Europe

European Monetary Union new signature 50-euro note with prefix E (Slovakia)

50 euros, 2002. Like ECB B4, but new signature (Mario Draghi) and prefix E (Slovakia).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

European Monetary Union new signature 50-euro note with prefix G (Cyprus)

50 euros, 2002. Like ECB B4, but new signature (Mario Draghi) and prefix G (Cyprus).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

European Monetary Union new signature 500-euro note with prefix N (Austria)

500 euros, 2002. Like ECB B7, but new signature (Mario Draghi) and prefix N (Austria).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

Scotland's Royal Bank of Scotland new 5-pound Ryder Cup commemorative Hybrid note confirmed

According to a BBC article dated 15 June 2014, the Royal Bank of Scotland has unveiled the design of a new 5-pound note commemorating the Ryder Cup. The notes will be available to ticket-holders of the golf tournament which takes place at Gleneagles in Perthshire from 23 - 28 September 2014. The note is legal tender, though it is being sold as a numismatic product for US$32.

The note is printed by G&D on hybrid substrate with a see-through window in the shape of the Ryder Cup trophy, and is the first to bear the signature of new RBS chief executive Ross McEwan.

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Blue, green, orange, red, and yellow. Front: SPARK Ryder Cup trophy; bank headquarters building and equestrian statue with Earl of Hopetoun in St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh; coat of arms; Lord Ilay (Archibald Campbell), first bank governor wearing powdered wig. Back: Ryder Cup 2014 logo; PGA Centenary Course; golf clubs; Ryder Cup trophy; Gleneagles Hotel. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Lord Ilay and electrotype £5. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 135 x 70 mm. Hybrid.
a. 22nd SEPTEMBER 2014. Signature Ross McEwan. Prefix RCE. Intro: July 2014.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Max Keller.

Ukraine denies rumors it plans to redesign its banknotes

According to a report on Ukranian News dated 15 July 2014, the National Bank of Ukraine has denied rumors that it is the design of its banknotes:

"The National Bank has not asked any private company to change the national currency design because under Article 33 of the Law on the National Bank, the latter decides upon denominations, protection systems, payment features and design of national currency's banknotes and coins itself."

Poland new commemorative banknote to be issued August 2015

According to a posting on the bank’s web site, to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the birth of Janowi Długoszowi, the National Bank of Poland will issue 30,000 new numismatic products in August 2015.

Courtesy of Jan Boguś.

Switzerland's new franc series to be printed on Durasafe substrate

According to a press release dated 1 May 2014, Fortress Paper announced that its Landqart mill's Durasafe banknote paper (an innovative new composite paper-polymer-paper banknote substrate) has been confirmed as the substrate of the ninth series of the Swiss franc by the Swiss National Bank. Production problems have caused the delay in the introduction of this new series, which is now scheduled for 2015 at the earliest.

Courtesy of Renzo Zbinden.

Romania new date (2014) 1-leu note confirmed

1 lei, 1 iulie 2005 / (20)14. Like P117, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Romania new date (2014) 5-leu note confirmed

5 lei, 1 iulie 2005 / (20)14. Like P118, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Russia 100-ruble note declared "pornography" by lawmaker

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According to an RT.com article dated 8 July 2014, nationalist party MP Roman Khudyakovof has urged Банк России (Bank of Russia) to change the design of the 100-ruble note because it depicts the penis of the Greek god Apollo, in violation of Russia's 2010 law designed to protect children from "information that could be harmful to their health and development."

The note depicts a statute of Apollo riding a chariot above the pediment of Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. During renovations of the Bolshoi, a fig leaf was added to the statue, covering Apollo's genitals, so Khudyakovof argues that not only is the note pornographic, it's no longer an accurate representation of the statue as it currently exists.

The image first appeared on the 100,000-ruble note dated 1995 (CBR B14) and is now seen on the current note dated 2004 (CBR B24).

Northern Ireland Ulster Bank new date (01.01.2014) 20-pound note confirmed

20 pounds, 1st JANUARY 2014. Like P342b, but new date. Prefix L.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Switzerland new sig/date (2012) 20-franc note confirmed

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20 francs, (20)12. Like P69, but new date and signatures (Jean Studer and Fritz Zurbrügg).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Estonia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Estonia 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 notes issued by the Eesti Vabariigi (Republic of Estonia) from 1919 to 1928 and the Eesti Pank (Bank of Estonia) from 1919 to 2008. Published 4 July 2014.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Spain may create its own banknote printing facility to comply with ECB rules

According to an article in El País dated 2 July 2014, the Banco de España may create a new banknote factory to comply with European Central Bank rules that central banks own their own note-printing facilities or put out to bid the production of euro banknotes to other authorized suppliers. Since 1940, the Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre (FNMT) has produced notes for Spain as an independent company. FNMT also has contracts to produce notes for other African and Latin American countries.

Courtesy of Cedrian.

Russia may issue Crimea commemorative note in 2014

According to an article in Pravda dated 2 July 2014, by the end of the year the Central Bank of the Russian Federation may issue a banknote commemorating the Crimea. The bank also indicated it had no immediate plans to issue a 10,000-ruble note.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Russia not planning polymer banknotes

According to an article in Pravda dated 24 June 2014, Goznak does not plan to introduce polymer banknotes in Russia. Goznak General Director Arkady Trachuk said, "From the point of view of duration, price and quality, paper money is usually more effective than plastic money," but admitted that polymer notes have advantages in countries with hot and humid climates.

Croatia new 20-kuna commemorative confirmed

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According to a post on the bank's web site, on 30 May 2014, the Hrvatska Narodna Banka (Croatian National Bank) issued a new 20-kuna commemorative note. The note is like HNB B3, but with DVADESETA OBLJETNICA HRVATSKOGA NOVCA KUNE I LIPE 2014 (Twentieth anniversary of the Croatian currency Kuna and Lipa 2014) on the left side of the banknote, at the position of the watermark, microprinted 34 times in continuous vertical lines, creating a rectangle with some letters and numbers bolded to form number "20" and the inscription "OBLJETNICA" printed in iridescent colour in three lines over the rectangular base.

The Croatian National Bank also produced up to 40,000 sets of uncirculated 10- and 20-kuna commorative banknotes in special folders and sold them for 52 kuna each as numismatic products.

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Mojmir Cerny, and Zlatko Viscevic.

Jersey 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 Pam West of British Notes. Pam specializes in selling specimens, essays, color trials, replacements, and low serials from the Bank of England, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and English provincial banks.

This 13-page catalog covers notes issued by the States of Jersey from 1941 to present. It normally costs $9.99, but if you are among the first 50 collectors to use the coupon code PAMWEST 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 Jersey.

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

Poland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 30-page catalog covers notes issued by the Narodowy Bank Polski (National Bank of Poland) from to present. Published 13 June 2014.

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European Monetary Union new signature 50-euro note confirmed for Slovenia

50 euros, 2002. Like ECB B4, but new signature (Draghi) and country code H (Slovenia).

Courtesy of Sev Onyshkevych.

Lithuania may adopt euro in 2015

On 4 June 2014, the European Commission released its 2014 Convergence Report, which assesses eight Member States’ readiness to join the single currency. The commission proposed that the EU Council of Ministers decide that Lithuania can adopt the euro on 1 January 2015. The council will take the final decision on the matter in the second half of July, after EU Heads of State and Government have discussed the subject at the 26-27 June European Council, and after the European Parliament has given its opinion.

Courtesy of Jim "Rubycored" Chen.

Ukraine new sig/date (2014) 100-hryvnia note confirmed

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100 гривень (hryven), 2014. Like NBU B51, but new date and new signature (Stepan Kubiv, who took over as governor from Ihor Sorkin on 24.02.2014).

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

Courtesy of Mykhaylo Kharytonov (http://www.worldbanknotes.t15.org).

Trans-Dniester new date (2012) 5-ruble note confirmed

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5 rubles, 2007 МОДИФИКАЦИЯ (modified) 2012. Like TDRB B10a, but new date and winged security thread. Intro: 30.05.2014.

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

Courtesy of Тисленко Вадим (Vadim Tislenko) and Vladimir Kozin (
http://www.ebay.ca/usr/transnistriabanknotes).

Trans-Dniester new date (2012) 500-ruble note confirmed

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500 rubles, 2004 МОДИФИКАЦИЯ (modified) 2012. Like TDRB B8, but with 4.5-mm wide security thread.

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

Courtesy of
Claudio Marana and Vladimir Kozin (http://www.ebay.ca/usr/transnistriabanknotes).

Latvia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Latvia 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 Latwijas Walsts (Latvian Government) from 1919 to 1940, the Latvijas Socialistiskas Padomju Republikas (Latvian Socialist Soviet Republic) in 1940, and the Latvijas Bankas (Bank of Latvia) from 1922 to 2009. Published 23 May 2014.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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Scotland's Clydesdale Bank to issue new 5-pound polymer commemorative in 2015

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According to a BBC News article dated 22 May 2014, Clydesdale Bank in Scotland intends to issue two million 5-pound polymer notes featuring the Forth Bridge and a portrait of Sir William Arrol, whose company constructed the bridge. The notes will be issued in March 2015 on the 125th anniversary of the bridge.

Courtesy of Jake Numismatics.

Switzerland new sig/date (2012) 1,000-franc note confirmed

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1,000 francs, (20)12. Like P74, but new date and signature.

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Georgia new sig/date (2013) 20-lari note confirmed

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20 lari, 2013. Like NBG B50d, but new date and new signatures (Giorgi Kadagidze and Nodar Khaduri).

Courtesy of Dmitri Chokhonelidze (IBNS 10079).

Bank of Cyprus banknote exhibit open May 2014 to June 2015

The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation on the occasion of the International Museum Day 2014 cordially Invites you to the opening of the exhibition "Cyprus Banknotes: Environment • History • Folk Art." Their iconography through the collections
of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation on 16 May 2014, at 19:30. The exhibit runs from May 2014 to June 2015, Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 19:30.

Bank of Cyprus
86-90 Phaneromenis Str. Old Town Nicosia, Cyprus
For more information, visit www.boccf.org.

Courtesy of Rosita A. Efstathiou.

Georgia new sig/date (2013) 50-lari note confirmed

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50 lari, 2013. Like NBG B51, but new date and new signatures (Giorgi Kadagidze and Nodar Khaduri).

Courtesy of Dmitri Chokhonelidze (IBNS 10079).

Ukraine chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 16-page catalog covers notes issued by the Національний Банк України (National Bank of Ukraine) from 1991 to present. Published 25 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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Belarus rumored to have printed new notes in advance of redenomination

According to a report on Forex.co dated 8 April 2014, Aleksander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, is said to have told the employees of an aircraft repair plant in Baranovichi that the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus has already printed a new family of banknotes resembling euros. The new notes are reportedly in storage, ready to be issued after redenominating the Belarusian ruble, expected sometime in 2014.

Poland new 10-, 20-, 50-, and 100-zloty notes confirmed

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10 złotych, 5 STYCZNIA 2012 (01.05.2012). Like P173, but with Omron rings, PWPW printer imprint, and new registration device. Intro: 07.04.2014.

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20 złotych, 5 STYCZNIA 2012 (01.05.2012). Like P174, but with Omron rings, PWPW printer imprint, and new registration device. Intro: 07.04.2014.

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50 złotych, 5 STYCZNIA 2012 (01.05.2012). Like P175, but with Omron rings, SPARK patch, caption for portrait, PWPW printer imprint, and new registration device. Intro: 07.04.2014.

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100 złotych, 5 STYCZNIA 2012 (01.05.2012). Like P176, but with Omron rings, SPARK patch, caption for portrait, PWPW printer imprint, and new registration device. Intro: 07.04.2014.

There are no plans to release a revised 200-zloty note at this time.

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

Courtesy of Radoslaw Dlouhy and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Ukraine new sig/date (2013) 20-hryvnia note confirmed

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20 hryven, 2013. Like P120, but new date and new signature (Ihor Sorkin). Intro: 2014.

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

Courtesy of Mykhaylo Kharytonov (http://www.worldbanknotes.t15.org).

Serbia new sig/date (2014) 50-dinar note confirmed

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50 dinara, 2014. Like NBS B16, but new date and new signature (Jorgovanka Tabaković). Intro: 28.02.2014.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Denmark new sig/date (2012) 50-krone notes confirmed

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50 kroner, (20)12. Like P65, but new date and new signatures. Prefix A9.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Northern Ireland Ulster Bank new sig/date (03.01.2012) 10-pound note confirmed

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10 pounds, 3rd JANUARY 2012. Like P341, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Ukraine new sig/date (2013) 2-hryvnia note confirmed

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2 гривні (hryvni), 2013. Like P117, but new date and signature (Ihor Sorkin).

Courtesy of Константин Бохонок.

England polymer 5- and 10-pound notes in video


The CNN Money clip above discusses the Bank of England's plans to adopt polymer substrates for its banknotes, and there are even several shots of polymer 5- and 10-pound test notes at various points in the video.

Courtesy of Mark St. Pierre.

Switzerland new sig/date (2010) 200-franc note confirmed

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200 francs, (20)10. Like P73, but new date and signatures (Hansueli Raggenbass and Thomas Jordan).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Macedonia new sig/date (2013) 1,000-denar note confirmed

1,000 denari, Октомври 2013. Like NBRM B14b, but new date and new signature (Dimitar Bogov).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger (http://www.banknote.ws).

Isle of Man new "promise to pay" clause 20-pound note confirmed

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20 pounds, no date. Like IOMG B17, but with new "promise to pay" clause wording and line break. Prefix J, K.

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

Courtesy of Pam West (http://britishnotes.co.uk).

Sweden new date (2012) 500-krona note confirmed

500 kronor, (201)2. Like P66, but new date. Signatures Gernandt & Ingves.

Courtesy of Dott. Michele Cristiano (www.cristianocoins.it) and Peter Mosselberger (www.banknote.ws).

Bank of England 1- and 100-million pound notes in video


Check out this video from Channel 4 News in which you can view the Bank of England's 1-million and 100-million pound notes.

European Monetary Union new 10-euro note unveiled

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On 13 January 2014 the European Central Bank unveiled the new 10-euro note to be issued 23 September 2014.

Jersey chapter available for free for a limited time

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

This 13-page catalog covers notes issued by the States of Jersey from 1941 to present normally costs $9.99, but if you are among the first 50 collectors to use the coupon code KATE 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 Jersey.

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

Scotland Royal Bank new sig/date (23.06.2012) 20-pound note reported

20 pounds, 23rd MAY 2012. Like P354, but new date and signature (Stephen Hester).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Norway new sig/date (2013) 200-krone note confirmed

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200 kroner, 2013. Like P50, but new date and signatures (Øystein Olsen / Trond Eklund).

Courtesy of Jan Ove Larsen.

Latvia to adopt euro on 1 Janaury 2014

According to Latvijas Banka, Latvia will join the European Monetary Union on 1 January 2014 when it switches from the lat to the euro.

Courtesy of Brian Lema.

Trans-Dniester new 25- and 100-ruble notes confirmed

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According to a Russian-langauge post by the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank dated 11 December 2013, new 25- and 100-ruble notes have been issued like TDRB B12a and B14a, respectively, but dated 2007 МОДИФИКАЦИЯ (modified) 2012 and with wider windowed security threads.

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

Courtesy of Vladimir Kozin and Vadim Tislenko.

England announces new 5- and 10-pound notes to be printed on polymer

According to a press release dated 18 December 2013, the Bank of England intends to print new 5- and 10-pound notes on polymer. The 5-pound note featuring Sir Winston Churchill will be issued in 2016, followed in 2017 by the 10-pound note featuring Jane Austen.

Russia adopts symbol for ruble currency

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According to an article on Lenta.ru dated 11 December 2013, the board of directors of the Bank of Russia has adopted a lowercase barred "p" as the symbol for Russia's currency, the ruble. The bank intends to mint coins with the new symbol in 2014 and it will also appear on future banknotes.

Courtesy of Albert Vokhmin and Andrey Kuvaldin.

Moldova new 200-leu commemorative note confirmed

This note commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Moldovan leu, which was introduced on 29 November 1993. It is like the preceding issue, but with 20 DE ANI at lower center front, and denomination as registration device. The bank packaged 200,000 notes in sleeves and sold them at 15% over face value.

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BNM BNP2 (PNL): 200 lei (US$17)
Gold, pink, and brown. Front: Ştefan cel Mare; coat of arms; Victory token; bank logo; denomination as registration device. Back: Bank logo; Ştefan cel Mare coat of arms; crescent moon between columns of Traian and Infinity; Primăria Municipiului Chişinău (city hall of Chişinău). Solid security thread. Watermark: Ştefan cel Mare. Printer: (French). 133 x 66 mm.
a. 2013. Signature 2. Intro: 29.11.2013.

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

Courtesy of Vladimir Kozin.

Norway's new notes to feature "The Sea" theme

According to a press release dated 30 November 2013, "The new banknote series will feature the sea as the theme, reflecting its importance for Norway's business sector and economic prosperity.

Norges Bank started work on the new banknote series in autumn 2012. This will be the eighth series. There is a need to enhance banknote security to ensure that current and future Norwegian banknotes are resistant to counterfeiting. The work is well underway and a number of important decisions concerning the new series were made by Norges Bank's Executive Board in the fourth quarter of 2013. The theme, denomination breakdown, material, colours, language and size of the notes have now been decided.

"Finding a theme for the new banknote series has been an extensive and exciting process, with a creative input of ideas from various contributors," says Trond Eklund, Director of Norges Bank's Cashier's Department.

Norges Bank has sought to find a theme that runs through the banknote denominations, binding them together into a banknote series. "The Sea" provides a virtually infinite array of visual possibilities. The theme will be reflected both on the obverse and reverse face of the notes, breaking with the tradition of portraiture.

"We have chosen a theme we consider to be original and particularly relevant for Norway, which is a small country but a major coastal nation. Norway has a total coastline of 83 000 km, the longest in Europe. The use of marine resources, combined with the use of the sea as a transport artery, has been crucial to the development of Norway's economy and society," says Eklund.

The current denomination breakdown of 50 – 100 – 200 – 500 – 1000 and the current main colours will be retained for the new series. All the notes, which will be printed on cotton paper, will be 70 mm in height, but the width will increase with each denomination by 7 mm. This means that the 50 krone note will be 126 mm wide, while the 1000 krone note will be 154 mm wide. The Bank's official name will continue to be written in Norway's two official written languages, Bokmål and Nynorsk, i.e. Norges Bank and Noregs Bank.

In order to attract as many creative and interesting design proposals as possible, Norges Bank is now in the process of launching a design competition. The competition will be run in two stages; first a pre-qualification competition and then the final competition between five to eight participants to select the winning design."

Courtesy of Håkon Meidell-Pritzier Hagelund, Stein Langørgen, Cleo Phas, and Fredrik Steen.

Russia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Russia 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 Банк России (Bank of Russia) from 1992 to present. Published 29 November 2013.

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

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Switzerland new sig/date (2012) 50-franc notes confirmed

Switzerland_SNB_50_francs_2012.00.00_P71_12_E_6346191_Studer-Zurbrügg_sig
50 francs, (20)12. Like P71, but new date and signatures (Jean Studer and Fritz Zurbrügg).

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50 francs, (20)12. Like P71, but new date and signatures (Jean Studer and Jean-Pierre Danthine).

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50 francs, (20)12. Like P71, but new date and signatures (Jean Studer and Thomas Jordan).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

European Central Bank to unveil new 10-euro note 13.01.2014

According to a press release dated 26 November 2013, the European Central Bank will unveil its new Europa series 10-euro note on 13 January 2014 and issue the note later in the year.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Danzig chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 17-page catalog covers notes issued by the Städtische Sparkasse (Municipal Savings Bank) from 1914 to 1919, Der Senat, Verwaltung der Stadtgemeinde Danzig (Senate, Administration of the Danzig City Commune) from 1919 to 1923, the Danziger Zentralkasse (Danzig Central Finance Department) in 1923, and the Bank von Danzig (Bank of Danzig) from 1924 to 1938. Published 22 November 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
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  • 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
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  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Denmark new sig/date (2012) 200-krone note confirmed

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200 kroner, (20)12. Like P67, but new date and signatures. Prefix A5.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Ukraine new sig/date (2013) 200-hryvnia note confirmed

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200 гривень (hryven), 2013. Like P123, but new date and signature.

Courtesy of Mykhaylo Kharytonov (http://www.worldbanknotes.t15.org).

Albania new sig/date (2012) 200-lek note confirmed

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200 leke, 2012. Like BES B13, but new date, new signatures (Ardian Fullani and Dorian Çollaku), and 2.0-mm wide windowed security thread. Intro: 12.09.2013. According to a press release, a new sig/date 2,000-lek note (BES B20) was also issued on this date with 3.0-mm wide security thread. If anyone has this note, please send scans so that it can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Trans-Dniester new date (2012) 10-ruble note confirmed

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10 rubles, 2007 МОДИФИКАЦИЯ (modified) 2012. Like TDRB B11a, but new date and winged security thread. Also confirmed as specimen with diagonal red ОБРАЗЕЦ overprint.

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

Courtesy of Vladimir Kozin.

Iceland new 10,000-króna note confirmed

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SI B22 (PNL): 10,00 krónur (US$80)
Blue. Front: Poet, Icelandic scholar, essayist, and naturalist, Jónas Hallgrímsson; outlines of mountains Háafjall and Hraundrangi formed from Icelandic words coined by Jónas; floral pattern from cover of periodical “Fjölnir;” Jónas’ handwritten poem “Ferðalok” (Journey’s End); topographical outline of mountain Skjaldbreiður. Back: Plover birds; Jónas’ pencil drawing of mountain Skjaldbreiður; topographical outline of mountain Skjaldbreiður; Jónas’ handwritten poem “Fjallið Skjaldbreiður;” scallop shell. 18-mm wide Optiks security thread. Watermark: Jón Sigurđsson, electrotype 10000, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 162 x 70 mm.
a. 22. MAÍ 2001. Prefix H. Signature 66. Intro: 24.10.2013.
Replacement notes: Prefix Z.
This note was designed by Kristín Þorkelsdóttir and Stephen A. Fairbairn.ice

Bulgaria 2-lev note likely to be replaced by coin


According to a Bulgarian National Bank press release dated 17 October 2013, "As a consequence of the specifics of the currency circulation and the rise in the price levels it is very likely that over the next years the banknote of BGN 2 [US$1.40; P115] would have to be replaced with a coin." Additionally the release indicates that the bank's note printing division and Francois-Charles Oberthur in France are finalizing a joint venture to fully utilize the former’s excess production capacity.

European Monetary Union new 10-euro note to be introduced in 2014

The European Central Bank intends to introduce a new 10-euro note in 2014. No images of or information about the new note are available at this time.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Denmark new sig/date (2013) 100-krona note confirmed

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100 kronur, (20)13. Like P66, but new date and new signatures (Lars Rohde - Lars G. Sorensen). Series A8.

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Courtesy of Stefan Hari (www.haris.dk).

Iceland new signature 500-króna note confirmed

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500 krónur, 22. MAI 2001. Like P58, but new signature (Már Guðmundsson).

Courtesy of Werner Kober.

Scotland Clydesdale Bank new title/date (2013) 10- and 20-pound notes confirmed

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10 pounds, 25th January 2013. Like P229J, but new date and new signature title.

20 pounds, 11th July 2013. Like P229K, but new date and new signature title.

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

Courtesy of Andrew Balsillie.

Albania new sig/date (2011) 1,000-lek note confirmed

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1,000 leke, 2011. Like BES B18b, but new date and signatures.

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

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

Northern Ireland's Bank of Ireland new notes confirmed

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According to an article on Belfast Telegraph dated 21 August 2013, the Bank of Ireland UK issued new 5-, 10-, 20-, and 50-pound banknotes which look like the exisiting notes, but with new security features, including the introduction of a hologram dual image for £10 and £20 banknotes and a dual image and filigree for the £50 note. The £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes have a wider security thread and an electrotype in the watermark in the form of Bank of Ireland chevrons. The new notes are dated 1st January 2013 and bear the signature of Stephen Matchett, Chief Financial Officer.

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

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

Switzerland new sig/date (2010) 10-franc note confirmed

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10 francs, (20)10. Like P67, but new date and new signatures (Hansueli Raggenbass and Philipp Hildebrand).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Iceland new 10,000-króna note to be issued 24.10.2013


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On 25 September 2013 the Central Bank of Iceland (Seðlabanki Íslands) unveiled a new 10,000-króna (US$82) note to be issued 24 October 2013. The notes feature Jónas Hallgrímsson, scientist and poet, and the Eurasian golden plover and were designed by Kristín Þorkelsdóttir, who also designed Iceland's other denominations. The blue note measures 172 x 70 mm, and is protected by the following security features: a watermark of Jon Sigurdsson with electrotype 10000 and Cornerstones, 18-mm wide Optiks security thread, UV printing, intaglio printing, microprinting, and raised horizontal bars to assist the sight-impaired.

Courtesy of Werner Kober.

Poland unveils new notes to be issued in April 2014

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According to a press release dated 24 September 2013, Narodowy Bank Polski has unveiled the new 10-, 20-, 50-, and 100-złotych notes to be issued in April 2014 (for the time being, there are no plans to change the 200-złotych note). The overall designs remain similar to the existing notes of the same denominations, but the security features have been improved.

Courtesy of Krzysztof Czupryński.

Bank of England asks for public input before switching to polymer notes

According to a press release dated 10 September 2013, the Bank of England has revealed that it has been studying a switch from paper to polymer substrates over the past three years and found that the latter is cleaner, more secure, more durable, and more environmentally friendly. However, before finalizing on the decision to switch to polymer for its banknotes, the bank is undergoinh a two-month-long public consultation program ending on 15 November 2013. The bank’s final decision, in the light of feedback, will be announced in December 2013. If a decision is taken to proceed with printing on polymer, this will initially only be for the new-style £5 and £10 banknote. Polymer banknotes would be introduced one denomination at a time, with the Churchill £5 in 2016 at the earliest. The new polymer notes would also be smaller than existing paper notes.

Ukraine new sig/date (2013) 50-hryvnia note confirmed

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50 гривень (hryven), 2013. Like P121, but new date and signature (Ihor Sorkin).

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

Ukraine celebrates 17th anniversary of its banknote paper factory

On its 17th anniversary, the National Bank of Ukraine has lifted the veil over the place where the hryvnia was born and showed journalists the work of the banknote paper factory in Malin city of Zhytomyr region.

Ukraine new sig/date (2013) 10-hryvnia note confirmed

Ukraine_NBU_10_hryven_2013.00.00_P119A_ПB_0891769_sig
10 гривень (hryven), 2013. Like P119A, but new date and signature (Ihor Sorkin).

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

Courtesy of Mykhaylo Kharytonov (http://www.worldbanknotes.t15.org).

Azores chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Azores 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 de Portugal (Bank of Portugal) from 1876 to 1932. Published 30 August 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • 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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Moldova new sig/date (2013) 5-, 10-, 20-, 50-, 100-, and 200-leu notes confirmed

Moldova_BNM_50_lei_2013.00.00_B12f_P14_E.007_674501_sig
5 lei, 2013. Like BNM B9, but new date and signature (Dorin Dragutanu).

10 lei, 2013. Like BNM B10, but new date and signature (Dorin Dragutanu).

20 lei, 2013. Like BNM B11, but new date and signature (Dorin Dragutanu).

50 lei, 2013. Like BNM B12, but new date and signature (Dorin Dragutanu).

100 lei, 2013. Like BNM B13, but new date and signature (Dorin Dragutanu).

200 lei, 2013. Like BNM B14, but new date and signature (Dorin Dragutanu).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Tislenko Vadim.

Serbia new sig/date (2013) 200-dinar note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 5 July 2013, the National Bank of Serbia issued a 200-dinar note like NBS B18, but with new date (2013) and signature (Jorgovanka Tabaković).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Alberto Fochi.

Northern Ireland's Ulster Bank new sig/date (03.01.2012) 20-pound note confirmed

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20 pounds, 3rd JANUARY 2012. Like P342, but new date, signature, and title.

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Courtesy of yuri111.

Poland to issue polymer numismatic product in 2014

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According to a Polish-language press release dated 29 July 2013, Narodowy Bank Polski plans to issue its first polymer banknote in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the Polish Legions. 30,000 notes will be sold as numismatic products featuring the portrait of Jozef Pilsudski designed by Andrzej Heidrich.

Courtesy of Jacek Tylicki.

England confirms new 10-pound note to feature Jane Austen in 2016-2017

According to a press release dated 24 July 2013, the Bank of England has "confirmed that Jane Austen will appear on a forthcoming Bank of England banknote: the next new character following Sir Winston Churchill…The Austen note will be issued as a £10 note, within a year of the Churchill £5 note, which is targeted for issue during 2016."

Features of the design on the reverse of the Jane Austen note will include:

  • The quote – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI).
  • Portrait of Jane Austen. Commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, adapted from an original sketch of Jane Austen drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen.
  • An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking “The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988).
  • The image of Godmersham Park. Godmersham was home of Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen's brother. Jane Austen visited the house often and it is believed that it was the inspiration for a number of her novels.
  • Jane Austen’s writing table – the central design in the background is inspired by the 12 sided writing table, and writing quills, used by Jane Austen at Chawton Cottage.

Courtesy of Anthony Rodov.

Ukraine banknote paper factory introduces paper with anti-fungal agent

According to an article in KyivPost dated 23 July 2013, "The banknote paper factory of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has introduced a technology for producing paper impregnated with an anti-fungal agent." The UkrainianJoural.com adds that the factory is "in talks with two well-known foreign companies in Europe regarding signing framework agreements to place orders for paper production and delivery, starting from September 2013."

Lithuania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Lithuania 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 Lietuvos Bankas (Bank of Lithuania) from 1922 to present day. Published 19 July 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • 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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Book review: Coins and Banknotes of Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia

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Coins and Banknotes of Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia
Zlatko Viščević, 1173 pages, soft cover, 192 x 120 mm, black and white illustrations, Croatian and English, ISBN 978-953-56890-0-3, US$52 / €40 (free shipping), kin2.orders@gmail.com

Download the free sample chapter: Coins and Banknotes of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

Reviewed by Owen W. Linzmayer 7962

As author Zlatko Viščević mentions in the introduction to his impressive new catalog, collecting banknotes from the area of the former Yugoslavia can be quite challenging due to the large number of notes issued over the years. Compounding the problem is the Serbo-Croatian text on these notes and the complicated history of the region, both of which may be unfamiliar to many collectors. This new catalog doesn’t attempt to explain the tumultuous politics of the past three centuries, but is an invaluable addition to the reference library of anyone who specializes in collecting notes from this part of the world.

The first edition of this catalog was published in 2007. The second edition covers regular and commemorative notes issued in the intervening years, goes into greater depth in the descriptions, and now also includes special, fantasy, and private issues. In short, if you already own the first edition and like it, you’ll definitely want to buy the much-improved and expanded second edition.

Coins and Banknotes’ title spells out exactly what’s inside. The first half of the book is devoted to coins, the second half to notes, with chapters for the seven countries in each section. Within the chapters, the coins and notes are listed chronologically by denomination, which makes it easy to locate a particular piece and track changes over time, but at the expense of presenting complete families with common or complementary designs.

Each note type listing contains the denomination, catalog number, cross-references to Pick numbers and other specialized catalogs, reduced-size illustrations of the front and back, description of design elements and security features, and finally a list of varieties, with checkboxes for tracking your collection. Each variety is assigned a six-level rarity rating, and has values in euros for up to four levels of condition. Some notes also have auction results at the bottom of the page, though the values and results don’t always agree. Occasionally there are inset illustrations of details which determine varieties. These are useful in most cases, but sometimes the differences aren’t obvious due to the small size or lack of color in their reproduction.

Specialized collectors will appreciate the comprehensive lists of prefixes, as well as the inclusion of specimen and replacement notes in the variety tables, not to mention the assortment of “irregular issues” (color trials, partial proofs, etc.) and private/fantasy notes covered separately. While there isn’t much explanatory text regarding these issues, anyone interested in pursuing further research can consult the bibliography of source books and web sites at the end of each chapter.

The longer passages of prose in the catalog are presented in both Croatian and English, but the descriptions of the notes and their varieties are in Croatian only, which is a little frustrating if you care about such details and don’t want to rely upon Google Translate. Fortunately the English text everywhere else in the book is good enough that it’s easy to overlook the minor typos and understand the gist of the intended meaning.

One complaint I have about the catalog is its size. This is a bulky, compact tome measuring a whopping 55 millimeters thick, and heavy enough to break a toe if dropped on a foot. I would have preferred the coin and banknote sections split into two separate volumes, both printed in a larger format. As it is, the small black and white illustrations don’t do justice to the beauty of the notes, and the tiny text is hard to read if your eyesight isn’t perfect.

With this second edition, Zlatko Viščević has created a solid reference for collectors of notes of Yugoslavia and its constituent republics from 1849 to 2011. Coins and Banknotes delivers a dense helping of numismatic information at price that can’t be beat.

Bank of England responds to public demand for women on new notes

The Bank of England has posted the response from Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, to a letter received on 1 July 2013 from Mary Macleod MP, who expressed diappointment that Elizabeth Fry is to be replaced on the 5-pound note by Winston Churchill.

Courtesy of James Cadman.

Guernsey new 1-pound TDLR commemorative note confirmed

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According to an article on ChannelOnline, on 4 July 2013 the States of Guernsey began selling 300,000 1-pound notes to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Thomas de la Rue's first commercial venture. This commemorative note is like the preceding normal issue for this denomination, but enhanced by a design featuring Thomas de la Rue on the back and a TD/LR prefix. It is also the first series of 1-pound notes to feature the signature of States Treasurer Bethan Haines. The notes are sold at double face value, plus £8 S&H.

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

Courtesy of Pam West (http://britishnotes.co.uk), Philip Martin, and Jan Stuller.

Hungary new sig/date (2013) 500-forint note confirmed

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500 forint, 2013. Like P196, but new date and new signatures (György Matolcsy and Ádám Balog). Unlike preceding issues, this not has only two, not three, signatures.

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Courtesy of G. Scheidl.

Croatia new sig/date (09.07.2012) 100- and 200-kuna notes confirmed

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100 kuna, 9. SRPANJ 2012 (09.07.2012). Like HNB B5, but new date and new signature (Boris Vujcic). Intro: 01.07.2013.

200 kuna, 9. SRPANJ 2012 (09.07.2012). Like HNB B6, but new date and new signature (Boris Vujcic). Intro: 01.07.2013.

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Courtesy of Zlatko Viscevic.

Hungary new sig/date (2013) 2,000-forint note confirmed

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2,000 forint, 2013. Like P198, but new date and new signatures (György Matolcsy and Ádám Balog). Unlike preceding issues, this not has only two, not three, signatures. This denomination has previously been confirmed dated 2013 with CA prefix and three signatures. This note with two signatures has prefix CC. It remains to be seen when the change-over took place.

Courtesy of Kevin Klauss.

Scotland's Bank of Scotland new sig/date (01.19.2009) 20-pound note confirmed

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20 pounds, 19th JANUARY 2009. Like P126, but new date and signatures (Daniels/Kane).

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Courtesy of Pam West (http://britishnotes.co.uk).

Serbia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Serbia 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 Србије Народна банка/Narodna Banka Srbija (National Bank of Serbia) from 2003 to present day. Published 28 June 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • 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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Norway new sig/date (2012) 500-kroner note confirmed

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500 kroner, 2012. Like P51, but new date and new signatures (Øystein Olsen & Trond Eklund).

Courtesy of Jan Ove Larsen.

Northern Ireland's Danske Bank new 10- and 20-pound notes confirmed

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According to a BBC News article dated 24 June 2013, Danske Bank, formerly Northern Bank, issued 10- and 20-pound notes that look like the existing Northern Bank issues (PNL), but with the bank's new logo and name which changed in November 2012. Existing notes will remain in circulation. The bank no longer issues its own 50- and 100-pound notes and will issue Bank of England notes instead for these denominations.

The 10-pound note is dated 25th January 2013 and the 20-pound note is dated 16th October 2012. Both bear the signature of Gerry Mallon, Chief Executive.

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Courtesy of Pam West (http://britishnotes.co.uk).

Trans-Dniester new 50- and 200-ruble notes confirmed

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According to a Russian-language press release, Trans-Dniester issued new 50- and 200-ruble banknotes with upgraded security features on 15 January 2013. The designs remain unchanged, but the windowed security thread is wider and the date is changed to МОДИФИКАЦИЯ (modified) 2012.

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Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Vladimir Kozin.

Serbia new sig/date (2013) 10-, 20-, and 100-dinar notes confirmed

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On 24 May 2013, the National Bank of Serbia issued 10-, 20-, and 100-dinar notes like the preceding issues, but with new date (2013) and signature (Jorgovanka Tabaković) on back.

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Alberto Fochi.

Serbia new sig/date (2013) 10-, 20-, and 100-dinar notes reported

According to a press release, on 24 May 2013 the National Bank of Serbia issued 10-, 20-, and 100-dinar notes dated 2013 with the governor's signature as Jorgovanka Tabaković.

Courtesy of Dragan Peric.

Ukraine new sig/date (2013) 5-hryven note confirmed

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5 гривень (hryven), 2013. Like P118c, but new date and signature (Ihor Sorkin).

Courtesy of Mykhaylo Kharytonov (www.worldbanknotes.t15.org).

Switzerland new sig/date (2012) 10-franc note confirmed

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10 francs, (20)10. Like P67c, but new date and signatures (Raggenbass/Danthine).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Northern Ireland's Northern Bank new date (30.11.2011) 10-pound note confirmed

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10 pounds, 30th November 2011. Like unlisted note dated 9th November 2008, but new date.

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Courtesy of Yuri Minkin (http://stores.ebay.com/yuri111).

Scotland, Royal Bank new date (20.12.2007) 10-pound note confirmed

10 pounds, 20th DECEMBER 2007. Like P353, but new date.

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Courtesy of Pam West (http://britishnotes.co.uk).

Northern Ireland's First Trust Bank new sig/date (01.01.2012) 10-pound note confirmed

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10 pounds, 1st JANUARY 2012. Like P136, but new date and new signature (John Kilty).

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Courtesy of Pam West.

European Monetary Union new 5-euro note confirmed

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5 euros, 2013. Intro: 02.05.2013. These notes have two-character prefixes and it's not yet clear if they use the same country codes as the preceding series. Prefixes confirmed to date include UB and VA.

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Courtesy of Richard Castello (www.castedos.com or http://stores.ebay.com/CastedosInvestments) and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Central Bank of Malta currency exhibit runs 2-15 May 2013

According to a press release dated 26 April 2013, "The Central Bank of Malta is organising a currency exhibition between Thursday 2 May 2013 and Wednesday 15 May 2013. The exhibition will be held in the Polverista building situated at the Bank’s premises on St James Counterguard, Valletta.

The exhibition will trace the history of the official Maltese paper currency since 1914 and will allow those visiting the exhibition to see the new €5 “Europa Series” banknote that will be issued by the European Central Bank from 2 May 2013. Visitors will also have access to an audio-visual presentation on banknote production and an interactive game which highlights the security features of the euro banknote. Maltese decimal coinage, as well as a number of euro coin sets, will also be on display.

The exhibition will be open daily during weekdays from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Further information may be obtained by calling on 2550 6014."

Courtesy of Dennis Zammit.

England to feature Winston Churchill on new 5-pound note in 2016

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According to a press release, the Bank of England will feature Winston Churchill on a new 5-pound note to be issued in 2016.

Commenting on the choice, the Governor said: “Our banknotes acknowledge the life and work of great Britons.  Sir Winston Churchill was a truly great British leader, orator and writer.  Above that, he remains a hero of the entire free world.  His energy, courage, eloquence, wit and public service are an inspiration to us all.  I am proud to announce that he will appear on our next banknote."
The plan is for the Churchill note to be issued as a £5 note, and that it shall be issued during 2016; but those choices may be reviewed as plans for issuing the new note are finalised. Features of the design on the reverse of the note will include:

  • A portrait of Winston Churchill from a photograph taken in Ottawa by Yousuf Karsh on 30 December 1941 - © Yousuf Karsh/Camera Press.
  • A view of Westminster and the Elizabeth Tower from the South Bank looking across Westminster Bridge - © Abi Daker.
  • The image of the Elizabeth Tower with the hands of the Great Clock at 3 o’clock – the approximate time on 13 May 1940 when Sir Winston Churchill declared in a speech to the House of Commons: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” This declaration is quoted beneath the portrait.
  • A background image of the Nobel Prize medal which he was awarded in 1953 for literature, together with the wording of the prize citation. The trademark Nobel Prize® is reproduced with permission from the Nobel Foundation.

Further details on the full design of the new note will be revealed when the new note is launched, together with a full promotion and awareness campaign.

Courtesy of Paul Walters.

Turkey new 5-lira note issued 08.04.2013 confirmed

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On 8 April 2013, Türkiye Cümhuriyet Merkez Bankası (Central Bank of Turkey) issued a new 5-lira note that is purple, because the exisiting tan note (P222) was too close in color to the brown 50-lira note (P225).

In addition to the new color of the 5-lira note, the bank also changed the Deputry Governor signatures on the following notes (all the new notes have Governor Erdem Başçı’s signature, seen above at left):
· TL 200 banknotes: Mehmet Yörükoğlu
· TL 50 banknotes: Turalay Kenç,
· TL 5 banknotes: Mehmet Yörükoğlu

Courtesy of Adil Önder, Okyay Demirors, and Paul Nahmias.

Poland to upgrade security of notes in April 2014

According to a press release dated 18 April 2013, the National Bank of Poland plans to issue banknotes with new security features in April 2014. The designs of the "Polish Monarchs" notes first issued in 1995 will remain unchanged, except to accomodate the modern security features. Detailed information is scheduled to be released in September 2013.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk and Krzysztof Czupryńsk.

Hungary new date (2013) 2,000-forint note confirmed

2,000 forint, 2013. Like P198, but new date.

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Courtesy of G. Scheidl.

Sweden changes portrait for new 1,000-krona note due October 2015

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According to a Sveriges Riksbank press release dated 25 March 2013, "The Riksbank has reached agreement with the copyright holders for the images and symbols that will be used on the new banknotes. In connection with this, the portrait of Dag Hammarskjöld on the 1000-krona banknote has been re- placed. The issue of the new banknotes will begin in early October 2015.

"Today, the Riksbank is also publishing the texts that will form the basis for the mini- and micro-texts on the new banknotes. The mini- and micro-texts are in- terwoven with the banknotes' motifs and act as extra security features.

"The texts are linked to the individuals portrayed on the respective banknotes. The 20-krona banknote, for example, will contain a line from “Pippi Longstocking”, one of Astrid Lindgren's most famous books, while the 500-krona bank- note will have a text listing Birgit Nilsson's operatic roles. All the mini- and mi- cro-texts are available on the Riksbank's website."

Courtesy of David Surette.

Croatia new sig/date (09.07.2012) 10- and 20-kuna notes confirmed

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On 18 March 2013, the Croatian National Bank issued new 10- and 20-kuna banknotes like HNB B2 (P38) and B3 (P39) respectively, but with new dates (9 SRPANJ 2012) and new signature (Boris Vujcic). Details in Croatian.

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Courtesy of Mirko Pistan and Ivan Martinović.

Sweden new date (2011) 50-kronor note confirmed

50 kronor, (201)1. Like P64b, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

European Monetary Union new sig 20-euro note confirmed

20 euros, 2002. Like ECB B3 (P3 & P10), but new signature (Mario Draghi), country code X, and printer code E008F5.

Courtesy of Edwin Biersteker.

Isle of Man 50-new pence paper variety confirmed

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50 new pence, no date. Like IOMB B5d (P33) shown at top, but on paper which is slightly yellow (instead of pure white) and with diagonal lines throughout.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Romania new date (2013) 1-leu note confirmed

1 leu, 1 iulie 2005 / (20)13. Like P117, but new date.

Courtesy of Daniel Mendea.

Iceland new 10,000-króna note reported for 2013 introduction

According to an article on News of Iceland dated 18 February 2013, the Central Bank of Iceland (Seðlabanki Íslands) will introduce a new 10,000-króna (US$77) this year, "probably this spring." The notes feature Jónas Hallgrímsson, scientist and poet, and the Eurasian golden plover and were designed by Kristín Þorkelsdóttir, who also designed Iceland's other denominations.

European Monetary Union chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 7-page catalog covers every note (128 types and varieties, including 7 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the European Central Bank from 2002 to present day. Published 15 February 2013.

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

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Hungary new date (2012) 1,000-forint note confirmed

1,000 forinit, 2012. Like P197, but new date.

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

Trans-Dniester new date (2012) 1-ruble note confirmed

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1 ruble, 2007 МОДИФИКАЦИЯ (modified) 2012. Like TDRB B9a, but new date and winged security thread. Intro: 15.01.2013.

Courtesy of Dmitry Zagorenko.

Northern Ireland's Northern Bank new date (12.05.2011) 20-pound note confirmed

20 pounds, 12th May 2011. Like unlisted note dated 15th April 2009, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Yuri Minkin.

England 1- and 100-million pound notes confirmed

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BBC News has an interesting article which discusses the Bank of England's "giant" and "titan" notes denominated in 1- and 100-million pounds.

Courtesy of Christof Zellwegger.

European Monetary Union new signature variety 100-euro note confirmed

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100 euros, no date. Like P5, but new signature (Mario Draghi).

Courtesy of Márk Döme.

Serbia new sig/date (2012) 500- and 2,000-dinar notes confirmed

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According to an official press release, on 7 December 2012, the National Bank of Serbia released revised 500- (US$5.70) and 2,000-dinar (US$23) banknotes.

"The obverse of the two banknotes has not been revised, while the reverse shows a new issue year (2012) and the signature of the current governor (Jorgovanka Tabaković). The 500-dinar banknote will circulate in parallel with the earlier series of this banknote issued in 2004, 2007 and 2011, while the 2000-dinar banknote will be in parallel circulation with its 2011 issue.

"The release of revised 500- and 2000-dinar banknotes was scheduled by the annual programme of manufacturing banknotes and coins. In accordance with this programme, planned quantities of 10-, 20, 50- and 100-dinar banknotes were already printed this year. In addition, the programme for 2012 envisages printing of 500- and 2000-dinar banknotes in order to replace the worn-out, damaged and mutilated banknotes, and to ensure an optimal denomination structure of circulating banknotes.

"Further, a need was recognised to change the existing denomination structure, particularly in terms of replacing the 1000-dinar banknote which is dominant in the structure of circulating cash – around 70% in the nominal amount and around 33% in the quantity of circulating banknotes. This change would contribute to a reduction in the total number of circulating banknotes, while maintaining the same nominal quantity. Besides, this would help reduce the costs of manufacturing banknotes and cash manipulation (counting, processing, transportation, vault storage etc)."

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Dragan Peric, and Kevin Klauss.

European Central Bank unveils new 5-euro note due 02.05.2013

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10 January 2013 - Eurosystem unveils the Europa series €5 banknote

Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), today unveiled the Europa series €5 banknote. The unveiling was the highlight of the opening of the “New Face of the Euro” exhibition, which is being held at the Archaeological Museum in Frankfurt am Main from 11 January to 10 March 2013.

The new €5 banknote has benefited from advances in banknote technology since the first series was introduced over ten years ago. It includes some new and enhanced security features. The watermark and hologram display a portrait of Europa, a figure from Greek mythology – and hence the name of this series of banknotes. An eye-catching “emerald number” changes colour from emerald green to deep blue and displays an effect of the light that moves up and down. Short raised lines on the left and right edges of the banknote make it easier to identify the banknote, especially for visually impaired people.

These security features are planned to be included in all the new banknotes. They are easy to check using the “feel, look and tilt” method.

The new series has the same “ages and styles” design and dominant colours as the first series. The €5 will be the first banknote to be issued, starting on 2 May 2013. The other denominations, i.e. €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500, will be introduced over the next few years, in ascending order.

The first series will initially circulate alongside the new banknotes, but will gradually be withdrawn and eventually cease to be legal tender. The date when this occurs will be announced well in advance. However, the banknotes of the first series will retain their value indefinitely and can be exchanged at euro area national central banks at any time.

Scotland Royal Bank new date (20.12.2007) 100-pound note confirmed

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100 pounds (US$162), 20TH DECEMBER 2007. Like P350, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Yuri Minkin.

1st Paper-Money and Coins Fair to take place in Lisbon 04.05.2013

António Canas (lisbontrade.fair@gmail.com) is organizing the first Paper-Money and Coins Fair to take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 4 May 2013. Click here to download a PDF with details about the event.

Turkey new signature variety 10-, 20-, and 100-lira notes confirmed

According to a press release dated 21 December 2012, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey issued new signature varieties of the 10-, 20-, and 100-lira (US$5.50, $11, $56) notes on 24 December.

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TL 10 (P223): Governor Erdem Başçı and Deputy Governor Necati Şahin.

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TL 20 (P224): Governor Erdem Başçı and Deputy Governor Murat Çetinkaya.

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TL 100 (P226): Governor Erdem Başçı and Deputy Governor Necati Şahin.

Courtesy of Okyay Demirors and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Switzerland delays new notes until 2015

According to a press release dated 13 December 2012, the introduction of the new Swiss 50-franc note has been delayed until 2015 at the earliest due to technical difficulties encountered in the note's production on Durasafe substrate.

Courtesy of Christoph Zellweger.

Bank of England puts note printing out to tender

According to a PrintWeek article dated 10 December 2012, De La Rue's contract to print the UK's banknotes could come to an end as the Bank of England (BoE) has issued a tender notice asking up to five operators to bid for the £1bn contract.

It is only the second time that the contract has been outsourced since De La Rue took over banknote printing for BoE in 2003.

The contract, which could potentially run for up to 14 years, will see alternative suppliers bidding to print up to 12bn banknotes at BoE’s Debden, Essex facility.

BoE expects that the 200 staff at the Debden plant will be transferred to the new supplier should the contract be awarded away from De La Rue.

The new supplier would be responsible for the maintenance of Debden’s printing machinery, which is expected to be refurbished or replaced with the payment of capital costs coming from BoE.

The tender also states that the new supplier would need to accomodate changes in the features or substrates included in banknote production in line with security reviews by the governing body.

Bidding operators must have at least three years of experience in commercial banknote printing and have printed at least 500m banknotes over a 12-month period at one site in the past three years as payment will depend on the volumes of accepted banknotes produced.

The deadline for bids is 31 January 2013, and BoE expects that banknote production will commence from April 2015 following a six to twelve month transition period between suppliers. The successful participant will have the option to extend the contract by a further 36 months.

One provision in the tender that has gotten the attention of banknote collectors is the requirement that the printers be able to handle printing on polymer, not just the paper substrate traditionally used on Bank of England notes. To be clear, however, the bank hasn't committed to printing new notes on polymer; it's simply ensuring that polymer is an option regardless of who it chooses as its new printer.

Norway developing new banknote series

According to a Norges Bank press release dated 4 December 2012, Norges Bank has started on a project to develop a new banknote series. This will be the eighth series of krone-denominated banknotes. There is a need to enhance the security of Norwegian banknotes so that they will continue to be hard to counterfeit.

Why is Norges Bank going to replace Norwegian banknotes?
As the central bank, Norges Bank bears the responsibility that Norwegian banknotes function effectively as means of payment and have adequate functionality and that the general public has confidence that the notes they use are genuine. This means, for example, that genuine banknotes should be easy to identify. Norwegian banknotes must therefore have security features that are sufficient to deter counterfeiting.

The likelihood of Norwegian banknotes being counterfeited may be reduced by ensuring that the notes' security features are not inferior to those on comparable countries' banknotes. A number of countries, including Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland and the Euro countries, have introduced or are about to introduce new banknote series with enhanced security. This requires an enhancement of the security features on Norwegian banknotes too. And because developing a new banknote series takes time, work to develop a new series needs to begin now.

Moreover, it has been nearly 20 years since the appearance of first banknote in the current series (the 200-krone note). Norges Bank has already upgraded this series once, and has concluded that further upgrades of the existing banknote series would be impractical.

When will the new banknotes be introduced?
Developing a new banknote series is a complicated and demanding project that poses considerable challenges and various types of risk at all stages. Experience from other countries that have introduced or are about to introduce new banknotes suggests that it takes several years from the time work commences until the notes are placed into circulation.

Why does it take so long to create a new banknote series?
First, Norges Bank will select a theme for the new banknote series. For this effort, the Bank will solicit advice from outside. Once the theme has been approved, the Bank will choose the main elements of the banknotes' design. It may be appropriate to invite one or more artists to propose motifs.

Then the work begins to select security elements and the type of paper. The design components and look of a banknote have a close bearing on the work on security elements. It is a demanding task to place the security elements in a way that makes the banknote aesthetically pleasing, yet meets all technical requirements. At this stage, external stakeholders, such as banks, retail trade and organisations for the blind and visually impaired will be involved to ensure that their needs are addressed.

The banknotes are also supposed to function in vending machines and ATMs, and will be available for testing in sufficient time before being placed into circulation. Introducing new banknotes and withdrawing old ones also requires an extensive information campaign targeting banks, retail outlets and the general public. All these factors help to make the work on a new banknote series a protracted process.

Who decides that we will be getting new banknotes and what they will look like?
It is Norges Bank that has decided that work will begin on a new banknote series (cf. Section 13 of the Norges Bank Act). It is also the central bank that will approve the theme, motifs, format, colours and range of denominations. The Ministry of Finance will be kept informed, as it states in the Norges Bank Act: "Before the Bank makes any decision of special importance, the matter shall be submitted to the ministry." Since approval of a new banknote series is a decision of special importance, the matter will be submitted to the Ministry of Finance.

Do we even need banknotes now that most people pay with a card?
Banknotes are and will continue to be an important part of the infrastructure of the payment system, and the quantity of cash in circulation has remained at around the same level in recent years. In other words, there is still a need for banknotes.

It is also the Bank's experience that whenever electronic payment systems do not function, or there are fears that these systems will cease to function, the general public increases its demand for cash. Thus, cash serves as a backup.

Will there be a change in the denominations of banknotes?
Norges Bank is responsible for ensuring an appropriate range of denominations. An assessment of which denominations to include in the new series is a part of the project.

Will Norges Bank also be introducing new coins?
Norges Bank has no plans to make changes to the current coin series. But in connection with development of a new banknote series and the range of denominations, the Bank will considerer whether the 50-krone note should be replaced with a coin.

What will happen to current banknotes?
From the date new notes are introduced, Norges Bank will approve the withdrawal of existing notes from circulation. This is authorised by Section 15 of the Norges Bank. A decision to withdraw banknotes will be announced in the Norwegian Legal Gazette (Norsk Lovtidend) and Norway's largest newspapers.

Following the announcement, the notes will continue to be legal tender and may be used in the ordinary manner for one year. After that, Norges Bank is obliged to redeem them for an additional ten years.

Courtesy of Phil Martin.

Moldova new 1-leu note dated 2010 without security thread confirmed

1 leu, 2010. Like BNM B8, but without security thread.

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Courtesy of G. Scheidl.

Bank of England names Canadian, Mark Carney as its new governor in 2013

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According to a press release dated 26 November 2012, the Bank of England has announced that Mark Carney has been appointed governor of the bank from 1 July 2013. He will succeed Sir Mervyn King. Carney is currently Governor of the Bank of Canada, having taken up his office on 1 February 2008. The move will likely mean new signature varieties for Canada's banknotes, but not for those in Great Britain, where the notes are signed by the chief cashier.

Courtesy of Jim Chen, Alex Zlotin, and Aidan Work.

Norway 1977-1998 notes demonetized

Norges Bank has announced that the notes dated 1977-1998 (Pick 41-P45) were demonetized as 1 November 2012.

Courtesy of Sune Persson.

European Monetary Union to issue new "Europa" series 5-euro note in May 2013


According to a press release dated 8 November 2012, "The European Central Bank (ECB) and the national central banks (NCBs) of the Eurosystem are to introduce a second series of euro banknotes. Called the “Europa” series, it will include a portrait of Europa – a figure from Greek mythology and the origin of the name of our continent – in the watermark and the hologram. The new banknotes will be introduced gradually over several years, starting with the €5 banknote in May 2013.

The Europa series has benefited from advances in banknote technology since the first series was introduced over ten years ago. Its security features have been enhanced, which will help to make the banknotes even more secure. Three new features – the portrait watermark, portrait hologram and emerald number – have been unveiled today.

The new banknotes are an evolution. Like the first series, they will have the “ages and styles” design and the same dominant colours, but they have been modified to accommodate the enhanced security features. They will be easy to distinguish from the first series. The Europa series will have the same denominations as its predecessor, i.e. €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500, and they will be introduced in ascending order. Thus, the new €10 banknote will follow the €5.

The first series will initially circulate alongside the new banknotes, but will gradually be withdrawn and eventually cease to be legal tender. The date when this occurs will be announced well in advance. However, the banknotes of the first series will retain their value indefinitely and can be exchanged at the Eurosystem NCBs at any time.

The Europa series €5 banknote will be unveiled in full on 10 January 2013 and credit institutions will start to issue the new notes over the counter or via cash dispensers in May next year.

In order to raise public awareness of the Europa series, the ECB and the NCBs of the Eurosystem will be conducting a multi-channel information campaign across the euro area in 2013. Preparations are currently under way, supported by two agencies chosen by the ECB following a public tender."

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo, J. M. Peso, Alex Zlotin, and José Luis Arrayás.

European Monetary Union to issue new notes in 2013

According to an article on EUObserver dated 5 November 2012, "The European Central Bank is Thursday to present a plan for replacing current euro notes with safer ones from [May] 2013, Hessischer Rundfunk reported Sunday. The second generation euro notes will still have values from five to €500, but motifs will change and improved security features will make forgery more difficult."

Courtesy of José Luis Arrayás.

Moldova 1-leu commemorative declared a fake

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This note supposedly commemorates the 15th anniversary of the Moldovan leu, which was introduced on 29 November 1993. Apparently the first 150 1-leu notes dated 2006 were embossed in the Czech Republic with a gold medalion at right front containing the bank logo, the words 15 ANI (15 years), and Ştefan cel Mare.

However, the National Bank of Moldova has declared this privately produced numismatic product a fake.

Courtesy of the National Bank of Moldova, James Pickering, Vadim Tislenko, and Dmitry Zagorenko.

Northern Ireland's Northern Bank to become Danske Bank by end of 2012

According to an article in the Belfast Telegraph dated 11 May 2012, by the end of 2012 Northern Bank will be rebranded under the name of its Danish parent, Danske Bank, with new banknotes in circulation within a year.

According to an article in The Irish News dated 20 October 2012, Northern Bank plans a "full communications programme" in advance of introducing the new Danske Bank-branded banknotes in mid-2013. "Apart from the Northern Bank logo being replaced by a Danske Bank logo all other features of the note will remain basically the same," said the bank.

Norway new sig/date (2011) 50-kroner note confirmed

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50 kroner (US$8.70), 2011. Like P46, but new date and signatures (Øystein Olsen / Trond Eklund).

Courtesy of Håkon Meidell-Pritzier Hagelund.

Cyprus chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Cyprus 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 (137 types and varieties, including 10 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Republic of Cyprus in 1961, and the Central Bank of Cyprus from 1964 to present day. Government of Cyprus notes are not currently included in this chapter.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • 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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Romania new date (2012) 10-leu note confirmed

10 lei (US$3), 1 decembrie 2008 / (20)12. Like P119, but new date.

Courtesy of Daniel Mendea.

Macedonia new sig/date (12.2011) 10-denar note confirmed

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10 denari (US$0.25), Декември 2011. Like NBRM B6 (P14), but new date and signature (Dimitar Bogov).

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

Denmark new date (2011) 200-kroner note confirmed

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200 kroner (US$35), (20)11. Like P67, but new date, new signatures, and prefix A4.

Courtesy of Christoph Thomas.

Trans-Dniester corrected 500-ruble note confirmed

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500 rubles (US$59), 2004. Like TDRB B8a (P41), but with Ukrainian E on series prefix AA (top) corrected to I on series prefix AB (bottom) as 6th character, 1st word, 3rd line of text on front, and I instead of backwards N as 8th character, 2nd word, 3rd line. Prefix AB.

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

Great Britain new sig 5-, 10-, and 20-pound notes confirmed

According to a press release, on 12 September 2012, the Bank of England issued 5-, 10-, and 20-pound (US$8, $16, and $32, respectively) notes bearing the signature of the current chief cashier, Chris Salmon. These notes are like the preceding issues (P391, P389, and P392) and will circulate in parallel.

"The new notes bearing Chris Salmon’s signature were produced with printing plates made under a different manufacturing method. This has not changed the appearance of the notes. De La Rue previously used printing plates produced via the film exposure method. However, due to the diminishing demand for this technology in the printing community, De La Rue have changed to printing plates which are produced via the direct laser engraving method, known as ‘computer to plate’ technology."

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Courtesy of Antje González and Pam West.

Romania new date (2011) 10-leu note confirmed

10 lei (US$2.80), (20)11. Like P119, but new date.

Courtesy of Christoph Thomas.

European Central Bank rumored to use Europa design on new notes

According to an article on Bloomberg dated 31 August 2012, the European Central Bank is said to be using an image of Europa from Greek mythology on its new euro banknotes due to be unveiled in November and issued starting in May 2013.

Courtesy of Lars Kersten and Mehdi Kasumov.

Euro notes with new security features expected in 2013

According to an article in Standart News dated 24 August 2012, the European Central Bank is set to issue new euro banknotes with enhanced security features at the beginning of 2013. More details are expected this autumn.

Isle of Man chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Isle of Man

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

At the time of initial publication, this 9-page catalog covers every note (71 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Isle of Man Government from 1961 to present day.

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

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Royal Bank of Scotland new sig/date (30.11.2010) 20-pound note confirmed

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20 pounds (US$31), 30th NOVEMBER 2010. Like P354, but new date and new signature (Stephen Hester).

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Courtesy of Pam West.

Serbia new 100-dinar banknote confirmed

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According to a press release dated 11 May 2012, the National Bank of Serbia has issued a new 100-dinar (US$1.15) banknote which is like NBS B9 (P49), "but the back contains the Great Coat-of-Arms of the Republic of Serbia in a new design, in accordance with the Decree on Establishing the Original Great and Small Coat-of-Arms, Flag and National Anthem of the Republic of Serbia (RS Official Gazette, No. 85 of 15 November 2010). The year of issue (’2012’) and the Governor’s signature have also been changed."

With this release, only the 5,000-dinar (US$57) note has yet to be issued with the new coat of arms.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn, Dragan Peric, and Matej Omahen.

European Monetary Union new signature 10-euro note confirmed

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10 euros (US$12), 2002. Like P2, but new signature (Mario Draghi). Confirmed with X country code for Germany and P printer code for G&D. Also reported X for Germany and E for Oberthur, as well as T for Ireland and K for Central Bank of Ireland.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen and Peter Mosselberger.

Serbian Krajina chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Serbian Krajina

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

At the time of initial publication, this 11-page catalog covers every note (136 types and varieties, including 68 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Република Српска Крајина / Republika Srpska Krajina (Republic of Serbian Krajina) in 1992, and the Narodna Banka Republike Srpske Krajine (National Bank of the Republic of Serbian Krajina) from 1992 to 1994.

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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Bosnia and Herzegovina new notes confirmed

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According to a press release dated 23 May 2012, the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued new banknotes denominated in 10, 20, 50, and 100 marka (US$7.10-$71) on 1 June 2012. The new notes dated 2012 feature the same designs as the preceding issues, but improved paper quality, and enhanced security, including multi-tone and electrotype watermarks, Motion and solid security threads with demetalized text, iridescent stripes, microprinting, UV ink, and optically variable inks. Both issued and specimen varieties have been confirmed.

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

Courtesy of Sami Kiuru, Mojmir Cerny, and James Pickering (www.e-worldbanknotes.com or James@e-worldbanknotes.com).

Romania new date (2012) 1-leu note confirmed

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1 leu (US$0.30), 1 julie 2005 / (20)12. Like P117, but new date (first two digits of prefix are last two digits of year).

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Just World Banknotes.

Jersey new 100-pound commemorative note confirmed

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SOJ B32 (PNL): 100 pounds (US$162)
Purple. Front: Three lions passant guardant; crowned ERII Diamond Jubilee 1952 - 2012 overprint; outline map of Jersey; Queen Elizabeth II wearing King George IV’s state diadem and a pearl necklace. Back (vertical): Three lions passant guardant; Royal Mace of Jersey; Jersey flag. Dual Image Holographic stripe. 4-mm wide StarChorme Cleartext windowed security thread with demetalized Royal Mace and JERSEY 100. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype 100, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 163 x 90 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 7. Intro: 01.06.2012.

The 100-pound note was also sold in a commemorative Diamond Jubilee wallet (priced at £105) or as part of a limited edition commemorative folder (priced at £245) containing a 10-pound commemorative postage stamp.

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Courtesy of yuri111, Pam West, Shibu Paul & Ashley Alexander (www.ebanknoteshop.com), and Marcus Jansson.

Guernsey new 20-pound Diamond Jubilee commemorative note confirmed

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The States of Guernesy have issued a 20-pound (US$31) banknote to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. The notes include the prefix QE60, a commemorative laurel wreath, and additional wording. The back remains the same as the preceding regular issue of this denomination. A total of 150,000 of the notes have been issued and will circulate alongside the current £20 note. Uncirculated notes can be purchased through the Guernsey Philatelic Bureau at Envoy House (philatelic@guernseypost.com). The notes have been designed and produced by De La Rue Currency, a company started by Guernseyman Thomas De La Rue in the 19th Century.

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Courtesy of Shibu Paul and Pam West.

Scotland new 10-pound commemorative note confirmed

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On 23 May 2012, the Royal Bank of Scotland introduced a new 10-pound (US$16) note commemorating the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The note is dated 6 February, the anniversary of the day of Her Majesty's accession to the throne.

Other features include:
  • the official crown emblem of the Diamond Jubilee
  • four intaglio portraits of the Queen, showing her at different stages in her life
  • an engraving of a window in Holyrood Abbey
  • a thistle design, related to the Order of the Thistle
  • serial numbers with the prefix TQDJ, standing for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The note is available in branches in Scotland. Customers outside Scotland can order up to 20 notes for the face value plus 5.90 pounds postage. Two million of the notes will be issued, with initial supplies already in circulation, to celebrate the Queen's 60-year reign.

Some of the new notes, and other rare RBS banknotes, will be sold at a charity auction later in the year, with the proceeds going to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Charity Trust. Notes with special serial numbers have been donated to the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT), Oxfam, National Museum of Scotland, Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Golf Union and the STV Children's Appeal.

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Courtesy of Alessio Amato, Jens Luettschwager, Pam West.

Royal Bank of Scotland to auction rare notes

According to an article on Scotsman.com dated 19 May 2012, the Royal Bank of Scotland will auction off some of its rare notes at a charity benefit for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubliee Trust.

Norway new date (2010) 100-krone note confirmed

100 kroner (US$17), 2010. Like P49, but new date and prefix letter before serial number.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer

Sweden unveils artistic starting point for new notes

Sverigis Riksbank, Sweden's central bank, has unveiled the artistic starting point for its new series of banknotes. The competition concluded in April 2012 and the jury chose "Kulturresan/Cultural journey" as the winning design. The General Council of the Riksbank decided that Göran Österlund's entry "Kulturresan/Cultural journey" would form the artistic starting point for the new banknotes.

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  • 20 kronor: Astrid Lindgren, Småland
  • 50 kronor: Evert Taube, Bohuslän
  • 100 kronor: Greta Garbo, Stockholm
  • 200 kronor: Ingmar Bergman, Gotland
  • 500 kronor: Birgit Nilsson, Skåne
  • 1000 kronor: Dag Hammarskjöld, Lappland



Courtesy of Marcus Jansson and Thomas Krause.


Press release: Gibraltar's Currency & Banknotes 1898-2011

Gibraltar's Currency & Banknotes 1898-2011
Gibraltar's Currency & Banknotes 1898-2011
by Richard J. M. Garcia, 109 pages, soft cover, 250 x 150 mm, color illustrations, English, ISBN 978-1-919663-09-8, US$24.95 (airmail postage included), braid@gibtelecom.net

Richard Garcia’s latest book addresses a topic that has never hitherto been studied, that of money in Gibraltar from 1898 to 2011. The choice of dates was deliberate. Gibraltar adopted sterling currency as the only legal tender in Gibraltar in 1898. It was in 2011 that the Gibraltar Government assumed sole responsibility for the design, printing and production of banknotes, taking over responsibilities that until then had been the preserve of a Secretary of State in England. A lot happened in between.

The book is not just about banknotes: it sets out to place Gibraltar’s currency in a social history context, looking at how Gibraltar was changing and developing and how these changes were reflected by our banknotes and coinage. It is the fruit of research in the Government Archives and in the Treasury. It explores a number of areas including:

  • Why Gibraltar adopted sterling currency in 1898. The accepted reason for this has hitherto been that it was the result of the inflation which accompanied the war of 1898 between Spain and the United States. This was not, in fact, the case.
    • Why Gibraltar chose to issue banknotes in 1914, at the time of the outbreak of World War I, and the procedure that was followed in arriving at the design of the banknotes and printing them, without previously having consulted London.
    • The financial crisis that arose on the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.
    • What happened in Gibraltar during World War II in terms of demand for currency notes in the light of the evacuation, the feared invasion of Gibraltar, and the build-up of troops in Gibraltar.
    • The impact of the Spanish blockade of the 1960s and the eventual closure by Spain of the land frontier with Gibraltar and the withdrawal of Spanish labour.
    • The introduction of decimal currency in 1971.
    • The introduction of Gibraltar circulating coins.
    • The reasons for the subsequent issue of higher denomination currency notes.

There are 52 colour illustrations in the book. The design of the front and back of every design used for a Gibraltar banknote is depicted, including the rare notes of 1914. There is also a complete listing of all 73 currency notes issued by Gibraltar, indicating the date of issue of the note and the signature on it.

The book is a companion to the article written by Richard Garcia and which was published in the Gibraltar Heritage Trust journal, tracing Gibraltar’s currency from 1704 to 1872, when Spanish currency was adopted as Gibraltar’s only legal tender.

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

Switzerland new signature varieties expected

According to a press release dated 18 April 2012, Thomas Jordan has been appointed to be the new chairman of the governing board of the Swiss National Bank. This move, along with other staff changes, means new signature combinations are likely on Swiss notes.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Faroe Islands new note family confirmed

According to Danmarks Nationalbank, on 19 March 2012 an updated version of the Faroese banknote series with new security features was put in circulation. The notes are identical to the current issues, but with new Motion windowed security threads and perfect registration devices instead of holographic patches on the fronts, and mother-of-pearl threads and fluorescent colors added on the backs. Existing notes will circulate in parallel with the new notes.

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Signators on all denominations are Dan M. Knudsen and Aksel V. Johannesen

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Courtesy of Jan Skoalid (www.worldbanknotes.dk) and Jan Ove Larsen.

Scotland new sig/date (01.08.2011) 5- and 50-pound notes confirmed

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5 pounds (US$7.90) and 50 pounds (US$79.25), 1st AUGUST 2011. Like P124 and P127, respectively, but new date and new signatures (Antonio Horta-Osorio and P. Grant).

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 Pam West (http://britishnotes.co.uk).

European Monetary Union banknotes with new signature (Draghi) confirmed

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According to an artilce on Focus dated 18 March 2012, the European Central Bank has begun circulating banknotes with the signature of Mario Draghi, who has served as ECB president since 1 November 2011, following Jean-Claude Trichet and Willem Duisenberg. All other features of the euro notes remain the same, including the copyright date.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda and Claudio Marana.

Iceland new 10,000-króna note reported for 2013

According to an article in Iceland Review Online dated 2 April 2012, Már Guðmundsson, governor of Sedlabanki Islands, Iceland's central bank, says the bank will issue a 10,000-króna (US$79) note in the autumn of 2013, double the largest denomination in use currently. The new 10,000-króna note will have improved safety features than older bank notes. It will have decorations related to national poet Jónas Hallgrímsson, as well as a picture of the golden plover.

Courtesy of Jay Mollindo and Richard Miranda.

Belarus new 200,000-ruble note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 12 March 2012, the National Bank of Belarus has issued a new 200,000-ruble (US$24.15) note. This denomination is twice as large as the previous biggest note in Belarus.

The new 200,000-ruble note is predominently green and measures 150 x 74 mm. The front depicts the Mogilev Regional Art Museum, and the back illustrates a decorative collage of architectural elements of the museum building. The note has a windowed security thread with demetalized text, and a watermark of fragments of the stucco ceiling of the museum with electrotype bank initials. Furthermore, there is a color latent image.

The bank has also proposed withdrawing 10- and 20-ruble notes, and rounding prices to the nearest 50 ruble. Also, it has not ruled out issuing even larger denominations if needed. In an article in the Telegraf dated 13 March 2012, deputy head of the National Bank Vladimir Senko said there's no need to revalue the currency at this time.



Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Богданов Иван/Ivan Bogdanov (http://bonistics.org/banknote/100685/).

Hungary new date (2012) 10,000-forint note confirmed

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10,000 forint (US$45), 2012. Like P200, but new date.

Courtesy of Szilard Szemere.

Ukraine new sig/date (2011) 100-kryvnia note confirmed

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100 гривень (hryven), 2011. Like P122, but new date and new signature (Serhii Arbuzov). Intro: 01.03.2012.

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

Ukraine new sig/date (2011) 20-kryvnia note confirmed

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20 гривень (hryven), 2011. Like P119, but new date and new signature (Serhii Arbuzov). Intro: 01.03.2012.

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

Czech Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Czech Republic

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

At the time of initial publication, this 9-page catalog covers every note (35 types and varieties, including 1 note unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Česká Národní Banka (Czech National Bank) from 1993 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • 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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Northern Ireland's Northern Bank new 20-pound note confirmed

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In 2011, Northern Bank in Belfast introduced a new 20-pound (US$31) note that is like P207, but new date (15th April 2009), new signature, new gold foil, Cornerstone watermarks, and slightly redesigned front and back to accommodate the new bank logo.

Courtesy of Marian Klubert and Claudio Marana.

Book Review: Coins and Banknotes of Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia

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Coins and Banknotes of Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia
Zlatko Viščević, 1173 pages, soft cover, 192 x 120 mm, black and white illustrations, Croatian and English, ISBN 978-953-56890-0-3, US$52 / €40 plus shipping, www.hrvatskanumizmatika.net

Download the free sample chapter: Coins and Banknotes of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

Reviewed by Owen W. Linzmayer 7962

As author Zlatko Viščević mentions in the introduction to his impressive new catalog, collecting banknotes from the area of the former Yugoslavia can be quite challenging due to the large number of notes issued over the years. Compounding the problem is the Serbo-Croatian text on these notes and the complicated history of the region, both of which may be unfamiliar to many collectors. This new catalog doesn’t attempt to explain the tumultuous politics of the past three centuries, but is an invaluable addition to the reference library of anyone who specializes in collecting notes from this part of the world.

The first edition of this catalog was published in 2007. The second edition covers regular and commemorative notes issued in the intervening years, goes into greater depth in the descriptions, and now also includes special, fantasy, and private issues. In short, if you already own the first edition and like it, you’ll definitely want to buy the much-improved and expanded second edition.

Coins and Banknotes’ title spells out exactly what’s inside. The first half of the book is devoted to coins, the second half to notes, with chapters for the seven countries in each section. Within the chapters, the coins and notes are listed chronologically by denomination, which makes it easy to locate a particular piece and track changes over time, but at the expense of presenting complete families with common or complementary designs.

Each note type listing contains the denomination, catalog number, cross-references to Pick numbers and other specialized catalogs, reduced-size illustrations of the front and back, description of design elements and security features, and finally a list of varieties, with checkboxes for tracking your collection. Each variety is assigned a six-level rarity rating, and has values in euros for up to four levels of condition. Some notes also have auction results at the bottom of the page, though the values and results don’t always agree. Occasionally there are inset illustrations of details which determine varieties. These are useful in most cases, but sometimes the differences aren’t obvious due to the small size or lack of color in their reproduction.

Specialized collectors will appreciate the comprehensive lists of prefixes, as well as the inclusion of specimen and replacement notes in the variety tables, not to mention the assortment of “irregular issues” (color trials, partial proofs, etc.) and private/fantasy notes covered separately. While there isn’t much explanatory text regarding these issues, anyone interested in pursuing further research can consult the bibliography of source books and web sites at the end of each chapter.

The longer passages of prose in the catalog are presented in both Croatian and English, but the descriptions of the notes and their varieties are in Croatian only, which is a little frustrating if you care about such details and don’t want to rely upon Google Translate. Fortunately the English text everywhere else in the book is good enough that it’s easy to overlook the minor typos and understand the gist of the intended meaning.

One complaint I have about the catalog is its size. This is a bulky, compact tome measuring a whopping 55 millimeters thick, and heavy enough to break a toe if dropped on a foot. I would have preferred the coin and banknote sections split into two separate volumes, both printed in a larger format. As it is, the small black and white illustrations don’t do justice to the beauty of the notes, and the tiny text is hard to read if your eyesight isn’t perfect.

With this second edition, Zlatko Viščević has created a solid reference for collectors of notes of Yugoslavia and its constituent republics from 1849 to 2011. Coins and Banknotes delivers a dense helping of numismatic information at price that can’t be beat.

England considering polymer notes

CentralBanking.com has an interesting video on its web site interviewing Chris Salmon, the chief cashier at the Bank of England, discussing various matters related to the new 50-pound (US$78) note, as well as confirming that the BoE is examining polymer substrates for possible use in the future.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Hungary turns cash to ash

According to an article on BBC dated 8 March 2012, Magyar Nemzeti Bank (Central Bank of Hungary) has come up with a unqiue way of getting rid of old banknotes. It compresses shredded notes into blocks containing $20,000 worth of old forint notes, then gives the blocks to charities to burn as heating fuel.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Jersey 100-pound diamond jubilee commemorative details emerge

The States of Jersey have posted a press release with new details regarding the 100-pound (US$157) note commemorating the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, due to be issued 1 June 2012. The note will be legal tender and available for circulation at face value from local banks, in uncirculated condition for “a small administration charge,” and also as a numismatic product in a commemorative presentation pack.

Courtesy of Marcus Jansson.

Sweden emergency banknotes of the 1950s

Here’s an interesting article about Sweden’s secret stash of emergency banknotes which were printed in London during the 1950s, but were never issued.

Courtesy of Håkon Hagelund.

Norway emergency banknotes of the 1980s

Here’s an interesting article about Norway’s secret stash of emergency banknotes which were printed in the 1980s, but eventually destroyed.

Courtesy of Håkon Hagelund.

German emergency banknotes of the 1960s

Here’s an interesting article (in German) about a series of emergency notes prepared in the early 1960s in West Germany.

Courtesy of Dustin.

Belarus currency prank at checkout

Here’s a funny video of a bunch of young men in Minsk, Belarus paying for Russian Kvas drinks with a backpack full of practically worthless banknotes.



Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Belarus banknote history examined

Check out this great article on the history of banknotes in Belarus, including images of many unadopted note designs.

This follow-up to the first article includes even more images of many unadopted note designs.

Use Google Translate if you can’t read these articles in their native language.

Courtesy of Vitali Khaletski.

Romania new 130-ani commemorative note confirmed


On 26 November 2011, gandul.info posted the above photo. Apparently the Banca Naţională a României created 500 banknote-like numismatic products to commemorate the bank’s 130th anniversary. If you examine the images below, you’ll see these are not banknotes. They aren’t denominated in Romanian leu, and the “serial numbers” on back simply indicate the 130 A (ani = year) span between 1881 and 2011.



Courtesy of Alex Klark and Thomas Krause.

Monaco chapter of The Banknote Book is now available



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

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (13 types and varieties, including 5 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Principauté de Monaco (Principality of Monaco) in 1920.

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

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Belarus 50,000-ruble note contains error in microprinting



According to a Belarus Partisan article dated 23 February 2012, the 50,000-ruble (US$6.10) note which depicts Mir Castle has an error in the microprinting above the serial number at upper right on the back. If written properly in Belarusian, the name of Mir Castle should read МІРСКІ ЗАМАК (as it is written in large type in the caption on the front, as well as in the mircorprinted rectangle below the denomination at upper left on the front), but instead the text is written МИРСКІ ЗАМАК. Officials at the KGB and the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus claim that this is an intentional error intended to trip up counterfeiters, which may be true. Then again, it’s possible that the Russian engravers at Goznak simply made a mistake that has gone undetected for a decade.

This “error” appears on both the original 50,000-ruble note (NBRB B32 / P32) issued in 2002 with solid security thread, as well as on the modified note (NBRB B35 / PNL) issued in 2010 with windowed security thread.

Use Google Translate if you can’t read the article in its native language.

Courtesy of Vitali Khaletski.

Denmark new sig/date (2011) 50-kroner notes confirmed


50 kroner (US$8.85), (20)11. Like P65, but new signatures and new date (last two digits of year are middle characters in alphanumeric code at lower right front).

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 Haris Numismatik.

Switzerland delays introduction of new notes until 2013

According to a press release dated 9 February 2012, the Swiss National Bank has delayed the introduction of its new banknote series “for at least one year.” The new series was expected to be issued “towards the end of 2012,” but “unexpected technical problems were encountered.” The 50-franc note was to be the first denomination issued in the new series, and this note is expected to be printed on Landqart’s Durasafe hybrid substrate. No word yet on whether the innovative substrate contributed to the technical problems in production.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Andorra chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (10 types and varieties, including 1 note unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Consell General de les Valls d’Andorra (General Council of the Valls d’Andorra) in 1936.

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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Serbia new 2,000-dinar note confirmed


According to a press release dated 23.12.2011, the National Bank of Serbia issued a new 2,000-dinar (US$25.27) banknote on 30 December 2011. This note is intended to ease economic transactions by filling the gap between the 1,000 and 5,000 dinar denominations. The new note features a portrait of scientist Milutin Milanković on front and fragments of his scientific works on back.

Governor Dejan Soskic claimed, “New banknotes from 2,000 dinars will reduce the total amount of banknotes in circulation for about 20 million pieces, and therefore the cost of production for about 170 million dinars, will facilitate the operations of money and will complete the current series of banknotes issued by the National Bank of Serbia.” The new banknotes have machine-readable security elements, OVD, holograms, and embedded fibers that make the new Serbian banknote extremely difficult to counterfeit.

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

Courtesy of David Murcek (www.themonetaryunit.com), Matej Omahen, Andrija MIlosevic, Mojmir Cerny, and Radio-televizija Srbije.

Serbia new 500- and 1,000-dinar notes confirmed




According to a press release, on 30 December 2011, the National Bank of Serbia issued modified 500- and 1,000-dinar (US$6 and $12, respectively) notes which feature a new design of the coat of arms on the back, in accordance with the Decree on Establishing the Original Great and Small Coat-of-Arms, Flag and National Anthem of the Republic of Serbia (RS Official Gazette, No 85 of 15 November 2010). The date on these notes is 2011. Both notes will circulate in parallel with preceding issues of the same denominations.

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

Courtesy of David Murcek (www.themonetaryunit.com), Claudio Marana, and Matej Omahen.

Ukraine new sig/date (2011) 2-hryvnia note confirmed


2 гривні (hryvni), 2011. Like P117, but new date and signature (Serhii Arbuzov).

Courtesy of Aleksey Gladkov.

Memel chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 5-page catalog covers every note (19 types and varieties, including 5 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Handelskammer des Memelgebiets (Chamber of Commerce of the Memel Territory) in 1922. Revised 24 November 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
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Banco de España's Billetaria journal covers euro's 1st decade

Billetaria is a half-yearly publication created and co-ordinated by the Cash and Issue Department of the Banco de España in collaboration with its counterparts from the Banco de México and the Banco Central de la República Argentina. It is aimed at cash management professionals from central banks all around the world, offering opinion-based and technical articles written by experts from central banks or banknote printers.

The newest issue has recently been published and it focuses on the first decade of the euro, with many articles of potential interest to banknote collectors. Click here to get your free Flash or PDF copy of Billetaria now.

Saar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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

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

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Belarus chairperson discusses new denominations and currency revaluation

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

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

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

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


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

Courttesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Poland new Marie Curie 20-złoty commemorative confirmed


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

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

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

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

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


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

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 Pages Coins and Currency.

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


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

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

Courtesy of Pavlo Kravchuk.

Ukraine not planning 1,000-hryvnia note

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Iceland new signature 500-króna note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Werner Kober.

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


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

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

England new 50-pound note confirmed


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



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

Courtesy of Antje Ryberg.

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


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

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 Alan Bergson.

European Central Bank gets new governor on 01.11.2011


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

Courtesy of Dennis Zammit.

Ukraine new 50-hryvnia commemorative note confirmed


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




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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Matej Omahen, Dragan, and Thomas Augustsson.

Norway appoints new governor to central bank


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

Courtesy of Håkon Hagelund.

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

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

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

Courtesy of Vitali Khaletski.

Slovakia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Slovakia cover

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

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

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England to issue new 50-pound note 02.11.2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Daniel Mendea.

Isle of Man new 10-pound variety confirmed

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

Courtesy of Mark Brook.

England contemplating polymer notes

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

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

Courtesy Thomas Krause and Richard Miranda.

Ukraine new sig/date (2011) 1-hryvnia note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Mykhaylo Kharytonov.

UN releases $1.5 billion in Libyan banknotes from DLR

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

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Serbia new 50-dinar note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Malta chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Malta cover

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

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

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


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

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

Austrian banknote firm may pull out of Syria contract

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

Macedonia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Macedonia cover

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

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

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Jersey to issue 100-pound commemorative note in 2012


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

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

Courtesy of Marcus Jansson.

Moldova chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Moldova cover

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

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

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Romania new date (2011) 5-leu note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Daniel Mendea.

Belarus new 500-ruble variety confirmed


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

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

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


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

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

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






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

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

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

Trans-Dniester chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Trans-Dniester

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

This 13-page catalog covers every note (68 types and varieties, including 14 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the ПРИДНЕСТРОВСКИЙ БАНК (Trans-Dniester Bank) from 1994 to 1998, and the ПРИДНЕСТРОВСКИЙ РЕСПУБЛИКАНСКИЙ БАНК (Trans-Dniester Republican Bank) from 2000 until present day. Revised 23 September 2012.

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


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

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Romania new date (2011) 1-leu note confirmed


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

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Daniel Mendea.

Banco de España publishes Billetaria journal

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

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

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

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

Bohemia and Moravia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Bohemia and Moravia cover

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

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

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Liechtenstein chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Liechtenstein

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

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

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Iceland contemplating 10,000-króna banknote

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

Albania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Albania cover

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

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

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Slovenia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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

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


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

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

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Mykhaylo Kharytonov.

Denmark new 1,000-krone note confirmed


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

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


Confirmed with A2 prefix and the following signature combinations:


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

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

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

Denmark new 500-krone note confirmed


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Icelandic banknote curator accused of stealing museum's notes

According to an IceNews article dated 21 May 2011, the curator of Islandsbanki’s old banknotes was arrested and accused of stealing notes from the bank’s museum and attempting to sell them to collectors.

Jersey chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Jersey

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (97 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the States of Jersey from 1941 to present day.

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

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German Democratic Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

German Democratic Republic

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

At the time of initial publication, this 11-page catalog covers every note (120 types and varieties, including 19 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Deutsche Rentenbank (German Treasury) in 1948, the Deutsche Notenbank (German Note-Issuing Bank) from 1948 to 1955, the Deutsche Notenbank DDR in 1964, and the Staatsbank der DDR (State Bank of the German Democratic Republic) from 1964 to 1999.

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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Federal Republic of Germany chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Germany Federal Republic

The Federal Republic of Germany 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 (199 types and varieties, including 18 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank deutscher Länder (Bank of the German States) from 1948 to 1949, and the Deutsche Bundesbank (German Central Bank) from 1960 to 1998.

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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European Monetary Union 50-euro note oddity reported



Does anyone have any information about this 50-euro (Pick 4) note which appears to have CC3 printed near the 50 denomination in the lower right rear? The person reporting this note says it appears the CC3 was printed at the same time as the rest of the note, not as an overprint, but it’s hard to confirm based upon the scans provided. In any event, if you’ve seen other such notes or have any ideas on how/why it was created and what it’s worth, please post a comment.

UPDATE: Thomas Krause recommends this web site which shows hundreds of different stamps applied to euro notes.

Swizterland new sig/date (2008) 10-franc varieties confirmed


10 francs (US$11.35), (20)08. Like P67, but new date and member signatures (Roth and Jordan).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Gibraltar new note family now complete

With the introduction of the £5, £20 and £100 denominations on 11 May 2011, Gibraltar’s new family of banknotes is now complete.


B30 (PNL): 5 pounds (US$7.20)
Green. Front: Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms of castle with key. Back: Upper Ward and Tower of Homage of the Moorish castle. Windowed security thread with demetalized 5. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype £5, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). Unknown dimensions. 1st JANUARY 2011. Signature 14. Intro: 11.05.2011.


B31 (PNL): 10 pounds (US$14.45)
Blue. Front: Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms of castle with key. Back: Artist John Trumbull’s “The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar” depicting Spanish and English troops fighting and General George Eliott with officers attending to the dying Don José de Barboza during The Great Siege, 1779-83; General Eliot; rifles. Windowed security thread with demetalized 10. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype £10, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 141 x 75 mm. 1st JANUARY 2010. Sig. 14. Intro: 08.07.2010.


B32 (PNL): 20 pounds (US$28.90)
Orange and purple. Front: Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms of castle with key. Back: HMS VICTORY RETURNING TO GIBRALTAR being towed by HMS Neptune after the Battle of Trafalgar. Windowed security thread with demetalized 20. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype £20, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). Unknown dimensions. 1st JANUARY 2011. Signature 14. Intro: 11.05.2011.


B33 (PNL): 50 pounds (US$72.25)
Red and brown. Front: Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms of castle with key. Back: Casemates Square buildings. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype £50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). Unknown dimensions. 1st JANUARY 2010. Sig. 14. Intro: 08.07.2010.


B34 (PNL): 100 pounds (US$144.50)
Purple. Front: Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms of castle with key. Back: King’s Bastion. Optiks security thread. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II, electrotype £100, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). Unknown dimensions.
1st JANUARY 2011. Signature 14. Intro: 11.05.2011.


The above images come from the official Know Your New Gibraltar Banknotes PDF which contains additional information. The notes were released into circulation in two phases, the £10 and £50 on 08.07.2010 and the £5, £20 and £100 on 11.05.2011.

Courtesy of Marcus Jansson, Antje Ryberg, Ömer Yalcinkaya, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Euro notes contain rare earth elements for luminescence

According to an article on SmarterScience, euro banknotes use a rare earth element known as europium to enhance the luminescence of anti-counterfeiting features.

Courtesy of Richard Bonkowski.

Swizterland new sig/date (2008) 20-franc varieties confirmed


20 francs (US$22.70), (20)08. Like P69, but new date and member signatures (Jordan and Hildebrand).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Gibraltar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Gibraltar

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (91 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Gibraltar from 1914 until present day.

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

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Belarus chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Belarus cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 11-page catalog covers every note (64 types and varieties, including 13 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus from 1992 until present day.

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

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Croatia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Croatia cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 13-page catalog covers every note (75 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Nezavisna Drzava Hrvatska (Independent State of Croatia) from 1941, Hrvatska Drzavna Banka (Croatian National Bank) from 1943, Republika Hrvatska (Republic of Croatia) from 1991, Narodna Banka Hrvatska (National Bank of Croatia) from 1993, and Hrvatska Narodna Banka (Croatian National Bank) from 2001 until present day.

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

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Belarus new 50- and 50,000-ruble notes confirmed

On 29 December 2010, the National Bank of Belarus introduced new 50- and 50,000-ruble banknotes to bring the inscriptions on the notes into compliance with the new rules of Belarusian spelling and punctuation. The images, colors, and sizes of the notes remain consistent with the preceding issues of the same denominations dated 2000 (P25 and P32, respectively) which circulate in parallel.

The modified 50-ruble notes have the following differences: no security thread and the spelling of the word ПЯЦДЗЯСЯТ instead of ПЯЦДЗЕСЯТ.



The modified 50,000-ruble notes have replaced the solid security thread for a 2-mm wide windowed security thread. In addition, it has the changed spelling of ПЯЦДЗЯСЯТ instead of ПЯЦДЗЕСЯТ.



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

Courtesy of Vitali Khaletsk, Rui Manuel Palhares, and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Macedonia new date (09.2008) 100-denar note confirmed


100 denari (US$2.35) СЕПТЕМВРИ 2008. Like P16, but new date.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Sweden announces design motifs for new notes due in 2014

The General Council of Sveriges Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, has announced its choices for people and natural motifs to be featured on a new family of banknotes and coins:


Denomination
Portrait
Nature and environment motifs
20 krona
Astrid Lindgren 
Småland
50 krona
Evert Taube
Bohuslän
100 krona
Greta Garbo
Stockholm
200 krona
Ingmar Bergman
Gotland
500 krona
Birgit Nilsson
Skåne
1,000 krona
Dag Hammarskjöld
Lappland

The notes are to be printed on cotton substrate, and will be slightly smaller than the existing series. All notes will be 66-mm tall, with lengths graduating from 120 to 154 mm.

The bank will conduct a design competition later this year, and barring intellectual property law problems, the first of the new notes is slated for release in 2014.

Courtesy of Sami Kiuru, Martin Maillot, Martin Rydberg, Marcus Jansson.

Czech Republic withdraws 50-koruna banknote


On 1 April 2011, the Czech National Bank officially replaces the 50-koruna note (Pick 17) note with a coin as a cost-saving measure. Notes remain redeemable for another five years.

Courtesy of Jay Mollindo.

Scotland replacement note info requested

Collector Mick Wilson is trying to obtain a full breakdown of replacement Scottish banknotes.

He seeks info on the following:

Bank of issue
Denomination
Date on note
Serial number
300-dpi scans of the note.

Anyone who can assist Mick is encouraged to email him directly.

Bank of Estonia publishes third part of money catalog

Eesti Pank, the Bank of Estonia, has published the third part of Estonia's money catalog. The first and second volumes of the catalog published in 2007 include banknotes and circulation and collector coins that were issued during both the first Republic (1918-1940) and after the monetary reform of 1992 in the newly re-independent Estonia until 2008.

"Money of the Republic of Estonia" is the third part of the catalog "Banknotes and Coins of the Republic of Estonia". It concludes the history of Estonia's money until the end of 2010, covering all banknotes and coins issued in Estonia before the adoption of the euro.

Printed copies of the catalog can be ordered from the bank, and it is also available as a free PDF by clicking the links above.

Ukraine to issue new signature varieties starting in June 2011

Persuant to the National Bank of Ukraine resolution No.55 dated 4 March 2011, NBU will issue banknotes with the signature of Serhii Arbuzov, the bank's new governor appointed 19 January 2011, following this schedule:

  • 50-hryvnia (US$6.30) note will be issued 1 June 2011.
  • 10-hryvnia (US$1.25) note will be issued 1 July 2011.
  • 1-hryvnia (US$0.15) note will be issued 1 September 2011.
  • 5-hryvnia (US$0.60) note will be issued 1 October 2011.
  • 200-hryvnia (US$25.20) note will be issued 1 October 2011.
  • 500-hryvnia (US$63) note will be issued 1 December 2011.
  • 100-hryvnia (US$12.60) note will be issued 1 March 2012.

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

Hungary new sig/date (2010) 500-forint note confirmed


500 forint (US$2.55), 2010. Like P188, but new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Mikhail "Mike" Prizov.

Libyan leader prevented from getting notes from DLR in UK

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

Sweden new sig/date (2009) 500-kronor confirmed


500 kronor (US$77.80), (200)9. Like P65, but new date and new signatures (Johan Gernandt and Stefan Ingves).

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Austrian specialized catalog reviewed

Be sure to check out the Books page of this site for my new review of “Katalog der österreichischen Banknoten ab 1759 (Austrian Papermoney after 1759)” by Johann Kodnar and Norbert Künstner.

Denmark new sig/date (2008) 500-krone note confirmed

500-krone (US$91.65), (20)08. Like P63, but new date and signature pairs:

Torben Nielsen, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services
Nils Bernstein, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services

Courtesy of Jan Stuller.

Ukraine is planning 200- and 1,000-hryvnia notes

According to a Ukrainske Radio report dated 28 January 2011, the National Bank of Ukraine is contemplating issuing a 1,000-hryvnia (US$126) note, which would double the largest denomination in the country. The bank is also scheduled to issue a new 200-hryvnia (US$25.15) note in the fourth quarter of 2011. The new 200-hryvnia note will have improved security features, but no significant design changes.

Sweden new sig/date (2008) 50-kronor note confirmed


50 kronor (US$7.70), (20)08. Like P67, but new date and signatures (Johan Gernandt and Stefan Ingves).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Sweden new sig/date (2009) 100-kronor note confirmed


100 kronor (US$15.40), 20)09. Like P64, but new date and signatures (Johan Gernandt and Stefan Ingves).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Belarus new 20,000-ruble commemorative confirmed


According to a press release dated 18 November 2010, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus commemorated its 20th anniversary by issuing a 20,000-ruble (US$6.60) note on 1 December. Only 3,000 notes will be issued in special booklets. The commemorative is based upon the note of the same denomination issued in 2000 (Pick 31), but with a hologram over the watermark reading "NB 1920 1991-2011."

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Norway new date (2008) 500-krone note confirmed


500 kroner (US$84.50), 2008. Like P51, but new date.

Courtesy of Håkon Hagelund.

Estonia adopts euro on 01.01.2011


Like the barn swallow on the back of one of my favorite Estonian banknotes shown above, the kroon will fly away on 1 January 2011 as Estonia joins 16 other countries which have traded their own individual currencies for the common euro. Kroon, we’ll miss you!

Serbia new 5,000-dinar note confirmed


According to a press release, on 26 November 2010 the National Bank of Serbia issued a new 5,000-dinar (US$61.10) banknote that will circulate in parallel with the same denomination note issued in 2003 (P45). The new note retains the overall design of the old note with the following changes:

on the front of the banknote

1. the position and the form of the kip effect and OVI elements are changed;

on the back of the banknote

1. the year of issue (2010) and governor’s signature are changed;
2. the logo of the National Bank of Serbia is replaced with the Great Coat-of-Arms of the Republic of Serbia;
3. the year of issue and governor’s signature are no longer below the logo of the National Bank of Serbia, but in the right part of the white area;
4. lettering (handwriting of S. Jovanović) in intaglio print is added in the central part of the banknote;
5. the serial number is placed between the Great Coat-of-Arms of the Republic of Serbia and the value numeral, instead to the right of the value numeral;
6. Cyrillic lettering “Narodna banka Srbije – Zavod za izradu novčanica i kovanog novca Topčider“ (National Bank of Serbia – Institute for Manufacturing Banknotes and Coins Topčider) is now placed above the upper edge of the fully printed area instead of directly above its lower edge.

Courtesy of Matej Omahen.

Denmark to issue new 500-krone note on 15.02.2011


According to Danmarks Nationalbank, the new 500-krone (US$90) banknote will be issued 15 February 2011. The note measures 155 x 72 mm, and the front depicts Dronning Alexandrines Bro and the back features a bronze pail from Keldby.

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

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

Additional information and images are requested.

Macedonia new sig/date (2009) 100-denar note confirmed


100 denari (US$2.15), ЈАНУАРИ 2009. Like P16, but new date and new signature (Petar Goshev).

Courtesy of Matej Omahen.

Denmark new 200-krone note confirmed



Signature (Nils Bernstein, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services).

UPDATE:
New signature variety confirmed as follows.

Signature (Torben Nielsen, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services).

Danmarks Nationalbank has issued the following press release:

19 October 2010 a new 200-krone [US$37.25] banknote will be issued. The new series makes it even more difficult to counterfeit or copy genuine banknotes. The banknotes have been designed by the artist Karin Birgitte Lund and have Danish bridges and prehistoric finds as their motifs. All Danish banknotes issued since the substitution of money in 1945 can be exchanged at face value at Danmarks Nationalbank.

Why issue new banknotes?
Technological advances mean that counterfeiters constantly gain access to improved tools for copying genuine banknotes. To remain one step ahead, Danmarks Nationalbank in 2006 initiated the process of designing a new banknote series with new security features, a replacement for the current series from 1997.

Among the new security features is a window thread with a moving wave pattern [Crane’s Motion thread]. Another feature is a new, sophisticated hologram that reflects light in different colours. The new banknotes will also have the traditional security features such as the watermark and the hidden security thread.

What do the new banknotes look like?
The theme of the new banknotes is Danish bridges and the surrounding landscapes, or details from these landscapes. The artist Karin Birgitte Lund has chosen to interpret this theme in two ways: bridges as links between various parts of Denmark and as links between the past and the present. The present is represented by the bridges, the past by five distinctive prehistoric objects found near the bridges.

When will the new banknotes be issued?
The expected schedule for introducing the remaining new banknotes is as follows:

• 500 kroner: February 2011 – depicting Queen Alexandrine's Bridge and the bronze vessel from Keldby

• 1,000 kroner: May 2011 – depicting the Great Belt Bridge and the Sun Chariot

What is being done for the visually impaired?
In the interests of the blind and partially sighted, the 100- and 200-krone banknotes will have embossed print to make it easier to distinguish them from each other. Like the current series, the banknotes will differ in size, which is also helpful to the blind and partially sighted.

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 Ricardo Castedo and Alberto Fochi.

Sweden new sig/date (2007) 20-krona note confirmed


20 kronor (US$3), (200)7. Like P63, but new date and new signature combination.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Belarus language changes create errors on old notes


According to an article on the Belarus Partisan dated 05.11.2010, on 1 September 2010, new rules of Belarusian orthography came into force. According to the old rules, the correct spelling of the word “fifty” in Belarusian was “пяцьдзЕсят,” but under the new rules, it should be spelled “пяцьдзЯсят,” the difference being that the seventh character was the Cyrillic letter IE but is now the Cyrillic letter YA. As a result of these new rules, the existing 50- and 50,000-ruble notes (Pick 25 and Pick 32, respectively) dated 2000 now technically contain errors where the denominations are spelled out on the backs of the notes. Belarus National Bank intends to correct these spelling errors when it issues new versions of these denominations, but there is no word yet on when that may be.

Courtesy of Vitali Khaletski.

Romania new date (2009) 200-leu note confirmed


200 lei (US$65), (20)09. Like P122, but new date. Last two digits of year of issue as first two digits of serial number. Signature remains the same.

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

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Czech Republic to replace 50-koruna note with coin 01.04.2011


According to a Czech National Bank press release dated 8 October 2010:

As from 1 April 2011 it will not be possible to pay for goods and services with the CZK 50 [US$2.85] banknote. The Bank Board of the Czech National Bank has decided to terminate the CZK 50 banknote [Pick 17]. The note will be fully replaced in circulation by the currently used coin of the same denomination.
From 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012, the invalid banknotes – which have a portrait of St. Agnes of Bohemia on the face side – will be exchangeable at bank branches and at branches of the Czech National Bank. From 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2017, the CZK 50 banknotes will be exchanged only by the Czech National Bank (at all its seven branches: Prague, Plzeň, Hradec Králové, Brno, Ostrava, České Budějovice and Ústí nad Labem).
The Czech National Bank has been gradually replacing the CZK 50 banknotes with coins since 2006. The number of such notes in circulation fell from 40 million at the end of 2005 to 25 million at the end of 2009, while the number of CZK 50 coins in circulation increased more than nine-fold in the same period (from 5 million to 47 million).
“The Bank Board’s main motivation in deciding to terminate the CZK 50 banknote was the lower costs of ensuring smooth currency circulation. Coins have a much longer useful life than banknotes, so they reduce the central bank’s direct expenditure on issuing money,” said CNB Bank Board member Pavel Řežábek.
The 50-crown note became part of the circulating currency as a Treasury note in 1919, shortly after the establishment of the independent Czechoslovakia. As a banknote it has been circulating in various versions since 1929 to the present. The longest period in circulation was recorded for the 50-crown note issued in 1965, which was valid until 1991. It depicted a Red Army soldier and a partisan and was designed by Václav Fiala. Treasury notes from the First Republic, especially those issued in 1919 and 1922, are most prized by collectors.
The 1994 and 1997 versions of the CZK 50 banknote are currently in circulation. The previous version (1993), which ceased to be valid in 2007, can currently be exchanged at the CNB. It will be exchangeable until 31 March 2017 only at CNB branches.”

Courtesy of Tristan Williams.

Moldova new sig/date (2010) 1- and 20-leu notes confirmed


On 27 September 2010, the Banca Naţională a Moldovei (National Bank of Moldova) began issuing 1-leu and 20-leu (US$0.10 and US$1.65, respectively) that are like the preceding issues (Pick 8 and 13, respectively), but are dated 2010 and bear the signature of Dorin Drăguţanu, the new governor who replaced the previous governor, Leonid Talmaci, on 6 November 2009.

Courtesy of Alex Klark, Vadim Tislenko, and Thomas Augustsson.

European Monetary Union to introduce 2nd-generation euro notes as early as 2013

According to an article in Wiener Zeitung, the second generation of euro notes is slated for introduction in 2013 or 2014. The new notes will be designed by the same Austrian designer, Robert Kalina, and retain their basic color schemes, but security will be enhanced.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Macedonia new date (2009) 1,000-denar note confirmed


1,000 denars (US$20.60), ЈАНУАРИ 2009 (January 2009). Like P22, but new date and new signature (Petar Goshev).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Northern Ireland's Northern Bank new date (06.11.2006) 20-pound note confirmed


20 pounds (US$30.70), 6 NOVEMBER 2006. Like P206, but new date.

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Hungary new date (2010) 1,000-, 2,000-, and 5,000-forint notes confirmed


1,000 forint (US$4.50), 2010. Like Pick 195, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings.

2,000 forint (US$9.05), 2010. Like Pick 190, but new date, new signatures (as above), and Omron rings.

5,000 forint (US$22.60), 2010. Like Pick 191, but new date, new signatures (as above), and Omron rings.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer and Szilard Szemere.

Northern Ireland's Northern Bank new 10-pound note confirmed


On 29 March 2010, Northern Bank in Belfast introduced a new 10-pound (US$15.10) note that is like P205, but new date, new signature (Gerry Mallon, Chief Executive), new gold foil, Cornerstone watermarks, and slightly redesigned front and back to accommodate the new bank logo.

Courtesy of Jan Ove Larsen.

Norway new date (2009) 200-krone note confirmed

200 kroner (US$32.35), 2009. Like Pick 50, but new date. This is the first 200-kroner note printed outside of Norway, either by De La Rue or Oberthur. Nothing has changed except that there is now a letter prefix before the serial number.

Courtesy of Jan Ove Larsen.

Macedonia new date (2009) 500-denar note confirmed


500 denar (US$10.30), ЈАНУАРИ 2009 (January 2009). Like P21, but new date and new signature (Petar Goshev).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Switzerland new date (2007) 100-franc note confirmed


100 francs (US$95). (20)07. Like P72, but new date and new signatures (77).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Norway 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 Norway:

P1
P2
P3
P5
P6
P11
P12
P21
P22
P23
P24
P29

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!

Latvia new date (2009) 5-lat note confirmed


5 lat (US$9.15), 2009. Like P52, 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.

Estonia to adopt euro in 2011

According to a Bloomberg article dated 8 June 2010, European finance ministers backed Estonia’s bid to become the 17th country using the euro starting 1 January 2011. Time to start looking for kroon notes to fill the holes in your collections!

Courtesy of Stein Langørgen.

Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar:

Pick 1-5, 7-11 all date varieties
P16 dated 1st June 1942 and 1st December 1949
P17 dated 3rd October 1958 with W&S imprint
P19 dated 3rd October 1958 with TDLR imprint
P19 dated 1st May 1965 with Title: Financial and Development Secretary
specimens

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!

Norway new date (2008) 50-krone note confirmed


50 kroner (US$7.75), 2008. Like P46, but new date.

Courtesy of Håkon Hagelund.

Denmark new date (2008) 100-kroner note confirmed


100 kroner (US$16.90), (20)08. Like Pick 61, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Jersey new note family confirmed


B28 (PNL): 1 pound (US$1.70)
Green. Front: Monument to Freedom in Liberation Square, Saint Helier; QE II. Back: La Hougue Bie Neolithic burial mound; Le Hocq in Saint Clement. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Jersey cow head, electrotype 1, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 130 x 65 mm. No date. Signature 6. Intro: 29.04.2010.


B29 (PNL): 5 pounds (US$8.40)
Blue. Front: 16th century National Trust property, Le Rât Cottage, in Saint Lawrence; QE II. Back: Les Augrès Manor, home of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust; Archirondel Tower. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Jersey cow head, electrotype 5, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 135 x 70 mm. No date. Signature 6. Intro: 29.04.2010.


B30 (PNL): 10 pounds (US$16.80)
Burnt sienna. Front: Hologram; Hermitage of Elizabeth Castle in Saint Aubin’s Bay; QE II. Back: Rene Lalique’s glass sculptures in Saint Matthew’s Church of Saint Lawrence; Seymour Tower in Grouville Bay. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Jersey cow head, electrotype 10, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 145 x 75 mm. No date. Signature 6. Intro: 29.04.2010.


B31 (PNL): 20 pounds (US$33.55)
Violet. Front: Hologram; exterior view of The States (parliament building); QE II. Back: Interior view of The States chamber; La Rocco Tower (originally known as Gordon’s Tower) in Saint Jean. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Jersey cow head, electrotype 20, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 150 x 80 mm. No date. Signature 6. Intro: 29.04.2010.


B32 (PNL): 50 pounds (US$83.90)
Cherry red. Front: Hologram; Mont Orgueil Castle; QE II. Back: Houses on the island of La Marmotière in Les Écréhous; Ouaisné Tower. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Jersey cow head, electrotype 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 155 x 85 mm. No date. Signature 6. Intro: 29.04.2010.

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All of these notes have also been confirmed as specimens with diagonal red SPECIMEN overprints.

Courtesy of Dieter Eheim.

Hungary new date (2007) 2,000-forint note confirmed


2,000 forint (US$8.90), 2007. Like Pick 190, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Iceland new signature 1,000-króna notes confirmed


1,000 krónur (US$7.75), 22.MAÍ 2001. New signature combinations (top: Birgir Isleifur Gunnarsson and Eiríkur Guðnason) and (bottom: Finnur Ingólfson and Birgir Isleifur Gunnarsson).

Courtesy of Werner Kober.

Demark new 100-krone note confirmed


According to Danmarks Nationalbank, the 100-krone (US$17.70) note issued on 4 May 2010 depicts The Old Little Belt Bridge on front and The Hindsgavl Dagger on back. This signature pair is of Torben Nielsen, Governor and Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services.

The following signature combo has also been confirmed for Nils Bernstein, Governor; and Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services:


The Old Little Belt Bridge
The Old Little Belt Bridge, linking Erritsø in Jutland to Middelfart on Funen, was opened in 1935. The bridge was originally planned as a railway bridge in 1924, but the decision was later made to include roadways. The bridge is 1,178 metres long and has a maximum vertical clearance of 33 metres.

The Hindsgavl Dagger
The finest example of a flint-knapped dagger is the 29.5 cm long flint dagger that was found in about 1867 on the island of Fænø in the Little Belt opposite the Hindsgavl peninsula. This type of dagger is called the 'fish-tail design' due to the shape of the handle. The Stone Age dagger is from the latter part of the Dagger Period, 1900-1700 BC, and resembles metal daggers that have handles topped with an oval disk. The exquisite flint knapping shows the lengths to which the flint knappers went to compete with the increasingly popular metal goods that ultimately put the craft of flint knapping out of business.

View an informative video.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares and Bill Stubkjaer.

Switzerland new date (2006) 50-franc note confirmed


50 francs (US$45.10), (20)06. Like P71, but new date and signature 76 (Raggenbass and Blattner).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Norway 1995 test note confirmed


On 13 November 1995, Norges Bank printing works invited all the company’s families to a big Family Day and all the participants got this note as a gift, but it was soon withdrawn and destroyed because it was too similar to a real note. Everybody was asked to return them, but of course, some didn’t. Many notes were destroyed, and only a few survived. This is one of them. The watermark is NBS (same as NBS on the top right corner on the back) and it has a lot of other security details. Examine the pictures.

Courtesy of Håkon Hagelund.

Jersey issues new note family



The following is from a 29 April 2010 press release issued by the States of Jersey:

Jersey’s new bank notes are being issued today (29 April 2010) by local banks and States cashiers. The Island’s first new designs for more than 20 years were officially launched in February. They have been tested in banks’ cash machines and commercial vending machines and are now ready to be introduced into circulation.

The new notes will be issued to banks, as they are needed, initially for a period of up to 8 weeks. At the end of that time there will be more than £20 million of the new notes in circulation, in place of existing notes. The existing Jersey bank notes are still legal tender and will remain in circulation until each note reaches the end of its useful life and is withdrawn in the usual way.

States cashiers will begin to issue Collectors’ Notes from today at Cyril Le Marquand House.

The designs incorporate new security features and the back of each note carries the words États de Jersey as well as each of the 12 parish crests. Other important changes include the use of French and Jèrriais and a new image of the Queen.

The Treasury Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf said, "I have received very many positive comments from islanders since the launch of the new notes in February. They are designed to reflect the Island’s history and culture and I was especially pleased that, for the first time, the value of each note is written in Jèrriais as well as in French.

“I hope this will contribute to the ongoing efforts to regenerate the Jersey-French language. I would like to see all States members counting up to 50 in Jèrriais!”

The Jèrriais Language Officer, Tony Scott Warren, is pleased that Jersey’s traditional language is getting a boost. He said “Lé louis dans vot' paûte est achteu pus vâliabl'ye viyant qu' la valeu d'la langue jèrriaise y'a 'té ajouôté.” (The pound in your pocket is now worth more because the value of the Jersey language has been added to it!)

Senator Ozouf added "We must also remember that when we issue Jersey notes, banks pay the States for that cash, those payments are invested and generate interest for the Island. So when we use our notes, we are helping to pay for essential services, like Health and Education.”

Display towers with more information about the new notes and their design are currently on display at the airport, Cyril Le Marquand House and the Co-op (Grand Marché, St Helier). In the coming months they will also be on view at Fort Regent, banks, retail outlets and schools.

The issuing of a £100 note will be considered next year.

Courtesy of Zeeshan Ali.

Iceland new signature 50-króna note confirmed


50 krónur (US$0.40), 29. MARZ 1961. Like Pick 49, but new signatures of Guðmundur Hjartarson and Davíð Ólafsson (this pair’s signatures are assigned #42 in SCWPM, but these new ones are different enough to warrant a new variety, in my opinion).

Courtesy of George Provencal and Werner Kober.

Iceland new signature 1,000-króna note confirmed


1,000 krónur (US$7.85), 22.MAI 2001 (22.05.2001). Like P60, but new signatures (David Oddson and Eirikur Gudnason).

Courtesy of George Provencal and Stefan.

Iceland new date (22.05.2001) 500-króna note confirmed


500 krónur (US$3.90), 22.MAI 2001 (22.05.2001). Like P55, but new date and new signatures (Birgir Isleifur Gunnarsson and Eirikur Gudnason).

Courtesy of Werner Kober and Stefan.

Iceland new date (22.05.2001) 1,000-króna note confirmed


1,000 krónur (US$7.85), 22.MAI 2001 (22.05.2001). Like P56, but new date and new signatures (Eirikur Gudnason and Finnur Ingolfsson).

Courtesy of Werner Kober and Stefan.

Latvia new date (2009) 5- and 20-lat notes confirmed





The Bank of Latvia has issued new 5- and 20-lat notes dated 2009. The 5-lat (US$10.10) note is like Pick 52, but new date. The 20-lat (US$40.35) note is like Pick 51, but new date. Both carry the same signature (Ilmars Rimsevics, Governor).

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla and Jean-Michel Engels.

Iceland new signature 1,000-króna varieties confirmed


1,000 krónur (US$7.75), 22.MAÍ 2001. Like P60, but new signatures (can anyone identify them? — I believe the top one on the second detail scan is B. I. Gunnarsson).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Denmark three 50-kroner signature varieties confirmed


50-kroner (US$9.50), (20)09. Like the note introduced 11.08.2009, but new signature combination (Jens Thomsen, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services).


50-kroner (US$9.50), (20)09. Like the note introduced 11.08.2009, but new signature combination (Nils Bernstein, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services).


50-kroner (US$9.50), (20)09. Like the note introduced 11.08.2009, but new signature combination (Torben Nielsen, Governor; Lars Gerrild Sørensen, Head of Banking Services).

Courtesy of Krassimir Dimitrov, Paul D. Walters, and Bryce W. Denham.

Sweden's Riksbank supports keeping 20-kronor note and adding 200-kronor note

In a notice dated 17 March 2010, the General Council of the Riksbank (Sweden’s central bank) decided “to support the Executive Board’s proposal to supplement the present banknote and coin series with a 2-kronor coin and a 200-kronor banknote, and to renew the Swedish banknote and coin series. However, they did not consider that the 20-kronor note should be replaced with a coin. The final decision on denominations will be made by the Riksdag (the Swedish parliament) after a proposal from the Executive Board of the Riksbank. The Executive Board is expected to decide on a proposal during the spring.”

Courtesy of Zeeshan.

Moldova notes with new signature due in 2010



In 2010, the signature of the new governor, Dorin Dragutanu, will appear on banknotes issued by the National Bank of Moldova.

Courtesy of Alex Klark.

Bank of England to withdraw 20-pound note on 30 June 2010


According to a Bank of England press release dated 8 March 2010, the 20-pound (US$30.10) note with the portrait of composer Sir Edward Elgar on back will cease to be legal tender after 30 June 2010. “This note has been gradually replaced by the Adam Smith £20 which was introduced in 2007. Announcing this today, the Bank of England assured holders of the Elgar £20 banknote that they could certainly use the notes up to, and including, 30 June. After that date the note will no longer have ‘legal tender’ status. The note will not have to be accepted in payment, or in change, in retail outlets after this date.”

“For several months from the end of June banks, building societies and Post Offices will accept Elgar £20 notes for deposit to customer accounts and for other customer transactions. Agreeing to exchange the notes for non-customers is at the discretion of the individual institution. The Bank of England will always give value for these notes (and all other banknotes the Bank has issued).”

“Andrew Bailey, the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, said, ‘The Elgar £20 banknotes were first introduced in 1999 and we introduced the Adam Smith £20 banknotes three years ago. We said at the time that the two designs would circulate in tandem, with the Elgar notes gradually being withdrawn over the next few years. It is time now to withdraw the Elgar £20 notes completely, with the Adam Smith £20 banknotes to be the only £20 note design continuing in circulation.’”

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Bosnia and Herzegovina removing 5-convertible marka note from circulation


The Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CBBH) is reminding citizens in possession of 5-convertible marka (US$3.50) notes that they have until 31 March 2010 to exchange them at commercial banks. The note ceased to be legal tender on 31 December 2009 and as such are no longer accepted in circulation for settlement of any type of liabilities. A coin of the same denomination remains in circulation.

Bosnia and Herzegovina new date (2009) 50-convertible marka note confirmed


On 14 December 2009, the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CBBH) introduced a 50-convertible marka (US$36.60) note like Pick 72, but dated 2009 and a new signature (Kemal Kozanic).

Courtesy of Kovács Sándor and Jean-Michel Engels.

Poland new 20-złoty commemorative confirmed


The National Bank of Poland honored the 200th birthday of musician Frédéric François Chopin with a new commemorative 20-złoty (US$7.10) banknote.

On the front center of the banknote measuring 138 x 69 mm is a portrait of Frederic Chopin seen in profile. At left is the mansion in Zelazowa Wola where the composer was born, and at right is a reproduction of Mazurka in B minor, Op. 7 together with the signature of the artist. On the back is a landscape with characteristic Masovian willows and Chopin’s etude in F minor, Op. 10.

This is the fourth commemorative note issued by the NBP, all of which are sold exclusively for the collector market and are not intended for circulation. This latest commemorative went on sale 26 February 2010 at a price of 50 zloty (US$17.20) each.

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Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Sweden considering changes to its currency

According to the minutes of a recent Sveriges Riksbank meeting dated 1 February 2010, the bank is working on a design of a new banknote and coin series. The bank also asked parliament to allow it to issue a 2-krona coin, replace the 20-krona note with a coin, and issue a 200-krona (US$27.85) note, a new denomination for the country. The timetable for the introduction of the new currency hasn’t been set, but a proposal has a new 50-krona note to be issued in 2013 with the other denominations issued 2014-2015.

Courtesy of Martin Rydberg.

Switzerland postpones new notes until 2012

According to a press release dated 17 February 2010, the Swiss National Bank has decided to postpone the issuance of its new banknote series:

“Intensive efforts are underway at the Swiss National Bank (SNB) on the preparatory work for its new banknote series. The project activities have revealed that additional development work will bring improvements as regards those technological security features which are being used for the first time. However, this will take time, and as a result the project will need to be rescheduled.

“The SNB still intends to replace existing banknotes with a new series. Given the high security standard of the banknote series currently in circulation, however, there is no urgent need for replacement. To allow time for the additional development processes, the SNB is postponing the issue date of the new banknote series, which had originally been scheduled for autumn 2010. The SNB expects that the first note of the new series can be issued in 2012.

“As mentioned in previous announcements, the new banknote series depicts Switzerland as a meeting place and platform for organisation, creativity, adventure, humanity, progress and dialogue. The current denominations of CHF 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 1,000 and the familiar colours of the individual denominations will remain unchanged, although the new notes will be slightly smaller than the current series. As well as improving their overall proportions, this will ensure that they are even better able to meet current and future demands on payment instruments.”

Courtesy of David Liu and Christof Zellweger.

Norwegian 50-krone notes printed abroad put into circulation

According to a press release dated 10 February 2010, “Since discontinuing operations at Norges Bank’s Printing Works in the summer of 2007, Norwegian banknotes have been produced by De La Rue International Limited in the UK and Oberthur Technologies in France. The first 50-krone (US$8.45) notes printed abroad will soon be put into circulation. The notes are virtually identical to current 50-krone notes, informed Trond Eklund, director of the Cashier’s Department. The only difference is that the serial number on the new notes has a letter before the number. This change will also apply to other note denominations as those are put into circulation. The next denomination printed abroad will be the 500-krone (US$84.50) note, which is scheduled to be put into circulation at the end of 2010.”

Courtesy of Håkon Hagelund.

Romania new 10-lei note confirmed


2005-dated note (Pick 119a)


2008-dated note

This note was originally reported as a new date variety only, but it has recently been determined that there are sufficient changes to this note to qualify it as a new type.

10 lei (US$3.50), 1 decembrie 2008. Like Pick 119, but new date, paint brushes replace 10 on see-through window, new colors for various text elements and bank logo, and two-tone numerals 10 now monochrome. Polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Andrew Quirke.

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank new 100-pound note confirmed


On 15 December 2009, Clydesdale Bank introduced a new 100-pound (US$161) banknote featuring artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh on the front and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney on the back. This is the last denomination to be issued in the new world heritage series marking the Year of Homecoming. The new notes are the first in the UK to use a new “depth image” hologram security feature in the form of a moving image behind the prominent front picture.

Courtesy of Colin Meikle.

Hungary new date (2009) 10,000-forint note with Omron rings confirmed


10,000 forint (US$50.90), 2009. Like Pick 192, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings.

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.

Czech Republic new 5,000-korun note confirmed


On 1 December 2009, the Czech National Bank introduced a new version of the 5,000-korun (US$287) note, now dated 2009 (offset printed in black) and with enhanced security features. The 1999 note of the same denomination remains legal tender, while the 1993 version remains exchangeable at the CNB.

The 2009 note is signed by Governor Tůma and bears series letter C. Among its new security features are “bichrome patterned iridescent metallic strip of overlapping gold and purple with recurring quartets of linden leaves and negative 5000s” to the right of the portrait on the front of the note. The note is also protected by Omron rings, 3-mm wide puce-to-green color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized ČNB 5000 Kč, and the watermark of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk now has 5000 and sitting eagle electrotype elements.

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Courtesy of Kevin Klauss and Evzen Sknouril.

Isle of Man new signature 1-pound note confirmed


1 pound (US$1.65), ND. Like Pick 40, but new signature (P. M. Shimmin, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER) and two-character prefix.

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Courtesy of Pam West.

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank new 10-pound note introduced


On 30 November 2009, Clydesdale Bank introduced a new 10-pound (US$16.40) world heritage banknote featuring Robert Burns on the front and Edinburgh’s old and new towns on the back. Clydesdale chief executive Lynne Peacock said: “The new £10 note reflects the excellent reputation Scotland’s people and locations have across the world. As a bank, we are extremely proud to highlight the impact of Robert Burns’s work, as well as the country’s history with the old and new towns of Edinburgh.”

The new £100 note—the last denomination to be released in this new series— is scheduled for introduction in mid-December. The new notes are the first in the UK to use a new “depth image” hologram security feature in the form of a moving image behind the prominent front picture.

Estonia new date (2007) 2- and 10-kroon notes confirmed

On 19 June 2009, the Bank of Estonia issued 2- and 10-kroon banknotes dated 2007. Aside from the new date, the notes are identical to the preceding issues, including the signatures (Andres Lipstok, President; Mart Sõrg, Noukogu Esimees). The new 2-kroon (US$0.20) notes were printed in Germany by Gieseke & Devrient and the 10-kroon (US$0.90) notes in Malta by De La Rue, both without imprints.



Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank new 50-pound note confirmed


50 pounds (US$82.50). Issued 2 November 2009.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Scotland new 5- and 10-pound notes confirmed


5 pounds (US$8.25). To be issued 19 November 2009.


10 pounds (US$16.50). To be issued 5 November 2009.

Moldova new date (2009) notes confirmed


5 lei (US$0.45). Like Pick 9, but new date (2009).


10 lei (US$0.90). Like Pick 10, but new date (2009).


200 lei (US$18.20). Like Pick 16, but new date (2009).

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko.

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank new 20-pound note confirmed



On 19 October 2009, Clydesdale Bank introduced a new 20-pound (US$32.60) world heritage banknote featuring Robert the Bruce on the front and the historic mill house New Lanark on the back. Other denominations will gradually enter circulation over the remainder of year, beginning with the £50 note, then the £5 and the £10, with a £100 note coming out in mid-December. Each note will feature a prominant Scottish individual, whilst depicting one of the country’s five world heritage sites on the other side.

Courtesy of Alessio Amato.

Poland new 20-zloty commemorative confirmed

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the poet Julius Slowacki, the National Bank of Poland issued 80,000 new 20-zloty (US$6.90) notes on 23 September 2009. The notes were issued in a folder at a price of 29-zloty each, which makes these non-circulating numismatic products.

Dated 08 STYCZNIA 2009 (08.01.2009), the front features a portrait of Julius Slowacki and a view of the Krzemieniec chalet in Ukraine where the poet was born. The back of the note depicts the portion of the reproduction of the poem "Sedation" and Sigismund III Vasa at Castle Square in Warsaw, and profiles of flying cranes.

The note is protected by a watermark of the poet's face and a registration device in the form of a pen inkwell. The note was designed by Maciej Kopecki and engraved by Przemyslaw Krajewski.

This is the third commemorative banknote from Poland.


Brown. Front: Quill and inkwell; Krzemieniec chalet in Ukraine; coat of arms; poet Julius Slowacki. Back: Flying cranes brids; statue of Sigismund III Vasa at Castle Square in Warsaw; handwritten poem “Sedation.” Solid security thread with microprinted 20 Zł. Watermark: Julius Slowacki and electrotype denomination. Printer: PWPW S.A. (Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartosciowych SA). 138 x 69 mm. Dated 8 STYCZNIA 2009 (08.01.2009). Signatures: Sławomir Skrzypek, PREZES (President); Monika Nowosielska, GŁÓWNY SKARBNIK (Main Cashier). Intro: 23.09.2009.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski and Krzysztof Czupryński.

Trans-Dniester commemorative 10-ruble note confirmed



On 18 August 2009, the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank introduced a 10-ruble banknote commemorating 15 years of national currency. 1,000 copies of the note were packaged in a special folder. All have sold out at US$50 each.

The note is a completely new design, featuring the date (2009) and a portrait of Alexander Suvorov and the bank initials on front. The watermark is of Alexander Suvorov with an electrotype ПРБ. The back depicts the headquarters building of the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank and the text (in Russian) “FIFTEEN YEARS OF NATIONAL CURRENCY.”

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Chris Kessler (Trans-Dniester Republican Bank).

Hungary to replace 200-forint note with coin on 15.11.2009

On 15 June 2009, Magyar Nemzeti Bank issued a new 200-forint (US$1) coin which will replace the banknote of the same denomination beginning 15 November 2009, after which time the notes will remain redeemable for 20 years.

Denmark new date (2007) 50- and 200-kroner notes confirmed


50 kroner (US$9.60). Like Pick 60, but new date (20)07 and new signatures.


200 kroner (US$38.45). Like Pick 62, but new date (20)07 and new signatures.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Denmark new 50-kroner note confirmed

On 11 August 2009, Danmarks Nationalbank issued a new 50-kroner (US$9.50) note, the first in a new Danish series intended to make it even more difficult to counterfeit or copy genuine banknotes. Among the new security features is Crane’s windowed Motion thread on the back, which was first used by Sweden and is now incorporated in Mexico’s high-denomination notes. Another feature is a new, sophisticated hologram on the front that reflects light in different colors. The new banknotes will also have the traditional security features such as a watermark with electrotype 50, a solid security thread, and Omron rings.

The theme of the new banknotes is Danish bridges and the surrounding landscapes, or details from these landscapes. The artist Karin Birgitte Lund has chosen to interpret this theme in two ways: bridges as links between various parts of Denmark and as links between the past and the present. The present is represented by the bridges, the past by five distinctive prehistoric objects found near the bridges.

The front of the 50-kroner note depicts the Sallingsund Bridge. The back features a Skarpsalling vessel in a field and a map at right.



Courtesy of Alessio Amato and Paul D. Walters.

Slovakia 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 Slovakia:

Pick 5b (white paper)
Pick 9A

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!

Scotland green 1968 1-pound note reported

Collector Kevin Forbes has reported an interesting Bank of Scotland note dated 17th JULY 1968 (Pick 109a) with serial number prefix A/1 which is predominantly green in color as opposed to the “correct” color ochre as listed in the SCWPM, seen on the same notes with serial number prefix A/3 below. Both notes are scanned on the same equipment using the same settings, so the color variance as shown is true. The question is whether this is a unique error note, or if the bank subtly changed the color of this denomination over time to distinguish it from the green 5-pound note of the same series. Anyone who collects Scotland is encouraged to check their notes for examples close to the A/1 0250641 serial number to determine if there are other notes that exhibit this color scheme. If anyone has an explanation, please share your theories by posting a comment.





Courtesy of Kevin Forbes.

Albania issues revised 200-lek note



On 20 July 2009, the Bank of Albania issued a revised 200-lek (US$2.20) note dated 2007 (in small type at right center on back) and printed by TDLR without imprint. Like Pick 67, but It has Cornerstone watermarks and new signatures.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Clydesdale Bank of Scotland new date (2006) 50-pound note confirmed


50 pounds (US$82.10)
Like Pick 225, but new date (9th JANUARY 2006) and new signature (David Thorburn).

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Albania issues revised 5,000-lek note



On 15 May 2009, the Bank of Albania issued a revised 5,000-lek (US$55) note dated 2007 (in small type at lower right on back) and printed by TDLR without imprint. It has Cornerstone watermarks, a holographic patch, demetalized windowed security thread, and new signatures.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger and Michael Reissner.

Hungary new date (2008) 2,000-forint note with Omron rings confirmed


2,000 forint (US$10.20), 2008. Like Pick 190, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Guernsey new signature 20-pound note confirmed


Pam West, a dealer who specializes in British notes, sends word that Guernsey has issued a £20 (US$32) with the signature of Bethan Haines as CHIEF ACCOUNTANT. The first prefix is C900001. The note is like Pick 58, but the wording on the back is darker, the righthand underprint is moved 5 mm to the right. The note has a new 1.4-mm StarDust windowed security thread and a new watermark with a larger portrait which has more contrast. Also there are Cornerstone watermarks in the four corners. The Guernsey Fresian is depicted as a shape in silver foil, overprinted with Intaglio ink. The undated note bears a new imprint of DE LA RUE. According to visitor Kai, this note was introduced 04.06.2009.

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Courtesy of Pam West.

Hungary new dates (2008 and 2009) 20,000-forint notes with Omron rings confirmed


20,000 forint (US$102), 2008 and 2009. Like Pick 193, but new dates, new signatures, and Omron rings.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Hungary new date (2007) 2,000-forint note with Omron rings confirmed


2,000 forint (US$10.20), 2007. Like Pick 190, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Hungary new date (2008) 10,000-forint note with Omron rings confirmed


10,000 forint (US$50.90), 2008. Like Pick 192, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new date (2008) 5,000-forint note with Omron rings confirmed


5,000 forint (US$25), 2008. Like Pick 191, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new date (2007) 500-forint note with Omron rings confirmed


500 forint (US$2.30), 2007. Like Pick 188d, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings.

This appears to be the earliest date of this denomination with Omron rings. However, this denomination was subsequently issued dated 2008 in varieties with and without Omron rings.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Bank of England to issue new £50 note in 2011

On 29 May 2009, the Bank of England announced that it would issue a new 50-pound note in early 2011. The new £50 note (US$82) will feature portraits of 18th century entrepreneur Matthew Boulton and engineer James Watt. Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King, said, “Just as the Bank of England plays an essential role in the economy as the United Kingdom’s central bank, so too did Boulton and Watt’s steam engines and their many other innovations as essential factors in the nation’s Industrial Revolution. So many of the advantages society now enjoys are due in large part to the vital role of engineering and the brilliance and foresight of people such as Boulton and Watt whose development and refinement of steam engines gave an incredible boost to the efficiency of industry.”

“The unique and rare opportunity that the Bank has through its banknotes to acknowledge and promote awareness of our nation’s heritage of artistic, social and scientific endeavour is an honour for us. The Bank’s choice of Boulton and Watt, a reminder of the invaluable contribution from engineering and the entrepreneurial spirit to the advancement of society, I think, well reflects this.”

The Boulton and Watt £50 banknote will be the second note in the Series F family which began with the introduction of the Adam Smith £20 note on 13 March 2007. Therefore its overall appearance will be similar. But for the first time two portraits will appear together on the reverse of the note, those of Boulton and Watt, along with the image of a steam engine and the Soho (Birmingham) Manufactory. As with the Adam Smith £20 banknote however, continuity is provided with the current portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, which was first used in 1990 and which will be retained on the front of the note. Further details of the design and the range of security features to be included on the new note will be revealed when the new note is launched.

Bulgaria issues revised 5-lev note

On 1 June 2009, the Bulgarian National Bank introduced a revised BGN 5 banknote. The new 2009 issue has the same dimensions, coloring, and graphical design as the 1999 note, with some minor changes. Both notes will circulate in parallel. In keeping with a tradition which it started following the introduction of the 100-lev note issued 8 December 2003, the bank has sold the first 100 notes (serial numbers БА 0000001 to БА 0000100) for BGN 6.6 each, a 20% premium over face value.


5 leva (US$3.55), 2009. Like Pick 116, but new date, new signatures, new holographic anti-copy stripe, new windowed security thread, added latent image, БНБ electrotype added to the watermark, and additional bifluorescence.

Courtesy of Krassimir Dimitrov, Andrew Roberts, and Stefan Tzvetkov.

Scotland may commemorate Commonwealth Games with note

Labour MSP Margaret Curran has written to the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Bank of Scotland, and the Clydesdale Bank urging them to consider issuing a commemorative banknote to mark the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. No word yet on whether any of the banks will take up the idea.

Albania new date (2007) 1,000-lek note confirmed


1,000 lek (US$10.55)
Like Pick 69, but new date (2007), new signatures, and Cornerstone watermarks. Printer: (TDLR).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Hungary issues notes revised with Omron rings



500 forint (US$2.15), 2008. Like Pick 188, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings added to front and back in watermark field.

The 500-forint notes dated 2008 without Omron rings were issued bearing prefixes EA, EB, EC, ED. It appears the bank is resetting the prefixes back to EA for the newer issues.



1,000 forint (US$4.30), 2009. Like Pick 195, but new date, new signatures, Omron rings added to front and back in watermark field, black serial numbers instead of red ones, and a silver-holographic security thread instead of a golden-holographic one.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net

Czech Republic issues revised 500-korun note


On 1 April 2009 the Czech National Bank introduced a revised 500-korun note (US$25.50) with improved security features. Existing 500-korun notes dated 1995 and 1997 will remain legal tender. The new notes are dated 2009, carry the signature of bank governor Tuma, use serial number starting with prefix E, and contain the following new/revised security features:

  • rose printed in gold-to-green OVI
  • Omron rings
  • watermark now includes electrotype 500 and primrose flower
  • windowed security thread is now 3-mm wide with cross-hatched demetalized ČNB 500 Kč and it changes color from puce-to-green
  • additional UV elements

Courtesy of Marian Klubert and Christof Zellweger.

Switzerland new date (2006) 200-franc note confirmed


200 francs (US$177). Like P73, but new date (2006) and new signatures (presumably Dr. Hansueli Raggenbass and Dr. Jean-Pierre Roth).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Switzerland new date (2005) 20-franc note confirmed


20 franken (US$16.90), 2005. Like Pick 69, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Switzerland new date (2006) 10-franc note confirmed


10 franken (US$8.45), 2006. Like Pick 66, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Royal Bank of Scotland new date (20.12.2007) £20 note confirmed


20 pounds (US$28), 20TH DECEMBER 2007. Like P354, but new date. Printer: THOMAS DE LA© 2009: Images may be freely reproduced. RUE AND COMPANY LIMITED.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Bank of England refutes report of new notes depicting religious leaders

According to a TotallyJewish.com article dated March 5, 2009, “A new British banknote featuring a portrait of the Chief Rabbi is to be issued later this year in an effort to literally 'restore faith in the economy'. Sir Jonathan Sacks is one of five senior religious leaders whose images will appear on UK currency as part of a series of measures to tackle the credit crunch. The initiative was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Bank of England this week.”

This “news” item struck me as highly unlikely, so I wrote to the Bank of England for confirmation or denial. As I suspected, the TotallyJewish.com item is either false or was intended as satire. Here is the full response I received from Malcolm Shemmonds, a media representative at the BoE:

“I'm afraid that the news concerning this supposed new banknote issue by ourselves is totally untrue. There are no plans to circulate any new Bank of England notes in the immediate future. However, the Bank of England has a rolling banknote design programme and we may well decide to revise the design of our other notes in due course to reflect the same security features and theme (British historical figures) that have been incorporated within our current banknote series.

“By way of background, you may be interested to know that we decide whom to feature on our banknotes on the basis of an enduring contribution to the advancement of society. Having said that, the choice of whom to celebrate on the banknotes is never easy, and any candidate will naturally have both staunch supporters and detractors. The final choice of who appears on our notes rests with the Governor of the Bank of England.”

Albania issues revised 500-lek note dated 2007

On February 16, 2009, the Bank of Albania issued a revised 500-lek note. It is dated 2007 and is apparently printed by TDLR based upon its use of Cornerstone watermarks. The note is like the 2001 issue, but has new signatures and a windowed security thread with demetalized text.

Updated versions of the 200- and 5,000-lek notes have also been issued in 2009.


500 lek (US$4.85)
Blue. Front: Prime Minister Ismail Qemali; two-headed independence flag; fountain pen. Back: Desk and chairs in office where independence declared; telegraph machine which transmitted declaration; house where event took place. Windowed security thread with demetalized 500. Watermark: Ismail Qemali and Cornerstones. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 145 x 68 mm. 2007. Signatures unknown. Introduced 16.02.2009.

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Courtesy of Michael M. Reissner and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Macedonia new date (2008) 10-denar note confirmed


10 denari (US$0.20), ЈАНУАРИ 2008 (January 2008). Like Pick 14, but new date and signature (Petar Goshev, Governor).

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Bosnia and Herzegovina new date (2008) KM notes confirmed


These convertible marka notes are like the preceding issues, but new date (2008), new signature (Kemel Kozarić, GUVERNER), and windowed security threads.

Reportedly 50 and 100 KM notes dated 2007 were also issued in both Fed. BiH and Serb Rep. varieties. IIf anyone has these notes, please send scans so that they can be confirmed.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Isle of Man new signature 20-pound note confirmed


20 pounds (US$28.30), ND. Like Pick 45, but new signature (P.M. Shimmin, Chief Financial Officer).

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Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Switzerland new date (2004) 100-franc note confirmed


100 franken (US$85), 2004. Like Pick 72, but new date.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Malta 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 Malta:

Pick 1-10

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

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Moldova corrected 50- and 100-lei notes confirmed


50 lei (US$5.20), 2008. Like P14, but new date, and caption on back corrected: MĂNĂSTIREA HÎRBOVĂT. 121 x 61 mm.


100 lei (US$10.35), 2008. Like P15, but new date, and caption on back corrected: CETATEA TIGHINA. 121 x 61 mm.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko.

Latvia issues revised 500-lat note dated 2008

On January 19, 2009, the Latvijas Banka introduced a revised 500-lat note dated 2008. It incorporates the same upgraded security features as the 100-lat note issued on May 21, 2007.



500 latu (US$935), 2008. Like P48, but new date, new signature, varifeye window, heat-sensitive denomination in lower left front (see below).



Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle and Frank van Tiel.

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank unveils new notes

At Edinburgh Castle on January 14, 2009, First Minister Alex Salmond and the Clydesdale Bank’s chief operating officer David Thorburn announced that a new series of banknotes had been designed to celebrate the best of Scotland’s heritage, people, and culture, coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns and the Year of Homecoming 2009. The new notes will enter circulation in late autumn 2009.

The new family of banknotes celebrates famous Scots on the front and the five World Heritage Sites in Scotland on the back, drawing on the Homecoming themes of Burns, Great Minds and Innovation, Culture and Heritage. The new designs are:


£5: Scientist Sir Alexander Fleming and St. Kilda


£10: Poet Robert Burns and The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh


£20: King Robert the Bruce and New Lanark


£50: Suffragette Elsie Inglis and The Antonine Wall


£100: Architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney

These notes will be the first in the UK to have a new “depth image” security hologram, whatever that means. From the images released to the press, it appears only the 100-pound note has a hologram on front to the right of the portrait. Also, the notes bear the signature of David Thorburn.

Sweden new date (2007) 500-kronor confirmed


500 kronor (US$63.40), (200)7. Like P65, but new date and new signatures.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Albania issues new 2,000-lek note and revised 1,000-lek note

On 29 December 2008, the Bank of Albania issued its first-ever 2,000-lek note. Also, on 14 November 2008, the bank issued a revised 1,000-lek note. Both are dated 2007 and apparently printed by TDLR based upon their use of Cornerstone watermarks.



1,000 lek (US$11.25)
Green. Front: Writer and priest Pjeter Bogdani; sun. Back: Catholic church in Vau i Dejës; Bogdani’s vision of the heliocentric system. Windowed security thread with demetalized 1000. Watermark: Pjeter Bogdani and Cornerstones. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 151 x 72 mm. 2007. Signatures unknown. Introduced 14.11.2008.



2,000 lek (US$22.50)
Purple. Front: MBRETI GENT (Gentius, last king of Illyria); three ancient coins; coat of arms. Back: Medicinal plant, gentiana lutea (great yellow gentian, or bitter root); AMFITEATRI I BUTRINTIT (ancient Butrint amphitheater near Sarandë). Hologram. Windowed security thread with demetalized 2000. Watermark: Gentius and Cornerstones. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 160 x 72 mm. 2007. Signatures unknown. Introduced 29.12.2008.

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Courtesy of Michael M. Reissner, Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle, and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Slovakia adopts the euro as of 2009

As of 1 January 2009, Slovakia is adopting the euro. While I am sad to see another country abandon its unique notes, I must remember that it was the impending introduction of the euro that first sparked my interest in the hobby of collecting banknotes. Perhaps Slovakia’s move will create a whole new generation of collectors. In recognition of this historic event, I’m pleased to present the following images of the banknotes of National Bank of Slovakia.

Turkey issues new notes on 01.01.2009

The name of Turkey’s currency has reverted from “new Turkish lira” (TRY) to “Turkish lira” (TRL) as of 1 January 2009, necessitating the issuance of new banknotes and coins. Turkey last changed the currency by removing six zeroes on 1 January 2005, at a cost of US$300 million. This new move is expected to incur similar costs. Durmuş Yılmaz, governor of the Turkish Central Bank, indicated that a new denomination, the TRL200, would begin circulation as well. The new notes have different sizes as a measure against forgery and to facilitate their use by blind people. The depiction of the country’s founder, Kemal Atatürk, stays on the front of all banknotes; the new designs were unveiled 3 October 2008.

All of the notes have dots in the upper left to assist the visually impaired, microtext, a solid security thread, a holographic stripe, registration device, Omron rings, a latent image, Atatürk as watermark with electrotype denomination, and an iridescent stripe on back. The notes are printed by the Central Bank Banknote Printing House in Ankara.

While each banknote has a portrait of Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, on one side, there are portraits of other prominent Turks on the other sides of the banknotes as listed below:

5 TL banknote: Prof. Dr. Aydin Sayili
10 TL banknote: Prof. Dr. Cahit Arf
20 TL banknote: Architect Kemaleddin
50 TL banknote: Ms. Fatma Aliye
100 TL banknote: Itri
200 TL banknote: Yunus Emre

Aydin Sayili (1913-1993) was a historian of science who studied under George Sarton at Harvard. His career was aided by chance meeting with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, whom he impressed enough to receive a state-supported scholarship to attend graduate school at Harvard.

Cahit Arf (1910-1997) was a Turkish mathematician. He is known for the Arf invariant of a quadratic form in characteristic 2 (applied in knot theory and surgery theory) in topology, the Hasse-Arf theorem in ramification theory, and Arf rings.

Architect Kemaleddin (1870-1927) was a prominent Turkish architect. He is a graudate of civil engineering and studied extensively in Germany. He repaired many mosques. He was chosen as a member to the British Royal Architects Institute. He constructed the Bostanci, Bebek, Yesilkoy and Kutlutepe mosques.

Ms. Fatma Aliye (1862-1939) was the first female novelist in Turkish literature and Islamic geography. She was the daughter of last grand Ottoman histrorian Ahmad Cavdat Pasha.

Itri (1630 or 1640-1712) is a well known and important Turkish composer.

Yunus Emre (1238?-1320?) was a Turkish poet and Sufi mystic. He has exercised immense influence on Turkish literature, from his own day until the present.








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Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Bulgaria to issue new date (2008) 10-lev note


On 8 December 2008, the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) issued a revised 10-lev (US$6.50) note similar to the existing 1999 note (Pick 117), but with new date, signatures, and security features, including a red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized text, watermark with electrotype bank initials, latent image, and UV elements.

Courtesy of Krassimir Dimitrov.

Hungary new date (2008) 500-forint note confirmed


500 forint (US$2.30), 2008. Like Pick 188d, but new date and new signatures (Dr. Karvalits Ferenc; Simor András; Dr. Király Júlia).

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Poland issues commemorative 10-zloty note

On 3 November 2008, the National Bank of Poland introduced a new 10-zloty note to commemorate the 90th anniversary of regaining independence. 80,000 notes were packaged in a folder and sold for PLN15. The note was engraved by Maciej Kopecki.


10 zloty (US$3.35)
Pink and orange. Front: Coat of arms; Belweder Palace; Commander Józef Piłsudski. Back: White eagle; Monument of the Heroic Deed of Polish Legions in Kielce. Solid security thread with microprinted 10 Zł. Watermark: Piłsudski and electrotype denomination. Printer: PWPW S.A. (Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartosciowych SA). 138 x 69 mm. 4 CZERWCA 2008 (04.06.2008). Signatures: Sławomir Skrzypek, PREZES (President); Monika Nowosielska, GŁÓWNY SKARBNIK (Main Cashier). Introduced 03.11.2008.

Courtesy of Krzysztof Czupryński, Rafal Nogowczyk, and Leszek Porowski.

Ireland's First Trust Bank new date (01.05.2007) £20 note confirmed


20 pounds (US$39.25), 1st MAY 2007. Like P137, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Estonia issues new date (2007) 25-kroon note


25 krooni (US$2.50), 2007. Introduced 26.06.2008. Like P84, but new date, new signatures (Andres Lipstok, President; Mart Sõrg, Nõukogu esimees), and rectangle with denomination in UV ink moved from lower center on back to lower center right on back. Printer: (Gieseke & Devrient). 140 x 69 mm.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net and Frank van Tiel.

Latvia issues revised 10-lat note dated 2008



10 lats (US$19.40)
Violet. Front: River Daugava; oak-leaf. Back: Traditional Latvian bronze bow-broach; coat of arms. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Folk-maid wearing a traditional head-dress. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient (w/o imprint). 130 x 65 mm. 2008. Signature: Ilmars Rimsevics, Governor. Introduced 01.10.2008.

Courtesy of Dmitry Litvak and Tuyet Nhung Le.

Estonia issues new 10-kroon note


10 krooni (US$1), 2008. 30,000 notes introduced in special folder with 1-kroon coin for EEK200 (US$19.95) on 20.06.2008, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia and the 16th anniversary of the re-introduction of the kroon. Front: Girl in national costume holding sheaves of wheat based upon design by Günther Reindorff for 1928 EEK10 (P63), but new date, new signatures (Andres Lipstok, President; Mart Sõrg, Noukogu Esimees), plus watermark and registration device at right. Back: Designed by Vladimir Taiger; depicts Tamme-Lauri oak at Urvaste and coat of arms. Security features include 90th anniversary logo as watermark, 1918 and 2008 as latent images, intaglio printing, microtext, and fluorescent ink. 140 x 69 mm.

Slovakia new date (20.10.2006) 20-korun note confirmed


20 korun (US$1), 20. OKTÓBRA 2006. Like P20, but new date and new signatures. Series S. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 128 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Royal Bank of Scotland new date (19.09.2006) £10 note confirmed


10 pounds (US$19.70), 19th SEPTEMBER 2006. Like P353, but new date. Printer: THOMAS DE LA RUE AND COMPANY LIMITED. The signature of the group chief executive remains that of Fred Goodwin.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Moldova new date (2007) 200-leu note confirmed

200 lei (US$19.25), 2007. Like P16, but new date. 133 x 66 mm.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Czech Republic revised 1,000-korun note confirmed


1,000 korun (US$60.65), 2008. To be issued April 1, 2008. Like P15, but new date, new signature (Tůma, GUVERNER), and many additional security features, including bichrome patterned iridescent strip of overlapping gold and blue, Omron rings, 1000 and linden leaf added as electrotype watermark, 3.0-mm windowed puce-to-green security thread with hatched ČNB 1000 Kč, and additional UV features. Designer: Oldřich Kulhánek. Printer: State Printing Office, Prague. 158 x 74 mm.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Lithuania issues revised 10- and 100-lita notes

On December 29, 2006, the Bank of Lithuania announced plans to order 50 million 10-litas notes, 45 million 50-litas notes, and 50 million 100-litas notes.

On March 5, 2008, both the 10- (US$4.40) and 100-litas (US$43.95) notes dated 2007 were issued with additional security features. Previous 10-litas notes dated 1997 and 2001, as well as 100-litas notes dated 2000, remain legal tender.


10 litas (US$4.40), 2007. Issued March 5, 2008. Like P65, but iridescent stripe to right of portraits with denomination as latent image, and no microperforation. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient.


100 litas (US$43.95), 2007. Issued March 5, 2008. Like P62, but holographic stripe, denomination at left front in green-to-magenta OVI, denomination as electrotype watermark, and paper tinted green. Printer: François-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire.

Courtesy of Valdemar Griskevic.

Bank of Ireland issues new notes featuring Bushmills distillery

According to a February 12, 2008 report in Drinks International, the Bank of Ireland will issue 5-, 10-, and 20-pound notes, the backs of which feature the Diageo’s Bushmills whiskey distillery in celebration of the distillery’s 400th anniversary. Stephen Kirkpatrick, chief executive of Bank of Ireland Northern Ireland, said: “Because Bank of Ireland is one of the leading business banks in this region, we felt our new notes should feature a business that is symbolic both of our heritage and of our skill in crafting products for a global market.”

Interestingly enough, although all three notes bear the same date, the lowest denomination bears the signature of David McGowan, but the two other notes issued just one month later bear the signature of Stephen Kirkpatrick and a different title.



5 pounds (US$9.90)
Purple. Front: Bank of Ireland seal (Hibernia seated); six county shields. Back: Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim. Solid security thread. Watermark: Medusa head. 136 x 70 mm. 20th APRIL 2008. Signature: David McGowan, Chief Executive UK. Introduced 22.04.2008.



10 pounds (US$19.85)
Blue. Front: Bank of Ireland seal (Hibernia seated); six county shields. Back: Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim. Solid security thread. Watermark: Medusa head. 143 x 75 mm. 20th APRIL 2008. Signature: Stephen Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive NI. Introduced May 2008.



20 pounds (US$39.70)
Dark green. Front: Bank of Ireland seal (Hibernia seated); six county shields. Back: Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim. Solid security thread. Watermark: Medusa head. 150 x 80 mm. 20th APRIL 2008. Signature: Stephen Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive NI. Introduced May 2008.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Clydesdale Bank of Scotland new date (2006) 20-pound note confirmed


20 pounds (US$39.10), 24th JUNE 2006. Front like P229E, back like P221, but new date.

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Courtesy of Barry Boswell (www.collectpapermoney.co.uk).

Ireland’s Ulster Bank revised £5, £10, and £20 notes confirmed



5 pounds (US$10.45), 1st JANUARY 2007. Like P335, but new date, new typeface for Ulster Bank Limited, Royal Bank of Scotland logo added, and new signature (Cormac McCarthy, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE). Printer: DE LA RUE.



10 pounds (US$19.60), 1st JANUARY 2007. Like P336, but new date, new typeface for Ulster Bank Limited, Royal Bank of Scotland logo added, and new signature (Cormac McCarthy, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE). Printer: DE LA RUE.



20 pounds (US$39.25), 1st JANUARY 2007 and 1st JANUARY 2008. Like P337, but new dates, new typeface for Ulster Bank Limited, Royal Bank of Scotland logo added, and new signature (Cormac McCarthy, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE). Printer: DE LA RUE.

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Courtesy of Barry Boswell and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Norway new date 200-, 500-, and 1,000-krone notes confirmed


200 kroner (US$33.20), 2006. Like P50, but new date, and new new signatures (Svein Gjedrem, Governor; Trond Eklund, Cashier’s Department Director).


500 kroner (US$92.10), 2005. Like P51, but new date, and new new signatures (Svein Gjedrem, Governor; Trond Eklund, Cashier’s Department Director).

1,000 kroner (US$184.20), 2004. Like P52, but new date, and new new signatures (Svein Gjedrem, Governor; Trond Eklund, Cashier’s Department Director).

Courtesy of Jan Ove.

Estonia issues new date (2007) 100-kroon note


100 kroon (US$9.45), 2007. Issued 10 January 2008. Like P82, but new date, new signatures (Andres Lipstok, President; Mart Sõrg, Nõukogu esimees), wider (2 mm vs. 1.2 mm) security thread fluoresces blue under UV light, and rectangle with denomination in UV ink moved from front to back. Printer: (Gieseke & Devrient).

Courtesy of Michael Perelman.

Hungary new date (2007) 20,000-forint note confirmed


20,000 forint (US$116), 2007. Like P193, but new date and new signatures (Henrik Auth, Zsigmond Járai, Surányi György).

Courtesy of Kevin Klauss.

Trans-Dniester issues new series of notes

On December 22, 2007, the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank issued a new series of banknotes. The new notes feature the same people and places as the old notes, but the images have been modified to extend to the border. Furthermore, anti-counterfeiting features have been enhanced with the inclusion of a windowed security thread on all denominations. The existing 200- and 500-rublei notes will not be issued as part of this series as they already contain sophisticated security features. Both the new and old series will circulate without restrictions.


1 rouble (US$0.10), 2007. Portrait of Russian General Alexander Suvorov. Kitskansky Bridgehead memorial complex on back. 129 x 56 mm.


5 rublei (US$0.60), 2007. Portrait of Russian General Alexander Suvorov. KVINT distillery administrative building on back. 129 x 56 mm.


10 rublei (US$1.20), 2007. Portrait of Russian General Alexander Suvorov. Novo-Nyametsky monastery on back. 129 x 56 mm.


25 rublei (US$2.95), 2007. Portrait of Russian General Alexander Suvorov. Bendery fortress and memorial to Russian warriors on back. 129 x 56 mm.


50 rublei (US$5.95), 2007. Portrait of Ukrainian Poet Taras Shevchenko. Trans-Dniester Parliament building on back. 129 x 60 mm.


100 rublei (US$11.85), 2007. Portrait of Moldavian Prince Dmitry Kantemir. Cathedral of Christmas in Tiraspol on back. 129 x 60 mm.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Serbia to issue a new series of notes in 2010

In December 2007, the National Bank of Serbia announced a design competition open to the public to create a new banknote series containing nine denominations: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 5,000 dinars. The new notes aren’t expected to be issued until 2010.

Scotland new date (16.04.2007) Clydesdale £10 note confirmed



10 pounds (US$20.85), 16th APRIL 2007. Like P226, but new date.

Norway new date (2006) 100-krone note confirmed



100 kroner (US$18.20), 2006. Like P49, but new date.

Courtesy of Mirsad Delic.

Latvia revised (2007) 5-lat note confirmed



5 lats (US$10.55), 2007. Like P49, but new date, new signature (Rimsevics, Governor), and new security features, including two relief inscriptions of the nominal value imprinted above the oak-leaf registration device, parallelagram of LATVIJAS BANKA microprinting beneath large 5 in OVI at left. Starting serial number suffix apparently R with replacement notes presumably continuing to use Z suffix. 130 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Jacek Tylicki.

Sweden revised 50-kronor note (2004) confirmed



50 kronor (US$7.95), (200)4. Issued March 15, 2006. Like P62, but new signatures (Jan Bergqvist and Lars Heikensten), 2-mm wide solid security thread with repeating 50, holographic stripe, microtext, Omron rings, 50 as registration device and electrotype watermark, irridescent stripe on back. Printer: Tumba Bruk. 120 x 77 mm.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Sweden revised 1,000-kronor note confirmed



1,000 kronor (US$160), (200)5. Issued March 15, 2006. Like P60, but new signatures (Jan Bergqvist and Lars Heikensten), design bleeds to border, windowed Motion security thread, 2-mm wide solid security thread with repeating 1000, holographic stripe, microtext, 17th century warship in UV ink, Omron rings, 1000 as registration device and electrotype watermark, irridescent stripe on back. Printer: Tumba Bruk. 160 x 82 mm.

Trans-Dniester corrected 200-rublie note confirmed


200 rublei (US$23.70), 2004. Like TDRB B7a (P40), but with Ukrainian E on series prefix AA (top) corrected to I on series prefix AB (bottom) as 6th character, 1st word, 3rd line of text on front, and I instead of backwards N as 8th character, 2nd word, 3rd line. Prefix AB.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Bulgaria issues revised 20-lev note dated 2007



20 lev (US$14.95), 2007. Issued 12.11.2007. Like P118, but new date, new signature (governor), windowed security thread, fluorescent image, and modified watermark.

Courtesy of Kevin Klauss.

Gibraltar new date (01.12.2006) notes confirmed


10 pounds (US$19.60), 1ST DECEMBER 2006. Like P26, but new date and new signature (Tim Bristow, FINANCIAL AND DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY).


20 pounds (US$39.25), 1ST DECEMBER 2006. Like P27, but new date and new signature (Tim Bristow, FINANCIAL AND DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY).


50 pounds (US$104.50), 1ST DECEMBER 2006. Like P28, but new date and new signature (Tim Bristow, FINANCIAL AND DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY).

Gibraltar has also issued new 20-pound notes with the same date and signature as above.

Courtesy of Morris Lawing and Christof Zellweger.

Slovakia new date (01.08.2007) 1,000-korun note confirmed


1,000 korun (US$42.20), 1. AUGUSTA 2007. Like SCWPM 42, but new date and new signatures (Ivan Sramko and Milena Korenova).

Bulgaria's Cyrillic "evro" wins approval

According to an 18 October 2007 Reuters report, “Bulgaria won the right to spell the euro common currency as ‘evro’ in its Cyrillic language…The EU newcomer has fought hard for the right to spell the euro according to Cyrillic rules despite the European Central Bank’s insistence that the euro be spelled the same way across the 27-nation bloc. The Black Sea country argued that ‘evro’ is the correct transliteration of ‘euro’ into Cyrillic…The question of whether Bulgaria will be able to use ‘evro’ on banknotes if it enters the single currency zone—something that is not expected until well after 2010—remains open.”

Slovakia new date (01.06.2006) 200-korun note confirmed


200 korun (US$8.45), 1. JÚNA 2006. Like SCWPM 41, but new date and new signatures (Ivan Sramko and Ján Mathes).

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new date (2007) 1,000-forint note confirmed


1,000 forint (US$5.70), 2007. Like SCWPM 189, but new date and new signatures (Dr. Karvalits Ferenc; Simor András; Dr. Király Júlia).

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new date (2007) 200-forint note confirmed


200 forint (US$1.10), 2007. Like SCWPM 187, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Serbia issues revised 100-dinara note dated 2006


100 dinara (US$1.70), 2006. Like SCWPM 41, but new date, repositioned registration device, and Republic of Serbia coat of arms instead of National Bank of Serbia logo on back.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Estonia to issue new date 25-, 100-, and 500-kroon notes

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Latvia issues revised 20-lat note dated 2007


20 lats (US$39.10), 2007. Like Pick 51, but new date, new signature (Rimsevics, Governor), and wider windowed security thread on back.

Courtesy of Gunars Troska.

Czech Republic issues revised 2,000-korun note


2,000 korun (US$93.65), 2007. Issued July 2, 2007. Like Pick 22, but new date, new signature (Tuma, GUVERNER), and many additional security features, including bichrome patterned iridescent strip of overlapping gold and blue, series other than A and B, Omron rings, 2000 and small ornament added as electrotype wmk, 3.0-mm windowed puce-to-green security thread with hatched CNB 2000 Kc, and additional UV features. Printer: State Printing Office, Prague.

Courtesy of Czech National Bank.

Bank of Scotland unveils new note family featuring bridges

The Bank of Scotland announced that it intends to release a new family of banknotes in the autumn of 2007 (they are all dated 17th SEPTEMBER 2007). The new notes—printed by De La Rue—will retain the color scheme and physical size as the current series. This is the first new complete family of notes issued by the bank since 1995. The old notes will be slowly withdrawn from circulation.

The front of the new notes all share a portrait of Sir Walter Scott at center, and to the left a larger image of the Bank of Scotland’s head office on The Mound, Edinburgh. The notes also bear new signatures (Dennis Stevenson, Governor; Colin Matthew, Treasurer), Scott as watermark along with the numerals of the denomination as an electrotype watermark, Cornerstone watermarks, microprinting, four thistles in UV ink, the bank logo as registration device, intaglio printing, and vertical and horizontal novel serial numbers.


5 pounds (US$10). Blue. Thin windowed security thread, iridescent band at right. Brig o’ Doon over the Doon River near Alloway in Ayrshire on back. 135 x 70 mm.    


10 pounds (US$20). Brown. Thin windowed security thread, iridescent band at right. Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Railway line between Fort William and Mallaig on back. 142 x 75 mm.


20 pounds (US$40). Pink. Wide windowed security thread that changes red to green when tilted, hologram of bank logo and denomination. Forth Bridge in Queensferry on back. 149 x 80 mm.


50 pounds (US$100). Green. Wide windowed security thread that changes red to green when tilted, hologram of bank logo and denomination. Falkirk Wheel rotating boat lift on back. 156 x 85 mm.


100 pounds (US$200). Red. Wide windowed security thread that changes red to green when tilted, hologram of bank logo and denomination. Kessock Bridge over the Moray and Beauly Firths between Inverness and the Black Isle on back. 163 x 90 mm.

Courtesy of the Bank of Scotland.

Lithuania issues new date (2007) 20-lita note


20 litu (US$7.80), 2007. Issued June 11, 2007. Like Pick 66, but new date, iridescent strip with LTL and 20 as PEAK (printed embossed anticopy key), and no mircoperforations. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH. 135 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Valdemar Griskevic.

Serbia issues new date (2007) 500-dinar note


500 dinars (US$8.30), 2007. Issued June 4, 2007. Like Pick 43a, but new date and Republic of Serbia coat of arms instead of National Bank of Serbia logo.
 
Courtesy of Igor Dolasevic.

Ukraine issues new 200-hryvnia note


200 гривень (hryven), 2007. Issued May 28, 2007. Lesya Ukrainka as portrait and wmk, security thread, 200 as registration device, tactile bars for the sight-impaired, plus UV, IR, and magnetic elements. Tower of the Lutsk lock on back. 148 x 75 mm.
 
Courtesy of Mikhail Istomin. Information courtesy of Dmitri Kharitonov.

Malta new signature variety 5-liri note confirmed


5 liri (US$15.65), L.1967. Like Pick 46, but new signature (Michael C. Bonello, Gvernatur). SCWPM has incorrect middle initial of P in listing for Pick 47c.

Norway new date 50- and 200-krone notes confirmed


50 kroner (US$8.30), 2005. Like Pick 46, but new date (on back), new signatures (Svein Gjedrem, Governor; Trond Eklund, Cashier’s Department Director), wider security thread printed Norges Bank, and Omron rings on front.




200 kroner (US$33.20), 2004. Like Pick 50, but new date (last four digits of number in lower left on front), and new signatures.

Latvia issues revised 100-lat note dated 2007



100 lats (US$194), 2007. Issued May 21, 2007. Like Pick 47, but new date, new signature (Rimsevics, Governor), and new security features, including serial number repeated in red in upper front left, horizontal band with 100 in greyish-brown print, 100 at lower left in larger reddish-brown OVI (also heat sensitive), vertical translucent band to left of portrait, transparent window with red semicircle of the Sun and Ls, silver Sun semicircle between the transparent window and the registration device, wider windowed security thread (with holograms and Ls 100), and 100 Ls as latent image in ornamental band on back right margin. Replacement notes suffix Z.

Courtesy of Girts Eisters (IBNS member 9639) and Frank van Tiel.

Macedonia new date (2007) 10-denar note confirmed


10 denari (US$0.22), 2007. Like Pick 14, but new date and signature (Petar Goshev, Governor). This appears to be unchanged from the 2006 variety previously reported.

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Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Isle of Man new signature 10-pound note confirmed


10 pounds (US$20), ND. Like Pick 44, but new signature (P.M. Shimmin, Chief Financial Officer).

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Switzerland new signature (2004) 50-franc note confirmed


Like previously-reported 50 franken dated (20)04, but with new signature for Un membre de la Direction générale.

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.

Slovakia new date (25.08.2005) 1,000-korun note confirmed


1,000 korun (US$39.25), 25 Augusta 2005. Like Pick 42, but new date, and new signatures (Ivan Šramko, Governor; Jan Mathes, Executive Director, Currency Division). Printer: De La Rue.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net and Peter Jarabek (National Bank of Slovakia).

England issues new 20-pound note featuring Adam Smith



Today the Bank of England issued a new £20 featuring Adam Smith, one of the fathers of modern economics. This is the first design in a new series of notes from the bank known collectively as “Series F.”

The new notes will circulate in parallel with the current £20 (Pick 390), which will be progressively withdrawn from circulation. Measuring 149 x 80 mm, the new £20 is the same size as the current note. The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is retained on the front, but the new note features a brighter color purple, as well as a large silver holographic strip, a registration device, additional intaglio printing, improved watermark, and more UV features to deter counterfeiters. The new note bears the signature of Andrew Bailey, Chief Cashier.

A portrait of Smith appears on the back of the new note, along with an engraving showing “The division of labour in pin manufacturing” with the parenthetical quote “and the great increase in the quantity of work that results” drawn from his major work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. The image of Adam Smith is based on a likeness of the portrait of him by James Tassie — Scottish National Portrait Gallery — and reproduced by permission; and the image of pin manufacturing is based on an original image, and by permission of The British Library. Adam Smith (1723 - 1790) is the first economist and the first Scotsman to appear on a Bank of England note.

Pick 392: 20 pounds (US$38.60)). Issued March 13, 2007. Bright purple. Series F. QEII portrait, holographic stripe, registration device, additional intaglio printing, improved wmk, and more UV features. Signature: Andrew Bailey, Chief Cashier. Portrait of economist Adam Smith and illustration of “The division of labour in pin manufacturing” on back. 149 x 80 mm.

Bulgaria new date (2005) 2-lev note confirmed


2 leva (US$1.35), 2005. Like Pick 115, but new date, new signatures, and series B. 116 x 64 mm.

For more information, visit the Bulgarian National Bank.

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.

Clydesdale Bank issues new date (14.3.2006) 10-pound note


10 pounds (US$19.45), 14th March 2006. Like Pick 226, but new date.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Jersey 1-pound note with 3-character prefix confirmed


1 pound, no date. Like Pick 26, but serial number prefix comprised of three, not two, characters.

Courtesy of Jose Manuel Peso.

Switzerland settles on designer of new notes for 2008


According to a February 26, 2007, press release, the Swiss National Bank is preparing a new family of banknotes designed by Zurich-based graphic artist Manuela Pfrunder, who placed second in the SNB’s design competition in November 2005.

Pfrunder’s original designs for the six denominations (the 10 Swiss franc is shown above) will require extensive reworking, both artistically and technically, before production begins in mid-2008.

Courtesy of Swiss National Bank.

Estonia issues revised 2- and 10-krooni notes dated 2006

The central Bank of Estonia has issued a new series of 2- and 10-krooni bank notes with a few renewed security features. Existing notes of the same denomination remain legal tender.

"Until now the latest Estonian bank notes were the 25-kroon notes printed in 2002. The new 2- and 10-kroon bank notes will not be the last ones Eesti Pank will issue before the euro changeover. At present, we are also preparing to order additional 25-, 100- and 500-kroon bank notes," said Andres Lipstok, Governor of Eesti Pank.


2 krooni (US$0.15), 2006. Issued 3 January 2007. Like Pick 70, but new date, new signatures (Andres Lipstok, Governor; Mart Sõrg, Chairman), and K. E. von Baer as watermark. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 140 x 69 mm.


10 krooni (US$0.85), 2006. Issued 3 January 2007. Like Pick 77, but new date, new signatures (Andres Lipstok, Governor; Mart Sõrg, Chairman), Jakob Hurt as watermark, tactile feature for visually impaired in the lower right, and serial numbers now on back. Printer: (De La Rue). 140 x 69 mm.

Courtesy of Michael Perelman.

Slovenia unlisted date (2004/2005) and signature combos

Slovenia adopts the euro tomorrow, so it’s fitting that we report on a half dozen previously unlisted date/signature combos:


200 tolars (US$1.10), 15. Januar 2004. Issued August 2, 2004. Like Pick 15, but new date and signatures (Mitja Gaspari, Guverner; Samo Nucic, Clan Sveta Banke).

1,000 tolars ($5.50), 15. Januar 2004. Issued August 2, 2004. Like Pick 32, but new date and signatures as above.

5,000 tolars (US$27.50), 15. Januar 2004. Issued August 2, 2004. Like Pick 33, but new date and signatures as above.

10,000 tolars (US$55), 15. Januar 2004. Issued April 4, 2005. Like Pick 34, but new date and signatures as above.


500 tolars (US$2.75), 15. Januar 2005. Issued June 20, 2005. Like Pick 16, but new date and signatures (Mitja Gaspari, Guverner; Ivan Ribnikar, Clan Sveta Banke).

1,000 tolars (US$5.50), 15. Januar 2005. Issued June 20, 2005. Like Pick 32, but new date and signatures as above.

Courtesy of Stane Straus and Christof Zellweger.

Moldova new date (2006) 10-leu note confirmed

10 leu (US$0.75), 2006. New date.

Lithuania to issue revised 10- and 100-lita notes


On December 29, 2006, the Bank of Lithuania announced plans to order 50 million 10-litas notes, 45 million 50-litas notes, and 50 million 100-litas notes.

Both the 10- (US$3.80) and 100-litas (US$38.15) notes will contain additional security features, and therefore the new year of issue will be 2007. The 50-litas (US$19.05) notes will be unchanged from the 2003 design (Pick 67).

Courtesy of Bank of Lithuania.

Macedonia new date (2006) 10-denar note confirmed


10 denari, 2006. Like Pick 14, but new date and signature (Petar Goshev, Governor).

Courtesy of Olexandr Danishenko.

Hungary new date (2006) 5,000-forint note confirmed


5,000 forint (US$25.70), 2006. Like Pick 191, but new date and new signatures (Péter Adamecz, Zsigmond Járai, Dr. György Surányi).
 
Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new date (2006) 10,000-forint note confirmed


10,000 forint (US$51.45), 2006. Like Pick 192, but new date and new signatures (Péter Adamecz, Zsigmond Járai, Dr. György Surányi).
 
Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Clydesdale Bank commemorates Robert the Bruce on 20-pound note


20 pounds (US$39.15), 25th March 2006. Issued December 21, 2006. Like Pick 228f, but RB prefix, new bank logo, Bruce’s original heraldic shield plus 700th anniversary 1306 - 2006 at right, and 700th anniversary of the enthronement of Robert the Bruce as King of Scots, which took place at Scone Palace on 25 March 1306 on back.

Courtesy of Noteboy.

Hungary new dates (2005 and 2006) 1,000-forint notes confirmed


1,000 forint (US$5.25), 2005. Issued April 10, 2006. Like Pick 189, but new dates, new signatures (Péter Adamecz, Zsigmond Járai, Dr. György Surányi), copper holographic stripe, and iridescent stripe.

1,000 forint (US$5.25), 2006. Issued April 10, 2006. Like Pick 189, but new dates, new signatures (Henrik Auth, Zsigmond Járai, Dr. György Surányi), copper holographic stripe, and iridescent stripe.

According to my sources, a small batch of these notes were dated 2005 but now these are very hard to obtain and the majority of notes are dated 2006. The two dates also bear different signature combinations.
 
Courtesy of Magyar Nemzeti Bank and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Estonia to print a new round of krooni notes

According to an article in The Baltic Times dated December 20, 2006: “Due to the ever-retreating prospects of joining the euro currency zone, the central Bank of Estonia has announced it will print a new round of bank notes. The currency supply was expected to be phased out and replaced by the euro. But the bank said the nation would need a new injection of notes prior to Estonia’s entering the eurozone. The first to be replenished will be the two and 10 kroon banknotes – which may come as a surprise to many Estonians, who find their wallets overflowing with the near-worthless paper money.”

No word on when the new notes would be released, nor what changes will be made to the design of same. The 2-kroon note (Pick 70a) is worth US$0.15 and the 10-kroon note (Pick 77a) is worth US$0.85.

Bank of Scotland new date (2006) 5-pound note confirmed


Pick 119: 5 pounds, 1st January 2006. New date and new signatures (Dennis Stevenson, Governor; Colin Matthew, Treasurer).

Courtesy of John Martin (IBNS member 6727).

Romania issues new polymer 200-lei note


Pick 122: 200 lei, 1 decembrie 2006. Orange. Lucian Blaga (1895-1961) as portrait and wmk, poppies, open book with page from poems Self-portrait and 9 May 1895, coat of arms, NBR logo, signatures (Mugur Isarescu, Governor; unknown, Head Cashier), transparent window with pen and 200 embossed, denomination in gold-to-green OVI, registration device, security thread, and microperforations. Neolithic statue of the Thinker of Hamangia, rainbow, water mill with NBR latent image, sessile oak, NBR logo, vertical serial number in black, horizontal novel serial number in red, and iridescent stripe on back. Polymer. 150 x 82 mm.

Norway to outsource note printing in 2007

According to a November 28, 2006, article in the Norway Post, the Norges Bank will cease printing Norwegian banknotes in 2007. Central Bank director Harald Boehn says the bank is unable to produce notes as economically as printers abroad.

Norges Bank has entered into agreements for the delivery of notes with De La Rue in the UK and Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire in France. The contracts apply for the period 2007 – 2012. The first deliveries will probably be made in 2008.

Norges Bank expects to save in the order of NOK 10 million annually during the contract period. An expert on economic history, professor Francis Sejersted, questioned the decision to save “small sums” instead of continuing the tradition of producing the national symbols domestically.

In related news, security printer De La Rue announced interim pretax profits were up 59% on the strength of “exceptional” bank note printing volumes. DLR is involved in printing notes for 150 countries. For an excellent examination of how companies like De La Rue attempt to win over the business of central banks, I strongly suggest reading Moneymakers: The Secret World of Banknote Printing.

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank new date (2006) £10 note confirmed



The (Scottish) Clydesdale Bank has issued a new £10 dated 14th March 2006, signed David Thornburn, Chief Operating Officer. At first glance it appears to be just a new date variety, but it is actually a new plate. Close examination reveals that the bank logo at center on the front has been redesigned with a much larger CB (compare detail above from Pick 226e at left with new note at right).

Courtesy of John Martin (IBNS member 6727).

Royal Bank of Scotland new date (2005) £5 note confirmed


The Royal Bank of Scotland has issued a new £5 dated 20th January 2005. The signature of the group chief executive remains that of Fred Goodwin, as on Pick 352d dated 27.6.2000.

Courtesy of John Martin (IBNS member 6727).

Ireland’s Ulster Bank to issue £5 note featuring George Best


Northern Ireland’s Ulster Bank today announced that it will release a limited edition £5 (US$8) note featuring legendary football (soccer) star George Best. The bank plans to issue one million commemorative notes in November to coincide with the first anniversary of the death of the celebrated Northern Irishman and Manchester United star at age 59 due to multiple organ failure following decades of alcohol abuse.
Application forms will be available from Ulster Bank branches in Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland or online from this web site starting November 13. The commemorative notes will then be available to purchase at any Ulster Bank branch in Northern Ireland starting November 27.

Courtesy of Frank van Tiel.

Hungary issues new 500-forint note dated 2006


500 forint, 2006. Issued 20.10.2006, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution and war of independence. Front like Pick 188, but new back with Parliament building, the tri-color national flag with a hole, registration device, and three dots in upper right-hand corner for the partially sighted. Watermark contains inscription of “50. EVFORDULO 1956. OCTOBER 23.”
 
Courtesy of Magyar Nemzeti Bank, banknoteshop@gmx.net, and Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle.

Serbia issues new 100-dinar note dated 2006


100 dinar, 2006. Issued October 20, 2006. Like Pick 41, but with new coat of arms and signature (Radovan Jelasic, guverner) on back. Blue, green, and ochre-yellow. Scientist Nikola Tesla, magnetic induction calculation formula, electrical discharge, and Tesla’s electric induction device. Tesla (from the photograph of Nikola Tesla from his Museum in Belgrade), electromagnetic engine, and “Tesla’s Dove” on back. 143 x 68 mm.
 
Courtesy of National Bank of Serbia.

Poland issues new 50-zlotych “Pope note”


50 zlotych, 16 padziernika 2006. Issued October 16, 2006, the 28th anniversary of Karol Wojtya’s election to the papacy. Designed by Andrzej Heidrich and engraved by J.M. Kopecki. John Paul II holding crucifix-topped staff at right, world map in background. Signatures (Leszek Balcerowicz, Prezes; Mariusz Mastalerz, Glówny Skarbnik). Wmk of papal seal, security thread printed “50 ZL”, microlettering of countries visited by pope, Peter’s keys as registration device, “JP II” as latent image, papal seal fluoresces red and green under UV light, “JP” prefix. Inauguration of John Paul II with cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, a quotation from Letter to Poles, Jasna Góra Monastery and church on back. 2 million pieces issued in special folder for 90 zlotych. Printer: Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartociowych SA (with “PWPW S.A.” imprint). 144 x 72 mm.
 
Courtesy of Krzysztof Rene, Tomasz Jazwinski, and Jacek Tylicki.

Latvia issues revised 5-lat note dated 2006


5 lats, 2006. Issued October 12, 2006. Like Pick 49, but new date, new signature (Rimsevics, Governor), and new security features, including two relief inscriptions of the nominal value imprinted above the oak-leaf registration device, parallelagram of “LATVIJAS BANKA” microprinting beneath large “5” in OVI at left. Starting serial number suffix apparently “R” with replacement notes presumably continuing to use “Z” suffix.

Courtesy of Girts Eisters (IBNS member 9639).

Ukraine issues new 500-hryvnia note


500 гривень (hryven), 2006. Issued 15 September 2006. Signature 4: Stelmah. Grigory Skovoroda as portrait and wmk, fountain in center. Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and seal, Pythagorian triangle on back. 154 x 75 mm.
 
Courtesy of  Yury Akhtemenko.

Ukraine issues revised 10-hryvnia note dated 2006


10 гривень (hryven), 2006. Issued August 25, 2006. Like Pick 119, but new date and signature 4 (Stelmah) instead of signature 5 (Tigipko). Hetman Ivan Stepanovych Mazepa (1644 - 1709) as portrait and wmk. Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Kiev Monastery of the Caves), books, candle, inkwell, pen, paper, tambourine, and lute on back. 124 x 66 mm.
 
Courtesy of Mikhail Istomin.

Serbia issues new 20-dinar note dated 2006


20 dinar, 2006. Issued July 18, 2006. Green, ochre-yellow, and black. Signature: Radovan Jelasic, guverner. Petar II Petrovi Njego, with a line sketch of the Cetinje monastery at right. Figure of Petar II Petrovi Njego, detail from the decorative miniature featured on the first Slavic Octoechos, printed in Cetinje in 1494, mountain range of Komovi on back (vertical format). 135 x 64 mm.

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Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Serbia issues revised 1,000-dinar note dated 2006


1,000 dinar, 2006. Issued July 18, 2006. Like Pick 44, but with new Serbian coat of arms below serial number on back (vertical format), and new signature: Radovan Jelasic, guverner. 151 x 72 mm.
 
Courtesy of Igor Dolasevic.

Bulgaria issues revised 50-lev note dated 2006


50 leva, 2006. Issued 03.07.2006. Like Pick 119, but series B, new signatures: Ivan Iskrov, Governor; Stefan Tzvetkov, Chief Cashier. New security features include latent image of “50” to the left of Pencho Slaveykov’s collar, golden to green OVI on National Library building under Slaveykov’s signature. Printer: BNB Printing Works, Bulgaria. 136 x 76 mm.

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Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Serbia issues new 10-dinar note dated 2006


10 dinar, 2006. Issued May 19, 2006. Ochre-yellow, brown, and green. Signature: Radovan Jelasic, guverner. Vuk Stefanovic Karadic, the creator of contemporary Serbian alphabet, his writing kit, and an open book (exhibits from the standing collection of the Museum devoted to Vuk S. Karadic and Dositej Obradovic). Members of the First Slavic Congress held in Prague in 1848 and vignette of the letters Karadic introduced on back (vertical format). 131 x 62 mm.

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Caaourtesy of Chris Twining.

Moldova new date (2006) 1-leu note confirmed

Pick 8: 1 leu, 2006. New date.
 
Courtesy of Gary Snover.