New addiditions week 4 - 2017

In the new series from the master creator of fantasy banknotes, Mujand takes us back to the Greek mythology. We enter the dangerous world of the Sirens. These mythical creatures lured passing sailors with their songs and their beauty to their doom. This new edition to the continuing series of the fictional planet Blissdane Naive shows the banknotes from the island of Eklisivia. You can read the history of this island here. It's the classic siren story but with a little twist: the sirens from Eklisivia are also vampires. 

The banknotes are a hommage to this legend and in a fun way follow the story. At first glance the banknotes look like paintings from the Romantic era depicting a romanticized version of Greek history. Bright colors, beautiful women and delicious fruit. Until you look closer and see that the women have fangs in their mouth, snakes in their hair and the fruit consists mainly of poisonous berries. This series is a great addition to an already impressive line-up of fantasy banknotes. 

If you're interested in buying this series you can do so here at the website of Mujand. 

50 Nulas

100 Nulas

500 Nulas

1,000 Nulas

Disclaimer: this fantasy set was sent for review purposes. The text is entirely mine and was not paid for or asked for in any way.

Steven Sunday 29 January 2017 at 12:52 pm | | new additions | No comments
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Gibraltar issues commemorative 100-pounds note

Gibraltar has finally issued its polymer commemorative banknote honouring Sir Joshua Hassan. The note had been announced for September 2016 but has only now been issued.

This note uses a new holographic foil on the Safeguard substrate from De la Rue for the first time.

Steven Saturday 28 January 2017 at 10:51 am | | news | No comments

Mexico to issue commemorative 100-pesos banknote

The Banco de Mexico is reportedly planning to issue a new commemorative note of of 100-pesos to celebrate the Centennial of the Constitution. The date of issue is supposedly 7 February 2017 and the number of issued notes would be limited to 1,000,000 pieces. 

No confirmation of this news yet or pictures of the notes. I wonder if it would be a totally new note or a stamp on the existing 100-pesos notes. Mexico has already issued a commemorative 100-pesos note before in commemoration of the beginning of the Mexican revolution which had a totally new design.

Update 7-2-2017: here is the new issued note which looks very nice I think. 

The main motive on the front is the solemn act in which Venustiano Carranza, Mexico’s president at the time, next to the chairman of Congress at the time, Luis Manuel Rojas, is sworn in before the Constituent Assembly after amending the Constitution. The back shows congressmen of the Constituent Assembly swearing to observe and enforce the Mexican Constitution.

Steven Saturday 28 January 2017 at 10:40 am | | news | No comments
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Solomon Islands issue third note in new series

The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands has issued the third note in the new series of banknotes. This 20-dollar note follows the 50- and 100-dollar notes introduced in 2013 and 2015.

From the press release: "The new $20 banknote includes new features, dimensions and sophistication in terms of banknote design, durability and security. (...) The new $20 dollar banknotes will be available from the commercial banks as from Monday 23rd January 2017." The new note is printed by De la Rue.

picture from banknotenews.com
picture from banknotenews.com

Steven Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 3:13 pm | | news | No comments
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The Evolution of the American One Dollar Bill

This video was recently posted on YouTube: The Evolution of the American One Dollar Bill. Some real beauty's here! And I never realised that the very first dollar note from 1862 didn't have George Washington on the front but Salmon P. Chase who was Secretary of the Treasury from 1861-1864 and used the note for better recognition of his face to further his political career. 

Steven Saturday 21 January 2017 at 1:56 pm | | links | No comments
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Ghana to issue new commemorative note?

Several websites report the the Bank of Ghana intends to issue a commemorative new 5-cedis banknote in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Central Bank on 4 April 2017. In August 2017 it's 60 years ago the Bank first opened its door to the public so we'll have to wait and see when the new note is issued but my guess would be the end of March or early April.

The note will be legal tender as well as a collector's item. It will have additional security features, that are sensitive to touch to aid the blind and visually challenged in identifying the new notes.

Steven Friday 20 January 2017 at 12:29 pm | | news | No comments
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Angola issues new 5- and 10-kwanza notes

Banknotenews.com reports that Banco Nacional de Angola (BNA) has issued two lower value denominations to complete the set that was issued in 2013. Now two notes of 5- and 10-kwanza are also available.

Both notes have images of José Eduardo dos Santos and António Agostinho Neto on the front. The back of the 5-kwanza shows a bird flying over the Ruacana Falls. The 10-kwanza note shows a pelican flying over waterfalls in the Luena river.

Images from Banknotenews.com.


Steven Friday 20 January 2017 at 10:07 am | | news | No comments
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Guatemala issues updated 20-quetzal note

The Bank of Guatemala has issued a new 20-quetzal note which has basically the same design as the existing note but now also has an OVI element on the front, a scroll which changes from purple to gold if you tilt the note. 

The back of the note shows a beautiful painting by Rafael Beltranena: Signing of the Central America declaration of independence on September 15, 1821.


Steven Tuesday 17 January 2017 at 9:39 pm | | news | No comments
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Venezuela issues first three new banknotes

After some delays the first new banknotes in Venezuela have finally entered circulation. These new notes have been issued by the Central Bank of Venezuela in an attempt to deal with the hyperinflation that has crippled the country's economy. Inflation in Venezuela is expected to reach 1,600% this year... 

There was mayhem in Venezuela mid-December when President Maduro suddenly announced that the 100-bolivares notes would be removed from circulation. The reason was to stop the assumed hoarding of 100-bolivares notes by criminal groups. Venezuelans quickly had to exchange their banknotes, but banks refused to accept them because they had no larger denominations in exchange. There was looting in the streets and burning of the 100-bolivares notes, because people believed they had become worthless pieces of paper. Because of the chaos President Maduro was forced to allow the 100-bolivares notes to remain in circulation.

For now the notes of 500-, 5,000- and 20,000-bolivares have been issued. The other denominations are expected soon. If it will help Venezuela is anybody's guess because the highest denomination of 20,000-bolivares is still only worth about $6 on the black markets. 



Steven Tuesday 17 January 2017 at 9:24 pm | | news | No comments
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New 5-taka from Bangladesh?

MRI Bankers' Guide reports a new version of the 5-taka notes from Bangladesh. Apparently the notes with "2016" on it have been changed from a brown color to purple. The name of the bank in the front and back is written in Bengali and other details have been changed.

I can't find anything about this change on the website of the Central Bank of Bangladesh so it's difficult to confirm this news. This should be the new note:

Steven Saturday 14 January 2017 at 5:15 pm | | news | No comments
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Bahrain issues three updated notes

The Central Bank of Bahrain has issued a press release mentioning three updates versions of the 1/2-, 1- and 5-dinar banknotes. The new banknotes get the same treatment as the 10- and 20-dinar notes which were introduced in September 2016

The press release speaks of "a change in the position and size of the identification feature for the visually impaired. The new feature is a series of short raised lines on the right of the front side of the banknotes, which indicate the value of the note. The BD1/2 has one line, BD1 has two lines and BD5 has three lines."

Steven Saturday 14 January 2017 at 5:01 pm | | news | No comments
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Poland announces two new banknotes

According to an official notice from the Polish goverment the Narodowi Bank Polski (National Bank of Poland) will issue two new banknotes in 2017 of 10- and 20-zlotych. 

The new notes will have the following features:

10-zlotych: dark brown of color, on the front Prince Miesko I and dinar coins on the back. The new note will be 120 x 60 mm, is dated 15 September 2016 and will be introduced 27 February 2017.



20-zlotych: purple and pink of color, King Boleslaw I Chrobry on the front and coins on the back. The new note will be 126 x 63 mm, is dated 15 September 2016 and will be introduced 20 January 2017.

Update 25-03-2017: added links and photos.

Steven Friday 06 January 2017 at 10:20 am | | news | No comments
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Uruguay issues updated 200-pesos note

The Central Bank of Uruguay has issued a revised edition of its 200-pesos note on 29 December 2016. The basic design is is the same as the existing note but with some major changes like a new series, a new date, new signatures and new security features like the denomination as registration device, a holographic windowed security thread, translucent features, a map of Uruguay in optically variable ink (OVI), iridescent stripes and intaglio marks for the sight impaired. 

Steven Friday 06 January 2017 at 09:55 am | | news | No comments
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Malawi has issued new 2,000-kwacha note

Banknotenews.com reports that the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has issued a new note of 2,000-kwacha on 19 December 2016. I have to admit I didn't notice this piece of news before but to be honest it's not everyday I read news from Malawi. The new note shows Reverend John Chilembwe on the front. The back shows the Malawi University of Science and Technology in Thyolo District. The theme of the new note is "Social Development (Tertiary Education)". 


Steven Friday 06 January 2017 at 09:40 am | | news | No comments
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Happy 2017!

The first post of this brand new year 2017 is dedicated to you, my dear readers! I wish you all a happy 2017 with lots of good health, good fortune and peace with your loved ones. I also want to thank you all for visiting my site the past year. At the end of a year it's a good time to look back and when I do just that I see lots and lots of people, much more than in previous years! 

Besides a record number in visitors I'm also very grateful for all the tips, information and banknotes I received the past year for review purposes or as a gift. It's really great when people invest time and effort in something you happen to like.

Last year was also the first time I wrote articles for the quarterly magazine of the Dutch chapter of the IBNS. I noticed an increase in new Dutch readers so that paid off nicely. 

For the coming year I have some small and big plans with my site which need some more planning but I will, of course, keep on writing about banknote news and trivia. 

Have a nice day and, as we say in The Netherlands, Gelukkig Nieuwjaar !

Steven Sunday 01 January 2017 at 12:53 pm | | site info | No comments