ECB announces new 100- and 200-euro notes

The European Central Bank (ECB) has announced, together with its annual report on the number of counterfeit notes, that in the first half of 2019 the last two banknotes of the Europa series will be issued. These new 100- and 200-euro notes will complete the second series of euro banknotes.

As reported in May 2016 the 500-euro note won't get a new Europa design and won't be printed and issued anymore from the end of 2018.

Steven Sunday 25 February 2018 at 11:53 am | | news | No comments

Yemen announces new 1,000-rial note

According to Alaraby the Central Bank of Yemen will introduce a new 1,000-rial note in the coming days. The new note is 155 x 69 mm and has a light green color. On the front is a view of the Al Sultan Al Kathiri Palace or Seiyun Palace in Hadhramaut. The back side of the paper has a general view of the old city of Sana'a.

An image of the front of the new note:

Steven Sunday 25 February 2018 at 11:39 am | | news | No comments
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Denmark chooses Oberthur for its banknotes

In 2014 Denmark's national bank Nationalbanken announced it would cease the production of Danish banknotes. People in favour of abandonding banknotes completely celebrated this move as the first step towards a "cash money free society". Well, not so much. 

As was announced at the time the production of new banknotes would be outsourced, not stopped completely. According to a new press release by the Nationalbanken the future Danish banknotes issued from 2020 will be printed by Oberthur Fiducaire SAS. Oberthur Fiduciaire SAS produces around 5 billion banknotes a year and has customers in 70 different countries.

Steven Sunday 25 February 2018 at 11:25 am | | news | No comments
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Australia unveils new 50-dollar note

The Reserve Bank of Australia has unveiled the design of the new 50-dollar banknote. As with the existing banknote, the new 50-dollar features portraits of Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon and the first female member of an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan. The new banknotes will be released into general circulation in October 2018.

The security features include a top-to-bottom clear window that contains dynamic features such as a reversing number. There is also a patch with a rolling-colour effect and microprint featuring excerpts from David Unaipon's book and Edith Cowan's maiden parliamentary speech.


Steven Sunday 25 February 2018 at 10:51 am | | news | No comments
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Sierra Leone announces new banknote series

The Bank of Sierra Leone has announced that a new series of banknotes will be issued in celebration of the country’s 60th Independence anniversary in 2021, according to a news article on Awoko.org

"These notes will bear the image of Presidents spanning the last two decades in the following denomination of Le 5,000 which will bear the portrait of the late President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and the Le 10,000 will also bear the portrait of President Ernest Bai Koroma."

Steven Sunday 25 February 2018 at 10:44 am | | news | No comments

South Africa announces commemorative series

The South African Reserve Bank has issued a press release regarding a new commemorative banknote set celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth.

From the press release: "The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) will this year launch a set of commemorative South African banknotes in honour of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centenary. These notes will cover all denominations - R10, R20,  R50, R100  and R200. At the same time, the South African Mint, a subsidiary of the SARB, will issue a new R5 circulation coin celebrating Mandela’s birth centenary.

The existing Mandela series of banknotes as well as the existing R5 coin in circulation will remain legal tender and will continue to be issued. This means that the new commemorative banknotes and coin will circulate alongside the existing banknotes and coin. It is expected that the commemorative banknotes and coin will be introduced into circulation from July 18. Further details will be communicated to the public closer to the time."

I wonder what they will design. Could it perhaps be something like the Bank of Thailand did for their late King with images from his life on the back of their commemorative series?

Updated 25-02-2018: I now read reports that the design will be the same as the current notes. They will "only" be printed on a new substrate (perhaps a hybrid one) and will have additional security features. What a missed opportunity that would be!

Steven Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 1:36 pm | | news | No comments

Sri Lanka issues commemorative banknote

As predicted at the beginning of the year, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has started issuing 5 million commemorative banknotes on 4 February 2017 celebrating the 70th anniversary of its independence.

The note has the same design as the current 1,000-rupee notes but with an addition on the front in the form of a Celebrating Diversity logo at the lower left, new vignettes in the center of the front, a new date and serial numbers ranging from S70/1 000001 to S70/5 1000000.

photo from banknotenews.com
photo from banknotenews.com

Steven Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 1:14 pm | | news | No comments
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Czech Republic announces updated banknotes

The ?eská Národní Banka, or Czech National Bank, has announced that new versions of its 100- and 200-korun banknotes will be issued later this year. These new banknote versions will have enhanced protection against counterfeiting and will enable easier processing using technical equipment.

The currently circulating versions of the 100- and 200-korun notes will remain legal tender. The overall appearance of these banknotes will remain unchanged. More details will be revealed to the public in May 2018.

The current 100- and 200-korun notes:


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New additions week 5 - 2018

This was a good week for new banknotes since I got a few new ones. One of the best was a banknote from my own country of the Netherlands which has been on my radar for a long time featuring the great-great-grandmother of our current King.

  • Denmark - 100 kroner (P61c)
  • Morocco - 100 dirham (P70)
  • Czech Republic - 100 korun (P18)
  • Scotland - 1 pound (P336a)
  • The Netherlands - 5 gulden (P90a)
  • The Netherlands - 20 gulden (P54a)

Steven Thursday 01 February 2018 at 2:14 pm | | new additions | No comments