East and Southeast Asia

Hong Kong SBC new 1,000-dollar note (B427a) confirmed



Courtesy of Dennis Zammit and Jacky (chanchanshop on eBay).

Hong Kong BOC new 1,000-dollar note (B825a) confirmed



Courtesy of Hyunchul Yoo and Jacky (chanchanshop on eBay).

China new prefix format 100-yuan note (B4118b) confirmed


Like B4118a, but prefix format X#X#.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Hong Kong HSBC new 1,000-dollar note confirmed



Courtesy of Dennis Zammit and Jacky (chanchanshop on eBay).

Indonesia new signature 2,000-rupiah note (B610d) confirmed


Like B610c, but new signatures (Perry Warjiyo and Sri Mulyani Indrawati).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Thailand new variety 50-baht note (B194b) confirmed

The Thai text at lower right back of the 50-baht note originally read โทษฐานปลอมแปลงธนบัตร คือจำคุกตลอดชีวิตหรือจำคุกอย่างสูงยี่สิบปี และปรับอย่างสูงสี่หมื่นบาท (Penalty for making counterfeit banknotes is life imprisonment, or up to twenty years of imprisonment and up to forty thousands Baht of fine), but in 2018 was changed to read การปลอมแปลงธนบัตรเป็นความผิด ต้องระวางโทษตามประมวลกฎหมายอาญา (Making counterfeit banknotes is a crime, and will be punished due to Criminal law).



Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

China new 50-yuan commemorative note reported for 28.12.2018

This note commemorates the 70th anniversary of the issuance of the renminbi (RMB). A total of 120 million of these notes were issued as of 28 December 2018.




Courtesy of 赵嘉瑞 (Zhao Jiarui) and 钞票百科 (Chaopiaobaike).

North Korea new 1,000- and 2,000-won commemorative notes (B361a, B362a) confirmed

These overprinted notes were issued in 2018 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country’s name change on 9 September 1948 to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.







Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and KK Lim ().

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.01.2016) 100-dollar note (B420e) confirmed


Like B420d, but new signatures and new date (1 JANUARY 2016). Prefix CA.

Courtesy of Don Cleveland.

Macau new sig/date 1,000-pataca note (B073c) confirmed

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Like B073b, but new signature and new date (11 DE NOVEMBRO DE 2013). Prefix AE.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Macau new signature 100-pataca note (B071d) confirmed

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Like B071c, but new signature. Prefix BD.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Macau new signature 10-pataca note (B068d) confirmed

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Like B068c, but new signature. Prefix CH.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Thailand new 500-baht note (B196) confirmed

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Thailand new 1,000-baht note (B197) confirmed

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Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Thailand new variety 20-, 50-, and 100-baht notes (B193b, B194b, B195b) reported

The Thai text at lower right back of the 20-, 50-, and 100-baht notes originally read โทษฐานปลอมแปลงธนบัตร คือจำคุกตลอดชีวิตหรือจำคุกอย่างสูงยี่สิบปี และปรับอย่างสูงสี่หมื่นบาท (Penalty for making counterfeit banknotes is life imprisonment, or up to twenty years of imprisonment and up to forty thousands Baht of fine), but in 2018 was changed to read การปลอมแปลงธนบัตรเป็นความผิด ต้องระวางโทษตามประมวลกฎหมายอาญา (Making counterfeit banknotes is a crime, and will be punished due to Criminal law).

Courtesy of Mike Teseling and Thanaphum Hongsyok.

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Hong Kong unveils new 2018 banknote family

According to a Hong Kong Monetary Authority press release dated 24 July 2018, the Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of China, and Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation have unveiled the designs of a new 2018 series of banknotes.

"Consistent with the current series, the new series will consist of five denominations, each adopting the same colour scheme. It is the first time that the thematic subjects on the reverse side of the NIBs’ new series banknotes are standardised for each denomination to facilitate easy recognition by the public. The selected thematic subjects represent different aspects of Hong Kong as an international metropolis, featuring its rhythm of life, recreation and entertainment, as well as its rich natural and cultural heritage. The five denominations depict respectively the position of Hong Kong as international financial centre (HK$1,000), the spectacular Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HK$500), Cantonese opera as our art and cultural legacy (HK$100), butterflies that inhabit Hong Kong (HK$50), and the popular dim sum and tea culture (HK$20). For aesthetic presentation of the subject and easy distinction from previous series, the reverse side of the banknote is in vertical orientation instead of the traditional horizontal layout.
The designs of all five denominations were unveiled today. The HK$1,000 and HK$500 notes will be put into circulation in the last quarter of 2018 and early 2019 respectively, and the lower denominations of HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20 will be ready for issue in batches between 2019 and 2020."

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Courtesy of Wilson Chow, David Liu, Omer Yalcinkaya, Ilkka Malmi, Paul Nahmias, John Ma.

Indonesia new date (2018) 100,000-rupiah note (B615c) confirmed

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Like B615b, but new date (2018).

Courtesy of Franer Jürgen.

Malaysia names new central bank governor

On 6 June 2018, the Cabinet accepted Muhammad bin Ibrahim’s offer to step down as governor of Bank Negara Malaysia. Expect new signature varieties now that Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus has been named as the replacement according to a press release dated 22 June 2018.


Courtesy of Aidan Work and Liew Siang Ping.

Philippines new 50-peso note (B1085a) confirmed

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Like B1078j, but with LEYTE LANDING OCTOBER 1944 at lower right front. Prefix NB.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

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Philippines new date (2018) 50-peso note (B1085b) confirmed

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Like B1085, but new date (2018). Prefix S.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

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Malaysia's central bank governor resigns

On 6 June 2018, the Cabinet accepted Muhammad bin Ibrahim’s offer to step down as governor of Bank Negara Malaysia. Expect new signature varieties once a replacement is named.

Courtesy of Aidan Work and Liew Siang Ping.

Philippines new date (2018) 1,000-peso note (B1089b) confirmed

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Like B1089a, but new date (2018). Prefix A.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

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Indonesia new date (2018) 2,000-rupiah note (B610c) confirmed

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Like B610b, but new date (2018). Prefix ZFK.

Courtesy of Franer Juergen.

Indonesia new date (2018) 1,000-rupiah note (B609c) confirmed

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Like B609b, but new date (2018). Prefix EAJ.

Courtesy of Franer Juergen.

Cambodia new 20,000-rial note (B433) confirmed

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This note celebrates the 65th birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Jacek Stącel, and Vladimir Buravlev.

Indonesia new date (2018) 5,000-rupiah note (B611c) confirmed

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Like B611b, but new date (2016 / 2018). Prefix HEJ.

Courtesy of Sabine Leuenberger ().


Philippines new date (2017) 200-peso note (B1081g) confirmed

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Like B1081f, but new date (2017). Prefix C.

Courtesy of Edward Feltcorn.

Thailand new 20-, 50-, and 100-baht notes (B193 - B195) confirmed

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

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Singapore new symbol 2-dollar note (B208l) confirmed

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Like B208k, but new symbol (three solid stars) below EDUCATION on back. Prefix 6GQ.

Courtesy of Thomas Oon.

Malaysia new sig 100-ringgit note (B153b) confirmed

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Like B153a, but new signature. Prefix BZ.

Courtesy of Muhammad Ali Ibrahim.

Philippines chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Philippines cover
The Philippines chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 87-page catalog covers notes issued by El Banco Español Filipino de Isabel II from 1852 to 1865, Tesoro in 1877, El Banco Español Filipino from 1883 to 1908, República Filipina from 1898 to 1899, Philippine Islands Treasury from 1903 to 1944, Bank of the Philippine Islands from 1912 to 1933, Philippine National Bank from 1917 to 1937, Japanese Government from 1942 to 1945, Central Bank of the Philippines in 1949, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas from 1969 to present. Published 20.04.2018.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Philippines new date (2018) 100-peso note confirmed

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Like 2017-dated NGC Enhanced note, but new date (2018). Prefix DH.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines revised 100-peso note confirmed

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Like P222, but changes in the format of the scientific name on back, and the year at left center front in larger font size. Prefix EX.

Courtesy of Юрий Колесников.

Philippines new date (2017F) 20-peso note confirmed

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Like P206, but new date (2017F). Prefix EN.

Courtesy of Юрий Колесников.

Philippines revised 1,000-peso note confirmed

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Like P211, but changes in the format of the scientific name on back, the year at left center front in larger font size, and without MEDAL OF HONOR at lower center front.

Courtesy of Max Keller.

Thailand new note family (B193 - B197) scheduled for April and July 2018 introduction

According to a press release dated 8 March 2018, the Bank of Thailand plans to introduce the 17th series of notes. The fronts feature the new king, Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, and the backs features two kings in order of reign, along with images of memorable royal duties. The three lower denominations will be introduced 6 April 2018, followed by the two larger denominations on 28 July 2018.

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Brunei new date (2016) 1-dollar note (B301c) confirmed

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Like B301b, but new date (2016). Prefix D/37, D/38.

Courtesy of Marcus Feaver.

Sri Lanka new 1,000-rupee commemorative note (B130) confirmed introduced 04.02.2018

On 4 February 2018, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka began issuing 5 million 1,000-rupee notes commemorating the 70th Independence Celebration. The note is like B127, but with a Celebrating Diversity logo instead of a butterfly at the lower left front, new vignettes at center front, new date, and serial numbers from S70/1 000001- S70/5 1000000.

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Courtesy of Igor Tereshkov, Aidan Work, and 钞票百科 (Chaopiaobaike).


Singapore new symbol (one diamond) 5-dollar note (B209e) confirmed

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Like B209d, but one diamond on back. Prefix 5AK.

Courtesy of KK Lim ().


Singapore new symbol 100-dollar note (B206i) confirmed

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Like B206h, but with two stars at lower left back.

Courtesy of KK Lim ().

Singapore new symbol 10-dollar note (B210m) confirmed

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Like B210l, but with inverted triangle at lower left back.

Courtesy of KK Lim ().

Malaysia new signature 10-ringgit note (B151b) confirmed

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Like B151a, but new signature. Prefix EF.

Courtesy of Sam Hong.

Vietnam new date (2017) 50,000-dong note (B345i) confirmed

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Like B345i, but new date.

Courtesy of Don Ludwig and Stane Štraus (www.polymernotes.org).


Vietnam new date (2018) 10,000-dong note (B343k) confirmed

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Like B343j, but new date.

Courtesy of Don Ludwig and Stane Štraus (www.polymernotes.org).


Vietnam new date (2017) 100,000-dong note (B346k) confirmed

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Like B346j, but new date.

Courtesy of Don Ludwig and Stane Štraus (www.polymernotes.org).


Vietnam new date (2017) 20,000-dong note (B344h) confirmed

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Like B344g, but new date.

Courtesy of Don Ludwig and Stane Štraus (www.polymernotes.org).


Kiau Chau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Kiau Chau cover
The Kiau Chau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 7-page catalog covers notes issued by the Deutsch-Asiatische Bank (German-Asian Bank) from 1907 to 1914, and the Greater Japan Imperial Government in 1914. Published 19.01.2018.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Malaysia new 60- and 600-ringgit numismatic products (BNP106, BNP107) reportedly introduced 05.01.2018

According to a 14 December 2017 press release, Bank Negara Malaysia is issuing commemorative banknotes in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement.

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The 600-ringgit note is larger than the Philippines 1998 100,000-peso note measuring 355 x 215 mm, which the Guinness Book of World Records heretofore considered to be the physically largest legal tender note ever issued.

60,000 60-ringgit notes were packaged in folders and sold for 120 ringgit each, with a limit of five per buyer.
6,000 uncut sheets of three 60-ringgit notes were also sold for 500 ringgit each, with a limit of one per buyer.
6,000 600-ringgit notes were packaged in folders and sold for 1,700 ringgit each, with a limit of one per buyer.

The public can place their orders online from 5 January 2018. In the event of oversubscription, balloting will take place. Banknotes with special serial numbers will be sold via public auction on 10 March 2018.

Courtesy of Liew Siang Ping, Stane Straus, Dmytry Nevmyvako, Zhao Jiarui, Ajay Rawat, and Thomas Augustsson.

South Korea new 2,000-won Olympics commemorative note (BNP201) confirmed

On 11 December 2017, the Bank of Korea introduced 2.8 million new 2,000-won notes to commemorate the Winter Olympic Games to be held 9 - 25 February 2018 in PyeongChang. Not intended for circulation, individual notes were packaged in a folder and sold for 8,000 won each. The bank also sold uncut pairs and sheets of 24 notes.

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Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea) and Jason Lee.


Philippines enhanced New Generation Currency notes reportedly introduced 05.12.2017

According to a press release dated 5 December 2017, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas introduced New Generation Currency (NGC) notes enhanced to highlight significant moments in the nation’s history, as well as its world heritage sites and iconic natural wonders.

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Courtesy of Lexter Ibasco.

Philippines new date (2017F) 20-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_20_pesos_2017F.00.00_P206_LM_894640_f
Philippines_BSP_20_pesos_2017F.00.00_P206_LM_894640_r
Like P206, but new date (2017F). Prefix LM.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

China new prefix format 1-yuan note (B4109d) confirmed

China_PBC_1_yuan_1999.00.00_B4109d_P895_F076_F30828_fChina_PBC_1_yuan_1999.00.00_B4109d_P895_F076_F30828_r
Like B4109c, but prefix format X###X.

Courtesy of 嘉瑞 and Mark Irwin.

North Korea new 5,000-won commemorative note (B360a) confirmed

This note is overprinted to commemorate the 100th birthday of Kim Jong Suk, the first wife of Kim Il-Sung.

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Overprinted on B357.

Courtesy of 小小草.

Cambodia new 5,000-rial note (B432) confirmed introduced 25.10.2017

These notes were introduced in 2017 to celebrate the 64th birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni.

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Cambodia_NBC_5000_riels_2016.00.00_B432as_PNLs_0000000_r
B432 (PNL): 5,000 រៀល (riels) (US$1.20)
Violet and brown. Front: Khmer text; naga, mythical snake; King Norodom Sihanouk wearing beret. Back: English and Khmer text; Kampong Kdei bridge in Siemreap Province. Solid security thread with demetalized *NBC*. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Unknown. 146 x 68 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 3. Intro: 25.10.2017.


Cambodia new 1,000-rial note (B431) confirmed introduced 25.10.2017

These notes were introduced in 2017 to celebrate the 64th birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni.

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Cambodia_NBC_1000_riels_2016.00.00_B431as_PNLs_0000000_r
B431 (PNL): 1,000 រៀល (riels) (US$0.25)
Purple and blue. Front: Khmer text; naga, mythical snake; coat of arms; King Norodom Sihanouk. Back: English and Khmer text; King Norodom Sihanouk riding horse; Royal Palace throne room; kinnari (half-human, half-bird). No security thread. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Unknown. 146 x 68 mm.
a. 2016. Signature 3. Intro: 25.10.2017.


Brunei new 50-dollar commemorative polymer note (B305) confirmed

This 50-dollar note was issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary (golden jubilee) of the accession to the throne by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah. This note circulates normally, but numismatic products are also offered in various combinations and packaging.

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Courtesy of Chaopiaobaike (钞票百科) and KK Lim.

Thailand new commemorative note family (B188 - B192) confirmed

According to a press release dated 20 July 2017, Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob announced the Bank of Thailand’s intention to issue a new family of banknotes designed to commemorate King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The new notes are like the preceding issues, but with different backs.

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Thailand_GOT_20_baht_2015.00.00_B188a_PNL_9K_4981980_r

Thailand_GOT_50_baht_2015.00.00_B189a_PNL_3K_0526450_f
Thailand_GOT_50_baht_2015.00.00_B189a_PNL_3K_0526450_r

Thailand_GOT_100_baht_2015.00.00_B190a_PNL_2K_2766218_f
Thailand_GOT_100_baht_2015.00.00_B190a_PNL_2K_2766218_r

Thailand_GOT_500_baht_2015.00.00_B191a_PNL_8K_5959713_f
Thailand_GOT_500_baht_2015.00.00_B191a_PNL_8K_5959713_r

Thailand_GOT_1000_baht_2015.00.00_B192a_PNL_4K_3882529_f
Thailand_GOT_1000_baht_2015.00.00_B192a_PNL_4K_3882529_r

Courtesy of Lieu Siang Ping and Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).


Hong Kong Bank of China new 100-dollar commemorative note (BNP805) confirmed

From 28 September to 18 October 2017, Bank of China is taking orders for a new 100-dollar note to commemorate the bank’s 100th anniversary of its presence in Hong Kong. Although legal tender, the notes aren’t intended for circulation. 2,900,000 notes were offered as numismatic products packaged in a folder for HK$288. An additional 300,000 sets of three uncut notes in a folder for HK$988. Finally, 40,000 uncut sheets of 30 notes each offered for HK$13,888 each. Profits from the sale of the notes were donated to charitable organizations in Hong Kong.

Hong_Kong_BOC_100_dollars_2017.09.24_BNP805a_PNL_AA_149624_fHong_Kong_BOC_100_dollars_2017.09.24_BNP805a_PNL_AA_149624_r

Courtesy of Chaopiaobaike and Hang.

Thailand new signature 1,000-baht note (B185b) confirmed

Thailand_GOT_1000_baht_2015.08.21_B185b_P122_8B_4092496_fThailand_GOT_1000_baht_2015.08.21_B185b_P122_8B_4092496_r
B185b: Like B185a, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Philippines new date (2017) 500-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_500_pesos_2017.00.00_P210_C_654321_fPhilippines_BSP_500_pesos_2017.00.00_P210_C_654321_r
Like P210, but with new date (2017). Prefix C.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2017) 1,000-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_1000_pesos_2017.00.00_P211_DT_000001_fPhilippines_BSP_1000_pesos_2017.00.00_P211_DT_000001_r
Like P211, but with new date (2017). Prefix DT.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Macau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Macau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 44-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banco Nacional Ultramarino (Overseas National Bank) from 1905 to present, and the Banco da China (Bank of China) from 1995 to present. Revised 18 August 2017.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Timor chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Timor cover
The Timor chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 18-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banco Nacional Ultramarino (Overseas National Bank) from 1910 to 1969. Published 4 August 2017.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Indonesia new date (2017) 50,000-rupiah note (B614b) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_50000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B614b_PNL_JAO_866948_f
Indonesia_BI_50000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B614b_PNL_JAO_866948_r
B614b: Like B614a, but new date (2017). Prefix JAO.

Courtesy of Juergen-Franer.

Indonesia new date (2017) 100,000-rupiah note (B615b) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_100000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B615b_PNL_SAD_350394_f
Indonesia_BI_100000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B615b_PNL_SAD_350394_r
B615b: Like B615a, but new date (2017). Prefix SAD.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Indonesia new date (2017) 10,000-rupiah note (B612b) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_10000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B612b_PNL_EBD_245056_f
Indonesia_BI_10000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B612b_PNL_EBD_245056_r
B612b: Like B612a, but new date (2017). Prefix EBD, NAM.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea) and Juergen-Franer.

Philippines new sig/date (2017F) 100-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_100_pesos_2017F.00.00_P222_AL_222222_f
Like P222, but new signature and new date (2017F). Prefix AL.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Vietnam new date (2017) 500,000-dong note (B348m) confirmed

Vietnam_SBV_500000_dong_2017.00.00_B348m_P124_LT_17000001_f
Vietnam_SBV_500000_dong_2017.00.00_B348m_P124_LT_17000001_r
Like B348l, but new date (2017).

Courtesy of Don Ludwig and Stane Štraus (www.polymernotes.org).


Indonesia new date (2017) 5,000-rupiah note (B611b) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_5000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B611b_PNL_YAB_369228_fIndonesia_BI_5000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B611b_PNL_YAB_369228_r
B611b: Like B611a, but new date (2017), barely visible at lower left back.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).


Indonesia new date (2017) 2,000-rupiah note (B610b) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_2000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B610b_PNL_WAL_914484_f
Indonesia_BI_2000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B610b_PNL_WAL_914484_r
B610b: Like B610a, but new date (2017), barely visible at lower left back.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).


Brunei and Singapore new 50-dollar commemorative polymer notes confirmed

According to a press release dated 5 July 2017, Brunei and Singapore have both issued new 50-dollar polymer notes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement. Brunei introduced one million notes, and Singapore introduced two million notes, all at face value. Banks in both countries offered sets of notes in complimentary folders. The commemorative notes were jointly designed by Abdul Ajihis Haji Terawih, Eng Siak Loy, and Weng Ziyan. A total of 50,000 sets of Brunei and Singapore notes bearing matching serial numbers and CIA prefixes were sold for S$300 (US$220) each beginning 12 July 2017. Uncut sheets of 3, 8, and 40 notes were also packaged for sale as numismatic products.

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Brunei_AMBD_50_dollars_2017.00.00_B304a_PNL_E-2_135320_r

Singapore_MAS_50_dollars_2017.00.00_B218a_PNL_50AC_168122_fSingapore_MAS_50_dollars_2017.00.00_B218a_PNL_50AC_168122_r

Courtesy of KK Lim (http://stores.ebay.com/COLLECTIBLES-ARENA).

Malaysia new signature 20-ringgit note (B152b) confirmed

Malaysia_BNM_20_ringgit_2017.00.00_B152b_P54_BV_6645103_f
Malaysia_BNM_20_ringgit_2017.00.00_B152b_P54_BV_6645103_r
B152b: Like B152a, but new signature. Prefix BV.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Sam Hong.

Indonesia new date (2017) 20,000-rupiah note (B613b) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_20000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B613b_PNL_CAJ_932261_fIndonesia_BI_20000_rupiah_2017.00.00_B613b_PNL_CAJ_932261_r
B613b: Like B613a, but new date (2017), barely visible at lower left back where windowed security thread ends.

Courtesy of Franer Juergen.

Malaysia new signature 1-ringgit note (B149c) confirmed

Malaysia_BNM_1_ringgit_2012.07.16_B149c_P51_KB_5425710_f
Malaysia_BNM_1_ringgit_2012.07.16_B149c_P51_KB_5425710_r
B149c: Like B149b, but new signature and text at lower right front filled solid, not filled with diagonal lines.

Courtesy of Tan Shi Chuan.

Myanmar reportedly to introduce 5,000- and 10,000-kyat notes with enhanced security

According to an article in Myanmar Business Today dated 13 June 2017, the Central Bank of Myanmar plans to introduce new 5,000- and 10,000-kyat notes like the current issues (B117 and B118, respectively), but with enhanced security features to combat counterfeiting. The new notes have new watermarks, serial numbers, and security threads. No word yet on the timing of the introduction.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2016) 50-dollar note confirmed

Hong_Kong_HSBC_50_dollars_2016.01.01_P213_FG_919902_fHong_Kong_HSBC_50_dollars_2016.01.01_P213_FG_919902_r
Like P213d, but new date (1 January 2016). Prefix FG.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.07.2015) 50-dollar note (B817e) confirmed

Hong_Kong_BOC_50_dollars_2015.07.01_B817e_P342_CY_194775_fHong_Kong_BOC_50_dollars_2015.07.01_B817e_P342_CY_194775_r
B817e: Like B817d, but new date (1 JULY 2015) and new signature. Prefix CY.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Malaysia new signature 5-ringgit note (B150b) confirmed

Malaysia_BNM_5_ringgit_2017.00.00_B150b_P52_BL_3991890_f
Malaysia_BNM_5_ringgit_2017.00.00_B150b_P52_BL_3991890_r
B150b: Like B150a, but new signature. Prefix BL.

Courtesy of Sam Hong and Alex Zlotin.

Indonesia new sig/date (2014/2015) 100,000-rupiah note (B608c) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_100000_rupiah_2015.00.00_B608c_P153_LEA_824627_fIndonesia_BI_100000_rupiah_2015.00.00_B608c_P153_LEA_824627_r
B608c: Like B608b, but new date (2015) and new signatures. Prefix LEA.

Courtesy of Franer Jüergen.

Vietnam new date (2016) 200,000-dong note (B347h) confirmed

Vietnam_SBV_200000_dong_2016.00.00_B347h_P123_KE_16111111_fVietnam_SBV_200000_dong_2016.00.00_B347h_P123_KE_16111111_r
Like B347g, but new date (2016). Prefix KE.

Courtesy of Don Ludwig and Stane Štraus (www.polymernotes.org).

Vietnam new date (2017) 10,000-dong note (B343j) confirmed

Vietnam_SBV_10000_dong_2017.00.00_B343j_P119_NC_17777777_fVietnam_SBV_10000_dong_2017.00.00_B343j_P119_NC_17777777_r
Like B343i, but new date (2017). Prefix NC.

Courtesy of Don Ludwig and Stane Štraus (www.polymernotes.org).

India new date (2017) 50-rupee note (B294c) confirmed

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India_RBI_50_rupees_2017.00.00_B294c_PNL_7BR_934901_r
B294c: Like B294b, but new date (2017).

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.


French Cochinchina chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Cochinchina cover
The French Cochinchina chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download to all.

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque de l’Indo-Chine (Bank of Indo-China) in 1875. Published 17 March 2017.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Philippines new sig/date (2017F) 1,000-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_1000_pesos_2017F.00.00_P211_AH_873829_f
Philippines_BSP_1000_pesos_2017F.00.00_P211_AH_873829_r
Like P211, but new date (2017F) and new signatures (Rodrigo Duterte and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.). Prefix AH.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new sig/date (2016) 200-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_200_pesos_2016.00.00_P209_A_222222_f
Like P209, but new date (2016) and new signature. Prefix A.

Courtesy of Jonathan See.

Philippines new date (2016) 500-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_500_pesos_2016.00.00_P210_A_888888_f
Like P210, but new date (2016). Prefix A.

Courtesy of Jonathan See.

Philippines new date (2016J) 100-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_100_pesos_2016J.00.00_PNL_A_888888_f
Like PNL, but new date (2016J). Prefix A.

Courtesy of Jonathan See.

Philippines new date (2016J) 20-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_20_pesos_2016J.00.00_P206_A_888888_f
Like P206, but new date (2016J). Prefix A.

Courtesy of Jonathan See.

Philippines new date (2016H) 20-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_20_pesos_2016F.00.00_P206H_C_888888_f
Like P206, but new date (2016H). Prefix C.

Courtesy of Jonathan See.

Philippines new sig/date (2017) 50-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_50_pesos_2017.00.00_P207_A_888888_f
Like P207, but new date (2017) and new signature. Prefix A.

Courtesy of Jonathan See.

Indonesia new date (2015) 100,000-rupiah note (B608b) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_100000_rupiah_2015.00.00_B608b_PNL_f
B608b: Like B608a, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Franer Jürgen.

Indonesia new signature 5,000-rupiah note (B599r) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_5000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B599r_P142_MLY_981123_f
Indonesia_BI_5000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B599r_P142_MLY_981123_r
B599r: Like B599q, but new signature (unknown). Prefix MLY.

It appears that there may be watermark varieties for this denomination. Differences have been reported for 2014 - 2016 dated notes.

Courtesy of Andrew Sidelnikov.


Hong Kong new date (01.01.2016) 100-dollar note confirmed

Hong_Kong_HSBC_100_dollars_2016.01.01_P214_NR_099550_fHong_Kong_HSBC_100_dollars_2016.01.01_P214_NR_099550_r
Like P214, but new date (1 January 2016). Prefix NR.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2016) 1,000-dollar note confirmed

Hong_Kong_HSBC_1000_dollars_2016.01.01_P216_FN_179571_fHong_Kong_HSBC_1000_dollars_2016.01.01_P216_FN_179571_r
Like P216, but new date (1 January 2016). Prefix FN.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2016) 20-dollar note (B418e) confirmed

Hong_Kong_SCB_20_dollars_2016.01.01_B418e_P297_FA_682487_fHong_Kong_SCB_20_dollars_2016.01.01_B418e_P297_FA_682487_r
B418e: Like B418d, but new date (1 January 2016). Prefix FA.

Courtesy of Igor Tereshkov.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2016) 50-dollar note (B419e) confirmed

Hong_Kong_SCB_50_dollars_2016.01.01_B419e_P298_CE_083054_fHong_Kong_SCB_50_dollars_2016.01.01_B419e_P298_CE_083054_r
B419e: Like B419d, but new date (1 January 2016). Prefix TW.

Courtesy of Igor Tereshkov.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2016) 20-dollar note confirmed

Hong_Kong_HSBC_20_dollars_2016.01.01_P212_TW_290271_f
Hong_Kong_HSBC_20_dollars_2016.01.01_P212_TW_290271_r
Like P212, but new date (1 January 2016). Prefix TW.

Courtesy of Igor Tereshkov.

Philippines new sig/date (2016A) 100-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_100_pesos_2016A.00.00_PNL_DE_599158_f
Philippines_BSP_100_pesos_2016A.00.00_PNL_DE_599158_r
Like P208, but new date (2016A) and new signatures (Rodrigo Duterte and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.). Prefix DE.

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan ().


Singapore new symbol (one star) 100-dollar note (B206h) confirmed

Singapore_MAS_100_dollars_2009.00.00_B206h_P50_3AA_337881_f
Singapore_MAS_100_dollars_2009.00.00_B206h_P50_3AA_337881_r
B206h: Like B206g, but one star below YOUTH on back. Prefix 3AA.

Courtesy of Thomas Oon.

Malaysia new signature 50-ringgit note (B148b) confirmed

Malaysia_BNM_50_ringgit_2009.07.15_B148b_PNL_LS_0715773_f
Malaysia_BNM_50_ringgit_2009.07.15_B148b_PNL_LS_0715773_r
B148b: Like B148a, but new signature. Prefix LS.

Courtesy of Gerhard Hoeck.

Indonesia new sig/date (2016) 1,000-rupiah note (B597n) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_1000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B597n_P141_XPU_137505_f
Indonesia_BI_1000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B597n_P141_XPU_137505_r
B597n: Like B597m, but new signatures and new date (2016). Prefix XPU.

Courtesy of Franer Jürgen.

Indonesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Indonesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 58-page catalog covers notes issued by the Indonesian National Bank from 1945 to 1949, the Nederlansche Indische Civil Administrative in 1947, the Republik Indonesia Serikat in 1950, the Republik Indonesia from 1951 to 1961, and the Bank Indonesia from 1952 to present. Revised 3 February 2017.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
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Indonesia new signature 10,000-rupiah note (B604i) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_10000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B604i_P150_LPZ_111111_f
Indonesia_BI_10000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B604i_P150_LPZ_111111_r
B604i: Like B604h, but new signatures. Prefix LPZ.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Indonesia new signature 20,000-rupiah note (B605g) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_20000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B605g_P151_LKZ_027386_f
Indonesia_BI_20000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B605g_P151_LKZ_027386_r
B605g: Like B605f, but new signatures. Prefix LKZ.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.


Vietnam new date (2016) 50,000-dong note (B345i) confirmed

Vietnam_SBV_50000_dong_2016.00.00_B345i_P121_MZ_16028200_fVietnam_SBV_50000_dong_2016.00.00_B345i_P121_MZ_16028200_r
Like B345h, but new date (2016). Prefix MZ.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Vietnam new date (2016) 100,000-dong note (B346j) confirmed

Vietnam_SBV_100000_dong_2016.00.00_B346j_P122_LF_16181928_fVietnam_SBV_100000_dong_2016.00.00_B346j_P122_LF_16181928_r
Like B346i, but new date (2016). Prefix LJ.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Singapore new symbol (two stars) 2-dollar note (B208i) confirmed

Singapore_MAS_2_dollars_2006.01.12_B208i_P46_6CA_689816_f
Singapore_MAS_2_dollars_2006.01.12_B208i_P46_6CA_689816_r
B208i: Like B208h, but with two stars below EDUCATION on back. Prefix 6AA, 6CA.

Courtesy of KK Lim ().

Singapore new symbol (two stars) 50-dollar note (B205i) confirmed

Singapore_MAS_50_dollars_2004.08.00_B205i_P49_5GE_588700_fSingapore_MAS_50_dollars_2004.08.00_B205i_P49_5GE_588700_r
B205i: Like B205h, but with two stars below ARTS on back. Prefix 5GE.

Courtesy of KK Lim ().

Singapore new symbol (two hollow stars) 2-dollar note (B208j) confirmed

Singapore_MAS_2_dollars_2006.01.12_B208j_P46_6RG_726657_fSingapore_MAS_2_dollars_2006.01.12_B208j_P46_6RG_726657_r
B208j: Like B208h, but with two hollow stars below EDUCATION on back. Prefix 6RG.

Courtesy of KK Lim ().

Singapore new symbol (solid star) 2-dollar note (B208h) confirmed

Singapore_MAS_2_dollars_2006.01.12_B208g_P46_6AF_231793_fSingapore_MAS_2_dollars_2006.01.12_B208g_P46_6AF_231793_r
B208h: Like B208g, but with one solid star below EDUCATION on back. Prefix 6AF.

Courtesy of KK Lim ().

Singapore new symbol (solid houses) 10-dollar note (B210j) confirmed

Singapore_MAS_10_dollars_2008.02.01_B210j_P48_5FZ_516531_f
Singapore_MAS_10_dollars_2008.02.01_B210j_P48_5FZ_516531_r
B210j: Like B210i, but with two solid houses below SPORTS on back. Prefix 5FZ.

Courtesy of KK Lim ().

Indonesia new signature 50,000-rupiah note (B606g) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_50000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B606g_P152_VCN_736273_fIndonesia_BI_50000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B606g_P152_VCN_736273_r
B606g: Like B606f, but new signature. Prefix VCN.

Courtesy of Martin Burger.

Indonesia denies rumors of hammer and sickle on new banknotes

According to an article on Tempo.co dated 10 January 2017, Bank Indonesia Governor Agus D.W. Martowadojo assured the public that the image at left front is the bank logo as registration device, not a Soviet hammer and sickle as rumored.

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Singapore new symbol (solid house) 1,000-dollar note (B207h) confirmed

Singapore_MAS_1000_dollars_2009.00.00_B207h_P51_5AA_620803_f
Singapore_MAS_1000_dollars_2009.00.00_B207h_P51_5AA_620803_r
B207h: Like B207g, but with one solid house below GOVERNMENT on back. Prefix 5AA.

Courtesy of Teddy Wahidin.

Philippines new sig/date (2016A) 500-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_500_pesos_2016A.00.00_P210_4904707_f
Philippines_BSP_500_pesos_2016A.00.00_P210_4904707_r
Like P210, but new date (2016A) and new signature (Rodrigo Duterte and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.).

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan ().

Philippines new sig/date (2016) 20-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_20_pesos_2016.00.00_P206_SN_000901_fPhilippines_BSP_20_pesos_2016.00.00_P206_SN_000901_r
Like P206, but new date (2016) and new signature (Rodrigo Duterte and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.). Prefix SN.

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan ().

Philippines new sig/date (2016A) 1,000-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_1000_pesos_2016A.00.00_P211_R_888899_f
Like P211, but new date (2016A) and new signature (Rodrigo Duterte and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.). Prefix R.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2016A) 1,000-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_1000_pesos_2016A.00.00_P211_B_964270_f
Like P211, but new date (2016A). Prefix B.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

South Korea to introduce Winter Olympics commemorative note in 2017

According to an article on KOREA.net dated 20 December 2016, in 2017 the Bank of Korea plans to introduce 2.8 million new 2,000-won notes to commemorate the Winter Olympic Games to be held 9-25 February 2018 in PyeongChang. The front features athletes from seven winter sports events (biathlon, ice hockey, curling, speed skating, ski jumping, luge, and bobsled), whereas the back features a tiger and a pine tree from by Joseon-era artist Kim Hong-do’s painting, Songhamaenghodo.

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Courtesy of Jeonghyun Park and Craig Eustace.

Indonesia new banknote family confirmed

On 19 December 2016, Bank Indonesia introduced seven new banknotes with enhanced security features and new designs of national heroes, traditional dances, and natural sites.

The new notes are the Rp 100,000, Rp 50,000, Rp 20,000, Rp 10,000, Rp 5,000 and Rp 2,000 and Rp 1,000.

All previously issued banknotes remain valid.

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Indonesia_BI_2000_rupiah_2016.00.00_fIndonesia_BI_2000_rupiah_2016.00.00_rIndonesia_BI_5000_rupiah_2016.00.00_fIndonesia_BI_5000_rupiah_2016.00.00_rIndonesia_BI_10000_rupiah_2016.00.00_fIndonesia_BI_10000_rupiah_2016.00.00_rIndonesia_BI_20000_rupiah_2016.00.00_fIndonesia_BI_20000_rupiah_2016.00.00_r
Indonesia_BI_50000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B614a_PNL_CAJ_929479_fIndonesia_BI_50000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B614a_PNL_CAJ_929479_rIndonesia_BI_100000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B615a_PNL_XAU_009603_fIndonesia_BI_100000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B615a_PNL_XAU_009603_r

Courtesy of Teddy Wahidin.

Indonesia new notes reported for introduction 19.12.2016

According to an article in JakartaGlobe, on 19 December 2016, Bank Indonesia plans to introduce new banknotes denominated in 1000, 2000, 10000, 20000, and 50000 rupiah with new portraits and enhanced security features, such as color-shifting metallic foil security patches, latent images of BI logo, and tactile patterns.

China chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The China chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 33-page catalog covers notes issued by the 中國人?'銀行 / Zhongguo Renmin Yinhang (People's Bank of China) from 1948 to present. Published 9 December 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Philippines new date (2016F) 100-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_100_pesos_2016F.00.00_P208_CY_888888_f
Like P208, but new date (2016F). Prefix CY.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2016G) 20-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_20_pesos_2016G.00.00_P206_M_000001_f
Like P206, but new date (2016G). Prefix M.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2016G) 50-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_50_pesos_2016G.00.00_P207_GA_000001_f
Like P207, but new date (2016G). Prefix GA.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2016H) 100-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_100_pesos_2016H.00.00_PNL_C_502518_f
Like P208/PNL, but new date (2016H). Prefix C.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2015) 20-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_20_pesos_2015.00.00_P206_ER_1000000_f
Like P206, but new date (2015). Prefix ER.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2015A) 20-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_20_pesos_2015A.00.00_P206_ER_999999_f
Like P206, but new date (2015A). Prefix ER, MG.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2016G) 1,000-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_1000_pesos_2016G.00.00_P211_BU_650144_f
Like P211, but new date (2016 G). Prefix BU.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2016A) 100-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_100_pesos_2016A.00.00_PNL_AU_222222_f
Like P208/PNL, but new date (2016A). Prefix AU.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2016F) 20-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_20_pesos_2016F.00.00_P206_CG_222222_f
Like P206, but new date (2016F). Prefix CG.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2016 and 2016H) 50-peso notes confirmed

Philippines_BSP_50_pesos_2016.00.00_P207_DU_1000000_f
Philippines_BSP_50_pesos_2016H.00.00_P207_AZ_111111_f
Like P207, but new dates (2016 and 2016H).

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan ().

Hong Kong Bank of China new sig/date (01.07.2015) 100-dollar note (B818e) confirmed

Hong_Kong_BOC_100_dollars_2015.07.01_B818e_P343_KQ_174691_f
B818e: Like B818d, but new date and new signature. Prefix KQ.

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Thailand new 100-baht commemorative reported for 25.10.2016 introduction

According to an article on Pattay Mail dated 21 October 2016, the Bank of Thailand will introduce a new 100-baht note to commemorate the late king's seventh cycle birthday on 25 October. The notes will be packaged with a pamphlet and sold for 200 baht each.

Thailand to continue using notes depicting late king

According to a press release dated 19 October 2016, the Bank of Thailand has announced that the current banknotes (B181 - B185) will continue to be used indefinitely despite the death of Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) on 13 October 2016, whose portrait appears on the front of all denominations.

British North Borneo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

British North Borneo cover
The British North Borneo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 7-page catalog covers notes issued by the British North Borneo Company from 1886 to 1942. Published 14 October 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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Malaysia new signature 50-ringitt note (B148b) reported

According to a press release dated 28 September 2016, Bank Negara Malaysia will introduce 50-ringgit notes (B148b) with the signature of Datuk Muhammd Ibrahim, who was appointed as the new governor for five years, effective from 1 May 2016, following the retirement of the previous governor, Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akthar Aziz.

Malaysia_BNM_50_ringgit_2016.09.29_B148b_PNL_f

Philippines new date (2016) 100-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_100_pesos_2016.00.00_PNL_JM_1000000_f
Like P208, but new date (2016).

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan ().


Philippines new date (2016) 1,000-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_1000_pesos_2016.00.00_P211_Z_888888_f
Like P211, but new date (2016).

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan ().


Indonesia new family of banknotes announced

Following the issuance of Presidential Decree No. 31 of 5 September 2016, Bank Indonesia plans to introduce seven new banknote designs featuring national heroes:

  • 1,000 rupiah: Tjut Meutiah
    • 2,000 rupiah: M. H. Thamrin
    • 5,000 rupiah: K. H. Idham
    • 10,000 rupiah: Frans Kaisiepo
    • 20,000 rupiah: Gerungan Saul Samuel Jacob Ratulangi
    • 50,000 rupiah: Juanda Kartawidjaja
    • 100,000 rupiah: Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta

The press release is unclear if the notes will be issued in 2016, or if the design phase will begin this year. It typically takes many years to develop a new family of notes from conception to introduction into circulation.


Thailand new signature 20-baht note (B181c) confirmed

Thailand_GOT_20_baht_2013.04.01_B181c_P124_7G_5879315_f
Thailand_GOT_20_baht_2013.04.01_B181c_P124_7G_5879315_r
B181c: Like B181b, but new signature. Prefix 7G.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Macau BNU new date (11.11.2013) 20-pataca note confirmed

Macau_BNU_20_patacas_2013.11.11_P81_BU_806439_f
Macau_BNU_20_patacas_2013.11.11_P81_BU_806439_r
20 patacas, 11 DE NOVEMBRO DE 2013. Like P81, but new date. Prefix BU.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.


Thailand new signature 100-baht note (B183c) confirmed

Thailand_GOT_100_baht_2016.00.00_B183c_P127_3A_0091698_fThailand_GOT_100_baht_2016.00.00_B183c_P127_3A_0091698_r
B183c: Like B183b, but with new signature. Prefix 3A.

Courtesy of Martin Burger.

Thailand new 500-baht commemorative note (B187) confirmed

According to a press release dated 2 August 2016, on 11 August 2016 the Bank of Thailand intends to introduce a new 500-baht note that commemorates the queen’s seventh cycle birthday celebration. A total of 20 million notes were printed.

Thailand_GOT_500_baht_2015.00.00_B187a_PNL_8Q_1108293_f
Thailand_GOT_500_baht_2015.00.00_B187a_PNL_8Q_1108293_r
B187 (PNL): 500 บาท (baht) (US$17)
Purple. Front: Royal Garuda emblem; Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) wearing in the Royal House of Chakri gown. Back: Royal Garuda emblem; royal family; standing Queen Sirikit examining Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center products; seated Queen Sirikit wearing Thai Boromphiman costume; Khon performance; Lygodium products; Queen Sirikit Cattleya and Queen Sirikit Rose flowers. Holographic stripe. 4-mm wide green-to-gold RollingStar Cube windowed security thread with demetalized 500 บาท. Watermark: Rama IX and electrotype ๕๐๐. Printer: (NPW). 150 x 72 mm.
a. No date. Signature 87. Intro: 11.08.2016.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Sanjay Basu (numis-asia.blogspot.com).

Singapore new symbol (one diamond) 100-dollar note (B206f) confirmed

Singapore_MAS_100_dollars_2009.00.00_B206F_P50_2AG_013165_f
Singapore_MAS_100_dollars_2009.00.00_B206F_P50_2AG_013165_r
B206f: Like B206e, but one diamond below YOUTH on back. Intro: August 2016.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie (www.tanwj.com).

Mongolia new sig/date (2014) 5-tögrög note (B429b) confirmed

Mongolia_MB_5_togrog_2014.00.00_B429b_P61B_AE_9981899_f
Mongolia_MB_5_togrog_2014.00.00_B429b_P61B_AE_9981899_r
Like B429a, but new date (2014) and new signature. Prefix AE. Replacement notes: Prefix XX.

Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya (eBay store).

Mongolia new sig/date (2014) 1-tögrög note (B428b) confirmed

Mongolia_MB_1_togrog_2014.00.00_B428b_P61A_AE_9884889_f
Mongolia_MB_1_togrog_2014.00.00_B428b_P61A_AE_9884889_r
Like B428a, but new date (2014), and new signature. Prefix AE.

Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya (eBay store).

Taiwan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Taiwan cover
The Taiwan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 36-page catalog covers notes issued by the Tainan Provincial Office in 1895, the Government Silver Note Office in 1895, The Bank of Taiwan from 1899 to 1999, and the Central Bank from 1999 to present. Published 5 August 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Thailand chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Thailand cover
The Thailand chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 51-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of Thailand from 1940 to present. Published 29 July 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Bangladesh new date (2016) 1,000-taka note (B354f) confirmed

B354f: Like B354e, but new date (2016).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.


Indonesia new date (2016) 50,000-rupiah note (B606f) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_50000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B606f_P152_MAD_950965_f
Indonesia_BI_50000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B606f_P152_MAD_950965_r
B606f: Like B606e, but new date (2016 / 2005). Prefix MAD.

Courtesy of Wahidin Teddy.

Indonesia new date (2016) 10,000-rupiah note (B604h) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_10000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B604h_P150_XUE_855582_f
Indonesia_BI_10000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B604h_P150_XUE_855582_r
B604h: Like B604g, but new date (2016 / 2005). Prefix XUE.

Courtesy of Wahidin Teddy.

Indonesia new date (2016) 20,000-rupiah note (B605f) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_20000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B605f_P151_YJA_700701_f
Indonesia_BI_20000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B605f_P151_YJA_700701_r
B605f: Like B605e, but new date (2016 / 2004). Prefix YJA.

Courtesy of Wahidin Teddy.

Indonesia new sig/date (2016) 100,000-rupiah note (B608b) confirmed

Indonesia_BI_100000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B608b_PNL_OEF_792187_f
Indonesia_BI_100000_rupiah_2016.00.00_B608b_PNL_OEF_792187_r
B608b: Like B608a, but new date (2014/2016) and new signature (unknown). Prefix OEF.

Courtesy of Wahidin Teddy.

Philippines new date (2014) 200-peso note confirmed

Philippines_BSP_200_pesos_2014.00.00_P209_AK_612967_f
Philippines_BSP_200_pesos_2014.00.00_P209_AK_612967_r
Like P209, but new date (2014). Prefix AK.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Thailand new signature 100-baht note confirmed

Thailand_BOT_100_baht_2015.02.26_B234b_PNL_7C_0504301_f
Thailand_BOT_100_baht_2015.02.26_B234b_PNL_7C_0504301_r
Like unlisted note issued 26.02.2015, but new signature. Prefix 7C.

Courtesy of Frank Schirmer (Changnoi's Thai Banknotes).

Hong Kong Bank of China commemorative reported for September intro

According to an article in The Standard dated 7 June 2016, the Bank of China (Hong Kong) has received approval to issue a note in September to commemorate the bank’s 100th anniversary in Hong Kong.

Thailand new 70-baht commemorative note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 30 May 2016, on 9 June 2016, the Bank of Thailand will introduce a 70-baht note to commemorate the 70th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne. 20 million notes are being sold with a leaflet as numismatic products for 100 baht. With a vertical orientation, the note measures 89 x 162 mm. The front of the banknote depicts King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the uniform of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the Royal House of Chakra gown with the Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri, and the Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao breast chain. The back of the note depicts the King in full regalia holding the Sword of Victory, standing in front of the Phuttan Kanchanasinghat Throne inside the Paisan Taksin Hall.

Courtesy of Frank Schirmer and Thomas Augustsson.

South Korea 2018 Winter Olympics commemorative note reported

According to an article on Yonhap News Agency dated 29 May 2016, the Bank of Korea plans to issue the country's first legal tender commemorative banknote for the Winter Olympics set to take place in PyeongChang 9 - 25 February 2018. The Bank of Korea also plans to start selling sets of commemorative coins in November, composed of two gold, eight silver and one bronze.

Hong Kong Standard Chartered Bank new date (01.01.2014) 1,000-dollar note (B423d) confirmed

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B422d: Like B422c, but new date (1st JANUARY 2014). Prefix BN.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Hong Kong Standard Chartered Bank new date (01.01.2014) 500-dollar note (B421d) confirmed

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B421d: Like B421c, but new date (1st JANUARY 2014). Prefix BT.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Korea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Korea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 19-page catalog covers notes issued by the Treasury Department in 1893, the First National Bank from 1902 to 1909, the Bank of Korea from 1910 to 1911, the Bank of Chosen from 1914 to 1947, and the Red Army Headquarters from 1945 to 1946. Published 13 May 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Macau new 10-pataca commemorative notes (B187, B188) confirmed

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B187 (PNL): 10 patacas (US$1.25)
Red, orange, and green. Front: Flower and monkey; Chinese zodiac; 10 in SPARK; Chinese lantern. Back: Banco Nacional Ultramarino headquarters building; children with fireworks outside the Templo de A-Má (temple of A-Ma) building; flower and monkey. 4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized 10. Watermark: Lotus flower and electrotype 10. Printer: (HKNPL). 138 x 69 mm.
a. 1 DE JANEIRO DE 2016. Intro: 09.05.2016.

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B188 (PNL): 10 patacas (US$1.25)
Red, orange, and green. Front: Flower and rooster; Chinese zodiac; 10 in SPARK; Chinese lantern. Back: Banco Nacional Ultramarino headquarters building; children with fireworks outside the Templo de A-Má (temple of A-Ma) building; flower and rooster. 4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized 10. Watermark: Lotus flower and electrotype 10. Printer: (HKNPL). 138 x 69 mm.
a. 1 DE JANEIRO DE 2017. Intro: 09.05.2016.

Courtesy of .


Macau new 10-pataca commemorative notes (B223, B224) confirmed

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B223 (PNL): 10 patacas (US$1.25)
Red, orange, and green. Front: Flower and monkey; Chinese zodiac; bank logo; 10 in SPARK; Chinese lantern. Back: Banco da China headquarters building in Macau; children with fireworks outside the Templo de A-Má (temple of A-Ma) building; flower and monkey. 4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized 10. Watermark: Lotus flower and electrotype 10. Printer: (HKNPL). 138 x 69 mm.
a. 01.01.2016 in Chinese. Signature 4. Intro: 09.05.2016.

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B224 (PNL): 10 patacas (US$1.25)
Red, orange, and green. Front: Flower and rooster; Chinese zodiac; bank logo; 10 in SPARK; Chinese lantern. Back: Banco da China headquarters building in Macau; children with fireworks outside the Templo de A-Má (temple of A-Ma) building; flower and rooster. 4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized 10. Watermark: Lotus flower and electrotype 10. Printer: (HKNPL). 138 x 69 mm.
a. 01.01.2017 in Chinese. Signature 4. Intro: 09.05.2016.

Courtesy of .


Indonensia new date (2011) 50,000-rupiah note (B602g) confirmed

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B602g: Like B602f, but new date (2011/2005). Prefix DOK.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger (http://www.banknote.ws).

Malaysia central bank appoints new governor as of 01.05.2016

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According to a Bank Negara Malaysia press release dated 27 April 2016, deputy governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim has been appointed as the new governor for five years, effective from 1 May 2016, following the retirement of the current governor, Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akthar Aziz. Expect new signature varieties to follow.

Courtesy of Liew Siang Ping.

Indonesia new date (2016) 5,000-rupiah note (B599q) confirmed

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B599q: Like B599p, but new date (2016). Prefix NZW.

Courtesy of Olexandr Danishenko.

Indonesia new date (2016) 2,000-rupiah note (B598h) confirmed

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B598h: Like B598g, but new date (2016).

Courtesy of Olexandr Danishenko.

Vietnam to introduce 100-dong commemorative note (BNP302) on 06.05.2016

On 6 May 2016, the State Bank of Vietnam introduced this 100-đong note to commemorate the 65th anniversary of national banking in Vietnam. Not intended for circulation, individual notes were sold for VND20,000 each, or VND25,000 with a commemorative cover.

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BNP302 (PNL): 100 đồng (Red and yellow. Front: Coat of arms; Ho Chi Minh; 65 logo as SPARK patch. Back: State Bank of Vietnam headquarters building in Hanoi; Thanh Giong (Saint Giong), a mythical folk hero; patterns found on Ngoc Lu Bronze drum. Windowed Motion security thread. Watermark: Lotus flower and electrotype 65. Printer: Unknown. 163 x 83 mm.
a. 2016. Signature: SBV Governor Nguyen Van Binh. Intro: 06.05.2016.
All notes bear prefix NH for Ngân Hàng (bank).

Courtesy of Nick Chiu.

China to replace 1-yuan note with coin

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According to an article in ShanghaiDaily.com dated 19 March 2016, the People's Bank of China is replacing the 1-yuan banknote (P895) with a coin.

Vietnam new date (2016) 20,000-dong note (B344g) confirmed

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Like B344f, but new date (2016). Prefix ME.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).


Philippines new date (2015) 200-peso note confirmed

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Like P209, but new date (2015). Prefix AL.

Courtesy of Mark Fox.

Philippines new date (2013) 200-peso note confirmed

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Like P209, but new date (2013).

Courtesy of Mark Fox.

Brunei new date (2013) 100-dollar note (B202c) confirmed

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B202c: Like B202b, but new date (2013). Prefix D/19.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Japan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Japan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 48-page catalog covers notes issued by the Japanese Government from 1868 to 1948, the Great Japanese Imperial National Bank from 1873 to 1878, the Bank of Japan from 1885 to present, and the Allied Military from 1945 to 1957. Published 26 February 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Philippines new color 100-peso note introduced 01.02.2016

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According to a press release dated 29 January 2016, "The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is issuing 100-Piso banknotes with stronger mauve or violet color starting Monday, 01 February 2016, to make it more distinct from the 1000-Piso banknote. This is in response to suggestions from the public to make it easier to distinguish from the 1000-Piso banknote [P211].

Compared with the current color of the 100-Piso banknote in circulation [P208], the new 100-Piso banknote will have stronger mauve or violet color on the obverse and reverse sides. All the other features of the said banknote will remain the same.

The current 100-Piso banknotes can still be used for daily transactions for payment of goods and services and will commingle with the new 100-Piso banknotes with stronger mauve or violet color until supplies of the first version last. Henceforth, the BSP will be printing the 100-Piso with stronger mauve or violet color.

Only the old banknote series (New Design Series, NDS)[P193 - P197], launched in 1985, will no longer be acceptable in daily transactions for payment of goods and services and can only be exchanged for New Generation Currency (NGC) banknotes with authorized agent banks and the BSP until 31 December 2016."

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan ().

Thailand new signature 500-baht note confirmed

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500 baht, no date. Like unlisted 500-baht note introduced 12.05.2014, but new signatures (Minister of Finance, Apisak Tantivorawong; Governor of the Bank of Thailand, Veerathai Santiprabhob).

Courtesy of Frank Schirmer.

Singapore new symbol 10-dollar note (B210k) confirmed

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B210k: Like B210j, but with two hollow houses on back below SPORTS. Prefix 5QJ.

Courtesy of KK Lim ().

Manchukuo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Manchukuo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 9-page catalog covers notes issued by the Central Bank of Manchou from 1932 to 1945. Published 5 February 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Singapore new symbol (star) 2-dollar note (B208h) confirmed

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B208h: Like B208g, but one star on back below EDUCATION. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Bin Hao.

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.07.2015) 500-dollar note (B819e) confirmed

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B819e: Like B819d, but new date (1 JULY 2015) and new signature (Yue Yi). Prefix EK - EM.

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Bangladesh new date (2015) 50-taka note (B351e) confirmed

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B351e: Like B351d, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).



Bangladesh new date (2014) 500-taka note (B353d) confirmed

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B353d: Like B353c, but new date (2014).



Bangladesh new date (2015) 500-taka note (B353e) confirmed

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B353e: Like B353d, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).



Indonesia new date (2015) 20,000-rupiah note (B605e) confrimed

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B605e: Like B605d, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Hans-Dieter Müller.

Cambodia new date (2015) 2,000-rial note (B422b) reported

B422b: Like B422a, but បោះពុម្ពឆ្នាំ ២០១៥ (Printed 2015) at lower right on front. Watermark: Floral pattern.

Courtesy of Allan Lim.

Zimbabwe makes Chinese yuan legal tender after China cancels debts

According to an article in The Guardian dated 21 December 2015, "Zimbabwe has announced that it will make the Chinese yuan legal tender after Beijing confirmed it would cancel $40m in debts." Zimbabwe stopped using its own dollar currency in 2009 after years of hyperinflation, and replaced it with the US dollar and South African rand.

Courtesy of Mark Irwin.

Hong Kong HSBC new date (01.01.2014) 20-dollar note confirmed

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Like P212, but new date (1 January 2014) and new signature. Prefix ND.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.


Hong Kong HSBC new date (01.01.2014) 100-dollar note confirmed

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Like P214, but new date (1 January 2014) and new signature. Prefix JD.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.


Myanmar new 10,000-kyat note (B118) confirmed

According to an article on ZeeNews.com dated 1 July 2015, the Central Bank of Myanmar has introduced a new type of 10,000-kyat note with upgraded security features "to further enhance the note quality and prevent forgery." This note is like the preceding issues (B116), but with the denomination at lower right front expressed in Burmese numerals printed with SPARK, a new watermark, and a protective layer of vanish on both sides to extend the circulation life of the note.

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B118 (PNL): 10,000 kyats
Blue, red, purple, green, brown, and yellow. Front: Guilloche patterns; two elephants flanking laurel wreath with outline map of Myanmar. Back: Royal Palace of Mandalay with reflection on water. Magenta-to-gold windowed security thread with demetalized MYANMAR SPW. Watermark: Lotus blossom and electrotype 10000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WORKS (in microprint). 150 x 70 mm.
a. No date. Intro: 01.07.2015.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Brunei new date (2013) 1-dollar note (B301b) confirmed

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B301b: Like B301a, but new date (2013). Prefix D-24.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Hong Kong Standard Chartered Bank new date (01.01.2014) 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes (B418d, B419d, B420d) confirmed

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B418d: Like B418c, but new date (1 JANUARY 2014). Prefix DB.

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B419d: Like B419c, but new date (1 JANUARY 2014). Prefix BC.

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B420d: Like B420c, but new date (1 JANUARY 2014). Prefix BG.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Philippines new date (2014A) 100-peso note confirmed

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Like P208, but new date (2014A). Prefix ZZ.

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan (http://stores.ebay.com/goodluck4u888).

Philippines new date (2014C) 20-peso note confirmed

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Like P206, but new date (2014C). Prefix CG.

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan (http://stores.ebay.com/goodluck4u888).

Philippines new 100-peso note with revised color reported for 2016 introduction

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According to an article on Rappler.com dated 26 October 2015, Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. announced that by January 2016, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) would issue a new 100-peso banknote (existing P208, top) with a revised mauve color (middle) to easily distinguish it from the blue 1,000-peso note (P211, bottom).

Singapore new 10-dollar notes (B212b - B216b) confirmed with two diamonds on back

All five types of the new 10-dollar polymer commemorative note have been confirmed with either one or two diamonds below the unique wording at lower left back.

Thailand new signature 50-baht note confirmed

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PNL: Like PNL originally issued 18.01.2012, but new signatures. Prefix 1G.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Vietnam new date (2015) 500,000-dong note (B348k) confirmed

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Like B348j, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).


Singapore two-diamond 10-dollar notes (B213b/B214b) confirmed

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B213b: Like B213a, but with two diamonds below Opportunities for All on back. Prefix 5AC.

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B214b: Like B214a, but with two diamonds below Strong Families on back. Prefix 5BV.

Courtesy of Morten Brumoen.


Singapore new 10- and one 50-dollar commemorative notes (B212 - B217) confirmed

According to a press release dated 18 August 2015, the Monetary Authority of Singapore unveiled a set of six commemorative banknotes celebrating SG50, Singapore’s 50 years of nation-building. The notes comprise a $50 polymer note and five $10 polymer notes.

The note designs drew inspiration from significant milestones and achievements in Singapore’s history, the multiracialism that defines the nation, and the values and aspirations that underpin Singapore’s progress. The front of both the $50 and $10 notes feature the portrait of Mr Yusof Ishak, Singapore’s first President, as in the current Portrait series notes.

The five $10 notes have a common front design and varying back designs depicting the theme ‘Vibrant Nation, Endearing Home’. Each note reflects a value or aspiration that defines this theme:

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B212 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$7.70)
Red. Front: Coat of arms; lion head as registration device; gold lion head; brown 10; orchid flower; Yusof bin Ishak. Back: …regardless of race, language or religion…; orchid flower pattern underprint; eight boys and girls wearing tee shirts and shorts; lion head. Security thread shaped like Singapore island. Watermark (shadow image): Outline map of Singapore. Printer: Unknown. 141 x 69 mm. Polymer.
a. 2015. Signature 3. One diamond below regardless… on back. Prefix 5BG. Intro: 20.08.2015.

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B213 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$7.70)
Red. Front: Coat of arms; lion head as registration device; gold lion head; brown 10; orchid flower; Yusof bin Ishak. Back: Opportunities for All; orchid flower pattern underprint; soccer (football) coach and three players; construction worker with blueprint; dancer; scientist with beakers and test tubes; chef wearing toque stirring wok, boy in wheelchair and two seated girls; financial trader with keyboard and stock charts on monitors; teacher pointing to Singapore on globe; lion head. Security thread shaped like Singapore island. Watermark (shadow image): Outline map of Singapore. Printer: Unknown. 141 x 69 mm. Polymer.
a. 2015. Signature 3. One diamond below Opportunities… on back. Prefix 5BL. Intro: 20.08.2015.

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B214 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$7.70)
Red. Front: Coat of arms; lion head as registration device; gold lion head; brown 10; orchid flower; Yusof bin Ishak. Back: Strong Families; orchid flower pattern underprint; man reading book to child sitting in lap; man, woman, and child riding tandom bicycle with building cityscape in background; extended family seated with 50th Anniversary cake; man and woman fixing epaulettes on soldier’s uniform; lion head. Security thread shaped like Singapore island. Watermark (shadow image): Outline map of Singapore. Printer: Unknown. 141 x 69 mm. Polymer.
a. 2015. Signature 3. One diamond below Strong Families on back. Prefix 5BB. Intro: 20.08.2015.

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B215 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$7.70)
Red. Front: Coat of arms; lion head as registration device; gold lion head; brown 10; orchid flower; Yusof bin Ishak. Back: Safe and Secure; orchid flower pattern underprint; Citizens on Patrol consulting brochure with police officers; solider with binoculars; soldier with clenched hand over heart; woman carrying duffle bag; pilot in flight suit; firefighter with walkie talkie; five fighter jets; lion head. Security thread shaped like Singapore island. Watermark (shadow image): Outline map of Singapore. Printer: Unknown. 141 x 69 mm. Polymer.
a. 2015. Signature 3. One diamond below Safe and Secure on back. Prefix 5BF. Intro: 20.08.2015.

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B216 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$7.70)
Red. Front: Coat of arms; lion head as registration device; gold lion head; brown 10; orchid flower; Yusof bin Ishak. Back: Caring Community, Active Citizenry; orchid flower pattern underprint; two women and one man with shovel planting tree sapling; man and woman visiting elderly seated woman; two women with rollers and one man with brush painting walls and window trim; lion head. Security thread shaped like Singapore island. Watermark (shadow image): Outline map of Singapore. Printer: Unknown. 141 x 69 mm. Polymer.
a. 2015. Signature 3. One diamond below Caring Community on back. Prefix 5AX. Intro: 20.08.2015.

The $50 note highlights Singapore’s history, transformation and future. It shows Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister, shouting “Merdeka!” – the rallying cry of our independence struggle. The note makes distinctive use of the color gold, reflecting Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.

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B217 (PNL): 50 dollars (US$38)
Gold, green, and red. Front: Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister, shouting “Merdeka!” – the rallying cry of independence struggle; four children; coat of arms; Yusof bin Ishak. Back: Orchid flower pattern underprint; modern buildings, automobile bridge, and four kayaks in Punggol New Town; soldiers marching past reviewing stand and flag during First National Day Parade 1966. Watermark (shadow image): Unknown. Printer: Unknown. 156 x 74 mm. Polymer.
a. 2015. Signature 3. One star below First National Day Parade 1966 on back. Prefix 50BH. Intro: 20.08.2015.

Both the $50 and $10 notes have security features that are the first of their kind in the world to be used on a currency note. The security stripe on the $50 note has a unique see-through feature with “image movement effects” that create depth to the image of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The SG50 logo has “color-switching effects”, with the year flipping from ‘1965’ to ‘2015’. The $10 notes have a security stripe with a “switching effect” which features the Singapore Coat of Arms, SG50 logo and the years ‘1965’ and ‘2015’.

The SG50 commemorative notes were designed by four local artists and designers, namely Mr Chua Mia Tee, Mr Eng Siak Loy, Mr Weng Ziyan and Mr Fabian Lim.

The public can exchange the SG50 commemorative notes at face value at branches of nine major retail banks from 20 August 2015 onwards.

The public is advised not to rush to obtain the notes. There will be enough notes for Singaporeans. “There will be enough SG50 notes available for exchange. A total of 20 million pieces of the $50 notes and 75 million pieces of $10 notes - 15 million pieces of each design - are being printed. There is no need to rush.”, said Dr Andrew Khoo, Deputy Managing Director (Corporate Development).

Singaporeans will be given priority to exchange the notes from 20 August 2015 to 30 September 2015. During this period, Singaporeans have to present their National Registration Identification Card (NRIC) at the bank in person as proof of citizenship. From 1 October 2015 onwards, the SG50 notes will be made available to non-Singaporeans as well.

To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to exchange the SG50 commemorative notes, there will be a quota of five sets of notes (each set comprising a $50 note and five $10 notes) per transaction per individual. The public can choose to exchange any number or combination of notes subject to a maximum of five notes per design.

Members of the public can also obtain specially-designed folders to keep the commemorative notes. They can obtain one complimentary folder when they exchange for any of the commemorative currency notes. There is no minimum amount they need to exchange to obtain the folder. An additional folder will be given if two full sets of notes (each set comprising a $50 note and five $10 notes) or more are exchanged. The public can only obtain up to a maximum of two folders per transaction. The folders will be available at the banks on a first-come-first-served basis and while stocks last. The nine major retail banks have sponsored 2.8 million of these specially designed folders.

An exclusive collection of seven limited edition SG50 numismatic currency sets are available for sale. The numismatic sets are sold by Noel Gifts International Ltd (Noel Gifts). Details of the numismatic currency sets are at Annex 2. For enquiries, details on prices and orders, the public can contact Noel Gifts on 6299 1155 or place their order online at http://www.sgnumismatic.com. Sets that are oversubscribed will be subjected to balloting. Pre-orders must reach Noel Gifts by 11 September 2015 and will be available for collection by the public on 18 September 2015.

UPDATE: Apparently the name of president Yusof Ishak is misspelt "Yusok Ishak" in the folders carrying the notes and in an enclosed booklet. The notes themselves, however, feature the correct spelling. The Monetary Authority of Singapore says it will print stickers to cover the mistake with the correct spelling.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie and Thomas Augustsson.

Thailand new 1,000-baht note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 17 August 2015, on 21 August the Bank of Thailand introduced a new 1,000-baht note (series 16), "The design is to glorify His Majesty King Chulalongkorn for his incomparable contributions to the country."

The new banknote has been enhanced with security features to facilitate authentication by machine as well as the general public, including the visually impaired. The color and size of this new 1000-Baht remains unchanged; which is brown in color and 162 x 72 mm in size. Highlights of the security features are;

  1. Watermark: HM King’s portrait watermark and the translucent watermark “๑๐๐๐” can be clearly observed by viewing the note against the light.
    2 Color-shifting Ink with Latent Image: The color of Thai Ornament at the bottom left corner of the note will change from gold to green upon tilting, and the latent image of hidden numerals “1000” becomes visible.
    3 Iridescent Ink: Arabic numerals “1000” and Thai patterns are printed vertically with reddish iridescent ink.
    4 Hologram Foil Stripe: Reflective holographic foil on the right hand side of the note contains the Royal Emblem with Arabic numeral “1000” in center, switching to Thai numeral “๑๐๐๐” when tilting the note.
    5 Windowed Color-shifting Security Thread with Moving-Box Animation: The special security thread on the reverse side illustrates moving-box effect and changes from magenta to green upon tilting.
    6 Tactile Marks: seven horizon lines leading to the four tactile marks in the shape of flowers, representing the braille’s alphabet “T”, symbolizing Thousand (1000), can be identified by touch.

The new 1000-Baht banknote can be exchanged at every commercial bank across the country. The existing and the previous series of 1000-Baht banknote remain legal tender.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).



Philippines new date (2015) 50-peso note confirmed

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P207: Like P207, but new date (2015). Prefix GQ.

Courtesy of Tan goodluck4u888.

Indonesia new date (2015) 10,000-rupiah note (B604g) confirmed

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B604g: Like B604f, but new date (2015 / 2005).

Courtesy of Franer Jürgen.

Indonesia new date (2015) 5,000-rupiah note (B599p) confirmed

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B599p: Like B599o, but new date (2015 / 2005).

Courtesy of Franer Jürgen.

Hong Kong residents demand cash for Japanese WWII military yen

BBC News has an interesting article dated 14 August 2015 on the fight of some Hong Kong residents to cash in on WWII Japanese military yen.

Courtesy of Jim "Rubycored" Chen.

Bangladesh new s/n variety (2014) 10-taka note (B349d2) confirmed

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B349d2: Like B349d1, but new Western digits in lower left serial number. Curiously, based upon prefixes, it appears that on 10-taka notes the lower left serial number went from Bengali digits from 2012 to 2014, then Western, back to Bengali in 2015, and reverting to Western yet again in the same year.

Courtesy of Dr. Airin Salim (echo_2020).


Bangladesh new sig/date (2015) 2-taka note (B207d) confirmed

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B207d: Like B207c, but new date (2015) and new signature (Mahbub Ahmed, who replaced Fazle Kabir on 06.07.2014).

Courtesy of Dr. Airin Salim (echo_2020).


Singapore new one-star symbol 50-dollar note (B205h) confirmed

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B205h: Like B205g, but with one star below ARTS on back. Prefix 5AF.

Courtesy of KK Lim.

Thailand new signature 100-baht note confirmed

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Like P114, but new signatures. Prefix 9D.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Thailand new signature 20-baht note confirmed

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Like PNL, but new signatures. Prefix 2B.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Philippines new date (2014B) 20-peso note confirmed

20 pesos, 2014B. Like P206, but new date. Prefix P.

Courtesy of Константин Бохонок.

Philippines new date (2015) 100- and 1,000-peso notes confirmed

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100 pesos, 2015. Like P208, but new date. Prefix CZ.

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1,000 pesos, 2015. Like P210, but new date. Prefix YC.

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan.

Indonesia new date (2015) 2,000-rupiah note (B598g) confirmed

2,000 rupiah, 2015 / 2009. Like B598f, but new date.

Courtesy of Radoslaw Dlouhy.

Indonesia new date (2015) 50,000-rupiah note confirmed

50,000 rupiah, 2015/2005. Like BI B106, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn (http://www.facebook.com/myriakorea).

Hong Kong new 150-dollar commemorative numismatic product confirmed

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According to a post on its web site, HSBC announced a 150-dollar banknote to commemorate its 150th anniversary in Hong Kong. This numismatic product is available as a single note in a folder (HKD380), a 3-in-1 uncut set in folder (HKD1,380), and a 35-in-1 uncut set (HKD23,880). Sets may be ordered by anyone aged 18 or above with a valid Hong Kong Identity Card or passport (Hong Kong SAR or another country's) number, and a valid Hong Kong correspondence address and phone number. The deadline for applying to buy notes was 21 March 2015, and they were available for pick-up beginning 9 June 2015.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun, Terence Chan, Eric Lam, and Tristan Choa.

Myanmar enhanced security 10,000-kyat note reported for 01.07.2015

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According to several news articles, on 1 July 2015 the Central Bank of Myanmar will introduce a revised 10,000-kyat note which is like CBM B16, but with the denomination at lower right front expressed in Burmese numerals printed with SPARK, a new watermark, and a protective layer of vanish on both sides to extend the circulation life of the note.

North Korea new 5,000-won commemorative notes confirmed

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5,000 won, 2013. Like B357, but with overprint commemorating the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung.

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5,000 won, 2013. Like B357, but with overprint commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Teng Zhiming.

Hong Kong chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Hong Kong chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 43-page catalog covers notes issued by the Asiatic Banking Corporation, Bank of China, The Chartered Bank, Government of Hong Kong, Mercantile Bank of India, Mercantile Bank Limited, and Standard Chartered Bank. Revised 15 May 2015.

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  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Philipinnes senator assails similar colors of 100- and 1,000-peso notes

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According to an article on Rappler dated 14 May 2015, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has asked the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to explain why the 100- and 1,000-peso banknotes are almost identical to each other and state if there are plans to improve the situation. BSP Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo admitted the notes have similar colors, but said, “If we really use our eyes and read the inscription, and not just look at the color, it's easy to detect the difference between the P1,000 bill and the P100 bill."

Guinigundo said there are no plans to alter the design which were approved by the BSP Monetary Board and the president of the Philippines. However, Guinigundo said that BSP is trying to adjust the color of the bills “to make sure that blue is really blue and violet is more violet," hopefully improviing the contrast between the two.

Cambodia new 10,000-riel commemorative note confirmed

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NBC B30 (PNL): 10,000 រៀល (riels) (US$2.45)
Blue. Front: Naga, mythical snake; King Norodom Sihamoni. Back: Neak Pean (entwined serpents) archeological ruins of Buddhist temple on circular island in Preah Khan Baray, Angkor; stone statue of horse, Balaha. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized *NBC*. Watermark: Floral pattern. Printer: Unknown. 155 x 72 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 3. Intro: 07.05.2015.
This note commemorates the 62th birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby) and Allan Lim (https://www.facebook.com/currencyofcambodia).

Hong Kong announces plans for new banknote series in 2017-2018

According to a South China Morning Post article dated 6 May 2015, Hong Kong will incorporate new security features in newly designed banknotes to be introduced in the next two to three years.

Macau BNU new date (11.11.2013) 50-pataca note confirmed

50 patacas, 11 DE NOVEMBRO DE 2013. Like P81A, but new date. Prefix AJ.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Macau Banco da China new date (01.07.2013) 50-pataca note confirmed

50 patacas, 1 DE JULHO DE 2013. Like BDC B15a, but new date. Prefix AB.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Hong Kong Bank of China notes dated 01.01.2014 confirmed

All denominations (20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 dollars) have been confirmed dated 1 JANUARY 2014.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

South Korea's banknote printing firm secures Indonesia substrate contract

According to an article in The Korean Times dated 20 April 2015, the Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation (KOMSCO) is seeking customers outside of Korea to offset declines in production brought about by the introduction of a 50,000-won note (BOK B53) in 2009 and the public's increased usage of credit cards instead of cash. "KOMSCO signed a deal with the Indonesian government in February to supply 8 million 'security papers' with enhanced security functions for 880 million won over the next three years," said CEO Kim Hwa-dong. The article mentions that KOMSCO has produced banknotes for the Indonesian government in the past several years, but doesn't identify precisely which notes it printed. Curiously, all current notes in Indonesia (BI B104-B108) bear the imprint PERUM PERCETAKAN UANG RI IMP and make no mention of KOMSCO.

Mongolia new date (2014) 10- and 20-tögrög notes (B430d, B431d) confirmed

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Like B430c, but new date (2014). Prefix AK.

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Like B431c, but new date (2014). Prefix AJ.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Singapore new 50-dollar commemorative polymer note reported

According to an article in The Straits Times dated 14 April 2015, Singapore will issue a new commemorative 50-dollar polymer banknote featuring a transparent panel showing the late Lee Kuan Yew (the first Prime Minister of Singapore) with fist raised, leading the crowd with the rallying cry of "Merdeka!" which means "freedom" in Malay.

Courtesy of Stane Straus (www.polymernotes.org).

Thailand new 100-baht commemorative note confirmed

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PNL: 100 บาท (baht) (US$3.45)
Red, orange, brown, and green. Front: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX in the Royal House of Chakri gown. Back: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX walking with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn; flower; Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn; flowers. Holographic stripe. Gold-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized 100 บาท 100 BAHT. Watermark: King Rama IX and electrotype ๑๐๐. Printer: (NPW). 150 x 72 mm.

According to a press release dated 31 March 2015, this note commemorates "Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 5th Cycle Birthday Anniversary."

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Singapore new symbol (two stars) 1,000-dollar note confirmed

1,000 dollars, no date. Like MAS B7f, but with two stars below GOVERNMENT on back. Prefix 4AD.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Bin Hao.

Cambodia new date (2014) 1,000-riel note confirmed

1,000 រៀល (riels), បោះពុម្ពឆ្នាំ ២០១៤ (Printed 2014) at lower right on back. Like NBC B21, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Philippines new date (2014A) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 2014 A. Like P210, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Viet-Nam Coins & Papermoney catalog reprinted

Viet-Nam Coins & Papermoney
Massimiliano Valota has reprinted the second edition of Viet-Nam Coins & Papermoney, a 350-page catalog in English with color images, index of rarity, and cross-references to other catalogs for easy searching. The catalog covers the coins and notes of South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Vietnam Socialist, and military payment coupons.

This catalog received an Honorable Mention in 2013 by the International Bank Note Society "for significant contribution to the advancement of numismatic knowledge."

Cost is 30 euro each, excluding shipping.

Anyone interested in buying one of these catalogs can contact the author by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Massimiliano Valota (www.vietnampapermoneyandcoins.com).

India to resume printing 1-rupee notes in 2015

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According to an article in The Hindu BusinessLine dated 25 December 2014, in 2015 the government of India will resume printing 1-rupee banknotes after a 20-year hiatus. The new notes will carry the signature of the finance secretary, not the governor of the Reserve Bank of India, which appears on all other denominations. The new 1-rupee note will be pink and green.

Courtesy of Aidan Work and Mohamed Ibrahim.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2014) 20-dollar note confirmed

20 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2014. Like BOC B16, but new date. Prefix EF.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Thailand new 100-baht note confirmed

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PNL: 100 บาท (baht) (US$3.45)
Red, orange, brown, and green. Front: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX in the Royal House of Chakri gown. Back: Royal Garuda emblem; King Taksin the Great. Holographic stripe. Gold-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized 100 บาท 100 BAHT. Watermark: King Rama IX and electrotype ๑๐๐. Printer: (NPW). 150 x 72 mm.

According to a press release by the Bank of Thailand, a new 100-baht note was introduced 26 February 2015.

Courtesy of Sanjay Basu and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Vietnam new date (2015) 10,000-dong note confirmed

10,000 dong, (20)15. Like SBV B43, but new date. Prefix KG.

Courtesy of Evgeny Afanasov.

Philippines new date (2015) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 2015. Like P210, but new date. Prefix M.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Vietnam new date (2014) 20,000-, 50,000-, and 200,0000-dong notes confirmed

20,000 dong, (20)14. Like SBV B44e, but new date.
50,000 dong, (20)14. Like SBV B45g, but new date.
200,000 dong, (20)14. Like SBV B47f, but new date.

Courtesy of Evgeny Afanasov and Claudio Marana.

Hong Kong new date (2014) 10-dollar note confirmed

10 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2014. Like P401, but new date.

Courtesy of Terence Chan (Toyo Numismatic & Stamp Co).

Singapore new symbol 2-dollar note confirmed

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2 dollars, no date. Likbe MAS B8f, but with two diamonds below EDUCATION on back.

Courtesy of Bin Hao.

Singapore new sig/symbol 10-dollar note confirmed

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10 dollars, no date. Like MAS B10, but with hollow or solid house symbol on back, below SPORTS, and new signature (Tharman Shanmugaratnam).

Courtesy of Lim Kok Keng and Evgeny Afanasov.

Indonesia new date (2013) 100,000-rupiah confirmed

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100,000 rupiah, 2013. Like BI B107b, but new date. Prefix GKT. This denomination has previously been confirmed with the same date, but a new signature and later prefix KKN.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Cambodia new 500-riel note confirmed


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NBC B29 (PNL): 500 រៀល (riels) (US$0.10)
Pink and gray. Front: Naga, mythical snake; coat of arms; King Sihamoni. Back: Nak Loeung Bridge; car driving over Kizuna (Cambodia-Japan Friendship) bridge over Mekong river at Kampong Cham. No security thread. Watermark: Floral pattern. Printer: Unknown. 138 x 64 mm.
a. 2014. Signature 3. Intro: 14.01.2015.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Cambodia new 100-riel note confirmed

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NBC B28 (PNL): 100 រៀល (riels) (Orange and brown. Front: Naga, mythical snake; King Father as a young monk. Back: Silver Pagoda of Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. No security thread. Watermark: Floral pattern. Printer: Unknown. 138 x 64 mm.
a. 2014. Signature 3. Intro: 14.01.2015.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Cambodia new 100- and 500-riel notes reported

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According to a Khmer Times article dated 14 January 2015, the National Bank of Cambodia has reportedly issued new 100 រៀល (riels) and 500 រៀល (riels) notes.

The orange and brown 100-riel note depicts the King Father as a young monk on the front, the Silver Palace on the back, and a Khmer statue as the watermark. The pink and gray 500-riel note depicts King Sihamoni on the front, the Kizuna bridge on the back, and the Nak Loeung Bridge as the watermark. Both notes measure 138 x 64 mm.

Courtesy of Allan Lim, Mike, and Claudio Marana.

Vietnam new date (2014) 500,000-dong note confirmed

500,000 dong, (20)14. Like SBV B48i, but new date.

Courtesy of Mark Fox.

Philippines to demonetize old banknotes on 01.01.2017

According to a press release dated 29 December 2014, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas announced the start of the demonetization process on 1 January 2015 for the old "New Design Series" banknotes.

The public may continue to use the NDS banknotes up to 31 December 2015 in paying and buying of goods and services and other business or financial transactions requiring the use of cash. Thereafter, the NDS banknotes will no longer be accepted for payment transactions;

From 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016, the public may exchange with authorized financial institutions, namely universal and commercial banks, thrift banks, and rural as well as cooperative banks, their NDS banknotes with the New Generation Currency (NGC) Series at full face value, without charge (Annex 2). The public may also opt to exchange NDS banknotes with the BSP or any of its regional offices/branches around the Philippines (Annex 3);

Government institutions holding in trust NDS series which could not be exchanged during the prescribed period, such as banknotes used as evidence in a litigation case, will have to request the BSP Cash Department in writing, within the period of exchange, for a special exchange arrangement;

For Overseas Filipinos (OFs) abroad, who have in their possession NDS banknotes which could not be exchanged within the prescribed period, they may register online starting 1 October 2015 to 31 December 2015 through the BSP Website. These NDS banknotes may be exchanged with the BSP within one (1) year from date of registration; and

Starting 1 January 2017, NDS banknotes that have not been exchanged shall no longer have any monetary value, and are considered demonetized.

The demonetization of the NDS will result in the circulation of a single currency series in the country – the NGC Series. The NGC banknotes which were issued on 16 December 2010 use new and enhanced security features to protect the safety of the public against counterfeiters.



Mongolia new sig/date (2014) 100-tögrög note (B422c) confirmed

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Like B422b, but new signature and new date (2014). Prefix NZ (not replacement; initials of Mongol bank Governor Naidansuren Zoljargal).

Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya and Claudio Marana.

Mongolia new sig/date (2014) 10,000-tögrög note (B435b) confirmed

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Like B435a, but new signature and new date (2014). Prefix NZ (not replacement; initials of Mongol bank Governor Naidansuren Zoljargal).

Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya.

Philippines new date (2014B) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos, 2014B. Like P208, but new date. Prefix NL.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2013) 20-dollar note confirmed

20 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P212, but new date. Prefix KB.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Indonesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Indonesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 36-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank Indonesia from 1952 to present. Published 14 November 2014.

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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Philippines new date (2014A) 20-peso note confirmed

20 pesos, 2014A. Like P206, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Hong Kong Shanghai Banking new date (01.01.2013) 100-dollar note confirmed

100 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P214, but new date. Prefix GU.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Philippines new date (2014) 1,000-peso note confirmed

1,000 pesos, 2014. Like P211, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Bangladesh new date (2013) 100-taka note confirmed

100 taka, 2013. Like BB B52, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.


Bangladesh new date (2014) 10-taka note confirmed

10 taka, 2014. Like BB B49, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.


Myanmar new 5,000-kyat note confirmed

According to an article on China.org.cn dated 19 September 2014, the Central Bank of Myanmar will issue a 5,000-kyat banknote with a new design and improved security features on 1 October 2014. Existing 5,000-kyat notes (CBM B15) remain legal tender.

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CBM B17 (PNL): 5,000 kyats
Purple. Front: Elephant. Back: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) legislature buildings in Zeya Theddhi Ward of Naypyidaw. Color-changing windowed security thread with demetalized Spw MYANMAR CBm. Watermark: Elephant and electrotype 5000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI CBM. 150 x 70 mm.
a. No date. Prefix GN. Intro: 01.10.2014.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Macau new 2014/2015 10-pataca commemorative notes confirmed

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10 patacas, 1 DE JANEIRO DE 2014. Commemorates the Year of the Horse.

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10 patacas, 1 DE JANEIRO DE 2015. Commemorates the Year of the Goat.

Two years' worth of commemorative notes have been issued simultaneously because of pre-sales of fakes that occurred at the end of 2013.

Courtesy of Julien Martz.

Philippines new date (2014) 50-peso note confirmed

50 pesos, 2014. Like P207, but new date and year in purple lithograph instead of red intaglio.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Singapore new two-diamond 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, no date. Like MAS B5, but with two diamonds below ARTS on back.

Courtesy of Wei Jie.

North Korea new 5,000-won note (B357a) confirmed

According to an article in The Hindu Business Line dated 11 August 2014, the portrait of Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea, has been removed from the new 5,000-won note in favor of the birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae, with the back depicting the International Friendship Exhibition building in Myohyang-san.

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B357 (PNL): 5,000 (won)
Brown and pink. Front: Coat of arms; trees; houses (birthplace of Kim Il Sung) in Mangyongdae; five-pointed star within a star. Back: International Friendship Exhibition building in Myohyang-san. Solid security thread with printed text. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65 mm.
a. 2013. Intro: 2014.

Courtesy of Danny Verheij, Mark Irwin, Alex Klark, and Noteshobby.

Macau new sig/date (11.11.2013) 100-pataca note confirmed

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100 patacas, 11 DE NOVEMBRO DE 2013. Like P82, but new date and new signatures (Pedro Cardoso and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador). Prefix AV.

Courtesy of David Murcek (http://stores.ebay.com/The-Monetary-Unit) and Max Keller.

Indonesia new 100,000-rupiah note confirmed

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According to an article in The Jakarta Post dated 19 August 2014, Bank Indonesia officially released a new 100,000-rupiah note on 17 August. The new note is like the current note of the same denomination (Pick P153), but with BANK INDONESIA at lower left front replaced with NEGARA KESATUAN REPUBLIK INDONESIA (The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia) and is the first note to bear the signature of a finance minister (Menteri Keuangan). Previously, only top bank officials had their signatures printed on the notes.

Governor Agus Martowardojo also said that Bank Indonesia is moving forward with plans to redenominate the rupiah by slashing three zeroes from the currency.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and The Currency Exchange.

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 100,000-rupiah note confirmed

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100,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P153, but new date and new signatures (Agus D.W. Martowardojo and unknown).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 50,000-rupiah note confirmed

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50,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P152, but new date and new signatures (Agus D.W. Martowardojo and Halim Alamsyah).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 20,000-rupiah note confirmed

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20,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P151, but new date and new signatures (Agus D.W. Martowardojo and Ronald Waas).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Hong Kong (HSBC) new date (01.01.2014) 500-dollar note confirmed

500 dollars, 1 January 2014. Like P215, but new date. Prefix EB.

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Cambodia new date (2014) 500-riel note confirmed

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500 រៀល (riels). Like NBC B17, but with បោះពុម្ពឆ្នាំ ២០១៤ (Printed 2014) at lower right on back.

Courtesy of Allan Lim (www.artofangkor.com/ccc) and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 10,000-rupiah note confirmed

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10,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P150, but new date and new signatures (Agus D.W. Martowardojo and unknown).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Brunei new date (2013) 500-dollar note confirmed

500 dollars, 2013. Like BCMB B3a, but new date. Prefix D/3.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Hong Kong HSBC new date (01.01.2013) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P213, but new date. Prefix DN.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Bangladesh new date (2014) 50-taka note confirmed

50 taka, 2014. Like BB B51, but new date and Western digits in lower left serial number.

Courtesy of Syeed Bin Salam (Tuhin) and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

P.S. In revising the Bangladesh chapter of The Banknote Book to incorporate this new variety, I discovered that between the 18th and 20th editions of the SCWPM, Krause has renumbered its "2011 Issue" notes from Pick 52 onward, a maddening practice that I eschew. Also, it's clear that the descriptions of these notes come from The Banknote Book, albeit grossly truncated. Imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery.


Hong Kong (HKSB) new date (01.01.2013) 500-dollar note confirmed

500 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P215, but new date. Prefix DU.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Singapore urged to withdraw 10,000-dollar notes

As previously reported, the Monetary Authority of Singapore will no longer issue the 10,000-dollar banknote (BCCS B38) as of 1 October 2014, but it will remain legal tender. However, according to a Jakarta Post article dated 7 July 2014, the Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) has urged Singaporean authorities to withdraw all such notes rather than simply discontinue printing, to more effectively help Indonesia curb rampant corruption and money-laundering activities.

Japan revised 5,000-yen note confirmed

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According to an article on JapanToday dated 8 May 2014, on 12 May the Bank of Japan introduced a new 5,000-yen note like the existing notes (P105), but with high-tech anti-forgery features and enhanced convenience for visually impaired people. This note has a 1- or 2-letter prefix, brown serial numbers, and different shaped seal over hologram at lower right front.

Courtesy of Mark Irwin.

Singapore to withdraw 10,000-dollar note 01.10.2014

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According to an article on The Real Singapore dated 2 July 2014, the Monetary Authority of Singapore will no longer issue the 10,000-dollar banknote (BCCS B38) as of 1 October 2014, but it will remain legal tender. With a face value equal to US$8,000, this note is tied with the 10,000-dollar note (BCMB B5) from Brunei for the circulating note with the highest face value in the world. This high denomination note is being withdrawn to reduce the risk of money laundering. The move was announced as part of "Combating Financial Crime: International and National Efforts," a keynote address by Ong Chong Tee, deputy managing director (Financial Supervision), Monetary Authority of Singapore at the ABS Financial Crime Seminar on 2 July 2014.

Courtesy of Stane Štraus (Polymer Bank Notes of the World).

Indonesia new notes from new issuer reportedly set for 17.08.2014 introduction

According to an article on Tempo.co dated 19 June 2014, Indonesia plans to issue new banknotes on 17 August 2014, Independence Day. The new banknotes will have "Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia" (Republic of Indonesia) written on them, replacing the name of the current issuer, Bank Indonesia. The new banknotes will still have the same denominations as the current notes, will still have pictures of national figures, and are claimed to be harder to counterfeit.

Indonesia has been tinkering with the idea of changing its notes and revaluing its currency for years, with various plans in the past having failed to come to fruition. As such, it's probably wise not to put too much faith in this latest report.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2014) 20-peso note confirmed

20 pesos, 2014. Like P206, but new date.

Courtesy of Tristan Choa.

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 2,000-rupiah note confirmed

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2,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P148, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Indonesia new sig/date (2014) 5,000-rupiah note confirmed

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5,000 rupiah, 2014. Like P142, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Thailand new 500-baht note confirmed

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According to press release No. 16/2014, the Bank of Thailand issued a new 500-baht note on 12 May 2014. The note remains the same size (156 x 72) and color (purple) as the existing 500-baht note (P107), but incorporates several new security features:

  • Thai ornament in gold-to-green OVI
  • latent image of denomination
  • ๕๐๐ electrotype watermark
  • holographic foil stripe
  • gold-to-green RollingStar Cube windowed security thread
  • iridescent coating

Existing notes remain legal tender.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby) and Sanjay Basu.

Cambodia new 50,000-riel commemorative note confirmed

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NBC B27 (PNL): 50,000 riels (US$12)
Brown. Front: Naga, mythical snake; King Norodom Sihanouk. Back: Koh Ker ruins; sculpture of baby elephant. Solid security thread. Watermark: Lotus flower pattern. Printer: Unknown. 155 x 72 mm.
a. 2013. Signature 3. Intro: 06.05.2014.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby) and Allan J. Lim (Cambodian Currency Collection).

Indonesia new date (2013) 1,000-rupiah note confirmed

1,000 rupiah, 2013. Like P141, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Philippines new date (2014) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 2014. Like P210, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.


Singapore new symbol (one triangle) 5-dollar note confirmed

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5 dollars, no date. Like MAS B9, but one triangle on back. Intro: 2014.

Curiously, this note bears the prefix 4AQ, which falls after the 4AL prefix for a note previously confirmed with two triangles. Apparently the Monetary Authority of Singapore has broken with the symbol system used in the past.

Courtesy of Chris Twining of Page's Coins and Currency.

Philippines seeks to alter color of 100-peso note

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According to an article on ABS CBN News dated 24 April 2014, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has asked the president to allow the bank to alter the color of the purple 100-peso note (P208) because it is too easily confused with the blue 1,000-peso note (P211).

Philippines to demonetize old peso notes in 2015

According to a Philippines Information Agency report dated 14 April 2014, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has announced that the old series of peso notes will be demonetized in 2015, although an exact date has not yet been determined.

Malaysia new 1-ringgit variety confirmed

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1 ringgit, no date. Like B149, but text on front filled with diagonal lines.

The text on the front of early issues of the 1-ringgit note is filled solid (BNM B49a, top), but on later issues the text is filled with diagonal lines (B49b, bottom).

Courtesy of Sergey Vostrikov and Alexander Petrov.

Philippines new date (2014) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos, 2014. Like P208, but new date.

Courtesy of Leo Belmonte (LeoBelmonte3).

Burma chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Burma chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

Everyone who buys the Burma chapter will also receive the Myanmar chapter free (normally US$4.99).

This 25-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of India in 1937, the Reserve Bank of India from 1938 to 1939, the Japanese Government from 1942 to 1945, the Burma State Bank from 1944 to 1945, the Military Administration of Burma from 1943 to 1945, the Burma Currency Board in 1947, the Government of Burma from 1948 to 1950, the Union Bank of Burma from 1953 to 1958, the Peoples Bank of Burma in 1965, and the Union of Burma Bank from 1972 to 1987. Revised 9 June 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
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  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking new date (01.01.2012) 500-dollar note confirmed

500 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like P215, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

North Korea new 100th birthday commemorative notes (B348 - B356) confirmed

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North Korea has issued into circulation all denominations (5 to 5,000 won) with a 100th birthday overprint in the upper left corner. Other than the overprint, these notes are identical to the preceding issues (B339 - B347).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Singapore new symbol 100-dollar note confirmed

100 dollars, no date. Like MAS B6d, but two triangles below YOUTH on back.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause (http://www.polymernotes.de).

Singapore new signature/symbol 1,000-dollar note confirmed

1,000 dollars, no date. Like MAS B7e, but new signature (Tharman Shanmugaratnam) and one star below GOVERNMENT on back.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause (http://www.polymernotes.de).

Hong Kong Standard Bank new sig/date (01.01.2013) 50-dollar note confirmed

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50 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2013. Like P298, but new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2013) 10,000-rupiah note confirmed

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10,000 rupiah, 2013/2005. Like P150, but new date and signatures (Nasution/Sarwono).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn and David Murcek (http://www.themonetaryunit.com).

Hong Kong Bank of China new date (01.01.2013) 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes confirmed

20 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like BOC B16, but new date.

50 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like BOC B17, but new date.

100 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like BOC B18, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Vietnam new date (2013) 200,000-dong note confirmed

200,000 dong, (20)13. Like SBV B47, but new date.

Courtesy of Virosa.

Vietnam new date (2014) 10,000-dong note confirmed

10,000 dong, (20)14. Like SBV B43, but new date.

Courtesy of Indochine1931.

Hong Kong Standard Chartered new sig/date (01.01.2013) 100-dollar note confirmed

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100 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2013. Like P299, but new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Singapore new 10-dollar note variety confirmed

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10 dollars, no date. Like MAS B10, but with one star below SPORTS on back. Intro: January 2014.

Courtesy of Bin Hee Jum.

Philippines new 100-peso Iglesia ni Cristo commemorative confirmed

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100 pesos, 2013. Like P194, but with blue IGLESIA NI CRISTO CENTENNIAL 1914 2014 overprint.

This note commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Church of Christ.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Leo Belmonte III.

Macau Banco da China new date (01.07.2013) 10-, 20-, and 100-pataca notes confirmed

10 patacas, 1 DE JULHO DE 2013. Like BDC B13a, but new date. Prefix AB.

20 patacas, 1 DE JULHO DE 2013. Like BDC B14a, but new date. Prefix AE.

100 patacas, 1 DE JULHO DE 2013. Like BDC B16a, but new date. Prefix AE.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new 100-peso Shell commemorative confirmed

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100 pesos, 2013. Like P194, but with black Shell 100 TAON 1914 • 2014 overprint.

This note commemorates Shell's 100th anniversary in the Philippines.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Leo Belmonte III.

Vietnam chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Vietnam cover
The Vietnam chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 15-page catalog covers notes issued by the Ngân hàng Nhà nước Việt Nam (State Bank of Vietnam) from 1964 to present. Revised 23 May 2016.

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India notes without dates to be withdrawn 01.04.2014

According to a press release dated 22 January 2014, the Reserve Bank of India has announced that all banknotes issued prior to 2005 are to be withdrawn from circulation as of 1 April 2014. The affected notes are easily identified by their lack of a printed date at lower center on back (up to Pick 94). The notes remain legal tender, but after 1 July 2014, "to exchange more than 10 pieces of 500- or 1,000-rupee notes, non-customers will have to furnish proof of identity and residence to the bank branch in which she/he wants to exchange the notes.

Courtesy of Jinesh Joseph.

Afghanistan new sig/date (2012) 500-afghani note confirmed

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500 afghanis, ١٣٩١ (SH1391/2012). Like DAB B60, but new date and signature 20.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2013) 1,000-dollar note confirmed

1,000 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2013. Like BOC B20b, but new date.

Courtesy of Hang.

Sarawak chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Sarawak chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 9-page catalog covers notes issued by the Sarawak Government Treasury from 1858 to 1919, and the Government of Sarawak from 1880 to 1945. Revised 7 June 2016.

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Philippines new date (2013) 1,000-peso note confirmed

1,000 pesos, 2013. Like P211, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Cambodia new 2,000-riel commemorative note confirmed

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2,000 riels, ២០១៣ (2013). Note commemorates 60 years of Cambodia’s independence. Intro: 08.11.2013. More info in Khmer press release.

Courtesy of Allan Lim (www.artofangkor.com/ccc) and Thomas Augustsson.

Philippines new 100-peso National Year of Rice commemorative note confirmed

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100 pesos, 2013. Like P194, but with black NATIONAL YEAR OF RICE overprint.

Courtesy of Andrew Quirke.

Japan seeks to print notes for other countries

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 printed South Korean notes during the Korean War.

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.01.2013) 500-dollar note confirmed

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500 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2013. Like P300, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Indonesia moves closer to issuing redenominated notes in 2014

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After many years of discussion, according to this article dated 22 July 2013, it appears Bank Indonesia is moving closer to issuing redenominated notes on 1 January 2014. The new notes retain the same color schemes and depict the same people as the existing notes, although the portraits are redesigned and three zeros have been removed from the denominations. The new and old notes will circulate in parallel, and the old notes will remain valid for up to 10 years. The plan still awaits approval from the House of Representatives.

Courtesy of Jinesh Joseph and Wilson Chow.

Myanmar to issue new notes honoring General Aung San and other leaders

According to various press reports dated 14 November 2013, the Central Bank of Myanmar will issue banknotes bearing the image of the country's late national hero—General Aung San—who is the father of Myanmar armed forces. The general's portrait last appeared on the 35-kyat note issued in 1986 (P63) when the country was known as Burma.

Daw Khin Saw Oo, vice governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar , made the disclosure in the parliament in reply to a proposal urging the government to circulate the country's bank notes bearing the image of General Aung San, reported Xinhua. "The central bank will issue bank notes bearing the images of country's prominent leaders, buildings, landscapes and emblems with the permission of the union government," she said.

No word yet on when the new notes will be issued.

Macau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Macau cover
The Macau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 10-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banco da China (Bank of China) from 1995 to present. Revised 10 May 2016.

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Mongolia new 5,000-tögrög note (B434a) confirmed

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Like B425, but new date (2013), new signature (Naidansuren Zoljargal, who replaced Lkhanaasuren Purevdorj on 14.09.2012), and revised script to the left of the signatures on front.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Mongolia new sig/date (2013) 20,000-tögrög note (B436b) confirmed

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Like B436a, but new date (2013), signature (Naidansuren Zoljargal, who replaced Lkhanaasuren Purevdorj on 14.09.2012), and modified varifeye thread.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Philippines new 100-peso BSP commemorative note confirmed

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100 pesos, 2013. Like P194, but new date and blue 20 1993-2013 WASTONG PANANALAPI TUNGO SA KAUNLARAN overprint.

Courtesy of SC Tan (http://stores.ebay.com/goodluck4u888).

Mongolia new sig/date 10-, 20-, 50-, 500-, and 1,000-tögrög notes confirmed

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10 tögrög, 2013. Like B430c, but new date and signature (Naidansuren Zoljargal, who replaced Lkhanaasuren Purevdorj on 14.09.2012).

20 tögrög, 2013. Like B431c, but new date and signature.

50 tögrög, 2013. Like B421c, but new date and signature.

500 tögrög, 2013. Like B432b, but new date and signature.

1,000 tögrög, 2013. Like B433b, but new date and signature.

Courtesy of Sergey Vostrikov and Alexander Petrov.

Mongolia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Mongolia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 22-page catalog covers notes issued by the State Treasury in 1921, Commercial and Industrial Bank from 1925 to 1941, State Bank from 1955 to 1983, and Mongolbank from 1993 to present. Revised 10 June 2016.

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Philippines new 50-peso TUA commemorative note confirmed

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50 pesos, 2013. Like P193, but with black TRINITY UNIVERSITY OF ASIA 50 Years 1963-2013 TUA @ 50: ACHIEVING OUR GOLDEN DREAMS overprint.

Courtesy of SC Tan.

Indonesia new sig/date (2013) 5,000-rupiah note confirmed

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5,000 rupiah, 2013/2001. Like P142, but new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Philippines new 50-peso PDIC commemorative note confirmed

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According to a press release, on 20 June 2013, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) issued a new 50-peso note to commemorate the golden anniversary of state deposit insurer Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) and its customer philosophy, “Committed to Serve”.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Singapore new symbol 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, no date. Like MAS B5, but with one diamond below the word ARTS on the back.

Courtesy of Bin Hee Jum.

Singapore new symbol variety 1,000-dollar note confirmed

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1,000 dollars, no date. Like MAS B7, but with two diamonds below GOVERNMENT on back.

Courtesy of Bin Hee Jum.

Indonesia new sig/date (2013) 100,000-rupiah note confirmed

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100,000 rupiah, 2013/2004. Like PNL dated 2011 and 2012, but new DEPUTI GUBERNUR signature and new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Philippines new date (2013) 100- and 500-peso notes confirmed

100 pesos, 2013. Like P208, but new date.

500 pesos, 2013. Like P210, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Hong Kong's Standard Chartered Bank new sig/date (01.01.2012) 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes confirmed

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20 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2012. Like P297, but new date and new signature for CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.

50 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2012. Like P298, but new date and new signature for CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.

100 dollars, 1 JANUARY 2012. Like P299, but new date and new signature for CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Hong Kong's Hongkong & Shanghai Banking new date (01.01.2012) 50- and 100-dollar notes confirmed

50 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like P213, but new date and new title: Chief Executive (signature remains unchanged).

100 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like P214, but new date and new title: Chief Executive (signature remains unchanged).

The only Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited denomination not yet confirmed with this new date is the 500-dollar note.

Courtey of Bill Stubkjaer.

Indonesia new date (2013) 20,000-rupiah note confirmed

20,000 rupiah, 2013. Like P144, but new date.

Be advised, however, that notes of this denomination dated 2011 through 2013 are significantly different than those dated 2004 through 2010, even though the SCWPM lumps them all together as P144. The newer notes have enhanced security features, including rainbow printing and Omron rings. The notes also have new codes for the sight impaired. On these notes, the year of printing appears above the signatures, with the series year at lower right front or lower right back.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Vietnam new date (2012) 500,000-dong note confirmed

500,000 dong, (20)12. Like P124, but new date.

Courtesy of Zbyněk Sobotka.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2012) 20-dollar note confirmed

20 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like P212, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2012) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like P213, but new date.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Philippines new date (2013) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos, 2013. Like P194, but new date.

Courtesy of SC Tan (http://stores.ebay.com/goodluck4u888).

Indonesia new date (2013) 10,000-rupiah note confirmed

10,000 rupiah, 2013/2005. Like P150b, but new date.

Courtesy of David Murcek (www.themonetaryunit.com).

Indonesia new date (2013) 5,000-rupiah note confirmed

5,000 rupiah, 2013/2001. Like P142l, but new date.

Courtesy of David Murcek (www.themonetaryunit.com).

Cambodia new 100,000-riel commemorative note confirmed

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According to an article in NZweek dated 8 May 2013, Cambodia issued a new 100,000-riel (US$25) note to celebrate the 60th birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni on 14 May. This is the largest denomination in the nation. The note depicts the portraits of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath on the front and the pictures of the two monarchs and their current King Norodom Sihamoni on the back.

Courtesy of Allan J. Lim (www.artofangkor.com), Michael Doran, and Noteshobby (http://stores.ebay.com/Noteshobby).

Straits Settlements chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Straits Settlements chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 11-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of the Straits Settlements from 1898 to 1935. Revised 9 August 2015.

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Philippines new 50-peso St. Pedro Calungsod commemorative confirmed

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50 pesos, 2013. Like P193, but new date, new signature, and red overprint: 1672 st. pedro calungsod canonization 2012 LIFE THAT IS OFFERED FAITH THAT IS PROCLAIMED.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Indonesia new date (2013) 50,000-rupiah note confirmed

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50,000 rupiah, 2013 on front/2005 on back. Like unlisted note previously confirmed dated 2011 and 2012, but new date. Signature Nasution/Sarwono on all three date varieties.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new date (2013) 2,000-rupiah note confirmed

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2,000 rupiah, 2013 on front/2009 on back. Like P148, but new date. Signature Nasution/Waas.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Singapore overprinted 1997 5-dollar ship note from sheet


In January 2013, a contributor sent scans of two previously unlisted Singapore 5-dollar notes, possibily commemoratives overprinted on B21b (P35) at right front near the watermark.

The first note has a prefix of B/29 and is overprinted in red with 30 Anniversary and a small logo of the Board of Commissioners of Currency of Singapore (BCCS). It has a wide margin at left.

The second note has a prefix of B/35 and is overprinted in red with the logo of the BCCS.

From all indications, these notes were overprinted to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the BCCS, which would date them to 1997 or later.

According to another contributor, these notes were manually cut from sheets of notes and were not issued into circulation.

Philippines new date (2012) 1,000-peso note confirmed

1,000 pesos (US$24), 2012. Like P211, but new date.

Courtesy of
Goodluck4u888.


Philippines new date (2013) 20-peso note confirmed

20 pesos (US$0.50), 2013. Like P206, but new date.

Courtesy of
Goodluck4u888.


Netherlands New Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Netherlands New Guinea cover
The Netherlands New Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 5-page catalog covers notes issued by Nieuw-Guinea (New Guinea) in 1950 and Nederlands Nieuw-Guinea (Netherlands New Guinea) in 1954. Revised 8 October 2015.
Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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Philippines new 100-peso commemorative note confirmed

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100 pesos (US$2.45), 2012. Like P194, but green Manila Hotel 100 overprint.

Courtesy of
Goodluck4u888.


Mongolia new 5,000-tögrög note (B425b) variety confirmed

The 5,000-tögrög note dated 2003 (B425) apparently underwent a slight modification at some point between prefixes AF and AH.

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On later issues (bottom), the signature ends with a curved horizontal line which is missing from earlier issues (top).

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More significantly, on the back of earlier issues (top), there are bands of red at the ends of the horizontal bars along the lower edge which are not present on the later issues (bottom).

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov and Sergey Vostrikov.

Philippines new date (2013) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 2013. Like P196, but new date.

Courtesy of S C Tan (http://stores.ebay.com/goodluck4u888).

Philippines new date (2013) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 2013. Like P196, but new date.

Courtesy of goodluck4u888.

Philippines new date (2013) 50-peso note confirmed

50 pesos, 2013. Like P193, but new date.

Courtesy of S C Tan (http://stores.ebay.com/goodluck4u888).

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2012) 100- and 500-dollar notes confirmed

100 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2012. Like P343, but new date.

500 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2012. Like P344, but new date.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Macau residents flock to buy Year of the Snake banknotes

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According to an article dated 14 January 2013 in the Macau Buiness Daily, Banco Nacional Ultramarino's servers crashed due to the large number of online applications to buy special banknotes marking the forthcoming lunar Year of the Snake. From 2012 to 2023, BNU and Bank of China are each authorised to issue a maximum of 20 million special notes with a face value of 10 patacas (US$1.25) to mark each lunar year. The limit was imposed at the end of last January in an effort to curb the kind of crazed speculation that took hold after the Year of the Dragon notes were put in circulation in that month. BNU and Bank of China at first intended to issue only 10 million Year of the Dragon notes each, but people formed long queues to get them.

Courtesy of Allan Tilley and Wilson Chow.

Singapore new 100-dollar sig/symbol variety confirmed

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100 dollars, no date. Like MAS B6 (P50), but new signature (Tharman Shanmugaratnam) and one triangle on back.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Singapore new 10-dollar symbol variety confirmed

Singapore_MAS_10_dollars_2012.01.00_B10g_P48_4DJ_670594_symbol
10 dollars, no date. Like MAS B10 (P48), but with two diamonds on the back below the word SPORTS.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Hong Kong new title/date (01.01.2012) 1,000-dollar note confirmed

Hong_Kong_HSBC_1000_D_2012.01.01_PNL_BT_921253_sig
1,000 dollars, 1 January 2012. Like PNL dated 1 January 2010, but new date and new title (signature remains unchanged).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Macau new sig/date (08.08.2010) 1,000-pataca note confirmed

Macau_BNU_1000_patacas_2010.08.08_P84_AC_105810_sig
1,000 patacas, 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2010. Like P84, but new date and signatures (Herculano de Sousa and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador.).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Hong Kong new sig/date (01.01.2012) 10-dollar note confirmed

Hong_Kong_SAR_10_dollars_2012.01.01_P401_PN_190041_sig
10 dollars, 1st JANUARY 2012. Like P401, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Philippines new 50-peso San Pedro Calungsod commemorative reported

According to an article in the Sun Star dated 2 February 2013, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has approved the proposal to allow the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to issue on 2 April 2013 a 50-peso note commemorating the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod by Pope Benedict XVI on 21 October 2012 in Rome, Italy.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Singapore encourages use of "good-as-new" 2-dollar notes for Hong Bao

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a press release dated 10 January 2013 encouraging the public to use what it calls "good as new" 2-dollar notes for the coming Lunar New Year's "hong bao," which is the tradition of giving clean notes as gifts. In the past, MAS would print and issue an additional 50 million notes to meet the temporary demand for uncirculated notes, but this was much more than the economy actually needed to function. By encouraging the public to accept these "good as new" recirculated notes, MAS hopes to cut its production costs and is marketing the effort as good for the environment.

Courtesy of David Surette.

Philippines new 100-peso Masonic numismatic product and commemorative confirmed

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100 pesos (US$2.40), 2012. Like P194, but with Masonic overprint. This note was originally available only in sheets of four uncut notes packaged in a folder. Since then, the BSP has begun issuing individual notes into circulation.

Courtesy of goodluck4u888.

Singapore new 2-, 5-, and 50-dollar symbol varieties confirmed

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2 dollars, no date. Like MAS B8, but one diamond on back.

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5 dollars, no date. Like MAS B9, but two triangles on back. The pattern observed on the other denominations suggests that 5-dollar varieties with two squares and one triangle exist, but to date none have been reported.

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50 dollars, no date. Like MAS B5, but two triangles on back.

Courtesy of Bin Hee Jum.

Philippines new commemorative note confirmed

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100 pesos (US$2.45), 2011. Like P194, but green De La Salle 1991 - 2011 overprint. Intro: December 2012.

Courtesy of Sing Chai Tan and Justin Siy.

Macau new sig/date (08.08.2010) 10-pataca note confirmed

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10 patacas (US$1.25), 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2010. Like P80, but new date and new signatures (Herculano de Sousa and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Philippines new date (2012) 50-peso note confirmed

50 pesos (US$1.20), 2012. Like P207, but new date.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger and Goodluck4u888.

North Korea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The North Korea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers. BONUS: Buyers of this chapter also get the South Korea chapter free!

This 23-page catalog covers notes issued by the Central Bank of North Korea in 1947, the Trade Bank of DPRK in 1988, and the Central Bank of the DPRK from 1959 to present. Revised 12 May 2016.

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Philippines new 50-peso ASEAN commemorative note confirmed

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Secretary Albert F. del Rosario with fomer President Fidel V. Ramos and Indonesian Ambassador Yohanes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo holding a souvenir copy of the special edition 50-peso Philippine banknote bearning the ASEAN logo.

According to a press release dated 8 August 2012, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas introduced a new 50-peso (US$1.20) banknote bearing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) logo during the 45th ASEAN Day celebration at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Main Building in Pasay City on 10 August.

Souvenir copies of the special edition currency were distributed by Secretary del Rosario to the nine Ambassadors of ASEAN, namely: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam during the ASEAN Day celebration.

10 million pieces of the legal tender commemorative notes will be issued into circulation.

Courtesy of Pinoy Numnet and TDS.

Thailand new signature 500-baht note confirmed

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500 baht (US$16), no date. Like P107, but new signatures (Kittirat na Ranong and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Courtesy of Vic Krysko.

North Korea 2003 savings bonds confirmed

Several collectors have contacted me asking about the following items which have recently appeared on the market. According to the Korean wife of a contributor to The Banknote Book, these are bank savings bonds issued by the North Korea Central Bank in 2003. The back is divided into two parts. The left side gives instructions for the bond, stating that the bond is only good at the bank. If lost, the bank will not replace. The bond is good for one year only. At the end of the year, the bank will pay 4% interest. The bonds can't be cashed early. The right side has information for the bond: date issued, date cashed, and the last line is for the bank issuer's signature.

If you collect banknotes only, you should skip these items. If you collect all manner of paper financial instruments, feel free to add copies to your collection.

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Vietnam 10,000- and 20,000-dong notes on cotton to be withdrawn 01.01.2013

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According to an article on The Voice of Vietnam dated 29 September 2012, the State Bank of Vietnam has announced that 10,000- and 20,000-dong (US$0.50 and $1, respectively) notes printed on cotton (Pick 109/115 and Pick 110) will no longer be legal tender as of 1 January 2013, but may exchange them at SBV branches and other institutions. These denominations have been replaced by polymer notes (Pick 119 and Pick 120).

Malaya chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Malaya chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 10-page catalog covers every note (79 types and varieties, including 23 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency from 1939 to 1952, and the Japanese Government from 1942 to 1945. Revised 29 September 2012.

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Myanmar to abolish foreign exchange certificates in 2013

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According to an article on Mizzima dated 9 August 2012, Maung Maung Win, the vice chairman of the Central Bank of Myanmar, said that the bank will abolish foreign exchange certificates (FEC) “as soon as possible,” most likely in March 2013. “Earlier, it was difficult to use dollars in Burma, so we issued the FEC as an equivalent to the dollar as a type of currency to be used in Burma.” Presently, Burma allows both dollars and FECs, which are pegged at different exchange rates. Currently, the government is drafting a new foreign currency management law allowing all foreign currencies to be exchanged freely.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Philippines new 2,000-peso numismatic product confirmed

In 2000, five million 2,000-piso banknotes were printed featuing features the inauguration of President Joseph “Erap” Estrada at Barasoain Church in Bulacan on 10 June 1998. These notes were intended to be issued as legal tender in 2001, but President Estrada was ousted from office that year, so the notes were stored in the vaults of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. As of 2010, the bank was considering destroying the bulk of these unissued notes (known as “New Millennium” or “Erap” notes), saving only 50,000 pieces which would be demonetized for “historical, educational, numismatic and other purposes.” It wasn’t until 2012 that the bank began selling this numismatic product in a folder that clearly stipulates that the notes are not legal tender.

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2,000 pesos
Blue, violet, green, yellow, orange, and red. Front: Malolos Constitution scroll; Barasoain Roman Catholic church in Malolos City, Bulacan; Joseph “Erap” Estrada taking oath of presidency on 30 June 1998; bank seal. Back: Fidel “Eddie” Valdez Ramos waving flag to celebrate centennial of independence on 12 June 1998 at Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. Windowed security thread with demetalized 2000. Watermark: Estrada and Ramos. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm.
a. 2001. Signature Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Rafael B. Buenaventura. Intro: 2012.

Courtesy of goodluck4u888.

Philippines new date (2012) 50-peso note confirmed

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50 pesos (US$1.20), 2012. Like P193, but new date.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger and goodluck4u888.

Indonesia new date (2012) 100,000-rupiah note confirmed

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100,000 rupiah (US$10.50), 2012. Like note issued 01.08.2011 with enhanced security features, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2010) 20,000-rupiah note confirmed

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20,000 rupiah (US$2), 2010. Like P144, but with new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new date (2012) 10,000-rupiah note confirmed

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10,000 rupiah (US$1), 2012. Like P150, but with new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2012) 5,000-rupiah note confirmed

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5,000 rupiah (US$0.50), 2012. Like P142, but with new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2012) 2,000-rupiah note confirmed

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2,000 rupiah (US$0.20), 2012. Like P148, but with new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2012) 1,000-rupiah note confirmed

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1,000 rupiah (US$0.10), 2012. Like P141, but with new signatures and date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new date (2012) 50,000-rupiah note confirmed

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50,000 rupiah (US$5.20), 2012. Like new unlisted 2011-dated note issued 1 August 2011 with Omron rings, but with new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new sig/date (2011) 20,000-rupiah note confirmed

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20,000 rupiah (US$2.10), 2011. Like P144, but new date and new signatures.

This denomination is now confirmed dated 2011 both without Omron rings (P144) and with Omron rings (PNL).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Mongolia new 500-tögrög note (B432a) confirmed

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Like B423, but new date (2011), new signature, and revised script to the left of the signatures on front.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

Thailand new signature 1,000-baht note confirmed

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1,000 baht (US$32), no date. Like P115, but new signatures (Kittirat na Ranong and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Courtesy of Vic Krysko.

Thailand new 80-baht commemorative notes confirmed

According to a Bank of Thailand press release dated 3 July 2012, an 80-baht (US$2.55) commemorative banknote was issued to celebrate the queen’s 80th birthday anniversary on 12 August 2012. Two million commemorative 80-baht notes were available as of 9 August encased with a hard-paper cover at 120 baht, with profits to be donated to charity. The blue note measures 162 x 80 mm, representing 80 years of age.

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PNL 80 baht (US$2.55), no date.
Blue. Front: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX conferring title of Queen; Queen Sirikit rose and cattleya flowers; King Rama IX wearing uniform and Queen Sirikit; royal crest commemorating 80th birthday. Back: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX and Queen Sirikit sitting with their children; roses; young Queen Sirikit wearing necklace; kneeling Queen Sirikit; royal crest commemorating 80th birthday; bamboo; Queen Sirikit giving plants to locals; cattleya flowers. Windowed Motion security thread with 80 and rose. Watermark: Queen and electrotype crowned monogram. Printer: (NPW). 162 x 80 mm.

Courtesy of Sesthawich Wongwiwat and Thomas Augustsson.

South Korea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

South Korea
The South Korea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers. BONUS: Buyers of this chapter also get the North Korea chapter free!

At the time of initial publication, this 18-page catalog covers every note (159 types and varieties, including 62 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Chosen from 1945 to 1950, and the Bank of Korea from 1949 to present day.

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India new date (2012) 10- and 50-rupee notes with rupee symbol reported

The Reserve Bank of India will soon issue 10- and 50-rupee (US$0.20 and 0.90, respective) notes dated 2012, bearing the rupee symbol, and with the inset letter L.

Thailand new sig 100-baht note confirmed

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100 baht (US$3.20), no date. Like P114, but new signatures: Kittirat na Ranong and Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

Courtesy of Vic Krysko.

Thailand new 100-baht commemorative note confirmed

According to a Bank of Thailand press release dated 3 July 2012, this 100-baht (US$3.20) commemorative banknote was issued to celebrate His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 5th Cycle Birthday Anniversary on 28 July 2012.

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Ten million commemorative 100-baht notes were issued into circulation on 27 July 2012. The front of the note is the same as the current circulating 100-baht note, but the back has a portrait of the prince as well as a scene of His Royal Highness being conferred the title of Crown Prince. Signatures: Kittirat na Ranong and Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

Courtesy of Sesthawich Wongwiwat and David Murcek (www.themonetaryunit.com).

Thailand new 50-baht note confirmed



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According to a press release dated 12 January 2012, Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul announced that the Bank of Thailand is issuing a new family (series 16) of banknotes designed to glorify Thai kings of different periods. The notes will feature "new advanced counterfeit deterrent features," but will retain the sizes, colors, and denominations of the current series. The notes will be issued over several years, beginning with the 50-baht (US$1.60) denomination issued on 18 January 2012, the date commemorating the glorious victory of King Naresuan the Great in traditional royal combat on elephant back in 1593.

50 baht, no date. Blue. Front: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX wearing in the Royal House of Chakri gown. Back: Royal Garuda emblem; King Naresuan leading soldiers up ladders to attack Burmese camp; statue of Somdet Phra Naresuan Maharaj, modeled from the monument at Don Chedi Suphan Buri Province; statue of seated King Naresuan pouring water on the ground, symbolizing the declaration of independence; Phra Chedi Chai Mongkol located at Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Phara Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. Windowed security thread with demetalized text. Watermark: King Rama IX and Thai symbol “Dok Loi.” Printer: (NPW). 144 x 72 mm.

Courtesy of Victor Krysko and Nin Cheun (http://stores.ebay.com/Noteshobby), Sesthawich Wongwiwat, and Sukhprem Sachadecha.

Philippines new date (2012) 20-peso note confirmed

20 pesos (US$0.50), 2012. Like P206, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Malaysia new banknote series issued into circulation on 16 July 2012

According to a press release, on 16 July 2012 Bank Negara Malaysia issued into circulation its new family of banknotes. These notes were previously issued in matching serial number sets and various numismatic products beginning 22 December 2011.

Courtesy of Aidan Work and Joel Kandah.

Singapore new signature 50-dollar note confirmed

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50 dollars (US$41), no date. Like MAS B5 (P49), but new signature (Tharman Shanmugaratnam) and one triangle under ARTS on back.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie, Claudio Marana, and JianKuan Lee (quality_banknotes888).

India considering 10-rupee polymer note

According to an article in IndiaWest dated 9 July 2012, the Reserve Bank of India said it is working on launching polymer banknotes and will soon start a pilot project. "Counterfeiting of plastic notes is very difficult. So we are planning to launch some plastic money on pilot basis in 4-5 centers like Jaipur, Shimla and Bhubaneshwar. We are working on it," RBI Deputy Governor H.R. Khan told reporters. The bank has made similar statements over the past three years and nothing has come of it yet.

Courtesy of Phil Martin.

Philippines new date (2011) 500-peso note confirmed

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500 pesos (US$12), 2011. Like P196, but new date. Signatures Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr..

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

South Vietnam chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The South Vietnam chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 16-page catalog covers every note (129 types and varieties, including 2 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Ngân-Hàng QuÓc-Gia ViËt-Nam (National Bank of Vietnam) from 1955 to 1975, the Ngân Hàng ViËt-Nam (Bank of Vietnam) in 1975, and the Uy Ban Trung Uong Mat Tran Dan Toc Giai Phong Mien Nam Vietnam (Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam) in 1966.

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Myanmar new 10,000-kyat note confirmed

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CBM B16 (PNL): 10,000 kyats
Blue, red, purple, green, brown, and yellow. Front: Guilloche patterns; two elephants flanking laurel wreath with outline map of Myanmar. Back: Royal Palace of Mandalay with reflection on water. Windowed security thread with demetalized MYANMAR SPW. Watermark: Lotus blossom and electrotype 10000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WORKS (in microprint). 150 x 70 mm.
a. No date. Intro: 15.06.2012.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

India asking for public input on replacing Gandhi on notes

There's an interesting article in The Times of India dated 17 June 2012, regarding the Reserve Bank of India seeking suggestions from the public for replacing the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi on RBI banknotes.

Cambodia new date (2007) 5,000-riel note confirmed

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5,000 riels (US$1.20), 2007. NBC B18 (P55) with this date had been confirmed previously as a specimen only, but it is now confirmed as an issued note.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Thailand new sig 20-baht note confirmed

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20 baht (US$0.60), no date. Like P109, but new signatures (Kittirat na Ranong and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Philippines new 500-peso commemorative note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 4 May 2012, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has issued a new 500-peso (US$12) note of the old style (P196) "with an overprint of the logo of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank to express solidarity with the ADB’s goal to free Asia and the Pacific from poverty. By ADB’s estimate, about 1.8 billion people in the region are poor and unable to access essential goods, services, and opportunities. The overprint is on the 500-piso banknote that features the late Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. who said: “The Filipino is worth dying for.” A total of 10 million pieces of these 500-peso banknotes were printed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to make it available to the general public through banks across the country."

Courtesy of Christopher Vaughn Inot and Thomas Augustsson.

Mongolia new date (2011) 20-tögrög note (B431b) confirmed

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Like B431a, but new date (2011).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Thailand new signature 20-baht note confirmed

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20 baht (US$0.65), no date. Like P109, but new signatures (Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Macau new 100-pataca centennial anniversary commemorative notes confirmed

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This 100-pataca (US$12.50) note dated 31/2011 commemorates the centennial anniversary of the Banco da China.

Courtesy of Don Ludwig.

Mongolia new date (2011) 10-tögrög note (B430b) confirmed

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Like B430a, but new date (2011).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

India new 20-rupee note reported

According to a press release dated 12 April 2012, the Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue new 20-rupee notes with the rupee symbol, no inset letter, and the signature of Governor Subbarao.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Malaysia new banknote family confirmed, to be issued 16 July 2012













Bank Negara Malaysia’s new family of banknotes were inspired by elements which distinctively define the country's diverse culture, heritage, and nature. Themed “Distinctively Malaysia,” the fourth series of Malaysian banknotes features traditional expressions in the art and craft, natural wonders, flora and fauna, economy and tradition. The notes also have enhanced security features.

On the front side, all banknote denominations in the new series retain the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Tuanku Muhammad, the national flower Rosa-sinensis hibiscus (known locally as the 'Bunga Raya') and patterns of traditional woven fabric - the “songket.”

The back side of each banknote denomination features different elements of nature, tradition, culture, flora, fauna and the economy that are distinctively Malaysian.

Commemorative sets of the new notes were sold at a premium over face value beginning 22 December 2011. The regular issue notes are scheduled to enter circulation on 16 July 2012, though the 50-ringgit denomination was issued in December 2007 and will continue to circulate. For what it’s worth, the 50-ringgit notes issued individually have 2-letter prefixes, while those issued in the matching serial number sets have 3-letter prefixes.



Courtesy of Mark St. Pierre, Gerhard Hoeck, Wilson Chow, and Aidan Work.

Thailand new 500- and 1,000-baht signature varieties confirmed

Thailand_BOT_500_B_2001.08.01_P107_F8_0067487_s83b_sig
500 baht (US$16.25), no date. Like P107, but new signatures (Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Thailand_BOT_1000_B_2005.11.25_P115_0A_4903138_s83a_sig
1,000 baht (US$33.50), no date. Like P115, but new signatures (Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala and Prasarn Trairatvorakul).

Courtesy of Victor Krysko.

Philippines new date (2012) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos (US$2.35), 2012. Like P194, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

China not planning larger denomination notes

According to an article in People's Daily Online dated 12 March 2012, Hu Xiaolian, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China, said that the central bank is not planning to issue larger denomination banknotes in the short term.

"We have noticed public complaints of inconvenience in bigger transactions...but we should consider all the pros and cons of the issue," said Hu at a press conference on the sidelines of the country's annual parliamentary session.

China new serial number format 1-jiao note confirmed


1 jiao, 1980. Like P881, but prefix format now A#A followed by 7-digit number, versus old format of AA and 8-digit number.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

China new serial number format 5-jiao note confirmed


5 jiao, 1980. Like P883, but prefix format now A#A followed by 7-digit number, versus old format of AA and 8-digit number.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Papua New Guinea new sig/date 100-kina note confirmed


100 kina (US$42), (20)12. Like BPNG B48, but without the 35th anniversary overprint, plus new date and signatures (Loi Martin Bakani and Simon Tosali).

Courtesy of Stane Štraus.

Hong Kong Bank of China new 100-dollar commemorative note confirmed

Hong Kong’s Bank of China has announced that from 13-20 February 2012 it will be taking orders for a new 100-dollar (US$13) note to commemorate the bank’s 100th anniversary. Although legal tender, the notes aren’t intended for circulation. 1,100,000 notes will be sold as numismatic products packaged in a folder for HK$150. An additional 100,000 sets of three uncut notes in a folder for HK$600. Finally, 20,000 uncut sheets of 30 notes each will be sold for HK$6,000 each. Profits from the sale of the notes will be donated to charitable organizations in Hong Kong.


100 dollars (US$13), 5 FEBRUARY 2012. Red. Front: Great Wall of China; Bank of China bulding in Beijing. Back: Bank of China tower in modern Hong Kong’s financial district. Windowed Motion security thread with BOC logo. Watermark: Flower with electrotype 100. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 76.5 mm.

Courtesy of Terence Chan, Rafal Nogowczyk, Wilson Chow, and TDS.

Macau new sig/date (08.08.2010) 500-pataca note confirmed


500 patacas (US$63), 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2010. Like P83, but new date and signatures: Herculano de Sousa (Chief Executive Officer BNU) and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador (Chairman of the Board of Directors BNU).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Vietnam new date (2011) 200,000- and 500,000-dong notes confirmed

200,000 dong (US$9.50), (20)11. Like P123, but new date.

500,000 dong (US$23.85), (20)11. Like P124, but new date.

Courtesy of Duong Do Hoang.

Macau new sig/date (08.08.2010) 20-pataca note confirmed


20 pataca (US$2.50), 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2010. Like P81, but new date and new signatures: Herculano de Sousa (Chief Executive Officer BNU) and unknown (Chairman of the Board of Directors BNU).

Courtesy of Rui Palhares.

Laos new 100,000-kip note confirmed


The Bank of the Lao P.D.R. issued a new 100,000-kip (US$12.50) note on 1 February 2012 to encourage the public to use the national currency instead of US dollars or Thai baht. The new note is printed by Goznak in Russia.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski and Dustin Roses.

Macau new 10-pataca Year of Dragon commemorative notes confirmed






Both the Banco da China and the Banco Nacional Ultramarino have issued new 10-pataca (US$1.25) notes to commemorate the Year of the Dragon. The new notes feature a Chinese paper-cut dragon on the front and the respective bank’s headquarters on the back. Both notes measure 138 x 69 mm, have a flower and electrotype 10 watermark at center, and a 4-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized 10.

Courtesy of Wilson Chow and Thomas Augustsson.

Thailand new signature 100-baht note confirmed


100 baht (US$3.20), no date. Like P114, but new signatures.

Courtesy of Victor Krysko.

Malaysia new 1-ringgit prefix variety confirmed


1 ringgit (US$0.35), no date. Like B139c, but with 3.5-mm tall prefix letters (bottom) instead of 2.75-mm tall prefix letters (top).

Courtesy of Victor W. Krysko.

Vietnam new date (2011) 10,000-, 50,000-, and 100,000-dong notes confirmed

10,000 (US$0.50), 50,000 (US$2.40), and 100,000 (US$4.75) dong, (20)11. Like P119, P121, and P122, respectively, but new date. Polymer.

Courtesy of Duong Do Hoang.

Hong Kong new 100-dollar note confirmed without error



100 dollars (US$13), 1 January 2010.

According to an article in The Standard dated 25 July 2011, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp has admitted to making a mistake in the design of its new 100-dollar (US$12.85) note which was officially unveiled on 20 July and slated for issuance between November 2011 and January 2012. The back of the note depicts the flag-raising ceremony of the SAR Establishment Day with a marching band playing in front of the Golden Bauhinia Square, where the national flag and regional flag of Hong Kong are flying. The problem is that the bauhinia flower on the regional flag was reversed from the correct orientation. The orientation has been corrected on the issued notes shown above.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.


Hong Kong new 20-dollar notes confirmed









On 11 January 2012, the three note-issuing banks of Hong Kong — Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC and the Bank of China — issued the new 20-dollar (US$2.60) banknotes, thereby completing the new series of notes dated 1 January 2010.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Thailand new sig 20-baht note confirmed


20 baht (US$0.65), no date. Like P109, but new sigantures (Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala, Finance Minister; Dr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul, Governor).

Courtesy of Sanjay Basu.

Philippines to print new notes locally in early 2012

According to an article in the Manila Bulletin dated 11 January 2012, the Security Printing Complex (SPC) division of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will begin locally printing the New Generation Currency (NGC) family of banknotes in Q1 2012, revising previous plans of printing the new bills starting in December 2011.

The BSP will start printing the 20- and 50-peso notes in the coming three months, followed by the 100-peso note later in 2012. To date, all NGC denominations have been produced by French security printer Oberthur Technologies, while SPC will continue to produce the old banknote series until next year because they still have stocks of paper and ink.

Macau new sig/date (08.08.2010) 100-pataca note confirmed


100 patacas (US$12.50), 8 DE AGOSTO DE 2010. Like P82, but new date and new signatures: Herculano de Sousa (Chief Executive Officer BNU) and Rodolfo Vasco Lavrador (Chairman of the Board of Directors BNU).

This is the last signature for Herculano de Sousa; he has retired after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of BNU for the past 11 years (1999–2010).

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.

Philippines new sig/date (2011) 50-peso note confirmed


50 pesos (US$1.15), 2011. Like P193, but new date and signatures (Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.).

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Mongolia new 1,000-tögrög note (B433a) confirmed


Like B424b, but new date (2011), signature (L. Purevdorj), and revised script to the left of the signature on front.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger (www.banknote.ws).

Laos new 2,000-kip note (B517) confirmed


According tp a report on J&C Expat Services dated 29 November 2011, the Bank of the Lao PDR has released a new 2,000-kip (US$0.25) note dated 2011, marking the 36th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the birthday of the late President Kaysone Phomvihane on 13 December.

B517 (PNL): 2,000 kip (US$0.25)
Light blue, purple, gold, and green. Front: Kaysone Phomvihane; Xieng Thong temple; coat of arms. Back: Seset 2 Hydropower Plant. Solid security thread demetalized with Lao text. Watermark: Kaysone Phomvihane with electrotype design. Printer: (BOL). 141 x 65 mm.
a. 2011. Intro: 01.12.2011.

More details are in this Lao press release.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, José Fabrício Macêdo, and Dirk Kultus.

Thailand new 100-baht commemorative note confirmed

On 2 December 2011, Bank of Thailand issued a new 100-baht note to commemorate the king’s 7th Cycle (84th) Birthday Anniversary.


PNL 100 baht (US$3.18)
Red and orange. Front: King’s initials in silver foil circle; King Rama IX wearing uniform; royal seal; Royal Garuda emblem. Back: King Rama IX with camera, holding papers, during his visit to Mae Roem Reservoir Project; Rama IX kneeling with a group of Thai people; royal Garuda emblem; Rama IX playing the saxophone; Rama IX planting an experimental plot of vetiver grass; four aircraft employing Super Sandwich cloud-seeding technique; Kwai Noi Bamrung Daen Dam in Phitsanulok Province and Chaipattana Low Speed Surface Aerator. Solid security thread. Watermark: Royal seal with electrotype king’s initials. Printer: (NPW). 162 x 84 mm. No date. Intro: 02.12.2011. Signature Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala and Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

9,999,999 notes were printed. If anyone knows for certain if all of these notes were sold in a folder at a premium as numsmatic products, or if some were issued into circulation for regular use, please share that information.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson, Sejin Ahn, Jose Fabricio Macedo, TDS, and Deschamps Jérome.

Indonesia redenomination plans move a step closer to implementation

According to an article in The Jakarta Post dated 7 December 2011, the government has approved Bank Indonesia’s proposal to redenominate the rupiah by eliminating three zeros. A draft law is being finalized and still needs to be approved by the Law and Human Rights Ministry, then passed by the House of Representatives.

Bank Indonesia announced that the rupiah’s redenomination would be carried out in four stages over 10 years to minimize public confusion: information campaign to alert the public (2011-2012), transition period (2013-2015), the gradual withdrawal of the “old” rupiah (2016-2018), and the use of the “new” rupiah (2019-2020).

The redenomination would mean the 1,000-rupiah banknote, the nation’s smallest denomination, would become a 1-rupiah note, but the value would remain the same (currently US$0.10).

Singapore new 1,000-dollar variety note confirmed


1,000 dollars (US$780), no date. Like MAS B7 (P51), but with one diamond symbol under GOVERNMENT on back.

At some point in the late 2000s, the Monetary Authority of Singapore began including symbols on the back of the notes to indicate new printings. The first issue under a given signature has no symbol. The second printing has one square; the third, two squares; the fourth, one triangle; and the fifth, two triangles. To date, no note has had a sixth printing, and the MAS has not indicated what symbol it would use should the need arise.

Courtesy of Tan Wei Jie.

Philippines new sig/date (2011) 100-peso note confirmed


100 pesos (US$2.30), 2011. Like P194, but new date and signatures. Lowest known prefix is AF.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.


Indonesia new sig/date (2011) 1,000-rupiah note confirmed


1,000 rupiah (US$0.10), 2011. Like P141, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Indonesia new 20,000-, 50,000-, and 100,000-rupiah notes confirmed






According to an article in The Jakarta Post dated 28 October 2011, Bank Indonesia issued newly designed banknotes denominated in 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000 rupiah (US$2.25, 5.67, and 11.35, respectively) on 1 August 2011 in commemoration of Youth Pledge Day, although they bear no special commemorative text or images. The new notes do have enhanced security features, including “rainbow printing.” The notes also have new codes for the sight impaired. Existing notes of the same denominations will remain in circulation.

Courtesy of Wing Tse and Thomas Augustsson.

Laos chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Laos

The Laos chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 15-page catalog covers every note (142 types and varieties, including 24 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Lao Issara Government from 1945 to 1946; the Banque Nationale du Laos (National Bank of Laos) from 1957 to 1975; the Pathet Lao Government in 1968; the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic in 1979; and the Bank of the Lao PDR from 1979 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Indonesia new sig/date (2010) 100,000-rupiah note confirmed


100,000 rupiah (US$11.15), 2010. Like P146c, but new date and signatures.

This note has been confirmed dated 2004-2011, inclusive, with three signature varieties.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

The Challenge: Identify building on back of Laos 20-kip note

Today’s challenge is to identify the building which appears on the back of the old 20-kip note of Laos.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of this building—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This building appears on the back of the 20-kip notes from 1963 (Pick 11):

IDENTIFIED: Wat Sop monastery in Luang Prabang.

Courtesy of José Fabrício Macêdo.

Malaysia announces printers for fourth series of notes

Malaysia's central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, has settled on the printers of its fourth series of ringgit banknotes which will have improved security features to overcome counterfeiting. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Donald Lim said the suppliers for the new bank­notes were Crane AB of Sweden, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH of Germany, Oberthur Technologies of France (producing 1-ringgit note), and Orell Fussli of Switzerland. In a press release dated 23 May 2011, the bank indicated the new notes would be issued in early 2012.

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.

Japan color change of serial numbers on 1,000- and 10,000-yen notes confirmed


According to a press release dated 26 April 2011, the Bank of Japan is changing the color of the serial numbers on the 1,000 (US$12.25) and 10,000 (US$122) yen banknotes from black to brown on 19 July 2011. Other than this minor change, the notes will remain the same as the existing P104 and P106 designs which have been in circulation since 2004.

Courtesy of Kazutaka Nagura and Kinichiro Fujikawa.



Indonesia new date (2011) 5,000-, 10,000-, and 100,000-rupiah notes confirmed


5,000 rupiah (US$0.55), 2011. Like P142, but new date and signatures.


10,000 rupiah (US$1.15), 2011. Like PNL, but new date and signatures.


100,000 rupiah (US$11.30), 2011. Like P146, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Taiwan numismatic product expected to sell out quickly

According to an article in The China Post dated 9 September 2011, the Central Bank of China experienced strong demand for the 500,000 sets of “Collector's Version of the Republic of China Founding Centenary NT$100 Banknotes” it sold to the public for NT$500 (US$17.10). Each set contains three NT$100 banknotes.

The Challenge: Identify gate on front of South Korea 100-won note of 1950

Today’s challenge is to identify the gate which appear on the front of the old 100-won notes of South Korea.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of this gate—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

The following image appears on the front of the 100-won note of South Korea from 1950 (Pick 7):

IDENTIFIED: Gwanghwamun gate to Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul.

Courtesy of José Fabrício Macêdo.

Macau commemorative notes reported



The Banco Nacional Ultramarino and the Banco da China will issue 10-pataca (US$1.25) banknotes to commemorate the Year of the Dragon. The Banco da China is also planning to issue a 100-pataca (US$12.50) note to commemorate its centennial anniversary.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new 100-peso Ateneo Law School commemorative confirmed


100 pesos (US$2.35), 2011. Like P194, but with blue 75 YEARS ATENEO LAW SCHOOL AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM overprint on watermark area. This note was issued to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the school.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Kirsty Lopez and Alexander Jacinto.

Brunei's new notes contain Braille blunder


According to an article in the Brunei Times dated 9 August 2011, the dots in the upper left front corner of new polymer banknotes issed 18 July 2011 are intended to assist the sight-impaired, but they are not raised, so they can’t be felt tactilely, and they are not accurately rendered as Braille numbers corresponding to the denominations. Specifically, the spacing of the dots is wrong, and the lack the lead-in character that indicates that numbers follow.

Indonesia announces new notes to be issued in late 2011


According to an article in JakartaGlobe dated 13 August 2011, Bank Indonesia is planning to upgrade the security of its banknotes with a new series to be printed by October at the latest. The new notes will feature “rainbow printing,” which allows several colors to be printed using a single plate in specially modified equipment, resulting in a natural blending of the colors that is difficult to reproduce using commercially available printers. The only Indonesian note to currently feature rainbow printing is the 10,000-rupiah note dated 2010, shown above.

“Now we will also use rainbow printing for the Rp 20,000, Rp 50,000 and Rp 100,000 bills. This is in line with international standards,” said Muhammad Dahlan, the central bank’s director for circulation.

Singapore chapter of The Banknote Book is now available


Singapore
The Singapore chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 18-page catalog covers every note (129 types and varieties, including 33 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency from 1967 to 2002, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 2004 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Singapore new 2-dollar variety confirmed

2 dollars (US$1.65), no date. Like P46, but with two triangles below EDUCATION on back. Intro: July 2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Hong Kong's new 100-dollar note has a design error


According to an article in The Standard dated 25 July 2011, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp has admitted to making a mistake in the design of its new 100-dollar (US$12.85) note which was officially unveiled on 20 July and slated for issuance between November 2011 and January 2012. The back of the note depicts the flag-raising ceremony of the SAR Establishment Day with a marching band playing in front of the Golden Bauhinia Square, where the national flag and regional flag of Hong Kong are flying. The problem is that the bauhinia flower on the regional flag is reversed from the correct orientation shown here:



"HSBC has immediately proceeded to redesign and reprint the faulty banknotes, with a view to putting them into circulation early next year as scheduled," the bank said in a joint statement with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the government's administration wing.

HSBC was responsible for the design of the notes, while the HKMA reviewed the design before revealing it to the public. The administration wing also reviewed the banknotes for approval. "The three parties had not detected the issue," the statement said. "We sincerely apologize for the incident."

HSBC will bear all relevant costs for revising the design, remaking the plates and printing the new notes. The cost of producing each new note is about 60 HK cents (US$0.08).

It will be interesting to see if any of the error notes make in onto the collector market.

Brunei new 1-, 5-, and 10-dollar notes confirmed


AMBD B1 (PNL): 1 dollar (US$0.80)
Blue. Front: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque and ceremonial barge; flower as registration device; bunga simpur (dillenia suffruticosa) flower; Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah wearing uniform and cap; coat of arms. Back: Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan; lagoon; Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation (Yayasan) building; flower. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): Sultan and HB. Printer: (NPA). 141 x 69 mm. Polymer. 2011. Signature 1. Intro: 18.07.2011.


AMBD B1 (PNL): 5 dollars (US$4.05)
Green and yellow. Front: Lapau (Royal Ceremonial Hall); flower as registration device; bunga kunyit (curcuma longa) flower; Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah wearing uniform and cap; coat of arms. Back: Lapau (Royal Ceremonial Hall) building and fountain; flower. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): Sultan and HB. Printer: (NPA). 141 x 69 mm. Polymer. 2011. Signature 1. Intro: 18.07.2011.


AMBD B1 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$8.10)
Red, yellow, and brown. Front: Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque; flower as registration device; rancah rancah (cosmos caudatus) flowers; Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah wearing uniform and cap; coat of arms. Back: Masjid Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah (Jame’ Asrihassanil Bolkiah mosque); flower. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): Sultan and HB. Printer: (NPA). 141 x 69 mm. Polymer. 2011. Signature 1. Intro: 18.07.2011.

According to a press release dated 18 July 2011, the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam has issued new 1-, 5-, and 10-dollar polymer notes which will circulate in parallel with existing notes. The issuance of the new polymer notes is in conjunction with the 65th Birthday of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam but the notes do not bear any commemorative text. The notes have various new security features and new designs.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause, Alex Klark, Hj Sare, and Noorilham MD. Tahir.

Hong Kong to issue new 20-, 50-, and 100-dollar notes starting November 2011





















According to a press release dated 20 July 2011, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the three note-issuing banks (Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited) today unveiled the designs of the $100, $50 and $20 of the Hong Kong 2010 Series New Banknotes.

The new $100, $50 and $20 banknotes incorporate the same state-of-the-art security features as the new $1,000 and $500 banknotes (which are already in circulation) and also the design to facilitate the visually impaired to differentiate the denomination.

Mr Norman Chan, the Chief Executive of the HKMA, said “The new $100, $50 and $20 banknotes will be gradually put into circulation starting from this November, after which the entire Hong Kong 2010 Series New Banknotes will be in full circulation in the community. The new $1,000 and $500 banknotes, which have been in circulation since last December and this February respectively, receive very positive response from the public. I am confident that the new $100, $50 and $20 banknotes will be equally well received. ”

The Hong Kong 2010 Series New Banknotes were designed by the respective note-issuing banks and approved by the Financial Secretary. They are printed by Hong Kong Note Printing Limited.

The HKMA will launch an extensive education programme to raise public awareness of the new banknotes. Seminars will be conducted for banks, retailers and money changers; and special outreach seminars for centres for the elderly and people with visual impairments. Exhibitions will be held in different districts in Hong Kong (see schedule of exhibitions at Annex). The interactive online-learning programme on the HKMA website at www.hkma.gov.hk has been updated to include the design and security features of the whole 2010 Series Hong Kong Banknotes. Education leaflets are available to the public at the HKMA office, branches of the note-issuing banks and District Offices.

Mr Benjamin Hung, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited said, “Standard Chartered Bank issued its first Hong Kong banknotes in 1862, and we celebrate a history of 150 years of note issuance in this vibrant financial centre. The new series of banknotes from Standard Chartered Hong Kong represents the continuous evolution of a design theme first commissioned in the 1980s. This latest series incorporates an overarching theme on the reverse side of the notes that pays tribute to the heritage of Chinese inventions whilst contrasting such early breakthroughs with those of modern security technology. Standard Chartered is proud to have played a part in contributing to Hong Kong’s financial sector as one of the SAR’s three note-issuing banks. We look forward to continuing to grow with Hong Kong in the next 150 years – and beyond.”

Mr Peter Wong, Chief Executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, said “HSBC’s legacy as Hong Kong’s largest note issuer begins another exciting chapter with the official launch of our new notes. HSBC’s new banknote series strongly reflects on Hong Kong’s culture for inspiration, showcasing local celebrations and festivals, Chinese calligraphy and traditional symbols and patterns within the unique design. As the bills enter circulation, we take great pride in the fact that this new series marks the first time that the Hong Kong community has been featured on HSBC’s banknotes.”

Mr He Guangbei, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, said, “Building a Better Tomorrow is what Bank of China (Hong Kong) is committed to, which also echoes in the designs of our new series of Hong Kong Banknotes. With roots in Hong Kong for more than 94 years, we have encountered ups and downs together with the society. While providing professional financial services to the public, we are also committed to protecting the environment in Hong Kong as a responsible corporate citizen. In designing the new banknotes, we not only honour these natural wonders, but encourage the public to join us to build a green Hong Kong and contribute to the sustainability of the society.”

All existing banknotes continue to be legal tender. They will circulate along with the new banknotes and be gradually withdrawn from circulation when they become physically unfit for circulation.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun, Glen Warren, Wilson Chow, and Thomas Krause.

Philippines reveals details about note production

According to a press release issued by the Philippine Information Agency dated 20 July 2011, the new banknotes introduced by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on 16 December 2010 were printed by an undisclosed French firm (most likely Oberthur Technologies), but that upgrades to the Security Plant Complex in Quezon City were under way so that the notes could be printed locally.

Curiously, the press release indicates that BSP is apparently continuing to produce notes of the old design even after it has introduced the new designs. Perhaps this is because the need for currency in the Philippines is so great that the BSP can’t meet demand with only the new notes from France, or that it feels compelled to keep the local printers in business.

The press release indicates that the old designs will be phased out by 2012, and that they will be demonetized in 2013.

Indonesia new sig/date (2010) 2,000-rupiah note confirmed



2,000 rupiah (US$0.25), 2010. Like the same denomination introduced 09.07.2009, but with new date (2010 on front instead of 2009) and new signautres (Darmin Nasution and S. Budi Rochadi). This note has also been confirmed with the same new signatures and dated 2011 on front. All three varieties bear the imprint “PERUM PERCETAKAN UANG RI IMP 2009” at lower right on back.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Cambodia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Cambodia
The Cambodia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 23-page catalog covers every note (228 types and varieties, including 23 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banque Nationale du Cambodge (National Bank of Cambodia) from 1955 to 1975, the Ministere du Tourisme du Cambodge (Cambodia Ministry of Tourism) in the 1960s, the National Bank of Kampuchea in 1975, the People’s Bank of Kampuchea from 1979 to 1992, the Khmer Rouge in 1993, and the National Bank of Cambodia from 1992 until present day. Revised 7 December 2012.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Philippines new 100-peso commemorative confirmed


100 pesos (US$2.30), 2011.
Purple and blue. Front: Black UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES COLLEGE OF LAW 1911-2011 overprint; Manuel Acuña Roxas; bank seal; Roxas lowering United States flag and raising Philippines flag on 4 July 1946 in Manila’s Independence Grandstand. Back: Old Central Bank of the Philippines building; new Central Bank of the Philippines headquarters building in Manila. Windowed security thread with demetalized 100 and solid security thread. Watermark: Manuel Roxas. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 66 mm.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

China new serial number format 1-yüan note confirmed



1 yüan (US$0.15), 1999. Like P895, but prefix format now A#A# in red followed by 6-digit number (top), versus old format of AA## in red and 6-digit number in black (bottom).

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Brunei chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Brunei cover

The Brunei chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 13-page catalog covers every note (128 types and varieties, including 22 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Brunei Currency Board from 1969 to 1996, the Brunei Currency & Monetary Board from 2004 to 2008, and the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam) from 2011 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Brunei new date (1992) 1-dollar note confirmed


1 dollar (US$0.80), 1992. Like P13, but new date.

Courtesy of Don Cleveland.

Philippines new sig/date (2011) 20-peso note confirmed


20 pesos (US$0.45), 2011. Like P182, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Myanmar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Myanmar cover

The Myanmar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 5-page catalog covers every note (26 types and varieties, including 7 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Myanmar from 1990 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Indonesia passes bill to add finance minister's signature to banknotes

According to an article in The Jakarta Post dated 25 May 2011, the government and the House of Representatives agreed to pass a currency bill for final approval at the House plenary session on 31 May, despite the opposition of officials at Bank Indonesia. The bill would add the finance minister’s signature to banknotes beginning with the 69th anniversary of Independence Day on 17 August 2014.

Malaysia to issue new banknotes in 2012

According to a press release dated 23 May 2011, “Bank Negara Malaysia is pleased to announce that a new series design of Malaysian banknotes and coins will be issued for circulation in early 2012, an exercise that is undertaken periodically every twelve years. The theme of the design of the new currency series will include features that are distinctively Malaysia. It will also have enhanced security elements in line with the latest advancements in technology for currency notes.

The new fourth series design of banknotes will be featured in the denomination of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20 and RM100. The current design of the RM50 banknote already in circulation since December 2007 to commemorate Malaysia’s 50th Anniversary of Independence will continue to remain in circulation. The new design coins are the third in the series for the denominations of 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen. This new series of banknotes and coins will co-circulate with the existing series until the latter are gradually withdrawn from circulation.

In preparation for the issuance of the new currency series, Bank Negara Malaysia will be working closely with financial institutions, businesses and cash handling vendors to ensure a smooth transition to the new series. Vendors of cash handling machines will be given six months to calibrate their machines to ensure public convenience for the use of the new currency.

As part of the effort to increase public awareness on the new currency series, Bank Negara Malaysia will issue the commemorative coins for the third series and unveil the new fourth series banknotes design in the third quarter of 2011.“

Courtesy of Wilson Chow.