Middle East

Iraq new sig/date (2013) 5,000-dinar note confirmed

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5,000 dinars, ٢٠١٣ - ١٤٣٤ (2013/AH1434). Like CBI, but new date and signature 17.

Courtesy of Dmitry Svobodin.

Iran new signature 1,000-rial note confirmed

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1,000 rials, no date. Like P143, but new signatures (Tahmasb Mazaheri and Shamseddin Hosseini).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Iraq new 250- and 500-dinar notes confirmed

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250 dinars, ٢٠١٣ - ١٤٣٥ (2013/AH1435). Like CBI B47, but new date, new signature (Abdul Basit Turki Saeed), and one intaglio circle at upper left front for the sight impaired.

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500 dinars, ٢٠١٣ - ١٤٣٥ (2013/AH1435). Like CBI B48, but new date, new signature (Abdul Basit Turki Saeed), and two intaglio circles at upper left front for the sight impaired.

Courtesy of Jürg Rindlisbacher, Sejin Ahn, and Thomas Augustsoon.

Iraq new 1,000-dinar note confirmed

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1,000 dinars, ٢٠١٣ - ١٤٣٥ (2013/AH1435). Like CBI B49, but new date, smaller signature, and three intaglio circles at upper left front for the sight impaired.

Courtesy of Jürg Rindlisbacher and Sejin Ahn.

Israel new 50-new shekel note confirmed

The Bank of Israel introduced the new 50-new shekel banknote on 16 September 2014.

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BOI B43 (PNL): 50 new shekels (US$15)
Green. Front: Menorah as registration device; open book in gold-to-green SPARK; citrus trees and fruit; poet, Shaul Tchernichovsky; microprinted poem “Oh, My Land, My Homeland.” Back: Capital of Corinthian column; menorah. Windowed color-changing security thread with demetalized 50 and portrait of Shaul Tchernichovsky. Watermark: Shaul Tchernichovsky and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 136 x 71 mm.
a. 2014. Signature 15. Intro: 16.09.2014.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Raphael Dvir.

Kuwait new signature 5-dinar note confirmed

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5 dinars, ١٩٦٨ (1968). Like CBK B26, but new signatures. Prefix DE/67.

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

Israel new sig/date (2008) 20-sheqel note confirmed

20 new sheqalim, 2008. Like BOI B36, but new signature and new date.

Courtesy of Yigal.

Syria new 500-pound note confirmed

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According to an article on Syrian Radio & TV dated 16 July 2014 and an article on SanaSyria dated 20 July 2014, Adib Mayala, governor of the Central Bank of Syria, has announced that a new 500-pound note has been issued on 20 July 2014, and will be dispersed early in August, and a 1,000-pound note will be issued in two months (August - September).

Existing notes of that denomination will circulate in parallel before being gradually withdrawn.

The new note is expected to join the family of 50-, 100-, and 200-pound notes (CBS B27-B29, respectively) dated 2009, introduced 27.07.2010, and printed by Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck, a subsidiary of Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Austria’s central bank.

Mayala said the new note will have different colors, depiction, and figures, and will be made of better-quality materials “in a way to reflect the cultural and historical image of Syria and protect the banknotes from getting worn out."

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Takis Kouvatseas.

Azerbaijan new 250- and 500-manat notes due "in near future"

According to an article in Azernews dated 19 August 2014, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) Alim Guliyev told journalists that the government is planning to put new 250- and 500-manat banknotes into circulation in the near future, "to improve the effectiveness of banknote circulation and to reduce state expenditures." Currently the largest denomination is the 100-manat note (AMB B19) issued in 2005. Bear in mind that Azerbaijan has been discussing the issuance of larger denominations for several years. Time will tell if these plans ever come to fruition.

Iraq new 10,000-dinar note reported


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According to a press release dated 7 August 2014, the Central Bank of Iraq has introduced a new 10,000-dinar banknote.

Courtesy of Daisy.

United Arab Emirates instructed to reprint notes with Braille characters

According to a GulfNews.com article dated 12 July 2014, the board of directors of the Central Bank of the UAE recently instructed that necessary actions be taken to reprint all denominations of banknotes using Braille characters so that they will be readable by the visually impaired.

Courtesy of Amirali Somji.

Kuwait new signature ¼-dinar note confirmed

¼ dinar, ١٩٦٨ (1968). Like CBK B23, but signature 15. Prefix AE/239.

Courtesy of Steve Hearon.

Kuwait new notes issued 29.06.2014 confirmed

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The Central Bank of Kuwait has introduced a new series of banknotes. Contrary to earlier reports, these new notes are produced on paper, not polymer, substrates.

The sixth issue was unveiled at a celebration event on 19 May 19 2014, and entered circulation on 29 June 2014, the beginning of Ramadan. This series uses visual representations of nationally significant elements and economic accomplishments that are all grounded on one unified background that is of the Kuwaiti flag. The banknotes feature iconic and culturally significant buildings on the front while the back illustrates Kuwait’s accomplishments and economic milestones throughout history. The new banknotes were also designed with the visually impaired in mind. The banknotes’ values are larger in size and the raised print aids the visually impaired in distinguishing each banknote from the other.

The sixth issue of the Kuwaiti dinar banknotes includes the most advanced security measures such as innovative printing processes, color changing features, and visual elements that become visible upon tilting the banknote. The preceding issues will circulate in parallel until such time as they are withdrawn from circulation.

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

Courtesy of James Pickering (www.e-worldbanknotes.com).

Israel to issue new 50-new shekel in September 2014

According to a Globes article dated 27 April 2014, the Bank of Israel will issue a new 50-new shekel banknote on Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) in September 2014. It is the first of the new series of banknotes that will be issued, with the second banknote, for NIS 200, entering circulation in 2015. The Bank of Israel says that the new banknotes will enter circulation when quality control tests and businesses' preparations for handling the notes are completed.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Lebanon new 50,000-livre polymer commemorative note confirmed

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BDL B39 (PNL): 50,000 livres (US$33)
Blue, purple, orange, red, and green. Front: Banque du Liban headquarters building in Beirut; cedar tree in blue/green SPARK patch on clear window. Back: Cedar tree in blue/green SPARK patch on clear window; Banque du Liban building. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (TDLR). 140 x 77 mm. Polymer.
a. 2014. Signature 12. Intro: 15.05.2014.

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Courtesy of Claude Akl (http://www.dekeneh.com).

Kuwait to introduce new polymer notes on 29 June 2014

According to an article in Kuwait Times dated 6 May 2014, the Central Bank of Kuwait intends to unveil a new family of banknotes printed by De La Rue on polymer. The notes will be issued on the beginning of Ramadan, 29 June 2014.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause (Polymernotes of the World).

Jordan new sig/date (2012) 50-dinar note confirmed

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50 dinars, 2012 ٢٠١٢. Like CBJ B34, but new date and signature 25.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Iraq rumored to have prepared new banknotes

According a report on Kurdnet dated 9 April 2014, the Central Bank of Iraq has announced printing new banknotes with new images, new security features, and features to help the sight-impaired distinguish between denominations.

Kuwait new sig 10-dinar note confirmed

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10 dinars, no date. Like CBK B27, but new signature (Mohammad Y. Al-Hashel and Mustafa Jassem Al-Shamali).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Lebanon new 50,000-livre commemorative note reported

According to a press release dated 9 April 2014, De La Rue has printed a new 50,000-livre note to commemorate the 50th annivesary of the founding of the Banque du Liban. "With vibrant colours and imagery, the new note uses the latest technology as protection against counterfeiting. The clear ‘window’ area in the banknote shows an image of the Cedar of Lebanon in a bright, eye-catching blue/green ink which changes colour as the note is tilted and which can be seen from both sides of the note. The Banque is proud to be the first issuing authority in the region to use this colour changing ink in the clear window of the banknote. De La Rue’s Sales Director Ruth Euling commented: ‘De La Rue is honoured that the Banque du Liban has selected our Safeguard polymer for their banknotes and included the SPARK ® Orbital TM feature which provides a dynamic, high impact public recognition feature. We congratulate the Banque on being the first issuer in the region to adopt the new technologies."

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Iraq new sig/date (2012) 250-dinar note confirmed

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250 dinars, ٢٠١٢ - ١٤٣٣ (2012/AH1433). Like CBI B47, but new date and new signature (Sinan Al-Shabibi, who served as governor from September 2003 to October 2012).

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Marian Massimiliano.

Iraq new sig/date (2013) 1,000-dinar note confirmed

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1,000 dinars, ٢٠١٣ - ١٤٣٤ (2013/AH1434). Like CBI B49, but new date and new signature (Abdul Basit Turki Saeed, who assumed governorship of CBI in October 2012).

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Marian Massimiliano.

Georgia new sig/date (2013) 5-lari note confirmed

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5 lari, 2013. Like NBG B48, but new date and signatures (Giorgi Kadagidze and Nodar Khaduri).

Courtesy of Dmitri Chokhonelidze.

Jordan new sig/date (2012) 5-dinar note confirmed

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5 dinars, 2012 ٢٠١٢. Like CBJ B30d, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Iran new signature 50,000-rial note confirmed

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50,000 rials, no date. Like P149, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Kazem Aghapour A.

Kuwait new signature 1-dinar note confirmed

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1 dinar, ١٩٦٨ (1968). Like CBK B25g, but new signatures (Mohammad Y. Al-Hashel and Mustafa Jassim Al-Shamali).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Jordan new sig/date (2013) 20-dinar note confirmed

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20 dinars, 2013. Like CBJ B33c, but new date and signature 25.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Lebanon new 50,000-livre commemorative note confirmed

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This polymer note commemorating 70 years of independence for Lebanon was issued on 22 November 2013 (the anniversary of the end of French colonial rule in 1943), despite the fact that the French-language back spells “independence” as it is written in English, rather than the French “independance.” The Central Bank of Lebanon said it regretted the mistake, which it blamed on the printing company (De La Rue). 50,000 pieces will enter circulation.

BDL B38 (PNL): 50,000 livres (US$33)
Blue, brown, red, and green. Front: Citadel of Independence in Rashaya; stylized flag of Lebanon. Back: Map of Lebanon; flag of Lebanon with cedar tree. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (TDLR). 140 x 77 mm. Polymer.
a. ٢٠١٣ (2013). Signature 12. Intro: 22.11.2013.

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Courtesy of Claude Akl.

Lebanon chapter available for free for a limited time

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Today I'm pleased to announce the first sponsored chapter give-away thanks to the generosity of Lebanon-based dealer, Claude Akl.

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If you miss out on this initial offer, don't despair. Claude is also providing free copies of this chapter to the first 30 eBay buyers of Lebanon's new 50,000-livre commemorative polymer note to be issued November 22. Visit his eBay store for details.

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

South Ossetia asserts right to issue coins and notes

According to this 1 August 2013 post in Russian on South Ossetia's official gazette web site, the disputed republic in the South Caucasus has passed a law authorizing the issuance of new banknotes and coins denominated in Russian rubles.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Jordan new sig/date (2013) 1-dinar note confirmed

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1 dinar, 2013 ٢٠١٣. Like CBJ B29, but new date and signatures (Unknown and Ziad Fariz).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

United Arab Emirates new sig/date (2013) 10-dirham note confirmed

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10 dirhams, 2013 and ١٤٣٤ (AH1434). Like CBA B27a, but new date and signatures (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum and Khalifa al-Kindi). Also, the serial number at left is now vertical, not horizontal.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Kuwait new signature ½-dinar note confirmed

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½ dinar, no date. Like CBK B24, but new signatures. Governor Mohammad Y. Al-Hashel appears at left, and the minister of finance is at right, but the signatory is unknown. I've seen reports that Nayef Al-Hajraf was appointed minister in June 2012, but also that Salem AbdulAziz Al-Saud Al-Sabah (former governor to February 2012) has been in the role since 4 August 2013. If these are correct, it's likely the signatory is Nayef Al-Hajraf. Confirmation of the identity of the signatory is requested.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Kuwait to issue polymer notes in 2014

According to an article on Alanba dated 21 October 2013, Kuwait's central bank intends to issue an entirely new family of notes in 2014 with new colors for the denominations and all to be printed on polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Israel names Karnit Flug as new bank governor

According to a press release dated 20 October 2013, the Bank of Israel is expected to appoint Dr. Karnit Flug to take over as governor from Stanley Fischer who left in June, marking the first time a woman has held the post.

Lebanon new date (2012) 100,000-livre note confirmed

100,000 livres, ٢٠١٢ (2012). Like BDL B35a, but new date. Intro: 04.10.2013.

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

Courtesy of Claude Akl (http://stores.ebay.com/dekeneh).

Lebanon new 10,000-livre note confirmed

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BDL B37 (P92): 10,000 livres (US$6.65)
Yellow, orange, and green. Front: Cedar tree; geometric block design. Back: Geometric block design; bronze statue by Italian sculptor, Renato Marino Mazzacurati, of three Lebanese nationalists in Martyrs’ Square, Beirut; stylized landscape and mountain; cedar trees. 3-mm wide magenta-to-green windowed security thread with printed BDL 10000 ١٠٠٠٠. Watermark: Cedar tree and electrotype ١٠٠٠٠. Printer: (OT). 127 x 66 mm.
a. ٢٠١٢ (2012). Signature 12. Intro: 25.09.2013.

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

Courtesy of Houssein Maaz and Claude Akl (http://stores.ebay.com/dekeneh).

Lebanon new 10,000- and 100,000-livre notes reported

According to an article on ArabsToday dated 24 September 2013, on 25 September 2013 Banque du Liban will issue new 10,000- and 100,000-livre notes with enhanced security features.

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

Courtesy of Houssein Maaz.

Lebanon new 5,000-livre note confirmed

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BDL B36 (P91): 5,000 livres (US$3.35)
Pink, purple, orange, and green. Front: Cedar tree as registration device; geometric block design. Back: Geometric block design; cedar tree. 3-mm wide magenta-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BDL 5000. Watermark: Cedar tree and electrotype ٥٠٠٠. Printer: (OT). 120 x 62 mm.
a. ٢٠١٢ (2012). Signature 12. Intro: .28.08.2013.

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Courtesy of Houssein Maaz, Claudio Marana, and Fabien Louart, and Claude Akl (http://stores.ebay.com/dekeneh)

Lebanon revised 1,000-pound note confirmed

According to a Lebanon Files article dated 21 August 2013, the Bank of Lebanon has issued a revised 1,000-pound note with enhanced security features.

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

Courtesy of Houssein Maaz and Claude Akl (http://stores.ebay.com/dekeneh).

United Arab Emirates new sig/date (2013) 5-dirham note confirmed

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5 dirhams, 2013 and ١٤٣٤ (AH1434). Like CBA B26a, but new date and signatures (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum and Khalifa al-Kindi). Also, the serial number at left is now vertical, not horizontal.

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

Courtesy of The Monetary Unit.

United Arab Emirates new sig/date (2013) 20-dirham note confirmed

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20 dirhams, 2013 and ١٤٣٤ (AH1434). Like CBA B28a, but new date and signatures (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum and Khalifa al-Kindi).

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

Courtesy of The Monetary Unit.

Azerbaijan bank denies images of new banknotes are real

According to an official Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan press release dated 15 August 2013, "pictures of banknotes of 1,5,10, 20, 50, and 100 manat, that reflect portraits of prominent thinkers, statesmen and scientists of Azerbaijan, have been posted in social networks. These pictures presented as a new design of the national currency – manat cause misinformation and confusion among the public. According to the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan, this information does not reflect reality and the banknote pictures are unknown people’s product of imagination. The Central Bank is not planning to issue banknotes in this design."

Courtesy of Cedrian López Bosch.

Israel new 50- and 200-new shekel notes delayed until 2014

According to a press release dated 28 April 2013, the Israeli cabinet approved the details and designs of the new 50- and 200-new shekel notes to be issued "toward the end of 2013."

However, according to a press release dated 7 August 2013, the circulation of the new NIS 50 and NIS 200 notes "will be delayed by several months, and is expected to begin during the second half of 2014. The circulation of the two other banknotes – the NIS 20 and NIS 100 – will begin a few months afterwards."

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50 new shekels (US$15)
Green. Front: Citrus trees and fruit; Shaul Tchernichovsky; microprinted poem “Oh, My Land, My Homeland.” Back: Capital of Corinthian column. Unknown security thread. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Unknown. 136 x 71 mm.
a. 2013. Signature unknown. Intro: Second half of 2014.

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200 new shekels (US$60)
Blue. Front: Fall leaves; Natan Alterman; microprinted poem “Eternal Meeting.” Back: Moonlit flora. Unknown security thread. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 71 mm.
a. 2013. Signature unknown. Intro: Second half of 2014.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Cleo Phas.

Georgia new sig/date (2012) 100-lari note confirmed

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100 lari, 2012. Like NBG B52, but new date and signatures (Giorgi Kadagidze and Dmitri Gvindadze).

Courtesy of Dmitri Chokhonelidze.

Iran new 5,000-rial note confirmed

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According to a Trend article dated 9 June 2013, the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran will issue larger denomination banknotes "in the near future" (the end of the current Iranian calendar year = 21 March 2014) as soon as it receives permission from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance.

There have been many previous reports of larger denominations coming from Iran that have not come to pass, but according to this Persian-only posting, the CBI issued a newly designed 5,000-rial note shown above in early July 2013.

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

Courtesy of Hamaseh Golestaneh and Christian Funke, and Hamid Kazemi.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2012) 5-riyal note confirmed

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5 riyals, ١٤٣٣/2012. Like SAMA B31, but new date and signatures (Fahad Al-Mubarak and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

Kuwait to issue new note series by mid-2014

According to an official press release dated 10 June 2013, the Central Bank of Kuwait will issue new notes in all denominations (0.25 to 20 dinars) with "modern and enhanced security features." The new notes are expected to be issued "within a year" and will circulate in parallel with the existing notes.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2012) 1-riyal note confirmed

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1 riyal, ١٤٣٣/2012. Like SAMA B30 (P31), but new date and signature 10 (Fahad Al-Mubarak and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

Lebanon new date (2012) 50,000-livre note confirmed

50,000 livres, ٢٠١٢ (2012). Like BDL B34a (P94), but new date.

Courtesy of Radoslaw Dlouhy.

Yemen new date (2012) 1,000-rial note confirmed

1,000 rials, ٢٠١٢/١٤٣٣ (2012/AH1433). Like CBY B28 (P36), but new date. Intro: 12.10.2012.

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

Courtesy of Hani Rida (http://sababanknotes.6te.net).

Syria chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 12-page catalog covers every note (105 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Syria from 1957 to present day. Published 12 April 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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United Arab Emirates new 100- and 1,000-dirham notes confirmed issued on 02.02.2013

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According to a press release dated 28 January 2013, on 2 February the Central Bank of The United Arab Emirates issued new 100- and 1,000-dirhams banknotes like the existing notes (CBA B29 and B31, respectively), but with a 3-mm wide, magenta-to-gold color-shifting windowed security thread and green-to-blue OVI coat of arms.

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

Courtesy of Raihan and Nazir Rahemtulla and Dr. Saleh A. Al-Ali.

Kuwait new signature 20-dinar note confirmed

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20 dinars, ١٩٦٨ (1968). Like CBK B28 (P28), but new signatures (Mohammad Y. Al-Hashel [governor as of April 2012] and Mustafa Jassim Al-Shamali).

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

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla and Dr. Saleh A. Al-Ali.

Armenia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Armenia 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 (61 types and varieties, including 31 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Republic of Armenia in 1919 and the Bank of the Republic of Armenia from 1993 to present day. Published 29 March 2013.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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The Challenge: Identify items on Syrian banknotes

I am cataloging the Central Bank of Syria's notes for publication in The Banknote Book, and I have been unable to identify a few items which appear on these notes.

The back of the 100-pound note dated 1966-1974 depicts a dam. What's the name and location of this dam?
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The front of the 5-pound note dated 1977-1991 depicts a female statue.
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IDENTIFIED: Allāt-Minerva. Statue of the 2nd century AD from As-Suwayda, Syria (Roman province). National Museum of Damascus.

The front of the 50-pound note dated 1977-1991 depicts a female statue.
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IDENTIFIED: Statue of goddess found in Sumerian ruins in Mari, Syria, now in National Museum of Aleppo.

The back of the 500-pound note dated 1958-1992 depicts something described as an ancient religious wheel.
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IDENTIFIED: Gold bowl decorated with hunting/animal scenes from the Temple of Baal at Ugarit, now in National Museum in Aleppo.

If anyone has information or leads which may be helpful, please contact me with details.

Courtesy of Yaqoob Alshaer and Murray Hanewich.

Iran to issue 200,000- and 500,000-rial banknotes

According to an article in TehranTimes and an article in Bloomberg, both dated 3 March 2013, the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran plans to issue 200,000-rial and 500,000-rial banknotes. The bank will begin printing 200,000-rial ($16) banknotes as soon as it receives permission from the Economy Ministry and will release the new notes into circulation in the Iranian new year starting 21 March, said Majid Saniei, head of Iran’s security and minting organization. The bank is also seeking approval for 500,000-rial notes and plans to introduce these within two years.

Currently the largest denomination is the 100,000-rial note (Pick 151), issued in 2010, though from 2008 to 2010 the bank has issued cheques as large as 1,000,000 rials.

Courtesy of Jay Mollindo.

Arabian Peninsula regional catalog of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Arabian Peninsula regional catalog of The Banknote Book is now available for sale at US$39.99, a 38% discount off the normal cost of puchasing the component chapters separately.

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

This 102-page catalog covers every note (593 types and varieties, including 108 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Arabian Peninsula countries of Arab Republic of Yemen, Bahrain, Democratic Republic of Yemen, Kuwait, Muscat and Oman, Oman, Qatar, Qater & Dubai, Saudi Arabia, South Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Published 1 February 2013.

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Syria unissued 100- and 1,000-pound notes spotted in Moroccan video

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Although recent reports of a 2,000-pound note featuring the portrait of Bashr al Assad have been exposed as obvious fakes, there is credible evidence that the Central Bank of Syria may be working on a 1,000-pound note. This video by the Bank Al-Maghrib in Morocco contains brief images of a 1,000-pound note as well as a 100-pound note (look for them at the 2:40 mark), neither of which have been issued to date. The narration is entirely in French, but even if you don't understand the words, the visuals are interesting to anyone who collects notes and coins from Morocco.


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Courtesy of Zeeshan Ali.

Syria new 2,000-pound note image is a fake

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According to an article on YnetNews.com dated 19 January 2013, Syria is planning to introduce a new 2,000-pound (US$28) note in February. While that may be true, the image of the reported note is clearly a fake created using the 2,000-forint note from Hungary (P198).

Syria new banknotes printed by Russia's Goznak confirmed

According to a Reuters article dated 13 June 2012, Syria has begun issuing new banknotes printed in Russia by Goznak, that nation's largest security printer. Syria's current 2009 issues (Pick 112-114) were printed by Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck in Austria, but OeBS has pulled out of the troubled country due to international pressure in the wake of the crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad’s regime. The new Russian-printed notes are of the older design (P111), originally issued in 1997.

The new notes are identical to the 1997 issues, but do not have the small map of Syria on the back, and the English serial numbers at lower right front are normal, not novel (increasing in size). The font of the English serial numbers matches that used on Russian notes printed by Goznak.

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According to a subsequent article dated 19 June 2012, Adib Mayyaleh, governor of the Central Bank of Syria, has denied that Russia is printing new notes for Syria, and stated that worn notes are being replaced following a long-established routine.

UPDATE: According to a ProPublica report dated 26 November 2012, records of overflight requests prove that a total of 240 tons of bank notes moved from Moscow to Damascus over a 10-week period beginning 9 July and ending on 15 September.

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

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Abdullah Beydoun.

Lebanon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 15-page catalog covers every note (165 types and varieties, including 72 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque du Liban (Bank of Lebanon) from 1964 to present day. Banque de Syrie et du Grand-Liban, Banque de Syrie et du Liban, and République Libanaise notes are not currently included in this chapter.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Israel new 50- and 200-new shekel notes due in late 2013

According to a press release dated 14 November 2012, the Bank of Israel claims "the new series of banknotes is in the final stages of design. The first two banknotes, in denominations of NIS 50 and NIS 200, are expected to be issued in the second half of 2013, and the other two denominations, NIS 20 and NIS 100, are expected to be issued in the beginning of 2014. The name of the currency will remain New Shekel. As previously noted, banknotes in the new series will incorporate advanced security features, and will be of varying sizes in order to assist the visually impaired to distinguish between the various denominations."

Courtesy of David Surette.

Azerbaijan reaffirms plans to issue 200- and 500-manat notes

According to an article on Trend.az dated 14 November 2012, First Deputy Chairman Alim Guliyev confirms that the Central Bank of Azerbaijan plans to issue 200- and 500-manat banknotes, though these are only plans and no decisions have been made on this issue. Currently the largest denomination is the 100-manat note (AMB B19 / P30) with a face value of US$127.

The Challenge: Identify artifacts on Lebanon banknotes

I am cataloging the Bank of Lebanon's notes for publication in The Banknote Book, and I have been unable to identify a few items which appear on these notes.

The front of the 1-livre notes (BDL B1/P61) dated 1964-1980 depict the ruins of Corinthian columns of the Roman Temple of Jupiter in Baalbek. However, I can't find any info on the unknown archeological artifact shown below.
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The front of the 5-livre notes (BDL B2/P62) dated 1964-1986 depict the National Museum of Beirut building with columns. However, I can't find any info on the kneeling bull sculpture, figure with raised arm standing on coin, nor the meaning or language of the writing in the border.
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IDENTIFIED: The bull is a protome from the Aecheminid Dynasty (5th Century BC) found in Sidon, Lebanon.
IDENTIFIED: The writing in the margins look to be Phoenician, though the meaning and source of the inscription is still unclear.
IDENTIFIED: The figure is Baal with raised arm standing on 400-330 BC Phoenician 1/8th shekel silver coin from the City of Byblos, King Adramelek.

If anyone knows what these objects are, please contact me with details.

Courtesy of Petar II Blagojevic, Robin Hughes, Don Cleveland, and Abdullah Beydoun.

Iran refused new banknote printing equipment as result of sanctions

According to an article in MarketWatch dated 17 October 2012, Germany's Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft (KBA) has agreed to stop supplying SPMO [Iran's Security Printing and Minting Organization] and the Central Bank of Iran with the equipment needed to produce rial banknotes, as part of international efforts to force Iran to halt its nuclear ambitions.

Lebanon new 20,000-pound note confirmed

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According to a press release (in Arabic only) by the Central Bank of Lebanon, a new 20,000-pound (US$13) note has been issued on 28 September 2012, and is dated 17 June 2012. It appears to have a Motion windowed security thread, cedar tree watermark with electrotype denomination numerals in Arabic, latent image, embossed BDL, and braille dots.

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Courtesy of Claude Akl, Claudio Marana and Abdullah Beydoun.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2012) 500-riyal note confirmed

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500 riyals (US$130), ١٤٣٣/2012. Like SAMA B35, but new date and new signatures (Fahad Al-Mubarak and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

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Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2012) 50-riyal note confirmed

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50 riyals (US$13), ١٤٣٣/2012. Like SAMA B33, but new date and new signatures (Fahad Al-Mubarak and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Steve Hearon.

Georgia new sig/date (2012) 10-lari note confirmed

10 lari (US$6.05), 2012. Like NBG B49 (P71), but new date and new signatures (Giorgi Kadagidze and Dmitri Gvinadze).

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

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 10-riyal note confirmed

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10 riyals (US$2.65), ١٤٣٠/2009. Like SAMA B32, but new date and new signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

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

Courtesy of Newcastle Coins.

Azerbaijan contemplating new notes

According to a press release dated 15 August 2012, the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan has begun a project to evaluate new features, designs, and reliability of new banknotes.

Courtesy of Mehdi Kasumov.

United Arab Emirates new 50-dirham note confirmed

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According to a press release from the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, on 23 July 2012 the bank issued an "amended" 50-dirham (US$14) note which is like the preceding issue (CBA B21), but with a new 3-mm wide, color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized UAE 50, Omron rings added to front and back, and it bears the new coat of arms which was adopted on 22 March 2008.

Courtesy of Amirali Somji and Phil Martin.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2012) 10-riyal note confirmed

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10 riyals (US$2.65), ١٤٣٣/2012. Like SAMA B32, but new date and new signatures (Fahad Al-Mubarak and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Yousef Jazzar.

Iraq discloses designs for redenominated banknotes slated for July 2013

According to Iraq's semi-official Alsabaah newspaper, the finance committee received specimens of the new Iraq banknotes from the Central Bank of Iraq. The specimens were of the 25, 50, 100, and 200 dinars. The committee urged the central bank to delay the introduction of the new currency from January 2013 to July 2013 to study all the aspects of the process.

Other Iraqi media reports state that the new currency will be issued in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200 dinars for banknotes and 25, 50, 100, 250, and 500 fils, plus 1 and 2 dinars for coins. The designs have been already chosen for banknotes and coins:

5 dinars: Beck waterfall and palm tree
10 dinars: dinar coin minted in the reign of the Umayyad dynasty and lighthouse Hadba in Mosul
25 dinars: King Hammurabi receiving the law and farming of Iraqi Kurdistan
50 dinars: King Codaa and Fort Ukhaydir
100 dinars: Central Bank building in Azwaip area in Baghdad and ziggurat
200 dinars: bridge and school

Courtesy of Mosab K. Ibrahim.

Armenia new 5,000-, 10,000-, and 20,000-dram notes confirmed

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On 25 June 2012, the Central Bank of Armenia issued new 5,000-, 10,000-, and 20,000-dram notes (US$12, $24, and $48, respectively). These notes are like the preceding issues, but with subtle changes to several design elements, revised watermarks, new date (2012), and new signatures. On the 5,000-dram note the Kinegram at right front has been replaced by an open book, and a holographic stripe has been added at left front. On the 10,000- and 20,000-dram notes, the holographic stripes are different.

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

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson, Mehdi Kasumov, Claudio Marana, and Armen Hovsepian.

Iraq chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Iraq

The Iraq 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 33-page catalog covers every note (247 types and varieties, including 80 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Iraq from 1931 to 1948; the National Bank of Iraq in 1947; and the Central Bank of Iraq from 1947 until present day.

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Nagorno-Karabakh chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Nagorno Karabakh

The Nagorno-Karabakh chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (6 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic from 2004 until present day.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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Azerbaijan new 5-manat note confirmed

This note is like AMB B15 (P26), but with new date, and the issuer's name changed from Azərbaycan Milli Bankı (National Bank of Azerbaijan) to Azərbaycan Mərkəzi Bankı (Central Bank of Azerbaijan). To date, only the 1- and 5-manat denominations have been confirmed with the new bank name.

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CBA B2 (PNL): 5 manat (US$6.35)
Orange. Front: MANAT as registration device; literature personalities, ancient books, and a part from the state anthem. Back: Map of Europe; Qobustan rock hieroglyphs, Orhon-Yenisei alphabet, and modern writing; ; map of Azerbaijan. Windowed security thread with demetalized Azәrbaycan Mәrkәzi Banki 5 MANAT. Watermark: Quill pen & book and electrotype 5. Printer: (OeBS). 127 x 70 mm.
a. 2009. Signature 1.

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Courtesy of yuri111@yahoo.com.

Jordan new sig/date (2012) 10-dinar note confirmed

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10 dinars (US$14), 2012. Like CBJ B32 (P36), but new date and signatures (Dr. Umaya Toukan, Minister of Finance; Mohammad Said Shahin, Governer).

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Aseel Altotanjee.

Azerbaijan designing new 150-, 200-, and 500-manat notes

According to an article on APA dated 8 May 2012, Chairman Elman Rustamov has said that the Central Bank of Azerbaijan is currently designing new 150-, 200-, and 500-manat banknotes for issuance in the coming years. Currently the largest denomination is the 100-manat note (AMB B19 / P30) with a face value of US$127.

Azerbaijan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijan 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 (49 types and varieties, including 13 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the АЗЕРБАЙДЖАНСКОЕ ПРАВИТЕЛЬСТВО (Azerbaijan Government) in 1919, the АЗЕРБАЙДЖАНСКАЯ РЕСПУБЛИКА (Republic of Azerbaijan) in 1919, the Azәrbaycan Mİllİ Banki (National Bank of Azerbaijan) from 1992 to 2005, and the Azərbaycan Mərkəzi Bankı (Central Bank of Azerbaijan) from 2009 until present day.

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Iraq halts plans to revalue dinar

According to a Reuters article dated 12 April 2012, Iraq has decided not to move forward with revaluing the dinar 1,000:1 this coming September as originally planned, because cabinet secretary Ali al-Alaq says the economic climate is not suitable for such a move. The redenomination is on hold "until further notice."

Georgia new sig/date (2011) 50-lari note confirmed

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50 lari (US$30), 2011. Like NBG B51 (P73), but new date and signatures (Giorgi Kadagidze and Dmitri Gvindadze).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Iraq planning new 50,000-dinar note

According to an article on Iraq-Business News dated 28 November 2011, the Central Bank of Iraq confirmed it will issue a new banknote valued at 50,000 dinars (US$43), but marked as 50 dinars. Deputy Chairman Dr. Muzher Saleh said the bank is working to issue this new money in addition to coins in both Arabic and Kurdish in an effort to address the liquidity problem in Iraq. Currently the largest denomination in Iraq is the 25,000-dinar note (Pick 96). The new currency will include symbols that reflect the diversity of Iraq’s sects and cultures including the Kurdish culture. “Iraq needs to support its economy and its currency through the issuance of a currency similar to foreign ones like the $100 bill,” Saleh added.

Keep in mind, for the past four years Iraq has reportedly been attempting to revalue its currency, and just last month it was reported that new notes would be issued in September 2012.

Courtesy of Mehdi Kasumov.

Oman new 5- and 10-rial notes confirmed

According to an article in the Oman Daily Observer dated 12 February 2012, the Central Bank of Oman has introduced new 5- and 10-rial notes (US$13 and $26, respectively) with upgraded security features, which will circulate in parallel with existing notes—B27 (P39) and B28 (P40)—of the same denominations. Based upon the 40th NATIONAL DAY inscription on the back of these notes, it appears they are commemoratives.



CBO B33 (PNL): 5 rials (US$13)
Red. Front: Khanjar (dagger); crown as registration device; Sultan Qaboos University building with clock tower; Sultan Qaboos bin Said; coat of arms with crossed swords and khanjar (dagger); main entrance of the CBO headquarters. Back: Nizwa buildings; 40th National Day logo; crown. varifeye thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 5 RIALS. Watermark: Sultan and electrotype 5. Printer: (G&D). 153 x 76 mm.
a. 1431 H / 2010 G. Signature 2. Intro: Feb. 2012.



CBO B34 (PNL): 10 rials (US$26)
Brown. Front: Urn; crown as registration device; Salalah Tower; palm trees; Sultan Qaboos bin Said coat of arms with crossed swords and khanjar (dagger); main entrance of the CBO headquarters. Back: Muttrah Fort and town with harbor; 40th National Day logo; crown. varifeye thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 10 RIALS. Watermark: Sultan and electrotype 10. Printer: (G&D). 160 x 76 mm.
a. 1431 H / 2010 G. Signature 2. Intro: Feb. 2012.

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Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Oman new 50-rial commemorative note confirmed

On 9 January 2012, the Central Bank of Oman issued a new 50-rial (US$130) note to commemorate the 40th National Day (18 November), the day Sultan Qaboos bin Said overthrew the restrictive rule of his father in 1970. It is also the sultan’s birthday.

The statement issued by CBO pointed out that this new banknote shall be in circulation as legal tender along with the existing banknotes, which shall continue to remain legal tender, and circulated side by side with these new notes. The common and security features on the front of the upgraded issue are portrait of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said with the facsimile signature of His Majesty on the lower part of the note, watermark of His Majesty portrait on the left side of the note, the national emblem (Khanjar) on top of the note, the Central Bank of Oman in Arabic on top of the note, serial numbers on right and left side of the note, denomination in Arabic on the right and left sides of the note, recognition feature for the blind and vertical security thread in the middle of the note.

The back of the note includes the Central Bank of Oman in English on top side of the note, denomination in English on right and left side of the note and the 40th National Day logo.

The security features on the front of the note represent in intaglio portrait of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, twin step window, holographic element (Main Entrance of the Central Bank of Oman), tactile feature for the blind, color-shift / color fix magnetic windowed security thread, micro lettering, three dimensional mould - made watermark portrait, perfect see through register, electrotype watermark and spark OVMI feature.


CBO B35 (PNL): 50 rials (US$130)
Purple. Front: Crown; crown as registration device; Ministry of Finance and Economy building; Sultan Qaboos bin Said; Mirani Fort; coat of arms with crossed swords and khanjar (dagger); main entrance of the CBO headquarters. Back: Cabinet building; Ministry of Commerce and Industry building; 40th National Day logo; crown. varifeye thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 50 RIALS. Watermark: Sultan and electrotype 50. Printer: (G&D). 174 x 76 mm.
a. 1431 H / 2010 G. Signature 2. Intro: Feb. 2012.

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Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla, Thomas Krause and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Armenia new 5,000- and 10,000-dram notes reported

According to an Armenian News-NEW.am article dated 29 February 2012, the Central Bank of Armenia will introduce new 5,000- and 10,000-dram notes in the coming months. Images of the new notes were not made available due to security measures, but there will not be many changes between the new and old banknotes, which will circulate in parallel. The 5,000-dram (US$13) note was first introduced in 2000, and Omron rings were added in 2003, the same year the 10,000-dram denomination made its debut.

Courtesy of Jay Mollindo.

Iraq to revalue dinar and introduce new notes in September 2012

According to an artilce in The Kurdish Globe dated 25 February 2012, the Central Bank of Iraq has agreed with the Economic Committee of the Iraqi parliament to introduce new banknotes in September 2012, and withdrawl old notes within a year of that date. The new notes will be denominated in dinars, which will have three zeros removed to revalue them 1:1000 compared to the existing notes. The new 50-, 100-, and 200-dinar notes will be printed in Europe and feature Arabic, English, and Kurdish text.

Yemen chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Yemen cover

The Yemen 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 (64 types and varieties, including 11 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Yemen from 1973 to present day.

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Democratic Republic of Yemen chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Democratic Republic of Yemen

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At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (7 types and varieties, including 1 note unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Yemen from 1984 to 1988.

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South Arabia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The South Arabia 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 (19 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the South Arabian Currency Authority from 1965 to 1967.

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Arab Republic of Yemen chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (30 types and varieties, including 10 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Arab Republic of Yemen from 1964 to 1971.

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Jordan new sig/date (2011) 1-dinar note confirmed


1 dinar (US$1.40), 2011. Like CBJ B29 (P34), but new date and signatures (Dr. Mohammad Abu Hamour, Minister of Finance; Al-Sharif Faris Sharaf, Governor).

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Collect Numis Ltd.

Georgia new sig/date (2011) 5-lari note confirmed

Georgia_NBG_5_L_2011.00.00_B48c_P70_C_68961115_sig
5 lari (US$3), 2011. Like NBG B48 (P70), but new signatures (Giorgi Kadagidze and Dmitri Gvinadze) and date.

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

Saudi Arabia names new governor of SAMA


According to a post on the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council dated 13 December 2011, King Abdullah appointed Dr. Fahad Al-Mubarak as governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, taking over from Muhammad Al-Jaser. As the governor’s signature appears on SAMA banknotes, it’s likely that this move may mean that new signature varieties can be expected eventually.

Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

United Arab Emirates new 500-dirham note confirmed


According to an article on Khaleej Times, on 29 November 2011, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates introduced a revised 500-dirham (US$136) note with new security features.

The new notes are like the preceding issues (CBA B24 / P24c & P32), but the holographic stripe at right front has been replaced by G&D’s varifeye thread with see-through window. Extending throughout the window is an optically-variable stripe showing the National Emblem, a falcon head and denomination value. The old windowed metallic thread on the back of the note is replaced with a broader 3-mm wide color-shifting window thread with demetalized UAE 500. The metallic ink surrounding the UAE emblem on the top portion of the obverse side is replaced by multicolor ink print. The metallic silver ink at the bottom left of the banknote is replaced by a multicolor latent image. The falcon on the reverse side of the note is made smaller, and there is no intaglio printing on the reverse side of the banknote.

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Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun and Claudio Marana.

Iraq denies rumor of new 50,000-dinar note

According to an article in Alsabaah Daily, the Central Bank of Iraq is planning to issue a 50,000-dinar (US$42.77) note to facilitate transactions. It plans to restart the issue of coins too. The new issues will not affect the redenomination plans, which will take more than one year to be implemented.

The plans mentioned above were denied in an article dated 11 November 2011 on The Currency Newshound, in which an anonymous source states that the bank is actually planning to redenominate its currency by removing three zeros from the dinar.

Courtesy of Mosab K Ibrahim.

Armenia new 1,000-dram note confirmed



According to a News.am article dated 29 September 2011, the Central Bank of Armenia plans to issue a new 1,000-dram (US$2.67) banknote dated 2011 like the preceding issues dated 2001 (P50), but with a holographic stripe at left front. The note is printed without imprint by Enschede on paper produced by Landqart.

PNL 1,000 dram
Green and light rose. Front: Writer Yeghishe Charents; Mount Ararat. Back: Old Yerevan building; carriage with driver and two horses. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized AMD 1000. Watermark: Yeghishe Charents and electrotype 1000. Printer: (JEZ). 136 x 72 mm.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Iraq new date (2010) 25,000-dinar note confirmed


25,000 dinars (US$21.40), ٢٠١٠ - ١٤٣١ (2010/AH1431). Like P96c, but new date.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Georgia new sig/date (2011) 20-lari note confirmed


20 lari (US$12.10), 2011. Like P72, but new date and signatures (Giorgi Kadagidze and Kakha Baindurashvili). Intro: 06.06.2011.

Jordan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Jordan

The Jordan 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 16-page catalog covers every note (231 types and varieties, including 49 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the The Hashemite Kingdom of the Jordan from 1950 to 1952; and the Central Bank of Jordan from 1965 until present day.

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  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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The Challenge: Identify items on back of Jordan 5-dinar note

Today’s challenge is to identify the items which appear on the back of the old 5-dinar notes of Jordan.

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

At left is a registration device that looks like an urn, vase, or maybe even the top of a chess piece, and at right are plants that look like cattails. These appear on the back of all 5-dinar notes from 1992 to 1997 (Pick 25 and Pick 30):

IDENTIFIED: Monastery tomb urn on top of Ed-Deir Monastery in Petra. See also this photo.
IDENTIFED: Cattails.

Courtesy of Tristan Williams and Alessio Amato.

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.

Iraq new date (2010) 10,000-dinar note confirmed

10,000 dinars (US$8.50), ٢٠١٠ - ١٤٣١ (2010/AH1431). Like P95, but new date.

Courtesy of Haider Saffar.

Qatar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Qatar cover

The Qatar 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 (45 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Qatar Monetary Agency from 1973 to 1985, and the Qatar Central Bank from 1996 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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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
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  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Iraq new date (2010) 25,000-dinar note confirmed


25,000 dinars (US$21.40), ٢٠١٠ - ١٤٣١ (2010/AH1431). Like P96, but new date.

Courtesy of Haider Saffar.

Iran asking citizens to vote on new name for its currency

According to an article in the Washington Post dated 16 July 2011, the Central Bank of Iran is taking a poll to gauge the public's preferences for new names for the country’s currency, including the current rial, as well as historic names such as toman, parsi, and derik. The bank is also asking how many zeros should be removed from the currency if and when the government approves redenomination, a proposal that has been bandied about for years.

Iraq new date (2010) 5,000-dinar note confirmed


5,000 dinars (US$4.25), ٢٠١٠ - ١٤٣١ (2010/AH1431). Like P94b, but new date.

Courtesy of Haider Saffar.

Palestine chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Palestine cover

The Palestine 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 (40 types and varieties, including 18 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Palestine Currency Board from 1927 to 1945.

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  • 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
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Israel new sig/date (2010) 200-new sheqalim confirmed


200 new sheqalim (US$59.15), 2010. Like P62, but new date and new signature. Intro: June 2011.

In accordance with Section 42(a) of the Bank of Israel Law, new banknotes printed henceforth shall bear the facsimile signature only of the Governor (hitherto banknotes carried the facsimile signatures of the Governor and of the Chairman of the Advisory Council, which no longer exists under the new Law).

Courtesy of Andrew Quirke.

Muscat and Oman chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Muscat and Oman cover

The Muscat and Oman 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 (18 types and varieties) issued by the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman in 1970.

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Oman chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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At the time of initial publication, this 12-page catalog covers every note (78 types and varieties, including 10 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Oman Currency Board in 1972, and the Central Bank of Oman from 1976 until present day.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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United Arab Emirates collector's article

I recommend reading this interesting article, UAE currency: a history lesson in your wallet, in the 27 June 2011 edition of The National.

Iraq planning to delete zeros from dinar

According to an article in Alsumaria, on 23 June 2011 the Central Bank of Iraq announced it is planning to delete zeros from the Iraqi dinar, and add Kurdish to the Arabic text on the notes.

Said the adviser of Iraqi Central Bank governor Mothahhar Mohammed Saleh, “The project of deleting zeroes is complete. It will be submitted to the central bank’s administration in the next session. Then, it will be passed to the ministerial council before presenting it to the Parliament for vote. The mechanisms of changing the currency will be gradual. It will be preceded by awareness campaigns for citizens. The new currency will be printed after deleting the zeros and will include the Kurdish language in addition to the Arabic language. It will bear as well photos of Iraq’s civilizations and patrimony in addition to symbols of Iraqi intellectuals and figures.”

There have been similar reports of revaluing the dinar since 2007, but to date none have come to fruition.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Kuwait chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Kuwait

The Kuwait 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 (97 types and varieties, including 9 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Kuwait Currency Board in 1961, and the Central Bank of Kuwait from 1970 until present day.

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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
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  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Saudi Arabia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia 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 (79 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency from 1953 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
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  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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United Arab Emirates chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates 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 (70 types and varieties, including 11 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the United Arab Emirates Currency Board from 1973 to 1976, and the United Arab Emirates Central Bank from 1982 until present day.

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

Georgia

The Georgia 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 (92 types and varieties, including 11 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Republic of Georgia from 1919 to 1921, and the National Bank of Georgia from 1993 until present day.

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

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Georgia 500-lari note information sought



While working on the Georgian chapter of The Banknote Book catalog, the authenticity of the above pictured 500-lari note dated 1995 came into question. The SCWPM lists this as Pick 60, without image, and indicates the note was unissued. The National Bank of Georgia makes no mention of this note on its site, although this denomination is listed in the annual report of 1998, which shows zero such notes in circulation, so it appears the denomination was anticipated but unissued for some reason. I’ve also been told that the note may have been issued for intrabank transactions only.

Does anyone have any information about this note, or better yet, actually own this note? If so, please click the Contact button at left or post a comment.

UPDATE: The National Bank of Georgia has confirmed that the 500-lari banknote was never in circulation nor sold for numismatics and that it is used only for souvenir purposes.

Palestine and Israel currency issues

There’s an interesting article on Hudson New York dated 25 May 2011 discussing the implications of Palestine attempting to declare independence from Israel and issue its own currency.

Bahrain chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Bahrain cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 8-page catalog covers every note (52 types and varieties, including 8 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bahrain Currency Board in 1964, the Bahrain Monetary Agency from 1973 to 2001, and the Central Bank of Bahrain from 2006 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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Qatar & Dubai chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Qatar & Dubai chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (12 types and varieties) issued by the Qatar & Dubai Currency Board from 1966 until 1973.

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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Israel chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Israel

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

This 24-page catalog covers every note (154 types and varieties, including 4 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Anglo-Palestine Bank Limited from 1948, the State of Israel from 1948, Bank Leumi le-Israel B.M. (Israel National Bank Ltd.) from 1952, and the Bank of Israel from 1955 until present day. Revised 15 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
  • 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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Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 1-riyal note confirmed


1 riyal (US$0.25), ١٤٣٠/2009. Like P31, but new date and new signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Iran considering revaluing its currency, yet again

According to an article in Tehran Times dated 7 April 2011, Mahmoud Bahmani, the governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said the bank has begun studying plans to remove four zeros from the rial, and will seek approval from the Monetary and Credit Council within six months. Meanwhile, the Finance and Economy Minister, Shamseddin Hosseini, recently said the bank is planning to remove three zeros from the currency within the current calendar year which started on March 21. Currently Iran’s largest banknote is the 100,000-rial note (US$9.60), although it has also issued note-like cheques in denominations ten times that amount.

Iran has been discussing revaluing the rial for years, so it’s anyone’s guess as to whether anything will come of this latest announcement.

Israel new notes to feature poets, not politicians

According to a press release dated 10 March 2011, the Bank of Israel has announced that poets and scholars—specifically, Natan Alterman, Leah Goldberg, Shaul Tchernichovsky, and Rachel the Poetess—will be featured on new Israeli banknotes which will be issued over three years, starting in 2012. The bank’s choices must be approved by the government.

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

Lebanon three new notes confirmed

According to an article on El Nashra, the Bank of Lebanon issued new 1,000-, 50,000-, and 100,000-pound (US0.65, $33, and $66, respectively) notes on 24 February 2011. The notes are signed by the bank's governor, Riad Salameh, and the first deputy governor, Raed Sharaf al-Din.



1,000 livres
Green. Front: Cedar tree; alphabetic characters. Back: Cedar tree; alphabetic characters. 3-mm wide magenta-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BDL 1000. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype ١٠٠٠. Printer: (Goznak). 115 x 60 mm. Dated ٢٠١١ (2011).

1000 LBP:
  • Special Reinforced Banknote Paper
  • Varnishing
  • One Side Intaglio
  • Tactile Features. High Relief print (denomination value, inscription: Banque Du Liban, One thousand pounds, signatures of the Governor and Sub Governor, date of issue)
  • Colorless Tactile Element. Colorless Embossed inscription BDL with microtext “Banque Du Liban” located in letter D. Perfect Registration between horizontal tactile lines and embossed inscription BDL, can be felt by touch.
  • Mark for Blind People.
  • Watermark. Represent Coat of Arms of the Lebanese Republic and the note value when note is exposed to transmitted light – Electrotype Watermark of denomination
  • Security Thread. 3mm color shift security thread – Magenta to Green when note is tilted.
  • Special Large Color Shifting Element on Upper right hand corner - MVC: evenly printed unified green area – changes to yellow and green rainbow lines with latent image of the cedar when note is tilted/rotated.
  • Special Large Arabic color shifting Denomination in Center of the Note: changes color when banknote is tiled/rotated (MVC Chameleon).
  • Under IR. Part of the Intaglio image on the obverse and offset image on the reverse of the note becomes transparent when it is observed under special IR visualization device.
  • Under Magnification. Microtext. Microlettering that becomes visible only under magnifying lens (10x).



50,000 livres
Violet, blue, and light green. Front: Cedar tree; stylized boat. Back: Cedar tree; diamond guilloche pattern on wavy lines. Windowed Motion security thread. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype ٥٠٠٠٠. Printer: (Goznak). 140 x 77 mm. Dated ٢٠١١ (2011).

50,000 LBP
  • Special Reinforced Banknote Paper.
  • Varnishing
  • One Side Intaglio
  • Tactile Features. High Relief print (denomination value, inscription: Banque Du Liban, fifty thousand pounds, signatures of the Governor and Sub Governor, date of issue)
  • Colorless Tactile Element. Colorless Embossed inscription BDL with microtext “Banque Du Liban” located in letter D. Perfect Registration between horizontal tactile lines and embossed inscription BDL, can be felt by touch.
  • Mark for Blind People.
  • Watermark. Represent Coat of Arms of the Lebanese Republic and the note value when note is exposed to transmitted light - Electrotype Watermark of denomination
  • Security Thread. Wide security micro-optic based security thread - Motion. Inscription LL in Arabic moves when note is tilted.
  • Special Large Color Shifting Element on Upper right hand corner - MVC: evenly printed unified blue area – changes to yellow and blue rainbow lines with latent image of the cedar when note is tilted/rotated.
  • Special Large Arabic color shifting Denomination in Center of the Note: changes color when banknote is tiled/rotated (MVC Chameleon).
  • Under IR. Part of the Intaglio image on the obverse and offset image on the reverse of the note becomes transparent when it is observed under special IR visualization device.
  • Under Magnification. Microtext. Microlettering that becomes visible only under magnifying lens (10x).



100,000 livres
Light green, light blue, and yellow. Front: Cedar tree. Back: Cedar tree; stylized grapes, wheat, and spool of thread. Windowed Motion security thread. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype ١٠٠٠٠٠. Printer: (Goznak). 147 x 82 mm. Dated ٢٠١١ (2011).

100,000 LBP
  • Special Reinforced Banknote Paper.
  • Varnishing
  • One Side Intaglio
  • Tactile Features. High Relief print (denomination value, inscription: Banque Du Liban, One Hundred thousand pounds, signatures of the Governor and Sub Governor, date of issue)
  • Colorless Tactile Element. Colorless Embossed inscription BDL with microtext “Banque Du Liban” located in letter D. Perfect Registration between horizontal tactile lines and embossed inscription BDL, can be felt by touch.
  • Mark for Blind People.
  • Watermark. Represent Coat of Arms of the Lebanese Republic and the note value when note is exposed to transmitted light - Electrotype Watermark of denomination
  • Security Thread. Wide security micro-optic based security thread - Motion. Inscription LL in Arabic moves when note is tilted.
  • Demetallized Holographic Stripe with various visual effects
  • Special Large Color Shifting Element on Upper right hand corner – MVC - evenly printed unified greenish area – changes to yellow and Green rainbow lines with latent image of the cedar when note is tilted/rotated.
  • Special Large Arabic color shifting Denomination in Center of the Note: changes color when banknote is tiled/rotated (MVC Chameleon).
  • Under IR. Part of the Intaglio image on the obverse and offset image on the reverse of the note becomes transparent when it is observed under special IR visualization device.
  • Under Magnification. Microtext. Microlettering that becomes visible only under magnifying lens (10x).

Courtesy of Hussein Guevera and Jad Dagher.

Iran new 500-rial note confirmed



500 rials (US$0.05), no date. Introduced 1999. Like P137A, but signature 28 (Moshen Nourbakhsh and Hossein Namazi), and text on back reads “CENTRAL BANK OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN” instead of “ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN BANK MARKAZI IRAN.”

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Kuwait new signature 1/2-dinar note confirmed


1/2 dinar (US$1.80), L .1968. Like Pick 24, but new signature 14 (Salem Abdul Aziz Sa’ud al-Sabah and Mustafa Jassim Al-Shamali).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Israel new note honorees unveiled

According to a press release dated 19 December 2010, “The Governor of the Bank of Israel, Professor Stanley Fischer, has informed the Committee for the Planning of Banknotes, Coins and Commemorative Coins, headed by Judge Yaacov Turkel, that he has chosen four personalities [Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Shai (Shmuel Yosef) Agnon, and Rachel the Poetess]––to be submitted for government approval––to appear on the planned new series of banknotes.
After a long process of consultation and discussions between the Committee and the Governor, the Governor decided to incorporate two aspects of Israel's history, the political and the cultural, by depicting two politicians who signed peace agreements with Israel's neighbors, and two outstanding people in the fields of literature and poetry.
The Governor said that it was of historical importance, in particular for future generations, to denote the leaders of the nation, and the characters chosen convey an important lesson in Israel's heritage. The Governor thanked the members of the Committee, chaired by Judge Turkel, for the time they devoted to this matter and for their recommendations.
The Bank plans to launch the new series of banknotes in 2012 in denominations of 20, 50, 100 and 200 shekel. The new banknotes will incorporate state-of-the-art security and identification features among the anti-counterfeiting measures.”

Courtesy of Bryce W. Denham.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 5-riyal note confirmed


5 riyals (US$1.35), 2009. Like P32, but new date and new signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

Jordan new sig/date (2010) 5-dinar note confirmed


5 dinars (US$7.05), 2010 ٢٠١٠. Like P35 but new date and new signature combination (Mohammad Abu Hammour and Umayya Salah Toukan). These two had signed together years ago, so either they’ve been reappointed to their old posts, or the printer made a mistake.

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 Armen Hovsepian.

United Arab Emirates new 5-dirham note confirmed


B32 (PNL): 5 dirhams (US$1.35)
Brown. Front: Blue Souk in Sharjah; coat of arms. Back: Sparrow-hawk; Bay of Khorfakkan in Fujairah; tower. Solid security thread with demetalized UAE 5. Watermark: Sparrow-hawk head. Printer: Unknown. 143 x 60 mm. 2009 and ١٤٣٠ (AH1430). Signature 4.

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.

Oman new 20-rial commemorative confirmed


B44 (PNL): 20 rials (US$52)
Blue, yellow, and purple. Front: Coat of arms with crossed swords and khanjar (dagger); Grand Mosque; Sultan Qaboos bin Said; main entrance of the CBO headquarters. Back: Royal Opera House building; 40th National Day logo; coat of arms. varifeye thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 20 RIALS. Watermark: Sultan and electrotype 20. Printer: (G&D). 167 x 76 mm. 1431 H / 2010 G. Signature 4. Intro: 22.11.2010.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong and Thomas Augustsson.

The Challenge: Iranian/Persian symbolism help sought


I’m working on the Iranian chapter of The Banknote Book and have come across this interesting engraving on the front of Pick 30, the 1,000-rial note of 1934. The image—described in SCWPM as “warrior killing fabulous creature”—also appears on the date stamps of subsequent issues. I suspect it depicts some Persian legend or myth. If anyone can direct me towards a full explanation, hopefully identifying the warrior and/or creature by name, I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance!

IDENTIFIED: Darius the Great stabbing Ahriman monster from stone relief at Persepolis.

Courtesy of Raphael.

Jordan's central bank announces new governor


On 25 November 2010, the Central Bank of Jordan announced it has a new governor. Faris Sharaf, who replaces Dr. Umayya Toukan. As a result, we may expect to see new signature varieties issued shortly.

Courtesy of Mahdi Bseiso.

Bahrain new variety 1/2-dinar note confirmed


1/2 dinar (US$1.30), ١٩٧٣ (1973). Like P18a (top), but the security thread has six, not five, “windows” that are 4.0-mm long, not 5.5-mm long. Also, the prefix font is different.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

United Arab Emirates new 10-dirham note confirmed


10 dirhams (US$2.70), 2009. Like P27, but with a new coat of arms on front and new signatures (Sheikh Hamad bin Rashid al Maktoum and Khalil Foulazi).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 50-riyal note confirmed


50 riyals (US$13.33), 2009. Like P35, but new date and new Governor signature (Muhammad Al-Jaser). Also, the denomination expressed in Arabic in the bars at left and right edge of the front of the note has been slightly modified. In the first issue of this note, the trailing zero was so small that it blended in with the tiny boxes in the background (above, left), but the new variety has a larger zero which stands out better (above, right).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Lebanon 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 Lebanon:

P1-P12F
P13A-P14
P17-P24
P28-P33
P39

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!

Yemen new 1,000-rial note confirmed

The Central Bank of Yemen introduced a new 1,000-rial note that is similar to the 2004-dated note (P33), but dated 2009 and with improved security features, including the replacement of the holographic stripe on front for Goznak’s Visual Formed Image security thread previously introduced on the 250-rial note of 2009.


1,000 rials (US$4.65)
Yellow and green. Front: Sultan’s palace in Seiyun, Hadramaut. Back: Bab al Yemen (main gate of Sana’a). Holographic security thread with demetalized ١٠٠٠. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype ١٠٠٠. Printer: (Goznak). 156 x 83 mm. ٢٠٠٩/١٤٣٠ (2009/AH1430). Signature 10. Intro: August 2010.

Courtesy of Manuel Rui Palhares.

Palestine considers issuing its own currency

The National Interest has an article dated 17 September 2010 that summarizes a new subscriber-only article in The Monacle in which Chairman Jihadal-Wazir reveals the Palestine Monetary Authority is planning to introduce its own currency, the Palestinian pound, perhaps in 2011.

Azerbaijan new bank name on 1-manat note confirmed

In connection with coming into force of the Referendum Act of Azerbaijan Republic dated 18 March 2009, Azerbaycan Milli Banki (National Bank of Azerbaijan) was renamed Azerbaycan Merkezi Banki (Central Bank of Azerbaijan). To date, only the 1-manat note has been issued.



1 manat (US$1.25), 2009. Like P24, but new bank name of Azerbaycan Merkezi Banki instead of Azerbaycan Milli Banki, and new date. Signature remains the same: Elman Rustamov.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Alberto Fochi.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 100-riyal note confirmed


100 riyals (US$26.65), Like P36, but new date (١٤٣٠/2009) and signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

As of today, only the 1-, 5-, and 10-riyal denominations remain unconfirmed with the new date and signature; the three highest denominations have been confirmed.

Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 500-riyal note confirmed


500 riyals (US$133.30), 2009. Like P38, but new date (١٤٣٠/2009) and signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Ghassan Samman.

United Arab Emirates new sig/date (2009) 20-dirham note confirmed


20 dirhams (US$5.40), 2009. Like P21, but new date, new signatures, and new coat of arms.

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 Amirali Somji.

Syria new 50-, 100-, and 200-pound notes confirmed


50 pounds (US$1.05), 2009.
Blue and tan. Front: Ancient writing on clay tablets from Ebla. Back: Library of Hafiz Al Assad in Damascus; statue of Hafiz Al Assad. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBS 50. Watermark: Horse head and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 135 x 65 mm.


100 pounds (US$2.15), 2009.
Red and tan. Front: Ancient Roman theater and archway of main gate at Bosra. Back: Safe from Umayyad Mosque in Damascus; Central Bank of Syria headquarters building; ancient coin. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBS 100. Watermark: Horse head and electrotype 100. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 65 mm.


200 pounds (US$4.30), 2009.
Tan and green. Front: Norias (waterwheels) of Hama on the Orontes River. Back: Ceiling of Temple Bel in Palmyra. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBS 200. Watermark: Horse head and electrotype 200. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65 mm.

These three notes were issued on 27 July 2010 and are dated 2009. They are signed by Adib Mayaleh, Governor and Mohammad Naji Al-Otri, Minister of Economy.

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

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Armenia new sig/date (2009) 5,000- and 20,000-dram note confirmed


5,000 dram (US$13.65), 2009. Like P51, but new date and new signatures.


20,000 dram (US$54.60), 2009. Like P53, but new date and new 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 here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Armen Hovsepian (www.MEBanknotes.com).

Iran new 100,000-rial note confirmed


According to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article dated 16 June 2010, the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran issued a new 100,000-rial (US$10) note on 22 June. Governor Mahmoud Bahmani said the bank will print at least 150 million of the new notes, though he promised it won’t increase the inflation rate (currently around 10 percent). The new banknotes will reduce the need for cheques (banknote-like documents available in denominations of half- and one-million rials) that Iranians buy from banks to use in large transactions. Cheques are transferred between individuals in the same way as cash, but are canceled when presented at banks for deposit.

Green. Front: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Back: Lines from Gulistan (The Rose Garden), a poem by Saadi; trees and Saadi’s tomb in Shiraz. Solid security thread with printed Arabic text and windowed security thread with demetalized 100000. Watermark: Ruhollah Khomeini and electrotype 100000. Printer: Unknown. 166 x 79 mm. No date. Signature unknown. Intro: 22.06.2010.

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Courtesy of Saeed Abdullah, Abdullah Beydoun, and Armen Hovsepian.

Palestine contemplating its own currency

According to a Washington Post article dated 31 May 2010, Palestine is preparing to issue its own currency to replace the Israeli shekel and the Jordanian dinar.

Courtesy of Webb Linzmayer.

Iraq new date (2008) 25,000-dinar note confirmed



25,000 dinars (US$21.40), ٢٠٠٨ - ١٤٢٩ (2008/AH1429). Like Pick 96, but new date.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Iran new signature 5,000-rial note confirmed



5,000 rials (US$0.50), no date. Like Pick 145, but new signature (Ebrahim Sheibani and Danesh Jafari). Intro: March 2010.

Courtesy of Ali Nasseri.

Iran new signature 50,000-rial note confirmed


50,000 rials (US$5.05), no date. Like Pick 149, but new signature (Mazaheri and Hosseini). Intro: March 2010.

Courtesy of Ali Nasseri and Aminoroaaya.

Iran new signature 1,000-rial note confirmed


1,000 rials (US$0.10), no date. Like Pick 143, but new signature (Mazaheri and Danesh Jafari). Intro: March 2010.

Courtesy of Ali Nasseri and Aminoroaaya.

Jordan new sig/date (2009) 20-dinar note confirmed


20 dinars (US$28.25). Like Pick 37, but new date (AH 1430 / 2009) and new signatures (Mohammad Abo Hamoor and Ummaya Toukan).

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Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Jordan new sig/date (2009) 1-dinar note confirmed


1 dinar (US$1.40). Like Pick 34, but new date (AH 1430 / 2009) and new signatures (Mohammad Abo Hamoor and Ummaya Toukan).

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Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Iran new 1,000,000-rial cheque confirmed


1,000,000 rials (US$101.15), no date. Introduced 2010. Like million-rial cheque issued by the Central Bank of Iran in 2008, but new color scheme and signatures.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Iran to issue 100,000-rial notes by August 2010

According to a PressTV article dated 23 March 2010, “The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) will issue new 100,000-rial [US$10.11] banknotes within four months, says CBI Head Mahmoud Bahmani. ‘We have ordered 100,000-rial banknotes to be printed and people will get these notes within four months,’ said Bahmani on Monday, IRNA reported. Last week, the CBI announced that the bank plans to print 100,000-rial banknotes in the current Iranian year, which started on March 21. CBI Deputy Head Hamid Pourmohammadi says the decision was part of the bank's plan to slash three zeros off Iran's national currency. The head of Iran's Bank Tejarat, Majid-Reza Davari, said the decision was part of CBI's “monetary reform plan,” but analysts say rising inflation has led the government to issue high value banknotes, Fars News Agency reported.”

Iran new signature 2,000-rial note confirmed


2000 rials (US$0.20), no date. Like Pick 144, but new signature.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Kuwait new signature varities confirmed


All denominations of Kuwaiti notes with the exception of the 1/2 dinar and 10 dinar have now been confirmed with the new signature combination of Salem Abdul Aziz Sa’ud al-Sabah, Governor and Mustafa Jassim Al-Shamali, Minister of Finance.

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Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Jordan new sig/date (2009) 50-dinar note confirmed


50 dinars (US$70.50). Like Pick 38, but new date (AH 1430 / 2009) and new signatures (Basem Al-Salem and Umayya Salah Toukan).

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Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

United Arab Emirates new 200-dirham note confirmed



200 dirhams (US$54.45).
Like Pick 31, but new date (2008), new signatures (Sheikh Hamad bin Rashid al Maktoum and Khalil Foulazi), and new coat of arms.

The new date, signatures, and coat of arms has now been confirmed on the 100-, 200-, and 1,000-dirham notes. If any of the other denominations have been issued, please send scans of same. Thanks!

Courtesy of Amirali Somji.

Iraq to redenominate notes by end of 2010

According to a report on Radio Free Iraq dated 6 February 2010, the Central Bank of Iraq “is planning to redenominate the national currency in an effort to ease transactions and allow people to carry less paper money. Mudhhir Muhammad Salih, a member of a Central Bank advisory panel, told RFI that a plan has been made to remove three zeros from the currency and phase out the current banknotes late this year. Salih said by the end of 2010 the new banknotes will be fully introduced while the old banknotes will be gradually removed from circulation. He did not specify when the new notes would be issued. Both will be legal tender in Iraq until the old notes are completely withdrawn.”

Jordan new sig/date (2009) 20-dinar note confirmed

The Central Bank of Jordan has issued a 20-dinar note dated AH 1430 / 2009 and with new signatures (Mohammad Abo Hamoor and Ummaya Toukan).

Courtesy of Mahdi Bseiso.

Gulf Cooperation Council agrees to single currency

According to a Gulf News article dated 16 December 2009, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders concluded their annual two-day summit with an agreement to form a monetary union, paving the way for a single currency for Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia; Oman and the United Arab Emirates opted out. A monetary council is to be established in early 2010, and will transition into a central bank, which will eventually issue a single currency, though no timeline was announced.

Courtesy of Amirali Somji.

Israel announces new notes to be issued 2010-2012

According to an article on Haaretz.com, over the next two years the Bank of Israel will issue new banknotes featuring portraits of Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl and three former prime ministers: David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, and Yitzhak Rabin. The bank has decided against issuing a proposed NIS 500 (US$132) denomination.

The bank’s experiment with a NIS 20 (US$5.25) note printed on polymer is considered a success, so it’s possible the new notes will also be printed on polymer, though a decision on the substrate has not been announced. "With the new set of bills, the bank will be at the forefront of the technological stage on all matters related to the war against counterfeiting," the Bank of Israel said. "The security measures will be friendly to the public so that it will be possible, with relative ease, to spot counterfeit money."

Yemen new 250-rial note confirmed


The Central Bank of Yemen introduced a new 250-rial (US$1.20) note on 14 November 2009 with the following specifications:

General and Technical Specifications:
A- The size is 158 mm x 75 mm.
B - There is a water mark depicting the coat of arms of the Republic of Yemen located on the right hand side of the face of the banknote.
C- The YR 250 banknote has many features and elements enabling easy detection of its authenticity. They include:
1. The script is prominently printed on the banknote (intaglio) , giving it a distinctive roughness to the touch. The banknote shows the denomination value, the name of the Central Bank of Yemen and the signature of the Bank Governor.
2. There is a star at the bottom of the face of the banknote, half of which is brown while the other half is white.
3. The dome of the mosque appears in a uniform pink color when looking at the banknote directly. But if the banknote is slightly tilted, the color of the background of the dome changes into the colors of a rainbow and shows the denomination value.
4. When light is shed on the back of the banknote the thread stripe changes from a winding zigzagging silver form into dark straight broad black filament and the denomination value appears in white bright color all along the filament.
5. There are modern methods of detecting the authenticity of the banknote, such as by using counting and sorting machines or when the banknote is exposed to ultra violet rays.

Specifications of the Face of the Banknote:
A. A general view of Al-Saleh mosque with its name written at the bottom of the picture.
B. The phrase " Central Bank of Yemen" printed at the top center of the banknote, followed by "Central Bank of Yemen" then "Signature" above the word "Governor".
C. The denomination value is prominently printed in Arabic numbers at the bottom right hand side of the banknote. On the top right hand side of the banknote there are Islamic geometrical designs.
D. Letter-Press printing of the serial numbers printed in red ink at the top right hand side of the paper and in black ink at the bottom left hand side of the banknote.
E. Date of printing 1430 H - 2009 in Arabic.

Specifications of the back of the banknote:
A. A picture of the Mukalla Khor with its name depicted at the bottom of the Khor.
B. The name of the Central Bank of Yemen in English at the top center of the banknote.
C. Printing of the value of the denomination (250) in Arabic numbers at the top left hand side of the banknote and the bottom right hand side of the banknote.
D. Decorative Islamic geometric designs.
E. The back of the banknote contains several advanced security features some of them can be easily recognized by the man in the street, but others can only be detected by counting and sorting machines or when exposed to ultraviolet rays.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda, Hamdy Alsamt, and Luca Maria Peri.

United Arab Emirates building new banknote plant

According to a GulfNew.com article dated 13.12.2009, the Central Bank of the UAE has announced it has begun building a security press to print banknotes. The plant is being built on a plot of land near the Central Bank building complex in Abu Dhabi. The plant will print all denominations of UAE dinar notes and will have excess capacity for future expansion and printing of notes for other countries in the region.

Lebanon new date (2008) 10,000-livre note confirmed


10,000 livres (US$6.70). Like Pick 86, but new date (2008).

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Lebanon new date (2008) 5,000-livre note confirmed


5,000 livres (US$3.35). Like Pick 85, but new date (2008).

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Courtesy of Banknoteshop.

Jordan new date (2008) 50-dinar note confirmed


50 dinars (US$70.50). Like Pick 38, but new date (2008) and new signatures.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

United Arab Emirates new 1,000-dirham note confirmed


1,000 dirhams (US$272). Like Pick 33, but new date (2008), new signatures (Sheikh Hamad bin Rashid al Maktoum and Khalil Foulazi), and new coat of arms (old arms with dhow; new arms with flag).

Brown. Front: Fort at Abu Dhabi; coat of arms. Back: Sparrow-hawk; Abu Dhabi skyline with Corniche. Windowed security thread with demetalized UAE 1000. Holographic stripe with denomination. Watermark: Sparrow-hawk head with electrotype 1000 and coffee pot. Printer: Unknown. 163 x 70 mm.

To date it appears only the 100- and 1,000-dirham notes have have been updated with the new coat of arms (other denominations have been issued dated 2008, but they still have the old coat of arms). Please share scans if you have other notes with the new coat of arms.

Courtesy of David Murcek.

Iran new 20,000-rial note confirmed


20,000 rials (US$2).
Front like Pick 148, but with new signature combination of Bahmani and Hosseini. Back now depicts Masjid-ul Aqsa (Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa) in Jerusalem.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares, Abdullah Beydoun, and Omer Yalcinkaya.

Iran new signature 2,000-rial note confirmed


2,000 rials (US$0.20). Like Pick 144, but new signatures.

I originally reported the signature combo as Mazaheri - Bahmani, basing my info on the signature table at Peter Symes’ excellent site, Islamicbanknotes.com. However, I have recently been contacted by Ali Nasseri who says:

The Islamicbanknotes.com has the signature of Hosseini - Bahmani that is correct, but has a mistake too!

Hosseini - Bahmani notes (2000, 5000, 20000 and 50000 Rials) put into circulation after "Danseh Jafari - Mazaheri - Sign 34" notes (2000, 20000 and 50000) and everybody has thought that they are sign 35, even me.

But, because Mr. Mazaheri was the preident of CBI, few month after Mr. Hosseini and before Mr. Bahmani, so the new 2000 Rls is printed before of all "Hosseini - Bahmani" notes (2000, 5000, 20000 and 50000 Rials), so, the new signature "Hosseini - Mazaheri" is printed former than "Hosseini - Bahmani".

I should tell frankly that the previous numeration is mistake and most rewrite according below:
Signature 34: "Danseh Jafari - Mazaheri" (As previous)
Signature 35: "Hosseini - Mazaheri" (new claim)
Signature 36: "Hosseini - Bahmani" (incorrect sign. 35)

Plus, you mentioned "Mazaheri - Bahmani" in your website. Those are both CBI's presidents. Where is the minister of finance's signature??? It is imposible that both of signatures belong to Central Bank presidents.

I corrected the signatures list and you can see them here.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares and Ali Nasseri.

United Arab Emirates new date (2008) 500-dirham note confirmed


500 dirhams (US136), 2008. Like Pick 32, but new date.

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Courtesy of Sejin Ahn and Ricardo Castedo.

Armenia issues first ever 100,000-dram note

On 24 August 2009, the Central Bank of Armenia introduced a new 100,000-dram (US$264) note, now the largest denomination in this Eurasian nation.


Front: Royal flag depicting Jesus Christ; King Abgar V of Edessa; 1st-century regional map; crown; ancient coin. Back: Castles; disciple Thaddeus handing canvas of royal flag to King Abgar V; river. Kinegram foil stripe. Solid security thread and Cleartext windowed security thread with demetalized AMD 100000. Watermark: King Abgar V; electrotype 10000 and cross of king’s crown. Printer: (TDLR).

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Armen Hovsepian.

Georgia new date (2008) 100-lari note confirmed


100 lari (US$60). Like Pick 74, but new date (2008) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Peter Kelly.

Lebanon new date (2008) 1,000-livres note confirmed


1,000 livres (US$0.65). Like Pick 84, but new date (2008).
 
Courtesy of Rui Palhares.

Iran issues new 5,000-rial note featuring Omid satellite


On 19 July 2009, the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran introduced a new 5,000-rial (US$0.50) banknote with images of Omid, Iran’s first domestically-produced research and telecommunications satellite, which was launched into space on February 3. "In order to commemorate its achievements in space sciences the government has given permission to the central bank to use pictures of the Omid satellite and its rocket launcher on both banknotes and coins," the Abrar newspaper said.

The new undated note measures 154 x 75 mm and features a portrait of Imam Khomeini on front and the Omid satellite and earth on back. The watermark is of Khomeini, with a 0.5-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized denomination in Persian and Latin.

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Courtesy of Ali Nasseri.

United Arab Emirates new date (2008) 100-dirham note confirmed


100 dirhams (US$27.20), 2008. Like Pick 30, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Peter Symes.

Jordan new date (2007) 10-dinar note confirmed

10 dinars (US$14.10), 2007. Like Pick 36, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Georgia 2002 10-lari error note confirmed


The 10-lari note dated 2002 (Pick 71) has been discovered to have an error in the spelling of the denomination on the back. Specifically, it was incorrectly spelled “Fen Lari” (middle image) instead of “Ten Lari” (bottom image). This mistake was corrected in later printings also dated 2002.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Thomas Augustsson.

Syria revised 1,000-pound notes dated 1998 confirmed



Recently a new variety of the 1,000-pound (US$21.40) note, Pick 111a (top), have been confirmed. The new variety (bottom), has a small map in circle added to back, below “CENTRAL BANK OF SYRIA.” Both notes are dated 1997.

Courtesy of Besher Ghannam.

Syria revised 500-pound notes dated 1998 confirmed




Recently two new varieties of the 500-pound (US$10.70) note, Pick 110a (top), have been confirmed. The first variety (middle), has a small map in circle added to back, below “CENTRAL BANK OF SYRIA.” The second variety (bottom), has the small map, plus a row of leaves added at center bottom, above “FIVE HUNDRED SYRIAN POUNDS,” and the denomination numerals at lower right. All three notes are dated 1998.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net and Besher Ghannam.

Kuwait 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 Kuwait:

Pick 21 signature 8
Pick 27 signature 10 and 11
Pick 28 signature 9 and 10
all 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!

Jordan new date (2008) 1- and 5-dinar notes confirmed


1 dinar (US$1.40), 2008/1429H. Like P34, but new date, new signatures, and change to the Arabic characters at top left on front (see details below).


Detail from 1-dinar dated 2005.


Detail from 1-dinar dated 2008.


5 dinars (US$7.05), 2008/1429H. Like P35, but new date, new signatures, and change to the Arabic characters at top left on front.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Georgia new date (2008) 20-lari note confirmed


Like P72, but new date (2008) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Dmitriy Litvak.

United Arab Emirates new date (2008) 50-dirham note confirmed


50 dirhams (US$13.60), 2008. Like P27, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Qatar withdrawing old 100- and 500-rial notes

According to a Gulf Times article dated February 25, 2009, Qatar’s 100- and 500-rial notes originally issued in 2003 (Pick 24 and 25, respectively) can be exchanged for new notes at all banks through June 15; for ten years afterwards they can be redeemed only at the Qatar Central Bank. The old notes are being withdrawn in favor of the new versions of these denominations which were issued in 2007 with wide Optiks security threads.

Azerbaijan will not revise notes with new bank name

According to a Trend Capital report dated 18 February 2009, “The Azerbaijani current banknotes in circulation and money reserves created on basis of banknotes will not be changed or replaced in connection with renaming the National Bank of Azerbaijan into the Central Bank according to the constitutional amendments, the NBA said. ‘Depending on results of referendum, changes can be made to banknotes in circulation and new face-values in case of request. Banknotes in circulation will be legal way of payment until their circulation term ends,’ the bank said.”

Georgia new date (2008) 5-lari note confirmed


5 lari (US$3), 2008. Like P70, but new date and new signatures. 115 x 61 mm.

Courtesy of Krassimir Dimitrov.

Georgia issues revised 10- and 50-lari notes dated 2008




On 9 December 2008, the National Bank of Georgia introduced 10- and 50-lari notes dated 2008. The notes are similar to earlier issues of the same denominations, but have enhanced security features. The new 10-lari note has two relief inscriptions of the nominal value 10 imprinted above the oak-leaf on the front. Also, the numeral 10 is printed with OVI for a color-changing optical effect when the banknote is tilted.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Dmitriy Litvak.

United Arab Emirates new date (2007) 20-dirham note confirmed


20 dirhams (US$5.40), 2007. Like P21, but new date.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Iran revised 2,000-rial note confirmed



Like P144, but new signature.

2,000 rials (US$0.20)
Pink and dark yellow. Front: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Back: Ka’aba at the Holy Mosque in Mecca. Microprinted solid security thread. Watermark: Khomeini. 150 x 72 mm. No date. Signature: Davood Danesh Djafari and Tahmasb Mazaheri. Introduced 25.09.2008.

Courtesy of Ali Nasseri.

United Arab Emirates new date (2007) notes confirmed


5 dirhams (US$1.35), 2007. Like P19, but new date.


10 dirhams (US$2.70), 2007. Like P20, but new date.

Courtesy of David Murcek.

Iran issues 500,000- and 1-million rial cheques

In August 2008, the central bank issued new cheques, which it claims are not banknotes although they are legal tender just as if they were. They were introduced to replace the array of high-denomination promissory notes which private banks had been issuing to enable their customers to carry out large transactions and which are now banned as the central bank has moved to reassert control over the money supply.


500,000 rials (US$51.90)
Dark pink and brown. Front: Main gate of Imam Reza Holy Shrine in Mashhad. Back: Calligraphic text; Islamic design of flower. 2.5-mm microprinted windowed security thread. Watermark: Hakim Aboul-ghasem Ferdowsi. 160 x 75 mm. No date (2008). Signature: CBI president, Mr. Tahmasb Mazaheri. Introduced 16.08.2008.


1,000,000 rials (US$104)
Light blue and light brown. Front: Tachar Palace-Perspolis ruins in Shiraz. Back: Calligraphic text; Islamic design of flower. 2.5-mm microprinted windowed security thread. Watermark: Hakim Aboul-ghasem Ferdowsi with electrotype denomination. 160 x 75 mm. No date (2008). Signature: CBI president, Mr. Tahmasb Mazaheri. Introduced 23.08.2008.

Courtesy of Ali Nasseri.

Qatar issues new series of notes

On September 15, 2008, the Qatar Central Bank issued a new series of four notes—1, 5, 10, and 50 riyals—which have symbols along the left front edge that facilitate their use by the visually handicapped. Preceding note issues of the same denominations will remain legal tender, but will be gradually replaced by the new series. New 100- and 500-riyal notes are in the works, but details aren’t available. These denominations were upgraded in 2007 with the addition of the 18-mm wide Optiks security thread with see-through window, so bank officials did not feel the need to update them at this time.



1 riyal (US$0.30)
Blue and purple. Front: Coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: Three native birds: crested lark, Eurasian bee eater, and lesser sand plover. Solid and windowed security threads. Watermark: Falcon head and electrotype denomination. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 134 x 66 mm. No date. Signatures: Abdullah Saud Al-Thani (Governor) and Yousef Hussein Kamal (Minister of Finance). Introduced 15.09.2008.



5 riyals (US$1.40)
Green. Front: Coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: National Museum building; oryx and camel. Solid and windowed security threads. Watermark: Falcon head and electrotype denomination. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 140 x 67.5 mm. No date. Signatures: Abdullah Saud Al-Thani (Governor) and Yousef Hussein Kamal (Minister of Finance). Introduced 15.09.2008.



10 riyals (US$2.75)
Green. Front: Coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: Dhow; sand dune at Khor al-Udeid. Solid and windowed security threads. Watermark: Falcon head and electrotype denomination. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 146 x 69 mm. No date. Signatures: Abdullah Saud Al-Thani (Governor) and Yousef Hussein Kamal (Minister of Finance). Introduced 15.09.2008.



50 riyals (US$13.75)
Green. Front: Coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: Qatar Central Bank building; Oyster and Pearl monument. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Falcon head and electrotype denomination. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 152 x 70.5 mm. No date. Signatures: Abdullah Saud Al-Thani (Governor) and Yousef Hussein Kamal (Minister of Finance). Introduced 15.09.2008.

Courtesy of Mirsad Delic.

United Arab Emirates issues new 200-dirham note


200 dirhams (US$54.45), 2004. Introduced 27.05.2008. Tan. Front: Sharia Court Department and Zayed Sports City. Back: Bank headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Fluorescent vertical serial number, falcon head as registration device, falcon head watermark with denomination numerals and coffee pot as electrotype, national emblem in metallic print, intaglio printing, denomination as latent image, holographic stripe, and windowed security thread with UAE 200 repeating.

Bahrain issues new note series

All of the new notes measure 154 x 74 mm and are presumably printed by De La Rue (based upon their inclusion of StarChrome security threads and an unique screen trap pattern on the back). All of the notes have the following security features: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa as watermark with electrotype denomination, intaglio printing, windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with CBB repeating, gold iridescent stripe with denomination in Arabic and English, registration device, denomination as latent image, CENTRALBANKOFBAHRAIN microprinting, novel serial number fluoresces under UV light. Additionally, the 5-, 10-, and 20-dinar notes also include a hologram on the front.

In addition to the security features, the new banknotes also incorporate, for the first time, a feature to enable the visually-impaired to easily recognize the value of each note. The feature—which has erroneously been called braille by some media outlets—comprises a series of short, raised lines, which appear at the top right on the front face of the note. The BD1/2 has one line; BD1 has two lines and so on, up to BD20, with five lines.


1/2 dinar (US$1.30), ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Issued March 17, 2008. Orange and brown. Front: Old Bahrain Court. Back: Bahrain International Circuit (motorsport facility) in Sakhir. Windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with demetalized CBB. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with electrotype HALF. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.


1 dinar (US$2.65), ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Issued March 17, 2008. Red. Front: Al Hedaya Al Khalifiya school building (Bahrain’s first school). Back: Sail monument in Manama City; five galloping Arabian horses. Windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with demetalized CBB. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with electrotype ONE. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.


5 dinars (US$13.25), ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Issued March 17, 2008. Blue. Shaikh Isa House in Muharraq; Riffa Fort. Back: Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) smelter building; first oil well in Bahrain near Jebel Dukhan mountain. Windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with demetalized CBB. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with electrotype FIVE. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.


10 dinars (US$26.50), ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Issued March 17, 2008. Green. King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa. Back: Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa Causeway bridge. Windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with demetalized CBB. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa as with electrotype TEN. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.


20 dinars (US$53.05), ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Issued March 17, 2008. Brown and light blue. Front: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa. Back: Al Fateh Islamic Center in Juffair. Windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with demetalized CBB. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with electrotype TWENTY. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.

Iran new signature 50,000-rials note confirmed


50,000 rials (US$5.40), ND (2007). Like the IRR50,000 reported in IBNS Journal 46.1p21, but new signatures (Mazaheri and Danesh Jafari).

Courtesy of Armen Hovsepian (www.armenstamp.com).

Jordan new date (2006 and 2007) varieties confirmed

1 dinar (US$1.40), AH1427/2006. Like P34, but new date and new signatures.

5 dinars (US$7.05), AH1427/2006. Like P35, but new date and new signatures.

20 dinars (US$28.25), AH1427/2006. Like P37, but new date and new signatures.

50 dinars (US$70.65), AH1428/2007. Like P38, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Georgia new date (2007) 1- and 10-lari notes confirmed


1 lari (US$0.60), 2007. Like P68, but new date and new signatures.


10 lari (US$6.25), 2007. Like P71, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Qatar issues revised 100-riyal note


100 riyals (US$27.50), ND (2007). Issued September 26, 2007. Like P24, but new signatures (Abdullah Saud Al-Thani; Yousef Hussein Kamal) and Optiks instead of windowed security thread. Images on back shifted to make room for Optiks. Printer: De La Rue (without imprint).

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.

Qatar issues revised 500-riyal note



500 riyals (US$137.40), ND (2007). Issued September 26, 2007. Like P25, but new signatures (Abdullah Saud Al-Thani; Yousef Hussein Kamal) and Optiks instead of windowed security thread. Images on back shifted to make room for Optiks. Printer: De La Rue (without imprint).

Courtesy of Jamal A. Alrefai.

Israel to issue new polymer 20-new sheqalim note in 2008


According to the Bank of Israel’s annual report released on October 7, 2007, “To improve the life of the NIS 20 [US$4.95] banknote, the Currency Department released an improved banknote in 2006 printed on higher quality paper with additional coating. As part of this improved quality, the Currency Department will be issuing the next issue of NIS 20 notes based on polypropylene, a polymer which is becoming more popular in many countries due to its durability.” On September 23, 2007, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the bank is planning a trial run of 20 million NIS in polymer notes beginning in February 2008.

The bank’s annual report also stated, “In 2006 the Currency Department began planning a new banknote issue series, which includes many aspects, including changing the banknote design, improved security features and quality of banknote paper. The new series is planned to be issued in the next 4-5 years.”

Israel issues new date (2007) 100-new sheqalim note


100 new sheqalim (US$24.40), 2007. Like SCWPM 61, but new date and new signatures (Stanley Fisher, Governor; Aharon Fogel, Chairman).

Courtesy of Raphael Dabbah.

Iran considering knocking three zeros off the rial

On September 11, 2007, Iran’s central bank governor, Tahmasb Mazaheri, admitted that the bank is examining a proposal to knock three zeros off the rial to increase economic confidence and reduce the number of banknotes necessary to conduct cash transactions. Since the Islamic revolution of 1979, the exchange rate of the rial has gone from 70 rials to the dollar to 9,300 rials today. Iran’s largest denomination, the 50,000-rial note, was issued on March 12, 2007, and is worth approximately US$5.40.

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Saudi Arabia unveils new family of notes

With today’s release of the SAR 50 and 100, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency has begun circulating its 5th Issue of notes. The new SAR 5 and 10 will appear at the beginning of July, followed by the SAR 500 in September, and ending with the SAR 1 in December.


1 riyal (US$0.25), 2007. Issued December 31, 2007. Light green. Front: Front of first Islamic dinar coin; King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Back: SAMA headquarters building. Windowed security thread with demetalized SAMA 1. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 1, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 133 x 63 mm.


5 riyals (US$1.35), 2007. Issued July 2007. Violet. Front: Ras Tanorah oil refinery; King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Back: Jubayl Port in eastern region. Windowed security thread with demetalized SAMA 5. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 5, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 145 x 66 mm.


10 riyals (US$2.65), 2007. Issued July 2007. Brown. Front: King Abdulaziz’s palace in Almoraba area; King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Back: King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh with palm trees. Windowed security thread with demetalized SAMA 10. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 10, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 150 x 68 mm.


50 riyals (US$13.35), 2007. Issued May 21, 2007. Dark green. Front: Al Sakhra Dome mosque; King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Back: Al Aqsa mosque in Al Quds Al Shareef (Jerusalem). Holgraphic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50 and Arabic text between wavy lines. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 155 x 70 mm.


100 riyals (US$26.65), 2007. Issued May 21, 2007. Red. Front: Green Dome of The Qiba Mosque (Prophet’s Mosque); King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Back: The Qiba Mosque (Prophet’s Mosque) in Al Madinah Al Monawarah. Holgraphic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 100 and Arabic text between wavy lines. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 100, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 160 x 72 mm.


500 riyals (US$133.30), 2007. Issued September 2007. Blue. Front: Ka'aba (cube); King Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al Saud. Back: Holy mosque in Makkah Al Mukarramah. Holgraphic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 500 and Arabic text between wavy lines. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 500, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 166 x 74 mm.
 
Courtesy of Ghassan Samman and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency.

Georgia new 200-lari note confirmed


Yellow. Front: Partisan Kaikhosro (Kakutsa) Cholokashvili; fragments of relief images of Georgian cultural artifacts. Back: Sokhumi, capital of breakaway region of Abkhaz; relief fragments of the iconostasis found in the Tsebelda village of Gulribshi region. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 200. Watermark: Kaikhosro Cholokashvili with electrotype 200 GEL. Printer: (G&D). 146 x 72 mm. 2006. Signature 4. Intro: 15.04.2007.

This is the first regular issue note to use LOOK (Laser Originated Optical Key), a security feature that creates laser-induced effects in the substrate, print color, foil, and varnish.

Courtesy of Olexandr Danishenko and Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle.

Iran issues new 50,000-rial note featuring nuclear insignia


50,000 rials (US$5.40), ND (2007). Issued March 12, 2007. Orange and lemon. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as portrait and watermark along with electrotype denomination, 2.5 mm windowed security thread, and registration device. Map of Persian Gulf with electrons orbiting an atom, and a legend from Prophet Mohammed: “If the science exists in this constellation, men from Persia will reach it,” on back. 166 x 79 mm.

Courtesy of Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hamid Reza Ebrahimi.

United Arab Emirates issues new date (2006) notes


The United Arab Emirates Central Bank has issued new 2006 dates for all four denominations of its banknote family.

The 50- and 100-dirham notes appear to be unchanged from the current Pick 26 and 27, respectively, except for the new dates on the back.

The 500- and 1,000-dirham notes are like Pick 28 and 25, respectively, but in addition to the new dates, they also now incorporate the denomination in the holographic security stripe at right.

Courtesy of Amal Mehilba.

Jordan new date (2006) 50-dinar note confirmed


50 dinar (US$70.50), AH1427/2006. Like Pick 38, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Israel new date (2006) 200-new sheqalim note confirmed


200 new seqalim (US$47.75), 2006. Like Pick 62, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Jordan new date (2005) 1-dinar note confirmed


1 dinar (US$1.40), AH1426/2005. Like Pick 34, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Six Arab states plan to issue unified currency in 2010

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), consisting of six Arab states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates — plans to issue a unified currency in 2010.

Bank of Israel publishes new book on notes and coins

The Bank of Israel has published a new book, “Banknotes and Coins of Israel 1927-2006.” The fruit of intensive research, the book is published by the Currency Department of the Bank of Israel.
 
The book details the entire series of banknotes and coins issued during the period covered. Each note and coin is presented pictorially, and accompanying text describes both the design of motif and the choice behind it. The publication is unique in its technical detail of the notes and coins––size, cover, security measures against counterfeiting, designers and periods of circulation––as well additional background material including the original photographs which provided the source of the designs of the banknotes and coins. Next to the photos of each coin is an example of the original coin––usually an ancient Hebrew coin––upon which the modern coin was based.
 
The book has a foreword by the Governor of the Bank, Professor Stanley Fischer, and was written by Yigal Arkin, a collector and researcher of means of payments, with scientific editing by Dr. Rachel Barkay, numismatic curator of the Bank of Israel.
 
This colorful, hardback, richly illustrated book has colored margins for ease of reference. The Bank of Israel hopes that such an extensive compendium will provide both a source of information and enjoyment to the public, and will help to increase general knowledge of the banknotes and coins of both the modern-day Israel and of the young state-in-the-making.
 
The book is available in both Hebrew and English and is priced at NIS 98 (approximately US$23).
 
Though the book will shortly be for sale at stores, currently it can only be purchased directly from the Bank of Israel. To buy the book, payment can be either by credit card from the Publications Unit of the Bank of Israel: Tel: 02-6552767; Fax: 02-6552984; email: matikahn@boi.gov.il; or by sending a check (payable to the Bank of Israel) to: The Bank of Israel Publications Unit P.B. 780 Jerusalem 91007.

Lebanon issues new 1,000-livre note dated 2004


1,000 livres, 2004. Issued 2006. Green. Signatures: Ahmed Jachifirst, First Assistant to the Governor; Madi Sakkaor Chakka, Governor. Various historical alphabets in grid. Cedar tree, alphabets, and bar code on back. 116 x 60 mm.
 
Courtesy of Jorge Rabbath.

Kuwait new signatures 10-dinar note confirmed


10 dinars, L.1968 (2006). New signatures: Badr Yaakub Al Houmaithy, Finance Minister; Shaikh Salem A. Al Sabah, Bank Governor.
 
Courtesy of Ahmad A. Al-Azemi.