The Bank of the Republic of Burundi has issued a new 1,000-francs note completing the new series which was introduced earlier this year. Unfortunately like the rest of the series this note also isn't a very spectacular design. I wonder what the color will look like in real life because on my screen it can best be described as boring-green in my opinion.
"The polymer £5 note featuring Winston Churchill will be issued in autumn 2016, the £10 polymer note featuring Jane Austen entering circulation a year later. The Bank made the decision to move to polymer for the £20 note following extensive research into the developments in security features for notes printed on cotton-based paper and polymer since the 2013 decision was made. A competitive tender process for the supply of the polymer for the £20 note is expected to start in late 2015. The note, which will feature a visual artist nominated during the public nominations period held earlier this year, will enter circulation in 3-5 years’ time."
The reverse of the current 20-pound note:
The final artist renditions we saw in november 2014 have turned out to be the same as the final result. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has introduced the first two new banknotes which will be issued in October 2015. These notes are the 5- and 10-dollar. The new series, which is called Brighter Money, will be completed in April 2016 with the issuing of the 20-, 50- and 100-dollar notes.
There are a few differences with the current circulating series. The new notes have a brighter, clearer design, with the note's value shown in larger print and greater colour contrast between notes. Some things will stay the same, though: the notes will stay the same size as they are now, and will still have the same flexible, plastic feel.
The themes of the notes will also remain the same, with the same respected New Zealanders, the Queen, and flora and fauna remaining central to the designs. The contribution each has made to the unique culture of New Zealand is still as important as ever. To enhance this even further, the new notes use te reo M?ori to identify them:
- Aotearoa – the M?ori name for New Zealand
- Te P?tea Matua – the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s M?ori name
- The names of the native birds on the reverse of the notes (hoiho, whio, k?rearea, k?kako, mohua) will continue to be written in M?ori.
There are also new and improved security features on the notes:
- A larger window features a more detailed metallic element
- The native bird icon changes colour as the note is tilted, and a bar can be seen moving through the space
- A small 'puzzle number' lines up when the note is held up to the light
- Raised ink is still used on the large denomination number.
The new notes have been designed and printed by the Canadian Banknote Company.
Reserve Bank deputy governor Geoff Bascand spoke to media at the launch of the new notes in Wellington and was asked if the redesigns could be the last. "It is possible. People are speculating and talking about becoming a cashless society, but we haven't seen it yet. Funnily, cash is still growing, quite rapidly. I suppose that is partly the tourism industry - people come to New Zealand and want to use cash. It is also handy and used in all sorts of ways."
Let's hope he's right because it would be a loss to the world if we wouldn't have these beautiful notes anymore!
Venezuela is dealing with extreme inflation causing the Venezuelans to have to carry around enormous amounts of cash when they want to buy something. This has prompted the government to issue new banknotes at the end on 2015 (after the elections on 6 December). The new notes will be of 500 and possibly 1,000 bolivars.
Some news from Gibraltar is a nice opportunity to display their nice flag for the first time. Banknotenews reports that the tiny rock at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea will issue a new banknote in the first half of 2016. From banknotenews:
"The [100-pound] note will be dated 21 August 2015, the centenary of the birth of Sir Joshua Hassan. Nicknamed "Salvador" (Saviour), Sir Joshua was chief minister for a total of 22 years and is credited as being the most important architect of Gibraltar’s move towards self-determination. The design of this, the first 100-pound note ever to be printed on polymer substrate, carries a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a portrait of Sir Joshua on the other."
Here's an image of the new note and it looks pretty purple or pink. Luckily they used a better picture of the man than the one on wikipedia.
Rejoice, workers of the world! For the Mujand Trading Company has released a second set of banknotes from the Kuninganna Territory inspired by the glory of socialism. OK, I can hardly say these words without laughing a little because we've seen plenty of the socialistic wonders in the 20th century.
But the new set from Mujand is certainly no joke. We already had the first set which was reminiscent of the famous British notes of the past, but the story of the Kuninganna Territory continues and they have to face the 'joy' of a socialist leadership. The new set of banknotes reflect that perfectly with the same kind of images we have seen from nations like Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, North-Korea and Romania with happy well-fed people doing all different kinds of hard labour on the land with a smile on their face. The theme for this new set is the Harvest Maven who is pictured on the front of the notes. The back shows different people harvesting.
The mood from the notes is spot-on as far as I'm concerned because you can feel the show (or charade) which is being put on by the 'regime' and the impending and inevitable doom which always follows.
The Mujand Trading Company doesn't just print fantasy banknotes, they have designed several series belonging to different 'countries' on the planet Blissdane Naïve in the Mujand System. There is a whole mythology behind the notes, the different countries and even time periods. Sets are available exclusively via eBay at the store of Yuri111.
Pictures of the new set:
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued 6 new notes on 20 AUgust 2015 commemorating the 50th anniversary of Singapore. The set contains a $50 polymer note and five $10 polymer notes. From the press release: "The note designs drew inspiration from significant milestones and achievements in Singapore’s history, the multiracialism that defines us as a nation, and the values and aspirations that underpin Singapore’s progress. The front of both the $50 and $10 notes feature the portrait of Mr Yusof Ishak, Singapore’s first President, as in the current Portrait series notes.
The $50 note highlights Singapore’s history, transformation and future. It shows the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister, shouting "Merdeka!" – the rallying cry of our independence struggle. The note makes distinctive use of the colour gold, reflecting Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.
The five $10 notes have a common front design and varying back designs depicting the theme ‘Vibrant Nation, Endearing Home’. Each note reflects a value or aspiration that defines this theme:
- ‘… regardless of race, language or religion…’
- ‘Opportunities for All’
- ‘Safe and Secure’
- ‘Strong Families’
- ‘Caring Community, Active Citizenry’.
Both the $50 and $10 notes have security features that are the first of their kind in the world to be used on a currency note. The security stripe on the $50 note has a unique see-through feature with “image movement effects” that create depth to the image of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The SG50 logo has “colour-switching effects”, with the year flipping from ‘1965’ to ‘2015’. The $10 notes have a security stripe with a “switching effect” which features the Singapore Coat of Arms, SG50 logo and the years ‘1965’ and ‘2015’.
The SG50 commemorative notes were designed by four local artists and designers, namely Mr Chua Mia Tee, Mr Eng Siak Loy, Mr Weng Ziyan and Mr Fabian Lim.
The public can exchange the SG50 commemorative notes at face value at branches of nine major retail banks from 20 August 2015 onwards. (...) A total of 20 million pieces of the $50 notes and 75 million pieces of $10 notes - 15 million pieces of each design - are being printed.(....) From 1 October 2015 onwards, the SG50 notes will be made available to non-Singaporeans as well.
10 dollar (with the different backs):
The design is to glorify His Majesty King Chulalongkorn for his incomparable contributions to the country. The new banknote has been enhanced with security features to facilitate authentication by machine as well as the general public, including the visually impaired. The color and size of this new 1000-Baht remains unchanged; which is brown in color and 72 x 162 mm in size. Highlights of the security features are:
- Watermark: HM King’s portrait watermark and the translucent watermark can be clearly observed by viewing the note against the light.
- Color-shifting Ink with Latent Image: The color of Thai Ornament at the bottom left corner of the note will change from gold to green upon tilting, and the latent image of hidden numerals “1000” becomes visible.
- Iridescent Ink: Arabic numerals “1000” and Thai patterns are printed vertically with reddish iridescent ink.
- Hologram Foil Stripe: Reflective holographic foil on the right hand side of the note contains the Royal Emblem with Arabic numeral “1000” in center, switching to Thai numeral when tilting the note.
- Windowed Color-shifting Security Thread with Moving-Box Animation: The special security thread on the reverse side illustrates moving-box effect and changes from magenta to green upon tilting.
- Tactile Marks: seven horizon lines leading to the four tactile marks in the shape of flowers, representing the braille’s alphabet “T”, symbolizing Thousand (1000), can be identified by touch.
The new 1000-Baht banknote can be exchanged at every commercial bank across the country. The existing and the previous series of 1000-Baht banknote remain legal tender.
I'm curious what the new note will look like in real life, because the color below isn't very appealing to be honest.
Switzerland has had its fair share of troubles and delays when it comes to its new banknote series. Which is really a shame because its new series is going to look spectacular (though maybe not as spectacular as the winning design).
But there seems to be glowing some light at the end of the tunnel under the Swiss alps. The Swiss National Bank has issued a press release stating that: "In April 2016, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) will begin issuing the new Swiss banknotes. The first denomination to be released will be the 50-franc note; the release of the 20-franc note is planned for the following year. The remaining banknotes will be issued subsequently at half-yearly or yearly intervals. The SNB will announce each new issue date well in advance. The issuing of the entire new series is scheduled to be completed by 2019."
After the recent news on the commemorative note commemorating the 1,050th anniversary of Poland, we get a new commemorative note next week! The Narodowy Bank Polski (National Bank of Poland) has announced that a commemorative banknote of 20 zlotych will be issued on 24 August 2015.
The new note commemorates the 600th anniversary of the birth of Jan D?ugosz (priest, chronicler, diplomat, soldier, and secretary to Bishop Zbigniew Ole?nicki of Kraków). A total of 30,000 numismatic pieces will be available to the public.
The new note features a QRC-symbol on the front which, when scanned with a mobile phone for instance, will take you you to an informative website about the note.
The new notes, which will be issued from 12 November 2015, will have several next-generation security features. The rest of the design of the new banknote will stay largely the same as the the 2005 series. The 100-yuan note is the largest denomination of the Chinese currency. The old version of the 100-yuan note will stay in circulation following the new edition, the PBOC added.
After a small vacation in sunny Turkey with no updates at all, I'm now back! :)