Poland new 200-złoty note (B863) confirmed

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According to a press release, on 12 February 2016 Narodowy Bank Polski introduced a new 200-złoty note (B863), like earlier issues, but slightly redesigned and with improved anti-counterfeiting features, including Omron rings and RollingStar Cube security thread.

Courtesy of Jan Bogus.

India new novel numbering 50-rupee note confirmed

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According to a press release dated 23 September 2015, the Reserve Bank of India issued a 50-rupee note like P104, but with novel "ascending size" (i.e. novel) serial numbers.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim and Claudio Marana.

Colombia new date (30.07.2014) 2,000-peso note confirmed

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Like P457 but new date (30 DE JULIO DE 2014).

Courtesy of Mauricio Diaz-Chavarro.

Manchukuo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Manchukuo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 9-page catalog covers notes issued by the Central Bank of Manchou from 1932 to 1945. Published 5 February 2016.

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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Venezuela banknote buying binge

The Wall Street Journal dated 3 February 2016 has an interesting article entitled "Inflation-Wrought Venezuela Orders Bank Notes by the Planeload: Government relies on massive imports of bills from foreign printing companies to keep economy going," in which yours truly is quoted.

Maldives new banknote family confirmed introduced 26.01.2016

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According to a press release dated 26 January 2016, the Maldives Monetary Authority has introduced its new family of polymer banknotes. Existing notes will circulate in parallel until 1 June 2016, and can be exchanged for new notes for a period of five years.

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Courtesy of Paresh Bhandari, Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online), and Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).

Sao Tome and Principe new sig/date (31.12.2013) 20,000-dobra note (B305e) confirmed

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B305e: Like B305d, but new signatures and new date (31 de Dezembro de 2013). Prefix CA.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 1-cedi note (B145g) confirmed

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B145g: Like B145f, but new date (1st JULY 2015) and left serial number in serif font. Prefix GS.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 2-cedi note (B152c) confirmed

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B152c: Like B152b, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix BT.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Jordan new sig/date (2013) 10-dinar note (B232d) confirmed

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B232d: Like B232c, but new signature and new date (2013).

Courtesy of Enas Sherif and Peter Mosselberger.

Royal Bank of Scotland names 3 scientists as candidates for new 10-pound polymer note

According to a press release dated 31 January 2015, "Royal Bank of Scotland has named three Scottish scientists, two men and one woman, on the shortlist of candidates to appear on its first plastic 10 pound note.

The three are physicist James Clerk Maxwell, Mary Somerville, the first female member of the Royal Astronomical Society, and civil engineer Thomas Telford, known as the "Colossus of Roads".

More than 400 people took part in the selection of the 128 nominees, who had to be Scottish historical figures or people who had made a major contribution to Scotland in science and innovation.

Maxwell (1831-1879), a hero of Albert Einstein, discovered the unified theory of electricity and magnetism.

Somerville (1780-1872) was a pioneer as a female scientist when women’s participation was discouraged. Her writings ultimately led to the discovery of the planet Neptune.

Telford (1757-1843) built more than 1,000 miles of roads in his lifetime and in Scotland designed harbors, tunnels and the Caledonian Canal.

The decision on who to put on new banknotes can be controversial. The Bank of England was criticized in 2013 for the removal of the only female figure on its notes, social reformer Elizabeth Fry. Novelist Jane Austen was subsequently chosen to appear on new 10 pound notes."

Philippines new color 100-peso note reportedly introduced 01.02.2016

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According to a press release dated 29 January 2016, "The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is issuing 100-Piso banknotes with stronger mauve or violet color starting Monday, 01 February 2016, to make it more distinct from the 1000-Piso banknote. This is in response to suggestions from the public to make it easier to distinguish from the 1000-Piso banknote [P211].

Compared with the current color of the 100-Piso banknote in circulation [P208], the new 100-Piso banknote will have stronger mauve or violet color on the obverse and reverse sides. All the other features of the said banknote will remain the same.

The current 100-Piso banknotes can still be used for daily transactions for payment of goods and services and will commingle with the new 100-Piso banknotes with stronger mauve or violet color until supplies of the first version last. Henceforth, the BSP will be printing the 100-Piso with stronger mauve or violet color.

Only the old banknote series (New Design Series, NDS)[P193 - P197], launched in 1985, will no longer be acceptable in daily transactions for payment of goods and services and can only be exchanged for New Generation Currency (NGC) banknotes with authorized agent banks and the BSP until 31 December 2016."

Georgia new 20- and 50-lari notes (B256 and B257) confirmed

According to a press release, on 1 February 2016 the National Bank of Georgia introduced revised 20- and 50-lari notes. The revised 100-lari note previously unveiled has not yet been issued, but is still expected in 2016, along with upgraded 5- and 10-lari notes "later." Designed by Bacha Malazonia, the notes have revised designs/colors/dimensions and security features enhanced with assistance from De La Rue (England), Giesecke & Devrient (Germany), and Oberthur Fiduciare (France), although the bank has not disclosed which firm actually printed the notes.

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B256 (PNL): 20 lari (US$12)
Magenta. Front: Denomination as registration device; magenta-to-green SPARK ornament; publishing house; magazine Sakartvelos Moambe and newspaper Iveria; personal belongings, including lens, watch, pen, and inkpot; publisher Ilia Chavchavadze. Back: Panorama of old Tbilisi featuring the Narikala fortress; equestrian monument to King Vakhtang Gorgasali; map of Tbilisi in the 18th century (prepared by Vakhushti Batonishvili); coat of arms. Iridescent stripe. Holographic stripe with Ilia Chavchavadze, 20, phaeton (horse-drawn carriage), and map of Georgia. Magenta-to-gold windowed security thread with demetalized 20 ლარი. Watermark: Ilia Chavchavadze with electrotype 20 and lari symbol. Printer: Unknown. 132 x 66 mm.
a. 2016. Signature 10. Prefix AA. Intro: 01.02.2016.

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B257 (PNL): 50 lari (US$30)
Green. Front: Denomination as registration device; green-to-gold SPARK ornament; cave monastery in Vardzia; King Tamar; XIII-century bas-relief from Pitareti Virgin Mari Monastery. Back: Astrological sign of Sagittarius from a Georgian miniature manuscript of the XII century; coat of arms. Iridescent stripe. Holographic stripe with King Tamar, 50, lari symbol, griffin, and map of Georgia. Magenta-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized 50 ლარი. Watermark: King Tamar with electrotype 50 and lari symbol. Printer: Unknown. 137 x 68 mm.
a. 2016. Signature 10. Prefix AA. Intro: 01.02.2016.

Courtesy of Дмитрий Чохонелидзе.

Singapore new symbol (star) 2-dollar note (B208h) confirmed

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B208h: Like B208g, but one star on back below EDUCATION. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Bin Hao.

Zambia new 100-kwacha note (B164) confirmed

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B164: Like B157, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix FK-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).

Zambia new 50-kwacha note (B163) confirmed

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B163: Like B156, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix EH-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).

Zambia new 20-kwacha note (B162) confirmed

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B162: Like B155, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix DJ-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).

Zambia new 10-kwacha note (B161) confirmed

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B161: Like B154, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix CK-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).

Venezuela new sig/date (24.05.2007) 100-bolívar note confirmed

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Like P93, but new date (19 DE AGOSTO DE 2014) and new signatures. Prefix AF.

Courtesy of Manuel Vandenbrande (http://rainbowstampsandcoins.blogspot.com).