Bank of Scotland reveals new 20- and 50-pound notes

The Bank of Scotland (not to be confused with the Royal Bank of Scotland) has revealed what the new 20- and 50-pound notes will look like. The front is similar to the 5- and 10-pound notes which have already been issued. The back shows the Forth Bridge and the Falkirk Wheel from Scotland. It's not the first time the Forth Bridge has been featured on a banknote

The new notes will be issued in the future but there is no exact date yet. 

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Royal Bank of Scotland reveals new 20-pound note

The Royal Bank of Scotland has presented its new 20-pound note which will enter circulation in 2020. The new note will be the first 20-pound Scottish banknote to feature a woman other than the Queen on its front.

The new polymer note will feature an image of Kate Cranston, the turn of the century entrepreneur who commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh to design her famous Glasgow venue. The note was revealed at her legendary tearoom in Glasgow. The tearooms made a cultural impact during her life due to offering venues where women could enter unchaperoned. Following her death in 1934, her fortune was left to support the poor and the homeless in the city.

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 will also contain 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 new note will carry the same exclusive weave pattern developed by textile designers Alistair McDade and Elspeth Anderson for the polymer 5- and 10-pound notes.

The red squirrels on a tree illustration for the 20-pound follow mackerel in the sea on the 5-pound note and otters on the shore for the 10-pound note.

Details from the back:


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Curacao and St. Maarten to change its currency

Earlier in August I reported about Curacao and St. Maarten who might also be planning a new series of banknotes. I wrote that the notes could be planned for introduction in 2021. I finished by stating that the two special municipalities within the Kingdom of the Netherlands use the Antiliaanse gulden as currency.

Well... it turns out they won't anymore. MRI Guide writes that Curacao and St. Maarten will issue banknotes in the denominations of 10-, 20-, 50- and 100-carribean guldens. "The parity of the new monetary unit will remain unchanged from the current Netherlands Antilles guilder, at 1.79 Caribbean guilder per U.S. dollar."

I'm hoping for some nice tropical Carribean design!

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Norway issues new 50- and 500-kroner notes

The Norges Bank has issued the new 50- and 500-kroner notes of the new Norwegian banknote series on 18 October 2018.

The theme of the new series is the Sea. When the winning concept was announced it created quite a stir among collectors and in the world of banknotes. The design shows a traditional image on the front which has a connection with the sea (a boat, a lighthouse, a wave, etc.). The back of the notes shows a pixelated image connected with the image on the front which gives it an ultra-modern and very original design. 

Some details on the new notes:


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Australia issues new 50-dollar note

The Reserve Bank of Australia has issued its new 50-dollar note on 18 October 2018. As with the previous banknote, the new 50-dollar features portraits of Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon and the first female member of an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan

The security features include a top-to-bottom clear window that contains dynamic features such as a reversing number. There is also a patch with a rolling-colour effect and microprint featuring excerpts from David Unaipon's book and Edith Cowan's maiden parliamentary speech.

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Bank of England plans ahead for 50-pound note

The Bank of England has launched the selection of a new character for the 50-pound banknote which is due for release after the introduction of the 20-pound note in 2020. Like the other notes in the new series the new 50-pound note will also be printed on polymer. 

The BOE will seek nominations from the public to select the new face for this banknote.

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Bolivia issues new 50-boliviano note

The Banco Central de Bolivia has introduced the third banknote of the new family of banknotes which started with the 10-boliviano note back in April 2018. Every three months a new denomination will be issued and on 15 October the 50-boliviano note got the spotlights. The new notes are printed by Oberthur Fiduciare SAS who won the tender last year.

The front of the violet note shows the fortaleza de incallajta, or Incan fortress Inkallaqta. We can also see José Manuel Baca, Bruno Racua and Pablo Zárate Willka. The back of the shows the extinct stratovulcano Nevado Sajama, the highest peak of Bolivia. There is also an image of the quinua real and of the Andean Flamingo

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Papua New Guinea announces commemorative note

The Bank of Papua New Guinea will issue a commemorative 100-kina note to commemorate the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in November 2018. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is an inter-governmental forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 

The banknote will enter circulation from 17 November 2018. No word yet on the design but perhaps they will use a similar seal like they did with the commemorative note issued for the 40th anniversary of the Bank of Papua New Guinea back in 2013.

Update 28-10-2018: pictures from banknotenews.com:

Steven Friday 12 October 2018 at 1:44 pm | | news | No comments

Moldova contemplates new designs and polymer

The National Bank of Moldavia has chosen a list of 17 designers who will compete for the designs of future regular and commemorative banknotes.

At the same time there are rumours that the Central Bank of Moldavia is thinking about switching to polymer banknotes in the future. The first polymer banknotes might be issued already in 2019?

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The Bahamas announces 1/2- and 3-dollar notes

On 27 September 2018 the Central Bank of the Bahamas issued a new 20-dollar banknote. During the presentation it was also announced that new 1/2- and 3-dollar banknotes in the CRISP Evolution series will be released in 2019. 

So for collectors of 'unusual' denominations: something to look forward to!

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The Bahamas issue new 20-dollar note

The Central Bank of the Bahamas has issued a new 20-dollar note on 27 September 2018 in the new CRISP Evolution series. CRISP is an acronym for Counterfeit Resistant Integrated Security Product. The description of the new note from the press release:

"Predominantly magenta with shades of pink, green, orange, blue and yellow, the banknote measures 156 mm long and 67 mm wide bearing on the front a portrait of Sir Milo B. Butler, the series, and the signature of the Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas, together with the words "Central Bank of The Bahamas. These notes are legal tender under the Central Bank of The Bahamas Act 2000 for the payment of any amount Twenty Dollars". A watermark of Sir Milo B. Butler and the numeral $20, 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 bougainvillea flower in the center. The back features a likeness of the tower at Festival Place overlooking the Nassau Harbor. The numeral $20 appears in the upper left and lower right corners, while the words "Twenty Dollars" flank the Sir Sidney Poitier and Paradise Island bridges. Just below the tower is the Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas along with the words "Central Bank of The Bahamas".

To coincide with the release of this banknote, and to complement its online training tool, the Central Bank will also release the first iteration of its banknote app which includes detailed tutorials on the key security features of the $20 banknote and other denominations. The app, like the online training tool, can be used to assist members of the public with identifying genuine Bahamian banknotes.

For more information on the CRISP Evolution $20 banknote and the Central Bank's Banknote App, kindly visit the Bank's website at www.centralbankbahamas.com."

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Sudan prepares for two new banknotes

The Central Bank of Sudan has started the printing process for new banknotes of 100 and 500 pounds, according to alrakoba.net. No images are available yet but rumour has it that the new banknotes might be printed in Germany (perhaps Giesecke and Devrient....?) and that they will be issued in October 2018. 

Let's wait and see!

Update 28-10-2018: it appears there will also be a 200-pounds note issued.

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