Hungary new 5,000-forint note reported

This undated, unsigned, and unnumbered 5,000-forint note is similar to P199. I personally examined the note at the recent show in Valkenburg and can confirm that it is intaglio printed on high-quality security paper complete with watermarks, holographic stripe, and other security features. Rumor is that a pack of unfinished notes was stolen from the printer (Pénzjegynyomda Rt.) and that this denomination will be issued shortly as the second member of the new note family started with the introduction of the 10,000-forint on 2 September 2014.

Belarus 50-ruble notes to be withdrawn on 01.06.2015

According to a press release dated 22 September 2014, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus will withdraw 50-ruble notes dated 2000 (NBRB B25 and B34) on 1 June 2015.

Courtesy of Albert Vokhmin.

Serbia new sig/date (2014) 1,000-dinar note confirmed

1,000 dinara (2014), like NBS B20, but new date and new signature (Jorgovanka Tabaković).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Spink Books publishes new print edition of The Banknote Book

Greetings from Valkenburg, The Netherlands, site of the Paper Money Fair run by Jos Eijsermans, who brings together dealers and collectors from around the world two times a year for almost a full week of nothing but notes!

I am proud to announce that a new print edition of The Banknote Book made its debut in Valkenburg today. In the past, I have offered the catalog as a print-on-demand paperback book via, but this new catalog covering 203 countries is far superior, with durable hardcovers and high-quality coated stock interior pages, thanks to a new partnership with Spink Books, a division of the venerable London-based auction house.

Spink_catalogsThe Banknote Book at Spink table 2

I will continue to publish the catalog online with frequent revisions and new chapters as always, but from now on all print sales are handled by Spink Books. Individual copies of the three volumes may be ordered online, but anyone interested in purchasing books in quantity for resale must contact Spink Books for trade discounts.

20% discount of purchases of digital edition of The Banknote Book

I look forward to seeing many old friends and buying new notes at the show this weekend. If you can't make it to Valkenburg, don't despair, I have a treat for everyone: enter the coupon code VALKENBURG to get 20% off all orders through the end of September. This discount can be applied to individual chapters, subscriptions, and renewals, even if your subscription does not expire for a while.

European Monetary Union new 10-euro note confirmed

ECB B9 (PNL): 10 euros (US$14)
Red. Front: Flag; Romanesque architecture. Back: Bridge; map. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized 10 EURO. Watermark: Head of Europa and electrotype 10. Printer: Various (see code chart). 127 x 67 mm. Confirmed with prefix E, N, P, S, U, V, X, Y, all with signature 3.

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

Courtesy of Don Ludwig and The Currency Exchange.

Singapore new two-diamond 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, no date. Like MAS B5, but with two diamonds below ARTS on back.

Courtesy of Wei Jie.

Switzerland new sig/date (2012) 20-franc note confirmed

20 francs, (20)12. Like P69, but new date and signatures (Studer/Danthine).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Mexico new sig/date (24.04.2013) 100-peso note confirmed

100 pesos, 24 ABR. 2013. Like P124, but new date and signatures. Serie AB.

Courtesy of Alberto Rios.

North Korea new 5,000-won note confirmed

According to an article in The Hindu Business Line dated 11 August 2014, the portrait of Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea, has been removed from the new 5,000-won note in favor of the birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae, with the back depicting the International Friendship Exhibition building in Myohyang-san.

DPRK B57 (PNL): 5,000 (won)
Brown and pink. Front: Coat of arms; trees; houses (birthplace of Kim Il Sung) in Mangyongdae; five-pointed star within a star. Back: International Friendship Exhibition building in Myohyang-san. Solid security thread with printed text. Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold’s magnolia) flowers. Printer: Unknown. 145 x 65 mm.
a. 2013. Intro: 2014.

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

Courtesy of Danny Verheij, Mark Irwin, Alex Klark, and Noteshobby.

Myanmar new 5,000-kyat note to be issued 01.10.2014

According to an article on dated 19 September 2014, the Central Bank of Myanmar will issue a 5,000-kyat banknote with a new design and improved security features on 1 October 2014. Existing 5,000-kyat notes (CBM B15) will remain legal tender.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

British Honduras chapter available for free for a limited time

British Honduras cover
Today I'm pleased to announce another sponsored chapter give-away thanks to the generosity of Tony Pisciotta of Banknotes of the World. Tony has been a dealer for more than 35 years. He buys and sells all worldwide notes, concentrating on scarcer items from French Colonial, British Commonwealth, and the Middle East. His website is updated on a near-daily basis.

Tony is sponsoring the give-away of the British Honduras chapter. This 10-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of British Honduras from 1894 to 1973. It normally costs $9.99, but if you are among the first 50 collectors to use the coupon code PISCIOTTA during checkout, you can download the chapter absolutely free. As this is a limited offer, please take advantage of it only if you are truly interested in the notes of British Honduras.

If you are a dealer and are interested in sponsoring a give-away of other chapters, please contact me to discuss the particulars.

Israel new 50-new shekel note confirmed

The Bank of Israel introduced the new 50-new shekel banknote on 16 September 2014.

BOI B43 (PNL): 50 new shekels (US$15)
Green. Front: Menorah as registration device; open book in gold-to-green SPARK; citrus trees and fruit; poet, Shaul Tchernichovsky; microprinted poem “Oh, My Land, My Homeland.” Back: Capital of Corinthian column; menorah. Windowed color-changing security thread with demetalized 50 and portrait of Shaul Tchernichovsky. Watermark: Shaul Tchernichovsky and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 136 x 71 mm.
a. 2014. Signature 15. Intro: 16.09.2014.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Raphael Dvir.

Dominican Republic to issue new family of notes in 2014

According to an article on Entorno Inteligente dated 8 September 2014, the Banco Central de la República Dominicana plans to introduce a new family of banknotes in 2014, with denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 pesos dominicanos. The notes will be dated 2014 and have new designs and new security features. Current notes will continue to circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Trans-Dniester new numismatic products confirmed


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.

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer ( and Albert Vokhmin.

Turkmenistan new 1-, 50-, and 100-manat notes confirmed


According to a press release by the Central Bank of Turkmenistan, revised 1-, 50-, and 100-manat notes have been issued with enhanced security features, including microprinting, pearlescent stripes, and—on the two larger denominations—wider windowed security threads and holographic stripes. The notes are dated 2014 and signed by Gochmyrat Myradov.

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

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (

Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 50-franc note confirmed

50 francs, 30.06.2013. Like BCC B19a, but new date and new signature (Deogratias Mutombo Mwana Nyembo).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India government legally permitted to print 1-rupee notes

According to an article in The Economic Times dated 7 September 2014, the Law Ministry has ruled that Coinage Act of 2011 gives the Government of India authorization to print 1-rupee banknotes, despite the objections of the Reserve Bank of India, which prints all other denominations.

Denmark new date (2012) 1,000-krone note confirmed

1,00 kroner, (20)12. Like P69, but new date. Prefix A5.

Courtesy of Frede Hansen.

Albania arrests governor of central bank

According to a Reuters article dated 5 September 2014, Ardian Fullani, governor of the Banka e Shqiperise (Bank of Albania) since 28 October 2004, was arrested by the State Police on charges of abuse of office after the theft of 713 million lek (US$6.63 million) from the bank vaults over four years by bank employee Ardian Bitfaj.

According to the bank's press release dated 6 September 2014, the supervisory council of the bank recommends the dismissal of Fullani. If that should come to pass, collectors can expect new signature varieties as the governor's signature has appeared on all notes issued during the past decade.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.