On 29 December 2008, the Bank of Albania issued its first-ever 2,000-lek note. Also, on 14 November 2008, the bank issued a revised 1,000-lek note. Both are dated 2007 and apparently printed by TDLR based upon their use of Cornerstone watermarks. B318 (P69 & P73): 1,000 leke (US$9.10) Green. Front:
,,,,,, As of 1 January 2009, Slovakia is adopting the euro. While I am sad to see another country abandon its unique notes, I must remember that it was the impending introduction of the euro that first sparked my interest in the hobby of collecting banknotes. Perhaps Slovakia’s move will
,,,,,,,,,,, The name of Turkey’s currency has reverted from “new Turkish lira” (TRY) to “Turkish lira” (TRL) as of 1 January 2009, necessitating the issuance of new banknotes and coins. Turkey last changed the currency by removing six zeroes on 1 January 2005, at a cost of US$300 million. This
,,,,,,,,, A complete set of North Korean notes with overprints has recently been reported. Unfortunately, little is known about these notes other than that they appear to be the latest issued notes (dates range from 1992 to 2007) with a common overprint in Korean and the Western numerals 95. The
Thomas Krause and Peter Bauer have today released the fifth edition of their book, the Specialized Catalogue of World Plastic Money. Ordering information and a free PDF download can be obtained by visiting www.swschwedt.de/kunden/polymernotes.
In what seems to be a weekly occurrence, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced another batch of new high-denomination notes on 19 December 2008, in a futile attempt to keep ahead of the highest inflation in the world (officially at 231 million percent, but independent estimates are 500 quintillion percent).
Dark green, mint green, and brown. Front: English text; sand dollar as registration device; green foil fish; map; embossed flamingoes; Lynden O. Pindling. Back: English text; Royal Bahamas police band; coat of arms; yellow elder flowers. Solid security thread and violet-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BAHAMAS. Watermark: Lynden O.
On 14 December 2008, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced two new high-denomination notes. B172 (P81): 200,000,000 dollars (demonetized 30.09.2015) Brown. Front: English text; Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth; stylized grains and cow in underprint; Zimbabwe bird in OVI. Back: English text; Cathedral of St. Mary & All Saints and