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Legal tender status of the paper £10 featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.

The size of the Polymer notes:

5 Pounds: 125mm x 65mm
10 Pounds: 132mm x 69mm
20 Pounds: 139mm x 73mm

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.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Rare 200 Year old 100 Pound Derby Bank note discovered



The remarkable black and white £100 bank note, uncovered in a Derby home, is rare because of its high value.

It is dated March 4, 1814, the time of the Napoleonic Wars, and in today's money it would have been worth around £3,500. Although slightly indistinct, it is signed by John Bramley and a stag in the park insignia can be seen in the top left corner.

Derby had some exceptionally successful privately-owned banks in the 19th century, which survived and prospered when many faltered. The Derby Bank was founded in 1806 and flourished for nearly a century until 1902 when it merged with the Union of London and Smiths Banks Ltd.

In 1917, it became the National and Provincial and Union Bank of England Limited, which then became the National Provincial Bank in 1924 before merging to become the National Westminster Bank in 1968, ultimately going on to be known as the NatWest in 1980.

Despite some wear round the edges and minor discolouration, it is in relatively good condition, and considering the Derby Bank was founded in 1806, this bank note was created just eight years after its inception.

Syrian President Bashar Assad will be on the new Syria 2000 Lira bank note


Front: President Bashar Assad Back: People's Council of Syria inside the Parliament Building in Damascus


The Syrian Central Bank announced that a new 2,000 Syrian Lira ($3.9) bank note with the face of President Bashar Assad will go into circulation today. The note is dated 2015.

This is the first time since he took office 17 years ago that his image appears on Syrian banknotes.

Syria's currency has crashed as the country's seven-year-long war rages on. Trading at 47 liras to the dollar in 2011, it's currently going for 517 liras to the dollar.