Africa

South Africa unveils new commemorative notes (B772 - B776) to be introduced 18.07.2018

According to a 13 June 2018 press release, on 18 July 2018 the South African Reserve Bank plans to introduce new banknotes to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as Madiba. The commemorative notes have the same front as the existing issues, but with a young Madiba on back. They will circulate in parallel with the exiting issues.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Craig Eustace, Hermann Huber, Antje Bird, and Chris Huff.

Nigeria new date (2018) 50-naira note (B236k) confirmed

Like B236j, but new date (2018).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

South Sudan new 500-pound note (B116) reported

According to an article in Sudan Tribune dated 9 June 2018, the Bank of South Sudan plans to introduce a new 500-pound note to ease daily cash transactions following years of inflation.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Paul Nahmias, and Aidan Work.

Gambia new sig. 50- and 100-dalasis notes (B225d, B227c) reportedly introduced 11.06.2018

According to a press release dated 11 June 2018, the Central Bank of The Gambia has introduced 50- and 100-dalasis notes like preceding issues, but with new signatures to meet currency demands while a new family of notes is printed.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Sudan new 50-pound note (B412) reportedly introduced 06.06.2018

According to a Reuters article dated 6 June 2018, the Central Bank of Sudan has begun replacing existing 50-pound notes (B411) with a new design to thwart counterfeiting of the nation's largest denomination.

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Courtesy of Aidan Work, Antje Bird, John Miskell, Igor Nosenko.

Ghana new sig/date (04.08.2017) 20-cedi note (B148g) confirmed

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Like B148f, but new signature (Ernest Addison) and new date (4th AUGUST 2017). Prefix XD.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new sig/date (04.08.2017) 2-cedi note (B152d) confirmed

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Like B152c, but new signature (Ernest Addison) and new date (4th AUGUST 2017). Prefix CS.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new sig/date (04.08.2017) 50-cedi note (B151e) confirmed

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Like B151d, but new signature (Ernest Addison) and new date (4th AUGUST 2017). Prefix XU.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Guinea new sig/date (2017) 1,000-franc note (B340b) confirmed

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Like B340a, but new date (2017) and new signatures. Prefix CK.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and .

Central African States new signature 500-franc note (B106U) confirmed

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Like B106Uf, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Jérôme Deschamps (www.jeromecollection.com).

Nigeria new date (2018) 20-naira note (B232r) confirmed

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Like B232q, but new date (2018). Prefix EY.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.


West African States new sig/date (2017) 1,000-franc note (B121Aq) confirmed

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Like B121Aq, but new date (2017) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.



West African States new sig/date (2016) 2,000-franc note (B122Tp) confirmed

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Like B122To, but new date (2016) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.



West African States new sig/date (2017) 1,000-franc note (B121Tq) confirmed

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Like B121Tq, but new date (2017) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.



Uganda new sig/date (2017) 10,000-shilling note (B157e) confirmed

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Like B157d, but new date (2017) and new signatures. Prefix BP.

Courtesy of Numisnota (http://numisnota.eu).

Uganda new sig/date (2017) 50,000-shilling note (B159c) confirmed

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Like B159b, but new date (2017) and new signatures. Prefix AS.

Courtesy of Numisnota (http://numisnota.eu).

Mauritania new 1,000-ouguiya note (B130) confirmed

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Courtesy of Olin Yap,

South Sudan new sig/date (2017) 20-pound note (B113c) confirmed

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Like B113b, but new date (2017) and new signatures. Prefix AQ.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Angola new signature 2,000-kwanza note (B548b) confirmed

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Like B548a, but new signature. Prefix LA.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Sudan new sig/date (00.03.2017) 5-pound note (B408d) confirmed

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Like B408c, but new signature and new date (MARCH 2017). Prefix CA.

Courtesy of John Miskell.

Ghana new 5-cedi note (B154) confirmed

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Like B153, but without commemorative text center front, new date (4TH AUGUST 2017), and new signature (Ernest Addison). Prefix AV.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ethiopia new date (2017) 10-birr note (B332e) confirmed

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Like B332d, but new date (2009/2017). Prefix DJ.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Angola new sig 1,000-angola note (B547b) confirmed

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Like B547a, but new signature. Prefix IB.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Swaziland king renames country Kingdom of eSwatini

According to an article in The Guardian dated 19 April 2018, King Mswati III announced that Swaziland has reverted its name to the Kingdom of eSwatini (meaning “place of the Swazi”) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its independence from Britain. Time will tell what name will appear on future banknote issues.

Courtesy of Mark Irwin.

Uganda new sig/date (2017) 5,000-shilling note (B156e) confirmed

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Like B156d, but new signatures and new date (2017). Prefix BK.

Courtesy of Schachar Eli.

Swaziland new date (06.09.2017) 20-lilangeni note (B232c) confirmed

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Like B232b, but new date (6.9.2017). Prefix AB.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

West African States new sig/date (2017) 500-franc note (B120Cf) confirmed

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Like B120Ce, but new signatures and new date (20)17.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.



West African States new sig/date (2017) 1,000-franc note (B121Sq) confirmed

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Like B121Sp, but new signatures and new date (20)17.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.



West African States new sig/date (2017) 2,000-franc note (B122Cq) confirmed

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Like B122Cq, but new signatures and new date (20)17.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.



Somalia new sig/date (1989) 100-shilling note (B310g) confirmed

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The top note is B310f, dated 1989 with signature 5, confirmed with series D171 - D236. The bottom note B310g is also dated 1989, but has earlier signature 4, and series D242 - D248. If anyone has other examples of this note dated 1989 with signature 4, please send scans so the series ranges can be determined.

Nigeria new date (2018) 200-naira note (B227x) confirmed

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Like B227w, but new date (2018). Prefix AG/97.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Ethiopia new date (2017) 5-birr note (B331f) confirmed

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Like B331e, but new date (2009/2017). Prefix DG.

Courtesy of Numisnota (http://numisnota.eu).


Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 200-franc note (B321c) confirmed

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Like B321b, but new date (30.06.2013), new signature, and new imprint (GIESECKE & DEVRIENT / MUNICH). Prefix/suffix NC/L.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.


Swaziland new 100- and 200-lilangeni notes (B237, B238) confirmed introduced February 2018

According to a 14 December 2017 article in Swazi Observer, the Central Bank of Swaziland intended to introduce the following two new banknotes in February 2018.

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Murtaza Karimjee (www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com).

Liberia new date (2017) 500-dollar note (B316b) confirmed

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Like B316a, but new date (2017). Prefix AA.

Courtesy of Numisnota (http://numisnota.eu).

Liberia new date (2017) 100-dollar note (B315b) confirmed

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Like B315a, but new date (2017). Prefix AC.

Courtesy of Numisnota (http://numisnota.eu).

Liberia new date (2017) 50-dollar note (B314b) confirmed

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Like B314a, but new date (2017). Prefix AD.

Courtesy of Numisnota (http://numisnota.eu).

Liberia new date (2017) 5-dollar note (B311b) confirmed

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Like B311a, but new date (2017). Prefix AB.

Courtesy of Numisnota (http://numisnota.eu).

Mauritius new date (2017) 1,000-rupee note (B429d) confirmed

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Like B429c, but new date (2017). Prefix CA.

Courtesy of Owen Griffiths.

Mauritius new sig/date (2017) 100-rupee note (B422h) confirmed

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Like B422g, but new signatures and new date (2017). Prefix DR.

Courtesy of Owen Griffiths.

Sierra Leone new note family reported for 2021 introduction

According to a 14 February 2018 article on Awoko, the Bank of Sierra Leone announced plans to introduce redesigned banknotes in 2021 to celebrate the country's 60th anniversary of independence. The new notes will depict past presidents, including Ahmad Tejan Kabbah on the 5,000-leone note and Ernest Bai Koroma on the 10,000-leone note. No word on whether the bank will continue to produce 1,000- and 2,000-leone denominations, with face values of only US$0.15 and US$0.25, respectively.

Botswana new 10-pula polymer note (B129) confirmed

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Like B124, but printed on polymer. new date (2018), and new signatures. Prefix AE.

Courtesy of .

Sudan new sig/date (00.03.2017) 2-pound note (B407c) confirmed

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Like B407b, but new date (MARCH 2017) and new signature. Prefix BF.

Courtesy of John Miskell.

South Africa new Mandela commemorative note family reported for 18.07.2018 introduction

According to a 11 February 2018 press release, on 18 July 2018 the South African Reserve Bank plans to introduce new banknotes to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. The commemorative notes will circulate in parallel with the exiting issues.

Mauritius new date (2017) 500-rupee note (B432c) confirmed

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Like B432b, but new date (2017). Prefix PF.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Sierra Leone new date (04.08.2013) 2,000-leone note (B126b) confirmed

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Like B126a, but new date (4th AUGUST 2013). Prefix EM.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Sao Tome and Principe new note family (B308-B313) confirmed introduced 01.01.2018

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B308 (PNL): 5 dobras (US$0.20)
Purple. Front: Portuguese text; Acraea insularis butterfly; coat of arms; Banco Central headquarters building in São Tomé; Rei Amador embossed on clear window. Back: Portuguese text; stylized cocoa pod; Rei Amador embossed on clear window; butterflies; map of Sao Tome and Principe; Musaranho-fingui (Crocidura thomensis) São Tomé shrew. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): None. Printer: (Thomas De La Rue). 130 x 67 mm. Polymer (Safeguard).
a. 21 de Outubro de 2016. Sig. 7. Prefix AA. Intro: 01.01.2018.

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B309 (PNL): 10 dobras (US$0.45)
Red. Front: Portuguese text; Acraea niobe butterfly; coat of arms; Banco Central headquarters building in São Tomé; Rei Amador embossed on clear window. Back: Portuguese text; stylized cocoa pod; Rei Amador embossed on clear window; butterflies; map of Sao Tome and Principe; Tluqui-Sun-Dêçu (Prinia molleri) São Tomé prinia bird perched on branch. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): None. Printer: (Thomas De La Rue). 135 x 67 mm. Polymer (Safeguard).
a. 21 de Outubro de 2016. Sig. 7. Prefix AB. Intro: 01.01.2018.

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B310 (PNL): 20 dobras (US$0.90)
Green. Front: Portuguese text; Charaxes barnsi butterfly; coat of arms; Banco Central headquarters building in São Tomé; butterfly as registration device. Back: Portuguese text; stylized cocoa pod; butterfly; map of Sao Tome and Principe; Rã de S. Tomé (Hyperolius thomensis) Sao Tome giant treefrog clutching branch. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BCSTP. Watermark: Rei Amador and electrotype butterfly. Printer: (Thomas De La Rue). 140 x 67 mm.
a. 21 de Outubro de 2016. Sig. 7. Prefix AC. Intro: 01.01.2018.

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B311 (PNL): 50 dobras (US$2.20)
Brown. Front: Portuguese text; Charaxes lemosi butterfly; coat of arms; Banco Central headquarters building in São Tomé; butterfly as registration device. Back: Portuguese text; stylized cocoa pod; butterfly; map of Sao Tome and Principe; Tchintchintchólò (Ploceus sanctithomae) São Tomé weaver perched on branch. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BCSTP. Watermark: Rei Amador and electrotype butterfly. Printer: (Thomas De La Rue). 145 x 67 mm.
a. 21 de Outubro de 2016. Sig. 7. Prefix AD. Intro: 01.01.2018.

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B312 (PNL): 100 dobras (US$4.40)
Green. Front: Portuguese text; Charaxes odysseus butterfly; coat of arms; Banco Central headquarters building in São Tomé; holographic patch; butterfly as registration device. Back: Portuguese text; stylized cocoa pod; butterfly; map of Sao Tome and Principe; Macaco de S. Tomé (Cercophithecus mona) Mona monkey on branch. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BCSTP. Watermark: Rei Amador and electrotype butterfly. Printer: (Thomas De La Rue). 150 x 67 mm.
a. 21 de Outubro de 2016. Sig. 7. Prefix AE. Intro: 01.01.2018.

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B313 (PNL): 200 dobras (US$8.80)
Dark red. Front: Portuguese text; Charaxes defulvata butterfly; coat of arms; Banco Central headquarters building in São Tomé; holographic patch; butterfly as registration device. Back: Portuguese text; stylized cocoa pod; butterfly; map of Sao Tome and Principe; Chibi-ficha (Anabathmis hartlaubii) Príncipe sunbird perched on branch. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BCSTP. Watermark: Rei Amador and electrotype butterfly. Printer: (Thomas De La Rue). 155 x 67 mm.
a. 21 de Outubro de 2016. Sig. 7. Prefix AF. Intro: 01.01.2018.

Courtesy of Manuel Pires Horta Rosa.

Mauritania new 50- to 500-ouguiya notes (B126-B129) confirmed

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Courtesy of Numisnota.

Liberia new date (2017) 20-dollar note (B313b) confirmed

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Like B313a, but new date (2017). Prefix AC.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Liberia new date (2017) 10-dollar note (B312b) confirmed

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Like B312a, but new date (2017). Prefix AB.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Sudan new sig/date (00.03.2017) 10-pound note (B409c) confirmed

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Like B409b, but new signature and new date (MARCH 2017). Prefix DF.

Courtesy of Sabine Leuenberger ().

Central African States new sig 1,000-franc note (B107Uf) confirmed

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Like B107Ue, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Chris Twining (Pages Coins and Currency).

Central African States new sig 2,000-franc note (B108Uf) confirmed

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Central_African_States_BEAC_2000_francs_2002.00.00_B108Uf_P208U_U_532983429_r
Like B108Ue, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Chris Twining (Pages Coins and Currency).

Tunisia new 20-dinar note (B537) confirmed introduced 21.12.2017

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B537 (PNL): 20 dinars (US$8.10)
Red. Front: Arabic text; denomination in circular gold SPARK Live; Farhat Hached. Back: French text; aerial view and close-up of Roman amphitheatre in El Jem; Corinthian column. 4.5-mm wide Rapid windowed security thread with demetalized 20 DINARS BCT. Watermark: Farhat Hached with electrotype 20. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 76 mm.
a. 2017-7-26. Sig. 10. Prefix E/1. Intro: 21.12.2017.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Dmytry Nevmyvako.

Sierra Leone new sig/date (04.08.2015) 5,000-leone note (B127c) confirmed

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Like B127b, but new date and new signatures. Prefix GV.

Courtesy of Marco Fragel.

Djibouti new 40-franc commemorative note (B205) confirmed

The Banque Centrale de Djibouti introduced this 40-franc note to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Djibouti’s independence from France, which took place on 27 June 1977.

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Courtesy of Stane Štraus (www.polymernotes.org), Alex Zlotin, Dennis Zammit, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Mauritania new polymer note family (B126-B130) scheduled for introduction 01.01.2018

On 5 December 2017, the Banque Centrale de Mauritanie unveiled designs for new coins and banknotes, expected to be introduced into circulation on 1 January 2018. The ougiya currency unit has been redenominated at a rate of 1:10.


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Courtesy of Marco Pache.

West African States Benin new sig/date (2016) 500-franc note (B120Be) confirmed

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Like B120Bd, but new date (2016) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels (Delcampe store).

West African States Benin new sig/date (2015) 500-franc note (B120Bd) confirmed

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Like B120Bc, but new date (2015) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels (Delcampe store).

Mauritania reportedly introducing new banknotes 01.01.2018

According to an article dated 28 November 2017 in El Confidencial, the Banque Centrale de Mauritanie intends to introduce new notes on 1 January 2018. It is unclear if the bank will revalue the ouguiya currency unit, or simply issue notes in excess of 5,000 ouguiya, the largest denomination at present.

Botswana new 10-pula polymer note reported for introduction on 01.02.2018

In response to persistent public concerns regarding the poor quality of the current circulating 10-pula note (B124) printed on paper, the Bank of Botswana plans to introduce a new polymer note on 1 February 2018.

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Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Kenya new notes reportedly to be introduced mid-2018

According to an article dated 24 November 2017 in the Standard Digital, the Central Bank of Kenya intends to introduce new coins and banknotes by the second quarter of 2018. Plans to redesign the currency to remove portraits of real people have been in the works since 2015, but have been on hold due, in part, to a lawsuit initiated by security printer De La Rue.

Gambia reportedly to issue reprinted notes in February 2018

After a contested presidential election in 2016, long-time incumbent President Yahya Jammeh eventually stepped down on 21 January 2017, to be replaced by Adama Barrow as The Gambia's third president. According to an article in The Point dated 24 November 2017, the governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia, Bakery Jammeh, indicates that in February 2018 the bank will begin replacing notes featuring the portrait of former President Jammeh (B228 - B234) with reprints of the preceding issues, the so-called "Family" notes bearing images of typical Gambians. These notes will be used throughout 2018, giving the bank time to design and print an entirely new series of notes with the latest security features. Ironically, history seems to be repeating itself. Following the overthrow of President Jawara in a coup d’état led by then Lieutenant Jammeh on 22 July 1994, the bank replaced notes featuring Jawara's portrait (B201 - B212) with the original "Family" notes (B213 - B216) in 1996.

Mauritius new date (2016) 1,000-rupee note (B429c) confirmed

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Like B429b, but new date (2016). Prefix BP.

Courtesy of Michael Lang.

Angola new signature 500-kwanza note (B546b) confirmed

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Like B546a, but new signature. Prefix GA.

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


Malawi new date (01.01.2017) 20-kwacha note (B158d) confirmed

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Malawi_RBM_20_kwacha_2017.01.01_B158d_P63_BG_3317229_r
Like B158c, but new date (1st JANUARY 2017). Prefix BG.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Angola new signature 100-kwanza note (B544b) confirmed

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Like B544a, but new signature (Valter Filipe Duarte da Silva). Prefix DB.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).


Sudan new sig/date (2017) 20-pound note (B410d) confirmed

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Like B410c, but new signature and new date (MARCH 2017). Prefix EM.

Courtesy of John Miskell.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 1,000-franc note (B121Ap) confirmed

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Like B121Ao, but new date (2016) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 2,000-franc note (B122Ap) confirmed

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Like B122Ao, but new date (2016) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States new sig/date (2017) 1,000-franc note (B121Hq) confirmed

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West_African_States_BC_1000_francs_2017.00.00_B121Hq_P615H_17553540875_r
Like B121Hp, but new date (2017) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Sabine Leuenberger (http://stores.ebay.com/collectunccurrency).


Malawi new date (01.01.2017) 200-kwacha note (B162b) confirmed

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Malawi_RBM_200_kwacha_2017.01.01_B162b_PNL_AQ_2394038_r
Like B162a, but new date (1st JANUARY 2017). Prefix AG.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Malawi new date (01.01.2017) 100-kwacha note (B160c) confirmed

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Malawi_RBM_100_kwacha_2017.01.01_B160c_P65_BG_9480050_r
Like B160b, but new date (1st JANUARY 2017). Prefix BG.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Malawi new date (01.01.2017) 50-kwacha note (B157d) confirmed

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Malawi_RBM_50_kwacha_2017.01.01_B157d_P64_BG_0611140_r
Like B157c, but new date (1st JANUARY 2017). Prefix BG.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Nigeria new date (2017) 1,000-naira note (B229n) confirmed

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Like B229m, but new date (2017). Prefix T/91.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

South Sudan new sig/date (2017) 50-dollar note (B114c) confirmed

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Like B114b, but new signatures, new date (2017). Prefix AJ.

Courtesy of Jürgen Franer, Dmitry Svobodin, and Fritz Simons.

Madagascar new notes (B332 - B335) confirmed introduced 18.09.2017

Banky Foiben'i Madagasikara introduced these four smaller denominations on 18 September 2017, completing the new family that premiered on 17 July 2017. The theme remains “Madagascar and its Riches,” including economic activities, biodiversity, culture, and tourist sites. All the notes have tactile geometric features for the sight-impaired, zebu head watermarks, security threads, and iridescent stripes.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).



South Sudan new sig/date (2016) 100-pound note (B115b) confirmed

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Like B115a, but new date (2016) and new signature. Prefix AC.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Sao Tome and Principe new banknote family to be introduced 01.01.2018

On 25 August 2017, the Banco Central de São Tomé e Príncipe unveiled six new banknotes and five new coins as part of the bank’s 25th anniversary celebrations and redenomination efforts. The notes were designed and printed by De La Rue to showcase wildlife and include innovative features to make them secure against counterfeiting. The four largest denominations are protected with Depth Image holograms and StarChrome windowed security threads. The two smallest denominations are printed on Safeguard polymer substrate. The new notes are expected to be introduced on 1 January 2018.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Nigeria new date (2017) 20-naira note (B232q) confirmed

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Like B232p, but new date (2017). Prefix ED.

Courtesy of Felix Ohmberger.

Nigeria new date (2017) 50-naira note (B236j) confirmed

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Like B236i, but new date (2017). Prefix TU.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Congo Democratic Republic new printer 200-franc note (B321b) confirmed

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B321b: Like B321a, but new printer imprint (HOTEL DES MONNAIES) at lower right back. Prefix NC.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).


Nigeria new date (2017) 500-naira note (B228s) confirmed

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Like B228r, but new date (2017). Prefix Y/50.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Central African States new signature 2,000-franc note (B108Mc) confirmed

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B108Mc: Like B108M, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States new sig/date (2017) 10,000-franc note (B124Cq) confirmed

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Like B124Cp, but new date (2017) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Swaziland new 10-lilangeni note (B236) confirmed

On 24 July 2017, the Central Bank of Swaziland began issuing a green 10-lilangeni note to reduce confusion between the preceding blue 10-lilangeni note and South Africa’s blue 100-rand note (B770), which also circulates in Swaziland. Aside from the color change and addition of the text VISION 2022 (a reference to social programs designed to transform Swaziland into a “first world” nation by that year) vertically at right front and left back, the note is identical in design to the preceding issues. However, there are discrepancies in the bank’s own promotional material as to whether security and sight-impaired features have changed.

Because the current 200-lilangeni note is also green, that denomination will be redesigned to avoid confusion with this new note. The 100-lilangeni is also expected to be redesigned for unspecified reasons. These larger denominations are scheduled for introduction on 1 January 2018.

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Courtesy of Hermann Huber.

South Sudan new sig/date (2017) 100-pound note (B115c) confirmed

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Like B115b, but new signatures (Othom Rago Ajak and Stephen Dhieu Dau Ayik), and new date (2017). Prefix AE.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

South Sudan new sig/date (2016) 50-pound note (B114b) confirmed

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Like B114a, but new signatures and new date (2016). Prefix AG.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Nigeria new date (2017) 10-naira note (B235l) confirmed

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Nigeria_CBN_10_naira_2017.00.00_B235l_P39_EG_6301098_r
Like B235k, but new date (2017). Prefix EG.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Madagascar new notes confirmed introduced 17.07.2017

Banky Foiben'i Madagasikara introduced the first of a new family of notes with the following denominations. The four larger denominations were issued on 17 July 2017, to be followed by the four smaller denominations on 18 September 2017. The theme remains “Madagascar and its Riches,” including economic activities, biodiversity, culture, and tourist sites. All the notes will have tactile geometric features for the sight-impaired, zebu head watermarks, security threads, and iridescent stripes.

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Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya (eBay store).

Sudan new sig/date (March 2017) 50-pound note (B411c) confirmed

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Like B411b, but new date (MARCH 2017) and new signature (Hazim Abdegadir Ahmed Babiker). Prefix FU.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Mozambique new sig/date (16.06.2017) notes confirmed

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According to a press release dated 29 May 2017, the Bank of Mozambique issued on 16 June 2017 a new note family like the existing issues (B234 - B239), but with new signature (Rogerio Zandamela) and new date (16 DE JUNHO DE 2017). Only the 1,000-metical note has yet to be confirmed.

Courtesy of Don Ludwig, Stane Štraus (www.polymernotes.org), and Hermann Huber and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Madagascar new note family to be introduced July/September 2017

Banky Foiben'i Madagasikara intends to introduce a new family of notes with the following denominations: 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 ariary. The four larger denominations will be issued on 17 July 2017, followed by the four smaller denominations on 18 September 2017. The theme remains “Madagascar and its Riches,” including economic activities, biodiversity, culture, and tourist sites. All the notes will have tactile geometric features for the sight-impaired, zebu head watermarks, security threads, and iridescent stripes.

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According to a decree:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Jérémy Pureur and many others.

Ghana new sig/date (01.07.2016) 50-cedi note (B151d) confirmed

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B151d: Like B151c, but new date (1st JULY 2016), signature 14. Prefix XR.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 20,000-franc note (B326b) confirmed

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B326b: Like B326a, but new date (30.06.2013) and new signature. Prefix/suffix T/B.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 100-franc note (B320c) confirmed

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B320c: Like B320b, but new date (30.06.2013) and new signature. Prefix MD.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

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

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

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

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

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

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

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

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Vygandas Kadzys.

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

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

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

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

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Mozambique new sig/date (16.06.2017) notes reported

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

Courtesy of Carlos Pinto.

West African States new sig/date (2015) 1,000-franc note (B121Bo) confirmed

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Like B121Bn, but new date (2015) and new signature.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Nigeria new date (2017) 5-naira note (B234i) confirmed

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Like B234h, but new date (2017). Prefix DQ.

Courtesy of Felix Ohmberger.

South Sudan new sig/date (2016) 10-pound note (B112b) confirmed

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Like B112a, but new date (2016) and new signatures. Prefix AS.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Sierra Leone new date (04.08.2013) 10,000-leone note (B128b) confirmed

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B128b: Like B128a, but new date (4th AUGUST 2013). Prefix EA.

Courtesy of Vygandas Kadzys.

Madagascar new signature 2,000-ariary note (B327c) confirmed

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B327c: Like B327b, but new signature. Prefix/suffix C/C.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

South Sudan new sig/date (2016) 20-pound note (B113b) confirmed

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Like B113a, but new date (2016) and new signatures. Prefix AJ.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.


Nigeria new date (2017) 200-naira note (B227w) confirmed

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Like B227v, but new date (2017). Prefix D/76.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Somaliland new date (2015) 1,000-shilling note (B123d) confirmed

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B123d: Like B123c, but new date (2015). Prefix HG.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Somaliland new date (2015) 5,000-shilling note (B124c) confirmed

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B124c: Like B124b, but new date (2015). Prefix BT.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

French Equatorial Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 16-page catalog covers notes issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’Afrique Equatoriale Française (Government General of French Equatorial Africa) from 1917 to 1940, Afrique Française Libre (Free French Africa) in 1942, the Caisse Centrale de la France Libre (Central Bank of Free France) from 1943 to 1944, the Caisse Centrale de la France d’Outre-Mer (Central Bank of Overseas France) from 1944 to 1952, and the Institut d’Emission de’Afrique Equatoriale Française et du Cameroun (Issuing Institute of French Equatorial Africa and Cameroon) in 1957. Published 14 April 2017.

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Ghana new 5-cedi commemorative note (B153) confirmed introduced 04.03.2017

According to the text on center front, this legal tender 5-cedi note is “Celebrating 60 years of central banking in Ghana / 1957-2017.”

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B153 (PNL): 5 cedis (US$1.45)
Blue. Front: Star as registration device; Flagstaff House (presidential palace) in Accra; coat of arms; James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey. Back: Coconuts; Kwame Nkrumah (floating production storage and offloading) vessel in Tweneboa, Enyenra, Ntomme off-shore oil fields; cocao pod; gold bars; QR Code; cowrie shells; star. Windowed security thread with demetalized 5 and star. Solid security thread. Watermark: James Kwegyir Aggrey and electrotype 5. Printer: Unknown. 131 x 68 mm.
a. 4TH MARCH 2017. Signature 14. Prefix AA, AB. Intro: 04.03.2017.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).




Mauritius new sig/date (2016) 500-rupee note (B432b) confirmed

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B432b: Like B432a, but new date (2016) and new signatures. Prefix PZ.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin and Owen Griffiths.

Ghana bank governor resigns 01.04.2017

According to a press release dated 30 March 2017, the governor of the Bank of Ghana, Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku, has resigned "for personal reasons" after exactly one year in office. According to an article on Bloomberg, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Ernest Addison as the nation’s new central bank governor. Issahaku's signature appears on only the new commemorative 5-cedi note (B153) introduced 4 March 2017.

Courtesy of Dennis Zammit and Merjim Groen.

Zimbabwe new 5-dollar bond note (B191) confirmed

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B191 (PNL): 5 dollars
Purple and yellow. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth; Zimbabwe bird on star as registration device. Back: Zimbabwe bird on star; three giraffes; trees. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBZ. Watermark: Zimbabwe bird and vertical RBZ electrotype. Printer: Unknown. 155 x 66 mm.
a. 2016. Signature 6. Prefix AA, AB. Intro: 02.02.2017.

Courtesy of Max Keller and Xu He.


Zimbabwe new 10- and 20-dollar bond notes reported

According to a News24 article dated 16 February 2017, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is supposedly planning to introduce new 10- and 20-dollar "bond" notes. This same article incorrectly indicates that 1- and 2-dollar bond notes were introduced in November 2016. In reality, only the 2-dollar note was issued last year, and there is no 1-dollar bond note, though there is supposedly a 5-dollar bond note recently introduced but as of yet unconfirmed.

Egypt new 50-piastre note (B342) confirmed

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B342: Like B328, but with denomination as registration device.

Courtesy of Dmitry Svobodin.

Ghana new 5-cedi commemorative note to be introduced 04.03.2017

According to an article in Business Day Ghana dated 12 February 2017, the Bank of Ghana plans to introduce a new legal tender 5-cedi note on 4 March 2017 to commemorate the bank's 60th anniversary. On 26 January 2017, the bank issued a press release confirming the new 5-cedi note while also categorically denying rumors of new 30-, 100-, and 200-cedi notes circulating on social media.

Zimbabwe bond notes reportedly "falling fast"

On 14 February 2017 (Happy Valentine's Day everyone!), The Economist posted an excellent article entitled Zimbabwe’s new “bond notes” are falling fast that presents a first-hand look at how Mugabe's new bond notes are actually being used in real life. It appears we may be seeing the seeds of a new round of inflation in Zimbabwe…

Zimbabwe new 5-dollar bond note (B191) reported

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From images circulating online, it appears the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has introduced a new 5-dollar bond note (B191), several months after introducing a similar 2-dollar bond note (B190).

Courtesy of Jacek.

Nigeria new date (2016) 500-naira note (B228r) confirmed

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Like B228q, but new date (2016). Prefix V/99.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Nigeria new date (2016) 5-naira note (B234h) confirmed

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Like B234g, but new date (2016). Prefix DE.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Liberia new 500-dollar note (B316) confirmed

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B316 (PNL): 500 dollars (US$6)
Purple, blue, and yellow. Front: Woman, elderly man, and man, all wearing traditional clothing; 5-pointed star as registration device. Back: Bank seal with crossed kissi money and front and back of 50-cent coin dated 1969; 5-pointed star; hippopotamus adult and calf. Rapid windowed security thread with demetalized stars. Watermark: Coat of arms with electrotype CBL. Printer: (Crane Currency). 143 x 66 mm.
a. 2016. Signature 7. Prefix AA. Intro: 18.01.2017.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.

Angola new 5-kwanza note (B550) confirmed

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B550 (PNL): 5 kwanzas (US$0.05)
Blue. Front: José Eduardo dos Santos & António Agostinho Neto. Back: Coat of arms; bird flying over Ruacana waterfalls. Windowed security thread with demetalized BNA 5. Watermark: The Thinker. Printer: (Goznak). 145 x 66 mm.
a. OUTUBRO 2012. Signature 14. Prefix YA. Intro: 2017.

Courtesy of Christian Fouillot ().



Angola new 10-kwanza note (B551) confirmed

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B551 (PNL): 10 kwanzas (US$0.10)
Pink. Front: José Eduardo dos Santos & António Agostinho Neto. Back: Coat of arms; pelican flying over Luena waterfalls. Windowed security thread with demetalized BNA 10. Watermark: The Thinker. Printer: (Goznak). 145 x 66 mm.
a. OUTUBRO 2012. Signature 14. Prefix WA. Intro: 2017.

Courtesy of Christian Fouillot ().



Rif Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Rif Republic cover
The Rif Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download to all.

This 2-page catalog covers notes prepared for the Rif Republic in 1923. Published 10 January 2017.

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Botswana new date (2014) 10-pula note (B124d) confirmed

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B124d: Like B124c, but new date (2014). Prefix AD.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Nigeria new date (2016) 50-naira note (B236i) confirmed

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Like B237h, but new date (2016). Prefix SH.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.


Malawi new 2,000-kwacha note (B163) confirmed

According to a press release dated 11 November 2016, the Reserve Bank of Malawi introduced a new 2,000-kwacha note (B163) on 19 December 2016. The theme depicted on the new note is “Social Development (Tertiary Education)” in line with the running themes on the current Malawi Kwacha series and as such, the motif on the back of the banknote will depict the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) located in Thyolo District. The front of the banknote bears the portrait of Reverend John Chilembwe.

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Courtesy of Sergio Oliveira.

Zimbabwe new 2-dollar bond note (B190) confirmed

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B190 (PNL): 2 dollars
Green and brown. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth; Zimbabwe bird on star as registration device. Back: Zimbabwe bird on star; Eternal Flame of Independence monument and Parliament House in Harare. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBZ. Watermark: Vertical RBZ electrotype. Printer: Unknown. 155 x 62 mm.
a. 2016. Signature 6. Prefix AA. Intro: 28.11.2016.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).



Egypt chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 49-page catalog covers notes issued by the National Bank of Egypt from 1899 to 1960, the Egyptian Government from 1916 to 2006, and the Central Bank of Egypt from 1961 to present. Revised 12 December 2016.

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United Arab Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 5-page catalog covers notes of the Central Bank of the United Arab Republic dated 1958 and the Egyptian/UAR Government issues from 1958 to 1961. Revised 12 December 2016.

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Seychelles new banknote family (B419-B422) introduced 05.12.2016

According to a press release dated 3 November 2016, in December 2016 the Central Bank of Seychelles will launch a new family of banknotes and coins to commemorate 40 years of Seychelles’ independence, with the theme “Seychelles’ Unique Biodiversity – the backbone of our economy.”

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Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya (eBay store), Alex Zlotin, and Igor Tereshkov.

Sierra Leone new date (04.08.2013) 5,000-leone note (B127b) confirmed

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B127b: Like B127a, but new date (4th AUGUST 2013). Prefix GC.

Courtesy of Jan De Roeck.

Sierra Leone new date (04.08.2013) 1,000-leone note (B125b) confirmed

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B125b: Like B125a, but new date (4th AUGUST 2013). Prefix DY.

Courtesy of Jan De Roeck.

Zimbabwe new 2- and 5-dollar bond notes introduced 28.11.2016

BBC News has a great video here showing the new bond notes in use by the public in Zimbabwe.

According to a press release dated 26 November 2016:

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE INTRODUCTION OF BOND NOTES
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is pleased to advise the nation of the introduction of bond notes with effect from Monday, 28 November 2016. The bond notes will be released into the market through normal banking channels in small denominations of $2 and $5 to fund export incentives of up to 5% which will be paid to exporters of goods and services and diaspora remittances. The initial release of bond notes shall be in an amount of $10 million in denominations of $2 and $2 million in $1 bond coins. The features of the bond notes will be released simultaneously with the bond notes.
The use of bond notes within the multi-currency exchange system which are anchored to the US$200 million facility will operate along the same lines as bond coins. They are pegged 1:1 to the US dollar. The banking public is advised that no new accounts will be opened as the bond notes would be deposited into existing US dollar accounts.
In line with the Bank’s thrust to promote a less cash society through the use of plastic money, withdrawal limits of bond notes have been set at a maximum of $50 per day and a maximum of $150 per week. This measure is in tandem with the objective of the Bank to release bond notes into the market on a measured basis which is critical to mitigate against abuse of bond notes.
The Reserve Bank has engaged and agreed with the Retailers Association of Zimbabwe, fuel companies, representatives of the various business associations and the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe on the use and acceptability of bond notes as a medium of exchange in the country.
The Reserve Bank would like to request the public to report any form of malpractice and abuse of bond notes including but not limited to hoarding, defacing, disfiguring or unlawful use of notes and manipulation by person or banks or currency dealers or traders in connection with the use of bond notes.
Such malpractices should be reported to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on toll free numbers Telone – 08006009 and Econet – 08086770.
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe 26 November 2016

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Courtesy of Sherwin Wang.


South Sudan dispels rumors of new banknotes

According to a report on eyeRadio dated 25 November 2016, Kornelio Koriom, governor of the Central Bank of South Sudan, said the bank has no intention of printing, replacing, or changing the current South Sudanese banknotes other than to replace worn and damaged notes.

Ethiopia new date (2015) 50-birr note (B333g) confirmed

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B333g: Like B333f, but new date (2007/2015). Prefix BV.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Mauritius new date (2013) 100-rupee note (B422g) confirmed

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B422g: Like B422f, but new date (2013). Prefix CY.

Courtesy of Rex Hilligan.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 1,000-franc note (B121Dp) confirmed

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Like B121Do, but new date (2016) and new signature 42.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Zimbabwe newly discovered Cargill Cotton cheques deemed suspect

In late 2016, cheques began to appear on the collector market in amounts from Z$5 million to Z$50 billion. These notes are suspect because the denominations greatly exceed amounts needed during 2003 and 2004, the dates on these cheques, when the largest Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe travellers cheque (B118) was Z$100,000. Furthermore, the PAY TO THE ORDER OF line on the cheque has a crude blue CARGILL COTTON rubber stamp, even though the legend reads For and on behalf of CARGILL COTTON (PVT.) LTD. It’s illogical for the company to write cheques to itself. Unless compelling evidence surfaces that these are legitimate issues, The Banknote Book considers them fakes created from remainder cheque stock specifically to defraud the collector market. As such, they are not cataloged and buyers should be highly suspect of same.

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Courtesy of Austin Mattox and Steve Milner.

Egyptian pound devalued by 48 percent

According to various articles, on 3 November 2016 Egypt floated its currency after a 48 percent devaluation of the Egyptian pound. With this move, the face value of its largest banknote, the 200-pound note (B337), falls to just US$13. Expect prices of modern Egyptian notes to be volatile until the market absorbs this unexpected move.

Nigeria new date (2016) 200-naira note (B227v) confirmed

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Like B227u, but new date (2016). Prefix B/52.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Zimbabwe prepares for issuance of bond notes by end of 2016

According to an article in The Herald dated 1 November 2016, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has gazetted Statutory Instrument 133 of 2016, providing the legal framework for the introduction of bond notes and coins as legal tender. The new currency is expected to circulate at par with the US dollar when introduced by the end of 2016.

Liberia new 10-dollar note (B312) confirmed

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B312 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$0.10)
Blue. Front: First president, Joseph Jenkins Roberts; 5-pointed star as registration device. Back: Bank seal with crossed kissi money and front and back of 50-cent coin dated 1969; 5-pointed star; man tapping rubber tree. 3-mm wide color-changing windowed security thread. Watermark: Coat of arms with electrotype CBL. Printer: (Crane Currency). 133 x 66 mm.
a. 2016. Signature 7. Prefix AA. Intro: 06.10.2016.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.

Liberia new 5-dollar note (B311) confirmed

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B311 (PNL): 5 dollars (US$0.05)
Purple. Front: Fifth president, Edward James Roye; 5-pointed star as registration device. Back: Bank seal with crossed kissi money and front and back of 50-cent coin dated 1969; 5-pointed star; woman harvesting rice. 3-mm wide color-changing windowed security thread. Watermark: Coat of arms with electrotype CBL. Printer: (Crane Currency). 133 x 66 mm.
a. 2016. Signature 7. Prefix AA. Intro: 06.10.2016.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.

Libya new "Russian" 20-dinar note (B548) confirmed

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B548: Like B544, but different security features, watermarks, and the serial number at right front is horizontal, not vertical, and neither serial number has ascending size digits.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).


Egypt new 20-pound note (B341) confirmed

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B341: Like B331, but 4-mm wide windowed thread at left. 08.02.2016. Series 292. Replacement note prefix م with numerator ٧٠٠.

Courtesy of Gylfi Snorrason.

Liberia new 100-dollar note (B315) confirmed

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B315: Like B310, but with enhanced security features. Replacement notes confirmed with prefix ZZ.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.

Liberia new 50-dollar note (B314) confirmed

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B314: Like B309, but with enhanced security features.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.


Liberia new 20-dollar note (B313) confirmed

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B313: Like B308, but with enhanced security features.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.

Liberia reportedly introduced new note family on 06.10.2016

According to a press release dated 6 October 2016, the Central Bank of Liberia has introduced a new family of notes printed by Crane Currency.

Guinea new 100-franc note (B341) confirmed

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B341: Like B324, but new date, new signature, and new vignette at lower right front.

Courtesy of Manuel Fernando Iglesias.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 10,000-franc note (B124Cp) confirmed

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Like B124Co, but new date (2016) and new signature.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 5,000-franc note (B123Cp) confirmed

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Like B123Co, but new date (2016) and new signature.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States new date (2015) 500-franc note (B120Cd) confirmed

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Like B120Cc, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Central African States new date (2002) 5,000-franc note (B104Cg) confirmed

B104Cg: Like B104Cf, but new date (2002).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Ethiopia new date (2015) 100-birr note (B334g) confirmed

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B334g: Like B334f, but new date (2007/2015). Prefix EE.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Somaliland new date (2014) 1,000-shilling note (B123c) confirmed

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B123c: Like B123b, but new date (2014). Prefix FJ.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).


Sudan new sig/date (03.2015) 2-pound note (B407b) confirmed

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Like B407a, but new signature and new date (MARCH 2015). Prefix BE.

Courtesy of John Miscall.

Uganda new date (2015) 20,000-shilling note (B158c) confirmed

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Like B158b, but new date (2015). Prefix AX.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Uganda new date (2015) 10,000-shilling note (B157d) confirmed

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Like B157c, but new date (2015). Prefix BA.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

French West Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 28-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque de l’Afrique Occidentale (Bank of West Africa) from 1902 to 1945, Afrique Occidentale Française (French West Africa) in 1944, and Institut d’Emission de l’A.O.F. et du Togo (Issuing Institute of French West Africa and Togo) from 1955 to 1957. Published 19 August 2016.

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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If you collect the entire world or a large number of countries, buying a subscription is the best deal because it's less expensive than buying chapters individually, and it entitles you to every chapter currently available as well as everything published—or revised (click here to see the Change Log)—during the term of your subscription.

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Egypt new 50-pound note (B340) confirmed

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B340: Like B332, but different windowed security thread and larger, green OVI at upper right.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Max Keller.

Egypt new sig/date 10-pound note (B339b) confirmed

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B339b: Like B339a, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Malawi new date (01.01.2016) 20-kwacha note (B158c) confirmed

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B158c: Like B158b, but new date (1st JANUARY 2016). Prefix BA.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Lesotho new sig/date (2015) 50-loti note (B224b) confirmed

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B224b: Like B224a, but new signature and new date (2013). Prefix AL.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Lesotho new sig/date (2015) 10-loti note (B222b) confirmed

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B222b: Like B222a, but new signature and new date (2013). Prefix AR.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Liberia reported to issue new banknote family "shortly"

According to a press release dated 27 July 2016, the Central Bank of Liberia will "shortly" introduce a new series of banknotes which retains the portraits of the current series (B306 - B310), while enhancing the security, changing the substrate (most likely coated stock or hybrid) to reduce porosity and increase longevity, and adding a new 500-dollar denomination. The specimen designs released so far show the notes are dated 2016 and bear the signatures of the Minister of Finance and Development Planning and the bank's Executive Governor (Boima S. Kamara and Milton A. Weeks, respectively).

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Courtesy of Fernando Iglesias, Central Bank of Liberia, and Arnoldo Efron (Monetary Research Institute).


Sudan new sig/date (2015) 5-pound note (B408c) confirmed

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Like B408a, but new date (MARCH 2015) and new signature. Prefix CH.

Courtesy of John Miskell.

Egypt new sig/date (10.12.2015) 200-pound note (B337b) confirmed

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B337b: Like B337a, but new date (10.12.2015) and new signature (Tarek Hassan Amer).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Egypt new signature 5-pound note (B338b) confirmed

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B338b: Like B338a, but new signature (Tarek Hassan Amer) and new date (22.12.2015).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

French Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Somaliland cover
The French Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers. Anyone who buys this chapter also gets the Djibouti and French Afars & Issas chapters as well.

This 20-page catalog covers notes issued by Banque de l’Indo-Chine (Bank of Indo-China) from 1905 to 1948, Chambre de Commerce de Djibouti (Djibouti Chamber of Commerce) in 1919, and Trésor Public (Public Treasury) in 1952. Published 15 July 2016.

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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Egypt new sig/date 100-pound note (B336b) confirmed

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B336b: Like B336a, but new signature (Tarek Hassan Amer) and date (13.01.2016). Prefix 263.

There is also a minor change in the Arabic spelling of the word HUNDRED at right front.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Warszawski.

Egypt new sig/date 20-pound note (B331g) confirmed

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B331g: Like B331f, but new signature (Tarek Hassan Amer) and date (03.02.2016). Prefix 289.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Libya new "Russian" 50-dinar note (B549) confirmed

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B549: Like B545, but different security features, watermarks, and the serial number at right front is horizontal, not vertical, and neither serial number has ascending size digits.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).


Malawi new date (01.01.2016) 1,000-kwacha note (B159b) confirmed

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B159b: Like B159a, but new date (1st JANUARY 2016). Prefix BG.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).


Malawi new 200-kwacha note (B162) confirmed

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B162: Like B153, but with with enhanced blind recognition features, and new date (1st JANUARY 2016). Prefix AZ.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Malawi new date (01.01.2016) 100-kwacha note (B160b) confirmed

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B160b: Like B160a, but new date (1st JANUARY 2016). Prefix AZ.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).


Malawi new date (01.01.2016) 50-kwacha note (B157c) confirmed

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B157c: Like B157b, but new date (1st JANUARY 2016). Prefix BA.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).


Nigeria new date (2016) 20-naira note (B232p) confirmed

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B232p: Like B232o, but new date (2016). Prefix DB.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Mauritius new sig/date (2015) 1,000-rupee note (B429b) confirmed

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B429b: Like B429a, but new signatures (Yandraduth Googoolye, Rameswurlall Basant Roi, and Mahendra Vikramdass Punchoo) and new date (2015). Prefix BJ.

Courtesy of Owen Griffiths.

Mauritius announces plans to introduce new note family in late 2017

According to a press release dated 17 June 2016, the Bank of Mauritius has begun planning a new family of banknotes to be issued in a phased manner beginning in the second half of 2017 with improved security features and entirely new designs. The portraits will be replaced with illustrative elements that may include Mauritius’ “national heritage, history, culture, endemic species of the Mauritian flora and fauna, and distinctive landscapes.”

Nigeria new date (2016) 1,000-naira note (B229m) confirmed

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Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

Egypt new sig/date (2016) 1-pound note (B316n) confirmed

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B316n: Like B316m, but new signature (Tarek Hassan Amer), new date (2016), and new windowed Motion security thread.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Tanzania reportedly replacing 500-shilling note (B139) with coin

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According to an article on DailyNews dated 9 June 2016, the Bank of Tanzania is phasing out 500-shilling notes (B139) and replacing same with coins.

Somalia reportedly to issue new official notes in early 2017

According to a Bloomberg article dated 27 May 2016, Somalia plans to print new official banknotes that will circulate in parallel with US dollars by early 2017. The International Monetary Fund is helping Somalia print and circulate the currency, said Bashir Issa Ali, governor of Somalia’s central bank. Most Somali shillings currently in circulation were printed by warlords, not the federal government in Mogadishu.

Libya's rival currencies reportedly will circulate in parallel

The latest reports out of Libya indicate that the Presidency Council of the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord has reversed its previous rejection of the new banknotes which were printed in Russia for the Thinni government in Beida. Although similar in design and size to the existing notes issued by the internationally-recognized Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli, the new notes have different security features, watermarks, and serial numbers.

The rival Central Banks in Tripoli and Beida will apparently jointly supervise the issue of new notes which will circulate throughout the country to alleviate the cash shortage. The new Russian-printed note are to be issued on 1 June 2016.

Libya new competing 20- and 50-dinar notes reportedly to be introduced 01.06.2016

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According to an article in The Libya Observer dated 25 May 2016, the eastern Central Bank of Libya (based in the city of Bayda, not the capital Tripoli) plans to introduce new 20- and 50-dinar notes on 1 June 2016. 4-billion dinars worth of new notes were reportedly printed in Russia (likely by Goznak) and bear the signature of Governor Ali Al-Hibri, the rival for Tripoli-based Governor Al-Siddig Al-Kabir. The new notes will reportedly circulate in parallel with the existing notes of the same denominations (B544 and B545, respectively). The designs of both are very similar, though there are slight changes to the security features, and the serial number at right front is horizontal, not vertical, and neither serial number has ascending size digits.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Libya may soon have competing dinars issued by two different banks

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These images are reportedly of the dinar notes intended for the bank in eastern Libya.

According to an article in The Guardian dated 20 May 2016, there are reports that Libya's unity government may be undermined by the introduction of two different sets of new dinar notes from competing central banks: the UN-recognized Tripoli government led by Fayez Sarraj and the Tobruk-based parliament loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in the east. Apparently De La Rue has recently delivered new notes to the Tripoli bank, whereas Ali Salim al-Hibri, once recognized as the bank governor by the International Monetary Fund, claims to have printed dinars with the help of the Russian state (Goznak). While no images of either notes are yet available, "The two currencies would have different serial numbers, security details and watermarks, diplomats say."

Courtesy of Mark Irwin and Raphael Dvir.

Eritrea new note family (B113 - B117) confirmed

According to an article in TesfaNews dated 29 November 2015, the Bank of Eritrea began replacing preceding issues at par with these new notes from 18 November to the end of 2015. During November, individuals and entities could deposit any amount of money in their accounts, but during December, deposits and exchanges were limited to 20,000 nakfa. On 1 January 2016, the old nakfa notes was demonetized. The move was meant to harm black marketeers who hoard large sums of money for informal foreign currency exchange, money laundering, counterfeiting, and contraband purposes.

The 100-nakfa note (B110) had been printed in 2011 but held in storage and released only now in late 2015. All the other notes in this new family are dated 24.5.2015 and begin with AA prefixes, indicating a new family, but the 100-nakfa is dated 24.5.2011 and has prefix AJ - AN.

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Sudan new sig/date (2015) 50-pound note (B105b) confirmed

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South_Sudan_BSS_50_pounds_2015.00.00_B105b_P9_AE_0129401_r
Like B105a, but new date, new signature, and matte denominations in corners. Prefix AE.

Courtesy of Hamid Kazemi.

Namibia new date (2016) 50-dollar note (B211b) confirmed

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Like B211a, but new date (2016). Prefix G.

Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

Zimbabwe intends to issue new dollar-denominated "bond notes"

According to a press release dated 4 May 2016, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, blaming a cash shortage of US dollars on the strength of the US dollar, intends to convert all USD exchange receipts into South African rand and euros in an effort to "spread the demand for cash amongst a wide range of currencies and in order to mitigate against concentration risk."

Furthermore, "In order to mitigate against possible abuses of this [USD200 million foreign exchange and export incentive facility] through capital flight, this facility shall be granted to qualifying foreign exchange earners in bond coins and notes which shall continue to operate alongside the currencies within the multi-currency system and at par with the USD. The Zimbabwe Bond Notes of denominations of $2, $5, $10 and $20 shall, therefore be introduced in future, as an extension of the current family of bond coins for ease of portability in view of the size of the USD200 million backed facility."

Anyone interested in a glimpse into modern Zimbabwe politics is encouraged to watch Democrats, a great documentary about the struggles to form a new constitution:



Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Madagascar new signature 100-ariary note (B320c) confirmed

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B320c: Like B320b, but new signature. Prefix/suffix C/A.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

Ghana central bank new governor appointed as of 01.04.2016

According to a press release, "Dr. Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku has been appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana as the Governor of the Bank of Ghana with effect from Friday, April 1, 2016." Expect new signature varieties to follow.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Malawi new 200-kwacha note (B162) reported

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B162: Like B153, but new date, new signature, and hollow 200 at lower center front. Awaiting scans of back to confirm new issue.

Courtesy of Jefferson Ritson and Garry Craig.

South Sudan new 20-pound note (B113) confirmed

South_Sudan_BSS_20_pounds_2015.00.00_B113a_P13_AA_8289043_fSouth_Sudan_BSS_20_pounds_2015.00.00_B113a_P13_AA_8289043_r
Like B108, but 20 pounds, not 25 pounds, plus dated 2015 and new signature. Prefix AA.

Courtesy of Hamid Kazemi (banknoteswholesale).

South Sudan new 10-pound note (B112) confirmed

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Like B107, but green, not blue, plus dated 2015 and new signature. Prefix AL.

Courtesy of Hamid Kazemi (banknoteswholesale).

Lesotho new sig/date (2013) 20-loti note (B223b) confirmed

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B223b: Like B223a, but new date (2013), new signature (Rets’elisitsoe A. Matlanyane), and couple removed from house doorway on back. Prefix AM.

Courtesy of .

Lesotho new sig/date (2013) 100-loti note (B225b) confirmed

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B225b: Like B225a, but new date (2013), new signature (Rets’elisitsoe A. Matlanyane). Prefix AR.

Courtesy of .

Lesotho new 200-loti note (B226) confirmed

Originally reported in mid-February 2016, the Central Bank of Lesotho has introduced a new 200-loti banknote with see-through Optiks thread.

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B226 (PNL): 200 maloti (US$14)
Orange. Front: Basotho hat (mokorotlo) as registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms with crocodile on shield flanked by Basotho horses; holographic patch. Back: Man on horse; Basotho hat (mokorotlo). Optiks security thread. Watermark: King Moshoeshoe I in top hat, electrotype 200 capped with Basotho hat, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 9. Prefix AA. Intro: 01.04.2016.

Courtesy of .

Madagascar new signature 200-ariary note (B321c) confirmed

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B321c: Like B321b, but new signature. Prefix/suffix C/A.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

West African States rumors of new 50,000-franc note are false

According to an article on SeneDirect dated 1 April 2016, the Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO) plans to introduce a new 50,000-franc note on 30 April 2016. The new denomination is orange. The front of the note is inspired by information and communication technologies, illustrated by a touch pad. The back of the note depicts a pride of lions on the savannah.

However, according to Fabien Louart: There is an error in the french text: On the note, it's written "cinquante milles" (with "s" at "mille") instead of "cinquante mille"... In french the Word "mille" is never written with "s", éventuellement in plurial.

Open further examination, the image below appears to have been based upon the 5,000-franc note, with the colors changed and text manipulated, and the signature combination is from 1990.

According to a press release dated 7 April 2016, the BCEAO claims that these rumors are false.

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Courtesy of Cedrian López Bosch Martineau.

South Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 29-page catalog covers notes issued by the South African Reserve Bank from 1921 to present. Published 8 April 2016.

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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  • 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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West African States new sig/date (2015) 1,000-franc note (B121Ho) confirmed

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West_African_States_BC_1000_francs_2015.00.00_B121Ho_P615H_15551532153_r
Like B212Hn, but new date (2015) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

Mauritius chapter of The Banknote Book is now complete

Mauritius cover
The Mauritius 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 notes issued by the Special Finance Committee in 1842, Currency Commissioners of Mauritius from 1848 to 1849, Government of Mauritius from 1860 to 1965, and Bank of Mauritius from 1967 to present. Revised 1 April 2016.

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
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  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • 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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Comoros new signature 10,000-franc note (B310b) confirmed

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B310b: Like B310a, but new signatures (Mze Aboudou Mohamed Chafioun and Remy Rioux). Prefix F.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).


South Sudan new sig/date (2015) 5-pound note (B111) confirmed

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Like B106, but new date (2015), new signature (Kornelio Koriom Mayik), and matte denomination numerals in corners. Prefix AL.

Courtesy of Max Keller.


Nigeria new date (2015) 1,000-naira note (B229l) confirmed

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Like B229k, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Nigeria new date (2016) 10-naira note (B235k) confirmed

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Nigeria_CBN_10_naira_2016.00.00_B235k_PNL_CG_3463067_r
B235k: Like B235j, but new date (2016). Prefix CG.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

South Sudan new sig/date (2015) 100-pound note (B115) confirmed

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Like B110, but new date (2015), new signature (Kornelio Koriom Mayik), and matte denomination numerals in corners. Prefix AB.

Courtesy of Max Keller.

Madagascar new signature 500-ariary note confirmed

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B322d: Like B322e, but new signature (Alain Hervé M. Rasolofondraibe). Prefix/suffix A/Z.

Courtesy of Jérémy Pureur.

Lesotho new 200-loti note reported for introduction "soon"

According to an article dated 17 February 2016 on the PublicEye Online, the Central Bank of Lesotho will soon introduce a new 200-loti banknote as soon as all the necessary formalities are completed. Currently the largest denomination is 100 maloti (B225, introduced in 2011).

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Eritrea new 1-nakfa note (B113) confirmed

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B113 (PNL): 1 nakfa (US$0.05)
Brown, black, and green. Front: Eritrean fighters raising EPLF flag; triptych portrait; camel as registration device. Back: Camel; children studying in outside classroom; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized BANK OF ERITREA. Watermark: Camel head. Printer: Unknown. 130 x 64 mm.
a. 24.5.2015. Sig. 2. Prefix AA. Intro: 18.11.2015.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Sao Tome and Principe new sig/date (31.12.2013) 20,000-dobra note (B305e) confirmed

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B305e: Like B305d, but new signatures and new date (31 de Dezembro de 2013). Prefix CA.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).


Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 1-cedi note (B145g) confirmed

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B145g: Like B145f, but new date (1st JULY 2015) and left serial number in serif font. Prefix GS.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 2-cedi note (B152c) confirmed

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B152c: Like B152b, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix BT.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Zambia new 100-kwacha note (B164) confirmed

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Like B157, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix FK-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).


Zambia new 50-kwacha note (B163) confirmed

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Like B156, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix EH-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).


Zambia new 20-kwacha note (B162) confirmed

Zambia_BOZ_20_kwacha_2015.00.00_B162a_PNL_DJ-12_6401135_fZambia_BOZ_20_kwacha_2015.00.00_B162a_PNL_DJ-12_6401135_r
Like B155, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix DJ-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).


Zambia new 10-kwacha note (B161) confirmed

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Like B154, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix CK-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).


Sudan new sig/date (03.2015) 10-pound note (B409b) confirmed

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Sudan_CBS_10_sudanese_pounds_2015.03.00_B409b_P73_DC_97717438_r
Like B409a, but new date (MARCH 2015) and new signature. Prefix DC.

Courtesy of John Miskell.

Uganda new date (1997) 1,000-shilling note (B140c1) confirmed

Uganda_BOU_1000_shillings_1997.00.00_B140c1_P36_HL_430211_f
Uganda_BOU_1000_shillings_1997.00.00_B140c1_P36_HL_430211_r
Like B140c, but new date (1997). Prefix HL.

Courtesy of Rex Hilligan.

Belgian Congo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 22-page catalog covers notes issued by the Etat Independant du Congo (Congo Free State) in 1896, the Banque du Congo Belge (Bank of the Belgian Congo) from 1914 to 1952, and the Banque Centrale du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi (Central Bank of Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Burundi) from 1952 to 1960. Published 15 January 2016.

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
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 20-cedi note (B148f) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_20_cedis_2015.07.01_B148f_P40_WM_4372085_f
B148f: Like B148e, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix WM.

Courtesy of Marco Fragel.

Uganda new date (2015) 1,000-shilling note (B154d) confirmed

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Uganda_BOU_1000_shillings_2015.00.00_B154d_P49_BY_4844993_r
B154d: Like B154c, but new date (2015). Prefix BY.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Tanzania new sig/date (2015) 1,000-shilling note (B140b) confirmed

Tanzania_BOT_1000_shillings_2011.01.01_B140b_P41_DH_5959611_f
Tanzania_BOT_1000_shillings_2011.01.01_B140b_P41_DH_5959611_r
Like B140a, but new signature 16, and new date in security thread with demetalized BOT 2015. Prefix DH. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

South Africa new signature 200-rand note confirmed

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South_Africa_SARB_200_rand_2013.11.06_B771b_P142_KL_8357450_E_r
Like P142, but new signature. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Shibu Paul (Ebanknoteshop).

Ghana new date (02.07.1980) 5-cedi note (B120b2) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_5_cedis_1980.07.02_B120b2_P19b_AP_1973013_f
B120b2: Like B120b, but new date (2nd July 1980). Prefix AP.

Courtesy of Rex Hilligan.

Ethiopia new date (2015) 5-birr note (B331e) confirmed

B331e: Like B331d, but new date (2007/2015). Prefix CG.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Malawi new 500-kwacha note (B161a) confirmed

Malawi_RBM_500_kwacha_2014.01.01_B161a_PNL_AW_3553100_fMalawi_RBM_500_kwacha_2014.01.01_B161a_PNL_AW_3553100_r
B161a: Like B154a, but with blind recognition feature (rectangle) at lower left front. Prefix AW.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).


Malawi new 100-kwacha note (B160a) confirmed

Malawi_RBM_100_kwacha_2014.01.01_B160a_PNL_AR_8410700_fMalawi_RBM_100_kwacha_2014.01.01_B160a_PNL_AR_8410700_r
B160a: Like B152a, but with blind recognition feature (three dots) at lower left front. Prefix AR.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).


Malawi new date (01.01.2015) 50-kwacha note (B157b) confirmed

Malawi_RBM_50_kwacha_2015.01.01_B157b_PNL_AX_1947663_fMalawi_RBM_50_kwacha_2015.01.01_B157b_PNL_AX_1947663_r
B157b: Like B157a, but new date (1st JANUARY 2015). Prefix AX.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).


Madagascar new signature 5,000-ariary note (B328b) confirmed

Madagascar_BFM_5000_ariary_2015.00.00_B328b_P91b_D_7744546_D_fMadagascar_BFM_5000_ariary_2015.00.00_B328b_P91b_D_7744546_D_r
B328b: Like B328a, but new signature (Alain Hervé M. Rasolofondraibe). Prefix/suffix D/D. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Dominique Dannery.

Madagascar new signature 1,000-ariary note (B323c) confirmed

Madagascar_BFM_1000_ariary_2004.00.00_B323c_P89b_B_9339880_N_f
Madagascar_BFM_1000_ariary_2004.00.00_B323c_P89b_B_9339880_N_r
B323c: Like B323b, but new signature (Alain Hervé M. Rasolofondraibe). Prefix/suffix B/N. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Dominique Dannery.

Libya new 5- and 10-dinar notes (B546 and B547) confirmed

According to a Libya Herald article dated 8 December 2015, on 13 December the Central Bank of Libya introduced the following new 5- and 10-dinar notes.

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Curiously, these notes are different than those shown in the following photograph which appeared in photographs in various news sources in early 2013. All denominations except for the 5- and 10-dinar notes shown below were eventually issued that year. In October 2013, gunmen stole 55 million dinars worth of notes from a bank van. If the unissued notes were part of the loot, it's possible that the bank decided to change the designs to make the haul worthless.

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Ahmed Elturki.

Zimbabwe makes Chinese yuan legal tender after China cancels debts

According to an article in The Guardian dated 21 December 2015, "Zimbabwe has announced that it will make the Chinese yuan legal tender after Beijing confirmed it would cancel $40m in debts." Zimbabwe stopped using its own dollar currency in 2009 after years of hyperinflation, and replaced it with the US dollar and South African rand.

Courtesy of Mark Irwin.

Madagascar modified note family reported

According to a newspaper announcement dated 15 October 2015, Banky Foiben'i Madagasikara will issue notes without references to the Malagasy franc, and with a new signature.

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Courtesy of Albert Janssen.



Mauritania new sig/date (28.11.2015) 100-ouguiya note (B121b) confirmed

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Like B121a, but new signatures and new date (28.11.2015). Prefix AC.

Courtesy of Fernando Iglesias.

Swaziland new sig/date (07.01.2014) 10-lilangeni note (B231b) confirmed

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Like B231a, but new date (7.1.2014) and new signatures. Actually the signatories are the same (Martin G. Dlamini and Majozi Vincent Sithole), but they've switched offices, and hence positions and titles on the note. Prefix AA.

Courtesy of Hermannn Huber.

Swaziland new sig/date (07.01.2014) 20-lilangeni note (B232b) confirmed

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Like B232a, but new date (7.1.2014) and new signatures. Actually the signatories are the same (Martin G. Dlamini and Majozi Vincent Sithole), but they've switched offices, and hence positions and titles on the note. Prefix AA and AZ (replacement).

Courtesy of Hermannn Huber.

Swaziland new sig/date (07.01.2014) 200-lilangeni note (B235b) confirmed

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Like B235a, but new date (7.1.2014) and new signatures. Actually the signatories are the same (Martin G. Dlamini and Majozi Vincent Sithole), but they've switched offices, and hence positions and titles on the note. Prefix AA.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

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

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

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

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

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

Courtesy of Hamid Kazemi (banknoteswholesale).

Zambia new 5-kwacha note (B160) confirmed

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).


Zambia new 2-kwacha note (B159) confirmed

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).


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

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

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

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


Uganda new date (2014) 1,000-shilling note (B154c) confirmed

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B154c: Like B154b, but new date (2014). Prefix BT.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).

Uganda new date (2015) 2,000-shilling note (B155c) confirmed

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Like B155b, but new date (2015). Prefix BG.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).

Uganda new date (2015) 5,000-shilling note (B156d) confirmed

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Like B156c, but new date (2015). Prefix AW.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 5-cedi note (B146f) confirmed

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B146f: Like B146e, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix QR.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Nigeria new sig/date (2015) 200-naira note (B227u) confirmed

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Like B227t2, but new date (2015) and new signatures. Prefix A/38.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Eritrea new currency reported


According to Legal Notice No. 124/2015 dated 4 November 2015, the Bank of Eritrea plans to replace its currently circulating banknotes at par for a new series of notes. Although it has not yet announced when the change will take place, the currency redemption process will last six weeks. During the first two weeks, individuals and entities may deposit any amount of money in their accounts, but during the last four weeks, deposits and exchanges will be limited to 20,000 nakfa. After six weeks, the old nakfa notes will be demonetized.

Courtesy of Simon G. Tewolde.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 50-cedi note (B151c) confirmed

B151c: Like B151b, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix XK.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 10-cedi note (B147f) confirmed

B147f: Like B147e, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix TC.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Malawi new date (01.01.2015) 20-kwacha note (B158b) confirmed

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B158b: Like B158a, but new date. Prefix AW.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Egypt new 5-pound note (B338) confirmed

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B338: Like B329, but latent image at upper right front, wider windowed security thread to left of vignette on front.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.


Egypt new 10-pound note (B339) confirmed

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B339: Like B330, but latent image at lower left front, wider windowed security thread to right of vignette on front.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.


Namibia new 20-dollar note (B217) without OVI confirmed

According to a media release dated 6 October 2015, on 20 October the Bank of Namibia introduced new 10- and 20-dollar banknotes which are like the existing notes (B214 and B215, respectively), but without the large OVI diamond at center front as a cost-savings measure.

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Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

West African States new sig/date (2015) 10,000-franc note (B124Ao) confirmed

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Like B124An, but new date (2015) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

West African States new sig/date (2015) 5,000-franc note (B123Ao) confirmed

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Like B123An, but new date (2015) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

Namibia new 10-dollar note (B216) without OVI confirmed

According to a media release dated 6 October 2015, on 20 October the Bank of Namibia introduced new 10- and 20-dollar banknotes which are like the existing notes (B214 and B215, respectively), but without the large OVI diamond at center front as a cost-savings measure.

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Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

South Africa new signature 50-rand note confirmed

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P140: Like P140, but new signature (E. Lesetja Kganyago). Prefix GJ - GM.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Cape Verde new 500- and 5,000-escudo notes (B218 and B221) confirmed

According to a press release dated 8 September 2015, the Banco de Cabo Verde planned to introduce new 500- and 5,000-escudo notes on 10 September 2015, thereby completing the new family which consists of 100-, 1,000-, and 2,000-escudo notes issued on 24 December 2014.

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B218 (PNL): 500 escudos (US$4.90)
Green, orange, red, and purple. Front: Holographic open book; poet Jorge Barbosa; embossed open book. Back: Quill in inkwell; lines from Barbosa’s poem, “Casebre” (struggle); Poilão Dam in the Santa Cruz municipal area on Santiago island (home of Jorge Barbosa); line drawing of women with baskets. Solid security thread with demetalized BCV 500. Watermark: Jorge Barbosa with electrotype typewriter and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 131 x 65 mm.
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Prefix CA. Intro: 10.09.2015.

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B221 (PNL): 5,000 escudos (US$49)
Purple, light blue, orange, and yellow. Front: Map of Africa as registration device; islands superimposed on house exterior; stylized waves; first president, Aristides Maria Pereira; embossed map of Africa. Back: Stylized wave; map of Boa Vista; landscape of Boa Vista (home of Aristides Maria Pereira), including fireplace of pottery factory. Holographic stripe with Aristides Maria Pereira, BCV, and map of Boa Vista. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BCV 5000 and torch. Watermark: Aristides Maria Pereira and electrotype torch with Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 148 x 74 mm.
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Prefix JA. Intro: 10.09.2015.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Kenya new banknote family reported for introduction 29.09.2015

According to an article on KBC dated 25 September 2015, on National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich says the government has finalized preparations for the new currency whose features would be unveiled on 29 September.

Article 231 section 4 of the Constitution prohibits the use of portraits or images of individuals on the currency and instead says notes and coins should only bear images that depict or symbolize an aspect of Kenya. Central Bank of Kenya was given until the beginning of this month to adhere to this. Rotich says despite the delay details of the new design of the local currency are now ready and would be unveiled next week.

He made the remarks during the launch of the CBK@50 celebrations, the first in a series of activities running for one year and culminating in celebrations slated for September, 2016 when CBK turns 50.

UPDATE: As of 10 October 2015, there is nothing about a new family of notes on the Central Bank of Kenya's web site.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

South Africa new signature 10-rand note (P138) confirmed

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10 rand: Like P138, but new signature. Prefix FN.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Sudan new sig/date (03.2015) 50-pound note (B411b) confirmed

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Like B411a, but new signature (Abdelrahman Hassan Abdelrahman Hashim) and new date (MARCH 2015). Prefix FH.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Namibia new 10- and 20-dollar notes (B216 and B217) without OVI reported for 20.10.2015

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B214a

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B215a

According to a media release dated 6 October 2015, on 20 October the Bank of Namibia will introduce new N$10 and N$20 banknotes which are like the existing notes (B214 and B215, respectively, shown above), but without the large OVI diamond at center front as a cost-savings measure.

Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

Burundi new 1,000-franc note (B237a) confirmed

According to a press release, on 1 September 2015 the Banque de la République du Burundi introduced a new 1,000-franc note (B237a). This note completes the new family which also includes the following denominations: 500, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 francs, all dated 15-01-2015 and introduced on 29 April 2015.

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B237 (PNL): 1,000 francs (US$0.65)
Green. Front: Fish as registration device; bird perched on branch; coat of arms; cattle; flag. Back: Map outline of Burundi; banana trees; fish; bank logo. Windowed holographic security thread with demetalized head of heifer, stars, and BRB. Watermark: Prince Louis Rwagasore and electrotype BRB. Printer: Unknown. 125 x 65 mm.
a. 15-01-2015. Signature 30. Prefix BA. Intro: 01.09.2015.

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Preceding 1,000-franc notes (B233a, above) will continue to circulate in parallel until 1 December 2015, at which time they lose their legal tender status, but the bank will accept them at a discount of 5% for a time to be announced.

Courtesy of Jerome Deschamps (www.banknoteslinks.com) and Thomas Augustsson.

Sudan new sig/date (March 2015) 20-pound note (B410c) confirmed

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Like B410b, but new date (MARCH 2015), new signature (Abdelrahman Hassan Abdelrahman Hashim), and windowed thread on back, not front. Prefix EH.

Courtesy of Vic Krysko.

Guinea new smaller 500-franc note (B339) confirmed

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B339 (PNL): 500 francs (US$0.10)
Green. Front: Woman with headscarf; coat of arms. Back: Minehead; diamond; ceremonial headdress. Solid security thread. Watermark: Woman with headscarf, RG, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 128 x 63 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 5. Prefix NU.
Like B328, but physically smaller.

Courtesy of Alex Liberia.

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Nigeria new signature 1,000-naira note (B229k) confirmed

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Like B229j, but new signature. Prefix K/98.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Nigeria new sig/date (2015) 10-naira note (B235j) confirmed

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Like B235i, but new date (2015) and signatures. Prefix BV.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.


Botswana new date (2014) 20-pula note (B125d) confirmed

B125d: Like B125c, but new date (2014). Prefix AH.

Courtesy of Craig Eustace.

Guinea new 5,000-franc note (B337a) confirmed

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B337 (PNL): 5,000 francs (US$0.70)
Purple, green, red, and blue. Front: Woman with cimier hairstyle; two pigeons taking flight coat of arms; bank logo as registration device. Back: Kinkon dam; mask. 3-mm red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized GNF 5000. Watermark: Woman with cimier hairstyle, RG, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 140 x 65 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 5. Prefix AA. Intro: July 2015.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko (Alex Liberia).


Madagascar new signature 10,000-ariary note (B329b) reported

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B329b: Like B329a, but new signature (presumably Alain Hervé M. Rasolofondraibe). Prefix/suffix C/Z.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner and Jérémy Pureur.

Ethiopia new date (2015) 10-birr note (B332d) confirmed

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B332d
Like B332c, but new date (2015). Prefix BF.

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

Egypt new 200-pound note (B337) with enhanced security confirmed

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B337 (PNL): 200 pounds (US$29)
Purple, green, and brown. Front: SPARK patch; denomination as registration device; Qani Bay mosque in Cairo. Back: Statue of the Seated Scribe; cartouche with “Egypt is Peace” in hieroglyphics. Motion windowed security thread. 1.5-mm wide solid security thread with demetalized 200 POUNDS in Arabic. Watermark: Egyptian Scribe and electrotype 200. Printer: (CBE). 165 x 73 mm.
a. 07.04.2014. Signature 12. Intro: July 2015.
Like B335, but with SPARK patch and Motion security thread.

Courtesy of Ashraf Nasr.

Egypt new 100-pound note (B336) with enhanced security confirmed

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B336 (PNL): 100 pounds (US$14)
Green, orange, purple, and brown. Front: Eye of Horus as registration device; SPARK patch; Sultan Hassan mosque in Cairo. Back: Great Sphinx of Giza; hieroglyphics of Kemet (black soil), ancient name of Egypt; Eye of Horus. Motion windowed security thread. 3-mm wide windowed thread at left center, with demetalized 100 and ONE HUNDRED POUNDS in Arabic. Watermark: Sphinx and electrotype 100. Printer: (CBE). 165 x 70 mm.
a. 14.04.2015. Signature 12. Intro: July 2015.
Like B333, but with SPARK patch and Motion security thread.

Courtesy of Ashraf Nasr.

Namibia new date (2015) 200-dollar note confirmed

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B213b
200 dollars, 2015. Like B213a, but new date. Prefix N.

Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

Nigeria new date (2015) 500-naira note confirmed

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B228o
500 naira, 2015. Like B228p, but new date (2015). Prefix P-66.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Guinea new 20,000-franc note (B338) confirmed

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B338 (PNL): 20,000 francs (US$2.80)
Blue, green, orange, and purple. Front: Guinean woman wearing head scarf; two pigeons taking flight; coat of arms. Back: Map of Guinea; hydroelectric dam in Kaleta; electricity transmission towers. 3-mm red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized GNF 20000. Watermark: Guinean woman and electrotype 20000. Printer: (TDLR). 148 x 70 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 5. Intro: 11.05.2015.

Courtesy of Ruslan Vaschenko, Claudio Marana, Cedrian Lopez-Bosch, and Fernando Iglesias.

Nigeria new date (2015) 20-naira note confirmed

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B232o
20 naira, 2015. Like B232n, but new date.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Zambia to add tactile marks to banknotes by Q4 2015

According to a press release dated 6 July 2015, by the last quarter of 2015 the Bank of Zambia plans to begin introducing notes like the existing family (B152 - B157), but with tactile marks for the visually impaired.

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Guinea new 5,000-franc note to be introduced July 2015

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According to an article on Guinee24 dated 11 July 2015, the Banque Centrale de la Republique de Guinée plans to introduce a new 5,000-franc banknote by the end of July 2015. The new note is based upon the existing design (B334), but is reduced in size and has enhanced security features.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.


Zambia to issue notes with tactile marks for sight-impaired by end of 2015

According to a Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation article dated 6 July 2015, by the end of 2015 the Bank of Zambia will introduce notes with tactile marks (not Braille) so that they will be readable by the visually impaired.

South Africa new signature 20-rand note confirmed

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20 rand, no date. Like unlisted note issued 2013, but new signature (E. Lesetja Kganyago). Prefix GQ.

Courtesy of Ruan de Witt.

West African States (Burkina Faso) new date (2014) 10,000-franc note confirmed

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10,000 francs, (20)14. Like P318C, but new date. Country code C (Burkina Faso/Upper Volta).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Central African States (Central African Republic) new signature 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs, 2002. Like BEAC B6Ma, but new signature. Country code M (Central African Republic).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

South Africa new signature 100-rand note reported

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According to a press release dated 19 June 2015, Lesetja Kganyago, the new governor of the South African Reserve Bank, returned to his home village of Moletjie Ga-Maribana in Limpopo to buy bread, cooking oil, maize meal, and sugar at Makgohloane General Trading shop with the first batch of banknotes bearing his signature.

All other banknotes currently in circulation remain legal tender and will co-circulate with the banknotes bearing Governor Kganyago’s signature.

Mr Kganyago assumed the governorship of the South African Reserve Bank on 9 November 2014, taking over from Gill Marcus.

Courtesy of Craig Eustace.


Zimbabwe dollar to be demonetized 30.09.2015

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The 100-trillion-dollar note (RBZ B82a) shown above was the largest denomination ever issued by Zimbabwe in 2009; it's worth a mere US$0.40 in 2015, and will soon be worthless.

In January 2009, Zimbabwe suspended the use of the Zimbabwe dollar following the legalization of foreign currencies (most notably the United States dollar and South African rand) to combat the hyper-inflation that quickly devastated the value of all Zimbabwean dollar-denominated notes.

According to a press release dated 11 June 2015, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe intends to complete the demonetization of the Zimbabwe dollar pursuant to Sections 41 (2) and 44 (3) of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act [Chapter 22:25].

Beginning 15 June 2015, bank account balances denominated in Zimbabwe dollars will be converted into US dollars at a rate of 35,000,000,000,000,000 (quadrillion) to 1, and Zimbabwe banknotes will be converted into US dollars at a rate of 250,000,000,000,000 (trillion) to 1. The Zimbabwe dollar will lose its legal tender status on 30 September 2015.



Tanzania new signature 5,000- and 10,000-shilling notes confirmed

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5,000 shilling, no date. Like BOT B42a, but new signatures. Prefix CL.

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10,000 shilling, no date. Like BOT B43a, but new signatures. Prefix DF.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

West African States (Senegal) new sig/date (2014) 5,000-franc note confirmed

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5,000 francs, (20)14. Like P717K, but new date and new signatures. Suffix K (Senegal).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 2-cedi note confirmed

2 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B52a, but new date. Prefix BN.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Burundi new note family confirmed

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According to a press release on its web site, on 29 April 2015 the Bank of the Republic of Burundi introduced a new family of banknotes consisting of denominations of 500, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 francs. The new notes are phyiscally smaller than the preceding issues, with improved security, durability, and accessibility for the sight impaired. A 1,000-franc denomination is planned for the new family (no release date has been announced), but the 100-franc note will be replaced by a coin, and 10-, 20-, and 50-franc notes will lose their legal tender status in three months, as will all old notes.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online) and Claudio Marana.

West African States new date (2014) 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs, (20)14. Like PNL, but new date. Suffix A (Ivory Coast).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Uganda new date (2013) 20,000-shilling note confirmed

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20,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B58, but new date.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 1-cedi note confirmed

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1 cedi, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B45e, but new date. Prefix FU - GE.

Also, the format of the horizontal serial number at left front has changed subtly. The top image shows the normal progression from small to tall characters forming the 7-digit serial number, which could be expressed as 1123456, meaning the first two digits are the same size, and then each subsequent digit is a little taller than the preceding. This is the novel formatting used for 1-cedi notes dated 2007-2013, the 5-cedi notes dated 2007-2011, and all other denominations from 2007-2014.

The bottom serial number is from the 1-cedi note dated 2014. As you can see, the format of the serial number is 1223456, meaning that the second digit is taller than the first. This format also is used on the 5-cedi notes dated 2013 and 2014.

It's unknown why the format of the serial number has changed. The prefixes haven't run through the entire alphabet.

Courtesy of Marco Fragel and Sejin Ahn.

Central African States new signature 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs, 2002. Like BEAC B6Cb, but new signature 11.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Botswana new date (2014) 50-pula note confirmed

50 pula, 2014. Like BOB B26, but new date.

Couresty of Craig Eustace.

Uganda new date (2013) 2,000-shilling note confirmed

2,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B55a, but new date. Prefix AY.

Courtesy of Clive Brind.

Maldives new note family to be issued beginning July 2015

According to a De La Rue press release dated 12 May 2015, the Maldives Monetary Authority will introduce a new family of seven banknotes printed on DLR’s Safeguard polymer substrate. The first denomination—a commemorative 5,000-rufiyaa note—will be launched at the end of July 2015. The other circulating denominations—10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 rufiyaa—will follow from October 2015 onwards (the existing 5-rufiyaa note will be replaced by a coin). The Maldives Monetary Authority held a design competition and selected local artist Abdullah Nashaath to ensure that the new family, called Randhihafaheh, has an authentically Maldivian look.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Nigeria new sig/date (2014) 500-naira note confirmed

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500 naira, 2014. Like B228, but new date and new signatures. Prefix P/12.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Central African States new 1,000- and 2,000-franc hybrid notes confirmed

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According to reports, the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of the Central African States) has begun printing 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-franc notes (BEAC B6, B7, and B8, respectively) on hybrid substrate. The notes appear identical to the preceding paper issues, except for the new signature combination of Lucas Abaga Nchama and Salomon Francis Meke. To date the 1,000- and 2,000-franc note has been confirmed with country code U for Cameroon.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Malawi new 1,000-kwacha note confirmed

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1,000 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2014. Like RBM B56, but without the commemorative text at lower right front.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Gambia new dalasi note family confirmed

On 25 February 2015, the Central Bank of The Gambia unveiled a new family of notes, which now includes a 200-dalasi note, twice the size of the previously largest denomination. All of the redesigned banknotes bear the portrait of President Yahya Jammeh and are smaller in size than the preceding issues. The 20-dalasi note will replace the 25-dalasi note which will continue to be legal tender and will continue to circulate until it is fully withdrawn over time.
Originally scheduled for 30 March 2015, the issuance of these notes was postponed until 15 April 2015 due to a delay in the receipt of publicity materials from the printer, De La Rue.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Gambia delays introduction of new note family until 15.04.2015

PRESS RELEASE
ISSUE OF THE NEW FAMILY OF BANKNOTES

In February, 2015, the Central Bank of The Gambia announced that the new family of Gambian Banknotes including a new D200 banknote will be issued on the 30th March, 2015. Due to delay in the receipt of publicity materials from the printers, the issue into circulation of these banknotes is now slated for 15th April, 2015.
A nationwide sensitization campaign in connection with the issue into circulation of the new family of Gambian banknotes and proper handling of banknotes will commence on the 13th April, 2015.

BANKING DEPARTMENT
30th MARCH, 2015

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.


Ghana new sig/date (01.07.2014) 50-cedi note confirmed

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50 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B51a, but new date and new signature (Henry Kofi Wampah). Prefix XH.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Nigeria new sig/date (2015) 50-naira note confirmed

50 naira, 2015. Like B236, but new date and signatures (Godwin Emefiele and Olufemi Fabamwo).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

South West Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The South West Africa 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 notes issued by the Barclays Bank from 1931 to 1958, the Standard Bank of South Africa Limited from 1931 to 1959, and the Volkskas Beperk / Volkskas Limited (People’s Bank) from 1949 to 1959. Published 20 March 2015.

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Maldives new 1,000-rufiyaa note to be introduced in October 2015

According to an article on Sun.mv dated 9 March 2015, the Maldives Monetary Authority will replace the 5-rufiyaa note (MMA B10) with a coin in 2016, and will introduce a new denomination, the 1,000-rufiyaa note, in October 2015.

According to another article, the winner of the competition for designing the new series of banknotes is Abdulla Nashath. Javaahirumaage, Baa Kendhoo. The new series of notes will be printed on polymer, not paper. The 10-, 50-, and 1,000-rufiyaa notes will be issued in October 2015, followed by the 100- and 500-rufiyaa in 2016.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Libya new 10-dinar variety (B542b) confirmed

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B542b: 10 dinars, 17-2-2011. Like B542a (top), but Arabic bank name at upper center front has shifted upwards, above Omar El Mukhtar's eyes (bottom).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Gambia new 20-dalasi note confirmed

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CBG B30 (PNL): 20 dalasis (US$0.60)
Green. Front: Crocodile; carmine bee eater bird in flight and perched on tree branch; monkeys, trees, and boats in underprint; President Yahya Jammeh. Back: State House. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (TDLR). 144 x 75 mm. Polymer (Safeguard).
a. 22nd July 2014. Signature 16. Prefix A. Intro: 02.03.2015.
This note commemorates the 20th anniversary of the revolution of 22 July.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Nigeria new sig/date (2014) 5-naira note confirmed

5 naira, 2014. Like B234e, but new date and new signatures (Godwin Emefiele and Olufemi Fabamwo).

Courtesy of Evgeny Afanasov.

Angola chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 28-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banco de Angola (Bank of Angola) from 1927 to 1973, and the Banco Nacional de Angola (National Bank of Angola) from 1976 to present. Published 27 February 2015.

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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West African States (Senegal) new date (2014) 500-franc note

500 francs, (20)14. Like unlisted 500-franc note introduced in 2012, but new date. Prefix K (Senegal).

Courtesy of David Murcek (The Monetary Unit).

Gambia unveils new note family including 20- and 200-dalasi denominations

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According to an article in The Point dated 26 February 2015, on 25 February the Central Bank of The Gambia launched a new 20-dalasi polymer note, part of a new family of notes, which now includes a 200-dalasi note, twice the size of the previously largest denomination.

Please note that the D20 note shown in the poster above is incorrectly shown as blue with a windowed security thread, whereas the actual note is green without a security thread.

"All of the redesigned banknotes bear the portrait of President Yahya Jammeh and are smaller in size than the existing paper-based banknotes.

The D20 will replace the existing D25 banknote which will continue to be legal tender and will continue to circulate until it is fully withdrawn over time, the release stated.

The historic event held at State House formed part of activities marking the country`s Golden Jubilee.

In his statement, President Jammeh urged Gambians to take ownership of the new banknotes and handle them with care.

He called on the Gambian populace to familiarize themselves with the new banknotes, and help in ensuring their protection from counterfeiters.

He assured De La Rue, the firm that printed the country`s currency, of the government`s continued partnership."

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Mauritania new 200-ouguiya note (B121) confirmed

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According to a press release, persuant to Décret Nº 237-2014 the Central Bank of Mauritania has issued a new 200-ouguiya banknote. The design is based upon the preceding note (B115), but is reduced in size to 134 x 65 mm. Both notes will circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

Tunisia new caption variety 20-dinar note confirmed

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20 dinars, 2011-3-20. Like BCT B33a, but caption on back changed from L'ÉCOLE SADIKI (error; prefix E/1 - E/6) to COLLEGE SADIKI (correction; prefix E/7 onward).

Courtesy of Tristan Kolm and Arnoldo Efron.

Zambia new date (2014) 50-kwacha note confirmed

50 kwacha, 2014. Like BOZ B56b, but new date. Prefix EG/12.

Courtesy of David Jones.

Nigeria new sig/date (2015) 5-naira note confirmed

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5 naira, 2015. Like B234e, but new date and new signatures (Godwin Emefiele and Olufemi Fabamwo).

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Nigeria new 100-naira commemorative confirmed

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CBN B38 (PNL): 100 naira (US$0.70)
Purple, red, peach, brown, and green. Front: Coconut as registration device; Chief Obafemi Awolowo, former Premier of Western Region; several coconuts; green-to-purple SPARK patch with manilla; cotton boll. Back: Manillas; primitive animal figures (alligator, snake, fish, turtle) and leaves in underprint; Quick Recognition Code; manila and coconuts; five Nigerians in native dress playing musical instrument, carrying baskets, and dancing; coat of arms; cowrie shells. Motion windowed security thread with the Nigerian flag and 100. Watermark: Chief Obafemi Awolowo and electrotype 100 CBN. Printer: Unknown. 151 x 78 mm.
a. 2014. Signature 21. Prefix AB - AD. Intro: 19.12.2014.

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This is the first banknote in the world to incorporate a Quick Recognition Code into its design. When scanned with an Internet-enabled mobile device, the code goes to a web site which tells the centenary story of Nigeria. The code is the same on every note.

You can even scan the code directly from this screen or click here to visit the ₦100 Commemorative Centenary Banknote web site.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 10,000-franc note confirmed

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10,000 francs, 30.06.2013. Like BCC B25a, but new date and signature (Deogratias Mutombo Mwana Nyembo, who took over as governor from Jean-Claude Masangu Mulongo on 14.05.2013).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Nigeria new signature variety 1,000-naira note confirmed

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The Governor's signature on the 1,000-naira note dated 2013 and 2014 is confirmed in two different lengths. One in which it is longer than the Director's signature, and another in which they are about the same length.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Nigeria new date (2014) 20-naira note confirmed

20 naira, 2014. Like B232, but new date (signatures: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

This denomination has been confirmed dated 2014 with two different signature combinations (the pair cited above, as well as Godwin Emefiele and Olufemi Fabamwo). Curiously, there appears to be overlapping of the prefixes for the signature varieties, with alphabetically earlier prefixes appearing on notes with the newer signatures than the older signatures.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Nigeria new sig/date (2014) 20-naira note confirmed

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20 naira, 2014. Like B232l, but new date and new signatures (Godwin Emefiele and Olufemi Fabamwo).

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Somaliland new sig/date (2012) 1,000-shilling note confirmed

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1,000 shillings, 2012. Like BOS B23a, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Cape Verde new 200-, 1,000- and 2,000-escudo notes confirmed

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B217 (PNL): 200 escudos (US$2.40)
Red, purple, and yellowish-green. Front: Map of Fogo; bunch of grapes; doctor and writer Henrique Teixeira de Sousa; embossed pen nib. Back: Bunch of grapes; Pico do Fogo stratovolcano. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (TDLR). 124 x 63 mm. Polymer (Safeguard).
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Intro: 23.12.2014.

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B219 (PNL): 1,000 escudos (US$12)
Blue, purple, green, yellow, and pink. Front: Holographic patch with musical notes and bird in flight; vine; seashore; composer and musician Codé de Dona (real name Gregório Vaz) playing accordian; embossed bird. Back: Bird in flight; musician holding ferrinho, a musical instrument typical of funaná genre; sun and birds in flight. 4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized BCV 1000 and vine. Watermark: Codé de Dona with electrotype vine, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 136 x 66 mm.
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Prefix EJ. Intro: 23.12.2014.

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B220 (PNL): 2,000 escudos (US$24)
Peach, light blue, brownish-red, and green. Front: Feet as registration device; musical notes on staff; singer Cesária Évora; embossed turtle. Back: Violin; sun over ocean; feet. Holographic stripe with demetalized microphone and musical notes. 4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized BCV 2000 and microphone. Watermark: Cesária Évora with electrotype microphone, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 142 x 71 mm.
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Prefix GM. Intro: 23.12.2014.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de), Thomas Augustsson, and David Bonczak.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 20-cedi note confirmed

20 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B48d, but new date.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Rwanda new 2,000- and 5,000-franc notes confirmed

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According to a press release dated 3 December 2014, the National Bank of Rwanda will issue new 2,000- and 5,000-franc notes as soon as the presidential decree is officially gazetted. The designs remain the same as the current notes (BNR B35 and B36), but the security features have been strengthened, and French has been removed from these notes. Now all text is in Kinyarwanda on the front, and English on the back.

UPDATE: The presidential decree was officially gazetted 16 December 2014.

Courtesy of Themanfromkigali.

Cape Verde new 500- and 5,000-escudo notes reported

According to an article on MacauHub dated 2 January 2015, the Bank of Cabo Verde has introduced new 500- and 5,000-escudo notes, thereby completing the new series of notes which also include 200, 1,000 and 2,000 escudo denominations reportedly introduced on 23 December 2014.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and David Bonczak.

Mauritania new 1,000-ouguiya note (B123) confirmed

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According to an Innovia Security press release dated 4 December 2014, persuant to Décret Nº 2136-2014 the Central Bank of Mauritania has issued a new 1,000-ouguiya banknote printed on Innovia's Guardian polymer substrate. The design is based upon the preceding paper note (B117), but is reduced in size to 140 x 70 mm. Both notes will circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin and Thomas Augustsson.

Guinea new 5,000-franc font variety confirmed

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5,000 francs, 1 MARS 2010. Like BCRG B34a, but 3-mm tall prefix letters in vertical serial number;
different font in horizontal serial number; w/o Cornerstone watermarks. Printer: Unknown. Prefix KO.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Botswana new date (2014) 200-pula note confirmed

200 pula, 2014. Like BOB B28c, but new date.

Courtesy of Craig Eustace.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 5- and 10-cedi notes confirmed

5 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B46d, but new date. Prefix QC.

10 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B47d, but new date. Prefix ST.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Cape Verde new 200-, 1,000-, and 2,000-escudo notes introduced 23.12.2014



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According to an article on OceanPress dated 22 December 2014, on 23 December the Banco de Cabo Verde will introduce new 200-, 1,000- and 2,000-escudo banknotes, the first in a new family honoring Cape Verdean figures in the fields of literature, music, and politics. The 200-escudo note is printed on polymer, whereas the other denominations are on paper substrate.

Courtesy of Cedrian Lopez-Bosch.

Nigeria new 100-naira commemorative to be issued 19.12.2014

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On 12 November 2014, Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan unveiled a new 100-naira banknote to commemorate Nigeria's 100 years of existence. According to an article on allAfrica, the note will be introduced on 19 December 2014.

The note features Crane's Motion windowed security thread with the Nigerian flag and 100 moving when the note is tilted, as well as a SPARK patch that changes color from green to purple when tilted.

Somaliland new sig/date (2012) 5,000-shilling note confirmed

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5,000 shillings, 2012. Like BOS B24a, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Chris Twining (http://www.pagescoinsandcurrency.com).

Uganda new date (2013) 1,000-shilling note confirmed

1,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B54a, but new date. Prefix BN.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Burundi new sig/date (31.102013) 10,000-franc note confirmed

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10,000 francs. 31-10-2013. Like BRB B30, but new signatures and new date.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Malawi new sig/date (01.01.2013) 200-kwacha note confirmed

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200 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like B153a, but new signature and new date. Prefix AJ.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Madagascar new Hybrid substrate 2,000-ariary note confirmed

2,000 ariary, 2004. Like BFM B27a, but Hybrid substrate. Prefix/suffix B/P, B/Q. Intro: 2014.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de) and Thomas Augustson.

Gambia new 20-dalasi commemorative polymer note to be introduced at end of 2014

According to a De La Rue press release dated 18 November 2014, the Central Bank of The Gambia will introduce a 20-dalasi banknote before the end of 2014 to commemorate 20 years in office for President Yahya Jammeh. This note was designed and printed by De La Rue on Safeguard polymer substrate.

This new note is based on the existing paper 25-dalasi note (CBG B24), but is green rather than blue, and features a portrait of the president. The clear window in the polymer note will have an image of a crocodile which currently appears in the watermark of the paper note.

Ruth Euling, Sales Director for De La Rue Currency stated “We are proud to have worked with The Central Bank of The Gambia since its inception and are delighted that they have joined the growing number of banks who have chosen Safeguard for their banknotes. The Gambia is the second country in Africa to issue notes on the Safeguard substrate with a third African country due to issue later this year.”

South Africa new 100-rand note with Omron rings confirmed

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100 rand, no date. Like P136, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Zambia new date (2014) 100-kwacha note confirmed

100 kwacha, 2014. Like BOZ B57, but new date.

Courtesy of David Murcek.

Morocco announces intention to print notes for other countries

According to a press release dated 12 November 2014, Crane Currency and Bank Al Maghrib (Morocco's central bank) have entered into a partnership for international banknote printing. "The partnership will enable the group to support the expansion of its paper money printing worldwide with the expertize of Dar As Sikkah, Bank Al Maghrib’s printing unit, with is equipped with modern printing technology."

Malawi new 20-kwacha note (B158) confirmed

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B158 (PNL): 20 kwacha (US$0.05)
Purple and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malawi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa II (Lazalo Mkhuzo Jere). Back: Teachers Training College building and tree; stack of books and mortarboard; Malawi map; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa II, electrotype 20, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 128 x 64 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2014. Sig. 12. Prefix AS. Intro: November 2014.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Nigeria new 100-naira commemorative unveiled

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On 12 November 2014, Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan unveiled a new 100-naira banknote to commemorate Nigeria's 100 years of existence. Although the new note will have the same portrait of Chief Obafemi Awolowo on front as the existing note of the same denomination (CBN B26), it will have a new color scheme and increased security features, including "One Nigeria, Great Promise" in microprinting. On the back it will feature traditional dancers as well as a quickresponse code (QRC) which when scanned leads users to a website about Nigeria's history. Both notes will circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Francisco Munoz.

Zambia new date (2013) 50-kwacha note confirmed

50 kwacha, 2013. Like BOZ B56, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Malawi new 50-kwacha note (B157) confirmed

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B157 (PNL): 50 kwacha (US$0.20)
Light green, light blue, and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malawi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani II (Philip Zitonga Maseko). Back: Elephants, tree, and safari vehicle in Kasungu National Park; Malawi map; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani II, electrotype 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 128 x 64 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2014. Sig. 12. Prefix AP. Intro: August 2014.
Like B151, but enhanced blind recognition features, and the color changed to light green to better distinguish this denomination from the blue 200-kwacha note (B153).

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Sao Tome and Principe new sig/date (31.12.2013) 5,000-, 10,000-, 50,000-, and 100,000-dobra notes confirmed

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5,000 dobras, 31 de Dezembro de 2013. Like BCSTP B3, but new date and new signatures (Hélio Silva Vaz de Almeida and Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira).

10,000 dobras, 31 de Dezembro de 2013. Like BCSTP B4, but new date and new signatures (Hélio Silva Vaz de Almeida and Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira).

50,000 dobras, 31 de Dezembro de 2013. Like BCSTP B6, but new date and new signatures (Hélio Silva Vaz de Almeida and Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira).

100,000 dobras, 31 de Dezembro de 2013. Like BCSTP B7, but new date and new signatures (Hélio Silva Vaz de Almeida and Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira).

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (http://www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com).

Madagascar new Hybrid substrate 500-ariary note confirmed

500 ariary, 2004. Like BFM B22b, but Hybrid substrate. Prefix/suffix A/S - A/V.

Courtesy of Hermann Huber.

Nigeria new date (2014) 10-naira note confirmed

10 naira, 2014. Like B235, but new date.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Zambia new 50-kwacha commemorative note confirmed

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According to a Zambia Daily Mail article dated 23 October 2014, the Bank of Zambia has unveiled a new 50-kwacha note commemorating the 50th anniversary of independence (24 October 1964). The commemorative note depicts the portraits of the five heads of state—founding President Kenneth Kaunda, former presidents Frederick Chiluba, Levy Mwanawasa and Rupiah Banda, and the incumbent President Michael Sata—and has “50th Independence Anniversary” wording.

The new note is legal tender and bears the same security features as the current note of the same denomination, and the two will circulate in parallel.

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BOZ B58 (PNL): 50 kwacha (US$8.20)
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; dove; fish eagle; fig tree in Kabwe; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Presidents Frederick Jacob Titus Chiluba, Rupiah Bwezani Banda, Kenneth David Kaunda, Michael Chilufya Sata, and Levy Patrick Mwanawasa; Bank of Zambia building; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Holographic LEAD stripe. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 50 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2014. Signature 13. Prefix EH/12. Intro: 23.10.2014.

Courtesy of Aidan Work and Olexandr Danishenko.

Cape Verde approves introduction of new note series

According to an article on OceanPress dated 31 October 2014, the Banco de Cabo Verde intends to honor Cape Verdean figures in the fields of literature, music, and politics by introducing a new series of banknotes in denominations of 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 5,000 escudos. The draft decree approving the issuance was passed on 30 October.

The 200-escudo note is a tribute to the doctor and Cape Verdean writer Henrique Teixeira de Sousa, and his native island, Fogo.

The 500-escudo note honors one of poet Jorge Barbosa and his island, Santiago.

The 1,000-escudo note honors composer and musician Codé de Dona, and the musical genre funaná.

The 2,000-escudo note honors Cesária Évora.

The 5,000-escudo note honors the first President of the Republic of Cape Verde, Aristides Maria Pereira, as well as his native island, Boa Vista.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.



Zimbabwe new 20-dollar bearer cheque confirmed

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I'm looking for information about this bearer cheque. It's payment clause stipulates "Pay the bearer on deman on or before 30th June 2009." Issue date is listed as 1st August 2008, which corresponds to Zimbabwe’s revaluation when they struck 10 zeros from the dollar. However, the $20 note (RBZ B59) which they issued on that date doesn’t look anything like this note.

This bearer cheque looks like the $20 (RBZ B86) banknote issued on 02.02.2009, which seems to bear some relation to the vertical numbers at front left: 02022909.

I suspect that this was either an unadopted design or a consignment of bearer cheques which they decided not to issue when they opted to issue banknotes instead.

If anyone has additional information, including images of other denominations with similar designs, I would love to hear from you.


Morocco chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 29-page catalog covers notes issued by the Protectorat de la France au Maroc (Protectorate of France in Morocco) from 1919 to 1920, the Banque d’État du Maroc (State Bank of Morocco) from 1910 to 1958, the Empire Chérifien, Protectorat de la République Française (Sharif Empire, Protectorate of the French Republic) in 1944, the Banque du Maroc (Bank of Morocco) from 1960 to 1985, and the Bank Al-Maghrib from 1987 to present. Published 10 October 2014.

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Seychelles new 100-rupee commemorative sheet confirmed

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100 rupees, 2013. Like CBS B17b, but with 35th Anniversary Central Bank of Seychelles overprint on watermark area at right front. Available only in sheets of 40.

Courtesy of TDS.

Nigeria new date (2014) 100-naira notes confirmed

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100 naira, 2014. Like B226, but new date. Also, on note with B/10 prefix, the signatures appear at center on front with DIRECTOR OF CURRENCY OPERATIONS title on one line. On note with B/86 prefix, the signatures appear at lower center on front, with DIRECTOR OF CURRENCY / OPERATIONS title on two lines.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Nigeria new variety 200-naira notes confirmed

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200 naira, 2014. Like B227t1, but date in italics and black (not brown) signatures.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 50-franc note confirmed

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50 francs, 30.06.2013. Like BCC B19a, but new date and new signature (Deogratias Mutombo Mwana Nyembo).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Southern Rhodesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Southern Rhodesia 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 notes issued by the Southern Rhodesia Currency Board from 1939 to 1954, and the Central Africa Currency Board in 1955. Revised 29 July 2016.

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Nigeria new date (2014) 500-naira note confirmed

500 naira, 2014. Like B228, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Nigeria new date (2013) 200-naira note confirmed

200 naira, 2013. Like B227, but new date.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Malawi new 1,000-kwacha commemorative note confirmed

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

Courtesy of Max Keller and Murtaza Karimjee (African Banknotes).

Ethiopia new date (2013) 5-birr note confirmed

5 birr, 2013. Like NBE B31, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Zambia new commemorative note planned for October 2014

According to an article on LusakaTimes dated 8 August 2014, the Bank of Zambia will honor all heads of state—President Sata, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, late Dr Frederick Chiluba, late Dr Levy Mwanawasa, and Mr Rupiah Banda—by incorporating their portraits on a commemorative banknote to be issued in October this year, as part of the golden jubilee celebrations to be held on 24 October 2014.

The bank also launched a book titled, “50 years of Central Banking,” with Dr Gondwe urging interested parties to take keen interest and obtain the book or purchase the coin from BoZ offices in Ndola and Lusaka.

Comoros new signature 5,000-franc note (B309b) confirmed

5,000 francs, 2006. Like B309a, but new signature 8 (Mze Aboudou Mohamed Chafioun and Remy Rioux).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

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

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

East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 22-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of the East Africa Protectorate from 1905 to 1919 and the East African Currency Board from 1920 to 1965. Revised 21 June 2016.

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Zambia new date (2013) 20-kwacha note confirmed

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

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Sudan 10,000-dinar note confirmed in issued form

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

Courtesy of Kang Hyun Soon.

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

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

Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.

Uganda new date (2013) 50,000-shilling note confirmed

50,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B59, but new date. Prefix AM.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Uganda new date (2013) 10,000-shilling note confirmed

10,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B57, but new date. Prefix AU.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Uganda new date (2013) 5,000-shilling note confirmed

5,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B56, but new date. Prefix AS.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Nigeria new date (2013) 500-naira note confirmed

500 naira, 2013. Like B228, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Nigeria new date (2014) 200-naira note confirmed

200 naira, 2014. Like B227, but new date.

Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.

Nigeria new date (2013) 100-naira note confirmed

100 naira, 2013. Like B226, but new date.

Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.

West African States (Senegal) new sig/date (2012) 5,000-franc note confirmed

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5,000 francs, (20)12. Like P717K, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

West African States (Senegal) new sig/date (2013) 2,000-franc note confirmed

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2,000 francs, (20)13. Like P716K, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Mauritania new 500-ouguiya note (B122) confirmed

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According to a French-language decree 145-2014 dated 2 June 2014, the Banque Central de Mauritanie introduced a new 500-ouguiya note like B116, but dated 28.11.2013, without the holographic patch at right front, reduced in size to 138 x 65 mm, with electrotype 500 added to the watermark, a windowed security thread, iridescent PEAK (Printed Embossed Anticopy Key) of SCM/500, and LOOK (Laser Originated Optical Key) on three digits of the serial number.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Manuel Fernando Iglesias, and Thomas Augustsson.

Burundi new sig/date (31.10.2013) 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs, 31-10-2013. Like BRB B32, but new date and new signatures (Melchior Wagara and Jean Gaspard Ciza).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Hamid Kazemi (banknoteswholesale).

Burundi new sig/date (31.10.2013) 5,000-franc note confirmed

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5,000 francs, 31-10-2013. Like BRB B35, but new date and new signatures (Melchior Wagara and Jean Gaspard Ciza).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Raghavendra (Raju) Reddy.

Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 5,000-franc note confirmed

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5,000 francs, 30.06.2013. Like BCC B24, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Malawi new note family and commemorative 1,000-kwacha note reported

According to an article on Face of Malawi dated 1 July 2014, the Reserve Bank of Malawi plans to issue a new family of banknotes in August 2014. The new notes will have enhanced blind recognition features, and the color of the 50-kwacha note will change from light blue to light green to better distinguish it from the blue 200-kwacha note. Furthermore, a 1,000-kwacha note will be issued on 6 July 2014 to commemorate Malawi's 50th anniversary of independence. The limited edition commemorative note will circulate in parallel with the existing note of the same denomination (RBM B55).

Courtesy of Cedrian Lopez-Bosch.

Saint Helena new sig/date (2012) 10- and 20-pound notes confirmed

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10 pounds, 2012. Like GOSH B8, but new date and signatures.

20 pounds, 2012. Like GOSH B9, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Yuri Minkin.

Press release: 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012

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Bushra Ali, a frequent contributor to this site and The Banknote Book, recently published the second edition of his Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012. This specialized catalog is available via Lulu.com as a print-on-demand book or an eBook. This 512-page second edition covers all notes from 1856 to 2012, and includes Egyptian notes used in Sudan, along with many notes unlisted in the SCWPM, such as unadopted designs, specimens, and proofs. Visit Lulu.com and click on the Preview link below the image of the book cover to see sample pages of this detailed catalog.

New in the second edition:

  • section for un-Adopted Color Trial for Egypt Notes used in Sudan in Chapter 2
  • Archives Specimen under Pricelist and re-edit some price under pricelist in Chapter 3
  • more un-adopted Design for Sudan and Egypt notes used in Sudan in Chapter 2
  • more information for some early Egypt notes in Chapter 1
  • increase more than 65 pages from previous edition

Eritrea new 20-nakfa note confirmed

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20 nakfa, 24.5.2012. Like BOE B4, but new color scheme, new date, new signatures, and windowed security thread.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Italian East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Italian East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download to all.

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banca d’Italia (Bank of Italy) from 1938 to 1939. Revised 11 December 2015.

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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Nigeria new date (2014) 1,000-naira note confirmed

1,000 naira, 2014. Like B229, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

The Challenge: Identify vignettes on Mozambique's notes

Today’s challenge is to identify the following vignettes from Mozambique'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 send me an email, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

The following scene appears on the front of Mozambique's 100-metical note (P126) dated 16 de JUNHO DE 1980. Mozambique_BDM_100_M_1980.06.16_B11a_P126_AB_7305625_f
IDENTIFIED: Five FRELIMO soldiers raising flag on 25 June 1975 at Machava stadium in Lourenço Marques (Maputo).
Courtesy of Martin Maillot.

The following two scenes appear on the front of Mozambique's 500-metical note (P127) dated 16 de JUNHO DE 1980, so they may be related. The bottom scene could be a crowd waving their voter ID cards. However, I don't like to publish guesses in The Banknote Book, so if anyone can properly identify this vignette, please do.
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IDENTIFIED: Permanent Commission seated behind Samora Moisés Machel addressing People's Assembly.
Courtesy of David Blair.

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The following scene appears on the front of Mozambique's 1,000-metical note (P128) dated 16 de JUNHO DE 1980. On the wall is inscribed FRELIMO [Frente de Libertação de Moçambique] PARTIDO DE VANGUARDA DA REVOLUÇÃO SOCIALISTA, so it appears to be a monument or memorial to liberation fighters, but I've been unable to find its official name or location.
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IDENTIFIED: FRELIMO monument in Maputo in a small crescent-shaped square along Avenida Samora Machel, beside the old colonial Governor’s house (so called Casa de Ferro) and before the entrance gate of the Tunduru Botanic Gardens. At some point, the monument was replaced by a statue of the FRELIMO leader Samora Moises Machel, killed in a plane crash on 19 October 1986. Courtesy of Rocco Di Leone.

The following scene appears on the front of Mozambique's 5,000-metical note (P133) dated 3 de FEVEREIRO DE 1988 and the 500-metical note (P134) dated 16 de JUNHO DE 1991. Is the statue/carving a famous one? If so, by whom, and what is the name?
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IDENTIFIED: Wood sculpture by Alberto Mabungulane Chissano. Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

The following scene appears on the front of Mozambique's 20,000-metical note (P140) dated 16 DE JUNHO DE 1999.
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IDENTIFIED: Allegorical representation of education.
Coutesy of Frank van Tiel.

The following appears on the back of Mozambique's 50,000-metical note (P138) dated 16 DE JUNHO DE 1993. Is this just decorative artwork, or does it have some other significance?
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IDENTIFIED: Portion of ceramic low relief on the front of the bank headquarters by artist Querubim Lapa de Almeid. Courtesy of Rocco Di Leone.

Malawi new sig/date (01.06.2012) 50-kwacha note confirmed

50 kwacha, 1st JUNE 2012. Like B151, but new date and signature 12.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Eritrea new 10-nakfa note confirmed

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10 nakfa, 24.5.2012. Like BOE B3, but new date, new signature, new color scheme, and windowed security thread on back. Intro: 2014.

When other denominations underwent color changes, they continued the prefixes from the preceding issues. Curiously, this new note reverts back to prefix AA.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de), Dennis Zammit and Alexander Petrov.

Zambia new date (2013) kwacha notes confirmed

2 kwacha, 2013. Like BOZ B52a, but new date.

5 kwacha, 2013. Like BOZ B53a, but new date.

10 kwacha, 2013. Like BOZ B54a, but new date.

100 kwacha, 2013. Like BOZ B57a, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Tunisia new 5-dinar note confirmed

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BCT B36 (PNL): 5 dinars (US$3.20)
Green. Front: City of Carthage; Carthaginian general, Hannibal wearing helmet. Back: Carthaginian ships. Holographic stripe with Hannibal, Carthaginian ship, and crescent moon and star. Windowed green-to-gold security thread with demetalized design. Watermark: Olive tree and electrotype 5. Printer: Unknown. 143 x 73 mm.
a. 2013-3-20. Signature 10. Intro: 17.03.2014.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas, Max Keller, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Seychelles new 10-rupee commemorative sheet confirmed

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10 rupees, 2013. Like CBS B9c, but with 35th Anniversary Central Bank of Seychelles overprint on watermark area at right front. Available only in sheets of 28.

Courtesy of TDS.

South Africa new 10-rand note with Omron rings confirmed

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10 rand, no date. Like note issued 06.11.2012, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

Courtesy of David Jones.

South Africa new 20-rand note with Omron rings confirmed

20 rand, no date. Like note issued 06.11.2012, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Egypt new sig/date (16.05.2013) 20-pound note confirmed

Egypt_CBE_20_pounds_2013.05.16_P65_265_sig
20 pounds, 16.05.2013 in Arabic. Like P65, but new date and signature (Hesham Ramez).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Egypt new sig/date (26.02.2013) 5-pound note confirmed

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5 pounds, 26.02.2013 in Arabic. Like P63, but new date and signature (Hesham Ramez).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Botswana new date (2012) 100-pula note confirmed

100 pula, 2012. Like BOB B27b, but new date.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Malawi new sig/date (01.06.2012) 20-kwacha note confirmed

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20 kwacha, 1st JUNE 2012. Like B150a, but new date, new signature, and building on back now correctly identified as in MACHINGA, not DOMASAI.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.



South Africa new 50-rand note with Omron rings confirmed

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50 rand, no date. Like note issued 06.11.2012, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.


Mauritius new sig/date (2013) 200-rupee note confirmed

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200 rupees, 2013. Like BOM B27, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Tunisia to introduce new 5-dinar note in Q1 2014

According to an article on Investir en Tunisie dated 27 December 2013, Deputy Governor Mohamed Rekik announced that the Banque Centrale de Tunisie will introduce a new 5-dinar banknote in the first quarter of 2014.

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle.

South Africa new 200-rand note with Omron rings confirmed

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200 rand, no date. Like note issued 06.11.2012, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

Courtesy of Shibu Paul - IBNS LM 208 (www.ebanknoteshop.com).

Morocco new 20- and 50-dirham notes (B515, B516) confirmed

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B515 (PNL): 20 dirhams (US$2.35)
Purple, orange, and blue. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; crown with star. Back: Train crossing Hassan II Bridge over the Bou Regreg river in Rabat; Hassan II Mosque and city buildings in Casablanca; denomination numerals as registration device. Color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized 20 and Bank Al-Maghrib in Arabic. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 20. Printer: (DAS). 131 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 19.12.2013.

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B516 (PNL): 50 dirhams (US$5.85)
Green, yellow, and blue. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; crown with star. Back: Ouzoud Falls; tree, fruit, and bird; denomination numerals as registration device. Color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized 50 and Bank Al-Maghrib in Arabic. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 50. Printer: (DAS). 138 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 19.12.2013.

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle and Manuel Rodriguez Cassanello (Numiscondor).

West African States new sig/date (2013) notes confirmed

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500 francs. (20)13. Like unlisted notes dated (20)12, but new date and signatures.

1,000 francs. (20)13. Like P315C, but new date and signatures.

2,000 francs. (20)13. Like P316C, but new date and signatures.

5,000 francs. (20)13. Like P317C, but new date and signatures.

10,000 francs. (20)13. Like P318C, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee.


Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 1,000-franc note confirmed

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1,000 francs, 30.06.2013. Like BCC B23, but new date and signature (Deogratias Mutombo Mwana Nyembo, who took over as governor from Jean-Claude Masangu Mulongo on 14.05.2013).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Tunisia new 10-dinar note confirmed

Tunisia_BCT_10_dinars_2013.03.20_B35a_PNL_D-1_9385421_fTunisia_BCT_10_dinars_2013.03.20_B35a_PNL_D-1_9385421_r
BCT B35 (PNL): 10 dinars (US$6.40)
Light blue and yellow. Front: Poet, Aboul El Kacem Chebbi. Back: Arches of Medesa Bacchia school in Tunis. Holographic stripe with Aboul El Kacem Chebbi, quill, and crescent moon and star. Windowed security thread with demetalized design. Watermark: Olive tree and electrotype 10. Printer: Unknown. 148 x 73 mm.
a. 2013-3-20. Signature 10. Intro: 28.11.2013.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).


Guinea new font variety 1,000-franc note confirmed

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1,000 francs, 1 MARS 2010. Like BCRG B33a, but 3-mm (not 4-mm) tall prefix letters in vertical serial number at right and different font in horizontal serial number at left (B33a, top; B33b, bottom). Also, Cornerstone watermarks removed, possibily indicating someone other than DLR printed the new variety.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Seychelles new sig/date (2013) 10- and 100-rupee notes confirmed

Seychelles_CBS_10_rupees_2013.00.00_B9c_P36_AH_005001_sig
10 rupees, 2013. Like B409, but new date and signature (Caroline Abel).

100 rupees, 2013. Like B417, but new date and signature (Caroline Abel).

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (http://www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com).

Nigeria may dump polymer for paper in 2014

According to various news sources dated 26 November 2013, the Central Bank of Nigeria has announced its intention to revert to paper from polymer for its banknote substrate. Nigeria has been issuing low-denomination (5 to 50 naira) notes on polymer since the introduction of the 20-naira note (CBN B32a) on 28 February 2007. In justifying the move, the bank cited the fading of the notes and the bribery scandal surrounding Securency, the substrate supplier. The switch back to paper is expected to begin in 2014 and take place gradually, with the new notes printed by the state-run Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company rather than abroad.

Nigeria new sig/date (2013) 10-naira note confirmed

Nigeria_CBN_10_naira_2013.00.00_B35h_PNL_BQ_3617658_sig
10 naira, 2013. Like B235, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Nigeria new date (2013) 20-naira note confirmed

20 naira, 2013. Like B232k, but new date.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2013) 10-cedi note confirmed

Ghana_BOG_10_cedis_2013.03.06_B47d_P39_SK_9231369_sig
10 cedis, 6th MARCH 2013. Like BOG B47c, but new date and signature.

Courtesy of Radoslaw Dlouhy.

P.S. Radoslaw also mentions that Ghana's National Museum in Accra has some exhibits of banknotes including many specimen notes.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2013) 1-, 5-, and 20-cedi notes confirmed

Ghana_BOG_1_cedi_2013.03.06_B45e_P37_FS_0034409_sig
1 cedi, 6th MARCH 2013. Like BOG B45, but new date and signature (Henry Kofi Wampah).

5 cedis, 6th MARCH 2013. Like BOG B46, but new date and signature (Henry Kofi Wampah).

20 cedis, 6th MARCH 2013. Like BOG B48, but new date and signature (Henry Kofi Wampah).

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

South Africa new banknotes with Omron rings reported

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According to a press release, on 6 November 2013 the South African Reserve Bank revised the banknote family launched exactly a year prior by adding Omron rings (or as the SARB calls them, "little dots") on the fronts and backs of all denominations (visible in the watermark areas on the images above). The existing Mandela notes will continue to circulate in parallel with the new ones. Omron rings appear to be randomly positioned design elements, but in fact can be detected by modern computer hardware and software to restrict the editing and printing of banknote images.

Courtesy of Ruan de Witt.

Libya's central bank robbed of $55 million note shipment

According to a Reuters article dated 29 October 2013, 10 gunmen intercepted a van carrying $55 million in cash when it left the airport in Sirte on its way to the local central bank branch. No word yet on the notes which were stolen, but in the past other nations have responded to large-scale robberies by issuing notes in new colors or designs to thwart the use of the ill-gotten gains.

Courtesy of Nikolajs Cerps.

Ivory Coast chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Ivory Coast chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download to all.

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’A.O.F. - Colonie de la Cote d’Ivoire (General Government of French West Africa - Colony of the Ivory Coast) from 1917 to 1943. Revised 17 October 2015.

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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Senegal chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque du Sénégal (Bank of Senegal) from 1853 to 1901 and the Gouvernement Général de l'A.O.F. - Colonie du Sénégal (General Government of French West Africa) in 1917. Revised 31 July 2016.

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Mauritius new 500-rupee polymer notes confirmed

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BOM B32 (PNL): 500 rupees (US$16)
Orange. Front: Coat of arms; Sookdeo Bissoondoyal; bank building façade; standing Justice with sword and scales; blue-to-green OVI patch. Back: Blue-to-green OVI patch; University of Mauritius building and palm trees in Reduit. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): None. Printer: (TDLR). 155 x 74 mm. Polymer.
a. 2013. Signature 9. Intro: 22.08.2013.

According to an official press release, on 22 August 2013, the Bank of Mauritius issued new 25-, 50-, and 500-rupee banknotes printed on polymer. The 25- and 50-rupee notes were printed by Oberthur Technologies on Innovia Security's Guardian substrate, whereas the 500-rupee note was printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard substrate (formerly called Flexycoin). The new polymer notes will circulate in parallel with the preceding paper banknotes upon which their designs are based. The notes contain numerous new security features such as transparent windows showing the image of the dodo, numbers printed with magnetic ink which become fluorescent under ultra violet light, and swing features printed in iridescent ink, which change to a different color when observed in transparency or when tilted.

Courtesy of Mike Jackson, Thomas Krause, Alex Tobert, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Dahomey chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Dahomey chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free to all.

This 2-page catalog covers notes issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’A.O.F. - Colonie du Dahomey (Government General of French West Africa - Colony of Dahomey) in 1917. Revised 10 September 2015.

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Rwanda new 500-franc note confirmed

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BNR B37 (PNL): 500 francs (US$0.80)
Dark blue and gray. Front: Three cows. Back: Four young students with XO computers (from One Laptop Per Child). Windowed security thread with demetalized BNR500. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype BNR. Printer: Unknown. 135 x 72 mm.
a. 01.01.2013. Signature 23. Intro 24.09.2013.

Courtesy of Antje Maroussi, Ricardo Castedo, Claudio Marana, and Charles Stanikowski.

Ghana new 2-cedi note (B152) confirmed

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Like B150a, but without commemorative text at upper center, new date (6th MARCH 2013), and new signature (Henry Kofi Wampah, who took over as governor from Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur on 6 August 2012).

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Mauritius new 25- and 50-rupee polymer notes confirmed

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BOM B30 (PNL): 25 rupees (US$0.80)
Violet and brown. Front: Coat of arms; Milin Jean Ah-Chuen; bank building façade; standing Justice with sword and scales; dodo bird. Back: Dodo bird; building façade, Rodrigues island map; man with trap. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): RS. Printer: (OT). 135 x 65 mm. Polymer.
a. 2013. Signature 9. Intro: 22.08.2013.

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BOM B31 (PNL): 50 rupees (US$1.60)
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; Joseph Maurice Paturau; bank building façade; standing Justice with sword and scales; dodo bird. Back: Dodo bird; Le Caudan waterfront buildings. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): RS. Printer: (OT). 140 x 68 mm. Polymer.
a. 2013. Signature 9. Intro: 22.08.2013.

According to an official press release, on 22 August 2013, the Bank of Mauritius issued new 25-, 50-, and 500-rupee banknotes printed on polymer. The 25- and 50-rupee notes were printed by Oberthur Technologies on Innovia Security's Guardian substrate, whereas the 500-rupee note was printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard substrate (formerly called Flexycoin). The new polymer notes will circulate in parallel with the preceding paper banknotes upon which their designs are based. The notes contain numerous new security features such as transparent windows showing the image of the dodo, numbers printed with magnetic ink which become fluorescent under ultra violet light, and swing features printed in iridescent ink, which change to a different color when observed in transparency or when tilted.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Botswana new date (2012) 200-pula note confirmed

200 pula, 2012. Like BOB B28, but new date.

Courtesy of Craig Eustace.

Central African States new sig 500-franc notes confirmed

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500 francs, 2002. Like BEAC B6, but new signatures. Confirmed with country code A.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Central African States new sig 10,000-franc notes confirmed

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10,00 francs, 2002. Like BEAC B10, but new signatures. Confirmed with country code A and T.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

West African States new sig/date (2013) 500-franc notes confirmed

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500 francs, (20)13. Like unlisted 500-franc notes dated 2012, but new date. Confirmed with A, B, C, D, H, K, and T suffixes.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

West African States new sig/date (2012) 2,000-franc note confirmed

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2,000 francs, (20)12. Like P216B, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Morocco new 100-dirham note (B517) confirmed

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B517 (PNL): 100 dirhams (US$12)
Brown, yellow, violet, and blue. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; SPARK crown with star. Back: Touareg tent; wind turbine farm; three camels with riders on a desert; denomination numerals as registration device. Color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized 100 and Bank Al-Maghrib in Arabic. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 100. Printer: (DAS). 145 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 20.08.2013.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Nigeria new sig/date (2012) 20-naira note confirmed

Nigeria_CBN_20_naira_2011.00.00_B32k_P34_AH_1703906_sig
20 naira, 2012. Like B232j, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Malawi new sig/date (01.01.2013) 100-kwacha note confirmed

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100 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like B152a, but new signature and date.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Malawi new sig/date (01.01.2013) 500-kwacha note confirmed

Malawi_RBM_500_kwacha_2013.01.01_B54b_P61_AJ_9100605_sig
500 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like B154a, but new signature and date.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Angola new sig/date (01.2011) 50-kwanza note confirmed

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50 kwanzas, JANEIRO DE 2011. Like BNA B37, but new date and signature 13 (José de Lima Massano and Ricardo Daniel Sandao Queiroz Viegas d’Abreu).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Gambia new signature 50-dalasis note confirmed

Gambia_CBG_50_dalasis_2013.00.00_B25c_P28_F_1661331_sig
50 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B25, but new signatures (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

Courtesy of The Monetary Unit.

Morocco new 200-dirham note (B518) confirmed

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B518 (PNL): 200 dirhams (US$23)
Blue, green, and violet. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; SPARK crown with star. Back: Cargo ship, gantry cranes, and shipping containers in port of Tangier; lighthouse and trees on Cape Spartel in Tangier; denomination numerals as registration device. Motion windowed security thread with stars. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 200. Printer: (DAS). 151 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 15.08.2013.

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

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and The Monetary Unit.

Kenya to unveil new notes for issue in February 2015

According to an article on allAfrica dated 19 August 2013, this week the government of Kenya may unveil a new set of Kenya banknotes that will be in circulation by February 2015. Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia said the new 10-, 20-, 50-, 100-, and 1,000-shilling notes will depict Kenyan tourism, economic engagement, wildlife, history, traditions, and cultures.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Djibouti chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 4-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque Nationale de Djibouti (National Bank of Djibouti) from 1971 to 1999 and the Banque Centrale de Djibouti (Central Bank of Djibouti) from 2002 to present. Published 6 June 2016.

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Central African States chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Central African States 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 notes issued by the Banque des États de l'Afrique Centrale (Bank of the Central African States) from 1993 to present. Revised 26 February 2016.

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Ethiopia investigating printing its birr notes in Sudan

According to a Daily Ethiopia article dated 31 July 2013, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) is considering having its birr banknotes printed by the Sudan Currency Printing Press (SCPP), a private enterprise established in 1994 which prints all Sudanese currencies for the Central Bank of Sudan. Currently the NBE utilizes unnamed European companies to print its birr notes.

Gambia new signature 100-dalasi note confirmed

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100 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B27, but new signatures (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

Courtesy of Семаков Алексей.

Gambia new signature 10-dalasi note confirmed

Gambia_CBG_10_dalasis_2009.04.16_B23c_P26_F_0575701_sig
10 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B23, but new signatures (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Morocco new 20-, 50-, 100-, and 200-dirham notes to be issued 15.08.2013

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According to various sources, Bank Al-Maghrib intends to issue new dirham notes starting on 15 August 2013.

All four denominations feature a portrait of King Mohammed VI and the royal crown. Each also shows a Moroccan door to the left of the portrait, demonstrating the richness of the country's architectural heritage, and symbolizing the openness of the country.

The general themes of the new series are development and modernity, solidarity, diversity and openness. The 20-dirham note depicts Rabat and Casablanca. The 50-dirham note depicts a tree and Ouzoud Falls. The 100-dirham note depicts camels on a desert. The 200-dirham note depicts a lighthouse in the Mediterranean port of Tangier.

West African States new sig/date (2013) 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-franc notes confirmed

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500 francs, (20)13. Like unlisted denomination first issued in 2012, but new signatures and date.
1,000 francs, (20)13. Like P815T, but new signatures and date.
2,000 francs, (20)13. Like P816T, but new signatures and date.

All three denominations have T suffix for Togo.

Courtesy of Chris Twining (www.pagescoinsandcurrency.com).

Djibouti bank governor died 11.01.2013

According to a press release on the web site of Banque Centrale de Djibouti, bank governor Feu M. Djama Mahamoud Haid died on 11 January 2013. Collectors should keep their eyes open for a new signature combination.

Courtesy of Jean – Claude Royaud.



Nigeria new sig/date (2013) 5-naira note confirmed

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5 naira, 2013. Like B234, but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.

Gambia new sig 25-dalasi note confirmed

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25 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B24 (P27), but new signature (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Angola new 1,000-, 2,000-, and 5,000-kwanza notes confirmed

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On 31 May 2013, Banco Nacional de Angola issued the above denominations.

Courtesy of Francisco Marques.

Rwanda new 500-, 1,000-, and 5,000-franc varieties confirmed

At some point during the issuance of the notes dated 1998 (BNR B25-B27), the font used for printing the upper left serial numbers changed from wide to narrow (see below).

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Courtesy of Sergey Vostrikov and Alexander Petrov.

Namibia new 10- and 20-dollar notes confirmed

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According to a media release dated 13 July 2012, the Bank of Namibia “has observed that the diamond shape feature on some of the N$ 10 and N$ 20 banknotes is cracking after multiple folding or handling.” These affected notes feature a large OVI (optically variable ink) diamond with latent image of the denomination. The higher denominations aren’t affected because they use different security features.

The bank laid the blame on the paper and placement of the OVI feature in the center of the note where it is subjected to the most folding. On 4 June 2013, the bank announced it improved the paper quality and shifted the placement of the OVI feature to avoid being folded. Beginning 17 June, the bank put a limited quantity of the new notes into public circulation for three months to determine if these changes solve the problem.

These notes are like the preceding issues, but with new date (2013) on back.

Courtesy of Phil Martin and Heinrich Lindner.

Libya new 50-dinar note (B545) confirmed

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B545 (PNL): 50 dinars (US$40)
Green. Front: Crescent moon and star on green SPARK patch; 1922 Italian lighthouse in Benghazi. Back: Rock arch in Tadrart Acacus. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread and windowed Motion security thread with crescent moon and star. Watermark: Omar El Mukhtar, electrotype 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 155 x 77 mm. No date. Signature 8a. Intro: 20.06.2013.

Courtesy of The Monetary Unit.

Tangier chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by Servicios Municipales (Municipal Services) in 1941 and 1942, and Junta de Servicios Municipales (Municipal Services Board) in 1942. Published 5 August 2015.

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Nigeria new sig/date (2013) 50-naira note confirmed

50 naira, 2013. Like B236, but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Algeria chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Algeria cover

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

This 10-page catalog covers notes issued by Banque Centrale d'Algérie (Central Bank of Algeria) from 1964 to 1984, and Banque d'Algérie (Bank of Algeria) from 1992 to present. Revised 15 April 2016.

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Liberia new 2011 varieties confirmed for all denominations

All denominations (CBL B6-B10, respectively) have been confirmed dated 2011 with two varieties. The first variety is plain, and the second variety has the denomination spelled out in pearlescent ink on tne watermark area on front. The 5- to 20-dollar notes also have pearlescent designs added around the border on front, whereas the 50- and 100-dollar notes have embossed designs above the signature at right.

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com) and Andrew Roberts.

Mauritius to issue polymer banknotes

An article on BusinessMega dated 26 May 2013 states that the Bank of Mauritius will soon issue polymer banknotes, according to the Facebook page of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Xavier-Luc Duval. Polymer will be used for 25-, 50-, and 500-rupee notes "in the coming months" and will circulate in parallel with the existing paper notes of the same denominations.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause (http://www.polymernotes.de).

Rwanda new 500-franc note approved for issuance by end of 2013

According to an AllAfrica article dated 14 May 2013, the cabinet approved a presidential order to issue a new 500-franc note by the end of 2013, with three exotic cows on the front reflecting the government’s efforts to eradicate malnutrition, and four students working with computers on the back reflecting education and technology.

Press release: Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012

Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012
Bushra Ali, a frequent contributor to this site and The Banknote Book, recently published Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012. This specialized catalog is available via Lulu.com as a print-on-demand book. This 467-page first edition covers all notes from 1856 to 2012, and includes Egyptian notes used in Sudan, along with many notes unlisted in the SCWPM, such as unadopted designs, specimens, and proofs. Visit Lulu.com and click on the Preview link below the image of the book cover to see sample pages of this detailed catalog.

Guinea new date (2012) 5,000-franc note confirmed

5,000 francs, 2012. Like BCRG B30a (P41), but new date.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).