Venezuela issues new (already worthless) banknotes

Venezuela is in the midst of complete financial and political meltdown so the inflation is skyrocketing. In response to this situation the government has issued three new banknotes of 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 bolivars.

Will this help the people of Venezuela, potentially one of the richest countries of South America? No. At the moment the 50,000-bolivars note is about 0,20 USD worth. So it appears these notes are only interesting for collectors of hyperinflation currency or for people from Venezuela who have run out of toilet paper. 

p.s. I would've posted a link to the website of the Central Bank but the website is offline at the moment... 

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Steven Sunday 23 June 2019 at 09:55 am | | news | Two comments

Singapore issues commemorative 20-dollar note

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a 20-dollar commemorative note on 5 June 2019. The note celebrates Singapore's Bicentennial. From the press release:

"The front of the commemorative note features a portrait of Mr Yusof Ishak, Singapore’s first President, alongside the former Supreme Court and City Hall, which are now the National Gallery Singapore. These two national monuments witnessed many key events in Singapore’s passage to nationhood, including the swearing-in of the state government in 1963 and Singapore’s first national day parade in 1966.

The back of the note showcases eight pioneering individuals who were part of a broad cast who arrived from different lands and made significant contributions to nation building in diverse areas ranging from education, culture and community service to sports and defending Singapore.  Please refer to Annex A for the profiles of the eight individuals.

The eight individuals are portrayed against a backdrop of the old Singapore River, flowing into present-day Singapore. The river was at the heart of Singapore’s development as a trading port, and later our transformation into a business and financial hub.

The note also features a multi-coloured lattice-work that reflects Singapore’s rich and diverse cultural tapestry. The '20' denomination, Singapore Coat of Arms, Singapore Bicentennial logo, and the years '1819' and '2019' are depicted in gold with dynamic optical effects in a security stripe.

The $20 commemorative note was designed by local artists Mr Eng Siak Loy and Mr Weng Ziyan.

Each note comes with a specially designed folder."

Steven Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 9:46 pm | | news | No comments
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Aruba issues new series of banknotes

The Centrale Bank van Aruba has issued its new series of banknotes. From the press release at the time of announcement: "The new series florin banknotes will have a complete new design and contain the latest security features. To realize this important project the CBA has worked closely with local artists, local and international experts, and the internationally renowned banknote producer Crane Currency, and thereby meet as much as possible the high international standards."

Well, they've certainly met the highest standard: just look at those beautiful notes! I feel a nomination for the Banknote of the Year coming up... 

Steven Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 9:35 pm | | news | No comments
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Kenya finally issues new series

The Central Bank of Kenya has taken a loooong time to introduce its new banknote series but it seems that finally we have some images of the new notes. On 31 May 2019 the new series was issued to the public. 

The notes all show the Big Five on the back (buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros, lion and elephant) and the Kenyatta International Conference Centre on the front. The theme of the series and the separate notes is the richness of the people and nature in Kenya. 

  • 50 shillings: Green Energy
  • 100 shillings: Agriculture
  • 200 shilling, Social Services
  • 500 shillings, Tourism
  • 1,000 shillings, Governance

Steven Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 9:21 pm | | news | No comments
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The Gambia removes Jammeh's portrait on new series

According to an article on the Central Bank of the Gambia has announced it will issue a new series of banknotes without the portrait of former president Jammeh.

"Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh changed the pictures on dalasi paper notes and replaced them with his portraits after his 2011 landslide victory.

But this alteration on all the dalasi paper notes ranging from the 5 dalasi was widely viewed among Gambians as a political motive of Jammeh towards rigid dictatorship.

And in 2018, the central Bank of the Gambia announced that it will remove the portraits of the exile former Gambian president Jammeh and replace it with pictures that are representative of the Gambia’s historical sites and its rich flora and fauna."

The new notes will enter circulation in June 2019. 

Update 19-8-2019: the new banknotes!

Steven Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 9:15 pm | | news | No comments
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Eastern Caribbean Central Bank announces new series

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has announced a new polymer series of banknotes. The series starts with the new 50-dollar note which will be issued in June 2019. The 100-, 20- and 10-dollar notes will be issued around September of this year and the 5-dollar note around September of 2020. 

The new 50-dollar note bears the image of the late Governor of the ECCB, the Honourable Sir K. Dwight Venner. The new notes will be printed by De La Rue on Safeguard. The current notes will continue to circulate side-by-side with the new series. 

Steven Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 9:05 pm | | news | No comments

Samoa announces commemorative 10-tala banknote

The Central Bank of Samoa has announced it intends to issue a commemorative 10-tala banknote in celebration of the XVI Pacific Games 2019 which will be held in Samoa on the 7 July 2019. 

"The $10 banknote will be the second polymer banknote issued in Samoa and the first carbon offset banknote created from the polymer substrate. 

Governor Ainuu-Enari said, "The new $10 Tala banknote design, celebrates the youth of Samoa and our sporting legacy.  Their stories of daily life and the realization of their sporting dreams are told through images placed on the note."

The Governor also said, the new banknote is one of a kind for Samoa as it will have a horizontal front and a vertical back.  The security features will be easy to recognize and deter counterfeiting.  With features including the Pacific Games logo depicted as a clear window with flames color gravure that support the clear window shape.  A mask feature beside the clear window appears as a plain printed green pattern when held up to the light, the number 10 appears as well as a pattern of raised dots to help the visually impaired.

This new banknote will be circulated with the existing 10 tala which will remain legal tender."

Steven Friday 31 May 2019 at 7:06 pm | | news | No comments

ECB issues new 100- and 200-euro notes

The European Central Bank has issued the new 100- and 200-euro banknotes on 28 May 2019. With these last two notes the new Europa-series is complete. 

In the words of the ECB: "The new €100 and €200 banknotes make use of new and innovative security features. Just like the other denominations, the new notes are easy to check when using the “feel, look and tilt” method. At the top of the silvery stripe a satellite hologram shows small € symbols that move around the number and become clearer under direct light. The silvery stripe also shows the portrait of Europa, the architectural motif and a large € symbol. The new €100 and €200 banknotes also feature an enhanced emerald number. While the emerald number itself is present on all the other notes of the Europa series, this enhanced version also shows € symbols inside the numerals.

The new €100 and €200 notes are a different size to the old €100 and €200 notes. Both denominations are now the same height as the €50 banknote. However, their length remains unchanged – the longer the note, the higher the value. Since the €50, €100 and €200 banknotes are now the same height, they can be more easily handled and processed by machines. They will also fit better in people’s wallets and last longer, as they will be subject to less wear and tear.

In addition to the security features that can be seen with the naked eye, euro banknotes also contain machine-readable security features. On the new €100 and €200 banknotes these features have been enhanced, and new ones have been added to enable the notes to be processed and authenticated swiftly. As Executive Board Member Yves Mersch highlighted in his speech unveiling the new banknotes, with the changeover to the new €100 and €200 the entire set of euro banknotes will continue to offer strong protection against counterfeiting. This makes euro banknotes even more secure, but also easier to check and handle."

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Steven Friday 31 May 2019 at 6:57 pm | | news | No comments
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Aruba presents new banknotes

The Centrale Bank van Aruba has presented its new banknotes on 20 May 2019. The theme of the new series: "With the introduction of the 2019 banknote series, the CBA aims to maintain confidence in the florin and contribute in promoting the uniqueness and beauty of Aruba’s flora, fauna, cultural heritage, monuments, and landmarks."

The current series will circulate in parallel for 10 weeks, and can be exchanged for new notes for 30 years.

Steven Saturday 25 May 2019 at 10:41 am | | news | No comments
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New additions week 21 - 2019

Mujand has some great new fantasy notes out. Starting with the very popular National Parks series. The two new notes show the Mingan Archipelago National Park in Canada and the Bako National Park in Malaysia. Both notes, like the rest of the series, showcase the local flora and fauna from the national park and would make great souvenirs if you've ever visited these sites. Like all notes, you can buy them at the the Mujand Shop but do hurry because this series is selling fast with a few of the 9 available notes already sold out. 

A new series started by Mujand is the Legend Series. The first two notes show two legendary ladies from England and the Netherlands. The English note has Lady Godiva on the front. For those unfamiliar with her, let's see what Professor Wikipedia has to say: "Godiva, Countess of Mercia (died between 1066 and 1086), was an English noblewoman who, according to a legend dating at least to the 13th century, rode naked – covered only in her long hair – through the streets of Coventry to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation that her husband imposed on his tenants. The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Thomas watched her ride and was struck blind or dead." Sounds like a fun lady and the note shows her in full glory, the picture derived from the painting by John Collier. 

The second Legend is Mata Hari. The Dutch World War I spy / femme fatale / exotic dancer / courtesan (take your pick) who was executed by the French for spying. Fun fact: the numerals on the note, like the '50' are a reference to the old guilder-notes from the Netherlands. 

So no new notes from the Blissdane Naive universe? Of course there are. Like the third note from Toroguay, the bio-luminescence world. There is now also a yellow 10-lixo note available. 

And last, but by no means least: we have a new poneet islands tobacco note! This 10-kasutu note clearly shows why this may be my favourite series. The level of detail, the colors, the women on the back: it all fits somehow and is in perfect balance. I can only hope that we will see a fifth note one day. 

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

Steven Saturday 25 May 2019 at 10:00 am | | new additions | No comments
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New additions week 20 - 2019

A bucket load of new banknotes for my collection this week! My aunt and uncle came back from their annual winter stay in Thailand bringing back the new 500-baht featuring the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (or Rama X). 

All the other new notes were fantasy notes, starting with the 0-euro MemoEuro of which I got 5 from different sources. You can buy these notes at the sights depicted on the notes in Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Austria. More info on these fun notes can be found at I've complete a list of notes issued thus far here. The notes I've acquired are 'from' Slagharen, Delft, Ypres, the Airborne Museum Hartenstein and Scheveningen. 

The second batch of fantasy notes is from the already legendary Mujand in the next post.

Steven Saturday 25 May 2019 at 09:24 am | | new additions | No comments

USA postpones Harriet Tubman 20-dollar note

Harriet Tubman, ca. 1885In 2016 it was announced that anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman would be the face of the new 20-dollar note. She would push the current face of Andrew Jackson to the back of the note. The announcement was made by then secretary Jack Lew who was the Treasury Secretary at the time under president Obama. 

But then the USA held elections, Obama left and Trump came into office and… the rest is a daily reminder of how quickly things can change for the worse and how fragile our democracies really are. So now the USA is stuck with Secretary Mnuchin who runs the Treasury under the Trump regime. Originally the new 20-dollar note was expected for 2020 together with a new 5- and 10-dollar note.  But surprise, surprise: the 20-dollar note is postponed. Officially due to “counterfeiting issues” but the fact that Trumps hero Andrew Jackson would be pushed to the back of the note might have something to do with it. Also the fact that Tubman was black, a woman, fought white supremacy at the time and grew up in poverty doesn’t really tick the right boxes with the current president. So the new note has been postponed to 2028.  But to be fair: I’m not very sad that this monumental new note will be postponed until after the moment Trump leaves (I hope) the White House. It would be a really weird scene if somebody like Trump or one his minions would present this banknote. Just imagine North Korea hosting the Nobel Peace Price ceremony: that level of weird. The note deserves better presenters, hopefully not long after 2020…

Steven Saturday 25 May 2019 at 08:14 am | | news |
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