Canada new signature 20-dollar note reported

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Carolyn Wilkins has been the new deputy governor of the Bank of Canada since May 2014. Her signature has already been engraved on $20 plates, and sheets of $20 notes with the Wilkins-Poloz signature combination have already been printed. We should see the new $20 notes in circulation in a few months.

Canada new signature 5-dollar note confirmed

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5 dollars, 2013. Like B71, but earlier signatures (Macklem and Carney). According to the Bank of Canada, 3.6 million of these notes have been printed, all with the HBG prefix. However, since November last year only about 20 of these notes have been found in circulation, all from a narrow 300,000-note range.

Nigeria new date (2014) 500-naira note confirmed

500 naira, 2014. Like CBN B28, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Barbados new date (02.05.2012) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, 2 MAY 2012. Like CBB B29, but new date. Prefix J27.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Nigeria new date (2013) 200-naira note confirmed

200 naira, 2013. Like CBN B27, but new date.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Trans-Dniester new numismatic products reported

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On 22 August 2014, the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank issued 1-, 5-, 10-, and 25-ruble banknotes commemorating 20 years of national currency. 2,020 copies of each denomination were sold in folders. The notes are like the regular issues of 2012, but with a commemorative rosette over the watermark area at lower right front.

Trans-Dniester replaces low-denomination notes with composite coins

On 22 August 2014, the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank issued new 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-ruble coins which replace the low-denomination banknotes (TDRB B9-B11, respectively). These "coins" are made of an unspecified composite material and have ultraviolet and infrared security elements. Because they bear images taken from the notes which they replace and are unusual, they are illustrated below as curiosities, but they are not considered banknotes and hence not assigned catalog numbers.

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Russia refuses to ban "pornographic" 100-ruble note

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According to an RT.com article dated 8 July 2014, nationalist party MP Roman Khudyakovof has urged Банк России (Bank of Russia) to change the design of the 100-ruble note because it depicts the penis of the Greek god Apollo, in violation of Russia's 2010 law designed to protect children from "information that could be harmful to their health and development."

The note depicts a statute of Apollo riding a chariot above the pediment of Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. During renovations of the Bolshoi, a fig leaf was added to the statue, covering Apollo's genitals, so Khudyakovof argues that not only is the note pornographic, it's no longer an accurate representation of the statue as it currently exists.

The image first appeared on the 100,000-ruble note dated 1995 (CBR B14) and is now seen on the current note dated 2004 (CBR B24).

According to an article in The Telegraph dated 22 August 2014, the central bank has refused the appeal to withdraw or revise the note, claiming it is not pornographic and the image is too small to be offensive.

Cuba 20-, 50-, and 100-peso notes to be issued with revised watermarks

According to an article on Havana Times dated 19 August 2014, the Central Bank of Cuba will soon issue 2014-dated notes in denominations of 20, 50, and 100 pesos which are like the current notes (BCC B8, B10, and B12, respectively), but the watermarks will be changed from Celia Sánchez Manduley to match the portrait engraved on the note (Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán, Calixto García e Iñiguez, and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, respectively), and the denomination will be added to the watermark, presumably as an electrotype element.

Courtesy of Philip Martin.

Israel new sig/date (2008) 20-sheqel note confirmed

20 new sheqalim, 2008. Like BOI B36, but new signature and new date.

Courtesy of Yigal.

Hong Kong (HSBC) new date (01.01.2014) 500-dollar note reported

500 dollars, 1 January 2014. Like P215, but new date.

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Malawi new 1,000-kwacha commemorative note confirmed

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According to a press release, on 6 July 2014 the Reserve Bank of Malawi introduced a limited edition 1,000-kwacha note to commemorate the country's 50 years of independence. This note will circulate in parallel with the existing note of this denomination (RBM B55). The special commemorative banknote has the words “50 Years of Independence” printed at lower right front, four raised dots at lower left front, as well as slightly revised denomination engravings.

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

Courtesy of Max Keller and Murtaza Karimjee (African Banknotes).

United States new sig/date (2013) 1-dollar note confirmed

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1 dollar, 2013. Like P530, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Phil Martin.

Cambodia new date (2014) 500-riel note confirmed

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500 រៀល (riels). Like NBC B17, but with បោះពុម្ពឆ្នាំ ២០១៤ (Printed 2014) at lower right on back.

Courtesy of Allan Lim (www.artofangkor.com/ccc) and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Syria new 500-pound note confirmed

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According to an article on Syrian Radio & TV dated 16 July 2014 and an article on SanaSyria dated 20 July 2014, Adib Mayala, governor of the Central Bank of Syria, has announced that a new 500-pound note has been issued on 20 July 2014, and will be dispersed early in August, and a 1,000-pound note will be issued in two months (August - September).

Existing notes of that denomination will circulate in parallel before being gradually withdrawn.

The new note is expected to join the family of 50-, 100-, and 200-pound notes (CBS B27-B29, respectively) dated 2009, introduced 27.07.2010, and printed by Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck, a subsidiary of Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Austria’s central bank.

Mayala said the new note will have different colors, depiction, and figures, and will be made of better-quality materials “in a way to reflect the cultural and historical image of Syria and protect the banknotes from getting worn out."

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Takis Kouvatseas.

Indonesia new 100,000-rupiah note reported

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According to an article in The Jakarta Post dated 19 August 2014, Bank Indonesia officially released a new 100,000-rupiah note on 17 August. The new note is like the current note of the same denomination (Pick P153), but with BANK INDONESIA at lower left front replaced with NEGARA KESATUAN REPUBLIK INDONESIA (The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia) and is the first note to bear the signature of a finance minister (Menteri Keuangan). Previously, only top bank officials had their signatures printed on the notes.

Governor Agus Martowardojo also said that Bank Indonesia is moving forward with plans to redenominate the rupiah by slashing three zeroes from the currency.

Azerbaijan new 250- and 500-manat notes due "in near future"

According to an article in Azernews dated 19 August 2014, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) Alim Guliyev told journalists that the government is planning to put new 250- and 500-manat banknotes into circulation in the near future, "to improve the effectiveness of banknote circulation and to reduce state expenditures." Currently the largest denomination is the 100-manat note (AMB B19) issued in 2005. Bear in mind that Azerbaijan has been discussing the issuance of larger denominations for several years. Time will tell if these plans ever come to fruition.

Mexico new sig/date (10.06.2013) 20-peso note confirmed

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20 pesos, 10 JUN. 2013. Like P122, but new date and new signatures. Serie X.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new sig/date (2014) 10-rupee note confirmed

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10 rupees, 2014. Like SBP B31, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Trinidad and Tobago new sig/date (2006) 20-dollar note confirmed

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20 dollars, 2006. Like CBTT B24, but with raised horizontal bars at upper left and right front to assist the visually impaired distinguish between denominations.

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

Courtesy of David Murcek (http://www.themonetaryunit.com).