SCWPM publisher F+W Media files for bankruptcy

According to a Coin World article dated 15 March 2019, “The firm F + W media, a major periodical and book publisher whose titles include Numismatic News, Bank Note Reporter, and the seminal references Standard Catalog of World Coins and Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reconcile $105.2 million in outstanding debt. In its March 10 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington, F + W Media cites just $2.5 million in cash on hand. The company plans to remain in operation while it plans liquidation of its holdings.”

West African States Mali new date (2018) 500-franc note (B120Dg) confirmed

Like B120Df, but new date (2018).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States Mali new date (2018) 2,000-franc note (B122Dr) confirmed

Like B122Dq, but new date (2018).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States Mali new date (2018) 1,000-franc note (B121Dr) confirmed

Like B121Dq, but new date (2018).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Romania new date (2019) 100-leu note (B290b) confirmed

Like B290a, but new date (2019).

Courtesy of Marius Rosca (Pecunia Auctions SRL).

Uzbekistan new 100,000-som note (B216a) confirmed introduced 25.02.2019

According to a press release dated 16 February 2019, Uzbekistan plans to introduce a 100,000-som note (B216a) on 25 February 2019.


Courtesy of Albert Vokhmin.

Cuba chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Cuba chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale and as a free download to subscribers.

This 66-page catalog covers notes issued by El Banco Español de la Habana (The Spanish Bank of Havana) from 1857 to 1892, El Tesoro de la Isla de Cuba (Treasury of the Island of Cuba) in 1891, El Banco Español de la Isla de Cuba (Spanish Bank of the Island of Cuba) from 1896 to 1897, Republica de Cuba (Republic of Cuba) from1934 to 1949, La Republica de Cuba (The Republic of Cuba) in 1869, Junta Central Republicana (Republican Central Committee) from 1869 to 1872, Banco Nacional de Cuba (National Bank of Cuba) from 1949 to 1995, and Banco Central de Cuba (Central Bank of Cuba) from 1997 to present. Revised 15.03.2019.

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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Switzerland new 1,000-franc note (B360) confirmed introduced 13.03.2019

According to a press release dated 5 March 2019, the Swiss National Bank began issuing the new 1,000-franc note (B360) on 13 March 2019.

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“The inspiration behind the new banknote series is ‘The many facets of Switzerland’. Each denomination depicts a typically Swiss characteristic, which is then illustrated graphically using a range of elements. The 1000-franc note focuses on Switzerland’s communicative flair, as expressed by language, the note’s key motif. Core design elements are the hand and the globe, which appear on every denomination in the new series.
As with the banknotes currently in circulation, the ninth series consists of six denominations; the colour scheme, too, remains the same. Accordingly, the main colour of the new 1000- franc note is purple. However, the format has been modified – the new notes are smaller and thus easier to handle. The innovative combination of complex security features and sophisticated design provides state-of-the-art anti-counterfeiting protection.”

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Sudan new possible date anomaly (B410d) reported

The Arabic date ٢٠١٧ (2017) on front of 20-pound notes (B410d) is usually 2-mm tall (top), but a 3-mm tall date (bottom) has been observed on at least one note with prefix ER and serial number in 9000000 range. More examples are requested to determine if this anomaly is a true variety or perhaps a counterfeit.

Courtesy of John Miskell and philanote.

Mongolia new date (2018) 20-tögrög note (B431f) confirmed

Like B431e, but new date (2018). Prefix AM.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Libya new 1-dinar commemorative note (B550a) confirmed introduced 18.02.2019

According to a press release dated 18 February 2019, the Central Bank of Libya has introduced a new polymer 1-dinar note (B550a) to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the revolution. The note is printed by De La Rue on its Safeguard substrate.


Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

West African States new date (2018) 500-franc note (B120Sg) confirmed

Like B120Sf, but new date (2018).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Guinea new 20,000-franc note (B344a) confirmed introduced 21.01.2019

According to a communiqué dated 5 February 2019, the Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée introduced a new 20,000-franc note on 21 January 2019. The new note retains the overall design of the preceding issues (B338a), but is physically smaller, has varnish coating for improved durability, two pigeons printed with a color-changing optical effect, and a gold-to-green security thread. The new note will circulate in parallel with the preceding issues.


Courtesy of Sabine Leuenberger ().

Somalia new sig. 50-shilling note (B309g) confirmed

Like B309f, but new signatures (Omar Ahmed Omar and Hassan Elmi Barkhadle). Series D190.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

Algeria new 500-dinar note (B410a) confirmed


Courtesy of Olexandr Danishenko (

Algeria new 1,000-dinar note (B411a) confirmed


Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Ukraine new sig/date (2018) 500-hryvnia note (B855b) confirmed

Like B855a, but new signature (Yakiv Smolii) and new date (2018).

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko.

West African States new date (2018) 5,000-franc note (B123Ar) confirmed

Like B123Aq, but new date (2018).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States new sig/date (2019) 500-franc note (B120Th) confirmed

Like B120Tg, but new date (2019) and new signature (Romuald Wadagni).

Courtesy of Jerôme Deschamps (

Nigeria new date (2018) 5-naira note (B234j) confirmed

Like B234i, but new date (2018). Prefix DP.

Courtesy of Felix Ohmberger.