Swaziland king renames country Kingdom of eSwatini

According to an article in The Guardian dated 19 April 2018, King Mswati III announced that Swaziland has reverted its name to the Kingdom of eSwatini (meaning “place of the Swazi”) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its independence from Britain. Time will tell what name will appear on future banknote issues.

Courtesy of Mark Irwin.

Philippines chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 87-page catalog covers notes issued by El Banco Español Filipino de Isabel II from 1852 to 1865, Tesoro in 1877, El Banco Español Filipino from 1883 to 1908, República Filipina from 1898 to 1899, Philippine Islands Treasury from 1903 to 1944, Bank of the Philippine Islands from 1912 to 1933, Philippine National Bank from 1917 to 1937, Japanese Government from 1942 to 1945, Central Bank of the Philippines in 1949, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas from 1969 to present. Published 20.04.2018.

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Suriname new sig/date (01.09.2016) 50-dollar note (B548c) confirmed

Like B548b, but new date (1 SEPTEMBER 2016) and new signature (Glenn Gersie). Prefix GZ.

Courtesy of Sabine Leuenberger ().

Suriname new sig/date (01.09.2016) 100-dollar note (B549c) confirmed

Like B549b, but new date (1 SEPTEMBER 2016) and new signature (Glenn Gersie). Prefix GV.

Courtesy of Sabine Leuenberger ().

Iran new signature 100,000-rial note (B289c) confirmed

Like B289b, but new signature (Masoud Karbasian). Prefix 26/22.

Courtesy of Sabine Leuenberger ().

Cuba new sig/date (2017) 5-peso convertible note (BFX907g) confirmed

Like BFX907f, but new signature (Irma Margarita Martinez Castrillon) and new date (2017). Series CI.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Cuba new sig/date (2017) 1-peso convertible note (BFX905f) confirmed

Like BFX905e, but new signature (Irma Margarita Martinez Castrillon) and new date (2017). Series AG.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Cuba new date (2016) 50-peso note (B910k) confirmed

Like B910j, but new date (2016). Series BO-79.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Lebanon new 100,000-pound note (B543) confirmed

Like B535, but slightly revised designs, new security thread and SPARK, and different serial number formats.

Courtesy of .

Bolivia new banknote family reported for 2018-2019 introduction

The Banco Central de Bolivia intends to introduce a new family of five notes in denomination order starting in 2018 and ending in April 2019. These notes bear the country’s official name, Estado Plurinacional de Boliva, to reflect the multiculturalism of the country and all of its citizens.


Courtesy of Antje Bird and Nicholas Chao (赵嘉瑞).

Jordan new sig/date (2018) 10-dinar note (B232e) confirmed

Like B232d, but new signature () and new date (2018).

Courtesy of Eyad Alali.

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Uganda new sig/date (2017) 5,000-shilling note (B156e) confirmed

Like B156d, but new signatures and new date (2017). Prefix BK.

Courtesy of Schachar Eli.

Macedonia new 10- and 50-denar polymer notes reported for 15.05.2018 introduction

According to an article on Sitel.com dated 8 April 2018, the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia plans to replace the existing 10- and 50-denar paper notes with new polymer notes on 15 May 2018.

Courtesy of Martin Grupcev.

Czech Republic new 100-korun commemorative note design competition announced

The Česká Národní Banka held a competition to design a new 100-korun banknote featuring Alois Rasin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak currency. On 1 March 2018, the bank announced its decision to approve the following design submitted by painter Eva Hašková. The new note will circulate in parallel with the normal issues beginning in 2019.


Courtesy of Mojmir Cerny.

Swaziland new date (06.09.2017) 20-lilangeni note (B232c) confirmed

Like B232b, but new date (6.9.2017). Prefix AB.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Compare the catalogs: TBB vs SCWPM

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The 24th edition of Krause’s Standard Catalog of World Paper Money is now available, with approximately 100 new type listings, many of which aren’t illustrated, and none are in color.

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Bangladesh new 70-taka commemorative note (B359) confirmed

This 70-taka note commemorates the “Developing Bangladesh” initiative.

B359 (PNL): 70 taka (US$0.85)
Purple, orange, and green. Front: Bengali text; Sheikh Mujibur Rahman; map of Bangladesh; National Martyrs’ Monument in Savar; Betbunia Satellite Center. Back: Bengali and English text; Bangabandhu-1 Satellite in orbit above earth; Padma Bridge; Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; bank logo. Windowed security thread with holographic bank logo and 100.. Watermark: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on pixelated background and electrotype bank logo and 100. Printer: (Security Printing Corporation). 140 x 62 mm.
a. 2018. Sig. 11. Intro: 22.03.2018.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Bangladesh new date (2016) 10-taka note (B349g) confirmed

Like B349f, but new date (2016).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Bangladesh new sig/date (2017) 10-taka note (B349h) confirmed

Like B349g, but new sig and new date (2017).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Bangladesh new sig/date (2016) 500-taka note (B353g) confirmed

Like B353f, but new sig and new date (2016) and thread.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).