Vote for Banknote of the Year 2016

Yes'it's that time of the year again: voting has started to elect the Banknote of the Year 2016. The winner will be decided by a vote of the IBNS, who will consider the artistic merit, design, use of colour, contrast, balance, and security features of each nomination.  The winner will be announced at the the first IBNS Board meeting of the year in Valkenburg, the Netherlands in April 2017 at the annual Paper Money Fair

Every member of the IBNS is able to vote and choose their personal top 3. I haven't nominated any banknotes myself this year because the note I wanted to nominate (the Swiss 50-francs note), had already been sent in by another IBNS member. 

The nominees this year are:

My personal top 3 will be:

  1. Switzerland's 50 Franc
  2. Argentina's 500 Peso
  3. Maldives 1,000 Rufiyaa

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Uzbekistan to issue 10,000-sum note?

Some rumours from Uzbekistan are circulating on the internet. The Central Bank of Uzbekistan is supposedly ready to issue a new banknote of 10,000 sum, making it the highest denomination and surpassing the 5,000-sum note which was issued in 2013

There is no date yet confirmed when (or if) this new note will be issued. We only have the image below as of now which shows the statue of Amir Temur in Shahrisabz.

Steven Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 9:35 pm | | news | No comments
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Australia presents design of new 10-dollars note

The Reserve Bank of Australia has issued a press release presenting the design for the new 10-dollars banknote which will be issued in September 2017. The Governor, Philip Lowe, said: "The $10 banknote celebrates two famous Australian writers, Dame Mary Gilmore and AB 'Banjo' Paterson. Their work is recognised in several design elements on the banknote, including images of a pen nib in two of the clear windows and excerpts of their poetry in microprint."

Innovative new security features have been incorporated in the new $10 banknote to help keep them secure from counterfeiting. These security features are similar to those in the $5 banknote issued in 2016, such as the top-to-bottom clear window and the patch with a rolling colour effect.

Each banknote in the new series will feature a different species of native Australian wattle and bird. The $10 banknote features the Bramble Wattle (Acacia victoriae) and the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita).

The Bank has been working closely with various parties in recent years to ensure that the new banknotes can be used in a broad range of typical day-to-day transactions across the country, including in machines that take or dispense banknotes. Although the new $10 banknotes will be issued in September, it may take some time for them to be widely circulated. The existing series of banknotes can continue to be used as all previously issued banknotes remain legal tender.

Full details of the design and security features on the new $10 banknote are available on the Bank's website at banknotes.rba.gov.au.

Update 20-9-2017: here is a nice article about this new banknote and the Australian polymer notes in general.


Steven Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 9:16 pm | | news | No comments
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Nepal issues new 1,000-rupees note

The Central Bank of Nepal (Nepal Rastra Bank) has issued a new 1,000-rupees note on 14 February 2017. The front of the note shows Mount Everest, a watermark the of national flower 'Rhododendron' on the right side. The signature is that of Governor Dr. Chiranjibi Nepal in the lower part of the note, and there is a date mentioned as V.S.2073 in Nepali in the border.

The back of the note shows an Asian male elephant and the bank logo. The upper middle part shows NEPAL RASTRA BANK and above the bank logo RUPEES ONE THOUSAND written in English. The date on the back is 2016 A.D. The printer of the note is the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation.

Elephants are a popular collecting theme so this note could find its way to many collections. 

Image courtesy of Shankar Shrestha of www.nuphil.com



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Zimbabwe issues new 5-dollar bond note

According to Africanews.com the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has issued its third bond note, the 5-dollar bond note. The new note comes two months after the introduction of $2 and $1 notes meant to help solve acute cash shortages in the country. Governor of the RBZ, John Mangudya said $15 million of the new notes will bring the total amount of bond notes in circulation to $88 million.

Update 7-3-2017: better pictures:

image from banknotenews.com
image from banknotenews.com

Steven Monday 13 February 2017 at 8:05 pm | | news | No comments
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Poland issues new 500-zlotych note

The Narodowi Bank Polski (National Bank of Poland) has issued its new 500-zlotych banknote with the image of King Jan III Sobieksi (1629-1696) on it. This is the latest addition to the 'monarchs' series and is designed by Andrzej Heidrich who also designed the other denominations in this series. This banknote is the highest denomination in Poland. 

From the press release: "The 500 zloty banknote has some of the most advanced security features in the world. The security features include a windowed security thread, colour-shifting ink and iridescent ink as well as a recto verso element (the graphical elements on both sides of the banknote align in transmitted light), a lobster-tailed pot helmet and windowed security thread (which change colour when tilted), and a watermark visible against the light (presenting a portrait of the king and the value numeral)."

image from banknotenews.com
image from banknotenews.com

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Bhutan announces new commemorative note

The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan has issued a press release announcing a new commemorative banknote celebrating the first anniversary of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (born 5 February 2016).

I think the note looks great but if there is a price for "cutest banknote" Bhutan will most definitely win. From the press release:

"The Commemorative Banknote measures 146mm x 70mm in length. The Banknote bears the Commemorative message “Commemorating the First Birth Anniversary of HRH The Gyalsey”. The note bears the prefix “RB” marking the Royal Birth. In addition to the existing security features of the Banknotes, this Commemorative Banknotes has enhanced security features such as MicroPerf, E-type, SPARK Truspin and See through Register. The colour scheme is a combination of national colours, yellow and orange. The RMA is printing 1,000,000 pieces of Commemorative Banknotes through Orell Fussli, a Swiss Printing Company based in Switzerland."

The commemorative banknotes will be issued at a later date this year (perhaps around 16 April 2017, his name day?).

Courtesy of Elisabeth Limbacher.

Steven Thursday 09 February 2017 at 09:36 am | | news | No comments
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Banco Central del Uruguay issues two updated notes

After the updated design of the 200-pesos note earlier this year, the Banco Central del Uruguay has also issued updated design for the 20- and 50-pesos notes.

Both notes have the same general design but have updated elements like a new series, a new date, new signatures and updated security features.


 

Pictures from www.banknotenews.com

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Israel presents 20- and 100-new shekels notes

The Bank of Israel has made public what the design of the new 20- and 100-new shekels banknotes will be. An exact issue date hasn't been given yet but it could be at the end of 2017.

The front of the 20-new shekels note (129 mm x 71 mm) shows an image of Rachel the Poetess (Bluwstein), palm tree branches and in microtext the poem "Kinneret". The back of the note depicts a vista of the Sea of Galilee shoreline and a segment from the poem  “Perhaps it was nothing…”.

The front of the 100-new shekels note (143 mm x 71 mm) shows Leah Goldberg, almond tree blossoms and the poem: “In the land of my love the almond tree blossoms”. The back shows a group of gazelles and a segment from the poem “White days”.



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