Monday, February 20, 2017

Jane Austen £5 note worth £50,000

 


The Jane Austen portrait. Brits are being urged to check their new fivers after engraved bank notes worth as much as £50,000 were circulated in a Willie Wonka-style 'Golden Ticket' giveaway.

 

An artist who helped mastermind a Willy Wonka-style treasure hunt for four bank notes, worth an estimated £50,000, admits the only still-hidden fiver could be anywhere in the world.

Micro-engraver Graham Short etched Jane Austen's face into the transparent part of the new plastic Bank of England £5 notes.

But true to Roald Dahl's classic tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while three were quickly discovered, no one has yet publicly laid claim to the fourth.

Mr Short's friend and fellow artist, Tony Huggins-Haig, who launched the project, said around 5,000 people have called up falsely claiming to have found it.

 


A picture showing the serial numbers of four new plastic Bank of England £5 notes engraved with a 5mm portrait of author Jane Austen on the transparent part of the notes.

 

"If I can easily change sterling for Euros at the airport, then it could just as easily be anywhere in the world," said Mr Huggins-Haig, who owns a self-titled gallery in Kelso, Roxburghshire.

Mr Short, from Birmingham, etched on a unique serial number and quote onto each note, and in December, quietly spent them in shops in each of the four home nations. The series number of the remaining note is AM32885554.

That same month a woman found the first, and promised to give it to her granddaughter, after Mr Short spent it on a sausage and egg sandwich in a south Wales cafe.

A Scottish student found the second in a Christmas card, and the third was found by an "old lady" after he spent it in a pub named "Charlie's Bar" in Northern Ireland.

She has since donated it back to the gallery and the team want it to be auctioned off for Children in Need.

 


Micro-engraver Graham Short from Birmingham. Brits are being urged to check their new fivers after engraved bank notes worth as much as £50,000 were circulated in a Willie Wonka-style 'Golden Ticket' giveaway.

 

The fourth was spent in the Dickinson & Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, whose employees say they are are clueless over its whereabouts.

"It would be wondrous if someone finds it who is deserving, who is blown away by it, and who wants to do something worthwhile with it," said 53-year-old Mr Huggins-Haig.

"It's been an incredible and humbling story thanks to Graham, who goes to incredible lengths to create artwork.

"It really is a Willy Wonka story, and one day all four stories will be told, of which the first three are incredible."

All of Mr Short's work is insured for at least £50,000, but Mr Huggins-Haig believes the notes could actually sell for up to £100,000.

 

 

Courtesy Peter Walker, The Telelgraph News February 19, 2017

 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Australia reveals new $10 note

 

The Reserve Bank has revealed the design of the new $10 banknote to be circulated from September 2017.

The $10 banknote celebrates two famous Australian writers, Dame Mary Gilmore and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson.

 

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Poland releases a new 500 Zlotych note

 

Poland releases into circulation a new 500 Złotych note on February 10, 2017.

 

 

 

Front: John III Sobieski (1629-1696), King of Poland 1674-1696

Back: Wilanów Palace in Warsaw; Arms

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bhutan plans to issue a new 100 Ngultrum commemorative banknote

 

Bhutan plans to issue a new 100 Ngultrum banknote in late 2017 to commemorate the First Birth Anniversary of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.

 

 

 

Front: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema; Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck

Back: Mountains; dragon; Watermark: Jigme Singye Wangchuck with electrotype swirl

Mexico issued a new 100 pesos commemorative banknote

 

The Banco de México reportedly issued a new 100 Peso note on February 5, 2017 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the Mexican Constitution.

 

 

 

Front: Venustiano Carranza (1859-1920), Mexico's president 1917-1920 and Luis Manuel Rojas, chairman of Congress

Back: An assembly of congressmen

Friday, February 3, 2017

Zimbabwe has released new 5 Dollar bond notes

 

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has released five dollar bond notes worth fifteen million dollars into the domestic market starting February 2, 2017.

The new note comes two months after the introduction of $2 bond note meant to help solve acute cash shortages in the country.

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Israel unveils new banknotes featuring women

 

The Bank of Israel on Tuesday rolled out its new designs for the 20 and 100 shekel bills, both of which feature portraits of acclaimed Hebrew poetesses.

None of the new Israeli shekel banknotes currently in circulation — which come in denominations of NIS 20, 50, 100 and 200 — feature women. The NIS 10 bill issued in 1985 featured a portrait of former prime minister Golda Meir, until it was removed from circulation in the 1990s.

Meir was also featured on the 10,000 shekel bill prior to the replacement of the shekel with the new Israeli shekel in 1985. Numerous women were featured on the Israeli pound before it was supplanted by the shekel in 1980.

The new NIS 20 note’s design is red and will have an image of Rachel Bluwstein — known in Hebrew as Rachel the poetess — and the back of the bill will contain words from her poem “Kinneret,” known in English as the Sea of Galilee, alongside a picture of the shore of the same lake.

 

 

The new NIS 100 is orange and bears the portrait of Leah Goldberg, one of Israel’s most acclaimed poets and writers, and the back of the bill will have an image of deer with an excerpt from her poem “White Days.”

 

The new NIS 20 and NIS 100 banknotes will join the NIS 50 and NIS 200 bills, which were released in 2014 and 2015, respectively, to complete the release of the third series of notes of the new Israeli shekel.

The NIS 50 note has an image of Shaul Tchernihovsky, a Russian-born Hebrew poet, while the NIS 200 bill has a portrait of Natan Alterman, a Polish-born playwright, poet and journalist who wrote in Hebrew.

Although the Bank of Israel did not provide a date for the release of the new banknotes, it said that both bills will enter circulation by the end of 2017.

 

 

Courtesy Times of Israel February 1, 2017