Bank of England presents new 10-pound note

On 18 July 2017 the Bank of England has officially unveiled its new polymer 10-pound note featuring the image of writer Jane Austen (1775-1817) on the back. As it turns out, the leaked image from February 2017 was the actual new image. 

Features of the design on the reverse of the Jane Austen note include:
  • The quote – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI).
  • Portrait of Jane Austen. Commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, adapted from an original sketch of Jane Austen drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen.
  • An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking “The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988).
  • The image of Godmersham Park. Godmersham was home of Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen's brother. Jane Austen visited the house often and it is believed that it was the inspiration for a number of her novels.
  • Jane Austen’s writing table – the central design in the background is inspired by the 12 sided writing table, and writing quills, used by Jane Austen at Chawton Cottage.

The new tactile feature on this note is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the RNIB. This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people: the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.

Security features on the new note include:
  • A see-through window featuring the Queen's portrait.
  • Winchester Cathedral shown in gold foil on the front of the note and silver on the back.
  • A quill at the side of the window which changes from purple to orange.
  • A hologram which contains the word 'Ten' and changes to 'Pounds' when the note is tilted.
  • A hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-coloured when the note is tilted.
  • A book-shaped copper foil patch which contains the letter JA.
  • Micro-lettering beneath the Queen's portrait with tiny letters and numbers that are visible under a microscope.
  • The words 'Bank of England' printed in intaglio (raised ink) along the top of the note.

The full design can be viewed in high-resolution detail on the Flickr page of the Bank of England (I wish more bank's would provide such detailed pictures!). 

The new 10-pound note will be issued from 14 September 2017. The public can continue to spend paper 10-pound notes as usual. They will however be gradually withdrawn as they are banked by retailers and the public. Legal tender status of the paper 10-pound featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in Spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.


Steven | Saturday 22 July 2017 at 09:56 am | | news | No comments

Vanuatu gives issue date for last two new banknotes

The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu (RBV) has announced that the new 500- and 5,000-vatu notes will be issued on 28 July 2017. These new notes will be issued on polymer just like the already issued notes of the new series

The Governor of the RBV has stated that the notes were printed by Note Printing Australia Limited, a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Steven | Sunday 16 July 2017 at 7:47 pm | | news | No comments

Madagascar publishes new series and issue dates

The Banque Central de Madagascar (BCM) is gearing up for the release of their new banknote series. The BCM has issued a leaflet with more details of the new notes and the issue dates. Images below are the leaflets and pictures from a press conference.

The notes with the highest value (2,000-, 5,000-, 10,000-, and 20,000-ariary notes) will be issued from 17 July 2017. The 100-, 200-, 500- and 1,000-ariary notes will be issued on 18 September 2017. The theme of the new series is "Madagascar and its Riches". 

Courtesy of Jérémy Pureur. 







Steven | Sunday 16 July 2017 at 7:11 pm | | news | No comments
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India to issue new 200-rupees note soon

The Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a new 200-rupees note according to the Financial Express. A printing order has supposedly been placed. This printing of this note is being done to improve the currency situation in the country. After the announcement of demonetisation in November last year, the RBI had introduced new notes of 500- and 2,000-rupees.

On social media the image below has been shown as the new banknote but it is likely a photoshopped note. 

Steven | Sunday 16 July 2017 at 6:43 pm | | news | No comments
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Brunei and Singapore issue commemorative notes

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) have jointly issued a set of two $50 commemorative polymer notes, comprising one Brunei Darussalam $50 note and one Singapore $50 note in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore on 5 July 2017. 

From the press release: The Brunei Darussalam and Singapore $50 commemorative notes feature the same design elements and layout and is predominantly gold in colour to signify the golden jubilee. The 50th Anniversary logo of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement is a key feature on the front of the note. It shows a unifying flower motif comprising of a prominent flower found in Brunei Darussalam and Singapore's national flower, the Simpur and the Vanda Miss Joaquim respectively, in full bloom. This and the radiating flower petals symbolises the flourishing growth friendship between the two nations.

A unique element in the note is the see-through, colour-shifting window security feature that depicts Brunei Darussalam's Istana Nurul Iman and Singapore's Istana. A portrait of His Majesty Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is shown on the Brunei Darussalam note, while the Singapore note features a portrait of Singapore's first President, Mr Yusof bin Ishak. 

The back design of the note portrays the close collaboration between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore in the areas of defence, education and tourism. The bilateral defence cooperation is depicted by military personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the Singapore Armed Forces in their ceremonial uniforms. Collaboration in education is represented by students from both countries engaging in cross-cultural learning and exchange of ideas. Brunei Darussalam's Ulu Temburong National Park, the "Green Jewel of Brunei" and the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are also featured, signifying the importance of the Agreement in facilitating tourism between the two countries.

 There will be five types of limited edition numismatic sets sold by AMBD in conjunction with the celebration:

  • Identical Numbered Notes Set: this set contains one $50 Brunei and one $50 Singapore commemorative notes, sharing the same serial number with the CIA prefix. This set will be sold at B$300 each.
  • 3-in-1 Uncut Sheet: this set contains one uncut sheet of three $50 Brunei commemorative notes. This set will be sold at B$400 each.
  • 8-in-1 Uncut Sheet: this set contains one uncut sheet of eight $50 Brunei commemorative notes. This set will be sold at B$1,000 each.
  • 40-in-1 Uncut Sheet: this set contains one uncut sheet of forty $50 Brunei commemorative notes. This set will be sold at B$4,500 each.
  • Coffee Table Book with a set of B$50 and S$50 commemorative notes: this limited edition coffee table book highlights elaborate descriptions of the commemorative notes' designs elements and contains a set of B$50 and S$50 commemorative notes. The coffee table book will be sold at B$138 each.


(i)         Identical Numbered Notes Set

This set contains one $50 Brunei and one $50 Singapore commemorative notes, sharing the same serial number with the CIA prefix. This set will be sold at B$300 each.


(ii)         3-in-1 Uncut Sheet

This set contains one uncut sheet of three $50 Brunei commemorative notes. This set will be sold at B$400 each.


(iii)       8-in-1 Uncut Sheet

This set contains one uncut sheet of eight $50 Brunei commemorative notes. This set will be sold at B$1,000 each.


(iv)       40-in-1 Uncut Sheet

This set contains one uncut sheet of forty $50 Brunei commemorative notes. This set will be sold at B$4,500 each.


(v)        Coffee Table Book with a set of B$50 and S$50 commemorative notes 

This limited edition coffee table book highlights elaborate descriptions of the commemorative notes' designs elements and contains a set of B$50 and S$50 commemorative notes. The coffee table book will be sold at B$138 each.

Steven | Sunday 16 July 2017 at 6:19 pm | | news | No comments

New additions week 28 - 2017

After last weeks discoveries at a local store I couldn't resist and just had to return again. This time with more time than just my lunch break. After going through the mountain of available notes twice I found several other notes I could add to my collection. 

  • Czechoslovakia: 50 korun (P96a)
  • Ukraine: 500 hryven (P23)
  • Ukraine: 1,000 Karbovantsiv (P35a2)
  • Germany (Empire): 5 Mark (P56a1)
  • Germany (Empire): 20 Mark (P57)
  • Germany (Weimar): 50,000 Mark (P80)
  • Germany (Weimar): 5,000 Mark (P81a)
  • Germany (Weimar): 100,000 Mark (P83a2)
  • Germany (Weimar): 100 Million Mark (P107e1)
  • Germany (Weimar): 50 Million Mark (P109b2)
  • Germany (Weimar): 500 Million Mark (P110f)

Steven | Monday 10 July 2017 at 09:10 am | | new additions | No comments

Syria to issue new 2,000-pound note

USNEWS.com reports that the Central Bank of Syria has announced that a 2,000-pound banknote featuring a portrait of Syrian President Ashad will go into circulation. This would be the first time Syria will depict President Bashar Assad on its currency since he took office 17 years ago. The back of the note shows the People's Council of Syria inside the Parliament Building in Damascus, Syria. 

The new note will be issued from 9 July 2017. The image below is from a press conference by the Central Bank Governor Duraid Durgham on 2 July 2017. I'm sure this note will be popular with collectors of notes with notorious leaders. 

Update 6-7-2017: we have better pictures (from banknotenews.com).

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Iran has issued a new 10,000-rial note

The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran has issued its new note of 10,000-rial in June. The new note is reduced in size (from 77 × 160 mm to 71 × 142), has a large number 1 as a registration device and invisible security fibers in yellow, red, blue and green, which are visible with ultraviolet light.

The final design is just slightly different from the image which was shown in March of this year. 

image from banknotenews.com
image from banknotenews.com

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New additions week 27 - 2017

A couple of new notes today which I found in the infamous "1 dollar per note" box. Well, it turns out the seller hadn't really been paying attention because some of the notes there had a much higher catalog value. The Russian note in particular was hard to miss because of it's massive size. It's even hard to fit in one of my Leuchtturm Vario 1C folders! 

  • Germany - 20 mark - P46b
  • Germany - 1 million mark - P93
  • Poland - 1,000 marek - P29c
  • Russia - 500 rubles - P14b.c01

Steven | Tuesday 04 July 2017 at 10:34 pm | | new additions | No comments

Yemen has two new banknotes?

Banknotenews.com reports that in the war-torn nation of Yemen new banknotes of 500- and 5,000-rial have been reported. The banknote of 500-rial is supposedly ordered by the Central Bank of Yemen for general circulation. This note might have been printed in Russia. In 2014 the director of Goznak gave an interview claiming that Yemen was one of the countries they printed banknotes for so perhaps they are the printer.  

The 5,000-rial note is supposedly issued by a rival bank in the northern part of the country. This note has also been printed in Russia. Maybe also by Goznak? A very strange situation indeed. 

Below images of the 500- and 5,000-rial notes (images from banknotenews.com). 

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© www.banknotenews.com

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© www.banknotenews.com

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New additions week 25 - 2017

We've had a big family party last weekend which is always lots of fun, especially when the weather is as good as it has been for the past few days. It's also a good opportunity to see some family members who have been travelling a lot lately. Like a trip to Armenia and Georgia, which are two countries I probably will never visit.

Did I get a souvenir? Well, in fact... I got the BEST type of souvenir. Two new banknotes! The 1000-dram note from Armenia (P55b) and the recently issued 50-lari note from Georgia (P77) which looks great in real life. 

Steven | Monday 19 June 2017 at 11:33 am | | new additions | No comments

Dutch banknote designer Ootje Oxenaar dead at 87

Sad news this week when it was announced that the famous Dutch banknote designer Ootje Oxenaar passed away at the age of 87. Ootje Oxenaar studied visual arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague starting in 1947. From 1966 until 1985 he worked for the Nederlandsche Bank, where he designed two series of well known banknotes (the 'Erflaters' series featuring famous Dutch people from the past, and perhaps the most famous series of Dutch banknotes featuring for instance a lighthouse, a sun flower and a sandpiper).

He was the Director of Art and Design, Post and Telecommunications of The Netherlands. Oxenaar taught at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the graphic design department.

Below a few of his beautiful designs and here's a link to a previous post about him: "Oxenaar gave everyone the finger". 



Steven | Saturday 17 June 2017 at 09:55 am | | news | No comments
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