Sudan issues new 50-pound note

The Central Bank of Sudan has issued a new 50-pound note to combat the many counterfeited bills of the previous issue. 

The new banknote is dated 2018 and the dominant colors are rose and violet blue. The front of the note shows the Central Bank building and three gold bars, with a sailboat in the back. In the top left it has the value "50" printed with optical variable ink that changes from golden to green.

I wonder what the note looks like in reality. The picture below looks like it has been through a few cycles in the washing machine.  

Steven | Sunday 10 June 2018 at 12:03 pm | | news | No comments
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Azerbaijan introduces new 200-manat note

There have been several rumours about bigger denominations in Azerbaijan. None turned put to be true. But now the Central Bank of Azerbaijan has indeed introduced a new denomination of 200 manat. 

The US company Crane Currency won the contest on development of the new currency design. The currency, that incorporates progressive security features, was printed by Giesecke+Devrient

The motif of the new note is the ‘Heydar Aliyev Center’ constructed to the memory of 'National Leader' Heydar Aliyev. The new banknote features the image of the Heydar Aliyev Center, the main exterior and interior design elements, elements of national carpet samples and other national ornaments.

Steven | Sunday 27 May 2018 at 2:03 pm | | news | No comments
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Ulster Bank presents new vertical banknotes

The Ulster Bank has presented its new banknotes of 5 and 10 pound as reported by various sources like The Irish Times.  The new notes will have a design feature unique to currency in Britain and Ireland: they will have a vertical orientation. 

The five pound note features pictures of Strangford Lough and Brent Geese while the ten pound version shows Lough Erne, an Irish hare and Guelder-rose shrubs. The notes also feature culinary delights associated with the north, namely a king scallop and an Ulster Glade potato.

Another remarkable design feature is the little 'tab' on the top of the note. It took me a few takes before I realised it was part of the front of the note and not a partially-cut piece of an image of the back of the note. 

There are people worrying that the notes won't be accepted outside Northern-Ireland but the Ulster Bank stressed all banknotes from the north are legal currency in the UK "and will be able to be used for cash transactions across the UK."

The new notes are expected to be issued into circulation early 2019. 

Steven | Friday 25 May 2018 at 12:41 pm | | news | No comments

Russia issues FIFA World Cup commemorative note

Russian banknote printer Goznak  and the Bank of Russia have presented the commemorative banknote of 100 rubles for the FIFA World Cup 2018. 

From the press release: "The design of the front of the banknote symbolizes a link between generations: a boy is dreaming to repeat the achievements of great football players like Lev Yashin, a goalkeeper whose name is written into the history of the world football.

The back of the note features a stylized image of the globe in the form of a football with a colour image of the territory of Russian Federation outlined on it. Below emphasizing the ball’s movement, there are the names of the cities hosting the playoffs. At the top of the back of the banknote, there are silhouettes of football fans printed in the colours of the Russian flag.

The use of the polymer substrate has made it possible to incorporate visual security features that can be checked from both sides of the banknote thanks to the polymer transparency. For example, a bright holographic image is observed at the top on both sides of the banknote.

Line marks at the edges of the front of the banknote have raised relief and can be identified by touch.

QR-code on the front side of banknote contains a link to the page of the Bank of Russia website with the description of the note’s security features.
The official logotype and emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ become visible under ultraviolet light.

Roughly 20 million notes will be brought into circulation."

I personally think this new note looks amazing!

Steven | Friday 25 May 2018 at 12:25 pm | | news | No comments

Macedonia issues its first polymer banknotes

The Narodne Banka na Republika Makedonia (National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia) has issued two new banknotes of 10 and 50 denarii on 15 May 2018.

"These banknotes were printed on a polymer substrate. They are the first polymer banknotes issued by NBRM. The design of new banknotes is based on paper counterparts in circulation. As of May 15, 2018, new polymeric banknotes in these denominations replaced the paper ones that have been issued since 1996. After May 15, 2018 paper banknotes with denominations of 10 and 50 denarii will disappear from the general circulation and will be exchanged by commercial banks by May 15, 2019. After May 1, 2019, the above-mentioned paper banknotes will be exchanged only in NBRM branches."


Steven | Monday 21 May 2018 at 4:03 pm | | news | No comments
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Bolivia issues first note of new family

The Banco Central de Bolivia has introduced the first banknote of the new family of notes on 10 April 2018 (for some reason I completely forgot to write about this). 

On the front we see: José Santos Vargas, "El Tambor Vargas", a guerrilla who fought in the War of Independence; Apiaguaiki Tüpa, leader of the Guarani who fought against the subjugation of the lands of his people and Eustaquio Méndez, "El Moto Méndez", who also fought in the struggle for the independence of Bolivia.

Additionally, we see Isla del Pescado, located in the Salar de Uyuni, a place that from a distance resembles the figure of a fish; and the Cavern of Umajalanta, located in Torotoro, which is the most extensive and deep of Bolivia. 

Representing the fauna and flora of Boliovia we see images of the Giant Hummingbird, bird of the Andean region
that is characterized by its large size, up to 22 centimeters; and the Puya Raimondi, a plant that exceeds ten meters in height and that blooms only once every 80 years, before dying.

In three months the 20-bolivianos note will follow and so on until all the notes have been issued. The new notes are printed by Oberthur Fiduciare SAS who won the tender last year.

Steven | Monday 21 May 2018 at 3:33 pm | | news | No comments
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Solomon Islands announce commemorative banknote

The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands has announced that it will issue a new commemorative banknote of 40 dollars in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the country's independence. Together with the new banknote a 2-dollar coin will be issued. 

The new note is expected by July 2018 (the country received its independence on 7 July 1978).

Steven | Friday 18 May 2018 at 4:55 pm | | news | No comments

Cambodia issues new 20,000-rial note

The National Bank of Cambodia has issued a new banknote of 20,000 rials at the occasion of the 65th birthday of the King Norodom Sihamoni. 

It measures 155 x 72 mm, the dominant colors are light pink, dark pink and brown. On the front it shows the King . The back shows the Banteay Srei Temple in Siem Reap province.

Steven | Friday 18 May 2018 at 4:24 pm | | news | No comments

Nepal issues new 500-rupees note

The Central Bank of Nepal (Nepal Rastra Bank, NRB) has issued a new 500-rupees note on 25 April 2018. 

 
The front of the note shows the Mount Everest (Chomolungma) left and a watermark of the national flower ‘Rhododendron’ on the right side. There is a signature of Governor Dr. Chiranjibi Nepal in the lower part of the note, and there is date mentioned as V.S.2073 in Nepali in the border.
 
The back of the note shows a tiger and the Bank logo, the text NEPAL RASTRA BANK and RUPEES FIVE HUNDRED written in English. We can also see the date 2016 A.D. A total of 180 million notes have been printed by Perum Peruri from Indonesia. 
 
Image and information courtesy of Shankar Shrestha of www.nuphil.com

Steven | Tuesday 01 May 2018 at 9:15 pm | | news | No comments
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Swaziland changes its name to eSwatini.

The King of Swaziland, Mswati III, has decided to rename the country to eSwatini. The name means: "land of the Swazis". One of the reasons for this move is that the King thinks people confuse his country with Switzerland...

Right. So he changed it to a name which makes people think it's an online country...

It's not yet clear if this means that the banknotes will also get a reprint with the new name on it.

Steven | Monday 23 April 2018 at 5:52 pm | | news | No comments
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Macedonia announces two new polymer notes

The Narodne Banka na Republika Makedonia (National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia) will issue two new polymer notes of 10- and 50-denari from 15 May 2018.

The current paper notes of the same denominations will cease to be legal tender from 15 May and can be exchanged at any commercial bank until 15 May 2019. 

On 2 May 2015 banknotes of 100-denari will also be issued with the date "May 2018" on it. This will most likely be a modified type of the current note and not a new note.

Steven | Thursday 12 April 2018 at 06:43 am | | news | No comments
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Bolivia presents new 10-bolivianos note

The Banco Central de Bolivia has announced that the first note of the new family of banknotes will be issued in April 2018. The first note will be the 10 bolivianos which will be blue. On the front we will see: Gregoria ApazaEsteban Arze and Fuerte Samaipata. And on the back: a Lucachi monkey, the Arco Iris waterfall and a Parajubaea torallyi palm.

Three months later the 20-bolivianos note will follow and so on until all the notes have been issued. The new notes will be printed by Oberthur Fiduciare SAS who won the tender last year.

Update: here are the pictures of the new 10-bolivianos note.

Steven | Thursday 12 April 2018 at 06:40 am | | news | No comments