Zimbabwe issues new 10- and 20-dollar notes

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has issued new banknotes of 10- and 20-dollar on 14 May 2020. The 10-dollar note has entered circulation on 19 May 2020 and the 20-dollar note will follow in the first week of June 2020. Both banknotes are made of a hybrid composit material and measure 155 x 66 mm in size.  

The 10-dollar note shows the usual Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth on the front and the New Reserve Bank Tower in and some Cape buffalo on the back:

The 20-dollar note has the same Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth on the front. The back shows an elephant and the Victoria Falls:

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Parliament of Iran approves redenomination of rial

The Iranian parliament has voted for a government monetary reform bill which will change the country's currency name and drop four zeros from banknotes, Radio Farda reports.

"Under the new law, which will come into effect after the final approval of the Guardian Council, the national currency unit will change from the rial to the toman with 10,000 rials of today being equal to one toman in the new currency. (...) The rial will completely be scraped and the toman will be revalued to equal 100 parsehs. The old coins and bills will remain credible alongside the new toman notes during a transition period of two years after which all financial transactions will solely be made in toman. (...) Although the rial has been the sole currency unit used in Iran since decimalisation in 1932, the toman has been used informally to mean 10 rials. People commonly express amounts of money and prices of commodities in tomans rather than rials. The parseh, however, is a completely new currency unit chosen in a national vote for the naming taken by the CBI [Central Bank of Iran, sb]. "

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Tunisia issues new 10-dinar banknote

The Central Bank of Tunisia has issued a new banknote of 10 dinar on 27 March 2020.

The blue note features the image of Doctor Tawhida Ben Cheikh (1909-2010). The back of the note shows pottery objects and Berber jewelry. 

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Banknote of the Year 2019

The voting has ended and the Banknote of the Year 2019 has been chosen by the members of the IBNS. The winner is... the 100-florin note from Aruba! A well deserved winner in my opinion because the note looks beautiful. As does the rest of the new series by the way. 


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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.  

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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. 



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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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Vote for Banknote of the Year 2019!

If you are a member of the International Bank Note Society you can vote for the Banknote of the Year 2019! This year no less than 22 banknotes have been nominated. In random order:

The result of the voting will be announced at the IBNS Board Meeting in Valkenburg in April 2020. My top 3 banknotes of 2019 are:

#1 - Switzerland - 1,000 francs

#2 - Macau - 20 petacas

#3 - Samoa - 10 tala

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Australia announces new 100-dollar banknote

The Reserve Bank of Australia will issue a redesigned 100-dollar note in the second half of 2020. As with the existing banknote, the new 100-dollar note features Sir John Monash and Dame Nellie Melba. 

From the press release: "Sir John Monash was an engineer, soldier and civic leader. He was a significant figure in the building-construction industry. Monash is also widely recognised for his service as a commander in the First World War. He led the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during its successful campaigns in 1918 and subsequently managed the repatriation of Australian soldiers and presided over the AIF Education Scheme, which assisted with their transition to civilian life. Monash was instrumental in building the Shrine of Remembrance – which features on the banknote – in his hometown of Melbourne. He also served as the vice-chancellor of Melbourne University from 1923 to 1931.

Dame Nellie Melba was an internationally renowned soprano who performed in Australia, Europe and the United States of America in the late 19th and early 20th century. The banknote includes an image of Melba in costume as Rosina in Rossini's Barber of Seville and the monogram from the cover of her homecoming concert tour program of 1902. In addition to performing, Melba made important contributions to the arts through teaching at the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, now the Melba Opera Trust, in her home town of Melbourne. She also published the Melba Method (1926), an educational resource for singers.

As with the previously released denominations, the new banknote includes representations of Australian flora and fauna. The $100 features the Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) and Australia's national floral emblem, the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), which is native to south-eastern Australia and southern inland areas of New South Wales. The wattle frames the edges of the top-to-bottom window on the banknote, which features a number of dynamic security elements such as the flying owl, and a reversing number '100'."

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Trinidad and Tobago present new polymer series

The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago introduced a new 100-dollar note on 9 December 2019. This was the first note of the new polymer series.

On 21 February 2020 the bank showed the rest of the series to the world. These new polymer notes will be issued in September 2020. 

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