Moldova issues commemorative 200 lei

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Tunisia issues new 10 dinar

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Japan promotes its banknote printing overseas

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Nigeria cancels production of polymer notes (update)

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New 10 euro presented on 13 January 2014 (update)

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Mother Teresa on a new Macedonian banknote?

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Guyana announces new 5000 dollar note

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Lebanon's commemorative note to be issued with error

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No plans in Azerbaijan for a 3 or 200 manat note

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Guatemala replaces 1 quetzal note with coin

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South Ossetia to issue its own banknotes?

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Honduras updates design with help for blind people

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Indonesia plans to redenominate its banknotes (update)

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Myanmar to issue banknotes with new portraits

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Sri Lanka issues commemorative note

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has issued a commemorative note today, 15 November 2013. The 500 rupees note has been issued to mark the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka from 15th to 17th November 2013. From the press release (doc):

The size, colour and the security features of the Commemorative note are same as in the current circulating Rs. 500 note in the same series with the following changes only. 

On the front of the note: 

  1. CHOGM 2013 Sri Lanka logo in single purple colour appearing at the lower left corner of the note replacing the butterfly of the currently circulating Rs. 500 note
  2. A security feature of an additional watermark by adding a design around the electrotype vertical numerals 500, to differentiate the CHOGM commemorative note from the currently circulating Rs. 500 note
  3. Date on note: 2013.11.15. On the back of the note: the same images will remain as in the present Rs. 500 note.

A quantity of 5 million notes will be issued and the serial numbers of the notes will be from T/51 000001- T/55 1000000. A limited number of early serial numbers will sold in a folder.

Infosheet

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Cambodia celebrates independence with new banknote

The National Bank of Cambodia has issued a new commemorative note of 2000 riel. Here’s the press release so good luck translating that ;-). The images below are from banknotenews.com.

The note has been issued commemorating its independence from France on 9 November 1953 and has been issued on 8 November.

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Steven Saturday 09 November 2013 at 07:22 am | | news | No comments
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Canada completes its polymer series (UPDATE!)

With the issuing of the new 5 and 10 dollars notes today the Bank of Canada has completed its beautiful new polymer series. The new notes were announced earlier this year on 30 april with a presentation from the International Space Station where commander Chris Hadfield showed the new 5 dollar note with its space theme. The 10 dollar note shows the image of a train and symbolizes the joining of the east and west of Canada by rail.

An interesting detail is that despite rumours the signature on both notes is still of the former Governor of the Bank of Canada M.J. Carney and not the current Governor S. Poloz. 

Update: Well, it goes to show that you never really can tell what a banknote will look like before you actually have one in your hand. Banknotenews.com has one and what does it tell us? There actually IS a signature of Stephen Poloz on the 5 dollar note (as predicted)! The Bank of Canada however continues to show a note with the signature of Mark Carney on its site. Does that perhaps mean there are two signature varieties on the market? Picture below is from Banknotenews.com:

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5 dollar

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Portrait: Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister from 1896 to 1911
Signatures: T. Macklem, S Poloz
Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm

10 dollar

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Portrait: Sir John A. Macdonald, Prime Minister from 1867–1873 and 1878–1891
Signatures: T. Macklem, M. J. Carney
Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm

The complete new polymer series

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South Africa issues update with new security feature

The South African Reserve Bank has issued an update of its current series of banknotes which was introduced last year. To mark the first anniversary of the release of the new series with the image of Nelson Mandela there has been an update in the design. A new security feature has been added on the front and the back of all the notes in the form of "tiny dots".

These dots are actually called an EURion constellation and were invented by the Japanese Omron Corporation. It consists of a pattern of five small circles, which is repeated across areas of the banknote at different orientations. Photocopiers can recognize these patterns and will give a warning or even refuse to copy the banknote. The security feature is widely used on banknotes like the euro, the US dollar and many others.

"Enhancing features on banknotes is an on-going process to maintain the highest level of quality and security. This is in line with international best practice," explained SARB Governor Gill Marcus.

The updated notes will be released from today, 6 November. The old design notes will remain legal tender and continue to circulate.

Old note:

New note with detail of the new feature:

Steven Wednesday 06 November 2013 at 08:22 am | | news | No comments

Canada lacks women on their banknotes

After the turmoil in the United Kingdom with the presumed absence of women on their banknotes (which was corrected when the Bank of England announced Jane Austen would be on the next 10 pound note), it seems Canada is the new target of angry women. With the introduction of the new 5 and 10 dollar next Thursday, the new polymer series is complete but has no recognizable women on the notes (except for the Queen of course).

The Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz has said that he thinks the argument is valid and should be looked into in the future when the current series will be replaced. However, that could take a decade or longer. He did receive 22,000 signatures urging him to reconsider.

Another interesting fact from the news article is that the signature of Poloz will be on the new 5 dollar note. The 10 dollar note probably still has the signature of his predecessor Mark Carney.

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Papua New Guinea issues new commemorative notes

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, it was announced that today two new commemorative notes of 2 and 100 kina will be issued.

The design of the new notes will be te same as the regular 2 and 100 kina but a seal will be added to the front of the note commemorating the occassion. Below is a video of the presentation of the two new notes.

The regular 2 and 100 kina:


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Russian snowboarder appears to be from a stockphoto

Yesterday the Russian Central Bank officially presented the commemorative banknote of 100 rubles commemorating the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. The front of the note shows the image of a snowboarder jumping in the air. The designer of the note, design student Paul Bushuev, said the image represented something new, youthful and modern.

Some bloggers however may have discovered the origin of the image. It wasn't designed by Bushuev himself but was taken from a free stockphoto site. The same image has also been used in an (oh sweet irony) online photoshop course and an advertisement for backpacks.

Paul Bushuev won the competition for designing the new note and was awarded 30,000 rubles (about 690 euro).

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Steven Friday 01 November 2013 at 12:50 pm | | news | No comments