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

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"


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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 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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Uruguay starts preparations for new polymer notes

The Banco Central del Uruguay has started with the preparations for the introduction of two new polymer banknotes in 2020. The notes are: 20 and 50 pesos uruguayanos.

The 20-pesos note will be smaller than the current ones. The 50-pesos will have the same size as the commemorative note issued in September.

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Republic of Abkhazia issues commemorative note

The National Bank of the Republic of Abkhazia has issued a commemorative banknote of 500 apsars. The note has been issued in commemoration of "the 25th anniversary of the Victory in the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia". Date of issue: 29 September 2018, size of the banknote: 150 x 65 mm, mintage: 10,000 pieces. 

From the press release: "The main image of the front side of the banknote is a portrait of the First President of the Republic of Abkhazia V. G. Ardzinba, underneath which there is an inscription “Vladislav Ardzinba”. In the background, warriors of the Abkhazian Armed Forces are depicted raising the banner of Victory. The images are imposed on the traditional Abkhazian ornament. From left to right in a semicircle, there are seven stars from the state flag of the Republic of Abkhazia. In the lower left corner, there is the state emblem. In the left corner, the denomination of “500 apsars” is indicated in two vertical lines.

The main image of the reverse side of the banknote is a map of the Republic of Abkhazia and enclosed in a decorative rim, a silhouette of the architectural complex of the capital of Abkhazia, Sukhum, against the background of a symbolic fortress tower with the state emblem of the Republic of Abkhazia. Along the circumference of the rim, there is an inscription in the Abkhazian language “Нагӡара ақәзааит Аԥсынра” (“May Abkhazia reach completion”). Underneath the image, there is the number “500”. A traditional ornament serves as the background of the composition. On the reverse side, the image of the seven stars is duplicated, and also the denomination in the right corner — 500 apsars.

The banknote has two serial numbers located on the reverse side of the banknote. They consist of a two-letter indication of the series and nine digits. The left number can be read on the long side of the banknote, the right one — on the short side.

In the lower right-hand side of the reverse side of the banknote, there is a QR code with a link to the Bank of Abkhazia website  containing a description of the banknote’s security features.

The security features of the banknote include a common watermark and two types of protective fibres, a colour-shifting security element “HMC” (“hidden multi-colour”), the Orlov effect in offset and metallographic printing, graphic guilloche elements and elements of copy protection.

The banknote is in brown and green colours, and it is made out of white cotton paper."

Abkhazia, officially the Republic of Abkhazia, is a de facto and partially recognized republic on the eastern coast of the Black Sea, in northwestern Georgia. The separatist Abkhazian polity, formally the Republic of Abkhazia, is recognised as a state by Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru and Syria. While Georgia lacks control over Abkhazia, the Georgian government and most United Nations member states legally consider Abkhazia part of Georgia, whose constitution designates the area as the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia.

Courtesy of Triaff Nikitin.

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Ukraine issues revised 20-hryvnia banknote

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued a revised edition of its 20-hryvnia banknote on 25 September 2018.

This is an update of the 2003-version of the same denomination. The old and new 20-hryvnia note will circulate side-by-side. 

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Belarus announces modified banknotes

The Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus has decided to modify the existing banknotes while retaining the main images on the front and back sides, as well as their color and size. Some of the images will be modified. The new banknotes will be put into circulation from 2019-2020. 

In accordance with the new edition of the rules of Belarusian spelling and punctuation on a 50-ruble note, the inscription "ПЯЦЬДЗЕСЯТ" will be changed to "PYAZJDZYAT".

The 5- and 10-rubles notes will have 2019 on the note and start circulation in that year. The 20- and 50-rubles banknotes will start circulation in 2020 and will have that year showing on the note.

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De la Rue to print Swedish banknotes

The Sveriges Riksbank will have its krona banknotes printed by De la Rue for the next three years. De la Rue announced this news on their website with this press release

"De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial designer and printer of currency, has been appointed by Sveriges Riksbank, the world’s oldest central bank, to produce the Swedish Krona for the next three years.

This prestigious contract is one of the most sought after in the industry and reinforces De La Rue’s position as the market leader in currency design and print. There is the potential for the contract to be extended for a further four years at De La Rue’s printing site in the UK."

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ECB presents new 100- and 200-euro banknotes

The European Central Bank has presented the new banknotes of 100 and 200 euro. These are the last two banknotes of the second 'Europa' series since the 500-euro note won't be printed anymore. The new notes will start circulating from 28 May 2019. 

From the press release: "The new €100 and €200 banknotes make use of new and innovative security features. Just like the other denominations, the new notes are easy to check when using the “feel, look and tilt” method. At the top of the silvery stripe a satellite hologram shows small € symbols that move around the number and become clearer under direct light. The silvery stripe also shows the portrait of Europa, the architectural motif and a large € symbol. The new €100 and €200 banknotes also feature an enhanced emerald number. While the emerald number itself is present on all the other notes of the Europa series, this enhanced version also shows € symbols inside the numerals.

The new €100 and €200 notes are a different size to the old €100 and €200 notes. Both denominations are now the same height as the €50 banknote. However, their length remains unchanged – the longer the note, the higher the value. Since the €50, €100 and €200 banknotes are now the same height, they can be more easily handled and processed by machines. They will also fit better in people’s wallets and last longer, as they will be subject to less wear and tear.

In addition to the security features that can be seen with the naked eye, euro banknotes also contain machine-readable security features. On the new €100 and €200 banknotes these features have been enhanced, and new ones have been added to enable the notes to be processed and authenticated swiftly. As Executive Board Member Yves Mersch highlighted in his speech unveiling the new banknotes, with the changeover to the new €100 and €200 the entire set of euro banknotes will continue to offer strong protection against counterfeiting. This makes euro banknotes even more secure, but also easier to check and handle."

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Eastern Carribean Bank: new polymer banknote family

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has announced plans for the introduction of a new banknote series of the Eastern Caribbean dollar. This currency is used by the independent states Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The other two countries which use the Eastern Carribean dollar are British overseas territories: Anguilla and Montserrat.

The new series will have a vertical orientation and will be made of polymer. The notes will be in the same denomination as the current series and will also keep the same color scheme. The designs on the note will be new however. The new notes will have some the usual elements we see in other polymer notes: holographic windows and embossed tactile geometric shapes for the visually impaired. The new notes will be issued mid-2019. 

So what do you think about the design? Does it seem a bit... full perhaps? 

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