South Asia

Pakistan new sig/date (2014) 1,000-rupee note confirmed

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1,000 rupees, 2014. Like SBP B38, but new signature (Ashraf Vithra).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new date (2014) 10-rupee note confirmed

10 rupees, 2014. Like SBP B31, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India new date (2014) 10-rupee note with R and S insets confirmed

10 rupees, 2014. Like P102, but new date and R and S inset letters.

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Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Bangladesh new date (2014) 20-taka note confirmed

20 taka, 2014. Like BB B50.5, but new date and Western digits in lower left serial number.

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Afghanistan chapter available for free for a limited time

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

Robert is sponsoring the give-away of the Afghanistan chapter. This 29-page catalog covers notes issued by the Afghan Treasury from 1919 to 1928, the Ministry of Finance in 1936, and Da Afghanistan Bank (The Afghanistan Bank) from 1939 to present. It normally costs $9.99, but if you are among the first 50 collectors to use the coupon code ROBERTSWORLDMONEY during checkout, you can download the chapter absolutely free. As this is a limited offer, please take advantage of it only if you are truly interested in the notes of Afghanistan.

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Bangladesh new 5-taka note dated 2014 reported

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5 taka, 2014. Like BB B48, but new colors, new date, and white border on front/back. Intro: 15.06.2014.

Courtesy of Tuhin Bin Salam.

Afghanistan new sig/date (2012) 50-afgahni note confirmed

50 afghanis, ١٣٩١ (SH1391/2012). Like DAB B62, but new date and new signature 20.

Courtesy of Dmitry Svobodin.

Pakistan new date (2014) 500- and 1,000-rupee notes confirmed

500 rupees, 2014. Like SBP B37, but new date.

1,000 rupees, 2014. Like SBP B38, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India new sig/date (2013) 100-rupee note confirmed

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100 rupees, 2013. Like P105, but new date and new signature (Raghuram G. Rajan). No inset letter.

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Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim (Indian Paper Money).

Afghanistan new 1,000-aghani note confirmed

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1,000 afghanis, 2012. Like CAB B61, but new date, new signatures, electrotype ١٠٠٠ and ornament added to watermark, new 12-mm wide holographic stripe, new 3-mm wide windowed security thread, and new invisible color-changing ink on center front.

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

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

India new sig/date (2014) 20-rupee note confirmed

20 rupees, 2014. Like P103, but new date, new signature (Raghuram G. Ragan), and without inset letter.

FYI, the 20th edition of the SCWPM finally has assigned Pick numbers to the notes with rupee symbols which have been issued since 2011. Unfortunately, Krause has made a mess of it. A quick check of the listings shows the latest date is 2012 when in fact 2013 and 2014 notes have been confirmed. Also, P101 is assigned to a 5-rupee note dated 2011 with rupee symbol even though such a note does not exist, and there are duplicate listings for this denomination spread across P88A and P94A.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

India delays introduction of 10-rupee polymer notes

According to an article on The Hindu BusinessLine dated 24 April 2014, the Reserve Bank of India has delayed the introduction of polymer-based 10-rupee notes due to the failure of the selected bidders in meeting technical specifications.

India new sig/date (2014) 10-rupee note confirmed

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10 rupees, 2014. Like previous 10-rupee note with rupee symbol, but new date and new signature (Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan). Confirmed without inset letter and with A inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Maldives new sig/date (02.01.2013) 100-rufiyaa note confirmed



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On 22 October 2013, the Maldives Monetary Authority issued a new 100-rufiyaa note like MMA B14, but with enhanced security features, including Cornerstone watermarks, electrotype 100 watermark, and 3-mm wide red-to-green color-changing windowed security thread with demetalized 100 MMA and decoractive pattern. The new notes bear the signature of Governor Dr. Fazeel Najeeb and the date 20 Safar 1434/2 January 2013. The bank's pamphlet describing this note indicates the denomination was last printed in 2004, but the only known dates are 1995/AH1416 and 2000/AH1421.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov, Peter Cin, and Aidan Work.

Afghanistan new 1,000-aghani note reported

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1,000 afghanis, 2012. Like CAB B61, but new date, new signature, electrotype added to watermark, new 12-mm wide holographic stripe, new 3-mm wide windowed security thread, and new invisible color-changing ink on center front.

According to a report in Afghanistan Times, the bank unveiled the new note officially on 26 March 2014 and will issue same "according to needs of the market."

Courtesy of Cedrian.

Afghanistan new sig/date (2008) 20-afghani note confirmed

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20 afghanis, ١٣٨٧ (SH1387/2008). Like DAB B52c, but new date, signatures, Cornerstones added to watermark, and modification to embossed design at right front.

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Courtesy of Dmitry Svobodin and Voyonick.

India extends exchange of pre-2005 notes to 2015

According to a press release dated 22 January 2014, the Reserve Bank of India announced that all banknotes issued prior to 2005 were to be withdrawn from circulation as of 1 April 2014. However, a new press release dated 3 March 2014 indicates that RBI has extended the date of exchange to 1 January 2015.

Courtesy of Jinesh Joseph and Mohamed Ibrahim.

India new sig/date (2014) 500-rupee note confirmed

The 500-rupee note has been confirmed dated 2014 both with the signature of the previous governor, Duvvuri Subbarao, as well as the current governor, Raghuram G. Rajan. The former is confirmed with inset letter E and the latter without inset letter.

The previous governor's signature has also been reported on a 1,000-rupee note. According to a
video on Moneycontrol.com, the "error" notes were printed at Dewas printing facility and are considered legal tender.

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

Courtesy of Aidan Work, Jinesh Joseph, and Mohamed Ibrahim.

India new sig/date (2013) 50- and 500-rupee notes confirmed

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50 rupees, 2013. Like unlisted note, but new date and new signature (Raghuram G. Rajan). No inset letter.

500 rupees, 2013. Like unlisted note, but new date and new signature (Raghuram G. Rajan). No inset letter.

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

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Pakistan central bank appoints acting governor

According to a report on The News dated 31 January 2014, Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has appointed Ashraf Mahmood Wathra, Deputy Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) as the Acting Governor SBP till further orders. Wathra takes over from Yaseen Anwar, who tendered his resignation as governor of the State Bank of Pakistan on 24 January.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Pakistan central bank governor resignation reported

According to a report on The News dated 24 January 2014, Yaseen Anwar, governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, has tendered his resignation. If true, new signature varieties on current banknotes can eventually be expected.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Nepal chapter available for free for a limited time

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Today I'm pleased to announce another sponsored chapter give-away thanks to the generosity of Chris Twining of Page's Coins and Currency.

This 31-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of Nepal from 1945 to 1953, and the Nepal Rastra Bank from 1960 to present. It normally costs $9.99, but if you are among the first 50 collectors to use the coupon code PAGES during checkout, you can download the chapter absolutely free. As this is a limited offer, please take advantage of it only if you are truly interested in the notes of Nepal.

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Bhutan new 1- and 10-ngultrum notes printed on Hybrid substrate

According to a Giesecke & Devrient press release, the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan switched the printer and substrate for its 1- and 10-ngultrum notes dated 2013. These notes (RMA B16b and B18b, respectively) are now printed by G&D, not TDLR, and are printed on Hybrid, not paper, substrate.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause (Polymernotes of the World).

India new date (2013) 10-, 50-, 100-, and 500-rupee notes reported

According to press releases, the Reserve Bank of India intends to introduce the following new notes:

10 rupees, 2013. With L inset letter. Confirmed.
10 rupees, 2013. With R inset letter. Confirmed.
50 rupees, 2013. Without inset letter.
100 rupees, 2013. Without inset letter.
500 rupees, 2013. Without inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Pakistan new date (2013) 20- and 500-rupee notes confirmed

20 rupees, 2013. Like SBP B33h, but new date.

500 rupees, 2013. Like SBP B37f, but new date.

While these confirmations, all denominations are now known dated 2013 with signature 18 (Yaseen Anwar).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new date (2013) 5,000-rupee note confirmed

5,000 rupees, 2013. Like SBP B39e, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Sri Lanka commemorative 500-rupee note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 8 November 2013, on 15 November the Central Bank of Sri Lanka began issuing 5 million 500-rupee notes commemorating the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Sri Lanka from 15 to 17 November 2013. The note is like the preceding issues, but with a purple CHOGM 2013 Sri Lanka logo instead of a butterfly at the lower left front, decorative artwork flanking the electrotype watermark, new date, and serial numbers from T/51 000001- T/55 1000000.

A limited number of commemorative notes with low serial numbers packaged in a folder will be sold at a price of Rs. 800 each at the Economic History Museum, at No. 54 Chatham Street, Colombo 1, and the Central Bank Provincial Offices at Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Matale, Matara, and Trincomalee.

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

Courtesy of Dilminidu Samarasekara.

Bangladesh new date (2012) 5-taka note confirmed

5 taka, 2012. Like BB B48b, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new dates (2012 and 2013) 50-rupee note confirmed

50 rupees, 2012. Like SBP B34f, but new date.

50 rupees, 2013. Like SBP B34f, but new date.

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

Pakistan new date (2013) 10-rupee note confirmed

10 rupees, 2013. Like SBP B31i, but new date.

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

India new sig/date (2013) 10-rupee note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 17 October 2013, the Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue a 10-rupee note with rupee symbol, without inset letter, dated 2013, with the signature of Governor Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

French India chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The French India 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 Banque de l’Indochine, Pondichéry (Bank of Indo-China, Pondicherry) from 1875 to 1946. Published 18 October 2013.

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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Nepal new 5-rupee note confirmed

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NRB B85 (PNL): 5 rupees (US$0.05)
Lilac, brown, and green. Front: Mount Everest; temple of Taleju; obverse of coin. Back: Bank logo; two yaks grazing; Mount Everest. Solid security thread. Watermark: Rhododendron. Printer: (TDLR). 120 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 16. Intro: 02.10.2013.

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

Courtesy of Dinesh R. Maskey, Sev Onyshkevych, and Shankar Shrestha (http://www.nuphil.com).

Nepal new 500-rupee note confirmed

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NRB B84 (PNL): 500 rupees (US$5.95)
Brown and violet. Front: Mount Everest; god Indra; Mount Amadablam and Thyangboche monastery; wood carvings; clouds. Back: Bank logo; two tigers drinking melted snow. 4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized NRB. Watermark: Rhododendron. Printer: (OT). 160 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 16. Intro: 26.09.2013.

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Courtesy of Shankar Shrestha (http://www.nuphil.com).

Afghanistan new sig/date (2008) 10-afghan note confirmed

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A 10-afghan note has been confirmed with new signature combo and new date (١٣٨٧ SH1387/2008). This new variety also has a border design below the signatures that is filled in with brown and green ink.

Nepal new 10-rupee note confirmed

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NRB B83 (PNL): 10 rupees (US$0.10)
Brown, green, and lilac. Front: Mount Everest; Garud Narayan of Changu Narayan temple; obverse of coin. Back: Three black bucks grazing; trees; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized NRB. Watermark: Rhododendron. Printer: Unknown. 133 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 16. Intro: 12.09.2013.

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

Courtesy of Shankar Shrestha (http://www.nuphil.com).

India new date (2013) 1,000-rupee note confirmed

1,000 rupees, 2013. Like 2011 and 2012 notes with rupee symbol, but new date.

Courtesy of Jinesh Joseph.

India new date (2013) 50-rupee note with inset L confirmed

50 rupees, 2013. Like 2012 notes with rupee symbol, but new date and inset letter L.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

India new date (2013) 500-rupee note confirmed

500 rupees, 2013. Like 2011 and 2012 notes with rupee symbol, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Nepal new 20- and 50-rupee notes confirmed

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NRB B81 (PNL): 20 rupees (US$0.25)
Orange and brown. Front: Mount Everest; temple of god Krishna of Patan; Garuda atop pillar; obverse of coin. Back: Swamp deer; trees; mountain; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized NRB. Watermark: Rhododendron. Printer: (TDLR). 138 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 16. Intro: 05.09.2013.

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NRB B82 (PNL): 50 rupees (US$0.60)
Purple, green, and blue. Front: Mount Everest; Rama-Janaki temple of Janakpur; obverse of coin. Back: Male thar; mountains; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized NRB. Watermark: Rhododendron. Printer: (TDLR). 142 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 16. Intro: 05.09.2013.

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Courtesy of Shankar Shrestha (http://www.nuphil.com).

Bhutan new sig/date (2013) 50-gnultrum note confirmed

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50 ngultrum, 2013. Like RMA B20a, but new date and siganture (Dasho Daw Tenzin).

Courtesy of Gylfi Snorrason.

Nepal new 100-rupee note confirmed

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NRB B80 (PNL): 100 rupees (US$1.20)
Green and lilac. Front: Mount Everest; Mayadevi inside silver metallic oval; map of Nepal; Ashoka pillar; wood carvings from temple of Taleju in Kathmandu; clouds. Back: One-horned rhinoceros in grassy plain; bank logo. 2.5-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized NRB. Watermark: Rhododendron. Printer: (TDLR). 146 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 16. Intro: 03.09.2013.

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

Courtesy of Shankar Shrestha (http://www.nuphil.com).

Afghanistan new sig/date (2012) 100-afghani note confirmed

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100 afghanis, ١٣٩١ (SH1391/2012). Like DAB B59, but new date and signatures (Noorullah Delawari and unknown).

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

Courtesy of Noteshobby.

Bangladesh new serial number variety 500-taka note confirmed

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500 taka, 2008. Like BB B39, but Western digits in lower right serial number.

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

Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam.

Bangladesh new date (2013) 20-taka note confirmed

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20 taka, 2013. Like BB B50.5, but new date and Western digits in lower left serial number.

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Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam.

Bangladesh new date (2013) 50-taka note confirmed

50 taka, 2013. Like BB B51, but new date.

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Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam.

Bangladesh new date (2013) 10-taka note confirmed

10 taka, 2013. Like BB B49, but new date.

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Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam.

Afghanistan new signature 10- and 20-afghan notes confirmed

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10 afghanis, ١٣٨٣ (SH1383/2004). Like DAB B51b, but new signature (Noorullah Delawari and Anwar ul-Haq Ahady).

20 afghanis, ١٣٨٣ (SH1383/2004). Like DAB B52b, but new signature (Noorullah Delawari and Anwar ul-Haq Ahady).

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

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

Pakistan new date (2013) 100- and 1,000-rupee notes confirmed

100 rupees, 2013. Like SBP B35, but new date.

1,000 rupees, 2013, Like SBP B38, but new date.

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

Bangladesh new date (2013) 1,000-taka note confirmed

1,000 taka, 2013. Like BB B54, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Yuri Minkin (yuri111).

India appoints new governor of Reserve Bank of India

According to a Reuters article, "The [Indian] government has appointed Raghuram Rajan, the chief economic adviser in the finance ministry, to be the next governor of the Reserve Bank of India for a three year term, a statement by the finance minister said on Tuesday.

Rajan will replace Duvvuri Subbarao, whose tenure ends on September 4 after five years.

Rajan joined the government last August, having previously been chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and a professor at the University of Chicago."

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Bangladesh new 100-taka commemorative note confirmed

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According to a press release, a new 100-taka note commemorating 100 Years of Bangladesh National Museum was issued 9 July 2013. 100,000 notes were issued into circulation, with an additional 11,000 notes sold packaged in a folder as numismatic products.

100 taka (US$1.25)
Violet, yellow, and green. Front: 18th-century terracotta plaque depicting a horse rider; bank logo. Back: Bangladesh National Museum with trees and fountain. Windowed security thread with holographic bank logo and 100. Watermark: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on pixelated background and electrotype bank logo and 100. Printer: (SPC). 140 x 62 mm.
a. 2013. Signature 10b. Intro: 09.07.2013.

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

Courtesy of Raihan Ahmed, BanglaNumis, and Aidan Work.

India new date (2013) 50-rupee note confirmed

50 rupees, 2013. Like unlisted preceding issue with rupee symbol, but new date and no inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

India new date (2013) 100-rupee note with and without inset letter R confirmed

100 rupees, 2013. Like other unlisted notes with rupee symbol, but new date and R inset letter as well as without inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Bhutan new sig/date (2013) 1-ngultrum note confirmed

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1 ngultrum, 2013. Like RMA B16 (P27), but new date and new signature (Dasho Daw Tenzin).

Note now printed by G&D, not TDLR, and on Hybrid, not paper substrate.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn and David Jones.

Pakistan new date (2012) 20-rupee note confirmed

20 rupees, 2012. Like SBP B33g, but new date.

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

Bhutan new sig/date (2013) 10-ngultrum note confirmed

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10 ngultrum, 2013. Like RMA B18 (P29), but new date and new signature (Dasho Daw Tenzin).

Courtesy of Gylfi Snorrason.

Bangladesh new sig/date (2013) 2-taka note confirmed

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2 taka, 2013. Like GOB B7 (P52), but new date and signature (Fazle Kabir). Intro: 03.04.2013.

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

Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Turkey new 5-lira note issued 08.04.2013 confirmed

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

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

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

India new date (2013) 20-rupee note with rupee symbol and inset letter R

20 rupees, 2013. Like P96, but with rupee symbol, new date, and inset letter R. Also confirmed as replacement note with asterisk in serial number.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Thailand new 20-baht note confirmed

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The Bank of Thailand issued a new 20-baht note on 1 April 2013. Green in color, the note measures 138 x 72 mm and features a portrait of King Rama IX in the Royal House of Chakri gown on the front, and on the back are images of the royal statue of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great seated on the Manangkhasila Asana Throne, the invention of the Thai script, the Ramkhamhaeng stele, ancient Thai script Lai Sue Thai, the grievance hearing, the Bell of King Ramkhamhaeng, and Sangkhalok Wares.

The new notes have high-technology anti-counterfeiting measures. They also have Braille so the blind can identify the value. The watermark of Thai numeral 20 is specially transparent when held against the light; the green security thread embedded into the paper will change to the color of red-purple when user tilts the new banknotes; and the use of raised features and matching element techniques on denomination numeral. The banknotes are made of better paper quality to provide the longer life cycle.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson, Phil Martin, and Sanjay Basu.

India 10-rupee note with rupee symbol and M inset letter reported

The Reserve Bank of India is expected to issue 10-rupee (US$0.20) notes with the new rupee symbol, the inset letter M, bearing the signature of Governor D Subbarao, and the year 2013 on back.

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

Bhutan new sig/date (2013) 20-ngultrum note confirmed

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20 ngultrum, 2013. Like RMA B19 (P30), but new date and new signature (Dasho Daw Tenzin).

Note now printed by G&D, not TDLR, and on Hybrid, not paper substrate.

Courtesy of Bartek Gosztyla.

Afghanistan has new notes printed and ready to issue

According to an undated article on The Frontier Post, Da Afghanistan Bank has announced that 100 billion Afghanis worth of new notes have been printed by a British firm (presumably De La Rue) with "the latest specifications" and will be issued as the market demands.

Vietnam new date (2013) 10,000-dong note confirmed

10,000 dong, (20)13. Like P119, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Vietnam new date (2012) 20,000-dong note confirmed

20,000 dong, (20)12. Like P120, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Vietnam new date (2012) 50,000-dong note confirmed

50,000 dong, (20)12. Like P121, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

India new date (2013) 10-rupee note with inset letter M reported

According to a press release dated 21 March 2013, the Reserve Bank of India "will shortly issue" a 10-rupee note with rupee symbol and inset letter M dated 2013.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

India reportedly considering 10-rupee polymer note

According to an article in DailyBhaskar.com dated 13 March 2013, the minister of state for finance, Namo Narain Meena, has announced that the Reserve Bank of India will issue one billion 10-rupee notes printed on polymer on field trial basis in five cities— Bhubhaneswar, Jaipur, Kochi, Mysore, and Shimla—with varied geographical locations and climactic conditions. The move is designed to extend the lifespan of this denomination, as well as reduce counterfeiting.

No word yet on when the new notes will be issued. The bank has made similar statements over the past four years and nothing has come of it yet.

Ceylon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Ceylon cover

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

This 19-page catalog covers every note (273 types and varieties, including 49 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Ceylon from 1951 to 1985. Published 15 March 2013.

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

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India new 20-rupee note with inset letter E confirmed

20 rupees, 2012. Like previously issued unlisted 20-rupee note with rupee symbol, but with E inset letter. Now confirmed with this sig/date without inset letter as well as with E and R inset letters.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Cambodia new 1,000-riel commemorative note confirmed

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NBC B24 (PNL): 1,000 riels (US$0.25)
Lilac and dark blue. Front: Naga, mythical snake; coat of arms; King Norodom Sihanouk. Back: Royal Palace throne room; golden swan-shaped float carrying Sihanouk's body. No security thread. Watermark: Lotus flower pattern. Printer: Unknown. 146 x 68 mm.
a. (2012 in Khmer). Signature 3. Intro: 30.01.2013.

Courtesy of Allan J. Lim (www.artofangkor.com).

Bangladesh new 25-taka commemorative note confirmed

This 25-taka note commemorates the “Silver Jubilee of ‘The Security Printing Corporation (Bangladesh) Ltd.’ 1988-2013.” Reportedly the note was also sold as a numismatic product for 100-taka in a folder.

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BB B57 (PNL): 25 taka (US$0.25)
Blue, purple, and red. Front: National Martyr’s Monument in Savar; banknotes and stamps; three spotted deer; magpie robin (doyel) bird. Back: Security Printing Corporation headquarters building, flowers, fountain, and flag; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized bank logo and Bengali denomination. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: (SPC). 123 x 60 mm.
a. 2013. Signature 10b. Intro: 26.01.2013.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Raihan Ahmed (http://bankofraihan.blogspot.com).

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Okyay Demirors and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

India new date (2012) 100-rupee note with L inset letter reported

According to an official press release dated 11 December 2012, the Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue 100-rupee (US$1.85) banknotes with inset letter L in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005, bearing the signature of Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, and the year of printing 2012 printed on the reverse of the Bank note.

The design of these notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the `100 Bank notes in Mahatma Gandhi Series- 2005, issued earlier.

All the Bank notes in the denomination of `100 issued by the Bank in the past will continue to be legal tender.

Courtesy of Phil Martin.

Bangladesh new 10-taka note variety confirmed

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10 taka (US$0.10), 2012. Like BB B49a (PNL), but with thin (not thick) text above mosque entrance on back.

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

Courtesy of G. Scheidl.

India to replace 10-rupee notes with coins

According to an article in The Economic Times dated 23 November 2012, the Reserve Bank of India plans to gradually replace all 10-rupee (US$0.20) banknotes with coins because the latter are more economical in the long run.

India new date (2012) 10-rupee note with inset letter A confirmed

According to a press release dated 2 November 2012, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a 10-rupee (US$0.20) note dated 2012 with rupee symbol and inset letter A. This note has been confirmed as issued.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

India new date (2012) 100-rupee note with inset letter E reported

According to a press release dated 23 October 2012, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a 100-rupee (US$1.87) note dated 2012 with rupee symbol and inset letter E.

India 50-rupee note with inset letter R reported

According to a press release issued by the Reserve Bank of India dated 12 October 2012, a new 50-rupee (US$0.95) note dated 2012 with rupee symbol and inset letter R will be issued soon.

Nepal chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Nepal cover

The Nepal 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 30-page catalog covers every note (295 types and varieties, including 172 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Nepal from 1945 to 1953, and the Nepal Rastra Bank from 1960 to present.

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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Press release: The Paper Currency of Tibet

The Paper Currency of Tibet
A New Book on Tibetan Paper Money
Wolfgang Bertsch: The Paper Currency of Tibet. Gundernhausen near Darmstadt (Germany) and Lalitpur (Nepal), 2012. VI plus 274 pages. ISBN 978-99933-982-7-1

You can order the book from the author: Wolfgang Bertsch

Tibetan banknotes were issued between 1912/13 and 1959. The first series of “Tam” notes was printed by hand with woodblocks on handmade paper. The multicoloured 50 Tam notes and the following issues in “Srang” were machine printed on native papers. All Tibetan notes were numbered by hand by specially trained calligraphists.
Owing to their artistic design Tibetan banknotes can be considered as part of Tibet’s cultural heritage.
This book explores the historical background which led to their issue, the way in which they were produced and the merit of their artisic design.

The first four chapters of the book are dedicated to the paper notes which were printed and released in Lhasa and include a catalogue part with estimated values of the different issues and their variants. The fifth chapter is dedicated ot semi-official notes issued by an Eastern Tibetan monastery, while the last chapter is dealing with banknotes which bear both Chinese and Tibetan inscriptions and were put into circulation by Chinese authorities in the former province of Xikang which comprised parts of Eastern Tibet and Western Sichuan. Ten apendices provide further information for the specialist and an extensive bibliography concludes the book.

The book is profusely illustrated; all types of the banknotes and many variants and trial prints are reproduced in colour.

With this comprehensive study of Tibetan paper money the author has in mind both the more academically inclined reader who wants to be thouroughly informed about one fascinating aspect of Tibet’s cultural history of the 20th century and the collector of Tibetan banknotes who wishes to identify the pieces in his collection and find out their approximate market value.

CONTENTS
PREFACE
Introduction

CHAPTER I : THE EARLY NOTES IN TAM DENOMINATION
1. The Printing of the the Notes
2. The Ink and the Paper used for the early Banknotes
3. The Seals on the Banknotes in Tam Denomination
4. The 5 Tam Note
4. The 10 Tam Note
6. The 15 Tam Note
7. The 25 Tam Note
8. The blue 50 Tam Note

CHAPTER II
1. The Multicoloured 50 Tam Note
2. A 50 Tam Notes with additional bogus red seals
3. The Project Regarding the Issue of a Multicoloured 25 Tam Note
4. Trial Prints for the planned issue of 25 Tam Notes

CHAPTER III The 100 Srang Note
1. The 100 Tam Srang Note
1 A. The 100 Srang Note
1 B. Forgeries of 100 Srang Notes

CHAPTER IV The 10, 5 and 25 Srang Notes
1. The 10 Srang Note
2. The 5 Srang Note
3. The 25 Srang Note.

CHAPTER V The Paper Notes of Tashi Dargyas Monastery

CHAPTER VI Banknotes from Eastern Tibet (former Province of Xikang)
1. The Banknotes of the Provincial Bank of Xikang
2. Banknotes of the Farmers Bank with Tibetan Overprints
3. Notes of the Central Bank of China with Tibetan Overprints
4. A Note from Gansu Province with Tibetan Legends
Bibliography for Chapter VI

Appendix I: From a letter by W.G. Surkhang to H. Richardson, dated Seattle, July 19, 1966
Appendix II: Copy of a letter by Wesley E. Needham to Joseph J. Woodburn, Jr., dated Westhaven, Conn., April 4, 1951
Appendix III: Transcription of the gist of an Interview by Wolfgang Bertsch with Gelong Lobsang Dhonden on 27th Nov. 1998 at Dharamsala
Appendix IV: Extraxts from a letter by D.N.Tsarong to W. Bertsch
Appendix V: Market Values of Tibetan Banknotes
Appendix VI: The Dates found on Tibetan Banknotes.
Appendix VII: The Scripts used on Tibetan Banknotes
Appendix VIII: Tibetan Banknotes with Four Additional
Seal Imprints
Appendix IX Artist who designed the 100 srang Notes
Appendix X: Tibetan Rare Banknotes in Public and Private Collections and from Published Sources

Bibliography of Tibetan Paper Currency and related Items

Sri Lanka notes to include Tamil text in future

According to an article on Ceylon Today dated 14 September 2012, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka will include Tamil text on banknotes to be issued in the future, in keeping with the country’s language policy. The new notes will include the words "this currency note issued on behalf the Government of Sri Lanka is valid for any financial transaction within Sri Lanka" in the Tamil language. Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal has agreed to provide equal prominence to all three languages (English, Sinhala, and Tamil) when issuing banknotes in future.

Bangladesh new date (2012) 100-taka note confirmed

100 taka (US$1.25), 2012. Like BB B52 (P54), but new date. Intro: 19.09.2012.

Courtesy of Syeed Bin Salam (Tuhin).

Maldives new sig/date (2008) 500-rufiyaa note confirmed

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500 rufiyaa (US$33), 2008. Like MMA B15, but new date and new signature (Fazeel Najeeb).

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

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

India new date (2012) 100-rupee note with inset letter G reported

According to a press release dated 20 September 2012, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a 100-rupee (US$1.87) note dated 2012 with rupee symbol and inset letter G.

Bangladesh new 5-taka note confirmed

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5 taka (US$0.05), 2011. Like BB B48a, but engraving on the front is considerably lighter. There are other differences in the engraving, but the most obvious is that the earlier 5-taka notes have a dark portrait (BB B48a, left) whereas later issues have a light portrait (B48b, right).

Courtesy of Aminul Haque Mallick and Mohammed J. Islam.

Pakistan new sig/date (2012) 5,000-rupee note confirmed

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5,000 rupees (US$53), 2012. Like B39 (P51), but new date and new signature (Yaseen Anwar).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new date (2012) 10-rupee note confirmed

10 rupees (US$0.10), 2012. Like SBP B31 (P45 & P54), but new date.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

India new date (2012) 100- and 500-rupee notes without rupee symbol confirmed

100 rupees (US$1.80), 2012. Like P98, but new date and inset letter L.

500 rupees (US$9), 2012. Like P99, but new date and inset letter E.

Curiously, these notes are without the rupee symbol.

Courtesy of Cluadio Marana.

India new date (2012) 1,000-rupee note with rupee symbol reported

According to an article on The Financial Express dated 28 August 2012, the Reserve Bank of India will soon introduce a 1,000-rupee (US$18) note signed by Subbarao, dated 2012, with the rupee symbol and an L inset letter.

Bangladesh new 20-taka variety confirmed

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20 taka (US$0.25), 2012. Like BB B50a (PNL), but with green, not black, lathework design at right front. Notes with the black design have serial number prefixes KK and KL. Notes with the green design use subsequent prefixes.

Courtesy of Robiul Islam (http://www.robiscollection.blogspot.com/).

Bangladesh new date (2012) 500-taka note confirmed

500 taka (US$6.15), 2012. Like BB B53a (PNL), but new date.

Courtesy of Syeed Bin Salam (Tuhin).

Pakistan new date (2012) 100-rupee note confirmed

100 rupees (US$1.10), 2012. Like SBP B35 (P57), but new date.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Pakistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Pakistan

The Pakistan 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 25-page catalog covers every note (300 types and varieties, including 88 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Pakistan from 1948 to present, and the State Bank of Pakistan from 1949 to present.

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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Bangladesh new date (2012) 1,000-taka note confirmed

1,000 taka (US$12), 2012. Like BB B54 (P56), but new date.

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

Courtesy of Syeed Bin Salam (eBay ID siliconvally) and Robiul Islam (http://www.robiscollection.blogspot.com/).

Bangladesh new date (2012) 2-taka note confirmed

2 taka (US$0.02), 2012. Like GOB B7 (P52), but new date.

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

Courtesy of Syeed Bin Salam (eBay ID siliconvally) and Robiul Islam (http://www.robiscollection.blogspot.com/).

Bangladesh new 20-taka note confirmed

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BB B50.5 (PNL): 20 taka (US$0.25)
Green, yellow, and red. Front: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman; National Martyr’s Monument in Savar. Back: Shaat Gambuj Masjid (Sixty Dome Mosque) in Bagerhat; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized bank logo and 20. Watermark: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on pixelated background and electrotype bank logo and 20. Printer: (SPC). 127 x 60 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 10b. Intro: 08.08.2012.
as. Diagonal red hollow SPECIMEN stamp.
Like preceding issues, but new colors to distinguish this denomination from 500-taka note.

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

Courtesy of Syeed Bin Salam (eBay ID siliconvally) and Robiul Islam (http://www.robiscollection.blogspot.com/).

India new 500-rupee note with rupee symbol confirmed

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500 rupees (US$9.00), 2011. Like P99, but new date, new signature, and addition of rupee symbol to denomination. Without inset letter. Intro: 26.12.2011.

500 rupees (US$9.00), 2012. Like P99, but new date, new signature, and addition of rupee symbol to denomination. Inset letter R.

Courtesy of Dr. Manjunath P. Iyer and Thomas Augustsson.

India to issue 10- and 50-rupee notes with rupee symbol and inset letter L

According to a press release dated 19 July 2012, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue 10- and 50-rupee notes dated 2012 with the rupee symbol and inset letter L. All denominations have already been confirmed with the rupee symbol added; it's just the L insert that is new to these two denominations.

Courtesy of Phil Martin.

India to test 10-rupee polymer notes

According to an article in The Asian Age dated 21 July 2012, the government will conduct a field trial with one billion polymer 10-rupee banknotes to check the possibility of introducing polymer notes in India. The trials will be conducted in five cities—Mysore, Kochi, Shimla, Jaipur and Bhubaneshwar—selected on the basis of their varied geographical location and climatic conditions.

The tests are to be conducted to determine if polymer notes last longer, thereby reducing replacement and disposal costs.
In another effort to increase the lifespan of banknotes, banks are asked to do away with the practices of stapling fresh note packets and writing on the watermark areas.

Bangladesh corrected 50-taka note confirmed

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error

corrected
corrected

On 7 March 2011, Bangladesh Bank withdrew its new 50-taka (BB B51 / PNL) note after a spelling mistake of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin was identified on the back of the note. On 15 July 2012, the bank issued a corrected note identical to the withdrawn note, except for the date (2012 vs. 2011) and the caption on the back.

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

Courtesy of Frank van Tiel, Robiul Islam (http://www.robiscollection.blogspot.com/), and Mohammed J. Islam.

Afghanistan new sig 50-afghani note confirmed

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50 afghanis (US$1), ١٣٨٣ (SH1383/2004). Like DAB 53 (P69), but new signature (Noorullah Delawari and Anwar ul-Haq Ahady).

Courtesy of David Hull.

Afghanistan new sig/date (2010) 500-afghani note confirmed

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500 afghanis (US$10), ١٣٨٩ (SH1389/2010). Like DAB B60 (P76), but new date and signatures (Abdul Qadeer Fitrat and unknown).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

Pakistan new sig/date (2012) 1,000-rupee note confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_1000_R_2012.00.00_P50_DR_8873688_sig
1,000 rupees (US$11), 2012. Like P50, but new date and new signature (Yaseen Anwar).

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

India new date (2012) 100-rupee note with rupee symbol confirmed

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100 rupees (US$1.80), 2012. Like P98, but new date, new signature, and addition of rupee symbol to denomination. Confirmed without inset letter and R inset letter.

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 Thomas Augustsson, Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de), and Claudio Marana.

India new 20-rupee note with rupee symbol confirmed

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India_RBI_20_R_2012.00.00_PNL_15A_421550_r
20 rupees (US$0.35), 2012. Like P96, but new date, new signature, and addition of rupee symbol to denomination. Confirmed without inset letter and R inset letter.

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 Thomas Augustsson and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Afghanistan new sig/date (2012) 50- and 100-afghani notes confirmed

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50 afghanis (US$1), ١٣٨٩ (SH1389/2010). Like DAB B62 (PNL), but new date and signatures (Abdul Qadeer Fitrat and unknown).

100 afghanis (US$2), ١٣٨٩ (SH1389/2010). Like DAB B59 (P75), but new date and signatures (Abdul Qadeer Fitrat and unknown).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Afghanistan new sig/date (2010) 1,000-afghani note confirmed

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1,000 afghanis (US$20), ١٣٨٩ (SH1389/2010). Like DAB B61 (P77), but new date and signatures (Abdul Qadeer Fitrat and unknown).

Courtesy of Victor Krysko.

India new date (2012) 10-rupee note confirmed

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10 rupees (US$0.20), 2012. Like P95, but new date and inset letter P. This note does not have the rupee symbol. Curiously, the 10-rupee note bearing the rupee symbol has previously been confirmed dated 2011.

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Agostinho "Gus" Oliveira (gus26550@yahoo.com).

Pakistan new signature banknotes confirmed

According to a press release, the State Bank of Pakistan began issuing banknotes with Governor Yaseen Anwar’s signature on 10 February 2012. Notes with the new signature dated 2011 have been confirmed on denominations 10 - 1,000 rupees.

Courtesy of Qaisar Miana, Hans-Dieter Müeller, and Dr. Malik Aftab Joiya.

Afghanistan new 50-afghani note dated 2008 confirmed

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50 afghanis (US$1), ١٢٨٧ (SH1387/2008). Like DAB B53 (P69), but new date and signatures, as well as Cornerstone watermarks. Also, Arabesque design at center front more red than green.

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

Pakistan new sig/date (2011) 1,000-rupee note confirmed

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1,000 rupees (US$11), 2011. Like P50, but new date and new signature (Yaseen Anwar).

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

India new 50-rupee note with rupee symbol confirmed

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On 19 April 2012, the Reserve Bank of India issued new 50-rupee (US$0.95) notes with the rupee symbol, no inset letter, and the signature of Governor Subbarao.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

India planning new 500- and 1,000-rupee notes within two years

According to an article in Outlook India dated 31 March 2012, within a year or two the Reserve Bank of India intends to issue new banknotes portraying the growth and development story of the country, says Bimal Julka, Director General, Directorate of Currency.

"It has been decided to add new features to currency notes. When anyone will look at a 500- or 1,000-rupee (US$9.70 and $19.40, respectively) note, it should also reflect India's growth and development.” The new notes will also have enhanced security features..

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Bangladesh chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Bangladesh

The Bangladesh 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 26-page catalog covers every note (227 types and varieties, including 57 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the People's Republic of Bangladesh in 1971, the Government of Bangladesh from 1972 to present, and the Bangladesh Bank from 1972 to present. Revised 7 December 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Bangladesh new 10-, 20-, and 50-taka notes confirmed

According to an article in The Daily Star dated 27 February 2012, Bangladesh Bank planned to introduce new banknotes denominated in 10, 20, and 50 taka on 7 March. The notes bear the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a photograph of the National Mausoleumon on the front, and be signed by Governor Atiur Rahman.

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BB B49 (PNL): 10 taka (US$0.10)
Purple. Front: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman; National Martyr’s Monument in Savar. Back: Baitul Mukarram (The Holy House) national mosque in Dhaka; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized coat of arms and Bengali denomination. Watermark: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on pixelated background and electrotype bank logo and 10. Printer: Unknown. 122 x 60 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 10b. Intro: 07.03.2012.
as. Diagonal red hollow SPECIMEN stamp; diagonal purple Bengali stamp.

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BB B50 (PNL): 20 taka (US$0.25)
Green. Front: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman; National Martyr’s Monument in Savar. Back: Shaat Gambuj Masjid (Sixty Dome Mosque) in Bagerhat; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized coat of arms and Bengali denomination. Watermark: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on pixelated background and electrotype bank logo and 20. Printer: Unknown. 127 x 60 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 10b. Intro: 07.03.2012.
as. Diagonal red hollow SPECIMEN stamp.

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BB B51 (PNL): 50 taka (US$0.05)
Red and brown. Front: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman; National Martyr’s Monument in Savar. Back: Shilpacharya Jainul Abedin’s painting “Ploughing;” bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized coat of arms and Bengali denomination. Watermark: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on pixelated background and electrotype bank logo and 5. Printer: Unknown. 117 x 60 mm.
a. 2011. Signature 10b. Intro: 07.03.2012.
as. Diagonal red hollow SPECIMEN stamp.

Courtesy of Md. Robiul Islam (www.robiscollection.blogspot.com).

Bangladesh new 50-taka note withdrawn due to error

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According to an article in Banglanews24 dated 7 March 2012, Bangladesh Bank has withdrawn the new 50-taka (US$0.60) note after a spelling mistake of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin was identified on the back of the note. The note had just been introduced earlier in the day on 7 March, so it's likely that very few made it into circulation, even though 2.25 crore pieces were printed. Confirming the matter, Director-General of BB Governor Secretariat AFM Asaduzzaman said, “These notes will not be circulated in the market before rectifying," giving the impression that the bank may overprint the error notes with corrected text rather than destroy them.

Courtesy of Frank van Tiel.

Afghanistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Afghanistan cover

The Afghanistan 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 27-page catalog covers every note (184 types and varieties, including 35 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Afghan Treasury from 1919 to 1928, the Ministry of Finance in 1936, and Da Afghanistan Bank (The Afghanistan Bank) from 1939 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Bangladesh new 60-taka commemorative note confirmed


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According to a press release in Bangla, Bangladesh Bank is scheduled to issue a new 60-taka (US$0.70) note on 15 Febuary 2012. The note measures 130 x 60 mm. It commemorates 60 Years of Language Movement 1952-2012, and will be available as a numismatic product packaged in a folder for 200 taka, as well as a circulating note at face value.

BB B61 (PNL): 60 taka (US$0.75)
Yellow, brown, violet, orange, and blue. Front: Shaheed Minar (Martyrs’ monument) of the Language Movement in Dhaka. Back: Flowering branch; five men, monument; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized coat of arms and Bangla denomination. Watermark: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on pixelated background and electrotype bank logo and 50. Printer: Unknown. 130 x 60 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 14. Intro: 15.02.2012.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause, Nat Denkin, and Claudio Marana.

Nepal new signature 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$12.75), no date. Like preceding note, but new signature (Yuba Raj Khatiwada). Intro: 28.02.2012.

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 Shankar Shrestha (www.nuphil.com).

Afghanistan new sig 1,000-afghani note confirmed


1,000 afghanis (US$20), ١٣٨٣ (SH1383/2004). Like DAB B58 (P74), but new signatures (Noorullah Delawari and Anwar ul-Haq Ahady).

Courtesy of Jan Ove Larsen.

Maldives new sig/date (2011) 5-rufiyaa note confirmed


5 rufiyaa (US$0.35), 2011. Like MMA B10 (P18), but new signature and new date.

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

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

Maldives new sig/date (2008) 50-rufiyaa note confirmed


50 rufiyaa (US$3.25), 2008. Like MMA B13 (P21), but new signature and new date.

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

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

India new date (2011) 500-rupee note with L inset letter confirmed


500 rupees (US$10.25), 2011. Like P99, but new date and inset letter L.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Bangaldesh new 100-taka variety confirmed

There are at least five varieties of the 100-taka (US$1.45) note dated 2009:

1. Signature Ahmed, Jamuna bridge, Bangla serial numbers.
2. Signature Rahman (1st sig variety), Jamuna bridge, Bangla serial numbers.
3. Signature Rahman (2nd sig variety), Bangabandhu bridge, Bangla serial numbers.
4. Signature Rahman (2nd sig variety), Bangabandhu bridge, Western serial numbers at lower right.
5. Signature Rahman (1st sig variety), Jamuna bridge, Western serial numbers at lower right.

The fifth variety is the new discovery, and it is odd because the signature reverted back to Rahman’s original signature variety, and the name of the bridge on the back reverted to the old name of Jamuna, but the Western serial numbers at lower right place the order of printing after the fourth variety, and before the first variety dated 2010, which has Rahman’s 2nd signature variety and the new Bangabandhu bridge name.





Apparently Security Printing Corporation must have discovered unused stocks of the second 2009 variety notes and decided to apply the new Western serial numbers and issue these notes into circulation.

Courtesy of Nathan Denkin.

Bangladesh new 40-taka commemorative confirmed

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According to a press release dated 21 December 2011, Bank Bangladesh introduced a new 40-taka (US$0.50) note to commemorate the “40th Victory Anniversary of Bangladesh,” featuring “Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” and the National Martyr’s Monument in Savar on front, and six armed men on back.

Curiously, this note has an electrotype 10 in the watermark, indicating it was likely printed on extra 10-taka banknote paper. However, Bank Bangladesh has not yet issued a new 10-taka note with the same watermark.


A total of 20,000 notes were printed, of which 5,000 were packaged as numismatic products in a folder, some of which had an error in the spelling of the country’s name on front (see above).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes with or without the commemorative folders can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on BanknoteNews.com to receive a significant discount.

Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam, Claudio Marana, and Jan Stuller.

India new 10-rupee note with rupee symbol confirmed


According to a press release dated 23 September 2011, the Reserve Bank of India has issued (on 3 October 2011) a 10-rupee (US$0.20) note without inset letter, in the Mahatma Gandhi series, bearing the signature of Governor Subbarao, dated 2011, and incorporating the new symbol for the rupee currency.

This denomination has also been confirmed with R inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim and Thomas Augustsson.

Pakistan new sig/date (2010 & 2011) notes confirmed


Syed Salim Raza


Shahid Hafiz Kardar

All Pakistani denominations 10 to 1,000 rupees have been confirmed dated 2010 with two different signature varieties: Syed Salim Raza and Shahid Hafiz Kardar. Furthermore, all denominations have been confirmed dated 2011 with the signature of Shahid Hafiz Kardar. The latest date confirmed for the 5,000-rupee note (P51) is 2009.

Courtesy of Qaisar Miana.

India new 1,000-rupee note with rupee symbol confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$19), 2011. Like P100, but new date, new signature, and addition of rupee symbol to denomination.

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 Shibu Paul & Ashley Alexander (www.ebanknoteshop.com).

India new 100-rupee note with rupee symbol confirmed


100 rupees (US$1.90), 2011. Like P98, but new date, new signature, and addition of rupee symbol to denomination.

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 Shibu Paul & Ashley Alexander (www.ebanknoteshop.com).

Pakistan new sig/date (2010) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$11), 2010. Like P50, but new date and new signature (Shaheed Kardar). This denomination has previously been confirmed with the same date and the signature of Saleem Raza.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

India 10-rupee note with rupee symbol and R inset letter reported

The Reserve Bank of India is expected to issue 10-rupee (US$0.20) notes with the new rupee symbol, the inset letter R, bearing the signature of Governor D Subbarao, and the year 2011 on back.

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

India new 1,000-rupee note with rupee symbol reported

According to a press release dated 18 November 2011, the Reserve Bank of India plans to issue a new 1,000-rupee (US$19.13) note without inset letter, bearing the new rupee currency symbol.

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

Courtesy of Anil Bohora.

Bangladesh new sig/date (2011) 20-taka note confirmed


20 taka (US$0.30), 2011. Like P48, but new date and new signature (Atiur Rahman).

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares and Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan delays demonetization of old 500-rupee notes

According to an Online International News Network article, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has approved pushing back the date of exchange of old design 500-rupee (Pick 42) notes until 30 September 2012.

India new date (2011) 50-rupee note with R inset letter confirmed


50 rupees (US$1.02), 2011. Like P97, but new date, new signatures, and R inset letter.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

India new date (2011) 100-rupee note with R inset letter confirmed


100 rupees (US$2.05), 2011. Like P98, but new date, new signatures, and R inset letter.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Pakistan new sig/date (2011) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$11.52), 2011. Like P50, but new date and new signature of Shahid Hafiz Kardar, SBP Governor.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Pakistan to demonetize 5-rupee note 01.01.2012


According to a press release issued by the State Bank of Pakistan, the 5-rupee note (P53) originally introduced 8 July 2008 will be demonetized on 1 January 2011 and replaced by a coin.

Courtesy of Tristan Williams and Sejin Ahn.

Bhutan new 100-ngultrum commemorative confirmed



The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan has issued a 100-ngultrum (US$2.05) banknote to commemorate the 13 October 2011 royal wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema. According to this BBS article dated 12 October 2011, the notes (and 500-ngultrum coins) are available in Bank of Bhutan, Bhutan Development Bank Limited, and in the BOB counter at the Paro Airport from 13 October until 4 November at a cost of 500 ngultrum and 5,000 ngultrum, respectively.

RMA BNP1 (PNL): 100 ngultrum
Orange, brown, and red. Front: Mythical angel carrying the Raven Crown; national emblem; royal wedding logo consisting of khorlo (wheel) signifying royalty, circles with dhar (ceremonial scarf) signifying eternal union of thap (method) and sherab (wisdom), and the dham tshig tsangma and lotus, symbolizing purity of union; King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema. Back: Dragons; Punakha Dzong (aka Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong, meaning “the palace of great happiness or bliss”). Solid security thread with demetalized ROYAL WEDDING. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 70 mm. 2011. Signature 6. Intro: 13.10.2011.

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Courtesy of Sing Chai Tan, Marian Meyer, Christoph Thomas, and Thomas Krause.

India new 20-rupee 2011 note with F inset letter reported

According to an October 2011 press release, the Reserve Bank of India will soon introduce a 20-rupee (US$0.40), 2011 note with F inset letter and signed by Governor Subbarao.

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

Bangladesh new note family confirmed











According to a press release dated 9 August 2011, Bangladesh Bank will issue on 11 August a new set of notes denominated in 5, 100, 500, and 1,000 taka, all dated 2011 and featuring a portrait and watermark of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with the National Martyr’s Monument in Savar at center front. The new 2-taka note issued by the state bears the signature of Finance Secretary Dr Mohammad Tareq while the other denominations have the signature of Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman.

The press release is available in Bengla only, so if someone can translate and send the relevant facts in English, please do.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

India 20-rupee variety with F inset letter reported

According to a press release dated 2 September 2011, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a 20-rupee note with F inset letter and the signature of Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

India to issue polymer 10-rupee notes

According to an article on MoneyControl dated 26 August 2011, the Reserve Bank of India will introduce 100 crore (1 billion) polymer 10-rupee (US$0.20) banknotes on a trial basis. India has been contemplating such a test for several years now. No word yet on exactly when the polymer notes will be issued.

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

Courtesy of Anil Bohora.

Bangladesh new 100-taka variety dated 2009 confirmed


100 taka (US$1.35), 2009. Like other previously reported varieties of P49 dated 2009, but with Western digits used for the serial number at lower right. All preceding notes used Bangla digits for both upper left and lower right serial numbers. The previously reported note dated 2010 also has Western digits at lower right.

Courtesy of Rui Palhares.

Bhutan revised 5-, 100-, and 500-ngultrum notes confirmed



The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan has issued revised banknotes denominated in 5, 100, and 500 ngultrum. The notes are dated 2011, and carry a new signature (Dasho Daw Tenzin) and title of GOVERNOR. as well as improved PEAK (printed embossed anticopy key) security elements (see area above date in detail image).

Courtesy of Rui Palhares.

India new date (2011) 10- and 100-rupee notes reported

The Reserve Bank of India will soon issue 10- and 100-rupee banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi series with the signature of Governor Subbarao. The 10-rupee notes will have inset letter B. The 100-rupee notes will have inset letter L.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Bank Indonesia Deputy Governor Rochadi dies in New York


On 10 July 2011, Bank Indonesia Deputy Governor Budi Rochadi died at age 60 of unspecified causes in New York, where he was attending a conference on banknotes. Rochadi had served as deputy governor in charge of settlement systems since January 2007. Rochadi’s signature appears on the 2,000-rupiah notes dated 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Bhutan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Bhutan cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 12-page catalog covers every note (80 types and varieties, including 40 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Royal Government of Bhutan from 1974 to 1978, and the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan from 1985 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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India new 100-rupee variety reported

According to a press release dated 10 June 2011, the Reserve Bank of India will “shortly” issue a 100-rupee (US$2.25) note with L inset letter, 2011 date, and Subbarao’s signature.

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

India new 10-rupee variety reported

According to a press release dated 10 June 2011, the Reserve Bank of India will “shortly” issue a 10-rupee (US$0.20) note with B inset letter and Subbarao’s signature.

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

Maldives chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Maldives

The Maldives 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 (60 types and varieties, including 13 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the The Government of the Maldives from 1947 to 1980, and the Maldives Monetary Authority from 1983 to present day. Revised 23 September 2012.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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India to enhance security features of banknotes soon

According to a Financial Chronicle article dated 23 May 2011, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue new banknotes of all denominations with enhanced security features and the new currency symbol for the rupee. Although the date of intro of the notes hasn’t been revealed, newly designed coins with the new symbol are expected in July.

Sri Lanka chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Sri Lanka cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (89 types and varieties, including 24 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from 1987 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
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  • Security features described in full
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  • 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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India new date (2011) 20-rupee note without inset letter confirmed

20 rupees (US$0.45), 2011. Like P96, but new date and signature (Subba Rao).

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Sri Lanka new series numismatic product confirmed


The Central bank of Sri Lanka issued a set of all six notes from the new 2010 series with matching serial numbers in a special folder with descriptive text.

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

Courtesy of Dilminidu Samarasekara.

India new date (2011) 100-rupee note without inset letter confirmed


100 rupees (US$2), 2011. Like P98, but new date and no inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

India new date (2011) 10-rupee note with A inset letter confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.20), 2011. Like P95, but new date and A inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Nepal withdraws King Gyanendra notes on 15 March 2011

According to a BCC report, Nepal Rastra Bank is withdrawing all banknotes bearing the portrait of the former king, Gyanendra, as of 15 March 2011, though they can still be exchanged for new notes depicting Mount Everest at bank branches for several more weeks.

India new date (2011) 50-rupee note with L inset letter confirmed


50 rupees (US$1.10), 2011. Like P97, but new date, new signature, and L inset letter.

This particular note show above is a replacement, indicated by the star/asterisk in the serial number.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

India new date (2011) 10-rupee note with N inset letter confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.20), 2011. Like P95, but new date and N inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Bangladesh new sig/date (2010) 100-taka note confirmed


100 taka (US$1.40), 2010. Like P49, but new date and new signature (Atiur Rahman).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Bangladesh new sig/date (2010) 50-taka note confirmed


50 taka (US$0.70), 2010. Like P41, but new date and new signature (Atiur Rahman).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Sri Lanka unveils new notes to be issued soon








According to a booklet produced by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to highlight events planned to celebrate its 60th anniversary, a new series of banknotes was scheduled to be issued 3 March 2011. However, according to a more recent AsianTribute article, the notes are expected “next month,” and indications are they may be issued as early as 4 February.

The denomination structure of the new series will be 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, and 5,000 rupees (for a total face value of approximately US$60). The note series was designed by two Sri Lankan artists selected from an island-wide competition. The themes of the new notes are Development and Prosperity, and Sri Lankan Dancers. The fronts of the new notes bear artistict impressions of selected development projects in Sri Lanka and native birds and butterflies. The backs depict Sri Lankan traditional dancers and guard stones in a background of a map of Sri Lanka.

Like the current series of notes, the new notes have vertically-oriented backs. They appear to be printed by DLR, are dated 2010-01-01, and signed by Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ajith Nivard Cabraal.

More info can be found on this web page and in this document.

Courtesy of Aidan Work, Jean-Michel Engels, and Tod Hunt.

India new date (2010) 50-rupee note with L inset letter confirmed


50 rupees (US$1.10), 2010. Like P97, but new date and L inset letter.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Pakistan new date (2010) 5, 10, 50, and 100-rupee notes confirmed


With today’s confirmation of the new 2010 date varieties, all denominations—with the exception of the 20 rupee—have been confirmed with the new date and new signature of Syed Salim Raza.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

India new date (2010) 50-rupee note confirmed


50 rupees (US$1.10), 2010. Like Pick 97, but new date, new signature, and E inset letter.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Pakistan to start issuing notes with new signature on 03.01.2011

On 3 January 2011, the State Bank of Pakistan will start issuing banknotes bearing the signature of Shahid Hafiz Kardar, who assumed the role of governor on 9 September 2010.

Pakistan 500-rupee notes to be demonetized on 01.10.2011


The State Bank of Pakistan has informed the public that it will demonetize old 500-rupee (US$5.85) notes as of 1 October 2011. The old notes (Pick 42), which were introduced in April 1986, have been replaced with new notes (Pick 49) originally issued in 2006.

India new 5- and 10-rupee notes reported

According to press releases dated 24 December 2010, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue new 5- and 10-rupee (US$0.10 and 0.20, respectively) banknotes with improved security features.

The 5-rupee note will have an R inset letter whereas the 10-rupee note will have an N insert letter. Both will bear the signature of Dr. D. Subbarao, governor. The design of these notes is similar in all respects to the banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series with additional / new security features. Existing notes will circulate in parallel.

Additional information and images are requested.

Nepal new signature 500-rupee note confirmed


500 rupees (US$6.85), no date. Like 500-rupee note issued in 2009, but with new signature (Yuba Raj Khatiwada). Issued 24.11.2010.

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Courtesy of Shankar Shrestha.

India new sig. 5-rupee note without inset letter reported

According to a press release dated 9 November 2010, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue 5-rupee (US$0.10) banknotes without inset letter in the numbering panels in the Mahatma Gandhi Series with new/ improved security features bearing the signature of Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor, Reserve Bank of India.

Bangladesh new date (2010) 10-taka note confirmed


10 taka (US$0.15), 2010. Like P39, but new date and signature (Atiur Rahman).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Nepal new sig. variety 50-rupee note confirmed


50 rupees (US$0.70), no date. Like P63, but new signature (Yuba Raj Khatiwada). Intro: 07.10.2010.


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Courtesy of Shankar Shrestha.

Pakistan new date (2010) 20-rupee note confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.25), 2010. Like P54, but new date and new signature of Syed Salim Raza, SBP Governor.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Nepal new sig. variety 20-rupee note confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.25), no date. Like P62, but new signature (Yuba Raj Khatiwada). Intro: 05.10.2010.

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Courtesy of Shankar Shrestha.

India new 10-rupee note with S inset letter reported

On 27 September 2010, the Reserve Bank of India announced that it would soon issued new 10-rupee (US$0.20) notes like the current Mahatma Gandhi series, but with “additional security features,” S inset letters, and the signature of RBI governor, D Subbarao.

Additional information and images are requested.

Sri Lanka new 5,000-rupee note rumored

In an e-Biz Sri Lanka article dated 7 September 2010, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is said to be considering issuing a 5,000-rupee (US$44.50) banknote to commemorate the bank’s 60th anniversary, as well as other denominations from 20 to 1,000 rupees depicting scenes of “Development and Prosperity” and “Sri Lankan Dancers.” The new notes are expected in 2011.

Nepal new signature 10-rupee note confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.15), no date. Like P61, but new signature (Yuba Raj Khatiwada). Intro: 05.09.2010.

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Courtesy of Shankar Shrestha (www.nuphil.com).

Origin of color of India's 20-rupee note explained


The International Business Times has an interesting article explaining the origin of the color scheme used on India’s 20-rupee (US$0.40) note, shown above (Pick 89A), as well as an examination of the history of banknotes in India.

Pakistan new date (2010) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$11.70), 2010. Like P50, but new date and new signature of Syed Salim Raza, SBP Governor.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Pakistan new date (2009) 100-rupee note confirmed


100 rupees (US$1.20), 2009. Like P48, but new date and new signature of Syed Salim Raza, SBP Governor.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Bangladesh new date (2010) 1,000-taka note confirmed


1,000 taka (US$14.35), 2010. Like P51, but new date and signature Atiur Rahman.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Bangladesh new date (2010) 2-taka note confirmed


2 taka (US$0.02), 2010. Like same denomination first issued in 2002, but new date and signature (Mohammed Tareq).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Pakistan new date (2010) 500-rupee note confirmed


500 rupees (US$5.85), 2010. Like Rs500 dated 2009 introduced 25 January 2010, but new date.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Afghanistan new 100-, 500-, and 1,000-afghani notes dated 2008 confirmed



Like P70, P73, and P74, respectively, but repositioned holographic stripes, windowed threads, and registration devices. Also new dates ١٢٨٧ (SH1387/2008) and signatures. Finally, these notes have Cornerstone watermarks.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

India 2009 20- and 100-rupee notes without inset letters confirmed

20 rupees (US$0.40), 2009. Like P96, but new date and no inset letter.

100 rupees (US$2.15), 2009. Like P98, but new date and no inset letter.

Courtesy of Jim W.-C. Chen.

India's unique challenge of making money from cotton waste

Live Mint has posted an interesting article on banknote production in India.

India approves new symbol for rupee


On 15 July 2010, India’s Union Cabinet approved a symbol for the rupee which is a combination of the Roman “R” without the vertical stroke and the Devnagri letter “ra.” The symbol was designed by Bombay IIT postgraduate D Udaya Kumar. A finance ministry official said the government is not planning to print banknotes with the new symbol. Historians say that the first “rupee” was issued by Emperor Sher Shah Suri in the 15th century. One rupee was equivalent to 40 copper paisas then. The rupee is believed to be derived from the Sanskrit word raupya, which means silver.

India new date (2010) 20-rupee note confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.40), 2010. Like Pick 96, but new date, new signatures, and E inset letter.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

India new date (2010) 500-rupee note confirmed


500 rupees (US$10.70), 2010. Like Pick 99, but new date, new signatures, and R inset letter.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Sri Lanka new date (03.07.2006) 100-rupee note confirmed


100 rupees (US$0.90), 2006-07-03. Like P118, but new date and new signatures (Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ajith Nivard Cabraal).

Courtesy of TDS.

Pakistan bank governor resignation confirmed

According to a BBC News article dated 3 June 2010, Syed Salim Raza resigned as governor of the State Bank of Pakistan on 6 May 2010. Deputy Governor Yaseen Anwar has been appointed by President Zardari as acting governor to replace Raza.


Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Bangladesh new date (2010) 500-taka note confirmed


500 taka (US$7.20), 2010. Like P50, but new date and serial number at lower right in Western numerals.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Bangladesh new date (2009) 2-taka note confirmed


2 taka (US$0.01), 2009. Like previously reported new 2-taka notes, but new date and new signature (Mohammed Tareq).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Afghanistan new signature varieties confirmed


100 afghanis (US$2.11), ١٢٨٢ (SH1383/2004). Like P70, but new signature.


500 afghanis (US$10.58), ١٢٨٢ (SH1383/2004). Like previously reported new type 500-afghani note, but new signature.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Nepal new signature 100-rupee note confirmed


100 rupees (US$1.40), no date. On 16 April 2010 Nepal Rastra Bank issued a new 100-rupee note with usual color and size with prefix number EE/63 000001 to U/86 999999. On front left it has the picture of Mount Everest from south face, on right it has the watermark of Nepal’s national flower Rhododendron. It has the signature of the present Governor Bijay Nath Bhattarai (signature 16).

Courtesy of Shankar Shrestha.

Bangladesh new date (2009) 5-taka note confirmed


5 taka (US$0.07), 2009. Like Pick 46, but new date and new signature (Atiur Rahman). Intro: 16.03.2010.

Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam.

Bangladesh new date (2009) 10-taka note confirmed


10 taka (US$0.15), 2009. Like Pick 47, but new date, new signature (Atiur Rahman), and litho printed instead of intaglio, plus text on front is surrounded by white. Intro: 31.01.2010.

Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam.

India 20-rupee note with R inset letter reported

The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue a 20-rupee (US$0.45) banknote with R inset letter in both numbering panels in the Mahatma Gandhi Series – 2005 bearing the signature of Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor. Except for the change in the inset letter, the design of these notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi Series – 2005, with additional / new security features issued on 16 August 2006. All 20-rupee notes issued in the past will continue to be legal tender.

Sri Lanka replaces 10-rupee note with coin


On 5 April 2010 the Central Bank of Sri Lanka issued a new 10-rupee (US$0.10) coin to replace the banknote (Pick 108 and 115) of the same denomination.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Bangladesh new date (2009) 1,000-taka note confirmed


1,000 taka (US$14.45), 2009. Like 1,000-taka note issued 27.10.2008, but new date and new signature (Atiur Rahman).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Bangladesh new date (2009) 20-taka note confirmed


20 taka (US$0.30), 2009. Like P48a, but new date and new signature (Atiur Rahman).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

India new date (2009) 10-rupee note with L letter confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.20), 2009. Like P95, but new date (2009), new signature (Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor since 06.09.2008), and L inset letter.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

India 20-rupee note without inset letter reported

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon introduce a 20-rupee (US$0.40) banknote without inset letter bearing the signature of Dr D Subbarao, Governor. Except for the change in the inset letter, the design of these notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi Series - 2005, with additional/new security features issued on 16 August 2006. All 20-rupee notes issued by the RBI in the past will continue to be legal tender.
Additional information and images are requested.

India new date (2009) 1,000-rupee note with L inset letter confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$19.35), 2009. Like Pick 100, but new date and L inset letter.

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Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Pakistan new date (2009) 10-rupee note confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.10), 2009. Like Pick 45, but new date and new signature of Syed Salim Raza, SBP Governor.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Pakistan new date (2009) 20-rupee note confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.25), 2009. Like the Rs20 issued in 2007 and 2008, but new date and new signature of Syed Salim Raza, SBP Governor.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Pakistan new date (2009) 50-rupee note confirmed


50 rupees (US$0.60), 2009. Like Pick 47, but new date and new signature of Syed Salim Raza, SBP Governor.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Pakistan new 500-rupee note confirmed


State Bank of Pakistan introduced a new 500-rupee (US$5.90) note on 25 January 2010. The new note bears the signature of Syed Salim Raza, SBP Governor. The new note is like Pick 49, which was introduced in 2006, except on right front it now features the Pakistani flag of a crescent and five-pointed star in green-to-magenta OVI. Both notes will circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Maldives new date (29.12.2008) 20-rufiyaa note confirmed


20 rufiyaa (US$1.55), 2008/AH1430. Like Pick 20, but new date (29.12.2008) and new signature (unknown).

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

India new date (2009) 100-rupee note with F inset letter confirmed


100 rupees (US$2), 2009.
Like Pick 98, but new date (2008), new signature (D. Subbarao, Governor), and F inset letter.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

India new date (2008) 50-rupee note with E inset letter confirmed


50 rupees (US$0.95)
Like Pick 97, but new date (2008), new signature (Dr. Y. V. Reddy, Governor), and E inset letter.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Nepal new 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$13.65)
Like Pick 66, but without rhododendron printed atop watermark area. Introduced 8 January 2010.

Blue, brown, and green. Front: Mount Everest; goddess Bhagwati; Swayambhunath stupa and temple of goddess Harati; obverse of coin. Back: Elephant; bank logo. 4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized NRB. Watermark: Rhododendron. Printer: Unknown. 172 x 70 mm.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Ömer Yalcinkaya, and Shankar Shrestha.

Bangladesh new signature variety 1,000-taka note confirmed

In a press release dated 15 December 2009, Bangladesh Bank announced the 18.11.2009 introduction of a 1,000-taka (US$14.45) note signed by Governor Dr. Atiur Rahman. This is a new date/signature variety only.

Courtesy of Nat Denkin and Mohammed Islam.

Sri Lanka new 1,000-rupee commemorative confirmed


According to a press release, on 17.11.2009 the Central Bank of Sri Lanka introduced a new 1,000-rupee (US$8.75) commemorative banknote to mark the ushering of peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka.

In terms of section 52 A (1) (a) and ( b) of the Monetary Law Act (Amendment) No.6 of 1998, with the approval of the Hon. Minister of Finance, the Central Bank issues commemorative coins and notes. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka issued the first commemorative note to mark the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka in 1998 and this is the second commemorative note that is being issued.

The theme on the obverse of the note is one country and one nation in harmony, progressing towards prosperity under the leadership of His Excellency President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The obverse depicts the image of His Excellency President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, which is to the right of the note. A map of Sri Lanka with the rising sun in the background and a “Punkalasa” with ears of paddy at center left depicts territorial integrity and prosperity respectively, that are results of national harmony and peace.

The valiant contribution made by the nation’s victorious sons and daughters of the security forces and the police is the theme on the reverse of the note. The design at the center depicts the hoisting of the national flag by members of the security forces. Images of the Mavil Aru annicut and Thoppigala rock (Baron’s Cap) that were turning points of humanitarian operations of the security forces appear in the background.

The size of the note is 157 mm x 78.5 mm and the predominant colour is blue. The notes are identified by a serial prefix of Q and the numbers of the notes are starting from Q/1 000001 onwards and appear on the obverse in Arabic numerals, horizontally on the left and vertically on the right of the note.

The note contains several current security features. The watermark depicting the heraldic lion of Sri Lanka, with the sword highlighted in a panel clear of printing and Cornerstones as hitherto used in current Sri Lanka Rs 1000 note, 1.2 mm wide windowed clear text security thread, see-through feature in exact registration and invisible fluorescent printing have been incorporated in the note.
The note carries the signatures in facsimile of His Excellency the President and Minister of Finance, Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Mr Ajith Nivard Cabraal, with the date 2009-05-20.

The note was issued to His Excellency President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, by the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr Ajith Nivard Cabraal on 17th November 2009 at the John Exter International Conference Hall of the Central Bank in Colombo. A limited number of notes with the first serial numbers in an attractive folder will be issued at a price of Rs. 1,500 each.

The note will be legal tender in Sri Lanka for the payment of any amount and will be a liability of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka whilst in circulation.

Courtesy of Aidan Work and Vincent Tan.

Pakistan new date (2009) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$11.90), 2009. Like Pick 50, but new date and new signature (Governor Syed Salim Raza).

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Afghanistan to introduce new series of notes

Central Bank of Afghanistan introduces a new family of Afghani Banknotes

At a press-conference held on Mizan 13, 1388 (2009) the Central Bank Governor, His Excellency Abdul Qadeer Fitrat, announced that a new family of banknotes would soon be released to the public.

The bank notes are machine readable, of better quality and have more advanced security features than current banknotes. The security features provide robust protection against counterfeiting.

As a result of the improved quality of the banknotes Governor Fitrat reported that the new banknotes will have a greater longevity (4 years) than existing banknotes (3 years).

The Central bank will gradually replace the existing 85 billion Afs that have been issued to date with the new and improved notes. Old, mutilated and dirty notes will be gradually removed from circulation and destroyed in the Central Banks furnace.

The introduction of new banknotes is standard procedure for central banks around the world. Previously, Afghanistan had three separate currencies which lead to hyper-inflation and macroeconomic instability. The currency reform of 1381 introduced a single currency which is issued exclusively by the central Bank. As a result of these reforms the Afghani currency is one of the most stable currencies in the region.

Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Pakistan new date (2008 and 2009) 5,000-rupee notes confirmed


5,000 rupees (US$59.40), 2008. Like Pick 51, but new date and new signature (Governor Shamshad Akhtar).

5,000 rupees (US$59.40), 2009. Like Pick 51, but new date and new signature (Governor Syed Salim Raza).

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

India replacing 1- and 2-rupee notes with coins

According to an article in The Economic Times dated 08.12.09, the Reserve Bank of India is replacing 1- and 2-rupee banknotes with coins due to the short life span and high costs of printing small-denomination notes. In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said, "The notes of these denominations have been coinised…The Reserve Bank has informed that in view of the short life span of the lower denominations notes of Re 1, Rs 2, and Rs 5 and the high cost involved in printing and processing of soiled notes of these denominations, the government has decided to discontinue the printing of lower denominations notes," Meena said.

Bangladesh new signature variety 20-taka note reported

In a press release dated 02.12.2009, Bangladesh Bank announced the 06.12.2009 introduction of a 20-taka (US$0.30) note signed by Governor Dr. Atiur Rahman. It appears to be a new date/signature variety only.

Additional information and images are requested.

Courtesy of Nat Denkin and Mohammed J. Islam.

India to issue 50-rupee note with L inset letter

The Reserve Bank of India is expected to issue a new 50-rupee (US$1.10) banknote with L inset letter in both numbering panels in the Mahatma Gandhi Series -2005 bearing the signature of D. Subbarao, governor.

Except for the change in the inset letter, the design of these notes to be issued is similar in all respects to the banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi Series - 2005, with additional / new security features issued on 24 August 2005.

Bangladesh notes to feature Bangabandhu portrait

According to an All Headline News article dated 19 November 2009, Bangladesh Bank plans to use a portrait of founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mijubur Rahman on all new currency. The central bank has requested the finance ministry’s approval of its plans. If granted, new banknotes and coins are scheduled for 2010.

India new inset letter varieties confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.20). 2008. Like Pick 95c, but M inset letter.


20 rupees (US$0.40). 2007. Like Pick 96b, but E inset letter.


100 rupees (US$2.15). 2008. Like Pick 98d, but S inset letter.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Bangladesh new signature variety 100-taka confirmed

100 taka (US$1.45). Like Pick 49, but new date, new signature, and new title on back.

There are now at least three 100-taka note varieties dated 2009. One is signed by Governor Salehuddin Ahmed, and the other two are signed by Governor Atiur Rahman, but the signatures are slightly different (see below).



In addition to the signature change, the text on the back of the note has changed slightly, too. The text on the first note reads Bangabandhu Bridge (named after Sheikh Mujibar Rahman whose official title was Bangabandhu), and the new one reads Jamuna Bridge (named after the river it spans).




Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels and Nazir Rahemtulla.

Nepal new 500-rupee note confirmed


500 rupees (US$6.50)
Like Pick 65, but without rhododendron printed atop watermark (unknown; presumably not King Gyanendra), and new signature (Deependra Bahadur Chhettri). Introduced 20.09.2009. Reportedly printed in France.

A new 1,000-rupee note is expected in December. Presumably it will be like Pick 66, but again without the rhododendron printed atop watermark.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Shankar Shrestha.

Pakistan new date (2009) 5-rupee note confirmed


5 rupees (US$0.06). Like preceding Rs5 note, but new date and new signature of Governor Syed Salim Raza. Introduced 15 May 2009.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

India to issue new 500-rupee note with E inset letter

According to a 17 September 2009 press release, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon issue a 500-rupee (US$10.40) note with E inset letter and signature of D. Subbarao, governor.

Except for the change in the inset letter, the design of these notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi Series - 2005, with additional/ new security features issued on 21 October 2005.

All banknotes in the denomination of Rs 500 in Mahatma Gandhi series issued by RBI from the year 2000 will continue to be legal tender.

Bangladesh 20-taka error confirmed


While editing the Bangladesh chapter of my new catalog of world notes, Bill Stubkjaer and I confirmed that his example of the Bangladesh 20-taka note of 1979 (Pick 22) has an error in the printed solid security thread. Specifically, the words BANGLADESH BANK are repeated on the thread, but the Bs are backwords and BANK is spelled with an X, not a K:

I'd appreciate it if collectors would examine their own examples of this note and report if varieties exist with the correct spelling. Please post comments with your findings either way.

Bangladesh new 500-taka note confirmed


500 taka (US$7.30). Like P38, but new date (2009), new signature Atiur Rahman, Governor, and with a monochrome (not two-tone) denomination in the upper left front.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Jean-Michel Engels.

India new date (2009) 10-rupee note without inset letter confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.20), 2009. Like P95, but new date (2009), and new signature (Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor since 06.09.2008).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India new date (2009) 20-rupee note with E inset letter confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.40), 2009. Like P96, but new date (2009), new signature (Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor since 06.09.2008), and E inset letter.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India new date (2009) 50-rupee note without inset letter confirmed


50 rupees (US$1.00), 2009. Like P97, but new date (2009), and new signature (Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor since 06.09.2008).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India new date (2009) 500-rupee note with R inset letter confirmed


500 rupees (US$10.30), 2009. Like P99, but new date (2009), new signature (Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor since 06.09.2008), and R inset letter.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

India new date (2009) 1,000-rupee note with R inset letter confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$20.55), 2009. Like P100, but new date (2009), new signature (Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor since 06.09.2008), and R inset letter.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Bangladesh new date (2009) 100-taka note confirmed


100 taka (US$1.45). Like Pick 49, but new date (2009) and G9 signature of Salehuddin Ahmed.

Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam.

India new date (2009) 500-rupee note without inset letter confirmed


500 rupees (US$9.65), 2009. Like P93, but new date, new signature (Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor since 06.09.2008), and no inset letter.

Courtesy of Dr. Manjunath P. Iyer.

Bangladesh new date (2009) 100-taka note confirmed


100 taka (US$1.45). Like Pick 49, but new date (2009) and new signature of Atiur Rahman, who took over as governor on 01.05.2009.

Courtesy of Mirsad Delic.

Pakistan new date (2008) 10-rupee note confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.15). Like Pick 45, but new date (2008).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new date (2008) 20-rupee note confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.25). Like Pick 46, but new date (2008).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Maldives new date (1998) 10-rufiyaa variety confirmed


The SCWPM lists two date varieties for the 10-rufiyaa from Maldives (Pick 19): 1998 and 2006. As it turns out, there are actually two varieties dated 1998. The difference is that the first variety has the printer imprint of DE LA RUE at bottom center on back, whereas the second variety is without the imprint, as is the 2006 note. The transition from with to without imprint appears to take place between serial number prefixes C and D, although this has not been confirmed.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Maldives new date (2000) 5-rufiyaa variety confirmed


The SCWPM lists three date varieties for the 5-rufiyaa from Maldives (Pick 18): 1998, 2000, and 2006. As it turns out, there are actually two varieties dated 2000. The difference is that the first variety has the printer imprint of DE LA RUE at bottom center on back, as does the 1998 note, whereas the second variety is without the imprint, as is the 2006 note. The transition from with to without imprint appears to take place between serial number prefixes E and F, although this has not been confirmed.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

India to issue 100-rupee note with F inset letter

The Reserve Bank of India will soon introduce a 100-rupee (US$2.05) note with F inset letter in both numbering panels in the Mahatma Gandhi Series.

Additional information and images requested.

Bangladesh new date (2009) 5-taka note confirmed


5 taka (US$0.05), 2009. Like Pick 46, but new date and solid security thread. Signature: Salehuddin Ahmed.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Sri Lanka new date (03.07.2006) 2,000-rupee note confirmed


2,000 rupees (US$17.40). Like Pick 121, but new date (2006-07-03) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Afghanistan new date (2004) notes confirmed

All denominations from Afghanistan (10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 afghanis) have been confirmed issued with the new date of 1383H (2004). The smaller denominations appear to be new date/signature varieties only, but the designs of the 500- and 1,000-afghani notes have been altered at left on front and back and are deserving of new type numbers.






Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

India new date (2009) 100-rupee note with R inset letter confirmed


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a 100-rupee (US$2) note with R inset letter, dated 2009, with the signature of RBI governor D. Subbarao.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India new date (2009) 5-rupee note confirmed


5 rupees (US$0.10), 2009. Like Pick 88A, but with date at lower center on back (previous issues were undated), new signatures, windowed security thread with demetalized text, and inset letter E.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

India considering polymer notes

According to a Business Standard article dated 3 June 2009, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is considering a pilot project to introduce polymer notes in an effort to increase the longevity of its banknotes, said H R Khan, executive director, RBI. The timing of the project has not yet been announced.

Nepal new 5-rupee note confirmed


The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has issued a new updated 5-rupee note.

Courtesy of Roman Boroznjak.

Pakistan issues notes signed by Governor Raza

On 15 May 2009, State Bank of Pakistan issued all denominations with the signature of the new governor, Syed Saleem Raza, who assumed the post on 2 January 2009. These banknotes are the same color, design, and size as the preceding notes.

Bangladesh new date (2008) 50-taka note confirmed


Bangladesh Bank has issued a 50-taka note (US$0.75) like Pick 41, but dated 2008 and signed by Governor Salehuddin Ahmed.

On 3 May 2009, Dr. Atiur Rahman was appointed the 10th governor of Bangladesh Bank, so we can expect new signature varieties to appear soon bearing his signature.

Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam.

Pakistan new date (2008) 100-rupee note confirmed


100 rupees (US$1.25), 2008. Like Pick 48, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new date (2008) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$12.45), 2008. Like Pick 50, but new date.
Dark blue. Mohammad Ali Jinnah as portrait and wmk, signature (Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor), OVI flag, microlettering, windowed security thread, and denomination as latent image, registration device, and electrotype wmk. Islamia College in Peshawar on back. Printer: Security Printing Corporation. 155 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Nepal new 20-rupee note confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.25), ND (2009). With the issuance of this note, the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) continues to remove King Gyanendra’s name, image, and royal symbols from the country’s currency.

Courtesy of Roman Boroznjak.

Banknotes of Bhutan catalog published


Anil R. Bohora and Gylfi K. Snorrason have just published a new catalog called Banknotes of Bhutan (ISBN 978-81-7525-881-5). This 137-page softcover book is beautifully illustrated in full color throughout, with large front and back images of all notes, and details of vignettes that are thoroughly explained. The book contains everything there is to know about the kings, monuments, and auspicious symbols that appear on Bhutanese notes, as well as the signatories, watermarks, and printers.

I highly recommend Banknotes of Bhutan to anyone interested in this Asian country’s numismatic history. The book costs US$25 + $6 S&H and can be purchased by emailing enterandbuy@yahoo.com.

India to revise notes with new governor's signature

The Reserve Bank of India will soon introduce revised banknotes in the denominations of 5, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 rupees. The notes will be identical to the current Mahatma Gandhi series, but will bear the signature of the new bank governor, Dr. D. Subbarao. Notes of the current series will remain legal tender.

India to issue revised 1,000-rupee note without inset letter

According to an article in My Iris dated March 31, 2009, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will shortly issue 1,000-rupee (US$19.85) notes without an inset letter. The notes are part of the Mahatma Gandhi series of 2005. They will bear the signature of RBI governor D. Subbarao.

Additional information and images requested.

Bangladesh revised 10-taka note dated 2008 confirmed

On 21 September 2006, Bangladesh Bank issued a smaller version of the 10-taka note (123 x 60 mm versus 130 x 60 mm). This smaller note has been issued dated 2006, 2007, and 2008, all with the signature of Governor Salehuddin Ahmed.

In late 2008, a revised 2008 10-taka note appeared in circulation. Whereas the previous three small-size 10-taka notes have the national emblem and text intaglio printed, the new note is entirely offset printed, as was the case for this denomination before September 2006. The easiest way to distinguish between the two 2008-dated notes is to compare the text on the front. The earlier note has brown text directly on the underprinting (see top set of scans below) whereas the newer note has the text surrounded by a white background (see bottom set of scans below). The backs appear to be identical.







Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Bangladesh revised 2-taka note dated 2007 confirmed

As previously reported, on 27 January 2007, the Bangladesh Bank issued a 2-taka note (US$0.03) dated 2007. This note is like Pick 6C, but has the new date on back, a new signature (Siddique ur Rehman Chaudhry, Finance Secretary), and a windowed security thread on back (see first image below).

However, a new variety also dated 2007 has been reported, but this one appears to be printed on the same paper previously used on this denomination through the year 2004. This note contains a solid embedded security thread, not a windowed thread (see second image below). Please note that the differences in the colors of these images is most likely a result of the notes being scanned with different computer equipment and is not a reflection of a change in the color schemes of the notes themselves.

A new 2008 dated note has also been reported with the signature of Mohammed Tarek, and it too uses a solid security thread (see bottom set of images below).







Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam, Ronny Hicks, and Sejin Ahn.

India new date (2008) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$19.35), 2008. Like P94, but new date.

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Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

India new date (2008) 50-rupee note confirmed


50 rupees (US$0.95)
Like Pick 97, but new date (2008) and new signature (Dr. Y. V. Reddy, Governor),

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

India new date (2008) 500-rupee note with L inset letter confirmed


500 rupees (US$9.65), 2008. Like P93, but new date, new signature (Dr. Y. V. Reddy, Governor), and L inset letter.

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Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

India new date/signature 10-rupee note confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.20)
Like Pick 95, but new date (2008) and new signature (Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor since 06.09.2008).

Courtesy of Dr Manjunath P. Iyer.

Turkey issues new notes on 01.01.2009

The name of Turkey’s currency has reverted from “new Turkish lira” (TRY) to “Turkish lira” (TRL) as of 1 January 2009, necessitating the issuance of new banknotes and coins. Turkey last changed the currency by removing six zeroes on 1 January 2005, at a cost of US$300 million. This new move is expected to incur similar costs. Durmuş Yılmaz, governor of the Turkish Central Bank, indicated that a new denomination, the TRL200, would begin circulation as well. The new notes have different sizes as a measure against forgery and to facilitate their use by blind people. The depiction of the country’s founder, Kemal Atatürk, stays on the front of all banknotes; the new designs were unveiled 3 October 2008.

All of the notes have dots in the upper left to assist the visually impaired, microtext, a solid security thread, a holographic stripe, registration device, Omron rings, a latent image, Atatürk as watermark with electrotype denomination, and an iridescent stripe on back. The notes are printed by the Central Bank Banknote Printing House in Ankara.

While each banknote has a portrait of Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, on one side, there are portraits of other prominent Turks on the other sides of the banknotes as listed below:

5 TL banknote: Prof. Dr. Aydin Sayili
10 TL banknote: Prof. Dr. Cahit Arf
20 TL banknote: Architect Kemaleddin
50 TL banknote: Ms. Fatma Aliye
100 TL banknote: Itri
200 TL banknote: Yunus Emre

Aydin Sayili (1913-1993) was a historian of science who studied under George Sarton at Harvard. His career was aided by chance meeting with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, whom he impressed enough to receive a state-supported scholarship to attend graduate school at Harvard.

Cahit Arf (1910-1997) was a Turkish mathematician. He is known for the Arf invariant of a quadratic form in characteristic 2 (applied in knot theory and surgery theory) in topology, the Hasse-Arf theorem in ramification theory, and Arf rings.

Architect Kemaleddin (1870-1927) was a prominent Turkish architect. He is a graudate of civil engineering and studied extensively in Germany. He repaired many mosques. He was chosen as a member to the British Royal Architects Institute. He constructed the Bostanci, Bebek, Yesilkoy and Kutlutepe mosques.

Ms. Fatma Aliye (1862-1939) was the first female novelist in Turkish literature and Islamic geography. She was the daughter of last grand Ottoman histrorian Ahmad Cavdat Pasha.

Itri (1630 or 1640-1712) is a well known and important Turkish composer.

Yunus Emre (1238?-1320?) was a Turkish poet and Sufi mystic. He has exercised immense influence on Turkish literature, from his own day until the present.








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Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Bhutan issues new 50- and 1,000-ngultrum notes



50 ngultrum (US$1.15)
Pink, orange, and green. Front: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Back: Trongsa Dzong. Solid security thread. Watermark: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Printer: (TDLR). 145 x 70 mm. Introduced 06.11.2008.


1,000 ngultrum (US$23.20)
Yellow, gold, and red. Front: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck with Raven Crown. Back: Tashichho Dzong, the seat of Parliament in the capital of Thimphu. Windowed security thread with demetalized RMA 1000. Watermark: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Printer: (G&D). 165 x 70 mm. Introduced 06.11.2008.
Courtesy of Phub Dorji.

Bangladesh issues new 1,000-taka note dated 2008



1,000 taka (US$14.60)
Pink. Front: Shahid Minar of the Language Movement. Back: Curzon Hall. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Shapla (lotus blossom) with electrotype bank logo and denomination. Printer: Security Printing Corporation, Bangladesh (w/o imprint). 160 x 70 mm. 2008. Signature Salehuddin Ahmed. Introduced 27.10.2008.

Courtesy of Sazzad Husain.

Nepal issues new 10-, 50-, and 100-rupee notes



10 rupees (US$0.15)
Brown. Front: Mount Everest. Back: Antelopes. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Rhododendron. TK mm. No date. Signature: acting Governor K. B. Manandhar. Introduced 26.09.2008.



50 rupees (US$0.65)
Blue. Front: Mount Everest. Back: Himalayan Tahr. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Rhododendron. 142 x 70 mm. No date. Signature: acting Governor K. B. Manandhar. Introduced 23.09.2008.



100 rupees (US$1.25)
Green. Front: Mount Everest. Back: Rhinoceros. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Rhododendron. TK mm. No date. Signature: acting Governor K. B. Manandhar. Introduced 29.09.2008.
Courtesy of Roman Boroznjak and Shankar Shrestha.

Pakistan issues new 50-rupee note dated 2008


50 rupees (US$0.70), 2008. Introduced 08.07.2008. Purple. Front: Quaid-e-Azam in national dress (sherwani). Back: Karakoram Peak mountain and coat of arms. Signature (Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor), microprinting, solid security thread, denomination as latent image, and registration device. Watermark: Quaid-e-Azam and electrotype denomination. Printer: Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (w/o imprint). 131 x 65 mm.

Pakistan issues new 5-rupee note dated 2008


5 rupees (US$0.05), 2008. Introduced 08.07.2008. Greenish gray. Front: Quaid-e-Azam in national dress (sherwani). Back: Gawader Sea Port and coat of arms. Signature (Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor), microprinting, solid security thread, denomination as latent image, and registration device. Watermark: Quaid-e-Azam with electrotype denomination. Printer: Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (w/o imprint). 115 x 65 mm.

Sri Lanka new date (2006-07-03) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$9.25), 2006-07-03. Like P120, but new date and new signatures. Printer: Thomas De La Rue and Company Limited.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Pakistan new date (2007) 5,000-rupee note confirmed


5,000 rupees (US$79.15), 2007. Like Rs5,000 dated 2006, but new date.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Nepal issues new 1,000-rupee note w/o king’s image

With the issuance of the note below, the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) continues to remove King Gyanendra’s name, image, and royal symbols from the country’s currency. Like the new Rs500 issued September 27, 2007, the new Rs1,000 still has the king’s portrait as watermark because the paper was ordered from an Indonesian manufacturer before April 2006 when the monarchy fell out of favor. The new Rs1,000 had an initial print run of 30 million notes, with prefixes from KHA-21 to KHA-50 (replacement prefixes are KHA-51, -52, and -53).


1,000 rupees (US$15.65), ND (2008). Issued April 7, 2008. Mount Everest, rhododendron over watermark of King Gyanendra. Rhododendron and elephant on back. New signature (Krishna Bahadur Manandhar, Acting Governor), wide windowed security thread, NRB as registration device, and intaglio printing. Printer: Perum Purari, Indonesia (without imprint).

Courtesy of Shyam Agrawal.

Pakistan issues revised 20-rupee note dated 2007


Responding to the public outcry over the similar colors of the 20-rupee banknote (P45) issued on 13 August 2005, and the 5,000-rupee note issued on 27 May 2006, the State Bank of Pakistan today issued a revised Rs20 note which is identical to the previous issue, except the colors have been revised to facilitate distinguishing it from all other denominations in the new series. The previous brown Rs20 remains legal tender.

20 rupee (US$0.30), 2007. Issued 22 March 2008. Orange, green, and yellow. Mohammad Ali Jinnah as portrait and watermark with electrotype denomination, signature (Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor), microlettering, security thread fluoresces blue under UV light, and denomination as latent image and registration device. Mohen-Jo-Daro in Larkana on back. Printer: Security Printing Corporation. 123 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Muhammad Rizwan.

India new date (2007) 100-rupee note with E inset letter confirmed


100 rupees (US$2.50), 2007. Like P91, but new date, new signature (Dr. Y. V. Reddy, Governor), and E inset letter.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India new date (2007) 500-rupee note with R inset letter confirmed

500 rupees (US$12.60), 2007. Like P93, but new date, new signature (Dr. Y. V. Reddy, Governor), and R inset letter.

Additional information and images requested.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India issues new date (2007) 500- and 1,000-rupee notes without inset letters


500 rupees (US$12.60), 2007. Like P93, but without inset letter and signature of Dr. Y. V. Reddy, governor.


1,000 rupees (US$25.20), 2007. Like P94, but without inset letter and signature of Dr. Y. V. Reddy, governor.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

India to issue 10-rupee note with S inset letter

According to an 11 December 2007, press release, the Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue Rs.10 denomination banknotes with inset letter "S" in both numbering panels in Mahatma Gandhi Series with additional/new security features bearing the signature of Dr. Y.V. Reddy, Governor. Except for the change in the inset letter, the design of these notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the banknotes issued earlier in Mahatma Gandhi Series with additional/new security features issued on 27 April 2006. All banknotes in the denomination of Rs.10 issued by the Bank in the past will continue to be legal tender.

No further details are available at this time. If anyone can provide information or images of the new note, please add a comment to this posting.

Maldives new date (01.07.2006) 5- and 10-ruffiyaa notes confirmed


5 rufiyaa (US$0.40), 1 July 2006/AH1427. Like P18, but new date, new signature (Qasim Ibrahim, Governor), and “DE LA RUE” imprint removed from back.


10 rufiyaa (US$0.80), 1 July 2006/AH1427. Like P19, but new date, new signature (Qasim Ibrahim, Governor), and “DE LA RUE” imprint removed from back.

India to issue 10-rupee note with A inset letter

According to a November 5, 2007, press release, the Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue Rs.10 denomination banknotes with inset letter "A" in both numbering panels in Mahatma Gandhi Series with additional/new security features bearing the signature of Dr. Y.V. Reddy, Governor. Except for the change in the inset letter, the design of these notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the banknotes issued earlier in Mahatma Gandhi Series with additional/new security features issued on April 27, 2006. All banknotes in the denomination of Rs.10 issued by the Bank in the past will continue to be legal tender.

No further details are available at this time. If anyone can provide information or images of the new note, please add a comment to this posting.

India’s demand for high-denomination notes increases

India’s booming economy has pushed up demand for 500- and 1,000-rupee notes by approximately 20 and 50 percent, respectively, with the volume of almost all other denominations remaining steady. The cost of printing currency has more than doubled to Rs20 trillion during 2006-07, with the business split between Security Printing and Monitoring Corporation of India and Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran.

Nepal issues new 500-rupee note without king’s image


In addition to the Rs500 (which has an initial print run of 20 million notes), the NRB is preparing to issue new 50- and 100-rupee denominations in mid-2008 that also remove King Gyanendra’s name, image, and royal symbols. The new Rs500 still has the king’s portrait as watermark because the paper was ordered from an Indonesian manufacturer before April 2006 when the monarchy fell out of favor. Because the impoverished Himalayan country could not afford new paper, bank officials chose instead to obscure the king’s image by printing a rhododendron over the watermark.

500 rupees (US$7.85), ND (2007). Issued 27.09.2007. Tan, brown, purple, red, and green. Mount Everest at left, national flower rhododendron at right over wmk of King Gyanendra. Rhododendron at left and two tigers drinking melted snow at center on back. Signature 16, wide windowed security thread, NRB as registration device, intaglio printing. 160 x 70 mm.

Courtesy of Madhur Grover.

Pakistan’s new 1,000-rupee note creates controversy


On 8 August 2007, Speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain asked a National Assembly standing committee to probe and report within a month on why the new 1,000-rupee banknote carries an imprint of the national flag in lilac (like the Turkish flag) rather than green, and why packs of note are now bound with a paper band and not stapled as was the past norm.

The State Bank of Pakistan explained that the Pakistani flag does not appear on any SBP notes (the flag has a white band to the left of the field of green); the crescent and five-pointed star is merely a security feature printed with optical variable ink (OVI) that changes color from magenta to green when the note is tilted. Furthermore, the SBP pointed out that bundling notes is the international standard and the practice of stapling notes has been halted in an effort to increase the longevity of the nation’s notes.

Courtesy of Muhammad Rizwan.

Bhutan issues new 10- and 100-ngultrum notes dated 2006

On November 20, 2006, The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan released the first of its new “Series 2006” of redesigned notes. These two new denominations add to the series.

The notes are printed by De La Rue in the UK on cotton paper. There is  intaglio microlettering in the line running horizontally parallel to the name of the issuing authority on the front of the note in Dzongkha and in English on the back.

The new series also has high relief marks to help blind people feel and recognize different denominations, and they feature a double coating of varnish to improve durability and prevent soiling and counterfeiting.


10 ngultrum (US$0.25), 2006. Issued 2007. Front: Jigme Singye Wangchuck; Dungkar (conch), one of eight good luck symbols. Back: Paro Rinpung Dzong. Solid security thread. Watermark: Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Printer: (TDLR). 125 x 65 mm.


100 ngultrum (US$2.45), 2006. Issued 2007. Green. Front: Jigme Singye Wangchuck; Norbu Rimpochhe, one of seven auspicious gems. Back: Tashichho Dzong, dragons in upper corners. Windowed security thread with demetalized RMA 100. Watermark: Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Printer: (TDLR). 145 x 70 mm.

Courtesy of Phub Dorji and Gylfi Snorrason.

Maldives new date (01.07.2006) 500-rufiyaa note confirmed


500 rufiyaa (US$39.05), 1 July 2006. Like P23, but new date, new signature (Qasim Ibrahim, Governor), Cornerstone watermark, 500 as electrotype watermark, windowed 3mm StarChrome security thread changes red to green. Printer: De La Rue.

As of May 10, 2007, all 500-rufiyaa notes issued on or before May 1, 1996 (P17 and 23) ceased being legal tender. The deadline for exchange was November 8, 2007.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India new date (2005) 50-rupee note with R inset letter confirmed


50 rupees (US$1.15), 2005. Like Pick 90, but new date, new signature (Dr. Y. V. Reddy, Governor), and with inset letter R.

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.

India new date (2007) 100-rupee note without inset letter confirmed


100 rupees (US$2.25), 2007. Like Pick 91, but new date, new signature (Dr. Y. V. Reddy, Governor), and without inset letter.

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.

Bangladesh new date (2004) 2-taka note confirmed


2 taka (US$0.05), 2004. Like Pick 6C, but new date, new signature. Printer: Security Printing Press, Bangladesh. 100 x 60 mm.

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.

Sri Lanka new date (2004-07-01) 20-rupee note confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.20), 2004-07-01. Like Pick 116, but new date and new signature. Printer: De La Rue 130 x 65 mm.
 
Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.

India to issue revised 20-rupee note with R inset letter


Today the Reserve Bank of India announced that it will soon issue a 20 rupee (US$0.45) note with inset letter R within the serial number panels.

Except for the change in the inset letter, the design of these notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the banknotes issued earlier in Mahatma Gandhi Series with additional/new security features issued on August 17, 2006. All banknotes in the denomination of Rs20 issued by the RBI in the past will continue to be legal tender.

Courtesy of Frank van Tiel.

Sri Lanka new date (2005-11-19) 20-rupee note confirmed


20 rupees (US$0.25), 2005-11-19. Like Pick 116, but new date and new signature. Printer: Thomas De La Rue and Company Limited.
 
Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Pakistan issues new 1,000-rupee note dated 2006


1,000 rupees (US$16.50), 2006. Issued 26 February 2007. Dark blue. Mohammad Ali Jinnah as portrait and wmk, signature (Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor), OVI flag, microlettering, windowed security thread, and denomination as latent image, registration device, and electrotype wmk. Islamia College in Peshawar on back. Printer: Security Printing Corporation. 155 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Muhammad Rizwan.

India issues new date (2006) notes without inset letters

India has released Rs10, Rs20, Rs100, and Rs500 denominations dated 2006 at bottom center on back, and without an inset letter within the serial number in the upper right on front.

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Courtesy of Chris Twining and Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Bangladesh issues new date (2007) 2-taka note


On 27 January 2007, the Bangladesh Bank issued a 2 taka (US$0.03), 2007. Like Pick 6C, but new date, new signature (Siddique ur Rehman Chaudhry, Finance Secretary), and windowed security thread. Shaheed Minar on front, magpie robin (Doyal) on back. Tiger head and bank logo as wkm. Printer: Security Printing Press, Bangladesh. 100 x 60 mm.

Courtesy of Mohammed J. Islam and Ronny Hicks.

Pakistan new date (2006) 20-rupee note confirmed


Claudio Marana reports that Pakistan’s 20-rupee note originally issued on 13 August 2005 with a printed date of 2005 (above) is now also available in a 2006 date variety.

The note remains reddish/brown, orange, and lilac with Quaid-e-Azam as portrait and wmk. Latent image 20 at right of portrait. Microtext embedded security thread, and anti-scan infra red ink feature. Mohen-Jo-Daro complex at Larkana on back. 123 x 65 mm.

Pakistan to reissue 5-rupee note

Pakistan’s Federal Cabinet has asked the State Bank of Pakistan to prepare a new 5-rupee note (US$0.08) for introduction to replace the old Rs5 (Pick 44, above) that was withdrawn from circulation on 1 July 2005.

Pakistan directed to redesign its new family of notes


On 10 January 2007, the subcommittee of the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee directed the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to change the colors and designs of the new family of banknotes, especially the Rs20 and Rs5,000 denominations.

“The identical colours, designs, and sizes [sic] of new currency notes, especially those of Rs20 and Rs5,000 denominations, are very deceptive and are creating problems for the people. The SBP should consider changing the colours and designs of these notes,” said Riaz Fatiana, chairman of the subcommittee.

SBP’s roll out of the new family of notes began in August 2005 with the Rs20 and is expected to be completed in 2007 with the introduction of the Rs50 and Rs1,000. The new family of notes all feature the portrait of Quaid-e-Azam in Sherwani on the front, with different structures on the back. All of the notes are 65 mm tall, but their length graduates by 8 mm per denomination, from 115 mm for the Rs10 up to 163 mm for the Rs5,000.

Bhutan issues new family of notes dated 2006

On November 20, 2006, The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan released its new “Series 2006” of redesigned notes.

The notes are printed by De La Rue in the UK on cotton paper. There is  intaglio microlettering in the line running horizontally parallel to the name of the issuing authority on the front of the note in Dzongkha and in English on the back.

The new series also has high relief marks to help blind people feel and recognize different denominations, and they feature a double coating of varnish to improve durability and prevent soiling and counterfeiting.


P27: 1 ngultrum (US$0.02), 2006. Issued November 20, 2006. Blue, red, and green. Front: Dragons. Back: Simtokha Dzong. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (TDLR). 120 x 60 mm.


P28: 5 ngultrum (US$0.11), 2006. Issued November 20, 2006. Yellow, brown, and red. Front: Birds and embossed cloverleaf. Back: Taktsang. Solid security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (TDLR). 125 x 60 mm.


P30: 20 ngultrum (US$0.45), 2006. Issued November 20, 2006. Yellow and green. Front: Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Back: Punakha Dzong. Solid security thread. Watermark: Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Printer: (TDLR). 130 x 65 mm.


P33: 500 ngultrum ($11.35), 2006. Issued November 20, 2006. Pink, orange, and green. Front: King Ugyen Wangchuck with Raven Crown. Back: Punakha Dzong. Windowed security thread with demetalized RMA 100. Watermark: King Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Printer: (TDLR). 155 x 70 mm.

Courtesy of Phub Dorji and Gylfi Snorrason.

Pakistan issues new 100- and 500-rupee notes

The Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar launched Rs. 100 and Rs. 500 new design bank notes at a ceremony held today at SBP Head Office, Karachi. The launch of these notes is part of a campaign to eliminate counterfeiting of notes in the country.

The State Bank has taken advantage of the latest technology to make these notes virtually impossible to be forged by incorporating the state-of-the-art security features that are easy to recognize but almost impossible to counterfeit.

Some of the special security features added in the new design banknotes are anti-copy and anti-scan, microlettering, a latent image of the denomination which can be seen when the note is tilted, a windowed security thread that changes colors when seen against the light, and a registration device.

The launch of these high-tech notes is also expected to revolutionize the banking business in Pakistan as these notes are equipped with machine-readable features. This will facilitate automation of handling of notes by banks and use of equipment to detect counterfeiting while processing the notes. Due to presence of special features in these notes, ATMs that can receive as well as dispense cash can now be introduced in Pakistan.

The old design Rs.100 (Pick 41) and Rs.500 (Pick 42) will remain in circulation as legal tender along with the new design notes.

With this launch, the State Bank has already introduced new design notes of Rs. 10, 20, 100, 500, and 5,000 denominations. The State Bank plans to complete its current design upgrading campaign of notes when new designs of the remaining denominations of Rs. 50 and Rs. 1,000 are introduced early in 2007.


100 rupees (US$1.65), 2006. Issued 10 November 2006. Red, violet, and tan. Microlettering, windowed security thread, and denomination as latent image and registration device. Signature: Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor. Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat on back. Printer: Security Printing Corporation.


500 rupees (US$8.25), 2006. Issued 10 November 2006. Teal, blue, and olive green. Microlettering, windowed security thread, and denomination as latent image and registration device. Signature: Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor. Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on back. Printer: Security Printing Corporation.

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle. Thanks also to Muhammad Rizwan for informing me that both of these notes are also available as specimens with all-zero serial numbers and the word “SPECIMEN” punched into the note in large letters.

Nepal issues revised 20-rupee note (2006)


20 rupees (US$0.30), ND (2006). Issued October 20, 2006. Like Pick 47, but text at center in different location and slightly reworded, plus signature 16 (Bijay Nath Bhattarai, Governor).

Courtesy of Sagar Man Shrestha.

Sri Lanka new date (2005) 500-rupee note confirmed


500 rupees, 2005-11-19. Issued 17.10.2006. Like Pick 119, but new signatures (Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Finance; Mr Sunil Mendis, Governor), “H/112” prefix, and new security features including red-to-green 3-mm StarChrome windowed security thread with butterflies, and Cornerstone wmk.

Sri Lanka issues first ever 2,000-rupee note


2,000 rupees, 2005-11-02. Issued 17.10.2006. Peach, orange, and lime green on m/c unpt. Signatures: Dr Sarath L B Amunugama, Minister of Finance; Mr Sunil Mendis, Governor. Denomination in Sinhala, Tamil, and English. Security features include red-to-green 4-mm StarChrome windowed security thread, heraldic lion with sword wmk, Cornerstone wmk, registration device, fluorescent ink, microlettering, and intaglio printing. Sigiriya Rock at center, Sesatha (ceremonial flag) at right. Sigiriya fresco and iridescent stripe on back (vertical format). Printer: De La Rue (with imprint). 164 x 82 mm. First ever Rs2,000 (US$18.70) denomination note for Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh issues smaller 5-taka note dated 2006


Pick 46: 5 taka, 2006. New date. Issued October 8, 2006. Like Pick 25, but reduced size (118 x 62 mm), new signature (Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Governor), and 3-mm windowed security thread.

The 5-taka note was discontinued some years ago and has now been re-introduced, reportedly as a temporary emergency issue printed on 100-taka paper due to lack of coinage.

Courtesy of Morris Lawing.

Bangladesh issues smaller 10-taka note dated 2006


Pick 47: 10 taka, 2006. New date. Issued 21.09.2006. Like Pick 39, but reduced size (123 x 60 mm versus 130 x 60 mm), new signature (Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Governor), and signature in blue instead of red.

Courtesy of Morris Lawing.

Nepal issues 50-rupee note to celebrate bank’s 25th anniversary


50 rupees (US$0.70), ND (2006). Issued September 8, 2006, to celebrate the Nepal Rastra Bank Golden Jubilee Year 2005. Yellow, red, and green. Signature: Bijay Nath Bhattarai, Governor. Serial number prefix: KHA/ 97 to GA/17 (20 million pieces). Registration device. Windowed security thread. King Gyanendra dressed in Daura Suruwal (national dress) as portrait and wmk, Nepal Rastra Bank building at left, Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) at center, Ashok Stambha (Lumbini) at right. Pair of danphe (national bird) and Mt. Amadablam at center, NRB logo at top left, arms at right on back.

Courtesy of Jaya Hari Jha.

Bangladesh issues smaller 100-taka note dated 2006


Pick 49: 100 taka, 2006. Issued 16.07.2006. Light blue, dark blue, and brown. Like Pick 44, but reduced size and security thread now 3 mm wide. National Mausoleum and Sixty-dome Mosque in Bagerhat. Signature: Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Governor. Bengal tiger and bank symbol of as wmk. Banganabdhu Multipurpose bridge on back. 140 x 62 mm.
 
Courtesy of Peter Symes.

Pakistan issues new 5,000-rupee note dated 2006


5,000 rupees, 2006. Issued 27 May 2006. Mustard. Signature: Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor. Quaid-e-Azam in Sherwani as portrait and wmk. Faisal Mosque in Islamabad on back. Contains 13 security features, including silver windowed thread that fluoresces yellow and blue under UV light. Flag at right of portrait in green to golden OVI. 163 x 65 mm.
 
Courtesy of R. K. Lodha.

Nepal issues revised 100-rupee note (2006)


100 rupees (US$1.40), ND (2006). Like Pick 49. Signature 16. Slight change to three lines of text at center, and new font for serial numbers.
 
Courtesy of Jaya Hari Jha.