Monday, November 30, 2015

Kazakhstan unveils new 20,000 tenge note

The Kazakh central bank unveiled the new 20,000 Tenge note on Monday evening, saying it would become legal tender on Tuesday December 1, 2015. The largest denomination currently in circulation is 10,000 Tenge.

Kazakhstan's elaborately decorated bills are regular winners of banknote design awards. The new 20,000 tenge banknote, in an indigo hue, depicts on one side the Kazakh Eli monument to Kazakhstan's independence, and on the other Mr Nazarbayev's presidential palace.

The image below comes from the central bank's website.

Friday, November 27, 2015

BEP issues Lucky Money to celebrate the year of the monkey


In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) announced the newest addition to its Lucky Money Collection: the Year of the Monkey 2016.

The monkey is one of 12 zodiac signs associated with the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The Lucky Money product, Year of the Monkey 2016, is exquisitely designed with decorative Chinese symbolism and is packaged in a symbolic, red folder with embossed, gold foil.

The $1 Lucky Money features an uncirculated $1 Federal Reserve note with a serial number beginning with “8888.” The Year of the Monkey 2016 represents good fortune and prosperity, signifying success in the New Year. This product is sold for $5.95 and only 88,888 will be available for sale.

The $2 “8888” Lucky Money Sheet features an uncirculated Series 2009 $2 8-subject, uncut currency sheet with the serial numbers of all eight notes beginning with “8888.” Each sheet is displayed in a decorative holder, capturing the significance of numerology and Chinese symbolism, and is protected by an acid-free, clear, polymer sleeve. This product is sold for $58.88 and only 16,888 will be available for sale.

New €20 note launched this week

The European Monetary Authority issued a new €20 banknote, the third in the Europa series, on November 25, 2015. Like the €5 and €10 previously issued, the new note emphasizes improved security features: a hologram portrait-window with the picture of a mythological European figure, and it also changes color depending on the viewing angle, from emerald-green to dark blue.

The €20 note is one of the most widely used of all the euro banknote denominations. It will be followed, over time, by the €50, €100, €200 and €500 notes of the Europa series.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Israel to issue a new 200 Sheqalin banknote in December 2015

The Bank of Israel will issue a new 200 Sheqalin banknote, the second denomination issued in the new series, during December 2015. The precise date will be announced in the next few days.

Front: Fall leaves; Natan Alterman (1910-1970), Israeli poet; microprinted poem “Eternal Meeting.”

Back: Moonlit flora

Monday, November 9, 2015

China to issue a 100 Yuan banknote to Commeorate the Chinese Aerospace Program

The Peoples Bank of China to issue a 100 Yuan banknote to commemorate the Chinese aerospace program on November 26, 2015.

Front: Dongfanghong 1, China's first satellite launched in 1970; Shenzhou 9 spacecraft docking Tiangong 1 space station on June 18, 2012; Chang'e 1 lunar-orbiting spacecraft

Back: Depicting different stages of flight from the bottom up: a bird; an early plane by Chinese aviation pioneer Feng Ru; a fighter jet; the future Tiangong 3 space station to be launched in 2020; Chang'e 1 lunar-orbiting spacecraft

Friday, November 6, 2015

Belarus to issue new series of banknotes in 2016

The National Bank of the Republic of Belarus will issue a new series of re-denominated banknotes on July 1, 2016. Existing notes will be exchanged for new ones at a rate of 10,000:1.

The general theme of the new notes is "Belarus is my country" with each denomination features one of the regions of Belarus and the city of Minsk: 5 rubles - Brest region; 10 rubles - Vitebsk region; 20 rubles - Gomel region; 50 rubles - Grodno region; 100 rubles - Minsk region; 200 rubles - Mogilev region; 500 rubles - the city of Minsk.








Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Georgia to issue new banknote series in 2016

The National Bank of Georgia plans to issue a new series of 20, 50, and 100 Lari banknotes in 2016. 5 and 10 Lari notes will be issued at a later stage.

The new notes will depict the same iconic faces but with more vibrant colors and will be slightly larger than the current notes.

20 Lari

Front: Publishing house; magazine Sakartvelos Moambe and newspaper Iveria; personal belongings including lens, watch, pen, and inkpot; Georgian writer Ilia Chavchavadze

Back: Panoramic view of old Tbilisi featuring the Narikala fortress; equestrian monument to King Vakhtang Gorgasali

50 Lari

Front: Cave monastery in Vardzia; Queen Tamar; XIII-century bas-relief from Pitareti Virgin Mari Monastery

Back: Astrological sign of Sagittarius from a Georgian miniature manuscript of the XII century

100 Lari

Front: Poet Shota Rustaveli; VII-century bas-relief of biblical story “Daniel in the Den of Lions” from Martvili Cathedral of Assumption of the Virgin Mary; poem “The Knight in the Tiger Skin”

Back: Gas lamp post; the Zakaria Paliashvili Tbilisi State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet on Freedom Square in Tbilisi

Monday, November 2, 2015

Maldives issues new series of polymer banknotes

The Maldives Monetary Authority issues a new series of polymer banknotes dated 5 October 2015. The new notes feature different aspects of Maldivian lives.


Front: Toddy tapper (Ruh’ erun); Group of men and women engaged in playing traditional music (Boduberu)

Back: The oldest drum displayed in the National museum (Boduberu)


Front: A fisherman carrying a skipjack tuna and a yellow fin tuna; The main airport in Maldives, Ibrahim Nasir International Airport

Back: A traditional sail boat (Dhoni)


Front: A boy reciting the Holy Quran; Activity of pulling boats from the beach onto the water (Dhoni beylun)

Back: The minaret of the Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskiy)


Front: Woman in one of the Maldivian traditional dresses (Libaas), working on the neckline threading (Hiru) of a similar dress; Group of locals in traditional attire

Back: The early Dhivehi scripture Dambidū Lōmāfānu


Front: The act of wood carving, wood worker fashioning an intricate design using mallet and chisel; Woman making ekels (Iloshi), traditionally used to make brooms (Iloshi fathii)

Back: Traditional hand carved vase with lacquer work detailing


Front: Green turtle (Chelonia mydas); A representation of a luxury resort

Back: Whale shark (Rhincodon typus)

Courtesy Maldives Monetary Authority