Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ulster Bank to put vertical bank notes into circulation

The pound is taking a turn in a new direction with vertical notes.
Ulster Bank will print the UK's first portrait - rather than landscape - shaped notes that will enter circulation in Northern Ireland next year.
All four of the banks in Northern Ireland have traditionally issued their own money.
The polymer £5 and £10 notes are based on the theme "living in nature".
Ulster Bank, which is part of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has released the designs of its new notes, which will replace its paper currency.

Rose shrubs

The £5 note features Strangford Lough in County Down and Brent Geese.
Its £10 denomination shows Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, the Irish hare and Guelder-rose shrubs.
The bank announced last year that it would be following the Bank of England by printing plastic money.
However, Ulster Bank is going a step further with the new format.

Courtesy Julian O'Neill, BBC News  

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Azerbaijan issues a new 200 Manats banknote

Azerbaijan issues a new 200 Manats banknote on May 23, 2018.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Macedonia to issue it's first polymer banknotes

Macedonia plans to replace the existing 10 and 50 Denari paper notes with new polymer notes on May 15, 2018.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Karl Marx €0 bills are red hot

It turns out €0 bills are a hot item right now.

The German city of Trier is selling thousands of souvenir bank notes with a face value of zero euros in honor of Karl Marx, revolutionary, political philosopher and author of "The Communist Manifesto."

The city's tourism department is selling the bills for €3 each to mark Marx's 200th birthday on May 5.
Marx was born in Trier in 1818 and went to high school in the city before leaving to study at university.
The first run of 5,000 bills sold out after going on sale on Monday. The city is now printing 20,000 more to meet demand from buyers around the world, including Australia, Brazil and the United States.

The Special Series of 0 Euro Souvenir notes authorized by the European Central Bank and printed on the same paper as Euro notes with the same security features such as watermark, security strip and features visible under UV.  Size 135 mm x 74 mm

"The souvenir plays on Marx's criticism of capitalism," said Norbert Kaethler, managing director of Trier's tourism and marketing office.
Marx wrote about revolutionary ideas related to class struggles, the flaws of capitalism and human labor.
"Money is the estranged essence of man's work and his existence, and this alien essence dominates him and he worships it," he wrote in "Das Kapital" in 1867.
His writings were borrowed, interpreted and adopted by political movements around the world, in countries such as Russia, Cuba and China.
Marx published "The Communist Manifesto" with Friedrich Engels in 1848, considered the most famous pamphlet in the history of the socialist movement.
Article courtesy  CNN Money April 19, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

How many of these old (Bank of England) banknotes do you remember?

In the past year or so we've lost the paper five and ten pound notes, both gone for good to make way for their newer, plastic versions.
But they are by no means the only notes to have been lost in recent years.
Even before the polymer tenners and fivers came in, paper notes would regularly disappear as newer versions were introduced.
So here, from information supplied by the Bank of England, are 14 banknotes which may jolt a few memories - whether it's the old £1 note, the Duke of Wellington fiver from the 70s and 80s, or even the classic ten-bob note.

£50 (series D)

Featuring: Sir Christopher Wren
Size: 169mm x 95mm
Date first issued: 1981
Date last issued: 1994
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1996

£1 (series D)

A revised version was issued in 1981. From 1983 onwards, this note was gradually replaced by the £1 coin.
Featuring: Sir Isaac Newton
Size: 135mm x 67mm
Date first issued: 1978
Date last issued: Unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1988

£10 (series D)

Featuring: Florence Nightingale
Size: 151mm x 85mm
Date first issued: 1975
Date last issued: 1992
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1994

£5 (series D)

Featuring: Duke of Wellington
Size: 145mm x 78mm
Date first issued: 1971
Date last issued: 1990
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1991

£20 (series D)

Featuring: William Shakespeare
Size: 160mm x 90mm
Date first issued: 1970
Date last issued: 1991
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1993

£10 (series C)

Featuring: The Queen. This was the first Bank of England £10 note to carry a portrait of the monarch.
Size: 150mm x 93mm
Date first issued: 1964
Date last issued: 1975
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1979

£5 (series C)

Featuring: The Queen. This was the first Bank of England £5 note to carry a portrait of the monarch.
Size: 140mm x 85mm
Date first issued: 1963
Date last issued: 1971
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1973

10 Shilling (series C)

Featuring: The Queen. This was the first (and only) Bank of England 10 Shilling note to carry a portrait of the monarch.
Size: 140mm x 67mm
Date first issued: 1961
Date last issued: 1969
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1970

£1 (series C)

Featuring: The Queen. This was the first Bank of England £1 note to carry a portrait of the monarch.
Size: 151mm x 72mm
Date first issued: 1960
Date last issued: 1978
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1979

£5 (series B)

Featuring: A helmeted Britannia.
Size: 158mm x 90mm
Date first issued: 1957
Date last issued: 1963
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1967

10 Shilling (series A)

There were three different issues of this note, in 1928, and two in 1948. The note above is from the third issue.
Featuring: n/a
Size: 138mm x 78mm
Date first issued: 1928
Date last issued: Unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1962

£1 (series A)

There were three different issues of this note, in 1928, and two in 1948. The note above is from the third issue.
Featuring: n/a
Size: 151mm x 85mm
Date first issued: 1928
Date last issued: Unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1962

10 Shilling (Emergency Wartime Issue)

The ten-shilling note is the smallest denomination note to be issued by the Bank of England.
Featuring: n/a
Size: 138mm x 78mm
Date first issued: 1940
Date last issued: Unknown
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1962

£5 (white)

Featuring: n/a
Size: 211mm x 133mm
Date first issued: 1945
Date last issued: 1957
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1961

Article Courtesy David Whitfield April 15, 2018 Nottingham Post

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bolivia plans to issue a new series of banknotes starting from April 2018


Bolivia plans to issue a new series of banknotes starting from April 2018.

10 Bolivianos - April 2018
20 Bolivianos - July 2018
50 Bolivianos - October 2018
100 Bolivianos - January 2019
200 Bolivianos - April 2019

These notes bear the country's official name, Estado Plurinacional de Boliva, to reflect the multiculturalism of the country and all of its citizens.

The sizes of the notes are the same as the current issue: 140 mm x 70 mm.

Both the new and current issues will circulate simultaneously.




Friday, April 6, 2018

Switzerland Winner of IBNS 2017 Bank Note of Year Award


The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announces that its voting membership has selected the Swiss National Bank to again receive its prestigious "Bank Note of the Year Award" for 2017. With over 170 new banknotes released worldwide during 2017, almost a third were of sufficiently new design to be eligible for nomination. In the closest vote ever the Swiss 10 Franc polymer/hybrid note narrowly edged out runners-up from the Royal Bank of Scotland (£10 with female scientist), Canada ($10 with 4 politicians and regions), Fiji (unique $7 featuring their first Olympic gold medal and rugby “7’s” team), Norway (100 Kroner Viking long ship), and Djibouti (40 Franc whale shark). This is the fourth consecutive hybrid / polymer note to win the coveted IBNS Bank Note of the Year Award.

Switzerland won the 2016 Bank Note of the Year award for the 50 Franc note of the same series.




Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Winner of new Taiwan banknote design contest announced


A design featuring Taiwanese wildlife has won a contest to replace the current Taiwan dollar appearance



The first place winner of the contest was Formosa - The Beautiful Island, which featured Taiwan's indigenous wildlife and Taipei 101, designed by Lin Yujun. Lin's design garnered 13,248 votes, the second place winner, which also featured wildlife, received 10,358 votes and the third place design featuring both natural and man-made landmarks, gained 1,770 votes.

The prize for first place was NT$100,000, while second place was NT$80,000, and third place was NT$60,000. There were also awards for the most creative group, with first place being NT$50,000, second place NT$40,000 and third place NT$30,000, for a total of NT$360,000 in cash prizes.

Explaining his inspiration for the design, Lin said, "Taiwan's original national treasured animals have always been an important part of our focus, as they represent the existence of a source of life in Taiwan. Taipei 101 represents a new generation and the inheritance and interaction between old and new, which is also a close and inseparable relationship."


Australia plans to issue a $50 banknote of the new polymer series in October 2018


The Reserve Bank of Australia plans to issue a $50 banknote of the new polymer series in October 2018. The new note follows Australia's existing $50 note with Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon in the front, and the first female member of any Australian parliament Edith Cowan in the back.

The $5 and $10 notes of this series were issued in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Bangladesh issued a 70 Taka commemorative banknote


The Bangladesh Bank issued a 70 Taka banknote on March 22, 2018 to commemorate the nation's development.


Front: Portrait of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the National Memorial Monument, the Betbunia Satellite Center and the map of Bangladesh.
Back: Portrait of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Bangabandhu Satellite, and the Padma Bridge.


Venezuela revalues its currency over hyperinflation


The Central Bank of Venezuela will issue a new bolívar soberano series of banknotes on June 4, 2018. 1 bolívar soberano equals 1,000 bolívares fuertes.


Front: Josefa Carmejo (1791-unknown), one of the heroines who fought for Venezuelan independence
Back: Yellow head parrot and National Park of Morrocoy


Front: Jose Felix Ribas (1775-1815), a Venezuelan independence leader
Back: Striped toad and National Park Henri Pittier


Front: Rafael Urdaneta (1788-1845), a Venezuelan General and hero of the Spanish American wars of independence
Back: Anteater and National Park Cienaga de Juan Manuel


Front: Simon Rodriguez (1769-1854), a Venezuelan philosopher and educator, notably Simón Bolívar's tutor and mentor
Back: Jaguar and National Park Waraira


Front: Antonio Jose de Sucre (1795-1830), hero of Spanish-American independence
Back: Leopardo and Playa Medina in Parque Nacional de Paria


Front: Ezequiel Zamora (1817-1860), a Venezuelan soldier and leader of the Federalists in the Federal War
Back: Spider monkey and Guatopo National Park


Front: Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816), a Venezuelan military leader and revolutionary
Back: Macaw and Waraira Repino National Park


Front: Simon Bolivar (1783-1830), a Venezuelan military and political leader who played a leading role in the establishment of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama as sovereign states
Back: Turpial (oriole) and Macarao National Park


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

115-year old Blair bank note to be auctioned



A $10 bill went a long way in 1905.

Just to get some perspective, a 10 spot at the turn of the 20th century would be equivalent to $270 in 2018. Today, that's half a month’s rent, a weeks worth of groceries or one exceptionally bad hand at the blackjack table.

It's a lot of money, but it's peanuts when compared to how much a 1905 $10 bank note from Blair might bring at auction this week.

The $10 bill was recently found in an estate in San Francisco, Calif. There's only speculation as to how it wound up so far from home. What is known is it was handed down from an in-home nurse who worked in the Beverly Hills area.

"We think the most likely thing would be that the person she was caring for came from Blair and either had no relatives or had a special connection with this caretaker," said Manning Garrett, the director of currency auctions for Stacks Bowers Galleries, which is handling the sale.

The note is exceedingly rare according to Garrett, who said its value stems from multiple factors.

"It's kind of a perfect storm of desirability," he said.

It is one of two notes in existence from the Blair National Bank, which opened in 1905 and operated for 10 years. At that time any "national bank" could issue their own currency.

"Some banks, like let's say the National Bank of New York City, issued millions of bank notes and today you can buy one for $40," Garrett said. "But a bank like Blair was serving a much smaller community, so they needed a fraction of the bank notes to meet demand."

The first note that was found from Blair was auctioned in 2009 and sold for just over $12,000. It was what is known as a "blue seal" note, referring to the color of the seal on the bill itself. Blue seal notes were issued from 1908 to 1928. The note up for sale Friday is a red seal, which were only issued from 1902 to 1908, making it much more collectable than the note that was sold in 2009.

The bill is in pristine shape. The red seal is as bright as the day it was issued and the bottom of the bill is signed by the bank's cashier and president in the immaculate cursive everyone from that era seemed to have. These signatures add to the rarity.

"When banks first opened, bankers were of course very proud of their money and they'd take the time to individually sign each bank note," Garrett said. "But at a certain point, you'd get tired of signing every note so a lot of banks would have a stamp of their signature made up."

These stamps used cheap ink that would fade to almost nothing in a matter of years, decreasing the value of the note. Signed notes on the other hand, retain their signatures quite well.

The most astounding thing about the bill is the simple fact that it still exists. Most bills were swapped out when the newer blue seals were issued beginning in 1908.

“Everyone wanted their money to be as fresh as possible,” Garrett said. “So, if someone brought in a raggedy old red seal from five or 10 years ago, they’d swap it out for a fresh blue seal and send the old one off to Washington D.C., to be destroyed.”

Even if they managed to avoid the incinerator, red seals had to be passed down for generations without being thrown out or spent. This included surviving the 1929 stock market crash and the subsequent depression, when bankers lost more money than anyone and $10 might’ve been the difference between an empty stomach and a full one.

“It was tough to hold on to a $10 bill in ’29 if you were broke,” Garrett said. “Even after that, these notes had to get through two generations until the 1960s when this stuff started to become collectable.”

Garrett said the existence of this bill means someone recognized its potential a long time ago.

“Really for something like this to be around today, someone in the early 1900s had to understand its importance and then relay that importance for 80 years,” Garrett said. “And now, finally it has collector value and other people start to appreciate it.”

On Friday, the bill will be auctioned live in Baltimore and simultaneously online and via phone. Garrett said many of those vying for the bill will be local collectors.

“Most collectors specialize in a state,” he said. “So, you’re going to have collectors from Nebraska looking to add a note from Blair to their collection.”

The starting bid for the note is $7,500. It has an estimated value online of $12,000 to$17,000. But Garrett said if the right two or three collectors are interested in this piece, the final bid could be upward of $40,000.

And just in case that leaves someone wondering how much $40,000 would be worth in 1905 — that’d be $1,057,836.45.


Article courtesy Casey L. Sill, Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise Mar 20, 2018


Monday, March 19, 2018

Switzerland to release 200 franc note of the new series in August 2018



The hi-tech banknote with a design showcasing Swiss technology will be unveiled on August 15th and go into circulation a week later, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) said in a statement on Monday.

The note - the final design of which is still under wraps - will join the stylish new 10-franc, 20-franc and 50-franc notes that have been gradually rolled out over the last two years.

Each note in the state-of-the-art new series depicts a characteristic of Switzerland, illustrated by various graphic elements including a hand and the globe, which appear on every note.

For the 200-franc note, it is Switzerland’s technological side which will be featured.

The heavy-duty 1,000-franc note and the 100-franc note are expected to be released in 2019, the SNB said late last year.

The new Swiss notes have “state-of-the-art anti-counterfeiting protection” which includes design features that can only be seen under a microscope or using UV light.

Older banknotes from the eighth series, released in 1995, will remain legal tender until further notice.



Sunday, March 11, 2018

Canada unveiled a new 10 dollar polymer banknote featuring an iconic woman


The Bank of Canada unveiled a new 10 dollar polymer banknote featuring Civil Rights pioneer Viola Desmond.

Desmond will be the first black person and first woman with no royal blood to appear on a Canadian banknote.

In 1946 she sat in the "Whites only" section of a cinema in New Glasgow. For that she was arrested and fined.

Her act of defiance preceded Rosa Parks by 11 years, but only recently she has been recognized for her actions.



This note is the first of a new series of banknotes. All the notes will be of vertical format.

The 10 dollars note will be issued at the end of the year.

The 5 dollars note will also feature a new iconic portrait subject and supporting imagery. A consultation will be made to determine who will be on it.

The 20 dollars will continue to feature Queen Elizabeth II.

The 50 dollars Will show Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada's first Prime Minister

The 100 dollars Will show Sir Wilfrid Laurier, first francophone Prime Minister.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Thailand unveiled a new series of banknotes depicting King Rama X


The Bank of Thailand unveiled a new series of bank notes depicting the country's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Rama X).

The 20, 50 and 100 Baht notes will be released on the 236th Anniversary of the founding of the Chakra dynasty April 6, 2018. The 500 and 1,000 Baht will be issued on the King's birthday July 28, 2018.

The sizes of the new series notes remain the same as in the previous series: 20 Baht-138x72mm, 50 Baht-144x72mm, 100 Baht-150x72mm, 500 Baht-156x72mm, 1000 Baht-162x72mm