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Morocco new 20- and 50-dirham notes confirmed

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BAM B15 (PNL): 20 dirhams (US$2.35)
Purple, orange, and blue. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; crown with star. Back: Train crossing Hassan II Bridge over the Bou Regreg river in Rabat; Hassan II Mosque and city buildings in Casablanca; denomination numerals as registration device. Color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized 20 and Bank Al-Maghrib in Arabic. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 20. Printer: (DAS). 131 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 19.12.2013.

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BAM B16 (PNL): 50 dirhams (US$5.85)
Green, yellow, and blue. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; crown with star. Back: Ouzoud Falls; tree, fruit, and bird; denomination numerals as registration device. Color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized 50 and Bank Al-Maghrib in Arabic. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 50. Printer: (DAS). 138 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 19.12.2013.

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Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle and Manuel Rodriguez Cassanello (Numiscondor).

Morocco new 100-dirham note confirmed

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BAM B17 (PNL): 100 dirhams (US$12)
Brown, yellow, violet, and blue. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; SPARK crown with star. Back: Touareg tent; wind turbine farm; three camels with riders on a desert; denomination numerals as registration device. Color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized 100 and Bank Al-Maghrib in Arabic. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 100. Printer: (DAS). 145 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 20.08.2013.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Morocco new 200-dirham note confirmed

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BAM B18 (PNL): 200 dirhams (US$23)
Blue, green, and violet. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; SPARK crown with star. Back: Cargo ship, gantry cranes, and shipping containers in port of Tangier; lighthouse and trees on Cape Spartel in Tangier; denomination numerals as registration device. Motion windowed security thread with stars. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 200. Printer: (DAS). 151 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 15.08.2013.

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and The Monetary Unit.

Morocco new 20-, 50-, 100-, and 200-dirham notes to be issued 15.08.2013

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According to various sources, Bank Al-Maghrib intends to issue new dirham notes starting on 15 August 2013.

All four denominations feature a portrait of King Mohammed VI and the royal crown. Each also shows a Moroccan door to the left of the portrait, demonstrating the richness of the country's architectural heritage, and symbolizing the openness of the country.

The general themes of the new series are development and modernity, solidarity, diversity and openness. The 20-dirham note depicts Rabat and Casablanca. The 50-dirham note depicts a tree and Ouzoud Falls. The 100-dirham note depicts camels on a desert. The 200-dirham note depicts a lighthouse in the Mediterranean port of Tangier.

Tangier chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 4-page catalog covers notes issued by Servicios Municipales (Municipal Services) in 1941 and 1942, and Junta de Servicios Municipales (Municipal Services Board) in 1942. Published 14 June 2013.

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Morocco chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 11-page catalog covers every dirham note (68 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque du Maroc (Bank of Morocco) from 1959 to 1985, and Bank Al-Maghrib from 1987 to present day. It does not yet cover franc banknotes issued by the Banque d’Etat du Maroc (State Bank of Morocco), the Protectorat de la France au Maroc (Protectorate of France in Morocco), and the Empire Chérifien, Protectorat de la République Française (Sharif Empire, Protectorate of the French Republic). Published 26 April 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
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Morocco new 25-dirham commemorative world's first printed on Durasafe substrate

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According to a press release dated 18 December 2012, Fortress Paper has announced the launch of the world's first banknote printed on its new Durasafe substrate, an innovative paper-polymer-paper composite substrate produced at its Landqart mill. The new Swiss 50-franc note had been expected to be the first in the world to use Durasafe, but its introduction has been delayed until 2015 at the earliest due to technical difficulties encountered in the note's production.

With the issuance of the new Moroccan 25-dirham (US$3) note in December 2012, Bank al Maghrib, Morocco's central bank, became the first in the world to issue a banknote printed on Durasafe. The front of the banknote features an intaglio vignette and a watermark of King Mohammed VI, and a magenta/green color-shift security thread developed by Fortress Optical Features. The thread, like the watermark, is embedded inside the banknote yet visible behind a one-sided Viewsafe polymer window. It also has a fully transparent polymer window embossed with the King's royal crest. The back of the note carries a print vignette commemorating 25 years of banknote printing at the Moroccan State Printing Works, Dar As-Sikkah.

The windows in Durasafe are formed by die cutting each side of the three layer composite substrate separately. One-sided Viewsafe windows give a clear view inside the substrate where the thread and the watermark of King Mohammed VI are protected, but fully visible behind the polymer core. The transparent Thrusafe window is created by die-cutting both the outer paperlayers to reveal only the transparent polymer core.

Chadwick Wasilenkoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, commented: "After a decade in development, we are pleased to see the fruits of our labour in the launch of the Moroccan 25 Dirhams. We have designed Durasafe to offer the ideal characteristics of polymer and traditional paper notes to create a new standard for high security banknote substrates. Fortress Paper would like to congratulate the Bank al Maghrib on the launch of their new 25 Dirham banknote and being the first in the world to produce and launch a Durasafe banknote."

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Courtesy of Phil Martin and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Morocco new 20- and 200-dirham banknotes reported

According to an article on Telquel dated 17 September 2012, Bank Al-Maghrib will soon issue new banknotes in Morocco.The new 20-dirham (US$2.30) note supposedly features the ornate Moulay El Hassan bridge in Rabat, while the new 200-dirham (US$23) note depicts the Tanger Med port and lighthouse of Cape Spartel.

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

Morocco watermark varieties confirmed

Morocco’s 10 to 200 dirham notes dated1987-1996 (P63-P67) have several previously undocumented watermark varieties, all of King Hassan II.

For example, the 20-dirham note P67 has at least two different watermarks of Hassan II in profile. The first one appears to have a thinner face, whereas the second one with the fuller face also looks like the king has a black eye. The thin profile has been confirmed on signature 12, 15, and 16 notes, whereas the black eye profile has been confirmed on signature 13 and 14 notes.



The 50-dirham note P64 has at least two watermark varieties, both with the king making eye contact, but with a full versus thin face, confirmed on signature 12 and 13 notes, respectively.



The 100-dirham note P65 has at least three different watermarks, all having been seen on notes with signature 12. One where the king is making eye contact, and two in profile, with full and thin faces.





Finally, the 200-dirham P66 has at least three different watermarks: two in profile and one with eye contact. The eye contact and thin profile have both been doucmented on signature 12 notes, whereas the full (black eye) profile and eye contact have been documented on signature 13 notes, so this is not a case where the watermark corresponds to the change in signatures.





Perhaps these watermark changes correspond to different printers? Any additional info would be appreciated.

Courtesy of Lucien Beaudouin and Bill Stubkjaer.

Morocco new 50-dirham variety confirmed


50 dirhams (US$6.05), 1423 2002. Like Pick 69, but no dash between dates. Intro: 2008.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Morocco new 50-dirham commemorative confirmed

Bank Al-Maghrib issued a 50-dirham (US$6.45) note in mid-October 2009 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the central bank. Apparently 4 million notes will be issued at face value.

This is the first commemorative banknote issued in Morocco. It was designed by Roger Pfund, the Swiss artist who has also designed notes for Switzerland, France, and the European Union.




The front of the 147 x 70 mm green note features portraits of Kings Mohammed VI, Hassan II, Mohammed V. The back depicts the headquarters of Bank Al-Maghrib in Rabat. The speech delivered in 1959 by Mohammed V at the opening of Bank Al Maghrib is microprinted in on the back.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun and Rui Manuel Palhares.