How do you change a currency – fast?

"How do you change a currency – fast?" by Isabelle Fraser was posted on The Telegraph on 30 June 2015. It's an excellent article drawing on De La Rue's experience replacing Iraq's currency and provides other great historical examples of how to handle the possible departure of Greece from the European Monetary Union.

Courtesy of James Cadman.

Sweden new date (2014) 100-kronor note confirmed

100 kronor, (201)4. Like P65, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Ukraine new signature 50-hryvnia note confirmed

50 гривень (hryven), 2014. Like NBU B50, but new signature (Valeriia O. Gontareva). Prefix УГ, УЄ.

Courtesy of Yuriy Akhtemenko and Константин Бохонок.

Northern Ireland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 49-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Ireland, Belfast Banking Company, Provincial Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Banks, First Trust Bank, and Ulster Bank Limited. Revised 3 July 2015.

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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • 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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Ukraine new sig/date (2015) 5-hryvnia note confirmed

5 гривень (hryven), 2015. Like NBU B46, but new date and new signature (Valeriia O. Gontareva). Prefix УK.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Yuriy Akhtemenko.

South Africa new signature 20-rand note confirmed

20 rand, no date. Like unlisted note issued 2013, but new signature (E. Lesetja Kganyago). Prefix GQ.

Courtesy of Ruan de Witt.

Myanmar new 10,000-kyat note reported

According to an article on dated 1 July 2015, the Central Bank of Myanmar has introduced a new type of 10,000-kyat note with upgraded security features "to further enhance the note quality and prevent forgery." This note is like the preceding issues (CBM B16), but with the denomination at lower right front expressed in Burmese numerals printed with SPARK, a new watermark, and a protective layer of vanish on both sides to extend the circulation life of the note.

Tonga new note family introduced 29.06.2015

James Pickering of standing beside new Tongan notes and coins.

On 29 June 2015, the National Reserve Bank of Tonga introduced an upgraded family of six banknotes all printed by De La Rue. The new notes feature the portrait of the new king, Tupou VI. The notes will be issued in the coming months to commemorate the king's coronation to be held 4 July 2015. Sets with matched serial numbers will be issued in a folder as a numismatic product.

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

Courtesy of James Pickering ( and Cleo Phas.

Syria new 1,000-pound note reportedly introduced 30.06.2015

On 30 June 2015, the Central Bank of Syria reportedly introduced a new 1,000-pound banknote featuring an ancient Roman theater in southern Deraa province.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

India new date (2015) 1,000-rupee note confirmed

1,000 rupees, 2015. Like P107, but new date. Inset letter R.

Kazakhstan new signature 2,000-tenge note confirmed

2,000 tenge, 2012. Like NBK B41a, but new signature. Prefix БB.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

West African States (Burkina Faso) new date (2014) 10,000-franc note confirmed

10,000 francs, (20)14. Like P318C, but new date. Country code C (Burkina Faso/Upper Volta).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Philippines new date (2015) 100- and 1,000-peso notes confirmed

100 pesos, 2015. Like P208, but new date. Prefix CZ.

1,000 pesos, 2015. Like P210, but new date. Prefix YC.

Courtesy of Sing Chia Tan.

Central African States (Central African Republic) new signature 500-franc note confirmed

500 francs, 2002. Like BEAC B6Ma, but new signature. Country code M (Central African Republic).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

Recommended reading: The secret codes of British banknotes

Omron rings
The BBC has a very interesting article dated 25 June 2015 by Chris Baraniuk entitled "The secret codes of British banknotes," which discusses the so-called EURion Constellation (aka Omron rings) patterns' role in deterring digital counterfeiting.

Unmentioned in this article is that the simplest way to defeat this anti-counterfeiting feature is to use older scanners and photo editing software which do not interfere with the manipulation of banknote imagery. For example, Adobe Photoshop 3 will detect if you attempt to open a banknote image, but it will allow you to open, edit, and save same, but you can't print. With Photoshop 4, you're blocked from even viewing any image determined by the software to be a banknote.

Courtesy of Anthony Rodov and Christof Zellweger.

India new 100-rupee note with novel serial numbers confirmed

According to a press release dated 25 June 2015, the Reserve Bank of India has introduced a 100-rupee note like P105, but with novel serial numbering wherein the size of each digit increases from left to right. "The new numbering pattern will be introduced in a phased manner in all other denominations," though no dates have been announced for the introduction of the other notes.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Poland unveils new 200-zlotych note for introduction in February 2016


On 23 June 2015, Narodowy Bank Polski unveiled a new 200-zloty note with upgraded security features and slight redesigns of the current note. The new note is scheduled for introduction in February 2016.

Courtesy of Jan Bogus and many others.

Poland announces new 500-zlotych note for introduction in 2018

During a press conference on 23 June 2015, Marek Belka, president of the National Bank of Poland, announced that in 2018 the bank intends to introduce a 500-złoty note with a portrait of King Jan III Sobieski (John Sobieski), thereby keeping with the theme of the other denominations which feature “The monarchs of Poland.” The new note will be designed by Andrzej Heidrich, the artist responsible for all other notes in this family. The introduction of this larger denomination is intended to cut costs and streamline economic transactions.

Courtesy of Jan Bogus and many others.

Excellence in Holography Awards 2015 now open to nominations

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The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), are inviting applications and nominations for the Excellence in Holography Awards 2015, ahead of the annual Holography Conference in held on 2-4 December 2015 in Shanghai, China.

The IHMA represents many of the leading hologram and holography technology developers and manufacturers from across the world. The 2015 awards, sponsored by Laczynski and Angus Creative Consultancy, are to showcase the leading developers in holography technology worldwide and recognise innovation in this ever changing field.

The award categories include innovations for the best in Holographic Technology, Origination, Holographic Optical Element Applications and Applied Security, Decorative and Packing Products.

General Secretary Designate of the IHMA, Dr Mark Deakes, said ‘For many years holography has played a key role in decorative and brand protection security for anti-counterfeiting applications. As counterfeiters are increasingly trying to profit from illegally duplicating not only consumer goods but also commercial and industrial products, holography is increasingly being used to promote authenticity within many global industries which rely on the high quality spare and replacement parts within their supply chains. Our awards seek to recognise and reward those companies who continue to showcase the best examples of holography in all these areas of application.’

The award categories cover the full end-to-end spectrum of holograph techniques in origination, production and finishing. The awards will showcase the best examples of design, artwork and techniques used in holograph origination to the application of holographic optical elements, for example in display screens, lighting, communications and vehicular systems. The awards will also showcase exceptional real-world uses of security and authentication holograms by a customer.

Any number of applications or nominations can be submitted - either directly from a company or on behalf of another company or project. People or organisations involved in a hologram project may apply for an Award; others may nominate holographic projects for an Award as long as details can be given of the user or producer of the hologram.

The closing date for receipt of applications or nominations is August 17, 2015. No applications will be accepted after this date. Only holograms first produced commercially or holographic processes or techniques introduced after August 1, 2014, are eligible for the 2015 Awards.

The Awards will be announced and presented at the Awards Dinner on 3rd December during the 2015 Holography Conference™.

For an application form, please contact: Kim Del Pellegrino - or visit

Papua New Guinea new 20-kina 40th anniversary commemorative note confirmed

According to a press release, the Bank of Papua New Guinea has issued a new 20-kina note to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the country with a special overprint of the 40th Anniversary of Papua New Guinea Independence and the National Bird of Paradise image above the Parliament House. They are physically smaller (135 x 70 mm) than the preceding issues, but otherwise the designs remain unchanged except for the addition of an Optical Variable Image (OVI) at upper right front that exhibits three transitional colors when the notes are tilted.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun.