Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hong Kong unvieled new 2018 series of banknotes

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has unveiled new bills with advanced security features to prevent counterfeiting in cooperation with three note-issuing banks. They are Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, and The Hong kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.

The 2018 series of Hong Kong banknotes will consist of five denominations, each adopting the same color scheme. The selected thematic subjects represent various aspects of Hong Kong as an international metropolis, featuring its rhythm of life, recreation and entertainment, as well as its rich natural and cultural heritage.

The five denominations depict respectively the position of Hong Kong as international financial center (HK$1,000), the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HK$500), Cantonese opera as an artform and cultural legacy (HK$100), butterflies that inhabit Hong Kong (HK$50), and the popular dim sum and tea culture (HK$20).

The new banknotes have incorporated six key features—dynamic shimmering pattern, windowed metallic thread, enhanced watermark, fluorescent see-through denomination, concealed denomination, and embossed feel.

The HK$1,000 and HK$500 notes will be put into circulation in the last quarter of 2018 and early 2019 respectively, while the lower denominations will be ready for issue in batches between 2019 and 2020.

Bank of China

Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Zero Euro souvenir banknotes

The Zero Euro is a souvenir banknote with authorised printing by the European Central Bank (ECB) on real euro banknote paper. The father of the concept is Richard Faille, creator of popular French currency souvenirs, who in 2015 decided to create euro banknotes promoting tourism. The banknotes share many of the same characteristics of a real euro banknote except that they are marked as “0”, i.e. their nominal value is zero. The front of all Zero Euro banknotes is the same. The reverse features the chosen motif.

Souvenir banknotes have become a collectors’ phenomenon in Slovakia.
Even though the nominal value of the souvenir euro banknote bearing the motif of the Slovak National Uprising was zero, people queued for hours to get their own copy. A total of 3,000 souvenir banknotes, featuring the SNP Memorial with a tank fighting in the uprising, were sold out in the record time of two hours and 15 minutes. The enormous interest surprised Vladislav Klajban, executive director of the Nunofia company, which issues the souvenir banknotes in Slovakia. He does not know of any similar demand in any other country and sees it as the beginning of a new collectors’ phenomenon in the country.
The Slovak Spectator spoke with Klajban about the idea of issuing souvenir banknotes known as Euro Zeros and how it works, as well as plans for the future.
The Slovak Spectator (TSS): When and where did you encounter this kind of souvenir the first time?
Vladislav Klajban (VK): We came across this concept at a collectors’ fair in Germany some years ago. Frenchmen were selling Zero Euros depicting various national monuments like the Eiffel Tower and castles. We were enthusiastic over their artistic design and the fact that they were, in terms of quality, identical to genuine euro banknotes. But contrary to classical nominal values, they featured a big zero. We bought some of them and offered them to collectors in Slovakia and they were interested.

TSS: How did the idea of issuing Slovak Zero Euros come about?

VK: At the fair we had already learned that they serve as a souvenir visitors can buy when visiting a particular monument or a tourist locality and that we can issue our own with Slovak castles and other monuments. This idea enthused us. We contacted the father of this concept, Richard Faille, and he agreed to cooperate with us in issuing the Zero Euros with Slovak motifs.

TSS: How does it work?

VK: We either address interesting tourist locales, or organisations that are interested in having such a souvenir contact us themselves. They tell us their idea for the motif and deliver the images and the text that are to feature on the Zero Euro. We prepare the design, the final appearance of which is then agreed with the sponsor.

TSS: How many Slovak euro souvenirs have you issued so far?

VK: So far this year we have issued eleven motifs including the castles of Bratislava, Červený Kameň and Orava, the St Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice as well as the zoos in Bratislava and Košice.

TSS: How many other motifs do you plan to issue this year?
VK: The final number will depend on the interest of individual sponsors in having their own euro souvenir. For the time being we are working on about 10 more motifs while new orders are still arriving. Currently almost every town, each museum, each castle and each interesting tourist locality wants to have its own euro souvenir.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the invasion by the Warsaw troops of the former Czechoslovakia we will also issue a euro souvenir with the iconic photo “The Bare-chested Man in Front of the Occupiers Tank” by Ladislav Bielik.

Courtesy The Slovak Spectator

Monday, July 9, 2018

Poland to issue a 20 Zlotych banknote on August 31, 2018 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Independence

Poland to issue a 20 Zlotych banknote on August 31, 2018 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Independence. The size of the note is 150 mm x 77 mm. Only 50,000 will be printed.

Front: Jozef Pilsudski (1867-1935), first chief of state of the newly independent Poland 1918-1922..

Back: Polish flag; coat of arms

Friday, July 6, 2018

Solomon Island issued a 40 dollars commemorative banknote

Solomon Island has issued a 40 dollars banknote on July 5, 2018 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Independence.

The new banknote was printed on polymer. It has a vertical format on the front and a horizontal format on the back.

The front features a man blowing a conch shell, a traditional instrument used to call people to important events.

The back shows national flag, canoeing and marine life.

Only 100,000 pieces were be issued.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hungary unveils a new 500 Forint banknote scheduled for circulation on February 1, 2019

Hungary unveils a new 500 Forint banknote scheduled for circulation on February 1, 2019. The note is similar to previous issue but different color and improved security features.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

South Africa unveils new commemorative banknotes

South African Reserve Bank unveils new banknotes to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. The commemorative notes have the same front as the existing issues, but with a young Mandela on back. The notes will be issued on July 18, 2018, and will circulate in parallel with the exiting issues.