Ghana new sig/date (01.08.2017) 1-cedi note (B145h) confirmed


Like B145g, but new signatures and new date (1st AUGUST 2017). Prefix HV.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ghana new sig/date (04.08.2017) 10-cedi note (B147g) confirmed

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Like B147f, but new date (4th AUGUST 2017) and new signature. Prefix UG.

Courtesy of George Provencal.

Ghana new sig/date (04.08.2017) 20-cedi note (B148g) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_20_cedis_2017.08.04_B148g_P40_XD_2360092_fGhana_BOG_20_cedis_2017.08.04_B148g_P40_XD_2360092_r
Like B148f, but new signature (Ernest Addison) and new date (4th AUGUST 2017). Prefix XD.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new 5-cedi note (B154) confirmed

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Like B153, but without commemorative text center front, new date (4TH AUGUST 2017), and new signature (Ernest Addison). Prefix AV.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new sig/date (01.07.2016) 50-cedi note (B151d) confirmed

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Like B151c, but new date (1st JULY 2016), signature 14. Prefix XR.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana bank governor resigns 01.04.2017

According to a press release dated 30 March 2017, the governor of the Bank of Ghana, Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku, has resigned "for personal reasons" after exactly one year in office. According to an article on Bloomberg, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Ernest Addison as the nation’s new central bank governor. Issahaku's signature appears on only the new commemorative 5-cedi note (B153) introduced 4 March 2017.

Courtesy of Dennis Zammit and Merjim Groen.

Ghana new 5-cedi commemorative note (B153) confirmed introduced 04.03.2017

According to the text on center front, this legal tender 5-cedi note is “Celebrating 60 years of central banking in Ghana / 1957-2017.”

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B153 (PNL): 5 cedis (US$1.45)
Blue. Front: Star as registration device; Flagstaff House (presidential palace) in Accra; coat of arms; James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey. Back: Coconuts; Kwame Nkrumah (floating production storage and offloading) vessel in Tweneboa, Enyenra, Ntomme off-shore oil fields; cocao pod; gold bars; QR Code; cowrie shells; star. Windowed security thread with demetalized 5 and star. Solid security thread. Watermark: James Kwegyir Aggrey and electrotype 5. Printer: Unknown. 131 x 68 mm.
a. 4TH MARCH 2017. Signature 14. Prefix AA, AB. Intro: 04.03.2017.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).




Ghana new 5-cedi commemorative note to be introduced 04.03.2017

According to an article in Business Day Ghana dated 12 February 2017, the Bank of Ghana plans to introduce a new legal tender 5-cedi note on 4 March 2017 to commemorate the bank's 60th anniversary. On 26 January 2017, the bank issued a press release confirming the new 5-cedi note while also categorically denying rumors of new 30-, 100-, and 200-cedi notes circulating on social media.

Ghana central bank new governor appointed as of 01.04.2016

According to a press release, "Dr. Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku has been appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana as the Governor of the Bank of Ghana with effect from Friday, April 1, 2016." Expect new signature varieties to follow.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 1-cedi note (B145g) confirmed

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Like B145f, but new date (1st JULY 2015) and left serial number in serif font. Prefix GS.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 2-cedi note (B152c) confirmed

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Ghana_BOG_2_cedis_2015.07.01_B152c_PNL_BT_3865671_r
Like B152b, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix BT.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 20-cedi note (B148f) confirmed

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Like B148e, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix WM.

Courtesy of Marco Fragel.

Ghana new date (02.07.1980) 5-cedi note (B120b2) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_5_cedis_1980.07.02_B120b2_P19b_AP_1973013_f
Like B120b1, but new date (2nd July 1980). Prefix AP.

Courtesy of Rex Hilligan.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 5-cedi note (B146f) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_5_cedis_2015.07.01_B146f_P38_QR_1229023_fGhana_BOG_5_cedis_2015.07.01_B146f_P38_QR_1229023_r
Like B146e, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix QR.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 50-cedi note (B151c) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_50_cedis_2015.07.01_B151c_P42_XK_8099790_fGhana_BOG_50_cedis_2015.07.01_B151c_P42_XK_8099790_r
Like B151b, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix XK.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 10-cedi note (B147f) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_10_cedis_2015.07.01_B147f_P39_TC_2179347_fGhana_BOG_10_cedis_2015.07.01_B147f_P39_TC_2179347_r
Like B147e, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix TC.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 2-cedi note (B152b) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_2_cedis_2014.07.01_B152b_P37Ac_BN_3932865_fGhana_BOG_2_cedis_2014.07.01_B152b_P37Ac_BN_3932865_r
Like B152a, but new date (1st JULY 2014). Prefix BG - BP.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 1-cedi note (B145f) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_1_cedi_2014.07.01_B145f_P37_FU_3218952_fGhana_BOG_1_cedi_2014.07.01_B145f_P37_FU_3218952_r
Like B145e, but new date (1st JULY 2014). Prefix FU - GF.

Courtesy of Marco Fragel and Sejin Ahn.

Ghana new sig/date (01.07.2014) 50-cedi note (B151b) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_50_cedis_2014.07.01_B151b_P42_XH_5533960_fGhana_BOG_50_cedis_2014.07.01_B151b_P42_XH_5533960_r
Like B151a, but new date (1st JULY 2014) and new signature (Henry Kofi Wampah). Prefix XH.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 20-cedi note (B148e) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_20_cedis_2014.07.01_B148e_P40_WB_4527824_fGhana_BOG_20_cedis_2014.07.01_B148e_P40_WB_4527824_r
Like B148d, but new date (1st JULY 2014). Prefix WB - WF.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 5- and 10-cedi notes confirmed

5 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like B146d, but new date. Prefix QC.

10 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like B147d, but new date. Prefix ST.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2013) 10-cedi note (B147d) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_10_cedis_2013.03.06_B147d_P39_SF_4581340_fGhana_BOG_10_cedis_2013.03.06_B147d_P39_SF_4581340_r
Like B147c, but new date (6th MARCH 2013) and signature.

Courtesy of Radoslaw Dlouhy.

P.S. Radoslaw also mentions that Ghana's National Museum in Accra has some exhibits of banknotes including many specimen notes.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2013) 1-, 5-, and 20-cedi notes confirmed

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1 cedi, 6th MARCH 2013. Like B145, but new date and signature (Henry Kofi Wampah).

5 cedis, 6th MARCH 2013. Like B146, but new date and signature (Henry Kofi Wampah).

20 cedis, 6th MARCH 2013. Like B148, but new date and signature (Henry Kofi Wampah).

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new 2-cedi note (B152) confirmed

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Ghana_BOG_2_cedis_2013.03.06_B52a_PNL_BB_5120415_r
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Like B150a, but without commemorative text at upper center, new date (6th MARCH 2013), and new signature (Henry Kofi Wampah, who took over as governor from Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur on 6 August 2012).

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new 1-cedi watermark variety (B145d) confirmed

The 1-cedi note dated 6th MARCH 2010 (B145) is confirmed available with and without an electrotype 1 in the standard watermark of Tetteh Quarshie and cocoa pod.

It has been confirmed with a new electrotype variety:

On the earlier notes (B145c), the 1 is outside the cocoa pod, below and to the right.
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On the newer notes (B145d), the 1 is partially on the cocoa pod, at left center.Ghana_BOG_1_C_2010.03.06_B45d_P37_watermark_f

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new 50-cedi note dated 02.01.2012 confirmed

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According to a press release dated 9 July 2012, the Bank of Ghana intends to enhance the security of the 50-cedi banknote (B149) by replacing the square holographic patch at lower right front with a cocoa pod printed in green-to-blue SPARK ink. The revised note is scheduled for introduction in early August 2012. The notes bear the signature of Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur because when they were printed in June, he was the governor of the bank, having served from 1 October 2009 to 6 August 2012. Notes to be issued later will however bear the signature of the new governor, as of yet unnamed.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2011) 10-cedi note (B147c) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_10_cedis_2011.07.01_B147c_P39_RV_2290680_fGhana_BOG_10_cedis_2011.07.01_B147c_P39_RV_2290680_r
Like B147b, but new date (1st JULY 2011).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ghana new sig/date (01.07.2011) 5- and 20-cedi notes (B146c, B148c) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_5_cedis_2011.07.01_B146c_P38_MP_1906076_fGhana_BOG_5_cedis_2011.07.01_B146c_P38_MP_1906076_r
Like B146b, but new date (1st JULY 2011) and signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur).

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Like B148b, but new date (1st JULY 2011) and signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Ghana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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The Challenge: Identify building on back of Ghana's 20,000-cedi note

Today’s challenge is to identify the building which appears on the back of the old 20,000-cedi note of Ghana.

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 all of the 20,000-cedi notes from 2002-2006 (Pick 36):

IDENTIFIED: National Theatre of Ghana in Accra.

Courtesy of Frederick Martin.

Ghana new date (2010) 1-cedi note (B145b) confirmed


On early 1-cedi notes dated 6th MARCH 2010, the watermark is Tetteh Quarshie, a cacao pod, and Cornerstones. On later issues with the same date and signature, an electrotype denomination numeral has been added.

Collectors are encouraged to check the other denominations also dated 6th MARCH 2010 to see whether they can confirm any without the electrotype denomination in the watermark, or if this variety appears on the 1-cedi notes only.

In addition to the different watermark, there’s also a change in the brown underprint bar to the left of the words BANK OF GHANA on the front of the note. On the earlier 2010 notes, the bar is ragged with ill-defined edges, but on later 2010 notes, the bar has straight edges, as on the 2007 notes.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts and Ricardo Castedo.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2010) 50-cedi note (B149b) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_50_cedis_2010.03.06_B149b_P41_XB_3145867_fGhana_BOG_50_cedis_2010.03.06_B149b_P41_XB_3145867_r
Like B149a, but new date (6th MARCH 2010), new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2010) 5-cedi note (B146b) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_5_cedis_2010.03.06_B146b_P38_MA_9457444_fGhana_BOG_5_cedis_2010.03.06_B146b_P38_MA_9457444_r
Like B146a, but new date (6th MARCH 2010), new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2010) 10-cedi note (B147b) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_10_cedis_2010.03.06_B147b_P39_RR_3361029_fGhana_BOG_10_cedis_2010.03.06_B147b_P39_RR_3361029_r
Like B147a, but new date (6th MARCH 2010), new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

How well do you know the Ghana cedi?

Check out this interesting article on Ghana Business News.

British West Africa scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of British West Africa:

P3 issued or specimen
P4 with Arabic text on back
P5 with blank back
P6 issued note, not specimen
P7 dated 2ND JANUARY, 1930, 21ST JULY, 1930, 10TH DECEMBER, 1943, 29TH NOVEMBER, 1948, and 28TH JULY, 1950
P8 dated December, 1947
P11 dated 31ST MARCH 1953

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Ghana new watermark 1-cedi note (B145c) confirmed

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Like B145b, but electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Ghana new 2-cedi note (B150) confirmed



On 14 May 2010, the Bank of Ghana introduced a new 2-cedi (US$1.40) banknote to meet public need for an intermediary denomination and reduce the frequency, and associated cost, of printing large volumes of the GH¢1 banknote. The bank also acknowledges that the use of a single, identical portrait (The Big Six) on all the five denominations introduced in the July 2007 re-denomination exercise (and the previous ¢10,000 banknote that was withdrawn from circulation in 2007) makes it hard for the public to distinguish between denominations. As such, the bank has chosen to recognize departed national heroes who positively impacted on the lives of Ghanaians, such as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, whose portrait appears on the new 2-cedi note in commemoration of the centenary of his birth. The back of the note depicts the old and new Parliament buildings, signifying Ghana’s deepening democracy.

The introduction of the new coincides with the conclusion of the year-long centenary celebrations of the birth of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, and has the commemorative text “CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF DR. KWAME NKRUMAH”. Future issues of the GH¢2 banknote are not expected to have this text; making this introductory issue a collector’s item.

Courtesy of Dieter Eheim.

Ghana 2007 specimen set reported


A complete specimen set of Ghana’s current banknote issues (dated 1st July 2007) has been reported and confirmed. These specimens have diagonal red SPECIMEN overprints and all-zero serial numbers.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

Ghana new date (10.06.1994) 1,000-cedi note (B131b) confirmed

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Like B131a, but new date (10TH JUNE 1994).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Ghana new date (04.08.2006) 5,000-cedi note (B142c) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_5000_cedis_2006.08.04_B142c_P34j_ED_3639701_fGhana_BOG_5000_cedis_2006.08.04_B142c_P34j_ED_3639701_r
Like B142b, but new date (4th AUGUST 2006).

Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Ghana new date (04.08.2006) 10,000-cedi note (B143c) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_10000_cedis_2006.08.04_B143c_P35c_ES_2059165_fGhana_BOG_10000_cedis_2006.08.04_B143c_P35c_ES_2059165_r
Like B143b, but new date (4th August 2006).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ghana new date (2006) 20,000-cedi note (B144c) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_20000_cedis_2006.08.04_B144c_P36c_EV_4530403_fGhana_BOG_20000_cedis_2006.08.04_B144c_P36c_EV_4530403_r
Like B144a, but new date (4TH AUGUST 2006).

Courtesy of Marcel Goudbeek (IBNS member 9246).

Ghana unveils new note family due 1 July 2007

On 3 May 2007, the Bank of Ghana unveiled the following new family of notes was scheduled for issuance on 1 July 2007.  On the front they all feature the printed date of 1st JULY 2007, an image of Independence Arch, the signature of Governor Dr. Paul Acquah, and a conjoined portrait of the “Big Six:” Kwame Nkrumah, Ebenezer Ako Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey, and William Ofori Atta. All of the notes have the following security features: windowed security thread, novel serial numbers, registration device, portrait of Tetteh Quarshie and cocoa pod as wmk, denomination as latent image and intaglio printed in gold ink, and iridescent band.


1 Ghana cedi (US$1.10), June 2007. Red. Front: Freedom and Justice arch in Independence Square; Kwame Nkrumah; Ebenezer Ako Adjei; Edward Akufo-Addo; Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori Atta. Back: Akosombo Dam. Windowed security thread with demetalized GHANA 1. Watermark: Tetteh Quarshie, cacao pod, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 137 x 65 mm.


5 Ghana cedis (US$5.40), June 2007. Blue. Front: Freedom and Justice arch in Independence Square; Kwame Nkrumah; Ebenezer Ako Adjei; Edward Akufo-Addo; Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori Atta. Back: University of Ghana; tower; buildings; sculpture. Windowed security thread with demetalized GHANA 5. Watermark: Tetteh Quarshie, cacao pod, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 141 x 68 mm.


10 Ghana cedis (US$10.80), June 2007. Green. Front: Freedom and Justice arch in Independence Square; Kwame Nkrumah; Ebenezer Ako Adjei; Edward Akufo-Addo; Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori Atta. Back: Bank of Ghana headquarters buildings. Holographic patch. Windowed security thread with demetalized GHANA 10. Watermark: Tetteh Quarshie, cacao pod, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 71 mm.


20 Ghana cedis (US$21.55), June 2007. Purple. Front: Freedom and Justice arch in Independence Square; Kwame Nkrumah; Ebenezer Ako Adjei; Edward Akufo-Addo; Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori Atta. Back: Supreme Court building. Holographic patch. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized GHANA 20. Watermark: Tetteh Quarshie, cacao pod, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 149 x 74 mm.


50  Ghana cedis (US$53.90), June 2007. Brown. Front: Freedom and Justice arch in Independence Square; Kwame Nkrumah; Ebenezer Ako Adjei; Edward Akufo-Addo; Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori Atta. Back: Christianborg Castle (seat of government) building. Holographic patch. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized GHANA 50. Watermark: Tetteh Quarshie, cacao pod, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 77 mm.

Ghana new sig/date (04.08.2017) 2-cedi note (B152d) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_2_cedis_2017.08.04_B152d_P37Ae_CS_2260437_fGhana_BOG_2_cedis_2017.08.04_B152d_P37Ae_CS_2260437_r
Like B152c, but new signature (Ernest Addison) and new date (4th AUGUST 2017). Prefix CS.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new sig/date (04.08.2017) 50-cedi note (B151e) confirmed

Ghana_BOG_50_cedis_2017.08.04_B151e_P42_XU_5599234_fGhana_BOG_50_cedis_2017.08.04_B151e_P42_XU_5599234_r
Like B151d, but new signature (Ernest Addison) and new date (4th AUGUST 2017). Prefix XU.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.