Guernsey issues World War I banknote

The island of Guernsey has issued a commemorative 20-pound note to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The note, which was issued on 8 November 2018, is like the existing 20-pound note but with (some pretty cool) special details added. From the press release:

  • The serial number has a special prefix of TGW denoting 'The Great War'
  • There are multiple poppy motifs throughout the front and back of the note:
    • The security hologram shows a poppy together with the denomination 20
    • There is a wreath of poppies around the gold seal
    • On the back of the note there is a prominent multi-coloured image of poppies

A limited issue of 500,000 notes has been commissioned. Uncirculated banknotes can be purchased from the Guernsey Post Office, Envoy House, La Vrangue, St Peter Port GY1 1AA website www.guernseystamps.com/bank-notes.

Steven | Thursday 15 November 2018 at 8:56 pm | | news | No comments
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Two Northern Ireland banks announce polymer notes

From the BBC: "Two Northern Ireland banks have announced a switch to polymer £5 and £10 notes. The new Danske Bank and Bank of Ireland currency will enter circulation in February 2019. (...) 

Danske Bank's new £10 polymer note will be similar in design to its current paper note, bearing a portrait of inventor John Dunlop. (...) Bank of Ireland is to produce new £5 and £10 notes, with the polymer versions retaining the image of Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim. 

Both banks will also introduce polymer £20 notes in 2020 or 2021. (...) Neither has said when the paper note equivalents will cease to be accepted, but they will be gradually removed from circulation."

source - www.mriguide.com

Steven | Friday 09 November 2018 at 3:26 pm | | news | No comments
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Swiss beauties

Saw this photo on Reddit and just had to share it. The stunning banknotes from Switzerland that have been issued so far. 

Steven | Friday 09 November 2018 at 3:07 pm | | fun | No comments
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Bank of Britain: "think science" for new 50-pound note

The Bank of England has announced that the face of the future polymer 50-pound note will be a scientist. As seems custom these days, the people of Britain have been asked to provide the bank with suggestions for names. 

Members of the public have six weeks to nominate a historical character who has contributed to science and influenced UK society. They could have worked in any field of science including astronomy, biology, bio-technology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medical research, physics, technology or zoology. Early favourites to be featured on the banknote are Ada Lovelace, Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing.

The final decision will be announced in 2019 alongside a concept design for the new note.

Steven | Friday 02 November 2018 at 4:08 pm | | news | No comments

United Arab Emirates issue new 100-dirham note

The United Arab Emirates Central Bank has issued a new 100-dirham banknote on 30 October 2018.

The overall design and other specifications of the currency note remain the same as the current currency notes in circulation. The new banknote has lots of new security features, such as a SPARK® Live colour changing security feature printed at the left-hand bottom corner on the front of the note. When the note is tilted, the colour shifts from green to blue and shows a bar of light moving from top to bottom. The numeral 100 is integrated in this feature.

Also, the existing colour shifting security thread has been replaced with an advanced Galaxy three dimensional security thread. The original silver filigree foil has been removed and replaced with intaglio overprint at the front upper right-hand side of the currency note. The denomination value "100" at the right-hand bottom corner on the front of the currency note has been removed.

The note has been put in circulation along with the currency notes currently in circulation. The notes have been printed at the banknote printing plant in the Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi.

Steven | Friday 02 November 2018 at 3:50 pm | | news | No comments
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Bank of Scotland reveals new 20- and 50-pound notes

The Bank of Scotland (not to be confused with the Royal Bank of Scotland) has revealed what the new 20- and 50-pound notes will look like. The front is similar to the 5- and 10-pound notes which have already been issued. The back shows the Forth Bridge and the Falkirk Wheel from Scotland. It's not the first time the Forth Bridge has been featured on a banknote

The new notes will be issued in the future but there is no exact date yet. 

Steven | Sunday 28 October 2018 at 4:19 pm | | news | No comments

Royal Bank of Scotland reveals new 20-pound note

The Royal Bank of Scotland has presented its new 20-pound note which will enter circulation in 2020. The new note will be the first 20-pound Scottish banknote to feature a woman other than the Queen on its front.

The new polymer note will feature an image of Kate Cranston, the turn of the century entrepreneur who commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh to design her famous Glasgow venue. The note was revealed at her legendary tearoom in Glasgow. The tearooms made a cultural impact during her life due to offering venues where women could enter unchaperoned. Following her death in 1934, her fortune was left to support the poor and the homeless in the city.

The 20-pound note is the third in a series of 'Fabric of Nature' themed notes made from De La Rue's Safeguard polymer material and will also contain a variety of new security features.

In keeping with the Fabric of Nature theme, the new 20-pound note features illustrations of red squirrels on its reverse and also features the blaeberry fruit. It also includes extracts from 16th century Scottish poet Mark Alexander Boyd's work, Cupid and Venus.

The new note will carry the same exclusive weave pattern developed by textile designers Alistair McDade and Elspeth Anderson for the polymer 5- and 10-pound notes.

The red squirrels on a tree illustration for the 20-pound follow mackerel in the sea on the 5-pound note and otters on the shore for the 10-pound note.

Details from the back:


Steven | Sunday 28 October 2018 at 11:42 am | | news | No comments
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Curacao and St. Maarten to change its currency

Earlier in August I reported about Curacao and St. Maarten who might also be planning a new series of banknotes. I wrote that the notes could be planned for introduction in 2021. I finished by stating that the two special municipalities within the Kingdom of the Netherlands use the Antiliaanse gulden as currency.

Well... it turns out they won't anymore. MRI Guide writes that Curacao and St. Maarten will issue banknotes in the denominations of 10-, 20-, 50- and 100-carribean guldens. "The parity of the new monetary unit will remain unchanged from the current Netherlands Antilles guilder, at 1.79 Caribbean guilder per U.S. dollar."

I'm hoping for some nice tropical Carribean design!

Steven | Sunday 28 October 2018 at 11:34 am | | news | Two comments

How the dollar has changed over the years

Nice article about the changing appearance of the US dollar over the years. With nice big pictures of some of the beautiful banknotes from the past.

Steven | Sunday 28 October 2018 at 08:34 am | | links | No comments

New additions week 42 - 2018

A wonderful new package from Mujand.com! I'm very enthusiastic about the latest set of fantasy banknotes celebrating National Parks from all over the world. We've already had three beautiful notes from North-America, Africa and Asia. The latest four notes depict Uluru-Kata Tjuta in Australia, Parc National des Écrins in France, Jotunheimen Nasjonal Park in Norway and Serra dos Órgãos in Brazil. 

The new notes have the same design as the first three notes with flora and fauna from the different parks, flags of the countries the parks are situated in, unique serial numbers and several security features. All the notes are in the same currency as the official banknotes from these countries except for France which now uses the euro but has the fantasy note issued in the old francs. 

The fact that lots of notes have already sold out shows that the Mujand notes are popular. I have a feeling the National Parks notes are particularly popular because of the recognizable themes and the combination of animals, images of nature (plants, flowers, mountains) and the very colorful design which appeals to many. Certainly to me because I think they are beautiful. 

You can buy these notes and other past series at the official Mujand Shop




Disclaimer: these notes were sent for review purposes. The text is entirely mine and was not paid for or asked for in any way.

Steven | Sunday 21 October 2018 at 12:58 pm | | new additions | No comments
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Norway issues new 50- and 500-kroner notes

The Norges Bank has issued the new 50- and 500-kroner notes of the new Norwegian banknote series on 18 October 2018.

The theme of the new series is the Sea. When the winning concept was announced it created quite a stir among collectors and in the world of banknotes. The design shows a traditional image on the front which has a connection with the sea (a boat, a lighthouse, a wave, etc.). The back of the notes shows a pixelated image connected with the image on the front which gives it an ultra-modern and very original design. 

Some details on the new notes:


Steven | Friday 19 October 2018 at 5:28 pm | | news | No comments
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Australia issues new 50-dollar note

The Reserve Bank of Australia has issued its new 50-dollar note on 18 October 2018. As with the previous banknote, the new 50-dollar features portraits of Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon and the first female member of an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan

The security features include a top-to-bottom clear window that contains dynamic features such as a reversing number. There is also a patch with a rolling-colour effect and microprint featuring excerpts from David Unaipon's book and Edith Cowan's maiden parliamentary speech.

Steven | Friday 19 October 2018 at 5:24 pm | | news | No comments
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