Poland announces 20-zlotych commemorative note

The Narodowi Bank Polski (National Bank of Poland) will start selling a new 20-zlotych commemorative note from 11 August 2020. The note commemorates the Battle of Warsaw. The Battle of Warsaw was a decisive episode of the war against the Bolsheviks. 

The front of the banknote depicts Józef Pilsudski. The skyline of Warsaw is visible in the background. The back of the note presents the central fragment of Jerzy Kossak’s painting "The Miracle on the Vistula" under the Polish national colours. It depicts a symbolic scene of chaplain Ignacy Skorupka leading soldiers of the volunteer military formations to attack. 

To be honest, I think the design is pretty ugly and the note as a whole a monstrosity. But that's just my opinion. 

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Steven | Thursday 06 August 2020 at 8:26 pm | | news | No comments
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Brazil announces new denomination

The Banco Central do Brasil has annnounced that a new denomination will be issued in August 2020. This new 200-reals note will have an image of a maned wolf on it but the final design hasn't been revealed yet. 

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Costa Rica announces new polymer notes

The Banco Central de Costa Rica has announced that three denominations will get a polymer version in the coming months. The 2,000-, 5,000-, and 20,000-colon notes will go first, and the 10,000-colon notes will follow at a later (unspecified) date. 



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Two banks in Northern Ireland introduce new 20's

Two Northern Ireland banks have announced two new polymer 20-pound notes. The Danske Bank and Bank of Ireland have both issued press releases. 

The Bank of Ireland states: "The new £20 note will retain the iconic image of The Old Bushmills Distillery, in County Antrim, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.

The note will also include enhanced security features, including a holographic stripe and a clear window which can be seen from both the front and back of the note. As part of the security feature, the note will also include a shiny, iridescent area of ink which changes colour as you tilt it.

In addition to security elements, the £20 polymer note will incorporate a tactile feature with three arrangements of four dots in a square formation, enabling physical identification for the visually impaired.

The £20 polymer note features Bank of Ireland Group Chief Executive Officer Francesca McDonagh as the signatory."

About the Danske Bank 20-pound notes: "The introduction of the new £20 polymer note on July 20, is a natural follow on from the £10 polymer note Danske Bank launched in February 2019.

It will be slightly smaller than the paper version but will have a similar design and will still feature a portrait of Co Down born inventor Harry Ferguson.

There will be subtle colour and feature upgrades including a see-through section, holographic foil and a tactile feature to help blind and partially-sighted people identify the value."

The third Northern Ireland bank, Ulster Bank, also scheduled a new 20-pound note. However, the issue has been delayed. On the old design the statement was printed: "Ulster Bank Limited / promise to pay the bearer on demand … at Head Office Belfast / For Ulster Bank Limited." On 14 February 2020, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, which includes the Ulster Bank, was renamed NatWest Group. Because of this the legal statement will have to be changed to "National Westminster Bank Plc, / trading as Ulster Bank, promise / to pay to bearer on demand … at Belfast." A new issue date hasn't been announced yet (source).

Steven | Friday 31 July 2020 at 7:18 pm | | news | No comments
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Two banks in Northern Ireland introduce new 20's

Two Northern Ireland banks have announced two new polymer 20-pound notes. The Danske Bank and Bank of Ireland have both issued press releases. 

The Bank of Ireland states: "The new £20 note will retain the iconic image of The Old Bushmills Distillery, in County Antrim, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.

The note will also include enhanced security features, including a holographic stripe and a clear window which can be seen from both the front and back of the note. As part of the security feature, the note will also include a shiny, iridescent area of ink which changes colour as you tilt it.

In addition to security elements, the £20 polymer note will incorporate a tactile feature with three arrangements of four dots in a square formation, enabling physical identification for the visually impaired.

The £20 polymer note features Bank of Ireland Group Chief Executive Officer Francesca McDonagh as the signatory."

About the Danske Bank 20-pound notes: "The introduction of the new £20 polymer note on July 20, is a natural follow on from the £10 polymer note Danske Bank launched in February 2019.

It will be slightly smaller than the paper version but will have a similar design and will still feature a portrait of Co Down born inventor Harry Ferguson.

There will be subtle colour and feature upgrades including a see-through section, holographic foil and a tactile feature to help blind and partially-sighted people identify the value."

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Oman issues 50-rials commemorative note

The Central Bank of Oman has issued a new 50-rials banknote to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the rise of the Modern Omani Renaissance and in commemoration of the memory of its founder, the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taymur who died 10 January 2020. 

This will be the first note in the sixth series and will begin circulating as legal tender in July, followed by all other denominations during the last quarter of 2020. The front of the note shows a portrait of the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said and his reign period: 1970 - 2020. Also depicted is the façade of the Central Bank of Oman building. The back of the note shows the the following buildings: the Council of Oman, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Finance.

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China issues new 5-yuan note

The People's Bank of China has has issued a new 5-yuan banknote on 8 July 2020. The new note has enhanced security features, including the denomination "5" in SPARK.

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The Euro gets a new signature

The euro banknotes get a new signature from the new ECB President Christine Lagarde. This will be the 4th signature on the banknotes of the Eurozone since the introduction of the euro notes. 

Below an example of the new signature and at the bottom the previous three signatures from Duisenberg, Trichet and Draghi. 


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Angola presents new series of banknotes

The Banco Nacional de Angola (BNA) has presented the new series of banknotes whgich will be issued in 2020. The new notes feature a portrait of Agostinho Neto, the first president of Angola. The new family of notes commemorates the 45th anniversary of independence. 

The back of all the notes show natural wonders from Angola. On 30 July the first banknote will be issued which is the 200-kwanzas note. In September there will be the 500-kwanzas note, in October the 1,000-kwanzas note and in November the 2,000-kwanzas note. will enter into circulation. These first 4 notes will be made of polymer. The new 5,000-Kwanzas banknote will be made from cotton and will be available from January 2021.





Steven | Thursday 30 July 2020 at 08:40 am | | news | No comments
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Myanmar announces new series of banknotes

The Central Bank of Myanmar will issue new banknotes featuring the image of General Aung San. Myanmar reintroduced the image of Aung San on the 1,000-kyat banknotes earlier this year after a three-decade pause.

From the article: "Banknotes showing the father of State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi were first printed in 1958, 10 years after he was assassinated along with eight colleagues.

But the notes were gradually removed from circulation amid the rising popularity of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as leader of the pro-democracy movement following the 1988 student uprising.

In the 1990s, the government began to print notes displaying pictures of lions. In 2009, an elephant was added to the 5,000-kyat note and in 2012, one was added to the 10,000-kyat note as well."

There is no issue date mentioned yet.

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Sudan announces new 200-pounds note

The Central Bank of Sudan has announced that in the next couple of days, a new 200-pounds note will be issued. 

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Dominican Republic issues revised 500-pesos note

The Central Bank of the Dominican Republic has issued a new version of its 500-pesos banknote on 1 June 2020. The main difference with preceding issues is the new bank logo on the front of the note (top right). 

"In the upper right part of the main face, where the busts of Doña Salomé Ureña de Henríquez and Don Pedro Henríquez Ureña appear, the isotype or visual symbol of the BCRD is integrated, accompanied by the value of the denomination in numerical characters in vertical arrangement.

In addition, the isotype or visual symbol is printed with optically variable magnetic ink, which changes color from gold to green, and has a drop effect, giving the sensation of undulating sand.
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Bulgaria issues revised 10-levs banknote

The Bulgarian National Bank has issued a modified banknote of 10-levs on 12 June 2020.  The note is part of the new modified series of banknotes.

Тhe overall design and the main elements of the revised banknote series feature no significant changes as compared with the banknotes already in circulation. The changes are related to the introduction of new security features, and for the 10-levs banknote they are as follows:

  • Additional mark for visually impaired people – two thick and eight thin lines at an angle along the short sides of the banknote.
  • Hologram stripe with optical effects – images of the earth globe, a telescope, and a planet, alternating when the banknote is tilted; a coloured hologram portrait of Dr. Petar Beron; images of a ‘crowned lion rampant’ with a dynamic effect and a 3D image of the number 10.
  • Security thread – built into the paper and partially appearing on the reverse, with a repeating light-coloured text ‘БНБ 10’ (BNB 10) and a diagonal dynamic optical effect, shifting its colour from golden to green. The repeating text ‘БНБ 10’ is visible on the obverse when the banknote is held up to the light.
  • High resolution watermark – seen when the banknote is held up to the light. It represents a high resolution half-tone portrait of Dr. Petar Beron. The image is also visible on the reverse of the banknote.

The previous issued of the 10-levs banknote, issues 1999 and 2008, will remain in circulation along with the new issue dated 2020.

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Argentina announces new 5,000-pesos note.

The Sociedad de Estado Casa de Moneda de la Nacion has begun production of a new 5,000-pesos banknote for the Banco Central de la República Argentina. The new banknote coud be issued in the next few months. 

The front of the note shows Ramón Carrillo, the Prime Minister of Health of Juan Perón. The woman on his side is Cecilia Grierson, the first Argentine doctor. The back of the new note depicts the Malbrán Institute. This institute is currently battling against the Corona virus in Argentina. 

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Zimbabwe issues new 10- and 20-dollar notes

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has issued new banknotes of 10- and 20-dollar on 14 May 2020. The 10-dollar note has entered circulation on 19 May 2020 and the 20-dollar note will follow in the first week of June 2020. Both banknotes are made of a hybrid composit material and measure 155 x 66 mm in size.  

The 10-dollar note shows the usual Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth on the front and the New Reserve Bank Tower in and some Cape buffalo on the back:

The 20-dollar note has the same Chiremba balancing rocks in Epworth on the front. The back shows an elephant and the Victoria Falls:

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Parliament of Iran approves redenomination of rial

The Iranian parliament has voted for a government monetary reform bill which will change the country's currency name and drop four zeros from banknotes, Radio Farda reports.

"Under the new law, which will come into effect after the final approval of the Guardian Council, the national currency unit will change from the rial to the toman with 10,000 rials of today being equal to one toman in the new currency. (...) The rial will completely be scraped and the toman will be revalued to equal 100 parsehs. The old coins and bills will remain credible alongside the new toman notes during a transition period of two years after which all financial transactions will solely be made in toman. (...) Although the rial has been the sole currency unit used in Iran since decimalisation in 1932, the toman has been used informally to mean 10 rials. People commonly express amounts of money and prices of commodities in tomans rather than rials. The parseh, however, is a completely new currency unit chosen in a national vote for the naming taken by the CBI [Central Bank of Iran, sb]. "

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Tunisia issues new 10-dinar banknote

The Central Bank of Tunisia has issued a new banknote of 10 dinar on 27 March 2020.

The blue note features the image of Doctor Tawhida Ben Cheikh (1909-2010). The back of the note shows pottery objects and Berber jewelry. 

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Banknote of the Year 2019

The voting has ended and the Banknote of the Year 2019 has been chosen by the members of the IBNS. The winner is... the 100-florin note from Aruba! A well deserved winner in my opinion because the note looks beautiful. As does the rest of the new series by the way. 

Enjoy: 

Steven | Monday 06 April 2020 at 08:29 am | | news | One comment

Belarus issues improved 20- and 50-ruble banknotes

The National Bank of the Republic of Belarus announced the issue of improved 20- and 50-rubles banknotes. The new notes have been issued from 23 March 2020. 

The security features of the updated banknotes are enhanced by an additional watermark and a wider security thread. The banknote of 50 rubles also includes images with an optically variable effect. Other changes from the existing design:

  • The text "Старшыня Праўлення" and signatures are removed.
  • The images of architectural constructions on the front of banknotes are brought in line with the actual appearance of the objects and their names are displayed.
  • The year of issue has been changed to "2020" from "2009".
  • The text "ПЯЦЬДЗЕСЯТ" on the 50-ruble banknote is changed into "ПЯЦЬДЗЯСЯТ".

The new banknotes have been printed by Russian printer Goznak. The old notes of the same denomination will remain legal tender.


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Steven | Sunday 29 March 2020 at 11:02 am | | news | No comments
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Namibia issues commemorative note

The Central Bank of Namibia has issued a commemorative banknote on 21 March 2020. The commemorative occassion is Namibia's 30th independence anniversary.

The note has the uncommon denomination of 30 dollars. The theme of the new polymer note is "3 decades of independence, smooth transition of power between the 3 presidents, peace, stability and progress".  On the front of the note are the faces of the 3 presidents:

  • The founding president H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma
  • Former president H.E. Dr. Hifikepunye Pohamba
  • Current president H.E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob

The faces are printed with raised ink. Other features include:

  • Transparent dynamic-effect between the diamond-shaped window and the value of 30 with gold ink.
  • Six clusters of raised dots in the top right corner which helps visually impaired and partially sighted people to identify the value of the note, similar with current banknotes. 
  • At the back of the note there is a see-through window dpicting the Black Namibian Rhino. 

 More info on the security features can be found in this PDF which also provided the images below:

And a video presentation:

Steven | Sunday 29 March 2020 at 10:41 am | | news | No comments
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