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.

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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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New addiditions week 4 - 2017

In the new series from the master creator of fantasy banknotes, Mujand takes us back to the Greek mythology. We enter the dangerous world of the Sirens. These mythical creatures lured passing sailors with their songs and their beauty to their doom. This new edition to the continuing series of the fictional planet Blissdane Naive shows the banknotes from the island of Eklisivia. You can read the history of this island here. It's the classic siren story but with a little twist: the sirens from Eklisivia are also vampires. 

The banknotes are a hommage to this legend and in a fun way follow the story. At first glance the banknotes look like paintings from the Romantic era depicting a romanticized version of Greek history. Bright colors, beautiful women and delicious fruit. Until you look closer and see that the women have fangs in their mouth, snakes in their hair and the fruit consists mainly of poisonous berries. This series is a great addition to an already impressive line-up of fantasy banknotes. 

If you're interested in buying this series you can do so here at the website of Mujand. 

50 Nulas

100 Nulas

500 Nulas

1,000 Nulas

Disclaimer: this fantasy set was sent for review purposes. The text is entirely mine and was not paid for or asked for in any way.

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Gibraltar issues commemorative 100-pounds note

Gibraltar has finally issued its polymer commemorative banknote honouring Sir Joshua Hassan. The note had been announced for September 2016 but has only now been issued.

This note uses a new holographic foil on the Safeguard substrate from De la Rue for the first time.

Steven Saturday 28 January 2017 at 10:51 am | | news | No comments

Mexico to issue commemorative 100-pesos banknote

The Banco de Mexico is reportedly planning to issue a new commemorative note of of 100-pesos to celebrate the Centennial of the Constitution. The date of issue is supposedly 7 February 2017 and the number of issued notes would be limited to 1,000,000 pieces. 

No confirmation of this news yet or pictures of the notes. I wonder if it would be a totally new note or a stamp on the existing 100-pesos notes. Mexico has already issued a commemorative 100-pesos note before in commemoration of the beginning of the Mexican revolution which had a totally new design.

Update 7-2-2017: here is the new issued note which looks very nice I think. 

The main motive on the front is the solemn act in which Venustiano Carranza, Mexico’s president at the time, next to the chairman of Congress at the time, Luis Manuel Rojas, is sworn in before the Constituent Assembly after amending the Constitution. The back shows congressmen of the Constituent Assembly swearing to observe and enforce the Mexican Constitution.

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Solomon Islands issue third note in new series

The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands has issued the third note in the new series of banknotes. This 20-dollar note follows the 50- and 100-dollar notes introduced in 2013 and 2015.

From the press release: "The new $20 banknote includes new features, dimensions and sophistication in terms of banknote design, durability and security. (...) The new $20 dollar banknotes will be available from the commercial banks as from Monday 23rd January 2017." The new note is printed by De la Rue.

picture from banknotenews.com
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The Evolution of the American One Dollar Bill

This video was recently posted on YouTube: The Evolution of the American One Dollar Bill. Some real beauty's here! And I never realised that the very first dollar note from 1862 didn't have George Washington on the front but Salmon P. Chase who was Secretary of the Treasury from 1861-1864 and used the note for better recognition of his face to further his political career. 

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Ghana to issue new commemorative note?

Several websites report the the Bank of Ghana intends to issue a commemorative new 5-cedis banknote in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Central Bank on 4 April 2017. In August 2017 it's 60 years ago the Bank first opened its door to the public so we'll have to wait and see when the new note is issued but my guess would be the end of March or early April.

The note will be legal tender as well as a collector's item. It will have additional security features, that are sensitive to touch to aid the blind and visually challenged in identifying the new notes.

Steven Friday 20 January 2017 at 12:29 pm | | news | No comments
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Angola issues new 5- and 10-kwanza notes

Banknotenews.com reports that Banco Nacional de Angola (BNA) has issued two lower value denominations to complete the set that was issued in 2013. Now two notes of 5- and 10-kwanza are also available.

Both notes have images of José Eduardo dos Santos and António Agostinho Neto on the front. The back of the 5-kwanza shows a bird flying over the Ruacana Falls. The 10-kwanza note shows a pelican flying over waterfalls in the Luena river.

Images from Banknotenews.com.


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Guatemala issues updated 20-quetzal note

The Bank of Guatemala has issued a new 20-quetzal note which has basically the same design as the existing note but now also has an OVI element on the front, a scroll which changes from purple to gold if you tilt the note. 

The back of the note shows a beautiful painting by Rafael Beltranena: Signing of the Central America declaration of independence on September 15, 1821.


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Venezuela issues first three new banknotes

After some delays the first new banknotes in Venezuela have finally entered circulation. These new notes have been issued by the Central Bank of Venezuela in an attempt to deal with the hyperinflation that has crippled the country's economy. Inflation in Venezuela is expected to reach 1,600% this year... 

There was mayhem in Venezuela mid-December when President Maduro suddenly announced that the 100-bolivares notes would be removed from circulation. The reason was to stop the assumed hoarding of 100-bolivares notes by criminal groups. Venezuelans quickly had to exchange their banknotes, but banks refused to accept them because they had no larger denominations in exchange. There was looting in the streets and burning of the 100-bolivares notes, because people believed they had become worthless pieces of paper. Because of the chaos President Maduro was forced to allow the 100-bolivares notes to remain in circulation.

For now the notes of 500-, 5,000- and 20,000-bolivares have been issued. The other denominations are expected soon. If it will help Venezuela is anybody's guess because the highest denomination of 20,000-bolivares is still only worth about $6 on the black markets. 



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