Africa

Comoros new signature 5,000-franc note confirmed

5,000 francs, 2006. Like BCC B9, 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.

Malawi new 1,000-kwacha commemorative note reported

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

East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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

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
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Zambia 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Nigeria new date (2013) 500-naira note confirmed

500 naira, 2013. Like CBN B28, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Nigeria new date (2014) 200-naira note confirmed

200 naira, 2014. Like CBN B27, but new date.

Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.

Nigeria new date (2013) 100-naira note confirmed

100 naira, 2013. Like CBN B26, 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 issued 02.06.2014 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 BCM B16, but 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).

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

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).

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. Published 30 May 2014.

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
  • 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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Nigeria new date (2014) 1,000-naira note confirmed

1,000 naira, 2014. Like CBN B29, 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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Querubim artwork
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 RBM B51, 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.

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

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.

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

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.

As of March 2014, only the 100-rand note remains unconfirmed with Omron rings. If anyone has this note, please send scans.

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.

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

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 RBM B50a, 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.

Uganda chapter available for free for a limited time

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Today I'm pleased to announce the second sponsored chapter give-away of 2014 thanks to the generosity of Kate Gibson of Camberley, United Kingdom.

This 20-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Uganda from 1966 to present normally costs $9.99, but if you are among the first 50 collectors to use the coupon code GIBSON during checkout, you can download the chapter absolutely free. As this is a limited offer, please take advantage of it only if you are truly interested in the notes of Uganda.

If you are a dealer and are interested in sponsoring a give-away of other chapters, please contact me to discuss the particulars.

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.

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

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

Morocco new 20- and 50-dirham notes confirmed

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BAM B15 (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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BAM B16 (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.

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

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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 CBS B9, but new date and signature (Caroline Abel).

100 rupees, 2013. Like CBS B17, but new date and signature (Caroline Abel).

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

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

Rwanda and Burundi chapter available for free for a limited time

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Today I'm pleased to announce another sponsored chapter give-away, this time thanks to the generosity of New York-based dealer, Murtaza Karimjee, who specializes in African banknotes.

This 3-page catalog which covers notes issued by the Banque d’Emission du Rwanda et du Burundi (Issuing Bank of Rwanda and Burundi) from 1960 to 1963 normally costs $0.99, but if you are among the first 100 collectors to use the coupon code KARIMJEE during checkout, you can download the chapter absolutely free.

Murtaza has chosen to sponsor this particular chapter to draw attention to the availability of a rare set of Rwanda and Burundi specimen notes.

If you are a dealer and are interested in sponsoring a give-away of other chapters, please contact me to discuss the particulars.

South West Africa scans needed for catalog

I am looking for images of the following banknotes of South West Africa for inclusion in The Banknote Book:

Barlays Bank note dated 1939, 1944
Standard Bank of South Africa note dated 1933, 1941, 1947

If you know where I can find even low-resolution images of these notes, please let me know.

Even better, if you own any of these notes, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note may be immortalized as a plate note in The Banknote Book, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish (great publicity for dealers).

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

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

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10 naira, 2013. Like CBN B35, but new date and signatures.

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

Nigeria new date (2013) 20-naira note confirmed

20 naira, 2013. Like CBN B32k, but new date.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2013) 10-cedi note confirmed

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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

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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. Published 25 October 2013.

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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 4-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. Published 25 October 2013.

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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.

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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. Published 27 September 2013.

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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.

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Courtesy of Antje Maroussi, Ricardo Castedo, Claudio Marana, and Charles Stanikowski.

Ghana new 2-cedi note confirmed

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Like BOG B50a, 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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Morocco new 100-dirham note confirmed

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BAM B17 (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

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20 naira, 2012. Like CBN B32j, but new date and signatures.

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

Malawi new sig/date (01.01.2013) 100-kwacha note confirmed

Malawi_RBM_100_kwacha_2013.01.01_B52b_P59_AG_2714405_sig
100 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like RBM B52a, but new signature and date.

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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 RBM B54a, but new signature and date.

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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

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50 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B25, but new signatures (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

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Courtesy of The Monetary Unit.

Morocco new 200-dirham note confirmed

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BAM B18 (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.

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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 5-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 day. Published 16 August 2013.

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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 9-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of the Central African States) from 1993 to present day. Published 9 August 2013.

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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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

Gambia_CBG_100_dalasis_2010.08.02_B27b_PNL_E_6320664_sig
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).

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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.

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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

Nigeria_CBN_5_naira_2013.00.00_B34e_PNL_AB_4183002_sig
5 naira, 2013. Like CBN B34, but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

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Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.

Gambia new sig 25-dalasi note confirmed

Gambia_CBG_25_dalasis_2013.00.00_B24c_P27_D_7738872_sig
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.

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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.

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Courtesy of Phil Martin and Heinrich Lindner.

Libya new 50-dinar note confirmed

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CBL B45 (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.

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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 4-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 14 June 2013.

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Nigeria new sig/date (2013) 50-naira note confirmed

50 naira, 2013. Like CBN B36 (P40), 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

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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 9-page catalog covers every note (53 types and varieties, including 2 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) 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. Published 31 May 2013.

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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.

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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.

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

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 11-page catalog covers every dirham note (68 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque du Maroc (Bank of Morocco) from 1959 to 1985, and Bank Al-Maghrib from 1987 to present day. It does not yet cover franc banknotes issued by the Banque d’Etat du Maroc (State Bank of Morocco), the Protectorat de la France au Maroc (Protectorate of France in Morocco), and the Empire Chérifien, Protectorat de la République Française (Sharif Empire, Protectorate of the French Republic). Published 26 April 2013.

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Nigeria to switch lower denominations from polymer to paper mid-year

According to an article in ThisDayLive dated 24 April 2012, Tunde Lemo, the deputy governor of operations for the Central Bank of Nigeria, defended the bank's plans to stop the printing of lower denominations of the naira in polymer and revert to paper currency because the former reportedly fades too much, making the notes unsuitable for circulation. “By the middle of the year, we will start producing the lower denomination notes in paper not in polymer. My plea is that Nigerians should be patient with us. It wasn’t the fault of the CBN; it is just because we have to go back to the drawing board. We will correct that in the course of the year. Polymer certainly will be phased out. In fact, no new note is being printed in polymer now,” said Lemo.

Angola new 50-, 100-, 200-, and 500-kwanza notes confirmed

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On 22 March 2013, Banco Nacional de Angola issued the above denominations. The remaining three denominations (1,000, 2,000, and 5,000 kwanza) are scheduled to be introduced on 31 May 2013.

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Courtesy of Francisco Marques and Thomas Augustsson.

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

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

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

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

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

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Libya new 20-dinar note confirmed

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

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Courtesy of Antje Maroussi and Eyad Alai.

Egypt new sig/date (11.02.2013) 100-pound note confirmed

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100 pounds, 11.02.2013 in Arabic. Like P67, but new date and new signature (Hesham Ramez).

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Courtesy of Khalifa Abdallatif (Notes4All).

Tunisia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 13-page catalog covers every note (72 types and varieties, including 30 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Tunisia from 1958 to present day. Published 22 March 2013.

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Angola new kwanza note designs unveiled

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According to an article on MacauHub dated 26 December 2012, the Banco Nacional de Angola intends to issue new banknotes denominated in 5,000 and 10,000 kwanzas (US$52 and $104, respectively) in 2013. The lower denominations are expected to be revised and issued later in 2013. Currently the largest denomination is the 2,000-kwanza note (BNA B42).

According to an article on MacauHub dated 22 January 2013, the bank will make an official statement on 29 January regarding the issuance of the new notes.

New coins are to be introduced starting 18 Febuary, followed by new notes issued from March to June. Illustrations of Falls Cuemba (Bie), are printed in the denomination of 50 Kwanzas, the Binga Falls (Kwanza Sul), in footnote 100 Kwanzas, the Falls Thiumbue (Lunda Sul), in footnote 200 Kwanzas, the Falls Andulo (Bie), at 500 note Kwanzas, the Falls Kalandula (Malanje), in 1000 Kwanzas note, the Falls Dande (Bengo), footnote 2000 Kwanzas and Dam Kapanda (Malanje), in note 5000 Kwanzas.

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

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts, Jay Mollindo, and Phil Martin.

West African States new sig/date 5,000- and 10,000-franc notes confirmed

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5,000 francs, (20)09. Like P817T, but new date and signatures.

10,000 francs, (20)08. Like P818T, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Nigeria reported to be eliminating polymer notes

According to an artilce in PM News dated 11 March 2013, the Central Bank of Nigeria will cease printing polymer notes because of complaints that the notes fade and shrink over time, and environmental concerns regarding their disposal when unfit.

Congo Democratic Republic new 500-franc imprint variety confirmed

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500 francs, 04.01.2002. Like BCC B17 (P96), but with new imprint (orell füssli zürich) at lower right on back.

Courtesy of Piet van der Pijl.

Tunisia new 5- and 10-dinar notes reported

According to an article on Tuniscope dated 9 March 2013, the Central Bank of Tunisia plans to issue new 5- and 10-dinar notes per decree 1223 of 2013. Also, per decree 1224 of 2013, Tunisia will withdraw 5-dinar notes dated 1993 and 2008 (Pick 86 and 92), as well as 10-dinar notes dated 1986, 1994, and 2005 (Pick 84, 87, and 87A).

Courtesy of Cedrian.

Congo Democratic Republic new 20,000-franc note confirmed

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According to an article on L'Express dated 1 November 2012, the Banque Centrale du Congo has issued a new 20,000-franc (US$22) banknote.

BCC B26 (PNL): 20,000 francs (US$22)
Yellow. Front: RDC and map as registration device; two giraffes; carved head; holographic patch. Back: Palm trees; date clusters; two gray crowned crane (Balearica regulorum) birds; BCC and map. Windowed security thread with demetalized RD CONGO. Watermark: Leopard head. Printer: Unknown. 157 x 72 mm.
a. 18.02.06. Signature 1. Intro: 01.11.2012.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo (www.castedos.com).

Angola new sig/date (2011) 5-kwanza note confirmed

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5 kwanzas, JANEIRO DE 2011. Like BNA B35 (P144), but new date and new signatures (José de Lima Massano and Unknown.).

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

British West Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

British West Africa cover

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

This 7-page catalog covers every note (89 types and varieties, including 22 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the West African Currency Board from 1916 to 1962. Published 1 March 2013.

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Libya new 1-dinar note confirmed

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CBL B43 (PNL): 1 dinar (US$0.80)
Purple, bue, red, and green. Front: Cheering crowd with flags. Back: Flag and doves. Holographic windowed security thread with demetalized 1, Arabic characters, and star and crescent. Solid security thread. Watermark: Omar El Mukhtar, electrotype 1, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 130 x 65 mm.
a. No date. Signature 8a. Intro: 17.02.2013 (2nd anniversary of Libyan revolution).

Courtesy of Dennis Zammit.

West African States new 500-franc note confirmed

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According to the Banque Centrale des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO), a new 500-franc note was issued 30 November 2012. This note dated (20)12 has been confirmed with suffix B for Benin, C for Burkino Faso, K for Senegal, and T for Togo, and dated (20)13 with suffix K and T.

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Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger, Dennis Zammit, Richard Miranda, Cedrian Lopez Bosch, Chris Twining (www.pagescoinsandcurrency.com), and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Burundi new sig/date (01.09.2011) 5,000-franc note confirmed

5,000 francs (US$3.20), 01-09-2011. Like RBR B35 (P48), but new date and new signatures (Unknown and Gaspard Sindayigaya).

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

Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Sudan cover

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

This 25-page catalog covers every note (297 types and varieties, including 131 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Sudan Government in 1955, the Sudan Currency Board in 1956, and the Bank of Sudan from 1961 to present day. Published 8 February 2013.

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Botswana new sig/date (2012) 50-pula note confirmed

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50 pula, 2012. Like BOB B26 (P32), but new signature and date (next to printer imprint on back).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Mauritius new sig/date (2012) 100-rupee note confirmed

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100 rupees, 2012. Like BOM B22 (P56), but new date and new signature for second deputy governor, Mohammed Iqbal Belath.

Courtesy of Owen Griffiths.

Botswana new date (2012) 20-pula note confirmed

20 pula, 2012. Like BOB B25 (P31), but new date (next to printer imprint on back).

This is the first denomiantion confirmed dated 2012. Curiously, this denomination (and all others except the 50-pula note) has been confirmed dated 2009 and 2010, but 2011 seems to have been skipped.

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer and Craig Eustace.

Libya new banknotes reported to be issued on 17.02.2013

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According to an article in the Libya Herald, reportedly the Central Bank of Libya will issue new notes on 31 January 2013. The notes are denominated in 1, 5, 10, and 20 dinars. A 50-dinar note was considered but not issued "in a bid to control the black economy." No word yet on when existing notes will cease to be legal tender.

According to a subsequent article in the Libya Herald, the notes will be issued on 17 February, the second anniversary of the revolution, and will include the 50-dinar denomination after all.

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

Courtesy of Cedrian López Bosch Martineau and Antje Maroussi.

Liberia new sig/date (2006) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, 2006. Like CBL B9, but new date and signatures (Antoinette Sayeh and Joseph Mills Jones).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Morocco new 25-dirham commemorative world's first printed on Durasafe substrate

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According to a press release dated 18 December 2012, Fortress Paper has announced the launch of the world's first banknote printed on its new Durasafe substrate, an innovative paper-polymer-paper composite substrate produced at its Landqart mill. The new Swiss 50-franc note had been expected to be the first in the world to use Durasafe, but its introduction has been delayed until 2015 at the earliest due to technical difficulties encountered in the note's production.

With the issuance of the new Moroccan 25-dirham (US$3) note in December 2012, Bank al Maghrib, Morocco's central bank, became the first in the world to issue a banknote printed on Durasafe. The front of the banknote features an intaglio vignette and a watermark of King Mohammed VI, and a magenta/green color-shift security thread developed by Fortress Optical Features. The thread, like the watermark, is embedded inside the banknote yet visible behind a one-sided Viewsafe polymer window. It also has a fully transparent polymer window embossed with the King's royal crest. The back of the note carries a print vignette commemorating 25 years of banknote printing at the Moroccan State Printing Works, Dar As-Sikkah.

The windows in Durasafe are formed by die cutting each side of the three layer composite substrate separately. One-sided Viewsafe windows give a clear view inside the substrate where the thread and the watermark of King Mohammed VI are protected, but fully visible behind the polymer core. The transparent Thrusafe window is created by die-cutting both the outer paperlayers to reveal only the transparent polymer core.

Chadwick Wasilenkoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, commented: "After a decade in development, we are pleased to see the fruits of our labour in the launch of the Moroccan 25 Dirhams. We have designed Durasafe to offer the ideal characteristics of polymer and traditional paper notes to create a new standard for high security banknote substrates. Fortress Paper would like to congratulate the Bank al Maghrib on the launch of their new 25 Dirham banknote and being the first in the world to produce and launch a Durasafe banknote."

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Courtesy of Phil Martin and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

East African Community regional catalog of The Banknote Book is now available

 The Banknote Book East African Community cover

The East African Community regional catalog of The Banknote Book is now available for sale at US$29.99, a 42% discount off the normal cost of puchasing the component chapters separately.

This catalog is also available as a printed paperback book from Lulu.

This 98-page catalog covers every note (924 types and varieties, including 147 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the East African Community of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Rwanda and Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zanzibar. Published 1 February 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Burundi chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Burundi cover

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

This 18-page catalog covers every note (235 types and varieties, including 29 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque du Royaume du Burundi (Bank of the Kingdom of Burundi) from 1963 to 1966, and the Banque de la République du Burundi (Bank of the Republic of Burundi) from 1966 to present day. Published 1 February 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Zambia new date (2012) 5,000-kwacha note confirmed

5,000 kwacha, 2012. Like BOZ B47, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig (http://www.garrysue.net).

Zambia rebased kwacha notes confirmed

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BOZ B52 (PNL): 2 kwacha (US$0.40)
Gray. Front: Coat of arms; dove; trees; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Roan antelope; two woman with baskets and produce; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOZ 2. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 2 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 140 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.
Replacement notes: Prefix denominator X.

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BOZ B53 (PNL): 5 kwacha (US$0.95)
Purple. Front: Coat of arms; dove; murera/acacia/mopani tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Lion head; root cassave plant and leaves; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOZ 5. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 5 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 140 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.

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BOZ B54 (PNL): 10 kwacha (US$1.90)
Aqua. Front: Coat of arms; dove; musuku tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Porcupine; workers harvesting rice paddy; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Holographic LEAD stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOZ 10. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 10 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.

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BOZ B55 (PNL): 20 kwacha (US$3.80)
Brown. Front: Coat of arms; dove; mukwa tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Black lechwe (kobus leche) antelope; men working pneumatic drill in mine; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Holographic LEAD stripe. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 20 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.

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BOZ B56 (PNL): 50 kwacha (US$9.50)
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; dove; fish eagle; fig tree in Kabwe; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Leopard; 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. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.

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BOZ B57 (PNL): 100 kwacha (US$19)
Olive green. Front: Coat of arms; dove; fish eagle; musuku tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Buffalo; National Assembly of Zambia building; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Holographic LEAD stripe. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 100 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de), Maambo Kasonde (makas70@gmail.com), JR and Garry Craig (http://www.garrysue.net).

Ethiopia new date (2004/2012) 50-birr note confirmed

50 birr, 2004/2012. Like NBE B33, but new date.

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

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

Kenya new signature variety 200- and 500-shilling notes dated 01.07.2001 confirmed

200 shillings, 1st JULY 2001. Like CBK B35, but governor's signature is 23.25-mm wide, not 17.25-mm wide.
500 shillings, 1st JULY 2001. Like CBK B36, but governor's signature is 23.25-mm wide, not 17.25-mm wide.

All other denominations dated 1st JULY 2001 have been confirmed with 17.25-mm wide signature.

Likewise, all other denominations bearing the next date, 1st JULY 2002, have been confirmed with 23.25-mm wide signature.

Collectors are encouraged to examine their notes to determine if cross-overs exist for other denominations.

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

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

Ghana new 1-cedi watermark variety confirmed

The 1-cedi note dated 6th MARCH 2010 (BOG B45) is confirmed available with and without an electrotype 1 in the standard watermark of Tetteh Quarshie and cocoa pod.

It has been confirmed with a new electrotype variety:

On the earlier notes (BOG B45c), the 1 is outside the cocoa pod, below and to the right.
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On the newer notes (BOG B45d), the 1 is partially on the cocoa pod, at left center.Ghana_BOG_1_C_2010.03.06_B45d_P37_watermark_f

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Libya chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 25-page catalog covers every note (177 types and varieties, including 63 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Military Authority in Tripolitania in 1943, the République Française (French Republic) in 1943, the Kingdom of Libya in 1952, the United Kingdom of Libya in 1955, the National Bank of Libya from 1958 to 1963, the Bank of Libya in 1963, and the Central Bank of Libya from 1971 to present day. Published 11 January 2013.

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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Burundi scans needed for The Banknote Book

If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please click here to download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Burundi:

Pick 1 dated 15.09.60
Pick 2 dated 15•09•60
Pick 3 dated 15•09•60
Pick 4 dated 15.09.60
Pick 6 any date
Pick 7 dated 15.09.60 and 15.05.61
Pick 10 dated 20-03-65
Pick 11 dated 31.12.1965 and 1.7.1966
Pick 12 dated 1.7.1966
Pick 13 dated 1.9.1966
Pick 14
Pick 15 dated 20-11-64 and 25-02-65
Pick 16 dated 1.10.1964 and 1.12.1964
Pick 17 dated 1.10.1964 and 1.12.1964
Pick 30 dated 01-7-77
Pick 31 dated 1.1.1978
Pick 32 dated 1.7.1978

As a contributor to The Banknote Book, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note may be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name, email address, and URL will appear in the Acknowledgements, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

Gambia new signature 5-dalasis note confirmed

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5 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B22 (P25), but new signature for the governor: Amadou Colley, appointed 03.12.2010. This is the first denomination confirmed bearing the new signature combo.

Courtesy of Ian Fall.

Rwanda chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Rwanda cover

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

This 14-page catalog covers every note (158 types and varieties, including 23 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Nationale du Rwanda (National Bank of Rwanda) from 1960 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Zambia new currency issued 01.01.2013

According to the Bank of Zambia's Currency Rebasing Technical Guidelines dated August 2012, the new currency (ISO code ZMW) will be introduced 1 January 2013, and old notes will cease to be legal tender as of 30 June 2013, but may be exchanged at the Bank of Zambia until 31 December 2015, after which time they will be demonetized.

This presentation to commercial banks provides additional interesting information.

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

Courtesy of Tod Hunt.

Liberia new date (2011) 5- and 100-dollar notes confirmed

5 dollars (US$0.05), 2011. Like CBL B6e, but new date.

100 dollars (US$1.40), 2011. Like CBL B10e, but new date and pearlescent ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS added on watermark area on front; pearlescent map added above signature at right on front.

WIth the confirmation of these two notes, all denominations have now been confirmed dated 2011.

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

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

Mauritania new 5,000-ouguiya note dated 28.11.2011 confirmed

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BCM B22 (PNL): 5,000 ouguiya (US$18)
Olive and ochre. Front: The Great Mosque Ibn Abbas in capital, Nouakchott; holographic patch with denomination in Arabic numerals (٥٠٠٠). Back: Unloading iron ore in the port of Nouadhibou; diesel train. Solid security thread printed BANQUE CENTRALE DE MAURITANIE. Watermark: Bearded man. Printer: (G&D). 150 x 70 mm.
a. 28.11.2011. Signature 12. Intro: 2012.

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

Courtesy of Fernando Iglesias and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Zambia new date (2012) 20,000-kwacha note confirmed

20,000 kwacha (US$3.80), 2012. Like BOZ B49 (P47), but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Libya new notes to be issued at end of January 2013

This video shows what appear to be new notes denominated in 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 dinars from the Central Bank of Libya. There is no indication as to who is showing off the new notes. According to a Bahrain News Agency post dated 29 November 2012, the notes are expected to be introduced at the end of January 2013.

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1 dinar - Front: Unknown. Back: Flag of Libya and peace doves.

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5 dinars - Front: Ottoman Clock Tower. Back: Zeus Temple in Cyrene.

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10 dinars - Front: Portrait of Omar Al Mukhtar. Back: Al Mukhtar horsemen.

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20 dinars - Front: Al Ateeq mosque in the city of Oujlah in the oasis. Back: Traditional school in Ghdamis.

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50 dinars - Front: Italian Lighthouse of Sede Khrebeech. Back: Stone arch in Tadrart Acacus.



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

Courtesy of Cedrian López Bosch Martineau, Mosab K. Ibrahim, Carmine Turco, and Thomas Augustsson.

Uganda to demonetize all notes dated before 2010

According to a press release dated 6 December 2012, on 1 April 2013 the Bank of Uganda will revoke the legal tender status of all notes printed before 2010, though such notes can still be exchanged for 2010 series notes at bank branches until the end of 2013, at which time they will be demonetized.

South Africa new note family confirmed

According to a press release dated 30 October 2012, on 6 November the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) plans to issue a new series of banknotes in South Africa and in neighboring countries (Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland) that use the South African Rand as an alternative currency.

The new R10, R20, R50, R100, and R200 banknotes feature a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela on front, while the back of the notes have maintained the “Big Five” animal images that appear on current banknotes. The current and the new banknotes are the same size, have the same colors, and will co-circulate as legal tender.

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Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Thomas Augustsson.

Seychelles chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Seychelles cover

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

This 18-page catalog covers every note (147 types and varieties, including 39 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Seychelles from 1914 to 1975, and the Central Bank of Seychelles from 1983 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Comoros new signature 500- and 1,000-franc notes confirmed

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500 francs (US$1.30), 2006. Like P15, but new signatures and new title for right-hand signatory (possibly Mze Aboudou Mohamed Chafioun).

1,000 francs (US$2.60), 2005. Like P16, but new signatures (as above).

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de) and Gergely Scheidl.

Mauritania new 100-ouguiya note confirmed

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100 ouguiya (US$0.35), 28.11.2011. Like preceding issue (BCM B14 / P10), but new date, new signatures, windowed security thread, and other minor changes to the overall design, including removal of second horizontal serial number on front and added OVI denomination at lower right on back.

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

Courtesy of Marian Klubert and Orocondor.

Mauritius chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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 11-page catalog covers every note (79 types and varieties, including 26 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Mauritius from 1967 to present day. Government of Mauritius notes are not currently included in this chapter.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • 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
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • 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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Liberia new date (2011) 10-dollar note confirmed

10 dollars (US$0.15), 2011. Like CBL B7 (P27), but new date.

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

Courtesy of Collect Numis (http://stores.ebay.com/COLLECTNUMIS-NET).

Uganda new date (2011) 5,000-shilling note confirmed

5,000 shillings (US$2.10), 2011. Like BOU B56 (P51), but new date.

Courtesy of Hermann Huber and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

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

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2,000 francs (US$TK), 2002. Like P508, but new signatures (Lucas Abaga Nchama and Louis Aleka-Rybert).

Courtesy of Vic Krysko.

Morocco new 20- and 200-dirham banknotes reported

According to an article on Telquel dated 17 September 2012, Bank Al-Maghrib will soon issue new banknotes in Morocco.The new 20-dirham (US$2.30) note supposedly features the ornate Moulay El Hassan bridge in Rabat, while the new 200-dirham (US$23) note depicts the Tanger Med port and lighthouse of Cape Spartel.

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

Libya new 10-dinar note confirmed

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This post on Facebook includes images of Libya's new 5- and 10-dinar notes. Both denominations have been confirmed already, but curiously the images show two different varieties of the 10-dinar note. The upper one printed by De La Rue has prefix 7 and the bank's name on back is rendered with initial-capitals, whereas the lower one printed by Oberthur has prefix 1 and the bank's name in all-caps. The square security feature at upper right front is also different, as are the windowed security threads, and the Oberthur issue has a crecent moon and star at upper left front. Finally, the De La Rue issue is undated.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Claudio Marana.

Swaziland central bank fires employee for selling specimen notes

According to a Times of Swaziland article dated 1 October 2012, the Central Bank of Swaziland has fired an employee for selling specimen banknotes to collectors, humorously described as "individuals or consortiums who fraudulently buy specimen bank notes."

Nigeria halts plans to restructure currency

According to the following press release issued 20 September 2012, the president of Nigeria has instructed the central bank to halt plans to restructure the nation's currency following public concerns about inflation that erupted after last month's announcement that a 5,000-naira note would be issued in Q1 2013.

Update on the Proposed Currency Restructuring Exercise ‘Project CURE’
Under Section 19(1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act 2007, “the currency notes and coins issued by the Bank shall be -

a. In such denominations of the naira or fractions thereof as shall be approved by the President on the recommendation of the Board; and
b. Of such forms and designs and bear such devices as shall be approved by the President on the recommendation of the Board.”

In line with the above provisions and for the purposes of more efficient payments and currency management systems, the CBN proposed and obtained the approval of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, to embark on the currency restructuring exercise, codenamed ‘Project CURE’ on December 19, 2011.

The CBN hereby informs the general public that the President, on Thursday, September 20, 2012, directed that further action on the approved restructuring exercise be stopped.

In full compliance with the provisions of the law, the CBN hereby announces that further action on the said restructuring exercise has been stopped, until such a time Mr. President may direct otherwise.

It is important to stress that till date, no contract whatsoever, has been awarded by the CBN in connection with the printing and minting of the new currency notes and coins. Consequently, no currency note or coin has been printed or minted under the proposed exercise.

In line with its mandate, the CBN remains committed to the pursuit of policies and programmes aimed at promoting the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Zambia unveils new note and coin designs due 01.01.2013

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According to an article in the Zambia Daily Mail dated 21 September 2012, the Bank of Zambia has now received images of the new banknotes and coins scheduled to be introduced on 1 January 2013. When the country rebases its currency, the notes will be in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 kwacha, with coins of 1 kwacha, 5, 10 and 50 ngwee. Based upon the imprint that appears at the lower right on the back of the new notes, Germany's Giesecke & Devrient is the printer of all denominations. Zambia's current notes have recently printed by G&D, De La Rue, SABN, Oberthur, and Canadian Bank Note Company. All the new notes are dated 2012 and feature a new signature of governor Michael M. Gondwe.

The rebasing of the kwacha, by removing three zeros, was expected to take effect in July 2012, but was delayed due to "unforeseen technicalities."

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Zambia new date (2012) 1,000-kwacha note confirmed

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1,000 kwacha (US$0.20), 2012. Like BOZ B46 (P44), but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Zambia new date (2011) 100-kwacha note confirmed

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100 kwacha (US$0.01), 2011. Like BOZ B39 (P38), but new date and new printer (Giesecke & Devrient).

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Nigeria to abandon polymer banknotes

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According to an article in allAfrica dated 12 September 2012, the Central Bank of Nigeria plans to no longer print banknotes on polymer due to higher costs (a result of Australia-based Securency's monopoly on the substrate) and environmental issues. Currently the bank issues polymer notes in its lowest denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 50 naira. All but the 50-naira denomination will be replaced by coins when the bank restructures the currency as expected in 2013.

Ethiopia new date (2012) 100-birr note confirmed

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100 birr (US$5.70), 2004/2012. Like NBE B34 (P52), but new date.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Richard Miranda, and Zagreb Online Paper Money Shop.

Mozambique chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Mozambique

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

At the time of initial publication, this 14-page catalog covers every note (76 types and varieties, including 30 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banco de Moçambique (Bank of Mozambique) from 1976 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Central African States new signature 1,000- and 10,000-franc notes confirmed

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1,000 francs (US$1.90), 2002. Like P307, but new signatures (Lucas Abaga Nchama and Louis Aleka-Rybert).

10,000 francs (US$19), 2002. Like P110, but new signatures (as above).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Ghana new 50-cedi note dated 02.01.2012 confirmed

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According to a press release dated 9 July 2012, the Bank of Ghana intends to enhance the security of the 50-cedi banknote (BOG B49 / P41) by replacing the square holographic patch at lower right front with a cocoa pod printed in green-to-blue SPARK ink. The revised note is scheduled for introduction in early August 2012. The notes bear the signature of Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur because when they were printed in June, he was the governor of the bank, having served from 1 October 2009 to 6 August 2012. Notes to be issued later will however bear the signature of the new governor, as of yet unnamed.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Guinea new 10,000-franc note confirmed

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According to a press release, on 9 July 2012 the Banque Centrale de la Republique de Guinée issued a new 10,000-franc (US$1.40) note dated 2012, similar to the preceding issues (BCRG B32), but red instead of green, and with a holographic patch to the right of the portrait on front.

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Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Nigeria to introduce new notes in Q1 2013

According to an article on WorldStage dated 23 August 2012, the Central Bank of Nigeria has announced plans to introduce a new 5,000-naira (US$32) banknote in the first quarter fo 2013. The restructuring exercise, code-named Project Cure, will change the naira currency structure to 12, comprising of six coins and six banknote denominations. “Under the structure, the existing denominations of N50, N100, N200, N500 and N1,000 will be designed with added security features. It is our pleasure to inform you that a new high currency denomination will also be introduced. It is the N5,000 note. In the same vein, the lower banknote denominations of N5, N10 and N20 will be coined,” said the Governor of the Bank, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

The new 5,000-naira banknote will have pictures of three Nigerian heroine and nationalists, namely Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Mrs Margaret Ekpo and Alhaja Sawaba Gambo on the front while the National Assembly pictures would be the illustrations at its back.

Congo Democratic Republic new 10,000-franc note confirmed

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BCC B25 (PNL): 10,000 francs (US$11)
Violet. Front: BCC and map as registration device; two water buffalos; carved statuette; holographic patch. Back: Trees; bird on branch; BCC and map. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Leopard head and electrotype 10000. Printer: Unknown. 151 x 72 mm.
a. 18.02.06. Signature 1. Intro: 02.07.2012.

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Courtesy of Yuri111 and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Congo Democratic Republic new 1,000-franc note confirmed

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BCC B23 (PNL): 1,000 francs (US$1.10)
Green. Front: BCC and map as registration device; two standing okapi; Kanioka carved box with two seated human figures and two lizards on lid. Back: Field of corn; parrot on branch; BCC and map. Windowed security thread with demetalized RD CONGO. Watermark: Okapi head and electrotype 1000. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 72 mm.
a. 02.02.05. Signature 1. Intro: 02.07.2012.

Replacment notes: Suffix Z.

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Courtesy of Yuri111 and Richard Castedo (eBay listings).

Libya new 1-dinar note without Gaddafi portrait

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Apparently Libya is preparing a new 1-dinar (US$0.80) note without the portrait of Muammar Gaddafi, which appears on the current note CBL B35 (P71) issued in 2009.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Congo Democratic Republic new 5,000-franc note confirmed

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BCC B24 (PNL): 5,000 francs (US$5.40)
Brown. Front: BCC and map as registration device; zebras; Hemba statuette. Back: Food (perhaps cassava) bundles; two Congo peafowl birds; BCC and map. Windowed security thread with demetalized RD CONGO. Watermark: Okapi head and electrotype 5000. Printer: Unknown. 146 x 72 mm.
a. 02.02.05. Signature 1. Intro: 02.07.2012.

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Courtesy of Yuri111.

Angola chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 14-page catalog covers every note (79 types and varieties, including 22 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banco Nacional de Angola (National Bank of Angola) from 1976 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Zambia new date (2010) 50-kwacha note confirmed

50 kwacha (US$0.01), 2010. Like BOZ B38, but new date. Printer: DE LA RUE.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Namibia new 10- and 20-dollar notes' OVI cracking in circulation

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According to an article in The Namibian and an article in New Era, both dated 16 July 2012, as well as 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 notes (BON B9 and B10) were issued 15 May 2012, and feature a large OVI (optically variable ink) diamond with latent image of the denomination. The higher denominations aren't affected because they incorporate different security features.

“From a banknote technical printing perspective, this phenomenon is supposed not to be the case,” said Deputy Governor Ebson Uanguta.

The bank is investigating whether the problem is caused by handling or the ink used by the printer, Oberthur Technologies. The results are expected by August, and may necessitate reprinting the notes.

Abyssinia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Abyssinia

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

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (31 types and varieties, including 11 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Abyssinia from 1915 to 1929.

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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Malawi to revise banknotes for the sight impaired

According to an article on Amalawi dated 10 July 2012, the Reserve Bank of Malawi will revise its new family of notes (issued on 23 May 2012) so that they are more "blind friendly." According to the Malawi Union of the Blind, the current notes have raised dots to aid in recognition of the denominations, but the dots are too small to be useful. The bank confirmed that it will address the problem, but didn't specify how or when.

Tanzania to replace 500-shilling note with coin by December 2012


According to an article on DailyNews dated 1 March 2012, the Bank of Tanzania plans to replace 500-shilling (US$0.30) notes with coins because the latter lasts much longer in circulation.

The article also contains new details on plans of the East African Community (www.eac.int)—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda—to introduce a common currency, the new East African shilling.

According to an article on DailyNews dated 6 July 2012, the bank now expects that the notes will be replaced by coins by December 2012.

Zambia delays issuing new banknotes and coins

According to an article on Zambia Reports dated 4 July 2012, "unforeseen technicalities" have caused the Bank of Zambia to indefinitely postpone the planned re-basing of the kwacha which was expected to take effect this month.

The Challenge: Identify items on Mozambique 1975 notes

It's been a while since I last posted a challenge, but I'm working on the Mozambique chapter of The Banknote Book and I came across the following unidentified items on the banknotes dated 1975.

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All four of these circular items appear at right front on these notes. Does anyone know what they are, or what they are supposed to symbolize?

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

Also, according to the SCWPM, these notes (Pick 120-124) were unadopted designs, but I have a scan of a well-worn 100-metical note with normal serial numbers, indicating actual circulation. So, were they issued, and if so, when, and for how long?

Zambia new date (2012) 10,000- and 50,000-kwacha notes confirmed

10,000 kwacha (US$1.95), 2012. Like BOZ B51 (P46), but new date.

50,000 kwacha (US$9.75), 2012. Like BOZ B50 (P48), but new date.

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Courtesy of COLLECTNUMIS NET.

Mozambique new 1,000-meticais note confirmed

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BDM B21 (PNL): 1,000 meticais (US$35)
Green. Front: Bank logo; Samora Moisés Machel; SPARK bank logo. Back: Three elephants; trees. Windowed security thread with demetalized BM 1000. Watermark: Samora Moisés Machel and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 156 x 65 mm.a. 16 DE JUNHO DE 2011. Signature 2.

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Courtesy of Hermann Huber and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Mozambique new 500-meticais note confirmed

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BDM B20 (PNL): 500 meticais (US$18)
Pink. Front: OVI bank logo; Samora Moisés Machel; bank logo. Back: Three Cape buffalos; ferns. Windowed security thread with demetalized BM 500. Watermark: Samora Moisés Machel and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 65 mm.
a. 16 DE JUNHO DE 2011. Signature 2.

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Courtesy of Hermann Huber and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Zanzibar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Zanzibar

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

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (31 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Zanzibar Government from 1908 to 1928.

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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Angola authorized to issue new notes in early 2013

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According to an article on Angop dated 26 June 2012, the Angolan National Assembly (Parliament) has passed a law authorizing the Banco Nacional de Angola to issue new banknotes and coins in early 2013. The current banknotes in denominations of 1 to 2,000 kwanza were initially issued in 1999 to 2003, and have not had any changes to their security features since that time. The bank is authorized to issue new notes up to 10,000 kwanza (US$105), but plans to issue 5,000- and 10,000-kwanza notes only if necessary. Existing notes will remain legal tender.

The new 2012 series notes will bear different features from the current ones, particularly microprinting and ultraviolet features. The paper notes will bear a watermark depicting the figure of the “thinker,” a symbol of the national culture. Among other features, the notes will also bear two lightly overlapped effigies of the late founder of the Nation, António Agostinho Neto and the incumbent head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos.

Sierra Leone new 5,000- and 10,000-leone notes reported

According to an article on Awoko.org dated 23 June 2012, the Bank of Sierra Leone has begun issuing new 5,000- and 10,000-leone (US$1.15 and $2.30, respectively) banknotes to alleviate a currency shortage. The article mentions that there was a delay in receiving these new notes because “the printers require time to inscribe the intricate security features,” but that wasn’t the case with the 1,000-leone notes. This would appear to indicate that there are some changes between these notes and the preceding issues (BSL B25 / P30 - BSL B28 / P33), but there is no word yet on what those differences may be.

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

Congo Democratic Republic to issue new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc notes 2 July 2012

According to an article on Le Potentiel dated 6 June 2012, the Banque Centrale du Congo (Central Bank of Congo) plans to issue new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc notes on 2 July 2012, with face values of US$1.10, $5.40, and $11, respectively. Currently the largest denomination is 500 francs (BCC B17 / P96).

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

Malawi new banknote family confirmed

According to an article in the Nyasa Times dated 17 May 2012, the Reserve Bank of Malawi issued new banknotes on 23 May 2012. The bank is replacing the old denominations 10-500 kwacha, and adding a new 1,000-kwacha (US$4) note. The new notes, printed by De La Rue, are "much smaller in size" than the current notes which measure from 132 x 66 mm to 162 x 81 mm. Old notes will circulate in parallel until 22 May 2013, at which time they will cease to be legal tender. Three months later, they will be demonetized.

In related news, on 7 May 2012, the bank devalued the kwacha exchange rate 48.8% from K168 to K250 per US dollar.

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RBM B50 (PNL): 20 kwacha (US$0.10)
Purple and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa II (Lazalo Mkhuzo Jere). Back: Domasi 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 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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RBM B51 (PNL): 50 kwacha (US$0.20)
Light blue, orange, and green. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi 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 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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RBM B52 (PNL): 100 kwacha (US$0.40)
Red and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; James Frederick Sangala. Back: College of Medicine in Blantyre; stethoscope; Malawi map; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: James Frederick Sangala, electrotype 100, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 128 x 64 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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RBM B53 (PNL): 200 kwacha (US$0.75)
Blue, violet, and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Rose Lomathinda Chibambo. Back: New Parliament building in Lilongwe; Malawi map; bank logo. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: Rose Lomathinda Chibambo, electrotype 200, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 132 x 66 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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RBM B54 (PNL): 500 kwacha (US$1.90)
Brown, orange, and light blue. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Reverend John Chilembwe. Back: Mulunguzi dam in Zomba; water spigot; Malawi map; bank logo; silhouette of woman carrying container on head and man carrying hoe over shoulder. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: John Chilembwe, electrotype 500, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 132 x 66 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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RBM B55 (PNL): 1,000 kwacha (US$3.80)
Green and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Back: Mzuzu maize silos; stalk of maize (corn); Malawi map; bank logo; silhouette of two people mashing maize into flour with poles. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 1000 RBM. Watermark: Hastings Kamuzu Banda, electrotype 1000, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 132 x 66 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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Courtesy of Aidan Work, Claudio Marana, and S. Herald Samson (eBay ID silicoin).

Burundi new sig/date (01.09.2011) 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs (US$0.35), 01-09-2011. Like P45, but new date and new signatures (Melchior Wagara and Gaspard Sindayigaya).

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Courtesy of yuri111.

West African States new sig/date (2011) 5,000- and 10,000-franc notes confirmed

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5,000 francs (US$9.50), (20)11. Like P717K, but new date and new signatures (Tiemoko Yadé Dominique Coulibaly and José Mario Vaz).

10,000 francs (US$19), (20)11. Like P718K, but new date and new signatures (Tiemoko Yadé Dominique Coulibaly and José Mario Vaz).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Jean Leclerc.

Malawi new 20-kwacha note error reported

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According to an article on Malawi Today dated 27 May 2012, the new 20-kwacha (US$0.08) note issued on 23 May contains an error. On the back of the note is a building identified as the Domasi Teachers Training College (now known as the Domasi College of Education). However it's reported that the building is in fact the Machinga Teachers Training College. Reserve Bank of Malawi spokesperson Ralph Tseka played down the issue, saying the error would not affect the legal tender as the rest of the security features are intact. "We are going to verify and if we find the error we will make a correction in the next issue," said Tseka.

I have been unable to find any images of either college online to confirm that this is in fact an error. Any assistance in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Mozambique new 200-meticais note confirmed

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BDM B19 (PNL): 200 meticais (US$7)
Blue. Front: Samora Moisés Machel; bank seal. Back: One male and two female lions; trees. Windowed security thread with demetalized BM 200. Watermark: Samora Moisés Machel, electrotype 200, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 65 mm.
a. 16 DE JUNHO DE 2011. Signature 2.

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Courtesy of Hermann Huber and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

West African States new sig/date (2012) 1,000-franc note confirmed

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1,000 francs (US$1.90), (20)12. Like P215K and P715K, but new date and new signatures (Tiéna Coulibaly and Tiémoko Meyliet Koné).

Courtesy of Jean Leclerc, Claudio Marana, and Sejin Ahn.

Guinea new date (2012) 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs (US$0.01), 2012. Like BCRG B28 (P39), but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Nigeria new date (2011) 5-naira note confirmed

5 naira (US$0.05), 2011. Like CBN B34 (PNL), but new date.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new sig/date (2012) 100-naira note confirmed

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100 naira (US$0.70), 2012. Like CBN B26 (P28), but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

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100 naira (US$0.70), 2012. Like CBN B26 (P28), but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2012) 200-naira note confirmed

200 naira (US$1.45), 2012. Like CBN B27 (P29), but new date.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new sig/date (2012) 1,000-naira note confirmed

1,000 naira (US$7.15), 2012. Like CBN B29 (P36), but but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

South Africa shreds 3.6 million defective 100-rand notes

According to an article on News24.com dated 20 May 2012, the South Africa Reserve Bank shreaded more than 3.6 million 100-rand (US$12) notes printed by Crane Currency’s Swedish division (Tumba Bruk) because they have the same serial numbers as a batch printed by the South African Bank Note Company. In addition, the notes printed in Sweden aren’t the right color, and they are one millimeter short.

The article doesn't state if the defective notes are of the existing series (P131) or the new series featuring Nelson Mandela's portrait, which are scheduled for introduction in late 2012. In 2011, the South African Reserve Bank outsourced printing of the 100-rand note to Sweden following the discovery of missing security features on notes previously printed by the South African Bank Note Company.

Ethiopia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Ethiopia

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

At the time of initial publication, this 18-page catalog covers every note (144 types and varieties, including 30 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Ethiopia from 1932 to 1933, the State Bank of Ethiopia from 1945 to 1961, and the National Bank of Ethiopia from 1966 until present day.

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Nigeria contemplating new 2,000- and 5,000-naira notes

According to an article in Leadership dated 13 May 2012, the Central Bank of Nigeria is contemplating introducing 2,000- and 5,000-naira (US$13 and $31, respectively) notes, as well as replacing the 10-, 20-, and 50-naira notes with coins.

Namibia new 2011-2012 banknote family confirmed

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BON B9 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$1.50)
Blue. Front: H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma; Parliament building in Windhoek; green-to-gold OVI diamond with latent image 10. Back: Coat of arms; three standing springbok antelope (Antidorcas marsupialis). Green-to-magenta/blue windowed security thread with demetalized BON 10. Watermark: Sam Nujoma and electrotype 10. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 129 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 4. Intro: 15.05.2012.

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BON B10 (PNL): 20 dollars (US$2.95)
Orange. Front: H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma; Parliament building in Windhoek; green-to-magenta OVI diamond with latent image 20. Back: Coat of arms; three standing red hartebeest. Green-to-magenta/blue windowed security thread with demetalized BON 20. Watermark: Sam Nujoma and electrotype 20. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 134 x 70 mm.
a. 2011. Signature 4. Intro: 15.05.2012.

Curiously, the 20-dollar note is dated 2011, whereas all the other denominations bear the date of 2012 at lower center on back.

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BON B11 (PNL): 50 dollars (US$7.35)
Green. Front: Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi; Parliament building in Windhoek; green-to-gold SPARK bank logo. Back: Coat of arms; five standing kudo antelope (Tragelaphus stepsiceros). Green-to-magenta/blue windowed security thread with demetalized BON 50. Watermark: Hendrik Witbooi and electrotype 50. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 140 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 4. Intro: 15.05.2012.

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BON B12 (PNL): 100 dollars (US$15)
Pink. Front: Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi; Parliament building in Windhoek; green-to-gold SPARK bank logo. Back: Coat of arms; three standing oryx antelope (Oryx gazella). Green-to-magenta/blue windowed security thread with demetalized BON 100. Watermark: Hendrik Witbooi and electrotype 100. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 147 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 4. Intro: 15.05.2012.

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BON B13 (PNL): 200 dollars (US$29)
Purple. Front: Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi; Parliament building in Windhoek; green-to-purple SPARK bank logo. Back: Coat of arms; three standing roan antelope. Green-to-magenta/blue windowed security thread with demetalized BON 200. Watermark: Hendrik Witbooi and electrotype 200. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 152 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 4. Intro: 15.05.2012.

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Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

Equatorial African States chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Equatorial African States

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

At the time of initial publication, this 5-page catalog covers every note (41 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale des États de l’Afrique Équatoriale et du Cameroun (Central Bank of Equatorial African States and Cameroun) in 1961, and the Banque Centrale États de l’Afrique Équatoriale (Central Bank of Equatorial African States) from 1963 to 1968.

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Uganda new date (2011) 10,000-shilling note confirmed

10,000 shillings (US$4.05), 2011. Like BOU B57 (P52), but new date.

Courtesy of Monetary Research Institute.

Zambia's new notes to feature fish eagle, not portrait

According to an article on The Post Online dated 7 May 2012, the rebased Zambian kwacha notes will feature the national symbol of the fish eagle instead of a portrait. The name of the printer of the new notes is expected to be announced this week. The colors and themes of the new notes will be the same as the old ones (economic, culture and history), except for the new denominations of 2 and 100 kwacha.

Zambia new date (2010) 100-kwacha note confirmed

100 kwacha (US$0.02), 2010. Like BOZ B39 (P38), but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Guinea new date (2012) 100-franc note confirmed

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100 francs (US$0.01), 2012. Like BCRG B24 (P35), but new date and new prefix/serial number font.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

Kenya and De La Rue's currency partnership

AllAfrica has an excellent article dated 13 April 2012 concerning the history of De La Rue's contracts to print banknotes for the Central Bank of Kenya.

Mauritania new 2,000-ouguiya note confirmed

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According to an article on Agence Mauritanienne d’Information, on 1 February 2012, the Banque Centrale de Mauritanie introduced a new 2,000-ouguiya (US$6.80) note that is smaller than the preceding issue (BCM B18 / P14), and includes several new anti-counterfeiting elements, including a ClearText windowed security thread with demetalized BCM 2000, holographic stripe, and green-to-blue OVI features, as well as a new blue color scheme.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Angola new date (2011) and signature 100- and 200-kwanza notes confirmed

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100 kwanza (US$1.05), JANEIRO DE 2011. Like P147, but new date and new signatures.

200 kwanza (US$2.10), JANEIRO DE 2011. Like P148, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Eritrea new 50-nakfa notes confirmed

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According to a press release dated 16 January 2012 on Sabait.com, the web site of Eritrea’s Ministry of Information, the National Bank of Eritrea has produced new 50- and 100-nakfa (US$3.35 and $6.65, respectively) banknotes. Kibreab Woldemariam, administrator of the bank, said the new 50-nakfa note is already in circulation, and the new 100-nakfa note will be introduced soon.

“Explaining that it is common to change old currency notes with new one, Mr. Kibreab said that the previous currency notes of the same color were creating problem to identify. As a result, the National Bank of Eritrean was obliged to make the change. The Government has been conducting research to print colored currency notes of better color and that the process would be continue as regards other currency notes, he added. Pointing out that the newly circulated currency notes are of the same value with the previous ones, Mr. Kibreab called on the general public to utilize with due caution.”

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Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla and Philanote.

West African States new sig/date (2010) notes confirmed

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5,000 francs (US$10), (20)10. Like P317, but new date and signatures (Philippe Henri Dacouri Tabley and José Mario Vaz).

10,000 francs (US$20), (20)10. Like P318, but new date and signatures (Philippe Henri Dacouri Tabley and José Mario Vaz).

Courtesy of Richard Maranda and Jean Leclerc.

West African States new sig/date (2011) notes confirmed

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1,000 francs (US$2.05), (20)11. Like P315, but new date and signatures (Tiemoko Yadé Dominique Coulibaly and José Mario Vaz).

2,000 francs (US$4.10), (20)11. Like P316, but new date and signatures (Tiemoko Yadé Dominique Coulibaly and José Mario Vaz).

Courtesy of Richard Maranda and Jean Leclerc.

Libya new 5-dinar note confirmed

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5 dinars (US$4.05), no date. Like P72, but serial number prefix 7A, new signature (presumably Al-Seddiq Omar al-Kabir, but possibly Gasem Azzoz, and in any event, slightly different than that on the 10-dinar note dated 17-2-2011), English text replaces Arabic text on back, the removal of the reference to the Gadaffi era “Jamahiriya” from the front and upper right back, and Gadaffi-era falcon crest is removed from the monument to the Battle of Al-Hani.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Claudio Marana.

Namibia unveils new notes due in May

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According to an article in The Namibian dated 22 March 2012, the decision of the Bank of Namibia to replace the portrait of anti-colonialist Chief Hendrik Witbooi with that of founding President Sam Nujoma on the new 10- and 20-dollar (US$1.30 and 2.60, respectively) notes has stirred up a bit of controversy. These notes, along with other denominations which retain Witbooi's portrait, were unveiled on 21 March, but won't be issued until May.

Further details about security features on these notes can be found here.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause, Marcus Jansson, and Claudio Marana.

Zambia revalues kwacha by removing three zeros

According to an article in The Post Online dated 23 January 2012, the government of Zambia has agreed to Bank of Zambia plans to revalue the currency by removing three zeros from all denominations of the kwacha. Currently the largest denomination banknote is 50,000 kwacha (US$9.75), which will become 50 kwacha under the revaluation plan.

No details yet on when new notes will be issued, or if old notes will be overprinted as a provisional measure.

However, according to two documents (Tender For Procurement of New Rebased Zambian Currency - Paper Banknotes and Tender For Procurement of Paper Banknotes - K2 and K100), the Bank of Zambia is seeking bids from the following shortlist of security printers:
  • De La Rue Currency, United Kingdom
    Giesecke & Devrient, Germany
    Orell Fussli Security Printing Limited, Switzerland
    Francois Charles Aberthur [sic] Fuduciaire, France
    South African Bank Note Company (Pty) Limited, South Africa
    Goznak, Russia
Two of the terms of the contact that are interesting to collectors are that "the printer’s name [imprint] shall appear on the banknotes" and that "the supplier shall provide 500 specimen notes, free of charge, of each denomination." The contract also breaks down the number of notes required for each denomination (2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 kwacha) over a three-year period. It's unclear if the notes will be issued 2012-2014, or simply dated as such.

Also of interest are the technical specifications which detail the overall designs and security features of the notes, and which specify that the notes are to be printed on "cotton based substrate" of the printer's chosing, not polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Namibia bank official discusses new banknotes due next week

According to an interview in AllAfrica dated 14 March 2012, the Bank of Namibia is set to unveil a new series of banknotes on 21 March 2012 and issue them in May. Ndangi Katoma, the bank's director of strategic communication, discusses the history of Namibia's banknotes and the decision to change the portraits as well as improve security features.

Malawi new series with 1,000-kwacha denomination to be issued in July 2012

According to an article on Nyasa Times dated 9 March 2012, within the next six months the Reserve Bank of Malawi will introduce a whole new series of notes, including a 1,000-kwacha (US$6) note, twice the largest denomination currently in circulation. The notes were announced in Biantyre on 8 March by Governor Dr. Perks Ligoya. An article in the Sunday Times dated 11 March 2012 indicates that the new notes will be issued in July, and will consist of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 kwacha denominations. It may be that the report is in error, as it hardly seems economically feasible to print notes smaller than 20 kwacha (US$0.12).

The new notes will be much smaller in size than the current notes, which serves as a cost-cutting measure. The new 1,000-kwacha note is to be printed by De La Rue. Nyasa Times reported recently leaked image of the note showing a portrait of current president, Bingu wa Mutharika, but that image is a hoax created from a Federal Republic of Germany DB B31 (P46) 100 deutsche Mark note.

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

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Somalia's Puntland region plans to introduce six new banknotes soon

According to an article in SomaliaReport dated 9 March 2012, Farah Ali Shire, minister for finance for Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland, announced that they will print new and various denominations of hte Somali shilling to replace the current single 1,000-shilling note.

The new notes will be used in Puntland and areas under the control of the government in southern Somalia. The new notes—printed in Sudan—will be denominated in 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, and 50,000 shillings. No date was given for the introduction of the new notes, but they are expected to be ready "soon."

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Namibia to unveil new notes on 21 March 2012

According to a press release dated 10 May 2010 [sic], the Bank of Namibia has announced that it will issue new banknotes sometime after 21 March 2012. The new family will have the same denomination structure as the current series: 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 dollars. All denominations will have improved anti-counterfeiting features, and the portrait of Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi will be retained for all but the 10- and 20-dollar notes, which will feature a new portrait of Sam Nujoma, the founding president and father of the Namibian nation. The existing notes will circulate in parallel with the new ones.

Informanté has published an article dated 15 February 2012 which states that the notes will be issued “right after Independence Day (21 March).”

According to a media release by Bank of Namibia issued on 24 February 2012, the new set of notes (N$ 10, 20, 50, 100, 200) will be presented to the public for the very first time on Independence Day (21 March 2012), but will not be issued until May, giving the bank time to launch an information campaign.

Judging from the large number of virtually uncirculated N$ 10, 50, 100 and 200 notes in circulation now, It appears there are still a large number of "old type" notes in stock, which the bank is trying to use up. However, the "old style" N$ 20 has virtually disappeared from circulation, and those that are in use are usually torn and dirty. Note that all notes currently in circulation still carry the signature of the previous governor, Tom Alweendo. Notes with the signature of the current governor were never issued.

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

Courtesy of Jay Mollindo and Heinrich Lindner.

Sudan new 20-pound variety reported

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20 pounds (US$8.95), JUNE 2011. Like CBS B10/PNL, but 2-mm wide windowed security thread on front of the note.

Curiously, all denominations of the new designs issued on 24 July 2011 had the windowed thread on the back, apparently to help distinguish them from the preceding issues. However, it now appears that the bank is reversing course with the 5- and 20-pound notes. It remains to be seen if the thread will move to the front on the other denominations in this series.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Sierra Leone to print notes to alleviate cash shortage

According to an article in Sierra Express Media dated 9 March 2012, the government of Sierra Leone will soon print new banknotes to address the “serious shortage of currency in the country” which is “a result of the intensive economy activities of mining companies that were not taken into consideration when the resized bank notes were about to be printed,” said Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, Information and Communications Minister.

Given that the Bank of Sierra Leone introduced new, smaller banknotes just two years ago which were printed by De La Rue, it’s likely that Kargbo’s comments simply mean that the bank will purchase additional notes of the same design from DLR, perhaps with new dates and signatures, but not new designs entirely.

Kenya seeks new note designs without portraits

According to an article in The Star dated 8 March 2012 and an article in the Daily Nation dated 7 March 2012, the Central Bank of Kenya “hereby invites individuals, institutions, institutions, organizations and professional bodies to present in writing, proposals on elements/features to be considered for incorporation in the design of the proposed new Kenyan currency banknotes and coins.” Per Article 231(4) of the constitution, the new notes may not bear the portrait of any individual. All notes in Kenya currently feature a portrait of former president Jomo Kenyatta.

The issuance of new notes is at least two years away, and even after their introduction, existing notes will likely circulate in parallel until they wear out. The bank has not ruled out changes to the colors or sizes of the new notes, and has said that “dominant Kenyan physical features, flora and fauna and key economic activities such as agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, are expected to replace these presidential portraits.”

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Ethiopia new date (2000/2008) 5-birr note confirmed


5 birr (US$0.30), 2000/2008. Like P47, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Sao Tome and Principe new sig/date (10.12.2010) 20,000-dobra note confirmed


20,000 dobras (US$1), 10 de Dezembro de 2010. Like BCSTP B5 (P67), but new date and signatures (Americo de Oliveira dos Ramos and Luis Fernando Moreira de Sousa).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Zambia new date (2011) 5,000-kwacha note confirmed


5,000 kwacha (US$1), 2011. Like BOZ B47 (P45), but new date and new printer: Giesecke & Devrient.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Cape Verde chapter of The Banknote Book is now available



The Cape Verde (Post-independence) chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (37 types and varieties, including 5 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banco de Cabo Verde (Bank of Cape Verde) from 1977 until present day.

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Sudan new 2-pound note confirmed


CBS B7 (PNL): 2 pounds (US$0.90)
Yellow, purple, and brown. Front: Sunflower as registration device; peace theme with dove in flight above map, Central Bank of Sudan headquarters building in Khartoum, and drums. Back: Bank logo; two doves in flight; sunflower. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBS 1 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Pigeon and electrotype LS 1. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 139 x 64 mm.
a. JUNE 2011. Signature 2. Intro: November 2011.

Courtesy of Marian Klubert and Andrew Roberts.

Botswana new sig/date (2010) pula notes confirmed


All denominations—BOB B24 (P30) to BOB B28 (P34)—except the 50-pula note have been confirmed with the new date 2010 on back, and new signature combo (Ontefetse Kenneth Matambo and Linah K. Mohohlo).

Courtesy of Craig Eustace and Andrew Roberts.

South Africa announces new banknote series for late 2012


President Jacob Zuma holding example of 50-rand note bearing portrait of Nelson Mandela.



According to a press release dated 11 February 2012 (22 years after Nelson Mandela was freed), the South African Reserve Bank is in the process of producing a new series of banknotes which “will have the same denominations, sizes, and colors but the front of all notes will carry a specially designed engraving of former President Nelson Mandela. The reverse side of each denomination will have an image of one of the big five [lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino].” The new notes are expected to be issued “towards the end of 2012.”

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

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ghana new date (01.07.2011) 10-cedi note confirmed


10 cedis (US$6.50), 1st JULY 2011. Like BOG B47 (P39), but new date.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Liberia new date (2011) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$0.30), 2011. Like CBL B8 (P28), but new date.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Nigeria new 200-naira note variety reported


Both of the above scans are of 200-naira (US$1.25) notes dated 2010, signed by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda, with prefix numerators AG. However, on the note on the left the spelled out denomination “Two Hundred Naira” and the signatures are located higher up, the word “Two” is 9-mm tall versus 11-mm tall, and Sanusi’s signature is equal in width to that of Nda. All other images I’ve examined of this denomination dated 2000 to 2011 are like the note on the right. Does anyone else have an example of the “short Two” vareity? If so, please send scans so it can be confirmed and the serial number range narrowed.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Libya removing 50-dinar note featuring Gaddafi's portrait


According to an article on Trend.com dated 13 September 2011, banks in Libya are withdrawing 50-dinar (US$40.70) banknotes from circulation because they feature a large portrait of Muammar Gaddafi, who has recently been ousted from power but whose location remains uncertain. "The banks have agreed to collect the notes and to hand them over to the Central Bank," said Talal al Dhaguissi, an official in charge of a branch of Libya's National Commercial Bank in capital Tripoli, according to TAP. There’s no word on whether the Central Bank of Libya will destroy the withdrawn notes or overprint the portait and recirculate them eventually.

According to an article on Libya Business News dated 13 January 2012, citizens have until 15 March 2012 to turn in the old 50-dinar notes, and that the old 1- and 20-dinar notes, both of which also feature images of Gaddafi, will be gradually withdrawn.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda and Thomas Augustsson.

Libya new 10-dinar note confirmed



10 dinars (US$8), 17-2-2011. Like CBL B37 (P73), but new date, new signature (possibly Gasem Azzoz, new governor as of September 2011), new demetalization on windowed thread, new hologram on upper right front, and the removal of the reference to the Gadaffi era “Jamahiriya” from the front and upper right back, plus the use of English on the notes for the first time in two decades. Furthermore, the serial number prefix system has apparently been reset to 1.

The 10-dinar note features Oberthur’s new Jasper hologram, which combines a hologram with blind embossing in 3D, with at least two optical effects, as well as anti-photocopy and anti-scanner characteristics.

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Courtesy of Eyad Alali and Thomas Augustsson.

Somaliland new 1,000- and 5,000-shilling notes confirmed




Athough dated 2011, these two notes were apparently issued in January 2012.

Courtesy of John Miskell.

Eritrea new 50- and 100-nakfa notes reported

According to a press release dated 16 January 2012 on Sabait.com, the web site of Eritrea’s Ministry of Information, the National Bank of Eritrea has produced new 50- and 100-nakfa (US$3.35 and $6.65, respectively) banknotes. Kibreab Woldemariam, administrator of the bank, said the new 50-nakfa note is already in circulation, and the new 100-nakfa note will be introduced soon.

“Explaining that it is common to change old currency notes with new one, Mr. Kibreab said that the previous currency notes of the same color were creating problem to identify. As a result, the National Bank of Eritrean was obliged to make the change. The Government has been conducting research to print colored currency notes of better color and that the process would be continue as regards other currency notes, he added. Pointing out that the newly circulated currency notes are of the same value with the previous ones, Mr. Kibreab called on the general public to utilize with due caution.”

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

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Kenya new sig/date (16.07.2010) notes confirmed


All six denominations (50 to 1,000 shillings) have been confirmed dated 16th JULY 2010 and bearing new signatures (Njuguna S. Ndung’u and unknown).

Courtesy of Richard Miranda, John B. Silver, Andrew Roberts, and Bill Stubkjaer.

Sao Tome and Principe chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (50 types and varieties, including 10 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banco Nacional de S. Tomé e Príncipe (National Bank of Sao Tome and Principe) from 1976 to 1989, and the Banco Central de S. Tomé e Príncipe (Central Bank of Sao Tome and Principe) from 1993 to present day. Banco Nacional Ultramarino notes are not currently included in this chapter.

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Nigeria new date (2011) 50-naira variety confirmed


50 naira (US$0.35), 2011. Like CBN B36 (PNL), but new date, signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda), and 7-digit serial numbers. Printer: (G&D). Polymer.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new sig/date (2010) 100-naira note confirmed


100 naira (US$0.70), 2010. Like CBN B26 (P28), but new date and signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new sig/date (2011) 500-naira note confirmed


500 naira (US$3.60), 2011. Like CBN B28 (P30), but new date and signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

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


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

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

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


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

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Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Mauritius new 200-, 500-, and 1,000-rupee notes confirmed


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

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

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

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Courtesy of Sami Kiuru, Claudio Marana, and Noteshobby.

Malawi new date (30.06.2011) 100-kwacha note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

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


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

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

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Rui Manuel Palhares.

Sudan new 5-pound notes confirmed


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


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

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

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

South Sudan new piaster notes confirmed






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

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

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Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee.

Malawi new date (30.06.2011) 50-kwacha note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Aidan Work and Andrew Roberts.

Madagascar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Madagascar cover

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

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

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Madagascar and Comoros chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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

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Malagasy Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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

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Angola new date (2010) and signature 5-, 10-, and 50-kwanza notes confirmed


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

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

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

Courtesy of Alexey Semakov and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Libya new note series to be issued 2012


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

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

Tunisia new 20- and 50-dinar notes confirmed

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


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


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


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

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

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


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

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

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

Congo Democratic Republic

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

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

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Sudan to issue new 2-pound note by end of November 2011

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

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

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

Courtesy of Mohammed el-Arabi.

Malawi no longer issuing 20-kwacha notes

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

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

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

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

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

Republic of the Congo cover

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

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

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The Challenge: Identify building and monument on back of Madagascar 5,000-franc note

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Robert Bethea and Murray Hanewich.

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


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

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

Courtesy of Giuseppe Favaro.

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


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


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

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

Courtesy of Mohammed el-Arabi.

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

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

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

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

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

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

IDENTIFIED: Bucket chain excavator.

Courtesy of Frederick Martin.

Rhodesia and Nyasaland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Rhodesia and Nyasaland cover

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

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

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






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

Courtesy of Carlos Pinto and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Somalia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Somalia cover

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

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

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Angola to issue new note family by end of 2011

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

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

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

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


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

Courtesy of Garry Craig and Ronald Kowaleski.

Italian Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Italian Somaliland

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

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

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Cameroon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Cameroon

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

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Lesotho 50-loti note dated 1993 confirmed


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

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ethiopia accepted bids to print more banknotes

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

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

New Sudan high denomination notes sought


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

Nigeria chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Nigeria

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Seychelles new 100-rupee variety confirmed


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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Sierra Leone chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Sierra Leone

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

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

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Somaliland new date (2011) 500-shilling note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Dennis Zammit.

UN releases $1.5 billion in Libyan banknotes from DLR

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

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

South Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

South Sudan cover

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

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

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Ghana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Ghana

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

This 21-page catalog covers every note (278 types and varieties, including 92 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Ghana from 1958 until until present day. Revised 17 November 2012.

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Ethiopia considers issuing 200-birr notes

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

Central African States new sig combo confirmed


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

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

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

South Sudan's central bank governor replaced by deputy

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

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

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

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

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

IDENTIFIED: National Theatre of Ghana in Accra.

Courtesy of Frederick Martin.

Sierra Leone to withdraw old notes as of 15 August 2011

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

Sudan new 10- and 20-pound notes confirmed


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


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

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

Liberia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Liberia

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

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

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Sudan new 50-pound note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Tom A. Adami.

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


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

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Mauritania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Mauritania cover

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

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

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Sudan new note designs unveiled


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

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Nigeria new date (2011) 200-naira note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

South Sudan public complains about lack of dates on new banknotes

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

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

The Challenge: Identify objects in Liberia bank seal

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

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

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

IDENTIFIED: Kissi money.

Liberia new date (2008) 10-dollar note confirmed


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

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

Courtesy of Nin Cheun.

South Sudan issued new pound notes 18 July 2011


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Katanga chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Katanga

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Equatorial Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Equatorial Guinea

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

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

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
  • 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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Lesotho chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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

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  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Mali chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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

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  • 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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The Challenge: Identify flora on Lesotho's banknotes

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

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

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

IDENTIFIED: Agave plant and flowers.

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

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

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


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

IDENTIFIED: Cosmos flowers.

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IDENTIFIED: Markala dam on the Niger River.

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

IDENTIFIED: Sotuba dam hydropower plant on the Niger River.

Swaziland announces release of remaining denominations of new series

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

Courtesy of Tod Hunt.

Tanzania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Tanzania cover

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

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

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Zambia contemplating changes to currency

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

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

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

French Afars and Issas

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

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

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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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Kenya chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Kenya

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

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

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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Malawi new sig/date (31.01.2011) 500-kwacha note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Rhodesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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

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

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

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

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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Central African Empire chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Central African Empire

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

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

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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
  • 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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Central African Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Central African Republic

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

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

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  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Somaliland burns Somali shillings as part of currency switch

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

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Malawi new 1,000-kwacha banknote reported

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Malawi chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Malawi

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

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

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Namibia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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

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

Swaziland cover

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

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

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • 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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Members sought for new South African banknote collectors' society

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

Dear fellow banknote collectors,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The current interest is 76 people.

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

The main objectives of this Society will be:

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you

Andre du Toit

Rwanda and Burundi chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Rwanda and Burundi cover

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

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

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Somaliland cover

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

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

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Zaïre chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Zaire cover

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

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

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • 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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Nigeria new sig/date (2011) 100-naira note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Congo Democratic Republic new 200-franc note confirmed


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

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

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Gambia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Gambia

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

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

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Guinea-Bissau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Guinea-Bissau

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

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

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Guinea

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

At the time of initial publication, this 12-page catalog covers every note (81 types and varieties, including 12 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Colonie de la Guinée Française (French Colony of Guinea) from 1917 to 1920, the Banque de la République de Guinée (Bank of the Republic of Guinea) in 1958, and the Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée (Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea) from 1960 to present day.

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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Biafra chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Biafra

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

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (14 types and varieties, including 3 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Biafra from 1968 to 1969.

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

Eritrea

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

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (17 types and varieties, including 9 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Eritrea from 1997 until present day.

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

French Sudan

The French Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

At the time of initial publication, this 2-page catalog covers every note (2 types and varieties) issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’Afrique Occidentale (Government General of West Africa) in 1917.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Gabon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Gabon

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

At the time of initial publication, this 5-page catalog covers every note (31 types and varieties, including 4 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale (Central Bank) from 1971, and Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) from 1974.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Saint Helena chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Saint Helena cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (27 types and varieties, including 1 note unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of St. Helena from 1976 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • 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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Upper Senegal and Niger chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Upper Senegal and Niger cover

The Upper Senegal and Niger chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

At the time of initial publication, this 2-page catalog covers every note (2 types and varieties) issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’Afrique Occidentale (Government General of West Africa) in 1917.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Botswana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Botswana

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (92 types and varieties, including 3 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Botswana from 1976 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Comoros chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Comoros

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

At the time of initial publication, this 8-page catalog covers every note (57 types and varieties, including 11 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Republique Française Colonies Postes (French Republic Colonial Post) in 1920, the Banque de Madagascar et des Comores (Bank of Madagascar and Comoros) from 1960 to 1963, the Institut d’Émission des Comores from 1975 to 1976, and the Banque Centrale des Comores (Central Bank of Comoros) from 1986 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Zimbabwe's inflationary notes selling well to curious collectors

There’s an excellent article in The Wall Street Journal about how Zimbabwe’s large-denomination banknotes are selling well to collectors as well as the general public curious about the huge number of zeros on these inflationary issues. Be sure to read it soon as I seem to recall that the WSJ blocks access to articles after a few days.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Zambia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Zambia cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 16-page catalog covers every note (197 types and varieties, including 14 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Zambia from 1963 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Zimbabwe chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Zimbabwe cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 27-page catalog covers every note (187 types and varieties, including 49 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe from 1980, and the Cargill Cotton Group from 2003 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Chad chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Chad

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

At the time of initial publication, this 6-page catalog covers every note (40 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale from 1971, and the Banque de États de l’Afrique Centrale from 1974 until 1992.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Algeria new 2,000-dinar note confirmed



PNL 2,000 dinars (US$27.55)
Greenish-blue and brown. Front: University professor lecturing students in amphitheater; satellite; double-helix DNA strand; three researchers in scientific laboratory with microscope and beakers. Back: Wheat; palm tree; body of water; urban high-rise buildings; olive tree. 13-mm wide LEAD holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized Arabic text. Watermark: Emir Abdelkader pattern. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 70 mm. 2011-03-24. Signature Unknown. Intro: 28.04.2011.

Read the Magharebia story dated 4 May 2011, “Algeria issues 2,000-dinar banknote.”

Courtesy of Yves Courtemanche and Jean-Michel Engels.

Nigeria new sig 20-naira note confirmed


20 naira (US$0.12), 2010. Like P34, but new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Swaziland new 100- and 200-emalangeni confirmed


B36 (PNL): 100 emalangeni (US$14.70)
Brown. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; green-to-blue OVI shield and spears. Back: Elephant, rhinoceros, lion, flowers, and bird; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 100. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 157 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 10b. Intro: 01.11.2010.


B37 (PNL): 200 emalangeni (US$29.40)
Green. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; green-to-blue OVI shield and spears. Back: Straw huts; two goats; warrior; rock formation; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 200. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 160 x 70 mm.
6.9.2010. Signature 10b. Intro: 2011.

Central Bank of Swaziland Governor, Mr. Martin G. Dlamini has announced that the new series of banknotes with upgraded security features will be released to the public on the 1st November 2010.

The Governor stated that although all the banknotes have been upgraded (E10, E20, E50, E100 and E200), the denominations will be released at intervals of six months, starting with the E100 (One Hundred Emalangeni).

“It is important to clarify from the onset that the new banknotes will be used together with the old notes,” he said.

The Governor further explained that banknote security technology had advanced significantly since the issuing of the current series of notes in 1999. “In addition to ensuring that these banknotes are produced with the best technology in line with the highest international standards, we have also ensured that the new notes are a creative expression of our heritage as a nation,” he said. “We gave a lot of thought to making our new printed currency one that we can all identify with as a reflection of our own lives.”

The Governor appealed to the public to familiarize themselves with the new notes by paying close attention to the security features. “We encourage you to know and understand your money so that you can trust it,” he said.

Click here to download the bank’s official brochure describing these two new notes.

Courtesy of Ny Andry Ranaivosolo, Hermann Huber, and Leszek Porowski.

Congo Democratic Republic new 500-franc variety/error confirmed


500 francs (US$1.10), 04.01.2002. Like P96, but lacking the three diamonds to the left of the watermark area on the front (top image). Both notes bear the imprint of GIESECKE & DEVRIENT MUNICH (the imprint is very faint, printed at lower right on back).

I’m not sure if this is an error note or an intentional new variety. On the “normal” note (bottom image), the diamonds appear to be printed as part of the rest of the design, so it’s not as if the underprinting or an overprinting was omitted by mistake. It may be that the diamonds were removed to make the design of the note conform to the other denominations in this family, none of which have any similar elements in the same location. Does anyone else have examples of this note to report?

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Kenya's constitution requires new notes without names

According to an article in The East African dated 4 April 2011, Kenya's new constitution requires that names of individuals be removed from the front of banknotes and coins. The country's current notes, originally issued in 2004, all feature a named portrait of Kenya's first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. This design is owned by De La Rue, which holds the exclusive contract for printing Kenya's banknotes. By changing the design to conform with the constitution, the Central Bank of Kenya would own the copyright on the new notes and could put their printing out to bid by other security printers. However, in a related article dated 4 April 2011, it's reported that DLR is on the verge of signing a new 10-year deal with the Central Bank of Kenya.

Ghana new 2010 1-cedi variety confirmed


On early 1-cedi notes dated 6th MARCH 2010, the watermark is Tetteh Quarshie, a cacao pod, and Cornerstones. On later issues with the same date and signature, an electrotype denomination numeral has been added.

Collectors are encouraged to check the other denominations also dated 6th MARCH 2010 to see whether they can confirm any without the electrotype denomination in the watermark, or if this variety appears on the 1-cedi notes only.

In addition to the different watermark, there’s also a change in the brown underprint bar to the left of the words BANK OF GHANA on the front of the note. On the earlier 2010 notes, the bar is ragged with ill-defined edges, but on later 2010 notes, the bar has straight edges, as on the 2007 notes.

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

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts and Ricardo Castedo.

South Sudan to issue new banknotes in July 2011

According to a Bloomberg Businessweek article dated 30 March 2011, the Bank of Southern Sudan plans to release its own currency, called the South Sudan pound, when the new African country declares independence in July 2011 and after either the US or the UK recognizes Southern Sudan as an independent nation. The new notes are being printed by an unnamed European company. The issuance of a new currency in Southern Sudan will probably prompt Sudan to revise its own currency, too.

Lesotho new 2-maloti variety confirmed


The blue underprint which appears to the right of the portait on earlier issues of the 2-maloti note P1 (bottom image) is missing on later issues (top image), then returns on still later issues.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Tanzania refutes rumors of recall of new notes

According to an artilce in The Citizen dated 10 March 2011, Bank of Tanzania (BOT) has refuted rumors that it was withdrawing the new family of notes that it had just introduced on 1 January. Apparently there have been widespread complaints that the new notes are of inferior quality compared to the older notes. The bank insists the notes are of good quality and has no plans to withdraw them from circulation.

Guinea new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc commemoratives confirmed


At a press conference on 20 November 2010, Alhasanne Barry, governor of the Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée, unveiled new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc (US$0.15, 0.70, and 1.45, respectively) banknotes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Guinean currency. In addition to the 50th anniversary logo on the watermark area, the new notes have enhanced security features, additional intaglio printing, and a varnish for additional durability.

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

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Lesotho to issue new notes in March 2011

According to a Sunday Express article, on 26 November 2010, at a celebration marking its 30th anniversary, the Central Bank of Lesotho launched a new set of banknotes aimed at fighting the spread of counterfeits. According to a press release dated 5 January 2011, the new notes are expected to hit the streets in March 2011 and will eventually replace the existing notes. The new banknotes feature a portrait of the three royal family members: the current king, His Majesty Letsie III is in the middle, his father King Moshoeshoe II is on the left, with the founder of the Basotho nation, King Moshoeshoe I, on the right. The famous Basotho hat, the mokorotlo, is also visible on the new notes as well as the Lesotho coat of arms.


CBL B22 (PNL): 10 maloti (US$0.90)
Red and yellow. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Flowers; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 10, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 130 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.


CBL B23 (PNL): 20 maloti (US$1.80)
Purple and light blue. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Thatch-roofed round houses; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 20, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 135 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.


CBL B24 (PNL): 50 maloti (US$4.55)
Violet. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Men on horseback; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 138 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.


CBL B25 (PNL): 100 maloti (US$9.05)
Green. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Shepard with flock; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 100, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 140 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Hermann Huber.

Libyan leader prevented from getting notes from DLR in UK

There’s an interesting article on MailOnline about Britain’s successful ploys to prevent Gaddafi from taking possession of new Libyan banknotes worth 1.8 billion dinars. Although it is unnamed in the article, the printer of these notes is De La Rue.

Nigeria new sig 1,000-naira note confirmed


1,000 naira (US$6.50), 2010. Like P36, but new date and signature (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

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

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Zambia new date (2010) 20,000-kwacha note confirmed


20,000 kwacha (US$4.35), 2010. Like P47, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

East African Community moves to introduce common currency in 2012

An East African Business Week article dated 14 February 2011, contains interesting information on the continuing plans to form an East African Community Monetary Union similar to the European Union, wherein all the partner states will replace their individual currencies—the Burundian franc, Kenyan shilling, Rwandan franc, Tanzanian shilling, and Ugandan shilling—for a single regional currency in 2012.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Morocco watermark varieties confirmed

Morocco’s 10 to 200 dirham notes dated1987-1996 (P63-P67) have several previously undocumented watermark varieties, all of King Hassan II.

For example, the 20-dirham note P67 has at least two different watermarks of Hassan II in profile. The first one appears to have a thinner face, whereas the second one with the fuller face also looks like the king has a black eye. The thin profile has been confirmed on signature 12, 15, and 16 notes, whereas the black eye profile has been confirmed on signature 13 and 14 notes.



The 50-dirham note P64 has at least two watermark varieties, both with the king making eye contact, but with a full versus thin face, confirmed on signature 12 and 13 notes, respectively.



The 100-dirham note P65 has at least three different watermarks, all having been seen on notes with signature 12. One where the king is making eye contact, and two in profile, with full and thin faces.





Finally, the 200-dirham P66 has at least three different watermarks: two in profile and one with eye contact. The eye contact and thin profile have both been doucmented on signature 12 notes, whereas the full (black eye) profile and eye contact have been documented on signature 13 notes, so this is not a case where the watermark corresponds to the change in signatures.





Perhaps these watermark changes correspond to different printers? Any additional info would be appreciated.

Courtesy of Lucien Beaudouin and Bill Stubkjaer.

Sudan to split, creating two new currencies

According to an article on allAfrica.com dated 1 February 2011, “the financial authorities in North Sudan told their Southern counterparts that they will discontinue use of the pound after the semi-autonomous region officially becomes an independent state” following last month’s referendum in which 99% of the Southerners voted to separate from the North.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Malawi new sig/date (31.10.2009) 20-kwacha note confirmed


20 kwacha (US$0.15), 31st OCTOBER 2009. Like P44, but new date and signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Egypt new date (15.12.2009) 10-pound note confirmed

10 pounds (US$1.70), ٢٠٠٩/١٢/١٥ (15.12.2009). Like P65, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Egypt new date (12.05.2009) 10-pound note confirmed

10 pounds (US$1.70), ٢٠٠٩/٥/١٢ (12.05.2009). Like P64, but new date.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Congo Republic scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Congo Republic:

P4 signature 12
P8 dated 1-01-1988
P10 dated 1-01-1989
P12

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Tanzania new note family confirmed

On 17 December 2010, the Bank of Tanzania announced it would introduce a new family of notes on 1 January 2011. The new notes are slightly smaller than the existing notes, which will continue to circulate in parallel. The new notes are protected by Motion windowed security threads, Spark patches, and watermarks with electrotype denominations, among other anti-counterfeiting features.

According to an article on The Citizen dated 30 December 2011, Crane printed all denominations except the 1,000-shilling note, which is printed by De La Rue. Previously Tanzania’s notes were printed by Giesecke & Devrient, whose contract expired in April 2009.


500 shillings
Green. Front: Coat of arms; Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume. Back: Snake coiled around stick; University of Dar es Salaam central hall building; graduating students wearing caps and gowns. giraffe. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 500. Printer: (Crane). 120 x 60 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


1,000 shillings
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; President Julius Kambarage Nyerere; Bismarck Rock in Mwanza Harbor. Back: Coffee plant; State House (Ikulu) building with flag in Dar Es Salaam. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOT 2010. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 1000. Printer: (TDLR). 125 x 65 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


2,000 shillings
Tan and brown. Front: Coat of arms; lion. Back: Palm trees; old Omani Arab Fort (Ngome Kongwe) in Zanzibar’s Stone Town; carved block; diamond-shaped Spark patch with giraffe head. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 2000. Printer: (Crane). 130 x 66 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


5,000 shillings
Purple. Front: Coat of arms; plant; black rhinoceros. Back: Mining machinery; rough and cut diamonds; diamond-shaped Spark patch with giraffe head. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 5000. Printer: (Crane). 135 x 67 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


10,000 shillings
Red and yellow. Front: Coat of arms; elephant. Back: Flowers; Bank of Tanzania headquarters building in Dar es Salaam; diamond-shaped Spark patch with giraffe head. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 10000. Printer: (Crane). 140 x 68 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Nigeria new sig/date (2010) 200-naira note confirmed


200 naira (US$1.30), 2010. Like P29, but new date and signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Egypt new date (27.10.2009) 50-pound note confirmed

50 pounds (US$8.60). Like P66, but new date ٢٠٠٩/١٠/٢٧ (27.10.2009).

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

West African States new signature varieties confirmed


A new signature combination has been confirmed for the 1,000, 5,000, and 10,000-franc notes from the West African States. All notes are dated (20)10. The three denominations have been confirmed with the country code of D for Mali, which makes these P415, P417, and P418. The 5,000 and 10,000-franc denominations have also been confirmed with the country code of K for Senegal (P717 and P718). If anyone has this signature combination on notes with other country codes, please send scans of same.

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

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee and Abdullah Beydoun.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2010) 50-cedi note confirmed


50 cedis (US$33.75), 6th MARCH 2010. Like P41, but new date, new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Uganda 20,000-shilling note spurs copyright claim


According to an article on Daily Monitor dated 30 December 2010, the Bank of Uganda used an image of a sculpture on the front of the 20,000-shilling (US$8.60) note issued 17 May 2010 without the permission of its creator, Sylivia Nabiteeko Katende, a senior lecturer at the Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Art at Makerere University. The artist is suing the bank for over 1 billion shillings (US$430,000), for fraudulent use of her intellectual property. Ms Katende claims she created the sculpture, named the Socio Economic Growth of Kampala City, to commemorate the city’s centenary celebrations in 2000.

Liberia new sig/date (2009) notes confirmed


All denominations (5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollars) have been confirmed dated 2009 with new signature combination (Augustine K. Ngafuan, MINISTER OF FINANCE; J. Mills Jones, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Egypt new date (01.03.2010) 200-pound note confirmed

200 pounds (US$34.55), ٢٠١٠/١/٣. Like P68, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Gambia new 25-, 50-, and 100-dalasis notes confirmed



According to an article in The Gambian Banker, on 2 August 2010 the Central Bank of The Gambia issued new 25-, 50-, and 100-dalasis banknotes signed by Governor Momodou B. Saho and First Deputy Governor Basirus A.O. Njai. The notes are essentially unchanged from the preceding issues of the same denominations issued in 2006, except for the 100-dalasis note, which has a Depth Image holographic patch instead of a silver embossed foil. The patch shows the portrait on the banknote with the palm trees alternating with the denomination. When tilted, a flying parrot moves behind the portrait. All current banknotes continue to be legal tender.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

South Africa faulty 100-rand notes reported


According to an article in BusinessReport dated 5 December 2010, the South Africa Reserve Bank discovered in May that it had issued 100-rand (US$14.55) banknotes which are defective because they lack fluorescent printing visible under UV light. In June, printing of this denomination was shifted from the South African Bank Note Company to Crane Currency’s Swedish division (Tumba Bruk.), which reportedly produced 80 million 100-rand notes. The defective notes are said to bear the signature of former governor Tito Mboweni' (P131) as well as the current governor, Gill Marcus. These notes were originally issued in 2005 and 2009, respectively, so the problem apparently went undetected for quite some time.

If anyone can confirm they have examples of these notes without UV printing, or knows the serial number range of the notes printed by Crane, please advise.

Central African States new signature varieties confirmed


A new signature combination has been confirmed for all denominations from the Central African States. In this case, all carry the country code of U for Cameroon, which makes these P206-P210. If anyone has this signature combination on notes with other country codes, please send scans of same.

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

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer, David F. Cieniewicz, and Murtaza Karimjee.

South Africa new signature 10-, 20-, 50-, 100- and 200-rand notes confirmed


10 rand (US$1.40), no date. Like P128, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus).

20 rand (US$2.85), no date. Like P129, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus).

50 rand (US$7.15), no date. Like P130, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus). Intro: 2009.

100 rand (US$14.30), no date. Like P131, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus). Intro: 2009.

200 rand (US$28.60), no date. Like P132, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus). Intro: 2009.

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

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi, Michael Reissner, and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Nigeria new sig/date (2010) 10-naira note confirmed


10 naira (US$0.05), 2010. 6-digit serial number, signatures Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2010) 10-naira note confirmed


10 naira (US$0.07), 2010. Like 10-naira note originally dated 2009, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda). 6-digit serial number.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2010) 5-cedi note confirmed


20 cedis (US$3.50), 6th MARCH 2010. Like P38, but new date, new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Libya scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Libya:

P11
P17
P18
P20
P21
P22
P32
P65b
new 1 and 5 dinar notes to be issued 2012

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Nigeria new 50-naira commemorative polymer note confirmed



The Central Bank of Nigeria commemorated the nation's 50th anniversary of independence by issuing a redesigned 50-naira (US$0.35) note on 29 September 2010. The polymer note is adorned with a 50th anniversary logo and circulates in parallel with existing notes of the same denomination. The redesigned note has the anniversary logo, a strip of gold band, and a varnished message that reads “1960-2010, 50th Independence,” which can be seen when the note is tilted.

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Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla, Mohammed Elarabi, Thomas Krause, and Mohammed Elarabi.

Mauritania new sig/date (28.11.2008) 100-ouguiya note confirmed


100 ouguiya (US$0.35), 28.11.2008. Like P10, but new date and new signatures. Can anyone please translate the signature titles and/or identify the signatories’ full names?

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2010) 10-cedi note confirmed


10 cedis (US$7), 6th MARCH 2010. Like P39, but new date, new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Egypt new date (11.06.2009) 200-pound note confirmed


200 pounds (US$35.05). Like P68, but new date (11.06.2009).

Courtesy of Giuseppe Minafra.

Egypt new date (16.09.2009) 50-pound note confirmed


50 pounds (US$8.75). Like P66, but new date (16.09.2009).

Courtesy of Giuseppe Minafra.

Egypt new date (18.08.2008) 5-pound note confirmed


5 pounds (US$0.90). Like P63, but new date (18.08.2008).

Courtesy of Giuseppe Minafra.

Ethiopia new date (2008) 1-birr note confirmed


1 birr (US$0.05), 2000/2008. Like Pick 46, but new date.

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Courtesy of Banknotes LT.

How well do you know the Ghana cedi?

Check out this interesting article on Ghana Business News.

Nigeria plans to redesign its banknotes

According to a press release from the Central Bank of Nigeria dated 29 September 2010, the bank is redesigning the country’s notes to reduce cost and enhance security. Governor Mallam Lamido Sanusi said, “We will soon unfold proposals that should mark the beginning of the return of coins into circulation in the economy. The CBN has evolved plans that would enhance the efficiency and self-reliance of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSMPC) with a view to improving its performance in note printing.

Swaziland new 100-emalangeni note reported

According to Times of Swaziland article dated 7 April 2010, by August the Central Bank of Swaziland (CBS) was to begin upgrading it entire series of banknotes—starting with the 100-lilangeni note (US$13.80), then continuing with the other denominations—10, 20, 50, and 200 emalangeni—one every six months. The new notes will be printed by Giesecke and Devrient (G&D). The German firm was chosen based on price, durability of the notes, and performance in circulation.

“The Central Bank of Swaziland has initiated a project to upgrade its entire series of banknotes in view of the fact that the existing portrait shown of His Majesty King Mswati III is outdated. Also banknote durability and security technology has advanced significantly since the issuing of the current series of notes in 1999,” Governor, Martin Dlamini said in a press statement. Older notes currently in circulation will remain legal tender and will be phased out gradually.

It has recently been reported that the 100-emalangeni note has been issued in September 2010.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

Malawi new sig/date (31.10.2009) 50- and 100-kwacha notes confirmed


50 kwacha (US$0.35), 31st OCTOBER 2009. Like P45, but new date and new signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

100 kwacha (US$0.65), 31st OCTOBER 2009. Like P46, but new date and new signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Nigeria new sig/date (2010) 500-naira note confirmed


500 naira (US$3.30), 2010. Like P30, but new date (2010) and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Burundi new reduced-size 100-franc note confirmed



On 5 July 2010, Banque de la Republique du Burundi issued a new 100-franc (US$0.10) note which has been reduced in size to 125 x 65 mm. Older notes of the same denomination remain legal tender until 31 December 2010.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Zambia new date (2010) 5,000-kwacha note confirmed


5,000 kwacha (US$1), 2010. Like P45, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Mauritius new date (2009) 25-, 50-, and 100-rupee notes confirmed

25 rupees (US$0.80). 2009. Like P49, but new date and new signatures (see below).

50 rupees (US$1.60). 2009. Like P50, but new date and new signatures (see below).


100 rupees (US$3.20). 2009. Like P56, but new date.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net and Bill Stubkjaer.

Mauritania new 5,000-ouguiya note confirmed


5,000 ouguiya (US$17.35)
Olive and ochre. Front: The Great Mosque Ibn Abbas in Nouakchott. Back: Unloading iron ore in the port of Nouadhibou; diesel train. Solid security thread printed BANQUE CENTRALE DE MAURITANIE. Watermark: Bearded man. Printer: (G&D). 150 x 70 mm. 28.11.2009. Signature 11. Intro: 08.08.2010.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Seychelles new signature 100-rupee note confirmed


100 rupees (US$8), no date. Like P40, but new signature (Francis Chang-Leng). 2-mm wide security thread, and the vertical serial number is red. It appears these changes took place within the AF prefix range.

Courtesy of Stefan Rombaut.

British West Africa scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of British West Africa:

P3 issued or specimen
P4 with Arabic text on back
P5 with blank back
P6 issued note, not specimen
P7 dated 2ND JANUARY, 1930, 21ST JULY, 1930, 10TH DECEMBER, 1943, 29TH NOVEMBER, 1948, and 28TH JULY, 1950
P8 dated December, 1947
P11 dated 31ST MARCH 1953

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Ghana new date (06.03.2010) 1-cedi note confirmed


1 cedi (US$0.70), 6th MARCH 2010. Like P37, but new date, new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Congo Democratic Republic new 500-franc commemorative confirmed


500 francs (US$1), 30.06.2010.
Green. Front: Port of Matadi with buildings, cranes, ships, and mountains; map. Back: Kinsuka bridge; 50th anniversary logo. Solid security thread with demetalized REP DEM DU CONGO. Watermark: Okapi head. Printer: Unknown. 151 x 70 mm.

This note has also been confirmed as a specimen with a diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint.

Banque Centrale du Congo issued 20 million notes to commemorate the country’s 50th anniversary of independence from Belgium. The commemoratives will circulate in parallel with the preceding notes of the same denomination.



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Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer, banknoteshop@gmx.net, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Ghana new 2-cedi note confirmed



On 14 May 2010, the Bank of Ghana introduced a new 2-cedi (US$1.40) banknote to meet public need for an intermediary denomination and reduce the frequency, and associated cost, of printing large volumes of the GH¢1 banknote. The bank also acknowledges that the use of a single, identical portrait (The Big Six) on all the five denominations introduced in the July 2007 re-denomination exercise (and the previous ¢10,000 banknote that was withdrawn from circulation in 2007) makes it hard for the public to distinguish between denominations. As such, the bank has chosen to recognize departed national heroes who positively impacted on the lives of Ghanaians, such as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, whose portrait appears on the new 2-cedi note in commemoration of the centenary of his birth. The back of the note depicts the old and new Parliament buildings, signifying Ghana’s deepening democracy.

The introduction of the new coincides with the conclusion of the year-long centenary celebrations of the birth of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, and has the commemorative text “CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF DR. KWAME NKRUMAH”. Future issues of the GH¢2 banknote are not expected to have this text; making this introductory issue a collector’s item.

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Courtesy of Dieter Eheim.

Zambia new date (2010) 50,000-kwacha note confirmed


50,000 kwacha (US$10.50), 2010. Like P48, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Sierra Leone resized note family confirmed


1,000 leones (US$0.25). Red and yellow. Front: Coat of arms; carving; Bai Bureh. Back: Telecommunications satellite dish. Windowed security thread with demetalized BSL. Watermark: Lion head and electrotype 1000. Printer: DE LA RUE. 135 x 67 mm. 27th APRIL 2010. Signature 18. Intro: 14.05.2010.


2,000 leones (US$0.50). Blue and orange. Front: Double diamond foil patch; coat of arms; cargo ship and port building; I.T.A. Wallace Johnson. Back: Bank of Sierra Leone building. Windowed security thread with demetalized BSL. Watermark: Lion head and electrotype 2000. Printer: DE LA RUE. 140 x 69 mm. 27th APRIL 2010. Signature 18. Intro: 14.05.2010.


5,000 leones (US$1.25). Blue and purple. Front: Foil patch; coat of arms; building; Sengbe Pieh. Back: Bumbuna Dam. Windowed security thread with demetalized BSL. Watermark: Lion head and electrotype 5000. Printer: DE LA RUE. 145 x 71 mm. 27th APRIL 2010. Signature 18. Intro: 14.05.2010.


10,000 leones (US$2.55). Blue and green. Front: Dove flying over the map of Sierra Leone; national flag; holographic patch. Back: Coat of arms; cotton tree. Windowed security thread with demetalized BSL. Watermark: Lion head and electrotype 10000. Printer: DE LA RUE. 153 x 73 mm. 27th APRIL 2010. Signature 18. Intro: 14.05.2010.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Egypt new date (04.05.2009) 10-pound note confirmed


10 pounds (US$1.77), 04.05.2009. Like P64, but new date.

Courtesy of Christoph Thomas.

Egypt new date (17.07.2008) 5-pound note confirmed


5 pounds (US$0.90), 17.07.2008. Like P63, but new date.

Courtesy of Christoph Thomas.

Zambia new date (2009) 500-kwacha note confirmed


500 kwacha (US$0.10), 2009. Like P43, but new date and new printer imprint (SABN).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Uganda new note family confirmed

All notes are signed by Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile and George W. Nyeko.




On 3 May 2010, Bank of Uganda unveiled a new series of redesigned and smaller banknotes which will go into circulation on 17 May. The new notes are in the existing denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000 shillings, as well as a new denomination: 2,000 shillings (US$0.95).

Besides a harmonized banknote design that depict Uganda’s rich historical, natural and cultural heritage, the new notes bear improved security features and are smaller in size than the existing series which will remain legal tender. The common security features for the 1,000-, 2,000-, and 5,000-shilling notes are a watermark, a color-change image, and a raised effect on the surface to help the visually-impaired people differentiate denominations. The notes also feature a windowed thread that changes from red to green when the note is titled. The notes also bear a hidden irridescent pattern.

The bank hired professional artists and designers led by Gen. Elly Tumwine which explains the Ugandan look as depicted by the main images which constitute pots and ornaments common in Ugandan homes. The notes were printed by De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial security printer.

Bank of Uganda chief Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile said the new notes did not constitute a currency reform, nor were they dictated by politics. The redesign, he said, was driven by the need to comply with international practices and to beat counterfeiters. “Uganda is the first country in Africa to introduce ultra –modern security feature called SPARK,” an optical security feature from KBA-GIORI first used on Kazakhstan’s 5,000-tengé commemorative of 2008.



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Courtesy of Ny Andry Ranaivosolo and Tuyet Nhung- Dieter Eheim Le.

Somalia new notes reported

According to a Garoweoneline article dated 16 May 2010, a private jet is said to have delivered to Mogadishu a total of 22 million worth of Somali shilling notes, supposedly printed in Malaysia. The central bank had previously announced plans to have Sudan print new notes at a cost of $17 million.

Uganda new date (2009) 5,000-shilling note confirmed


5,000 shllings (US$2.30), 2009. Like Pick 44, but new date and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile and Chris Manyindo Kassami).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Nigeria new dates (2009 & 2010) 1,000-naira note confirmed


1,000 naira (US6.60), 2009. Like Pick 36, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

1,000 naira (US6.60), 2010. Like Pick 36, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2010) 100-naira note confirmed


100 naira (US$0.65), 2010. Like Pick 28, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2010) 50-naira note confirmed


50 naira (US$0.35), 2010. Like unlisted 50-naira note, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2010) 20-naira note confirmed


20 naira (US$0.15), 2010. Like Pick 34, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Kenya new date (17.06.2009) shilling notes confirmed



50 shillings (US$0.65), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 41, but new date.


100 shillings (US$1.25), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 42, but new date.


200 shillings (US$2.55), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 43, but new date.


500 shillings (US$6.40), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 44, but new date.


1,000 shillings ($12.80), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 45, but new date.

Courtesy of John Silver.

Nigeria new date (2010) 200-naira note confirmed


200 naira (US$1.32), 2010. Like Pick 29, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Zambia unissued 1,000-kwacha proof dated 1992 confirmed


1,000 kwacha, 1992. Like Pick 40, but signature 10, blue in color, and design consistent with lower denominations dated 1992. This unissued note is uniface, with only a handwritten date of 24/08/93 on back.

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Zambia new date (2009) 10,000-kwacha note confirmed


10,000 kwacha (US$2.10), 2009. Like P48, but new date, and instead of a holographic patch in the shape of a fish eagle head, an entire fish eagle is represented in a bright silver demetalized holographic LEAD (longlasting economical anticopy device) at left center on the front. Furthermore, the denomination at top right on the back is printed in copper-to-green OVI.

Courtesy of Manjunath P. Iyer.

Ethiopia new date (2008) 10-birr note confirmed


10 birr (US$0.75), 2000/2008. Like Pick 48, but new date.

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

South Africa withdrawing older 200-rand notes


On 21 April 2010, the South African Reserve Bank informed citizens that they had until the end of May to exchange older 200-rand (US$26.94) notes (Pick 127) in an effort to combat counterfeits. These notes have been in circulation since 1994 and lack the enhanced security features of the newer notes introduced in 2005, first with the signature of T. T. Mboweni and now with that of the current governor, Gil Marcus.

Madagascar new 2,000-ariary note confirmed



2,000 ariary (US$0.97), no date. Like Pick 90, but new signature and references to franc removed.

The 10,000-ariary note has also been confirmed without reference to franc. If anyone knows when these notes were introduced, or if the other denominations have been issued also without references to franc, please share that info.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Congo Democratic Republic new printer for 100-franc note confirmed


100 francs (US$0.20), 31.07.2007. Like Pick 92, but instead of the bank initials embossed on the silvery round patch on the front, the initials are printed; and the note is lithographed front and back. Furthermore, new date and new printer imprint (GIESECKE & DEVRIENT MUNICH). Imprint is in lower right corner on the back, below the denomination. It’s hard to read without a magnifying glass.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Congo Democratic Republic new printer for 10-franc note confirmed



10 francs (US$0.02), 30.06.2003. Like Pick 93, but new printer (HOTEL DES MONNAIES B.C.C.). Imprint is in lower right corner on the back, below the denomination. It’s hard to read without a magnifying glass.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Egypt new date (08.06.2009) 100-pound note confirmed


100 pounds (US$17.80). Like P67, but new date (08.06.2009), new signature (El-Okdah), new watermark (Sphinx) and electrotype 100, and new threads and placement of threads. On P67 notes dated earlier than June 2006, the windowed thread has no text and appears near the signature, but on later notes the thread is slightly wider and appears to the left of the minaret in the foreground and has demetalized 100 and ONE HUNDRED POUNDS in Arabic. Both old and new noes also have a solid security thread with demetalized 100 POUNDS in Arabic.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Seychelles new signature 25-rupee note confirmed


25 rupees (US$2.10), no date. Like Pick 37, but new signature (Francis Chang-Leng).

Courtesy of TDS.

Egypt odd 200-pound replacement note confirmed


Pick 68a


200 pounds (US$37.25), ٢٠٠٧/٤/٣ (2007.04.03). This replacement note (indicated by the prefix which is an even hundred) is like the 200-pound note dated 2009.01.03 in that it too is reduced in size (166 x 72 mm) and has horizontal lines at front edges, but is odd because it bears the date of Pick 68 (see top image), which is a larger note (176 x 78 mm) without the lines.

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Courtesy of David F. Cieniewicz.

Gambia new signature 10-dalasis note confirmed


10 dalasis (US$0.40), no date. Introduced 16.04.2009. Like Pick 26, but new signatures: Governor Saho and First Deputy Governor Njai.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

IBNS's Rhodesia-Zimbabwe chapter publishes 15th issue of newsletter

The Rhodesia-Zimbabwe chapter of the International Bank Note Society has just published the 15th issue of its newsletter as a PDF. Anyone with an interest in joining this topical chapter is encouraged to write to Steve Milner for details. The newsletters are a wonderful resource for anyone who collects notes from this interesting and challenging African country.

Seychelles new signature 10-rupee note confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.85), no date. Like P36a, but new signature (GOVERNOR Francis Chang-Leng, who served from May 2001 - October 2008).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

The Challenge: Identify items on Kenyan notes


Can someone please identify the building on the back of Pick 24? Given the diploma and students in the vignette, it’s almost certainly a university, but which one? Educated guesses are welcome, but I am looking for definitive answers supported by citations if possible.

IDENTIFIED: Sacho High School building.

The Challenge: Identify buildings on Uganda P29 note


Please post a comment or send me an email if you can positively identify any of the buildings on the back of Uganda Pick 29 above.

Upper left: Unknown.
Upper center: Unknown.
Lower right: New Bank of Uganda headquarters.
Lower left: Old Bank of Uganda headquarters.

The Challenge: Identify Sudan note elements

Can anyone positively identify the following items that appear on some Sudanese banknotes? Precise names and locations of the buildings are appreciated, and links to supporting evidence is welcome, too.


1. The secretary bird at the center of this vignette appears on the front of Pick 16-28. It is not the coat of arms of the country. Perhaps it is the logo of the bank?


2. Identified: Parliament House in Omdurman.


3. This building appears on the back of Pick 57-59.

Nigeria color varieties on 50-naira notes reported




Aidan Work has reported varieties in the coloring of the 50-naira (US$0.35) note of 1991 (Pick 27). As you can see from the details above, the head scarf worn by the woman on the front of the note is entirely blue on one note (left) and black and blue on another (right). Also, the shorts worn by the man on the back of the note are also blue on one and black and blue on the other. There are other subtle color differences on the sample scans submitted.

Can anyone else confirm these color varieties in their collections? Please post comments to help resolve this issue.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Morocco new 50-dirham variety confirmed


50 dirhams (US$6.05), 1423 2002. Like Pick 69, but no dash between dates. Intro: 2008.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

The Challenge: Identify Zaire and Congo DR note elements

Thanks to everyone who helped positively identify the following features which appear on the back of some banknotes from Zaire and the Congo Democratic Republic.

I find it curious that many countries are proud enough to feature certain places, people, and objects on their notes, yet they fail to label these vignettes. As a result, it’s possible that their significance may be lost on future generations. That’s why I strive to provide detailed identifications of all elements depicted on notes in my new catalog. If you enjoyed the detective work as much as I did, keep your eyes on this site for future hunts.


1. Identified: Inga I dam on Congo River.


2. Identified: Palais de la Nation in Kinshasa.


3. Identified: Palais Du Peuple in Kinshasa.


4. Identified: OEBK (Organization Équipage Banana-Kinshasa) suspension bridge (also known as Pont Maréchal) over the Congo River at port Matadi.

Nigeria extends circulation of low-denomination paper notes


In a press release dated 3 March 2010, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) indefinitely extended the terminal date for the circulation of the existing 5-, 10-, and 50-naira paper banknotes as legal tender, allowing them to circulate in parallel with polymer notes of the same denominations. “The Bank also wishes to reassure Nigerians that the N50 polymer banknotes, whether with 6-digits or 7-digits serial numbers were issued by the CBN and therefore genuine banknotes. The numbers on the notes are consistent with the numbering system adopted by the Bank. Both sets of banknotes are fortified with adequate security features which make counterfeiting difficult.”

Namibia new 100-dollar variety confirmed


100 dollars (US$12.95), no date. Like Pick 7, but J prefix and 8-digit serial number. Printed by SABN without imprint. Issued 2009.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Nigeria new signature 2009 100-naira note confirmed


100 naira (US$0.70), 2009. Like Pick 28, but new date and new signature combo (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

South Africa new signature 100-rand note confirmed


100 rand (US$12.85), no date. Like Pick 131, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus).

If you have the note, please send scans of the 50-rand denomination with the new signature.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Liberia new date (2008) 5-dollar note confirmed


5 dollars (US$0.07), 2008. Like Pick 26, but new date and new signatures (Antoinette Sayeh, MINISTER OF FINANCE; J. Mills Jones, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Zimbabwe lined paper 500,000-dollar note confirmed


500,000 dollars, 2008. Like Pick 76, but instead of plain paper, this variety is printed on lined paper.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Nigeria new 10- and 50-naira note varieties confirmed


10 naira (US$0.06), 2009. Signed by Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido, with 6-digit serial number.


50 naira (US$0.30), 2009. Signed by Chukwuma “Charles” Soludo and Benjamin C. Onyido, with 7-digit serial number.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Rwanda new 5,000-franc note confirmed


5,000 francs (US$8.75), 01-02-2009. Like Pick 33, but new date, bank name and signature titles in Kinyarwanda, new registration device, and new color (yellow) at front center.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda and Rui Manuel Palhares.

Rwanda scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Rwanda:

Pick 1 dated 15•09•60
Pick 2 dated 15•09•60
Pick 3 dated 31.07.62
Pick 4 dated 15•09•60 or 15•06•61
Pick 5 dated 15.09.60 or 15.05.61

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Burundi new date (01.07.2009) 10,000-franc note confirmed


10,000 francs (US$8.10), 01-07-2009. Like Pick 43, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda and Rui Manuel Palhares.

Egypt new 10-pound note confirmed


10 pounds (US$1.85). Like Pick 64, but new security thread type and placement, and the watermark is of a pharaoh’s bust with electrotype 10 instead of Tutankhamen's mask. This note has been confirmed dated 13.03.2007, 15.04.2008, 27.04.2008, and 28.04.2008 (all dates appear in Arabic on the notes). The latest date variety confirmed for Pick 64 is 22.11.2006.

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Courtesy of Alberto Fochi and Banknoteshop.

Egypt new date (2009) varieties confirmed


20 pounds (US$3.65). New date 15.03.2009.



50 pounds (US$9.15). New date 25.03.2009.



100 pounds (US$18.35). New date 18.06.2009.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo and Banknoteshop.

Nigeria new sig/date (2009) 200-naira note confirmed


200 naira (US41.45), 2009. This note is like P29, but with new date (2009) and new signatures of Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido.

Another 2009 dated N200 note has been confirmed, but it has a different signature combination. Interestingly, on this new variety, the signatures, titles, and year are all printed in light brown ink whereas these elements have traditionally been printed in black ink.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2009) 5-, 10-, and 50-naira notes confirmed


5 naira (US$0.05), 2009. This denomination has now been confirmed dated 2009 with two different GOVERNOR signatures (Chukwuma “Charles” Soludo and Lamido Aminu Sanusi), both paired with Benjamin C. Onyido as DIRECTOR OF CURRENCY AND BRANCH OPERATIONS.


10 naira (US$0.05), 2009. This denomination has now been confirmed dated 2009 with two different GOVERNOR signatures (Chukwuma “Charles” Soludo and Lamido Aminu Sanusi), both paired with Benjamin C. Onyido as DIRECTOR OF CURRENCY AND BRANCH OPERATIONS.


50 naira (US$0.35), 2009. This is the second note of this denomination dated 2009 with the signature combination of Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido. There appear to be varieties with six-digit serial numbers (as shown above) as well as seven-digit serial numbers, perhaps from different printers.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo, Thomas Krause, and Andrew Roberts.

Ethiopia scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Ethiopia:

Pick 1
Pick 2
Pick 3
Pick 4
Pick 5
Pick 7, 9, 10, and 11 dated other than 01.05.1932
Pick 13c
Pick 15c
Pick 16a/b/c
Pick 17a/b

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Lesotho new date (2009) 100-maloti note confirmed


100 maloti (US$12.80), 2009. Like Pick 19d, but new date.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Lesotho scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Lesotho:

Pick 3A (20 maloti specimen dated 1979)

In addition to front and back scans, please submit the dimensions of the notes in millimeters.

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Nigeria new date (2009) 200-naira note confirmed


200 naira (US$1.30), 2009. Like Pick 29, but new date. There are also some very subtle differences in the design and engravings which may belie a change in printers between this and the 2008 dated note.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Nigeria new date/sig (2009) 5-naira note confirmed


5 naira (US$0.03), 2009. Like Pick 32, but new date, new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi, GOVERNOR; Benjamin C. Onyido, DIRECTOR OF CURRENCY AND BRANCH OPERATIONS), and new titles.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Zimbabwe lined paper 50,000-dollar note confirmed


50,000 dollars, 2008. Like Pick 74, but printed on paper with horizontal lines.

The only other denomination observed printed on lined paper is the 20,000-dollar note (Pick 73). Based upon the serial numbers reported so far, it appears the $20,000 note was first printed on lined paper, then switched to plain paper, whereas the $50,000 note appears to have been printed on plain paper first, then lined paper.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Zambia new date (2009) 1,000-kwacha note confirmed


1,000 kwacha (US$0.25), 2009. Like P45, but new date and new printer imprint. Printer: SABN (South African Bank Note). Polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Zambia new date (2009) 50-kwacha note confirmed


50 kwacha (US$0.01), 2009. Like Pick 37, but new date. Printer: DE LA RUE.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Nigeria new date/sig (2009) 500-naira note confirmed


500 naira (US$4.30), 2009. Like P30, but new date, new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi, GOVERNOR; Benjamin C. Onyido, DIRECTOR OF CURRENCY AND BRANCH OPERATIONS), and new titles.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Namibia new prefix 10- and 20-dollar notes confirmed


10 dollars (US$1.35), no date. Like Pick 4, but 8-digit serial number with B prefix and no UV 10 at right front.


20 dollars (US$2.70), no date. Like Pick 6, but 8-digit serial number with H prefix.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Zambia new date (2009) 100-kwacha note confirmed


100 kwacha (US$0.02), 2009. Like Pick 38, but new date.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Andrew Roberts.

Uganda new date (2009) 20,000-shilling note confirmed


20,000 shillings (US$10.65), 2009. Like Pick 46, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Uganda new serial number format on 1,000-shilling note confirmed


On 27 August 2009, the Bank of Uganda announced that it would introduce a 1,000-shilling (US$0.50) note with a modified serial number format on 1 September 2009. The notes are like the current note of the same denomination (Pick 43), except that they carry serial numbers with a single prefx letter followed by seven digits, instead of the preceding two-letter prefix followed by six digits.

According to Raimondi Otim, deputy director of the currency department at BoU, “This is just a slight change in the numbering only, but the security features and the colurs of the notes remains the same. This development does not mean that the old Shs1,000 banknotes have ceased to be valid. The new Shs1,000 banknotes will be in circulation alongside the old banknotes,” he said.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Gambia new signature 5-dalasis note confirmed


5 dalasis (US$0.20), no date. Red. Front: Giant kingfisher bird; young Gambian girl. Back: Man with cattle in field; palm trees. Solid security thread printed THE GAMBIA. Watermark: Crocodile head. Printer: (TDLR). 132 x 69 mm. Introduced 16.04.2009. Like Pick 25, but new signatures: Governor Saho and First Deputy Governor Njai.

If anyone has the new D10 note also bearing these signatures, please send scans of same so that I can share them with others.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Liberia new date (2008) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$0.30)
Like Pick 28, but new date (2008).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Zambia new date (2009) 5,000-kwacha note confirmed


5,000 kwacha (US$1.40), 2009. Like Pick 45, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Egypt new date (13.01.2009) smaller 200-pound note confirmed


200 pounds (US$36.70). Like Pick 68, but dated (in Arabic) 13.01.2009, reduced in size (165 x 73 mm vs. 175 x 80 mm), and horizontal lines added at right and left edges on front.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Egypt new date (12.11.2007) 200-pound note confirmed


200 pounds (US$36.70). Like Pick 68, but dated (in Arabic) 12.11.2007.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Kenya banknotes may exclude portraits

According to a Daily Nation article dated 18 November 2009, Kenya’s coins and notes will not bear the portrait of any individual if the proposals in the new draft constitution of Kenya are adopted. The draft proposes "Notes and coins issued by the Central Bank of Kenya may bear images that depict or symbolise Kenya or an aspect of Kenya but may bear the portrait of any individual." This means that former presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi will be the only personalities to have had portraits on Kenya’s currency.

Kenyans have a month to make their contributions on what they think of the proposals before changes are made to the draft constitution. A referendum is scheduled for early March 2010. If the referendum agrees to adopt the constitution, it will see the Central Bank governor hold office for a term of six years instead of the current four years, and will no longer be eligible for re-appointment.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Uganda new date (2009) 50,000-shilling note reported

The Bank of Uganda is reported to have issued new 50,000-shilling notes dated 2009.

Anyone possessing these notes with the ability to scan same is encouraged to send images.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

West African States 10,000-franc counterfeit reported

I would like to report a counterfeit note: West African States Pick 314C 10,000 francs dated 2001.

I recently bought two pieces from a dealer at a reasonable price and later came across Burt Burson (an expert on French African notes) selling the same note as a counterfeit on eBay.

I think it is important to announce the fake ones. It will save some collectors from buying fake notes as genuine ones. Even I bought as genuine at first glance. Therefore I wrote this short warning:

COUNTERFEIT WARNING - West African States Pick 314C 10,000 francs dated 2001

  • The most eye catching difference is the silver foil segmented security thread. The actual note has a very shiny one whereas the fake note has a rather dull one.
  • The actual note has more lively and darker colors and the fake one has more pale colors and a lighter pink underprint.
  • Signatures do not match with what should be in 2001. Both sides scans of a genuine note dated 2001 are shown to show that it has a different signature for "Le Président du Conseil des Ministres."
  • Although it is a high quality counterfeit, the paper still feels not genuine with a careful touch.
  • On a genuine note, the digit four in the serial number will be closed at top, but on fake notes the top of the four is open.

REAL
FAKE


REAL
FAKE


REAL
FAKE


REAL FAKE

Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Djibouti new 10,000-franc note confirmed


10,000 francs (US$57.40). Like Pick 41, but now issued by BANQUE CENTRALE DE DJIBOUTI and watermark includes electrotype BCD.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Morocco new 50-dirham commemorative confirmed

Bank Al-Maghrib issued a 50-dirham (US$6.45) note in mid-October 2009 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the central bank. Apparently 4 million notes will be issued at face value.

This is the first commemorative banknote issued in Morocco. It was designed by Roger Pfund, the Swiss artist who has also designed notes for Switzerland, France, and the European Union.




The front of the 147 x 70 mm green note features portraits of Kings Mohammed VI, Hassan II, Mohammed V. The back depicts the headquarters of Bank Al-Maghrib in Rabat. The speech delivered in 1959 by Mohammed V at the opening of Bank Al Maghrib is microprinted in on the back.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun and Rui Manuel Palhares.

Zambia new date (2009) 50,000-kwacha note confirmed


50,000 kwacha (US$10.70). Like Pick 48, but new date (2009).

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

Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Tanzania to introduce new notes by June 2010

According to an article in The Zimbabwean dated 16 October 2009, the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) has contracted with two foreign firms to print new banknotes. Governor Beno Ndulu said that the new notes would be in circulation by June 2010 and old notes will remain legal tender.

The country's current notes are printed by the German firm Giesecke & Devrient, but the Swedish company Crane Currency AB will print the new 500, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 shilling notes, while the UK-based De La Rue will print the new 1,000-shilling notes. The designs and security features have not been finalized.

South Africa declares 500-rand note fake


According to an IOL.com article dated 17 October 2009, the South African Reserve Bank has refuted a rumor circulating via email claiming that the bank is about to issue a 500-rand (US$68) note.

Robertina Mbedzi, assistant communications practitioner at the Reserve Bank, said "The bank is currently not planning to issue a R500 note in the future and we are unaware of how this e-mail came about. South Africa has a family of five bank note denominations and the R200 note remains the highest denomination."

Zambia new date (2009) 20,000-kwacha note confirmed


20,000 kwacha (US$5.60). Like Pick 47, but new date (2009).

Orange. Front: Coat of arms; dove; holographic patch; mukwa tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Black lechwe (kobus leche) antelope; men working pneumatic drill in mine; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOZ 20000. Watermark: Fish eagle, electrotype 20000 plus fish eagle, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 145 x 70 mm. Signature: Caleb M. Fundanga.

Courtesy of David Murcek.

Nigeria three new polymer notes confirmed

On 16 September 2009, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced plans to issue 1.9 billion new polymer notes in 5, 10, and 50 naira denominations, worth US$0.03, 0.06, and 0.32, respectively. President Umaru Yar’Adua launched the new notes on 30 September. 1.3 billion note were printed abroad, while the remaining 615 million were printed by the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting.

Governor Lamido Aminu Sanusi said, “The existing denominations of N5, N10, and N50 paper notes remain legal tender and will circulate side by side with the new polymer notes for the next six months. The new N5, N10, and N50 polymer notes have retained their current sizes, designs and other key elements. Only the watermark has been replaced with the transparent window and G-switch which turns from green to gold when the note is tilted."

The move to polymer is intended as a cost-savings measure since polymer notes last longer than paper notes, even though they are initially more expensive to produce.

The 5- and 10-naira notes are signed by the former governor, Chukwuma “Charles” Soludo, while the 50-naira note is signed by the present governor, Sanusi. Both are also signed by Benjamin C. Onyido as DIRECTOR OF CURRENCY AND BRANCH OPERATIONS.







Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria considering polymer for 500- and 1,000-naira notes

During the 30 September 2009 introduction of the new 5-, 10-, and 50-naira polymer banknotes, the Central Bank of Nigeria said it may eventually issue 500- and 1,000-naira notes printed on polymer, although the focus is now on the lower denominations since they are more widely used than the higher denominations.

Somalia scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Somalia:

Pick 6
Pick 7
Pick 8
Pick 9
Pick 10

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Lesotho new date (2009) 50-maloti note confirmed


50 maloti (US$4.55). Like Pick 17, but new date, new signature (Moeketsi Senaoana), the colors are more vibrant, the watermark of the coat of arms now includes the denomination (not electrotype), as well as Cornerstones, and a windowed security thread. Printer: (TDLR).

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

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Tunisia new 50-dinar note confirmed


On 25 July 2009, the Central Bank of Tunisia introduced a new 50-dinar (US$37.65) note.

Green and purple. Front: La Cite de la Culture (The City of Culture) building; scholar Ibn Rachiq. Back: Rades-La Goulette suspension bridge over canal; planes and jetways at Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Enfidha Airport terminal. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50 DINARS BCT. Watermark: Ibn Rachiq and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 167 x 80 mm. Dated 2008.11.07.
Signed by Taoufik Baccar, governor; and Hedi Zar, vice-governor.

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle, Jan Stuller, and TDS.

Botswana's new 100-pula note defective


On 3 September 2009, the Bank of Botswana acknowledged that a small number of the new 100-pula (US$14.95) notes have been issued with a thin plastic layer over the holographic stripe. The plastic, which should have been removed by the printer during manufacturing, can be peeled off the note, removing part of the word Botswana in the process. The affected banknotes remain legal tender.

Botswana issues new note series

The Bank of Botswana introduced a new family of banknotes on 21 August 2009. The notes officially enter circulation 23 August, though they may not be available to the public until 24 August. The introduction of the new banknotes follows a comprehensive review of the current banknotes in order to bring them in line with current trends. In the development of the new banknotes, the Bank has used the latest technology in banknote design that incorporates the latest security features.

In addition to the current denomination structure comprising P10, P20, P50 and P100, the new P200 banknote was introduced. All of the notes are printed by TDLR and carry the printer's imprint and the date 2009 on the back. The features of the new banknotes are as follows:


P10 Banknote
The P10 banknote retains the green colour, albeit toned down and the rampant zebra watermark. The portrait of former President Mogae is replaced by that of His Excellency President Lt General Seretse Khama Ian Khama. On the reverse side, the picture of the national assembly building is retained.


P20 Banknote
The P20 banknote retains the current red colour, albeit toned down and the rampant zebra watermark. The portrait of the composer of the national anthem, Dr K T Motsete, is retained. Similarly, the picture of the mining installation on the reverse side is retained.


P50 Banknote
The banknote retains the current brown colour and the portrait of Sir Seretse Khama as the founding President. On the reverse side, the Okavango Delta swamps, the man on a boat and the fish eagle are retained. The rampant zebra watermark is also retained.


P100 Banknote
The P100 banknote retains the blue colour, the rampant zebra watermark and the portrait of the three chiefs. On the reverse side, the open pit diamond mine and the lady examining a diamond are retained; some artwork has been introduced for a more modern appearance.


P200 Banknote
The new P200 banknote is purple in colour with the rampant zebra watermark. The portrait in the front of the banknote is an art work of a woman teaching pupils. The concept is intended to underscore the contribution of women in the country’s development through education; it can also be interpreted in other ways, such as the important social role played by mothers in nation building (Go ruta mosadi ke go ruta setshaba). On the reverse side, there is a picture of a herd of zebras at a waterhole.

It is important that members of the public familiarise themselves with the new banknote security features when they (banknotes) are issued. The public is also requested to be vigilant in ensuring that only genuine banknotes are in circulation or in their possession at all times.

The existing banknotes will be withdrawn from circulation when the new banknotes are introduced. The public will be required to exchange what would be the old banknotes for equivalent value of new banknotes at designated places, such as commercial banks, Botswana Savings Bank outlets and Botswana Building Society branches and offices countrywide over a period of three months. After the three months period, what will then be old banknotes will be exchanged for new ones only at the Bank of Botswana banking halls in Gaborone and Francistown, for a period of five years to December 31, 2014. After December 31, 2014, all old banknotes will be demonetised and cease to be legal tender.

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

Courtesy of Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Saint Helena scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of St. Helena:

Pick 1
Pick 2
Pick 3
Pick 4

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Burundi new smaller 500- and 1,000-franc notes confirmed

La Banque de la République du Burundi has introduced new 500- (US$0.40) and 1,000-franc (US$0.80) notes, both dated 01-05-09 and bearing the same signature combinations. The designs are the same as Pick 38 and Pick 39, respectively, but the sizes have been reduced to 132 x 67 mm and 137 x 69 mm.





Courtesy of Richard Miranda and Rui Manuel Palhares.

Tunisia new 5-dinar note confirmed



On 22 June 2009, the Central Bank of Tunisia introduced a new 5-dinar (US$3.70) note. The note is similar to Pick 86, but with new date (2008), new signatures, vertical serial number at right, windowed security thread, Omron rings, more durable paper, elements for the sight-impaired, UV printing, electrotype 5 watermark and Cornerstones. Printed by TDLR without imprint.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Mauritania unissued 100-ouguiya note confirmed


This note dated 28.11.1975 is a recently-discovered unissued 100-ouguiya specimen, printed by TDLR without imprint, but this specimen bears the TDLR oval overprints in opposing corners on front and back.

Anyone with additional information about this specimen is encouraged to share same.

FYI, an unissued 200-ouguiya specimen dated 1977-6-29, also printed by TDLR, has been confirmed, but I am seeking the owner of same so that I may obtain suitable images to share.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Tanzania new signature 2,000-shilling note confirmed


2,000 shillings (US$1.50). Like Pick 37, but new signatures opf the minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Mustafa Mkulo, and Governor Benno Ndulu.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Lesotho new date (2009) 10-maloti note confirmed


10 maloti (US$1.55), 2009. Like Pick 15, but new date (2009), new signature (E. M. Matekane, GOVERNOR), and Cornerstone watermarks.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Nigeria new date (2009) notes confirmed

The following notes have been confirmed dated 2009 and signed by Chukwuma “Charles” Soludo, GOVERNOR and Ben Onyido, DIRECTOR OF CURRENCY AND BRANCH OPERATIONS. If anyone has other denominations dated 2009, please send scans of same so that I can share them with others.

Incidentally, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi formally took over as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on 4 June 2009. He assumes the post from Ernest Ebi, the acting governor. As such, it’s reasonable to expect that new signature varieties will be forthcoming.


10 naira (US$0.05)
Like Pick 33, but new date (2009).


20 naira (US$0.15)
Like Pick 34, but new date (2009).


100 naira (US$0.65)
Like Pick 28, but new date (2009).


500 naira (US$3.60)
Like Pick 30, but new date (2009).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn and Arigo Avbovbo.

South Africa central bank governor to step down

The governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Tito Mboweni, is scheduled to step down in November. Mboweni, the first black man in the formerly racially segregated South Africa to have his signature on a South African banknote, is to be replaced by Gill Marcus, chairwoman of the South African commercial bank Absa. Mboweni has held the post of governor since 1999. His departure clears the way for a new signature variety for South Africa.

Burundi new variety 1968 50-franc note confirmed


This 50-franc note is like Pick 22a, dated 15.5.1968, but the signature titles are L’ADMINISTRATEUR and LE PRESIDENT. According to the SCWPM, this date should have titles as LE VICE-PRESIDENT and LE PRESIDENT. If anyone has this note with the titles as described in the SCWPM, please send scans to confirm.

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

Courtesy of Christos.

Guinea new signature variety 500-franc note confirmed

I’m researching an interesting 1998 note variety for Guinea. As you can see, both 500-franc notes (Pick 36) shown below are dated 1998. However, the note with the AO prefix has a signature variety that’s different from the signature combination on the note with the FB prefix. The odd thing about this discovery is that the second combo is found on all other denominations in the 1998 series, as well as the 1985 series before it, and the 2006-present series.

The SCWPM doesn’t include any mention of signature varieties for Guinea, but my new catalog does. I have seen it on the 100-franc note from 1998 (prefix AT), but not on the 1,000- or 5,000-franc notes (both AA). So, if you have this (or any other previously unlisted variety) signature on other notes, please send me 300-dpi scans of same.

I’d also appreciate any help in explaining this short-lived signature combination, as well as identification of the signatories by name.

Finally, I notice that the 15th edition of the SCWPM has drastically dropped the values for Guinea specimens P13-P15 as well as P20-P28. If anyone has any thoughts on the accuracy of the new pricing, I’m all ears.




Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Libya new 20-dinar note confirmed


This 20-dinar (US$16) note was introduced 3 March 2009.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Tanzania Pick 20a: Does it exist?



In trying to complete my catalog chapter for Tanzania, I have managed to compile images of every note type and variety with the exception of Pick 20a. According to the SCWPM, this 200-shilling note was issued in 1992 with the modified portrait of President Ali Hassan Mwinyi (see P20b with signature 8) and signature 7 of Cleopa David Msuya and Gilman Rutihinda (shown taken from P18b).

I have searched every web site and dealer inventory list I have at my disposal and yet have never been able to find Tanzania Pick 20a. So, is this yet another example of Krause including a listing for a note that doesn’t exist as described, or can someone please confirm it was actually issued by emailing a scan of same? I welcome any and all input or leads for a definitive answer.

Mauritania unissued 1,000-ouguiya note confirmed

The following note dated 28.11.1981 is a recently-discovered unissued 1,000-ouguiya specimen, apparently printed by G&D without imprint. Taking into consideration that the new SCWPM lists another unissued specimen dated 1977-6-26 by TDLR (Pick 3A), it appears plausible that Banque Centrale de Mauritanie had put out a tender for security printers to propose new designs to replace the 1974 series of notes. Neither of these specimens were approved, and the old series continued in use with date and signature changes through 2002.

Anyone with additional information about either of these specimens is encouraged to share same. I’m particularly interested in identifying the bearded man in the portrait of this note; it’s the same image used as the watermark for all notes except the original 1973 series. Also, can anyone translate the signature titles magnified below?





Courtesy of Weldon D. "Burt" Burson.

Ethiopia new date (2008) 50- and 100-birr notes confirmed

The following 50- and 100-birr notes are identical to Pick 51 and 52, respectively, except for the new date of 2008. According to the National Bank of Ethiopia, the other denominations were not and will not be issued with this date.

Please note that the AK prefix on the 50-birr note (US$4.40) represents an overlap in serial prefixes with the 2006 date, which is available in AK and in AL. Normally prefixes in Ethiopian notes continue the progression (the only other example of this that I know of is 100-birr Pick 34 where the serial prefixes for varieties a and b overlap).

For the current designs, replacement notes (AZ) have been confirmed for 100-birr notes (US$8.80) dated 2000 and 2004. If anyone has information regarding other replacements, please send an email with scans to confirm.





Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Madagascar revised 10,000-ariary note confirmed

The first set of images below are Pick 92, the 10,000-ariary (US$5.10) note issued in March 2007. The second set is of a new type, as it no longer has any references to francs on the front or back. Also, the signature is new, too.





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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Uganda new date (2009) 10,000-shilling note confirmed


10,000 shillings (US$4.75)
Like Pick 45, but new date (2009).

P.S. Be aware than the 15th edition of the SCWPM incorrectly includes the 2004-dated note as Pick 45a when in fact it is a variety of Pick 41. The difference between the two types is evident when examining the denomination in the lower left front.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Somaliland new date (2002) 50-shilling note confirmed


50 shillings (US$0.01)
Like Pick 7c, but new date (2002).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Sudan 10,000-dinar specimen dated 1996 confirmed


10,000 dinars
Brown. Front: Presidential Palace building in Khartoum; leaf; frond. Back: Wheat; coat of arms; water jugs; unknown building with palm trees. Windowed security thread with demetalized BANK OF SUDAN and Arabic text. Watermark: Domed building. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 65 mm.
١٩٩٦ (1996). Signature TK. Specimen with diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint. Unissued.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Gambia issues new signature varieties 16.04.2009

According to a press release from the Central Bank of The Gambia, on 16 April 2009, the bank “issued into circulation new D5 and D10 banknotes [US$0.20 and 0.40]. This is the first series of banknotes issued by the Bank since the appointment of Governor Momodou Bamba Saho [on 01.08.2007] and First Deputy Governor Basiru A. O. Njai. The new notes bearing the signatures of Governor Saho and First Deputy Governor Njai, are a reprint of the current design banknotes [Pick 25 and 26]. The design and features of these banknotes are similar to the current family of new design banknotes introduced in 2006. The new D5 and D10 banknotes will circulate side by side with the current existing banknotes. All current existing banknotes continue to be legal tender.”

Botswana new date (2008) 20-pula note confirmed


20 pula (US$2.85), 2008. Like Pick 25, but new date. Printer: De La Rue.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Liberia new date (2006) 5-dollar note confirmed


5 dollars (US$0.10)
Like Pick 26, but new date (2006) and new signatures (Antoinette Sayeh, MINISTER OF FINANCE; J. Mills Jones, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Liberia new date (2002) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$0.30)
Like Pick 23, but new date (2002) and new signatures (Lusinee Kamara, MINISTER OF FINANCE; Elie E. Saleeby, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR).

If anyone has other denominations dated 2002, please let me know. A $50 note has been confirmed, so I am wondering if the $5, $10, or $100 was also issued dated 2002.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Liberia new date (2008) 50- and 100-dollar notes confirmed


50 dollars (US$0.80)
Like Pick 29, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Antoinette Sayeh, MINISTER OF FINANCE; J. Mills Jones, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR).


100 dollars (US$1.60)
Like Pick 30, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Antoinette Sayeh, MINISTER OF FINANCE; J. Mills Jones, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ghana 2007 specimen set reported


A complete specimen set of Ghana’s current banknote issues (dated 1st July 2007) has been reported and confirmed. These specimens have diagonal red SPECIMEN overprints and all-zero serial numbers.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

History of Paper Currency in the Seychelles available


On December 2008, the Central Bank of Seychelles published a special second edition of its publication that traces the history of paper currencies in the Seychelles, dating from the period of French colonization to the present.

Entitled “History of Paper Currency in the Seychelles,” the new 55-page booklet, in full colour, should prove useful not only to banknote collectors but also for educational purposes, as it includes a section which describes the flora & fauna appearing on the most recent paper currencies of the islands.

Divided into sections pertaining to marked periods and events in the life of the Seychelles currency, the booklet provides colourful illustrations of the different forms of paper currency used over the years.

Information for the booklet was compiled by a small group from the Central Bank with the help of the National Archives and several individuals who are experts in their fields. They include Adrian Skerrett (conservationist), Dr. Jeanne Mortimer (biologist and conservationist), Julien Durup (archivist and historian), Kantilal Jivan Shah (historian, naturalist, conservationist, artist, photographer, healer, numismatist and philatelist) and Stella Doway (Senior Museum Curator).

In a foreword to the publication, CBS Governor Francis Chang Leng says: “It is a rewarding feat for readers to explore the different varieties, sizes and designs of the various denominations of the Seychelles rupee notes, which have been issued over the years, not forgetting the individuals who were in authority in the country at the time the notes were printed and issued. Not only is this booklet very informative, but it can also be used as a guide for currency enthusiasts.”

The Central Bank of Seychelles sells copies of this book from its web site, but isn’t very responsive to email inquiries, and only accepts wire transfers which are costly and time-consuming. After jumping through a lot of hoops, I was finally able to obtain a few copies of this amazing book, but these have now been spoken for. Good luck to anyone attempting to purchase directly from the CBS. By the way, the CBS web site still shows the first edition of this book, but I believe that has sold out and that only the second edition is currently available.

Sudan pledges to help Somalia print banknotes

On 3 May 2009, the Sudanese News Agency reported that Sudan’s government said it would print new currency for the Somali government. The finance minister of the Somali government, Sharif Hassan Sheik Adan, met in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on April 29, to talk with Sudan’s minister for finance, Dr. Awad Ahmed Jazmet, who said that Sudan will help Somalia with the development of financial constitutions and would renew trade relations between the two countries. Currently the only banknote circulating in Somalia is the 1,000-shiling note (Pick 37; face value of US$0.70), which has been reprinted without authorization by Somali businessmen. No word yet on when new notes would enter circulation, nor what denominations would be printed.

Burundi issues new 2,000- and 5,000-franc notes

The Central Bank of Burundi issued new 2,000- and 5,000-franc notes (US$1.60 and US$4.05, respectively) on April 7, 2009. The new notes are said to be “impossible to forge.” The existing notes of these denominations will remain legal tender until September 30, 2009. The basic designs of the new notes are unchanged, but they are physically smaller (140 x 71 mm for the Fr2,000 and 145 x 73 mm for the Fr5,000) and use Cornerstone watermarks, revealing that they are printed by De La Rue. The bank’s governor, Gaspard Sindayigaya, said that the nation’s smaller denominations notes could also be reissued.



NL 2,000 francs
Green and blue. Front: Holographic cattle head patch; coat of arms; boys picking tea leaves in field. Back: Lake. Windowed security thread with demetalized BRB. Watermark: Cattle and Cornerstones. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 140 x 71 mm. 01-12-2008. Signature unknown. Introduced 07.04.2009.



NL 5,000 francs
Olive green and violet. Front: Holographic cattle head patch; coat of arms; modern building. Back: Ships, cranes, and building on a dock. Windowed security thread with demetalized BRB. Watermark: Cattle. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 145 x 73 mm. 01-12-2008. Signature unknown. Introduced 07.04.2009.

Courtesy of Page’s Coins and Currency.

Uganda new date (2008) varieties confirmed


Like Pick 43, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, GOVERNOR; Chris Manyindo Kassami, SECRETARY).

1,000 shillings (US$0.45)
Green and brown. Front: Farmer with hoe; coat of arms; corn stalks; bank emblem. Back: Two trucks; grain elevators. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 1000. Watermark: Crested crane. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 75 mm.


Like Pick 44, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, GOVERNOR; Chris Manyindo Kassami, SECRETARY).

5,000 shillings (US$2.30)
Violet. Front: Lake Bunyonyi and terraces; silver foil leaves; coat of arms; leaves; bank emblem; equator monument near Masaka. Back: Railroad cars and Kaawa ferry; coffee bush. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 5000. Watermark: Crested crane. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 75 mm.


Like Pick 45, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, GOVERNOR; Chris Manyindo Kassami, SECRETARY).

10,000 shillings (US$4.60)
Green and red. Front: Musical instruments; coat of arms; bank emblem. Back: Owen Falls dam and Nalubaale Power Station in Jinja; kob (antelope). Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 10000. Watermark: Crested crane, electrotype 10000, and Cornerstones. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 156 x 76 mm.



Like Pick 46, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, GOVERNOR; Chris Manyindo Kassami, SECRETARY).

20,000 shillings (US$9.25)
Green. Front: Crested crane; coat of arms; bank emblem. Back: Parliament building in Kampala. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 20000. Watermark: Coat of arms. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 78 mm.


Like Pick 47, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, GOVERNOR; Chris Manyindo Kassami, SECRETARY).

50,000 shillings (US$23.10)
Brown. Front: National Independence monument in Kampala; coat of arms; bank emblem; pineapple. Back: Four workers picking cotton in field. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 50000. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype 50000. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 80 mm.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts and others.

Zimbabwe halts use of own currency for one year

According to a BBC News article dated April 12, 2009, Zimbabwe has suspended the use of the Zimbabwe dollar for at least a year following the legalization of foreign currencies (most notably the United States dollar and South African rand). "There was nothing to support the value of the Zimbabwean dollar," admitted Economic Planning Minister Elton Mangoma. As previously reported on this site, the use of foreign currency has been allowed since January to combat the hyper-inflation that quickly devastated the value of all Zimbabwean dollar-denominated notes, no matter how large. The legal and widespread use of foreign currency has coincided with consumer prices falling for three months in a row. The state-controlled Sunday Mail newspaper said the unity government of Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai decided the Zimbabwe dollar should only be reintroduced when industrial output reaches about 60 percent of capacity from the current 20 percent average.

Liberia new date (2002) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$0.80)
Like Pick 24, but new date (2002) and new signatures (Lusinee Kamara, MINISTER OF FINANCE; Elie E. Saleeby, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR).

If anyone has other denominations dated 2002, please let me know. A $20 note has been confirmed, so I am wondering if the $5, $10, or $100 was also issued dated 2002.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Liberia new date (2006) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$0.15)
Like Pick 27, but new date (2006) and new signatures (Antoinette Sayeh, MINISTER OF FINANCE; J. Mills Jones, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Lesotho new date (2005, 2007, and 2009) 20-maloti notes confirmed


20 maloti (US$3.05), 2005. Like P16, but new date and new signature (E. M. Matekane, GOVERNOR).


20 maloti (US$3.05), 2007 and 2009. Like Pick 16, but new dates, new signature (Dr. M. Senaoana, GOVERNOR), windowed security thread, and electrotype 20 added to arms watermark. Six-digit serial number with single- and double-letter prefixes.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts and Page’s Coins and Currency.

Guinea revised 10,000-franc note confirmed


10,000 francs (US$2)
Green, blue, and brown. Front: Young girl; coat of arms; three shells and pineapple. Back: Field with trees; “Lady of Maali” rock formation on Mount Loura. 3-mm red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized 10000 GNF. Watermark: Young girl, electrotype RG, and Cornerstones. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 153 x 78 mm. 2008. Signature 4.

This note is very similar to 2007 type, but with subtle changes to the design on both sides.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Sierra Leone new date (04.08.2007) 10,000-leone note confirmed


10,000 leones (US$3.20)
Like Pick 29, but new date (4th AUGUST 2007).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Libya issues new 1-, 5-, and 10-dinar notes

These notes, all issued 3 March 2009, are like the preceding issues of the same denominations (and are of the same physical sizes), but with reworked designs and enhanced security features. The 20-dinar note is said to have been officially introduced on the same date, but is not yet widely available in circulation as apparently the central bank has a good stock of the older style 20-dinar notes.


1 dinar (US$0.80)
Blue. Front: Muammar Qaddafi. Back: Mosque. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Muammar Qaddafi and electrotype 1. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 70 mm. No date. Signature Farhat O Bengdara. Introduced 03.03.2009.


5 dinars (US$3.90)
Red. Front: Two camels. Back: Monument. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Camels and electrotype 5. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 75 mm. No date. Signature Farhat O Bengdara. Introduced 03.03.2009.


10 dinars (US$7.80)
Green. Front: Omar el-Mukhtar. Back: Fortress and crowd. Windowed security thread with demetalized text. Watermark: Omar el-Mukhtar and electrotype 10. Printer: Unknown. 156 x 78 mm. No date. Signature Farhat O Bengdara. Introduced 03.03.2009.

If anyone can identify the precise names and locations of the structures on the backs, please share this information.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Tanzania notes stolen in transit from Germany

According to an article in The Citizen dated 21 March 2009, the Bank of Tanzania confirmed that Sh34 million (US$26,000) in “calibrated” bills was stolen in transit from Germany to Dar es Salaam. BoT Governor Benno Ndulu refuted earlier media reports that the stolen money was a consignment of new Sh10,000 banknotes printed by the German security printer Giesecke & Devrient, which is also under contract to print new Sh500 and, Sh1,000, and Sh2,000 notes.

Nigeria 20-naira note dated 2007 with 6-digit SN confirmed


Like Pick 34, but dated 2007 with 6-digit serial number. Previously reported 2007-dated N20 has 7-digit serial number.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Swaziland new date (01.04.2006) 20-emalangeni note confirmed


20 emalangeni (US$2), 01:04:2006. Like P30, but new date and signature 11 (Majorzi V. Sithole, MINISTER FOR FINANCE; Martin S. Dlamini, GOVERNOR). Printer: FRANÇOIS-CHARLES OBERTHUR.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Rwanda's 100-franc note to cease being legal tender


According to an article in The New Times dated March 6, 2009, the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) has announced that the 100-franc note (US$0.20) will cease to be legal tender starting December 31, 2009. The notes may be exchanged for other notes and coins. BNR Governor Francois Kanimba said that the 100-franc notes currently in circulation are very old (they were first introduced in 2003) and that the central bank has stopped issuing them to the public.

Egypt new date (14.06.2007) 20-pound note confirmed


Like P65, but new date (14.06.2007) and new signature.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Egypt new date (10.09.2007) 100-pound note confirmed


100 pounds (US$17.80). Like P67, but new date (10.09.2007), new signature (El-Okdah), and new watermark (Sphinx).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Egypt new date (03.03.2008) 50-pound note confirmed


Like P66, but new date (03.03.2008) and new signature.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Madagascar revised 100- and 200-ariary notes confirmed

The following two notes, both dated 2004, have been confirmed with a new signature variety (Frederic Rasamoely). If anyone knows the date of introduction, please share that information.





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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Seychelles revised 50-rupee note confirmed



50 rupees (US$3)
Green, brown, and lilac. Front: Coat of arms; map; angel fish; paille en queue orchids; turtle; silver foil swordfish. Back: Cowrie shells; cars; clock tower in Victoria; yellow-fin tuna fish; tiomitio bird. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBS. Watermark: Turtle. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 75 mm. No date. Signature: Francis Chang Leng, GOVERNOR. Introduced early 2005.

This note is like Pick 38, but it has a silver foil swordfish in the upper right front. Also, at 2 mm the security thread is twice as wide as that on the older note.

Zimbabwe issues new revalued notes

According to a BBC News report dated January 29, 2009, while delivering the annual budget to parliament, acting Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced, “In line with the prevailing practices by the general public, [the] government is therefore allowing the use of multiple foreign currencies for business transactions alongside the Zimbabwean dollar.” Previously only licensed businesses could accept foreign currencies, although it was common practice in the black market.

According to a report in The Zimbabwe Times dated February 2, 2009, Gideon Gono, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, says that Fidelity Printers can churn out only two million notes per day, an amount insufficient to meet the public’s demand for currency. Nonetheless, the country has announced that it is yet again revaluing the dollar, this time by removing 12 zeros. That means the highest denomination in the “old” money, Z$100 trillion, is now equal to Z$100. New notes are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 dollars. They all feature a color-shift stripe with RBZ, a color-shift Zimbabwe bird, and chevrons as registration devices. The older notes will circulate in parallel until June 30, 2009.










Courtesy of Thomas Krause, Aidan Work, Abdullah Beydoun, and Paul Nahmias.

Zimbabwe allows use of foreign currency

According to a BBC News report dated January 29, 2009, while delivering the annual budget to parliament, acting Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced, “In line with the prevailing practices by the general public, [the] government is therefore allowing the use of multiple foreign currencies for business transactions alongside the Zimbabwean dollar.” Previously only licensed businesses could accept foreign currencies, although it was common practice in the black market. Although it is not clear if the local currency will still be printed, it’s possible that this move marks the end of an era for Zimbabwe.

Sao Tome and Principe issues new 100,000-dobra note

On December 22, 2008, Luís de Sousa, the governor of the Banco Central de Sao Tomé e Príncipe introduced a new 100,000-dobra note (US$6), the largest denomination ever for the tiny African island country. The notes are said to have 21 security features, though they have not been described.


100,000 dobras (US$5.75)
Light blue, green, and dark red. Front: Lines from Tenreiro’s poem “In Coração em África” (Courage in Africa); papagaio-cinz (gray parrot); leaves; coat of arms; compass rose; poet Francisco José Tenreiro; silver foil open book. Back: Men in costumes with shields standing before monument, celebrating Auto de Floripes in the city of Santo António on the island of Príncipe. Two security threads with demetalized BCSTP. Watermark: Rei Amador. Printer: DE LA RUE. 146 x 67 mm. 03 de Junho de 2005. Signatures: Adelino Castelo David, MINISTRO DO PLANEAMENTO E FINANCAS; Maria do Carmo Trovoada Silveira, GOVERNADORA DO BANCO CENTRAL. Introduced 22.12.2008.

Courtesy of Manuel Pires Horta Rosa.

Zimbabwe unveils notes as large as Z$100 trillion

At the beginning of this week, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced 20- and 50-billion-dollar notes, and today, just four days later, it has unveiled even larger, record-breaking denominations: 10-, 20-, 50-, and 100-trillion-dollar notes. The 10-trillion-dollar note is going into circulation immediately (January 16, 2009), with the others to be introduced gradually.










"The $10 trillion note has the image of the RBZ building and the Conical Tower at the Great Zimbabwe National Monuments," says the state-run Herald newspaper. "The $100 trillion note has the image of a buffalo and the Victoria Falls, the $50 trillion the Kariba Dam spilling and an elephant, while a mineworker drilling in an underground shaft and the GMB grain silos appear on the new $20 trillion note."

The new notes have the same security features as the existing ones: a color-shift stripe printed RBZ, a color-shift Zimbabwe Bird, and the denominations as registration devices.

The 100-trillion-dollar note (that’s 100,000,000,000,000) could buy 20 loaves of bread at current rates, but the Washington think-tank Cato Institute has estimated inflation is running at 89.7 sextillion percent—a figure expressed with 21 zeroes—so vendors adjust prices almost constantly.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun, Thomas Augustsson, Wally Myers, and Frank van Tiel.

Tanzania planning new banknote series

According to an article in The Citizen dated 8 January 2009, “The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) plans a major change of the country’s currency notes…The central bank has in a notice published in the media last month, and also posted on its website, invited tenders for the printing of the currency notes… The central bank’s invitation of tenders means that Thomas De La Rue, which has been printing Tanzanian currency, is not guaranteed continuation of the contract…The plan to change the currency, the sources said, was also partly due to the central bank’s desire to remove from the notes the signatures of two former officials implicated in various scandals. The current notes bear the signatures of former BoT Governor Daudi Ballali, who was sacked by President Jakaya Kikwete after it was revealed by an international audit firm, Ernst & Young, that the BoT lost Sh133 billion under his watch. The notes also bear the signature of former Finance Minister Basil Mramba, who is facing abuse of office charges at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam.”

Zimbabwe issues new $20- and $50-billion notes

On January 12, 2009, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced another pair of new high-denomination notes, coinciding with the lifting of withdrawal restrictions this week. The design of the new 20-billion-dollar note includes the Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth on the front. The back depicts the RBZ headquarters building and the Great Zimbabwe ruins. The new 50-billion-dollar note was worth US$1.25 at Monday's black market exchange rate. A week ago, Z$50 billion was worth US$2.20, and two weeks ago it was worth US$3.30.







Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Rwanda new date (01.02.2008) 1,000-franc note confirmed


1,000 francs (US$1.80), 01.02.2008. Like P31, but new date and new bank name on front.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Zimbabwe issues new $1-, $5-, and $10-billion notes

In what seems to be a weekly occurrence, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced another batch of new high-denomination notes on December 19, 2008, in a futile attempt to keep ahead of the highest inflation in the world (officially at 231 million percent, but independent estimates are 500 quintillion percent). The highest denomination (for now) is a new 10-billion-dollar note worth approximately US$20 on the black market when introduced yesterday. The bank also issued new 1- and 5-billon-dollar notes. Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe is so bad that prices double daily and most goods are in short supply.








Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Zimbabwe issues new $200- and $500-million notes

On December 14, 2008, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced two new high-denomination notes.



200,000,000 dollars
Brown. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth; cow. Back: Parliament building; Heroes’ Acre. Unknown security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: Unknown. 148 x 74 mm. 2008. Signature 5. Introduced 14.12.2008.



500,000,000 dollars
Purple. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth; cow. Back: Palm trees; workers milking cows; miner with jackhammer. Iridescent stripe with repeating RBZ. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: Unknown. 148 x 74 mm. 2008. Signature 5. Introduced 14.12.2008.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Mauritius to introduce polymer notes

According to an African Press Agency report dated 10 December 2008, the Bank of Mauritius plans to introduce polymer banknotes as a cost-cutting measure. The press release from the bank in Port Louis indicates that even though it costs US$0.50 to manufacture a polymer note versus US$0.05 for a paper note, the polymer notes have a lifespan of 20 to 25 years, which makes them more cost-effective in the long term. The Bank of Mauritius will invite tenders for the manufacture of polymer 25-, 50-, and 100-rupee notes in early 2009.

Please note that the above information is based upon the APA report. I have not been able to locate the bank press release which the report cites, and strongly suspect the report is in error. Polymer banknotes certainly do last longer than paper notes, but a 20-25 year lifespan is unheard of (polymer notes haven’t even been around that long). According to Securency, the Australian supplier of polymer substrate, polymer notes can last up to four times longer than paper, which can start to wear out in as little as one year of circulation.

Somaliland new date (2008) 500-shilling note confirmed


500 shillings (US$0.40), 2008. Like P6, but new date and new signatures of Abdirahman Dualle Mahmoud and Abdi Mohamoud Gullet.

Courtesy of Pierguido Laffi and David F. Cieniewicz (www.banknotestore.com).

Madagascar revised 5,000-ariary note confirmed



P91: 5,000 ariary (US$2.45), ND. Like Pick 84, but with Omron rings (security feature consisting of patterns of yellow circles) on front and back, and new signature (Frederic Rasamoely, GOUVERNEUR). 150 x 75 mm.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Zambia new date (2008) kwacha notes confirmed


500 kwacha (US$0.15)
Brown. Front: Coat of arms; dove; baobab tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Elephant; workers picking cotton; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Watermark: Fish eagle. Printer: SABN. Polymer. 140 x 70 mm. Signature 12.


5,000 kwacha (US$1.05)
Purple. Front: Coat of arms; dove; murera/acacia/mopani tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Lion head; root cassave plant and leaves; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOZ 5000. Watermark: Fish eagle with electrotype 5000. Printer: DE LA RUE. 145 x 70 mm. 2008. Signature 12.



10,000 kwacha (US$2.10)
Aqua. Front: Coat of arms; dove; fish eagle; musuku tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Porcupine; workers harvesting rice paddy; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Fish eagle with electrotype 10000. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 70 mm. 2008. Signature 12. The patch on the front is new, making this the only denomination dated 2008 that deserves its own new Pick number. All others are merely new date varieties of older issues.


20,000 kwacha (US$5.60)
Orange. Front: Coat of arms; dove; holographic patch; mukwa tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Black lechwe (kobus leche) antelope; men working pneumatic drill in mine; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOZ 20000. Watermark: Fish eagle, electrotype 20000 plus fish eagle, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 145 x 70 mm. Signature 12.


50,000 kwacha (US$10.50)
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; dove; holographic patch; fig tree in Kabwe; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Leopard; Bank of Zambia building; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOZ 50000. Watermark: Fish eagle with electrotype 50000. Printer: DE LA RUE. 145 x 70 mm. 2008.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net and Dave Murcek.

Madagascar revised 1,000-ariary note confirmed



1,000 ariary (US$2.45), 2004. Like Pick 89, but new signature (Frederic Rasamoely, GOUVERNEUR).

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Zimbabwe to issue new 200-million-dollar note

On December 6, 2008, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe announced it plans to introduce a 200-million-dollar note. This news comes just two days after the bank issued three new notes, the largest of which is a 100-million-dollar note. No word yet on when the new higher denomination will be issued into circulation.

Zimbabwe issues new $10-, 50-, and 100-million notes

On December 4, 2008, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced 10-, 50-, and 100-million-dollar notes, although it’s been reported that the notes were available on the foreign currency market a day prior to their official introduction. The bank also increased the daily cash withdrawal limit to 50 million dollars for individuals and 100 million dollars for company account holders.










Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Kenya issues new date varieties (03.03.2008)









New 50-, 100-, 200-, 500- and 1,000-shilingi notes dated 3rd MARCH 2008 have been confirmed.

On 4 March 2007, Prof. Njuguna S. Ndung’u assumed the role of governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, and it is his signature which appears on these new notes.

Courtesy of John Silver.

Ghana new date (10.06.1994) 1,000-cedi note confirmed


1,000 cedis. 10TH JUNE 1994. Like P29, but new date.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Sierra Leone new date (27.04.1996) 5,000-leone note confirmed


5,000 leones
Like Pick 21, but new date (27TH APRIL 1996).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Zimbabwe issues three new notes

On November 5, 2008, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced 100,000-, 500,000-, and 1,000,000-dollar notes. “In the measures underway, the Reserve Bank plans to introduce a number of new, higher denominations; review the cash withdrawal limits, as well as commence aggressive campaigns for increased usage of alternative means of payment,” the central bank said in a statement. The government put inflation at 230 million percent for July, the world's highest, although the Washington-based Cato Institute foundation estimates it now at 10.2 quadrillion percent.





500,000 dollars
Green. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth; cow. Back: Palm trees; workers milking cows. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: Unknown. 148 x 74 mm. 2008. Signature 5. Introduced 05.11.2008.



1,000,000 dollars
Blue. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth; cow. Back: Great Zimbabwe ruins; cattle. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBZ and Zimbabwe bird hologram. Watermark: Zimbabwe bird Type C with electrotype 1000 [sic]. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 76 mm. 2008. Signature 5. Introduced 05.11.2008.

Courtesy of Mirsad Delic and Garry Craig.

Egypt new dates 1-pound notes confirmed


1 pound (US$0.20), ٢٠٠٥/١/٤ (2005/1/4), ٢٠٠٦/٣/٥ (2006/3/5), ٢٠٠٧/١/٣١ (2007/1/31), and ٢٠٠٧/٣/٢٥ (2007/3/25). Like P50, but new dates. Signature 22: Farouk Abdel Baky El Okda II.

The note dated 2007/1/31 has a new watermark.

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics and Pierguido Laffi.

Zimbabwe issues new 50,000-dollar note

On October 13, 2008, just two weeks after issuing 10,000- and 20,000-dollar notes, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has introduced a new, even higher denomination, the 50,000-dollar note.



50,000 dollars
Green. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth. Back: Farmer plowing field on mechanical tractor; miner with jackhammer. Iridescent stripe. No security thread. Watermark: None. 153 x 76 mm.

Courtesy of Jim Rubycored Chen.

Malawi new date (31.10.2007) 50-kwacha note confirmed


50 kwacha. Like Pick 45, but dated 31st OCTOBER 2007.

Courtesy of David Murcek.

Djibouti new 2,000-franc variety confirmed


2,000 francs (US$11.35)
Blue. Front: Camel caravan; young girl. Back: Statue with spear and shield; government building. Solid security thread. Watermark: Coat of arms with electrotype BCD. No date. Signature Djama Mahamoud Haïd. 160 x 80 mm. Introduced August 2008.

This new 2,000-franc note is like Pick 40, but with the name of the issuer on front changed from Banque Nationale de Djibouti to Banque Centrale de Djibouti. Also, the text at top and bottom on back has also been altered.

Courtesy of Manuel Rodriguez and Jean-Claude Royaud.

Zimbabwe issues 10,000- and 20,000-dollar notes

On September 29, 2008, less than two months after revaluing its currency and issuing a new series of notes in which the highest denomination was 1,000 dollars, Zimbabwe issued 10,000- and 20,000-dollar notes. These notes were printed locally by Fidelity Printers in Bulawayo. The 10,000-dollar appears to be printed on paper originally supplied by Giesecke & Devrient for use on 1,000-dollar notes, as evidenced by the fact that the electrotype watermark is 1000 and does not match the denominations printed on the note. The 20,000-dollar note lacks a security thread and watermark and is thought to be printed on paper from a Chinese supplier.



10,000 dollars
Brown. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks. Back: Harvester and tractor. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Zimbabwe bird with electrotype denomination of 1000. 153 x 76 mm. 2008. Signature 5. Introduced 29.09.2008.



20,000 dollars
Brown. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks. Back: Victoria Falls; Kariba dam. Iridescent stripe. No security thread. Watermark: None. 153 x 76 mm. 2008. Signature 5. Introduced 29.09.2008.

Courtesy of Nick Brice.

Libya issues new 50-dinar note



50 dinar (US$40.70)
Brown and tan. Front: Muammar al-Gaddafi. Back: Building. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Muammar al-Gaddafi.. Printer: Unknown. No date. Signature Farhat O. Bengdara. Introduced 25.09.2008.

Courtesy of Tuyet Nhung Le.

Swaziland issues new 100- and 200-emalangeni notes

These 100- and 200-lilangeni notes were issued to commemorate the 40th birthday of King Mswati III (born 19.04.1968). They are the first notes in the world to use intaglio halftone technology, creating photo-like portraits.



100 emalangeni (US$10)
Brown. Front: Shield and spears; King Mswati III; Parliament House building in Lobamba; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; The King’s 40th Birthday text. Back: Bank seal; rock formation; 40th Independence Anniversary text. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: Shield and spears. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 157 x 70 mm. 19.4.2008. Signature 10b. Introduced 05.09.2008.


200 emalangeni (US$20)
Green. Front: Shield and spears; King Mswati III; Parliament House building in Lobamba; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; THE KING’S 40TH BIRTHDAY text. Back: Bank seal; straw huts; 40TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY text. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: Shield and spears. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 160 x 70 mm. 19.4.2008. Signature 10b. Introduced 05.09.2008.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Zimbabwe issues new banknote series

On August 1, 2008, in an effort to simplify calculations in economic transactions, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe revalued its currency, striking ten zeros from the old Zimbabwe dollar. The move came just a week after the introduction of a 100 billion-dollar special agro-cheque—not enough to buy a loaf of bread—which became worth ten dollars under the new system. Concurrent with the revaluation, a new series of banknotes was also issued, and old coins were also reintroduced after years of obsolescence. The new notes will circulate with the older bearer cheques and special agro-cheques, which will remain legal tender until January 31, 2009, instead of December 31, 2008, the expiration date printed on the bearer cheques.




1 dollar
Violet. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks. Back: Falls; water buffalo. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Zimbabwe bird with electrotype 1. 2007. Signature Gideon Gono. Introduced 01.08.2008.

5 dollars
Brown. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks. Back: Dam; elephant. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Zimbabwe bird with electrotype 5. 2007. Signature Gideon Gono. Introduced 01.08.2008.

10 dollars
Green. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks. Back: Farmer plowing field on mechanical tractor; three grain silos. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Zimbabwe bird with electrotype 10. 2007. Signature Gideon Gono. Introduced 01.08.2008.


20 dollars
Red. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks. Back: Tailings pile; miner with jackhammer. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Zimbabwe bird with electrotype 20. 2007. Signature Gideon Gono. Introduced 01.08.2008

100 dollars
Blue. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks. Back: Palm trees; Great Zimbabwe ruins. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Zimbabwe bird with electrotype 100. 2007. Signature Gideon Gono. Introduced 01.08.2008.

500 dollars
Purple. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks. Back: Milking dairy cows; cattle. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Zimbabwe bird with electrotype 500. 150 x 75 mm. 2007. Signature Gideon Gono. Introduced 01.08.2008.

1,000 dollars
Gold. Front: Chiremba balancing rocks. Back: Buildings. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Zimbabwe bird with electrotype 1000. 153 x 76 mm. 2007. Signature Gideon Gono. Introduced 17.09.2008.
According to a ZNCNews story dated September 8, 2008, shortly after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe recently allowed selected merchants to quote prices in foreign currency for an 18-month experiment, Zimbabwe’s attorney general’s office warned retailers that they could be prosecuted for demanding payments in foreign currency. The office explained that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act clearly states that the banknotes issued by the central bank are legal tender for any payment within Zimbabwe.

Courtesy of Nick Brice and Garry Craig.

Swaziland new date (01.04.2006) 10-emalangeni note confirmed


10 emalangeni (US$1), 01:04:2006. Like P29, but new date and signature 11 (Majorzi V. Sithole, MINISTER FOR FINANCE; Martin S. Dlamini, GOVERNOR). Printer: FRANÇOIS-CHARLES OBERTHUR.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Mauritius new date (2007) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$38.70), 2007. Like P59, but new date and new signatures (Yandraduth Googoolye, FIRST DEPUTY GOVERNOR; Rundheersing Bheenick, GOVERNOR; Ahmad Jameel Khadaroo, SECOND DEPUTY GOVERNOR).

Courtesy of Steve Milner.

Lesotho new date (2007) 100-maloti note confirmed


100 maloti (US$12.80), 2007. Like LSL100 dated 2006, but new date (larger type), new signature (Moeketsi Senaoana, GOVERNOR), wider windowed security thread with CBL 100 added, and larger coat of arms watermark with electrotype 100 added.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Namibia new varieties (ND 2007) confirmed


10 dollars (US$1.30), ND (2007). Like P4, but 8-digit serial number with A prefix commencing with A20000001. Printer: François Charles Oberthur Fiduciare (without imprint).


20 dollars (US$2.55), ND (2007). Like P6, but 8-digit serial number with J prefix commencing with J25000001. Printer: François Charles Oberthur Fiduciare (without imprint).


100 dollars (US$12.80), ND (2007). Like P12, but 8-digit serial number with T prefix commencing with T29000001. Printer: De La Rue (without imprint).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ghana new date (04.08.2006) 5,000-cedi note confirmed


5,000 cedis (US$0.50), 4th AUGUST 2006. Like P34, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Somalia to issue new banknotes

According to a Reuters report dated 29 March 2008, Somalia’s central bank plans to revamp the country’s currency because of a flood of fake notes printed by warlords and businessmen. Addressing donors meeting in neighbouring Kenya, the bank’s director general, Sharif Mohamed Hassan, said “greedy” individuals had pumped counterfeit cash into the market for years, driving the local unit to its lowest ever level. “The present situation of counterfeit money is catastrophic,” he said. “It’s a priority to provide the market with a stock of new banknotes with good security features. Of course this is not easy, as the fake notes are printed in many areas that are not properly controlled.” He said Somalia’s new notes would be produced by a “world renowned” money printer, but did not give a timetable.

Additional information and images requested.

Zimbabwe issues 25- and 50-million dollar notes

According to a Panapress article dated April 4, 2008, with inflation running wild at 165,000%, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced 25- and 50-million dollar bearer cheques on April 3.






50,000,000 dollars, 2nd April 2008. Expires 30th June 2008. Issued April 3, 2008. Purple. RBZ logo, signature (Dr. G. Gono, Governor), solid security thread, and Zimbabwe bird as watermark with RBZ as electrotype. Three elephants on back.

Courtesy of Nick Brice and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Nigeria new date (2007) 1,000-naira note confirmed


1,000 naira (US$8.60), 2007. Like NGN1,000 issued October 12, 2005, but new date. 151 x 78 mm.

Courtesy of Jane White (www.banknotes4sale.com).

Nigeria new date (2007) 500-naira note confirmed


500 naira (US$4.30), 2007. Like P30, but new date, new signatures, and new titles.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Zambia new date (2008) 1,000-kwacha note confirmed


1,000 kwacha (US$0.25), 2008. Like P45, but new date and new printer imprint. Printer: SABN (South African Bank Note). Polymer.

Courtesy of Bwananick.

Zambia new date (2007) 10,000- and 50,000-kwacha confirmed


10,000 kwacha (US$2.65), 2007. Like P45, but new date. Printer: DE LA RUE.


50,000 kwacha (US$13.10), 2007. Like P47, but new date. Printer: DE LA RUE.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Zimbabwe issues new 1-, 5-, and 10-million dollar notes



1,000,000 dollars, 1st January 2008. Expires 30th June 2008. Issued January 18, 2008. Brown. RBZ logo, signature (Dr. G. Gono, Governor), solid security thread, and Zimbabwe bird as watermark with RBZ as electrotype. Village, two women with poles on back.



5,000,000 dollars, 1st January 2008. Expires 30th June 2008. Issued January 18, 2008. Blue and violet. RBZ logo, signature (Dr. G. Gono, Governor), solid security thread with repeating RBZ, and Zimbabwe bird as watermark with RBZ as electrotype. Mountain range on back.



10,000,000 dollars, 1st January 2008. Expires 30th June 2008. Issued January 18, 2008. Red, purple, and green. RBZ logo, signature (Dr. G. Gono, Governor), solid security thread, and Zimbabwe bird as watermark with RBZ as electrotype. Tigerfish and Kariba Dam on back.

Courtesy of Nick Brice.

Botswana new date (2007) 10-pula note confirmed


10 pula (US$1.70), 2007. Like P24, but new date. Printer: De La Rue.

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

Courtesy of Antonio Tangredi.

Egypt new date varieties confirmed


25 piastre (US$0.05), ٢٠٠٥/١٠/٣١ (2005/10/31), ٢٠٠٧/٩/٢٤ (2006/9/24), and ٢٠٠٧/٦/١١ (2007/6/11). Like P57d, but new dates.


50 piastre (US$0.10), ٢٠٠٥/٥/١٢ (2005/5/12) and ٢٠٠٧/٦/٢١ (2007/6/21). Like P62, but new dates.


1 pound (US$0.20), ٢٠٠٧/٣/٢٥ (2007/3/25). Like P50, but new date.


5 pounds (US$TK), ٢٠٠٧/٩/٥ (2006/9/5). Like P63, but new date.


10 pounds (US$TK), ٢٠٠٧/١١/٢٢ (2006/11/22). Like P64, but new date.


20 pounds (US$3.50), ٢٠٠٧/٧/١٤ (2006/8/14). Like P65, but new date.


100 pounds (US$18.25), ٢٠٠٧/٦/٤ (2007/6/4) and ٢٠٠٧/٦/١٣ (2007/6/13). Like P67, but new dates.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Zimbabwe issues three high-denomination bearer cheques


250,000 dollars, July 2007. Expires 30th June 2008. Issued December 20, 2007. RBZ logo, signature (Dr. G. Gono, Governor), solid security thread with repeating RBZ, and Zimbabwe bird as watermark with RBZ as electrotype. Great Zimbabwe ruins on back.



500,000 dollars (US$16.65), 1st July 2007. Expires 30th June 2008. Issued December 20, 2007. Green, light blue, and brown. RBZ logo, signature (Dr. G. Gono, Governor), solid security thread with repeating RBZ, and Zimbabwe bird as watermark with RBZ as electrotype. Three elephants on back.



750,000 dollars (US$25), 31st December 2007. Expires 30th June 2008. Issued December 20, 2007. Violet, light blue, and brown. RBZ logo, signature (Dr. G. Gono, Governor), holographic foil at left with giraffes, solid security thread with repeating RBZ 1000, and Zimbabwe bird as watermark with 1000 as electrotype. Elephant and falls on back.

Courtesy of Nick Brice.

Rwanda issues first-ever 2,000-franc note



2,000 francs (US$3.70), 31-10-2007. Issued mid-December 2007. Violet. Satellite dish and tower on front. Coffee beans on back. Holographic stripe at left, BNR as electrotype watermark and latent image, 2000 as registration device, fluorescent fibers, microtext, windowed security thread with 2000 repeating, signatures (Francois Kanimba, Governor; unknown, Vice Governor). Printer: De La Rue.142 x 72 mm.

Courtesy of Evzen Sknouril.

Swaziland new date (01.04.04) 20-emalangeni note confirmed



20 emalangeni (US$2), 01.04.04. Like P30, but new date and signature 11 (Majorzi V. Sithole, MINISTER FOR FINANCE; Martin S. Dlamini, GOVERNOR). Printer: FRANÇOIS-CHARLES OBERTHUR.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Madagascar revised 2,000-ariary note confirmed


2,000 ariary (US$1.10), 2007. Like P83, but with addition of Omron rings on front and back, “MAP” overprint on new signature (Frederic Rasamoely, GOUVERNEUR), addition of “Madagascar naturellement” above watermark, and replacing upper left serial number with “MADAGASCAR ACTION PLAN 2007-2012.”

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.

Ghana new date (04.08.2006) 10,000-cedi note confirmed


10,000 cedis (US$1.05), 4th August 2006. Like P35, but new date. Signature remains Dr. Paul A. Acquah, GOVERNOR.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Swaziland new date (01.04.04) 10-emalangeni note confirmed


10 emalangeni (US$1), 01.04.04. Like P29, but new date and signature 11 (Majorzi V. Sithole, MINISTER FOR FINANCE; Martin S. Dlamini, GOVERNOR). Printer: FRANÇOIS-CHARLES OBERTHUR.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Nigeria new date (2007) 100- and 200-naira notes confirmed


100 naira (US$0.80), 2007. Like P28, but new date, new signatures, and 6-digit serial number.


200 naira (US$1.60), 2007. Like P29, but new date, new signatures, and 6-digit serial number.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Lesotho new date (2006) 100-maloti note confirmed


100 maloti (US$15.30), 2006. Like P19, but new date and new signature (E. M. Matekane, GOVERNOR).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Lesotho new dates (2005 and 2006) 10-maloti notes confirmed


10 maloti (US$1.55), 2005 and 2006. Like P15, but new dates and new signature (E. M. Matekane, GOVERNOR).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Botswana new date (2005) 100-pula note confirmed


100 pula (US$17.10), 2005. Like SCWPM 26, but new date.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Kenya date varieties confirmed / new signatures expected


The Central Bank of Kenya has issued all denominations with dates of 1st APRIL 2006 and bearing the signature of the bank’s former governor, Andrew K. Mullei.

On March 4, 2007, Prof. Njuguna S. Ndung’j assumed the role of governor, so expect new signature varieties to surface as soon as old note stocks are depleted.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Uganda to issue commemorative 10,000-shilling note in November



On 16 October 2007, allAfrica.com reported that the Bank of Uganda intends to issue a special 10,000-shilling (US$5.75) note ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to take place in Kampala, November 23-25, 2007.

“The note will be available for the public to transact business and for special collectors. It will, however, be in limited supply,” said Juma Walusimbi, BoU communications director. “The currency note will also be a special package offered to the heads of government who will attend CHOGM. The bank wants to be part of Uganda’s effort to host this very important international meeting,” he said, adding that it was normal practice for central banks to issue commemorative coins and notes for important occasions.

Courtesy of David White.

Burundi issues new date (01-05-2006) 1,000-franc note


1,000 francs (US$0.90), 01-05-2006. Like SCWPM 39, but new date and new signatures.

If you can identify the signatories for this note, please share this information.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Nigeria issues new date (2007) 20- and 50-naira notes


The Central Bank of Nigeria has issued new date varieties for the two highest denominations of its new family introduced on February 28, 2007, but which previously bore the date of 2006.

20 naira (US$0.15), 2007. Like the 2006 NGN20 reported in IBNS Journal 46.1 p23, but new date.

50 naira (US$0.40), 2007. Like the 2006 NGN50 reported in IBNS Journal 46.1 p23, but new date.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Sudan issues new 2-pound note dated 2006


2 pounds (US$1), July 9 2006. Light blue. Front: Civilization theme with pottery bowls, plates, and vases; map. Back: Bank logo; musical instruments. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 2 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Pigeon and electrotype LS 2. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 144 x 64 mm.

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.

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Mauritius announces new banknote design contest

On September 25, 2007, Manou Bheenick, governor of the Bank of Mauritius, announced a design competition for a new family of banknotes to be issued in 2009 to celebrate the bank’s 40th anniversary. Under the theme of “Banknotes—Mirrors of our Motherland,” this eighth series of notes should relate to the islands’ history, culture, ecology, industry, architecture, and landscape. Rs30,000 will be awarded to the winner of the best design as chosen by a jury of eight local artists. The competition is open to Mauritian nationals only, and proposals must be submitted by October 31, 2007.

The bank will also conduct a study on the Mauritian people’s preferences about the patterns to include on these new notes. “The idea is to know what the Mauritian people want to see on the banknotes,” said Bheenick.

Somaliland new date (2002) 100-shilling note confirmed


100 shillings (US$0.10), 2002. Like SCWPM 5c, but new date. Signature 3 (Abdirahman Dualle, GUDDOOMIYAH; Abdi Mohamoud Gullet, LACAGHAYAHA).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Guinea issues new 10,000-franc note dated 2007


10,000 francs (US$2.55), 2007. Issued June 11, 2007. Green, blue, and brown. Portrait of young girl at left, arms at center, three shells and pineapple at lower right. Field with trees in background at center, “Lady of Maali” rock formation on Mount Loura at right on back. Watermark of a young girl with the letters RG (Republic of Guinea), 3-mm red-to-green windowed security thread printed GNF 10000, registration device, UV printing, and signatures (unknown, MINISTRE DES FINANCES; Aboubakar Kagbe Toure, GOUVERNEUR BANQUE CENTRALE). 153 x 78 mm.

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.

Egypt issues first-ever 200-pound note


200 pounds (US$35), 2007/4/3. Issued May 7, 2007. The Mosque of Qani Bay 908 H (1503), scribe wmk along with electrotype denomination, signature 21b (Farouk El Okdah, Governor), 1.5-mm solid security thread, 3-mm windowed security thread, Omron rings, OVI circle in upper left, 200 as latent image and registration device. The Seated Scribe 5th Dynasty on back. 175 x 80 mm.

Courtesy of Samia Mehilba and Dr. Ali Mehilba.

Ghana unveils new note family due 1 July 2007

On 3 May 2007, the Bank of Ghana unveiled the following new family of notes was scheduled for issuance on 1 July 2007.  On the front they all feature the printed date of 1st JULY 2007, an image of Independence Arch, the signature of Governor Dr. Paul Acquah, and a conjoined portrait of the “Big Six:” Kwame Nkrumah, Ebenezer Ako Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey, and William Ofori Atta. All of the notes have the following security features: windowed security thread, novel serial numbers, registration device, portrait of Tetteh Quarshie and cocoa pod as wmk, denomination as latent image and intaglio printed in gold ink, and iridescent band.


1 Ghana cedi (US$1.10), June 2007. Red. Front: Freedom and Justice arch in Independence Square; Kwame Nkrumah; Ebenezer Ako Adjei; Edward Akufo-Addo; Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori Atta. Back: Akosombo Dam. Windowed security thread with demetalized GHANA 1. Watermark: Tetteh Quarshie, cacao pod, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 137 x 65 mm.


5 Ghana cedis (US$5.40), June 2007. Blue. Front: Freedom and Justice arch in Independence Square; Kwame Nkrumah; Ebenezer Ako Adjei; Edward Akufo-Addo; Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori Atta. Back: University of Ghana; tower; buildings; sculpture. Windowed security thread with demetalized GHANA 5. Watermark: Tetteh Quarshie, cacao pod, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 141 x 68 mm.


10 Ghana cedis (US$10.80), June 2007. Green. Front: Freedom and Justice arch in Independence Square; Kwame Nkrumah; Ebenezer Ako Adjei; Edward Akufo-Addo; Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori Atta. Back: Bank of Ghana headquarters buildings. Holographic patch. Windowed security thread with demetalized GHANA 10. Watermark: Tetteh Quarshie, cacao pod, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 71 mm.


20 Ghana cedis (US$21.55), June 2007. Purple. Front: Freedom and Justice arch in Independence Square; Kwame Nkrumah; Ebenezer Ako Adjei; Edward Akufo-Addo; Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori Atta. Back: Supreme Court building. Holographic patch. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized GHANA 20. Watermark: Tetteh Quarshie, cacao pod, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 149 x 74 mm.


50  Ghana cedis (US$53.90), June 2007. Brown. Front: Freedom and Justice arch in Independence Square; Kwame Nkrumah; Ebenezer Ako Adjei; Edward Akufo-Addo; Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori Atta. Back: Christianborg Castle (seat of government) building. Holographic patch. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized GHANA 50. Watermark: Tetteh Quarshie, cacao pod, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 77 mm.

Sudan issues new 5-pound note


5 pounds (US$2.50), July 9 2006. Issued May 2007. Pink. Front: Future theme with modern architecture and satellite; map. Back: Bank logo; electrical tower; hydroelectric dam; solar panel; wind turbine. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 5 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Pigeon and electrotype LS 5. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 150 x 69 mm.

Courtesy of Olexandr Danishenko.

Sudan issues new 20-pound note


20 pounds (US$10), July 9 2006. Issued May 2007. Dark red. Front: Industrial development theme with wrench, three pyramids, irrigation wheel, and oil drilling platform; map. Back: Bank logo; factory, satellite dishes, and fruit (bananas, papayas, flowers, pineapples, citrus, grapes, corn). Holographic stripe. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 20 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Secretary bird and electrotype LS 20. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 160 x 74 mm.

Courtesy of Aziz Al Sati.

Guinea revised (2006) 500-franc note confirmed


500 francs (US$0.10), 2006. Like Pick 36, but new date, Cornerstone watermarks, solid security thread, full bleed color (no white borders), and smaller size. 133 x 63 mm.
 
Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Rwanda revised 100-franc note (01-09-2003) confirmed


100 francs (US$0.20), 01-09-2003. Like Pick 29, but new date, date at front lower left, and bank name, counterfeiting warning, and denomination in English in addition to French.

Courtesy of David F. Cieniewicz (www.banknotestore.com).

Comoros 1,000-franc note named IBNS Bank Note of the Year


The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) is proud to announce the winner of the 2007 IBNS Bank Note of the Year, awarded to the finest banknote issued in 2006. This year’s award goes to the 1,000-franc note issued by the Banque Centrale des Comores, the central bank of the Comoros, an archipelago located between Madagascar and the east coast of southern Africa. Commendations go to the 10,000-tenge note from Kazakhstan and 100-dollar note from the Solomon Islands.

The IBNS Bank Note of the Year is awarded to the banknote which, in the eyes of the judges, has a high level of artistic merit, an imaginative design, and features that present the best of modern security printing (taking into account the value of the note). The Comoran 1,000-franc note impressed the judges with innovative design, well-balanced color, and sensible use of modern security features.

The front of the 1,000-franc note is dominated by a coelacanth, a pre-historic fish long thought to be extinct, that was found living in the waters off the Comoros in recent years. Its discovery put the Comoros at the centre of the scientific world for a short time and remains one of the small country’s claims to fame. Below the piscine curiosity is an aerial view of several islands that make up the country. Predominantly blue, there are red and green elements to the design on the front of the note.

Poetry is common to the entire series of notes to which the 1,000 franc belongs, with a verse appearing on the front and the back of each note. The verse on the front of the 1,000-franc note can be translated from French as:

From our feelings, what you expect I understood
For it is a love that is so absolutely exclusive
That, not to lose you, I hereby consent.
Truthfully, it will be a love
That our times have never seen.

Continued on the back of the note is a further verse which translates as:

I claim these different names which are ours
and if I speak the rainbow
It is to better greet our Indian Ocean sea-mother
whose waves of pleasures brings
to insularity abundance and joy

The final line below the verse identifies the author, Mab Elhad, and the book in which his verse appears: Kaulu la Mwando (meaning First Word in the Comoran language). The book was published in 2004 and the verses of the author, a Comoran policeman, celebrate his Comoran life and nationality.

The back of the award-winning note is dominated by a Comoran man in a canoe, surrounded by red and blue designs of differing character. While the name of the issuing authority is in Arabic on the back of the note, the warning to counterfeiters is in French (reflecting the nation’s French past).

Despite a low face value (approximately US$2.70 at current exchange rates), the 1,000-franc note sports an impressive array of security features. Portions of the design are printed with the intaglio process, imparting a tactile element to the raised ink, along with the latent image created by the BCC embossed above the signatures. Counterfeiting is made more difficult through the use of microtext, incorporation of a perfect-registration device, and the inclusion of Omron rings. The paper contains an embedded security strip that fluoresces under UV light, and a watermark of a crescent moon, four stars, and the letters BCC. Finally there is an iridescent band on the front of the note that can be seen only when tilting the note at an angle to the light.

While the elements of the design, the security features, and the production of the note are not unusual as individual elements, it is the sum of the whole that lifts the note above the ordinary and which made this note a clear winner as the IBNS Bank Note of the Year.

Every nation should strive to create individual masterpieces for their paper money; unfortunately this is not always the case. However, with the issue of the new series by the Comoros, it is pleasing to see that at least one issuing authority is successful in meeting the expectations of banknote enthusiasts around the world. The IBNS congratulates the Banque Centrale des Comores and the designers of its 1,000-franc note.

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Egypt new date (16.04.2007) 50-pound note confirmed


50 pounds (US$8.85), 2007/4/16 (in Arabic). Like SCWPM 66, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Malawi new date (01.12.2005) 5-kwacha note confirmed


5 kwacha (US$0.05), 1st December 2005. Like Pick 36, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Malawi new date (01.03.2004) 5-kwacha note confirmed


5 kwacha (US$0.05), 1st March 2004. Like Pick 36, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.

Rwanda new 5,000-franc note confirmed


5,000 francs (US$9.15), 01-04-2004. Purple, violet, and pink. Gorilla, holographic stripe, latent image, electrotype BNR and bank logo as wmk, 5000 as registration device and in OVI, signatures (unknown, Visi-Guverineri wa mbere; unknown, Guverineri). Containers and windowed security thread on back.146 x 73 mm.

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.

Egypt new date (16.01.2006) 20-pound note confirmed


20 pounds (US$3.50), 2006/1/26 (in Arabic). Like Pick 65, but new date and signature 22.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Zimbabwe new date (2004) 500-dollar note confirmed


500 dollars, 2004. Like Pick 11, but new date, BB prefix, and new signature (Dr. G. Gono, Governor).

Courtesy of Sean Morgan.

Guinea issues new date (2006) 1,000- and 5,000-franc notes


P37b: 1,000 francs (US$0.20), 2006. Like Pick 37, but new date, Cornerstone watermarks, and smaller size. 139 x 68 mm.


P38b: 5,000 francs (US$0.90), 2006. Like Pick 38, but new date, Cornerstone watermarks, and smaller size. 151 x 76 mm.
 
Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Zimbabwe issues new $5,000 note dated 1.2.2007


On March 1, 2007, Zimbabwe introduced a new Z$5,000 (US$20) temporary bearer cheques to replace the expired version of this denomination. These note carries the issue date of 1st February 2007, with an expiration date of 31st July 2007. 147 x 74 mm.

A new Z$50,000 has also been released, with a date of 1st March 2007.

Courtesy of Nick Brice.

Zimbabwe issues new $50,000 note dated 3.1.2007


50,000 dollars (US$200), 1st March 2007. Expires 31st July 2007. Red and brown. RBZ logo, signature (Dr. G. Gono, Governor), and RBZ as electrotype watermark. Elephant and falls on back.

Courtesy of Nick Brice.

Nigeria issues redesigned naira notes dated 2006

On February 28, 2007, the Central Bank of Nigeria issued redesigned notes for the denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 50 naira.


5 naira (US$0.05), 2006. Issued February 28, 2007. Purple. Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa portrait, coat of arms, arms and CBN as wmk, signature 14 (Charles C. Soludo, Governor; unknown, Director of Currency and Branch Operations), microprinting, register device. Three male drummers; denomination in Hausa, Ibo, and Yoruba; and striped map on back. 130 x 72 mm.


10 naira (US$0.10), 2006. Issued February 28, 2007. Red. Alvan Ikoku portrait, coat of arms, arms and CBN as wmk, signature 14 (Charles C. Soludo, Governor; unknown, Director of Currency and Branch Operations), microprinting, register device. Two women carrying bowls on their heads; denomination in Hausa, Ibo, and Yoruba; and striped map on back. 130 x 72 mm.


20 naira (US$0.15), 2006. Issued February 28, 2007. Green. General Murtala R. Muhammed portrait, coat of arms, arms in clear window, signature 14 (Charles C. Soludo, Governor; unknown, Director of Currency and Branch Operations), microprinting, register device. Ladi kwali (pottery works); denomination in Hausa, Ibo, and Yoruba; and striped map on back. Polymer. 130 x 72 mm.


50 naira (US$0.40), 2006. Issued February 28, 2007. Blue. Faces of woman and three men, coat of arms, arms and CBN as wmk, signature 14 (Charles C. Soludo, Governor; unknown, Director of Currency and Branch Operations), microprinting, register device. Three men cleaning fish; denomination in Hausa, Ibo, and Yoruba; and striped map on back. 130 x 72 mm.
 
Courtesy of Ronny Hick.

Cape Verde issues new 500-escudo note dated 25.02.2007


500 escudos (US$5.95), 25 de Feverelro de 2007. Green, yellow, and red. Front (veritcal): Chemist Roberto Duarte Silva; chemical symbols; serpent wrapped around a chalice; mortar and pestle; coat of arms. Back (vertical): Trapiches - Ilha de Santa Antão (sugar cane press island of Santa Antáo); mortar and pestle. Solid security thread and 4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized BCV 500. Watermark: Roberto Duarte Silva with electrotype 500. Printer: FCOF. 130 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Mauritius new date (2006) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$30.70), 2006. Like Pick 59, but new date.

Courtesy of Paul van Bodegraven.

Mauritius issues new date (2006) 50-rupee note


50 rupees (US$1.55), 2006. Like Pick 50, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Comoros issues new 5,000-franc note dated 2006


5,000 francs (US$13.15), 2006. President Djohr, security thread, Omron rings, holographic stripe, watermark, and registration device. Tree, shore, and nautilus on back.

Courtesy of Paul van Bodegraven.

Sudan issues new note family

The Central Bank of Sudan issued the first three denominations of a new family of six Sudanese pound bank notes on January 9, 2007. The design of the new currency reflects the unity, cultural diversity, peace, and industrial development in Sudan. The 2-, 20-, and 100-pound notes are scheduled for issuance in May.


1 pound, July 9 2006. Issued January 9, 2007. Light brown. Front: Peace theme with sunflower; dove in flight; Central Bank of Sudan headquarters building in Khartoum; drums; map. Back: Bank logo; two doves in flight. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 1 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Pigeon and electrotype LS 1. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 139 x 64 mm.


10 pounds, July 9 2006. Issued January 9, 2007. Violet. Front: National unity theme with map, tree in Tabaldia, clasped hands, watusi cattle, mountains, and camel. Back: Bank logo; Presidential Palace building in Khartoum. Holographic stripe. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 10 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Secretary bird and electrotype LS 10. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 155 x 69 mm.


50 pounds, July 9 2006. Issued January 9, 2007. Yellow. Front: Natural resources theme with fish, rhinoceros, elephants, ape in tree, water buffalo, zebras, and giraffe; map. Back: Bank logo; camels, goats, and cattle. Holographic stripe. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 50 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Secretary bird and electrotype LS 50. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 165 x 74 mm.

Courtesy of Evžen Šknouril.

Ghana new date (2006) 20,000-cedi note confirmed


The Bank of Ghana has released a 20,000-cedis (US$2.10) note dated 4th August 2006. It appears to be identical to Pick 36, except for the new date. The previously cataloged dates are 2nd September 2002 and 4th August 2003.

Courtesy of Marcel Goudbeek (IBNS member 9246).

Somalia new variety of 1,000-shilling note confirmed


A new variety of Somalia’s 1,000 shilling-note dated 1996 has been reported (above, top). This new notes differs from the previously reported Pick 37a (above, bottom) and 37b in that it uses different font for the serial numbers.

Furthermore, please note the most recent Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Volume III, 12th edition fails to mention that the left-hand signature of the bank chairman on Pick 37a (1990) differs from that on Pick 37b (1996).

For a detailed examination of all the signature varieties and different fonts used on Somali currency, visit Peter Symes’ excellent Reference Site for Islamic Banknotes.

Courtesy of Jose Manuel Peso (IBNS member 8180).

Kenya new varieties of 50-shilling note confirmed


The most recent Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Volume III, 12th edition, lists four dates of Kenya’s 50 shilling-note as Pick 41a. However, significant differences have been discovered in this and other recent denominations from Kenya.

The note dated 2nd February 2004 (above, top) has a windowed security thread that is wider than the one on the note dated 1st April 2003 (above, bottom), and this thread appears further to the right. Furthermore, the 2nd February 2004 note also has the denomination “50” visible in the watermark area under normal reflected light. This electrotype watermark appears on all subsequent date varieties (2nd August 2004, 1st June 2005, and 1st April 2006), all of which have a signature combination that differs from that which appears on the first two date varieties (the Governor is the same; only the Member signatory differs).

It has been reported that all Kenyan notes from 2004 onwards have the denomination as electrotype watermarks. It is also reported that all Kenyan notes from 2005 onwards have watermarks of stripes in all four corners. If confirmed, De La Rue is the likely printer because Cornerstone watermarks are a DLR trademark.

Malawi’s 20- and 200-kwacha notes dated 2004 were given new Pick numbers due to the addition of the denomination to the watermark. If the same standard applies to Kenya, the notes dated 2004 onwards deserve their own Pick numbers, too.

Courtesy of Jose Manuel Peso (IBNS member 8180).

Zimbabwe issues new variety bearer cheques


Collector Steve Milner (IBNS member 8137) has discovered a new variety in the Zimbabwe $10,000 note dated 1st August 2006 that differs slightly from the first release with AA serial number prefix (above, bottom). The new AB prefix variety has a space between “10” and “000” in the denominations printed in all four corners (above, top).

Also Steve informs me that Inside IBNS No. 4/06 erroneously reported that all new bearer cheques share the same expiry date of 31st July 2007. In fact, the $100 (Pick 38) and $500 (Pick 39) expire 31 December 2007. Furthermore, the cent issues (Pick 29 - 32) have an extra 500 in the watermark whilst all the dollar issues have RBZ.

Finally, Steve writes: “I am a IBNS member from the Perth chapter. My collecting interests are southern Africa, GB, replacements, and Australia. I have attached a couple of interesting Zimbabwe $100,000 bearer cheques. One is a replacement note (ZB prefix) for the “normal” note issued 1 June 2006. The other has an issue date of 1 October 2005 and the serial AA (AB also known to exist). This issue was apparently printed but not issued until after June 2006.

“I am trying to obtain both notes and the replacement for the earlier version, which I presume exists but has not been confirmed.

“An interesting point now concerns the 1 February 2006 issue of the $50,000 bearer cheque. This issue started with the serial AC. Is there a previous issue with the serials AA and AB dated sometime in 2005?

“This an interesting conundrum for collectors of southern African notes or ‘emergency issues’ as these bearer cheques are often called. Any information from your readers will be most welcome.”

Madagascar upgrades security on 5,000-ariary note



P91: 5,000 ariary (US$2.45), ND (2006). Issued October 2006. Like Pick 84, but with Omron rings (security feature consisting of patterns of yellow circles) on front and back. 150 x 75 mm.

In addition to the note reported above, Madagascar plans to add Omron rings to the 2,000- and 10,000-ariary notes to be issued in the coming months.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Sudan new 5,000-dinar note dated 2002 confirmed


5,000 dinars, 2002/AH1422. Peach and pink, orange on back. “BS” latent image in upper left, dome with tower wmk, registration device, holographic strip at far right. People’s Palace in Khartoum. Sail boat, headquarters of the Bank of Sudan, windowed security thread on back. 140 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Morris Lawing (deceased).

Comoros issues new 500-franc note dated 2006


500 francs, 2006. Issued September 2006. Pink, blue, green, and m/c. Lemur at center. Security thread, registration device, four stars with half-moon wmk. Signatures: unknown, Le President Du Conseil D’Administration; unknown, Le Gouverneur. Flowers on back. Printer: Banque de France (without imprint).
 
Courtesy of Paul van Bodegraven.

Tanzania issues corrected 1,000-shilling note



1,000 shillings, ND (2006). Issued 8 August 2006. Like Pick 36 (above, left), but with portrait of President Julius K. Nyerere corrected to show the shirt button on the “masculine” side (above, right). 135 x 66 mm.

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

Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Gambia issues new note series


The following text is from a press release issued by the Central Bank of The Gambia on 14 July 2006:
“As part of continuing efforts to improve the security, durability and aesthetic quality of The Gambia’s banknotes, the Central Bank of The Gambia is pleased to announce the introduction of new design legal tender banknotes with effect from Thursday, 27 July 2006.

“According to international best practice, central banks introduce significant banknote design and security feature changes every six to eight years. This continuous cycle of design change enables central banks to be proactive in meeting threats from counterfeiters and maintaining public confidence in their currencies. The Gambia’s banknote design upgrade was postponed because of the scheduled implementation of monetary union in the West African Monetary Zone by July 2005 and the planned eventual introduction of a single currency for the Zone. However, in May 2005, the deadline for the launch of monetary union was rescheduled to December 2009. Since then, the Central Bank has been collaborating with its banknote printers, De La Rue Currency [www.delarue.com], to upgrade The Gambia’s banknotes.
“The Gambian currency has undergone a series of changes since it was introduced in 1971. These include reduction in size, use of more sophisticated inks and dyes, improved security features and printing techniques, and the introduction of higher denomination notes, the D50 and D100. The last major design change was done in 1996 when the portrait of the former Head of State [Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara] was replaced with generic images.
“The new design banknotes will be similar to the current family of banknotes [Pick 20 - 24] to maintain continuity but will include improvements in the design, paper thickness and security features.
“The design of the banknotes would be modified to remove all the ‘white paper’ areas. The notes would be printed all over. This makes the notes less susceptible to accumulating dirt and would thus last longer. In addition, the box-like borders, especially on the back of the notes, have been removed to give the notes a more ‘open design’ look. The Gambia’s banknotes have contained these borders since 1971. This makes them look outdated. An ‘open design’ gives the banknotes a more modern look. The vignette on the back of the D10 banknote now features the Central Bank building.
“In addition to design changes, steps have also been taken to improve durability. The most important of these is to increase the paper thickness. In addition, the D5 and D10 would be coated with a special varnish after printing. This should extend the average circulation life of the banknotes. The security features of the D100 would also be upgraded by the inclusion of a silver foil on the front of the note with the image of 100 embossed into the foil. The Central Bank will continue to honour the existing banknotes at face value as long as they remain in circulation. The new family of banknotes will circulate side by side with the current existing banknotes. The current existing banknotes will continue to be legal tender until such a time as the stock is retired from circulation. As notes are returned to the Central Bank through the usual distribution channels, those in poor condition will be phased out of circulation. It is anticipated that this gradual phasing out will take several years to complete. A program of gradual introduction of the new design banknotes is considered the most cost-effective and practical means of undertaking this important exercise.”

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

Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Mauritius issues new date (2004) 1,000-rupee note


1,000 rupees, 2004. New date. Issued July 12, 2006.

Botswana issues revised 50-pula note dated 2005



50 pula (US$8.45), 2005. Issued mid-March 2006. Like P22 with enhanced security features: additional intaglio printing, silver dual-image hologram alternates between 50 and a kingfisher, 50 and rearing zebra as main watermark and Cornerstone watermarks in each corner, red-to-green StarChrome windowed security thread printed BOB 50. Serial number at right is now vertical. Beige and green on m/c underprint. President Seretse Khama (1921 - 1980) at left, malachite kingfisher at center, arms on right. Man in canoe, fish-eagle, and Okavango Delta on back. Printer: De La Rue (with imprint).
 
Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Uganda issues new 10,000-shilling note dated 2005


10,000 shillings, 2005. Issued 02.01.2006. Green and red on m/c unpt. Musical instruments at left. Owen Falls dam, kudo on back. Like Pick 41 with upgraded security features. “10000” in bottom left corner in magenta to green OVI. “10000” added to existing wmk. of crested crane. New Cornerstone wmk. of diagonal bars in four corners. On back, color of kob (antelope) was bright brown, is now dull brown. Likewise, color of grass was brown, is now green, and the end of horizontal bar below kob was brown, is now green. “TEN” and “SHI” printed in red, with rest of word in green. Printed on high-quality cotton paper with protective coating. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 156 x 76 mm.

Zambia new date (2006) 50-kwacha note confirmed


50 kwacha, 2006. New date. Signature 12. Printer: SABN.

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

Courtesy of Chris Twining and Menelaos Stamatelos.

Comoros issues new 10,000-franc note dated 2006


10,000 francs, 2006. Yellow, vanilla, and m/c. Friday mosque in Moroni at left, Al-Habib Seyyid O. Bin Sumeit at center. Solid security thread, thick metallic band, registration device, microprinting, four stars with half-moon wmk. Signatures: unknown, Le President Du Conseil D’Administration; unknown, Le Gouverneur. Cananga tree ylang-ylang flowers and turtle on back. Printer: Banque de France (without imprint).
 
Courtesy of Alessandro Ferri and Paul van Bodegraven.