Scotland's Clydesdale Bank issues new 10-pound note

On 21 September 2017 the Scottish Clydesdale Bank issued its new 10-pound banknote which was announced in January 2016. The new note is made of polymer and features the image of poet Robert Burns. The back of the note show views of Edinburgh, including the castle. 

The Clydesdale Bank introduces around £400m worth of new notes every year and is the largest issuer by volume of notes in Scotland.

Steven Donderdag 28 September 2017 at 9:55 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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Madagascar issues second batch of new series

The Banque Central de Madagascar (BCM) has issued the second batch of the new banknote series. This second batch consists of the smaller denominations and completes the series which started with the issuing of the higher denominations on 17 July 2017. 

The second series has banknotes of 100-, 200-, 500- and 1,000-ariary and was issued on 18 September 2017. 

Steven Donderdag 28 September 2017 at 9:45 pm | | news | Geen reacties

Frida the rescue dog on a banknote?

Mexico is still recovering from the earthquake. The nation mourns the hundreds of deaths and tries to rebuild after the devastation. One of the uplifting stories is rescue dog Frida who is deployed by the Mexican Navy to look for victims beneath the rubble. So far she's found dozens of people and her story is one of the few lights in the Mexican darkness. 

The Mexican people are so proud of the hero dog someone even suggested that she should be honored with her own banknote. Looks kind of nice doesn't it? 

Steven Donderdag 28 September 2017 at 8:24 pm | | links | Geen reacties
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Australia issues new 10-dollar banknote

The Reserve Bank of Australia has issued its new 10-dollars banknote today. The Governor, Philip Lowe, said at the time of the presentation of the design: "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 existing series of banknotes can continue to be used as all previously issued banknotes remain legal tender.

Steven Woensdag 20 September 2017 at 12:34 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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Thailand issues commemorative banknote series

The Bank of Thailand has started issuing the commemorative banknote series commemorating the death of King Bhumibol today. This series was announced in July 2017.

The regular 20-, 50-, 100-, 500- and 1000-bath notes of the 16th series now have a special reverse side depicting the life of the late King. These images are:

  • 20 baht: the early life of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  • 50 baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal ceremonies and duties during the early time of his accession to the throne.
  • 100 baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s kindness through royal duties in rural areas.
  • 500 baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s wisdom and talents reflected through royal projects.
  • 1,000 baht: The late reign of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the beloved King of Thai people.

The security features are identical to the 16th series banknotes. There is however a special feature located on the reverse side. The area around the portrait of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej will illuminate when viewed under ultraviolet light.


Steven Woensdag 20 September 2017 at 12:23 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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Turkmenistan commemorates 5th Asian Indoor Games

The 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which is also counted as the 5th Asian Indoor Games, is currently held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from 17-27 September 2017. To celebrate this event the Central Bank of Turkmenistan has issued a set of commemorative banknotes. 

This 2017 issue has the same faces as the 2014 issue but with a slightly altered design. On the front it shows the logo of the Asian Indoor Games. The back of the notes show the different sporting venues specially built for the Games. The numerals of the 1- and 5-manat notes have been made with color-changing ink and the numerals on the higher denominations use the colour-shifting SPARK feature.

Steven Maandag 18 September 2017 at 1:45 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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Great Britain issues new polymer 10-pound note

On 14 September 2017 the Bank of England has issued its new polymer 10-pound note featuring the image of writer Jane Austen (1775-1817) on the back.  

Features of the design on the reverse of the Jane Austen note include:
  • The quote – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI).
  • Portrait of Jane Austen. Commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, adapted from an original sketch of Jane Austen drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen.
  • An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking “The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988).
  • The image of Godmersham Park. Godmersham was home of Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen's brother. Jane Austen visited the house often and it is believed that it was the inspiration for a number of her novels.
  • Jane Austen’s writing table – the central design in the background is inspired by the 12 sided writing table, and writing quills, used by Jane Austen at Chawton Cottage.

The new tactile feature on this note is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the RNIB. This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people: the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.

Security features on the new note include:
  • A see-through window featuring the Queen's portrait.
  • Winchester Cathedral shown in gold foil on the front of the note and silver on the back.
  • A quill at the side of the window which changes from purple to orange.
  • A hologram which contains the word 'Ten' and changes to 'Pounds' when the note is tilted.
  • A hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-coloured when the note is tilted.
  • A book-shaped copper foil patch which contains the letter JA.
  • Micro-lettering beneath the Queen's portrait with tiny letters and numbers that are visible under a microscope.
  • The words 'Bank of England' printed in intaglio (raised ink) along the top of the note.

The public can continue to spend paper 10-pound notes as usual. They will however be gradually withdrawn as they are banked by retailers and the public. Legal tender status of the paper 10-pound featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in Spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.

Steven Maandag 18 September 2017 at 12:49 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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Israel issues new 100-new shekels note

The Bank of Israel has issued its new 100-new shekels note.

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”.

Steven Maandag 18 September 2017 at 12:43 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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Joh. Enschedé sells its banknote printing equipment

Do you have an empty garage? And has it always been your dream to print your own money? Don't wait any longer and grab your chance now!

Last December I wrote about the renowned Dutch banknote printer Royal Joh. Enschedé who would stop printing banknotes. Well, they will now sell their inventory to the highest bidder. The auction contains "...paper cutting machines, counting lines, collection/sealing machines, binding machines, cutting lines, varnish coater, light authenticity tester, laboratory and testing equipment, hydraulic ink mixer, rolling stock and office inventory etc. due to the closure of the banknotes department of Royal Joh. Enschede B.V, in Haarlem, The Netherlands."

You can find the auction here, but be warned: it's a bit of a sad sight... :-(.

Steven Vrijdag 08 September 2017 at 3:15 pm | | links | Geen reacties
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São Tomé e Príncipe announce new banknote series

The Banco Central de Sao Tome e Principe has announced that 6 new banknotes will be issued from 1 January 2018. The banknotes are of 5-, 10-, 20-, 50-, 100- and 200-dobras. I don't really keep up with all the economic and monetary developments of São Tomé but it appears to me that the banknotes will have a redenomination compared to the current banknotes? This was first hinted at in July 2016 but apparently I missed the announcement. 

The concept banknotes in the article from July 2016 look a lot like the banknotes which have now been announced but there are some differences. One of the biggest differences to me is that the 500-dobras note seems to cancelled. All banknotes have been designed and produced by De la Rue

From the press release by De la Rue: "The new notes celebrate wildlife endemic São Tomé e Príncipe, and include innovative features to make them secure against counterfeiting.

The top four note values showcase a range of security features including De La Rue’s globally renowned Depth ™ Image Hologram and StarChrome® Colour Shift Thread.

The two lowest note values, 5 and 10 Dobras are on De La Rue’s Safeguard® polymer material, making them very durable whilst ensuring they are highly counterfeit resistant."

Steven Vrijdag 08 September 2017 at 2:54 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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Georgia has issued its new 5-lari note

As previously announced the National Bank of Georgia has issued a new banknote of 5 lari on 1 September 2017. The front of the note features the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and a portrait of historian and linguist Ivane Javakhishvili himself. 

On the back we can see the painting "Fisherman in a Red Shirt" by Niko Pirosmani as well as the painting "Threshing Yard. Evening".

Steven Vrijdag 08 September 2017 at 2:42 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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