The Banco Central de Paraguay has issued three updated versions of the 20,000-, 50,000 and 100,000-guaranies notes, severalsites report. The three denominations have the same overall design as the current notes but have a new security thread, an updated watermark and new UV-features.
Below are examples of the new security thread in the three notes (source).
Russian banknote printer Goznak has issued a statement announcing a commemorative banknote celebrating the World Cup Football which will be held in Russia in 2018. From the site:
"Working upon the design of the commemorative banknote dedicated to the World Cup 2018 is almost accomplished. At the moment, there exist at least six design variants. The matter of printing the banknote on no paper but on an untraditional material for Russia is also being discussed. By the end of the year, all decisions concerning the design and technologies should be taken, so that in the middle of 2017 Goznak could start printing the commemorative banknote dedicated to the World Cup. Arkady Trachuk, General Director of Goznak, has told Izvestia about that and some other aspects of working upon the new banknote.
The 100-rouble commemorative banknote dedicated to the World Cup of 2018 will already be the third of the kind. The commemorative banknote dedicated to the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014 was the first, and the 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the reunion with Crimea issued in 2015 was the second one. The fact that the Central Bank was planning to perpetuate the World Cup of 2018 in a banknote became known at the end of last year."
The new note will either be made from polymer or a composite material but definitely not paper. Printing will start mid-2017 and the note will be issued about 100 days before the event starts on 14 June 2018 so that would make it around 6 March 2018.
Regarding the design of the new note, some details have been mentioned: "We aspire to show both the history of football and its present on the banknote, to emphasize the involvement of the whole country in the World Cup", Mr. Trachuk noted.
Arkady Trachuk also said that the artists of Goznak together with their colleagues from the Bank of Russia continue to work upon the design using the results of an artistic competition the company held with the participation of ten educational institutions from the cities that will host the play-offs, who expressed their wish to take part in the artistic competition (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Yekaterinburg). And though nobody won the first place that would guarantee that the design idea would be applied on the banknote in full, design elements offered by the students are now taken into account by the professionals. At least six variants are considered now.
"The artists of Goznak and the Bank of Russia work taking into account the competition results. We are trying to find place for all the cities where the World Cup will take place, on the commemorative banknote. However, we will not be able to depict all the eleven stadiums on the banknote, of course. It is impossible", said Mr. Trachuk.
He informed that the number of 20 million pieces of banknotes was discussed preliminarily. But the decision hasn’t been taken yet.
The colour also remains a mystery. Head of Goznak only noted that it would be a warm pastel shade."
The National Bank of Argentina is issuing the new Flora and Fauna-series. The 200- and 500-pesos notes have already been issued but next year the notes of 20-, 50-, 100- and a new denomination of 1,000-pesos will be introduced.
The website Dia a Dia has pictures of the front of the new notes showing the local animals that will replace the currently pictured heroes. The back of the notes will show the region the animals live in. I'm pretty sure the colors are a bit too saturated in these pictures and the final design will be toned down a few notches.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP: the Central Bank of the Philippines) has issued the first banknotes with the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte who has been president of the Philippines since 30 June 2016.
"BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo said the new bills are similar to those released in 2010 that bore the signature of then President Benigno Aquino III. It features the country's natural wonders and endemic species, such as the Tubbataha Reef and the tarsier."
The Bank of Koreaannounced in May of this year that in commemoration of the Winter Olympics 2018 which will be held in Pyeongchang from 9 - 25 February 2018 a special banknote will be issued. South Korea follows in the footsteps of China and Russia who also issued special commemorative banknotes celebrating their Olympic games of 2008 and 2014.
The Bank of Korea has now revealed what the new note will look like. "The commemorative note is 140 millimeters wide and 75 millimeters long. The front of the note will feature athletes engaging in seven of the key winter sports events -- speed skating, ski jumping, ice hockey, curling, biathlon, bobsleigh and luge. The other side portrays a tiger and a pine tree, both believed to symbolize the nation, as in the famous “Songhamaenghodo (...)” painting by a leading painter from the Joseon-era, Kim Hong-do (1745-1806 (...)), who went by the pen name Danwon (...)."
I really like the design of this note, especially the subdued color scheme and the combination of modern sports and the classic painting on the back. And as a 'Dutchie' I think the speed skating on the front is very cool of course. The new note will be available for the public at the end of 2017.
The Central Bank of Nepal (Nepal Rastra Bank) has issued a new banknote of 20-rupees on 16 December 2016.
On the front of the red note we see Mount Everest (Chomolungma) left and a watermark of the national flower 'Rhododendron' in the right side. There is a signature of Governor Dr. Chiranjibi Nepal in the lower part of the note, and there is date mentioned as B.S.2072 in Nepali in the border.
The back shows two swamp deer (Barasingha) and the bank logo, the text 'NEPAL RASTRA BANK' in English and the text RUPEES TWENTY and 2016 A.D.
Information and images courtesy of Shankar Shrestha of www.nuphil.com.
The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has issued a speech transcription in which the speaker mentions that the new 20-francs banknote will be unveiled on 10 May 2017 and the new note will be issued to the public on 17 May 2017. From earlier reports we know that the new 20-francs note will be red and have Light as its main theme.
Issuance of the third denomination, the 10-franc note, is planned for autumn 2017. The exact date will be announced in due course. The 10-francs note will be yellow and have Time as its theme.
If a country is constantly making headlines regarding its money, it's usually not a good sign. The Central Bank of Venezuela is preparing for its new higher denominations to be issued from 15 December 2016, but in the mean time they're withdrawing the current highest denomination, the 100-bolivares note.
This move was needed to help stop criminal gangs profiteering on Venezuela’s border with Colombia, president Maduro said. Venezuelans have only 10 days to exchange their notes at the Central Bank. With the 100-bolivares being worth only 2 US cents one can question the effectiveness of this measure.
Also, Asharq Al-Awsat reports that the SAMA will reveal a new series of banknotes on Tuesday 13 December 2016. The new series will have a new design and updated security features. A spokesperson of the SAMA has also made clear that there will be no 1,000-riyal note.
Update 13-12-2016: Ahead of the planned unveiling some photos of the new banknotes are already circulating online (for instance at Banknotenews.com). More to follow soon:
Update 13-12-2016: And a video with the new banknotes:
Update 14-12-2016: the pictures have been officially published.
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