Pakistan

Pakistan denies rumors that 5,000-rupee notes are being discontinued

According to a press release dated 10 September 2018, "Apropos the rumors circulating on social media regarding discontinuation of Rs.5000 banknote, SBP categorically rejects all such rumors and requests the general public to pay no heed to such disinformation.
It is further clarified that SBP Act, 1956 clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of different institutions including SBP for issuance, circulation and demonetization or cancellation of banknotes. Specifically, section 25 of the Act requires a recommendation of SBP Board of Directors before the Federal Government makes any decision about the demonetization or cancellation of banknotes. The SBP Board has not submitted any recommendation for demonetization or discontinuation of Rs.5000 or any other banknote to Federal Government or Cabinet. Further, in case of demonetization of any bank note, SBP announces the same well in advance and provides ample time to public to change the currency under demonetization process. SBP places all such announcements on its website and circulates the same through its social media platforms as well. The public is therefore advised not to pay heed to any such rumors which are aimed at creating unnecessary hype and anxiety. They may also verify announcements from SBP Website (www.sbp.org.pk), Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StateBankPakistan) and Twitter account before forwarding the same to their contacts."

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2018) 20-rupee note (B233p) confirmed

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Like B233o, but new date (2018). Prefix JX.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2018) 5,000-rupee note (B239l) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2018.00.00_B239l_P51_AZ_8065802_fPakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2018.00.00_B239l_P51_AZ_8065802_r
Like B239k, but new date (2018). Prefix AZ.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2018) 50-rupee note (B234o) confirmed

Like B234n, but new date (2018). Prefix KT.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new signature 1,000-rupee note (B238p) confirmed

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Pakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2017.00.00_B238p_P50_NM_8236450_r
Like B238o, but new signature. Prefix MY - NM.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2018) 500-rupee note (B237n) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_500_rupees_2018.00.00_B237n_P49A_GN_0749391_f
Like B237m, but new date (2018). Prefix GN.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2018) 10-rupee note (B231q) confirmed

Like B231p, but new date (2018). Prefix AWM.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new sig 10- to 5,000-rupee notes confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_10_rupees_2017.00.00_B231p_P45_ATM_6763018_fPakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2017.00.00_B233o_P55_JR_0030506_fPakistan_SBP_100_rupees_2017.00.00_B235p_P48_PC_7049840_fPakistan_SBP_500_rupees_2017.00.00_B237m_P49A_GF_4126393_fPakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2017.00.00_B238p_P50_MY_1569112_fPakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2017.00.00_B239k_P51_AY_1229579_f
Like preceding issues dated 2017, but with new signature.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Pakistan new date (2017) 20-rupee note (B233n) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2017.00.00_B233n_P55_JM_8033786_f
Like B233m, but new date (2017). Prefix JM.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new signature 10-rupee note (B231p) confirmed

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Like B231o, but new signature (Tariq Bajwa).

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2017) 5,000-rupee note (B239j) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2017.00.00_B239j_P51_AQ_7174410_fPakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2017.00.00_B239j_P51_AQ_7174410_r
Like B239i, but new date. Prefix AN - AQ.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Pakistan new date (2017) 100-rupee note (B235o) confirmed

Like B235n, but new date (2017). Prefix NJ.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Pakistan new date (2017) 500-rupee note (B237l) confirmed

Like B237k, but new date (2017). Prefix FL.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Pakistan new date (2017) 1,000-rupee note (B238o) confirmed

Like B238n, but new date (2017). Prefix MB.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Pakistan new date (2017) 50-rupee note (B234m) confirmed

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Like B234l, but new date (2017). Prefix HR.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Pakistan state bank names acting governor

According to a press release dated 2 May 2017, the federal government has appointed Riaz Riazuddin as Acting Governor State Bank of Pakistan with immediate effect, for a period not exceeding three months or till appointment of a regular Governor.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2017) 10-rupee note (B231o) confirmed

Like B231n, but new date (2017). Prefix APS.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Pakistan new date (2016) 20-rupee note (B233m) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2016.00.00_B233m_P55_JC_1067386_fPakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2016.00.00_B233m_P55_JC_1067386_r
Like B233l, but new date (2016). Prefix JC.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Pakistan new date (2016) 100-rupee note (B235n) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_100_rupees_2016.00.00_B235n_P57_LW_8229423_fPakistan_SBP_100_rupees_2016.00.00_B235n_P57_LW_8229423_r
Like B235m, but new date (2016). Prefix LW.

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

Pakistan new date (2016) 5,000-rupee note (B239i) confirmed

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Pakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2016.00.00_B239i_P51_AF_0112879_r
Like B239h, but new date (2016). Prefix AF.

Courtesy of Hans-Dieter Müller.

Pakistan new date (2016) 50-rupee note (B234l) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_50_rupees_2016.00.00_B234l_P47_GM_5649168_f
Pakistan_SBP_50_rupees_2016.00.00_B234l_P47_GM_5649168_r
Like B234k, but new date (2016). Prefix GM.

Courtesy of Clive Brind.

Pakistan new date (2016) 500-rupee note (B237k) confirmed

Like B237j, but new date (2016). Prefix EF.

Courtesy of Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2016) 1,000-rupee note (B238n) confirmed

B238n: Like B238m, but new date (2016). Prefix KB.

Courtesy of Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2016) 10-rupee note (B231n) confirmed

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B231n: Like B231m, but new date (2016). Prefix AHR.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2015) 5,000-rupee note (B239h) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2015.00.00_B239h_P51_AA_8050714_fPakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2015.00.00_B239h_P51_AA_8050714_r
Like B239g, but new date (2015). Prefix AA.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).


Pakistan denies plans to introduce 10,000-rupee note

According to a press release dated 18 August 2015, the State Bank of Pakistan "categorically denies the news item reported in a section of press and electronic/social media regarding its plans to issue new banknote of Rs. 10,000/- The SBP has no plans whatsoever for issuance of any higher denomination banknote as seven denominations of existing banknotes are adequately meeting the business/transactional needs of the economy." At present the largest denomination remains the 5,000-rupee notes (B239), worth approximately US$49.

Pakistan new signature 100-rupee note (B235l) confirmed

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Pakistan_SBP_100_rupees_2014.00.00_B235l_P57_JY_6677048_r
Like B235k, but new signature (Ashraf Vathra). Prefix JY.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new date (2015) 50-rupee note (B234k) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_50_rupees_2015.00.00_B234k_P47_FF_3905856_fPakistan_SBP_50_rupees_2015.00.00_B234k_P47_FF_3905856_r
Like B234j, but new date (2015). Prefix FD.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.


Pakistan new sig/date (2015) 100-rupee note (B235m) confirmed

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Like B235l, but new signature and date (2015). Prefix KE.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2015) 20-rupee note (B233l) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2015.00.00_B233l_P55_GU_0504703_f
Like B233k, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2015) 10-rupee note (B231m) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_10_rupees_2015.00.00_B31m_P54_AEN_6609786_f
Like B231l, but new date. Prefix AEN.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan demonetizes pre-2005 notes as of 31.12.2021

According to a State Bank of Pakistan press release dated 17 June 2015, "As per Federal Government’s Gazette Notification dated 4th June, 2015, the old design banknotes will cease to be legal tender with effect from 1st December 2016. Therefore, it has now been decided to phase out all remaining old design banknotes of Rs 10, 50, 100 & 1000. The Rs 5 banknote and the old design Rs 500 banknote have already been demonetized.

"It is worth mentioning that the State Bank of Pakistan issued a new design banknote series which started with the issuance of Rs 20 denomination banknote in 2005 (SBP B32a) to improve the security, durability and aesthetic quality of banknotes. The process of issuance of complete series of new design banknotes comprising eight denominations (Rs 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000) was completed in 2008 (B230-B239).

"The commercial/microfinance banks will accept the old design banknotes of Rs 10, 50, 100 and 1000 and exchange the same with the new design banknotes and coins of all denominations up to 30th November 2016 only. However, SBP BSC field offices will continue to accept the old design banknotes of Rs 10, 50, 100 & 1000 from general public up to December 31, 2021.

"The last day to exchange all old design banknotes from banks is November 30, 2016.All old design banknotes shall cease to be legal tender on December 01, 2016 while last day to exchange all such banknotes from SBP BSC field offices is December 31, 2021."

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2015) 500-rupee note (B237j) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_500_rupees_2015.00.00_B237j_P49Ag_DS_8883259_fPakistan_SBP_500_rupees_2015.00.00_B237j_P49Ag_DS_8883259_r
Like B237i, but new date (2015). Prefix DL.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new date (2015) 1,000-rupee note (B238m) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2015.00.00_B238m_P50_JN_7599042_fPakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2015.00.00_B238m_P50_JN_7599042_r
Like B238l, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Zeeshan Yameen.

Pakistan new sig/date (2014) 5,000-rupee note (B239g) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2014.00.00_B239g_P51_V_0042986_fPakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2014.00.00_B239g_P51_V_0042986_r
Like B239f, but new date (2014) and new signature (Ashraf Mahmood Wathra). Prefix V.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Pakistan new signature 500-rupee note (B237i) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_500_rupees_2014.00.00_B237i_P49Af_CW_8932058_fPakistan_SBP_500_rupees_2014.00.00_B237i_P49Af_CW_8932058_r
Like B237h, but new signature (Ashraf Mahmood Wathra). Prefix CW.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new date (2014) 100-rupee note (B235k) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_100_rupees_2014.00.00_B235k_P48_JD_8442426_fPakistan_SBP_100_rupees_2014.00.00_B235k_P48_JD_8442426_r
Like B235j, but new date (2014).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new date (2014) 20-rupee note (B233j) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2014.00.00_B233j_P55_FC_7748197_fPakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2014.00.00_B233j_P55_FC_7748197_r
Like B233i, but new date (2014).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new sig/date (2014) 20-rupee note (B233j) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2014.00.00_B233j_P55_FC_7748197_fPakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2014.00.00_B233j_P55_FC_7748197_r
Like B233i, but new date (2014) and new signature.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new date (2014) 50-rupee note (B234i) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_50_rupees_2014.00.00_B234i_P47_EG_3010107_f
Like B234h, but new date (2014).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new signature 1,000-rupee note (B238l) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2014.00.00_B238l_P50_HB_3606900_f
Like B238k, but new signature (Ashraf Mahmood Wathra).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new date (2014) 10-rupee note (B231k) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_10_rupees_2014.00.00_B231k_P45_ZW_3385402_fPakistan_SBP_10_rupees_2014.00.00_B231k_P45_ZW_3385402_r
Like B231j, but new date (2014).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new date (2014) 500- and 1,000-rupee notes (B237h, B238k) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_500_rupees_2014.00.00_B237h_P49Af_CQ_6544546_fPakistan_SBP_500_rupees_2014.00.00_B237h_P49Af_CQ_6544546_r
Like B237g, but new date (2014).

Pakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2014.00.00_B238k_P50_GP_7738031_fPakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2014.00.00_B238k_P50_GP_7738031_r
1,000 rupees, 2014. Like B238, but new date (2014).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan central bank appoints acting governor

According to a report on The News dated 31 January 2014, Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has appointed Ashraf Mahmood Wathra, Deputy Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) as the Acting Governor SBP till further orders. Wathra takes over from Yaseen Anwar, who tendered his resignation as governor of the State Bank of Pakistan on 24 January.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Pakistan central bank governor resignation reported

According to a report on The News dated 24 January 2014, Yaseen Anwar, governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, has tendered his resignation. If true, new signature varieties on current banknotes can eventually be expected.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Pakistan new date (2013) 20- and 500-rupee notes (B233i, B237g) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2013.00.00_B233i_P55_EJ_8007417_fPakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2013.00.00_B233i_P55_EJ_8007417_r
Like B233h, but new date (2013).

Pakistan_SBP_500_rupees_2013.00.00_B237g_P49Ae_BW_5508807_fPakistan_SBP_500_rupees_2013.00.00_B237g_P49Ae_BW_5508807_r
Like B237f, but new date (2013).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new date (2013) 5,000-rupee note (B239f) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2013.00.00_B239f_P51_P_4355266_fPakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2013.00.00_B239f_P51_P_4355266_r
Like B239e, but new date (2013).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new dates (2012 and 2013) 50-rupee notes (B234f, B234g) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_50_rupees_2012.00.00_B234g_P47_DD_8249692_fPakistan_SBP_50_rupees_2012.00.00_B234g_P47_DD_8249692_r
Like B234f, but new date (2012).

Pakistan_SBP_50_rupees_2013.00.00_B234h_P47_DM_5255041_fPakistan_SBP_50_rupees_2013.00.00_B234h_P47_DM_5255041_r
Like B234g, but new date (2013).

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

Pakistan new date (2013) 10-rupee note (B231j) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_10_rupees_2013.00.00_B231j_P45_WU_0452131_fPakistan_SBP_10_rupees_2013.00.00_B231j_P45_WU_0452131_r
Like B231i, but new date (2013).

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

Pakistan new date (2013) 100- and 1,000-rupee notes (B235j, B238j) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_100_rupees_2013.00.00_B235j_P48_GV_4904050_fPakistan_SBP_100_rupees_2013.00.00_B235j_P48_GV_4904050_r
Like B235i, but new date (2013).

Pakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2013.00.00_B238j_P50_FH_8069530_fPakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2013.00.00_B238j_P50_FH_8069530_r
Like B238i, but new date (2013).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger (www.banknote.ws).

Pakistan new date (2012) 20-rupee note (B233h) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2012.00.00_B233h_P55_DR_5901281_fPakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2012.00.00_B233h_P55_DR_5901281_r
Like B233g, but new date (2012).

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

Pakistan new sig/date (2012) 5,000-rupee note (B239e) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2012.00.00_B239e_P51_N_4600258_fPakistan_SBP_5000_rupees_2012.00.00_B239e_P51_N_4600258_r
Like B239d, but new date (2012) and new signature (Yaseen Anwar).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new date (2012) 10-rupee note (B231i) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_10_rupees_2012.00.00_B231i_P45_TN_1142316_fPakistan_SBP_10_rupees_2012.00.00_B231i_P45_TN_1142316_r
Like B231h, but new date (2012).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Pakistan new date (2012) 100-rupee note (B235i) confirmed

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Like B235h, but new date (2012).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Pakistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 32-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of Pakistan from 1948 to present, and the State Bank of Pakistan from 1949 to present. Revised 07.08.2018.

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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Pakistan new date (2012) 1,000-rupee note (B238i) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2012.00.00_B238i_P50_DR_8873688_fPakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2012.00.00_B238i_P50_DR_8873688_r
Like B238h, but new date (2012).

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Pakistan new signature (2011) 1,000-rupee note (B238h) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2011.00.00_B238h_P50_DN_1829380_fPakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2011.00.00_B238h_P50_DN_1829380_r
Like B238g, but new signature (Yaseen Anwar).

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Pakistan new signature banknotes confirmed

According to a press release, the State Bank of Pakistan began issuing banknotes with Governor Yaseen Anwar’s signature on 10 February 2012. Notes with the new signature dated 2011 have been confirmed on denominations 10 - 1,000 rupees.

Courtesy of Qaisar Miana, Hans-Dieter Müeller, and Dr. Malik Aftab Joiya.

Pakistan new sig/date (2010 & 2011) notes confirmed


Syed Salim Raza


Shahid Hafiz Kardar

All Pakistani denominations 10 to 1,000 rupees have been confirmed dated 2010 with two different signature varieties: Syed Salim Raza and Shahid Hafiz Kardar. Furthermore, all denominations have been confirmed dated 2011 with the signature of Shahid Hafiz Kardar. The latest date confirmed for the 5,000-rupee note is 2009.

Courtesy of Qaisar Miana.

Pakistan new signature 1,000-rupee note (B238f) confirmed

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Like B238e, but new signature (Shaheed Kardar).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger.

Pakistan delays demonetization of old 500-rupee notes (B227)

According to an Online International News Network article, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has approved pushing back the date of exchange of old design 500-rupee (B227) notes until 30 September 2012.

Pakistan new sig/date (2011) 1,000-rupee note (B238g) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2011.00.00_B238g_P50_CM_7355042_fPakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2011.00.00_B238g_P50_CM_7355042_r
Like B238f, but new date (2012) and new signature (Shahid Hafiz Kardar).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Pakistan to demonetize 5-rupee note (B230) on 01.01.2012

Pakistan_SBP_5_rupees_2010.00.00_B230c_P53c_FH_3337551_fPakistan_SBP_5_rupees_2010.00.00_B230c_P53c_FH_3337551_r
According to a press release issued by the State Bank of Pakistan, the 5-rupee note (B230) originally introduced 8 July 2008 will be demonetized on 1 January 2011 and replaced by a coin.

Courtesy of Tristan Williams and Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new date (2010) 5, 10, 50, and 100-rupee notes confirmed


With today’s confirmation of the new 2010 date varieties, all denominations—with the exception of the 20 rupee—have been confirmed with the new date and new signature of Syed Salim Raza.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Pakistan to start issuing notes with new signature on 03.01.2011

On 3 January 2011, the State Bank of Pakistan will start issuing banknotes bearing the signature of Shahid Hafiz Kardar, who assumed the role of governor on 9 September 2010.

Pakistan old 500-rupee notes (B227) to be demonetized on 01.10.2011

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The State Bank of Pakistan has informed the public that it will demonetize old 500-rupee (US$5.85) notes as of 1 October 2011. The old notes (B227), which were introduced in April 1986, have been replaced with new notes (B236) originally issued in 2006.

Pakistan new date (2010) 20-rupee note (B233d) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2010.00.00_B233d_P55_BH_7156740_fPakistan_SBP_20_rupees_2010.00.00_B233d_P55_BH_7156740_r
Like B233c, but new date (2010).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Pakistan new date (2010) 1,000-rupee note (B238e) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2010.00.00_B238e_P50e_BH_7711040_fPakistan_SBP_1000_rupees_2010.00.00_B238e_P50e_BH_7711040_r
Like B238d, but new date (2010).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Pakistan new date (2009) 100-rupee note (B235d) confirmed

Pakistan_SBP_100_rupees_2009.00.00_B235d_P48_DP_8734952_fPakistan_SBP_100_rupees_2009.00.00_B235d_P48_DP_8734952_r
Like B235c, but new date (2009) and new signature (Syed Salim Raza).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Pakistan new date (2010) 500-rupee note (B237b) confirmed

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Like B237a, but new date (2010).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Pakistan bank governor resignation confirmed

According to a BBC News article dated 3 June 2010, Syed Salim Raza resigned as governor of the State Bank of Pakistan on 6 May 2010. Deputy Governor Yaseen Anwar has been appointed by President Zardari as acting governor to replace Raza.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Pakistan new date (2009) 50-rupee note (B234b) confirmed

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Like B234a, but new date (2009) and new signature (Syed Salim Raza). Introduced 15 May 2009.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Pakistan new date (2009) 20-rupee note (B233c) confirmed

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Like B233b, but new date (2009) and new signature (Syed Salim Raza).

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Pakistan new date (2009) 10-rupee note (B231d) confirmed

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Like B231c, but new date (2009) and new signature (Syed Salim Raza).

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Pakistan new date (2009) 1,000-rupee note (B238d) confirmed

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Like B238d, but new date (2009) and new signature (Governor Syed Salim Raza).

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Pakistan revised 500-rupee note (B237a) confirmed

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State Bank of Pakistan introduced a new 500-rupee note (B237a) on 25 January 2010. The new note bears the signature of Syed Salim Raza, SBP Governor. The new note is like B236, which was introduced in 2006, except on right front it now features the Pakistani flag of a crescent and five-pointed star in green-to-magenta OVI. Both notes will circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Pakistan new sig/date (2008 and 2009) 5,000-rupee notes (B239c, B239d) confirmed

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Like B239b, but new date (2008). Prefix K.

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Like B239c, but new date (2009) and new signature (Governor Syed Salim Raza). Prefix L.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Pakistan new date (2009) 5-rupee note (B230b) confirmed

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Like B230a, but new date (2009) and new signature (Syed Salim Raza). Introduced 15 May 2009.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Pakistan new date (2008) 10-rupee note (B231c) confirmed

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Like B231b, but new date (2008).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new date (2008) 20-rupee note (B233b) confirmed

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Like B233a, but new date (2008).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan issues notes signed by Governor Raza

On 15 May 2009, State Bank of Pakistan issued all denominations with the signature of the new governor, Syed Saleem Raza, who assumed the post on 2 January 2009. These banknotes are the same color, design, and size as the preceding notes.

Pakistan new date (2008) 100-rupee note (B235c) confirmed

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Like B235b, but new date (2008).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan new date (2008) 1,000-rupee note (B238c) confirmed

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Like B238b, but new date (2008). Prefix Z, AA - AR.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Pakistan issues new 50-rupee note (B234a)

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B234 (P47): 50 rupees (US$0.50)
Purple, violet, and orange. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani). Back: English text; bank logo; K2 peak in Karakorum Mountains between Pakistan and China. Solid security thread with printed STATE BANK OF PAKISTAN 50. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 50. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 131 x 65 mm.
a. 2008. Sig. 15. Prefix A - Z, AA - AD. Intro: 08.07.2008.

Pakistan issues new 5-rupee note (B230a)

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B230 (P53): 5 rupees (demonetized 01.01.2012)
Greenish gray, blue, yellow, and red. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani). Back: English text; bank logo; gantry cranes at Gwadar Sea Port. Solid security thread with printed STATE BANK OF PAKISTAN 5. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 5. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 115 x 65 mm.
a. 2008. Sig. 15. Prefix A - Z, AA - CJ. Intro: 08.07.2008.

Pakistan new date (2007) 5,000-rupee note (B239b) confirmed

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Like B239a, but new date (2007). Prefix H.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Pakistan issues revised 20-rupee note (B233a)


Responding to the public outcry over the similar colors of the 20-rupee note (B232a) issued on 13 August 2005, and the 5,000-rupee note (B239a) issued on 27 May 2006, the State Bank of Pakistan today issued a revised Rs20 note which is identical to the previous issue, except the colors have been revised to facilitate distinguishing it from all other denominations in the new series. The previous brown Rs20 remains legal tender.

20 rupee (US$0.30), 2007. Issued 22 March 2008. Orange, green, and yellow. Mohammad Ali Jinnah as portrait and watermark with electrotype denomination, signature (Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor), microlettering, security thread fluoresces blue under UV light, and denomination as latent image and registration device. Mohen-Jo-Daro in Larkana on back. Printer: Security Printing Corporation. 123 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Muhammad Rizwan.

Pakistan issues new 5,000-rupee note (B239a)


B239 (P51): 5,000 rupees (US$49)
Orange, brown, and red. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani); OVI flag. Back: English text; bank logo; Faisal mosque in Islamabad. Windowed security thread with demetalized 5000. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 5000. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 165 x 65 mm.
a. 2006. Sig. 15. Prefix A - J. Intro: 27.05.2006.
 
Courtesy of R. K. Lodha.

Pakistan issues new 100- and 500-rupee notes (B235a, B236a)

The Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar launched Rs. 100 and Rs. 500 new design bank notes at a ceremony held today at SBP Head Office, Karachi. The launch of these notes is part of a campaign to eliminate counterfeiting of notes in the country.

The State Bank has taken advantage of the latest technology to make these notes virtually impossible to be forged by incorporating the state-of-the-art security features that are easy to recognize but almost impossible to counterfeit.

Some of the special security features added in the new design banknotes are anti-copy and anti-scan, microlettering, a latent image of the denomination which can be seen when the note is tilted, a windowed security thread that changes colors when seen against the light, and a registration device.

The launch of these high-tech notes is also expected to revolutionize the banking business in Pakistan as these notes are equipped with machine-readable features. This will facilitate automation of handling of notes by banks and use of equipment to detect counterfeiting while processing the notes. Due to presence of special features in these notes, ATMs that can receive as well as dispense cash can now be introduced in Pakistan.

The old design Rs.100 (B226) and Rs.500 (B227) will remain in circulation as legal tender along with the new design notes.

With this launch, the State Bank has already introduced new design notes of Rs. 10, 20, 100, 500, and 5,000 denominations. The State Bank plans to complete its current design upgrading campaign of notes when new designs of the remaining denominations of Rs. 50 and Rs. 1,000 are introduced early in 2007.


100 rupees (US$1.65), 2006. Issued 10 November 2006. Red, violet, and tan. Microlettering, windowed security thread, and denomination as latent image and registration device. Signature: Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor. Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat on back. Printer: Security Printing Corporation.


500 rupees (US$8.25), 2006. Issued 10 November 2006. Teal, blue, and olive green. Microlettering, windowed security thread, and denomination as latent image and registration device. Signature: Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Governor. Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on back. Printer: Security Printing Corporation.

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle. Thanks also to Muhammad Rizwan for informing me that both of these notes are also available as specimens with all-zero serial numbers and the word “SPECIMEN” punched into the note in large letters.

Pakistan directed to redesign its new family of notes


On 10 January 2007, the subcommittee of the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee directed the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to change the colors and designs of the new family of banknotes, especially the Rs20 and Rs5,000 denominations.

“The identical colours, designs, and sizes [sic] of new currency notes, especially those of Rs20 and Rs5,000 denominations, are very deceptive and are creating problems for the people. The SBP should consider changing the colours and designs of these notes,” said Riaz Fatiana, chairman of the subcommittee.

SBP’s roll out of the new family of notes began in August 2005 with the Rs20 and is expected to be completed in 2007 with the introduction of the Rs50 and Rs1,000. The new family of notes all feature the portrait of Quaid-e-Azam in Sherwani on the front, with different structures on the back. All of the notes are 65 mm tall, but their length graduates by 8 mm per denomination, from 115 mm for the Rs10 up to 163 mm for the Rs5,000.

Pakistan new date (2006) 20-rupee note (B232b) confirmed


Like B232a, but new date. Prefix E.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan to reissue 5-rupee note

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Pakistan’s Federal Cabinet has asked the State Bank of Pakistan to prepare a new 5-rupee note (US$0.08) for introduction to replace the old Rs5 (B229) that was withdrawn from circulation on 1 July 2005.

Pakistan issues new 1,000-rupee note (B238a)

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B238 (P50): 1,000 rupees (US$9.80)
Purple, light green, and light blue. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani); OVI flag. Back: English text; bank logo; trees, clock tower, and buildings at Islamia College University in Peshawar. Windowed security thread with demetalized 1000. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 155 x 65 mm.
a. 2006. Sig. 15. Prefix A - F, M. Intro: 26.02.2007.

Courtesy of Muhammad Rizwan.

Pakistan’s new 1,000-rupee note (B238a) creates controversy


On 8 August 2007, Speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain asked a National Assembly standing committee to probe and report within a month on why the new 1,000-rupee note (B238a) carries an imprint of the national flag in lilac (like the Turkish flag) rather than green, and why packs of note are now bound with a paper band and not stapled as was the past norm.

The State Bank of Pakistan explained that the Pakistani flag does not appear on any SBP notes (the flag has a white band to the left of the field of green); the crescent and five-pointed star is merely a security feature printed with optical variable ink (OVI) that changes color from magenta to green when the note is tilted. Furthermore, the SBP pointed out that bundling notes is the international standard and the practice of stapling notes has been halted in an effort to increase the longevity of the nation’s notes.

Courtesy of Muhammad Rizwan.

Pakistan new date (2018) 100-rupee note (B235q) confirmed

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Like B235p, but new date (2018). Prefix PX.

Courtesy of Muhammad Zeeshan Yameen.