Scottish banks issue new 20-pounds notes

The three Scottish note issuing banks have each issued their version of new 20-pound banknote. The Royal Bank of Scotland has issued the first 20-pound Scottish banknote to feature a woman other than the Queen on its front.

The new polymer note features an image of Kate Cranston, the turn of the century entrepreneur who commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh to design her famous Glasgow venue. 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 contains 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 20-pound banknote from the Clydesdale Bank features an image of the legendary Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) on the front. Yes, the same guy from the movie Braveheart. The back shows St. Kilda. 

Last, but not least, the Bank of Scotland has issued two notes. The regular 20-pound note and a commemorative version. 

Regular:

Commemorative:

Steven Saturday 14 March 2020 at 12:34 pm | | news | No comments

Bulgaria announces modified 20-lev banknote

The Bulgarian National Bank has announced that a modified 20-lev banknote will be issued from 20 March 2020. The note is part of the new modified series. The overall design and main features of the new banknote remain unchanged with respect to the banknotes in circulation. The upgrade focuses primarily on new security features. 

These changes are for the 20-lev banknote as follows:

  • Additional mark for visually impaired people – three thick and seven thin lines at an angle along the short sides of the banknote.
  • Hologram stripe with optical effects – alternating images of a lion and an eagle, changing when the banknote is tilted; a coloured hologram portrait of Stefan Stambolov; a stylised image of the Order of Bravery; images of a 'crowned lion rampant' with a dynamic effect and a 3D image of the number '20'.
  • Security thread – built into the paper and partially appearing on the reverse, with a repeated light-coloured text 'БНБ 20' (BNB 20) and a 'fan-like' dynamic optical effect shifting from green to blue. The image of the repeating text 'БНБ 20' is visible on the obverse when the banknote is held up against the light.
  • High resolution watermark – seen when the banknote is held up to the light. It consists of a high resolution half-tone image of Stefan Stambolov’s portrait. The image is also seen on the reverse of the banknote.
  • The existing 20-lev banknotes remain in circulation along with the new 20-lev banknotes.

 

Steven Saturday 14 March 2020 at 12:19 pm | | news | No comments
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Vote for Banknote of the Year 2019!

If you are a member of the International Bank Note Society you can vote for the Banknote of the Year 2019! This year no less than 22 banknotes have been nominated. In random order:

The result of the voting will be announced at the IBNS Board Meeting in Valkenburg in April 2020. My top 3 banknotes of 2019 are:

#1 - Switzerland - 1,000 francs

#2 - Macau - 20 petacas

#3 - Samoa - 10 tala

Steven Thursday 27 February 2020 at 6:52 pm | | links | No comments

Australia announces new 100-dollar banknote

The Reserve Bank of Australia will issue a redesigned 100-dollar note in the second half of 2020. As with the existing banknote, the new 100-dollar note features Sir John Monash and Dame Nellie Melba. 

From the press release: "Sir John Monash was an engineer, soldier and civic leader. He was a significant figure in the building-construction industry. Monash is also widely recognised for his service as a commander in the First World War. He led the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during its successful campaigns in 1918 and subsequently managed the repatriation of Australian soldiers and presided over the AIF Education Scheme, which assisted with their transition to civilian life. Monash was instrumental in building the Shrine of Remembrance – which features on the banknote – in his hometown of Melbourne. He also served as the vice-chancellor of Melbourne University from 1923 to 1931.

Dame Nellie Melba was an internationally renowned soprano who performed in Australia, Europe and the United States of America in the late 19th and early 20th century. The banknote includes an image of Melba in costume as Rosina in Rossini's Barber of Seville and the monogram from the cover of her homecoming concert tour program of 1902. In addition to performing, Melba made important contributions to the arts through teaching at the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, now the Melba Opera Trust, in her home town of Melbourne. She also published the Melba Method (1926), an educational resource for singers.

As with the previously released denominations, the new banknote includes representations of Australian flora and fauna. The $100 features the Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) and Australia's national floral emblem, the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), which is native to south-eastern Australia and southern inland areas of New South Wales. The wattle frames the edges of the top-to-bottom window on the banknote, which features a number of dynamic security elements such as the flying owl, and a reversing number '100'."

Steven Thursday 27 February 2020 at 6:40 pm | | news | No comments
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Trinidad and Tobago present new polymer series

The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago introduced a new 100-dollar note on 9 December 2019. This was the first note of the new polymer series.

On 21 February 2020 the bank showed the rest of the series to the world. These new polymer notes will be issued in September 2020. 





Steven Thursday 27 February 2020 at 6:26 pm | | news | No comments

Bank of England issues new 20-pound note

The Bank of England has issues its new 20-pound banknote with an image of painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). The Turner note is printed on polymer. The reverse of the note includes:

  • J.M.W. Turner's self-portrait, painted c. 1799 and currently on display in the Tate Britain.
  • One of Turner's most eminent paintings The Fighting Temeraire; a tribute to the ship HMS Temeraire which played a distinguished role in Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
  • The quote - "Light is therefore colour" from an 1818 lecture by Turner referring to his innovative use of light, shade, colour and tone in his pictures.
  • Turner's signature from his will, the document with which he bequeathed many of his paintings to the nation.

Below the new banknote. I think it turned out really well with lots of interesting details. 

Steven Thursday 27 February 2020 at 6:22 pm | | news | No comments

Namibia announces commemorative note

The Central Bank of Namibia has announced a commemorative banknote for introduction on 21 March 2020. The commemorative occassion is Namibia's 30th independence anniversary.

Details on the design will be announced later.

Steven Tuesday 18 February 2020 at 3:34 pm | | news | No comments
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Zimbabwe to introduce higher denominations?

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe could introduce notes with higher denominations in the next few months. This according to an article on Pindula News. The higher denominations could be 10-, 20- and 50-dollar notes. 

Could this be the first step towards the next hyperinflation?

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Hong Kong banks issue two new banknotes

The three banknote issuing banks of Hong Kong have issued two new banknotes: the 20- and 50-dollar notes. 

First up is the Standard Chartered Bank. The front of the 20-dollar note shows the Standard Chartered Bank headquarters building; has the denomination as registration device and the "20" in green SPARK Orbital. The back of the note shows a man pouring tea for his family. Yes, tea: the best drink in the world :-). The watermark is a Bauhinia flower. 

The 50-dollar note is green. The front is more or less the same as the 20-dollar note: the Standard Chartered Bank headquarters building, the denomination as registration device and a "50" in green SPARK Orbital. The back of the note shows a beautiful picture of a butterfly and a flower. The watermark is again a Bauhinia flower 

Next are the new notes from the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, or HSBC. The front of the new 20-dollar note shows the familiar lion statue, the denomination as registration device and a green leaf with "20" in green SPARK Orbital. The back of the note is again a tea-themed image: we see a tea gathering where a child is pouring tea for the elderly. 

The new 50-dollar note from HSBC has the lion statue again with the headquarters of HSBC in background, the denomination as registration device and a butterfly with "50" in green SPARK Orbital. The back shows a butterfly on a China Rose Hibiscus flower. 

The last bank in this article is the Bank of China. Their new 20-dollar note has (suprise, surprise) the Bank of China building in Hong Kong on the front. The denomination as registration device and a "20" in green SPARK Orbital. The back has a tea set. As a big tea enthusiast I love all the tea images!

The final note is the 50-dollar banknote of the Bank of China. I'm sure you're beginning to see a pattern here because the front shows the Bank of China building in Hong Kong again, the denomination as registration device, the "50" in green SPARK Orbital and a Bauhinia flower. The back has an image of a butterfly on a flower. 

Steven Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 11:30 am | | news | Two comments

Oman's changing face?

The Central Bank of Oman has issued banknotes with the image of sultan Qaboos bin Said since 1976.

After the death of the old sultan on 10 January 2020 a new sultan became the leader of Oman. His name is Haitham bin Tariq Al Said and it's expected his portrait will be on future banknotes.

I think he can provide a nice portrait right?

Steven Friday 17 January 2020 at 2:28 pm | | news | No comments
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Sri Lanka announces new 2,000-rupees note

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has announced it will issue a new currency note of 2,000 rupees as part of the current 11th currency note series. Security features will also be further upgraded in the existing series.

The note is planned for later this year.

Steven Friday 17 January 2020 at 2:07 pm | | news | No comments
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Transnistria has issued a commemorative banknote

A new banknote from Transnistria, the small breakaway state which issues its own banknotes after declaring independence from Moldova in 1990. The 'country' (though not recognized by any UN member state) has issued a new commemorative banknote of 1 ruble on 20 December 2019 to commemorate "25 Years of the Transnistrian Ruble". 

According to the press release 200,000 notes will enter circulation and 2,500 notes will be sold as numismatic products in booklets. The commemorative banknote has a vertical ornamental decoration. 

Steven Friday 03 January 2020 at 11:15 am | | news | No comments