Friday, August 18, 2017

India to introduce new 50 Rupee note


The Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a new 50 Rupee note in the new Mahatma Gandhi Series. The new denomination has motif of Hampi with chariot on the reverse, depicting the country's cultural heritage. The base color of the note is fluorescent blue. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall color scheme, both at the obverse and reverse. The dimension of the note will be 66 mm x 135 mm.



Nepal issued a new 5 Rupees banknote


The Nepal National Bank issued a new 5 Rupees banknote on August 15, 2017. The front shows Mount Everest and the Kasthamandap Temple which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. The back shows a yak in front of a mountain.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Uzbekistan plans to issue a new 50,000 Sum banknote


The Central Bank of Uzbekistan plans to issue a new 50,000 Sum banknote on August 22, 2017. Currently, the highest denomination is 10,000 Sum, which was released on March 10, 2017.



Front: The top of the Ezgulik Arch on Independence Square in Tashkent

Back: Palace of International Forums in Tashkent

Vanuatu issued a new 5000 Vatu polymer banknote


The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu issued a new 5000 Vatu polymer banknote on July 28, 2017. This will be followed by a 500 Vatu polymer note to be issued by the end of this year. The latter will be the last denomination of the polymer series which started with a 10000 Vatu note in 2010 and followed by 200, 1000 and 2000 Vatu notes in 2014.



Front: Conch shell; waterway; Melanesian chief standing holding a spear; map of Vanuatu islands

Back: Map of Vanuatu islands; fish; children and boat; conch shell



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kazakhstan issued a new 500 Tenge banknote


The National Bank of Kazakhstan has issued a new 500 Tenge banknote. The new note is similar to previous issue except with a few minor changes. A small bank's logo is added before the bank's name in the front; the bank's name and signature have been removed and replaced by the date 2006. The note is dated 2006 even thought it's actually issued in 2017.


Left: The front of previous issue; Right: The front of the new note



Left: The back of previous issue; Right: The back of the new note

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Poland unveils a new 20 Zlotych banknote commemorating the 300th anniversary of the coronation of the Image of Our Lady of Częstochowa


Narodowy Bank Polski is putting into circulation a 20 Zlotych banknote on August 21, 2017 to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Coronation of the Image of Our Lady of Częstochowa.

The dimensions of the note are 150 mm x 77 mm. Up to 55,000 pieces will be issued and sell to collectors at a premium.



Swaziland issues a new green 10 Emalangeni banknote


The Central bank of Swaziland began issuing a green 10 Emalangeni banknote on July 24, 2017 to reduce confusion between the current blue 10 Emalangeni note and South Africa's blue 100 Rand note which also circulates in Swaziland.

Other than the color change and addition of the text VISION 2022 (a reference to social programs designed to transform Swaziland into a First World nation by that year) on the front right edge and on the back left edge, the note is identical in design to the previous issues.


Because the current 200 Emalangeni note is also green, that denomination will be redesigned to avoid confusion with this new note. The 100 Emalangeni is also expected to be redesigned for unspecified reasons. These larger denominations are scheduled for introduction on January 1, 2018.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thailand to issue commemorative banknotes for late king on September 20, 2017


Thailand new commemorative banknotes in remembrance of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be put on circulation from Sept 20, 2017

The colors, sizes, and the portrait on the front side of commemorative banknotes are identical to the 16th series banknotes. The main element on the reverse side of each denomination depicts the acquainted portrait of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej along with the images reflecting the stories over his lifetime as follows:



20-Baht: The early life of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej.



50-Baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal ceremonies and duties during the early time of his accession to the throne.



100-Baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s kindness through royal duties in rural areas.



500-Baht: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s wisdom and talents reflected through royal projects.



1000-Baht: The late reign of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the beloved King of Thai people.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Great Britain unveiled new 10 Pound polymer banknote featuring Jane Austin


Bank of England unveiled the design of its new polymer £10 note featuring the world-renowned author, Jane Austen, on the 200th anniversary of her death.




The note will be issued on September 14, 2017. It is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help blind and partially sighted users identify it. This is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

It is expected to last 2.5 times longer than the current paper £10 notes – around five years in total – and stay in better condition during day-to-day use. It joins the Churchill £5 note in the first family of polymer Bank of England banknotes, with a new £20 note featuring the well-known British landscape painter, JMW Turner, set to follow in 2020.

Legal tender status of the paper £10 featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Armenia plans to issue a new series of banknotes in 2018


The Central Bank of Armenia plans to issue a new series of banknotes in 2018 to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Armenian dram celebration.

The new banknotes will be technically more secure and durable. A printer will be chosen through a bidding process. There will be a contest to choose the design for the banknotes.

The current 100,000 drams denomination will be replaced with a new 2,000 drams.

The denominations for the new series are:

1,000 drams featuring Paruyr Sevak, one of the greatest Armenian poets of the 20th Century

2,000 drams featuring Tigran Petrosyan, World Chess Champion 1963-1969

5,000 drams: featuring William Saroyan, Armenian writer

10,000 drams featuring Komitas, Armenian priest and musician

20,000 drams featuring Hovhannes Alvazovsky, an Armenia painter specializing in Marine art

50,000 drams featuring Saint Gregory, the Illuminator


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Madagascar plans to issue a new series of banknotes


Madagascar plans to issue a new series of banknotes with the following denominations: 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 Ariary. The four larger denominations will be issued on July 17, 2017; the four smaller denominations on September 18, 2017. The theme of the series is "Madagascar and its Riches" including economic activities, biodiversity, culture and tourist sites.


The front shows the Ambozontany Cathedral in Fianarantsoa


The front shows the waterfall at the Amber Mountain National Park


The front shows the site of Royal Hill of Ambohimanga in Antananarivo


The front shows the Kamoro Bridge in Boeny


The front shows a lemur and the back a tropical pitcher plant


The front shows a waterfall in Ranomafana National Park and the back a humpback whale


The front shows the Port of Ehoala and the back musical instrument Valiha and wood carvings by the ethnic group Zafimaniry


The front shows the nickel processing plant at Ambatovy and the back vanilla, rice, and lychees

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Brunei and Singapore launch new banknotes marking the 50th Anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement






Brunei and Singapore launch new banknotes to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement. The agreement allows both countries to accept the currency issued by the other, and exchange them at par and without charge, into their own currency.

The front of the Brunei 50 Ringgit features Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; the front of the Singapore 50 Dollars features its first president Yusof Ishak. The back of both notes shares the same design, signifying common values and close cooperation in areas of defense, education and tourism between the two countries.