Switzerland announces issue date new 10-francs note

Lots of Swiss news these days. We've just been presented with the new 20-francs note. And the first note of the new series, the 50-francs note, was recently awarded Banknote of the Year 2016. 

But now there is more news as the Swiss National Bank (SNB) has announced that the third note in the series will be issued from 18 October 2017 (and if they keep up with the tradition likely presented around 11 August 2017). The 10-francs note will have Time as its theme and will be yellow of colour.

Anyone expecting an expensive Swiss watch somewhere on the note?

Steven | Thursday 18 May 2017 at 3:11 pm | | news | No comments
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New Treasurer for the United States

Coinweek reports: "On April 28, President Donald Trump appointed Jovita Carranza as the 44th Treasurer of the United States. She takes over the position most recently held by Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios, who served under President Obama from July 28, 2009 to July 8 of last year.

In something of a federal tradition, Carranza is the 16th consecutive woman to hold the post; the first, Georgia Neese Clark, was appointed under President Truman in 1949."

It is unclear for now when her signature will grace the Federal Reserve notes.

Steven | Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 10:10 am | | news | No comments

Canadian police: "watch out for Frankenstein notes"

Canadian police is warning the public for a new type of counterfeiting involving the 5-dollar notes.

In a nutshell: "Police say counterfeiters are removing the clear panel near the side of the bill, which also contains two shiny, embedded holographic strips. The clear plastic is being replaced with tape, and tinfoil is being used as a substitute for the holograms.

Investigators suspect the real $5 panels are being repurposed to create higher-denomination counterfeits, while the cobbled-together $5 bills are being put back into circulation. The result is two Frankenstein-like sets of bills, with each containing elements of real and fake banknotes."

I wonder if we will see these kind of notes show up on sites like eBay advertised as "very rare misprints!".

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The top note is counterfeit, the real note is the bottom one.

Steven | Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 09:42 am | | links | No comments
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Swiss 50-francs note Banknote of the Year 2016

The 2016 Banknote of the Year award has been won by the Swiss National Bank for their 50-francs note. The note was issued in April 2016 and has been praised for its design and security. 

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Steven | Thursday 11 May 2017 at 08:09 am | | links | No comments
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Switzerland presents new 20-francs note

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has presented its new 20-francs banknote yesterday. This is the second note of the new series after the 50-francs note which was issued last year. 

The theme of the red-colored note is creativity, expressed through the key motif of Light. On the front we see a hand which holds a prism through which light is dispersed into various colours. The motif of light is echoed in the constellations over the globe on the front. The background of the note is reminiscent of a kaleidoscope in which colourful patterns are produced through reflected light. The motif of light also plays an important role on the security strip: night-time light emissions are overlaid on a map of Switzerland and the surrounding regions, and the distances between various celestial bodies and the earth are listed in light seconds.

The back of the note has more elements connected with Light. Creativity, as can be experienced at a film festival, is expressed through the projection of light onto a screen. Light reveals the colour of the butterfly’s wings and allows us to behold the rich diversity of nature. The lines on the back of the 20-franc note portray an iris, which regulates the amount of light entering the human eye. 

The new 20-francs note will be issued from 17 May 2017. 

I think this is a beautiful banknote and a serious contender to win the title of Banknote of the Year again after the 50-francs note won the award for 2016


Steven | Thursday 11 May 2017 at 07:48 am | | news | No comments
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Maldives present new 5-rufiyaa note

The Maldives Monetary Authority has presented its new 5-rufiyaa note which was announced recently. The new note was designed by Abdulla Nashaath who also designed the current 'Randhiha Faheh' series which has been in circulation since 2016.

The new note has the same design theme and is the same size as the other notes in the series. It has a rendering of popular Maldivian footballer Ali Ashfaq (nicknamed Dhangadey) without his face on the front of the note.

The new note will go into circulation in July 2017.


Steven | Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 3:41 pm | | news | No comments
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Russia to issue its new notes in October 2017?

The Central Bank of Russia anounced last year that new 200- and 2,000-ruble banknotes would be issued in 2017. The public chose the themes of Sevastopol and Kazan to be on the two new banknotes. Sevastopol has the Monument to the Scuttled Ships and Chersonesus as its local themes. For Kazan it's the Kremlin and the Kazan Federal University

It's now looks like the two new notes will be issued in October 2017.

On a side note: if Russia was still a part of the USSR we would have seen quite different banknotes I think, marking the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution (or November Revolution in the New Style) in October/November of this year.

Steven | Friday 05 May 2017 at 4:28 pm | | news | No comments
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Madagascar to issue new series later this year

The Banque Central de Madagascar is preparing to issue a new series which will include a new banknote of 20,000 ariary at the end of 2017. This would be the highest denomination in the country. The banknotes of Madagascar have always been quite good looking so I'm curious to see what they will come up with it. 

Certain sites report that the new highest value note will look like the one shown below but this is obviously a colored and photoshopped 10,000-ariary note so it's completely fake. 

Steven | Friday 05 May 2017 at 4:07 pm | | news | No comments
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Maldives to reintroduce 5-rufiyaa note

The Maldives Monetary Authority introduced its beautiful new series in January 2016 without the 5-rufiyaa note which was going to be replaced by a coin. It now appears that the lowest denomination will be reintroduced after all with a new polymer banknote.

This new banknote will probably be introduced around 10 May 2017 but it is unclear when it will become available although it will not take a long time. Below is the only partial picture published for now.

Steven | Friday 05 May 2017 at 3:53 pm | | news | No comments
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We're back!

My apologies for the lack of updates the last few weeks. I was on holiday with my wife, daughter and my parents-in-law. Destination? New York, New York! The city so nice, they named it twice. And it wás very nice. The city is quite literally bursting with energy and it truly never sleeps. The last time we were there in 2009 the WTC-site was still heavily under construction but last week we could enjoy the view from the Freedom Tower. Another fantastic experience was the NY Yankees game we visited. Such a nice atmosphere in the stadium and such a great game. We were lucky to witness the fantastic comeback against the Baltimore Orioles on 28 April in which the Yankees came back from 9-1 down to a 14-11 victory in the 10th inning. 

Although I searched for it, I couldn't really find a brick-and-mortar banknote store so I couldn't get a nice souvenir like the banknote below. Ah well, I now had to settle for some new fountain pen ink from the Fountain Pen Hospital. Unlucky for me they didn't have this ink whick would have been a perfect combination of my two hobbies but a nice color like 'Manhattan Blue' is also perfect as a souvenir. 

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Fiji issues new commemorative rugby sevens note!

The Reserve Bank of Fiji has issued a very cool new commemorative banknote. The 7-dollar note has the national Rugby sevens team and their victory at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio as its subject. The note is printed by Oberthur Fiduciaire and is printed in a limited number of 2 million copies. An unknown amount will be sold as a special numismatic product. The note is expected to be sold out very quickly. 

This note ticks a lot of boxes for me: I like the unusual amount on the banknote, I like the images used on the note and I happen to like rugby a lot! This sounds like a must-have for me. 

Steven | Saturday 22 April 2017 at 4:05 pm | | news | No comments

Canada reveals stunning commemorative note

The Bank of Canada has revealed what their new commemorative 10-dollar banknote will look like. I expected an epic banknote and they absolutely delivered!

The front of the banknote celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada celebrates 4 leaders from the past: Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Agnes Macphail and James Gladstone (Akay-na-muka). The names of all of Canada’s provinces and territories and the dates when they entered Confederation are repeated in English and French across the top and bottom of the large window. To the left is the Memorial Chamber Arch. This arch is located inside the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. The Memorial Chamber was dedicated in 1927 to all Canadians who died in military service during the First World War. The chamber has since come to honour all Canadian men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. In the back we can see the Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour is the central corridor of the Centre Block on Parliament Hill

The back of the note celebrates the natural features of Canada: the coast mountains, the prairies, the Canadian Shield and the Atlantic coast. In the background are the Nothern lights. Several cultural references have been added as well: the assomption sash (a pattern important to the Métis people), an owl's bouquet designed by the Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, thirteen maple leaves which are linked by their stems represening each of Canada’s provinces and territories and of course the Maple Leaf, the Canadian flag and Canada's Coat of Arms. The banknote will be issued from 1 June 2017.

All in all: in my humble opinion the most beautiful banknote I've seen this year and top contender for Banknote of the Year 2017 as far as I'm concerned. 

Steven | Sunday 09 April 2017 at 10:00 am | | news | No comments