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.

Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Sudan cover

The Sudan 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 25-page catalog covers every note (297 types and varieties, including 131 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Sudan Government in 1955, the Sudan Currency Board in 1956, and the Bank of Sudan from 1961 to present day. Published 8 February 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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Sudan new 20-pound variety reported

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20 pounds (US$8.95), JUNE 2011. Like CBS B10/PNL, but 2-mm wide windowed security thread on front of the note.

Curiously, all denominations of the new designs issued on 24 July 2011 had the windowed thread on the back, apparently to help distinguish them from the preceding issues. However, it now appears that the bank is reversing course with the 5- and 20-pound notes. It remains to be seen if the thread will move to the front on the other denominations in this series.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Sudan new 2-pound note confirmed


CBS B7 (PNL): 2 pounds (US$0.90)
Yellow, purple, and brown. Front: Sunflower as registration device; peace theme with dove in flight above map, Central Bank of Sudan headquarters building in Khartoum, and drums. Back: Bank logo; two doves in flight; sunflower. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBS 1 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Pigeon and electrotype LS 1. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 139 x 64 mm.
a. JUNE 2011. Signature 2. Intro: November 2011.

Courtesy of Marian Klubert and Andrew Roberts.

Sudan to issue new 2-pound note by end of November 2011

According to an article in Sudan Vision dated 15 November 2011, the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) has announced that it will start circulation of the 1-pound coin and the new 2-pound (US$0.75) banknote by the end of November 2011. The bank is removing old style notes from circulation as they are processed, regardless of their condition.

French Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Sudan

The French Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

At the time of initial publication, this 2-page catalog covers every note (2 types and varieties) issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’Afrique Occidentale (Government General of West Africa) in 1917.

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.

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Sudan new 5-pound notes confirmed


5 pounds (US$1.85), JUNE 2011. Like P66, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note, and map removed from upper right front.


5 pounds (US$1.85), JUNE 2011. Like above note, but with windowed thread on front of note.

Curiously, all denominations of the new designs issued on 24 July 2011 had the windowed thread on the back, apparently to help distinguish them from the preceding issues. However, it now appears that the bank is reversing course. It remains to be seen if the thread will move to the front on the other denominations in this series.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Sudan new 10- and 20-pound notes confirmed


10 pounds (US$3.75), JUNE 2011. Like P67, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note, and watusi cattle removed from front of note.


20 pounds (US$7.50), JUNE 2011. Like P68, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, and 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note.

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 http://stores.ebay.com/PHILANOTE.

Sudan new 50-pound note confirmed


50 pounds (US$18.70), JUNE 2011. Like P69, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, and 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note.

Courtesy of Tom A. Adami.

Sudan new note designs unveiled


The International Business Times has posted Reuters images of Sudan’s new notes which are expected to be issued in the coming weeks in response to Monday’s issuance of a new series of notes in the newly independent South Sudan. From the photos, it appears Sudan has simply changed the color schemes of the existing designs for its various denominations.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

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.

Sudan to split, creating two new currencies

According to an article on allAfrica.com dated 1 February 2011, “the financial authorities in North Sudan told their Southern counterparts that they will discontinue use of the pound after the semi-autonomous region officially becomes an independent state” following last month’s referendum in which 99% of the Southerners voted to separate from the North.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

The Challenge: Identify Sudan note elements

Can anyone positively identify the following items that appear on some Sudanese banknotes? Precise names and locations of the buildings are appreciated, and links to supporting evidence is welcome, too.


1. The secretary bird at the center of this vignette appears on the front of Pick 16-28. It is not the coat of arms of the country. Perhaps it is the logo of the bank?


2. Identified: Parliament House in Omdurman.


3. This building appears on the back of Pick 57-59.

Sudan 10,000-dinar specimen dated 1996 confirmed


10,000 dinars
Brown. Front: Presidential Palace building in Khartoum; leaf; frond. Back: Wheat; coat of arms; water jugs; unknown building with palm trees. Windowed security thread with demetalized BANK OF SUDAN and Arabic text. Watermark: Domed building. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 65 mm.
١٩٩٦ (1996). Signature TK. Specimen with diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint. Unissued.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Sudan pledges to help Somalia print banknotes

On 3 May 2009, the Sudanese News Agency reported that Sudan’s government said it would print new currency for the Somali government. The finance minister of the Somali government, Sharif Hassan Sheik Adan, met in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on April 29, to talk with Sudan’s minister for finance, Dr. Awad Ahmed Jazmet, who said that Sudan will help Somalia with the development of financial constitutions and would renew trade relations between the two countries. Currently the only banknote circulating in Somalia is the 1,000-shiling note (Pick 37; face value of US$0.70), which has been reprinted without authorization by Somali businessmen. No word yet on when new notes would enter circulation, nor what denominations would be printed.

Sudan new 5,000-dinar note dated 2002 confirmed


5,000 dinars, 2002/AH1422. Peach and pink, orange on back. “BS” latent image in upper left, dome with tower wmk, registration device, holographic strip at far right. People’s Palace in Khartoum. Sail boat, headquarters of the Bank of Sudan, windowed security thread on back. 140 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Morris Lawing (deceased).

Sudan issues new note family

The Central Bank of Sudan issued the first three denominations of a new family of six Sudanese pound bank notes on January 9, 2007. The design of the new currency reflects the unity, cultural diversity, peace, and industrial development in Sudan. The 2-, 20-, and 100-pound notes are scheduled for issuance in May.


1 pound, July 9 2006. Issued January 9, 2007. Light brown. Front: Peace theme with sunflower; dove in flight; Central Bank of Sudan headquarters building in Khartoum; drums; map. Back: Bank logo; two doves in flight. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 1 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Pigeon and electrotype LS 1. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 139 x 64 mm.


10 pounds, July 9 2006. Issued January 9, 2007. Violet. Front: National unity theme with map, tree in Tabaldia, clasped hands, watusi cattle, mountains, and camel. Back: Bank logo; Presidential Palace building in Khartoum. Holographic stripe. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 10 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Secretary bird and electrotype LS 10. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 155 x 69 mm.


50 pounds, July 9 2006. Issued January 9, 2007. Yellow. Front: Natural resources theme with fish, rhinoceros, elephants, ape in tree, water buffalo, zebras, and giraffe; map. Back: Bank logo; camels, goats, and cattle. Holographic stripe. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 50 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Secretary bird and electrotype LS 50. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 165 x 74 mm.

Courtesy of Evžen Šknouril.

Sudan issues new 5-pound note


5 pounds (US$2.50), July 9 2006. Issued May 2007. Pink. Front: Future theme with modern architecture and satellite; map. Back: Bank logo; electrical tower; hydroelectric dam; solar panel; wind turbine. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 5 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Pigeon and electrotype LS 5. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 150 x 69 mm.

Courtesy of Olexandr Danishenko.

Sudan issues new 20-pound note


20 pounds (US$10), July 9 2006. Issued May 2007. Dark red. Front: Industrial development theme with wrench, three pyramids, irrigation wheel, and oil drilling platform; map. Back: Bank logo; factory, satellite dishes, and fruit (bananas, papayas, flowers, pineapples, citrus, grapes, corn). Holographic stripe. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 20 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Secretary bird and electrotype LS 20. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 160 x 74 mm.

Courtesy of Aziz Al Sati.

Sudan issues new 2-pound note dated 2006


2 pounds (US$1), July 9 2006. Light blue. Front: Civilization theme with pottery bowls, plates, and vases; map. Back: Bank logo; musical instruments. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBOS 2 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Pigeon and electrotype LS 2. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 144 x 64 mm.

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.