North America

Mexico new sig/date (24.04.2013) 100-peso note confirmed

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100 pesos, 24 ABR. 2013. Like P124, but new date and signatures. Serie AB.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

Cuba notes to be issued with revised watermarks

According to an article on Havana Times dated 19 August 2014, the Central Bank of Cuba will soon issue 2014-dated notes in denominations of 20, 50, and 100 pesos which are like the current notes (BCC B8, B10, and B12, respectively), but the watermarks will be changed from Celia Sánchez Manduley to match the portrait engraved on the note (Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán, Calixto García e Iñiguez, and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, respectively), and the denomination will be added to the watermark as an electrotype element. The watermarks for the 5- and 10-peso notes remains that of Celia Sánchez Manduley, but will also have the denomination added as an electrotype element.

Courtesy of Philip Martin and Yigal.

Canada new signature 20-dollar note reported

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Carolyn Wilkins has been the new deputy governor of the Bank of Canada since May 2014. Her signature has already been engraved on $20 plates, and sheets of $20 notes with the Wilkins-Poloz signature combination have already been printed. We should see the new $20 notes in circulation in a few months.

Canada new signature 5-dollar note confirmed

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5 dollars, 2013. Like B71, but earlier signatures (Macklem and Carney). According to the Bank of Canada, 3.6 million of these notes have been printed, all with the HBG prefix. However, since November last year only about 20 of these notes have been found in circulation, all from a narrow 300,000-note range.

United States new sig/date (2013) 1-dollar note confirmed

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1 dollar, 2013. Like P530, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Phil Martin.

Mexico new sig/date (10.06.2013) 20-peso note confirmed

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20 pesos, 10 JUN. 2013. Like P122, but new date and new signatures. Serie X.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Mexico new sig/date (10.01.2012) 20-peso note confirmed

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20 pesos, 10 ENE. 2012. Like P122, but new date, new signatures, and serie R.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

Canada corrects description of back of 10-dollar note

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According to an article on North Bay Nipissing News dated 28 July 2014, the Bank of Canada has acknowledged that its original description of the back of the new 10-dollar polymer note (BOC B72a) erroneously described it as depicting an image of majestic Mount Edith Cavell, a prominent peak in the Canadian Rockies south of Jasper, Alta. Furthermore, the bank misidentified an image of Mount Zengel as the Palisade and Pyramid mountains.

However, spokesman Alexandre Deslongchamps has acknowledged that the bank has changed the description of the note, claiming, "The documentation error was the result of a misunderstanding about information provided to the Bank of Canada by Canadian Bank Note Co. Ltd."

The new description reads:

"The image of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is a composite based on photographs commissioned by the Bank of Canada. Three regions are depicted on the bank note to highlight the diverse and majestic nature of the Rockies. On the left are the shoulder of Lectern Peak and Aquila Mountain; in the centre are Redan, Esplanade and Gargoyle mountains; and on the right is Mount Zengel, part of the Victoria Cross Ranges."

United States new sig/date (2013) 50-dollar note confirmed

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50 dollars, 2013. Like P534, but new date and new signatures (Gumataotao Rios & Jacob Lew).

Courtesy of Keith Potter.

Cuba new sig/date (2013) 100-peso note confirmed

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100 pesos, 2013. Like BCC B12, but new date and signature. Prefix AG.

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

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

United States new sig/date (2013) 2-dollar note confirmed

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2 dollars, 2013. Like P516, but new date and new signatures (Gumataotao Rios & Jacob Lew).

Mexico new sig/date (10.06.2013) 50-peso note confirmed

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50 pesos, 10 JUN. 2013. Like unlisted notes dated 12 JUN. 2012 and 24 ABR. 2013, but new date and new signatures. Serie H.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

United States new 100-dollar note's anti-counterfeiting measures

The following is a guest post written specifically for BanknoteNews.com by Forextraders.com. Enjoy. —Owen W. Linzmayer

The latest “Benjamins” exude anti-counterfeiting measures, but not all


It is a new day, and more than likely, there is a press release in some part of the world announcing the latest banknote design. The plethora of similar announcements would seem to suggest that printing new banknotes and putting them into circulation is not a costly affair, but keeping one step ahead of counterfeiters has become a true scientific art form in recent years.

The critical goal for every new issuance these days is, according to Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell, to incorporate “security features that make it easier to authenticate, but harder to replicate.” With today’s color copying technology and a host of terrorist bands seeking illicit funding across the planet, the ability of and the cost to prevent counterfeiting on a global scale has escalated. Career enforcement officials, however, are the first to admit that counterfeiting cannot be eliminated, but only contained at acceptable levels.

The most heavily counterfeited banknote within the U.S. borders is the $20 note, but outside our national borders, the $100 note, frequently referred to as a “Benjamin” reigns supreme. More than two-thirds of the Benjamins circulate outside of our country, and of the US$1.15 trillion in general currency in public use, roughly one percent of that figure is believed to be counterfeit. Ever since the Federal government stopped issuing $500, $1,000 and $10,000 notes in 1969, the $100 note ascended to the top of heap as our largest denominated banknote in circulation.

How have Americans adjusted to the new $100 notes that were released 8 October 2013? With the economy as tight as it is, there is doubt that it has become a collector’s item, but the look and feel seems destined to resemble so-called monopoly money, without the color plumage witnessed on most other countries’ official legal tender. Per the press release, the most noticeable new additions are “a ribbon with images that move when the bill is tilted [Crane’s Motion thread] and a drawing that changes colors depending on its angle.” These two items join half a dozen other anti-counterfeiting measures employed in the latest design.

Is the U.S. government in the lead when it comes to these anti-fraud techniques?

The prevailing anti-counterfeiting features include threads, ribbons, holograms, UV inks or fibers, or color-changing inks to thwart copiers and printing devices. The U.S. has avoided holograms or UV light features, but the UK and the Eurozone have chosen both of these options. A few countries have actually gone a different route and chosen polymer, as opposed to paper, for their notes’ substrates. They last longer and are more difficult to replicate. Australia, Canada, and Mexico, have embarked upon this path, and many other countries are exploring polymer, including India and the United Kingdom.

What is new on the fraud prevention horizon?

As with the pharmaceutical industry, banknote scientists are looking to Mother Nature for clues for unique new innovations. From the field known as “biomimicry,” nano-optics are being used to create iridescent colors in much the same fashion as South American butterflies or male peacocks. Their shimmering hues are produced by a series of nano-sized holes and the effects they impart on light. The trick is to make artificial “nano-hole arrays,” which has been accomplished. One scientist noted, “We can tune the colors by changing the geometry of those hole arrays.”

This particular nano-technology can be used in a variety of arenas to ensure that brand names or drug containers are not compromised. In fact, it works best when applied to a plastic surface. Canada and others may have been wise to head in a plastic-based direction.

Will the Canadian Loonie soon sprout shimmering wings? Only time will tell.

For additional reading on this subject, there is a discussion of anti-counterfeiting and currency information on Forextraders.com.


Mexico new sig/date (23.04.2009) 200-peso note confirmed

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200 pesos, 23 ABR. 2009. Like P125, but new date and signatures. Serie S.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

United States new sig/date (2013) 10- and 20-dollar notes confirmed

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10 dollars, 2013. Signatures: Gumataotao Rios & Jacob Lew.

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20 dollars, 2013. Signatures: Gumataotao Rios & Jacob Lew.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger (Bank Note Museum).

Mexico new sig/date (12.06.2012) 20-peso note confirmed

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20 pesos, 12 JUN. 2012. Like P122, but new date and signatures. Serie U. Confirmed only in uncut sheet at this point.

Courtesy of Mark Fox.

Mexico new sig/date (24.06.2011) 500-peso note confirmed

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500 pesos, 24 JUN. 2011. Like P126, but new date and signatures. Serie S.

Courtesy of Mark Fox.

Cuba new date (2013) 1-peso convertible note confirmed

1 peso convertible, 2013. Like PFX46, but new date.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Cuba new date (2008) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos, 2008. Like BCC B12, but new date.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Cuba new date (2012) 10-peso note confirmed

10 pesos, 2012. Like BCC B6, but new date.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Mexico new sig/date (24.04.2013) 50-peso note confirmed

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50 pesos, 24 ABR. 2013. Like unlisted note dated 12 JUN. 2012, but new date and signatures. Serie G.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

Mexico new sig/date (12.09.2011) 200-peso note confirmed

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200 pesos, 12 SEP. 2011. Like P125, but new date and signatures. Serie AF.

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200 pesos, 12 SEP. 2011. Like P125, but new date and signatures. Serie AH.

Courtesy of Ricardo Gonzalez Ramírez and Alberto Rios.

Mexico new sig/date (19.12.2012) 100-peso note confirmed

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100 pesos, 19 DIC. 2012. Like P124, but new date and signatures. Serie X.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

United States new sig/date (2013) 5-dollar note confirmed

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5 dollars, 2013. Like P531, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Kevin Bautista.

Mexico new sig/date (10.01.2012) 500-peso note confirmed

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500 pesos, 10 ENE. 2012. Like P126, but new date and signatures. Serie T, U.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

Cuba new date (2007) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos, 2007. Like BCC B12b, but new date.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Cuba new date (2013) 20-peso note confirmed

20 pesos, 2013. Like BCC B8g, but new date.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Canada new 5- and 10-dollar notes confirmed

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$5 – 2013, Polymer series
Design Features:
Portrait: Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister from 1896 to 1911
Signatures: Left – T. Macklem, Right – Stephen Poloz
Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm (6.0 x 2.75 inches)
Issue Date: 7 November 2013

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$10 – 2013, Polymer series
Design Features:
Portrait: Sir John A. Macdonald, Prime Minister from 1867–1873 and 1878–1891
Signatures: Left – T. Macklem, Right – M. J. Carney
Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm (6.0 x 2.75 inches)
Issue Date: 7 November 2013



Courtesy of Gabriel Labrie and Nikolajs Cerps.

Cuba to scrap two-currency system

According to a BBC article dated 22 October 2013, Cuba intends to reform its financial sector, doing away with the two-currency system wherein the convertible peso (CUC) used by tourists is pegged to the US dollar and the regular peso (CUP) used by Cubans is worth considerably less. The council of ministers has not said when the change would be implemented, though some Cuban economists are predicting within the next 18 months.

Courtesy of Jim "Rubycored" Chen.

Mexico new sig/date (24.06.2011) 200-peso note confirmed

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200 pesos, 24 JUN. 2011. Like P125, but new signatures and new date. Serie AE.

Courtesy of Mark Fox.

United States new 100-dollar note confirmed

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After years of delay, on 8 October 2013 the United States Federal Reserve Bank finally issued its new 100-dollar note dated 2009 A and signed by Timothy F. Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury and Rosie Gumataotao Rios as Treasurer of the United States. The note features many new security enhancements, most noticeable of which is the Motion windowed security thread.

Courtesy of Heritage Auctions' David Liu (www.HA.com).

United States new 100-dollar note issued 08.10.2013



According to a press release dated 24 April 2013, "The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced that the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.

"The new design for the $100 note was unveiled in 2010, but its introduction was postponed following an unexpected production delay. To ensure a smooth transition to the redesigned note when it begins circulating in October, the U.S. Currency Education Program is reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and inform them about how to use its security features. More information about the new design $100 note, as well as training and educational materials, can be found at www.newmoney.gov."

P.S. As of the afternoon of 8 October, none of the four banks I checked with in my San Francisco neighborhood has the notes nor any idea when they will be available. SF is home to a Federal Reserve Bank branch, so hopefully it won't be too long before I can get one of these. In the meantime, if anyone obtains one, please send scans so they can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Brian Lema and David Surette.

Cuba new date (2011) 10-peso note confirmed

10 pesos, 2011. Like BCC B6l, but new date. Signature Ernesto Medina Villaveirán, prefix DM.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

United States new 100-dollar note production problems persist

According to a New Yorker article dated 13 August 2013, the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing is experiencing "mashing" problems in the production of the the long-delayed new 100-dollar note which is expected to be introduced 8 October 2013.

Courtesy of Webb Linzmayer and Aidan Work.

Boston Globe publishes article on America's boring banknote designs

The Boston Globe features an interesting article dated 4 August 2013 about banknote design written by Leon Neyfakh.

Mexico new sig/date (24.06.2011) 20-peso note confirmed

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20 pesos, 24 JUN. 2011. Like P122, but new date and new signatures. Serie P.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

Bahamas new 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars (US$50), 2012. This note is like the preceding issues (CBB B42) dated 2006, but the map of the islands at center front has been altered and there is a new printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient instead of FCOF) at lower right back.

Courtesy of James Bradly Huang.

United States unveils new Treasury Secretary signature for 5-dollar note

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According to an article in the South China Morning Post dated 20 June 2013, this week the United States Treasury Department unveiled the official signature (bottom) of Secretary Jacob J. Lew which will appear on 5-dollar notes this autum and other denominations in the future. Lew's usual signature (top) had been derided as "an absent-minded doodle" unfit to grace US currency.

Canada chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Canada cover

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

This 26-page catalog covers notes issued by Banque du Canada (Bank of Canada) from 1935 to present. Published 7 June 2013.

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

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Canada denies adding maple syrup smell to polymer banknote

According to many different news outlets, including the Mail Online, some members of the public have reported that Canada's new polymer banknotes smell of maple syrup. Bank of Canada denies that any scent has been added to any of its notes, so now people can return to searching for Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.

Mexico new 50-peso polymer note confirmed

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On 6 May 2013, Banco de México issued a revised polymer 50-peso note like the preceding issue (P123), but with more advanced anti-counterfeiting features, including a color-shifting butterfly printed on the transparent window, tactile intaglio printing, microprinting, novel serial numbering, and a larger transparent window with hidden image which can be revealed using a laser pointer. Existing notes will circulate in parallel with the new note. Serie A-F confirmed.

Courtesy of Cedrian López Bosch, Beto Rios, and Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez.

Bank of Canada names Stephen Poloz as new governor

According to an article on BBC News dated 2 May 2013, "Bank of Canada has named long-term bureaucrat and economist Stephen Poloz as its new head, replacing Mark Carney who is going to run the Bank of England."

This move calls into question whether the 5- and 10-dollar notes unveiled on 30 April and to be issued in November will in fact carry the signature of Mark Carney as the mock-ups suggest, or if Stephen Poloz's signature will be substituted instead.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Mexico to present changes to 50-peso note on 06.05.2013

According to an article on CNN México dated 22 April 2013, Banco de México will present changes to the polymer 50-peso note (P123) on 6 May 2013.

Courtesy of Cedrian López Bosch.

Bermuda new signature 2-dollar note confirmed

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2 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2009. Like BMA B30, but new signatures (Alan C. Cossar and E. Barclay Simmons) and prefix A/1 instead of Bermuda onion.

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

Courtesy of Yuri111.

Canada's New Banknotes Strike Some as Loonie

Fans of polymer banknotes should check out this Wall Street Journal article dated 15 February 2013 in which yours truly is quoted.

Canada 20-dollar note said to feature non-native maple leaf

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According to a Reuters article dated 18 January 2013, a botanist claims the leaf around the secondary window at left front of the new polymer 20-dollar note is from a Norway maple, not a sugar maple. The Bank of Canada refutes this claim, asserting "the image on the new bills was purposefully designed not to represent any specific species but rather to be a combination of various kinds."

Courtesy of David Surette.

United States 2- and 5-dollar note numismatic product reported

According to a listing on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's web site, on 11 December 2012, the BEP began selling 150th Anniversary Currency Sets:

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The year 2012 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In commemoration of this historic occasion, the BEP is proud to present the 150th Anniversary Currency Set.

This limited edition two-note set features a Series 2009 $2 note from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a Series 2009 $5 note from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The Series 2009 $2 note bears a serial number beginning with “2012,” to commemorate 150 years of pride, craftsmanship, and innovation. The Series 2009 $5 note begins with serial number “1862,” to symbolize the origin of the BEP. For each set, the last four digits of the serial numbers on the $5 and $2 notes match.

This exquisitely crafted set includes a 52 page booklet, “150 Years of Pride, Craftsmanship, and Innovation.” This informative booklet traces the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s rich history and evolution, and includes a certificate authenticating the enclosed notes as genuine United States currency.

Each note is protected by a clear, acid-free polymer sleeve and encased in an attractive folder.

Drawing: All customers who purchase the 150th Anniversary Currency Set during the first month of release will be entered into a drawing to win the opportunity to purchase one of the first 150 sets based on serialization. These first 150 sets will feature personally signed $2 and $5 notes by Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios. Customers will be enrolled into the drawing equal to the number of sets purchased during the one month enrollment period (December 11, 2012 – January 10, 2013). A quantity restriction of two sets will be imposed for drawing winners. Customers who win the drawing will not be permitted to return previously purchased sets in lieu of any set won and purchased via the drawing. Drawing winners will be contacted after January 11, 2013, via phone/email. Drawing winners are not obligated to purchase the signed 150th Anniversary Currency Sets.

The 150th Anniversary Currency Set is limited to 10,000 total units.

Bulk pricing is available for the 150th Anniversary Currency Set at a price of $44.95 per unit for quantities of 10 or more.

Courtesy of TDS.

Bermuda new 50-dollar note confirmed

Shortly after the unveiling of the 2009 note designs, ornithologist David Wingate complained that the 50-dollar note features a red-billed tropicbird instead of a local white-tailed tropicbird. Bermuda Montetary Authority officials apologized for the error, but said they wouldn’t change the design because they feel the red bill of the larger bird looks better against the pale yellow background than the orange of the local bird. Apparently the BMA changed its mind (or finally issued all of the notes with the incorrect bird).

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Original note (left) and revised note (right)

According to a press release dated 1 August 2012, the Bermuda Montetary Authority has issued a new 50-dollar (US$50) note with an updated Longtail bird, an A/1 prefix instead of a Bermuda onion prefix, and a new signature combination (Alan C. Cossar and Gerald Simons). The new note will circulate in parallel with the preceding issue. Both are dated 1 JANUARY 2009.

Listed below are all the signatures on the new A/1 note series (although only the $50 note is in circulation to date):

$100 – Alan Cossar, Darren Johnston
$50 – Alan Cossar, Gerald Simons
$20 – Alan Cossar, Anthony Joaquin
$10 – Alan Cossar, Lynda Milligan-Whyte
$5 – Alan Cossar, Ronald Simmons
$2 – Alan Cossar, Barclay Simmons

Courtesy of Stane Straus.

Mexico new sig/date (04.11.2010) 200-peso notes confirmed

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200 pesos (US$15), 4 NOV. 2010. Like P125, but new date and signatures. Serie AB.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

Cuba new sig/date (2012) 50-peso note confirmed

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50 pesos (US$50), 2012. Like P123, but new signature and date. Series BJ.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

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

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

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

Canada new 20-dollar polymer note confirmed

According to a press release, the Bank of Canada's new 20-dollar (US$20) note was issued on 7 November 2012. The new note is printed on polymer (specifically, Guardian, a biaxialoriented polypropylene substrate manufactured by Securency International of Australia). "As with the previously issued $50 and $100 polymer bank notes, the main reason for issuing a new $20 is to stay ahead of counterfeiting threats. The new polymer notes are also more economical and have a smaller environmental footprint."

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Green. Front: Maple leaf; Queen Elizabeth II. Back: Flowers; Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France; flowers. Holographic stripe with Queen Elizabeth II and tower. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: Unknown. 152 x 70 mm. Polymer.



Courtesy of Aidan Work, Thomas Krause, Will Mitchell, Claudio Marana, Phil Martin, and Marcus Jansson.

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

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50 pesos convertible, 2011. Like PFX51, but new date, new signature (Ernesto Medina Villaveirán), and prefix FD. The new signature is printed atop the embossed old signature.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Cuba new date (2005) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos, 2005. Like P129, but new date and prefix AD.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Cuba new sig/date (2012) 10-peso convertible note confirmed

10 pesos convertible, 2012. Like PFX49, but new date, new signature (Ernesto Medina Villaveirán), and new prefix DG.

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

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger and Orocondor.

Bahamas chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Bahamas cover

The Bahamas 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 (193 types and varieties, including 44 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bahamas Government from 1919 to 1965, the Bahamas Monetary Authority in 1968, and the Central Bank of the Bahamas from 1974 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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Mexico new sig/date (10.01.2012) 100-peso note confirmed

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100 pesos (US$7.70), 10 ENE. 2012. Like P124, but new date and new signatures (Roberto del Cueto Legaspi and Alejandro Alegre Rabiela). Serie N.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

The Challenge: Who is Sister Sarah on Bahamas 50-cent note?

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Beginning with the Bahamas' 50-cent note (P42) introduced in 1984, the back has depicted "Sister Sarah in Nassau Market." However, the bank's web site makes no mention of who this woman is, or why she is featured on the banknote. If anyone knows if she is in fact a real person, an archetype, or a fictional character, please contact me with details.

IDENTIFIED: According to Paul Walters, "Sister Sarah is indeed a real person. I am not sure if she is still living, I don't think she is. She was a prominant figure at the straw market in the 1970s, when the market was located along the dock--before it moved to its present day location on Bay street."

Alex Zlotin found this article that refers to Sister Sarah Johnson as a local artisan straw weaver.

Bahamas 20-dollar note mystery uncovered

In preparing the Bahamas chapter of The Banknote Book for publication next week, I discovered a mystery regarding the $20 note issued in the early 1990s.

The last $20 note featuring Queen Elizabeth on front was introduced in 1984. This is Pick 47.

In the early 1990s, Milo Butler's portrait replaced QEII on the front of the $20, though the law date remains 1974. This note is Pick 54.

The subsequent $20 features revised color schemes, the series year 1997, and horizontal novel serial numbers. This note is Pick 65.

The mystery revolves around the harbor scene on the back of these notes.

On the P47 note, Nassau Harbour is depicted from one angle, without Paradise Island visible. This is the "old" scene.

On the P65 note, the angle of the scene is different, and both Nassau Harbour and Paradise Island are visible and labeled. This is the "new" scene.

It appears that both the old and new scenes were used on P54. The note depicted in the SCWPM bears a serial number of A 163107 and has a "new" scene on back similar (not identical) to that of P65. However, I have scans of a note with serial number A 573516, but the back is similar (not identical) to the "old" scene on P47. I also have scans with later prefixes and serial numbers that show the "new" scene like P65.

So, based upon the limited evidence on hand, it appears that the early $20 notes featuring Bulter's portrait had the new harbor scene, then a batch was produced with the old scene, then the back reverted to the new scene.

In the interest of trying to narrow down when the changes to the back took place, I ask that anyone who owns a Bulter $20 note with law date of 1974 please send front/back scans to owen@banknotenews.com.

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Back of Pick 47 with "old" harbor scene

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Back of Pick 54 with "old" harbor scene

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Back of Pick 54 with "new" harbor scene

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Back of Pick 65 with "new" harbor scene

United States new 100-dollar notes stolen in transit



According to an Associated Press article dated 12 October 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reported that a "large amount" of newly-designed 100-dollar notes was stolen from a plane that arrived at Philadelphia International Airport around 10:25 a.m. Thursday from Dallas. The newly designed notes aren't scheduled for introduction until 2013, so they will be very hard to spend until then, and presumably the FBI has the serial numbers of the stolen notes as they are all uncirculated from the Fort Worth printing facility of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Courtesy of Dennis Zammit.

Cuba new date (2012) 20-peso note confirmed

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20 pesos, 2012. Like P122, but new date, prefix CM, and new signature.

Courtesy of Filippo Proietti Pannunzi.

Cuba new sig/date (2012) 5-peso convertible note confirmed

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5 pesos convertible, 2012. Like PFX48, but new signature (as of 2011 issue), new date (2012), and new prefix CG.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

United States new sig/date (2009) 2-dollar note confirmed

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2 dollars, 2009. Like P516, but new date and new signatures (Rios / Geithner).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

United States new sig/date (2006) 5-dollar note confirmed

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5 dollars, 2006. Like P517, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Jens Luettschwager.

Canada replaced Asian on back of new 100-dollar note

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According to several newspaper articles including one in the Winnipeg Free Press dated 18 August 2012, the back of the Bank of Canada's new 100-dollar note design originally depicted an Asian woman scientist, but the image was revised to show a Caucasian woman prior to issuance of the note. The change was made in response to concerns from focus group participants about the stereotyping of Asians as excelling in technology.

Mexico new sig/date (10.01.2012) 50-peso note confirmed

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50 pesos (US$3.80), 10 ENE. 2012. Like P123, but new date and new signatures (Manuel Sánchez González & Alejandro Alegre Rabiela). Serie V.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Mexico new sig/date (04.11.2010) 100-peso note confirmed

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100 pesos (US$7.60), 4 NOV. 2010. Like P124, but new date and new signatures (Jose Julian Sidaoui Dib and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie M.

Courtesy of Mark Fox.

Press release: Monumental Money: People and Places on U.S. Paper Money

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Monumental Money: People and Places on U.S. Paper Money, by Yigal Arkin

Presenting U.S. currency used from the colonial period to the present day, this reference surveys the world of American banknotes and paper currency in three parts:
  • Part one presents all the banknotes in circulation today, including those being slowly withdrawn as newer designs replace them, along with color photographs and a brief description of the people and sites depicted on each note.
  • Part two provides a brief review of the history of the U.S. monetary system, covering the many different types of banknotes that have been used from the colonial period onward.
  • Part three features the high-denomination banknotes no longer in circulation, including the $100,000 note.
This book is a nontechnical, accessible journey through a dimension of history often overlooked in its uniqueness and interest.

History, 112 Pages, 6.5 x 9.5
Four-color Interior
US$17.95 (CAN $19.95)
ISBN: 9780615464541
Arkin Publishing
For details, visit Small Press United from IPG.

Ottawa Numismatic Society's moneta journals available for free download

The Ottawa Numismatic Society voted unanimously in favour of making its journal, moneta, available to all, for free. To download current and past issues, visit www.ons-sno.ca.

Courtesy of Serge Pelletier.

Mexico new sig/date (24.06.2011) 50-peso note confirmed

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50 pesos (US$3.60), 24 JUN. 2011. Like P123, but new date and new signatures (Jose Julian Sidaoui Dib and Alejandro Alegre Rabiela). Serie T (U also confirmed).

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez and Thomas Krause.

Mexico new sig/date (03.05.2010) 50-peso note confirmed

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50 pesos (US$3.60), 3 MAY. 2010. Like P123, but new date and new signatures (Agustin Guillermo Carstens and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie S.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Bermuda chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Bermuda 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 22-page catalog covers every note (162 types and varieties, including 20 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bermuda Government from 1914 to 1970, and the Bermuda Monetary Authority from 1974 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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Cuba new sig/date (2011) 10-peso convertible note confirmed

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10 pesos convertible, 2001. Like PFX49, but new date and new signature.

Notice that the new signature is printed atop the embossing of the preceding signature. This new inked signature atop old embossed signature is also confirmed on 20-peso note dated 2009 and 1-peso convertible note dated 2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Raul Perez Alejo.

Seeking Cuba 20-peso note dated 2003 with CE prefix

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The prefixes on modern Cuban notes follow a very predicatble system:

All 20-peso notes have a series or prefix consisting of two characters (the first always C) followed by a dash and a two-digit number. When the year changes, the second letter in the prefix advances alphabetically. At least that's how it works for every other denomination, but there's an oddity with the 20-peso note.

From the images above, we can see a 20-peso note dated 2002 (P118) with prefix CD, followed by another 2002 dated note with prefix CE, and finally the commemorative dated 2003 (P126) with prefix CF.

It's possible that there exists a non-commemorative 20-peso note dated 2003 with prefix CE. If anyone can provide scans of same, it would be greatly appreciated.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and David Jones.

Seeking Bermuda 20-dollar note dated 2007

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Shown above, Bermuda Pick 53 is dated 24 MAY 2000. The Bermuda Monetary Authority claims that it has also issued this denomination dated 2007. However, I'm unable to verify this note exists. If anyone can provide scans of same, it would be greatly appreciated.

Canada new 50-dollar polymer note confirmed

The Bank of Canada held a press event on 26 March 2012 to officially introduce the new polymer 50-dollar note.

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50 dollars (US$50). Red. Front: Maple leaf; William Lyon Mackenzie King. Back: Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen, an Arctic research icebreaker; map of Canada; map leaf. Holographic stripe. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: Unknown. 152 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Courtesy of Arthur John Boyko and Jens Luettschwager.

Canada new date (2010) 20-dollar note confirmed

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20 dollars (US$20), 2010. Like P103 (“ISSUE OF 2004”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2010 at lower center on back and new signatures (W.P. Jenkins and M.J. Carney).

Latin American Paper Money Society auction is now online

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

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

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

Mexico new sig/date (04.11.2010) 500-peso notes confirmed


Guillermo Guemez Garcia and Raul Valdes Ramos


Jose Julian Sidaoui Dib and Raul Valdes Ramos


Roberto del Cueto Legaspi and Raul Valdes Ramos

500 pesos (US$39), 4 NOV. 2010. Like P126, but new date and signatures. Serie G, H, J.

Courtesy of Mark Fox.

United States audit report on new 100-dollar note production problems


Anyone interested in learning details surrounding the delayed introduction of the United States’ new 100-dollar note should read the Office of Inspector General’s Audit Report dated 24 January 2012: OIG-12-038 BILL MANUFACTURING: Improved Planning and Production Oversight Over NexGen $100 Note Is Critical.

Courtesy of Mark A. St. Pierre.

Mexico new sig/date (03.05.2010) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$3.75), 3 MAY. 2010. Like P123, but new date and signatures (Roberto del Cueto Legaspi and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie Q.


50 pesos (US$3.75), 3 MAY. 2010. Like P123, but new date and signatures Manuel Sanchez Gonzalez and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie R.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez.

Mexico new sig/date 100-peso notes confirmed


100 pesos (US$7.90), 5 OCT. 2009. Like P124, but new date and signatures (Manuel Sanchez Gonzalaz and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie J.


100 pesos (US$7.90), 3 MAY. 2010. Like P124, but new date and signatures (Agustin Guillermo Carstens and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie K, L.

Courtesy of Mark Fox.

Mexico new sig/date (05.10.2009) 200-peso note confirmed


200 pesos (US$14.50), 5 OCT. 2009. Like P125, but new date and signatures (Guillermo Guemex Garcia and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie W.

Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez.

Interesting article on polymer notes

On 18 November 2011, the BBC published an interesting article, “Who, What, Why: Why don't more countries use plastic banknotes?,” which quotes BanknoteNews.com contributor Stane Štraus, publisher of the Polymer Bank Notes of the World web site.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Canada new 100-dollar polymer note confirmed


100 dollars (US$98.40), 2011.
Brown. Front: Maple leaf; Prime Minister Sir Robert L. Borden. Back: Electrocardiogram (EKG) reading; woman looking into microscope; bottle of insulin; DNA double helix; maple leaf. Holographic stripe with Robert Borden and tower of parliament building in Ottawa. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: Unknown. 152 x 70 mm. Polymer. Intro: 14.11.2011.

According to a press released dated 14 November 2011, the Bank of Canada has introduced a new 100-dollar note which is the first polymer note for the nation. The new 50-dollar note is scheduled for introduction in March 2012.

Courtesy of Arthur Boyko and Nicholas Cheung.

Mexico new sig/date (03.05.2010) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$1.50), 3 MAY. 2010. Like P122, but new date, signatures (Guillermo Guemez Garcia and Raul Valdes Ramos), and serie L, M.

Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez and Mark Fox.

Canada new date (2011) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$20.20), 2011. Like P103 (“ISSUE OF 2004”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2011 at lower center on back and new signatures (Maclem / Carney).

Courtesy of Dharshan Mahalingam.

United States new date (2009) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$50), 2009. Like P527, but new date and signatures (Rosa Gumataotao Rios and Timothy Geithner).

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

United States BEP banknote production falls to modern low in 2010

There’s an interesting article in The New York Times dated 6 July 2011 entitled, “As Plastic Reigns, the Treasury Slows Its Printing Presses,” which discusses the reduced output of banknotes at the BEP in response to the shift to using credit cards for payments, though the death of cash likely remains a long way off.

Courtesy Mark St. Pierre.

Canada new date (2011) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$52.10), 2011. Like P104 (“ISSUE OF 2004”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2011 at lower center on back and new signatures (Maclem and M.J. Carney).

Courtesy of David Ryder.

Canada unveils new polymer banknote series



Canada's new polymer bank note series was unveiled on 20 June 2011. The themes for the entire series, as well as designs, images, and security features of the first denominations to be issued—the $100 and $50 notes—were unveiled by James M. Flaherty, Minister of Finance; William J. S. Elliott, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and Mark J. Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada in a ceremony at the Bank of Canada.

The $100 note is to be issued in November 2011. The $50 note is to be issued in March 2012. The remaining $5, $10, and $20 notes are to be issued by late 2013.





Download the Bank of Canada Review Supplement dated 20 June 2011, Paying with Polymer: Developing Canada’s New Bank Notes.

Watch the unveiling ceremony on the bank’s website.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda and Thomas Krause.

Book review: Moneymakers


Moneymakers: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Notorious Counterfeiters by Ben Rarnoff (Order from Amazon.com)

This 396-page hardcover was a bit of a disappointment for me, perhaps because I am very interested in the subject of counterfeiting from a technical perspective and this book focuses more on the forgers themselves and the economic state of America during the times in which three “most successful counterfeiters” operated, starting in Colonial times, then the early 1800s, and finally during the Civil War. Also, I found the attempts to draw parallels to the recent Wall Street scandals a bit of stretch, as was the author’s portrayal of these criminals as Robin Hood figures merely helping out the ordinary citizens by producing money the banks couldn’t or wouldn’t supply in sufficient quantities to meet popular demand.

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

Canada new date (2010) 5-dollar note confirmed


5 dollars (US$4.75), 2010. Like P101A (“ISSUE OF 2006”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2010 at lower center on back and new signatures (W.P. Jenkins and M.J. Carney).

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

United States new date (2006 A) 100-dollar note confirmed


100 dollars, 2006 A. Like P528, but new date (2006 A).

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

United States new date (2009) 1-, 10-, and 20-dollar notes confirmed


All three above denominations are like preceding issues (P523, P525, and P526, respectively), but with new date (2009) and new signatures of Rosa Gumataotao Rios and Timothy Geithner.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Dollar ReDe$ign Project


In the same spirit as the Make your Franklin art project I wrote about recently, take a look at the Dollar ReDe$ign Project where artists offer their own new designs for the banknotes of the United States.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

United States 100-dollar note gets remade as part of Make your Franklin art project


The US BEP is having trouble producing the next generation of 100-dollar notes, but that hasn’t stopped artists around the world from creating their own interesting designs as part of the Make your Franklin art project. Most are pretty whimsical, but some designs are actually rather intriguing. Take a look and have fun finding your favorite.

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.

Canada first polymer notes scheduled for November 2011

According to a Bank of Canada press release dated 10 March 2011, new 100-dollar (US$103) polymer banknote will be issued in November 2011, with a polymer 50-dollar note to follow in March 2012. The bank also provided further technical and background information about the new notes. Additional details regarding security features, themes, and designs of these denominations will be unveiled in the spring of 2011. The remaining 5-, 10-, and 20-dollar notes will be unveiled and issued by the end of 2013.

The bank has issued "Backgrounder on Canada’s new polymer bank note series" as a free PDF.

Courtesy of Brian Frame, Jay Mollindo, and Thomas Krause.

United States could save billions by eliminating 1-dollar note

According to a US Government Accountability Office report dated 4 March 2011, the US could save $5.5 billion over 30 years by replacing the 1-dollar banknote with a coin because coins last longer in circulation. This is the fourth time the GAO has made this recommendation in the past two decades, and I doubt this latest recommendation will be adopted even in these difficult economic times as no politician wants to be the one to authorize the euthanasia of hte iconic dollar bill with George Washington’s familiar face. Plus the difficulty in getting US citizens to use the 1-dollar coin dates back to the ill-fated Susan B. Anthony dollar. First issued in 1979, the coin was roundly rejected because it was too close in size, shape, and color to the quarter, resulting in confusion during transactions. The Sacagawea dollar issued in 2000 partially solved the color simularity by using a clad which appears “golden” when new, but tarnishes to a dull color after circulation.

It’s unlikely the public will ever choose the coin over the note if both circulate simultaneously, but if the notes were withdrawn, the public would eventually adopt coinage, just as has happened in many other countries around the world that finally faced up to the financial fact that it made little economic sense to lose money on every dollar it prints instead of mints.

Artist Thomas Hipschen: The man behind your (US) money

Here’s an interesting short video about Thomas Hipschen, former engraver for the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Canada new date (2009) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$20.20), 2009. Like P103 (“ISSUE OF 2004”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2009 at lower center on back and new signatures (W.P. Jenkins and M.J. Carney).

Courtesy of James Huang.

Canada new date (2009) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$10.10), 2009. Like P102A (“ISSUE OF 2004”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2009 at lower center on back and new signatures (W.P. Jenkins and M.J. Carney).

Courtesy of James Huang.

Mexico new sig/date (28.04.2008) 200-peso note confirmed


200 pesos (US$16.50), 28 ABR. 2008. Like Pick 125, but new date, new signatures (Everado Elizondo Almaguer and Raul Valdes Ramos), and Serie N.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Mexico new sig/date (08.03.2010) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$4.15), 8 MAR. 2010. Like P123, but new date and signatures (Jose Julian Sidaoui Dib and Raul Valdes Ramos).

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Mexico new date (2009.04.23) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$4.10), 23 ABR. 2009. Like P123, but new date and new signature (Guillermo Ortiz Martinez and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie M.

Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez.

Mexico new sig/date (23.04.2009) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$1.60), 23 ABR. 2009. Like P122, but new date and signatures (Roberto del Cueto Legaspi and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie J.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Mexico new sig/date (20.11.2007) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$1.60), 20 NOV. 2007. Like P122, but new date and signatures (Guillermo Ortiz Martinez and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie F.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

United States new 100-dollar note plauged by printing problems

MSNBC has an interesting article and video concerning problems with the new 100-dollar note scheduled for release in 2011.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy



Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Greenland decides against issuing its own banknotes

According to a Siku News article dated 26 October 2010, Greenland’s government has decided against issuing its own banknotes—similar to how the Faroe Islands issues its own notes equivalent to the Danish krone— an idea initially floated by the former Siumut government and laid down in “The Law on Currency Notes in Greenland” in 2006. The new government headed by the Inuit Ataqatigiit party has decided that the country can’t afford such a symbolic gesture. “Society has much greater problems than using money to introduce Greenland currency,” said Minister for Finance Palle Christensen earlier this year. The 2006 law was annulled at the government’s request.

United States new 100-dollar note delayed

On 1 October 2010, the Federal Reserve Board announced a delay in the issue date of the redesigned US$100 note. This new design incorporates cutting edge, anti-counterfeiting technologies and the Federal Reserve imposes strict quality controls to ensure that users of U.S. currency around the world receive the highest quality notes. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing manufactures Federal Reserve notes and has identified a problem with sporadic creasing of the paper during printing of the new $100 note, which was not apparent during extensive pre-production testing. As a consequence, the Federal Reserve will not have sufficient inventories to begin distributing the new $100 notes as planned. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is working to resolve this problem, and the Federal Reserve Board will announce a new issue date for the redesigned $100 note as soon as possible. The originally scheduled issue date was 10 February 2011.

Mexico new date (28.10.2008) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$3.85), 28 OCT. 2008. Series K with signatures of Jesús Marcos Yacaman (JUNTA DE GOBIERNO/Sub-Governor) and Raúl Valdés Ramos (CAJERO PRINCIPAL/Chief Cashier). Introduced December 2009. Polymer.


50 pesos (US$3.85), 28 OCT. 2008. Series L with signatures of unknown (JUNTA DE GOBIERNO/Sub-Governor) and Raúl Valdés Ramos (CAJERO PRINCIPAL/Chief Cashier). Polymer.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez and Thomas Krause.

Mexico new date (26.03.2002) 500-peso note confirmed


500 pesos (US$38.75), 26 MAR. 2002. Like P120, but new date, new signature, and Serie AG.

Courtesy of Jean-MIchel Engels.

Mexico new 500-peso note confirmed

On 30 August 2010, the Bank of Mexico completed the issuance of its latest family of notes with the introduction of a new 500-peso note. As with previous members of this new family, older notes of the same denomination remain legal tender and will circulate in parallel with the new notes.



Agustin Guillermo Carstens and Raul Valdes Ramos

P126. 500 pesos (US$38.10). Brown. Front: Calla lily in violet-to-green OVI; Rivera’s mural Desnudo con Alcatraces (Nude with Calla Lilies), three brushes, and painter’s palette; muralist Diego Rivera; map. Back: Map; bank logo; artist Frida Kahlo; Kahlo’s painting El Abrazo de Amor del Universo, La Tierra, (México), Yo, Diego and Señor Xolotl (The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth, [Mexico], I, Diego and Mister Xolotl); hummingbird. Windowed Motion security thread and solid security thread. Watermark: Diego Rivera and electrotype 500. Printer: BANCO DE MÉXICO. 148 x 66 mm. 8 MAR. 2010. Serie A. Intro: 30.08.2010.

Courtesy of Rickey Stein and Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Mexico new sig/date (28.10.2008) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$1.55), 28 OCT. 2008. Like P122, but new date and signatures (Jose Julian Sidaoui Dib and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie H.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Mexico new sig/date (28.04.2008) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$1.55), 28 ABR. 2008. Like P122, but new date and signatures (Guillermo Guemez Garcia and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie G.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Mexico new sig/date (28.04.2008) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$3.85), 28 ABR. 2008. Like P123, but new date and signatures (Jose Julian Sidaoui Dib and Raul Valdes Ramos). Serie J.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Canada new date (2009) 5-dollar note confirmed


5 dollars (US$4.75), 2009. Like P101A (“ISSUE OF 2006”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2009 at lower center on back and new signatures (W.P. Jenkins and M.J. Carney).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Mexico new 100-peso note confirmed




Guillermo Ortiz Martinez and Raul Valdes Ramos

100 pesos (US$7.90), 23 ABR. 2009.
Red and yellow. Front: Ear of corn; poem about zentzontle, a bird represented by jade, flower, and two seated men; warrior poet Nezahualcóyotl. Back: Bank logo; temple, central square, and aqueduct of México-Tenochtitlán; cricket. Windowed Motion security thread and solid security thread. Watermark: Nezahualcóyotl and electrotype 100. Printer: BANCO DE MÉXICO. 148 x 66 mm. Intro: 09.08.2010.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez and Claudio Marana.

Canada new date (2009) 100-dollar note confirmed


100 dollars (US$96), 2009. Like P105 (“ISSUE OF 2004”) but new “PRINTED IN” date of 2009 at lower center on back and new signatures (W.P. Jenkins and M.J. Carney).

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Bermuda 2-dollar note named IBNS Banknote of the Year


The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) has chosen Bermuda’s $2 note, issued as part of an entirely new series in 2009, as the 2010 Bank Note of the Year. Each year the IBNS recognizes an exceptional banknote issued in the previous year and, from nine very impressive nominations issued in 2009, the Bermuda $2 note was a clear winner.

The award-winning note portrays the Bermuda Bluebird (Sialia sialis) on the front and the Dockyard Clock Tower and Statue of Neptune on the back. As with all notes in the new Bermuda series, the head of HM Queen Elizabeth II appears in a reduced format on the front of the note, the portrait being a mirror of the Machin Head design which appears on the postage stamps of the Royal Mail.

The members of the IBNS Board, who chose the winning note, considered the Bermuda $2 note an example of the most attractive elements which create interest among the ever-widening community of banknote collectors and those who take an interest in the development of paper money. They said the combination of colours were appealing and blended well throughout all components of the design. Additionally, the range of items depicted on the note were attractively presented and allowed the eye to linger and to search for natural and historical design elements which were not immediately apparent.

One of the factors recommending the note to the judges was an interesting array of security features, despite its low face value. These include an Optiks™ embedded metallic thread, with an aperture on the front depicting the island; a Hibiscus watermark on the top section on the front; the Cornerstone™—a watermark feature on the four corners of the note enhancing the durability of the banknote; and, on the back, the Gemini™ feature portraying a compass which fluoresces in two colours under UV light.

Manufactured by De La Rue and released as part of a new series by the Bermuda Monetary Authority in February 2009, the series was the first major re-design of Bermudian banknotes for 40 years. The object of the series was to present depictions of Bermuda, with the series reflecting the natural beauty of the flora and fauna of the island on one side and the island’s architectural heritage on the other.

Working from a detailed brief from the Bermuda Monetary Authority, the initial concept designs for the series were created by Gene Bothwick, one of De La Rue’s long-serving designers, who retired in 2007 after 23 years of service. These concepts were then developed for production by the De La Rue banknote Preliminaries Department with input and guidance from the Monetary Authority.

The IBNS congratulates the Bermuda Monetary Authority and De La Rue on an exceptional banknote.

United States unveils new 100-dollar note


The United States’ long-awaited new 100-dollar banknote was unveiled on 21 April 2010. Like the preceding issues of the denomination, it features Benjamin Franklin on the front and Independence Hall on the back, but is protected by improved anti-counterfeiting features, chief among them is Crane’s windowed Motion thread (which the BEP calls “3-D Security Ribbon”) and a copper-to-green OVI metameric pair patch shaped like an inkwell which reveals the Liberty Bell inside when tilted.. The note also has a solid security thread printed USA 100, a watermark of Franklin, the denomination printed in copper-to-green OVI, intaglio printing, microprinting, and a huge vertical 100 on the back right. The new $100 will begin circulating on 10 February 2011 and will circulate in parallel with older versions of the denomination (all US notes remain legal tender forever). More information can be found on the BEP web site, but due to high traffic on the day of its unveiling, some pages may refuse to load properly.

United States to unveil new 100-dollar note 21 April 2010

According to a media advisory dated 5 March 2010, “The new design for the $100 note will make its debut on Wednesday, April 21 during a ceremony at the Department of the Treasury's Cash Room. The U.S. government redesigns currency in order to stay ahead of counterfeiters and protect the public. Decisions about the redesign of each denomination are guided by the government's close evaluation of the range of ongoing counterfeit threats, whether from digital technology or traditional printing presses.”

“The unveiling of the $100 note is the first step in a global multi-government agency public education program implemented by the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Secret Service, to educate those who use the $100 note about its changes before it begins circulating. The $100 note is the highest value denomination of U.S. currency in general circulation, and it circulates broadly around the world. Public education is an important component of the government's redesigned currency program because a well informed public is our first and best line of defense against counterfeiting. Free training materials for cash-handlers as well as other public education resources will be available in 25 languages at www.newmoney.gov beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT on April 21.”

Courtesy of Alan Moe.

Canada to issue polymer notes in 2011

According to an article in The Globe and Mail dated 4 March 2010, Canada has announced that beginning in late 2011 it intends to replace paper-cotton banknotes with polymer notes which are reported to last “two to three times longer. The changes are intended save on the cost of printing bills – and create a currency that’s much harder to counterfeit.” Canada will rely upon Austarlia’s Securency as the sole supplier for the polymer substrate. Though there is no mention of who will print the notes, it will probably continue to be Bank of Canada and Canadian Bank Note Company. Furthermore, it appears the 10- and 20-dollar denominations will be the first to be printed on polymer.

Courtesy of Dharshan Mahalingam and Mark Allen.

United States considers putting Ronald Reagan on 50-dollar note

 On 25 February 2010, North Carolina's Republican Representative Patrick McHenry introduced The President Ronald Reagan $50 Bill Act, numbered H.R. 4705, which proposes replacing the portrait of the 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, with that of the 40th president, Ronald Reagan. "Every generation needs its own heroes. One decade into the 21st century, it's time to honor the last great president of the 20th and give President Reagan a place beside Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy," said Congressman McHenry. "President Reagan was a modern day statesman, whose presidency transformed our nation's political and economic thinking."

Mexico new sig/date (28.10.2008) 500-peso note confirmed


500 pesos (US$39.05), 28 OCT. 2008. Like Pick 120, but new date, new signatures (Roberto del Cueto Legaspi and Raúl Valdés Ramons), and new series (AW).

Courtesy of Rickey Stein.

Mexico new sig/date 200-peso notes confirmed



200 pesos (US$15.60), 14 MAY. 2007. New date, new signatures (Guillermo Ortiz Martínez and Raúl Valdés Ramons), and new series (E).


200 pesos (US$15.60), 14 MAY. 2007. New date, new signatures ( Everado Elizando Almaguer and Raúl Valdés Ramons), and new series (F).


200 pesos (US$15.60), 20 NOV. 2007. New date, new signatures (Jesús Marcos Yacamán and Raúl Valdés Ramons), and new series (G).


200 pesos (US$15.60), 20 NOV. 2007. New date, new signatures (Everado Elizondo Almaguer and Raúl Valdés Ramons), and new series (H).

Courtesy of Rickey Stein.

Mexico new sig/date (14.05.2007) 200-peso notes confirmed


200 pesos (US$15.60), 14 MAY. 2007. Like Pick 119, but new date, new signatures (José Julian Sidaoui Dib and Raúl Valdés Ramons), and new series (DN).

Courtesy of Rickey Stein.

Mexico new sig/date (28.04.2008) 100-peso notes confirmed


100 pesos (US$7.80), 28 ABR. 2008. Like Pick 118, but new date, new signatures (Roberto del Cueto Legaspi and Raúl Valdés Ramons), and new series (DZ).


100 pesos (US$7.80), 28 ABR. 2008. Like Pick 118, but new date, new signatures (Guillermo Ortiz Martinez and Raúl Valdés Ramons), and new series (EA).


100 pesos (US$7.80), 28 ABR. 2008. Like Pick 118, but new date, new signatures (Everado Elizando Almaguer and Raúl Valdés Ramons), and new series (EB).

Courtesy of Rickey Stein.

Mexico new sig/date (15.05.2007) 200-peso note confirmed


200 pesos (US$15.45), 15 MAY. 2007. New date, new signatures (Jesús Marcos Yacamán and Raúl Valdés Ramos), and series D.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Mexico new sig/date (20.11.2007) 100-peso note confirmed


100 pesos (US$7.70), 20 NOV. 2007. Like Pick 108, but new date, new signatures (Jesús Marcos Yacamán and Raúl Valdés Ramos), and series DY.

Courtesy of Ricardo G. Ramírez.

Mexico new date (14.05.2007) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$1.55), 14 MAY. 2007. New date, series E, and new signatures (Jesus Marcos Yacaman and Raul Valdes Ramons).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Richard Miranda.

Mexico 100-peso commemorative has error


On 23 September 2009, the Bank of Mexico introduced two commemorative banknotes: a paper one to celebrate the bicentennial of independence, and a polymer one to celebrate the centennial of the Mexican Revolution.

The 100-peso commemorative with series A/A-A/E has an error in the microprinted text. On the front, the text appears correctly as “SUFRAGIO EFECTIVO Y NO REELECCION.” However, on the back the second word is misspelled as “ELECTIVO.” Apparently a corrected note will appear in 2010, and the error notes will remain in circulation.

Courtesy of Rickey Stein and Thomas Krause.

Bermuda new date (07.05.2007) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$10). Like Pick 52, but new date (7 MAY 2007) and new signatures.

Courtesy of TDS.

Pixel watermark debuts on Mexico 200-peso commemorative


On 23 September 2009, the Bank of Mexico introduced two new commemorative banknotes. The 200-peso paper note celebrates the bicentenial of independence. It is also noteworthy because it's the first note in the world with a new security feature: the Pixel watermark, developed by ArjoWiggins Security.

A new development in the field of multi-tone watermarks, Pixel watermarks consist of patterns of dark dots of varying sizes on light backgrounds to create 3D effects such as the texture on the angel's wing on Mexico's new 200-peso commemorative. According to ArjoWiggins, in the coming months 20 new banknotes will be issued in Asia and Latin America featuring Pixel watermarks.

Courtesy of Nathalie Vast.

Mexico introduces two new commemorative notes

In a press release dated 23 September 2009, the Bank of Mexico announced the immediate introduction of two new commemorative banknotes: a paper one to celebrate the bicentennial of independence, and a polymer one to celebrate the centennial of the Mexican Revolution. Each will be limited to 50 million pieces and these notes will not replace the currently circulating notes of the same denominations.

20,000 sets of notes with matching serial numbers were sold in a special folder. Anyone with information on the original cost of a set or the ability to scan the folder is encouraged to share that info and the images.


100 pesos (US$7.50)
Commemorates the Mexcian Revolution. Front: Ear of corn; camp follower (Adelita); locomotive that carried revolutionary troops in 1910; corn field; map. Back: Corn field; soldiers in David Alfaro Siqueiros' mural "Del Porfirismo a la Revolución;" ear of corn. Watermark: Adelita. Series A. Dated 20 NOV. 2007. 134 x 66 mm. Polymer.

  • Prefix A Signatures: Guillermo Ortiz Martinez and Raul Valdes Ramons
  • Prefix B Signatures: Roberto Del Cueto Legaspi and Raul Valdes Ramons:

  • Prefix C Signatures: Everardo Elizondo Almaguer and Raul Valdes Ramons
  • Prefix D Signatures: Jose Julian Sidaoui Dib and Raul Valdes Ramons
  • Prefix E Signatures: Jesus Marcos Yacaman and Raul Valdes Ramons:



200 pesos (US$15)
Commemorates Mexican Independence. Front (vertical): Church bell in OVI; map; Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla with a banner, from Jesus Enrique Emilio de la Helguera Evans' painting "Don Miguel Hidalgo." Back (vertical): Angel of Independence, on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City; stylized bright red cap (symbol of freedom). Windowed security thread. Watermark: Angel of Independence with electrotype 200. 141 x 66 mm.

Signature information courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Bermuda new date (07.05.2007) notes confirmed


2 dollars (US$2). Like Pick 50, but new date (7 MAY 2007) and new signatures.

50 dollars (US$50), 7 MAY 2007. Like P54, but new date and new signatures (Alan F. Richardson, CHAIRMAN; Robert Steinhoff, DIRECTOR).

Both the 2- and 50-dollar notes have been seen with this new date. The Bermuda Monetary Authority recently confirmed that 10- and 20-dollar notes have also been issued dated 7 MAY 2007. If anyone has these denominations with this date, please send scans so that I can post them.

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

Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Mexico new date (28.04.2008) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$4.55), 28 ABR. 2008. Like Pick 122b, but Series J, new date, and new signatures (Jose Julian Sidaoui Dib and Raul Valdes Ramons). Polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Mexico new date (28.04.2008) 100-peso note confirmed


100 pesos (US$7.50). Like Pick 118, but new date (28 ABR. 2008) and new signatures (Governor, Guillermo Ortíz Martínez; Chief Cashier, Raul Valdes Ramos).

Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez.

Canada 10-dollar error notes reported

Some Canadian 10-dollar notes printed in 2007 with the Jenkins-Dodge signature combination were printed on paper intended for 20-dollar notes. They therefore have Queen Elizabeth's portrait and the number 20 as the watermark, a security thread with demetalized "Canada 20", and the holographic stripe with the number 20. There are at least three ranges of the error notes with prefixes BTT and BTU. Six notes have been confirmed so far, though there could be many more notes in circulation.

For more information, please visit Canadian Paper Money.

Canada new signature notes dated 2008 confirmed








The above notes are all dated 2006 on front and printed 2008 on back. They are like preceding issues, but with a new signature combination: W.P. Jenkins and M.J. Carney. As of late May, apparently the $100 has not yet be issued with this date/signature combination.

Courtesy of Jim “Rubycored” Chen.

Bermuda new variety 20-dollar note dated 2000 confirmed


A new variety 20-dollar note from Bermuda has been confirmed. Pick 53a at top has a silver foil patch in the shape of an artist’s palette at lower left front, but on the new variety the foil patch has a smaller 20, and the artwork to the right includes flowers. Both notes are dated 24 MAY 2000 and have the same signature combinations, and the other security features seem to be unchanged.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Bermuda issues new note series

On 20 February 2009, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) celebrated 40 years of service, and the island of Bermuda celebrated the 400th anniversary of its settlement by British explorer Sir George Somers. The BMA is marking these landmark occasions by launching the first complete redesign of Bermuda’s banknotes since the Bermuda dollar was issued in 1969. Planning for this launch commenced in 2005, and the BMA received the permission and support of the minister of finance and the cabinet for this new design in the summer of 2007. The objectives of the launch are to update the design of the Bermuda note family, the basic design of which has been in place since 1969; to provide a distinct Bermuda design, and clearly distinguish the note family from the designs of other countries; to provide a sense of national pride and easy identification with the features by the Bermudian public; to combat counterfeiting by increasing the security features; and to issue notes that are durable in the island’s tropical climate. The new banknotes were unveiled on November 24, 2008, and were introduced on March 9, 2009. Subject to the minister of finance’s approval, the BMA is also planning to issue commemorative note and coin products celebrating the 400th anniversary of Bermuda’s settlement.


2 dollars
Turquoise. Front (vertical): QEII; bluebird; flowers; butterfly; sail boats. Back (vertical): Butterflies; compass rose; dockyard clock tower; statue of Neptune. Optiks security thread. Watermark: Hibiscus flower and electrotype sail boat. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 136 x 69 mm. 1 JANUARY 2009. Signatures: R. Alan F. Richardson and E. Barclay Simmons. Introduced 03.09.2009.


5 dollars
Pink. Front (vertical): QEII; blue marlin fish; flowers; dolphin. Back (vertical): Butterflies; bird of paradise flower; Horseshoe Bay beach; boat passing beneath Somerset bridge. Optiks security thread. Watermark: Hibiscus flower and electrotype sail boat. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 136 x 69 mm. 1 JANUARY 2009. Signature R. Alan F. Richardson and unknown. Introduced 03.09.2009.


10 dollars
Purple. Front (vertical): QEII; blue angel fish; coral; sea turtle. Back (vertical): Anchor; butterflies; ship “The Deliverance;” cannon; Commissioner’s House building in Somerset Parish. Optiks security thread. Watermark: Hibiscus flower and electrotype sail boat. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 136 x 69 mm. 1 JANUARY 2009. Signatures: R. Alan F. Richardson and Lynda Milligan-Whyte. Introduced 03.09.2009.


20 dollars
Green. Front (vertical): QEII; whistling frog; flowers; lizard. Back (vertical): Butterflies; St. Mark’s church; Gibbs Hill lighthouse in Southampton Parish. Optiks security thread. Watermark: Hibiscus flower and electrotype sail boat. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 136 x 69 mm. 1 JANUARY 2009. Signatures: R. Alan F. Richardson and unknown. Introduced 03.09.2009.


50 dollars
Yellow. Front (vertical): QEII; longtail tropic bird; flowers. Back (vertical): Butterflies; St. Peter’s church in town of St. George. Optiks security thread. Watermark: Hibiscus flower and electrotype sail boat. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 136 x 69 mm. 1 JANUARY 2009. Signatures: R. Alan F. Richardson and unknown. Introduced 03.09.2009.

Note: Shortly after the unveiling of the new note designs, ornithologist David Wingate complained that the $50 features a red-billed tropicbird instead of a local white-tailed tropicbird. BMA officials apologized for the error, but won’t change the design because they feel the red bill of the larger bird looks better against the pale yellow background than the orange of the local bird.


100 dollars
Red. Front (vertical): QEII; Red cardinal bird; flowers. Back (vertical): Butterflies; House of Assembly building in Hamilton; cahow bird. Optiks security thread. Watermark: Hibiscus flower and electrotype sail boat. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 136 x 69 mm. 1 JANUARY 2009. Signatures: R. Alan F. Richardson and Robert Steinhoff. Introduced 03.09.2009.

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

Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Mexico new date (14.05.2007) 200-peso note confirmed


200 pesos (US$18.10), 14 MAY. 2007. Like P119, but new date and series DM.

Strangely enough, the first new style 200-peso note with Motion thread is dated 15 FEB. 2007 and series A, and a variety has also been confirmed with the date 14 MAY. 2007 and series C. That means this old style note bears a date that’s subsequent to the introduction of the new style notes, and actually shares that date with a new style variety.

Courtesy of Kevin Klauss.

Mexico new 200-peso note confirmed


200 pesos (US$18.10), 15 FEB. 2007. Introduced 08.09.2008. Green. Front: Writer Juana de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz); books; inkwell; pens; library window. Back: Hacienda de Panoayan; baptismal font of the church of San Vicente Ferrer in Chimalhuacán; Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhautl volcanoes. Series A. OVI, windowed Motion security thread, microtext, Omron rings, map as registration device, intaglio printing, portrait watermark with denomination as electrotype, embedded colored threads, and UV elements. 141 x 66 mm.

Mexico new date (22.11.2006) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$4.80), 22 NOV. 2006. Like MXN50 issued November 21, 2006, but new date, series G, and new signatures (unknown, JUNTA DE GOBIERNO; Raul Valdas Ramons, CAJERO PRINCIPAL). Polymer.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Mexico new date (19.06.2006) 100-peso note confirmed


100 pesos (US$9.50), 19 JUN. 2006. Like P118, but new date and series DT.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Mexico new 1,000-peso note confirmed


1,000 pesos (US$93.50), 8 MAY, 2006. Introduced 07.04.2008. Rose and violet. Portrait of Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla on front, University of Guanajuato on back. Series A. Three towers of the church of Dolores Hidalgo in OVI, windowed Motion security thread, microtext, Omron rings, map as registration device, intaglio printing, portrait watermark with denomination as electrotype, embedded colored threads, and UV elements. 155 x 66 mm.

Mexico new date (19.06.2006) 200-peso note confirmed


200 pesos (US$18.10), 19 JUN. 2006. Like P119, but new date and series DK.

Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez.

Mexico new date (06.19.2006) 500-peso note confirmed


500 pesos (US$46.70), 19 JUN. 2006 and 15 FEB. 2007. Like P120, but new dates and new signatures (Guillermo Ortiz Martinez, Junta de Gobierno; Raul Valdas Ramons, Cajero Principal).

Courtesy of Ronny Hick and Kevin Klauss.

United States unveils new 5-dollar note design



5 dollars (US$5), 2006. Unveiled September 20, 2007. To be issued in “early 2008.” Green and light purple. Enlarged portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Wmk of large 5 to right of portrait, wmk of column of three smaller 5s to left of portrait. Security thread with repeating USA and 5 repositioned to right of portrait; glows blue under UV light. Omron rings. Microprinting. Signatures (Anna Escobedo Cabral, Treasurer of the United States; Henry M. Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury). Lincoln Monument on back with low-vision 5 printed in purple.

Mexico new 20-peso polymer note confirmed


20 pesos (US$1.85), 19 JUN. 2006. Issued August 20, 2007. Blue, green, and brown. Series A. Don Benito Juárez García as portrait and wmk, scales of justice and open book (las Leyes de Reforma en 1859) above signatures (Guillermo Ortiz Martinez, JUNTA DE GOBIERNO; Raul Valdes Ramons, CAJERO PRINCIPAL), 20 embossed on see-through window, 20 PESOS repeated on security band, color-changing bird, microtext, map as registration device, Omron rings, and UV inks. Monte Albán pre-Columbian archaeological ruins in Oaxaca, a pendent, and Dios del Rayo mask of Zapotec deity Cocijo on back. Printer: BANCO DE MEXICO. Polymer. 120 x 66 mm.

20 pesos (US$1.85), 19 JUN. 2006. Issued August 20, 2007. Like above, but Series B and signatures (Guillermo Güemez Garcia, JUNTA DE GOBIERNO; Raul Valdes Ramons, CAJERO PRINCIPAL).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Canadian Journey 20-dollar error note surfaces


Winston Brown of Toronto, Ontario, has recently gone public with a dramatic example of a modern error. The $20 from 2004’s Canadian Journey series has the holographic stripe on the front right, the windowed security thread on the back right, and the watermark is upside down (compare top pair of images with normal note below).

The Bank of Canada has confirmed that the note is genuine and postulates that the error is a result of an uncut sheet of banknote paper being being rotated 180 degrees before being fed into its presses in Ottawa. Since each sheet contains 45 notes, there must have been 44 other examples of this error with serial numbers similar to that found on Brown’s note: EZM7459230. However, his note was found in circulation in 2006 (though a 2004 issue, the note is dated 2006 on the back), and Brown isn’t aware of any other similar notes that have surfaced to date. It’s possible they escaped notice and may be lost, destroyed, collected, or waiting to be discovered.

Brown intends to sell his error note via auction at some point in the future. Interested parties may contact him via email: w_brown_2007@hotmail.com.

Courtesy of Winston Brown.

Mexico new date (19.06.2006) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$4.55), 19 Jun. 2006. Like Pick 122b, but Series E, new date, and new signatures (Jesus Marcos Yacaman, Junta de Gobierno; Raul Valdes Ramons, Cajero Principal). Polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Canada issues 5-dollar note dated 2006 with upgraded security features


5 dollars, 2006. Issued November 15, 2006. Like Pick 101, but new date, new signatures (P. Jenkins, Senior Deputy Governor; and D.A. Dodge, Governor), and additional security features, including metallic holographic stripe, a watermark portrait, a windowed color-shifting security thread, a registration device, and enhanced fluorescence under UV light. Gone are the iridescent maple leaves and latent image of the denomination that appear on Pick 101. To increase its durability, the upgraded $5 note is printed on a slightly heavier paper and is coated with a protective varnish.

Courtesy of Dennis Lane.

Mexico to issue new polymer 50-peso note

The Bank of Mexico plans to issue a new family of banknotes designed primarily to improve security and ease identification by the blind through the use of different tactile marks and varying sizes for each denomination. The first note of this new series is the $50 (US$4.60), details of which were revealed today as follows.



50 peso, 5 Nov. 2004. Issued November 21, 2006. Series A. Signatures: Guillermo Ortiz Martinez, Junta de Gobierno; Maria Elvira Herendira Hernandez Barba, Cajero Principal.
José María Morelos as portrait and watermark, color-shifting butterfly, microtext, security thread, map of Mexico as registration device, and see-through window with embossed denomination. Aqueduct in Morelia, Michoacán on back, along with orange Monarch butterflies that fluoresce yellow under UV light. Polymer. 127 x 66 mm.



50 peso, 7 Sept. 2005. Issued November 21, 2006. Like above, but series B, new date, and new signatures (Guillermo Güemez Garcia, Junta de Gobierno; Raul Valdes Ramons, Cajero Principal). Polymer.



50 peso, 7 Sept. 2005. Series C. Signatures: Everardo Elizondo Almaguer, Junta de Gobierno; Raul Valdes Ramons, Cajero Principal.



50 peso, 7 Sept. 2005. Issued November 21, 2006. Like above, but series D, new date, and new signatures (Jose Julian Sidaoui Dib, Junta de Gobierno; Raul Valdes Ramons, Cajero Principal). Polymer.


Faux watermark that appears on all notes to right of portrait.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

United States unveils new signature $20 note dated 2006

Treasury Secretary “Hank” Paulson visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in Washington, DC on October 23, 2006, for the unveiling of the first paper currency with his signature. The signature, which he provided to the BEP on his first day in office this past July, uses his formal name: Henry M. Paulson Jr. The new $20 Series 2006 notes also bear the signature of Anna Escobedo Cabral, Treasurer. The notes are expected to be sent to the Federal Reserve for distribution as needed.

Mexico to release new family of notes starting in November 2006


In September 2006, the Bank of Mexico outlined its plans to issue a new family of banknotes designed primarily to improve security and ease identification by the blind through the use of different tactile marks and varying sizes for each denomination. The colors and overall designs of the current series of notes will remain unchanged to avoid confusion. The lone exception is the new $500, which will feature Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo.

All of the new notes will be 66 mm tall. However, the 20-peso note will be 120 mm in length, and each larger denomination will be 7 mm longer, culminating in a 1,000-peso note measuring 155 x 66 mm, the same size as the current series of notes (Pick 116 - 121).

The first note of the new series will be the $50, to be released in November 2006, followed by the $20 in 2007. Both of these denominations will be printed on polymer, which — in the bank's experience with the current polymer $20 (Pick 116) — lasts three times longer than paper.

The remaining denominations will be printed on paper, with the $200 and $1,000 appearing in 2008, and the $100 and $500 slated for 2009. The current notes will remain legal tender and will be gradually removed from circulation.