Macedonia issues its first polymer banknotes

The Narodne Banka na Republika Makedonia (National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia) has issued two new banknotes of 10 and 50 denarii on 15 May 2018.

"These banknotes were printed on a polymer substrate. They are the first polymer banknotes issued by NBRM. The design of new banknotes is based on paper counterparts in circulation. As of May 15, 2018, new polymeric banknotes in these denominations replaced the paper ones that have been issued since 1996. After May 15, 2018 paper banknotes with denominations of 10 and 50 denarii will disappear from the general circulation and will be exchanged by commercial banks by May 15, 2019. After May 1, 2019, the above-mentioned paper banknotes will be exchanged only in NBRM branches."


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Bolivia issues first note of new family

The Banco Central de Bolivia has introduced the first banknote of the new family of notes on 10 April 2018 (for some reason I completely forgot to write about this). 

On the front we see: José Santos Vargas, "El Tambor Vargas", a guerrilla who fought in the War of Independence; Apiaguaiki Tüpa, leader of the Guarani who fought against the subjugation of the lands of his people and Eustaquio Méndez, "El Moto Méndez", who also fought in the struggle for the independence of Bolivia.

Additionally, we see Isla del Pescado, located in the Salar de Uyuni, a place that from a distance resembles the figure of a fish; and the Cavern of Umajalanta, located in Torotoro, which is the most extensive and deep of Bolivia. 

Representing the fauna and flora of Boliovia we see images of the Giant Hummingbird, bird of the Andean region
that is characterized by its large size, up to 22 centimeters; and the Puya Raimondi, a plant that exceeds ten meters in height and that blooms only once every 80 years, before dying.

In three months the 20-bolivianos note will follow and so on until all the notes have been issued. The new notes are printed by Oberthur Fiduciare SAS who won the tender last year.

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New additions week 20 - 2018

After a few weeks vacation in the USA I'm back in the Netherlands with a few new banknotes. First I found a star note in my daily change: a 1-dollar replacement note (P-537r). While enjoying myself in Universal Studios Orlando I found out that in Harry Potter World the local Gringotts Bank distributed fantasy Gringotts banknotes of 10 and 20 dollar. Of course I had to get one which you can see here

That wasn't the only fantasy note because I finally found a 'banknote' from the biggest themepark in the Netherlands, the Efteling. The note is a 2-euro coupon which is actually still valid if you would choose to pay with it. 

Finally my uncle arrived home from his second home in Thailand with a nice present for me: the first three Thai banknotes with the portrait of the new King. A nice addition to my Thailand collection

Update: and my uncle even had three more banknotes, from Laos this time. Two varieties of a 1-kip note (one wirh an error (P25a1) and the other where the error is corrected (P25a2)) and a 1,000-kip note (P32Ab). 

Steven Friday 18 May 2018 at 5:36 pm | | new additions | No comments

Solomon Islands announce commemorative banknote

The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands has announced that it will issue a new commemorative banknote of 40 dollars in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the country's independence. Together with the new banknote a 2-dollar coin will be issued. 

The new note is expected by July 2018 (the country received its independence on 7 July 1978).

Steven Friday 18 May 2018 at 4:55 pm | | news | No comments

Cambodia issues new 20,000-rial note

The National Bank of Cambodia has issued a new banknote of 20,000 rials at the occasion of the 65th birthday of the King Norodom Sihamoni. 

It measures 155 x 72 mm, the dominant colors are light pink, dark pink and brown. On the front it shows the King . The back shows the Banteay Srei Temple in Siem Reap province.

Steven Friday 18 May 2018 at 4:24 pm | | news | No comments

Nepal issues new 500-rupees note

The Central Bank of Nepal (Nepal Rastra Bank, NRB) has issued a new 500-rupees note on 25 April 2018. 

 
The front of the note shows the Mount Everest (Chomolungma) left and a watermark of the national flower ‘Rhododendron’ on the right side. There is a signature of Governor Dr. Chiranjibi Nepal in the lower part of the note, and there is date mentioned as V.S.2073 in Nepali in the border.
 
The back of the note shows a tiger and the Bank logo, the text NEPAL RASTRA BANK and RUPEES FIVE HUNDRED written in English. We can also see the date 2016 A.D. A total of 180 million notes have been printed by Perum Peruri from Indonesia. 
 
Image and information courtesy of Shankar Shrestha of www.nuphil.com

Steven Tuesday 01 May 2018 at 9:15 pm | | news | No comments
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