Eastern Carribean Bank: new polymer banknote family

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has announced plans for the introduction of a new banknote series of the Eastern Caribbean dollar. This currency is used by the independent states Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The other two countries which use the Eastern Carribean dollar are British overseas territories: Anguilla and Montserrat.

The new series will have a vertical orientation and will be made of polymer. The notes will be in the same denomination as the current series and will also keep the same color scheme. The designs on the note will be new however. The new notes will have some the usual elements we see in other polymer notes: holographic windows and embossed tactile geometric shapes for the visually impaired. The new notes will be issued mid-2019. 

So what do you think about the design? Does it seem a bit... full perhaps? 





Steven Monday 10 September 2018 at 10:15 am | | news | No comments

Czech Republic: updated 100- and 200-korun issued

The Czech National Bank has issued two updated versions of their 100- and 200-korun banknotes. For the most part the design remains the same but there have been some changes in the security features. The new notes circulate side-by-side with the existing ones. The versions of the 100-korun note that were put into circulation in 1995 and 1997 and the versions of the 200-korun note that were issued in 1996 and 1998 will remain legal tender and will be gradually replaced by the new version depending on their degree of wear.

Some of the updates include: 

  • omron rings
  • a 3 mm wide puce-to-green windowed security thread with different demetalized text
  • an electrotype element added to watermark
  • green and orange fluorescent ink

To see more changes, check out these informative folders:

Courtesy of Tomas Majer

Steven Monday 10 September 2018 at 09:55 am | | news | No comments
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Mexico announces new family of notes

The new Mexican banknote of 500 pesos is the first of a new family of notes that the Banco de México will be introducing over the next couple of years. Each banknote will show a different period of Mexico’s history, its flora and fauna and areas that have been declarated "Natural Patrimony of Humanity" by UNESCO.

An overview (source):

  • 50 pesos: Pre-Columbian era. Foundation of Mexico City, Tenotchitlan / Rivers and lakes – Ajolote (salamander), corn, Xochimilco.  Expected to be released in the first half of 2022. Probably to be printed on polymer substrate.
  • 100 pesos : Colonial era. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Monarch butterfly / Pine and holm trees, Monarch butterfly biosphere, Expected to be released in the second half of 2021. Probably to be printed on polymer substrate.
  • 200 pesos: Independence War period, Miguel Hidalgo and José María Morelos / Eagle and saguaro cactus, El Pinacate and Desert of Altar biosphere.  Expected to be released in the second half of 2019.
  • 1,000 pesos: Revolution period. Portraits of Francisco I. Madero, Hermila Galindo and Carmen Serdán / Jaguar, ceiba and sapote, Mayan city of Calakmul.  Expected to be released in first half of 2020.
  • 2,000 pesos: Contemporary period.  Portraits of Octavio Paz and Rosario Castellanos / Magueyero bat and agave, Agave field and old tequila installation.  To be issued only if circumstances require it.

Steven Saturday 01 September 2018 at 07:39 am | | news | No comments
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Venezuela introduces new banknotes

The Central Bank of Venezuela has finally issued new banknotes with new denominations in bolívares soberanos to curb the disastrous inflation which is crippling the country.

Just to keep reminding everybody: Venezuela could potentially be one of the richest countries in the world. Behold the power of complete mismanagement... Don't bother looking up what you could buy with these new notes: they will probably be worthless in a few months. 




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Mexico to announce a new 500-pesos note?

The Banco de Mexico will announce a new banknote of 500 pesos on 27 August 2018, El Universal reports. The new note will probably be made of polymer and will probably have a new design.

The new note is necesssary since the 500-pesos note is the most widely used in the country and therefore damaged quickly.

Instant update: here's what the new note looks like:

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ECB to reveal two new banknotes next month

The European Central Bank will officially unveil the design of the new 100- and 200-euro banknotes on 17 September 2018, according to Le Vif. The two notes will be issued in the first half of 2019.

These two notes will be the last new designs in the current Europa-series. The 500-euro note won't get a new design as it won't be printed anymore.

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Yemen issues new 200-rials note

According to Al Ain  the Central Bank of Yemen has introduced a new 200-rial note on 15 August 2018. The new note is 150 x 69 mm and has the Zabid Castle on the front. 

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Argentina issues new 50-pesos note

The Banco Central de la República Argentina has issued its new 50-pesos note on 16 August 2018. The note shows the Andean Condor  the front and Mount Aconcagua, habitat of the Andean condor, on the back.

More on the design and security measures can be found on this beautifully designed official site

picture from Banknotnews.com
picture from Banknotnews.com

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Switzerland reveals new 200-francs note

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has announced it will start to issue its new 200-francs banknote from 22 August 2018. From the press release:

"The inspiration behind the new banknote series is 'The many facets of Switzerland'. Each denomination depicts a typically Swiss characteristic, which is then illustrated graphically using a range of elements. The 200-franc note focuses on Switzerland's scientific expertise, as expressed by matter, the note's key motif. Core design elements in the new series are the hand and the globe, which appear on every denomination.

As with the banknotes currently in circulation, the ninth series consists of six denominations; the colour scheme, too, remains the same. Accordingly, the main colour of the new 200-franc note is brown. However, the format has been modified – the new notes are smaller and thus easier to handle. The innovative combination of complex security features and sophisticated design provides state-of-the-art anti-counterfeiting protection.

The next denomination, the 1000-franc note, will be presented on 5 March 2019 and enter circulation on 13 March 2019. The last denomination in the new series, the 100-franc note, is to be issued in autumn 2019. The SNB will announce the precise issue date well in advance."

This note will be highly anticipated by collectors. The last two released banknotes went on to become Banknote of the Year and this note looks great again. 

picture from banknotenews.com

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Mujand issues two new National Parks notes

A while ago I wrote about a new note from fantasy banknote creator Celsus Solar of Mujand. This note featured the beautiful nature of Yellowstone National Park. I expressed the hope this note would be the first of many because I think it's one of the most beautiful notes coming from the vaults of Mujand. 

Well, joyous tidings indeed because yesterday I received two new notes from the National Parks series! While I expected to see other National Parks from the USA I was surpised to see two parks from around the world: Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Jiuzhaigou National Park in China. Showing parks from around the world opens up a whole range of commercial and artistic possibilities so this is a very clever move I think. 

Both notes have the same nominal value in the local currency: 50 shilling for the Serengeti note and 50 yuan for the Jiuzhaigou note. They also have the same size: 82.55 x 165.10 mm. But what's most important: just like the first note from Yellowstone National Park they look amazing. 

The Serengeti note features a lion, local flora, a foil strip and a unique serial number on the front. The back shows a black rhinoceros, an olive baboon (papio anubis), a malachite kingfisher, a hot-air balloon and a map of the park. 

The Jiuzhaigou note shows a giant panda, local flora, waterfalls, a foil strip and a unique serial number on the front. The back features a bharal (or Himalayian blue sheep), a golden snub-nosed monkey a white-browed rosefinch and a map of the park. 

The attention to detail is visible throughout the design of these fantasy notes, for instance with the incorporation of the local languages. Like I said before: these notes should be available in the National Parks themselves and certainly belong in every collection of fantasy notes.

The notes are selling fast but can still be bought at the Mujand site where you can also see more video material from the different parks.

Let's hope we will see more notes from other parks in the future. The list of potential themes is long enough...  


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 Saturday 11 August 2018 at 07:59 am | | new additions | No comments

Zambia to issue improved banknotes

The Bank of Zambia has announced that it will issue a series of improved banknotes. They're mostly security related changes but other than the changes listed below, the design will stay the same. 

First the 2- and 5-kwacha notes will be issued in August 2018, the other denominations will follow. 

The changes are:

20-, 50- and 100-kwacha

  • A new security feature called SPARKLIVE has been incorporated in the figure on the lower right hand side to further shield these banknotes from being counterfeited. This security feature will exhibit three overt visual characteristics i.e. color- shift properties, optical brightness and dynamic light effects.
  • A 5mm optically visible four window security thread with micro optical dynamic effects has replaced the hologram on the three denominations.
  • The ‘birds in flight’ feature has shifted from the right edge of the back of the banknote to the left edge
  • “The tactile mark” for the visually impaired have now been put on both edges of the banknotes to enhance tactility or the feel effect.

10-kwacha

  • A new four-window security thread will replace the hologram on the front of the banknote.
  • Tactile marks for the visually impaired have been put on both edges of the banknote to enhance tactility.

2- and 5-kwacha

  • Different images (dove, text K2 and K5) appear as a new glossy varnish with a blind embossing for ease of identification.
  • Tactile marks for the visually impaired have been put on both edges of the banknotes to enhance tactility.

Steven Saturday 11 August 2018 at 07:44 am | | news | No comments
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Curacao and St. Maarten: new banknotes for 2021?

And while we're visiting our former Dutch colonies, let's look at Curacao and St. Maarten who might also be planning a new series of banknotes. The notes could be planned for introduction in 2021.

The two nations within the Kingdom of the Netherlands (again, watch this video by CGP Grey explaining it all) share a central bank: the Centrale Bank van Curacao en Sint Maarten and use the Antiliaanse gulden as currency.

Steven Saturday 11 August 2018 at 07:34 am | | news | No comments