RBS launches new 10-pound... into space

On 4 October 2017 the Royal Bank of Scotland issued its new 10-pound note featuring the image of Mary Somerville.

The launch of the new note has been quite spectacular because in honor of Scottish scientist and astronomer Mary Somerville the note was launched not only into circulation but also into space!

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Dominican Republic issues commemorative banknote

On 4 October 2017 the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic issued a special commemorative version of its regular 500-pesos dominicanos banknote. This note has a new date, new signatures, a new security thread and a new OVI which shows the number 70 in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Central Bank.

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Brunei issues polymer commemorative 50-dollar note

On 9 October the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) issued a new commemorative banknote of 50 dollar. The polymer gold-colored note commemorates the 50th anniversary of the accession to the throne by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.

Besides the regular note there will also be several numismatic products for collectors.

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Argentina issues new 20-peso note

The Banco Central de la República Argentina is in the process of issuing the new Flora and Fauna-series. At the end of last year the frontsides of the new 20-, 50-, 100- and 1,000-pesos notes were shown on a website. I made the remark then that they looked a bit too saturated and the final notes would be toned down a bit in color. 

On 3 October 2017 the 20-peso note has been issued and it seems my feeling was correct because it looks more 'real' and less like 'monopoly money' now. The front of the red-colored note shows the image of a Guanaco and flowers. The back shows more flowers, a baby Guanaco, a lake and cloud in Patagonia and a map of the Argentinian sea. 

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The Bahamas issue new 1-dollar note

The Central Bank of the Bahamas has introduced a new 1-dollar note on 27 September 2017. The new note is part of the CRISP Evolution series. The description of the new note from the press release:

"The note is predominantly green, with shades of lilac, grey, burnt orange, and yellow, the banknote measures 156 mm long and 67 mm wide bearing on the front a portrait of Sir Lynden O. Pindling, the series, and the signature of the Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas, together with the words "The Central Bank of The Bahamas. These notes are legal tender under the Central Bank of The Bahamas Act 2000 for payment of any amount One Dollar".

  • A watermark of Sir Lynden O. Pindling and numeral $1, a replica map of the islands of The Bahamas, and the denominational value in words and figures appear on the left, with an image of a Lignum Vitae flower in the center. 
  • The back features a likeness of a Drum Major, in full regalia, leading the Royal Bahamas Police Force's marching band, with the trailing band members adjacent. 
  • The numeral $1 appears in the upper left and lower right corners, while the words "One Dollar" are in the upper right quadrant. 
  • Just below the Drum Major is the Coat-of-Arms of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas along with the words "Central Bank of The Bahamas".

Below images of the new note which I think is very well designed and nailed the tropical island vibe. 

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Scotland's Clydesdale Bank issues new 10-pound note

On 21 September 2017 the Scottish Clydesdale Bank issued its new 10-pound banknote which was announced in January 2016. The new note is made of polymer and features the image of poet Robert Burns. The back of the note show views of Edinburgh, including the castle. 

The Clydesdale Bank introduces around £400m worth of new notes every year and is the largest issuer by volume of notes in Scotland.

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Madagascar issues second batch of new series

The Banque Central de Madagascar (BCM) has issued the second batch of the new banknote series. This second batch consists of the smaller denominations and completes the series which started with the issuing of the higher denominations on 17 July 2017. 

The second series has banknotes of 100-, 200-, 500- and 1,000-ariary and was issued on 18 September 2017. 

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Frida the rescue dog on a banknote?

Mexico is still recovering from the earthquake. The nation mourns the hundreds of deaths and tries to rebuild after the devastation. One of the uplifting stories is rescue dog Frida who is deployed by the Mexican Navy to look for victims beneath the rubble. So far she's found dozens of people and her story is one of the few lights in the Mexican darkness. 

The Mexican people are so proud of the hero dog someone even suggested that she should be honored with her own banknote. Looks kind of nice doesn't it? 

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Australia issues new 10-dollar banknote

The Reserve Bank of Australia has issued its new 10-dollars banknote today. The Governor, Philip Lowe, said at the time of the presentation of the design: "The $10 banknote celebrates two famous Australian writers, Dame Mary Gilmore and AB 'Banjo' Paterson. Their work is recognised in several design elements on the banknote, including images of a pen nib in two of the clear windows and excerpts of their poetry in microprint."

Innovative new security features have been incorporated in the new $10 banknote to help keep them secure from counterfeiting. These security features are similar to those in the $5 banknote issued in 2016, such as the top-to-bottom clear window and the patch with a rolling colour effect.

Each banknote in the new series will feature a different species of native Australian wattle and bird. The $10 banknote features the Bramble Wattle (Acacia victoriae) and the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)."

The existing series of banknotes can continue to be used as all previously issued banknotes remain legal tender.

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Thailand issues commemorative banknote series

The Bank of Thailand has started issuing the commemorative banknote series commemorating the death of King Bhumibol today. This series was announced in July 2017.

The regular 20-, 50-, 100-, 500- and 1000-bath notes of the 16th series now have a special reverse side depicting the life of the late King. These images are:

  • 20 baht: the early life of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  • 50 baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal ceremonies and duties during the early time of his accession to the throne.
  • 100 baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s kindness through royal duties in rural areas.
  • 500 baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s wisdom and talents reflected through royal projects.
  • 1,000 baht: The late reign of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the beloved King of Thai people.

The security features are identical to the 16th series banknotes. There is however a special feature located on the reverse side. The area around the portrait of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej will illuminate when viewed under ultraviolet light.


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Turkmenistan commemorates 5th Asian Indoor Games

The 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which is also counted as the 5th Asian Indoor Games, is currently held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from 17-27 September 2017. To celebrate this event the Central Bank of Turkmenistan has issued a set of commemorative banknotes. 

This 2017 issue has the same faces as the 2014 issue but with a slightly altered design. On the front it shows the logo of the Asian Indoor Games. The back of the notes show the different sporting venues specially built for the Games. The numerals of the 1- and 5-manat notes have been made with color-changing ink and the numerals on the higher denominations use the colour-shifting SPARK feature.

Steven Monday 18 September 2017 at 1:45 pm | | news | No comments

Great Britain issues new polymer 10-pound note

On 14 September 2017 the Bank of England has issued its new polymer 10-pound note featuring the image of writer Jane Austen (1775-1817) on the back.  

Features of the design on the reverse of the Jane Austen note include:
  • The quote – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI).
  • Portrait of Jane Austen. Commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, adapted from an original sketch of Jane Austen drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen.
  • An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking “The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988).
  • The image of Godmersham Park. Godmersham was home of Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen's brother. Jane Austen visited the house often and it is believed that it was the inspiration for a number of her novels.
  • Jane Austen’s writing table – the central design in the background is inspired by the 12 sided writing table, and writing quills, used by Jane Austen at Chawton Cottage.

The new tactile feature on this note is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the RNIB. This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people: the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.

Security features on the new note include:
  • A see-through window featuring the Queen's portrait.
  • Winchester Cathedral shown in gold foil on the front of the note and silver on the back.
  • A quill at the side of the window which changes from purple to orange.
  • A hologram which contains the word 'Ten' and changes to 'Pounds' when the note is tilted.
  • A hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-coloured when the note is tilted.
  • A book-shaped copper foil patch which contains the letter JA.
  • Micro-lettering beneath the Queen's portrait with tiny letters and numbers that are visible under a microscope.
  • The words 'Bank of England' printed in intaglio (raised ink) along the top of the note.

The public can continue to spend paper 10-pound notes as usual. They will however be gradually withdrawn as they are banked by retailers and the public. Legal tender status of the paper 10-pound featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in Spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.

Steven Monday 18 September 2017 at 12:49 pm | | news | No comments