Vanuatu

Vanuatu chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Vanuatu chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (34 types and varieties, including 7 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Centrale de Vanuatu (Central Bank of Vanuatu) from 1982 to 1989, and the Banque de Reserve de Vanuatu (Reserve Bank of Vanuatu) from 1993 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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Vanuatu new signature 200-vatu note confirmed


200 vatu (US$2.20), no date. Like RBV B3 (P8), but new signatures (Odo Tevi and Sela Molisa).

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

Vanuatu new signature 5,000-vatu note confirmed


5,000 vatu (US$52.40), no date. Like P7, but new signature combination (Odo Tevi and Sela Molisa). Prefix BB.

Courtesy of Krassy Dimitrov.

Vanuatu new signature 1,000-vatu note confirmed


1,000 vatu (US$10.60), no date. Like P10, but new signature combination (Odo Tevi and Sela Molisa). Prefix JJ.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Vanuatu new 10,000-vatu polymer commemorative note confirmed


The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu began issuing a new series of banknotes beginning with a polymer 10,000-vatu (US$100) note introduced on 28 July 2010, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of independence. This is the largest denomination in the country. Governor Odo Tevi stated, “The existing note series has come under a lot of pressure over the years, particularly with regard to the lifespan and counterfeiting challenges. It is apparent that in recent years most countries in our region have modernized their currency, therefore it is considered appropriate that in athe 30th year of independence, the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu takes steps to introduce a new modernized series of vatu banknotes.” The new note carries the theme of telecommunication to reflect the recent liberalization of Vanuatu’s telecoms market. The new note was produced by Note Printing Australia.

Courtesy of Kai Hwong, Aidan Work, and Szilard Szemere.

Vanuatu to issue polymer 10,000-vatu note in July 2010

According to a press release dated 13 January 2010, the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu plans to issue a new series of banknotes beginning with a polymer 10,000-vatu (US$100) note to be introduced in July 2010, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of independence. This will be the largest denomination in the country.

Governor Odo Tevi stated, “The existing note series has come under a lot of pressure over the years, particularly with regard to the lifespan and counterfeiting challenges. It is apparent that in recent years most countries in our region have modernized their currency, therefore it is considered appropriate that in the 30th year of independence, the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu takes steps to introduce a new modernized series of vatu banknotes.”

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

Vanuatua revised 200-vatu note confirmed


200 vatu (US$2.10), ND (2007). Like P8, but BB serial number prefix, new signatures (Odo Tevi, GOVERNOR; Willie Jimmy Tapagararua, MINISTER OF FINANCE), windowed security thread, and shortened printer imprint: De La Rue.

Courtesy of Ronny Hick and Kai Hwong.

Vanuatu revised 1,000-vatu note confirmed


1,000 vatu, ND (2006). Like Pick 10, but without overprint of seal for 25th anniversary of independence. Arms with Melanesian chief standing with spear, flanked by “VT” as latent image. Signatures: Odo Tevi, Governor; Moana Carcasse Kalosil, Minister of Finance. Melanesian male head as wmk, “FF” serial number prefix, solid security thread, spiral registration device, and “BANQUE DE RESERVE DE VANUATU” in microprinting. 3 carvings at left, map of islands, and 3 men in outrigger sailboat at center on back. Printer: De La Rue (with imprint). 150 x 75 mm.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Vanuatu issues revised 500-vatu note


500 vatu, ND (2006). Like Pick 5, but new signatures (Governor, Odo Tevi; Minister of Finance, Moana Carcasses Kalosil) windowed security thread, BB prefix, and De La Rue printer imprint.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net and Kai Hwong.