Bhutan new 10- and 100-ngultrum notes (B218a and B221a) confirmed

On 20 November 2006, The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan released the first of its new “Series 2006” of redesigned notes. These two new denominations add to the series.The notes are printed by De La Rue in the UK on cotton paper. There is  intaglio microlettering in the line running horizontally parallel to the name of the issuing authority on the front of the note in Dzongkha and in English on the back.

The new series also has high relief marks to help blind people feel and recognize different denominations, and they feature a double coating of varnish to improve durability and prevent soiling and counterfeiting.

B218 (P29): 10 ngultrum (US$0.15)

Green, orange, and purple. Front: Dzongkha text; 4th king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck; Dungkar (conch), one of eight good luck symbols. Back: Dzongkha and English text; Paro Rinpung Dzong, Buddhist monastery and fortress. Solid security thread. Watermark: Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Printer: Varieties. 125 x 65 mm. Substrate varieties. 

a. 2006. Sig. 4: Norbu.
Printer: (De La Rue). Paper. Prefix K. Intro: 2007.

B221 (P32): 100 ngultrum (US$1.40)

Green. Front: Dzongkha text; Norbu Rimpochhe, one of seven auspicious gems, flanked by bja tshering (mythical bird of long life); 4th king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Back: Dzongkha and English text; Tashichho Dzong, the seat of Parliament in the capital of Thimphu; dragons in upper corners. Windowed security thread with demetalized RMA 100. Watermark: Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Printer: (De La Rue). 145 x 70 mm. Paper.

a. 2006. Sig. 4: Norbu. Prefix N. Intro: 2007.

Courtesy of Phub Dorji and Gylfi Snorrason.

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