South Africa announces commemorative series

The South African Reserve Bank has issued a press release regarding a new commemorative banknote set celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth.

From the press release: "The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) will this year launch a set of commemorative South African banknotes in honour of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centenary. These notes will cover all denominations - R10, R20,  R50, R100  and R200. At the same time, the South African Mint, a subsidiary of the SARB, will issue a new R5 circulation coin celebrating Mandela’s birth centenary.

The existing Mandela series of banknotes as well as the existing R5 coin in circulation will remain legal tender and will continue to be issued. This means that the new commemorative banknotes and coin will circulate alongside the existing banknotes and coin. It is expected that the commemorative banknotes and coin will be introduced into circulation from July 18. Further details will be communicated to the public closer to the time."

I wonder what they will design. Could it perhaps be something like the Bank of Thailand did for their late King with images from his life on the back of their commemorative series?

Updated 25-02-2018: I now read reports that the design will be the same as the current notes. They will "only" be printed on a new substrate (perhaps a hybrid one) and will have additional security features. What a missed opportunity that would be!

Steven Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 1:36 pm | | news | No comments

Sri Lanka issues commemorative banknote

As predicted at the beginning of the year, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has started issuing 5 million commemorative banknotes on 4 February 2017 celebrating the 70th anniversary of its independence.

The note has the same design as the current 1,000-rupee notes but with an addition on the front in the form of a Celebrating Diversity logo at the lower left, new vignettes in the center of the front, a new date and serial numbers ranging from S70/1 000001 to S70/5 1000000.

photo from banknotenews.com
photo from banknotenews.com

Steven Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 1:14 pm | | news | No comments
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Czech Republic announces updated banknotes

The ?eská Národní Banka, or Czech National Bank, has announced that new versions of its 100- and 200-korun banknotes will be issued later this year. These new banknote versions will have enhanced protection against counterfeiting and will enable easier processing using technical equipment.

The currently circulating versions of the 100- and 200-korun notes will remain legal tender. The overall appearance of these banknotes will remain unchanged. More details will be revealed to the public in May 2018.

The current 100- and 200-korun notes:


Steven Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 1:02 pm | | news | No comments
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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


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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. 

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© www.numismag.com

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 Banknotenews.com: "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.

Images from banknotenews.com.

Steven Sunday 07 January 2018 at 5:23 pm | | news | No comments
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