Guyana issues updated 1,000-dollars note

The Bank of Guyana has issued an updated version of their 1,000-dollars banknote. The new note has two distinctive changes:

"The first change is the replacement of the holographic stripe at the front of the note with a RAPID® micro-optic security feature. The six millimetre-wide, blue micro-optic feature displays fluid and highly visible movement behind the national flower – the Victoria Regia Lily, which is also represented in the print on the edges of the note. With only a slight tilt of the banknote, the BoG added, the bands in the RAPID feature move up and down behind the static numerals "1000" as the flower petals shimmer in blue and white.

Meanwhile, the second change is the replacement of the windowed security thread at the back of the currency note with an embedded plastic thread, which is visible when held against the light."

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Northern Ireland: new issue of 5- and 10-pound notes

It was already announced that two Northern Ireland banks would make a switch to polymer £5 and £10 notes. The new Danske Bank and Bank of Ireland currency has entered circulation in February 2019. 

Danske Bank's new £10 polymer note is similar in design to the previous paper note, bearing a portrait of inventor John Dunlop. The Bank of Ireland has also issued new £5 and £10 notes, with the polymer versions retaining the image of Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim.

source - www.mriguide.com

The Ulster Bank has issued also two new banknotes of 5 and 10 pound made of polymer. I think they look very pretty and to me they're definitely the best looking banknotes of the lot. 

Steven Sunday 03 March 2019 at 5:36 pm | | news | No comments

Australia announces new 20-dollar for October 2019

The Reserve Bank of Australia has presented the new 20-dollar banknote which will be introduced in October 2019. From the press release: "As with the existing banknote, the new $20 features portraits of Mary Reibey and Reverend John Flynn.

Governor Philip Lowe said: 'The new $20 banknote continues to celebrate the lives of two outstanding Australians. Their stories are told through the images we have incorporated on the banknote, which provide a rich and diverse narrative about their life in Australia.'

Mary Reibey arrived in Australia as a convict, but soon broke out of rigidly defined social norms to earn a reputation as an astute and successful businesswoman running her shipping and trading enterprises. She also became known for her support of charity, religion and education. Reibey's story is illustrated on the new $20 banknote through an image of a Port Jackson schooner in Sydney Cove in the early 1800s, similar to the type owned by Mary Reibey. Beside it is a traditional Eora nowie (canoe). Aboriginal women fishing from these vessels were a common sight on the harbour in Reibey's time.

John Flynn pioneered the world's first aerial medical service in 1928, now known as the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), to spread a ‘mantle of safety’ across 7.65 million square kilometres of outback. Today, it remains the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical emergency and healthcare service in the world. His stories are told through a RFDS De Havilland aircraft leaving a remote Broken Hill homestead in 1948 and a pedal-powered transceiver used by the service to improve communication in remote areas.

The Governor also said of the new banknote: ‘Improved security and ease of recognition are important characteristics of the new $20 banknote. The same innovative security features from the previously released $5, $10 and $50 banknotes have been incorporated to help keep them secure from counterfeiting.’

These features include a top-to-bottom clear window that contains dynamic elements, including a flying kookaburra that moves its wings and changes colour, and a reversing number ‘20’. There is also a patch with a rolling-colour effect and microprint featuring excerpts from Flynn's book The Bushman's Companion and the names of Reibey's ships. As with the $5, $10 and $50, the new banknote includes representations of a wattle and a native bird. The $20 features Acacia buxifolia and a Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).

The Reserve Bank continues to work closely with banknote equipment manufacturers and retailers to help them prepare ATMs and other banknote authenticating machines to handle the new $20 banknote. This has included the distribution of test notes to allow manufacturers and owners of these machines to update their equipment. The design is being released today to facilitate this ongoing work with the industry as well as staff training to ensure a smooth transition when the banknotes are released later this year.

The new banknotes also has a ‘tactile’ feature to help people who are blind or who have low vision to distinguish between different denominations of banknotes. On the $20 banknote, this is three raised bumps on each of the long edges of the banknote.

Existing $20 banknotes can continue to be used, as all previously issued banknotes remain legal tender. It is expected that the $100 banknote will be released next year.

Full details of the design and security features on the new $20 banknote, and other denominations, are available on the Bank's website at banknotes.rba.gov.au."

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Libya issues new commemorative 1-dinar note

The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) has issued a commemorative banknote of 1 dinar on 18 February 2019. The note commemorates the 8th Anniversary of the February Revolution. The new note is made of polymer. 

Remarkable that they issue a new commemorative note when the country is still very much in ruins with even rival governments. 

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Uzbekistan issues new 100,000-som note

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan has issued a new banknote of 100,000 som on 25 February 2019. 

The note has 2019 as its date and is 144 x 78mm in size. On the front we can see a 5 mm wide security thread with a 3D effect. The front also shows the monument of the scholar and astronomer Mirzo Ulugbek. In the center of the note is an image of the solar system printed on optical variable ink. The back shows the Mirzo Ulugbek Observatory in Samarkand. The note shows the map of Uzbekistan in the background with the words “UZBEKISTAN REPUBLIKASI” repeated in microtext.  

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North Macedonia to issue updated notes from 2020

The National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia has announced that all future banknotes will show the new name of the country: Republic of North Macedonia.

Previously known as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia the country recently changed its name to Republic of North Macedonia after years of debate between the Republic and Greece. The National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia will modify its banknotes from 2020 to reflect the change.

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Guinea issues new 20,000-francs note

Finally back from a short vacation in my own country with very nice temperatures for February. Last year we were freezing our hats off but exactly one year later we could sit in the sun in a t-shirt. Ah well, back to our beloved hobby!

The Central Bank of Guinea has issued a new banknote of 20,000 francs in the 2018-series. It is smaller in size than the current circulating (and still legal) 2015-series, and shows two pigeons, to symbolize Guinea’s opening to the world. The new banknotes have a varnish coat to improve their durability. The two mentioned pigeons are printed with an optical effect that produces a dynamic movement and changes its color when tilted. On the back the note shows an improved security stripe which changes from gold to green when tilted.

On 1 March 2019 the Central Bank has also issued new banknotes of 2,000- and 10,000-francs completing the new 2018-series.  The 2,000-francs note shows a Guinean man, with the mount Nimba in the back. 


Images from MRI Guide.

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Guyana announces new 1,000-dollars note

The Bank of Guyana has announced that an improved 1,000-dollars note will be issued next month with two significant changes. 

"These changes are part of the Bank’s commitment to the continuous upgrade of Guyana’s currency notes. The upgraded $1000 note will be released on March 4, 2019, and will circulate alongside the existing notes of the same denomination. The announcement was made by the BoG in an advertisement published in today’s edition of Guyana Times.

According to the Bank, this upgraded currency note kept most of the elements of the previous note with only two significant changes to the front and back of the bill.

The first change is the replacement of the holographic stripe at the front of the note with a RAPID® micro-optic security feature. The six millimetre-wide, blue micro-optic feature displays fluid and highly visible movement behind the national flower – the Victoria Regia Lily, which is also represented in the print on the edges of the note. With only a slight tilt of the banknote, the BoG added, the bands in the RAPID feature move up and down behind the static numerals "1000" as the flower petals shimmer in blue and white.

Meanwhile, the second change is the replacement of the windowed security thread at the back of the currency note with an embedded plastic thread, which is visible when held against the light.

Guyana’s $1000 note was upgraded in 2011 when improved security features were introduced. At the time, the $500 bill was also upgraded. Among the changes made then to both notes were a “holographic stripe” and an upgraded watermark among other features."

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Algeria presents new 500- and 1,000-dinars notes

The Banque d'Algérie has finally presented its new banknotes of 500- and 1,000-dinars which were announced last year. 

The 500-dinars has as its main motif Science and Technology and shows the technological advancement of Algeria over the years. The note shows the satellite AllcomSat1, the world globe and the map of Algeria. The wide holographic band show a portrait of Berber King Amazigh Jughurta. 

The 1,000-dinars note has National Traditions and Customs as its motif and shows the Great Mosque of Algiers. The wide holographic band show the portrait of Prince Abdul Qadir.

The new notes will be issued later this month. 

Update 22-03-2019: Pictures!


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Rwanda introduces new 500- and 1,000-francs notes

The National Bank of Rwanda has issued two new banknotes of 500- and 1,000-francs today. The new notes have modernized security features and are made of more durable material. The main color of the new 500-francs note has changed to brown. 


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Czech Republic issues two commemorative notes

The Czech National Bank has issued two new commemorative banknotes of 100 korun. The first 100-korun note commemorates the 100th anniversary of the currency separation. This occasion is marked with an additional print on the regular 100-korun note.

This first note has been issued on 30 January 2019.

The second commemorative banknote of 100 korun was issued on 31 January 2019. This note was the result of a competition. All in all 15 artists, who submitted a total of 17 graphic designs, participated in the competition. The first prize and recommendation for realization was won by designer Eva Hašková for an excellent artistic level, mastering the specifics of the banknotes, a concise portrait and the beautiful harmony of both sides of the proposed note. The note commemorates the establishment of the Czechoslovak koruna and it's a beauty...

Courtesy of Tomas Majer.

Steven Saturday 02 February 2019 at 2:50 pm | | news | No comments

Sudan issues new 100- and 200-pound note

The Central Bank of Sudan has issued its new 100-pounds banknote. The theme for this note is 'Civilization' and its main color is brown.

The new 200- and 500-pounds notes will be issued later this year. 

Update 5-2-2019: and here's the 200-pound as well!

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