Russia reveals two new banknotes

The Central Bank of Russia has revealed the new 200- and 2,000-ruble banknotes.

The 200-rubles note is green and shows in the front the Monument to the Scuttled Ships in Sebastopol. The back shows a view of "Tauric Chersonesus" (Southern Crimea). It is printed on high density cotton paper with polymeric impregnation to insure longer life.on

The 2,000-rubles note is dark blue and shows on the front the Russky Bridge in Vladivostock, with the Spaceport "Vostochny" on the back. The optically variable security element depicts a stylized image of the bridge against a background of the sun.

It seems they chose a slightly different design for the 2,000-rubles note than previously announced. But if it's a space related theme you won't hear me complaining!

Update 20-10-2017: Ukraine has officially banned the new 200-ruble banknote because it shows images from the annexed territory of the Crimea. "The National Bank of Ukraine said the ban covered all Russian currencies showing "maps, symbols, buildings, monuments" and other objects "based in Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia".This means the 200-ruble note will not be converted into local currency by Russians who travel to Ukraine.


Steven | Friday 13 October 2017 at 08:49 am | | news | No comments
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MacDonald to be removed from Canadian banknotes

The Bank of Canada is planning a new banknote series which should see the light of day at the end of 2018. The first note of the new series will be the 10-dollar note. Viola Desmond (1914-1965) will be the face of that new note as I wrote in December 2016.

I also wrote that Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald who now features the 10-dollar note, would be honoured on higher value banknotes of the new series.

Well, guess again.

It has now been made clear that he will be scrapped from the banknotes all together because of the way he treated the indigenous population of Canada. As The Scotsman writes: "The move comes after a national debate over whether Macdonald should be excluded from anything bearing his name - including bank notes, schools and airports. The row centres around the Indian Act, brought in by Macdonald in 1876, which resulted in 100,000 native Canadian children being forcibly taken away from their parents.

The youngsters were sent to institutions to try to remove the "savage" influence of their parents. Instead, many of the youngsters were subjected to sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the people supposed to "civilise" them. The Indian Act was recently labelled "cultural genocide" by a national commission and a motion has been passed by the Elementary Federation of Ontario calling for Macdonald’s name to be stripped from nine schools."

Steven | Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 11:25 am | | news | No comments
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Switzerland introduces its new 10-francs banknote

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has introduced its new 10-francs banknote today. This is the third note in the new series and has Time as its theme. Was anyone expecting Swiss watches to be on the note? You won't be completely disappointed.

The new note is yellow of color and is printed on the same Durasafe substrate as the other notes in the series. Time also points to the organisational talent of Switzerland pictured here by the hands of a conductor. There is also the image of the Earth we've seen on the previous issued notes (turned a little further again) and the different timezones on the globe. We can also see a tunnel and, yes there it is, the inner mechanics of a clock.

All details can be seen in this very informative folder (pdf) which also reveals some design elements for the upcoming notes which will be released in the coming years.

Steven | Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 11:01 am | | news | No comments
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RBS launches new 10-pound... into space

On 4 October 2017 the Royal Bank of Scotland issued its new 10-pound note featuring the image of Mary Somerville.

The launch of the new note has been quite spectacular because in honor of Scottish scientist and astronomer Mary Somerville the note was launched not only into circulation but also into space!


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Dominican Republic issues commemorative banknote

On 4 October 2017 the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic issued a special commemorative version of its regular 500-pesos dominicanos banknote. This note has a new date, new signatures, a new security thread and a new OVI which shows the number 70 in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Central Bank.

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Steven | Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 10:27 am | | news | No comments

Brunei issues polymer commemorative 50-dollar note

On 9 October the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) issued a new commemorative banknote of 50 dollar. The polymer gold-colored note commemorates the 50th anniversary of the accession to the throne by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.

Besides the regular note there will also be several numismatic products for collectors.

Steven | Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 10:10 am | | news | No comments

Argentina issues new 20-peso note

The National Bank of Argentina is in the process of issuing the new Flora and Fauna-series. At the end of last year the frontsides of the new 20-, 50-, 100- and 1,000-pesos notes were shown on a website. I made the remark then that they looked a bit too saturated and the final notes would be toned down a bit in color. 

On 3 October 2017 the 20-peso note has been issued and it seems my feeling was correct because it looks more 'real' and less like 'monopoly money' now. The front of the red-colored note shows the image of a Guanaco and flowers. The back shows more flowers, a baby Guanaco, a lake and cloud in Patagonia and a map of the Argentinian sea. 

Steven | Sunday 08 October 2017 at 1:00 pm | | news | No comments

The Bahamas issue new 1-dollar note

The Central Bank of the Bahamas has introduced a new 1-dollar note on 27 September 2017. The new note is part of the CRISP Evolution series. The description of the new note from the press release:

"The note is predominantly green, with shades of lilac, grey, burnt orange, and yellow, the banknote measures 156 mm long and 67 mm wide bearing on the front a portrait of Sir Lynden O. Pindling, the series, and the signature of the Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas, together with the words "The Central Bank of The Bahamas. These notes are legal tender under the Central Bank of The Bahamas Act 2000 for payment of any amount One Dollar".

  • A watermark of Sir Lynden O. Pindling and numeral $1, a replica map of the islands of The Bahamas, and the denominational value in words and figures appear on the left, with an image of a Lignum Vitae flower in the center. 
  • The back features a likeness of a Drum Major, in full regalia, leading the Royal Bahamas Police Force's marching band, with the trailing band members adjacent. 
  • The numeral $1 appears in the upper left and lower right corners, while the words "One Dollar" are in the upper right quadrant. 
  • Just below the Drum Major is the Coat-of-Arms of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas along with the words "Central Bank of The Bahamas".

Below images of the new note which I think is very well designed and nailed the tropical island vibe. 

Steven | Sunday 08 October 2017 at 12:38 pm | | news | No comments
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Scotland's Clydesdale Bank issues new 10-pound note

On 21 September 2017 the Scottish Clydesdale Bank issued its new 10-pound banknote which was announced in January 2016. The new note is made of polymer and features the image of poet Robert Burns. The back of the note show views of Edinburgh, including the castle. 

The Clydesdale Bank introduces around £400m worth of new notes every year and is the largest issuer by volume of notes in Scotland.

Steven | Thursday 28 September 2017 at 9:55 pm | | news | No comments

Madagascar issues second batch of new series

The Banque Central de Madagascar (BCM) has issued the second batch of the new banknote series. This second batch consists of the smaller denominations and completes the series which started with the issuing of the higher denominations on 17 July 2017. 

The second series has banknotes of 100-, 200-, 500- and 1,000-ariary and was issued on 18 September 2017. 




Steven | Thursday 28 September 2017 at 9:45 pm | | news | No comments

Frida the rescue dog on a banknote?

Mexico is still recovering from the earthquake. The nation mourns the hundreds of deaths and tries to rebuild after the devastation. One of the uplifting stories is rescue dog Frida who is deployed by the Mexican Navy to look for victims beneath the rubble. So far she's found dozens of people and her story is one of the few lights in the Mexican darkness. 

The Mexican people are so proud of the hero dog someone even suggested that she should be honored with her own banknote. Looks kind of nice doesn't it? 

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Australia issues new 10-dollar banknote

The Reserve Bank of Australia has issued its new 10-dollars banknote today. The Governor, Philip Lowe, said at the time of the presentation of the design: "The $10 banknote celebrates two famous Australian writers, Dame Mary Gilmore and AB 'Banjo' Paterson. Their work is recognised in several design elements on the banknote, including images of a pen nib in two of the clear windows and excerpts of their poetry in microprint."

Innovative new security features have been incorporated in the new $10 banknote to help keep them secure from counterfeiting. These security features are similar to those in the $5 banknote issued in 2016, such as the top-to-bottom clear window and the patch with a rolling colour effect.

Each banknote in the new series will feature a different species of native Australian wattle and bird. The $10 banknote features the Bramble Wattle (Acacia victoriae) and the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)."

The existing series of banknotes can continue to be used as all previously issued banknotes remain legal tender.

Steven | Wednesday 20 September 2017 at 12:34 pm | | news | No comments
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