Uganda

Uganda new date (2013) 1,000-shilling note confirmed

1,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B54a, but new date. Prefix BN.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 21-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of the East Africa Protectorate from 1905 to 1919 and the East African Currency Board from 1920 to 1965. Published 18 July 2014.

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
  • 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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Uganda new date (2013) 50,000-shilling note confirmed

50,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B59, but new date. Prefix AM.

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

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Uganda new date (2013) 10,000-shilling note confirmed

10,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B57, but new date. Prefix AU.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Uganda new date (2013) 5,000-shilling note confirmed

5,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B56, but new date. Prefix AS.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Uganda chapter available for free for a limited time

Uganda cover
Today I'm pleased to announce the second sponsored chapter give-away of 2014 thanks to the generosity of Kate Gibson of Camberley, United Kingdom.

This 20-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Uganda from 1966 to present normally costs $9.99, but if you are among the first 50 collectors to use the coupon code GIBSON 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 notes of Uganda.

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

East African Community regional catalog of The Banknote Book is now available

 The Banknote Book East African Community cover

The East African Community regional catalog of The Banknote Book is now available for sale at US$29.99, a 42% discount off the normal cost of puchasing the component chapters separately.

This catalog is also available as a printed paperback book from Lulu.

This 98-page catalog covers every note (924 types and varieties, including 147 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the East African Community of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Rwanda and Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zanzibar. Published 1 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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Uganda to demonetize all notes dated before 2010

According to a press release dated 6 December 2012, on 1 April 2013 the Bank of Uganda will revoke the legal tender status of all notes printed before 2010, though such notes can still be exchanged for 2010 series notes at bank branches until the end of 2013, at which time they will be demonetized.

Uganda new date (2011) 5,000-shilling note confirmed

5,000 shillings (US$2.10), 2011. Like BOU B56 (P51), but new date.

Courtesy of Hermann Huber and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Uganda new date (2011) 10,000-shilling note confirmed

10,000 shillings (US$4.05), 2011. Like BOU B57 (P52), but new date.

Courtesy of Monetary Research Institute.

Uganda chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Uganda cover

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

This 20-page catalog covers every note (163 types and varieties, including 36 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Uganda from 1966 until present day. Revised 7 December 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

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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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Uganda clarifies position on 100,000-shilling note to keep up with inflation

According to an UGPulse article, Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile said the Bank of Uganda would consider introducing a 100,000-shilling (US$38.50) banknote if inflation doesn’t ease from recent levels around 30 percent. Currently the largest denomination is the 50,000-shilling note issued on 17 May 2010.

In a follow-up statement dated 11 November 2011, the Bank of Uganda clarified that it is not contemplating and has no immediate plans to introduce a 100,000-shilling note and that the bank has no intention of changing its currency structure at the moment.

Uganda 50,000-shilling note wins IBNS Banknote of 2010


The International Bank Note Society’s (IBNS) ‘Banknote of 2010’ is Uganda’s 50,000-shilling note. This year, for the first time, the award was decided by a popular vote by members of the IBNS, rather than by a committee, and the award shows a strong appreciation of the 50,000-shilling note among a large community of banknote enthusiasts. From thirteen nominations, voting indicated a strong preference for the Ugandan note from the time voting was made available to members on the IBNS web site (www.theIBNS.org) in mid February.

The highest denomination in a series of six notes introduced in May 2010, the 50,000-shilling note has strong design elements consistent with the series. These elements include the watermark of the head of a crested crane, an outline of a map of Uganda (highlighting the equator), the profile of man wearing Karimojong head dress, patterns based on indigenous basket work and, at the far right on the back, the Independence Monument. Erected to celebrate Ugandan independence in October 1962, the statue is of a woman wrapped in bonds lifting a child above her head, celebrating the birth of the nation.

On the front of the award-winning note the ‘Stride Monument’ is at the left, the Bwindi tropical rain forest is illustrated at the centre left, a foil strip with the denomination and images of shields at centre right and an area for the watermark at the far right. The Stride Monument was erected to celebrate the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Kampala in 2007. Depicting a husband, wife and son stepping forward, the monument symbolizes the countries of the Commonwealth progressing as a family.

The back of the note is dominated by illustrations of silver back mountain gorillas and undoubtedly these amazing animals attract people to the notes and their depiction is one of the reasons the 50,000-shilling note was so popular amongst the IBNS members voting for the award. Apart from the gorillas, there is much which is attractive about the note, such as the good use of colour – particularly the brown, which might have made the note appear dull if used inappropriately, and the golden highlights which capture attention. Strong images, well depicted, add to the quality design of the note and good use of security features for a high-denomination note enhances the overall effect.

Printed by British security printers De La Rue, the note was designed in co-operation with the Bank of Uganda. This successful collaboration has seen an impressive series of banknotes introduced to Uganda and it has produced the award-winning note in the competition for the IBNS Banknote of 2010. The IBNS congratulates the Bank of Uganda and De La Rue for its achievement.

East African Community moves to introduce common currency in 2012

An East African Business Week article dated 14 February 2011, contains interesting information on the continuing plans to form an East African Community Monetary Union similar to the European Union, wherein all the partner states will replace their individual currencies—the Burundian franc, Kenyan shilling, Rwandan franc, Tanzanian shilling, and Ugandan shilling—for a single regional currency in 2012.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Uganda 20,000-shilling note spurs copyright claim


According to an article on Daily Monitor dated 30 December 2010, the Bank of Uganda used an image of a sculpture on the front of the 20,000-shilling (US$8.60) note issued 17 May 2010 without the permission of its creator, Sylivia Nabiteeko Katende, a senior lecturer at the Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Art at Makerere University. The artist is suing the bank for over 1 billion shillings (US$430,000), for fraudulent use of her intellectual property. Ms Katende claims she created the sculpture, named the Socio Economic Growth of Kampala City, to commemorate the city’s centenary celebrations in 2000.

Uganda new date (2009) 5,000-shilling note confirmed


5,000 shllings (US$2.30), 2009. Like Pick 44, but new date and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile and Chris Manyindo Kassami).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Uganda new note family confirmed

All notes are signed by Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile and George W. Nyeko.




On 3 May 2010, Bank of Uganda unveiled a new series of redesigned and smaller banknotes which will go into circulation on 17 May. The new notes are in the existing denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000 shillings, as well as a new denomination: 2,000 shillings (US$0.95).

Besides a harmonized banknote design that depict Uganda’s rich historical, natural and cultural heritage, the new notes bear improved security features and are smaller in size than the existing series which will remain legal tender. The common security features for the 1,000-, 2,000-, and 5,000-shilling notes are a watermark, a color-change image, and a raised effect on the surface to help the visually-impaired people differentiate denominations. The notes also feature a windowed thread that changes from red to green when the note is titled. The notes also bear a hidden irridescent pattern.

The bank hired professional artists and designers led by Gen. Elly Tumwine which explains the Ugandan look as depicted by the main images which constitute pots and ornaments common in Ugandan homes. The notes were printed by De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial security printer.

Bank of Uganda chief Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile said the new notes did not constitute a currency reform, nor were they dictated by politics. The redesign, he said, was driven by the need to comply with international practices and to beat counterfeiters. “Uganda is the first country in Africa to introduce ultra –modern security feature called SPARK,” an optical security feature from KBA-GIORI first used on Kazakhstan’s 5,000-tengé commemorative of 2008.



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Courtesy of Ny Andry Ranaivosolo and Tuyet Nhung- Dieter Eheim Le.

Uganda new date (2009) 20,000-shilling note confirmed


20,000 shillings (US$10.65), 2009. Like Pick 46, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Uganda new date (2009) 50,000-shilling note reported

The Bank of Uganda is reported to have issued new 50,000-shilling notes dated 2009.

Anyone possessing these notes with the ability to scan same is encouraged to send images.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Uganda new serial number format on 1,000-shilling note confirmed


On 27 August 2009, the Bank of Uganda announced that it would introduce a 1,000-shilling (US$0.50) note with a modified serial number format on 1 September 2009. The notes are like the current note of the same denomination (Pick 43), except that they carry serial numbers with a single prefx letter followed by seven digits, instead of the preceding two-letter prefix followed by six digits.

According to Raimondi Otim, deputy director of the currency department at BoU, “This is just a slight change in the numbering only, but the security features and the colurs of the notes remains the same. This development does not mean that the old Shs1,000 banknotes have ceased to be valid. The new Shs1,000 banknotes will be in circulation alongside the old banknotes,” he said.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Uganda new date (2009) 10,000-shilling note confirmed


10,000 shillings (US$4.75)
Like Pick 45, but new date (2009).

P.S. Be aware than the 15th edition of the SCWPM incorrectly includes the 2004-dated note as Pick 45a when in fact it is a variety of Pick 41. The difference between the two types is evident when examining the denomination in the lower left front.

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

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Uganda new date (2008) varieties confirmed


Like Pick 43, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, GOVERNOR; Chris Manyindo Kassami, SECRETARY).

1,000 shillings (US$0.45)
Green and brown. Front: Farmer with hoe; coat of arms; corn stalks; bank emblem. Back: Two trucks; grain elevators. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 1000. Watermark: Crested crane. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 75 mm.


Like Pick 44, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, GOVERNOR; Chris Manyindo Kassami, SECRETARY).

5,000 shillings (US$2.30)
Violet. Front: Lake Bunyonyi and terraces; silver foil leaves; coat of arms; leaves; bank emblem; equator monument near Masaka. Back: Railroad cars and Kaawa ferry; coffee bush. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 5000. Watermark: Crested crane. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 75 mm.


Like Pick 45, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, GOVERNOR; Chris Manyindo Kassami, SECRETARY).

10,000 shillings (US$4.60)
Green and red. Front: Musical instruments; coat of arms; bank emblem. Back: Owen Falls dam and Nalubaale Power Station in Jinja; kob (antelope). Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 10000. Watermark: Crested crane, electrotype 10000, and Cornerstones. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 156 x 76 mm.



Like Pick 46, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, GOVERNOR; Chris Manyindo Kassami, SECRETARY).

20,000 shillings (US$9.25)
Green. Front: Crested crane; coat of arms; bank emblem. Back: Parliament building in Kampala. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 20000. Watermark: Coat of arms. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 78 mm.


Like Pick 47, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, GOVERNOR; Chris Manyindo Kassami, SECRETARY).

50,000 shillings (US$23.10)
Brown. Front: National Independence monument in Kampala; coat of arms; bank emblem; pineapple. Back: Four workers picking cotton in field. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 50000. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype 50000. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 80 mm.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts and others.

The Challenge: Identify buildings on Uganda P29 note


Please post a comment or send me an email if you can positively identify any of the buildings on the back of Uganda Pick 29 above.

Upper left: Unknown.
Upper center: Unknown.
Lower right: New Bank of Uganda headquarters.
Lower left: Old Bank of Uganda headquarters.

Uganda to issue commemorative 10,000-shilling note in November



On 16 October 2007, allAfrica.com reported that the Bank of Uganda intends to issue a special 10,000-shilling (US$5.75) note ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to take place in Kampala, November 23-25, 2007.

“The note will be available for the public to transact business and for special collectors. It will, however, be in limited supply,” said Juma Walusimbi, BoU communications director. “The currency note will also be a special package offered to the heads of government who will attend CHOGM. The bank wants to be part of Uganda’s effort to host this very important international meeting,” he said, adding that it was normal practice for central banks to issue commemorative coins and notes for important occasions.

Courtesy of David White.

Uganda issues new 10,000-shilling note dated 2005


10,000 shillings, 2005. Issued 02.01.2006. Green and red on m/c unpt. Musical instruments at left. Owen Falls dam, kudo on back. Like Pick 41 with upgraded security features. “10000” in bottom left corner in magenta to green OVI. “10000” added to existing wmk. of crested crane. New Cornerstone wmk. of diagonal bars in four corners. On back, color of kob (antelope) was bright brown, is now dull brown. Likewise, color of grass was brown, is now green, and the end of horizontal bar below kob was brown, is now green. “TEN” and “SHI” printed in red, with rest of word in green. Printed on high-quality cotton paper with protective coating. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 156 x 76 mm.