Mauritania

Mauritania new 500-ouguiya note issued 02.06.2014 confirmed

Mauritania_BCM_500_ouguiya_2013.11.28_B23a_PNL_CA_1234567_A_f
Mauritania_BCM_500_ouguiya_2013.11.28_B23a_PNL_CA_1234567_A_r

According to a French-language decree 145-2014 dated 2 June 2014, the Banque Central de Mauritanie introduced a new 500-ouguiya note like BCM B16, but dated 28.11.2013, without the holographic patch at right front, reduced in size to 138 x 65 mm, with electrotype 500 added to the watermark, a windowed security thread, iridescent PEAK (Printed Embossed Anticopy Key) of SCM/500, and LOOK (Laser Originated Optical Key) on three digits of the serial number.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Manuel Fernando Iglesias, and Thomas Augustsson.

Mauritania new 5,000-ouguiya note dated 28.11.2011 confirmed

Mauritania_BCM_5000_O_2011.11.28_B22a_PNL_FB_0143934_A_fMauritania_BCM_5000_O_2011.11.28_B22a_PNL_FB_0143934_A_r
BCM B22 (PNL): 5,000 ouguiya (US$18)
Olive and ochre. Front: The Great Mosque Ibn Abbas in capital, Nouakchott; holographic patch with denomination in Arabic numerals (٥٠٠٠). Back: Unloading iron ore in the port of Nouadhibou; diesel train. Solid security thread printed BANQUE CENTRALE DE MAURITANIE. Watermark: Bearded man. Printer: (G&D). 150 x 70 mm.
a. 28.11.2011. Signature 12. Intro: 2012.

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

Courtesy of Fernando Iglesias and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Mauritania new 100-ouguiya note confirmed

Mauritania_BCM_100_O_2011.11.28_B21a_PNL_AA_0905077_A_f
Mauritania_BCM_100_O_2011.11.28_B21a_PNL_AA_0905077_A_r
100 ouguiya (US$0.35), 28.11.2011. Like preceding issue (BCM B14 / P10), but new date, new signatures, windowed security thread, and other minor changes to the overall design, including removal of second horizontal serial number on front and added OVI denomination at lower right on back.

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

Courtesy of Marian Klubert and Orocondor.

Mauritania new 2,000-ouguiya note confirmed

Mauritania_BCM_2000_O_2011.11.28_B20a_PNL_AA_0426722_A_fMauritania_BCM_2000_O_2011.11.28_B20a_PNL_AA_0426722_A_rMauritania_BCM_2000_O_2011.11.28_B20a_PNL_AA_0426722_A_sigs
According to an article on Agence Mauritanienne d’Information, on 1 February 2012, the Banque Centrale de Mauritanie introduced a new 2,000-ouguiya (US$6.80) note that is smaller than the preceding issue (BCM B18 / P14), and includes several new anti-counterfeiting elements, including a ClearText windowed security thread with demetalized BCM 2000, holographic stripe, and green-to-blue OVI features, as well as a new blue color scheme.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Mauritania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Mauritania cover

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

This 10-page catalog covers every note (85 types and varieties, including 14 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale de Mauritanie (Central Bank of Mauritania) from 1973 until present day. Revised 30 November 2012.

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

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

Subscribe
Sign up for Email Notifications
If you would like to receive email notifications whenever a new chapter of The Banknote Book is published, please join the email list.

Sign up

The Challenge: Identify man in watermark on Mauritania's notes

Today’s challenge is to identify the following man whose face appears as the watermark on all of Mauritania’s notes since 1974.

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

This man’s face appears as the watermark on all of Mauritania’s notes since 1974, and is shown here from an unissued specimen design of 1981:

Mauritania new sig/date (28.11.2008) 100-ouguiya note confirmed


100 ouguiya (US$0.35), 28.11.2008. Like P10, but new date and new signatures. Can anyone please translate the signature titles and/or identify the signatories’ full names?

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Mauritania new 5,000-ouguiya note confirmed


5,000 ouguiya (US$17.35)
Olive and ochre. Front: The Great Mosque Ibn Abbas in Nouakchott. Back: Unloading iron ore in the port of Nouadhibou; diesel train. Solid security thread printed BANQUE CENTRALE DE MAURITANIE. Watermark: Bearded man. Printer: (G&D). 150 x 70 mm. 28.11.2009. Signature 11. Intro: 08.08.2010.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Mauritania unissued 100-ouguiya note confirmed


This note dated 28.11.1975 is a recently-discovered unissued 100-ouguiya specimen, printed by TDLR without imprint, but this specimen bears the TDLR oval overprints in opposing corners on front and back.

Anyone with additional information about this specimen is encouraged to share same.

FYI, an unissued 200-ouguiya specimen dated 1977-6-29, also printed by TDLR, has been confirmed, but I am seeking the owner of same so that I may obtain suitable images to share.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Mauritania unissued 1,000-ouguiya note confirmed

The following note dated 28.11.1981 is a recently-discovered unissued 1,000-ouguiya specimen, apparently printed by G&D without imprint. Taking into consideration that the new SCWPM lists another unissued specimen dated 1977-6-26 by TDLR (Pick 3A), it appears plausible that Banque Centrale de Mauritanie had put out a tender for security printers to propose new designs to replace the 1974 series of notes. Neither of these specimens were approved, and the old series continued in use with date and signature changes through 2002.

Anyone with additional information about either of these specimens is encouraged to share same. I’m particularly interested in identifying the bearded man in the portrait of this note; it’s the same image used as the watermark for all notes except the original 1973 series. Also, can anyone translate the signature titles magnified below?





Courtesy of Weldon D. "Burt" Burson.