first Republic (1918-1940) and after the monetary reform of 1992 in the newly re-independent Estonia until 2008.

"Money of the Republic of Estonia" is the third part of the catalog "Banknotes and Coins of the Republic of Estonia". It concludes the history of Estonia's money until the end of 2010, covering all banknotes and coins issued in Estonia before the adoption of the euro.

Printed copies of the catalog can be ordered from the bank, and it is also available as a free PDF by clicking the links above.

Nepal withdraws King Gyanendra notes on 15 March 2011

According to a BCC report, Nepal Rastra Bank is withdrawing all banknotes bearing the portrait of the former king, Gyanendra, as of 15 March 2011, though they can still be exchanged for new notes depicting Mount Everest at bank branches for several more weeks.

Canada first polymer notes scheduled for November 2011

According to a Bank of Canada press release dated 10 March 2011, new 100-dollar (US$103) polymer banknote will be issued in November 2011, with a polymer 50-dollar note to follow in March 2012. The bank also provided further technical and background information about the new notes. Additional details regarding security features, themes, and designs of these denominations will be unveiled in the spring of 2011. The remaining 5-, 10-, and 20-dollar notes will be unveiled and issued by the end of 2013.

The bank has issued "Backgrounder on Canada’s new polymer bank note series" as a free PDF.

Courtesy of Brian Frame, Jay Mollindo, and Thomas Krause.

Ukraine to issue new signature varieties starting in June 2011

Persuant to the National Bank of Ukraine resolution No.55 dated 4 March 2011, NBU will issue banknotes with the signature of Serhii Arbuzov, the bank's new governor appointed 19 January 2011, following this schedule:

  • 50-hryvnia (US$6.30) note will be issued 1 June 2011.
  • 10-hryvnia (US$1.25) note will be issued 1 July 2011.
  • 1-hryvnia (US$0.15) note will be issued 1 September 2011.
  • 5-hryvnia (US$0.60) note will be issued 1 October 2011.
  • 200-hryvnia (US$25.20) note will be issued 1 October 2011.
  • 500-hryvnia (US$63) note will be issued 1 December 2011.
  • 100-hryvnia (US$12.60) note will be issued 1 March 2012.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Tanzania refutes rumors of recall of new notes

According to an artilce in The Citizen dated 10 March 2011, Bank of Tanzania (BOT) has refuted rumors that it was withdrawing the new family of notes that it had just introduced on 1 January. Apparently there have been widespread complaints that the new notes are of inferior quality compared to the older notes. The bank insists the notes are of good quality and has no plans to withdraw them from circulation.

United States could save billions by eliminating 1-dollar note

According to a US Government Accountability Office report dated 4 March 2011, the US could save $5.5 billion over 30 years by replacing the 1-dollar banknote with a coin because coins last longer in circulation. This is the fourth time the GAO has made this recommendation in the past two decades, and I doubt this latest recommendation will be adopted even in these difficult economic times as no politician wants to be the one to authorize the euthanasia of hte iconic dollar bill with George Washington’s familiar face. Plus the difficulty in getting US citizens to use the 1-dollar coin dates back to the ill-fated Susan B. Anthony dollar. First issued in 1979, the coin was roundly rejected because it was too close in size, shape, and color to the quarter, resulting in confusion during transactions. The Sacagawea dollar issued in 2000 partially solved the color simularity by using a clad which appears “golden” when new, but tarnishes to a dull color after circulation.

It’s unlikely the public will ever choose the coin over the note if both circulate simultaneously, but if the notes were withdrawn, the public would eventually adopt coinage, just as has happened in many other countries around the world that finally faced up to the financial fact that it made little economic sense to lose money on every dollar it prints instead of mints.

Israel new notes to feature poets, not politicians

According to a press release dated 10 March 2011, the Bank of Israel has announced that poets and scholars—specifically, Natan Alterman, Leah Goldberg, Shaul Tchernichovsky, and Rachel the Poetess—will be featured on new Israeli banknotes which will be issued over three years, starting in 2012. The bank’s choices must be approved by the government.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Tajikistan revised 5-somoni note confirmed


5 somoni (US$1.10), 1999. Like P15, but central vignette in blue, not gray. Intro: 2010.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Russia new 1,000-ruble note confirmed


On 10 August 2010, Bank of Russia issued a new 1,000-ruble (US$33.20) note with improved security features, including a translucent band, OVI bank logo, SPARK patch with bear on shield, rainbow moire pattern, electrotype 1000 watermark, solid security thread with demetalized 1000, microperf, intaglio printing, microprinting, and a slightly darker and refined picture of Yaroslavl kremlin chapel, and Yaroslav I the Wise, as well as a number of changes to shading lines and margins. The new note is aimed at fighting counterfeiters. Older notes of the same denomination issued in 1997 and 2004 (Pick 277) will be removed from circulation as they wear out, but remain legal tender.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Guinea new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc commemoratives confirmed


At a press conference on 20 November 2010, Alhasanne Barry, governor of the Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée, unveiled new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc (US$0.15, 0.70, and 1.45, respectively) banknotes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Guinean currency. In addition to the 50th anniversary logo on the watermark area, the new notes have enhanced security features, additional intaglio printing, and a varnish for additional durability.

Anyone interested in buying these notes in wholesale quantities can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Suriname new 20- and 50-dollar notes confirmed

On 22 November 2010, the Central Bank of Suriname issued new 20- and 50-dollar (US$7.25 and $18.20, respectively) notes dated 1 SEPTEMBER 2010 with the following improved security features:

  • The notes now have a holographic strip at right front.
  • An electrotype CBvS has been added to the watermark.
  • The signature of the previous president of the Central Bank, Andre Telting, is no longer on the bottom but on top of the note, just below the serial number.
  • The serial number itself is more up and moved more toward the center.
  • The bank logo at upper right front has been added as a registration device.
  • A color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized SRD.
  • A protective varnish to increase durability.
  • The denomination numerals on the back are shaped differently.


20 dollars
Blue and purple. Front: Coat of arms; bank headquarters building at the Waterkant in Paramaribo; Passiflora edulis (passion fruit) flowers; bank logo registration device. Back: Bank logo registration device; Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove) tree; Voltzberg dome mountain with waterfalls. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized SRD. Watermark: Bank headquarters and electrotype CBvS. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 70 mm.


50 dollars
Brown and green. Front: Coat of arms; bank headquarters building at the Waterkant in Paramaribo; bougainvillea flowers; bank logo registration device. Back: Bank logo registration device; Ceiba pentandra (Java cotton or kapok) tree; Mount Kasikasima. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized SRD. Watermark: Bank headquarters and electrotype CBvS. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 70 mm.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Richard Castedo.

India new date (2011) 50-rupee note with L inset letter confirmed


50 rupees (US$1.10), 2011. Like P97, but new date, new signature, and L inset letter.

This particular note show above is a replacement, indicated by the star/asterisk in the serial number.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Barbados 30th anniversary 5-dollar commemorative confirmed


This 5-dollar note bears an overprint “To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Central Bank of Barbados” over the watermark area at left front, as well as a large gold foil 30 at center front. It was issued in a folder with the following text:

$5 Commemorative Banknote
A limited edition of this $5 note is being issued in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Central Bank of Barbados. Established by Act of Parliament on May 2, 1972, the Bank is charged with managing the countly's foreign reserves, regulating the money supply, maintaining the soundness of the financial system and generally implementing policies conducive to economic development.
The Bank issued the first national currency of Barbados during December 1973. It included notes in $1, $5, $10, $20 and $100 denominations and lc, 5c, lOc, and 25c coins. In 1979, the $1 note was replaced by a $1 coin while a $2 note and $50 note were introduced, respectively, in 1980 and 1989.
Over the years, the Bank has had a rich numismatic programme which has been sensitive to domestic culture and history as well as to social and economic trends at the international level. The 30th anniversary note is distinguished by the large print "30" in gold foil on the face of the note and the words "to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Central Bank of Barbados". This note bears the effigy of Sir Frank Worrell, a well-known Barbadian cricketer who died in 1967.

March 20 2002
Marion Williams
Governor

The overprint text on this $5 is similar to that which appears on the $100 note (Pick 53) commemorating the bank’s 25th anniversary, which makes me wonder if that note was issued for circulation, or if it also was issued in a folder, sold at a premium, and therefore rightly classified as a numismatic product. Does anyone have additional information about these two commemorative notes?

Courtesy of Tom Reid.

Hong Kong new 500-dollar notes confirmed

According to a press release from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the HKMA and the three note-issuing banks (Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, and Bank of China (Hong Kong Limited) introduced new 500-dollar (US$64.20) banknotes of the new 2010 series on 22 February 2011.

The new 1,000-dollar notes entered circulation on 7 December 2010, and the other three denominations of 20, 50, and 100 dollars are scheduled for release sometime between late 2011 and early 2012. All other banknotes currently in circulation will continue to be legal tender.

The new note feature enhanced security, including a green-to-gold OVI SPARK patch, a magenta-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized HK, a multi-tonal bauhinia flower watermark with electrotype denomination numeral and dot pattern, a perfect registration device with two fluorescent colors visible under UV light, and fluorescent vertical serial numbers.







Courtesy of Vincent Tan.

Fiji to issue notes without QEII in June 2012

According to a Radio Fiji article dated 1 March 2011, Fiji's prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has announced that the country will replace the 2-dollar (US$1.10) banknote with a coin, the color of the current 5-dollar (US$2.75) note will be changed from brown to green, and there will be new designs on all the other denominations, scheduled for introduction in June 2012. The new note designs replace the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with native flora and fauna.

Courtesy of Paul Nahmias, Wilson Chow, and David Liu.

Hungary new sig/date (2010) 500-forint note confirmed


500 forint (US$2.55), 2010. Like P188, but new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Mikhail "Mike" Prizov.

Lesotho to issue new notes in March 2011

According to a Sunday Express article, on 26 November 2010, at a celebration marking its 30th anniversary, the Central Bank of Lesotho launched a new set of banknotes aimed at fighting the spread of counterfeits. According to a press release dated 5 January 2011, the new notes are expected to hit the streets in March 2011 and will eventually replace the existing notes. The new banknotes feature a portrait of the three royal family members: the current king, His Majesty Letsie III is in the middle, his father King Moshoeshoe II is on the left, with the founder of the Basotho nation, King Moshoeshoe I, on the right. The famous Basotho hat, the mokorotlo, is also visible on the new notes as well as the Lesotho coat of arms.


CBL B22 (PNL): 10 maloti (US$0.90)
Red and yellow. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Flowers; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 10, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 130 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.


CBL B23 (PNL): 20 maloti (US$1.80)
Purple and light blue. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Thatch-roofed round houses; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 20, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 135 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.


CBL B24 (PNL): 50 maloti (US$4.55)
Violet. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Men on horseback; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 138 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.


CBL B25 (PNL): 100 maloti (US$9.05)
Green. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Shepard with flock; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 100, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 140 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Hermann Huber.

Lebanon three new notes confirmed

According to an article on El Nashra, the Bank of Lebanon issued new 1,000-, 50,000-, and 100,000-pound (US0.65, $33, and $66, respectively) notes on 24 February 2011. The notes are signed by the bank's governor, Riad Salameh, and the first deputy governor, Raed Sharaf al-Din.



1,000 livres
Green. Front: Cedar tree; alphabetic characters. Back: Cedar tree; alphabetic characters. 3-mm wide magenta-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BDL 1000. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype ١٠٠٠. Printer: (Goznak). 115 x 60 mm. Dated ٢٠١١ (2011).

1000 LBP:
  • Special Reinforced Banknote Paper
  • Varnishing
  • One Side Intaglio
  • Tactile Features. High Relief print (denomination value, inscription: Banque Du Liban, One thousand pounds, signatures of the Governor and Sub Governor, date of issue)
  • Colorless Tactile Element. Colorless Embossed inscription BDL with microtext “Banque Du Liban” located in letter D. Perfect Registration between horizontal tactile lines and embossed inscription BDL, can be felt by touch.
  • Mark for Blind People.
  • Watermark. Represent Coat of Arms of the Lebanese Republic and the note value when note is exposed to transmitted light – Electrotype Watermark of denomination
  • Security Thread. 3mm color shift security thread – Magenta to Green when note is tilted.
  • Special Large Color Shifting Element on Upper right hand corner - MVC: evenly printed unified green area – changes to yellow and green rainbow lines with latent image of the cedar when note is tilted/rotated.
  • Special Large Arabic color shifting Denomination in Center of the Note: changes color when banknote is tiled/rotated (MVC Chameleon).
  • Under IR. Part of the Intaglio image on the obverse and offset image on the reverse of the note becomes transparent when it is observed under special IR visualization device.
  • Under Magnification. Microtext. Microlettering that becomes visible only under magnifying lens (10x).



50,000 livres
Violet, blue, and light green. Front: Cedar tree; stylized boat. Back: Cedar tree; diamond guilloche pattern on wavy lines. Windowed Motion security thread. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype ٥٠٠٠٠. Printer: (Goznak). 140 x 77 mm. Dated ٢٠١١ (2011).

50,000 LBP
  • Special Reinforced Banknote Paper.
  • Varnishing
  • One Side Intaglio
  • Tactile Features. High Relief print (denomination value, inscription: Banque Du Liban, fifty thousand pounds, signatures of the Governor and Sub Governor, date of issue)
  • Colorless Tactile Element. Colorless Embossed inscription BDL with microtext “Banque Du Liban” located in letter D. Perfect Registration between horizontal tactile lines and embossed inscription BDL, can be felt by touch.
  • Mark for Blind People.
  • Watermark. Represent Coat of Arms of the Lebanese Republic and the note value when note is exposed to transmitted light - Electrotype Watermark of denomination
  • Security Thread. Wide security micro-optic based security thread - Motion. Inscription LL in Arabic moves when note is tilted.
  • Special Large Color Shifting Element on Upper right hand corner - MVC: evenly printed unified blue area – changes to yellow and blue rainbow lines with latent image of the cedar when note is tilted/rotated.
  • Special Large Arabic color shifting Denomination in Center of the Note: changes color when banknote is tiled/rotated (MVC Chameleon).
  • Under IR. Part of the Intaglio image on the obverse and offset image on the reverse of the note becomes transparent when it is observed under special IR visualization device.
  • Under Magnification. Microtext. Microlettering that becomes visible only under magnifying lens (10x).



100,000 livres
Light green, light blue, and yellow. Front: Cedar tree. Back: Cedar tree; stylized grapes, wheat, and spool of thread. Windowed Motion security thread. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype ١٠٠٠٠٠. Printer: (Goznak). 147 x 82 mm. Dated ٢٠١١ (2011).

100,000 LBP
  • Special Reinforced Banknote Paper.
  • Varnishing
  • One Side Intaglio
  • Tactile Features. High Relief print (denomination value, inscription: Banque Du Liban, One Hundred thousand pounds, signatures of the Governor and Sub Governor, date of issue)
  • Colorless Tactile Element. Colorless Embossed inscription BDL with microtext “Banque Du Liban” located in letter D. Perfect Registration between horizontal tactile lines and embossed inscription BDL, can be felt by touch.
  • Mark for Blind People.
  • Watermark. Represent Coat of Arms of the Lebanese Republic and the note value when note is exposed to transmitted light - Electrotype Watermark of denomination
  • Security Thread. Wide security micro-optic based security thread - Motion. Inscription LL in Arabic moves when note is tilted.
  • Demetallized Holographic Stripe with various visual effects
  • Special Large Color Shifting Element on Upper right hand corner – MVC - evenly printed unified greenish area – changes to yellow and Green rainbow lines with latent image of the cedar when note is tilted/rotated.
  • Special Large Arabic color shifting Denomination in Center of the Note: changes color when banknote is tiled/rotated (MVC Chameleon).
  • Under IR. Part of the Intaglio image on the obverse and offset image on the reverse of the note becomes transparent when it is observed under special IR visualization device.
  • Under Magnification. Microtext. Microlettering that becomes visible only under magnifying lens (10x).

Courtesy of Hussein Guevera and Jad Dagher.

Libyan leader prevented from getting notes from DLR in UK

There’s an interesting article on MailOnline about Britain’s successful ploys to prevent Gaddafi from taking possession of new Libyan banknotes worth 1.8 billion dinars. Although it is unnamed in the article, the printer of these notes is De La Rue.

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.01.2009) 500-dollar note confirmed


500 dollars (US$64.15), 1 JANUARY 2009. Like P201, but new date and signature.

Anyone interested in buying this note can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Sweden new sig/date (2009) 500-kronor confirmed


500 kronor (US$77.80), (200)9. Like P65, but new date and new signatures (Johan Gernandt and Stefan Ingves).

Anyone interested in buying this note can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Philippines new note family confirmed


20 pesos
Orange. Front: Filipino as the National Language 1935; Manuel Luis Quezón; seal of Philippine president; bank seal; Malacañang Palace (presidential residence) and Pasig River in San Miguel, Manila. Back: Map; palm civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus Philippinensis); Banaue rice terraces (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Cordilleras weave design. Solid security thread. Watermark: Manuel Luis Quezón and electrotype 20. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.


50 pesos
Red. Front: First National Assembly in 1907; Sergio Osmeña; US General Douglas McArthur during Leyte Landing in 1944; seal of Philippine president; bank seal. Back: Map; maliputo fish (Caranx ignobilis); Taal Lake; Batangas embroidery design. Solid security thread. Watermark: Sergio Osmeña and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.


100 pesos
Purple. Front: Central Bank of the Philippines headquarters building in Manila; Manuel Acuña Roxas; inauguration of the Third Republic on 4 July 1946; seal of Philippine president; bank seal. Back: Map; whale shark; Mayon Volcano in Legazpi City, Albay; Bicol textile design. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP100. Watermark: Manuel Roxas and electrotype 100. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.


200 pesos
Green. Front: Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Diosdado Pangan Macapagal; Barasoain Roman Catholic church in Malolos City, Bulacan; seal of Philippine president; bank seal. Back: Map; tarsier; Bohol Chocolate Hills; Visayas design. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP200. Watermark: Diosdado Macapagal and electrotype 200. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.


500 pesos
Yellow. Front: Crowd at EDSA People Power I in February 1986; Corazon C. Aquino; Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.; Benigno Aquino Jr. monument; seal of Philippine president; bank seal. Back: Map; blue-naped parrot; Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park; Southern Philippines cloth design. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP500. Watermark: Corazon and Benigno Aquino and electrotype 500. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.


1,000 pesos
Blue. Front: Crowd at independence centenial celebration in 1998; OVI of South Sea pearl in clam shell and BSP logo; José Abad Santos; Josefa Llanes Escoda, and Vicente Lim; Medal of Honor; seal of Philippine president; bank seal. Back: Map; South Sea pearl in clam shell (Pinctada Maxima); turtle; Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Mindanao design for Tinalak (Ikat-dyed abaca). Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP1000. Watermark: Santos, Escoda, and Lim and electrotype 1000. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.

Courtesy of Lexter Ibasco, Justin Ordoyo, Thomas Krause, Claudio Marana, Chris Vaughn, and Matthew Parco.

India new date (2011) 10-rupee note with N inset letter confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.20), 2011. Like P95, but new date and N inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Austrian specialized catalog reviewed

Be sure to check out the Books page of this site for my new review of “Katalog der österreichischen Banknoten ab 1759 (Austrian Papermoney after 1759)” by Johann Kodnar and Norbert Künstner.

Nigeria new sig 1,000-naira note confirmed


1,000 naira (US$6.50), 2010. Like P36, but new date and signature (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Denmark new sig/date (2008) 500-krone note confirmed

500-krone (US$91.65), (20)08. Like P63, but new date and signature pairs:

Torben Nielsen, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services
Nils Bernstein, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services

Courtesy of Jan Stuller.

Zambia new date (2010) 20,000-kwacha note confirmed


20,000 kwacha (US$4.35), 2010. Like P47, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Jamaica new sig/date (15.01.2010) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$0.60), 15.01.2010. Like P83, but new date and signature (Brian Wynter).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Yuri Minkin.

Thailand new signature 20- and 100-baht notes reported


20 baht (US$0.65). Like P109, but new signature of present Governor of Bank of Thailand, Mr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

100 baht (US$3.25). Like P114, but new signature of present Governor of Bank of Thailand, Mr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

Courtesy of Sesthawich Wongwiwat and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Jamaica new sig/date (15.01.2010) 1,000-dollar note confirmed


1,000 dollars (US$11.70), 15.01.2010. Like P86, but new date and signature (Brian Wynter).

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Viet Nam new date (2010) 10,000-dong note confirmed

10,000 dong (US$0.50), (20)10. Like P119, but new date.

Courtesy of Duong Do Hoang.

Viet Nam new date (2010) 200,000-dong note confirmed

200,000 dong (US$9.60), (20)10. Like P123, but new date.

Courtesy of Duong Do Hoang.

East African Community moves to introduce common currency in 2012

An East African Business Week article dated 14 February 2011, contains interesting information on the continuing plans to form an East African Community Monetary Union similar to the European Union, wherein all the partner states will replace their individual currencies—the Burundian franc, Kenyan shilling, Rwandan franc, Tanzanian shilling, and Ugandan shilling—for a single regional currency in 2012.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Philippines new 200-peso commemorative for University of Santo Tomas confirmed

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issued this commemorative 200-peso note, as well as and gold and silver medals, to celebrate the University of Santo Tomas’s 400th anniversary. The central bank issued 10 million legal tender notes and 400 commemorative medals with no monetary value. The commemorative notes feature the Quadricentennial logo (tongues of fire forming the letters U, S and T emanating from the Main Building) overprinted on the watermark area on the front of the “old” style 200-peso note (Pick 195). The central bank also sold 400 numismatic products consisting of an uncut sheet of two 200-peso commemorative notes.


200 pesos (US$4.60), 2011.
Green, violet, and pink. Front: Red UST 1611 2011 UNENDING GRACE overprint; Diosdado Pangan Macapagal; bank seal; Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. Back: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with hand on bible held by Cecilia Paz Razon Abad, while being sworn in as president by Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. in January 2001; large crowd with flag and EDSA II (Second People Power Revolution) banner. Windowed security thread with demetalized 200 and solid security thread. Watermark: Diosdado Macapagal. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2011. Signature 19 (Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.)

Courtesy of Lexter Ibasco and Andy Siegman.

Dominican Republic scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Dominican Republic:

P6-P83
P88 cream paper
P90-P98
P100-106
P110-P115
P121-P125
P129
P130
P134
P137
P138
P142
P145
P162
P163
P173 dated 2003
P174 dated 2002

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Morocco watermark varieties confirmed

Morocco’s 10 to 200 dirham notes dated1987-1996 (P63-P67) have several previously undocumented watermark varieties, all of King Hassan II.

For example, the 20-dirham note P67 has at least two different watermarks of Hassan II in profile. The first one appears to have a thinner face, whereas the second one with the fuller face also looks like the king has a black eye. The thin profile has been confirmed on signature 12, 15, and 16 notes, whereas the black eye profile has been confirmed on signature 13 and 14 notes.



The 50-dirham note P64 has at least two watermark varieties, both with the king making eye contact, but with a full versus thin face, confirmed on signature 12 and 13 notes, respectively.



The 100-dirham note P65 has at least three different watermarks, all having been seen on notes with signature 12. One where the king is making eye contact, and two in profile, with full and thin faces.





Finally, the 200-dirham P66 has at least three different watermarks: two in profile and one with eye contact. The eye contact and thin profile have both been doucmented on signature 12 notes, whereas the full (black eye) profile and eye contact have been documented on signature 13 notes, so this is not a case where the watermark corresponds to the change in signatures.





Perhaps these watermark changes correspond to different printers? Any additional info would be appreciated.

Courtesy of Lucien Beaudouin and Bill Stubkjaer.

Singapore 2-dollar note with triangle confirmed


2 dollars (US$1.55), no date. Like P46, but with one triangle below EDUCATION on back. Previously notes with none, one, and two squares have been confirmed. This is the first time someone has confirmed a new symbol on a given denomination.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie.

Iran new 500-rial note confirmed



500 rials (US$0.05), no date. Introduced 1999. Like P137A, but signature 28 (Moshen Nourbakhsh and Hossein Namazi), and text on back reads “CENTRAL BANK OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN” instead of “ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN BANK MARKAZI IRAN.”

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Jamaica new date (15.01.2009) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$0.60). 15.01.2009. Like P83, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Indonesia new sig/date (2010) 5,000-rupiah note confirmed


5,000 rupiah (US$0.55). 2010. Like P142, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Bangladesh new sig/date (2010) 100-taka note confirmed


100 taka (US$1.40), 2010. Like P49, but new date and new signature (Atiur Rahman).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Bangladesh new sig/date (2010) 50-taka note confirmed


50 taka (US$0.70), 2010. Like P41, but new date and new signature (Atiur Rahman).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Sudan to split, creating two new currencies

According to an article on allAfrica.com dated 1 February 2011, “the financial authorities in North Sudan told their Southern counterparts that they will discontinue use of the pound after the semi-autonomous region officially becomes an independent state” following last month’s referendum in which 99% of the Southerners voted to separate from the North.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Artist Thomas Hipschen: The man behind your (US) money

Here’s an interesting short video about Thomas Hipschen, former engraver for the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Mongolia new 10,000-tögrög note confirmed


10,000 tögrög (US$7.00)
Orange, black, red, and brown.. Front: Chinggis Khaan; holographic Soyombo symbol; warrior on horseback. Back: Building courtyard with tree-like water fountain. Windowed security thread with demetalized MONGOLBANK. Watermark: Chinggis Khaan and electrotype МБ. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 72 mm. 2009. Signature L. Purevdorj.

This note is like P67, but with new signature, new date, and new text in the oblong panel between the signature and portrait on the front (shown above, rotated 90° counterclockwise).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Malawi new sig/date (31.10.2009) 20-kwacha note confirmed


20 kwacha (US$0.15), 31st OCTOBER 2009. Like P44, but new date and signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Kazakhstan new 2,000-tenge commemorative confirmed


On 17 January 2011, the National Bank of Kazakhstan issued a new 2,000-tenge (US$13.60) banknote to mark the 2011 Asian Winter Games hosted by Kazakhstan. The banknote bears the emblem of the 7th Asian Winter Games that are scheduled to be held in Astana and Almaty from 30 January to 6 February.

2,000-tenge (US$13.60)
Green and blue. Front (vertical): Snowflakes; Astana-Baiterek monument; sheet music; national emblem; palm; flag. Back: Mountain; ski jumper; globe emblem of the 7th Asian Winter Games. Solid security thread. Windowed security thread with demetalized 2000 and text along scrolling line. Watermark: Snow leopard with electrotype 2000. Printer: (TDLR and BFoNBK). 139 x 73 mm. 2011. Signature 5. Intro: 17.01.2011.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Omer Yalcinkaya, Thomas Krause, Claudio Marana, Vadim Tislenko, and Nazir Rahemtulla.

Egypt new date (15.12.2009) 10-pound note confirmed

10 pounds (US$1.70), ٢٠٠٩/١٢/١٥ (15.12.2009). Like P65, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.
Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Canada new date (2009) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$20.20), 2009. Like P103 (“ISSUE OF 2004”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2009 at lower center on back and new signatures (W.P. Jenkins and M.J. Carney).

Courtesy of James Huang.

Canada new date (2009) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$10.10), 2009. Like P102A (“ISSUE OF 2004”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2009 at lower center on back and new signatures (W.P. Jenkins and M.J. Carney).

Courtesy of James Huang.

Paraguay new date (2009) 2,000-guaraní note confirmed


2,000 guaraníes (US$0.45), 2009. Like the same denomination issued 18.12.2009, but new date, prefix B, and printer(Giesecke & Devrient).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Banknotes LT.

Sri Lanka unveils new notes to be issued soon








According to a booklet produced by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to highlight events planned to celebrate its 60th anniversary, a new series of banknotes was scheduled to be issued 3 March 2011. However, according to a more recent AsianTribute article, the notes are expected “next month,” and indications are they may be issued as early as 4 February.

The denomination structure of the new series will be 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, and 5,000 rupees (for a total face value of approximately US$60). The note series was designed by two Sri Lankan artists selected from an island-wide competition. The themes of the new notes are Development and Prosperity, and Sri Lankan Dancers. The fronts of the new notes bear artistict impressions of selected development projects in Sri Lanka and native birds and butterflies. The backs depict Sri Lankan traditional dancers and guard stones in a background of a map of Sri Lanka.

Like the current series of notes, the new notes have vertically-oriented backs. They appear to be printed by DLR, are dated 2010-01-01, and signed by Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ajith Nivard Cabraal.

More info can be found on this web page and in this document.

Courtesy of Aidan Work, Jean-Michel Engels, and Tod Hunt.

India new date (2010) 50-rupee note with L inset letter confirmed


50 rupees (US$1.10), 2010. Like P97, but new date and L inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Ukraine is planning 200- and 1,000-hryvnia notes

According to a Ukrainske Radio report dated 28 January 2011, the National Bank of Ukraine is contemplating issuing a 1,000-hryvnia (US$126) note, which would double the largest denomination in the country. The bank is also scheduled to issue a new 200-hryvnia (US$25.15) note in the fourth quarter of 2011. The new 200-hryvnia note will have improved security features, but no significant design changes.

Colombia new date (20.08.2007) 10,000-peso note confirmed


10,000 pesos (US$5.40), 20 DE AGOSTO DE 2007. Like P453, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Larry Hirsch.

Paraguay series E 50,000-guarani note confirmed


According to an an article on La Nacion dated 12 December 2010, Banco Central de Paraguay has issued a new Series E 50,000-guarani (US$10.75) which is like the Seres D notes issued 12 May 2008 (P232), but with a Motion security thread instead of a windowed metallic thread, and the removal of the second instance of “BANCO CENTRAL DEL PARAGUAY” above the watermark area on the back.

Courtesy of Enrique Roman and Thomas Augustsson.

Paraguay series C 20,000-guarani note confirmed



Banco Central de Paraguay has issued a new Series C 20,000-guarani (US$4.30) which is like the Seres B notes issued 10 December 2008 (P230), but with a Motion security thread instead of a windowed metallic thread, and has a tactile symbol added for the sight impaired.

Courtesy of Enrique Roman and Thomas Augustsson.

Sweden new sig/date (2008) 50-kronor note confirmed


50 kronor (US$7.70), (20)08. Like P67, but new date and signatures (Johan Gernandt and Stefan Ingves).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Sweden new sig/date (2009) 100-kronor note confirmed


100 kronor (US$15.40), 20)09. Like P64, but new date and signatures (Johan Gernandt and Stefan Ingves).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Pakistan new date (2010) 5, 10, 50, and 100-rupee notes confirmed


With today’s confirmation of the new 2010 date varieties, all denominations—with the exception of the 20 rupee—have been confirmed with the new date and new signature of Syed Salim Raza.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Mexico new sig/date (28.04.2008) 200-peso note confirmed


200 pesos (US$16.50), 28 ABR. 2008. Like Pick 125, but new date, new signatures (Everado Elizondo Almaguer and Raul Valdes Ramos), and Serie N.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Kuwait new signature 1/2-dinar note confirmed


1/2 dinar (US$1.80), L .1968. Like Pick 24, but new signature 14 (Salem Abdul Aziz Sa’ud al-Sabah and Mustafa Jassim Al-Shamali).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

India new date (2010) 50-rupee note confirmed


50 rupees (US$1.10), 2010. Like Pick 97, but new date, new signature, and E inset letter.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Belarus new 20,000-ruble commemorative confirmed


According to a press release dated 18 November 2010, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus commemorated its 20th anniversary by issuing a 20,000-ruble (US$6.60) note on 1 December. Only 3,000 notes will be issued in special booklets. The commemorative is based upon the note of the same denomination issued in 2000 (Pick 31), but with a hologram over the watermark reading "NB 1920 1991-2011."

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

China new serial number format confirmed


China has apparently issued notes with a new serial number format, specifically A0A0123456. This has been reported on 10c, 50c, Y1, and Y100 notes.

Courtesy of David Liu.

Egypt new date (12.05.2009) 10-pound note confirmed

10 pounds (US$1.70), ٢٠٠٩/٥/١٢ (12.05.2009). Like P64, but new date.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Congo Republic scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Congo Republic:

P4 signature 12
P8 dated 1-01-1988
P10 dated 1-01-1989
P12

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Mexico new sig/date (08.03.2010) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$4.15), 8 MAR. 2010. Like P123, but new date and signatures (Jose Julian Sidaoui Dib and Raul Valdes Ramos).

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

New Zealand new date (2007) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$7.60), (20)07. Like P186, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.
Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Tanzania new note family confirmed

On 17 December 2010, the Bank of Tanzania announced it would introduce a new family of notes on 1 January 2011. The new notes are slightly smaller than the existing notes, which will continue to circulate in parallel. The new notes are protected by Motion windowed security threads, Spark patches, and watermarks with electrotype denominations, among other anti-counterfeiting features.

According to an article on The Citizen dated 30 December 2011, Crane printed all denominations except the 1,000-shilling note, which is printed by De La Rue. Previously Tanzania’s notes were printed by Giesecke & Devrient, whose contract expired in April 2009.


500 shillings
Green. Front: Coat of arms; Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume. Back: Snake coiled around stick; University of Dar es Salaam central hall building; graduating students wearing caps and gowns. giraffe. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 500. Printer: (Crane). 120 x 60 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


1,000 shillings
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; President Julius Kambarage Nyerere; Bismarck Rock in Mwanza Harbor. Back: Coffee plant; State House (Ikulu) building with flag in Dar Es Salaam. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOT 2010. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 1000. Printer: (TDLR). 125 x 65 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


2,000 shillings
Tan and brown. Front: Coat of arms; lion. Back: Palm trees; old Omani Arab Fort (Ngome Kongwe) in Zanzibar’s Stone Town; carved block; diamond-shaped Spark patch with giraffe head. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 2000. Printer: (Crane). 130 x 66 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


5,000 shillings
Purple. Front: Coat of arms; plant; black rhinoceros. Back: Mining machinery; rough and cut diamonds; diamond-shaped Spark patch with giraffe head. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 5000. Printer: (Crane). 135 x 67 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


10,000 shillings
Red and yellow. Front: Coat of arms; elephant. Back: Flowers; Bank of Tanzania headquarters building in Dar es Salaam; diamond-shaped Spark patch with giraffe head. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 10000. Printer: (Crane). 140 x 68 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Guatemala new 20-quetzal note confirmed


On 2 December 2010, Banco De Guatemala issued a new 20-quetzal (US$2.50) note, like P112, but with new security features, including a flag as registration device, color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized text, watermark with electrotype 20, microprinting, colored fibers, and a latent image.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

Cuba new date (2009) 1-peso note confirmed


1 peso, 2009. Like P121, but new date.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Taiwan 100-dollar commemorative note confirmed


On 6 January 2011, the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) issued a new 100-dollar (US$3.45) legal tender circulating commemorative in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. The red paper note measures 145 × 70 mm and features a portrait of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen on the front, and the Chung-Shan Building on the back.


The design is no different from the ordinary NT$100 note (P1991), except for the wording in Chinese language in the reverse of the note, which reads: “Celebrating the 100 years of founding of the Republic of China.” A numismatic product consisting of an uncut three-note sheet in a folder is also available at a premium price of NT$500.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Kai Hwong.

Nigeria new sig/date (2010) 200-naira note confirmed


200 naira (US$1.30), 2010. Like P29, but new date and signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.01.2008) 1,000-dollar note confirmed


1,000 dollars (US$129), 1 JANUARY 2008. Like P211, but new date and signature.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2009) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$6.45), 1 JANUARY 2009. Like P208, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Egypt new date (27.10.2009) 50-pound note confirmed

50 pounds (US$8.60). Like P66, but new date ٢٠٠٩/١٠/٢٧ (27.10.2009).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Norway new date (2008) 500-krone note confirmed


500 kroner (US$84.50), 2008. Like P51, but new date.

Courtesy of Håkon Hagelund.

West African States new signature varieties confirmed


A new signature combination has been confirmed for the 1,000, 5,000, and 10,000-franc notes from the West African States. All notes are dated (20)10. The three denominations have been confirmed with the country code of D for Mali, which makes these P415, P417, and P418. The 5,000 and 10,000-franc denominations have also been confirmed with the country code of K for Senegal (P717 and P718). If anyone has this signature combination on notes with other country codes, please send scans of same.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee and Abdullah Beydoun.

Mexico new date (2009.04.23) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$4.10), 23 ABR. 2009. Like P123, but new date and new signature (Guillermo Ortiz Martinez and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie M.

Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2010) 50-cedi note confirmed


50 cedis (US$33.75), 6th MARCH 2010. Like P41, but new date, new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Viet Nam new date (2010) 500,000-dong note confirmed


500,000-dong (US$26.20), (20)10. Like P124, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Duong Do Hoang and Jean-Michel Engels.

Vanuatu new signature 5,000-vatu note confirmed


5,000 vatu (US$52.40), no date. Like P7, but new signature combination (Odo Tevi and Sela Molisa). Prefix BB.

Courtesy of Krassy Dimitrov.

Jamaica 50-dollar commemorative confirmed



The Bank of Jamaica commemorated the 50th anniversary of its founding by issuing a new 50-dollar (US$0.60) note on 15 November 2010, even though the official anniversary celebrations aren't expected to begin until May 2011.

The front of the commemorative note is like the current note (P83) in design and security features, but the bank's logo printed in blue, with the words "50th anniversary and 1960-2010" printed above and below the logo. The back of the commemorative features the Bank of Jamaica headquarters building at Nethersole Place set against a medallion background of morning glory blossoms. This new vignette replaces the Doctors Cave Beach scene on the back of the current $50 note. Both new and old notes will circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

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