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:Read More…

,,,,,, 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 willRead More…

On 8 December 2008, the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) issued a revised 10-lev (US$6.50) note similar to the existing 1999 note (Pick 117), but with new date, signatures, and security features, including a red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized text, watermark with electrotype bank initials, latent image, and UV elements.Read More…

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of regaining independence, the National Bank of Poland sold 80,000 new 10-złoty notes packaged in a folder for 15 złotych each beginning on 30 October 2008. The front of this note depicts Commander Józef Piłsudski and the front façade of the Belweder Palace. The backRead More…

B233 (P54): 10 latu (US$16) Violet. Front: Latvian text; oak leaf as registration device; River Daugava; Lielvārde ornamental belt. Back: Latvian text; traditional Latvian bronze bow-broach; oak leaf; coat of arms. Windowed security thread with demetalized Ls 10. Watermark: Latvian maiden. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 130 x 65 mm. Paper.Read More…