Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thailand to issue commemorative banknotes for late king on September 20, 2017


New commemorative banknotes in remembrance of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be put on circulation from Sept 20, 2017


The colors, sizes, and the portrait on the front side of commemorative banknotes are identical to the 16th series banknotes. The main element on the reverse side of each denomination depicts the acquainted portrait of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej along with the images reflecting the stories over his lifetime as follows:

20-Baht: The early life of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

50-Baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal ceremonies and duties during the early time of his accession to the throne.

100-Baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s kindness through royal duties in rural areas.

500-Baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s wisdom and talents reflected through royal projects.

1000-Baht: The late reign of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the beloved King of Thai people.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Great Britain unveiled new 10 Pound polymer banknote featuring Jane Austin


Bank of England unveiled the design of its new polymer £10 note featuring the world-renowned author, Jane Austen, on the 200th anniversary of her death.




The note will be issued on September 14, 2017. It is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help blind and partially sighted users identify it. This is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

It is expected to last 2.5 times longer than the current paper £10 notes – around five years in total – and stay in better condition during day-to-day use. It joins the Churchill £5 note in the first family of polymer Bank of England banknotes, with a new £20 note featuring the well-known British landscape painter, JMW Turner, set to follow in 2020.

Legal tender status of the paper £10 featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Armenia plans to issue a new series of banknotes in 2018


The Central Bank of Armenia plans to issue a new series of banknotes in 2018 to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Armenian dram celebration.

The new banknotes will be technically more secure and durable. A printer will be chosen through a bidding process. There will be a contest to choose the design for the banknotes.

The current 100,000 drams denomination will be replaced with a new 2,000 drams.

The denominations for the new series are:

1,000 drams featuring Paruyr Sevak, one of the greatest Armenian poets of the 20th Century

2,000 drams featuring Tigran Petrosyan, World Chess Champion 1963-1969

5,000 drams: featuring William Saroyan, Armenian writer

10,000 drams featuring Komitas, Armenian priest and musician

20,000 drams featuring Hovhannes Alvazovsky, an Armenia painter specializing in Marine art

50,000 drams featuring Saint Gregory, the Illuminator


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Madagascar plans to issue a new series of banknotes


Madagascar plans to issue a new series of banknotes with the following denominations: 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 Ariary. The four larger denominations will be issued on July 17, 2017; the four smaller denominations on September 18, 2017. The theme of the series is "Madagascar and its Riches" including economic activities, biodiversity, culture and tourist sites.


The front shows the Ambozontany Cathedral in Fianarantsoa


The front shows the waterfall at the Amber Mountain National Park


The front shows the site of Royal Hill of Ambohimanga in Antananarivo


The front shows the Kamoro Bridge in Boeny


The front shows a lemur and the back a tropical pitcher plant


The front shows a waterfall in Ranomafana National Park and the back a humpback whale


The front shows the Port of Ehoala and the back musical instrument Valiha and wood carvings by the ethnic group Zafimaniry


The front shows the nickel processing plant at Ambatovy and the back vanilla, rice, and lychees

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Brunei and Singapore launch new banknotes marking the 50th Anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement






Brunei and Singapore launch new banknotes to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement. The agreement allows both countries to accept the currency issued by the other, and exchange them at par and without charge, into their own currency.

The front of the Brunei 50 Ringgit features Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; the front of the Singapore 50 Dollars features its first president Yusof Ishak. The back of both notes shares the same design, signifying common values and close cooperation in areas of defense, education and tourism between the two countries.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Rare 200 Year old 100 Pound Derby Bank note discovered



The remarkable black and white £100 bank note, uncovered in a Derby home, is rare because of its high value.

It is dated March 4, 1814, the time of the Napoleonic Wars, and in today's money it would have been worth around £3,500. Although slightly indistinct, it is signed by John Bramley and a stag in the park insignia can be seen in the top left corner.

Derby had some exceptionally successful privately-owned banks in the 19th century, which survived and prospered when many faltered. The Derby Bank was founded in 1806 and flourished for nearly a century until 1902 when it merged with the Union of London and Smiths Banks Ltd.

In 1917, it became the National and Provincial and Union Bank of England Limited, which then became the National Provincial Bank in 1924 before merging to become the National Westminster Bank in 1968, ultimately going on to be known as the NatWest in 1980.

Despite some wear round the edges and minor discolouration, it is in relatively good condition, and considering the Derby Bank was founded in 1806, this bank note was created just eight years after its inception.

Syrian President Bashar Assad will be on the new Syria 2000 Lira bank note


Front: President Bashar Assad Back: People's Council of Syria inside the Parliament Building in Damascus


The Syrian Central Bank announced that a new 2,000 Syrian Lira ($3.9) bank note with the face of President Bashar Assad will go into circulation today. The note is dated 2015.

This is the first time since he took office 17 years ago that his image appears on Syrian banknotes.

Syria's currency has crashed as the country's seven-year-long war rages on. Trading at 47 liras to the dollar in 2011, it's currently going for 517 liras to the dollar.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Georgia unveiled a new design 5 Lari banknote


The National Bank of Georgia unveiled a new design 5 Lari banknote to be released in September, 2017.


Front: Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University building; Ivane Javakhishvili (1876-1940), a Georgian historian and a linguist

Back: Niko Pirosmani's paintings "A Fisherman in a Red Shirt” and “Threshing"; Georgia's coat of arms

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bank of Scotland unveils new £10 polymer note


Bank of Scotland unveils its newly-designed £10 polymer note which will come into circulation in the autumn of 2017.




The new note retains the portrait of the Scottish novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott on the front alongside the image of The Mound, the historic head office of the Bank of Scotland.

All of Bank of Scotland’s notes carry a portrait of Scott, who was a prominent figure in the campaign for Scottish Banks to retain their right to print their own banknotes in 1826.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct remains on reverse of the new note, but now features a steam locomotive hauling a heritage tourist train.

The polymer note, designed by the banknote manufacturer, De La Rue, incorporates the enhanced security features introduced on the polymer £5 note, including the anti-counterfeit “window effect” which will be built into the windows of the image of The Mound, and the “rolling bar” metallic ink which changes color as the note is moved.


Courtesy daily business May 29, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rare National Gold Bank Notes sold in recent auctions


Four exceedingly rare gold notes, all from the Eureka Collection of National Gold Bank Notes, topped Heritage Auctions’ Currency Signature Auction held April 26-May 2 in Chicago. The sale was held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society covention.

All prices cited here include the 17.5 percent buyer’s premium. Total for sale was $8,736,245.


This unique-for-the-bank $50 National Gold Bank Note led all others in Heritage’s
CSNS auction. The rarity from The Farmers National Bank of San Jose, Calif.,
brought $376,000.


Leading the four notes was a unique- for-the-bank Original Series $50 from The Farmers National Gold Bank of San Jose, Calif, Fr. 1161, charter 2158. The PCGS Very Fine 20 note is “one of only seven $50 National Gold Bank Notes listed in the census, and the first one outside of San Francisco.” It brought $376,000.


A $100 Santa Barbara National Gold Bank Note in PCGS Fine 12 went for


Taking a close second was an Original $100 on The First National Gold Bank of Santa Barbara, Calif., Fr. 1164, charter 2104. It was formerly part of the Albert A. Grinnell holdings, having been sold in Barney Bluestone’s March 1945 sale for $225. It is one of only nine $100s from all National Gold Banks combined and the only specimen from Santa Barbara. In PCGS Fine 12, it went for $282,000.

A second Original $100 National Gold Bank Note, this one from The First National Bank of Petaluma, Calif., Fr. 1165, charter 2193, brought $246,750. It is one of two known and the first available to collectors in more than 40 years. It last appeared on the market in 1998 when it went for $25,300. It is graded PCGS Very Good 10.

A unique-for-the-bank Original $100 National Gold Bank Note, Fr. 1166, charter 2266, on The Union National Gold Bank of Oakland, Calif. sold for $235,000. It also traces its pedigree to the Bluestone March 1945 Grinnell sale, which was the last time it was offered at auction prior to this appearance. It was graded PCGS Fine 12.


Courtesy Bank Note Reporter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Maldives unveiled a new 5 Rufiyaa polymer banknote


The Maldives Monetary Authority unveileded a new 5 Rufiyaa polymer banknote. The new note will be released for circulation in July 2017.



Switzerland launched a new 20 Franken banknote


The Swiss National Bank has launched the design of the new 20 Franken banknote. The note will be issued on May 17, 2017. This is the second denomination of the new series issued. The 50 Franken note, issued last year, won the IBNS 2016 Bank Note of the Year award.




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2016 Bank Note of the Year


The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announced that its voting membership has selected Switzerland 50 Franen for the 2016 "Bank Note of the Year Award". With almost 120 new banknotes released worldwide during 2016, over half were of sufficiently new design to be eligible for nomination.

The Switzerland 50 Franc note is the first new design the Swiss National Bank has released in 20 years. Printed by Orell Fussli Security Printing Ltd., this note from the new 9th series features wind and national experiences. Incorporating the latest technological security standards, future notes will depict time, light, water, matter and language. Using three layer substrate Durasafe® technology, the bright green vertical banknote depicts dandelion seeds, a paraglider aloft in the mountains and a strikingly playful human hand. Slightly smaller than U.S. banknotes, this is the first hybrid note to win the coveted IBNS banknote award.




Friday, April 21, 2017

Fiji unveiled a new 7 dollar commemorative banknote


The Reserve Bank of Fiji has unveiled a new 7-dollar banknote commemorating Fiji Rugby sevens gold medal win at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 5-21, 2016. The notes will be issued on April 21, 2017.




Front: Captain Osea Kolinisau with an inset picture of their English coach Ben Ryan

Back: Team posing with their gold medals after the final



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Canada unveiled a new 10 Dollar banknote commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Confederation


The Bank of Canada has unveiled a new commemorative $10 bank note to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation - and it will mark the first time a Canadian woman and an indigenous Canadian have been featured on the country's currency.

It is also just the fourth time in Canada's history that a special, commemorative bank note has been produced.

The new polymer note will be available June 1, 2017 when 40 million go into circulation.



The front of the bill depicts the faces of four federal political figures who helped shape the country: Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George-Etienne Cartier, Agnes Macphail and James Gladstone.

On the back, a range of images capture the country's diverse landscape, including the "Lions" or "Twin Sisters" mountains overlooking Vancouver, a Prairie wheat field, the Canadian Shield in Central Canada, Cape Bonavista on the East Coast and the Northern Lights.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kittens in China 100 Yuan banknote?


Do you see 3 kittens or it's only my imagination? The figure looks like two kneeling kittens with a third gazing with its mouth open in the center. The design appears on each side of Mao Zedong.



A leading banknote and coin expert has denied they are kittens. He said the design of Chinese banknotes adopt advanced anti-forgery technology that is a state secret. The figures in the banknote combine traditional elements and modern cartoon patterns.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Stolen 200-year-old bank note returned 33 years later


The banknote had been missing from the museum's collection since 1984


A 200-year-old bank note stolen from a museum 33 years ago has been returned anonymously after being posted from the Caribbean.

The £1 bank note, from 1819, was stolen from Padstow Museum in Cornwall in 1984.

It has been returned to the museum by airmail without any explanatory note or return address but bearing stamps from St Lucia.

Museum chairman John Buckingham said the tale was "worthy of a TV drama".

"I was very surprised," Mr Buckingham said. "It's just the length of time it's been since it went missing.

"It's a real puzzle. Who's had it all that time?

"It's not hugely valuable, but it's valuable from a local history point of view. I'm just very pleased that the note is back at the museum."

The note had been issued by the Padstow Bank of Thomas Rawlings - a wealthy merchant in the town in the early 1800s, who set up his own bank.

The 1984 museum ledger lists the banknote as "stolen".


Thomas Rawlings lived in the mansion Saunders Hill when the banknote was issued


The former site of Saunders Hill is now home to the Lawn Car Park


The Rawlings family lived in a mansion Saunders Hill, which is where Lawn Car Park is now, close to Padstow Social Club.

"It marked the pinnacle of the Rawlings family fortunes which seem to have collapsed in 1820 when Thomas Rawlings died aged 62," Mr Buckingham said.



Courtesy BBC News 7 March 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Uzbekistan plans to issue a 10,000 Sum note


Uzbekistan plans to issue a 10,000 Sum note on March 10, 2017. The highest denomination currently in circulation is 5000 Sum. The size of the new note is 144 x 78 mm.



Front: Coat of Arms

Back: Uzbek Senate building

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Bank of Ghana plans to issue a 5 Cedi banknote commemorating its 60th anniversary


The Bank of Ghana plans to issue a 5 Cedi banknote commemorating its 60th Anniversary on March 7, 2017.




Front: Dr James Kwegyir Aggrey (1825-1927), intellectual, missionary, and teacher

Back: Seaborne oil-drilling rig

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Iran plans to issue a new design 10,000 Rial banknote


The Central Bank of Iran plans to issue a new design 10,000 Rial banknote in June 2017. The new note is 140 mm X 71 mm, reduced in size from the previous issue.




Front: Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini (1900-1989), spiritual leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution

Back: Tomb of Hafez, Shiraz