Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thailand to issue 100 Baht banknote to commemorate Princess Sirindhorn’s 5th cycle

The new 100-baht commemorative banknotes marking the 5th cycle birthday anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will be in circulation on April 2, the princess's birthday.

Governor of the Bank of Thailand, Mr Prasarn Trairatvorakul, said the issuance of the commemorative banknotes is to pay tribute to the princess for her incomparable contributions to the country.

He said there will be a total of 10 million banknotes in circulation on April 2.

The color and size of the 100-baht commemorative banknote remains unchanged, red color and 150 x 72 mm in size. The image on the front side is identical to the 16th series of 100-Baht banknote.

The reverse side depicts the portrait of the princess and the scene of royal duties of Their Majesties the King and Queen. The special yellow-colored ink printed on the portrait of the princess and the surrounding area will be fluoresced into yellow when viewing under ultraviolet light.

The new 100-baht banknote can be exchanged at any commercial banks, the Government Savings Bank, the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, the Government Housing Bank, and the Islamic Bank of Thailand from April 2.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Malaysia 100 Ringgit note with fancy serial number sold for 76,000 Ringgit


A note similar to the one shown above but with serial number AA8888888 was sold at a recent auction in Malaysia for RM 76,000, about USD 20,470. The face value of RM 100 is only about USD 27

The number eight is a homophone for the word “prosperity” in Chinese, hence its popularity. Twin prefixes and solid numbers are the most sort after by collectors.

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Argentine Money Honors Plaza de Mayo Human Rights Activists

The new 100 peso bill pays tribute to the mothers and grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo who stood up to the the country’s military dictatorship.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez revealed the country’s new 100 peso bill Thursday, paying tribute to the mothers and grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

The new monetary notes were unveiled during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, the site where the activists marched in defiance of the military dictatorship, demanding to know the whereabouts of their disappeared children.

“This is a tribute we want to do that comes from the nation,” said President Fernandez during a broadcast of the ceremony.

The notes feature on one side a profile image of a member of the mothers of the Plaze de Mayo wearing the characteristic white scarf over her head. The other side has an image of a march at the plaza in front of the presidential palace.

The mothers and grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo are highly regarded in Argentina for their bravery and resilience. Human rights groups estimate 30,000 people were forcibly disappeared by the military dictatorship, which lasted from 1976 to 1983. The children born to those in detention were stolen from their birth parents and given to wealthy families that supported the military regime.

The grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo have reunited 116 people with their birth parents, including the grandson of the founder of the group, Estela de Carlotto.

This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/New-Argentine-Money-Honors-Plaza-de-Mayo-Human-Rights-Activists-20150327-0004.html.

A Woman to replace Andrew Jackson on U. S. $20 bills?

A campaign to put a woman on an American banknote in 2020 on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.

The plan calls for Andrew Jackson, a president maligned for his treatment of Native Americans, to be removed from the $20 bill. A shortlist of 15 women to replace him has been drawn up, and a final nominee will be voted for by the public online, on womenon20s.org, before President Obama is asked to make the change.

The Candidates

From left to right:
ALICE PAUL (1885 - 1977), her 10-year campaign led to women's right to vote.
BETTY FRIEDAN (1921 - 2006), her book, The Feminine Mystique, is credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism.
SHIRLEY CHISHOLM (1924 - 2005), first African-American woman elected to Congress and first majority-party black candidate for U.S. President.

From left to right:
SOJOURNER TRUTH (C.1797 - 1883), born into slavery and escaped into freedom, illiterate, she traveled widely, speaking for abolition and women's rights.
RACHEL CARSON (1907 - 1964), her work and groundbreaking books in the 1950s & '60s spurred the modern American environmental movement.
ROSA PARKS (1913 - 2005), saluted by Congress as the “first lady of civil rights,” she challenged racial segregation by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man.

From left to right:
BARBARA JORDAN (1936 - 1996), first African American elected to Texas Senate after reconstruction and first black woman from deep South elected to US House of Representatives.
MARGARET SANGER (1879 - 1966), popularized term “birth control” and opened the first U.S. birth control clinic.
PATSY MINK (1927 - 2002), first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and first Asian-American in Congress.

From left to right:
CLARA BARTON (1821 - 1912), pioneering nurse who first brought medical care to the front lines during the Civil War.
HARRIET TUBMAN (C.1822 - 1913), born a slave, she fled North to freedom, later making 19 trips back to the South as an Underground Railroad conductor, leading some 300 slaves to freedom.
FRANCES PERKINS (1880 - 1965), FDR's four-term labor secretary, she was the first woman cabinet member in US history.

From left to right:
SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820 - 1906), a leader in both the abolition & suffrage movements.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884 - 1962), redefined the role of First Lady, used her newspaper column, radio and speeches to champion civil and women's rights, often in opposition to her husband FDR’s policies.
ELIZABETH CADY STANTON (1815 - 1902), she convened the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, declaring, "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal," inspiring a generation of suffragists.

Cast your vote on http://www.womenon20s.org/

Monday, March 23, 2015

Clydesdale Bank brings in plastic £5 notes

Plastic bank notes are going into circulation in Britain for the first time.

The Clydesdale Bank will issue two million of the polymer £5 notes, which it says are more secure and durable than paper notes.

The bank is one of three in Scotland authorized to issue banknotes.

It is releasing the limited edition notes a year before the Bank of England puts plastic banknotes in general circulation.

The new Clydesdale plastic note features an image of the Forth Bridge and has been issued to commemorate the bridge's 125th anniversary.

The note also features a portrait of Sir William Arrol, whose company constructed the bridge among many other landmarks in Scotland.

It is smaller than the existing currency, which is made from cotton paper, but will still fit in cash machines, the bank has said.

Plastic banknotes are said to last 2.5 times longer than paper banknotes. They will survive a spin in a washing machine but will still melt under extreme heat such as an iron.

The note will also feature various new security features.

The limited edition notes will be available from branches of the Clydesdale.

So far, more than 20 countries around the world have adopted polymer notes.

The Bank of England will begin issuing them next year.

In 1999, Northern Bank of Northern Ireland issued a polymer £5 commemorative note celebrating the year 2000.

A plastic note was introduced in the Isle of Man in 1983 but was withdrawn in 1988 owing to problems with the ink.

Other adopters of the notes include Canada, whose last central bank governor - Mark Carney - is now the governor of the Bank of England.

Three banks in Scotland, including Clydesdale Bank, and four in Northern Ireland are authorized to issue banknotes.

Article courtesy BBC

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HSBC HK$150 anniversary banknote tipped for hyperinflation

Special HK$150 banknotes produced by HSBC to celebrate the bank's 150th anniversary are available for order from today - with a starting price of more than double the face value: at HK$380 for a single note.

One expert expects the price to more than double once the notes start changing hands, courtesy of mainland speculators.

Single HK$150 notes issued by Standard Chartered for its 150th anniversary in 2009 were trading for over HK$2,000 in 2012.

Two million of the HSBC notes will be available. People can apply for a maximum of three single notes, or one set of 3-in-1 uncut notes at HK$1,380, or one set of 35-in-1 uncut notes at HK$23,880. Profits will go to the Community Chest of Hong Kong and the Hongkong Bank Foundation charities.

Anyone, local resident or not, over the age of 18 has until March 21 to subscribe for a chance to buy the notes, both online or through drop-in boxes at any HSBC branch in Hong Kong.

An auction will also be held for banknotes - which are legal tender - that carry special serial numbers and prefixes.

The notes' design reflects the city's development over the years, with street scenes from the 1950s and the changing cityscape of Victoria Harbour. A smartphone app also allows users to see 3D animation effects.

"This banknote is the first to depict all four buildings that have been home to the bank here at 1 Queen's Road Central over the last 150 years," said HSBC Group chief executive Stuart Gulliver.

"And two old friends are also featured prominently on the notes, Stephen and Stitt, the lions that stand before the building," added Gulliver, who is facing a challenging anniversary year.

Last week, he was dragged personally into claims HSBC's Swiss private bank helped clients dodge tax, which tops what HSBC chairman Douglas Flint calls a "terrible list" of misdemeanours by the bank. Gulliver was revealed to have set up a Swiss account under the name of an offshore company over a decade ago, which he claimed was to keep bonus payments private.

The troubles have not dulled the anniversary celebrations, with a light show unveiled at its Central headquarters this week.

Applicants for the banknotes will have to wait until mid-April to find out if they have been successful. The notes will be available for collection from June.

Hong Kong Numismatic Society president Ma Tak-wo said there was a good chance the notes would fetch up to HK$1,000 as soon as they were collected.

"Whether the price will fly depends on the enthusiasm of mainland speculators, who make up about 80 per cent of the market," Ma said. "Many counterparts on the mainland told me they were interested."

Ma, however, does not expect the HSBC HK$150 notes to fetch as much Standard Chartered's due to the mainland's anti-graft campaign, which has seen prices of collectibles halve since 2012.

Courtesy Samuel Chan, South China Morning Post 04 March, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

Canadian Star Trek fans have been giving banknotes a ‘Spock’ makeover in tribute to Leonard Nimoy

The Canadian five-dollar bill looks very different with the addition of Mr Spock

Could the tributes to Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy possibly get any more imaginative than they have already? Well, yes, it appears they just did.

This time around it’s the turn of Canadian Trekkies to honour the memory of the actor – who died last Friday aged 83 – by ‘Spocking’ their local five-dollar bills.

Which basically involves doing things like this:

Oh Canada. (Picture: Spocking Fives/Facebook)

Not to mention this:

Awesome. (Picture: Spocking Fives/Facebook)

Oh and let’s not forget about this:

Nice. (Picture: Spocking Fives/Facebook)

Although this may actually be our favourite:

Looking regal. (Picture: Spocking Fives/Facebook)

Although the trend has become popular in the days following the actor’s death, the act of ‘Spocking’ a Canadian fiver is by no means new – with The Facebook page Spocking Fives originally making the craze popular in 2011.

However there are also reports of people having given their own Spock makeover to the bills even before then (the act of defacing currency is not illegal in Canada although the national bank isn’t that keen on it apparently)

This time around the Canadian Design Resource also seems to have had a hand in the tribute, posting this tweet soon after Nimoy’s death was announced:

Oh, and in case you’re wondering the person currently being given pointy ears and a Vulcan salute on the five-dollar bill is actually former Canadian prime minister Sir Wilfried Laurier, who was in office from 1896-1911.

As tributes go, we’re sure Nimoy would approve.

Meanwhile we suspect he would also give the thumbs-up – or a Vulcan salute of approval – to this Etch-A-Sketch tribute from artist George Vlosich:

Now this is truly amazing. (Picture: Rex Features)

The Cleveland-based artist – who works in the Etch-A-Sketch medium – said of the drawing: ‘My work usually takes 100 hours but wanted to pay tribute with a quick rendering I did of Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock.’

Good work….

Article courtesy Caroline Westbrook, Metro, Monday 2 March 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Gambia unveiled first polymer commemorative and a redesigned series of paper-based banknotes

The Central Bank of Gambia launched a 20 Dalasis Polymer plastic commemorative and a redesigned series of banknotes including a 200 Dalasis on February 25, 2015.

The 20 Dalasis polymer will be put into circulation on Monday March 2, 2015 while the redesigned series will be issued on Monday March 30, 2015.

This is the first polymer banknotes to be issued by the Central Bank of Gambia and is to Commemorate 20 Years of the July 22nd Revolution.

The Polymer Banknote design is similar to the existing 25 Dalasis note except in green color and has a portrait of President Yahya Jammeha. The note is dated 22nd July 2014 with an inscription "20 Years of Progress and Self-Reliance" on the front center bottom.

The new series of redesigned paper-based banknotes has the same denominations as the existing series except the 25 Dalasis is replaced by a 20 Dalasis. In addition, the series includes a new 200 Dalasis. All the notes are smaller in size than previous issues and bear the portrait of President Yahya Jammeha. This new family of banknotes will circulate along with existing banknotes.