East and Southeast Asia

Mongolia new sig/date (2014) 10,000-tögrög note confirmed

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10,000 төгрөг (tögrög), 2014. Like MB B34, but new signature and new date. Prefix NZ (not replacement; initials of Mongol bank Governor Naidansuren Zoljargal).

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Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya.

Philippines new date (2014B) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos, 2014B. Like P208, but new date. Prefix NL.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2013) 20-dollar note confirmed

20 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P212, but new date. Prefix KB.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Indonesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 36-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank Indonesia from 1952 to present. Published 14 November 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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Philippines new date (2014A) 20-peso note confirmed

20 pesos, 2014A. Like P206, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Hong Kong Shanghai Banking new date (01.01.2013) 100-dollar note confirmed

100 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P214, but new date. Prefix GU.

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

Philippines new date (2014) 1,000-peso note confirmed

1,000 pesos, 2014. Like P211, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Bangladesh new date (2013) 100-taka note confirmed

100 taka, 2013. Like BB B52, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Bangladesh new date (2014) 10-taka note confirmed

10 taka, 2014. Like BB B49, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Myanmar new 5,000-kyat note confirmed

According to an article on China.org.cn dated 19 September 2014, the Central Bank of Myanmar will issue a 5,000-kyat banknote with a new design and improved security features on 1 October 2014. Existing 5,000-kyat notes (CBM B15) remain legal tender.

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CBM B17 (PNL): 5,000 kyats
Purple. Front: Elephant. Back: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) legislature buildings in Zeya Theddhi Ward of Naypyidaw. Color-changing windowed security thread with demetalized Spw MYANMAR CBm. Watermark: Elephant and electrotype 5000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI CBM. 150 x 70 mm.
a. No date. Prefix GN. Intro: 01.10.2014.

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Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Cambodia chapter available for free for a limited time

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Today I'm pleased to announce another sponsored chapter give-away thanks to the generosity of Robert Bird of Robert's World Money. Robert sells quality banknotes to collectors around the world with more than 2,000 listings with images on eBay and a website with new notes added weekly.

Robert is sponsoring the give-away of the Cambodia chapter. This 23-page catalog covers notes issued by the National Bank of Cambodia, the Cambodia Ministry of Tourism, the National Bank of Kampuchea, the People’s Bank of Kampuchea, the Khmer Rouge, and the National Bank of Cambodia. Revised 22 August 2014.

It normally costs $9.99, but if you are among the first 50 collectors to use the coupon code found on Robert's World Money web site 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 Cambodia.

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

Macau new 2014/2015 10-pataca commemorative notes confirmed

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10 patacas, 1 DE JANEIRO DE 2014. Commemorates the Year of the Horse.

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10 patacas, 1 DE JANEIRO DE 2015. Commemorates the Year of the Goat.

Two years' worth of commemorative notes have been issued simultaneously because of pre-sales of fakes that occurred at the end of 2013.

Courtesy of Julien Martz.

Philippines new date (2014) 50-peso note confirmed

50 pesos, 2014. Like P207, but new date and year in purple lithograph instead of red intaglio.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Singapore new two-diamond 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, no date. Like MAS B5, but with two diamonds below ARTS on back.

Courtesy of Wei Jie.

North Korea new 5,000-won note confirmed

According to an article in The Hindu Business Line dated 11 August 2014, the portrait of Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea, has been removed from the new 5,000-won note in favor of the birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae, with the back depicting the International Friendship Exhibition building in Myohyang-san.

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DPRK B57 (PNL): 5,000 (won)
Brown and pink. Front: Coat of arms; trees; houses (birthplace of Kim Il Sung) in Mangyongdae; five-pointed star within a star. Back: International Friendship Exhibition building in Myohyang-san. Solid security thread with printed text. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65 mm.
a. 2013. Intro: 2014.

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Courtesy of Danny Verheij, Mark Irwin, Alex Klark, and Noteshobby.

Macau new sig/date (11.11.2013) 100-pataca note confirmed

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100 patacas, 11 DE NOVEMBRO DE 2013. Like P82, but new date and new signatures (Pedro Cardoso and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador). Prefix AV.

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Courtesy of David Murcek (http://stores.ebay.com/The-Monetary-Unit) and Max Keller.

Indonesia new 100,000-rupiah note confirmed

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According to an article in The Jakarta Post dated 19 August 2014, Bank Indonesia officially released a new 100,000-rupiah note on 17 August. The new note is like the current note of the same denomination (Pick P153), but with BANK INDONESIA at lower left front replaced with NEGARA KESATUAN REPUBLIK INDONESIA (The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia) and is the first note to bear the signature of a finance minister (Menteri Keuangan). Previously, only top bank officials had their signatures printed on the notes.

Governor Agus Martowardojo also said that Bank Indonesia is moving forward with plans to redenominate the rupiah by slashing three zeroes from the currency.

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and The Currency Exchange.

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 100,000-rupiah note confirmed

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100,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P153, but new date and new signatures (Agus D.W. Martowardojo and unknown).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 50,000-rupiah note confirmed

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50,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P152, but new date and new signatures (Agus D.W. Martowardojo and Halim Alamsyah).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 20,000-rupiah note confirmed

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20,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P151, but new date and new signatures (Agus D.W. Martowardojo and Ronald Waas).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Hong Kong (HSBC) new date (01.01.2014) 500-dollar note confirmed

500 dollars, 1 January 2014. Like P215, but new date. Prefix EB.

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Cambodia new date (2014) 500-riel note confirmed

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500 រៀល (riels). Like NBC B17, but with បោះពុម្ពឆ្នាំ ២០១៤ (Printed 2014) at lower right on back.

Courtesy of Allan Lim (www.artofangkor.com/ccc) and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 10,000-rupiah note confirmed

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10,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P150, but new date and new signatures (Agus D.W. Martowardojo and unknown).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Brunei new date (2013) 500-dollar note confirmed

500 dollars, 2013. Like BCMB B3a, but new date. Prefix D/3.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Hong Kong HSBC new date (01.01.2013) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P213, but new date. Prefix DN.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Bangladesh new date (2014) 50-taka note confirmed

50 taka, 2014. Like BB B51, but new date and Western digits in lower left serial number.

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Courtesy of Syeed Bin Salam (Tuhin) and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

P.S. In revising the Bangladesh chapter of The Banknote Book to incorporate this new variety, I discovered that between the 18th and 20th editions of the SCWPM, Krause has renumbered its "2011 Issue" notes from Pick 52 onward, a maddening practice that I eschew. Also, it's clear that the descriptions of these notes come from The Banknote Book, albeit grossly truncated. Imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery.

Hong Kong (HKSB) new date (01.01.2013) 500-dollar note confirmed

500 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P215, but new date. Prefix DU.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Singapore urged to withdraw 10,000-dollar notes

As previously reported, the Monetary Authority of Singapore will no longer issue the 10,000-dollar banknote (BCCS B38) as of 1 October 2014, but it will remain legal tender. However, according to a Jakarta Post article dated 7 July 2014, the Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) has urged Singaporean authorities to withdraw all such notes rather than simply discontinue printing, to more effectively help Indonesia curb rampant corruption and money-laundering activities.

Japan revised 5,000-yen note confirmed

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According to an article on JapanToday dated 8 May 2014, on 12 May the Bank of Japan introduced a new 5,000-yen note like the existing notes (P105), but with high-tech anti-forgery features and enhanced convenience for visually impaired people. This note has 1-letter prefix, brown serial numbers, and different shaped seal over hologram at lower right front.

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Courtesy of Mark Irwin.

Singapore to withdraw 10,000-dollar note 01.10.2014

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According to an article on The Real Singapore dated 2 July 2014, the Monetary Authority of Singapore will no longer issue the 10,000-dollar banknote (BCCS B38) as of 1 October 2014, but it will remain legal tender. With a face value equal to US$8,000, this note is tied with the 10,000-dollar note (BCMB B5) from Brunei for the circulating note with the highest face value in the world. This high denomination note is being withdrawn to reduce the risk of money laundering. The move was announced as part of "Combating Financial Crime: International and National Efforts," a keynote address by Ong Chong Tee, deputy managing director (Financial Supervision), Monetary Authority of Singapore at the ABS Financial Crime Seminar on 2 July 2014.

Courtesy of Stane Štraus (Polymer Bank Notes of the World).

Indonesia new notes from new issuer reportedly set for 17.08.2014 introduction

According to an article on Tempo.co dated 19 June 2014, Indonesia plans to issue new banknotes on 17 August 2014, Independence Day. The new banknotes will have "Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia" (Republic of Indonesia) written on them, replacing the name of the current issuer, Bank Indonesia. The new banknotes will still have the same denominations as the current notes, will still have pictures of national figures, and are claimed to be harder to counterfeit.

Indonesia has been tinkering with the idea of changing its notes and revaluing its currency for years, with various plans in the past having failed to come to fruition. As such, it's probably wise not to put too much faith in this latest report.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2014) 20-peso note confirmed

20 pesos, 2014. Like P206, but new date.

Courtesy of Tristan Choa.

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 2,000-rupiah note confirmed

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2,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P148, but new date and new signatures.

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Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 5,000-rupiah note confirmed

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5,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P142, but new date and new signatures.

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Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Thailand new 500-baht note confirmed

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According to press release No. 16/2014, the Bank of Thailand issued a new 500-baht note on 12 May 2014. The note remains the same size (156 x 72) and color (purple) as the existing 500-baht note (P107), but incorporates several new security features:

  • Thai ornament in gold-to-green OVI
  • latent image of denomination
  • ๕๐๐ electrotype watermark
  • holographic foil stripe
  • gold-to-green windowed security thread (possibly Motion)
  • iridescent coating

Existing notes remain legal tender.

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Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby) and Sanjay Basu.

Cambodia new 50,000-riel commemorative note confirmed

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NBC B27 (PNL): 50,000 riels (US$12)
Brown. Front: Naga, mythical snake; King Norodom Sihanouk. Back: Koh Ker ruins; sculpture of baby elephant. Solid security thread. Watermark: Lotus flower pattern. Printer: Unknown. 155 x 72 mm.
a. 2013. Signature 3. Intro: 06.05.2014.

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Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby) and Allan J. Lim (Cambodian Currency Collection).

Indonesia new date (2013) 1,000-rupiah note confirmed

1,000 rupiah, 2013. Like P141, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Philippines new date (2014) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 2014. Like P210, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Singapore new symbol (one triangle) 5-dollar note confirmed

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5 dollars, no date. Like MAS B9, but one triangle on back. Intro: 2014.

Curiously, this note bears the prefix 4AQ, which falls after the 4AL prefix for a note previously confirmed with two triangles. Apparently the Monetary Authority of Singapore has broken with the symbol system used in the past.

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

Philippines seeks to alter color of 100-peso note

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According to an article on ABS CBN News dated 24 April 2014, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has asked the president to allow the bank to alter the color of the purple 100-peso note (P208) because it is too easily confused with the blue 1,000-peso note (P211).

Philippines to demonetize old peso notes in 2015

According to a Philippines Information Agency report dated 14 April 2014, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has announced that the old series of peso notes will be demonetized in 2015, although an exact date has not yet been determined.

Malaysia new 1-ringgit variety confirmed

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1 ringgit, no date. Like BNM B49, but text on front filled with diagonal lines.

The text on the front of early issues of the 1-ringgit note is filled solid (BNM B49a, top), but on later issues the text is filled with diagonal lines (B49b, bottom).

Courtesy of Sergey Vostrikov and Alexander Petrov.

Philippines new date (2014) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos, 2014. Like P208, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Leo Belmonte (LeoBelmonte3).

Burma chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

Everyone who buys the Burma chapter will also receive the Myanmar chapter free (normally US$4.99).

This 24-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of India in 1937, the Reserve Bank of India from 1938 to 1939, the Japanese Government from 1942 to 1945, the Burma State Bank from 1944 to 1945, the Military Administration of Burma from 1943 to 1945, the Burma Currency Board in 1947, the Government of Burma from 1948 to 1950, the Union Bank of Burma from 1953 to 1958, the Peoples Bank of Burma in 1965, and the Union of Burma Bank from 1972 to 1987. Published 4 April 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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Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking new date (01.01.2012) 500-dollar note confirmed

500 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like P215, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

North Korea new 100th birthday commemorative notes confirmed

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North Korea has issued into circulation all denominations (5 to 5,000 won) with a 100th birthday overprint in the upper left corner. Other than the overprint, these notes are identical to the preceding issues (DPRK B39 - B47).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Singapore new symbol 100-dollar note confirmed

100 dollars, no date. Like MAS B6d, but two triangles below YOUTH on back.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause (http://www.polymernotes.de).

Singapore new signature/symbol 1,000-dollar note confirmed

1,000 dollars, no date. Like MAS B7e, but new signature (Tharman Shanmugaratnam) and one star below GOVERNMENT on back.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause (http://www.polymernotes.de).

Hong Kong chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Hong Kong 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 notes issued by the Bank of China from 1994 to present as well as the notes issued by the Standard Chartered Bank from 1985 to present. Revised 28 Februry 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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Hong Kong Standard Bank new sig/date (01.01.2013) 50-dollar note confirmed

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50 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2013. Like P298, but new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2013) 10,000-rupiah note confirmed

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10,000 rupiah, 2013/2005. Like P150, but new date and signatures (Nasution/Sarwono).

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

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn and David Murcek (http://www.themonetaryunit.com).

Hong Kong Bank of China new date (01.01.2013) 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes confirmed

20 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like BOC B16, but new date.

50 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like BOC B17, but new date.

100 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like BOC B18, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Vietnam new date (2013) 200,000-dong note confirmed

200,000 dong, (20)13. Like SBV B47, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Virosa.

Vietnam new date (2014) 10,000-dong note confirmed

10,000 dong, (20)14. Like SBV B43, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Indochine1931.

Hong Kong Standard Chartered new sig/date (01.01.2013) 100-dollar note confirmed

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100 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2013. Like P299, but new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Singapore new 10-dollar note variety confirmed

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10 dollars, no date. Like MAS B10, but with one star below SPORTS on back. Intro: January 2014.

Courtesy of Bin Hee Jum.

Philippines new 100-peso Iglesia ni Cristo commemorative confirmed

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100 pesos, 2013. Like P194, but with blue IGLESIA NI CRISTO CENTENNIAL 1914 2014 overprint.

This note commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Church of Christ.

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Leo Belmonte III.

Macau Banco da China new date (01.07.2013) 10-, 20-, and 100-pataca notes confirmed

10 patacas, 1 DE JULHO DE 2013. Like BDC B13a, but new date. Prefix AB.

20 patacas, 1 DE JULHO DE 2013. Like BDC B14a, but new date. Prefix AE.

100 patacas, 1 DE JULHO DE 2013. Like BDC B16a, but new date. Prefix AE.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new 100-peso Shell commemorative confirmed

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100 pesos, 2013. Like P194, but with black Shell 100 TAON 1914 • 2014 overprint.

This note commemorates Shell's 100th anniversary in the Philippines.

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Leo Belmonte III.

Vietnam chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Vietnam 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 notes issued by the Ngân hàng Nhà nước Việt Nam (State Bank of Vietnam) from 1964 to present. Published 24 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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India notes without dates to be withdrawn 01.04.2014

According to a press release dated 22 January 2014, the Reserve Bank of India has announced that all banknotes issued prior to 2005 are to be withdrawn from circulation as of 1 April 2014. The affected notes are easily identified by their lack of a printed date at lower center on back (up to Pick 94). The notes remain legal tender, but after 1 July 2014, "to exchange more than 10 pieces of 500- or 1,000-rupee notes, non-customers will have to furnish proof of identity and residence to the bank branch in which she/he wants to exchange the notes.

Courtesy of Jinesh Joseph.

Afghanistan new sig/date (2012) 500-afghani note confirmed

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500 afghanis, ١٣٩١ (SH1391/2012). Like DAB B60, but new date and signature 20.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2013) 1,000-dollar note confirmed

1,000 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2013. Like BOC B20b, but new date.

Courtesy of Hang.

Sarawak chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Sarawak cover
The Sarawak 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 Sarawak Government Treasury from 1858 to 1919, and the Government of Sarawak from 1880 to 1945. Published 13 December 2013.

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Philippines new date (2013) 1,000-peso note confirmed

1,000 pesos, 2013. Like P211, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Cambodia new 2,000-riel commemorative note confirmed

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2,000 riels, ២០១៣ (2013). Note commemorates 60 years of Cambodia’s independence. Intro: 08.11.2013. More info in Khmer press release.

Courtesy of Allan Lim (www.artofangkor.com/ccc) and Thomas Augustsson.

Philippines new 100-peso National Year of Rice commemorative note confirmed

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100 pesos, 2013. Like P194, but with black NATIONAL YEAR OF RICE overprint.

Courtesy of Andrew Quirke.

Japan seeks to print notes for other countries

According to an article on Bernama dated 29 November 2013, Japan's Ministry of Finance has launched a promotion campaign in the hope of attracting orders to print banknotes and passports for other countries by highlighting Japan's cutting-edge anti-counterfeit technologies. Japan's only experience printing notes for other countries was when it printed South Korean notes during the Korean War.

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.01.2013) 500-dollar note confirmed

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500 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2013. Like P300, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Indonesia moves closer to issuing redenominated notes in 2014

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After many years of discussion, according to this article dated 22 July 2013, it appears Bank Indonesia is moving closer to issuing redenominated notes on 1 January 2014. The new notes retain the same color schemes and depict the same people as the existing notes, although the portraits are redesigned and three zeros have been removed from the denominations. The new and old notes will circulate in parallel, and the old notes will remain valid for up to 10 years. The plan still awaits approval from the House of Representatives.

Courtesy of Jinesh Joseph and Wilson Chow.

Myanmar to issue new notes honoring General Aung San and other leaders

According to various press reports dated 14 November 2013, the Central Bank of Myanmar will issue banknotes bearing the image of the country's late national hero—General Aung San—who is the father of Myanmar armed forces. The general's portrait last appeared on the 35-kyat note issued in 1986 (P63) when the country was known as Burma.

Daw Khin Saw Oo, vice governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar , made the disclosure in the parliament in reply to a proposal urging the government to circulate the country's bank notes bearing the image of General Aung San, reported Xinhua. "The central bank will issue bank notes bearing the images of country's prominent leaders, buildings, landscapes and emblems with the permission of the union government," she said.

No word yet on when the new notes will be issued.

Hong Kong chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Hong Kong cover
The Hong Kong 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 notes issued by the Bank of China from 1994 to present. Published 8 November 2013.

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Macau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Macau 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 Banco da China (Bank of China) from 1995 to present. Published 1 November 2013.

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Mongolia new 5,000-tögrög note confirmed

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5,000 төгрөг (tögrög), 2013. Like MB B25, but new date, signature (Naidansuren Zoljargal, who replaced Lkhanaasuren Purevdorj on 14.09.2012), and revised script to the left of the signatures on front.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Mongolia new sig/date (2013) 20,000-tögrög note confirmed

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20,000 төгрөг (tögrög), 2013. Like MB B35, but new date, signature (Naidansuren Zoljargal, who replaced Lkhanaasuren Purevdorj on 14.09.2012), and modified varifeye thread.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Philippines new 100-peso BSP commemorative note confirmed

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100 pesos, 2013. Like P194, but new date and blue 20 1993-2013 WASTONG PANANALAPI TUNGO SA KAUNLARAN overprint.

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

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

Mongolia new sig/date 10-, 20-, 50-, 500-, and 1,000-tögrög notes confirmed

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10 tögrög, 2013. Like MB B30c, but new date and signature (Naidansuren Zoljargal, who replaced Lkhanaasuren Purevdorj on 14.09.2012).

20 tögrög, 2013. Like MB B31c, but new date and signature.

50 tögrög, 2013. Like MB B21c, but new date and signature.

500 tögrög, 2013. Like MB B32b, but new date and signature.

1,000 tögrög, 2013. Like MB B33b, but new date and signature.

Courtesy of Sergey Vostrikov and Alexander Petrov.

Mongolia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 22-page catalog covers notes issued by the State Treasury in 1921, the Commercial and Industrial Bank from 1925 to 1941, the УЛСЫН БАНК (State Bank) from 1955 to 1983, and the МОНГОЛБАНК (Mongolbank) from 1993 to present day. Published 20 September 2013.

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Philippines new 50-peso TUA commemorative note confirmed

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50 pesos, 2013. Like P193, but with black TRINITY UNIVERSITY OF ASIA 50 Years 1963-2013 TUA @ 50: ACHIEVING OUR GOLDEN DREAMS overprint.

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

Courtesy of SC Tan.

Indonesia new sig/date (2013) 5,000-rupiah note confirmed

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5,000 rupiah, 2013/2001. Like P142, but new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Philippines new 50-peso PDIC commemorative note confirmed

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According to a press release, on 20 June 2013, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) issued a new 50-peso note to commemorate the golden anniversary of state deposit insurer Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) and its customer philosophy, “Committed to Serve”.

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

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

Singapore new symbol 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, no date. Like MAS B5, but with one diamond below the word ARTS on the back.

Courtesy of Bin Hee Jum.

Singapore new symbol variety 1,000-dollar note confirmed

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1,000 dollars, no date. Like MAS B7, but with two diamonds below GOVERNMENT on back.

Courtesy of Bin Hee Jum.

Indonesia new sig/date (2013) 100,000-rupiah note confirmed

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100,000 rupiah, 2013/2004. Like PNL dated 2011 and 2012, but new DEPUTI GUBERNUR signature and new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Philippines new date (2013) 100- and 500-peso notes confirmed

100 pesos, 2013. Like P208, but new date.

500 pesos, 2013. Like P210, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Hong Kong's Standard Chartered Bank new sig/date (01.01.2012) 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes confirmed

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20 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2012. Like P297, but new date and new signature for CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.

50 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2012. Like P298, but new date and new signature for CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.

100 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2012. Like P299, but new date and new signature for CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Hong Kong's Hongkong & Shanghai Banking new date (01.01.2012) 50- and 100-dollar notes confirmed

50 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like P213, but new date and new title: Chief Executive (signature remains unchanged).

100 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like P214, but new date and new title: Chief Executive (signature remains unchanged).

The only Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited denomination not yet confirmed with this new date is the 500-dollar note.

Courtey of Bill Stubkjaer.

Indonesia new date (2013) 20,000-rupiah note confirmed

20,000 rupiah, 2013. Like P144, but new date.

Be advised, however, that notes of this denomination dated 2011 through 2013 are significantly different than those dated 2004 through 2010, even though the SCWPM lumps them all together as P144. The newer notes have enhanced security features, including rainbow printing and Omron rings. The notes also have new codes for the sight impaired. On these notes, the year of printing appears above the signatures, with the series year at lower right front or lower right back.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Vietnam new date (2012) 500,000-dong note confirmed

500,000 dong, (20)12. Like P124, but new date.

Courtesy of Zbyněk Sobotka.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2012) 20-dollar note confirmed

20 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like P212, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2012) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like P213, but new date.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Philippines new date (2013) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos, 2013. Like P194, but new date.

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

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

Indonesia new date (2013) 10,000-rupiah note confirmed

10,000 rupiah, 2013/2005. Like P150b, but new date.

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

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

Indonesia new date (2013) 5,000-rupiah note confirmed

5,000 rupiah, 2013/2001. Like P142l, but new date.

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

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

Cambodia new 100,000-riel commemorative note confirmed

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According to an article in NZweek dated 8 May 2013, Cambodia issued a new 100,000-riel (US$25) note to celebrate the 60th birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni on 14 May. This is the largest denomination in the nation. The note depicts the portraits of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath on the front and the pictures of the two monarchs and their current King Norodom Sihamoni on the back.

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

Courtesy of Allan J. Lim (www.artofangkor.com), Michael Doran, and Noteshobby (http://stores.ebay.com/Noteshobby).

Straits Settlements chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Straits Settlements cover

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

This 12-page catalog covers every note (159 types and varieties, including 53 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of the Straits Settlements from 1898 to 1935. Published 10 May 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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Philippines new 50-peso St. Pedro Calungsod commemorative confirmed

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50 pesos, 2013. Like P193, but new date, new signature, and red overprint: 1672 st. pedro calungsod canonization 2012 LIFE THAT IS OFFERED FAITH THAT IS PROCLAIMED.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Indonesia new date (2013) 50,000-rupiah note confirmed

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50,000 rupiah, 2013 on front/2005 on back. Like unlisted note previously confirmed dated 2011 and 2012, but new date. Signature Nasution/Sarwono on all three date varieties.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new date (2013) 2,000-rupiah note confirmed

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2,000 rupiah, 2013 on front/2009 on back. Like P148, but new date. Signature Nasution/Waas.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Singapore overprinted 1997 5-dollar ship note from sheet


In January 2013, a contributor sent scans of two previously unlisted Singapore 5-dollar notes, possibily commemoratives overprinted on B21b (P35) at right front near the watermark.

The first note has a prefix of B/29 and is overprinted in red with 30 Anniversary and a small logo of the Board of Commissioners of Currency of Singapore (BCCS). It has a wide margin at left.

The second note has a prefix of B/35 and is overprinted in red with the logo of the BCCS.

From all indications, these notes were overprinted to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the BCCS, which would date them to 1997 or later.

According to another contributor, these notes were manually cut from sheets of notes and were not issued into circulation.

Philippines new date (2012) 1,000-peso note confirmed

1,000 pesos (US$24), 2012. Like P211, but new date.

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

Courtesy of
Goodluck4u888.

Philippines new date (2013) 20-peso note confirmed

20 pesos (US$0.50), 2013. Like P206, but new date.

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

Courtesy of
Goodluck4u888.

Netherlands New Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Netherlands New Guinea cover

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

This 5-page catalog covers every note (36 types and varieties) issued by Nieuw-Guinea (New Guinea) in 1950 and Nederlands Nieuw-Guinea (Netherlands New Guinea) in 1954. Published 3 May 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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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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Philippines new 100-peso commemorative note confirmed

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100 pesos (US$2.45), 2012. Like P194, but green Manila Hotel 100 overprint.

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

Courtesy of
Goodluck4u888.

Mongolia new 5,000-tögrög note variety confirmed

The 5,000-tögrög note dated 2003 (P68) apparently underwent a slight modification at some point between prefixes AF and AH.

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On later issues (bottom), the signature ends with a curved horizontal line which is missing from earlier issues (top).

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More significantly, on the back of earlier issues (top), there are bands of red at the ends of the horizontal bars along the lower edge which are not present on the later issues (bottom).

If you have this note with prefix AG, help narrow down the change-over prefix by using the contact form to indicate which attributes appear on your note.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov and Sergey Vostrikov.

Philippines new date (2013) 500-peso note confirmed

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

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

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

Philippines new date (2013) 500-peso note confirmed

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

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

Courtesy of goodluck4u888.

Philippines new date (2013) 50-peso note confirmed

50 pesos, 2013. Like P193, but new date.

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

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

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2012) 100- and 500-dollar notes confirmed

100 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2012. Like P343, but new date.

500 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2012. Like P344, but new date.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Vietnam Coins and Papermoney published

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Valota Massimiliano has published a second edition of Vietnam Coins and Papermoney, a 350-page catalog in English with color images, index of rarity, and cross-references to other catalogs for easy searching. The catalog covers the coins and notes of South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Vietnam Socialist, and military payment coupons.

Cost is 30 euro each, excluding shipping.

Anyone interested in buying one of these catalogs can contact the author by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Valota Massimiliano.

Macau residents flock to buy Year of the Snake banknotes

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According to an article dated 14 January 2013 in the Macau Buiness Daily, Banco Nacional Ultramarino's servers crashed due to the large number of online applications to buy special banknotes marking the forthcoming lunar Year of the Snake. From 2012 to 2023, BNU and Bank of China are each authorised to issue a maximum of 20 million special notes with a face value of 10 patacas (US$1.25) to mark each lunar year. The limit was imposed at the end of last January in an effort to curb the kind of crazed speculation that took hold after the Year of the Dragon notes were put in circulation in that month. BNU and Bank of China at first intended to issue only 10 million Year of the Dragon notes each, but people formed long queues to get them.

Courtesy of Allan Tilley and Wilson Chow.

Singapore new 100-dollar sig/symbol variety confirmed

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100 dollars, no date. Like MAS B6 (P50), but new signature (Tharman Shanmugaratnam) and one triangle on back.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Singapore new 10-dollar symbol variety confirmed

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10 dollars, no date. Like MAS B10 (P48), but with two diamonds on the back below the word SPORTS.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Hong Kong new title/date (01.01.2012) 1,000-dollar note confirmed

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1,000 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like PNL dated 1 January 2010, but new date and new title (signature remains unchanged).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Macau new sig/date (08.08.2010) 1,000-pataca note confirmed

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1,000 patacas, 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2010. Like P84, but new date and signatures (Herculano de Sousa and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador.).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.01.2012) 10-dollar note confirmed

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10 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2012. Like P401, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Philippines new 50-peso San Pedro Calungsod commemorative reported

According to an article in the Sun Star dated 2 February 2013, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has approved the proposal to allow the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to issue on 2 April 2013 a 50-peso note commemorating the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod by Pope Benedict XVI on 21 October 2012 in Rome, Italy.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Singapore encourages use of "good-as-new" 2-dollar notes for Hong Bao

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a press release dated 10 January 2013 encouraging the public to use what it calls "good as new" 2-dollar notes for the coming Lunar New Year's "hong bao," which is the tradition of giving clean notes as gifts. In the past, MAS would print and issue an additional 50 million notes to meet the temporary demand for uncirculated notes, but this was much more than the economy actually needed to function. By encouraging the public to accept these "good as new" recirculated notes, MAS hopes to cut its production costs and is marketing the effort as good for the environment.

Courtesy of David Surette.

Philippines new 100-peso Masonic numismatic product and commemorative confirmed

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100 pesos (US$2.40), 2012. Like P194, but with Masonic overprint. This note was originally available only in sheets of four uncut notes packaged in a folder. Since then, the BSP has begun issuing individual notes into circulation.

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

Courtesy of goodluck4u888.

Singapore new 2-, 5-, and 50-dollar symbol varieties confirmed

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2 dollars, no date. Like MAS B8, but one diamond on back.

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5 dollars, no date. Like MAS B9, but two triangles on back. The pattern observed on the other denominations suggests that 5-dollar varieties with two squares and one triangle exist, but to date none have been reported.

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50 dollars, no date. Like MAS B5, but two triangles on back.

Courtesy of Bin Hee Jum.

Philippines new commemorative note confirmed

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100 pesos (US$2.45), 2011. Like P194, but green De La Salle 1991 - 2011 overprint. Intro: December 2012.

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Courtesy of Sing Chai Tan and Justin Siy.

Macau new sig/date (08.08.2010) 10-pataca note confirmed

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10 patacas (US$1.25), 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2010. Like P80, but new date and new signatures (Herculano de Sousa and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Philippines new date (2012) 50-peso note confirmed

50 pesos (US$1.20), 2012. Like P207, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger and Goodluck4u888.

North Korea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

North Korea cover

The North Korea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers. BONUS: Buyers of this chapter also get the South Korea chapter free! Also available in print.

This 23-page catalog covers every note (149 types and varieties, including 31 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Red Army Headquarters in 1945, the Central Bank of North Korea in 1947, the Trade Bank of DPRK in 1988, and the Central Bank of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 1959 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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  • 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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Philippines new 50-peso ASEAN commemorative note confirmed

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Secretary Albert F. del Rosario with fomer President Fidel V. Ramos and Indonesian Ambassador Yohanes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo holding a souvenir copy of the special edition 50-peso Philippine banknote bearning the ASEAN logo.

According to a press release dated 8 August 2012, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas introduced a new 50-peso (US$1.20) banknote bearing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) logo during the 45th ASEAN Day celebration at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Main Building in Pasay City on 10 August.

Souvenir copies of the special edition currency were distributed by Secretary del Rosario to the nine Ambassadors of ASEAN, namely: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam during the ASEAN Day celebration.

10 million pieces of the legal tender commemorative notes will be issued into circulation.

Courtesy of Pinoy Numnet and TDS.

Thailand new signature 500-baht note confirmed

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500 baht (US$16), no date. Like P107, but new signatures (Kittirat na Ranong and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Courtesy of Vic Krysko.

North Korea 2003 savings bonds confirmed

Several collectors have contacted me asking about the following items which have recently appeared on the market. According to the Korean wife of a contributor to The Banknote Book, these are bank savings bonds issued by the North Korea Central Bank in 2003. The back is divided into two parts. The left side gives instructions for the bond, stating that the bond is only good at the bank. If lost, the bank will not replace. The bond is good for one year only. At the end of the year, the bank will pay 4% interest. The bonds can't be cashed early. The right side has information for the bond: date issued, date cashed, and the last line is for the bank issuer's signature.

If you collect banknotes only, you should skip these items. If you collect all manner of paper financial instruments, feel free to add copies to your collection.

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Vietnam 10,000- and 20,000-dong notes on cotton to be withdrawn 01.01.2013

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According to an article on The Voice of Vietnam dated 29 September 2012, the State Bank of Vietnam has announced that 10,000- and 20,000-dong (US$0.50 and $1, respectively) notes printed on cotton (Pick 109/115 and Pick 110) will no longer be legal tender as of 1 January 2013, but may exchange them at SBV branches and other institutions. These denominations have been replaced by polymer notes (Pick 119 and Pick 120).

Malaya chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Malaya cover

The Malaya 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 (79 types and varieties, including 23 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency from 1939 to 1952, and the Japanese Government from 1942 to 1945. Revised 29 September 2012.

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Myanmar to abolish foreign exchange certificates in 2013

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According to an article on Mizzima dated 9 August 2012, Maung Maung Win, the vice chairman of the Central Bank of Myanmar, said that the bank will abolish foreign exchange certificates (FEC) “as soon as possible,” most likely in March 2013. “Earlier, it was difficult to use dollars in Burma, so we issued the FEC as an equivalent to the dollar as a type of currency to be used in Burma.” Presently, Burma allows both dollars and FECs, which are pegged at different exchange rates. Currently, the government is drafting a new foreign currency management law allowing all foreign currencies to be exchanged freely.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Philippines new 2,000-peso numismatic product confirmed

In 2000, five million 2,000-piso banknotes were printed featuing features the inauguration of President Joseph “Erap” Estrada at Barasoain Church in Bulacan on 10 June 1998. These notes were intended to be issued as legal tender in 2001, but President Estrada was ousted from office that year, so the notes were stored in the vaults of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. As of 2010, the bank was considering destroying the bulk of these unissued notes (known as “New Millennium” or “Erap” notes), saving only 50,000 pieces which would be demonetized for “historical, educational, numismatic and other purposes.” It wasn’t until 2012 that the bank began selling this numismatic product in a folder that clearly stipulates that the notes are not legal tender.

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2,000 pesos
Blue, violet, green, yellow, orange, and red. Front: Malolos Constitution scroll; Barasoain Roman Catholic church in Malolos City, Bulacan; Joseph “Erap” Estrada taking oath of presidency on 30 June 1998; bank seal. Back: Fidel “Eddie” Valdez Ramos waving flag to celebrate centennial of independence on 12 June 1998 at Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. Windowed security thread with demetalized 2000. Watermark: Estrada and Ramos. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm.
a. 2001. Signature Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Rafael B. Buenaventura. Intro: 2012.

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Courtesy of goodluck4u888.

Philippines new date (2012) 50-peso note confirmed

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50 pesos (US$1.20), 2012. Like P193, but new date.

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Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger and goodluck4u888.

Indonesia new date (2012) 100,000-rupiah note confirmed

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100,000 rupiah (US$10.50), 2012. Like note issued 01.08.2011 with enhanced security features, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2010) 20,000-rupiah note confirmed

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20,000 rupiah (US$2), 2010. Like P144, but with new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new date (2012) 10,000-rupiah note confirmed

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10,000 rupiah (US$1), 2012. Like P150, but with new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2012) 5,000-rupiah note confirmed

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5,000 rupiah (US$0.50), 2012. Like P142, but with new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2012) 2,000-rupiah note confirmed

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2,000 rupiah (US$0.20), 2012. Like P148, but with new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2012) 1,000-rupiah note confirmed

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1,000 rupiah (US$0.10), 2012. Like P141, but with new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new date (2012) 50,000-rupiah note confirmed

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50,000 rupiah (US$5.20), 2012. Like new unlisted 2011-dated note issued 1 August 2011 with Omron rings, but with new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2011) 20,000-rupiah note confirmed

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20,000 rupiah (US$2.10), 2011. Like P144, but new date and new signatures.

This denomination is now confirmed dated 2011 both without Omron rings (P144) and with Omron rings (PNL).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Mongolia new date (2011) 500-tögrög note confirmed


500 tögrög (US$0.35), 2011. Like MB B23 (P66), but new date, new signature, and revised script to the left of the signatures on front.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

Thailand new signature 1,000-baht note confirmed

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1,000 baht (US$32), no date. Like P115, but new signatures (Kittirat na Ranong and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Courtesy of Vic Krysko.

Thailand new 80-baht commemorative notes confirmed

According to a Bank of Thailand press release dated 3 July 2012, an 80-baht (US$2.55) commemorative banknote was issued to celebrate the queen’s 80th birthday anniversary on 12 August 2012. Two million commemorative 80-baht notes were available as of 9 August encased with a hard-paper cover at 120 baht, with profits to be donated to charity. The blue note measures 162 x 80 mm, representing 80 years of age.

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PNL 80 baht (US$2.55), no date.
Blue. Front: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX conferring title of Queen; Queen Sirikit rose and cattleya flowers; King Rama IX wearing uniform and Queen Sirikit; royal crest commemorating 80th birthday. Back: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX and Queen Sirikit sitting with their children; roses; young Queen Sirikit wearing necklace; kneeling Queen Sirikit; royal crest commemorating 80th birthday; bamboo; Queen Sirikit giving plants to locals; cattleya flowers. Windowed Motion security thread with 80 and rose. Watermark: Queen and electrotype crowned monogram. Printer: (NPW). 162 x 80 mm.

Courtesy of Sesthawich Wongwiwat and Thomas Augustsson.

South Korea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

South Korea

The South Korea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers. BONUS: Buyers of this chapter also get the North Korea chapter free!

At the time of initial publication, this 18-page catalog covers every note (159 types and varieties, including 62 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Chosen from 1945 to 1950, and the Bank of Korea from 1949 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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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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India new date (2012) 10- and 50-rupee notes with rupee symbol reported

The Reserve Bank of India will soon issue 10- and 50-rupee (US$0.20 and 0.90, respective) notes dated 2012, bearing the rupee symbol, and with the inset letter L.

Thailand new sig 100-baht note confirmed

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100 baht (US$3.20), no date. Like P114, but new signatures: Kittirat na Ranong and Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

Courtesy of Vic Krysko.

Thailand new 100-baht commemorative note confirmed

According to a Bank of Thailand press release dated 3 July 2012, this 100-baht (US$3.20) commemorative banknote was issued to celebrate His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 5th Cycle Birthday Anniversary on 28 July 2012.

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Ten million commemorative 100-baht notes were issued into circulation on 27 July 2012. The front of the note is the same as the current circulating 100-baht note, but the back has a portrait of the prince as well as a scene of His Royal Highness being conferred the title of Crown Prince. Signatures: Kittirat na Ranong and Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

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 Sesthawich Wongwiwat and David Murcek (www.themonetaryunit.com).

Thailand new 50-baht note confirmed



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According to a press release dated 12 January 2012, Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul announced that the Bank of Thailand is issuing a new family (series 16) of banknotes designed to glorify Thai kings of different periods. The notes will feature "new advanced counterfeit deterrent features," but will retain the sizes, colors, and denominations of the current series. The notes will be issued over several years, beginning with the 50-baht (US$1.60) denomination issued on 18 January 2012, the date commemorating the glorious victory of King Naresuan the Great in traditional royal combat on elephant back in 1593.

50 baht, no date. Blue. Front: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX wearing in the Royal House of Chakri gown. Back: Royal Garuda emblem; King Naresuan leading soldiers up ladders to attack Burmese camp; statue of Somdet Phra Naresuan Maharaj, modeled from the monument at Don Chedi Suphan Buri Province; statue of seated King Naresuan pouring water on the ground, symbolizing the declaration of independence; Phra Chedi Chai Mongkol located at Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Phara Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. Windowed security thread with demetalized text. Watermark: King Rama IX and Thai symbol “Dok Loi.” Printer: (NPW). 144 x 72 mm.

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

Courtesy of Victor Krysko and Nin Cheun (http://stores.ebay.com/Noteshobby), Sesthawich Wongwiwat, and Sukhprem Sachadecha.

Philippines new date (2012) 20-peso note confirmed

20 pesos (US$0.50), 2012. Like P206, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Malaysia new banknote series issued into circulation on 16 July 2012

According to a press release, on 16 July 2012 Bank Negara Malaysia issued into circulation its new family of banknotes. These notes were previously issued in matching serial number sets and various numismatic products beginning 22 December 2011.

Courtesy of Aidan Work and Joel Kandah.

Singapore new signature 50-dollar note confirmed

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50 dollars (US$41), no date. Like MAS B5 (P49), but new signature (Tharman Shanmugaratnam) and one triangle under ARTS on back.

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

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie, Claudio Marana, and JianKuan Lee (quality_banknotes888).

India considering 10-rupee polymer note

According to an article in IndiaWest dated 9 July 2012, the Reserve Bank of India said it is working on launching polymer banknotes and will soon start a pilot project. "Counterfeiting of plastic notes is very difficult. So we are planning to launch some plastic money on pilot basis in 4-5 centers like Jaipur, Shimla and Bhubaneshwar. We are working on it," RBI Deputy Governor H.R. Khan told reporters. The bank has made similar statements over the past three years and nothing has come of it yet.

Courtesy of Phil Martin.

Philippines new date (2011) 500-peso note confirmed

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500 pesos (US$12), 2011. Like P196, but new date. Signatures Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr..

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

South Vietnam chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

South Vietnam

The South Vietnam 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 (129 types and varieties, including 2 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Ngân-Hàng QuÓc-Gia ViËt-Nam (National Bank of Vietnam) from 1955 to 1975, the Ngân Hàng ViËt-Nam (Bank of Vietnam) in 1975, and the Uy Ban Trung Uong Mat Tran Dan Toc Giai Phong Mien Nam Vietnam (Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam) in 1966.

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
  • Replacement note information
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Myanmar new 10,000-kyat note confirmed

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CBM B16 (PNL): 10,000 kyats
Blue, red, purple, green, brown, and yellow. Front: Guilloche patterns; two elephants flanking laurel wreath with outline map of Myanmar. Back: Royal Palace of Mandalay with reflection on water. Windowed security thread with demetalized MYANMAR SPW. Watermark: Lotus blossom and electrotype 10000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WORKS (in microprint). 150 x 70 mm.
a. No date. Intro: 15.06.2012.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

India asking for public input on replacing Gandhi on notes

There's an interesting article in The Times of India dated 17 June 2012, regarding the Reserve Bank of India seeking suggestions from the public for replacing the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi on RBI banknotes.

Cambodia new date (2007) 5,000-riel note confirmed

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5,000 riels (US$1.20), 2007. NBC B18 (P55) with this date had been confirmed previously as a specimen only, but it is now confirmed as an issued note.

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

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Thailand new sig 20-baht note confirmed

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20 baht (US$0.60), no date. Like P109, but new signatures (Kittirat na Ranong and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Philippines new 500-peso commemorative note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 4 May 2012, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has issued a new 500-peso (US$12) note of the old style (P196) "with an overprint of the logo of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank to express solidarity with the ADB’s goal to free Asia and the Pacific from poverty. By ADB’s estimate, about 1.8 billion people in the region are poor and unable to access essential goods, services, and opportunities. The overprint is on the 500-piso banknote that features the late Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. who said: “The Filipino is worth dying for.” A total of 10 million pieces of these 500-peso banknotes were printed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to make it available to the general public through banks across the country."

Courtesy of Christopher Vaughn Inot and Thomas Augustsson.

Mongolia new date (2011) 20-tögrög note confirmed

20 tögrög (US$0.02), 2011. Like MB B31 (P63), but new date.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Thailand new signature 20-baht note confirmed

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20 baht (US$0.65), no date. Like P109, but new signatures (Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Macau new 100-pataca centennial anniversary commemorative notes confirmed

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This 100-pataca (US$12.50) note dated 31/2011 commemorates the centennial anniversary of the Banco da China.

Courtesy of Don Ludwig.

Mongolia new date (2011) 10-tögrög note confirmed

10 tögrög (US$0.01), 2011. Like MB B30 (P62), but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

India new 20-rupee note reported

According to a press release dated 12 April 2012, the Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue new 20-rupee notes with the rupee symbol, no inset letter, and the signature of Governor Subbarao.

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

Malaysia new banknote family confirmed, to be issued 16 July 2012














Bank Negara Malaysia’s new family of banknotes were inspired by elements which distinctively define the country's diverse culture, heritage, and nature. Themed “Distinctively Malaysia,” the fourth series of Malaysian banknotes features traditional expressions in the art and craft, natural wonders, flora and fauna, economy and tradition. The notes also have enhanced security features.

On the front side, all banknote denominations in the new series retain the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Tuanku Muhammad, the national flower Rosa-sinensis hibiscus (known locally as the 'Bunga Raya') and patterns of traditional woven fabric - the “songket.”

The back side of each banknote denomination features different elements of nature, tradition, culture, flora, fauna and the economy that are distinctively Malaysian.

Commemorative sets of the new notes were sold at a premium over face value beginning 22 December 2011. The regular issue notes are scheduled to enter circulation on 16 July 2012, though the 50-ringgit denomination was issued in December 2007 and will continue to circulate. For what it’s worth, the 50-ringgit notes issued individually have 2-letter prefixes, while those issued in the matching serial number sets have 3-letter prefixes.



Courtesy of Mark St. Pierre, Gerhard Hoeck, Wilson Chow, and Aidan Work.

Thailand new 500- and 1,000-baht signature varieties confirmed

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500 baht (US$16.25), no date. Like P107, but new signatures (Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

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1,000 baht (US$33.50), no date. Like P115, but new signatures (Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Courtesy of Victor Krysko.

Philippines new date (2012) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos (US$2.35), 2012. Like P194, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

China not planning larger denomination notes

According to an article in People's Daily Online dated 12 March 2012, Hu Xiaolian, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China, said that the central bank is not planning to issue larger denomination banknotes in the short term.

"We have noticed public complaints of inconvenience in bigger transactions...but we should consider all the pros and cons of the issue," said Hu at a press conference on the sidelines of the country's annual parliamentary session.

China new serial number format 1-jiao note confirmed


1 jiao, 1980. Like P881, but prefix format now A#A followed by 7-digit number, versus old format of AA and 8-digit number.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

China new serial number format 5-jiao note confirmed


5 jiao, 1980. Like P883, but prefix format now A#A followed by 7-digit number, versus old format of AA and 8-digit number.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Papua New Guinea new sig/date 100-kina note confirmed


100 kina (US$42), (20)12. Like BPNG B48, but without the 35th anniversary overprint, plus new date and signatures (Loi Martin Bakani and Simon Tosali).

Courtesy of Stane Štraus.

Hong Kong Bank of China new 100-dollar commemorative note confirmed

Hong Kong’s Bank of China has announced that from 13-20 February 2012 it will be taking orders for a new 100-dollar (US$13) note to commemorate the bank’s 100th anniversary. Although legal tender, the notes aren’t intended for circulation. 1,100,000 notes will be sold as numismatic products packaged in a folder for HK$150. An additional 100,000 sets of three uncut notes in a folder for HK$600. Finally, 20,000 uncut sheets of 30 notes each will be sold for HK$6,000 each. Profits from the sale of the notes will be donated to charitable organizations in Hong Kong.


100 dollars (US$13), 5 FEBRUARY 2012. Red. Front: Great Wall of China; Bank of China bulding in Beijing. Back: Bank of China tower in modern Hong Kong’s financial district. Windowed Motion security thread with BOC logo. Watermark: Flower with electrotype 100. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 76.5 mm.

Courtesy of Terence Chan, Rafal Nogowczyk, Wilson Chow, and TDS.

Macau new sig/date (08.08.2010) 500-pataca note confirmed


500 patacas (US$63), 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2010. Like P83, but new date and signatures: Herculano de Sousa (Chief Executive Officer BNU) and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador (Chairman of the Board of Directors BNU).



Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Viet Nam new date (2011) 200,000- and 500,000-dong notes confirmed

200,000 dong (US$9.50), (20)11. Like P123, but new date.

500,000 dong (US$23.85), (20)11. Like P124, but new date.

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Courtesy of Duong Do Hoang.

Macau new sig/date (08.08.2010) 20-pataca note confirmed


20 pataca (US$2.50), 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2010. Like P81, but new date and new signatures: Herculano de Sousa (Chief Executive Officer BNU) and unknown (Chairman of the Board of Directors BNU).



Courtesy of Rui Palhares.

Laos new 100,000-kip note confirmed


The Bank of the Lao P.D.R. issued a new 100,000-kip (US$12.50) note on 1 February 2012 to encourage the public to use the national currency instead of US dollars or Thai baht. The new note is printed by Goznak in Russia.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski and Dustin Roses.

Macau new 10-pataca Year of Dragon commemorative notes confirmed






Both the Banco da China and the Banco Nacional Ultramarino have issued new 10-pataca (US$1.25) notes to commemorate the Year of the Dragon. The new notes feature a Chinese paper-cut dragon on the front and the respective bank’s headquarters on the back. Both notes measure 138 x 69 mm, have a flower and electrotype 10 watermark at center, and a 4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized 10.

Courtesy of Wilson Chow and Thomas Augustsson.

Thailand new signature 100-baht note confirmed


100 baht (US$3.20), no date. Like P114, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Victor Krysko.

Malaysia new 1-ringgit prefix variety confirmed


1 ringgit (US$0.35), no date. Like BNM B39c (P39), but with 3.5-mm tall prefix letters (bottom) instead of 2.75-mm tall prefix letters (top).

Courtesy of Victor W. Krysko.

Viet Nam new date (2011) 10,000-, 50,000-, and 100,000-dong notes confirmed

10,000 (US$0.50), 50,000 (US$2.40), and 100,000 (US$4.75) dong, (20)11. Like P119, P121, and P122, respectively, but new date. Polymer.

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Courtesy of Duong Do Hoang.

Hong Kong new 100-dollar note confirmed without error



100 dollars (US$13), 1 January 2010.

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

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Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Hong Kong new 20-dollar notes confirmed









On 11 January 2012, the three note-issuing banks of Hong Kong — Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC and the Bank of China — issued the new 20-dollar (US$2.60) banknotes, thereby completing the new series of notes dated 1 January 2010.

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Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Thailand new sig 20-baht note confirmed


20 baht (US$0.65), no date. Like P109, but new sigantures (Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala, Finance Minister; Dr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul, Governor).

Courtesy of Sanjay Basu.

Philippines to print new notes locally in early 2012

According to an article in the Manila Bulletin dated 11 January 2012, the Security Printing Complex (SPC) division of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will begin locally printing the New Generation Currency (NGC) family of banknotes in Q1 2012, revising previous plans of printing the new bills starting in December 2011.

The BSP will start printing the 20- and 50-peso notes in the coming three months, followed by the 100-peso note later in 2012. To date, all NGC denominations have been produced by French security printer Oberthur Technologies, while SPC will continue to produce the old banknote series until next year because they still have stocks of paper and ink.

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


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

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

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.

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


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

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Mongolia new 1,000-tögrög note confirmed


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

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

Laos new 2,000-kip note confirmed


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

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

More details are in this Lao press release.

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

Thailand new 100-baht commemorative note confirmed

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


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

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

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

Indonesia redenomination plans move a step closer to implementation

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

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

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

Singapore new 1,000-dollar variety note confirmed


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

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

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie.

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


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

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

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


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

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

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






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

Courtesy of Wing Tse and Thomas Augustsson.

Laos chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Laos

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

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

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


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

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

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

The Challenge: Identify building on back of Laos 20-kip note

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

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

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

IDENTIFIED: Wat Sop monastery in Luang Prabang.

Courtesy of José Fabrício Macêdo.

Malaysia announces printers for fourth series of notes

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

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.

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


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

Courtesy of Kazutaka Nagura and Kinichiro Fujikawa.

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


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


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


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

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Taiwan numismatic product expected to sell out quickly

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

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

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

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

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

IDENTIFIED: Gwanghwamun gate to Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul.

Courtesy of José Fabrício Macêdo.

Macau commemorative notes reported



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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new 100-peso Ateneo Law School commemorative confirmed


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

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Kirsty Lopez and Alexander Jacinto.

Brunei's new notes contain Braille blunder


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

Indonesia announces new notes to be issued in late 2011


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

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

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

Singapore chapter of The Banknote Book is now available


Singapore

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

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

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

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Singapore new 2-dollar variety confirmed

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

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

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


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



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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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





















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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philippines reveals details about note production

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

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

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

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



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

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Cambodia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Cambodia

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

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

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Philippines new 100-peso commemorative confirmed


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

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

China new serial number format 1-yüan note confirmed



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

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Brunei chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Brunei cover

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

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

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Brunei new date (1992) 1-dollar note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Don Cleveland.

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


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

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Myanmar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Myanmar cover

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

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

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

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

Malaysia to issue new banknotes in 2012

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.

Philippines new date (2011) 1,000-peso note confirmed


1,000 pesos (US$23.20), 2011. Like P197, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Malaya and British Borneo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Malaya and British Borneo cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 5-page catalog covers every note (25 types and varieties) issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency from 1953 until 1967. Revised 4 September 2011.

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Papua New Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Papua New Guinea

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

This 18-page catalog covers every note (114 types and varieties, including 34 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Papua New Guinea from 1975 to present day. Revised 4 September 2012.

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

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At the time of initial publication, this 16-page catalog covers every note (102 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia) from 1967 until present day.

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Singapore new 10-dollar variety confirmed


10 dollars (US$7.70), no date. Like P48, but new signature and now with two triangles below SPORTS on back. This denomination has been previously confirmed with no symbol, one or two squares, or one triangle in the same location.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie.

Mongolia scans needed for catalog

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

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

Pick A1-A4
Pick A8
Pick A10
Pick 16-19

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

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Mongolia new 10- and 20-tögrög notes confirmed



10 tögrög (US0.01), 2009. Like P62, but new date, signature (L. Purevdorj), and script to left of signature. Intro: March 2011.



20 tögrög (US0.01), 2009. Like P62, but new date, signature (L. Purevdorj), and script to left of signature. Intro: March 2011.

Can anyone please identify the language of the script to the left of the signatures, and translate the meaning of the script which appears on the 2007 versus 2009 dated 20-togrog notes below?



Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Indonesia new sig/date (2011) 2,000-rupiah note confirmed


2,000 rupiah (US$0.25), 2011. Like note of same denomination dated 2009 (unlisted in 17th edition of SCWPM), but new date and signatures (Darmin Nasution, Gubernur; S. Budi Rochadi, Deputi Gubernur).

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net and Charles Hunt.

Philippines reordering new 500- and 1,000-peso notes

According to a Manila Bulletin article dated 23 March 2011, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is reordering new 500-peso (US$11.50) and 1,000-peso (US$23) notes from Oberthur Technologies. The first order was for 20-peso, 50-peso, 100-peso, and 200-peso notes, of which only a small number have been issued since their introduction in December 2010. There’s no word yet on whether Oberthur intends to correct the errors which are present on the new design.

Hong Kong new 500-dollar notes confirmed

According to a press release from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the HKMA and the three note-issuing banks (Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, and Bank of China (Hong Kong Limited) introduced new 500-dollar (US$64.20) banknotes of the new 2010 series on 22 February 2011.

The new 1,000-dollar notes entered circulation on 7 December 2010, and the other three denominations of 20, 50, and 100 dollars are scheduled for release sometime between late 2011 and early 2012. All other banknotes currently in circulation will continue to be legal tender.

The new note feature enhanced security, including a green-to-gold OVI SPARK patch, a magenta-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized HK, a multi-tonal bauhinia flower watermark with electrotype denomination numeral and dot pattern, a perfect registration device with two fluorescent colors visible under UV light, and fluorescent vertical serial numbers.







Courtesy of Vincent Tan.

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.01.2009) 500-dollar note confirmed


500 dollars (US$64.15), 1 JANUARY 2009. Like P201, but new date and signature.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Philippines new note family confirmed


20 pesos
Orange. Front: Filipino as the National Language 1935; Manuel Luis Quezón; seal of Philippine president; bank seal; Malacañang Palace (presidential residence) and Pasig River in San Miguel, Manila. Back: Map; palm civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus Philippinensis); Banaue rice terraces (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Cordilleras weave design. Solid security thread. Watermark: Manuel Luis Quezón and electrotype 20. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.


50 pesos
Red. Front: First National Assembly in 1907; Sergio Osmeña; US General Douglas McArthur during Leyte Landing in 1944; seal of Philippine president; bank seal. Back: Map; maliputo fish (Caranx ignobilis); Taal Lake; Batangas embroidery design. Solid security thread. Watermark: Sergio Osmeña and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.


100 pesos
Purple. Front: Central Bank of the Philippines headquarters building in Manila; Manuel Acuña Roxas; inauguration of the Third Republic on 4 July 1946; seal of Philippine president; bank seal. Back: Map; whale shark; Mayon Volcano in Legazpi City, Albay; Bicol textile design. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP100. Watermark: Manuel Roxas and electrotype 100. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.


200 pesos
Green. Front: Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Diosdado Pangan Macapagal; Barasoain Roman Catholic church in Malolos City, Bulacan; seal of Philippine president; bank seal. Back: Map; tarsier; Bohol Chocolate Hills; Visayas design. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP200. Watermark: Diosdado Macapagal and electrotype 200. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.


500 pesos
Yellow. Front: Crowd at EDSA People Power I in February 1986; Corazon C. Aquino; Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.; Benigno Aquino Jr. monument; seal of Philippine president; bank seal. Back: Map; blue-naped parrot; Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park; Southern Philippines cloth design. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP500. Watermark: Corazon and Benigno Aquino and electrotype 500. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.


1,000 pesos
Blue. Front: Crowd at independence centenial celebration in 1998; OVI of South Sea pearl in clam shell and BSP logo; José Abad Santos; Josefa Llanes Escoda, and Vicente Lim; Medal of Honor; seal of Philippine president; bank seal. Back: Map; South Sea pearl in clam shell (Pinctada Maxima); turtle; Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Mindanao design for Tinalak (Ikat-dyed abaca). Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP1000. Watermark: Santos, Escoda, and Lim and electrotype 1000. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2010. Signature 19. Intro: 16.12.2010.

Courtesy of Lexter Ibasco, Justin Ordoyo, Thomas Krause, Claudio Marana, Chris Vaughn, and Matthew Parco.

Thailand new signature 20- and 100-baht notes reported


20 baht (US$0.65). Like P109, but new signature of present Governor of Bank of Thailand, Mr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

100 baht (US$3.25). Like P114, but new signature of present Governor of Bank of Thailand, Mr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

Courtesy of Sesthawich Wongwiwat and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Viet Nam new date (2010) 10,000-dong note confirmed

10,000 dong (US$0.50), (20)10. Like P119, but new date.

Courtesy of Duong Do Hoang.

Viet Nam new date (2010) 200,000-dong note confirmed

200,000 dong (US$9.60), (20)10. Like P123, but new date.

Courtesy of Duong Do Hoang.

Philippines new 200-peso commemorative for University of Santo Tomas confirmed

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issued this commemorative 200-peso note, as well as and gold and silver medals, to celebrate the University of Santo Tomas’s 400th anniversary. The central bank issued 10 million legal tender notes and 400 commemorative medals with no monetary value. The commemorative notes feature the Quadricentennial logo (tongues of fire forming the letters U, S and T emanating from the Main Building) overprinted on the watermark area on the front of the “old” style 200-peso note (Pick 195). The central bank also sold 400 numismatic products consisting of an uncut sheet of two 200-peso commemorative notes.


200 pesos (US$4.60), 2011.
Green, violet, and pink. Front: Red UST 1611 2011 UNENDING GRACE overprint; Diosdado Pangan Macapagal; bank seal; Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. Back: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with hand on bible held by Cecilia Paz Razon Abad, while being sworn in as president by Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. in January 2001; large crowd with flag and EDSA II (Second People Power Revolution) banner. Windowed security thread with demetalized 200 and solid security thread. Watermark: Diosdado Macapagal. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm. 2011. Signature 19 (Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.)

Courtesy of Lexter Ibasco and Andy Siegman.

Singapore 2-dollar note with triangle confirmed


2 dollars (US$1.55), no date. Like P46, but with one triangle below EDUCATION on back. Previously notes with none, one, and two squares have been confirmed. This is the first time someone has confirmed a new symbol on a given denomination.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie.

Indonesia new sig/date (2010) 5,000-rupiah note confirmed


5,000 rupiah (US$0.55). 2010. Like P142, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Mongolia new 10,000-tögrög note confirmed


10,000 tögrög (US$7.00)
Orange, black, red, and brown.. Front: Chinggis Khaan; holographic Soyombo symbol; warrior on horseback. Back: Building courtyard with tree-like water fountain. Windowed security thread with demetalized MONGOLBANK. Watermark: Chinggis Khaan and electrotype МБ. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 72 mm. 2009. Signature L. Purevdorj.

This note is like P67, but with new signature, new date, and new text in the oblong panel between the signature and portrait on the front (shown above, rotated 90° counterclockwise).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

China new serial number format confirmed


China has apparently issued notes with a new serial number format, specifically A0A0123456. This has been reported on 10c, 50c, Y1, and Y100 notes.

Courtesy of David Liu.

Taiwan 100-dollar commemorative note confirmed


On 6 January 2011, the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) issued a new 100-dollar (US$3.45) legal tender circulating commemorative in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. The red paper note measures 145 × 70 mm and features a portrait of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen on the front, and the Chung-Shan Building on the back.


The design is no different from the ordinary NT$100 note (P1991), except for the wording in Chinese language in the reverse of the note, which reads: “Celebrating the 100 years of founding of the Republic of China.” A numismatic product consisting of an uncut three-note sheet in a folder is also available at a premium price of NT$500.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Kai Hwong.

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.01.2008) 1,000-dollar note confirmed


1,000 dollars (US$129), 1 JANUARY 2008. Like P211, but new date and signature.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2009) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$6.45), 1 JANUARY 2009. Like P208, but new date.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Viet Nam new date (2010) 500,000-dong note confirmed


500,000-dong (US$26.20), (20)10. Like P124, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Duong Do Hoang and Jean-Michel Engels.

Philippine note designer explains "errors"

Here’s an interesting article in the 1 January 2011 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer by Daxim Lucas entitled “The peso’s makeover from an insider’s view.”

Philippines new note family has errors

According to a number of sources, the new notes introduced by the Philippines on 16 December 2010 are rife with errors. The back of the 500-peso note features a rare native bird, the blue-naped parrot, with its red beak incorrectly rendered in yellow and the tail feathers underneath colored green instead of yellow. Also, the maps on the back of various notes supposedly misidentify the location of certain geographic features.

Central bank spokeswoman Fe de la Cruz acknowledged the criticism, but said space constraints limited the artist's room for manoeuvre. "In choosing the design..., we are always guided by our commitment to enrich the appreciation and knowledge of the Filipinos we honor on our banknotes, as well as the unique sites and species our country should be proud of," she said. "For our banknotes we used an artist's rendition of the Philippine map that by virtue of space and aesthetics does not reflect all of our islands and the precise coordinates of each site. Nevetheless, we appreciate constructive comments and we will take these into account moving forward."

Hong Kong new 1,000-dollar notes confirmed






On 20 July 2010, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced it will begin producing banknotes with Braille and embossed lines for benefit of the visually impaired. The new notes will be phased in over the next two years and will feature Braille at the bottom left corner of each note, together with embossed lines that correspond with each notes value. The HK$1,000 (US$129) notes were unveiled at the press conference, and were put into circulation 7 December 2010.

Courtesy of Vincent Tan.

Philippines new Aquino signature varieties confirmed


On 26 November 2010, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) started issuing banknotes with the signature of President Benigno S. C. Aquino III, ahead of December’s launch of redesigned note series. The bank stopped producing notes with the signature of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when Aquino assumed office last June 30 and the new printing is aimed at shoring up supply. Given the fact that a new series is coming out in less than a month, notes of the old designs with Aquino’s signature may be relatively rare.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Philippines new date (2010) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$0.45), 2010. Like P182, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Brunei new date (2008) 100-dollar note confirmed


100 dollars (US$76.70), 2008. Like P29, but new date in lower right corner on back.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Laos new 100,000-kip commemorative confirmed


On 15 November 2010, the Bank Of the Lao PDR introduced a new 100,000-kip (US$12.45) banknote and several coins to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the capital, Vientiane, and the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Lao PDR. Further details are available in this press release, currently available in Lao only, as well as this article from Vientiane Times.

100,000-kip (US$12.45)
Blue. Front: Naga; statue of King Setthathilat; frangipani, national flower; Wat That Luang stupa in Vientiane; naga. Back: Frangipani flowers; Ho Phra Keo temple in Vientiane. Holographic security thread printed with Lao text. Watermark: Kaysone Phomvihane. Printer: (Goznak). 159 x 68 mm.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski and Thomas Augustsson.

Hong Kong to issue new 1,000-dollar notes 07.12.2010






According to a press release dated 24 November 2010, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the three note-issuing banks (Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, and Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited) have announced that a new series of 1,000-dollar (US$129) banknotes will be issued on 7 December 2010. New notes for the other four denominations of HK$500, HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20 will go into circulation in 2011 and 2012. The new notes will circulate in parallel with existing notes.

The new banknotes have incorporated state-of-the-art security features, the locations of which will be the same across all five denominations. The five key features are:

  • Dynamic Color-changing Pattern — color shifting between green and gold with a shimmering horizontal bar seen to be rolling up and down when the note is tilted

  • Color-changing Windowed Metallic Thread — color shifting between magenta and green and the "H" and "K" on the thread are made up of microtext

  • Standardized Enhanced Watermark — comprising a multi-tonal watermark of a bauhinia flower and electrotype watermark of the denomination numeral and dot pattern, a standardized design for the three note-issuing banks

  • Fluorescent See-through Pattern — perfect registration of the patterns on the front and back, with two fluorescent colors visible under ultraviolet light

  • Fluorescent Serial Number — the vertical serial number is fluorescent red under ultraviolet light

Additional information and images are requested.

Singapore new 5-dollar variety confirmed


5 dollars (US$3.30), no date. Like the $5 note issued 18.05.2007, but now with one square below GARDEN CITY on back. Signature remains CHAIRMAN Goh Chok Tong.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie.

Singapore new 10-dollar variety confirmed


10 dollars (US$7.70), no date. Like P48, but new signature and now with triangle below SPORTS on back. This denomination has been previously confirmed with no symbol as well as either one or two squares in the same location.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie.

Papua New Guinea new 35th anniversary commemoratives confirmed


All notes are dated (20)10 and signed by Leonard Wilson Kamit and Simon Tosali.



On 15 September 2010 the Bank of Papua New Guinea introduced new polymer notes to commemorate the nation’s 35th anniversary of independence from Australia. All six denominations (2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 kina) have been issued and are like the preceding issues but they have a logo with the text “35th Anniversary 1975 – 2010.” In addition to the notes issued for circulation, the bank is also selling a numismatic product consisting of an album with all the notes with low and matching 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 here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Andrew Quirke, Sean Rooney, Manfred Krüger, and Thomas Krause.

Philippines rumored to outsource new notes to Oberthur

In a Manilla Bulletin article dated 17 October 2010, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is said to be close to awarding the contract to print new notes to Oberthur Technologies of France. However, it has earlier been reported that De La Rue would produce the plates for the new notes (for free, no less!) and print the first batch, which are expected to be issued in December. These reports, which contradict themselves, also contradict previous announcements from BSP that it would cease outsourcing note printing and that it had bought two superline printers to be self-sufficient in the production of its own banknotes. I find it hard to believe that all of the Philippines denominations can be printed, shipped, and distributed by this December if the bank hasn’t yet awarded the contract.

Cambodia new date (2006) 10,000-riel specimen confirmed


10,000 riels (US$2.35), 2006. Like P56, but new date (2006) and diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint. Also confirmed as issued note.

Collectors of Cambodian or Lao banknotes are encouraged to contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Allan Lambert.

Philippines new sig/date (2010 A) 100-peso note confirmed


100 pesos (US$2.30), 2010 A. Like P194, but new date. The previously-reported note appeared to have signatures in black, but the note was not UNC and apparently its blue signatures had faded.

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 and Rodney Hall (Kiwi Coins).

Brunei new date (2008) 1-ringgit note confirmed


1 ringgit (US$0.75), 2008. Like P22, but new date.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Indonesia dispells rumor of error on 100,000-rupiah note


On 6 October 2010 Bank Indonesia issued the following press release:

No. 12 / 45 / PSHM / Humas
The rumour that Rp100,000 denominated banknotes displaying Soekarno-Hatta would be withdrawn from circulation due to a misprint of the Proclamation of Independence, in particular the inclusion of the year ’05 [in small print between the two portraits on front], can be immediately quashed by the following key points:

1. The inclusion of the Proclamation text on the Rp100,000 banknote corresponds to the original manuscript, more specifically "Djakarta, 17th Day, 8th Month of the Year ‘05". In this case the year ’05 refers to historical facts where Japan remained in power at that time, therefore, the calendar in use is Japanese and refers to the year 2605, abbreviated to ’05.

2. The Rp100,000 banknote issued by Bank Indonesia in 2004 was designed in close collaboration with several relevant parties, including those with extensive knowledge of the proclamation text in question.

3. Therefore, the Rp100,000 denominated banknote exhibiting Soekarno-Hatta is not a misprint and remains legal tender.

4. To all members of the public we appeal to disregard this issue as well as any information that cannot be accounted for.

Philippines considers destroying unissued 2,000-piso note


According to an article in mb.com.ph dated 20 September 2010, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is considering circulating or shredding five million 2,000-piso (US$45.50) banknotes currently stored in its vaults. These unissued “New Millennium” notes are more commonly known at the BSP as "Erap" notes because the front features the inauguration of President Joseph "Erap" Estrada at Barasoain Church in Bulacan on 10 June 1998. Printed in 2000, the notes were to circulate in 2001, but President Estrada was ousted from office that year. Even if the bulk of the notes are destroyed, the BSP is considering saving 50,000 pieces which would be demonetized for “historical, educational, numismatic and other purposes.” The BSP currently sells a larger version of this denomination as a centennial commemorative note (P189, shown above).

Indonesia new 10,000-rupiah note confirmed


On 20 July 2010, Bank Indonesia began issuing new 1,000-rupiah coins and 10,000-rupiah (US$1.10) notes. The coins have a picture of Garuda Pancasila on the front, and the angklung traditional musical instrument on the back against the background of the Gedung Sate building in Bandung.

The new 10,000-rupiah note is similar to the preceding issue, but the overall color has changed from reddish purple to a bluish purple, and several security features have been revised:

• Additional security elements in the form of rainbow printing in a pentagon shape, which has the effect of changing color (rainbow effect) when observed from certain angles, on the right-hand side of the main image;

• Additional small red (Omron) rings filled in white scattered on the right-hand side of the main image;

• A change to the blind code, consisting of a circle that was previously invisible, which is now visible and noticeable to the touch (intaglio printmaking), positioned on the right-hand side of the main image;

• Discontinuation of Optically Variable Ink in the shape of an octagon, which changed from green to blue when viewed from different angles. Instead opting for the BI design logo framed by an ornament from the Palembang region, which does not change color (offset printing), positioned on the bottom right-hand side of the note.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Singapore new variety 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$37.25), no date. Like P49, but two squares below ARTS on back. Intro: September 2010.

Courtesy of Vincent Tan.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2008) 50-note confirmed


50 dollars (US$6.45), 1 JANUARY 2008. Like Pick 208, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Indonesia contemplating currency revaluation

On 3 August 2010, Darmin Nasution, the incoming governor of Bank Indonesia stated the central bank is studying revaluing its currency by removing two or three zeros from the rupiah in an attempt to make economic transactions more efficient and bring the currency in line with those of Indonesia’s neighbors. The study won’t be completed until the end of this year, and any move to revalue the rupiah wouldn’t take place until 2013 at the earliest. Currently the largest denomination in Indonesia is the 100,000-rupiah (US$11.20) note.

Thailand to issue new note family in December 2010

According to a post on The Nation, on 27 July 2010 the Bank of Thailand board approved the printing of new banknotes. The new 16th series of notes — in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 baht — will include more anti-counterfeit features and is expected to be issued after 5 December 2010.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2009) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$2.60), 1 January 2009. Like P207, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Japan's 2,000-yen note popular in Okinawa

The following story is from a post on Japan Update dated 22 July 2010:


Okinawa still likes the unpopular 2000-yen note
The Japanese currency note is the only one in circulation bearing the number ‘2’, enough of a rarity to make people distrust it, leaving only Okinawans as champions of the beleaguered money.

The Bank of Japan began issuing the ¥2000 bill on July 19, 2000 to commemorate the Group of Eight summit in Okinawa, but this bill didn’t catch on with the general public and remains unpopular. There are around 110 million ¥2,000 notes in circulation, about 1% of all Japanese currency.

Okinawans have good reasons for loving the bill; the Okinawan symbol ’Shureimon’ is printed on one side of the bill. The Shureimon Gate in Naha was built in the 16th century as the main gate to Shuri Castle. Shureimon Gate is a symbol of peace, and Okinawans say they want “to promote the spirit of peace from Okinawa” with the ¥2,000 note. Local Okinawa businesses have begun a campaign to promote use of the currency, with local banks converting ATM machines to accept them and shopping malls now giving change in ¥2,000 notes.

The Bank of Japan stopped issuing the ¥2000 bill in fiscal year 2003, and has kept tons of the bills stored in its safe. The circulation of this bill peaked in 2004 but has been in decline ever since. There are various reasons to unpopularity of the ¥2000 bill. The bill resembles the ¥5000 note, and the lack of ATMs that issue them when customers draw cash have made citizens wary.

Courtesy of Mike Link.

Hong Kong unveils new 500- and 1,000-dollar notes




On 20 July 2010, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced it will begin producing banknotes with Braille and embossed lines for benefit of the visually impaired. The new notes will be phased in over the next two years and will feature Braille at the bottom left corner of each note, together with embossed lines that correspond with each notes value.

The HK$1,000 (US$129) and HK$500 (US$65), which were unveiled at the press conference, will be put into circulation in the last quarter of 2010 and early 2011, respectively. The design of the remaining three denominations, HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20, will be unveiled in mid-2011.

Each of the three banknote-issuing banks, the Bank of China, HSBC and Standard Chartered, will issue their respective versions. All will retain the current color schemes.

Visit the official HKMA site for more information.

Hong Kong banknote exhibit opens

On 18 July 2010, an exhibit called “Stories Behind Banknotes" opened in the atrium of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Expo 2010 Shanghai China (Shanghai Expo), which will run until 15 August. The Commissioner of the HKSAR Expo Affairs Office, Mr Patrick Chan, and the President and Chief Executive Officer Designate, HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited, Ms Helen Wong, officiated at the launch ceremony.

Mr Chan said, "HSBC's exhibition of the banknotes issued by the bank in the past 145 years, in the Hong Kong Pavilion at the first-ever World Expo hosted by our country in the city of Shanghai, has special meaning. "The banknotes featured in this exhibition are precious and very interesting. Many are rare, and some have never been publicly shown before." "Stories Behind Banknotes" provides a unique insight into the social and economic transformation of Hong Kong since HSBC issued its first banknote in the city in 1865.

Among the 56 banknotes featured is the "duress note" issued during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in World War II. Other rare notes from Shanghai and other note-issuing branches across China are also displayed. HSBC Chief Executive Officer Hong Kong Mark McCombe said, "The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited has been the principal issuer of banknotes in Hong Kong since the bank issued its first banknote in 1865, the year of its establishment.

"Currently, approximately two out of every three banknotes in circulation in Hong Kong are issued by HSBC. HSBC's banknotes and their constantly shifting designs illustrate the trade and financial development of the region and provide a valuable insight into the culture and character of the city."

Mongolia new 20,000-tögrög note confirmed


According to a notice on the Bank of Mongolia’s web site, a new 20,000-tögrög (US$14.60) note was issued on 25 May 2010.

The note dated 2009 is like the one issued in 2006 (Pick 70), but has a varifeye thread.

Light green and yellow. Front: Chinggis Khaan; holographic Soyombo symbol; warrior on horseback. Back: State Nine White Banners. varifeye thread and 3-mm windowed security thread with demetalized MONGOLBANK. Watermark: Chinggis Khaan and electrotype МБ. Printer: (G&D). 152 x 72 mm.

If anyone can translate this press release into English, I would appreciate hearing from you so that I can share the info with others.

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 Augustsson, Roman Boroznjak, and Nin Cheun.

Philippines central bank unveils new logo


Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has unveiled a new logo which will be included in the new generation of banknotes by December 2010.

The following description comes from the bank’s web site:

The new BSP logo is a perfect round shape in blue that features three gold stars and a stylized Philippine eagle rendered in white strokes. These main elements are framed on the left side with the text inscription “Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas” underscored by a gold line drawn in half circle. The right side remains open, signifying freedom, openness, and readiness of the BSP, as represented by the Philippine eagle, to soar and fly toward its goal. Putting all these elements together is a solid blue background to signify stability.

Principal Elements:

1. The Philippine Eagle, our national bird, is the world’s largest eagle and is a symbol of strength, clear vision and freedom, the qualities we aspire for as a central bank.

2. The three stars represent the three pillars of central banking: price stability, stable banking system, and a safe and reliable payments system. It may also be interpreted as a geographical representation of BSP’s equal concern for the impact of its policies and programs on all Filipinos, whether they are in Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao.

Colors
1. The blue background signifies stability.
2. The stars are rendered in gold to symbolize wisdom, wealth, idealism, and high quality.
3. The white color of the eagle and the text for BSP represents purity, neutrality, and mental clarity.

Font or Type Face
Non-serif, bold for “BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS” to suggest solidity, strength, and stability. The use of non-serif fonts characterized by clean lines portrays the no-nonsense professional manner of doing business at the BSP.

Shape
Round shape to symbolize the continuing and unending quest to become an excellent monetary authority committed to improve the quality of life of Filipinos. This round shape is also evocative of our coins, the basic units of our currency.

Explanation of A after year on Philippine banknotes

Over the past year, several Philippine banknotes have been issued bearing the letter A after the year. I recently received the following explanation from a source at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas:

“The serial number on Philippine banknotes consists of two (2) alpha and six numerics per denomination. The total number of banknotes per denomination that can be printed with SN A0000001 to SN ZZ1000000 is 600 million pieces. When the actual production of banknotes per denomination exceeds 600 million pieces, the suffix A is added after the year mark in order to avoid duplication of the serial number.”

Papua New Guinea new date (2009) 5-kina note confirmed


5 kina (US$1.80), (20)09. Like Pick 29, but new date.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

Thailand new 100-baht commemorative confirmed


On 4 May 2010, Bank of Thailand issued a new 100-baht (US$3.10) note to mark the king’s 60th wedding anniversary. The note is the same as the current 100 baht (P114) but the back features the king & queen standing together. Apparently 9,999,999 notes were printed. A specimen without overprint and with all-zero serial numbers and a specimen number at lower right back has also been confirmed.

Courtesy of Sanjay Basu, Vincent Tan, Rafal Nogowczyk, Claudio Marana, and Jean-Michel Engels.

Philippines new date (2008 A) 500-peso note confirmed


500 pesos (US$10.95), 2008 A. Like P196, but new date.

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Mongolia 20,000-tögrög commemorative specimen confirmed


On 2 October 2006 Mongol Bank issued its first ever 20,000-tögrög (US$14.35) note into circulation (Pick 70). A limited number of 20,000-tögrög (US$14.35) notes with the watermark area on front were overprinted Great Mongol State 800 years 1206 - 2006. This commemorative was the first note in the world to use G&D’s LOOK (Laser Originated Optical Key), a security feature that creates laser-induced effects in the substrate, print color, foil, and varnish. In this case, the 4-digit serial number was written using LOOK.

The above specimen example of the overprinted commemorative has surfaced, along with reports that non-specimen notes with the commemorative overprint were available only encased in Lucite. If anyone can provide more information about this commemorative note, please post a comment. I’m particularly interested in determining if the non-specimen version of the overprinted note is available, as well as how many such notes were printed, and if they entered circulation or were sold as numismatic products at a premium to face value.

Courtesy of Eberhard Siegele.

Viet Nam new date (2008) notes confirmed


All denominations of notes from Viet Nam have been confirmed dated (20)08, except the 50,000- and 200,000-dong notes.

Courtesy of Ryan Vuong.

North Korea new 1,000-won note confirmed


1,000 won, 2008. Pink. Front: Coat of arms; house (birthplace of Kim Jong Suk, Kim Il Sung’s first wife and Kim Jong Il’s mother) in Hoeryong. Back: Birch trees on shore of Lake Samji; mountain. Solid security thread with printed text. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65 mm. Intro: 30.11.2009.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Philippines new date (2010) 1,000-peso note confirmed


1,000 pesos (US$22.40), 2010. Like Pick 197b, but new date.

Courtesy of Rodney Hall.

Cambodia new signature 100-riel variety confirmed


100 riels, no date. Like Pick 8, but new signature combination.

Courtesy of Allan J. Lim.

Viet Nam 100,000-dong note error confirmed



An error has been confirmed on Viet Nam’s 100,000-dong (US$5.25) polymer note (Pick 122). In the microprinting at lower left on the front of the note the denomination is spelled out in numerals, however there is a zero missing from the second full set of numerals (see circled area above). This error has been confirmed on all dates (2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008).

Courtesy of Ryan Vuong.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2008) 20-dollar note confirmed



20 dollars (US$2.60), 1 JANUARY 2008. Like P207, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

North Korea new variety foreign exchange certificate reported

The Bank of Trade of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea issued foreign exchange certificates in 1988. They were used until 1999, then officially abolished in 2002, in favor of foreign currencies. There are two well-known sets of certificates. The blue and green set (P23-P30) for capitalist visitors and red certificates (P31-P38) for use by visitors exchanging currency from socialist countries.

However, the following two notes have recently been reported. They are exactly like Pick 23 and Pick 27, respectively, except they are red and brown in color, not blue and green. Does anyone know anything about these? Are the other denominations available in this color scheme too?





Courtesy of Alexey Semakov.

Philippines new date (2009) 100-peso note confirmed


100 pesos (US$2.20), 2009. Like Pick 194, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Philippines to issue new notes in December 2010

According to an Inquirer Global Nation article dated 11 March 2010, former President Corazon Aquino and various tourist spots—including the underground river in Palawan—will be featured in the next generation of peso banknotes to be introduced in December 2010, according to OIC Central Bank Governor Diwa Guinigundo.

All denominations (20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 pesos) are being redesigned, but their colors will remain the same. Guinigundo said new personalities will be added to some of the notes, and existing portraits will be updated, while the backgrounds and vignettes will be changed to include the country’s famous tourist spots. New and old notes will circulate in parallel for up to three years.

More information can be found in this BSP press release dated 26 March 2010.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

North Korea new 5,000-won note confirmed


5,000 won, 2008. Brown and pink. Front: Coat of arms; star; Kim Il Sung; mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Back: Trees; houses (birthplace of Kim Il Sung) in Mangyongdae. Solid security thread with printed text. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65 mm. Intro: 30.11.2009.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

North Korea new 2,000-won note confirmed


2,000 won, 2008. Light blue and gray. Front: Coat of arms; Jong Il Peak, trees, and cabin (birthplace of Kim Jong Il). Back: Trees and Baekdu (white-headed) Mountain. Solid security thread with printed text. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65 mm.. Intro: 30.11.2009.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

North Korea new 500-won note confirmed


500 won, 2008. Gray and purple. Front: Coat of arms; Arch of Triumph. Back: Denomination and guilloché pattern. Solid security thread with printed text. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. Dimensions 145 x 65 mm. Intro: 30.11.2009.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Philippines new date (2007) 100-peso note confirmed


100 pesos (US$2.20), 2007. Like Pick 194, but new date.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Philippines new date (2009) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$1.10), 2009. Like Pick 193, but new date.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Philippines new date (2009) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$0.45), 2009. Like Pick 182, but new date.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Malaysia 1-ringgit note serial number variety confirmed



1 ringgit (US$0.30), no date. Like P39, but 3-character prefix. Serial number remains 7-digits long with signature of Zeti Akhtar Aziz. Introduced February 2010.

Courtesy of Vincent Tan.

Philippines new date (2009) 1,000-piso note confirmed



1,000 piso (US$21.70), 2009. Like Pick 197, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Singapore new 1,000-dollar note confirmed



1,000 dollars (US$696), no date. Like Pick 43, but new signature (Goh Chok Tong), new issuer (Monetary Authority of Singapore), and two triangles below GOVERNMENT on back.

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Courtesy of Vincent Tan.

Singapore 2-dollar note with two squares confirmed



2 dollars (US$1.40), no date. Like Pick 46, but with two squares below EDUCATION on back.

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Courtesy of Vincent Tan.

Viet Nam new date (2009) notes confirmed










10,000 to 500,000 dong. Like Pick 119-124, but new date (20)09.

Courtesy of Torsten Fuhlendorf.

North Korea new 200-won note confirmed


200 won, 2008. Violet. Front: Coat of arms; statue of woman with wheat and man with book riding Chollima (thousand mile horse) in Pyongyang. Back: Denomination and guilloché pattern. Solid security thread with printed text. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65. Intro: 30.11.2009.

Courtesy of Torsten Fuhlendorf.

North Korea new 100-won note confirmed


100 won, 2008. Green. Front: Coat of arms; mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Back: Denomination and guilloché pattern. Solid security thread with printed text. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65. Intro: 30.11.2009.

Courtesy of Torsten Fuhlendorf.

Indonesia to replace 1,000-rupiah note with coin in April

According to an article in The Jakarta Post dated 4 February 2010, “Bank Indonesia's (BI) plan to start minting 800 million new Rp 1,000 (about 10 US cents) coins has been delayed until April, a central bank official says. Yopie Alimudin, the central bank's deputy director for currency circulation said, as quoted by kompas.com, that the original plan was to start minting the new coin in February, but it was delayed due to “certain reasons”. He did not elaborate. BI had planned to issue a Rp 2,000 banknote (about 22 US cents) and a Rp 1,000 coin this year. Only the new banknote has been circulating. The Rp 2,000 bill will be the country's smallest denomination banknote once the Rp 1,000 coin takes the place of the existing Rp 1,000 bill. The new coins, like the new bill, will use Braille making them more convenient for visually impaired people. BI is preparing new designs and security systems to discourage counterfeiters. The last time BI issued new-look banknotes was in 2005, with its release of new Rp 50,000 and Rp 100,000 bills. The central bank will issue approximately Rp 5.6 billion worth of banknotes and coins this year. At present, BI coins come in denominations of Rp 100, Rp 200, and Rp 500, while banknotes are in denominations of either Rp 1,000, Rp 5,000, Rp 10,000, Rp 20,000, Rp 50,000 or Rp 100,000.”

North Korea new 10- and 50-won notes confirmed


10 won, 2002. Blue, green, and purple. Front: Coat of arms; star; pilot, sailor, and soldier. Back: Military statues with soldier holding flag. No security thread. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65 mm. Intro: 30.11.2009.


50 won, 2002. Purple. Front: Coat of arms; flame atop Juche Idea monument in Pyongyang; man in business suit, man in overalls, and woman wearing blouse. Back: Party Foundation Monument in Pyongyang with hands holding hammer, paint brush, and sickle. No security thread. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65 mm. Intro: 30.11.2009.

Courtesy of Torsten Fuhlendorf.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2008) 100-note confirmed


100 dollars (US$12.85), 1 JANUARY 2008. Like Pick 209, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

North Korea new 5-won note confirmed


5 won, 2002. Blue, green, and purple. Front: Coat of arms; atomic symbol; man with glasses; boy with cap. Back: Dam. No security thread. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65 mm. Intro: 30.11.2009.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

North Korea 5-won overprinted 2002 note confirmed


This 5-won note is like Pick 19 with an original date of 1978, but overprinted in black “Sun’s Day, Celebration, 90th Anniversary 15th. 4. Juche 91 (2002)” in honor of the 90th birthday (15.04.2002) of President Kim Il Sung.

Does anyone know if other denominations are available with this overprint, and if this was issued as a commemorative note or as a numismatic product not intended for circulation?

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Indonesia new date (2009) notes confirmed

All denominations of notes from Bank Indonesia have now been confirmed dated 2009 with new signatures.




Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Bill Stubkjaer.

Viet Nam denies rumor of million-dong note


According to a VNBusinessNews.com article dated 02.12.2009, Nguyen Ngoc Bao, the director of the Monetary Policy Department, has denied rumors that the State Bank of Vietnam plans to issue 1,000,000-dong (US$54) banknotes. At present the largest denomination in Vietnam is the polymer 500,000-dong note (Pick 124, shown above).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Singapore new signature 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$34.80), no date. Like Pick 49, but new signature and one square below the word ARTS on back.

Courtesy of Vincent Tan.

Singapore new 100-dollar note confirmed




100 dollars (US$72.15). Like Pick 42, but now issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and signed by Chairman Goh Chok Tong. Despite the lower denominations having made the transition to polymer, this note remains printed on paper. This note has been confirmed in varieties with one and two squares below the word YOUTH on the back. If anyone has an example of this note without a square, or with more than two squares, please send images of same.

Courtesy of Tan Wi Jie and Vincent Tan.

Thailand new signature 500-baht note confirmed


500 baht (US$15.05), no date. Like Pick 107, but new signature (Korn & Tharisa Wattanaket). All banknote denominations of series 15 are now complete with this signature type.

Courtesy of Sanjay Basu.

North Korea 1998 500-won variety confirmed


Apparently there are two varieties of North Korea’s 500-won note dated 1998 (Pick 44). The first one features fine lines in the clouds surrounding the palace on the front (above, top). On the second one, reportedly issued in 2002 or 2005, the fine lines of the clouds blur into a solid fog as they get closer to the palace (above, bottom). There are also slight differences in the clouds depicted on the back of the note, and it appears that the color of the square seal with star on the watermark area may also be different, though this may be due to variations in printing over time.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

South Korea 1983 1,000-won varieties reported

Color varieties for South Korea 1,000-won (US$0.85) note (Pick 47) from 1983 have recently been reported. Specifically, it appears that the portrait on the front and the buildings on the back are purple on one variety, and brown on the other variety. Furthermore, on the “purple” variety, the numerals 1000 at lower right on back are blue, whereas they are purple on the “brown” variety. Finally, the engraving or printing on the “brown” variety appears sharper than the “purple” variety, though there are no other differences in the text, underprinting, watermarks, or other security features.

The scans below were created at the same time, so the color variations are not a result of differences in the equipment. Collectors are encouraged to examine their notes and report if they can verify these differences on other examples. Also, I would appreciate hearing from collectors who can determine which of these notes came first based upon their serial number prefixes.

Purple Brown

Purple
Brown

Courtesy of Kevin Klauss.

North Korea watermark varieties reported

It has recently been reported that the North Korea 100-won note dated 1992 (Pick 43) is available with three different watermark varieties: small Arch of Triumph at angle, large Arch of Triumph straight on, and no watermark. The color scheme and printing on the note with the bigger arch watermark is slightly lighter than the others.



In reality, the watermark isn’t missing from the rightmost example, it’s just misplaced. Document security expert Rudolf L. van Renesse has sent a detailed examination of these notes which proves conclusively that there are watermarks in the wrong positions which can be seen under the proper viewing angles.

Collectors are encouraged to examine their North Korean notes carefully and report any other denominations which have different watermark varieties.

Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya and Rudolf L. van Renesse.

North Korea revalues and replaces currency

According to a report on DailyNK, the North Korean central bank has revalued and is replacing the national currency as of 30 November 2009. With the exchange rate of 100:1, the formerly largest denomination of 5,000 won is now equivalent to 50 new won. Apparently there are nine new won notes ranging from 5 to 5,000 won, which matches the previous currency structure with the exception that the 1-won note has been replaced by a coin and the 2,000-won denomination is new.

There is little concrete information on the reason for this move. Speculation is that the government hopes to dampen inflation, harm the black market, or uncover large caches of hidden cash. The official exchange rate of the won had been 140 to the US dollar, but on the black market it traded at closer to 3,000 to one.

Initially, the government planned to allow each household to exchange up to 100,000 won for new banknotes, but in the face of public protests, the exchangeable amount has been increased, initially to 150,000 won, then later to 500,000 won. These limitations apply only to cash; won deposited in banks can be converted, but only after officials investigate the source of funds over one million won. Citizens have from between 30 November and 6 December to exchange currency. New notes will start circulating from 7 December.



Courtesy of Paul Nahmias and Alex Klark.

South Koreans frustrated by 50,000-won notes



According to a Korea Times article dated 11-10-2009, some South Koreans have difficulty distinguishing between the new 50,000-won (US$43.20) note and the old 5,000-won (US$4.30) note due to “their physical similarity” and are calling for the government to change the color of the highest-value banknotes.

The Bank of Korea, however, says no countermeasures are being considered at this time, adding there are several identification devices applied to the bills: The 50,000-won bills are longer than 5,000-won notes by 12 millimeters, and a hologram on their surface is easily noticeable in dark places. "Such criticism is somewhat groundless because U.S. dollar bills are issued all in the same color but not subject to such confusion," a BOK official said on condition of anonymity. "The two bills are different in color, as 50,000-won bills are yellow and 5,000-won bills are reddish-yellow."

It’s hard to imagine how anyone can confuse the two notes since they are of clearly different colors, feature very different portraits, and have easily distinguishable security threads and holographic elements. However, I gave some thought to the BOK official’s defense that the US dollar isn’t subject to confusion. Perhaps it is precisely because the US notes are all the same size and approximate color that the public is forced to pay particular attention to their printed denominations.

In this case, the US benefits from a limited number of denominations, all of which can be expressed by one, two, or three easily distinguished digits: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. When looking at the 5,000- and 50,000-won notes, you see that it’s not easy to know the denomination at a glance because you must stop to count the zeros. An easy fix to this problem would be to use a space-holder character such as a comma, or make the last three zeros shorter than the other digits so that the 5 and 50 would stand out.

North Korea new 500-won note confirmed


500 won, 2007. Green and purple. Front: Coat of arms; Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Kim Il Sung Mausoleum) in Pyongyang; mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Back: Suspension bridge over river; olive branch. No security thread. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Unknown. 155 x 75 mm.

Like Pick 44, but new date and the banner beneath the denomination on the bottom right and left front does not extend to note’s edge.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Brunei issues new date (2008) 10-ringgit note


10 ringgit (US$7.20), 2008. Like Pick 24, but new date. Polymer.

The 1-ringgit note has also been reported dated 2008. If you have this note, please send high-resolution scans of same.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Macau new 50-pataca note confirmed


50 patacas (US$6.25). 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2009.

Front: The Sai Wan Bridge as principal illustration and in the upper left corner, in the vertical, the legend <<50 PATACAS>> in Portuguese; and in the lower right corner the same legend, in vertical, in Chinese characters and in the horizontal, in Portuguese. A see-through pattern shows a registered image on both sides of the note. An electrotype watermark is placed below the watermark of the lotus flower showing the denomination value in Arabic character.

Back: In the lower right corner in the horizontal, the legend <<50 PATACAS>> in Chinese characters and in the upper left corner, in the vertical, the same legend in Portuguese. As principal illustration, on the left the Banco Nacional Ultramarino building and in the right of the principal illustration, the caravel logotype of Banco Nacional Ultramarino. A windowed holographic thread runs vertically through the middle left hand side of the note. Novel serial numbering both for the vertical and horizontal format appears on the reverse side of the note.

Size: 148 mm X 74 mm
Printer - Hong Kong Note Printing Limited - Hong Kong.
Entry into circulation - November 2009.
Quantity Issued: 5 million notes
Signatures: Herculano de Sousa and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador

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Courtesy of Simon Sui, who purchased the note from Yi Chen (IBNS 10210).

North Korea new 1,000-won note confirmed


1,000 won. Green and light blue. Front: Coat of arms; flowers; Kim Il Sung. Back: Trees; houses (birthplace of Kim Il Sung) in Mangyongdae. No security thread. Watermark: Arch of Triumph. 155 x 75 mm. Dated 2006.

Like Pick 45, but new date and the banner beneath the denomination on the bottom right and left front does not extend to note’s edge.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Philippines 20-peso UN Year of Microcredit commemorative confirmed


20 pesos (US$0.40). Like Pick 182, but new date (2005) and UN Year of Microcredit 2005 ovpt.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Hong Kong's Standard Chartered Bank new 150-dollar note confirmed

On 9 September 2009, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) began issuing one million 150-dollar (US$19.35) banknotes to commemorate its 150-year anniversary. The commemorative banknotes is legal tender, but was sold at a premium over face value. A single HK$150 note cost HK$280, a pane of four notes costs HK$1,888, and a full sheet of 35 notes is priced at HK$18,888.

Standard Chartered has also selected 100 notes with special lucky serial numbers for public bidding and another 10,000 pieces for which the public can pick a serial number of their choice. There are three categories of lucky number notes, with minimum bid prices of HK$10,000, HK$6,000 and HK$3,000. The "single self-selected serial number" notes will be offered at HK$888 each by lottery. Net proceeds will go to the bank's community foundation in support of local community projects and charities.

The front of the banknote, designed by Austrian graphic designer Henry Steiner, who has designed banknotes for Standard Chartered since 1975, features a satellite image of Victoria Harbour with the lender's corporate blue and green as the main color tones. The reverse side demonstrates the history of Hong Kong through iconic Images of people from all walks of life taking in the view of the Victoria Harbour from the Peak: a policeman, a mother and her chlld in a traditional back carrier, a bird fancier, a worker, a woman with a parasol, a businessman on his mobile phone, and a school boy pointing at a hawk. These Images demonstrate how the people of Hong Kong have contributed to the city's success through the past 150 years.



Courtesy of Kai Hwong and Thomas Augustsson.

Myanmar new 5,000-kyat note confirmed


On 1 October 2009, Myanmar issued a 5,000-kyat banknote, the largest denomination in the Asian country formerly known as Burma. The undated, unsigned 150 x 70 mm purple note features an elephant on front and buildings on back.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Singapore new 2- and 10-dollar note varieties confirmed


Collectors in Singapore have recently discovered that some of the polymer notes in circulation have small squares beneath the titles on the back vignette. Specifically, the 2-dollar note (Pick 46) has been confirmed both with and without a single square beneath the word EDUCATION, and the 10-dollar note (not listed in SCWPM; shown above) has been confirmed with none, one, and two squares beneath the word SPORTS.

If anyone knows the purpose of these squares, or is aware of other denominations or varieties, please share your info and images.

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Courtesy of Vincent Tan.

Indonesia issues new 2,000-rupiah note


On 9 July 2009, Bank Indonesia introduced a brand new 2,000-rupiah (US$0.20) note which joins the currently circulating denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000 rupiah. Bank Indonesia states that the banknote is fulfilling a need among the Indonesian population to have a value between the much-used values of 1,000 and 5,000 rupiah.

The mainly gray-colored banknote measures 141 x 65 and features a portrait of Prince Antasari on the front. He is a national hero from Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan. At the back side is a drawing of a traditional Dayak dance. The display of a national hero is a continuation of the current set of banknotes already in circulation, which all feature national
Indonesian heroes. The banknote has a watermark of the prince, a solid security thread with printed BI 2000, and microprinting.

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Courtesy of Sejin Ahn and Ricardo Castedo.

Philippines new date (2008 A) 20-piso note confirmed


20 pisos (US$0.40). Like Pick 182i, but date now has suffix (2008 A).

Courtesy of Rodney Hall.

Malaysia issues new 50-ringgint note

This 50-ringgit note is like the preceding commemorative issue of 2007, but without the 50th anniversary logo and RM 1957-2007 text on the back. Furthermore, the windowed thread is color-shifting and wider, the governor’s signature is larger, and the numeral 50 is printed in two-color fluorescent ink on the back.


B49 (PNL): 50 ringgit (US$14.25)
Green-blue. Front: National flower hibiscus; songket weaving patterns; Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Back: Oil palm trees; microbiology technology; Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj declaring independence. Holographic stripe. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BNM RM50. Watermark: Rahman with electrotype 50. Printer: (G&D). 145 x 69 mm. No date. Signature 6. Intro: 15.07.2009. Replacement notes: Prefix ZB.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Philippines considers adding Cory to 500-piso note

Following the 1 August 2009 death of former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is considering adding her portrait to the 500-piso (US$10.50) note which has featured a portrait of her husband and former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. since 20 August 1987. If approved, the new note would be available in the last quarter of 2010.

Laos withdraws new 1,000-kip note


I’ve received confirmation from the Bank of the Lao PDR that in November it began withdrawing the 1,000-kip (US$0.10) note which it had introduced just this past October. The bank representative stated only that it was done at “the government’s discretion,” because the note depicts three actual people based upon photographs, not an artist’s rendering of representative women. This low-cost note is not likely to become a modern rarity, but you may want to pick one up for your collection while supplies last and prices are low.

Mongolia new date (2008) 50-tögrög note confirmed


50-tögrög (Like Pick 64, but new date (2008) and new signature.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Burma 1948 100-rupee remainder confirmed


This 100-rupee remainder note from Burma has recently been reported. It is dated 1st January 1948 and looks identical to Pick 37, but is without serial numbers. Please contact me if you have additional information about this note or other unlisted remainders from Burma so that I can include them in my catalog.

Courtesy of Rodney Hall.

Myanmar to allow exchanging of worn notes

According to a 27 July 2009 article in The New Light of Myanmar, the official English-language newspaper of the Asian country formerly known as Burma, old banknotes “can be exchanged for new ones provided that the note is in specified condition at notes changing counter of Central Bank of Myanmar at No (198/ 199) at the corner of Bo Sun Pak Street and Strand Road and respective branches of Myanma Economic Bank. Arrangements have been made for exchange of old notes for new ones, ranging from K 10 to K 200 notes.”

This is a rather curious announcement as most central banks cull worn notes from circulation as a matter of course. It does not appear that Myanmar is introducing new designs, even though its note family is overdue for a change; Interpol recommends central banks modify security features every seven years or so. The last time Myanmar changed its notes was in 2004, when the 500- and 1,000-kyat notes were reduced in size. All other denominations have remained unchanged since the mid-1990s.

Philippines issues commemorative notes

On 9 July 2009, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) introduced 12 million banknotes with an overprint commemorating 60 years of central banking. The overprint appears on the watermark area on all six circulating denominations: 20-, 50-; 100-; 200-; 500-, and 1,000-piso.











China denies rumors of 500-yuan note


The Fuzhou Branch of the People’s Bank of China denied rumors that a new 500-yuan (US$73.20) note will be released by November 2009. Fueled by fears of inflation, rumors of the new banknote have been floating around since 2006. Wei Guoqi, a senior official at the People’s Bank of China, declared “it's not true,” and stated that no formal notice about the introduction of any new banknotes had been received. Images of the purported new note bearing a portrait of Deng Xiaoping are considered a hoax.

Malaysia issues revised 50-ringgit note



On 15 July .2009, Bank Negara Malaysia introduced a new design 50-ringgit (US$14) banknote. This new design of RM50 banknote is the first denomination of the Fourth Series of Malaysian currency notes which will be replacing the existing series in stages.The earlier new design of RM50 banknote (images below) was issued in December 2007 to commemorate Malaysia's 50th Anniversary of Independence. This current series no longer has the logo of the country's golden jubilee celebrations at upper right on back and has the following enhanced security features:

  • The Colour Shifting Security Thread which replaces the existing security thread and is embedded in the paper. The thread appears on the reverse side of the note as coloured intermittent lines. When held against light, it is seen as a continuous dark coloured line and the repeated text of BNM RM50 can be read. When the note is tilted, the colour of the thread changes from red to green and vice versa. Under ultra-violet light, the repeated text of BNM RM50 will fluoresce yellow and the thread is seen as a continuous fluorescent yellow line when the banknote is viewed from the obverse.
  • The Two-Coloured Fluorescent Elements is an additional invisible printed feature on the reverse of the note. Under ultra-violet light, a complex design two-colour numeral 50 will fluoresce.
  • The existing security features which are designed for public verification remains as follows:
  • The Watermark Portrait can be recognised by tints that are lighter or darker than the surrounding paper. This watermark portrait which has a three-dimensional effect appears without sharp outlines. At the base of the watermark, the numeral 50 is clearly visible.
  • Perfect See-Through Register features the songket design on the obverse and reverse of the banknote when it is held against the light.
  • Invisible Fluorescent Elements of the background on the obverse and reverse of the banknote which fluoresces in different colours under ultra-violet light.
  • Micro-Letterings of "BNM RM50" which can be viewed under a magnifying glass.
  • Holographic Stripe features the numeral 50 and hibiscus flower.
  • Multicolor Latent Image where the numeral 50 is visible when the banknote is tilted slightly and changes colour when it is rotated.
  • Anti-Scanner feature in which certain design cannot be captured by scanning machines.
  • Braille Feature for the visually impaired.

Courtesy of Hon H. Mak.

Thailand new signature 50-baht note confirmed


50 baht (US$1.45). Like Pick 112 but new signatures of Korn Chatikavanij (กรณ์ จาติกวณิช, Minister of Finance) and Tharisa Watthanaket (ธาริษา วัฒนเกส, Governor ).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Philippines planning to issue polymer notes

According to a BuinessMirror report dated 8 July 2009, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is planning to replace its existing abaca-and-cotton banknotes with polymer notes. Deputy BSP governor and officer in charge, Armando Suratos, provided no details on the timing of such a move, but stated that it would result in savings over the long term as polymer notes outlast paper notes in circulation even though they are initially more costly to produce. No further details are available at this time.

Thailand new signature varieties confirmed

The following 20-, 100-, and 1,000-baht notes were issued in 2009 and feature new signatures of Korn Chatikavanij (Finance Minister) and Tharisa Watthanakase (Governor).









Courtesy of Lars Kersten.

Thailand new 50-baht commemorative confirmed


This 50-baht (US$1.45) specimen with commemorative overprint was issued on 1 November 2004 to commemorate the inauguration of the Note Printing Works. The banknote comes in a blue folder. This note exists only as a specimen; there is no regular issue with this overprint (shown below broken into two lines for legibility), which reads in English “In commemoration of the inauguration of the Banknotes Management Department of the bank of Thailand, 1 November 2004 (B.E. 2547)”:



Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Cambodia new date (2005) 10,000-riel note confirmed


10,000 riels (US$2.40), 2005. Like Pick 56, but new date.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk and Wally Myers.

Indonesia new date (2004/2008) 100,000-rupiah note confirmed


100,000 rupiah (US$9.75), 2004/2008. Like Pick 146, but new date.

Does anyone have this note with the date 2004/2006? If so, please send scans so that I can share them.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Mongolia new date (2008) 100-tögrög note confirmed


100-tögrög (US$0.05)
Like Pick 65, but new date (2008) and new signature.

Courtesy of Michael E. Knabe.

South Korea issues new 50,000-won note

On 23 June 2009, the Bank of Korea issued its first-ever 50,000-won note, now the highest denomination in the country.


50,000 won (US$38.85)
Yellow and green. Front: Tree branches, grape leaf, berries, and eggplant; painter and author Shin Saim-dang. Back (vertical): Bamboo tree and Japanese apricot tree. Holographic stripe with demetalized BANK OF KOREA 50000. Windowed Motion security thread. Solid security thread with demetalized 한국은행 50000. Watermark: Shin Saim-dang and electrotype 5 within pentagon. Printer: 한국조폐공사 제조 (Korea Minting & Security Printing Corporation). 154 x 68 mm.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Mongolia new 5-tögrög note confirmed


This 5-tögrög note is like the undated Pick 53, but it has the date (2008) printed on the back, plus the text and signature on front has changed.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Laos issues new 1,000-kip note dated 2008



1,000 kip (US$0.10)
Green and blue. Front: Three young women; temple; coat of arms. Back: Dancer; elephant; grazing cattle; power lines. Solid security thread. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Bank of the Lao PDR (w/o imprint). 2008. No signature. Introduced 30.10.2008.

Download bank press release (in Lao). Translation requested.


This note is also available as a specimen with horizontal red Lao overprint.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Thomas Augustsson, and Leszek Porowski.

Mongolia new 1-tögrög note confirmed


This 1-tögrög note is like the undated Pick 52, but it has the date (2008) printed on the back, plus the text and signature on front has changed.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Papua New Guinea issues commemorative 20- and 100-kina notes

On April 22, 2009, the governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Wilson Kamit, gave the following speech concerning the issue of commemorative 20-kina and 100-kina banknotes, which became legal tender the following day:

“Members of the Board, invited guests, staff and management of the Bank of PNG, media representatives, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the release of the our new K20 and K100 paper banknotes commemorating the 2009 KINA & TOEA DAY which is on 19 April 2009. This day unfortunately falls on the weekend this year so we decided to celebrate it today.

Ladies and gentlemen, when we introduced our own currency in 1975, it was one of the many steps of nation building, just like introducing our own national flag, national anthem and international institutions such as the Bank of PNG. The first issue of banknotes was in three denominations, namely the 2 Kina, 5 Kina and 10 Kina notes. The 20 Kina banknote was introduced three years later in 1978, followed by the 50 Kina banknote in 1989 and the 100 Kina note in 2005. Initially, apart from the 100 Kina banknote, all these denominations were in paper substrate.

Our currency has evolved over the 34 years, keeping abreast of the growth and development of the country, the monetization within the economy, changes in the technology of producing currency and the economics (cost) of producing coins and banknotes. You would no doubt have noticed that we have converted our banknotes from paper to polymer substrate as a result of advancement in security and technologies for printing banknotes. This however does not stop us from issuing paper banknotes as well because the technology for paper substrate has evolved with advanced security features as we shall see on our new K100 banknote.

In 2005 we commenced a review of our family of currency. The Bank introduced the K100 as the highest denomination in the family of banknotes, and reduced the size of the K1 coin. The larger sized K1 coin is being gradually withdrawn from circulation. We also demonetized the one and two toea copper coins. Last year, we introduced the new K2 coin which is being used alongside the K2 banknote. Given the frequent usage with the resultant wear and tear of the K2 banknote, we will assess the usage of the K2 coin before deciding on its future.

For the banknotes, we standardized the main theme on all the new series to show the National Parliament House on the front which emphasized Nation building and Nationhood. The images of the Parliament House on each of the banknotes are taken at different angles to make each note unique and different. On the back of the notes, we retained the original designs of traditional forms of money used in different parts of Papua New Guinea.

There are advanced security features incorporated in all these new series of banknotes to protect against counterfeiting. To date, we have not experience any major counterfeiting in our banknotes but it is worthy to take preventive action than to be sorry after.
As I have mentioned during previous releases of our various currencies, Papua New Guinea is predominantly a cash-based economy, where the majority of our people continue to use cash (coins and banknotes) as the main form of payment in settling their transactions. We will therefore ensure an acceptable quality of banknotes with longevity, given our humid, tropical climate and the frequent and rough handling of currency by the public.

The Bank has engaged De La Rue Currency to produce these two commemorative paper banknotes. As a risk management strategy, we have the option to use them should the supplier of our polymer (plastic) banknotes be unable to produce our banknotes. De La Rue has developed a more advanced security feature called the Optiks security thread, which can be seen through the aperture at the front of the new K100 note, making it difficult to produce counterfeits. It is also prudent to have an alternative supplier so that we can optimize on the price quality and swiftness of delivery of orders from our suppliers.”



20 kina (US$7.60)
Red-brown. Front: 35th anniversary logo; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: boar head; toea (cowrie shell) necklace from Madang; Toa armband from Central Province; shell ornament from Western Province; tapa cloth patterns. Windowed security thread with demetalized BPNG. Watermark: Bank logo, electrotype BPNG, and Cornerstones. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 150 x 75 mm. No date. Signature 11. Introduced 04.23.2009.



100 kina (US$38)
Green and gold. Front: 35th anniversary logo; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: Palm tree; cowrie shells; fish; timber; cargo ship; oil rig; bird; jumbo jet; dump truck; microwave tower. Optiks security thread with demetalized BPNG 100. Watermark: Bank logo and Cornerstones. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 150 x 75 mm. No date. Signature 11. Introduced 04.23.2009.

Courtesy of Don Cleveland and Thomas Krause.

Mongolia new date (2007) tögrög notes confirmed


This 1,000-tögrög note is like Pick 67, but new date (2007) and new signature of governor A. Batsukh (2006~January 2009).

10-, 20-, and 500-tögrög notes have also been confirmed with this date and signature. Images of the other denominations with this date are requested, as are images of varieties with the signature of the new governor, L. Purevdorj, which are expected eventually.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Thailand new signature 100-baht note confirmed



A new 100-baht note (US$2.80) has been reported with the signature of สุชาติ ธาดาธำรงเวช (Suchat Thadathamrongwet), who served from September 24 to December 19, 2008. Given his very short term in office, Suchat’s notes may be extremely hard to find in the future. Only this denomination has been reported with this signature combination (the signature of the governor remains that of ธาริษา วัฒนเกส, Tharisa Watthanakase), who has served since November 8, 2006.

Collectors can expect to see new varieties with the signature of the new minister of finance, กรณ์ จาติกวณิช (Korn Chatikavanij), who took over from Suchat on December 20, 2008.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

North Korea revised 5,000-won note confirmed





Like Pick 46a (topmost image), but new date (2006) and dark background banner beneath denomination on bottom right and left front does not extend to note’s edge.

Courtesy of Don Cleveland.

Mongolia new date (2007) 500-tögrög note confirmed


500 tögrög (US$0.35), 2007. Like Pick 66, but new date and signature.

Courtesy of Don Cleveland.

Taiwan issues NT$200 and NT$500 stimulus vouchers

On January 19, 2009, every citizen of Taiwan regardless of age received the sum of NT$3,600 in the form of vouchers denominated in NT$200 (U$5.87) and NT$500 (US$14.69).





Each voucher measures 130 x 55 millimeters and has intaglio printing, latent image at bottom left, and OVI denomination at top left. The watermark is of a mum flower repeated throughout the paper.

The back of each note contains a form that retailers are supposed to fill out and stamp when the vouchers are used in their shops. Once redeemed, the retailers can deposit the vouchers for their face value at business banks.

On the front of the vouchers is the Chinese text that translates as “Valid until Ming Guo 98 (2009) September 30" at left, "Republic of China - Economy Stimulating Shopping Vouchers" at top center, "No change shall be given for purchase of goods using this voucher and cannot be redeemed for legal tender cash" at right "National Government, Two Hundred Yuan" at bottom.

These vouchers can be used at any store that accepts them. Despite their face value; many merchants, to encourage their use, have generally allowed them to be redeemed for merchandise significantly higher than their nominal value - it is common to see "Use your $3,600 [shopping vouchers] here and take home NT$36,000 worth of goods!" (that is, 10 times their value) on many shops, especially electronics and supermarkets.

Courtesy of Jim “Rubycored” Chen.

Macau's Bank of China issues new banknotes

According to a Macau Daily Times article dated January 6, 2009, “The Bank of China has been authorised to issue new Pataca notes with denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, and 10 patacas. The Bank of China held a ceremony to commemorate the issuance of the new Pataca notes yesterday morning…The new issuance adopted Macau cultural heritage of a mixture of the East and the West as the main theme, and received a good response from the citizens.…The new notes carried artistic designs and anti-counterfeiting measures were added. The new notes would be circulated together with the old versions without any inconvenience caused.”

“The new Pataca notes issued by the Bank of China features UNESCO cultural heritage of Macau, which fully displays the flair of hybrid architectural designs of the East and the West. The verso of all notes will have image of the Macau Banking of China Building, with the four bridges of Macau in the background, who aimed to symbolise the “bridging” function of Macau in communication of cultures and its economic development. The new Bank of China Pataca notes will be released for circulation starting today until the Chinese New Year, while the old notes will continue to be the legal tender in Macau.”

If anyone can positively identify the bridges that appear on the back of the notes, please let me know so that I can share this information.


10 pataca (US$1.25)
Red. Front: Lotus flower; TEMPLO DE A-MÁ (temple of A-Ma) building. Back: Bridge; Banco da China in Macau headquarters building. Solid security thread with demetalized 10. Windowed security thread with demetalized BANK OF CHINA and bank logo. Watermark: Lotus flower with electrotype 10. Printer: Unknown. 139 x 69 mm. 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2008 (08.08.2008). Signature unknown. Introduced 05.01.2009.



20 pataca (US$2.50)
Purple. Front: Lotus flower; RUÍNAS DE S. PAULO (ruins of Saint Paul) church building. Back: Bridge; Banco da China in Macau headquarters building. Solid security thread with demetalized 20. Windowed security thread with demetalized BANK OF CHINA and bank logo. Watermark: Lotus flower with electrotype 20. Printer: Unknown. 144 x 72 mm. 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2008 (08.08.2008). Signature unknown. Introduced 05.01.2009.


50 pataca (US$6.25)
Brown. Front: Lotus flower; TEATRO D. PEDRO V (Pedro V theatre) building. Back: Bridge; Banco da China in Macau headquarters building. Solid security thread with demetalized 50. Windowed security thread with demetalized BANK OF CHINA and bank logo. Watermark: Lotus flower with electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 149 x 75 mm. 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2008 (08.08.2008). Signature unknown. Introduced 05.01.2009.


100 pataca (US$12.50)
Blue. Front: Lotus flower; FORTALEZA DA GUIA (Guia Fortress) building, chapel, and lighthouse. Back: Sai Van bridge; Banco da China in Macau headquarters building. Solid security thread with demetalized 100. Windowed security thread with demetalized BANK OF CHINA and bank logo. Watermark: Lotus flower with electrotype 100. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 77 mm. 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2008 (08.08.2008). Signature unknown. Introduced 05.01.2009.


500 pataca (US$62.60)
Green. Front: Lotus flower; CASA DO MANDARIM (Mandarin House) building. Back: Bridge; Banco da China in Macau headquarters building. Solid security thread with demetalized 500. Windowed security thread with demetalized BANK OF CHINA and bank logo. Watermark: Lotus flower with electrotype 500. Printer: Unknown. 158 x 80 mm. 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2008 (08.08.2008). Signature unknown. Introduced 05.01.2009.


1,000 pataca (US$125)
Orange. Front: Lotus flower; EDIFICIO DO LEAL SENADO (Loyal Senate) building, now the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) headquarters. Back: Friendship bridge; Banco da China in Macau headquarters building. Solid security thread with demetalized 1000. Windowed security thread with demetalized BANK OF CHINA and bank logo. Watermark: Lotus flower with electrotype 1000. Printer: Unknown. 164 x 82 mm. 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2008 (08.08.2008). Signature unknown. Introduced 05.01.2009.
Courtesy of Frank van Tiel and Dieter und Alfred Eheim.

Papua New Guinea 2003 commemorative confirmed



Based upon the 1973-2003 golden logo overprint in the lower right front, this paper 5-kina note from Papua New Guinea was apparently issued to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Bank of Papua New Guinea. The serial number prefix LWK are the initials of Leonard Wilson Kamit, governor of the bank since 1999.

Courtesy of David White.

North Korean commemorative notes confirmed













A complete set of North Korean notes with overprints has recently been reported. Unfortunately, little is known about these notes other than that they appear to be the latest issued notes (dates range from 1992 to 2007) with a common overprint in Korean and the Western numerals 95. The literal translation of the overprint is “Great leader Kim Ilsung comrade birth 95th.” Since he was born April 15, 1912, his 95th birthday would have been celebrated in 2007. This seems to fit the latest date on the notes, but does not necessarily mean the notes were issued in 2007. If anyone knows the actual date of introduction, please send me an email so that I can share that information. Also, I’d be interested to learn if these were issued for circulation, or if they were sold only as a numismatic product in special packaging.

Courtesy of Jim Rubycored Chen and Wonsik Kang.

Malaysia 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 Malaysia:

P12

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!

Papua New Guinea issues new 2- and 50-kina notes



2 kina
Green. Front: Coat of arms with bird of paradise with drum and spear; Parliament building in Port Moresby; BPNG logo. Back: Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark: BPNG logo. Printer: NPA (w/o imprint). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer. (20)08. Signature unknown. Introduced 31.10.2008.



50 kina
Orange. Front: Coat of arms with bird of paradise with drum and spear; Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: Prime Minister Michael Somare; spears from Sepik; shield and mask from New Ireland; leaf and pointed Tubuan face mas from New Briton; headdress from the Highlands; mask and costume from Sepik River. No security thread. Watermark: BPNG logo. Printer: NPA (w/o imprint). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer. (20)08. Signature unknown. Introduced 31.10.2008.

Courtesy of Kee Hong Boon (Tigerson) and Kai Hwong.

Thailand new signature varieties confirmed


Preeyadhorn Dhevakul and Tharisa Wattanaket


Thanon Pithaya and Preeyadhorn Dhevakul


Surapong Suebwonglee and Tharisa Wattanaket

These three notes have recently been reported, but their signature varieties do not appear in the latest SCWPM.

Courtesy of Victor Miguel Gonzalez and Claudio Marana.

Indonesia new date rupiah notes confirmed


Like Pick 141, but dated 2000/2008.


Like Pick 143, but dated 2005/2008.


Like Pick 144, but dated 2004/2008.

Courtesy of David Murcek.

Hong Kong issues Olympics commemorative note

The following note is available as a single note in a booklet for HK$138, in a sheet of four for HK$338, a full sheet of 35 for HK$1,388, paired with an old-style note for HK$268, and a sheet of four paired with old notes for HK$868. The money raised from the sale (after deducting face value and costs) will be donated to charity, with a portion set aside for local sports development. Although the notes will be legal tender in Hong Kong they are not intended to be used in the local economy, and are being sold at a higher cost than their actual value.



20 dollars (US$2.55)
Purple. Front: Bank of China building; Beijing Olympics emblem; ancient column detail. Back: Beijing Olympic Stadium (Bird’s Nest); Chinese lucky clouds; bauhinia flower. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Unknown. 143 x 71.5 mm. 1st JANUARY 2008. Signature: unknown. 4 million notes introduced 16.07.2008.

Courtesy of Kai.

Philippines issues commemorative 100-piso note


100 pesos (US$2.30), 2008. Ten million notes introduced 20.06.2008, to commemorate the centennial of the University of the Philippines. Like P194, but new date, and overprint of the Oblation, an iconic concrete sculpture of a man with face up and arms stretched-wide symbolizing the selfless offering of service to one’s country. 160 x 65 mm.

Papua New Guinea issues new 10-kina polymer note



10 kina (US$3.60), (20)08. Introduced 18.04.2008. National Parliament and national crest on front. Tami bowl, bird of paradise feathers, a boar’s tusk from the Highlands, and Tambu shell money from East New Britain on back. Intaglio printing, clear window with 10 embossed, shadow image of bank logo, G-Switch, iridescent bird of paradise, signatures (Leonard Wilson Kamit, GOVERNOR; Simon Tossali, SECRETARY) and serial number fluoresce yellow/green under UV light. Polymer. Printer: Note Printing Australia (w/o imprint).

Papua New Guinea issues new 5-kina polymer note



5 kina (US$1.80), (20)08. Introduced 18.04.2008. National Parliament and national crest on front. Hombuli mask from Sepik, kina shell necklace, and shell necklace from New Ireland Province on back. Intaglio printing, clear window with 5 embossed, shadow image of bank logo, G-Switch, iridescent bird of paradise, signatures (Leonard Wilson Kamit, GOVERNOR; Simon Tossali, SECRETARY) and serial number fluoresce yellow/green under UV light. Polymer. Printer: Note Printing Australia (w/o imprint).

China issues Olympics commemorative note


10 yuan (US$1.45), 2008. The PBOC introduced six million notes on 08.07.2008 to commemorate the Beijing Olympic Games. Cyan. Front: National Stadium (Bird’s Nest), games emblem, Temple of Heaven, and coat of arms. Back: Greek marble statue of discus-thrower, Discobolus; athletes (runners, high jumper, gymnast, soccer players). Watermark: 10 and “Games of XXIX Olympiad” in Chinese. 148.5 x 72 mm. Existing 10-yuan notes to continue circulating.

Cambodia issues new 20,000-riel note


20,000 riels (US$5.05), 2008. Introduced 12.05.2008, to commemorate the king’s birthday. Violet and purple. Portrait of King Norodom Sihamoni and five-headed dragon on front; aerial view of Angkor Thom and four-faced Buddha in Bayon temple on back. Signatures (Chea Chanto, Governor; Tha Yao, General Cashier), holographic strip with bank logo and 20000, solid security thread with repeating *NBC*, Bayon sculpture as watermark with electrotype denomination, raised bars for partially sighted, embedded colored threads, NATIONALBANKOFCAMBODIA microprinting, intaglio printing, iridescent stripe, and some UV elements. 155 x 72 mm.

Also available as perforated specimen with all-zero serial number. Old 20,000-riel notes to remain legal tender.

Indonesia new date notes confirmed


1,000 rupiah (US$0.10), 2000/2007. Like P141, but new date.


5,000 rupiah (US$0.55), 2001/2008. Like P142, but new date.


50,000 rupiah (US$5.50), 2005/2007. Like P139, but new date.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Macau to issue 20-pacata note celebrating Olympics

According to a March 8, 2008, article in Macau Daily Times, the Macau branch of the Bank of China (BOC) is set to issue four million 20-pataca (US$2.50) banknotes in commemoration of the 29th Olympic Games that will be held in Beijing during August 2008.

A spokesman of the executive council, Mr. Tong Chi Kin, said the note will be the same purple color as the currently circulating 20-pacata note (Pick 103). The front of the new note will feature the Bank of China building, the architecture representing the location of the torch relay of the ancient Olympic Games, as well as the emblem of the Beijing Olympic Games, and a vertical line that reads "In Commemoration of the 29th Olympic Games" in both Chinese and Portuguese. The back of the note will depict the Beijing Olympic Stadium (also known as the "Bird's Nest"), and Macau's Golden Lotus symbol.



20 pataca (US$2.50)
Purple. Front: Bank of China building; Beijing Olympics emblem; ancient column detail. Back: Beijing Olympic Stadium (Bird’s Nest); Golden Lotus symbol. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Unknown. 143 x 71.5 mm. 3 DE MAIO DE 2008 (03.05.2008). Signature unknown.

Courtesy of Kai.

Singapore new signature 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$7.10), ND (2007). Issued February 1, 2008. Like P48, but new signature (Goh Chok Tong, CHAIRMAN). Polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Hong Kong new date (2007) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$1.30), 1st OCTOBER 2007. Like the HKD10 issued July 9, 2007, but new date and new signatures (John Tsang Chun-wah, FINANCIAL SECRETARY; Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, MONETARY AUTHORITY). Polymer. 133 x 66 mm.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Cambodia new date (2007) 1,000-riel note confirmed


1,000 riels (US$0.25), 2007. Like P58, but new date. 138 x 64 mm.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

Cambodia issues new 2,000-riel note



According to an 8 January 2008 article on China View, "The Cambodian National Bank has issued a new 2,000-riel bank note to refresh currency supplies and simplify cash payments, the Cambodia Daily newspaper said Tuesday. Roughly equivalent to half a U.S. dollar, the new note depicts an image of the Preah Vihear temple on one side and a woman harvesting rice on the other, the newspaper said. The notes replace an equal value of tattered 1,000-riel notes that have been taken out of circulation and destroyed, National Bank of Cambodia Deputy Governor Neav Chanthana said. 'The new note is to replace the older ones,' Neav Chanthana was quoted as saying. The 2,000-riel denomination also requires that only half as many bills be printed as are removed from circulation, thereby saving the usage of paper, she added."

2,000 riels (US$0.50), 2007. Introduced 03.01.2008. Green, black, and yellow. Gate of Preah Vihear temple on front; farmers harvesting rice with palm trees and Angkor Wat temple in background on back. Signatures (Chea Chanto, Governor; Tha Yao, General Cashier), solid security thread with repeating *NBC*, Bayon sculpture as watermark, embedded colored threads, NATIONALBANKOFCAMBODIA microprinting, and some UV elements. 146 x 68 mm. Also available as perforated specimen with all-zero serial number.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

Malaysia issues new 50-ringgit note on 26.12.2007



50 ringgit (US$14.95), 2007. 20,000 special sets issued 26.12.2007 for RM60, and at face without packaging starting January 30, 2008. Green-blue. Portrait of the first king, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Tuanku Muhammad at right, national flower hibiscus at center, songket weaving patterns in background and edges, signature (Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, GABENOR). Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj declaring independence, oil palm trees, microbiology technology, and 50th anniversary logo on back (logo will appear only on first 50 million notes). Security features include watermark portrait and 50 as electrotype watermark, fluorescent windowed security thread with repeating BNM RM50 (also as microtext), songket design as registration device, 50 as latent image, holographic stripe with 50 and hibiscus flower.

Courtesy of Hon H. Mak.

Thailand issues new commemorative notes on sheet




16 baht (US$0.50), ND (2007). 15 million uncut sheets issued November 28, 2007, to commemorate King Rama IX’s 80th birthday. On the 1-baht note the king is giving a speech during his coronation in 1950 at the Sutthaisawan Pratat Hall; on the 5-baht note he’s in a royal procession by land, marking his 3th Circle Birthday Anniversary in 1963; and on the 10-baht note a large crowd is paying tribute during the 60th anniversary celebrations of the king’s accession to the throne in 2006. The back depicts various aspects of the king’s royal biography, activities, and talents. 147 x 229 mm.

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.

Papua New Guinea issues new polymer 20-kina note



20 kina (US$7.25), (20)07. Issued November 5, 2007. Parliament House and national crest (a stylised bird of paradise sitting on a kundu [drum] and a spear) as G-Switch. Boar’s head, toea arm band from the Central Province, a cowrie shell necklace from Madang, and a shell ornament from the Western Province on back. Intaglio printing, 20 embossed on see-through window, bank logo as latent image, black serial numbers and signatures (L. Wilson Kamit, GOVERNOR; Simon Tosali, SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY) flouresce yellow/green under UV light, iridescent bird of paradise on back. Polymer.

Philippines new date (2006) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$1.15), 2006. Like SCWPM 193, but new date and new signatures (GLORIA MARCAPAGAL-ARROYO, Pangulo ng Pilipinas; AMANDO M. TETANGC0, JR., Tagapangaslwa ng Bangko Sentral).

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos.

Philippines new date (2007) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$0.45), 2007. Like SCWPM 182, but new date and new signatures (GLORIA MARCAPAGAL-ARROYO, Pangulo ng Pilipinas; AMANDO M. TETANGC0, JR., Tagapangaslwa ng Bangko Sentral).

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos.

Brunei issues new date (2007) 1-ringgit note


1 ringgit (US$0.70), 2007. Issued 27 September 2007. Like Pick 22, but new date. Polymer. Printer: (NPA).

Courtesy of Banknotes-International.

Papua New Guinea issues new date (2007) 20-kina note


20 kina (US$6.90), (20)07. Like SCWPM 27, but no anniversary logo, new date, and new signatures (Leonard Wilson Kamit, GOVERNOR; Simon Tossali, SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY). Polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Philippines buys two “superline” note printers

According to Inquirer.net, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), has spent P4 billion (US$89 million) on two “superline” printing machines so it will not have to outsource the printing of banknotes. Two years ago, a European printer supplied 80 million 100-peso notes on which President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s was misspelled as “Arrovo.” By printing locally, it’s hoped that such embarrassing errors will be a thing of the past. Also, the new printing machines will double the capacity of the Security Plant Complex in Quezon City to two billion notes annually. The new machines perform the entire cycle of banknote production, from layout to printing and bundling.

Hong Kong issues new 10-dollar polymer note


10 dollars (US$1.30), 1st April 2007. Issued July 2007. Like Pick 400, but new date, new signatures (Henry Tang Ying-yen, FINANCIAL SECRETARY; Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, MONETARY AUTHORITY), larger tactile denomination in corners, see-through window with numeral 10, watermark-like image of bauhinia flower in clear window, watermark-like image of numeral 10, ribbon printed in pink-to-purple OVI, irridescent band with bauhinia flower and HK10 moved to center of note. Rearing horse as registration device, denomination as latent image. Polymer. 133 x 66 mm.

Courtesy of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

Brunei issues new 20-ringgit polymer commemorative note


The above note commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between both Brunei and Singapore. The note is available individually, in uncut sheets of three or 24 notes (200 and 25 sheets produced, respectively), and in a limited edition of 2,000 sets with similar Singapore notes bearing matching serial numbers. 

20 ringgit (US$13.10), 2007. Issued 27 June 2007. Orange. Novel serial numbers, A prefix, see-through window with red crest, and gold OVD with HB as latent image. Portrait of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at right, Ipomoea Pes-capre (plant that symbolises the treaty) at center. On back: Singapore’s splanade and buildings along the city’s waterfront at left; the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque, Royal Barge, and water village at right. Polymer. 149 x 72 mm.

20 ringgit (US$13.10), 2007. As above, but paired in folder with Singapore note with matching serial number, BND prefix, and 40TH ANNIVERSARY CURRENCY INTERCHANGEABILITY AGREEMENT overprint in brown.

Courtesy of Noorilham MD. Tahir.

Singapore issues new 20-dollar polymer commemorative note


The above note commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between both Brunei and Singapore. The Monetary Authority of Singapore will issue a total of 3 million individual notes, and is also selling 10,000 limited edition sets with similar Brunei notes bearing matching serial numbers for S$88. 

20 dollars (US$13.10), 2007. Issued June 27, 2007. Orange. Novel serial numbers, A prefix, two embossed see-through windows, gold lion with latent image of arms, security thread shaped like Singapore isalnd, and red-to-gold OVD. Portrait of Encik Yusof bin Ishak at right, Dendrobium Puan Noor Aishah orchids at center, Ishak wmk at left. On back: Singapore’s splanade and buildings along the city’s waterfront at left; the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque, Royal Barge, and water village at right. Polymer. 149 x 72 mm.

20 dollars (US$13.10), 2007. As above, but paired in folder with Brunei note with matching serial number, SGD prefix, and 40th Anniversary Currency Interchangeability Agreement overprint in red.

Courtesy of Noorilham MD. Tahir.

Brunei issues new 1,000-ringgit polymer note


BCMB B4 (P32): 1,000 dollars (US$810)
Light green, brown, deep pink. Front: Akar bilaran (merremia borneensis) flower; Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah wearing uniform and cap; coat of arms. Back: Ministry of Finance building in Bandar Seri Begawan. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): Sultan. Printer: (NPA). 166 x 76 mm. Polymer. 2006. Signature 1. Intro: 21.06.2007.

Courtesy of Noorilham MD. Tahir.

Papua New Guinea issues new 2-kina polymer note


2 kina (US$0.68), (20)07. Green, yellow, and light blue. National Parliament building, two see-through windows, and signatures (L. Wilson Kamit, GOVERNOR; Simon Tosali, SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY). Back like Pick 21, though slightly redesigned. Polymer.

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.

Singapore issues new 5-dollar polymer note



The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will issue new $5 polymer notes from 18 May 2007. This is the third denomination in the Portrait Series to be converted from paper into polymer. The $5 polymer notes will circulate alongside the $5 paper notes, both of which will remain legal tender.

As with the $2 and $10 polymer notes, MAS has retained the portrait series design for the $5 polymer notes as it is familiar to the public. The $5 polymer and paper notes have the following similarities:
• Portrait of Singapore’s first President, the late Encik Yusof bin Ishak, on the front, and images of the Garden City theme at the back. • Same colour (predominantly green). • Same size (133 mm x 66 mm).

The $5 polymer notes also include security features unique to polymer technology which are similarly found in $2 and $10 polymer notes. They are:
• Two see-through windows – one on the top-left hand side, and the other at the bottom-right corner. • A stylised gold Singapore Lion symbol with a hidden image, beside the top-left hand window.  An image of the Singapore Arms will appear at varying angles. • The security thread in the shape of the Singapore island.

Papua New Guinea issues revised 20-kina note polymer


20 kina (US$6.60), ND (2006). Like Pick 27, but without commemorative logo at left, and new signatures (Leonard Wilson Kamit, Governor; Simon Tossali, Secretary). Polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2006) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$6.40), 1 January 2006. Like Pick 208, but new date, new signature, and new title (Executive Director).

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2006) 100-note confirmed


100 dollars (US$12.80), 1 January 2006. Like Pick 209, but new date, new signature, and new title (Executive Director).

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Papua New Guinea issues 10-kina note with 8-digit serial number


10 kina (US$3.30), ND. Like Pick 26 (above, bottom), but serial number has eight—not six—digits, uses different font, and is positioned different.

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.

South Korea issues new 1,000- and 10,000-won notes




The Bank of Korea (BOK) issued newly-designed 1,000- and 10,000-won notes with strengthened anti-forgery features (including watermarks shown above) on January 22, 2007. For more information, visit the BOK’s web site dedicated to the new family of notes.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Viet Nam to issue more cotton notes

Despite previously announcing its intention to eventually convert all its bank note denominations to polymer, the State Bank of Vietnam recently announced it would issue low-denomination cotton notes in the face of strong public opposition to the usage of coins. There is no word yet on exactly what new denominations will be released, nor when.

Brunei issues new 500- and 10,000-ringgit polymer notes


BCMB B3 (P31): 500 dollars (US$404)
Orange. Front: Misai kucing (orthosiphon aristatus) java tea flowers; Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin III wearing uniform and cap; coat of arms. Back: Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan; lagoon; Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation (Yayasan) building. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): Sultan. Printer: (NPA). 175 x 80 mm. Polymer. 2006. Signature 1. Intro: 28.12.2006.


BCMB B5 (P33): 10,000 dollars (US$8,100)
Green and brown. Front: Pangarut timun dendang (passiflora foetida) flower; Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah wearing uniform and cap; coat of arms. Back: Legislative Council (Parliament) building in Bandar Seri Begawan. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): Sultan. Printer: (NPA). 181 x 90 mm. Polymer. 2006. Signature 1. Intro: 28.12.2006.
This note is tied with the 10,000-dollar note from Singapore for the circulating note with the highest face value in the world.

Courtesy of Stane Straus.

South Korea to issue new 1,000- and 10,000-won notes in 2007





The Bank of Korea (BOK) announced that newly-designed 1,000- and 10,000-won notes with strengthened anti-forgery features will begin circulating on January 22, 2007. For more information, read this The Korea Times article and this one.

The Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation has been delivering the new W1,000 notes to the BOK since May 19, 2006, and began printing the new W10,000 banknotes on July 7, 2006.

Update (12/22/06): Lawmakers were poised to approve the introduction of larger denominations as early as 2008.

Mongolia issues first ever 20,000-tögrög note



20,000 tögrög (US$17.10).
Light green and yellow. Front: Chinggis Khaan; holographic Soyombo symbol; warrior on horseback. Back: State Nine White Banners. 3-mm windowed security thread with demetalized MONGOLBANK. Watermark: Chinggis Khaan and electrotype МБ. Printer: G&D (w/o imprint). 152 x 72 mm. 2006. Signature Unknown. Introduced 02.10.2006.
 
More details can be found in this UB Post article.

Philippines ceases outsourcing note printing

According to a 15 August 2006, article in The Manila Times, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will cease outsourcing the printing of bank notes in 2007 in the wake of an embarrassing mistake made public last November.

In an attempt to ensure a sufficient supply of 100-piso (US$1.95) bank notes during the 2005 Christmas season, last year the BSP contracted the services of an unnamed French security printer. The move was supposed to be economical, too, since the French printer’s cost of production was reportedly half that of the BSP.

Unfortunately, the outsourced 100-piso notes (Pick 194c) delivered to the BSP bore President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s surname misspelled as “Arrovo.” Approximately 1,000 of these error notes were released into circulation before the mistake was caught. They remain legal tender in the Philippines, but are valued at US$20 in uncirculated condition, according to the 12th edition of the SCWPM.

Said an unnamed source, “It’s both the printer and BSP’s fault, because BSP sent its staff abroad who handles outsourcing of bank notes. However, the French printer shoulders the printing cost.”
 
A new story in the Manila Standard Today reports that 2.14 million error notes were released, and that the printer in question is Francois Charles Oberthur Fiduciare. Oberthur has reportedly agreed to shoulder the cost of a quarter of the initial print run of 77.9 million notes and will replace three quarters of that amount.

Viet Nam issues two new polymer notes

On August 15, 2006, the State Bank of Vietnam announced it would issue two new polymer notes. The 200,000-dong note is the first of that denomination in the nation’s history. The current paper 10,000-dong note (Pick 115) remains legal tender; all smaller bank notes are being replaced by coins. SBV has announced that it will eventually convert all its denominations to polymer.


10,000 dongs, (20)06. Issued August 30, 2006. Purple, light green, and light blue. President Ho Chi Minh. “Treehouse” wmk, curved security thread, registration device, microprinting, and “VN” latent image. Off-shore oil rigs on back. Polymer. 132 x 60 mm.


200,000 dongs, (20)06. Issued August 30, 2006. Red, green, and peach. President Ho Chi Minh as portrait and wkm. Curved security thread, registration device, OVI, and microprinting. Junk in Ha Long Bay on back. Polymer. 148 x 65 mm.