Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Cape Verde introduces a new series of banknotes




The Bank of Cape Verde issues new 200 and 1000 Escudos banknotes on December 23, 2014. On the same day the bank also launched a new 2000 Escudos banknote. The new series honors Cape Verdean figures in the fields of literature, music, and politics. The 200-escudo note is printed on polymer, whereas the other denominations are on paper.

The 200 escudos note features the doctor and Cape Verdean writer Henrique Teixeira de Sousa, as well as his native island, Fogo.

The 1000 escudos note features the composer and Cape Verdean musician, Gregório Vaz "code di Dona" and also exalt the music genre funaná.

The 2000 escudos note features the singer Cesaria Evora and Morna music genre.

In January 2015, one of the founders of the literary movement "Clarity", Jorge Barbosa and his island, Santiago will be honored with the note of 500 escudos. The first president of the Republic of Cape Verde, Aristides Maria Pereira, who as well as his native island, Boa Vista, will be honored with the 5000 escudos note.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Crimean winemakers ask Russia for celebratory banknote

A design of the banknote, published by Legends of Crimea.

The group of producers known as Legends of Crimea has written to the head of Russia's central bank, Elvira Nabiullina, to ask her to create a 200-ruble note bearing a landscape view of Crimean vineyards. Two hundred rubles is around £2.

The move comes less than a week after the bank said it would release a special 100-ruble note to celebrate Russia's annexation of Crimea. It has reportedly released special 10 ruble coins already.

According to the Legends of Crimea website, its general director, Mikhail Shtyrlin, said a 200-ruble note adorned by vines would 'raise the patriotic spirit of society and draw attention to Crimea as a centre of winemaking'.

Shtyrlin is also vice-president of the Russian winemakers' union. The Legends of Crimea cited Russian news publication as saying winemakers spent 1m rubles to design the 200-ruble notes.

In October, Russia's government said it would invest up to €250m to help Crimean wineries to expand and grow sales.

Last week, a Russian government spokesperson told that president Vladimir Putin would consider a call by politicians in the state parliament, the Duma, to ban imports of French wine. Relations between Russia and western powers have worsened in the wake of the political crisis in Ukraine and Russia's subsequent move to annex Crimea.

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Kazakhstan issues new 1000 Tenge bill


The Central Bank of Kazakhstan has issued a new 1000 tenge bill, Tengrinews reports citing a representative of the bank.

The new bill was put into circulation on December 12. “The banknote has already been put into circulation. It will be used alongside the old banknotes issued in 2006,” the representative of the Central Bank said.

The 1000 tenge bill is part of the bank's Samruk series. There are two SPARK protection elements on the new banknote. This, according to the Central Bank representative, did not change the design of the banknote. The banknote features the signature of the Head of the Central Bank of Kazakhstan Kairat Kelimbetov.

Answering a question why a lot of banknotes had been issued lately, the Central Bank of Kazakhstan explained that they had been issuing commemorative banknotes only. The Bank representative said that counterfeit notes were a rarity in Kazakhstan - one counterfeit note in one million tenge notes. In comparison, Russia has 10 to 15 counterfeit notes in one million rubles, while Europe has around 25 counterfeit notes per a million.

2000 tenge note is the most counterfeited note in Kazakhstan, he said. In Europe, € 50 is the most counterfeited note and $20 is most falsified bill in the United States.

Article courtesy Gyuzel Kamalova, Tengri News

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mauritania issued a new 1000 Ouguiya polymer banknote

The Central Bank of Mauritania announced on December 4, 2014 that it has issued a new 1000 Ouguiya banknote printed on Guardian® polymer substrate. The polymer note is similar in design to previous paper issue but smaller, making it easier to handle. Both notes will circulate in parallel.