Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Two Dollar Bill Space Travelers

Astronauts, ground support crews, and even a few cosmonauts, have sometimes carried or sent U.S. $2 bills into the deep, black void of space during many historic missions that span manned spaceflight history.

They took or sent these bills home as mementos, good luck charms, or simply favors for family or friends.

This 1953 Series A $2 bill, serial number A60730193A, is hand signed by Lt. Col. John Glenn, his backup pilot, mission capsule communicator and fellow Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter, and Joe Trammel, the launch crew member who placed the bill in the capsule and wrote "Good Luck, John" on it before the flight.

This series 1953 bill, with serial number A10241591A, was first taken into orbit by Gene Cernan on Gemini 9A as a favor to his father, who made the habit of carrying this bill with him in his wallet for good luck. Gene’s father died in January of 1967, before he could return the bill to him. In memory and in tribute to his father, Gene later flew the bill into lunar orbit on Apollo 10, coming within just 8.4 miles of landing on the lunar surface. He also took it with him on the historic Apollo 17 mission, the last lunar landing of the Apollo program – and the bill made its way to the lunar surface, traveling with Gene and Harrison Schmitt in the spacecraft Antares to the Taurus Littrow Valley. It is the only such bill flown on each of these flights, and the only known bill of any denomination flown on three separate space missions. It is one of the few rare space artifacts in private hands to have achieved low Earth orbit, lunar orbit, and to have landed on the lunar surface. Additionally, the bill was exposed to the vacuum of space twice – once during the EVA of Gemini 9A, and again during the trans-Earth EVA of Ron Evans during the return trip of Apollo 17. Finally, the Apollo 10 mission holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the fastest speed attained by a manned vehicle at 24,791 miles per hour – making this bill the only such bill to ever experience such a high rate of speed. As such, it is the rarest and most significant space flown bill of any denomination in existence.

Many of these $2 bills, some with signatures of the astronauts, are on display at the Jefferson Space Museum

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thailand issues 100 Baht Commemorative Banknote for the King's 84th Birthday

The Bank of Thailand will issue a Commemorative Banknote on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King's 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 5th December 2011.

Front: The portrait of HM the King over the background pattern printed with metallic gold ink . The silver foil bearing the inscription of HM the King’s initials “Bhor Por Ror”, the royal crest commemoration the 7th cycle birthday anniversary of HM the King on December 5,2011 the royal garuda emblem, and the Thai design.

Back: The portrait of HM the King during his visit to Mae Roem Reservoir Project under the royal initiative of HM the King. The other elements, The royal activities are demonstrated by the image of the King visiting the Thai people to ease suffering and bring happiness to them and the image of the King planting an experimental plot of vetiver grass, which signifies his contribution to the soil conservation. The images of Kwai Noi Bamrung Daen Dam in Phitsanulok Province and Chaipattana Low Speed Surface Aerator represent the royal activities regarding water resource development and management.

Size: 164x84mm

Notification Date: June 24, 2011

Issue Date: December 2, 2011

Courtesy of cleo phas

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Poland to Issue 20 Zlotych Marie Curie Commemorative

The Polish National Bank will issue a 20 Zlotych banknote on December 9, 2011 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Marie Skłodowska-Curie's Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Front: Marie Skłodowska-Curie and a view of the building of the Sorbonne in Paris

Back: The image of the medal awarded to Nobel Prize winners, a quotation from Marie Skłodowska-Curie's comment on radium and a view of the Radium Institute in Warsaw

Pictures courtesy of Claudio Marana

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tunisia Issued Two New Notes for 2011: 20 Dinars and 50 Dinars

The Central Bank of Tunisia had released a new 20 Dinars note last month.
The front of the new note is similar to the preceding issue, but with pinkish red and brown color instead of purple. The back of the note shows an entirely new design.

The new 50 Dinar note to be released tomorrow has a totally different design from previous issues.


Indonesia Issued New 20000, 50000 and 100000 Rupiah Commemorative Notes

Bank Indonesia issued new 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 Rupiah bank notes on October 28, 2011 to commemorate the Youth Pledge Day.

The new notes feature "rainbow printing" which allows several colors to be printed using a single plate in specially modified equipment, resulting in a natural blending of the colors that is difficult to reproduce using commercially available printers.

Oto Iskandar di Nata (1897–1945), Fighter for Indonesia's liberation from Dutch rule, a national hero

Tea harvest

I Gusti Ngurah Rai (1917-1946), an Indonesian National Hero who commanded Indonesian forces in Bali against the Dutch during the Indonesian War of Independence

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan at Lake Beratan

Achmed Sukarno (1909-1970), first President of Indonesia 1945-67

Mohammed Hatta (1902-1980), first Vice President of Indonesia 1945-56

Parliament building, Jakarta