Burundi issues new series of banknotes

The Bank of the Republic of Burundi has announced and issued a new series of banknotes. The first 4 new notes will be of 500, 2000, 5000 and 10,000 francs. The design of the notes is characterized by the national flag and a particular animal. On the back is the logo of the BRB and a map of Burundi that contains an image symbolizing an economic activity.

As for security, the new notes have the following features:

  • a windowed metallic security thread embedded in the paper, with the letters "BRB"
  • a color-changing effect when the note is tilteda sign for the visually impaired
  • a visible watermark representing one of the two national heroes (the Prince Louis Rwagasore or President Melchior Ndadaye)
  • a transparent fish image visible on both sides of the note

The new notes will circulate side-by-side with the existing notes for three months after which the old notes will cease to be legal tender. The existing notes of 10, 20 and 50 francs will also cease to exist. A new note of 100 francs will however be introduced at a later date. It's unclear to me why they didn't introduce that one at the same time. Perhaps this a cost-related issue since the Bank has also urged the public to take care of the new notes and not bend them more than twice because the replacement of the notes is a costly affair... In my opinion the cost for designing them could also have been a little higher because it looks to me like an amateur photoshop job. But hey, that's just my opinion. 

A leaflet with more information on the newly introduced notes can be found here.

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Steven Sunday 03 May 2015 at 10:04 am | | news
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One comment

Ton Lameijer

Hallo Steven, leuke site heb je.
Je bent ook lid van de IBNS en daar geef ik het blad, Het Watermerk van uit. Mijn vraag, zou jij de nieuwtjes rubriek willen verzorgen? Het gaat om 4 x per jaar en jouw info is beter als mijn info. Ik zou het erg prettig vinden om de leden up to date te houden en we kunnen dan ook je site wat gaan promoten. Mail me eens, zaterdag ben ik trouwens in Valkenburg. Mocht je ook komen, ik ben rond 13.00 uur in de Koffie corner in de grote zaal of vraag Jos maar naar me. Hij vindt me wel.Hoop iet van je te horen, groeten, Ton Lameijer

Ton Lameijer, (Email ) (URL) - 26-09-’15 00:09
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