Bank of England new sig 10-, 20-, and 50-pound notes confirmed

According to a press release dated 24 February 2015, "With effect from 3 March 2015, the Bank of England will be issuing into circulation £10, £20 and £50 notes bearing the signature of the current Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland. These notes are the same design as those currently in circulation which bear the signature of Chris Salmon, the previous Chief Cashier, and of his predecessors Andrew Bailey and Merlyn Lowther. Cleland notes will circulate alongside the remaining Salmon, Bailey and Lowther notes, with the same status.

The first £5 notes bearing the signature of Victoria Cleland will be printed on polymer and introduced into circulation from the second half of 2016.

£10, £20 and £50 notes bearing Victoria Cleland’s signature will be made available to the cash industry from 3 March 2015 and will be dispensed from some ATMs and branch counters shortly thereafter. Low serial numbered notes will not be available from the Bank’s counter."

Courtesy of Antje Maroussi.

Hong Kong new 150-dollar commemorative numismatic product reported


According to a post on its web site, HSBC has announced a 150-dollar banknote to commemorate its 150th anniversary in Hong Kong. This numismatic product is available as a single note in a folder (HKD380), a 3-in-1 uncut set in folder (HKD1,380), and a 35-in-1 uncut set (HKD23,880). Sets may be ordered by anyone aged 18 or above with a valid Hong Kong Identity Card or passport (Hong Kong SAR or another country's) number, and a valid Hong Kong correspondence address and phone number. The deadline for applying to buy notes is 21 March 2015.

Courtesy of Terence Chan, Eric Lam, and Tristan Choa.

Iran new 50,000-rial commemorative note reported for spring 2015 introduction

According to an article on FARS News Agency, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the University of Tehran, the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran has announced its intention to introduce a new 50,000-rial note in the spring.

Courtesy of Hamaseh Golestaneh and
Christian Funke.

Nigeria new sig/date (2014) 5-naira note confirmed

5 naira, 2014. Like CBN B34e, but new date and new signatures (Godwin Emefiele and Olufemi Fabamwo).

Courtesy of Evgeny Afanasov.

IBNS Banknote of 2014 voting is open through 29.03.2015

The International Bank Note Society would like to remind members that voting is now open for Banknote of 2014. Members may choose their top three notes from those depicted above. Voting is open until 23:59GMT Sunday 29th March. The result of the voting will be announced at the IBNS Board Meeting in Valkenburg in April 2015.

Thailand new 100-baht note confirmed


According to a press release by the Bank of Thailand, a new 100-baht note will be introduced 26 February 2015.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Sanjay Basu and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Vietnam new date (2015) 10,000-dong note confirmed

10,000 dong, (20)15. Like SBV B43, but new date. Prefix KG.

Courtesy of Evgeny Afanasov.

Angola chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 28-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banco de Angola (Bank of Angola) from 1927 to 1973, and the Banco Nacional de Angola (National Bank of Angola) from 1976 to present. Published 27 February 2015.

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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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West African States/Senegal new date (2014) 500-franc note

500 francs, (20)14. Like unlisted 500-franc note introduced in 2012, but new date. Prefix K (Senegal).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of David Murcek (The Monetary Unit).

Gambia unveils new note family including 20- and 200-dalasi denominations

According to an article in The Point dated 26 February 2015, on 25 February the Central Bank of The Gambia launched a new 20-dalasi polymer note, part of a new family of notes, which now includes a 200-dalasi note, twice the size of the previously largest denomination.

"All of the redesigned banknotes bear the portrait of President Yahya Jammeh and are smaller in size than the existing paper-based banknotes.

The D20 will replace the existing D25 banknote which will continue to be legal tender and will continue to circulate until it is fully withdrawn over time, the release stated.

The historic event held at State House formed part of activities marking the country`s Golden Jubilee.

In his statement, President Jammeh urged Gambians to take ownership of the new banknotes and handle them with care.

He called on the Gambian populace to familiarize themselves with the new banknotes, and help in ensuring their protection from counterfeiters.

He assured De La Rue, the firm that printed the country`s currency, of the government`s continued partnership."

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Hungary new date (2015) 10,000-forint note confirmed

10,000 forint, 2015. Like unlisted note of same denomination issued 02.09.2014, but new date.

Courtesy of Róbert Szajkó.

Mauritania new 200-ouguiya note confirmed


According to a press release, persuant to Décret Nº 237-2014 the Central Bank of Mauritania has issued a new 200-ouguiya banknote. The design is based upon the preceding note (BCM B15), but is reduced in size to 134 x 65 mm. Both notes will circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

European Monetary Union new 20-euro note to be issued 25.11.2015

On 24 February 2015, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, unveiled the new 20-euro banknote in Frankfurt. The new note will be introduced 25 November 2015.

The new note includes an innovative security feature in the form of a “portrait window” set in the hologram. When the banknote is held against the light, the window becomes transparent and reveals a portrait of the mythological figure Europa, visible on both sides of the note. The new €20 banknote, like the new €5 and €10 notes, also includes an “emerald number” and a portrait of Europa in the watermark.

Courtesy of Michel Daspre.

Haiti new sig/date (2013) 250-gourde note confirmed

250 gourdes, 2013. Like BRH B49d, but new date and new signatures. Prefix E.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Argentina new 50-peso note unveiled

The Banco Central de la República Argentina plans to issue 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.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Philippines new date (2015) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 2015. Like P210, but new date. Prefix M.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Tunisia new caption variety 20-dinar note confirmed

20 dinars, 2011-3-20. Like BCT B33a, but caption on back changed from L'ÉCOLE SADIKI (error; prefix E/1 - E/6) to COLLEGE SADIKI (correction; prefix E/7 onward).

Courtesy of Tristan Kolm and Arnoldo Efron.

Australia's next notes to have features for the vision impaired

According to a press release dated 13 February 2015, Glenn Stevens, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, "announced that the next generation of Australian banknotes will include a ‘tactile’ feature to assist people with a vision impairment.

As previously announced, existing features to help the vision impaired tell the difference between different denominations of Australian banknotes will be maintained on the new series. These include: bright colours; large and bold numbers; and different sizes for each denomination of banknote. The Bank will also continue to fund the production of the ‘cash test card’. The addition of a ‘tactile’ feature will further assist people with a vision impairment to tell the difference between denominations.

This decision is the culmination of extensive research by the Bank into whether an effective and durable tactile marking could be included on Australian banknotes. This included consultation with the vision impaired community, other stakeholders and overseas central banks.

The testing and trialling process for the next generation of banknotes is ongoing and designs have not yet been finalised. Details about the new designs, the release dates and how they will be issued will be released in a timely way, so that the public can be confident they understand how to recognise and use the new banknotes."

Courtesy of Shane Rivett.

Sweden unveils new designs for new notes due in October 2015







Svergies Riksbank has unveiled the designs of its new note family. The 20, 50, 200, and 1000 krona are scheduled for introduction in October 2015, followed by the 100 and 500 krona in October 2016.

Courtesy of Daniel Svensson.

India new 1-rupee banknote reported

According to a press release dated 13 February 2015, the Reserve Bank of India will soon introduce a new 1-rupee banknote on paper substrate measuring 97 x 63 mm.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.