Central America

Guatemala new date (17.10.2012) 1-quetzal note confirmed

1 quetzal, 17 DE OCTUBRE DE 2012. Like unlisted notes dated 2 DE MAYO DE 2012, but new date and new imprint (CANADIAN BANK NOTE). Prefix B. Suffix D.

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

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

Guatemala new printer/date (02.05.2012) 10-quetzal note confirmed

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10 quetzales, 2 DE MAYO DE 2012. Like P123, but new date, new printer imprint (Joh. Enschedé), and different serial number font.

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).

Guatemala new printer/date (11.05.2011) 20-quetzal note confirmed

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20 quetzales, 11 DE MAYO DE 2011. Like unlisted 20Q note dated 19 DE MAYO DE 2010, but new date, new printer imprint (GOZNAK), and different demetalized text (BG20) on windowed security thread.

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).

Guatemala new printer/date (02.05.2012) 50-quetzal note confirmed

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50 quetzales, 2 DE MAYO DE 2012. Like P113, but new date, new signatures, new printer imprint (Joh. Enschedé), different serial number font, color-changing windowed security thread, SPARK patch at right front, and flag as registration device.

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).

Guatemala new sig/date (17.01.2007) 50-quetzal note confirmed

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50 quetzales, 17 DE ENERO DE 2007. Like P113, but new date, new signatures, and prefix/suffix F/B.

Courtesy of Tomasz Jazwinski.

Guatemala new sig/date (09.09.2011) 100-quetzal note confirmed

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100 quetzales, 9 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2011. Like P119, but new date, signatures, and printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient).

Courtesy of Tomasz Jazwinski.

Guatemala new sig/date (19.05.2010) 100-quetzal note confirmed

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100 quetzales, 19 DE MAYO DE 2010. Like P119, but new date, new signatures, and new printer imprint (GIESECKE & DEVRIENT).

Courtesy of Alexey.

Guatemala new sig/date (19.05.2010) 20-quetzal note confirmed

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20 quetzales, 19 DE MAYO DE 2010. Like P118, but new date, new signatures, new imprint of CANADIAN BANK NOTE, and change to the shape of the flag as registration device.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Max Keller.

Guatemala new sig/date (11.05.2011) 10-quetzal note confirmed

Guatemala_BDG_10_quetzales_2011.05.11_PNL_D_61951785_C_sig
10 quetzales, 11 DE MAYO DE 2011. Like unlisted note dated 19 DE MAYO DE 2010, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Guatemala new 20-quetzal note printed by Goznak reported

According to a press release by Russian banknote producer Goznak, the firm has recently executed an order to produce a 20-quetzal note for Guatemala. The release also mentions various other countries for which Goznak supplies paper substrate and produces notes.

Courtesy of Cedrian Lopez Bosch.

Guatemala new sig/date (11.05.2011) 10-quetzal note confirmed

Guatemala_BDG_10_quetzales_2011.05.11_PNL_D_61951790_C_sig
10 quetzales, 11 DE MAYO DE 2011. Like unlisted note dated 19 DE MAYO DE 2010, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

British Honduras chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 10-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of British Honduras from 1894 to 1973. Published 31 January 2014.

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
  • 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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Guatemala new sig/date (02.05.2012) 1-quetzal note confirmed

Guatemala_BDG_1_quetzal_2012.05.02_PNL_B_62008690_C_f
1 quetzal, 2 DE MAYO DE 2012. Like unlisted note dated 23 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2011, but new date, new signature, and portrait added to window.

According to a Prensa Libre article dated 4 November 2013, the 1-quetzal note will be replaced by a coin.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Honduras new notes with Braille and raised bars confirmed

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Honduras_BCH_2_lempiras_2012.03.01_PNL_Y_1596001_f
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Honduras_BCH_5_lempiras_2012.03.01_PNL_BG_1646501_f
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Honduras_BCH_10_lempiras_2012.03.01_PNL_BP_1646131_f
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Honduras_BCH_20_lempiras_2012.03.01_PNL_BV_1081111_f
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Honduras_BCH_50_lempiras_2012.03.01_PNL_AQ_1596021_f
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Honduras_BCH_100_lempiras_2012.03.01_PNL_CB_2626010_f
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Honduras_BCH_500_lempiras_2012.03.01_PNL_X_0631913_f
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According to a press release dated 13 November 2013, the Banco Central de Honduras has unveiled revisions to its entire family of banknotes which now include embossed Braille dots and high-relief vertical bars at top and bottom center, both intended to help the sight impaired identify the different denominations by feel. The new notes are all dated 1 DE MARZO DE 2012. Existing notes will continue to circulate in parallel.

Curiously, the 20-lempira note which had previously been issued on polymer (P95) in 2010 has reverted to paper substrate.

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

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Antonio Sansur (filateliadehonduras).

Guatemala new sig/date (11.05.2011) 5-quetzale note confirmed

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5 quetzales, 11 DE MAYO DE 2011. Like unlisted note dated 19 DE MAYO DE 2010, but new date, new signature (Sergio Francisco Recinos), and new font for lower right serial number.

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Courtesy of Yuri Minkin.

Honduras new sig/date (17.04.2008) 100-lempira note confirmed

Honduras_BCH_100_lempiras_2008.04.17_P77_BW_6767131_sig
100 lempiras, 17 DE ABRIL DE 2008. Like P77, but new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.m

Honduras new sig/date (06.05.2010) 10-lempira note confirmed

Honduras_BCH_10_L_2010.05.06_PNL_BL_0089851_sig
10 lempiras, 6 DE MAYO DE 2010. Like unlisted note dated 17 DE ABRIL DE 2008 by DE LA RUE, but new date, new signatures, and new imprint of OBERTHUR technologies.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Honduras new sig/date (06.05.2010) 2-lempira note confirmed

Honduras_BCH_2_L_2010.05.06_P80A_W_0429253_sig
2 lempiras, 6 DE MAYO DE 2010. Like P80Af, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Nicaragua chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Nicaragua cover

The Nicaragua 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 31-page catalog covers every note (188 types and varieties, including 58 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banco Central de Nicaragua (Central Bank of Nicaragua) from 1962 to present day. Tesoro Nacional, Tesoro General, and Banco Nacional de Nicaragua 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:
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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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Belize new sig/date (01.11.2011) 5-dollar note confirmed

Belize_CBB_5_D_2011.11.01_B25e_P67_DN_046128_sig
5 dollars (US$2.50), 1st. NOVEMBER 2011. Like CBB B25 (P67), but new date and signatures (Glenford Ysaguirre, Joseph Waight, and Damien Gough).

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Belize new sig/date (01.11.2011) 10-dollar note confirmed

Belize_CBB_10_D_2011.11.01_B26d_P68_DH_630428_sig
10 dollars (US$5), 1st. NOVEMBER 2011. Like CBB B26 (P68), but new date and signatures (Glenford Ysaguirre, Joseph Waight, and Manuel Esquivel).

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

Courtesy of Numis-Phil.

Guatemala new 1-quetzal note dated 23.11.2011 confirmed

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1 quetzal (US$0.15), 23 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2011. Like Pick 115, but new date, new signatures (Sergio Francisco Recinos Rivera and Edgar Baltazar Barquín Durán), and flag added to front and back. Polymer.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov and Thomas Krause.

Nicaragua new 500-córdoba note confirmed

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500 córdobas (US$21), 12 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007. Like P206, but bank logo at upper right front now a hologram, not OVI, and different, wider windowed security thread.

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Courtesy of Chris Twining (Page's Coins and Currency).

Nicaragua new 200-córdoba note confirmed

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200 córdobas (US$8.40), 12 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007. Like P205, but instead of embossed 200 on see-through window, 200 is opaque white.

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Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Belize new sig/date (01.11.2011) 2-dollar note confirmed

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2 dollars (US$1), 1st. NOVEMBER 2011. Like CBB B24 (P66), but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Nicaragua new 100-córdoba commemorative note confirmed

This 100-córdoba note was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the cordoba. It is like preceding issues, but with wider thread, revised registration device, repositioned serial number, subtle underprint design changes, and 1912-2012 Centenario del Cordoba in pearlescent ink at left front.

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100 córdobas (US$4.20), 12 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007.

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Courtesy of luiszuniga and TDS.

Costa Rica new 5,000-, 10,000-, and 50,000-colon notes confirmed

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According to a press release dated 6 August 2012, the Banco Central de Costa Rica issued new 5,000-, 10,000-, and 50,000-colon (US$10, $20, and $100, respectively) banknotes on 27 August 2012. The old 5,000- and 10,000-colon notes (P272 and P273) will remain legal tender until 1 January 2013, and after 1 May 2013, they can be redeemed only at the central bank.

I predict that one of these notes will win the IBNS Bank Note of the Year award for 2012. But which one? They are all very beautiful and colorful.

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Courtesy of Jose Alvarado.

Nicaragua new 20-córdoba note confirmed

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20 córdobas (US$0.80), 12 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007. Like P202, but instead of embossed 20 on see-through window, 20 is opaque white.

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Courtesy of luiszuniga.

Honduras new sig/date (2010) 500-lempira note confirmed

Honduras_BCH_500_L_2010.05.06_P78_V_0117786_sig
500 lempiras (US$26), 6 DE MAYO DE 2010. Like P78, but new date and new signatures (Maria Elena Mondragón, Héctor Méndez Cálix, William Chong Wong).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Nicaragua new 10-córdoba note confirmed

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10 córdobas (US$0.40), 12 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007. Like P201, but instead of embossed 10 on see-through window, 10 is opaque white.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Belize new 20-dollar commemorative note confirmed

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CBB B30 (PNL): 20 dollars (US$10)
Brown, chestnut, and orange. Front: Jade head; flying bird; coat of arms; school of fish; Queen Elizabeth II wearing Grand Duchess Vladimir’s tiara and Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee necklace; Baird’s tapir head as registration device. Back: Tapir; keel-billed toucan and Baird’s tapir; Central Bank of Belize headquarters building in Belize City. Windowed security thread with demetalized BELIZE. Watermark: Carved head of the “sleeping giant” and electrotype TWENTY. Printer: DE LA RUE. 140 x 70 mm.
a. 1st. JANUARY 2012. Sig. 13c. Intro: 30.04.2012.

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Courtesy of yuri111.

Honduras new sig/date (2010) 50-lempira note confirmed

Honduras_BCH_50_L_2010.05.06_PNL_AM_0474112_sig
50 lempiras (US$2.60), 6 DE MAYO DE 2010. Like P94 and P94A, but new date, new signatures, and new imprint (OBERTHUR technologies).

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Courtesy of Antonio Sansur.

Honduras new sig/date (2010) 5-lempira note confirmed

Honduras_BCH_5_L_2010.05.06_P91_BC_1809263_sig
5 lempiras (US$0.25), 6 DE MAYO DE 2010. Like P91, but new date and new signatures.

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Courtesy of Antonio Sansur.

Honduras new sig/date (2010) 1-lempira note confirmed

Honduras_BCH_1_L_2010.05.06_P89_ED_0747703_sig
1 lempira (US$0.05), 6 DE MAYO DE 2010. Like P89, but new date and new signatures.

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Courtesy of Antonio Sansur.

Honduras new signature 20-lempira note confirmed

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20 lempiras (US$1.05), 31 DE JULIO DE 2008. Like P95, but new signature. Shown above are the two confirmed signature varieties for this note. If others exist, please send scans.

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

Courtesy of Antonio Sansur.

Latin American Paper Money Society auction is now online

The Latin American Paper Money Society is pleased to announce that the LANSA 2012 Auction is now online with 665 lots from which to choose. To bid, one need only become a member, and membership is free!

LANSA currently has members from 53 different countries or entities, all of whom share an interest in collecting the banknotes of Latin America, formally defined as the region of the Americas where romance languages (i.e., those derived from Latin), particularly Spanish, Portuguese and French are primarily spoken.

For more details, visit the LANSA web site, or write to LANSA’s president, Art Matz.

Guatemala new sig/date (19.05.2010) 10-quetzal note confirmed


10 quetzales (US$1.30), 19 DE MAYO DE 2010. Like P117, but new date, new signatures, new printer imprint (CANADIAN BANK NOTE), new style flag, and new font for serial number at lower right.

Courtesy of Krassy Dimitrov.

Belize new sig/date (01.08.2010) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$26), 1st. AUGUST 2010. Like CBB B28 (P70), but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of TDS.

Guatemala new 5-quetzal polymer note confirmed


On 21 November 2011, Banco de Guatemala issued a new 5-quetzal (US$0.65) banknote printed on polymer substrate by the Canadian Bank Note Company. The new note is dated 19 DE MAYO DE 2010.

Courtesy of Evgeny Afanasov and Thomas Augustsson.

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


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

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

Courtesy of Antonio Sansur.

Costa Rica new 1,000- and 2,000-colon notes confirmed


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


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

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

Courtesy of Jose Alvarado.

Belize chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Belize cover

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

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

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

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

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

Panama chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Panama cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 2-page catalog covers every note (9 types and varieties) issued by the Republic of Panama in 1933 and the Banco Central de Emision de la Republica de Panama (Central Bank of Issue of the Republic of Panama) in 1941.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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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
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Guatemala new 20-quetzal note confirmed


On 2 December 2010, Banco De Guatemala issued a new 20-quetzal (US$2.50) note, like P112, but with new security features, including a flag as registration device, color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized text, watermark with electrotype 20, microprinting, colored fibers, and a latent image.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

Guatemala new 5-quetzal polymer to be printed in Canada

According to an article on Panorama Numismático, the printing of Guatemla’s new 5-quetzal (US$0.60) note has been awarded to the Canadian Bank Note Company, with the new polymer notes expected to be issued in the second half of 2011.

Guatemala to issue 5-quetzal polymer note in 2011

According to an article on elGrapfoscopio dated 18 November 2010, the Banco de Guatemala is preparing to issue 5-quetzal (US$0.60) polymer banknotes in 2011.

Additional information and images are requested.

Nicaragua new 50-cordoba commemorative confirmed



On 16 September 2010, Banco Central de Nicaragua (BCN) issued a new 50-cordoba (US$2.30) polymer banknote to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bank. The note measures 141 x 67 mm and is the first vertically-oriented note in the bank's history. The front of the note features the first headquarters of the bank and the back depicts Somoto Canyon. Preceding notes of the same denomination will circulate in parallel with this commemorative, of which 6 million notes will be issued.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin, Thomas Augustsson, and Ricardo Castedos.

Honduras new date (13.07.2006) 100-lempira note confirmed



100 lempira (US$5.30), 13 DE JULIO DE 2006. I think this is P95, listed as an expected new issue in the 16th edition of the SCWPM, but it may be a new date variety of P77. If anyone can supply 300-dpi scans of any date varieties of P77, please send them so I can compare details of these notes and confirm the correct classification.

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.

Costa Rica new 20,000-colon note confirmed


20,000-colon (US$38.70), 2 de setiembre de 2009.
Orange. Front: María Isabel Carvajal (Carmen Lyra); fox and hare; map. Back: Papelillo flowers; moor; Chispita hummingbird (Selasphorus flammula); rabbits; herbs. Motion windowed security thread and solid security thread. Watermark: María Isabel Carvajal. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 153 x 67 mm. Intro: 11.08.2010.

According to an article on Inside Costa Rica, bank officials had delayed the introduction due to an error on the small map printed with optically variable ink (OVI) on the front of the note. The error has been discovered on at least 150 notes, and others were examined to determine the extent of the problem.

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 Chris Twining.

Guatemala new 200-quetzal note confirmed


200 quetzales (US$25)
Blue. Front: Quetzal bird; flag; coat of arms; Sebastián Hurtado, Mariano Valverde, and German Alcántara. Back: Musical score of La Flor del Café by Alcántara; marimba chromática instrument by Hurtado; and allusion to Noche de luna entre ruinas by Valverde. Windowed security thread with demetalized 200BG. Watermark: Hurtado, Valverde, Alcántara, and electrotype 200. Printer: (G&D). 156 x 67 mm. 18 DE FEBRERO DE 2009.

The Bank of Guatemala introduced a new 200-quetzal (US$25) note on 23 August 2010 (originally scheduled for November 2009) in response to high demand and counterfeiting rate of the existing 100-quetzal note, which was issued with improved security on 6 November 2009. The Q200 is printed by the German firm Giesecke & Devrient, whereas the Q100 is printed by the Dutch company Joh Enschedé Banknotes. The notes have over 20 security features, including special paper, UV ink, latent image, OVI, security thread, holographic patch, and laser etching of the serial number below the watermark area.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Guatemala new 5-quetzal note confirmed


5 quetzales (US$0.60), 12 DE MARZO DE 2008 (12.03.2008). Like Pick 110, but new colors, new date, new signatures, new printer (OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES), Guatemalan flag as registration device, and new screen trap over entire background.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Honduras new date (17.04.2008) 500-lempira note confirmed


500 lempiras (US$26.46), 17 DE ABRIL DE 2008. Like P96, but new date and signatures:

PRESIDENTE - Edwin Araque Bonilla
GERENTE - Jorge Oviedo Imboten
SECRETARIA DE FINANZAS - Rebeca P.Santos

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Costa Rica new date (26.09.2007) 10,000-colon note confirmed


10,000 colones (US$18.70), 26 de setiembre de 2007 (26.09.2007). Like Pick 267, but new date and “Acuerdo de la Junta Directiva N° 8” (instead of N° 7).

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Costa Rica new date (14.09.2005) 1,000-colon note confirmed


1,000 colones (US$1.95), 14 de setiembre de 2005. Like Pick 264, but new date.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Costa Rica unveils new note designs


On 27 April 2010, Banco Central de Costa Rica unveiled a new family of banknotes that will replace the existing issues. The first denomination to be issued (possibly by August 2010) will be the 20,000 colones (US$39.10) depicting writer Carmen Lyra. This will be followed by the 2,000 colones in September or October, with the remaining denominations to come by year’s end, except for the 50,000 colones.

The front of each note depicts a portrait of a famous Costa Rican, and the back features flora and fauna from the six ecosystems that exist in the country. The notes are printed by Oberthur Technologies, and it appears all but the 1,000-colon denomination are protected by Crane’s windowed security thread, Motion. From the looks of it, the lowest denomination note may be printed on polymer.



Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Guatemala new 10-quetzal note confirmed


10 quetzales (US$1.25), 12 DE MARZO DE 2008 (12.03.2008). Like Pick 111, but new colors, new date, new signatures, new printer (OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES), Guatemalan flag as registration device, new screen trap over entire background, and different serial number placement and fonts. More information (in Spanish) can be found here.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Krause.

Belize new date (01.07.2009) 5-dollar note confirmed


5 dollars (US$2.50), 1st JULY 2009. Like Pick 67, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of TDS.

Nicaragua new 500-córdoba note confirmed


On 12 January 2010, Banco Central de Nicaragua introduced a new 500-córdoba (US$24) note printed on cotton paper and carrying the law date of 12 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007 (12.09.2007) . This note which measures 156 x 67 mm depicts the birthplace of General Augusto César Sandino while the back features Indian statues. The note is protected by a watermark of Sandino with electrotype 500, iridescent stripe, registration device, intaglio printing, bank logo in OVI, and color-changing windowed security thread with demetalized BCN 500.

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 Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Honduras new polymer 20-lempira note confirmed


According to a press release, the Banco Central de Honduras introduced a new polymer 20-lempira (US$1.05) note on 12 January 2010. A total of 60 million banknotes have been printed and will circulate in parallel with the paper version of the same denomination.

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

Courtesy of Thomas Krause, Claudio Marana, and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Nicaragua new 50-córdoba note confirmed


On 3 December 2009, the Banco Central de Nicaragua introduced a new 50-córdoba (US$2.40) note printed on paper. It depicts pottery of Nicaragua on the front and Somoto canyon on back. The windowed security thread is demetalized BCN 50. The watermark is of the pottery with electrotype 50.

Courtesy of Marcin Wiktoruk and Thomas Augustsson.

Honduras new date (17.04.2008) varieties confirmed

The following 1-, 2-, 5-, and 50-lempira notes dated 17 DE ABRIL DE 2008 (17.04.2008) have been confirmed with new signatures and, in some cases, new printer imprints. So far none of the other denominations from Honduras have been reported with this new date.


1 lempira (US$0.05), 17 DE ABRIL DE 2008. Like Pick 84, but new date, new signatures, and new printer imprint: OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES.


2 lempira (US$0.10), 17 DE ABRIL DE 2008. Like Pick 80A, but new date, new signatures, and new printer imprint: OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES.


5 lempira (US$0.25), 17 DE ABRIL DE 2008. Like Pick 85, but new date, new signatures, and new printer imprint: OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES.


50 lempira (US$2.65), 17 DE ABRIL DE 2008. Like Pick 94, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda and Rui Manuel Palhares.

Guatemala new date (17.01.2007) 5-quetzal note confirmed


5 quetzales (US$0.60). 17 DE ENERO DE 2007. Like Pick 110, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Guatemala new 100-quetzal note confirmed



Brown, red, and blue. Front: Quetzal bird; flag; bishop Francisco Marroquín; blue-to-green OVI seal. Back: Flower beds and pillars in courtyard at University of San Carlos de Borromeo in Antigua. Holographic windowed security thread. Watermark: Francisco Marroquín and electrotype 100. Printer: Joh. Enschede. 158 x 67 mm. Dated: 12 DE MARZO DE 2008 (12.03.2008). Intro: 06.11.2009.

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 banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Belize new date (01.09.2007) 2-dollar note confirmed


2 dollars (US$1), 1st. SEPTEMBER 2007. Like Pick 66, but new date and new signatures.

Belize new date (01.09.2007) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$5.10). Like Pick 68, but new date (1st SEPTEMBER 2007) and new signatures.

Guatemala new date (2007) notes confirmed


10 quetzales (US$1.20). Like P111, but new date (11 DE ENERO DE 2007) and new signatures.

20 quetzales (US$2.40). Like P112, but new date (24 DE ENERO DE 2007) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Belize new date (01.02.2009) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$25.65). Like Pick 70, but new date (1st FEBRUARY 2009) and new signatures. This is the first note I’ve seen signed by the new governor, Glenford Ysaguirre, who assumed the office in October 2008. If anyone has other new dates or signatures, please send scans.

Guatemala new date (12.03.2008) 1-quetzal note confirmed


1 quetzal (US$0.15), 12 DE MARZO DE 2008. Like Pick 109, but new date, new signatures, and new printer imprint (OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES). Polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Nicaragua issues 100- and 200-córdoba notes

On 1 June 2009, the Central Bank of Nicaragua introduced new 100- and 200-córdoba banknotes, the former printed on paper and the latter printed on polymer.


100 cordobas (US$4.95). L. 12 SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007. Introduced 01.06.2009. Front: Monument to Rubén Darío. Back: Cathedral of Leon. Windowed security thread with demetalized BCN 100. Watermark: Tomb of Rubén Darío in the Cathedral of Leon, electrotype 100, and Cornerstones. 146 x 67 mm. Signature: Antenor Rosales Bolaños, PRESIDENTE.


200 cordobas (US$9.85). L. 12 SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007. Introduced 01.06.2009. Front: Folk dancers. Back: Guardabarranco bird and Isla de Ometepe. 151 x 67 mm. Polymer. Signature: Antenor Rosales Bolaños, PRESIDENTE. Polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson, Thomas Krause, and Gustavo Rios.

Nicaragua issues 10- and 20-córdoba polymer notes

On 15 May 2009, the Central Bank of Nicaragua introduced new 10- and 20-córdoba banknotes. Printed on polymer, the new notes cost 30 percent more to manufacture than paper notes, but the president of the BCN, Antenor Rosales Bolaños, assured the public that they are impermeable, hygienic, and last up to four times as long.


10 córdoba (US$0.50), L. 12 SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007. Introduced 15.05.2009. Front: Castillo Inmaculada Concepción (Castle of the Immaculate Conception) in Rio San Juan. Back: Coat of arms; Hacienda San Jacinto in Managua. Signature: Antenor Rosales Bolaños, PRESIDENTE. 131 x 67 mm. Polymer.


20 córdobas (US$1), L. 12 SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007. Introduced 15.05.2009. Front: Girl pounding grain; typical house on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Back: Coat of arms; five women dancing the palo de Mayo (Maypole). Signature: Antenor Rosales Bolaños, PRESIDENTE. 136 x 67 mm. Polymer.

Denominations of 100 and 200 córdobas will be issued shortly, with 50- and 500-córdoba notes to follow. Of these, the 200-córdoba note will also be polymer, with the other denominations printed on paper.

Courtesy of Oscar Fonseca, Thomas Krause, and Gustavo Rios.

Belize new date (01.09.2007) 20-dollar note confirmed


P69: 20 dollars (US$10.25), 1st. SEPTEMBER 2007. New date and new signatures. Printer: DE LA RUE.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Honduras new date notes confirmed


2 lempiras (US$0.10), 13 DE JULIO DE 2006. Like P80A, but new date and new signatures with names above titles (GABRIELA NÚÑEZ DE REYES, PRESIDENTA; GERMÁN E. AMRTEL BELTRÁN, GERENTE; REBECA P. SANTOS, SECRETARIA DE FINANZAS).


10 lempiras (US$0.50), 26 DE AGOSTO DE 2004. Like P86, but new date and new signature for SECRETARIO DE FINANZAS: William Chong Wong.


50 lempiras (US$2.65), 13 DE JULIO DE 2006. Like HNL50 dated 26 DE AGOSTO DE 2004, but new date and new signatures with names above titles (GABRIELA NÚÑEZ DE REYES, PRESIDENTA; GERMÁN E. AMRTEL BELTRÁN, GERENTE; REBECA P. SANTOS, SECRETARIA DE FINANZAS).


500 lempiras (US$26.45), 26 DE AGOSTO DE 2004. Like P78, but new date and new signatures (María Elena Mondragón de Villar, PRESIDENTA; unknown, GERENTE; William Chong Wong, SECRETARIO DE FINANZAS).

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Costa Rica new date (14.09.2005) 2,000-colone note confirmed


2,000 colones (US$4.05), 14 de setiembre de 2005. Like P265, but new date and new signatures (unknown, PRESIDENTE; unknown, GERENTE). Printer: FRANÇOIS-CHARLES OBERTHUR.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Nicaragua to issue new family of notes, including polymers

In early 2008, the Central Bank of Nicaragua received approval to produce new banknotes. The 10-, 20-, and 200-córdoba notes are to be printed on polymer, whereas the 50-, 100-, and 500-córdoba notes will be printed on paper.

Additional information and images requested.

Courtesy of Roberto Cacciamani.

Costa Rica new date (14.09.2005) 10,000-colone note confirmed


10,000 colones (US$19.25), 14 de setiembre de 2005. Like P267, but new date and new signatures (unknown, PRESIDENTE; unknown, GERENTE).

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.

Guatemala issues new polymer 1-quetzal note


1 quetzal (US$0.15), 20 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2006. Introduced 20.08.2007. Green. Like Pick 99, but polymer with transparent window embossed with bank logo, new date, and new signatures (unknown, GERENTE GENERAL; Maria Antonieta Del Cid Navas de Bonilla, PRESIDENTA). General José María Orellana portrait on front, Banco de Guatelmala building on back. Printer: Canadian Bank Note (with imprint). Polymer. 60 million notes to be introduced over the next two years.

Courtesy of Dagoberto Robles, Tuyet Nhung Le, and Thomas Krause.

Costa Rica new date (27.09.2004) 10,000-colone note confirmed


10,000 colones (US$19.25), 27 de setiembre de 2004. Like Pick 267, but new date, and new signatures.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Guatemala new date (25.8.2006) 100-quetzal note confirmed


100 quetzals (US$13.10), 25 de Agosto de 2006. Like Pick 104, but new date, and new signatures. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Belize new date (2006) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$25.40), 1st November 2006. Like Pick 70, but new date and new signatures (Sydney Campbell, Governor; Carla Barnett, Financial Secretary; unknown, Director).

Courtesy of Dan Bellan.

Nicaragua issues new date (10 de Marzo de 2006) series


Banco Central de Nicaragua has replaced the 10-cordobas note (Pick 191) with a coin, and released a new series of 20-, 50-, 100-, and 500-cordobas notes. This new series is identical to the 2002 issue (Pick 192 - 195), except for the new date (10 de Marzo de 2006) and  new signatures (see detail above).

Courtesy of Gustavo Adolfo Rios Espinoza.

Guatemala new date (25.8.2006) 20-quetzal note confirmed


20 quetzal (US$2.65), 25 de Agosto de 2006. Like Pick 108, but new date and watermark of Doctor Mariano Gálvez with electrotype denomination. Printer: De La Rue. 156 x 67 mm.

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.