New additions week 23 - 2017

Yesterday was a very good day with regard to the mail I received. Two letters from Canada and Fiji with two of the best looking banknotes of 2017 so far. Welcome to my collection!


Steven Saturday 10 June 2017 at 3:58 pm | | new additions | No comments

Georgia announces new 5-lari banknote

The National Bank of Georgia has announced that from 1 September 2017 a new banknote of 5 lari will be issued. The front features the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and a portrait of historian and linguist Ivane Javakhishvili himself. 

On the back we can see the painting "Fisherman in a Red Shirt" by Niko Pirosmani as well as the painting "Threshing Yard. Evening".

It looks rather nice, don't you think? As a matter of fact: this is the second brownish note which has been presented recently which I like (after the new 10-pound note from the Bank of Scotland). I might have to revise my opinion on the color perhaps? 

Steven Thursday 08 June 2017 at 7:12 pm | | news | No comments
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Canada issues new commemorative note

The Bank of Canada has issued its 10-dollar commemorative banknote on 1 June 2017. This spectacular new note is (of course) already nominated for Banknote of the Year 2017 or I would have nominated it. 

You will all understand I ordered it immediately for my collection. Read more about what's on this note in my previous post

Steven Wednesday 07 June 2017 at 08:26 am | | news | No comments

Bank of Scotland introduces new 10-pound note

The Bank of Scotland has announced it will issue a new polymer 10-pound note in the Autumn of 2017.

The new note has 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 date on the note reads 1 June 2016. The back of the note shows the Glenfinnan Viaduct (yes, the one 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.

The new note is designed by De la Rue and incorporates the same security features we saw in the last 5-pound note: the "window effect" which will be built into the windows of the image of The Mound, and the "rolling bar" metallic ink which changes color as the note is moved. A new feature is the "tactile emboss" (created by a series of raised dots) which will aid the visually impaired.

I'm usually not a huge fan of a brown-green colorscheme but this one looks rather good. Maybe because of the nice train...


Steven Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 10:27 am | | news | No comments

BBC: Russian explorers find 'swamp' of Soviet money

From the BBC website an interesting article on the discovery of vast amounts of old Russian banknotes.

"A group of explorers in Russia have found around a billion roubles in old Soviet money at an abandoned mine, but it's all completely worthless.

The group from Saint Petersburg, who publish a blog on abandoned sites across Russia, came across the money after following rumours that large quantities of cash had been dumped in old missile silos near Moscow after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Komsomolskaya Pravda news website reports. After travelling for several hours across rough terrain in Russia's Vladimir region, they found the mine literally overflowing with cash.

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The site contains an estimated one billion roubles ($18m; £13.5m at current exchange rates, or $33.3m at the "official" Soviet rate in 1991) in Soviet Union banknotes of various denominations issued between 1961 and 1991, all no longer legal tender in the Russian Federation. The mine had been flooded in recent years, leaving what was essentially a swamp of banknotes bearing the face of Vladimir Lenin, the explorers' YouTube channel shows."

What a find! You can read the rest of the article here. The video of this discovery can be viewed below. 

Steven Friday 26 May 2017 at 08:32 am | | links | No comments

Uruguay announces commemorative 50-peso note

The Banco Central del Uruguay has announced that a new polymer commemorative note of 50 peso will be issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Central Bank. A total of 10 million notes will be issued.

No word yet on the issue date. The Central Bank was established on 6 July 1967 but an issue around that date seems a bit soon.

Steven Friday 26 May 2017 at 07:52 am | | news | No comments

Madagascar announces issue dates for new series

As mentioned earlier the Banque Central de Madagascar is preparing to issue a new series of banknotes. The series will contain the denominations of 100-, 200-, 500-, 1,000-, 2,000-, 5,000-, 10,000-, and 20,000-ariary. 

It has now been made clear that the denominations of 2,000-, 5,000-, 10,000-, and 20,000-ariary will be issued in July 2017. The denominations of 100-, 200-, 500-, 1,000-ariary will be issued in September 2017. The current banknotes will remain legal tender.

Steven Friday 26 May 2017 at 07:40 am | | news | No comments
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Funny video for new Norwegian 200-kroner note

It's only a few more days until the Norges Bank issues the new 100- and 200-kroner banknotes. These will be the first two notes of the highly anticipated new series

To celebrate this event the Norges Bank has begun a campaign featuring the video below which is 'celebrating' the new 200-kroner note which has the image of a cod on the front.

The video features the trio KLM along with a certain 'DJ Codfather' singing the song "Torsken kommer II – Torske kroner nå" which roughly translates into something like "the cod is coming". The rest of the text is more difficult to translate into English according to Bank President Øystein Olsen.

I wish more central banks made bizarre funny videos like this!

Steven Thursday 25 May 2017 at 08:31 am | | fun, links | No comments
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Switzerland announces issue date new 10-francs note

Lots of Swiss news these days. We've just been presented with the new 20-francs note. And the first note of the new series, the 50-francs note, was recently awarded Banknote of the Year 2016. 

But now there is more news as the Swiss National Bank (SNB) has announced that the third note in the series will be issued from 18 October 2017 (and if they keep up with the tradition likely presented around 11 August 2017). The 10-francs note will have Time as its theme and will be yellow of colour.

Anyone expecting an expensive Swiss watch somewhere on the note?

Steven Thursday 18 May 2017 at 3:11 pm | | news | No comments
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New Treasurer for the United States

Coinweek reports: "On April 28, President Donald Trump appointed Jovita Carranza as the 44th Treasurer of the United States. She takes over the position most recently held by Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios, who served under President Obama from July 28, 2009 to July 8 of last year.

In something of a federal tradition, Carranza is the 16th consecutive woman to hold the post; the first, Georgia Neese Clark, was appointed under President Truman in 1949."

It is unclear for now when her signature will grace the Federal Reserve notes.

Steven Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 10:10 am | | news | No comments

Canadian police: "watch out for Frankenstein notes"

Canadian police is warning the public for a new type of counterfeiting involving the 5-dollar notes.

In a nutshell: "Police say counterfeiters are removing the clear panel near the side of the bill, which also contains two shiny, embedded holographic strips. The clear plastic is being replaced with tape, and tinfoil is being used as a substitute for the holograms.

Investigators suspect the real $5 panels are being repurposed to create higher-denomination counterfeits, while the cobbled-together $5 bills are being put back into circulation. The result is two Frankenstein-like sets of bills, with each containing elements of real and fake banknotes."

I wonder if we will see these kind of notes show up on sites like eBay advertised as "very rare misprints!".

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The top note is counterfeit, the real note is the bottom one.

Steven Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 09:42 am | | links | No comments
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Swiss 50-francs note Banknote of the Year 2016

The 2016 Banknote of the Year award has been won by the Swiss National Bank for their 50-francs note. The note was issued in April 2016 and has been praised for its design and security. 

source - banknotenews.com
source - banknotenews.com

Steven Thursday 11 May 2017 at 08:09 am | | links | No comments
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