According to an article on Bernama dated 29 November 2013, Japan’s Ministry of Finance has launched a promotion campaign in the hope of attracting orders to print banknotes and passports for other countries by highlighting Japan’s cutting-edge anti-counterfeit technologies. Japan’s only experience printing notes for other countries was when it
On its 17th anniversary, the National Bank of Ukraine has lifted the veil over the place where the hryvnia was born and showed journalists the work of the banknote paper factory in Malin city of Zhytomyr region.
According to an article in KyivPost dated 23 July 2013, “The banknote paper factory of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has introduced a technology for producing paper impregnated with an anti-fungal agent.” The UkrainianJoural.com adds that the factory is “in talks with two well-known foreign companies in Europe regarding
According to an undated article on The Frontier Post, Da Afghanistan Bank has announced that 100 billion Afghanis worth of new notes have been printed by a British firm (presumably De La Rue) with “the latest specifications” and will be issued as the market demands.
According to a BBC News article dated 11 February 2013, the Reserve Bank of Australia has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Securency International for A$65m ($67m; £40m) to UK-based Innovia Films, which already owns the remaining 50%. Securency is the developer of polymer-based Guardian banknote substrate. Courtesy of
According to a Reuters article dated 13 June 2012, Syria has begun issuing new banknotes printed in Russia by Goznak, that nation’s largest security printer. Syria’s current 2009 issues (B627a – B629a) were printed by Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck in Austria, but OeBS has pulled out of the troubled country
According to an article in MarketWatch dated 17 October 2012, Germany’s Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft (KBA) has agreed to stop supplying SPMO [Iran’s Security Printing and Minting Organization] and the Central Bank of Iran with the equipment needed to produce rial banknotes, as part of international efforts to force Iran
Radio National has an interesting 10-minute interview with David Solomon, an Australian scientist who worked with the Reserve Bank of Australia to create polymer banknotes.
According to a post on the Federación de Entidades Numismáticas y Medallísticas Argentinas, the Banco Central de la República Argentina has approved a contract to print 1.205 million banknotes denominated in 5, 50, and 100 pesos. The Casa de Moneda (the mint) can print only 800 million units, so the
According to an article on News24.com dated 20 May 2012, the South Africa Reserve Bank shreaded more than 3.6 million 100-rand notes printed by Crane Currency’s Swedish division (Tumba Bruk) because they have the same serial numbers as a batch printed by the South African Bank Note Company. In addition,