Belarus issues improved 20- and 50-ruble banknotes

The National Bank of the Republic of Belarus announced the issue of improved 20- and 50-rubles banknotes. The new notes have been issued from 23 March 2020. 

The security features of the updated banknotes are enhanced by an additional watermark and a wider security thread. The banknote of 50 rubles also includes images with an optically variable effect. Other changes from the existing design:

  • The text "Старшыня Праўлення" and signatures are removed.
  • The images of architectural constructions on the front of banknotes are brought in line with the actual appearance of the objects and their names are displayed.
  • The year of issue has been changed to "2020" from "2009".
  • The text "ПЯЦЬДЗЕСЯТ" on the 50-ruble banknote is changed into "ПЯЦЬДЗЯСЯТ".

The new banknotes have been printed by Russian printer Goznak. The old notes of the same denomination will remain legal tender.


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Namibia issues commemorative note

The Central Bank of Namibia has issued a commemorative banknote on 21 March 2020. The commemorative occassion is Namibia's 30th independence anniversary.

The note has the uncommon denomination of 30 dollars. The theme of the new polymer note is "3 decades of independence, smooth transition of power between the 3 presidents, peace, stability and progress".  On the front of the note are the faces of the 3 presidents:

  • The founding president H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma
  • Former president H.E. Dr. Hifikepunye Pohamba
  • Current president H.E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob

The faces are printed with raised ink. Other features include:

  • Transparent dynamic-effect between the diamond-shaped window and the value of 30 with gold ink.
  • Six clusters of raised dots in the top right corner which helps visually impaired and partially sighted people to identify the value of the note, similar with current banknotes. 
  • At the back of the note there is a see-through window dpicting the Black Namibian Rhino. 

 More info on the security features can be found in this PDF which also provided the images below:

And a video presentation:

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Bangladesh announces 100-taka commemorative note

The Central Bank of Bangladesh has announced a commemorative 100-taka banknote in celebration of the Centenary of the birth of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He was born on 17 March 1920 so this note will be issued on the 18th of this month.  

Steven Saturday 14 March 2020 at 12:53 pm | | news | No comments

Scottish banks issue new 20-pounds notes

The three Scottish note issuing banks have each issued their version of new 20-pound banknote. The Royal Bank of Scotland has issued the first 20-pound Scottish banknote to feature a woman other than the Queen on its front.

The new polymer note features an image of Kate Cranston, the turn of the century entrepreneur who commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh to design her famous Glasgow venue. The 20-pound note is the third in a series of 'Fabric of Nature' themed notes made from De La Rue's Safeguard polymer material and contains a variety of new security features. In keeping with the Fabric of Nature theme, the new 20-pound note features illustrations of red squirrels on its reverse and also features the blaeberry fruit. It also includes extracts from 16th century Scottish poet Mark Alexander Boyd's work, Cupid and Venus.

The 20-pound banknote from the Clydesdale Bank features an image of the legendary Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) on the front. Yes, the same guy from the movie Braveheart. The back shows St. Kilda. 

Last, but not least, the Bank of Scotland has issued two notes. The regular 20-pound note and a commemorative version. 

Regular:

Commemorative:

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Bulgaria announces modified 20-lev banknote

The Bulgarian National Bank has announced that a modified 20-lev banknote will be issued from 20 March 2020. The note is part of the new modified series. The overall design and main features of the new banknote remain unchanged with respect to the banknotes in circulation. The upgrade focuses primarily on new security features. 

These changes are for the 20-lev banknote as follows:

  • Additional mark for visually impaired people – three thick and seven thin lines at an angle along the short sides of the banknote.
  • Hologram stripe with optical effects – alternating images of a lion and an eagle, changing when the banknote is tilted; a coloured hologram portrait of Stefan Stambolov; a stylised image of the Order of Bravery; images of a 'crowned lion rampant' with a dynamic effect and a 3D image of the number '20'.
  • Security thread – built into the paper and partially appearing on the reverse, with a repeated light-coloured text 'БНБ 20' (BNB 20) and a 'fan-like' dynamic optical effect shifting from green to blue. The image of the repeating text 'БНБ 20' is visible on the obverse when the banknote is held up against the light.
  • High resolution watermark – seen when the banknote is held up to the light. It consists of a high resolution half-tone image of Stefan Stambolov’s portrait. The image is also seen on the reverse of the banknote.
  • The existing 20-lev banknotes remain in circulation along with the new 20-lev banknotes.

 

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