Argentina new 50-peso note confirmed

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The Banco Central de la República Argentina has issued a 50-peso note in tribute to the defense of national sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands (Falklands), South Georgia, and South Sandwich and the surrounding maritime spaces. Signatures: Alejandro Vanoli and Dominguez.

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Courtesy of David Murcek (The Monetary Unit).

Haiti new date (2014) 50-gourde note confirmed

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50 gourdes, 2014. Like BRH B47, but new date (now printed in purple). Prefix S.

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Courtesy of David Murcek (The Monetary Unit).

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank new 5-pound polymer commemorative reported

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According to a post on BBC.com dated 23 March 2015, the Clydesdale Bank has begun issuing the first of two million 5-pound polymer banknotes to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge. The polymer note is physically smaller than the paper note of the same denomination.

Courtesy of Clea Phas, Claudio Marana, Aidan Work, and James Cadman.

United Arab Emirates new 50-dirham note reported

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50 dirhams, 2014 and ١٤٣٤ (AH1434). Like CBA B33, but new date, new signatures, tactile horizontal bars at front left and right, plus the coat of arms in OVI.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Dennis Zammit.

Bank of Scotland new sig/date (01.08.2011) 100-pound note confirmed

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100 pounds, 1st AUGUST 2011. Like P128, but new date and new signatures (António Horta-Osório and Philip Grant). Prefix AB.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Peter Mosselberger.

Northern Ireland's Ulster Bank new date (01.01.2014) 10-pound note confirmed

10 pounds, 1st JANUARY 2014. Like P341, but new date. Prefix K.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Cambodia new date (2014) 1,000-riel note confirmed

1,000 រៀល (riels), បោះពុម្ពឆ្នាំ ២០១៤ (Printed 2014) at lower right on back. Like NBC B21, but new date.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

South West Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The South West Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 10-page catalog covers notes issued by the Barclays Bank from 1931 to 1958, the Standard Bank of South Africa Limited from 1931 to 1959, and the Volkskas Beperk / Volkskas Limited (People’s Bank) from 1949 to 1959. Published 20 March 2015.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
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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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Bank of Scotland new sig/date (19.01.2009) 5-pound note confirmed

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5 pounds, 19th JANUARY 2009. Like P124, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Bangladesh new date (2014) 1,000-taka note confirmed

1,000 taka, 2014. Like BB B54c, but new date.

Courtesy of Dmitry Svobodin.

Philippines new date (2014A) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 2014 A. Like P210, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Iran new signature 5,000-rial note confirmed

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5,000 rials, no date. Like CBI B82a, but new signatures (Ali Tayebnia and Valiyollah Seyf).

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Book Review: Catalogue of Greek Paper Money 1822-2002

Catalogue of Greek Paper Money
Catalogue of Greek Paper Money 1822-2002
Evangelos Fysikas, 400 pages, soft cover, 230 x 150 mm, B&W illustrations, Greek/English, ISBN-13 9789609363327, €34 (plus shipping), http://greeknotes.blogspot.gr, greeknotes@gmail.com

Reviewed by Owen W. Linzmayer

Kudos to author Evangelos Fysikas for having created a wonderfully accessible and detailed specialized catalog covering Greek notes issued by various banks from 1822 until the 2002 introduction of the euro.

The chapters are broken up by issuer, with the notes presented chronologically, and then by denomination. While the descriptions of the notes’ imagery and designs are very bare bones, the listings do contain details of importance to specialized collectors and generalists alike, including printer, dimensions, introduction/withdrawal dates, and watermarks. Instead of prices, the catalog shows rarity ratings (1-9) for four grades of condition (F, VF, XF, UNC). This is sure to disappoint collectors hoping for guidance with valuations, but by eliminating prices, the catalog won’t appear obsolete if the market changes drastically, which is not out of the question given Greece’s recent economic troubles.

Each chapter begins with a fair amount of introductory text in Greek followed by English translations which are remarkably clear and unambiguous. I appreciate the historical background contained in these sections, helping explain why notes were issued as well as describing the differences between the many issues.

My biggest disappointment with this catalog is the use of black and white illustrations which simply don’t do justice to the beautiful color notes. Also, a fair number of the earlier, rarer notes are not illustrated at all. Another disappointment is a lack of Pick numbers in the main listings. Fortunately there is a cross-reference table in an appendix, but that’s not nearly as convenient.

For any serious specialized collector, Catalogue of Greek Paper Money is a must-have reference, if for nothing other than the appendices which succinctly list every note variety by date, prefix and serial number ranges, and signatures.

India new date (2015) 20-rupee note confirmed

20 rupees, 2014. Like P103, but new signature (Raghuram G. Rajan) and new date. R inset letter.

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Courtesy of IndianPaperMoney.

Viet-Nam Coins & Papermoney catalog reprinted

Viet-Nam Coins & Papermoney
Massimiliano Valota has reprinted the second edition of Viet-Nam Coins & Papermoney, a 350-page catalog in English with color images, index of rarity, and cross-references to other catalogs for easy searching. The catalog covers the coins and notes of South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Vietnam Socialist, and military payment coupons.

This catalog received an Honorable Mention in 2013 by the International Bank Note Society "for significant contribution to the advancement of numismatic knowledge."

Cost is 30 euro each, excluding shipping.

Anyone interested in buying one of these catalogs can contact the author by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Massimiliano Valota (www.vietnampapermoneyandcoins.com).

Ukraine new 100-hryvnia note confirmed

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NBU B54 (PNL): 100 гривень (hryven) (US$8.75)
Olive green, brown, red, and purple. Front: Artist Taras Shevchenko; coat of arms; painter’s palette and brushes as SPARK patch. Taras Shevchenko National University building in Kyiv. Motion windowed security thread with demetalized 100 ГРН and trident. Watermark: Taras Shevchenko and electrotype 100. Printer: (NBU). 142 x 75 mm.
a. 2014. Signature 9. Intro: 09.03.2015.

Courtesy of Mykhaylo Kharytonov (http://www.worldbanknotes.t15.org), Cleo Phas, and Ivan Bogdanov (http://bonistics.org).

Maldives new 1,000-rufiyaa note to be introduced in October 2015

According to an article on Sun.mv dated 9 March 2015, the Maldives Monetary Authority will replace the 5-rufiyaa note (MMA B10) with a coin in 2016, and will introduce a new denomination, the 1,000-rufiyaa note, in October 2015.

According to another article, the winner of the competition for designing the new series of banknotes is Abdulla Nashath. Javaahirumaage, Baa Kendhoo. The new series of notes will be printed on polymer, not paper. The 10-, 50-, and 1,000-rufiyaa notes will be issued in October 2015, followed by the 100- and 500-rufiyaa in 2016.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Haiti new sig/date (2013) 100-gourde note confirmed

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100 gourdes, 2013. Like BRH B48, but new date and new signatures. Prefix S.

Courtesy of Clive Brind.

Colombia new date (31.08.2013) 5,000-peso note confirmed

5,000 pesos, 31 DE AGOSTO DE 2013. Like P452, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new sig/date (2014) 5,000-rupee note confirmed

5,000 rupees, 2014. Like SBP B39, but new date and new signature (Ashraf Mahmood Wathra). Prefix V.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.