Fiji issues nice commemorative banknote

The Reserve Bank of Fiji has issued a commemorative 50-dollar note on 8 October 2020 to commemmorate Fiji’s 50th anniversary of independence.

The  note is made of ploymer and to be honest: this is one of the most fun notes I've seen issued in a long time! I really like the design as well, which is different from the usual banknote designs. 

Steven | Saturday 17 October 2020 at 1:18 pm | | news | One comment
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Saudi Arabia issues polymer 5-riyals note

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority has issued a new version of its 5-riyal banknote on 5 October 2020. The design is the same as the previous note but the banknote itself will now be made of polymer. 

On the front is King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Shaybah oil field. On the back are flowers of Saudi Arabia. 

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Uruguay issues two polymer 20- and 50-peso notes

The Banco Central del Uruguay has issued two updated versions of its 20- and 50-peso notes. The design looks a lot like the issues from 2017 but the new notes are made of polymer and look pretty good to be honest!

One little pet peeve though: on the back of the 50-peso note, the man in the tranparent window looks in the 'wrong' direction in my opinion. I think it would have been nicer if he looked towards the note, instead of 'away' from the note. 


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Nicaragua issues commemorative banknote

The Banco Central de Nicaragua has issued a new 5-córodoba commemorative banknote on 1 October 2020. The note is made of ploymer and commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Central Bank. 

The new note measures 126 x 67 mm. 

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The Bahamas issue new 5-dollar banknote

The Central Bank of the Bahamas has issued a new 5-dollar note. This is the seventh instalment in its CRISP Evolution family of banknotes. 

From the press release: "The new $5 banknote is predominantly yellow, with shades of red, lilac, green, and blue, maintaining the same dimensions of existing banknotes. On its front, the note bears a portrait of the late Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield and an image of a hibiscus in the center, while the back features a vignette depicting Bahamian Artist Delton Barrett’s likeness of a Junkanoo cowbeller in full costume."

This banknote is printed on Giesecke + Devrient’s durable HybridTM substrate. 

Steven | Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 1:43 pm | | news | No comments
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Trinidad and Tobago issue new notes of polymer series

The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago has issued the rest of the new series of banknotes after the introduction of the new 100-dollar note back in December 2019. This was the first note of the new polymer series. 





Steven | Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 1:36 pm | | news | No comments

Indonesia celebrates 75 years of independence

The Bank Indonesia has issued a new 75,000-rupiah banknote commemorating 75 years of independence. Independence from my own country, The Netherlands, that is. So this banknote has more meaning to me than other commemorative notes. 

And a bonus: the note looks great!

Source: Reddit

Steven | Monday 17 August 2020 at 7:55 pm | | news | One comment
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Poland announces 20-zlotych commemorative note

The Narodowi Bank Polski (National Bank of Poland) will start selling a new 20-zlotych commemorative note from 11 August 2020. The note commemorates the Battle of Warsaw. The Battle of Warsaw was a decisive episode of the war against the Bolsheviks. 

The front of the banknote depicts Józef Pilsudski. The skyline of Warsaw is visible in the background. The back of the note presents the central fragment of Jerzy Kossak’s painting "The Miracle on the Vistula" under the Polish national colours. It depicts a symbolic scene of chaplain Ignacy Skorupka leading soldiers of the volunteer military formations to attack. 

To be honest, I think the design is pretty ugly and the note as a whole a monstrosity. But that's just my opinion. 

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Brazil announces new denomination

The Banco Central do Brasil has annnounced that a new denomination will be issued in August 2020. This new 200-reals note will have an image of a maned wolf on it but the final design hasn't been revealed yet. 

Steven | Saturday 01 August 2020 at 8:09 pm | | news | No comments
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Costa Rica announces new polymer notes

The Banco Central de Costa Rica has announced that three denominations will get a polymer version in the coming months. The 2,000-, 5,000-, and 20,000-colon notes will go first, and the 10,000-colon notes will follow at a later (unspecified) date. 



Steven | Friday 31 July 2020 at 7:31 pm | | news | No comments
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Two banks in Northern Ireland introduce new 20's

Two Northern Ireland banks have announced two new polymer 20-pound notes. The Danske Bank and Bank of Ireland have both issued press releases. 

The Bank of Ireland states: "The new £20 note will retain the iconic image of The Old Bushmills Distillery, in County Antrim, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.

The note will also include enhanced security features, including a holographic stripe and a clear window which can be seen from both the front and back of the note. As part of the security feature, the note will also include a shiny, iridescent area of ink which changes colour as you tilt it.

In addition to security elements, the £20 polymer note will incorporate a tactile feature with three arrangements of four dots in a square formation, enabling physical identification for the visually impaired.

The £20 polymer note features Bank of Ireland Group Chief Executive Officer Francesca McDonagh as the signatory."

About the Danske Bank 20-pound notes: "The introduction of the new £20 polymer note on July 20, is a natural follow on from the £10 polymer note Danske Bank launched in February 2019.

It will be slightly smaller than the paper version but will have a similar design and will still feature a portrait of Co Down born inventor Harry Ferguson.

There will be subtle colour and feature upgrades including a see-through section, holographic foil and a tactile feature to help blind and partially-sighted people identify the value."

Steven | Friday 31 July 2020 at 7:18 pm | | news | No comments
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Oman issues 50-rials commemorative note

The Central Bank of Oman has issued a new 50-rials banknote to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the rise of the Modern Omani Renaissance and in commemoration of the memory of its founder, the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taymur who died 10 January 2020. 

This will be the first note in the sixth series and will begin circulating as legal tender in July, followed by all other denominations during the last quarter of 2020. The front of the note shows a portrait of the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said and his reign period: 1970 - 2020. Also depicted is the façade of the Central Bank of Oman building. The back of the note shows the the following buildings: the Council of Oman, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Finance.

Steven | Friday 31 July 2020 at 09:10 am | | news | No comments
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