Oceania

New Hebrides chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 11-page catalog covers notes issued by the Comptoirs Français des Nouvelles-Hébrides (French Counters of the New Hebrides) in 1921, the Banque de l’Indochine (Bank of Indo-China) from 1941 to 1963, the Services Nationaux Français des Nouvelles Hébrides (French National Service of the New Hebrides) in 1943, and the Institut d’Émission d’Outre-Mer (Overseas Issuing Institute) from 1968 to 1980. Published 5 September 2014.

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

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New Zealand new sig/date (2014) 5-dollar note confirmed

5 dollars, (20)14. Like RBNZ B31, but new date and new signature (Wheeler). Prefix AA - DA.

Courtesy of Scott de Young.

Tonga new signature 5-pa'anga note confirmed

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5 pa'anga, no date. Like NRBT B14a, but new signatures (Siale ‘Ataongo Kaho, Lord Tu’ivakano and Lisiate ‘Aloveita ‘Akolo).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Australia announced new date (2013) notes

According to a post on the Reserve Bank of Australia web site, all denominations from 5 to 100 dollars have been produced dated (20)13.

Courtesy of Shane McCulloch (www.newcastlecoins.com.au).

Vanuatu new 200-, 1,000-, and 2,000-vatu polymer notes confirmed

According to an article in the DailyPost dated 10 June 2014, on 9 June the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu introduced three new notes produced by Oberthur Fiduciare (France) on polymer substrate from Innovia (Australia) to increase longevity and reduce counterfeiting. The notes denominated in 200, 1,000, and 2,000 vatu represent family, agriculture, and flora and fauna, respectively. Notes denominated in 500 and 5,000 vatu are planned for introduction within two to three years.

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RBV B9 (PNL): 200 vatu (US$2.10)
Pink, brown, blue, and green. Front: Conch shell; waterway; Melanesian chief standing holding a spear; map of Vanuatu islands. Back: Map of Vanuatu islands; family of five seated outside house with palm trees; conch shell. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: OBERTHUR fiduciaire. 130 x 65 mm. Polymer.
a. (20)14. Signature 6. Prefix AA. Intro: 09.06.2014.

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RBV B11 (PNL): 1,000 vatu (US$10)
Brown, purple, blue, and green. Front: Conch shell; waterway; Melanesian chief standing holding a spear; map of Vanuatu islands. Back: Map of Vanuatu islands; flower; four farmers with crops; rancher riding horse among cattle with palm trees; conch shell. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: OBERTHUR fiduciaire. 140 x 65 mm. Polymer.
a. (20)14. Signature 6. Prefix AA. Intro: 09.06.2014.

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RBV B12 (PNL): 2,000 vatu (US$21)
Green, blue, orange, and brown. Front: Conch shell; waterway; Melanesian chief standing holding a spear; map of Vanuatu islands. Back: Map of Vanuatu islands; flower; three birds, tree, and waterfall; conch shell. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: OBERTHUR fiduciaire. 145 x 65 mm. Polymer.
a. (20)14. Signature 6. Prefix AA. Intro: 09.06.2014.

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

Courtesy of Aidan Work, Stane Štraus (http://www.polymernotes.org), and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

New Zealand new note family to be issued in Q4 2015

According to an article on Bloomberg dated 26 June 2014, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand plans to introduce its seventh series of notes in 2015. "The new banknotes, which aim to improve design and security features, were originally intended to enter circulation" in 2014.

According to a press release dated 5 July 2014, the new notes will be designed and printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company, which currently prints Canada's notes. New Zealand's new notes will remain printed on polymer substrate, and they will retain the same denomination structure and sizes of the current series, as well as the same themes, with the same people and other elements, although in revised designs. The "near final" designs are expected to be unveiled publicly in November 2014, and the finished notes are expected to enter circulation in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Aidan Work.

Papua New Guinea new sig/date (2014) 100-kina notes confirmed

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100 kina, (20)14. Like BPNG B39, but new date and new signatures.

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

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

Papua New Guinea new date (2014) 2-kina notes confirmed

2 kina, (20)14. Like BPNG B34, but new date.

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

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

Australia paper discussed the Next Generation Banknote Project

The Reserve Bank of Australia has published a PDF paper on the Next Generation Banknote Project, RBA's efforts to deter counterfeiting by enhancing the security of Australia's banknotes. One interesting finding is that the Australian public greatly exagerates the likelihood of receiving a counterfeit in circulation even though polymer fakes were virtually non-existent prior to 2010. Since then, rather convincing $50 fakes have been passed, and Mexico's 50-peso note was successfully counterfeited in 2012.

The "NGB" series will maintain the current serie's color schemes and people portrayed, and will also be printed on polymer, but with more complex designs, intaglio and offset printing, multiple see-through windows.

French Pacific Territories new 2014 note family confirmed

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IEOM B5 (PNL): 500 francs (US$5.65)
Green and red. Front: Papaya leaf and fruit as registration device; tapa cloth patterns (Wallis); kava leaves; bird of paradise flowers. Back: Plumeria (Frangipani) and Gardenia taitensis (Tahitian Gardenia or Tiaré Flower); siapo cloth patterns (Futuna); papaya leaf and fruit. Solid security thread with demetalized IEOM. Watermark: Outrigger canoe and electrotype 500. Printer: (BDF). 120 x 66 mm.
a. No date. Signature 14. Intro: 20.01.2014.

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IEOM B6 (PNL): 1,000 francs (US$11)
Brown and orange. Front: Parakeet as registration device; sting ray; tortoise. Back: Horned parakeet (Eunymphicus cornutus) on branch; Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) bird in flight; white terns; siapo cloth patterns (Futuna); parakeet. Solid security thread with demetalized IEOM. Watermark: Outrigger canoe and electrotype 1000. Printer: (BDF). 126 x 66 mm.
a. No date. Signature 14. Intro: 20.01.2014.

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IEOM B7 (PNL): 5,000 francs (US$57)
Blue and green. Front: Fish hooks as registration device; tapa cloth patterns (Wallis); volute and 7-finger shells; nautilus; pennant coralfish (Heniochus acuminatus) and coral. Back: Coral and open oyster with pearl; fish as SPARK patch; humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) fish; seashells in border; siapo cloth patterns (Futuna); fish hooks. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized IEOM logo and INSTITUT D’ÉMISSION D’OUTRE-MER. Green-to-blue color-changing windowed security thread. Watermark: Outrigger canoe and electrotype 5000. Printer: (BDF). 132 x 73 mm.
a. No date. Signature 14. Intro: 20.01.2014.

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IEOM B8 (PNL): 10,000 francs (US$113)
Red and yellow. Front: Stone pestle as registration device; tapa cloth patterns (Wallis); two oars; faré (thatched hut) and palm trees. Back: Round houses; flèche faîtière (Kanak house finial) SPARK patch; Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia; siapo cloth patterns (Futuna); stone pestle. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized IEOM logo and INSTITUT D’ÉMISSION D’OUTRE-MER. Green-to-blue color-changing windowed security thread. Watermark: Outrigger canoe and electrotype 10000. Printer: (BDF). 138 x 73 mm.
a. No date. Signature 14. Intro: 20.01.2014.

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

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

French Pacific Territories new note security features unveiled

The Institut d’Emission d’Outre-Mer now has a video on its site showing the security features of the new banknotes for the French Pacific Territories (New Caledonia, Polynesia, Wallis & Futuna) which will be issued on 20 January 2014.

Courtesy of Jake Read (https://www.facebook.com/jake.numismatics).

New Zealand new sig/date (2013) 10- and 20-dollar notes confirmed

10 dollars, (20)13. Like RBNZ B32f, but new date and signature (Graeme Wheeler, who took over as governor from Alan Bollard on 26.09.2012).

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20 dollars, (20)13. Like RBNZ B33f, but new date and signature (Graeme Wheeler, who took over as governor from Alan Bollard on 26.09.2012).

Courtesy of Garry Craig and Scott de Young.

Papua New Guinea new 2- and 100-kina commemorative notes confirmed

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BPNG B50 (PNL): 2 kina (US$0.85)
Green. Front: Coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby; 40th anniversary logo. Back: Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark: Bank logo. Printer: (NPA). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.
a. (20)13. Signature 11. Intro: 04.11.2013.

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BPNG B51 (PNL): 100 kina (US$42)
Green and gold. Front: Coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby; 40th anniversary logo. Back: Coffee beans; cardamom seeds; coconut palm tree; fish; timber; cargo ship; oil rig; bird; jumbo jet; dump truck; microwave tower. No security thread. Watermark: Bank logo. Printer: (NPA). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.
a. (20)13. Signature 11. Intro: 04.11.2013.

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

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

French Pacific Territories new sig 5,000-franc note confirmed

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5,000 francs, no date. Like IEOM B3, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Olivier Galand.

Papua New Guinea new 2- and 100-kina commemorative notes reported


According to an article on EMTV.com, on 4 November 2013 the Bank of Papua New Guinea will issue commemorative 2- and 100-kina polymer notes like the existing regular issues (BPNG B34 and B49, respectively), but with 40th anniversary logos overprinted on front.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

French Pacific Territories new notes to be introduced 20.01.2014

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There is now an official website for the new banknotes of the French Pacific Territories (New Caledonia, Polynesia, Wallis & Futuna) which shows all the final conceptual designs as well as some interesting videos. On 6 January 2014, the final designs will be shown to the public with all security features, and the notes are to be issued on 20 January 2014. The existing notes will circulate in parallel until 30 September 2014, after which time they will no longer be legal tender, but can be exchanged indefinitely at Institut d’Emission d’Outre-Mer offices.

Courtesy of Jake Read (https://www.facebook.com/jake.numismatics) and Jinesj Reins Joseph (https://www.facebook.com/jineshreins).

French Pacific Territories new sig 1,000- and 10,000-franc notes confirmed

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1,000 francs, no date. Like IEOM B2, but new signature (Directeur Philippe La Cognata, who replaced Patrick Besse on 10 September 2012).

10,000 francs, no date. Like IEOM B4, but new signature (Philippe La Cognata as Directeur).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Reisser.

Papua New Guinea new sig 10-kina note confirmed

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10 kina, no date. Like BPNG B10d, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Don Ludwig.

Solomon Islands new 50-dollar note confirmed

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According to an article on the Solomn Islands Broadcasting Corporation dated 27 September 2013, the Central Bank of Solomon Islands introduced a brand new 50-dollar note on 26 September 2013. This is the first denomination in a new family to be issued over the course of the next few years. While an image of the note is not yet available, the following has been reported:

"On the front of the note, local basket weave designs are intended to represent the swirling movement of shoals of fish whilst indigenous fauna and flora - including an iguana, lizard and snake - are shown on the back. The most prominent security feature is [De La Rue's] Optiks super wide security thread with a transparent window."

Courtesy of Paul Nahmias, Cleo Phas, and Thomas Krause.

Tonga chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 7-page catalog covers notes issued by the National Reserve Bank of Tonga from 1989 to present day. Published 6 September 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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New Zealand new date (2012) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, (20)12. Like RBNZ B34, but new date.

Courtesy of Peter Eccles.

Australia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 16-page catalog covers notes issued by the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1960 to present day. Published 2 August 2013.

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

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If you collect the entire world or a large number of countries, buying a $99 annual subscription is the best deal because it's less expensive than buying chapters individually, and it entitles you to every chapter currently available as well as everything published—or revised (click here to see the Change Log)—during the next 12 months.

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Australian mint releases coins featuring banknote designs

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According to a post on World Coin News, "The Royal Australian Mint has released this uncirculated three coin set. The coin designs within are inspired by banknote designs originally issued 100 years ago; they feature iconic images of Australia's primary industries of the era. The ten shillings, one pound, and five pounds designs are all celebrated on the coins within this set."

Courtesy of Matt.

Fiji 2-dollar note replaced by coin, 5-dollar note to be withdrawn

According to an article on NumisMaster dated 15 May 2013, Fiji has recently withdrawn its old 2-dollar note, and plans to withdraw the old, brown 5-dollar notes as of 30 June 2013.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Papua New Guinea demonetizes paper notes as of 30.06.2013

According to an undated article on Islands Business, "all paper banknotes in circulation in the country will be withdrawn by the Bank of Papua New Guinea by June 2013, after which they will not be accepted as legal tender." Polymer notes remain legal tender.

French Pacific Territories new sig 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs, no date. Like IEOM B1 (P1), but new signatures.

Courtesy of Olivier Galand.

Reserve Bank of Australia to sell Securency to Innovia Film

According to a BBC News article dated 11 February 2013, the Reserve Bank of Australia has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Securency International for A$65m ($67m; £40m) to UK-based Innovia Films, which already owns the remaining 50%. Securency is the developer of polymer-based Guardian banknote substrate.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Fiji new 2012 flora and fauna series confirmed

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Fiji announces the 2012 flora and fauna series of notes and coins on 12 December 2012 in this video. The notes begin circulating 2 Janauary 2013, with the exception of the 5-dollar note, the introduction of which is being delayed until April for undisclosed reasons.


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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de), Alex Zlotin, Aidan Work and Yves Courtemanche.

New Zealand new governor's siganture expected end of 2014

According to an article on Radio New Zealand dated 16 January 2013, it will take the Reserve Bank of New Zealand until late 2014 before it runs out of stock of banknotes bearing the signature of former governor, Alan Bollard, and begins issuing notes with the signature of the new governor, Graeme Wheeler.

Samoa new type 100-tala note confirmed

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100-tala notes (CBS B19) have been confirmed with signatures of Faumuina Tiatia Faaolatane Liuga and Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari. Additionally, there is a new decorative pattern overprinted on the designs at top and bottom borders on front and back.

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

Courtesy of Gaetano Trabattoni (Delcampe store), Claudio Marana, Martin Burger, and Kai Hwong.

Samoa new signature 5- and 20-tala notes confirmed

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5- and 20-tala notes (CBS B13b and B15b, respectively) have been confirmed with signatures of Faumuina Tiatia Faaolatane Liuga and Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari. Both issued in 2012.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Martin Burger, and Kai Hwong.

Fiji to unveil new notes 12.12.2012, to issue 02.01.2013

According to a Fiji Broadcasting Corporation article dated 29 November 2012, the Reserve Bank of Fiji intends to unveil a new series of banknotes and coins on 12 December 2012, and to issue same beginning 2 January 2013. The new designs of Fijian flora and fauna will replace the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on all denominations. The existing 2-dollar note will be replaced by a coin.

Courtesy of David Surette.

New Caledonia, Tahiti, and Wallis and Futuna new notes to be issued in 2014

According to an article on Tahiti News dated 26 October 20112, the Institut d'Emission d'Outre-Mer will issue new notes denominated 500, 1000, 5000, 10000, and 20000 francs CFP in early 2014. The designs have not yet been revealed, but they will be smaller in size than the current notes, and the colors will be green for 500, yellow for 1000, blue for 5000, red for 10000, and purple for 20000 francs CFP.

French Pacific Territories new signature 1,000-franc note confirmed

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1,000 francs (US$12), no date. Like IEOM B2 (P2), but new signatures (Nicolas de Seze, Christian Noyer, and Patrick Besse).

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

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels and Olivier Galand.

Gilbert and Ellice Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Gilbert and Ellice Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download.

At the time of initial publication, this 2-page catalog covers every note (3 types and varieties) issued by the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony Government in 1942.

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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Oceania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Oceania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download.

At the time of initial publication, this 2-page catalog covers every note (9 types and varieties) issued by the Japanese Government in 1942.

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
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Australia polymer banknote scientist audio interview available online

Radio National has an interesting 10-minute interview with David Solomon, an Australian scientist who worked with the Reserve Bank of Australia to create polymer banknotes.

Australia new polymer note concepts cause controversy

According to an article in The Australian dated 27 September 2012, the Reserve Bank of Australia has been working on a top-secret project, dubbed Next Generation Bank Note, for the past five years, the goal of which is to issue a new series of polymer banknotes, breathing new life into the currency, helping it capture "characteristics of Australia" with "youthful" and "energetic design qualities" while giving the bank the opportunity to enhance security features.

The following concept banknotes from Melbourne designer Garry Emery were approved for further development in 2010, and show that Queen Elizabeth II had been removed from the 5-dollar note in favor of the father of Federation, Henry Parkes, and Australia's first female political candidate, Catherine Helen Spence. The RBA ultimately decided to keep QEII on this denomination, although final designs have not been chosen, and it will be several years before any new notes are introduced to the public.

The Australian article made such a fuss about the amount of money spent on this project (said to be AU$9.3 million by News Limited), much of it paid to non-Australian designers, that the RBA was forced to issue an official response.

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The design brief for the Reserve Bank’s new generation $5 bank note did not initially include the Queen. Instead Father of Federation Sir Henry Parkes was to be the star.

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Australia’s first female political candidate Catherine Helen Spence featured on a special commemorative $5 note back in 2001 and was set to return with a new portrait in Gerry Emery’s NGB design.

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RBA research shows most Australians cannot name the faces on our money. The lyrics to Waltzing Matilda help identify AB 'Banjo' Paterson instantly.

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Poets and writers feature heavily on Australian bank notes. The typewritten verse of poet and journalist Dame Mary Gilmore brings a haunting sense of authenticity to Garry Emery's NGB design for the tenner.

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Englishwoman Mary Reibey was transported to Australia as a convict but went on to become a successful businesswoman in Sydney. The RBA removed biography captions early on in the NGB project to avoid lecturing the public.

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The NGB design brief called for the expression of 'Australian characteristics'. The Reverend John Flynn, who founded what became the Royal Flying Doctor Service, is rendered before a dramatic outback scene.

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Allan 'Chirpy' Campbell the great-nephew of Aboriginal inventor and author David Unaipon has vowed to sue the Reserve Bank for $30 million over the 'unauthorised' use of Unaipon in the present $50 note. But he loves this new image.

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The new portrait of teacher Edith Cowan with outback kids captured a youthful spirit the design brief called for before the Reserve Bank returned to safer territory in later versions.

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Legendary diva Dame Nellie Melba was set for a spectacular return to her heyday in the new portrait commissioned but we're staying with the older stodgy image of today's $100 note.

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Sir John Monash, Australia's greatest general, knocked polar explorer Douglas Mawson off the $100 when our biggest note changed from paper to plastic in 1996.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause, Trevor Wilkin, Yves Courtemanche. Neale Vickery, Allan Tilley, and Aidan Work.

Papua New Guinea new sig/date (2012) 50-kina note confirmed

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50 kina (US$25), (20)12. Like BPNG B38 (P32), but new date and new signatures (Loi Martin Bakani and Simon Tosali).

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

Australia new sig/date (2012) 10-dollar note confirmed

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10 dollars (US$10), (20)12. Like P58, but new date and new signatures (Glenn Robert Stevens and Martin Parkinson).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Australia new date (2011) 50- and 100-dollar notes confirmed

50 dollars (US$53), (20)11. Like P60, but new date.

100 dollars (US$106), (20)11. Like P61, but new date.

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

Fiji to unveil new notes due in December 2012

According to the Reserve Bank of Fiji's Annual Report 2011, "The Currency Review, that commenced a year earlier, progressed well in 2011. The objectives of the review comprised an upgrade of existing security features and the inclusion of Fiji’s flora and fauna on banknotes and coins. In March 2011, Cabinet approved the coining of the $2
denomination and the selected flora and fauna designs. Banknote and coin tenders were invited and awarded to De La Rue Currency and the Royal Canadian Mint, respectively. All banknote and coin designs were finalised and
approved in November 2011. In this regard, the RBF extends its sincere appreciation to the members of the Currency Design Committee for their commitment and guidance in selecting the flora and fauna designs for the new banknotes and coins family. The new flora and fauna designed currency, including the new $2 coin, will be officially unveiled and launched in December 2012."

Australia new sig/date (2012) 50-dollar note confirmed

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50 dollars (US$52), (20)12. Like P60, but new date and signatures (Glenn Robert Stevens and Martin Parkinson).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Australia new sig/date (2012) 5-dollar note confirmed

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5 dollars (US$5.20), (20)12. Like P57, but new date and signatures (Glenn Robert Stevens and Martin Parkinson).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Glenn Warren.

British Solomon Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

British Solomon Islands

The British Solomon Islands 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 (17 types and varieties, including 4 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of the British Solomon Islands from 1916 to 1933.

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Samoa new 50-tala commemorative note confirmed

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According to a Central Bank of Samoa press release, the bank has issued two commemorative collectible coins and a limited edition 50-tala (US$22) banknote for circulation to mark Samoa’s 50th Independence Day on 1 June 2012. This note is like the preceding issues, but with 50th ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE below the country’s name at upper center on front, darker geometric patterns along the top and bottom edges on both sides, and a new signature combination (Faumuina Tiatia Faaolatane Liuga and Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari).

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

Courtesy of Jay Mollindo and and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Solomon Islands new signature 5-dollar note confirmed

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5 dollars (US$0.70), no date. Like CBSI B16 (P26), but new signatures (Denton Hehenoro Rarawa and Shadrach Fanega).

Courtesy of Andrew Randall.

New Zealand new bank governor announced

On 26 June 2012, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand announced that Graeme Wheeler has been appointed the new governor, effective after current governor Alan Bollard’s second five-year term expires on 25 September 2012. This will likely result in new signature varieties for New Zealand's polymer banknotes.

Courtesy of Scott de Young.

New Caledonia, Tahiti, and Wallis and Futuna new notes to be issued

According to a press release dated 31 May 2012, the supervisory board of the Institut d'Emission d'Outre-Mer met in Paris, chaired by Mr. Didier Bruneel, representing the Governor of the Banque de France, and with Mr Nicolas de Seze, CEO. The Council made the three following decisions:
  • Renewal of the current family of notes denominated 500, 1000, 5000, and 10000 francs CFP.
  • Creating a new note of 20,000 francs CFP (US$210).
  • Fixing the release of the new notes towards the end of 2012 (subsequently set for 2014)

Courtesy of Jérôme Deschamps (www.banknoteslinks.com).

New Caledonia new banknote designs approved for 2013 intro

According to an article on CaledoSphere dated 24 April 2012, under the chairmanship of Harold Martin, the government of New Caledonia has validated final designs for 500-, 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc banknotes, though for security reasons the images have not been made public. The final designs are based upon drawings by Sophie Eugene, winner of the competition held in New Caledonia in 2008, under the previous Martin government. If the Banque de France approves, the new notes will enter circulation in 2013.

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Courtesy of Jérome Deschamps.

Fiji chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Fiji

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

This 16-page catalog covers every note (122 types and varieties, including 14 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Monetary Authority of Fiji from 1974 to 1983, and the Reserve Bank of Fiji from 1986 until present day. Pre-independence Government of Fiji notes are not currently included in this chapter. Revised 27 December 2012.

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New Zealand Reserve Bank Governor Bollard to step down 25 September 2012

According to a New Zealand Reserve Bank press release dated 30 January 2012, Alan Bollard will not be seeking another term as governor when his current term ends on 25 September this year. Appointed in September 2002, Dr Bollard is in his second five-year term.

Dr Bollard said that he will be fully focused in his remaining eight months on the serious economic and financial challenges facing New Zealand.

“As I noted last week, the Bank is ready to respond to ongoing developments overseas, especially in Europe, the US and China, as well as domestically, particularly the Canterbury earthquakes. In addition, the Bank’s expanded prudential regulatory responsibilities mean we will continue to introduce new prudential requirements this year, especially in the insurance and non-bank sectors.”

The Chair of the Reserve Bank Board, Dr Arthur Grimes, said the Board will search in New Zealand and abroad to identify a successor to Dr Bollard. The Governor is appointed by the Minister of Finance on the recommendation of the Board.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Solomon Islands new signature 100-dollar note confirmed


100 dollars (US$14), no date. Like CBSI B20 (P30), but new signature combo (Denton Hehenoro Rarawa and Shadrach Fanega).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

New Zealand offering 2007 and 2008 banknote sets


The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has recently begun offering 1,000 sets of 2007 and 2008 notes of all six denominations with matching serial numbers, reversing its previous decision to offer such numismatic products only when there is a design change such as a new signature variety. The last sets offered for sale included notes dated (20)03.

Courtesy of Evan Shukan and David Jones.

Solomon Islands new signature 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$1.40), no date. Like CBSI B17 (P27), but new signatures (Denton Hehenoro Rarawa and Shadrach Fanega).

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Fiji new signature 2-, 5-, and 10-dollar notes confirmed


According to a press release dated 1 December 2011, 2-, 5-, and 10-dollar notes of the 2007 design series were issued 5 December bearing the signature of Barry Whiteside, governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji. Governor Whiteside’s signature replaces the signature of the former governor, Savenaca Narube.

The title under the signature reads “Acting Governor” as Whiteside was acting as the governor when these banknotes were reordered and printed. Other banknotes of 20, 50, and 100 dollars will continue to bear the signature of the former governor until the introduction of the new series in 2012.

Courtesy of Stane Štraus and Nin Cheun (http://stores.ebay.com/Noteshobby).

Vanuatu new signature 200-vatu note confirmed


200 vatu (US$2.20), no date. Like RBV B3 (P8), but new signatures (Odo Tevi and Sela Molisa).

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

Solomon Islands new signature 2-dollar note confirmed


2 dollars (US$0.30), no date. Like CBSI B15 (P25), but new signatures (Denton Hehenoro Rarawa and Shadrach Fanega).

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Australia new date (2010) 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes confirmed


20 dollars (US$21), (20)10. Like P59f, but new date.
50 dollars (US$53), (20)10. Like P60g, but new date.
100 dollars (US$105), (20)10. Like P61a, but new date.

All three denominations have the same signature combination shown above.

Courtesy of Kai.

New Zealand announces upgrade of banknotes to begin in 2014

On 21 July 2011, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand held a press conference to announce that a project has begun to upgrade the nation’s banknotes, which will include a review of the material of the notes, and anti-counterfeiting features, but the people depicted on the notes are not expected to change, including the retention of Queen Elizabeth on the 20-dollar note despite her portait being the most disliked part of the design of that denomination. Little solid information was given at the press conference, except that the new notes are expected to start being issued one or two denominations at a time in 2014. There are, however, a lot of interesting tidbits in these two survey result reports conducted with retailers and consumers.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

New Zealand planning new note series for 2014

According to a Stuff.co article dated 30 June 2011, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is planning a press conference in the coming weeks to discuss a review of the nation's banknotes. No decision had been made on whether the current series of notes would be redesigned, but that is an option. The new notes will definitely include new security features to prevent counterfeiting, and are scheduled to be introduced in late 2014.

Solomon Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Solomon Islands cover

The Solomon Islands 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 (53 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Solomon Islands Monetary Authority from 1977 to 1981, and the Central Bank of Solomon Islands from 1984 until present day.

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Samoa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Samoa

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

This 8-page catalog covers every note (50 types and varieties, including 26 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Samoa from 1985 to present day.

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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Cook Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

At the time of initial publication, this 4-page catalog covers every note (20 types and varieties, including 1 note unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Cook Islands from 1894 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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French Pacific Territories chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Pacific Territories

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

This 5-page catalog covers every note (36 types and varieties, including 29 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Institut d’Emission d’Outre-Mer (Overseas Issuing Institute) from 1986 until present day. Revised 15 October 2012.

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Vanuatu chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (34 types and varieties, including 7 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale de Vanuatu (Central Bank of Vanuatu) from 1982 to 1989, and the Banque de Reserve de Vanuatu (Reserve Bank of Vanuatu) from 1993 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Samoa to replace 2-tala note with coin


According to a Radio New Zealand International posting on 5 April 2011, the Central Bank of Samoa plans to replace the polymer 2-tala (P31) note with a coin, and also plans to reduce the size of its coinange, all in an effort to save money in the face of rising commodities prices.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Fiji to issue notes without QEII in June 2012

According to a Radio Fiji article dated 1 March 2011, Fiji's prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has announced that the country will replace the 2-dollar (US$1.10) banknote with a coin, the color of the current 5-dollar (US$2.75) note will be changed from brown to green, and there will be new designs on all the other denominations, scheduled for introduction in June 2012. The new note designs replace the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with native flora and fauna.

Courtesy of Paul Nahmias, Wilson Chow, and David Liu.

New Zealand new date (2007) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$7.60), (20)07. Like P186, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Vanuatu new signature 5,000-vatu note confirmed


5,000 vatu (US$52.40), no date. Like P7, but new signature combination (Odo Tevi and Sela Molisa). Prefix BB.

Courtesy of Krassy Dimitrov.

Vanuatu new signature 1,000-vatu note confirmed


1,000 vatu (US$10.60), no date. Like P10, but new signature combination (Odo Tevi and Sela Molisa). Prefix JJ.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Australian dated notes confirmed






I’ve recently received scans of polymer notes from Australia which differ from the regular issues in that these actually bear full dates overprinted on the notes, rather than just having serial numbers which start with the trailing two digits of the year.

I assume these dates correspond to the dates of introduction for each of these denominations and that the notes were issued as numismatic products, perhaps in a folder or as part of a matched serial number set. Does anyone have any additional information on these notes? If they were in fact issued in folders, please send scans of the folders, inside and out.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

French Pacific Territories new signature 500-franc variety confirmed


500 francs (US$5.89), no date. Like P1, but new signatures. Intro: 2010.

Courtesy of Jerome Deschamps.

French Pacific Territories new signature 5,000-franc variety confirmed


5,000 francs (US$58.60), no date. Like P3, but new signatures. Intro: 2010.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Fiji 20-dollar notes stolen upon delivery from DLR


According to an article in the Fiji Times Online, late on Friday 3 September 2010 a container arrived at Suva Kings Wharf in Fiji. Inside was supposed to be a special vault containing $1 million (US$519,100) in brand new 20-dollar notes, fresh from De La Rue's security printing plant in the United Kingdom, destined for delivery to the Reserve Bank of Fiji when it opened for business on Monday. However, thieves apparently stole the notes sometime in transit. At first the bank indicated that the stolen notes bearing the serial numbers EB450,001 to 500,000 are not legal tender and should not be accepted, but in the past week has reversed itself and has instructed the public to accept the notes. Given the serial number range, it's likely that these notes are from the same new series introduced in 2007. For your information, 50,000 notes weighs approximately 110 pounds and could easily fit in a large piece of luggage.

Vanuatu new 10,000-vatu polymer commemorative note confirmed


The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu began issuing a new series of banknotes beginning with a polymer 10,000-vatu (US$100) note introduced on 28 July 2010, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of independence. This is the largest denomination in the country. Governor Odo Tevi stated, “The existing note series has come under a lot of pressure over the years, particularly with regard to the lifespan and counterfeiting challenges. It is apparent that in recent years most countries in our region have modernized their currency, therefore it is considered appropriate that in athe 30th year of independence, the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu takes steps to introduce a new modernized series of vatu banknotes.” The new note carries the theme of telecommunication to reflect the recent liberalization of Vanuatu’s telecoms market. The new note was produced by Note Printing Australia.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong, Aidan Work, and Szilard Szemere.

New Caledonia new banknote designs approved

According to an article on Forex.fr, on 18 August 2010 the congress of New Caledonia approved, under the Noumea Accords, designs for new banknotes, a new currency, and a new anthem.

Additional information and images are requested.

French Pacific Territories new signature 1,000-franc note confirmed


1,000 francs (US$10.30), no date. Like P2, but new signatures (Yves Barroux, Christian Noyer, and Patrick Besse).

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Australia new date (2009) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$42.35), (20)09. Like P60, but new date.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Documentary on Reserve Bank of Australia's bribery scandal

Four Corners has produced a documentary, Dirty Money, that explores how the central pillar of Australia’s financial system, the Reserve Bank, became ensnared in an international bribery scandal related to its polymer substrate subsidiary’s attempts to gain contracts around the world.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Tonga new date (05.07.1985) 20-pa'anga note confirmed


20 pa’anga (US$10.15), 5th July, 1985. Like Pike 23, but new date.

Courtesy of TDS.

French Pacific Territories new signature 10,000-franc variety confirmed


10,000 francs (US$113), no date. Intro: 2010. Like P4, but new signatures (Christian Noyer, Yves Barroux, and Patrick Besse).

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Solomon Islands new sig 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$6.20), no date. Like Pick 29, but new signatures (Rick N. Houenipwela and Luma Darcy).

Courtesy of Paul Nahmias.

Vanuatu to issue polymer 10,000-vatu note in July 2010

According to a press release dated 13 January 2010, the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu plans to issue a new series of banknotes beginning with a polymer 10,000-vatu (US$100) note to be introduced in July 2010, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of independence. This will be the largest denomination in the country.

Governor Odo Tevi stated, “The existing note series has come under a lot of pressure over the years, particularly with regard to the lifespan and counterfeiting challenges. It is apparent that in recent years most countries in our region have modernized their currency, therefore it is considered appropriate that in the 30th year of independence, the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu takes steps to introduce a new modernized series of vatu banknotes.”

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

Western Samoa 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 Western Samoa:

Pick 1-10, 12
Pick 15

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!

Australia new date (2008) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$9). Like Pick 58, but new date (20)08 and new signatures.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Australia new date (2008) 5-dollar note confirmed


5 dollars (US$4.50). Like Pick 57, but new date (20)08 and new signatures.

Courtesy of TDS.

Solomon Islands new signature 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$2.50)
Like Pick 28, but new signature (Denton Hehenoro Rarawa, Governor; Shadrach Fanega, Secretary, Finance). Issued 2009.

Courtesy Claudio Marana.

New Zealand new date (2007) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$36)
Like Pick 188, but new date (2007).

Courtesy of Scott de Young.

Solomon Islands new signature varieties confirmed


Solomon Islands 5-, 10-, and 100-dollar notes have been confirmed with a new signature combination (Governor, Rick N. Houenipwela; Secretary Finance, Luma Darcy). Please share images of the 2-, 20-, and 50-dollar notes with this combo if you have them.

Denton Hehenoro Rarawa took over as governor on 22.08.2008, so another signature combination may be expected soon.

Courtesy of Gylfi Snorrason.

New Hebrides new signature variety confirmed


500 francs. Like Pick 19, but new signature variety of Yves Roland-Billecart and Marcel Theron, which would seem to come between signatures 3 and 4. This combo has also been confirmed for the 1,000-franc note. If anyone has it on the 100-franc note, please send scans.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

French Pacific Territories new signature varieties confirmed


500 francs (US$6.20), ND (2003-). Like Pick 1, but new signatures as follows:

Le Directeur Général - Alain Vienney
Le Présidente du Conseil de Surveillance - Jean-Pierre Landau
Le Directeur - Patrick Besse

The 5,000- and 10,000-franc notes have also been confirmed with this new signature combo.

Furthermore, in late 2008 the 1,000-franc note was issued with the same signatories, except that Le Directeur Général was still Jean-Michel Severino:

Courtesy of Krassimir Dimitrov and Rui Palhares.

Australia new date (2008) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$16.10), (20)08. Like Pick 59, but new date and new signatures (Glenn R. Stevens, Governor; Dr. Ken Henry, Secretary to the Treasury).

The Reserve Bank of Australia has apparently printed all denominations dated 2008, so all will eventually appear in circulation, though only the 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes have been confirmed to date.

Courtesy of Scott de Young.

New Zealand new date (2006) 100-dollar note confirmed


100 dollars (US$61.90), (20)06. Like P189b, but new date with Alan Bollard signature.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Australia new date (2008) 100-dollar note confirmed

100 dollars (US$73), (20)08. Like Pick 55, but new date and new signatures (Glenn R. Stevens, Governor; Dr. Ken Henry, Secretary To The Treasury).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

New Zealand new date (2006) 20-dollar note confirmed


Like P187, but new date (2006) with Alan Bollard signature.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Tonga issues new $2-50 notes January 21, 2009

On 21 January 2009, the National Reserve Bank of Tonga issued newly designed banknotes in the denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 pa’anga. The new notes replace the image of King Taufa’ahau Tupou V with that of the reigning King George Tupou V. The watermark is of King Tupou V with electrotype NRBT. On the $1-$5 notes, the 1.4-mm wide windowed security thread is demetalized NRBT. Larger denominations have a 2.0-mm wide red-to-green thread with demetalized NRBT. Older notes will remain legal tender, but will be phased out over time.


1 pa’anga (US$0.50)
Green. Front: King George Tupou V. Back: Whale leaping out of water. 1.4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized NRBT. Watermark: King Tupou, electrotype NRBT, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 150 x 70 mm.


2 pa’anga (US$1)
Light red. Front: King George Tupou V. Back: Children studying outside school building; two men playing rugby. 1.4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized NRBT. Watermark: King Tupou, electrotype NRBT, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 150 x 70 mm.


5 pa’anga (US$2.40)
Purple. Front: King George Tupou V. Back: Langi. 1.4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized NRBT. Watermark: King Tupou, electrotype NRBT, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 150 x 70 mm.


10 pa’anga (US$4.85)
Blue. Front: King George Tupou V. Back: Royal tomb. 2.0-mm red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized NRBT. Watermark: King Tupou, electrotype NRBT, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 150 x 70 mm.


20 pa’anga (US$9.70)
Brown. Front: King George Tupou V. Back: NRBT building. 2.0-mm red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized NRBT. Watermark: King Tupou, electrotype NRBT, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 150 x 70 mm.


50 pa’anga (US$24.30
Light green and yellow. Front: King George Tupou V. Back: Royal Palace building. 2.0-mm red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized NRBT. Watermark: King Tupou, electrotype NRBT, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 150 x 70 mm.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson, Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle, and Sejin Ahn.

Portrait on Australian $50 used without permission?


According to a Telegraph article dated 28 November 2008, Allan "Chirpy" Campbell claims the Reserve Bank of Australia gained permission to use the image of celebrated indigenous author and inventor David Unaipon from a woman who was posing as his daughter, and did not obtain authorisation from a genuine family member.
"They jacked this woman up and proclaimed that she is the daughter of my uncle, and when we found out they blocked us and they chucked all the barricades there," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
"We are the family, I had to produce my genealogy, I had to produce my documents and documentation, they don't have to, they just say it, and they accepted it."
Mr Campbell, 61, travelled to Sydney this week to make his case for compensation to the Reserve Bank.
The bank, which has so far denied Mr Campbell's demands, refused to comment on the three-hour meeting, but made it known that it believes the appropriate advances to Mr Unaipon's family were made at the time the note was designed.
However, it is understood that those agreements were verbal and no official document of permission exists.
Mr Campbell, a lifelong campaigner for Aboriginal rights, has said he is willing to take the matter to court to obtain a "fair dinkum settlement". If successful, he plans to use the $30 million to start a charity for mentally ill children.
"They've got to renegotiate this time a proper settlement, not a tea leaf, sugar and flour syndrome, you know," he said.
"They've got no proof, no papers to show she is his daughter."
David Unaipon was Australia's first published indigenous author, an inventor and preacher from the Ngarrindjeri people of South Australia.
He held a patent for a sheep shearing mechanism that is depicted beside him on the $50 note.
In his work as a preacher, Mr Unaipon travelled widely and became well-known throughout Australia.
He lectured on Aboriginal legends and customs and also spoke of the need for "sympathetic co-operation" between whites and blacks, and for equal rights for all Australians.
He died in 1967. His image appeared on the $50 note from 1995 when the polymer bill was introduced.


The Unaipon case echoes the use, in 1966, of a bark painting by Arnhem Land artist David Malangi on the $1 note. It later emerged the artwork was reproduced without permission. Mr Malangi was compensated $1,000, a fishing kit and a silver medal.

Australia new date (2008) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$47.95), (20)08. Like P60, but new date and new signatures (Glenn R. Stevens, Governor; Dr. Ken Henry, Secretary To The Treasury).

Courtesy of Scott de Young.

Tonga issues new 100-pa’anga note

The National Reserve Bank of Tonga issued a new 100-pa’anga banknote on July 30, 2008. The bank intends to issue newly designed banknotes in the denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 pa’anga in early 2009. Older notes will remain legal tender, but will be phased out over time.



100 pa’anga (US$55.10)
Cherry red and white. Front: King George Tupou V. Back: Vava’u Harbor. Optiks security thread. Watermark: King Tupou with electrotype NRBT. Printer: De La Rue (w/o imprint). 150 x 70 mm. No date. Signatures: Dr. Feleti Vaka’uta Sevele, PALEMIA O TONGA; ‘Otenifi Afu’alo Matoto, MINISITA PA’ANGA. Introduced 30.07.2008.

Courtesy of Mirsad Delic.

Samoa issues new series



5 tala (US$1.95)
Red. Front: Beach. Back: Robert Louis Stevenson’s former house (current residence of head of state) in Vailima. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBS. Watermark: Male head in profile, electrotype CBS, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 152.4 x 69.85 mm.



10 tala (US$3.95)
Blue. Front: Rugby team being crowned champions at the IRB Hong Kong Sevens in 2007. Back: Samoan school children on their way to school. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBS. Watermark: Male head in profile, electrotype CBS, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 152.4 x 69.85 mm.



20 tala (US$7.90)
Yellow. Front: Cascading waterfall. Back: Manumea (national bird) and Teuila (national flower). Windowed security thread with demetalized CBS. Watermark: Male head in profile, electrotype CBS plus Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 152.4 x 69.85 mm.



50 tala (US$19.75)
Purple. Front: Government building at Matagialalua. Back: Central Bank of Samoa building. Optiks security thread. Watermark: Male head in profile, electrotype CBS. Printer: (TDLR). 152.4 x 69.85 mm.



100 tala (US$39.50)
Green. Front: Malietoa Tanumafili II. Back: Mulivai Catholic Cathedral. Optiks security thread. Watermark: Male head in profile, electrotype CBS. Printer: (TDLR). 152.4 x 69.85 mm.
Replacement notes: Prefix ZZ.

French Pacific Territories new signature varieties confirmed


1,000 francs (US$12.40), ND (2002-). Like P2, but new signatures (Severino, LE DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL; Jean Paul Redouin, LE PRÉSIDENT DU CONSEIL DE SURVEILLANCE; Teyssere, LE DIRECTEUR).


5,000 francs (US$62), ND (2002-). Like P3, but new signatures (Severino, LE DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL; Jean Paul Redouin, LE PRÉSIDENT DU CONSEIL DE SURVEILLANCE; Teyssere, LE DIRECTEUR).


10,000 francs (US$124), ND (2003-). Like P4, but new signatures (Severino, LE DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL; Jean Paul Redouin, LE PRÉSIDENT DU CONSEIL DE SURVEILLANCE; T. Cornaille, LE DIRECTEUR).

Courtesy of Frank van Tiel.

French Pacific Territories new signature varieties confirmed


500 francs (US$6.20), ND (2003-). Like P1, but new signatures (Severino, LE DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL; Jean Paul Redouin, LE PRÉSIDENT DU CONSEIL DE SURVEILLANCE; T. Cornaille, LE DIRECTEUR).


1,000 francs (US$12.35), ND (2003-). Like P2, but new signatures (Severino, LE DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL; Jean Paul Redouin, LE PRÉSIDENT DU CONSEIL DE SURVEILLANCE; T. Cornaille, LE DIRECTEUR).

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

New Zealand new date varieties confirmed


10 dollars (US$7.65), (20)06. Like P186b, but new date.


50 dollars (US$38.15), (20)04 and (20)05. Like P188b, but new dates with Alan Bollard signature.

100 dollars (US$76.35), (20)05. Like P189b, but new date with Alan Bollard signature.

Courtesy of Scott de Young.

Australia new date (2007) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$17.85), (20)07. Like SCWPM 59, but new date and new signatures (Glenn R. Stevens, Governor; Dr. Ken Henry, Secretary to the Treasury).

Courtesy of Frank Robinson.

Vanuatua revised 200-vatu note confirmed


200 vatu (US$2.10), ND (2007). Like P8, but BB serial number prefix, new signatures (Odo Tevi, GOVERNOR; Willie Jimmy Tapagararua, MINISTER OF FINANCE), windowed security thread, and shortened printer imprint: De La Rue.

Courtesy of Ronny Hick and Kai Hwong.

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Fiji issues new note family


2 dollars (US$1.25), ND (2007). Issued April 10, 2007.
Green. Front: Mohar (sovereign locket); domodomo (canoe masthead) as registration device; Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms. Back: Grandstands and track; schoolchildren in Korobasabasaga; mountains; domodomo; bank logo. 3-mm windowed security thread with demetalized RBF and domodomo. Watermark: Fijian head, electrotype 2, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 131 x 67 mm.


5 dollars (US$3.10), ND (2007). Issued April 10, 2007.
Brown. Front: Katoni Masima; domodomo (canoe masthead) as registration device; Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms. Back: Crested iguana; balaka palm tree; masiratu flower; domodomo; bank logo. 3-mm windowed security thread with demetalized RBF and domodomo. Watermark: Fijian head, electrotype 5, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 136 x 67 mm.


10 dollars (US$6.20), ND (2007). Issued April 10, 2007.
Purple. Front: i Buburau ni Bete; domodomo (canoe masthead) as registration device; Queen Elizabeth II; Kaleidoscope foil star; coat of arms. Back: Joske’s Thumb mountain; palm trees; Grand Pacific Hotel building and cars; domodomo; bank logo. 3-mm windowed security thread with demetalized RBF and domodomo. Watermark: Fijian head, electrotype 10, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 141 x 67 mm.


20 dollars (US$12.40), ND (2007). Issued April 10, 2007.
Blue. Front: Foa; domodomo (canoe masthead) as registration device; Queen Elizabeth II; holographic fan; coat of arms Back: Fish processing; cutting lumber; mining; train; Mount Uluinabukelevu; domodomo; bank logo. 3-mm windowed security thread with demetalized RBF and domodomo. Watermark: Fijian head, electrotype 20, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 146 x 67 mm.


50 dollars (US$31.05), ND (2007). Issued April 10, 2007.
Orange. Front: Wasekaseka; domodomo (canoe masthead) as registration device; Queen Elizabeth II; holographic turtle; coat of arms Back: Nine men; Tubetube; Yaqona Vakaturaga; domodomo; bank logo. 3-mm windowed security thread with demetalized RBF and domodomo. Watermark: Fijian head, electrotype 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 151 x 67 mm.


100 dollars (US$62.10), ND (2007). Issued April 10, 2007.
Yellow. Front: Buli Kula; domodomo (canoe masthead) as registration device; Queen Elizabeth II; coat of arms. Back: Two women singers and man with guitar; map of 180° meridian; two snorklers, sailing ship, and fish; domodomo; bank logo. 18-mm Optiks security thread. Watermark: Fijian head, electrotype 100, and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 156 x 67 mm.

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 Thomas Krause, Ömer Yalcinkaya., and Morris Lawing.

Vanuatu issues revised 500-vatu note


500 vatu, ND (2006). Like Pick 5, but new signatures (Governor, Odo Tevi; Minister of Finance, Moana Carcasses Kalosil) windowed security thread, BB prefix, and De La Rue printer imprint.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net and Kai Hwong.

Australia new dates (2005 and 2006) confirmed

5 dollars (US$3.95), (20)05. Like Pick 57, but new date. Signatures (I. Macfarlane, Governor; Henry, Secretary). Serial DD. Polymer.

10 dollars (US$7.90), (20)06. Like Pick 58, but new date. Signatures (I. Macfarlane, Governor; Henry, Secretary). Serial BH. Polymer.

20 dollars (US$15.80), (20)05. Like Pick 59, but new date. Signatures (I. Macfarlane, Governor; Henry, Secretary). Serial CJ. Polymer.

50 dollars (US$39.45), (20)05. Like Pick 60, but new date. Signatures (I. Macfarlane, Governor; Henry, Secretary). Serial HE. Polymer.

Vanuatu revised 1,000-vatu note confirmed


1,000 vatu, ND (2006). Like Pick 10, but without overprint of seal for 25th anniversary of independence. Arms with Melanesian chief standing with spear, flanked by “VT” as latent image. Signatures: Odo Tevi, Governor; Moana Carcasse Kalosil, Minister of Finance. Melanesian male head as wmk, “FF” serial number prefix, solid security thread, spiral registration device, and “BANQUE DE RESERVE DE VANUATU” in microprinting. 3 carvings at left, map of islands, and 3 men in outrigger sailboat at center on back. Printer: De La Rue (with imprint). 150 x 75 mm.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Solomon Islands issues new $100 and revised $2 notes

On September 2, 2006, the Central Bank of Solomon Islands issued the nation’s first ever $100 note, as well as a revised $2 note. The $100 note honors the country’s rural sector, according to a speech given by CBSI governor Rick Hou. The $2 note is similar to Pick 23, but is now printed on paper, polymer having proven to be disappointing in regards to color retention.


Pick 29: 100 dollars (US$13.10), ND (2006). Issued September 2, 2006. Light brown, red, and peach. Falcon head wmk, flag, windowed security thread, coat of arms, holographic security emblem, and registration device. Coconut harvesting, palms, ray on back. 160 x 72 mm.


Pick 25: 2 dollars (US$0.25), ND (2006). Issued September 2, 2006. Like Pick 23, but printed on paper, no commemorative seal, flag and pole added to left of center, and novel serial numbers. 140 x 70 mm.

Courtesy of Morris Lawing.