Poland announces commemorative 20-zlotych note

The Narodowy Bank Polski (National Bank of Poland) has announced that on 12 April 2016 a new commemorative banknote will be issued to the public. The note which was announced in August last year features an image of King Miezko I and commemorates the fact that it's 1,050 years ago when King Miezko I was baptized in 966 AD. This was the beginning of the Christening of Poland. 

From the website:

  • Designer: Krystian Michalczuk
  • Engravers: Krystian Michalczuk, Przemyslaw Krajewski
  • Face value: 20 zlotych
  • Dimensions: 144 x 77 mm
  • Volume: up to 35,000 pcs

The banknotes were manufactured by the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW S.A.).


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'Churchill's banknote' to be revealed on 2 June 2016

The Bank of England has announced that the design of the new 5-pound note featuring Winston Churchill will be revealed on 2 June 2016. The new note will enter circulation in September 2016 and will be the Bank of England's first polymer note. A year later the new 10-pound note featuring the image of Jane Austen will be issued. 

Steven Sunday 13 March 2016 at 09:36 am | | news | No comments

Canada wants woman on new banknote series

The Bank of Canada has issued a press release on 8 March 2016, International Women's Day (and coincidentally also the birthday of my beloved), that for the first release of its next series of banknotes it wants a woman to appear on the new note. 

As announced today by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, the Bank of Canada is undertaking a broad public consultation to select an iconic Canadian woman to be featured on the first bank note of its next series. This new note will be issued in 2018.

"In our country's nearly 150 year history, women, with the notable exception of the Queen, have largely been unrepresented on our bank notes," said Minister Morneau. "In 2018, we will bring real change to a new generation of women who will carry with them constant reminders that they are not only Canada’s future, but a celebrated part of our history."

The Bank is inviting the public to nominate women who they feel are deserving of this recognition.

"I am delighted that an iconic Canadian woman will be featured on a bank note," aid Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz. "Bank notes are cultural touchstones, and can be used to celebrate and reflect the diversity of our society. With this new note, we can honour the achievements of Canadian women and inspire future generations to learn more about the significant contributions women have made to our country."

From now until 15 April 2016, all Canadians can visit the Bank of Canada’s website to submit their nomination.

Nomination criteria are as follows:

  • The nominee can be any Canadian woman (by birth or naturalization) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement or distinction in any field, benefiting the people of Canada, or in the service of Canada.
  • The nominee must not be a fictional character.
  • The nominee must have been deceased for at least 25 years (before 15 April 1991).

At the end of the nomination period, an independent Advisory Council composed of eminent Canadian academic, cultural and thought leaders will then review the submissions. With the help of subject matter experts and additional consultation with the public, the Advisory Council will develop a short list of qualifying candidates for submission to the Minister of Finance.

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United Arab Emirates release new 200-dirham note

The United Arab Emirates Central Bank has issued a new note of 200 dirham, The Gulf Today announced. The new note has been reprinted with tactile marks for the blind and sight impaired.

The new tactile features will be engraved in bleed-off intaglio printing on the edge of the banknote’s short sides. The tactile feature on the Dhs200 note consists of a pair of two horizontal lines, separated by a recognisable distance, around the middle of the right and left short sides of the note. 

The silver metallic thread is replaced with a broader (3mm) multi-colour (colourshift) at the back of the note reading UAE 200. The metallic ink surrounding the UAE emblem on the front top half of the note is also replaced by multicolored shifting element. 

The overall design and other specifications of the currency note will be the same as those currently in circulation. '


Steven Sunday 13 March 2016 at 09:19 am | | news | No comments

Kenya delays new series until September 2017

The Central Bank of Kenya has announced that the new generation of banknotes will be issued from September 2017. 

"Kenya must replace all currency with completely new bank notes because the Constitution adopted in 2010 prohibits the use of a person’s portrait on the legal tender. Article 231(4) of the Constitution bars the use of portraits or images of individuals on currency stating that notes and coins should only bear images that depict or symbolise an aspect of Kenya.

The Cabinet had approved the design of new generation currency in August 2013 and was working on a production date of 2015, prompting a botched international tender. Notes currently in circulation have the images of first President Jomo Kenyatta and his successor Daniel Arap Moi."

Kenya has had problems with printer De la Rue which led to delays with the issuing of the new currency. Perhaps September 2017 will be the new magic date?

Update 8 October 2017: well, September 2017 has come and gone and no new notes yet. The problems seem far from over?

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Colombia starts to issue new series from 31 March 2016

The Banco de la República in Colombia has announced that the first note in the new series, the 100,000-pesos banknote with former president Carlos Lleras Restrepo on it, will be issued from 31 March 2016. The new notes will be gradually introduced in 2016 and co-circulate with the existing notes.

The schedule for the new series is: 

  • 1st quarter of 2016: 100,000 pesos
  • 2nd quarter of 2016: 20,000 pesos
  • 3rd quarter of 2016: 50,000 pesos
  • 4th quarter of 2016: 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 pesos

The design and denominations are the following:

  • 2,000 pesos: Painter Débora Arango, with Caño Cristales River on the back.
  • 5,000 pesos: Poet José Asunción Silva, with a view of the "páramos colombianos," an eco-system on the back.
  • 10,000 pesos: Antropoligist Virginia Gutiérrez, with the Amazonian forest on the back.
  • 20,000 pesos: Former president Alfonso López Michelsen, with canales de La Mojana, and a "sombrero vueltiao" which is a traditional hat.
  • 50,000 pesos: Writer Gabriel García Márquez, with "Ciudad Perdida" on the back.
  • 100,000 pesos Former President Carlos Lleras Restrepo, with Valle del Cocora and "Palma de cera" which is the national tree of Colombia.

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