Argentina issues new 1,000-pesos note

The Banco Central de la República Argentina has issued its new 1,000-pesos note on 1 December 2017. The note shows the Rufous Hornero bird on the front and the Région Pampeana (the Pampas) on the back.

This is the 4th note of the new Flora and Fauna series and the 1,000-pesos note is also a new denomination. 

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Mauritania to issue new banknotes from 1 January

President of Mauritania Mohamed Uld Abdelaziz has announced that Mauritania will combat falsified banknotes by issuing new notes which "will have a value ten times greater than that of the old ones". It is unclear if this means that the Banque Central de Mauritanie will issue banknotes with a higher denomination than the current series or if it will revalue the national currency of ouguiya. We do know that the new banknotes will enter circulation from 1 January 2018. 

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Solomon Islands introduce new 10-dollar note

Banknote printer De la Rue reports that a new 10-dollar note has been issued by the Central Bank of the Solomon Islands on 29 November 2017. This is the 4th note of the new series. From the press release:

"A new $10 designed and printed in close collaboration with De La Rue has been launched into circulation today by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. The $20, $50 and $100 have all been launched previously, making this the fourth note in the new family of banknotes.

As with the previous notes, the overall theme of the new note is the islands’ rich cultural heritage. On the front of the vibrant red note, the abstract pattern work is based on geometrical designs representing the swirling movement of shoals of fish whilst images portraying four traditional forms of currency are shown on the back. 

The predominant security feature is a colour shifting, red-green StarChrome® security thread, which has been described as the best-selling premium security thread in the world."

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The Gambia to replace current series in two steps

According to an article in The Point the Central Bank of the Gambia has announced that it will replace the current series of banknotes which has former President Yahya Jammeh on the front. After a bitter election and international pressure he finally stepped down on 21 January 2017 and has since been succeeded by Adama Barrow

For the new banknotes the Central Bank will adopt a two-step strategy. First it will reprint the previous series, the so-called 'Family Notes', which were in circulation until 2014. These notes showed portraits of a typical Gambian man, woman, boy and girl. These reprints will be entered in circulation from February 2018. 

This temporary measure will buy the Central Bank time to design and produce a completely new series which is scheduled for introduction by the end of 2018. The old notes with the face of Jammeh on them, will be gradually withdrawn from circulation: once they're in (the bank), they don't come out again and are replaced. 

These were the old Family Notes: 


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Ukraine announces commemorative series

The National Bank of Ukraine has announced they have plans to issue a series of commemorative banknotes dedicated to the centenary of the Ukrainian revolution and the introduction of the Ukrainian monetary unit, the hryvnia.

For the design of this series they have some very cool plans I think: they will incorporate the design of several of the banknotes issued between 1917 and 1921. I know countries like Thailand and Taiwan have done something similar in the past which resulted in great looking banknotes.

Perhaps we can see these new banknotes in 2018?

Steven Tuesday 28 November 2017 at 10:19 am | | news | No comments
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Botswana announces first polymer note for 2018

The Bank of Botswana has announced on its Facebook page that from 1 February 2018 a new polymer 10-pula will be issued to the public. This will be the first polymer banknote for Botswana. The Bank states that the change to polymer is due to persistent public concerns regarding the poor quality of the current circulating 10-pula paper banknote.

Update 9-1-2018: pictures of the new note:

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Hungary to introduce redesigned 1,000-forint in 2018

While going over some old news reports I realised that I forgot to post about the new 1,000-forint banknote the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (Central Bank of Hungary) has planned to enter into circulation on 1 March 2018.

The redesigned note resembles the current 1,000-forint banknote but has added design elements and security features. This note is part of a larger plan to redesign all current notes. More information can be found in this beautiful and very informative leaflet.


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Kenya to get new banknote family in Q2 of 2018?

Do you remember the news from Kenya where the Constitution adopted in 2010 prohibits the use of a person’s portrait on banknotes? The Central Bank of Kenya has ever since been struggeling to get the new family of banknotes out. Kenya has had problems with printer De la Rue which led to delays with the issuing of the new currency.

According to this article in the Standard Digital Kenya will finally get its new banknotes and coins by the second quarter of 2018 (in June at the latest). The article however also shows that the dispute with De la Rue hasn't been resolved yet. So let's not bet all our money on June 2018 yet, shall we?

Update 5-1-2018: Did you listen to me? Haven't you been betting on a Q2 introduction? Good! Because as somewhat expected the notes have been delayed even further according to this article. The High Court froze the contract that was awarded to De La Rue for the printing of new banknotes. These notes without portraits of political or historical figures, as mandated by the Kenyan Constitution, will therefore NOT be available by mid 2018...

Update 10-1-2018: Even worse for De la Rue: now the contract has been cancelled altogether. The court "...ordered that all four tenders should be re-evaluated within 14 days. The three other bidders were Giesecke & Devrient of Germany, Sweden’s Crane Currency and Oberthur Fiduciaire of France." Both the Central Bank and De la Rue announced they would appeal the decision.

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Armenia presents concept design for new series

More news from Armenia. The Central Bank of Armenia has released the concept design of the new series which will be issued from 22 November 2018, on the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the national currency. 

These new notes were designed by Edward Kurginyan, Vardan Vardanyan and Suren Simonyan. In the new series we can see that the 100,000-dram note is not present but the Central Bank stated that the current notes will continue to be used. As for the new 2,000-dram note: that one will probably be released earlier than 22 November 2018 because of the high demand for this denomination. 

The faces on the new notes are: 

The concept design looks a lot like a fantasy note but I'm sure the final design will be toned down a bit as it usually is. But to be honest, I actually like the concept design a lot so I hope they won't dial it down too much. 

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Armenia issues commemorative 500-dram note

The Central Bank of Armenia has introduced a new commemorative banknote of 500-dram on 22 November 2017. The note commemorates the Ark of Noah which according to the Bible came to rest upon the mount Ararat in Armenia after the flood. 

The note shows on the front a relic from Noah’s Ark in green-gold Kinegram and the Etchmiadzin Cathedral building (the oldest cathedral in the world), Mount Ararat and a flying dove with an olive branch in it beak (a symbol that the flood was over and land was returning). The back of the note shows again Mount Ararat and some animals and birds with Noah and his family. We can also see a flying eagle in the sky. 

The note measures 140 x 76 mm, is a hybrid composite and was printed by Giesecke & Devrient

Steven Sunday 26 November 2017 at 11:09 pm | | news | No comments

Kazakhstan introduces redesigned 500-tenge banknote

The National Bank of Kazakhstan has announced that a newly designed 500-tenge banknote has been issued to the public from 22 November 2017.

The design of the blue note now looks more like the other banknotes from the current series: on the front is the monument "Kazak Eli" on the right side of the banknote and images of the flying doves in the bottomcenter. The back shows the Caspian Sea and the map of Kazakhstan. Also some birds can be seen flying. 

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North Korea issues commemorative overprint

It seems not only rockets and propaganda are flying out of North Korea but also a new commemorative banknote.

It's actually the same 5,000-won note we already know but it has been overprinted with a text commemorating the first wife of the founder of North Korea Kim-Il SungKim Jong-suk. She is the grandmother of the current leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un and was born in 1917. 

Steven Sunday 19 November 2017 at 11:48 am | | news | No comments