Lebanon

Lebanon new 50,000-livre commemorative note reported

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

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Lebanon chapter available for free for a limited time

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

The 15-page catalog covering the notes issued by the Banque du Liban (Bank of Lebanon) from 1964 to present normally costs $9.99, but if you are among the first 20 collectors to use the coupon code DEKENEH 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 modern notes of Lebabon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lebanon new 50,000-livre commemorative note confirmed

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

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

If you missed out on getting a free copy of the Lebanon chapter of The Banknote Book, don't despair. Dealer Claude Akl is also providing free copies of this chapter (a $9.99 value) to the first 30 eBay buyers of Lebanon's new 50,000-livre note. Visit his eBay store for details.

Courtesy of Claude Akl.

Lebanon new 10,000-livre note confirmed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Houssein Maaz.

Lebanon new 5,000-livre note confirmed

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

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

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

Lebanon revised 1,000-pound note confirmed

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Radoslaw Dlouhy.

Lebanon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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

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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The Challenge: Identify artifacts on Lebanon banknotes

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

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

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

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

Lebanon new 20,000-pound note confirmed

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

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

Courtesy of Claude Akl, Claudio Marana and Abdullah Beydoun.

Lebanon three new notes confirmed

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

Courtesy of Hussein Guevera and Jad Dagher.

Lebanon scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Lebanon:

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

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

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


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

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

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


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

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

Courtesy of Banknoteshop.

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


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

Lebanon issues new 1,000-livre note dated 2004


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