Poland to issue commemorative polymer note

The National Bank of Poland (Narodowi Bank Polski) has announced (translation) that a commemorative banknote will be released in 2014. This will also be the country's first polymer banknote. The note commemorates the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Polish Legions by marshall and statesman Josef Pilsudski.

These legions were officialy formed with an order by Pilsudski issued on 22 August 1914. So I guess we can expect these notes to be issued at about the same date in 2014. (Update 21-1-2014: the new notes will be issued on 5 August 2014). Exactly 30.000 notes will be sold as numismatic products and will be featuring the portrait of Jozef Pilsudski designed by Andrzej Heidrich. This is a small number of banknotes so my guess is they will be sold out very quick.

In the press release they show the picture below but I'm not so certain this is the proposed design for the new note. What you see in the picture is the 5.000.000 zlotych note from 1995 which was never officially issued because of the revaluation of the zlotych. Perhaps they will use this design but with another value?

That particular note upclose:

Steven Dinsdag 30 Juli 2013 at 08:58 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Brazil issues new 2 and 5 reals notes

The Banco Central do Brasil has issued two new banknotes completing the second series of real notes. On 29 July 2013 the 2 and 5 reals were issued. A press release can be found here (translation).

More information on the second series can be found on this site.

Front and back of the 2 reals:

Front and back of the 5 reals:

Steven Dinsdag 30 Juli 2013 at 08:41 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Morocco will start issuing new series on 15 August 2013

The central bank of Morocco, Bank Al-Maghrib, has announced that four redesigned banknotes will be released on 15 August 2013 of 20, 50, 100 and 200 dirhams (see update 2 below!).

The front of the notes shows the image of King Mohammed VI and an image of the royal crown which changes colour when you tilt the note. Each note also shows a Moroccan door to the left of the portrait of the King. The themes of the new series are solidarity, development and modernity, diversity and openness. Other design elements:

Update 1 - 2 August 2013: Controversy has risen (translation) among the Amazigh or Berber community that their language, which has been acknowledged as one of the official languages in Morocco after the new constitution of 2011, has been omitted from the new banknotes. The Amazigh community calls upon the Bank Al-Maghrib to rectify this.

Update 2 - 2 August 2013: More details have been published on the dates the four new banknotes will be issued (the last two dates are unconfirmed but are based on the occassion they help to celebrate):

  • 200 dirham: 15 August 2013 - 14th anniversary of the coronation of King Mohamed VI
  • 100 dirham: 21 August 2013 - Youth Day and birthday of King Mohammed VI
  • 50 dirham: 6 November 2013 - anniversary of the Green March
  • 20 dirham: 11 January 2014 - independance day

Steven Vrijdag 26 Juli 2013 at 09:23 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Jane Austen to appear on the new 10-pound note

The rumours are true: the Bank of England has officially confirmed that writer Jane Austen (1775-1817) will be featured on the next 10-pound banknote. With this news the BoE seems to address the widespread criticism of having no women (other than the Queen) on English banknotes with the introduction of Sir Winston Churchill on the 5-pound note who will replace Elizabeth Fry.

Features of the design on the reverse of the Jane Austen note will 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 note with Jane Austen will be issued in 2017, one year after the Churchill banknote which will be issued in 2016.

Update 2 August 2013: Not everybody is delighted with the choice for Jane Austen. Here's the (quite funny) criticism from a literary point of view.

Below is the artists impression of the new design based on the features mentioned above:

Update 7 February 2017: could this be an image of the actual note?

source - banknotenews.com

Steven Donderdag 25 Juli 2013 at 08:28 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Modified 50 dollar note for the Bahamas

The Bahamas have recently issued a modified version of the 50 dollar banknote. In the new series dated 2012, Ragged Island has been added to the map shown on the note, which was missing from the 2006 version. The new notes were printed by Giesecke & Devrient.

Photos © www.mriguide.com
Photos © www.mriguide.com

Steven Woensdag 17 Juli 2013 at 08:41 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Drowned banknotes

Due to the recent flooding in Germany lots of banknotes have become worthless. Dutch newspaper Volkskrant has published a photo special showing the drowned banknotes.

Warning: contains shocking pictures for collectors!

Steven Dinsdag 16 Juli 2013 at 12:46 pm | | links | Geen reacties

Ethiopia chooses new printer

The National Bank of Ethiopia has selected the french company Francois-Charles Oberthur (Oberthur Technologies) for the printing of 196.8 million five Birr notes, worth three billion Birr (about 122.8 million euro). 

Oberthur has been in business for almost 200 years. The company's namesake was an engraver who founded Impremier Oberthur Technologies, in 1818. Impremerie Oberthur was regrouped as Oberthur Technologies, in 2007, specialising in security-based smart card technologies and notes printing. It employs over 6,000 people worldwide.

Steven Dinsdag 16 Juli 2013 at 08:43 am | | news | Geen reacties
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New additions week 28 - 2013

This beautiful new banknote from Guernsey arrived this week. More info in this recent post

Stockphoto: not the actual banknote in my collection.

Steven Zondag 14 Juli 2013 at 07:58 am | | new additions | Eén reactie

Fake numbers on banknotes from Dominican Republic

MRI Bankers' Guide issues a warning to potential buyers of new 2000 peso banknotes from the Dominican Republic:

In the Paris market there are many 2,000 peso notes dated 2013 which have not been officially released by the Central Bank. It seems that these notes are authentic and they were stolen at some point during the production and transportation process. False numbers were applied on them. DO NOT BUY!

© mriguide.com

Steven Vrijdag 12 Juli 2013 at 10:41 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Argentina issues second series of Evita notes

The National Bank of Argentina has announced (PDF, translation) the second series of the 100 peso note with a portrait of Evita Peron which was introduced last year. This issue will have a 'B' after the serial number and an issue date of 01-07-2013.

At he same time the National Bank has also made clear that small business are obliged to accept the Evita notes as legal tender. Apparently some shops don't know the banknote even exists and think it's fake.

The previous version with an 'A' after the serial number:

Update 11-07-2013: Well isn't that nice? The Evita banknote has been crowned as the first Latin American Banknote of the Year.

Steven Woensdag 10 Juli 2013 at 08:39 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Unique Alaska Brown Back discovery

Coinweek has another article online with a great discovery made at the Memphis International Paper Money Show. It is the only known "Territory of Alaska" $10 Series of 1882 Brown Back note issued by The First National Bank of Juneau. There are only two reported "Territory of Alaska" notes now known: this $10 Series of 1882 Brown Back and a $20 Series of 1882 Date Back discovered in St. Louis in 1977. This Brown Back note has serial number 1 which makes it even more special.

This is probably what every collector dreams about finding when they start cleaning the attic of their grandparents.

© picture: Coinweek.com

Steven Dinsdag 09 Juli 2013 at 10:47 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Errors and mistakes on banknotes

Coinweek has a nice article on errors and mistakes on banknotes. Some collectors have specialized in collecting these oddities which are usually sold for high prices.

Steven Dinsdag 09 Juli 2013 at 10:23 am | | links | Geen reacties
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New commemorative 1-pound note for Guernsey

The island of Guernsey has issued a commemorative banknote of 1 pound on 4 July 2013 commemorating the 200th anniversary of Thomas de la Rue's first commercial venture. Nowadays De La Rue is the largest printer of banknotes in the world and prints over 150 different currencies.

The special banknote will be issued by the States of Guernsey and 300.000 pieces will be available to the public. The note is like the existing 1 pound note, but enhanced by a special design featuring Thomas de la Rue on the back and a special TD/LR prefix in the serial number.  This is the first series of 1-pound notes to feature the signature of States Treasurer Bethan Haines. You can order them here (which I did as well).

Steven Dinsdag 09 Juli 2013 at 10:00 am | | news | Geen reacties
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New commemorative banknote for Bangladesh (update)

Bangladesh will issue another new commemorative banknote (info on the previous issues from 2011, 2012 and 2013 can be found here). This time the banknote will be 100 taka in commemoration of 100 Years of Bangladesh National Museum. The date of issue is not yet known but is supposed to be soon.

(pictures from banknotenews.com)

Update: Above my original post from 21 March 2013. Now the banknote has been issued on 9 July 2013. See the press release here.

Steven Dinsdag 09 Juli 2013 at 09:57 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Paraguay plans to issue a 500.000 guaraníes banknote

Paraguay plans to issue a new 500.000 guaraníes banknote in 2014. In a few weeks time the theme and design will be chosen. The issue date is unknown but will be in 2014. What seems certain though is that the new banknote won't be made from polymer but from traditional cotton. At the moment the 100.000 guaraníes is the highest denomination.

Steven Vrijdag 05 Juli 2013 at 10:44 am | | news | Geen reacties
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The world's coolest banknotes(?)

Business Insider thinks the US dollars are boring and takes a look at other currencies in their search for the world's coolest banknote. A sometimes surprising list.

Steven Dinsdag 02 Juli 2013 at 08:33 am | | links, fun | Geen reacties
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Philippines issue commemorative 50 peso

This news almost slipped by me: the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP: the Central Bank of the Philippines) has circulated 50 peso commemorative bills highlighting the golden anniversary of state deposit insurer Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) and its customer philosophy, "Committed to Serve".

The PDIC is the government entity mandated to provide depositor protection and help maintain stability in the financial system. The BSP issues commemorative bills to observe significant events of national interest. The 50 peso commemorative bills aim to raise public awareness on the PDIC and deposit insurance.

Steven Dinsdag 02 Juli 2013 at 08:20 am | | news | Geen reacties
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