South Sudan

Press release: Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012

Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012
Bushra Ali, a frequent contributor to this site and The Banknote Book, recently published Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012. This specialized catalog is available via Lulu.com as a print-on-demand book. This 467-page first edition covers all notes from 1856 to 2012, and includes Egyptian notes used in Sudan, along with many notes unlisted in the SCWPM, such as unadopted designs, specimens, and proofs. Visit Lulu.com and click on the Preview link below the image of the book cover to see sample pages of this detailed catalog.

South Sudan new piaster notes confirmed






According to various news reports, on 19 October 2011 the Central Bank of South Sudan issued new notes in the denominations of 5, 10, 25, and 50 piasters. These low-value notes will make it possible to purchase smaller items that cost less than a pound (1 South Sudan pound = 100 piasters), said Governor Kornelio Koriom. The new piaster notes are reportedly printed by De La Rue, which also produced the pound-denominated notes introduced on 18 July 2011. Further reports indicate that the 50-piaster denomination was dropped in favor of a coin.

Curiously, the currency is spelled piaster, not piastre, and the signatures remain the same as on the pound-denominated notes, even though the governor was replaced shortly after their introduction, which means these notes must have been planned well before his removal. To differentiate the designs from the higher denominations, the piaster notes have the portrait at right instead of left, and they do not have windowed security threads.

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 Murtaza Karimjee.

New Sudan high denomination notes sought


The IBNS Journal Volume 50 Number 1 contains an interesting article, “The Elusive Unofficial Banknotes of New Sudan.” Author Peter Symes details the history of notes from the “Bank of New Sudan” which were prepared in late 2002 and issued regionally for a few years thereafter. Reliable information is scarce regarding these issues, particularly regarding the higher denominations. Anyone who owns the 50, 100, or 200 pound notes in this family is encouraged to send 300-dpi scans of same so this info can be shared with other collectors.

South Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

South Sudan cover

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

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (6 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of South Sudan from 2011 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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South Sudan's central bank governor replaced by deputy

According to a Reuters Africa article dated 16 August 2011, Elijah Malok has been replaced as the governor of the Bank of South Sudan by his former deputy, Kornelio Koriom. Malok’s signature appears on the world’s newest nation’s banknotes which were issued 18 July 2011.

South Sudan public complains about lack of dates on new banknotes

According to articles in Al Bawaba and Sudan Tribune, members of the public in South Sudan are complaining that the new series of banknotes issued on 18 July 2011 lack printed dates, as have all notes previously issued by Sudan. Apparently the people are unaware that many countries routinely issue notes without dates (much to the consternation of researchers and catalogers such as myself).

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

South Sudan issued new pound notes 18 July 2011


According to an Al Jazeera article dated 11 July 2011 as well as a BBC article dated 11 July 2011, South Sudan—which just gained its independence on 9 July—will introduce its own currency next week [update: the notes officially entered circulation on 18 July]. The South Sudan pound notes feature a portrait of rebel leader John Garang on the front, while the backs contain images of the country's culture and wealth. Finance Minister David Deng Athorbei said plane-loads of the South Sudan pound would arrive in the capital, Juba, on 13 July and would be in circulation by 18 July. The new notes, printed by De La Rue, will be exchanged at par for the existing Sudanese pounds. The Bank of South Sudan will issue six denominations – 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 pound – and the notes are signed by Elijah Malok as “Governor” even though he has not been officially appointed to the position.

Meanwhile, Sudan has announced that it will issue new notes of its own. The Central Bank of Sudan issued a new series of pound-denominated notes just four years ago.

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 Mojmir Cerny, Thomas Krause, David Bonczak, Aidan Work, Murtaza Karimjee, and Thomas Augustsson.