Bolivia

Bolivia new 200-boliviano note (B421a) confirmed

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Tod Hunt.

Bolivia new signature 200-boliviano note (B416d) confirmed

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Like B416c, but new signatures and new printer imprint (OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES).

Courtesy of Jacek Stącel.

Bolivia new 100-boliviano note (B420a) confirmed introduced 15.01.2019

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Mauricio Acosta.

Bolivia new signature 20-boliviano series J note confirmed



Like 20-boliviano note issued 03.03.2015, but new signatures (Zabalaga/Colodro). Suffix J.

Courtesy of Юрий Колесников.

Bolivia new 100-boliviano series J note confirmed



Like P236, but new signatures (Zabalaga/Pérez), 4-mm wide gold-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BCB Bs 100, printer imprint (OBERTHUR fiduciaire), and suffix J.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Bolivia new 50-boliviano note confirmed introduced 15.10.2018

According to a press release, the Banco Central de Bolivia introduced the following new 50-boliviano note on 15 October 2018.



Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

Bolivia new 20-boliviano note confirmed

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online) and Antje Bird.

Bolivia new 10-boliviano note confirmed

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10 bolivianos
Blue. Front: Spanish text; Caverna de Umajalanta (Umajalanta Cavern) in Torotoro; José Santos Vargas “El Tambor Vargas,” Apiaguaiki Tüpa, and Eustaquio Méndez “El Moto Méndez.” Back: Spanish text; hummingbird as SPARK; landscape of Isla del Pescado (Fish Island) in Salar de Uyuni salt flat; Picaflor Gigante (giant hummingbird) perched on tree branch; Puya raimondi bromeliad. Windowed security thread with demetalized 10 and Jose Santos Vargas. Watermark: José Santos Vargas, pixelated drum, and electrotype 10. Printer: OBERTHUR fiduciaire. 140 x 70 mm. a. 26 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 1986. Sig. unknown. Suffix A. Intro: 00.04.2018.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.



Bolivia new banknote family reported for 2018-2019 introduction

The Banco Central de Bolivia intends to introduce a new family of five notes in denomination order starting in 2018 and ending in April 2019. These notes bear the country’s official name, Estado Plurinacional de Boliva, to reflect the multiculturalism of the country and all of its citizens.

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Courtesy of Antje Bird and Nicholas Chao (赵嘉瑞).



Bolivia new note subjects revealed in video

The following Spanish-language video shows the subject matters that will be depicted on the new family of notes expected to be introduced in Bolivia in 2018.



Courtesy of Cedrian Lopez-Bosch.

Bolivia new note family reportedly planned for 2018 introduction

According to a television news report from 6 May 2016, in 2018 the Banco Central de Bolivia intends to introduce a new note family with denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 bolivianos.

Courtesy of Fran Pas.

Bolivia new 200-boliviano series J note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 9 December 2015, the Banco Central de Bolivia has issued a new 200-boliviano note like P237, but suffix J, and 4-mm wide gold-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BCB Bs 200. The printer imprint is OBERTHUR fiduciaire.

Bolivia improved security 20-boliviano note confirmed

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According to a Spanish-language press release dated 3 March 2015, the Banco Central de Bolivia introduced a 20-boliviano note with suffix J. This note is like P234, but with improved anti-counterfeiting features, including a 3-mm wide magenta-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BCB 20, and unspecificed blue UV printing.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Bolivia new 50-boliviano series J note confirmed

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According to a Spanish-language press release dated 2 July 2015, the Banco Central de Bolivia introduced a 50-boliviano note with suffix J. This is like P235, but with improved anti-counterfeiting features, including a 3-mm wide magenta-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BCB 50, and unspecificed blue UV printing.

Bolivia new signature 10-boliviano note confirmed

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10 bolivianos, 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 1986. Like P233, but new signature, new printer imprint (OBERTHUR technologies), and suffix J.

Courtesy of Daniel Gonzalez.

Bolivia new signature 20-boliviano note confirmed

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20 bolivianos, 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 1986. Like P234, but new signatures, and new imprint (DLR). Suffix I.

Courtesy of Shane McCulloch (www.newcastlecoins.com.au).

Bolivia new sig/imprint 10-boliviano note confirmed

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10 bolivianos, 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 1986. Series I. Like notes printed by Canadian Bank Note (with CBN imprint at lower left back) in 2011, but with new signatures and imprint is now OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Bolivia has issued tender for printing of J series of notes

According to a report on ElDeber.com dated 16 February 2014, the Banco Central de Bolivia has issued a tender for the printing of new banknotes for J series.

Bolivia new series I 50-boliviano note confirmed

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50 bolivianos (US$7.25), 28 NOVEMBER 1986. Series I. These are printed by Canadian Bank Note. The microprinting changed from “REPUBLICADEBOLIVIA” to “ESTADOPLURINACIONALDEBOLIVIA” and the watermark now contains a pixelated pattern between the portrait and the electrotype denomination.

Courtesy of Antonio Paz.

Bolivia new series I 200-boliviano note confirmed

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200 bolivianos (US$29), 28 NOVEMBER 1986. Series I. These are printed by Canadian Bank Note. The microprinting changed from “REPUBLICADEBOLIVIA” to “ESTADOPLURINACIONALDEBOLIVIA” and the watermark now contains a pixelated pattern between the portrait and the electrotype denomination.

Courtesy of Antonio Paz.

Bolivia new series I 100-boliviano note confirmed

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100 bolivianos (US$14), 28 NOVEMBER 1986. Series I. These are printed by Canadian Bank Note. The microprinting changed from “REPUBLICADEBOLIVIA” to “ESTADOPLURINACIONALDEBOLIVIA” and the watermark now contains a pixelated pattern between the portrait and the electrotype denomination.

Courtesy of Antonio Paz.

Bolivia new series I 10-boliviano note confirmed

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10 bolivianos (US$1.45), 28 NOVEMBER 1986. Series I. These are printed by Canadian Bank Note. The microprinting changed from “REPUBLICADEBOLIVIA” to “ESTADOPLURINACIONALDEBOLIVIA” and the watermark now contains a pixelated pattern between the portrait and the electrotype denomination.

Courtesy of Antonio Paz.

Bolivia new series I 20-boliviano note confirmed

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20 bolivianos (US$2.90), 28 NOVEMBER 1986. Series I. These are printed by Canadian Bank Note. The microprinting changed from “REPUBLICADEBOLIVIA” to “ESTADOPLURINACIONALDEBOLIVIA” and the watermark now contains a pixelated pattern between the portrait and the electrotype denomination.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Bolivia considering new note issue in 2011-2012

The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has suggested that Banco Central de Bolivia print banknotes with images of indigenous heroes, coca, and archaeological sites in the South American country, as part of its policy of "decolonization." Among those proposed to be depicted on the new notes are Bartolina Sisa and Tupac Katari, heroes who rose against the Spanish colony in the 18th century. The proposal also suggests depicting natural sites, such as mountains of Bolivia, that are sacred to indigenous peoples. If the bank adopts the proposals, new notes could be issued as early as 2011-2012.

Bolivia new signature variety 20-bolivianos note confirmed


20 bolivianos (US$2.70), L.1986. Like P229, but new signatures (Raúl Garrón Claure, PRESIDENT a.i. BCB; Eduardo Pardo, GERENTE GENERAL BCB). Printer: F. C. OBERTHUR.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Bolivia 100-bolivianos note series H confirmed


100 bolivianos (US$13.25), L.1986 (2007). Like P231, but series H, new signatures (Raúl Garrón Claure, PRESIDENT a.i. BCB; Eduardo Pardo, GERENTE GENERAL BCB), and windowed security thread with demetalized 100BCB repeating. Printer: F. C. OBERTHUR.

Courtesy of Ronny Hick. Signatory names courtesy of Art Matz with help from Valentin Rendon in La Paz.


Bolivia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available


The Bolivia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale and as a free download to subscribers.

This 62-page catalog covers notes issued by the Tesoreria de la República de Bolivia (Treasury of the Republic of Bolivia) in 1902, Banco de la Nación Boliviana (Bank of the Bolivian Nation) from 1911 to 1928, and Banco Central de Bolivia (Central Bank of Bolivia) from 1929 to present. Published 18.01.2019.

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