Armenia issues last three banknotes

The Central Bank of Armenia has issued the last three notes of its new series on 25 December 2018. These are the 1,000-, 2,000- and 5,000-dram notes featuring portraits of Paruyr SevakTigran Petrosyan and William Saroyan

With these notes the new series has been completely issued.

Steven Friday 28 December 2018 at 11:01 am | | news | No comments
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Sudan announces three banknotes for Q1 of 2019

In October 2018 the Central Bank of Sudan announced that the printing process for new banknotes of 100-, 200- and 500-pounds had begun and we might see the new notes before the end of the year. 

That date has now shifted to next year it seems. The 100- and 200-pound notes will be issued in January 2019 and  the 500-pound note will be issued in February of 2019, according to alnilin.com.

Update 19-01-2019: here's what the new 100-pounds will look like:

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China issues commemorative 50-yuan note

The People's Bank of China will issue a commemorative banknote of 50 yuan today. The note commemorates the 70th anniversary of the issuance of the renminbi (RMB), China's national currency. 

The front of the note shows the tree ring and the first to fifth sets of representative parts of the RMB. At the top left is the national emblem pattern, the name of the "People's Bank of China", and the words "The 70th Anniversary of RMB Issuance" and "1948-2018".

The back of the note shows the People's Bank of China Building, supplemented by Peony, the former site of the People's Bank of China, the first set of RMB distribution notices and the silhouette of the city building. In the upper left corner of the ticket is the denomination number "50", the Chinese Pinyin alphabet of the People's Bank of China and the words and denominations of the "People's Bank of China" in the four national languages ​​of Mongolia, Tibet, Victoria and Zhuang. 

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Kyrgyzstan gives last two banknotes an update

The National Bank of Kyrgyzstan is updating its current banknotes with new security features and design elements. On 20 December 2018 they introduced updated versions of their 20- and 5,000-som banknotes.

With these two notes, the complete series has been updated. 


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Argentina issues 100-pesos note

The National Bank of Argentina has issued the last banknote of the Flora and Fauna series. This violet 100-pesos note was issued on 19 December 2018 and features an image of the taruca on the front and as its watermark. The back shows the Northwest region of Argentina where the animal lives. 

With this note the Flora and Fauna series is now complete. 

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Mujand releases new series: Evshlohogi

We've come to the U-series already from fantasy banknote creator Mujand. This time we visit the islands of Evshlohogi in the Blissdane Naive universe (other lands and stories can be found here). There are four banknotes in this series, with the Queen and three princesses on the front and part of a partial image on the back... When you combine the four backsides you get a cool larger image of the complete Staal holding up Blissdane Naive (as seen below). 

But that's not the only nice thing about the notes, oh no... On some of the notes you can find a hidden secret... I've promised not to reveal where or what it is but it really ties the notes and story of the Evshlohogi Islands together. 

If you're from the Netherlands you may also find another 'secret' on the 5-dubre note. Doesn't the Queen look rather familiar...?

Again lots of hidden gems and secrets to be found on this new series from the ever entertaining and surprising Mujand. This and other series can be bought directly from the source.  





Disclaimer: these notes were sent for review purposes. The text is entirely mine and was not paid for or asked for in any way.

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Mauritius has issued updated note with 'Illuminate'

The Bank of Mauritius has issued an improved version of its 2,000-rupees note, according to printer De la Rue, on 6 December 2018.  "The note is a reproduction of the current design: retaining most of the paper security features, whilst introducing some upgraded security features. These enhanced features include De La Rue’s Mask™ feature and newly launched Illuminate design technique for polymer. (...)

A first in polymer design, Illuminate uses a combination of inks, including matte and iridescent inks, to inject vivid colour into the polymer window. Designs are no longer limited by the muted colours of previous generations of polymer. Illuminate offers unlimited possibilities in window design, through the creation of vibrant, standout artwork which drives strong end user recognition and public authentication. (...)

This is the 35th banknote to be issued on De La Rue’s polymer substrate, Safeguard®, which was originally launched in 2012.


Steven Monday 17 December 2018 at 4:05 pm | | news | No comments

Bulgaria introduces first note of new series

The Bulgarian National Bank has announced it will introduce an updated deign of its 100-lev banknote. This banknote is the first of a new series. The basic design of the new series is pretty much the same as the existing banknotes but the security features have been updated. 

The updated banknote will be available from 28 December 2018. 

  • Additional sign for blind people: consists of five thick and six thin lines located at an angle of the two short sides of the banknote.
  • Hologram band with optical effects: alternating images of edelweiss and the profile of Aleko Konstantinov; color holographic portrait of Aleko Konstantinov; detail from a monument of Aleko Konstantinov, changing its color from emerald green to sapphire blue; dynamic chess effect with change of color from emerald green to sapphire blue and a three-dimensional image of the number 100.
  • Optical ink: the number 100 is printed with color changing ink with a dynamic chess effect that changes from emerald green to sapphire blue (SPARK).
  • Security thread: embedded in the paper and partially protruding from the reverse side with a light repeating text "BNB 100" and with a dynamic chess effect, changing its color from emerald green to sapphire blue. The image of the repeating text "BNB 100" is read from the front when the banknote is placed against a light source.
  • High-resolution watermark: observed when the banknote is placed against a light source. It consists of a high resolution halftone image of the portrait of Aleko Konstantinov. The images are also seen on the reverse side of the banknote.

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Introduction to Banknotes and Banknote Collecting

(The text below is copied from the IBNS website and the 36-page PDF is highly recommended, also for more experienced collectors)

Are you interested in finding out more about banknotes and banknote collecting?

Do you know

  • how banknotes are manufactured?
  • the different features that can appear on a banknote and why they are there?

Have you thought about starting a banknote collection but want some information about

  • where to start
  • the equipment you need
  • how to look after your collection
  • the different grades and condition of banknotes

Members of the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) with many years of experience of banknotes and banknote collecting have produced

The IBNS Introduction to Banknotes
and Banknote Collecting

Aimed at beginners, it includes answers to those questions as well as the definition of a banknote, its various features and how banknotes are manufactured, as well as an outline of aspects to be considered when building a collection of banknotes including information on how to grade a banknote.

If you want to take your interest in Banknotes even further, why not consider joining the International Bank Note Society?

Membership of the IBNS has numerous benefits which include:

  • bringing together people with a common interest in banknotes
  • the award winning IBNS Journal produced quarterly which includes articles covering all aspects of banknotes as well as the Society’s activities
  • a forum on the IBNS Website for members to discuss matters and ask questions

To gain the most from an interest in banknotes, membership of the IBNS is recommended.  Membership of the IBNS costs $36.00 USD (£28.00 GBP or $48.00 AUD) per year.  

To become a member please complete an
application form - https://www.theibns.org/join

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Algeria ready for two new banknotes this year

The Banque d'Algérie has already printed the new 500- and 1,000-dinars banknotes and they might be issued before the end of this year. 

The 500-dinars will have as its main motif Science and Technology and show the technological advancement of Algeria over the years. The 1,000-dinars note has National Traditions and Customs as its motif and will have the Great Mosque of Algiers as an image. The Great Mosque is being built right now and will be the largest in Africa, with the world’s tallest minaret at 265m. The new notes will probably be printed on a better (perhaps hybrid) substrate and will have advanced security features.

Update 26-01-2019: rumour has it that the new banknotes have been postponed until the Great Mosque of Algiers is inaugurated. So that's until.....???

Steven Friday 07 December 2018 at 09:42 am | | news | No comments
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Egypt announces its first polymer banknote for 2020

The Central Bank of Egypt has announced its intention to start issuing polymer banknotes from 2020. The first polymer banknote will be a 10-pounds note, according to gdnonline.com

In a statement to state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA), CBE Governor Tarek Amer said that the polymer banknotes would be more durable than paper ones.

"Polymer banknotes are already being used in major economies," he said, adding that the initiative would benefit Egypt’s currency market, slash printing costs and enhance the quality of banknotes.

He said banks would start issuing the polymer banknotes, with a denomination of 10 pounds, at its printing headquarters in the new administrative capital.

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Yemen to issue new 100-riyals note early 2019

According to Buyemen.com  the Central Bank of Yemen wil issue a new 100-ritals note early 2019. The new notes are printed in Russia. The Central Bank also announced that it is considering issuing a coin to replace the 50 riyals banknotes.

A first glance of the new banknote:

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UAE issue commemorative 100-dirham note

The United Arab Emirates Central Bank has issued a 100-dirham note in commemoration of the Year of Zayed, which coincides with the 47th National Day. The banknote carries a "Year of Zayed" logo. The new banknote pays tribute to the life of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Courtesy of Triaff Nikitin. 

Steven Friday 07 December 2018 at 09:18 am | | news | No comments

Romania issues commemorative numismatic product

The Banca Nationala a Romaniei (National Bank of Romania) has announced a new commemorative banknote of 100 lei, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great Union. It marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia, and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918. 

There will only be 10,000 bankniotes available as a numismatic product. Some of the details from the press release:

  • size: 147 x 82 mm;
  • prevailing colour: blue;
  • polymer substrate, printed in plane/relief mixed technique; 
  • complex transparent window

"The obverse of the banknote shows the following representative graphical elements: on the right side, the portraits of King Ferdinand I and Queen Maria; below, on two lines, their names and life spans, namely "REGELE FERDINAND I 1865-1927" and "REGINA MARIA 1875-1938". In the central area, an image depicting the Great National Assembly in Alba Iulia, on 1 December 1918.

The obverse also shows: the coat of arms of Romania, in the upper left part, the name of the issuing central bank "BANCA NAȚIONALĂ A ROMÂNIEI", in the upper part horizontally, and below, the NBR logo in a medallion and, further down, the years "1918-2018". The face value is printed four times, as follows: in the lower left corner, horizontally, in figures, "100"; in the lower central area, in letters, on two lines, "LEI UNA SUTĂ"; in the lower right corner, vertically, in letters, "UNA SUTĂ LEI" and in the upper right corner, vertically, in figures, "100".

The signatures of the Governor and the Chief Cashier are printed in the central area, above the face value in letters.

The date of putting the banknote into circulation, i.e. "1 decembrie 2018", is printed vertically, on the right side.

The reverse of the banknote features the arrival of the royal cortege in Bucharest, on 1 December 1918, and part of the mace of King Ferdinand I, together with four women in folk costumes typical of each united Romanian province: Bessarabia, Romania, Transylvania and Bukovina.

Below is the text "FALSIFICAREA ACESTOR BILETE SE PEDEPSEȘTE CONFORM LEGILOR" (Forgery is punished according to the law).

The name of the issuing central bank "BANCA NAȚIONALĂ A ROMÂNIEI" is placed in the upper part, horizontally, and the NBR logo is printed in the upper right corner and in the lower left corner. The face value is printed as follows: vertically, in the upper left corner, and horizontally, in the lower right corner in figures, "100" and horizontally, in the lower left corner in letters, "UNA SUTĂ LEI".

The serial number of the banknote is printed in letters and figures, in red and black ink, as follows: on the left side, horizontally, in red ink, with fonts of ascending height and on the right side, vertically, in black ink."

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