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

Costa Rica issues updated 1,000-colones note

The Banco Central de Costa Rica has issued a new 1,000-colones banknote (Series B) in december 2017 with an updated design.

The new note looks a lot like the one issued in 2012 (as part of that beautiful Series A which is still in circulation in Costa Rica) but with a few noteable differences: 

  • The portrait has intaglio relief
  • The marks to help the blind have more relief
  • It is more reddish
  • The see-through portrait on the top right is enlarged

Source: MRI Guide

Steven Friday 26 January 2018 at 1:11 pm | | news | No comments
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Uruguay issued two updated banknotes

On 24 January 2018 the Banco Central del Uruguay has issued two updated banknotes.

The notes of 100-pesos (Series G) and 1,000-pesos (Series E) have been updated with the same security features as the 200- and 2,000-pesos notes which were updated last year

Steven Friday 26 January 2018 at 1:02 pm | | news | No comments
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São Tomé e Príncipe issues new banknote series

As announced last year the Banco Central de Sao Tome e Principe has issued 6 new banknotes on 1 January 2018. The banknotes are of 5-, 10-, 20-, 50-, 100- and 200-dobras. 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."

I think this new series is beautiful and really fits in the numismatic history of the country which has produced some beautiful banknotes in the past. 

Steven Friday 26 January 2018 at 12:49 pm | | news | No comments
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Wanna play?

Haha, this has got to be the scariest banknote ad on eBay ever! Original item can be found here.

Steven Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 4:11 pm | | fun | No comments
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A Euro banknote that actually looks desirable?

A lot of countries are issuing commemorative banknotes celebrating numerous occasions. The European Central Bank (ECB) hasn't issued a single commemorative note yet and (as far as we know) has no intention to do so stating it's to expensive and doens't belong in a modern currency system. Also: any celebration of an historic occasion of a European country is bound to piss off another (neighboring) country I guess. 

But Numismag has photos of a special commemorative banknote printed by a Euro nation. After the German elections of 24 September 2017 Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble retired at the age of 75 from politics and government. Out of the many gifts offered to him by the various European Banks and governments, the gift from the National Bank of Slovakia stands out.

It is a commemorative (fantasy) banknote of 100 euro with the face of Wolfgang Schäuble on the front. The note has been specially printed for the National Bank of Slovakia possibly by the Bundesdruckrei, the German central bank printing works. This gift was presented in the form of a bundle of several banknotes, in a box.

I really hope the ECB will one day reconsider its position on commemorative banknotes because if this can be the result, I can still dream of one day having an actual attractive looking Euro banknote in my pocket. 



Steven Friday 12 January 2018 at 4:03 pm | | news | No comments

Cabo Verde retires two banknotes

The Central Bank of Cape Verde has issued a press release stating the banknotes of 200 escudos dated 2005 and 2,000 escudos dated 1999 will be withdrawn from circulation from 17 November 2017.

The notes can be redeemed at the main office until 16 November 2027.

Steven Tuesday 09 January 2018 at 1:50 pm | | news | No comments
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Scottish 10-pound notes auctioned for a lot of money

The Bank of Scotland issued a new 10-pound note in the Autumn of 2017. The note featured a portrait of the Scottish novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott on the front together with an image of The Mound, the historic head office of the Bank of Scotland. The back of the note shows the Glenfinnan Viaduct (even more famous after it was pictured in the Harry Potter movies) with a steam locomotive hauling a heritage tourist train. The locomotive is a preserved Stanier "Black 5", which was designed for the London, Midland and Scottish railway and is often seen on the West Highland line.

From "On 1 December 2017, Spink concluded an auction of new Bank of Scotland 10-pound notes to raise money for the charity Mental Health UK. There were two notes with special 8-character serial numbers chosen by the winning bidders, plus 36 other notes with prefixes and serial numbers designed to appeal to railroad enthusiasts. 18 notes each with BR (British Railway) and LMS (London Midland Scotland) prefixes were sold with serial numbers corresponding to the number on each of the Stanier Black 5 locomotives in preservation today. The LMS notes also feature an overprinted “totem” sign at upper left back corresponding to a station: Ardlui, Arrochar And Tarbet, Banavie, Bridge Of Orchy, Corrour, Crianlarich Upper, Fort William, Garelochhead, Glenfinnan, Helensburgh-Upper, Lochailort, Locheilside, Morar, Rannoch, Roy Bridge, Spean Bridge, Tulloch, and Tyndrum Upper."

The notes sold for prices ranging from 250 to nearly 4,000 pound. The auction was interesting for collectors of banknotes and for train enthusiasts.

It was especially interesting if you want to spend a lot of money on a note with an arbitrary serial number. But that may just be me talking as I don't share the same enthusiasm for 'special' serial numbers as some collectors do.

Steven Tuesday 09 January 2018 at 1:23 pm | | news | No comments

Ukraine issues commemorative souvenir note

As announced in November 2017 the National Bank of Ukraine has issued a souvenir commemoratove banknote. Souvenir indeed because it's not legal tender. The banknote commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917 and the first Ukrainian banknote. It's a reproduction of the first Ukrainian note of 100 karvobanetz and measures 170 x 80mm.

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Steven Sunday 07 January 2018 at 5:23 pm | | news | No comments
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Solomon Islands introduce first gold coin note

The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands (CBSI) has introduced the world’s first ever legal tender gold coin note. This extremely thin coin note is produced in 0.5g fine .999 gold and is measured at 90 x 43 mm. The making of this gold coin note renders the product as very delicate in appearance. This project involves CBSI and the World Coin Association and MDM Group, a company based in Germany who have been in the numismatic business for more than 100 years.

Each coin note is professionally packed and set in a protective clear square capsule. At the moment the maximum mintage is limited to 20,000 pieces only. In terms of the design, on the back of the note, the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is depicted in profile and is framed by graphic elements. The front of the note features symbols of the most important world currencies, rotating around planet Earth. In the background, symbols of the financial world are displayed. The note can be purchased for an estimated $20 from the CBSI.

Now the important question which has been a topic on the IBNS forum: could this be considered a real banknote or should this 'note' be seen as a purely numismatic product? I'm leaning towards the latter (certainly after reading the press release carefully) but that doesn't mean one should avoid this gold piece. I personally will pass on it but if you like it: go for it. 

Steven Sunday 07 January 2018 at 5:07 pm | | news | No comments

Two fantasy additions to the current Madagascar series

Last year Madagascar introduced a new series of banknotes. The highest denomination is the 20,000-ariary at this moment.

But if they ever have to issue higher denominations, perhaps they can use these fantasy notes Jérémy Pureur has created. They would fit perfectly in the current series. Impressive work!

© Jérémy Pureur

© Jérémy Pureur

Steven Sunday 07 January 2018 at 4:50 pm | | news | No comments
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Happy New Year!

For a month I wasn't able to post anything so today I could finally catch up and post some updates. And also wish everybody a happy New Year! I hope we will see some beautiful new banknotes this year and I hope everybody will have a chance to find the grail note for their collection. 

© Rotterdam Tourist Information

The fireworks in my home town Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Steven Friday 05 January 2018 at 2:14 pm | | site info | No comments