Morocco is preparing to (re)introduce the Amazigh language of the Berber people on al its official banknotes. This includes all banknotes. The Amazigh language was banned in favor of the Arabic language in 1984 by King Hassan II. His son, King Mohammmed VI, is slowly changing some of the old laws in Morocco.
The Berber language is spoken in North Africa, mainly Morocco, Algeria, Libya, northern Mali and northern Niger. There are also smaller Berber-speaking populations in Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Egypt and Mauritania, and Berber-speaking Moroccan and Algerian immigrants of about 2 million in: France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Italy, Canada and USA.
The Central Bank of Liberia has released a statement announcing a new family of banknotes. This new family will be issued "shortly". All the portraits have been kept the same but the security features have been improved. Also, the new series will be printed on a new substrate. Last, a new denomination of 500 dollars will be introduced.
Here are some first pictures:
The Banco Central de Sao Tome e Principe has plans to redenominate its national currency of the dobra. This move would result in banknotes with three zeros less. According to the constitution such a decision would have to be approved by the National Assembly and they haven't dicussed it yet. The printing process however has supposedly already started.
More details of the Swiss 100-francs note which is due for 2019 have been revealed. The theme for this note will be 'Water' and the main color of the note will, of course, be blue.
According to this article from TheLocal.ch the note will feature two hands holding water. Another striking design element will be an image of the historic bisse d’Ayent, an irrigation channel unique to the canton of Valais. "The channel, built in 1442, connects the villages of Ayent and Grimisuat above the ski resort of Crans Montana and is a particularly impressive example of a bisse. Dating back centuries, the bisses were constructed to irrigate pastures at altitude in the Valais and as such, many follow spectacular routes, taking the water along hanging wooden structures tacked on to the sheer rock walls with a vertiginous drop below. Many have been restored and are now popular hiking routes."
Recently the new 50-francs note was issued as first banknote of the new series. The next banknote will be the 20-francs note due for spring 2017 with the theme of 'Light'.
The National Bank of Argentina has issued the first note of the new flora and fauna series to the public. The issue date of the 500-pesos note is 29 June 2016.
In this series Argentina has removed the images of national heroes and replaced them with images of animals and the habitat they live in. In the case of the 500-pesos note we see a jaguar on the front and the northeast region of Argentina on the back.
In the 4th quarter of 2016 we can expect the new 200-pesos note.
The European Central Bank has unveiled the design for its new 50-euro banknote. This 4th note in the new Europa series has the same color scheme as the old note and also keeps the renaissance themed bridge. The new 50-euro note will be issued to the public from 4 April 2017.
For some reason this new note feels like less of a change than with the new 20-euro note. Perhaps because I've grown accustomed to the new security features of the Europa series.