Cuba issues commemorative 500-peso note

In 2013 the Central Bank of Cuba has issued a new 500-peso commemorative note on 15 November 2019. The note commemorates the 500th anniversary of the founding of the capital city of Havana.

On the front of the regular 500-peso note is a logo with the date 16/11/1519 on it. The image on the back is replaced with El Templete and the text EL TEMPLETE (1828) - HAVANA FOUNDATION SITE (1519).

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Bank of Scotland reveals two versions of 20-pound note

The Bank of Scotland has unveiled two versions of its new 20-pound note. The regular version has the familiar image of Sir Walter Scott on the front and the red Forth Bridge on the back (which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2015).

There is also a commemorative version which has the same front, but the Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth on the back. "Measuring 139 x 73 mm – compared to the current 149 x 80mm – the two notes are slightly smaller than existing paper £20 notes in circulation but are consistent with a new size to be issued by the Bank of England and other UK banks in 2020." This special issue can also be recognized by its serial number which has QF and QC as prefix.

Both notes will be printed by De La Rue on polymer (Guardian) substrate. The notes are expected to enter circulation early 2020. 

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Cambodia issues 15,000-riels commemorative note

The National Bank of Cambodia has issued a new commemorative note with the unusual denomination of 15,000 riels. The note commemorates the 15th anniversary of the coronation of the King Norodom Sihamoni.

The note has its main colors purple, lavender and blue. The front shows a portrait of King Norodom Sihamoni. The back of the note depicts a picture taken with his parents (former King Norodom Sihanouk and former Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk) which has been used on more banknotes.

At the bottom on the back of the note, it reads: "Congratulations the 15th Anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneth NORODOM SIHAMONI (29 October 2004 - 29 October 2019".

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Ukraine issues new 1,000-hryvnia banknote

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued a new 1,000-hryvnia banknote on 25 October 2019. The new note shows an image of Volodymyr Vernadsky on the front. "Volodymyr Vernadskyi, one of Ukraine’s most famous scientists, was one of the few polymaths of the last century, both a thinker and a natural scientist."

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Bulgaria announces modified 50-lev banknote

The Bulgarian National Bank has announced that a modified 50-lev banknote will be issued from 1 November 2019. 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. Changes in the banknotes of the new series stem mainly from the introduction of new security features.

Some of the new safety features:

  • An additional sign for the blind: it consists of four thick and seven thin lines, angled at both short sides of the banknote.
  • Holographic band with optical effects: alternating images of a bird and Icarus alternate when the viewing angle changes; color hologram portrait of Pencho Slaveikov; a book that changes color from golden to green when the viewing angle changes; a dynamic flame effect with a change in color from golden to green as the viewing angle changes and a 3D image of the number 50.
  • Optical Effect Ink: the number 50 is printed with a color-changing, dynamic flame ink that changes from golden to green when the viewing angle is changed.
  • Security thread: embedded in the paper and partially protruding from the reverse with a light repeating text "BNB 50" and a dynamic flame effect changing its color from golden to green. The image of the repeated text "BNB 50" can be read from the front when the banknote is placed against a light source.
  • High resolution watermark: can be observed when holding the banknote against a light source. It consists of a high resolution halftone image of Pencho Slaveikov's portrait. The images can also be observed on the back of the banknote.

Update 7-11-2019: the new note has been issued.

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Bank of England unveils design of new 20-pound note

The Bank of England has unveiled what the new 20-pound note will look like with a press release on 10 October 2019. The new note has painter J.M.W. Turner as its subject. 

Features on the new £20 note include:

  • A large see-through window with a blue and gold foil on the front depicting Margate lighthouse and Turner Contemporary. The foil is silver on the back. The shape of the large window is based on the shape of the fountains in Trafalgar Square.
  • A smaller see-through window in the bottom corner of the note, inspired by Tintern Abbey.
  • JMW Turner’s self-portrait, painted c. 1799 and currently on display in 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 painting is currently on display in the National Gallery and was voted the nation’s favourite painting in a 2005 poll run by BBC Radio 4.
  • A metallic hologram which changes between the word 'Twenty' and 'Pounds' when the note is tilted.
  • The Queen's portrait in the see-through window with '£20 Bank of England' printed twice around the edge.
  • A silver foil patch with a 3D image of the coronation crown.
  • A purple foil patch containing the letter 'T' and based on the staircase at the Tate Britain.
  • A quote "Light is therefore colour" from an 1818 lecture by Turner referring to the 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.

A special website has been launched with even more details about this beautiful new banknote: The new banknote will enter circulation from 20 February 2020. 

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Poland announces 19-zlotych commemorative note

The Narodowi Bank Polski (National Bank of Poland) will issue a new commemorative banknote from 2 October 2019. The new note will have the peculiar denomination of 19-zlotych. The note commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Polish Security Printing Works.

"The front side of the banknote carries a portrait of Ignacy Jan Pa - derewski, and a stylized image of the Order of the White Eagle is presented next to the inscription "niepodległa" ("independent"). This inscription, reproduced from Józef Piłsudski’s manuscript, serves as the logo of the official celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Po - land regaining independence. A special kind of latent image developed by PWPW, known as Umbra4Note, is incorporated into the image of a laurel branch symbolizing brotherhood and victory.

The back side of the banknote carries the image of the PWPW building, presented against the backdrop of a panoramic view of contemporary Warsaw. Next to the image, there is the PWPW logo printed in the SPARK Live technology and an iridescent stripe, also visible under UV light, in the form of the number "19" and the abbreviation "NBP", repeated alternately."

A total of 55,000 notes will be issued. 

Update 26-10-2019: the note has been issued at this moment. 

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Albania presents new series

The Banka e Shqiperise (Bank of Albania) has presented its new banknote series. The new notes look like the existing notes but with a refreshed design and of course updated security features. The new 200-lek note will be made of polymer. 

The schedule for introduction of the new notes is as follows:

  • 200 lek and 5,000 lek: from 30 September 2019
  • 10,000 lek and 1,000 lek: from 2020
  • 2,000 lek from 2021
  • 500 lek from 2022

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Mexico issues new 200-pesos banknote

The Banco de México has issued a new 200-pesos banknote, part of the new family of banknotes announced a year ago. 

Each banknote shows a different period of Mexico’s history, its flora and fauna and areas that have been declared "Natural Patrimony of Humanity" by UNESCO. For the 200-pesos banknote that means it shows the Independence War period, portraits of Miguel Hidalgo and José María Morelos, an eagle, a saguaro cactus, El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar

Courtesy of Todor Minkov.

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Ulster Bank reveals new 20-pound note

The Ulster Bank from Northern Ireland has revealed what the design of the new 20-pound note will look like. After the introduction of the 5- and 10-pound notes earlier this year, this new note is again in vertical format and made of polymer.

Building on the design theme of 'Living in Nature', which was developed by a panel of experts and people from across Northern Ireland, the £20 vertical note focuses on Northern Ireland as a 'dwelling place'. (...)

The twenty pound note will feature street entertainers and their appreciative audience, reflecting local music and culture, as well as tiles, brickwork and patterns inspired by NI’s ubiquitous red-brick tenement buildings. Other elements of the note are drawn from the ornate decoration found on and in famous public buildings, corporate architecture and domestic homes in Derry, Belfast and other cities in Northern Ireland.

The note is also incorporating Derry~Londonderry’s much-loved Hallowe’en celebrations into the security features of the note – under a UV light, skeletons and Leisler’s bat – the largest type of bat in Ireland – can be seen. (...)

In continuity with the bank’s other polymer notes, the note will contain advanced security features. It will feature elements from the natural world, including the Hawthorne flower and a transparent outline of Lough Neagh. The note will also feature its famous eels, a key catch for local fishermen, which spawn in the Sargasso sea before travelling hundreds of miles across rivers, waterfalls and dams and reside in Northern Ireland." (source)

Update 22-01-2020: better pictures:

The new note will be issued early 2020.

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Switzerland ready for new 100-franc banknote

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) will issue the final banknote of its 9th series on 12 September 2019: the 100-franc note. The 100-franc note focuses on Switzerland’s humanitarian tradition, represented by the key motif of water.

As in all the other denominations, the hand and the globe are core design elements on the 100-franc note.

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Morocco announces commemorative 20-dirham note

The central bank of Morocco, Bank Al-Maghrib, has announced it will issue a commemorative 20-dirham note in September 2019. The note celebrates the enthronement of King Mohammed VI 20 years ago.

The front of the polymer note has a vertical orientation with the face of the King on it. The back of the note shows several great projects developed under the rule of the King. For instance: the "Mohammed VI" Bridge, the "NOOR 3" Solar Power Plant, the "Mohammed VI" satellite and the "Al Boraq" High Speed ​​Line.

Update 26-10-2019:  the new note has been issued. Below are better photos and here's a video with more details.

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