The Poneet Islands set from Mujand Trading Company

The Mujand Trading Company did it again: the F-series from the fictional Poneet Islands has been issued. The Poneet Islands of course are part of the planet Blissdane Naïve. For those unfamiliar with this exciting world, please read the stories or view the banknotes from the different nations so far.

After the previous set my expectations were high. The Perish Island set was great and very original, but now we have the polymer set from the Poneet Islands. I had seen a preview of these notes and was struck by the colors and the beautiful themes on the banknotes. It instantly reminded me of the beautiful notes from countries like the French Pacific Territories or the beautiful bird themes used on the notes from Suriname. The front of the notes show faces of people and themes like islands and boats. We can also see a holographic security strip which looks great. 

The back of the notes is where the real beauty lies in my opinion. The pastel colors fit perfectly with the delicate flowers and the gracious birds. This combination gives the notes a very balanced and expensive appearance and is particularly nice when you see all the notes together in your album. 

It's great to see that the notes from the Mujand Trading Company, which are created by the very talented Celsus Solar, have become increasingly professional and that the fantasy world of Blissdane Naïve keeps giving us better fantasy notes.

You can buy this and previous sets at the eBay store of Yuri111 or at the eBay store of fantasy_notes_and_more

Disclaimer: this fantasy set was sent for review purposes. The text is entirely mine and was not paid for or asked for in any way.

Steven Woensdag 30 September 2015 at 9:47 pm | | new additions | Geen reacties
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Colombia to issue new series of banknotes in 2016

The Banco de la República in Colombia has announced plans to issue a whole new series of banknotes including a new 100,000-pesos banknote. The new notes will be gradually introduced in 2016 and co-circulate with the existing notes.

The design and denominations are the following:

  • 2,000 pesos: Painter Débora Arango, with Caño Cristales River on the back.
  • 5,000 pesos: Poet José Asunción Silva, with a view of the "páramos colombianos," an eco-system on the back.
  • 10,000 pesos: Antropoligist Virginia Gutiérrez, with the Amazonian forest on the back.
  • 20,000 pesos: Former president Alfonso López Michelsen, with canales de La Mojana, and a "sombrero vueltiao" which is a traditional hat.
  • 50,000 pesos: Writer Gabriel García Márquez, with "Ciudad Perdida" on the back.
  • 100,000 pesos Former President Carlos Lleras Restrepo, with Valle del Cocora and "Palma de cera" which is the national tree of Colombia.

The schedule for the introduction of the new notes is:

  • 1st quarter of 2016: 100,000 pesos
  • 2nd quarter of 2016: 20,000 pesos
  • 3rd quarter of 2016: 50,000 pesos
  • 4th quarter of 2016: 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 pesos

A video (in Spanish) presenting the new family of notes:

Steven Maandag 28 September 2015 at 4:14 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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Argentina to issue redesigned 5-pesos note

The National Bank of Argentina has announced that a redesigned 5-pesos note will be issued from 1 October 2015. The note still bears the image of general Jose de San Martin (1778 - 1850) in military uniform but with a new portrait. We can also read the line "Para defender la causa de la Patria no hace falta otra cosa que orgullo nacional" which Google translates into "To defend the cause of the Fatherland we do not need anything other than national pride" which sounds like a reasonable translation

The back of the note is completely redesigned and shows a couple of South American heroes: Jose de San Martin, Jose Gervasio Artigas, Simon Bolivar and Bernardo O'Higgins. The back also reads the quote: "Divididos seremos esclavos, unidos estoy seguro que los batiremos: hagamos un esfuerzo de patriotismo, depongamos resentimientos particulares, y concluyamos nuestra obra con honor". Our beloved Google translates this as: "Divided we will be slaves, together I am sure that we will win: make an effort of patriotism, strip off private resentments, and conclude our work with honor". Again: sounds like a good translation but if anybody knows a better one, please say so. 

The watermark shows Jose de San Martin again with JSM in eletrotype. The number 5 can be seen on the front in iridescent ink. On the back of the note the letters JSM cab be seen in the neck of the uniform of Jose de San Martin when seen under oblique light. 

The new note will circulate side-by-side with existing notes and has the same dimensions. 

Steven Maandag 28 September 2015 at 3:41 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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Date set for first new notes from New Zealand

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has announced the date of the introduction of the first two new notes from the new series. The 5- and 10-dollar notes will be issued on 12 October 2015. The other three notes (20-, 50- and 100-dollar) will be released in April 2016 but have no definitive date.

The new series are a bit brighter than the current series and include more Maori designs and language. You can view the new series in this previous post.

Steven Dinsdag 22 September 2015 at 10:15 am | | news | Geen reacties
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The new 50-euro notes will be printed in Leipzig

While we're all waiting for the new 20-euro note to be issued in November of this year, there is also news about the next European note to be modernized. The new 50-euro note, which will probably be issued at the end of 2016, will be printed in Leipzig, Germany. Giesecke & Devrient has won a European tender to print the new note, according to MDR Sachsen.

The current factory in Munich will be operational until October 2015 but then the banknote printing division of the company will move to the newly build bigger factory in Leipzig.

Steven Vrijdag 18 September 2015 at 10:42 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Cape Verde completes new series with last two notes

The Central Bank of Cape Verde has issued the final two notes of the new series on 10 September 2015. The notes of 500- and 5,000-escudos follow the first three notes which have been issued on 23 December 2014. 

Here are the images of the new notes (via). I like the colors of the 5,000-escudos: 

Steven Vrijdag 11 September 2015 at 09:33 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Canada issues commemorative 20-dollar note

The Bank of Canada has introduced a special 20-dollar banknote commemorating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen made history this week by beating the record of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning sovereign

The commemorative bank note is a variation of the existing 20-dollar polymer note that already features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The new note is identical to the current note, with one distinct difference: its large window contains a range of special design elements, including a portrait of Her Majesty wearing a crown (tiara) for the first time on a Canadian bank note. The portrait is based on a 1951 image by renowned Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh – the same photograph that inspired the portrait engraving of the Queen, without the crown, for the 1954 Canadian Landscape series of banknotes and the 1967 commemorative note celebrating the centenary of the Canadian Confederation. Since her accession to the throne in 1952, an image of Elizabeth has appeared on every series of Canadian banknotes.

The Bank of Canada will issue 40 million commemorative notes, the first of which will start to be available at financial institutions across Canada tomorrow. They will circulate alongside the existing 20-dollar note, which will continue to be issued and will comprise the vast majority of 20-dollar notes in circulation.

 This is the third time that the Bank of Canada has issued a commemorative note. The first, issued in 1935, celebrated the Silver Jubilee of King George V; and the second, issued in 1967, marked the centennial of Confederation. The Bank has also announced that it will issue a commemorative bank note to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

© Bank of Canada
© Bank of Canada

Steven Vrijdag 11 September 2015 at 09:08 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Royal Bank of Scotland chooses Safeguard

The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced that the new 5- and 10-pound notes will be printed on the polymer substrate Durasafe Safeguard produced by De la Rue. [Edit: that's what you get when you first read a story about Durasafe and then write a post. To be clear: it's Safeguard, NOT Durasafe. Comment below is of course absolutely right].

Clydesdale Bank and Bank of Scotland are already making the transition and the Bank of England is to introduce the plastic notes from next year. The Royal Bank of Scotland said it was to re-design its notes with new subjects for portraits. The £5 note should be in circulation from the second half of 2016. The £10 note will be in use a year later. The polymer notes will be 15% smaller than the cotton paper variety circulating right now.

Steven Woensdag 09 September 2015 at 12:39 pm | | news | Twee reacties
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Burundi issues 1,000-francs note

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. 


Steven Zaterdag 05 September 2015 at 10:51 am | | news | Geen reacties
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Future 20-pound note will also be polymer

The Bank of England has announced that, after the 5 and 10-pound note, the future 20-pound note will also be printed on polymer. 

"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:


Steven Zaterdag 05 September 2015 at 10:44 am | | news | Geen reacties
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New Zealand reveals first two new banknotes

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 Maori to identify them:

  • Aotearoa – the Maori name for New Zealand
  • Te Putea Matua – the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Maori name
  • The names of the native birds on the reverse of the notes (hoiho, whio, karearea, kokako, mohua) will continue to be written in Maori.

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!

5 dollar

10 dollar

20 dollar

50 dollar

100 dollar

Steven Dinsdag 01 September 2015 at 12:34 pm | | news | Geen reacties
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