Saturday, December 2, 2017




The Central Bank of Argentina has issued a new 1,000 Pesos banknote on December 1, 2017. The note shows the Rufous Hornero bird on the front and the Pampas region on the back.

This is the 4th denomination issued of the new Flora and Fauna series. 20, 200 and 500 pesos were issued earlier. The remaining 50 and 100 Pesos will be issued later.


Solomon Islands issued a new 10 Dollar banknote




The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands issued a new 10 Dollars banknote on November 29, 2017. The note is part of a new series started with the 50 Dollars and 100 Dollars in 2013, followed by a 20 Dollars earlier this year. The 5 dollars banknote to be issued later will complete the series.


Kazakhstan issued a new 500 Tenge banknote


The National Bank of Kazakhstan issued a new 500 Tenge banknote on November 22, 2017.


Front: Kazak Eli monument; flying seagulls

Back: Caspian Sea; outline map of Kazakhstan and seagulls



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kyrgyzstan plans to issue a new 2000 Som Commemorative banknote


Kyrgyzstan plans to issue a new banknote on November 17, 2017. The new note commemorates the 25th anniversary of independence of Kyrgyzstan and the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the national currency. It has an original design reflecting the history of the formation of Kyrgyz statehood from ancient times to the present day.

The main image of the front side of the banknote is a monument to the national hero Manas, who unites the Kyrgyz tribes, which are represented on the banknote in the form of stylized ornamental figures. The image of Umai Ene symbol represents the most ancient deity, who is the progenitor of all Turkic peoples. Dwelling of nomad peoples — the yurt, which is a symbol of prosperity and well-being, is also presented.

The reverse side of the banknote has a tree as a symbol of the life and prosperity of the Kyrgyz people. The image of the majestic Khan-Tengri mountain symbolizes the independent spirit of the Kyrgyz people, striving for high achievements and successes. The floating golden eagle against the background of the unique mountain Issyk-Kul Lake symbolizes the openness and freedom of the Kyrgyz people.



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cambodia puts into circulation new 1000 and 5000 Riels banknotes on October 25, 2017


Cambodia puts into circulation new 1000 and 5000 Riels banknotes on October 25, 2017.






Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Switzerland unveiled a new 10 Francs note in the new series


Switzerland unveiled a new 10 Franc note of the ninth banknote series. The new note is scheduled for introduction on October 18, 2017.

The 10 Francs note is the 3rd note of the new series. 20 and 50 Francs notes were issued earlier.

The designs of the remaining denominations (100, 200 and 1000 Francs) have not yet been determined.




In the ninth banknote series the Swiss National Bank is breaking new ground on the design front – it is moving away from the depiction of well-known personalities altogether. Each note in the new series depicts a typically Swiss characteristic, which is then illustrated graphically using a key motif. Each characteristic is communicated via an action, a Swiss location and various graphic elements. The inspiration behind the new banknote series is ‘The many facets of Switzerland’.

The 10-franc note focuses on Switzerland’s organisational talent – expressed by time, the note’s key motif.

Main colour: Yellow
Dimensions: 70 x 123 mm
Date of issue: 18 October 2017

The 20-franc note focuses on Switzerland’s creativity – expressed by light, the note’s key motif.

Main colour: Red
Dimensions: 70 x 130 mm
Date of issue: 17 May 2017

The 50-franc note focuses on the wealth of experiences Switzerland has to offer – expressed by the wind, the note’s key motif.

Main colour: Green
Dimensions: 70 x 137 mm
Date of issue: 12 April 2016

The 100-franc note focuses on Switzerland’s humanitarian tradition – expressed by water, the note’s key motif.

Main colour: Blue
Dimensions: 70 x 144 mm

The 200-franc note focuses on Switzerland’s scientific expertise – expressed by matter, the note’s key motif.

Main colour: Brown
Dimensions: 70 x 151 mm

The 1000-franc note focuses on Switzerland’s communicative flair – expressed by language, the note’s key motif.

Main colour: Purple
Dimensions: 70 x 158 mm


Friday, October 13, 2017

Russia unveils new Crimea-themed 200 and 2000 Ruble bank notes


Russia unveils new Crimea-themed 200 and 2000 Ruble bank notes on October 12, 2017. The new banknotes will immediately go into circulation in Moscow, Crimea and the far east, before being released nationwide by the end of the year.




The 200 rubles note is green. The front shows the Monument to the Scuttled Ships in Sebastopol. The back shows a view of Tauric Chersonesos (Southern Crimea).

The 2000 rubles is dark blue. The front shows the bridge to the Russian Island in Vladivostock, The back shows the Spaceport Vostochny.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Turkmenistan issued a new series of banknotes to commemorate the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games


Turkmenistan issued a new series of banknotes to commemorate the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan September 17-27, 2017. The front of each note is similar to previous issue, except with the addition of the Ashgabat 2017 logo on the watermark area at left. The back of each note depicts a building in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.


Front: Togrul Beg Turkmen (990-1063), founder of the Seljuq Empire, and the first sultan of this empire 1037-1063
Back: Ashgabat airport


Front: Sultan Sanjar Turkmen (1086-1157), last ruler of the Seljuk Empire 1118-1157
Back: Welotrek Sport Toplumy


Front: Magtymguy Pyragy (1733-1797), Turkmen spiritual leader and philosophical poet
Back: Basa Bas Sowes Sungaty Sport Toplumy


Front: Gorogly Beg Turkmen
Back: Sportun Oyun Gornuslerinin Toplumy


Front: Gorgut Ata Türkmen (aka Dede Korkut)
Back: Yenil Atletika Toplumy


Front: Oguz Han Türkmen
Back: Ashgabat Olimpiya Stadiony

Monday, September 4, 2017

São Tomé e Príncipe unveiled new banknote series


The Banco Central de São Tomé e Príncipe unveiled new banknote series to celebrate the bank's 25th anniversary. The notes were designed and printed by De La Rue to showcase wildlife that typified São Tomé e Príncipe.

The four largest denominations include a range of security features such as Depth Image holograms and StarChrome Color Shift Thread. The two smallest denominations are printed on Safeguard polymer substrate.

The new notes are expected to be introduced on January 1, 2018.







Thursday, August 31, 2017

What if companies printed their own currencies?


(CNN)- Banknotes aren't really as distinctive or alluring as they once were.

Blame it on the advent of plasticization, single currencies or the rise of digital money. But many paper currencies remain deeply idiosyncratic, patriotic displays of the wealth and culture of a nation, adorned with great faces and timeless moments.

But what if banknotes came not just from countries, but companies as well?

Many brands and corporations have greater GDPs, more assets and a higher headcount than some small countries -- so perhaps it makes sense for them to print their own money.

Graphic and motion designer Jade Dalloul has gone one step further, by imagining what these company-currencies might look like.

In a new set of illustrations entitled "Brand Currency," the French designer conjures up a future where the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have become the new Darwins and Franklins.

"Banknote aesthetics are really linked to the richness of culture, history and personalities of their countries," he said in an e-mail interview.


Front: Starbucks boss Kevin Johnson is one of the most powerful figures in the industry.
Back: This quote from Johnson's predecessor Howard Schultz sums up the Starbucks ethos.


Front: Beyond just the faces of CEOs, Dalloul uses the insignia and icons of mega-companies to show their omnipresence in our lives. Here, the late McDonald's boss Ray Kroc is given the Dalloul treatment.
Back: The iconic Big Mac -- a symbol of American capitalism -- is shown here.


Front: Bill Gates is another of Dalloul's portraits.
Back: Gates' immediately recognizable Windows logo.


Front: Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is shown next to one of the many petrol stations he controls.
Back: "Banknote aesthetics are really linked to the richness of culture, history and personalities of their countries," said Dalloul.


Front: French artist Jade Dalloul imagines a future in which companies and corporations have become so influential that they have started issuing their own currencies, as seen with this note featuring late Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Back: Dalloul takes quotes from company mission statements and repurposes them as if tey were the mottos of nations.


Front: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg might have political ambitions, and Dalloul is interested in summoning up a world in which he is even more powerful.
Back: In this image Dalloul looks into the questions around Facebook's surveillance and intrusion issues by placing this Zuckerberg quote on one of his notes.


Front: Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin star on the 500 note.


Below, Dalloul discusses currency, capitalism and cash.

CNN: Jade, how did the idea come about?

Jade Dalloul: Seeing countries electing CEOs for presidents, and countries behaving like companies was the genesis.

CNN: How important is aesthetic in designing a banknote -- what is this visual language telling us?

JD: Banknote aesthetics are really linked to the richness of culture, history and personalities of their countries. On top of that, you have the anti-counterfeiting elements that take (up) a lot of space.

CNN: What do banknotes tell us about the countries they come from?

JD: A banknote is a unique object where all the values of a country is summarized. With this starting point, doing a branded banknote is about being coherent with all the values of a brand as if it were a country. Using mission statements as if they were a state or motto.

CNN: As a European, what do you read into the imagery on a Euro note?

JD: The Euro note is a great example of embracing imagery to suit all the countries that will use it. Using bridges instead of personalities is a remarkable way to avoid conflicts between different cultures while at the same time symbolizing unification.

CNN: And how does it differ to the old French franc?

JD: The old French franc follows the traditional pattern of a national currency: using history, personalities.

CNN: This project is all about brands -- what role do you think brands play in modern society? Are they growing in importance?

JD: I'm a daily customer and a user of services and products like Facebook, Gmail and Apple, so I started asking myself if I could stand a single day without using any of these brands. It's getting more difficult day after day.

CNN: What do you think about this modern generation of superstar CEOs?

JD: In a way they give hope to younger generations -- they show that it's possible to achieve a lot being young.

CNN: Which company or personality intrigues you the most?

JD: Answering the previous question, I had in mind Elon Musk. He has had a great career path, from Paypal to Space X through Hyperloop... and he's still only 46.

CNN: Are there any that you find particularly worrying?

JD: I'm both fascinated and worried about Google, because they manage almost every step of Internet services. But the most surprising fact is that they started only 19 years ago.

CNN: Who do you think we'll see on the banknotes of the future?

JD: I think the future of banknotes will (see) more and more anti-counterfeiting features like the transparent part on the new British five pound note. I wouldn't be surprised to see some influential young entrepreneurs becoming part of history of their countries.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


Courtesy Clive Martin, CNN
Updated 10:55 PM ET, Wed August 30, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

India issues a new 200 Rupee note


The Reserve Bank of India announced that a new 200 Rupee denomination will enter the banking system beginning August 25, 2017.



* On the front, the new ₹ 200 note will have a see through register with denominational numeral 200. A latent image with denominational numeral 200 and a Rs 200 in Devanagari. The portrait of Mahatma Gandhi will be at the centre

* Micro letters ‘RBI’, ‘भारत’, ‘India’ and ‘200’

* Windowed security thread with inscriptions ‘भारत’ and RBI with colour shift. The colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted

* The Guarantee Clause, the RBI Governor’s signature along with the Promise Clause and the RBI emblem towards the right of Mahatma Gandhi portrait

* Denominational numeral with Rupee Symbol, ₹ 200 in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right

* The Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right and the Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (200) watermarks

* Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side


On the reverse, the new ₹200 note will have:

* Year of printing of the note on the left. It will also have the Swachh Bharat logo along with the slogan
* The language panel
* Motif of the Sanchi Stupa
* Denominational numeral २०० in Devnagari

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.