Africa

Seychelles new banknote family (B419-B422) introduced 05.12.2016

According to a press release dated 3 November 2016, in December 2016 the Central Bank of Seychelles will launch a new family of banknotes and coins to commemorate 40 years of Seychelles’ independence, with the theme “Seychelles’ Unique Biodiversity – the backbone of our economy.”

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Courtesy of Alex Zlotin and Igor Tereshkov.

Sierra Leone new date (04.08.2013) 5,000-leone note (B127b) confirmed

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B127b: Like B127a, but new date (4th AUGUST 2013). Prefix GC.

Courtesy of Jan De Roeck.

Sierra Leone new date (04.08.2013) 1,000-leone note (B125b) confirmed

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B125b: Like B125a, but new date (4th AUGUST 2013). Prefix DY.

Courtesy of Jan De Roeck.

Zimbabwe new 2- and 5-dollar bond notes introduced 28.11.2016

BBC News has a great video here showing the new bond notes in use by the public in Zimbabwe.

According to a press release dated 26 November 2016:

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE INTRODUCTION OF BOND NOTES
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is pleased to advise the nation of the introduction of bond notes with effect from Monday, 28 November 2016. The bond notes will be released into the market through normal banking channels in small denominations of $2 and $5 to fund export incentives of up to 5% which will be paid to exporters of goods and services and diaspora remittances. The initial release of bond notes shall be in an amount of $10 million in denominations of $2 and $2 million in $1 bond coins. The features of the bond notes will be released simultaneously with the bond notes.
The use of bond notes within the multi-currency exchange system which are anchored to the US$200 million facility will operate along the same lines as bond coins. They are pegged 1:1 to the US dollar. The banking public is advised that no new accounts will be opened as the bond notes would be deposited into existing US dollar accounts.
In line with the Bank’s thrust to promote a less cash society through the use of plastic money, withdrawal limits of bond notes have been set at a maximum of $50 per day and a maximum of $150 per week. This measure is in tandem with the objective of the Bank to release bond notes into the market on a measured basis which is critical to mitigate against abuse of bond notes.
The Reserve Bank has engaged and agreed with the Retailers Association of Zimbabwe, fuel companies, representatives of the various business associations and the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe on the use and acceptability of bond notes as a medium of exchange in the country.
The Reserve Bank would like to request the public to report any form of malpractice and abuse of bond notes including but not limited to hoarding, defacing, disfiguring or unlawful use of notes and manipulation by person or banks or currency dealers or traders in connection with the use of bond notes.
Such malpractices should be reported to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on toll free numbers Telone – 08006009 and Econet – 08086770.
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe 26 November 2016

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Courtesy of Sherwin Wang.

South Sudan dispels rumors of new banknotes

According to a report on eyeRadio dated 25 November 2016, Kornelio Koriom, governor of the Central Bank of South Sudan, said the bank has no intention of printing, replacing, or changing the current South Sudanese banknotes other than to replace worn and damaged notes.

Ethiopia new date (2015) 50-birr note (B333g) confirmed

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B333g: Like B333f, but new date (2007/2015). Prefix BV.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Malawi new 2,000-kwacha note (B163) reported for 19.12.2016 introduction

According to a press release dated 11 November 2016, the Reserve Bank of Malawi will introduce a new 2,000-kwacha note (B163) on 19 December 2016. The theme depicted on the new note is “Social Development (Tertiary Education)” in line with the running themes on the current Malawi Kwacha series and as such, the motif on the back of the banknote will depict the Malawi University of Science & Technology (MUST) located in Thyolo District. The front of the banknote will bear the portrait of Reverend John Chilembwe.

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Mauritius new date (2013) 100-rupee note (B422g) confirmed

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B422g: Like B422f, but new date (2013). Prefix CY.

Courtesy of Rex Hilligan.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 1,000-franc note (B121Dp) confirmed

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B121Dp: Like B121Do, but new date (2016) and new signature 42.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Zimbabwe newly discovered Cargill Cotton cheques deemed suspect

In late 2016, cheques began to appear on the collector market in amounts from Z$5 million to Z$50 billion. These notes are suspect because the denominations greatly exceed amounts needed during 2003 and 2004, the dates on these cheques, when the largest Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe travellers cheque (B118) was Z$100,000. Furthermore, the PAY TO THE ORDER OF line on the cheque has a crude blue CARGILL COTTON rubber stamp, even though the legend reads For and on behalf of CARGILL COTTON (PVT.) LTD. It’s illogical for the company to write cheques to itself. Unless compelling evidence surfaces that these are legitimate issues, The Banknote Book considers them fakes created from remainder cheque stock specifically to defraud the collector market. As such, they are not cataloged and buyers should be highly suspect of same.

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Courtesy of Austin Mattox and Steve Milner.

Egyptian pound devalued by 48 percent

According to various articles, on 3 November 2016 Egypt floated its currency after a 48 percent devaluation of the Egyptian pound. With this move, the face value of its largest banknote, the 200-pound note (B337), falls to just US$13. Expect prices of modern Egyptian notes to be volatile until the market absorbs this unexpected move.

Nigeria new date (2016) 200-naira note (B227v) confirmed

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B227v: Like B227u, but new date (2016). Prefix B/52.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Zimbabwe prepares for issuance of bond notes by end of 2016

According to an article in The Herald dated 1 November 2016, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has gazetted Statutory Instrument 133 of 2016, providing the legal framework for the introduction of bond notes and coins as legal tender. The new currency is expected to circulate at par with the US dollar when introduced by the end of 2016.

Liberia new 10-dollar note (B312) confirmed

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B312 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$0.10)
Blue. Front: First president, Joseph Jenkins Roberts; 5-pointed star as registration device. Back: Bank seal with crossed kissi money and front and back of 50-cent coin dated 1969; 5-pointed star; man tapping rubber tree. 3-mm wide color-changing windowed security thread. Watermark: Coat of arms with electrotype CBL. Printer: (Crane Currency). 133 x 66 mm.
a. 2016. Signature 7. Prefix AA. Intro: 06.10.2016.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.

Liberia new 5-dollar note (B311) confirmed

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B311 (PNL): 5 dollars (US$0.05)
Purple. Front: Fifth president, Edward James Roye; 5-pointed star as registration device. Back: Bank seal with crossed kissi money and front and back of 50-cent coin dated 1969; 5-pointed star; woman harvesting rice. 3-mm wide color-changing windowed security thread. Watermark: Coat of arms with electrotype CBL. Printer: (Crane Currency). 133 x 66 mm.
a. 2016. Signature 7. Prefix AA. Intro: 06.10.2016.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.

Libya new "Russian" 20-dinar note (B548) confirmed

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B548: Like B544, but different security features, watermarks, and the serial number at right front is horizontal, not vertical, and neither serial number has ascending size digits.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Egypt new 20-pound note (B341) confirmed

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B341: Like B331, but 4-mm wide windowed thread at left. 08.02.2016. Series 292. Replacement note prefix م with numerator ٧٠٠.

Courtesy of Gylfi Snorrason.

Liberia new 100-dollar note (B315) confirmed

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B315: Like B310, but with enhanced security features. Replacement notes confirmed with prefix ZZ.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.

Liberia new 50-dollar note (B314) confirmed

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B314: Like B309, but with enhanced security features.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.

Liberia new 20-dollar note (B313) confirmed

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B313: Like B308, but with enhanced security features.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko.

Liberia reportedly introduced new note family on 06.10.2016

According to a press release dated 6 October 2016, the Central Bank of Liberia has introduced a new family of notes printed by Crane Currency.

Guinea new 100-franc note (B341) confirmed

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B341: Like B324, but new date, new signature, and new vignette at lower right front.

Courtesy of Manuel Fernando Iglesias.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 10,000-franc note (B124Cp) confirmed

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B124Cp: Like B124Co, but new date (2016) and new signature.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States new sig/date (2016) 5,000-franc note (B123Cp) confirmed

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B123Cp: Like B123Co, but new date (2016) and new signature.

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States new date (2015) 500-franc note (B120Cd) confirmed

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B120Cd: Like B120Cc, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Central African States new date (2002) 5,000-franc note (B104Cg) confirmed

B104Cg: Like B104Cf, but new date (2002).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

Ethiopia new date (2015) 100-birr note (B334g) confirmed

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B334g: Like B334f, but new date (2007/2015). Prefix EE.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Somaliland new date (2014) 1,000-shilling note (B123c) confirmed

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B123c: Like B123b, but new date (2014). Prefix FJ.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Sudan new sig/date (03.2015) 2-pound note (B407b) confirmed

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B407b: Like B407a, but new signature and new date (MARCH 2015). Prefix BE.

Courtesy of John Miscall.

Uganda new date (2015) 20,000-shilling note (B158c) confirmed

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B158c: Like B158b, but new date (2015). Prefix AX.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Uganda new date (2015) 10,000-shilling note (B157d) confirmed

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B157d: Like B157c, but new date (2015). Prefix BA.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

French West Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The French 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 28-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque de l’Afrique Occidentale (Bank of West Africa) from 1902 to 1945, Afrique Occidentale Française (French West Africa) in 1944, and Institut d’Emission de l’A.O.F. et du Togo (Issuing Institute of French West Africa and Togo) from 1955 to 1957. Published 19 August 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Egypt new 50-pound note (B340) confirmed

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B340: Like B332, but different windowed security thread and larger, green OVI at upper right.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Max Keller.

Egypt new sig/date 10-pound note (B339b) confirmed

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B339b: Like B339a, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Malawi new date (01.01.2016) 20-kwacha note (B158c) confirmed

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B158c: Like B158b, but new date (1st JANUARY 2016). Prefix BA.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Lesotho new sig/date (2015) 50-loti note (B224b) confirmed

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B224b: Like B224a, but new signature and new date (2013). Prefix AL.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Lesotho new sig/date (2015) 10-loti note (B222b) confirmed

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B222b: Like B222a, but new signature and new date (2013). Prefix AR.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Liberia reported to issue new banknote family "shortly"

According to a press release dated 27 July 2016, the Central Bank of Liberia will "shortly" introduce a new series of banknotes which retains the portraits of the current series (B306 - B310), while enhancing the security, changing the substrate (most likely coated stock or hybrid) to reduce porosity and increase longevity, and adding a new 500-dollar denomination. The specimen designs released so far show the notes are dated 2016 and bear the signatures of the Minister of Finance and Development Planning and the bank's Executive Governor (Boima S. Kamara and Milton A. Weeks, respectively).

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Courtesy of Fernando Iglesias, Central Bank of Liberia, and Arnoldo Efron (Monetary Research Institute).

Sudan new sig/date (2015) 5-pound note (B408c) confirmed

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B408c: Like B408a, but new date (MARCH 2015) and new signature. Prefix CH.

Courtesy of John Miskell.

Egypt new sig/date (10.12.2015) 200-pound note (B337b) confirmed

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B337b: Like B337a, but new date (10.12.2015) and new signature (Tarek Hassan Amer).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Egypt new signature 5-pound note (B338b) confirmed

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B338b: Like B338a, but new signature (Tarek Hassan Amer) and new date (22.12.2015).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

French Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Somaliland cover
The French Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers. Anyone who buys this chapter also gets the Djibouti and French Afars & Issas chapters as well.

This 20-page catalog covers notes issued by Banque de l’Indo-Chine (Bank of Indo-China) from 1905 to 1948, Chambre de Commerce de Djibouti (Djibouti Chamber of Commerce) in 1919, and Trésor Public (Public Treasury) in 1952. Published 15 July 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Egypt new sig/date 100-pound note (B336b) confirmed

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B336b: Like B336a, but new signature (Tarek Hassan Amer) and date (13.01.2016). Prefix 263.

There is also a minor change in the Arabic spelling of the word HUNDRED at right front.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Warszawski.





Egypt new sig/date 20-pound note (B331g) confirmed

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B331g: Like B331f, but new signature (Tarek Hassan Amer) and date (03.02.2016). Prefix 289.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Libya new "Russian" 50-dinar note (B549) confirmed

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B549: Like B545, but different security features, watermarks, and the serial number at right front is horizontal, not vertical, and neither serial number has ascending size digits.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Malawi new date (01.01.2016) 1,000-kwacha note (B159b) confirmed

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B159b: Like B159a, but new date (1st JANUARY 2016). Prefix BG.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Malawi new 200-kwacha note (B162) confirmed

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B162: Like B153, but with with enhanced blind recognition features, and new date (1st JANUARY 2016). Prefix AZ.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Malawi new date (01.01.2016) 100-kwacha note (B160b) confirmed

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B160b: Like B160a, but new date (1st JANUARY 2016). Prefix AZ.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Malawi new date (01.01.2016) 50-kwacha note (B157c) confirmed

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B157c: Like B157b, but new date (1st JANUARY 2016). Prefix BA.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Nigeria new date (2016) 20-naira note (B232p) confirmed

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B232p: Like B232o, but new date (2016). Prefix DB.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Mauritius new sig/date (2015) 1,000-rupee note (B429b) confirmed

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B429b: Like B429a, but new signatures (Yandraduth Googoolye, Rameswurlall Basant Roi, and Mahendra Vikramdass Punchoo) and new date (2015). Prefix BJ.

Courtesy of Owen Griffiths.

Mauritius announces plans to introduce new note family in late 2017

According to a press release dated 17 June 2016, the Bank of Mauritius has begun planning a new family of banknotes to be issued in a phased manner beginning in the second half of 2017 with improved security features and entirely new designs. The portraits will be replaced with illustrative elements that may include Mauritius’ “national heritage, history, culture, endemic species of the Mauritian flora and fauna, and distinctive landscapes.”

Nigeria new date (2016) 1,000-naira note (B229m) confirmed

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Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

Egypt new sig/date (2016) 1-pound note (B316n) confirmed

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B316n: Like B316m, but new signature (Tarek Hassan Amer), new date (2016), and new windowed Motion security thread.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Tanzania reportedly replacing 500-shilling note (B139) with coin

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According to an article on DailyNews dated 9 June 2016, the Bank of Tanzania is phasing out 500-shilling notes (B139) and replacing same with coins.

Somalia reportedly to issue new official notes in early 2017

According to a Bloomberg article dated 27 May 2016, Somalia plans to print new official banknotes that will circulate in parallel with US dollars by early 2017. The International Monetary Fund is helping Somalia print and circulate the currency, said Bashir Issa Ali, governor of Somalia’s central bank. Most Somali shillings currently in circulation were printed by warlords, not the federal government in Mogadishu.

Libya's rival currencies reportedly will circulate in parallel

The latest reports out of Libya indicate that the Presidency Council of the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord has reversed its previous rejection of the new banknotes which were printed in Russia for the Thinni government in Beida. Although similar in design and size to the existing notes issued by the internationally-recognized Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli, the new notes have different security features, watermarks, and serial numbers.

The rival Central Banks in Tripoli and Beida will apparently jointly supervise the issue of new notes which will circulate throughout the country to alleviate the cash shortage. The new Russian-printed note are to be issued on 1 June 2016.



Libya new competing 20- and 50-dinar notes reportedly to be introduced 01.06.2016

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According to an article in The Libya Observer dated 25 May 2016, the eastern Central Bank of Libya (based in the city of Bayda, not the capital Tripoli) plans to introduce new 20- and 50-dinar notes on 1 June 2016. 4-billion dinars worth of new notes were reportedly printed in Russia (likely by Goznak) and bear the signature of Governor Ali Al-Hibri, the rival for Tripoli-based Governor Al-Siddig Al-Kabir. The new notes will reportedly circulate in parallel with the existing notes of the same denominations (B544 and B545, respectively). The designs of both are very similar, though there are slight changes to the security features, and the serial number at right front is horizontal, not vertical, and neither serial number has ascending size digits.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Libya may soon have competing dinars issued by two different banks

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These images are reportedly of the dinar notes intended for the bank in eastern Libya.

According to an article in The Guardian dated 20 May 2016, there are reports that Libya's unity government may be undermined by the introduction of two different sets of new dinar notes from competing central banks: the UN-recognized Tripoli government led by Fayez Sarraj and the Tobruk-based parliament loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in the east. Apparently De La Rue has recently delivered new notes to the Tripoli bank, whereas Ali Salim al-Hibri, once recognized as the bank governor by the International Monetary Fund, claims to have printed dinars with the help of the Russian state (Goznak). While no images of either notes are yet available, "The two currencies would have different serial numbers, security details and watermarks, diplomats say."

Courtesy of Mark Irwin and Raphael Dvir.

Eritrea new note family (B113 - B117) confirmed

According to an article in TesfaNews dated 29 November 2015, the Bank of Eritrea began replacing preceding issues at par with these new notes from 18 November to the end of 2015. During November, individuals and entities could deposit any amount of money in their accounts, but during December, deposits and exchanges were limited to 20,000 nakfa. On 1 January 2016, the old nakfa notes was demonetized. The move was meant to harm black marketeers who hoard large sums of money for informal foreign currency exchange, money laundering, counterfeiting, and contraband purposes.

The 100-nakfa note (B110) had been printed in 2011 but held in storage and released only now in late 2015. All the other notes in this new family are dated 24.5.2015 and begin with AA prefixes, indicating a new family, but the 100-nakfa is dated 24.5.2011 and has prefix AJ - AN.

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Sudan new sig/date (2015) 50-pound note (B105b) confirmed

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B105b: Like B105a, but new date, new signature, and matte denominations in corners. Prefix AE.

Courtesy of Hamid Kazemi.

Namibia new date (2016) 50-dollar note (B211b) confirmed

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B211b: Like B211a, but new date (2016). Prefix G.

Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

Zimbabwe intends to issue new dollar-denominated "bond notes"

According to a press release dated 4 May 2016, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, blaming a cash shortage of US dollars on the strength of the US dollar, intends to convert all USD exchange receipts into South African rand and euros in an effort to "spread the demand for cash amongst a wide range of currencies and in order to mitigate against concentration risk."

Furthermore, "In order to mitigate against possible abuses of this [USD200 million foreign exchange and export incentive facility] through capital flight, this facility shall be granted to qualifying foreign exchange earners in bond coins and notes which shall continue to operate alongside the currencies within the multi-currency system and at par with the USD. The Zimbabwe Bond Notes of denominations of $2, $5, $10 and $20 shall, therefore be introduced in future, as an extension of the current family of bond coins for ease of portability in view of the size of the USD200 million backed facility."

Anyone interested in a glimpse into modern Zimbabwe politics is encouraged to watch Democrats, a great documentary about the struggles to form a new constitution:



Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Madagascar new signature 100-ariary note (B320c) confirmed

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B320c: Like B320b, but new signature. Prefix/suffix C/A.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

Ghana central bank new governor appointed as of 01.04.2016

According to a press release, "Dr. Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku has been appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana as the Governor of the Bank of Ghana with effect from Friday, April 1, 2016." Expect new signature varieties to follow.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Malawi new 200-kwacha note (B162) reported

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B162: Like B153, but new date, new signature, and hollow 200 at lower center front. Awaiting scans of back to confirm new issue.

Courtesy of Jefferson Ritson and Garry Craig.

South Sudan new 20-pound note (B111) confirmed

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B111: Like B104, but 20 pounds, not 25 pounds, plus dated 2015 and new signature. Prefix AA.

Courtesy of Hamid Kazemi (banknoteswholesale).

South Sudan new 10-pound note (B110) confirmed

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B110: Like B103, but green, not blue, plus dated 2015 and new signature. Prefix AL.

Courtesy of Hamid Kazemi (banknoteswholesale).

Lesotho new sig/date (2013) 20-loti note (B223b) confirmed

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B223b: Like B223a, but new date (2013), new signature (Rets’elisitsoe A. Matlanyane), and couple removed from house doorway on back. Prefix AM.

Courtesy of .

Lesotho new sig/date (2013) 100-loti note (B225b) confirmed

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B225b: Like B225a, but new date (2013), new signature (Rets’elisitsoe A. Matlanyane). Prefix AR.

Courtesy of .

Lesotho new 200-loti note (B226) confirmed

Originally reported in mid-February 2016, the Central Bank of Lesotho has introduced a new 200-loti banknote with see-through Optiks thread.

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B226 (PNL): 200 maloti (US$14)
Orange. Front: Basotho hat (mokorotlo) as registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms with crocodile on shield flanked by Basotho horses; holographic patch. Back: Man on horse; Basotho hat (mokorotlo). Optiks security thread. Watermark: King Moshoeshoe I in top hat, electrotype 200 capped with Basotho hat, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 9. Prefix AA. Intro: 01.04.2016.

Courtesy of .

Madagascar new signature 200-ariary note (B321c) confirmed

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B321c: Like B321b, but new signature. Prefix/suffix C/A.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

West African States rumors of new 50,000-franc note are false

According to an article on SeneDirect dated 1 April 2016, the Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO) plans to introduce a new 50,000-franc note on 30 April 2016. The new denomination is orange. The front of the note is inspired by information and communication technologies, illustrated by a touch pad. The back of the note depicts a pride of lions on the savannah.

However, according to Fabien Louart: There is an error in the french text: On the note, it's written "cinquante milles" (with "s" at "mille") instead of "cinquante mille"... In french the Word "mille" is never written with "s", éventuellement in plurial.

Open further examination, the image below appears to have been based upon the 5,000-franc note, with the colors changed and text manipulated, and the signature combination is from 1990.

According to a press release dated 7 April 2016, the BCEAO claims that these rumors are false.

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Courtesy of Cedrian López Bosch Martineau.

South Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 29-page catalog covers notes issued by the South African Reserve Bank from 1921 to present. Published 8 April 2016.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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West African States new sig/date (2015) 1,000-franc note (B121Ho) confirmed

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B121Ho: Like B212Hn, but new date (2015) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

South Sudan new 10- and 20-pound notes reported

According to an article on Gurtong dated 6 April 2016, the Bank of South Sudan intends to drop the 1-pound note (B101) in favor of a coin, change the color of the 10-pound note (B103) from blue to green so that it is not confused with the 100-pound note (B106), and replace the 25-pound note (B104) with a 20-pound note of the same brown color.

The 5- and 100-pound notes have been already verified with a new signature, and slight changes to the denominations as expressed in the four corners on front.

Mauritius chapter of The Banknote Book is now complete

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

This 23-page catalog covers notes issued by the Special Finance Committee in 1842, Currency Commissioners of Mauritius from 1848 to 1849, Government of Mauritius from 1860 to 1965, and Bank of Mauritius from 1967 to present. Revised 1 April 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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Comoros new signature 10,000-franc note (B310b) confirmed

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B310b: Like B310a, but new signatures (Mze Aboudou Mohamed Chafioun and Remy Rioux). Prefix F.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

South Sudan new sig/date (2015) 5-pound note (B102b) confirmed

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B102b: Like B102a, but new date (2015), new signature (Kornelio Koriom Mayik), and matte denomination numerals in corners. Prefix AL.

Courtesy of Max Keller.

Nigeria new date (2015) 1,000-naira note (B229l) confirmed

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B229l: Like B229k, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Nigeria new date (2016) 10-naira note (B235k) confirmed

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B235k: Like B235j, but new date (2016). Prefix CG.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

South Sudan new sig/date (2015) 100-pound note (B106b) confirmed

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B106b: Like B106a, but new date (2015), new signature (Kornelio Koriom Mayik), and matte denomination numerals in corners. Prefix AB.

Courtesy of Max Keller.

Madagascar new signature 500-ariary note confirmed

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B322d: Like B322e, but new signature (Alain Hervé M. Rasolofondraibe). Prefix/suffix A/Z.

Courtesy of Jérémy Pureur.

Lesotho new 200-loti note reported for introduction "soon"

According to an article dated 17 February 2016 on the PublicEye Online, the Central Bank of Lesotho will soon introduce a new 200-loti banknote as soon as all the necessary formalities are completed. Currently the largest denomination is 100 maloti (B225, introduced in 2011).

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Eritrea new 1-nakfa note (B113) confirmed

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B113 (PNL): 1 nakfa (US$0.05)
Brown, black, and green. Front: Eritrean fighters raising EPLF flag; triptych portrait; camel as registration device. Back: Camel; children studying in outside classroom; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized BANK OF ERITREA. Watermark: Camel head. Printer: Unknown. 130 x 64 mm.
a. 24.5.2015. Sig. 2. Prefix AA. Intro: 18.11.2015.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Sao Tome and Principe new sig/date (31.12.2013) 20,000-dobra note (B305e) confirmed

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B305e: Like B305d, but new signatures and new date (31 de Dezembro de 2013). Prefix CA.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 1-cedi note (B145g) confirmed

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B145g: Like B145f, but new date (1st JULY 2015) and left serial number in serif font. Prefix GS.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 2-cedi note (B152c) confirmed

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B152c: Like B152b, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix BT.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Zambia new 100-kwacha note (B164) confirmed

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B164: Like B157, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix FK-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).

Zambia new 50-kwacha note (B163) confirmed

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B163: Like B156, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix EH-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).

Zambia new 20-kwacha note (B162) confirmed

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B162: Like B155, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix DJ-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).

Zambia new 10-kwacha note (B161) confirmed

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B161: Like B154, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Giesecke & Devrient). Prefix CK-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (
Banknote-Online).

Sudan new sig/date (03.2015) 10-pound note (B409b) confirmed

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B409b: Like B409a, but new date (MARCH 2015) and new signature. Prefix DC.

Courtesy of John Miskell.

Uganda new date (1997) 1,000-shilling note (B140c1) confirmed

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B140c1: Like B140c, but new date (1997). Prefix HL.

Courtesy of Rex Hilligan.

Belgian Congo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 22-page catalog covers notes issued by the Etat Independant du Congo (Congo Free State) in 1896, the Banque du Congo Belge (Bank of the Belgian Congo) from 1914 to 1952, and the Banque Centrale du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi (Central Bank of Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Burundi) from 1952 to 1960. Published 15 January 2016.

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Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 20-cedi note (B148f) confirmed

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B148f: Like B148e, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix WM.

Courtesy of Marco Fragel.

Uganda new date (2015) 1,000-shilling note (B154d) confirmed

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B154d: Like B154c, but new date (2015). Prefix BY.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Tanzania new sig/date (2015) 1,000-shilling note (B140b) confirmed

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B140b: Like B140a, but new signature 16, and new date in security thread with demetalized BOT 2015. Prefix DH. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

South Africa new signature 200-rand note confirmed

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Like P142, but new signature. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Shibu Paul (Ebanknoteshop).

Ghana new date (02.07.1980) 5-cedi note (B120b2) confirmed

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B120b2: Like B120b, but new date (2nd July 1980). Prefix AP.

Courtesy of Rex Hilligan.

Ethiopia new date (2015) 5-birr note (B331e) confirmed

B331e: Like B331d, but new date (2007/2015). Prefix CG.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Malawi new 500-kwacha note (B161a) confirmed

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B161a: Like B154a, but with blind recognition feature (rectangle) at lower left front. Prefix AW.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Malawi new 100-kwacha note (B160a) confirmed

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B160a: Like B152a, but with blind recognition feature (three dots) at lower left front. Prefix AR.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Malawi new date (01.01.2015) 50-kwacha note (B157b) confirmed

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B157b: Like B157a, but new date (1st JANUARY 2015). Prefix AX.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Madagascar new signature 5,000-ariary note (B328b) confirmed

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B328b: Like B328a, but new signature (Alain Hervé M. Rasolofondraibe). Prefix/suffix D/D. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Dominique Dannery.

Madagascar new signature 1,000-ariary note (B323c) confirmed

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B323c: Like B323b, but new signature (Alain Hervé M. Rasolofondraibe). Prefix/suffix B/N. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Dominique Dannery.

Libya new 5- and 10-dinar notes (B546 and B547) confirmed

According to a Libya Herald article dated 8 December 2015, on 13 December the Central Bank of Libya introduced the following new 5- and 10-dinar notes.

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Curiously, these notes are different than those shown in the following photograph which appeared in photographs in various news sources in early 2013. All denominations except for the 5- and 10-dinar notes shown below were eventually issued that year. In October 2013, gunmen stole 55 million dinars worth of notes from a bank van. If the unissued notes were part of the loot, it's possible that the bank decided to change the designs to make the haul worthless.

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Ahmed Elturki.

Zimbabwe makes Chinese yuan legal tender after China cancels debts

According to an article in The Guardian dated 21 December 2015, "Zimbabwe has announced that it will make the Chinese yuan legal tender after Beijing confirmed it would cancel $40m in debts." Zimbabwe stopped using its own dollar currency in 2009 after years of hyperinflation, and replaced it with the US dollar and South African rand.

Courtesy of Mark Irwin.

Madagascar modified note family reported

According to a newspaper announcement dated 15 October 2015, Banky Foiben'i Madagasikara will issue notes without references to the Malagasy franc, and with a new signature.

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Courtesy of Albert Janssen.

Mauritania new sig/date (28.11.2015) 100-ouguiya note (B121b) confirmed

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B121b: Like B121a, but new signatures and new date (28.11.2015). Prefix AC.

Courtesy of Fernando Iglesias.

Swaziland new sig/date (07.01.2014) 10-lilangeni note (B231b) confirmed

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B231b: Like B231a, but new date (7.1.2014) and new signatures. Actually the signatories are the same (Martin G. Dlamini and Majozi Vincent Sithole), but they've switched offices, and hence positions and titles on the note. Prefix AA.

Courtesy of Hermannn Huber.

Swaziland new sig/date (07.01.2014) 20-lilangeni note (B232b) confirmed

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B232b: Like B232a, but new date (7.1.2014) and new signatures. Actually the signatories are the same (Martin G. Dlamini and Majozi Vincent Sithole), but they've switched offices, and hence positions and titles on the note. Prefix AA and AZ (replacement).

Courtesy of Hermannn Huber.

Swaziland new sig/date (07.01.2014) 200-lilangeni note (B235b) confirmed

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B235b: Like B235a, but new date (7.1.2014) and new signatures. Actually the signatories are the same (Martin G. Dlamini and Majozi Vincent Sithole), but they've switched offices, and hence positions and titles on the note. Prefix AA.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).



Tanzania new signature 2,000-shilling note (B141b) confirmed

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B141b: Like B141a, but new signatures. Prefix EQ - EX.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Guinea new 1,000-franc note (B340) confirmed

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B340 (PNL): 1,000 francs (US$0.15)
Tan. Front: Woman with plaits; two pigeons taking flight; coat of arms; bank logo as registration device. Back: Map of Guinea; two dump trucks and steam shovel at open pit bauxite mine; stalk of bananas. Windowed security thread with demetalized GNF 1000. Watermark: Woman with plaits and electrotype RG 1000. Printer: Unknown. 139 x 68 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 5. Prefix AF.

Courtesy of Hamid Kazemi (banknoteswholesale).

Zambia new 5-kwacha note (B160) confirmed

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B160: Like B153, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (Royal Joh. Enschede). Prefix BH-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Zambia new 2-kwacha note (B159) confirmed

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B159: Like B152, but with tactile diagonal lines for the visually impaired intaglio printed at center right front, new date (2015), new signature (Denny Kalyalya), and new printer imprint at lower right back (OBERTHUR fiduciaire). Prefix AL-12.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Rwanda new 1,000-franc note (B140) confirmed

According to the Official Gazette n° Special of 16/10/2015, the National Bank of Rwanda was authorized to issue a new 1,000-franc note (B140) on 15 October 2015. It's like the preceding issues, but the security features have been strengthened and French has been removed from these notes. Now all text is in Kinyarwanda on the front, and English on the back.

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B140 (PNL): 1,000 francs (US$1.40)
Blue, green, and orange. Front: Green-to-blue flying dove SPARK Orbital patch; National Museum of Rwanda buildings in Butare. Back: Golden monkey in Volcanoes National Park. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BNR1000. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype BNR. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 72 mm.
a. 01.05.2015. Signature 24. Prefix AA - BV. Intro: 15.10.2015.

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com).

Uganda new date (2014) 1,000-shilling note (B154c) confirmed

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B154c: Like B154b, but new date (2014). Prefix BT.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).

Uganda new date (2015) 2,000-shilling note (B155c) confirmed

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B155c: Like B155b, but new date (2015). Prefix BG.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).

Uganda new date (2015) 5,000-shilling note (B156d) confirmed

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B156d: Like B156c, but new date (2015). Prefix AW.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk (Nogowczyk).

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 5-cedi note (B146f) confirmed

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B146f: Like B146e, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix QR.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Nigeria new sig/date (2015) 200-naira note (B227u) confirmed

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B227u: Like B227t2, but new date (2015) and new signatures. Prefix A/38.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Eritrea new currency reported


According to Legal Notice No. 124/2015 dated 4 November 2015, the Bank of Eritrea plans to replace its currently circulating banknotes at par for a new series of notes. Although it has not yet announced when the change will take place, the currency redemption process will last six weeks. During the first two weeks, individuals and entities may deposit any amount of money in their accounts, but during the last four weeks, deposits and exchanges will be limited to 20,000 nakfa. After six weeks, the old nakfa notes will be demonetized.

Courtesy of Simon G. Tewolde.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 50-cedi note (B151c) confirmed

B151c: Like B151b, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix XK.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Ghana new date (01.07.2015) 10-cedi note (B147f) confirmed

B147f: Like B147e, but new date (1st JULY 2015). Prefix TC.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Malawi new date (01.01.2015) 20-kwacha note (B158b) confirmed

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B158b: Like B158a, but new date. Prefix AW.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Egypt new 5-pound note (B338) confirmed

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B338: Like B329, but latent image at upper right front, wider windowed security thread to left of vignette on front.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Egypt new 10-pound note (B339) confirmed

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B339: Like B330, but latent image at lower left front, wider windowed security thread to right of vignette on front.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Namibia new 20-dollar note (B217) without OVI confirmed

According to a media release dated 6 October 2015, on 20 October the Bank of Namibia introduced new 10- and 20-dollar banknotes which are like the existing notes (B214 and B215, respectively), but without the large OVI diamond at center front as a cost-savings measure.

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Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

West African States new sig/date (2015) 10,000-franc note (B124Ao) confirmed

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B124Ao: Like B124An, but new date (2015) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

West African States new sig/date (2015) 5,000-franc note (B123Ao) confirmed

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B123Ao: Like B123An, but new date (2015) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner.

Namibia new 10-dollar note (B216) without OVI confirmed

According to a media release dated 6 October 2015, on 20 October the Bank of Namibia introduced new 10- and 20-dollar banknotes which are like the existing notes (B214 and B215, respectively), but without the large OVI diamond at center front as a cost-savings measure.

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Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

South Africa new signature 50-rand note confirmed

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P140: Like P140, but new signature (E. Lesetja Kganyago). Prefix GJ - GM.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Cape Verde new 500- and 5,000-escudo notes (B218 and B221) confirmed

According to a press release dated 8 September 2015, the Banco de Cabo Verde planned to introduce new 500- and 5,000-escudo notes on 10 September 2015, thereby completing the new family which consists of 100-, 1,000-, and 2,000-escudo notes issued on 24 December 2014.

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B218 (PNL): 500 escudos (US$4.90)
Green, orange, red, and purple. Front: Holographic open book; poet Jorge Barbosa; embossed open book. Back: Quill in inkwell; lines from Barbosa’s poem, “Casebre” (struggle); Poilão Dam in the Santa Cruz municipal area on Santiago island (home of Jorge Barbosa); line drawing of women with baskets. Solid security thread with demetalized BCV 500. Watermark: Jorge Barbosa with electrotype typewriter and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 131 x 65 mm.
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Prefix CA. Intro: 10.09.2015.

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B221 (PNL): 5,000 escudos (US$49)
Purple, light blue, orange, and yellow. Front: Map of Africa as registration device; islands superimposed on house exterior; stylized waves; first president, Aristides Maria Pereira; embossed map of Africa. Back: Stylized wave; map of Boa Vista; landscape of Boa Vista (home of Aristides Maria Pereira), including fireplace of pottery factory. Holographic stripe with Aristides Maria Pereira, BCV, and map of Boa Vista. Red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BCV 5000 and torch. Watermark: Aristides Maria Pereira and electrotype torch with Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 148 x 74 mm.
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Prefix JA. Intro: 10.09.2015.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.



Kenya new banknote family reported for introduction 29.09.2015

According to an article on KBC dated 25 September 2015, on National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich says the government has finalized preparations for the new currency whose features would be unveiled on 29 September.

Article 231 section 4 of the Constitution prohibits the use of portraits or images of individuals on the currency and instead says notes and coins should only bear images that depict or symbolize an aspect of Kenya. Central Bank of Kenya was given until the beginning of this month to adhere to this. Rotich says despite the delay details of the new design of the local currency are now ready and would be unveiled next week.

He made the remarks during the launch of the CBK@50 celebrations, the first in a series of activities running for one year and culminating in celebrations slated for September, 2016 when CBK turns 50.

UPDATE: As of 10 October 2015, there is nothing about a new family of notes on the Central Bank of Kenya's web site.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

South Africa new signature 10-rand note (P138) confirmed

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10 rand: Like P138, but new signature. Prefix FN.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Sudan new sig/date (03.2015) 50-pound note (B411b) confirmed

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B411b: Like B411a, but new signature (Abdelrahman Hassan Abdelrahman Hashim) and new date (MARCH 2015). Prefix FH.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.


Namibia new 10- and 20-dollar notes (B216 and B217) without OVI reported for 20.10.2015

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B214a

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B215a

According to a media release dated 6 October 2015, on 20 October the Bank of Namibia will introduce new N$10 and N$20 banknotes which are like the existing notes (B214 and B215, respectively, shown above), but without the large OVI diamond at center front as a cost-savings measure.

Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

Burundi new 1,000-franc note (B237a) confirmed

According to a press release, on 1 September 2015 the Banque de la République du Burundi introduced a new 1,000-franc note (B237a). This note completes the new family which also includes the following denominations: 500, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 francs, all dated 15-01-2015 and introduced on 29 April 2015.

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B237 (PNL): 1,000 francs (US$0.65)
Green. Front: Fish as registration device; bird perched on branch; coat of arms; cattle; flag. Back: Map outline of Burundi; banana trees; fish; bank logo. Windowed holographic security thread with demetalized head of heifer, stars, and BRB. Watermark: Prince Louis Rwagasore and electrotype BRB. Printer: Unknown. 125 x 65 mm.
a. 15-01-2015. Signature 30. Prefix BA. Intro: 01.09.2015.

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Preceding 1,000-franc notes (B233a, above) will continue to circulate in parallel until 1 December 2015, at which time they lose their legal tender status, but the bank will accept them at a discount of 5% for a time to be announced.

Courtesy of Jerome Deschamps (www.banknoteslinks.com) and Thomas Augustsson.

Sudan new sig/date (March 2015) 20-pound note (B410c) confirmed

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B410c: Like B410b, but new date (MARCH 2015), new signature (Abdelrahman Hassan Abdelrahman Hashim), and windowed thread on back, not front. Prefix EH.

Courtesy of Vic Krysko.

Guinea new smaller 500-franc note (B339) confirmed

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B339 (PNL): 500 francs (US$0.10)
Green. Front: Woman with headscarf; coat of arms. Back: Minehead; diamond; ceremonial headdress. Solid security thread. Watermark: Woman with headscarf, RG, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 128 x 63 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 5. Prefix NU.
Like B328, but physically smaller.

Courtesy of Alex Liberia.

West African States chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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Nigeria new signature 1,000-naira note (B229k) confirmed

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B229k: Like B229j, but new signature. Prefix K/98.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Nigeria new sig/date (2015) 10-naira note (B235j) confirmed

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B235j: Like B235i, but new date (2015) and signatures. Prefix BV.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Botswana new date (2014) 20-pula note (B125d) confirmed

B125d: Like B125c, but new date (2014). Prefix AH.

Courtesy of Craig Eustace.

Guinea new 5,000-franc note (B337a) confirmed

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B337 (PNL): 5,000 francs (US$0.70)
Purple, green, red, and blue. Front: Woman with cimier hairstyle; two pigeons taking flight coat of arms; bank logo as registration device. Back: Kinkon dam; mask. 3-mm red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized GNF 5000. Watermark: Woman with cimier hairstyle, RG, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 140 x 65 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 5. Prefix AA. Intro: July 2015.

Courtesy of Oleksiy Danylenko (Alex Liberia).

Madagascar new signature 10,000-ariary note (B329b) reported

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B329b: Like B329a, but new signature (presumably Alain Hervé M. Rasolofondraibe). Prefix/suffix C/Z.

Courtesy of Thomas Neldner and Jérémy Pureur.

Ethiopia new date (2015) 10-birr note (B332d) confirmed

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B332d
Like B332c, but new date (2015). Prefix BF.

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com).

Egypt new 200-pound note (B337) with enhanced security confirmed

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B337 (PNL): 200 pounds (US$29)
Purple, green, and brown. Front: SPARK patch; denomination as registration device; Qani Bay mosque in Cairo. Back: Statue of the Seated Scribe; cartouche with “Egypt is Peace” in hieroglyphics. Motion windowed security thread. 1.5-mm wide solid security thread with demetalized 200 POUNDS in Arabic. Watermark: Egyptian Scribe and electrotype 200. Printer: (CBE). 165 x 73 mm.
a. 07.04.2014. Signature 12. Intro: July 2015.
Like B335, but with SPARK patch and Motion security thread.

Courtesy of Ashraf Nasr.

Egypt new 100-pound note (B336) with enhanced security confirmed

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B336 (PNL): 100 pounds (US$14)
Green, orange, purple, and brown. Front: Eye of Horus as registration device; SPARK patch; Sultan Hassan mosque in Cairo. Back: Great Sphinx of Giza; hieroglyphics of Kemet (black soil), ancient name of Egypt; Eye of Horus. Motion windowed security thread. 3-mm wide windowed thread at left center, with demetalized 100 and ONE HUNDRED POUNDS in Arabic. Watermark: Sphinx and electrotype 100. Printer: (CBE). 165 x 70 mm.
a. 14.04.2015. Signature 12. Intro: July 2015.
Like B333, but with SPARK patch and Motion security thread.

Courtesy of Ashraf Nasr.

Namibia new date (2015) 200-dollar note confirmed

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B213b
200 dollars, 2015. Like B213a, but new date. Prefix N.

Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

Nigeria new date (2015) 500-naira note confirmed

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B228o
500 naira, 2015. Like B228p, but new date (2015). Prefix P-66.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Guinea new 20,000-franc note (B338) confirmed

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B338 (PNL): 20,000 francs (US$2.80)
Blue, green, orange, and purple. Front: Guinean woman wearing head scarf; two pigeons taking flight; coat of arms. Back: Map of Guinea; hydroelectric dam in Kaleta; electricity transmission towers. 3-mm red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized GNF 20000. Watermark: Guinean woman and electrotype 20000. Printer: (TDLR). 148 x 70 mm.
a. 2015. Signature 5. Intro: 11.05.2015.

Courtesy of Ruslan Vaschenko, Claudio Marana, Cedrian Lopez-Bosch, and Fernando Iglesias.

Nigeria new date (2015) 20-naira note confirmed

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B232o
20 naira, 2015. Like B232n, but new date.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Zambia to add tactile marks to banknotes by Q4 2015

According to a press release dated 6 July 2015, by the last quarter of 2015 the Bank of Zambia plans to begin introducing notes like the existing family (B152 - B157), but with tactile marks for the visually impaired.

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Guinea new 5,000-franc note to be introduced July 2015

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According to an article on Guinee24 dated 11 July 2015, the Banque Centrale de la Republique de Guinée plans to introduce a new 5,000-franc banknote by the end of July 2015. The new note is based upon the existing design (B334), but is reduced in size and has enhanced security features.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Zambia to issue notes with tactile marks for sight-impaired by end of 2015

According to a Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation article dated 6 July 2015, by the end of 2015 the Bank of Zambia will introduce notes with tactile marks (not Braille) so that they will be readable by the visually impaired.

South Africa new signature 20-rand note confirmed

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

Courtesy of Ruan de Witt.

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

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

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.



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

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

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

South Africa new signature 100-rand note reported

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According to a press release dated 19 June 2015, Lesetja Kganyago, the new governor of the South African Reserve Bank, returned to his home village of Moletjie Ga-Maribana in Limpopo to buy bread, cooking oil, maize meal, and sugar at Makgohloane General Trading shop with the first batch of banknotes bearing his signature.

All other banknotes currently in circulation remain legal tender and will co-circulate with the banknotes bearing Governor Kganyago’s signature.

Mr Kganyago assumed the governorship of the South African Reserve Bank on 9 November 2014, taking over from Gill Marcus.

Courtesy of Craig Eustace.

Zimbabwe dollar to be demonetized 30.09.2015

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The 100-trillion-dollar note (RBZ B82a) shown above was the largest denomination ever issued by Zimbabwe in 2009; it's worth a mere US$0.40 in 2015, and will soon be worthless.

In January 2009, Zimbabwe suspended the use of the Zimbabwe dollar following the legalization of foreign currencies (most notably the United States dollar and South African rand) to combat the hyper-inflation that quickly devastated the value of all Zimbabwean dollar-denominated notes.

According to a press release dated 11 June 2015, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe intends to complete the demonetization of the Zimbabwe dollar pursuant to Sections 41 (2) and 44 (3) of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act [Chapter 22:25].

Beginning 15 June 2015, bank account balances denominated in Zimbabwe dollars will be converted into US dollars at a rate of 35,000,000,000,000,000 (quadrillion) to 1, and Zimbabwe banknotes will be converted into US dollars at a rate of 250,000,000,000,000 (trillion) to 1. The Zimbabwe dollar will lose its legal tender status on 30 September 2015.

Tanzania new signature 5,000- and 10,000-shilling notes confirmed

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5,000 shilling, no date. Like BOT B42a, but new signatures. Prefix CL.

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10,000 shilling, no date. Like BOT B43a, but new signatures. Prefix DF.

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

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

West African States (Senegal) new sig/date (2014) 5,000-franc note confirmed

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5,000 francs, (20)14. Like P717K, but new date and new signatures. Suffix K (Senegal).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 2-cedi note confirmed

2 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B52a, but new date. Prefix BN.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.


Burundi new note family confirmed

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According to a press release on its web site, on 29 April 2015 the Bank of the Republic of Burundi introduced a new family of banknotes consisting of denominations of 500, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 francs. The new notes are phyiscally smaller than the preceding issues, with improved security, durability, and accessibility for the sight impaired. A 1,000-franc denomination is planned for the new family (no release date has been announced), but the 100-franc note will be replaced by a coin, and 10-, 20-, and 50-franc notes will lose their legal tender status in three months, as will all old notes.

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online) and Claudio Marana.

West African States new date (2014) 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs, (20)14. Like PNL, but new date. Suffix A (Ivory Coast).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Uganda new date (2013) 20,000-shilling note confirmed

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20,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B58, but new date.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 1-cedi note confirmed

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1 cedi, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B45e, but new date. Prefix FU - GE.

Also, the format of the horizontal serial number at left front has changed subtly. The top image shows the normal progression from small to tall characters forming the 7-digit serial number, which could be expressed as 1123456, meaning the first two digits are the same size, and then each subsequent digit is a little taller than the preceding. This is the novel formatting used for 1-cedi notes dated 2007-2013, the 5-cedi notes dated 2007-2011, and all other denominations from 2007-2014.

The bottom serial number is from the 1-cedi note dated 2014. As you can see, the format of the serial number is 1223456, meaning that the second digit is taller than the first. This format also is used on the 5-cedi notes dated 2013 and 2014.

It's unknown why the format of the serial number has changed. The prefixes haven't run through the entire alphabet.

Courtesy of Marco Fragel and Sejin Ahn.

Central African States new signature 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs, 2002. Like BEAC B6Cb, but new signature 11.

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Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Botswana new date (2014) 50-pula note confirmed

50 pula, 2014. Like BOB B26, but new date.

Couresty of Craig Eustace.

United Arab Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

United Arab Republic cover
The United Arab Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download to all.

This 2-page catalog covers notes of the Central Bank of the United Arab Republic dated 1958. Published 17 May 2015.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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Uganda new date (2013) 2,000-shilling note confirmed

2,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B55a, but new date. Prefix AY.

Courtesy of Clive Brind.

Maldives new note family to be issued beginning July 2015

According to a De La Rue press release dated 12 May 2015, the Maldives Monetary Authority will introduce a new family of seven banknotes printed on DLR’s Safeguard polymer substrate. The first denomination—a commemorative 5,000-rufiyaa note—will be launched at the end of July 2015. The other circulating denominations—10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 rufiyaa—will follow from October 2015 onwards (the existing 5-rufiyaa note will be replaced by a coin). The Maldives Monetary Authority held a design competition and selected local artist Abdullah Nashaath to ensure that the new family, called Randhihafaheh, has an authentically Maldivian look.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Nigeria new sig/date (2014) 500-naira note confirmed

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500 naira, 2014. Like CBN B28, but new date and new signatures. Prefix P/12.

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Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Central African States new 1,000- and 2,000-franc hybrid notes confirmed

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According to reports, the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of the Central African States) has begun printing 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-franc notes (BEAC B6, B7, and B8, respectively) on hybrid substrate. The notes appear identical to the preceding paper issues, except for the new signature combination of Lucas Abaga Nchama and Salomon Francis Meke. To date the 1,000- and 2,000-franc note has been confirmed with country code U for Cameroon.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Malawi new 1,000-kwacha note confirmed

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1,000 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2014. Like RBM B56, but without the commemorative text at lower right front.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Gambia new dalasi note family confirmed

On 25 February 2015, the Central Bank of The Gambia unveiled 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 preceding issues. The 20-dalasi note will replace the 25-dalasi note which will continue to be legal tender and will continue to circulate until it is fully withdrawn over time.
Originally scheduled for 30 March 2015, the issuance of these notes was postponed until 15 April 2015 due to a delay in the receipt of publicity materials from the printer, De La Rue.

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Gambia delays introduction of new note family until 15.04.2015

PRESS RELEASE
ISSUE OF THE NEW FAMILY OF BANKNOTES

In February, 2015, the Central Bank of The Gambia announced that the new family of Gambian Banknotes including a new D200 banknote will be issued on the 30th March, 2015. Due to delay in the receipt of publicity materials from the printers, the issue into circulation of these banknotes is now slated for 15th April, 2015.
A nationwide sensitization campaign in connection with the issue into circulation of the new family of Gambian banknotes and proper handling of banknotes will commence on the 13th April, 2015.

BANKING DEPARTMENT
30th MARCH, 2015

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Ghana new sig/date (01.07.2014) 50-cedi note confirmed

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50 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B51a, but new date and new signature (Henry Kofi Wampah). Prefix XH.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Nigeria new sig/date (2015) 50-naira note confirmed

50 naira, 2015. Like CBN B36, but new date and signatures (Godwin Emefiele and Olufemi Fabamwo).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

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.

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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.

Libya new 10-dinar variety (B542b) confirmed

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B542b: 10 dinars, 17-2-2011. Like B542a (top), but Arabic bank name at upper center front has shifted upwards, above Omar El Mukhtar's eyes (bottom).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Gambia new 20-dalasi note confirmed

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CBG B30 (PNL): 20 dalasis (US$0.60)
Green. Front: Crocodile; carmine bee eater bird in flight and perched on tree branch; monkeys, trees, and boats in underprint; President Yahya Jammeh. Back: State House. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (TDLR). 144 x 75 mm. Polymer (Safeguard).
a. 22nd July 2014. Signature 16. Prefix A. Intro: 02.03.2015.
This note commemorates the 20th anniversary of the revolution of 22 July.

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

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.

Angola chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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.

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
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  • 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
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  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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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

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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.

Please note that the D20 note shown in the poster above is incorrectly shown as blue with a windowed security thread, whereas the actual note is green without a security thread.

"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.

Mauritania new 200-ouguiya note confirmed

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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.

Tunisia new caption variety 20-dinar note confirmed

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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.

Zambia new date (2014) 50-kwacha note confirmed

50 kwacha, 2014. Like BOZ B56b, but new date. Prefix EG/12.

Courtesy of David Jones.

Nigeria new sig/date (2015) 5-naira note confirmed

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5 naira, 2015. Like CBN B34e, but new date and new signatures (Godwin Emefiele and Olufemi Fabamwo).

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

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Nigeria new 100-naira commemorative confirmed

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CBN B38 (PNL): 100 naira (US$0.70)
Purple, red, peach, brown, and green. Front: Coconut as registration device; Chief Obafemi Awolowo, former Premier of Western Region; several coconuts; green-to-purple SPARK patch with manilla; cotton boll. Back: Manillas; primitive animal figures (alligator, snake, fish, turtle) and leaves in underprint; Quick Recognition Code; manila and coconuts; five Nigerians in native dress playing musical instrument, carrying baskets, and dancing; coat of arms; cowrie shells. Motion windowed security thread with the Nigerian flag and 100. Watermark: Chief Obafemi Awolowo and electrotype 100 CBN. Printer: Unknown. 151 x 78 mm.
a. 2014. Signature 21. Prefix AB - AD. Intro: 19.12.2014.

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This is the first banknote in the world to incorporate a Quick Recognition Code into its design. When scanned with an Internet-enabled mobile device, the code goes to a web site which tells the centenary story of Nigeria. The code is the same on every note.

You can even scan the code directly from this screen or click here to visit the ₦100 Commemorative Centenary Banknote web site.

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

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 10,000-franc note confirmed

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10,000 francs, 30.06.2013. Like BCC B25a, but new date and signature (Deogratias Mutombo Mwana Nyembo, who took over as governor from Jean-Claude Masangu Mulongo on 14.05.2013).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Nigeria new signature variety 1,000-naira note confirmed

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The Governor's signature on the 1,000-naira note dated 2013 and 2014 is confirmed in two different lengths. One in which it is longer than the Director's signature, and another in which they are about the same length.

Courtesy of Chris Hall.

Nigeria new date (2014) 20-naira note confirmed

20 naira, 2014. Like CBN B32, but new date (signatures: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

This denomination has been confirmed dated 2014 with two different signature combinations (the pair cited above, as well as Godwin Emefiele and Olufemi Fabamwo). Curiously, there appears to be overlapping of the prefixes for the signature varieties, with alphabetically earlier prefixes appearing on notes with the newer signatures than the older signatures.

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Nigeria new sig/date (2014) 20-naira note confirmed

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20 naira, 2014. Like CBN B32l, but new date and new signatures (Godwin Emefiele and Olufemi Fabamwo).

Courtesy of Evžen Škňouřil.

Somaliland new sig/date (2012) 1,000-shilling note confirmed

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1,000 shillings, 2012. Like BOS B23a, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Cape Verde new 200-, 1,000- and 2,000-escudo notes confirmed

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B217 (PNL): 200 escudos (US$2.40)
Red, purple, and yellowish-green. Front: Map of Fogo; bunch of grapes; doctor and writer Henrique Teixeira de Sousa; embossed pen nib. Back: Bunch of grapes; Pico do Fogo stratovolcano. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (TDLR). 124 x 63 mm. Polymer (Safeguard).
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Intro: 23.12.2014.

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B219 (PNL): 1,000 escudos (US$12)
Blue, purple, green, yellow, and pink. Front: Holographic patch with musical notes and bird in flight; vine; seashore; composer and musician Codé de Dona (real name Gregório Vaz) playing accordian; embossed bird. Back: Bird in flight; musician holding ferrinho, a musical instrument typical of funaná genre; sun and birds in flight. 4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized BCV 1000 and vine. Watermark: Codé de Dona with electrotype vine, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 136 x 66 mm.
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Prefix EJ. Intro: 23.12.2014.

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B220 (PNL): 2,000 escudos (US$24)
Peach, light blue, brownish-red, and green. Front: Feet as registration device; musical notes on staff; singer Cesária Évora; embossed turtle. Back: Violin; sun over ocean; feet. Holographic stripe with demetalized microphone and musical notes. 4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized BCV 2000 and microphone. Watermark: Cesária Évora with electrotype microphone, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 142 x 71 mm.
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Prefix GM. Intro: 23.12.2014.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de), Thomas Augustsson, and David Bonczak.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 20-cedi note confirmed

20 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B48d, but new date.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Rwanda new 2,000- and 5,000-franc notes confirmed

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According to a press release dated 3 December 2014, the National Bank of Rwanda will issue new 2,000- and 5,000-franc notes as soon as the presidential decree is officially gazetted. The designs remain the same as the current notes (BNR B35 and B36), but the security features have been strengthened, and French has been removed from these notes. Now all text is in Kinyarwanda on the front, and English on the back.

UPDATE: The presidential decree was officially gazetted 16 December 2014.

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

Courtesy of Themanfromkigali.

Cape Verde new 500- and 5,000-escudo notes reported

According to an article on MacauHub dated 2 January 2015, the Bank of Cabo Verde has introduced new 500- and 5,000-escudo notes, thereby completing the new series of notes which also include 200, 1,000 and 2,000 escudo denominations reportedly introduced on 23 December 2014.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and David Bonczak.

Mauritania new 1,000-ouguiya note confirmed

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According to an Innovia Security press release dated 4 December 2014, persuant to Décret Nº 2136-2014 the Central Bank of Mauritania has issued a new 1,000-ouguiya banknote printed on Innovia's Guardian polymer substrate. The design is based upon the preceding paper note (BCM B17), but is reduced in size to 140 x 70 mm. Both notes will circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin and Thomas Augustsson.

Guinea new 5,000-franc font variety confirmed

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5,000 francs, 1 MARS 2010. Like BCRG B34a, but 3-mm tall prefix letters in vertical serial number;
different font in horizontal serial number; w/o Cornerstone watermarks. Printer: Unknown. Prefix KO.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Botswana new date (2014) 200-pula note confirmed

200 pula, 2014. Like BOB B28c, but new date.

Courtesy of Craig Eustace.

Ghana new date (01.07.2014) 5- and 10-cedi notes confirmed

5 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B46d, but new date. Prefix QC.

10 cedis, 1st JULY 2014. Like BOG B47d, but new date. Prefix ST.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Cape Verde new 200-, 1,000-, and 2,000-escudo notes introduced 23.12.2014



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According to an article on OceanPress dated 22 December 2014, on 23 December the Banco de Cabo Verde will introduce new 200-, 1,000- and 2,000-escudo banknotes, the first in a new family honoring Cape Verdean figures in the fields of literature, music, and politics. The 200-escudo note is printed on polymer, whereas the other denominations are on paper substrate.

Courtesy of Cedrian Lopez-Bosch.

Nigeria new 100-naira commemorative to be issued 19.12.2014

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On 12 November 2014, Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan unveiled a new 100-naira banknote to commemorate Nigeria's 100 years of existence. According to an article on allAfrica, the note will be introduced on 19 December 2014.

The note features Crane's Motion windowed security thread with the Nigerian flag and 100 moving when the note is tilted, as well as a SPARK patch that changes color from green to purple when tilted.

Somaliland new sig/date (2012) 5,000-shilling note confirmed

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5,000 shillings, 2012. Like BOS B24a, but new date and new signatures.

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

Courtesy of Chris Twining (http://www.pagescoinsandcurrency.com).

Uganda new date (2013) 1,000-shilling note confirmed

1,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B54a, but new date. Prefix BN.

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

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

Burundi new sig/date (31.102013) 10,000-franc note confirmed

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10,000 francs. 31-10-2013. Like BRB B30, but new signatures and new date.

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

Malawi new sig/date (01.01.2013) 200-kwacha note confirmed

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200 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like RBM B53a, but new signature and new date. Prefix AJ.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Madagascar new Hybrid substrate 2,000-ariary note confirmed

2,000 ariary, 2004. Like BFM B27a, but Hybrid substrate. Prefix/suffix B/P, B/Q. Intro: 2014.

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de) and Thomas Augustson.

Gambia new 20-dalasi commemorative polymer note to be introduced at end of 2014

According to a De La Rue press release dated 18 November 2014, the Central Bank of The Gambia will introduce a 20-dalasi banknote before the end of 2014 to commemorate 20 years in office for President Yahya Jammeh. This note was designed and printed by De La Rue on Safeguard polymer substrate.

This new note is based on the existing paper 25-dalasi note (CBG B24), but is green rather than blue, and features a portrait of the president. The clear window in the polymer note will have an image of a crocodile which currently appears in the watermark of the paper note.

Ruth Euling, Sales Director for De La Rue Currency stated “We are proud to have worked with The Central Bank of The Gambia since its inception and are delighted that they have joined the growing number of banks who have chosen Safeguard for their banknotes. The Gambia is the second country in Africa to issue notes on the Safeguard substrate with a third African country due to issue later this year.”

South Africa new 100-rand note with Omron rings confirmed

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100 rand, no date. Like P136, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

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Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Zambia new date (2014) 100-kwacha note confirmed

100 kwacha, 2014. Like BOZ B57, but new date.

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Courtesy of David Murcek.

Morocco announces intention to print notes for other countries

According to a press release dated 12 November 2014, Crane Currency and Bank Al Maghrib (Morocco's central bank) have entered into a partnership for international banknote printing. "The partnership will enable the group to support the expansion of its paper money printing worldwide with the expertize of Dar As Sikkah, Bank Al Maghrib’s printing unit, with is equipped with modern printing technology."

Malawi new 20-kwacha note confirmed

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RBM B58 (PNL): 20 kwacha (US$0.05)
Purple and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malawi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa II (Lazalo Mkhuzo Jere). Back: Teachers Training College building and tree; stack of books and mortarboard; Malawi map; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa II, electrotype 20, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 128 x 64 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2014. Sig. 12. Prefix AS. Intro: November 2014.

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

Nigeria new 100-naira commemorative unveiled

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On 12 November 2014, Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan unveiled a new 100-naira banknote to commemorate Nigeria's 100 years of existence. Although the new note will have the same portrait of Chief Obafemi Awolowo on front as the existing note of the same denomination (CBN B26), it will have a new color scheme and increased security features, including "One Nigeria, Great Promise" in microprinting. On the back it will feature traditional dancers as well as a quickresponse code (QRC) which when scanned leads users to a website about Nigeria's history. Both notes will circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Francisco Munoz.

Zambia new date (2013) 50-kwacha note confirmed

50 kwacha, 2013. Like BOZ B56, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Malawi new 50-kwacha note confirmed

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RBM B57 (PNL): 50 kwacha (US$0.20)
Light green, light blue, and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malawi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani II (Philip Zitonga Maseko). Back: Elephants, tree, and safari vehicle in Kasungu National Park; Malawi map; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani II, electrotype 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 128 x 64 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2014. Sig. 12. Prefix AP. Intro: August 2014.
Like RBM B51, but enhanced blind recognition features, and the color changed to light green to better distinguish this denomination from the blue 200-kwacha note (RBM B53).

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

Sao Tome and Principe new sig/date (31.12.2013) 5,000-, 10,000-, 50,000-, and 100,000-dobra notes confirmed

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5,000 dobras, 31 de Dezembro de 2013. Like BCSTP B3, but new date and new signatures (Hélio Silva Vaz de Almeida and Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira).

10,000 dobras, 31 de Dezembro de 2013. Like BCSTP B4, but new date and new signatures (Hélio Silva Vaz de Almeida and Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira).

50,000 dobras, 31 de Dezembro de 2013. Like BCSTP B6, but new date and new signatures (Hélio Silva Vaz de Almeida and Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira).

100,000 dobras, 31 de Dezembro de 2013. Like BCSTP B7, but new date and new signatures (Hélio Silva Vaz de Almeida and Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira).

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Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (http://www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com).

Madagascar new Hybrid substrate 500-ariary note confirmed

500 ariary, 2004. Like BFM B22b, but Hybrid substrate. Prefix/suffix A/S - A/V.

Courtesy of Hermann Huber.

Nigeria new date (2014) 10-naira note confirmed

10 naira, 2014. Like CBN N35, but new date.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Zambia new 50-kwacha commemorative note confirmed

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According to a Zambia Daily Mail article dated 23 October 2014, the Bank of Zambia has unveiled a new 50-kwacha note commemorating the 50th anniversary of independence (24 October 1964). The commemorative note depicts the portraits of the five heads of state—founding President Kenneth Kaunda, former presidents Frederick Chiluba, Levy Mwanawasa and Rupiah Banda, and the incumbent President Michael Sata—and has “50th Independence Anniversary” wording.

The new note is legal tender and bears the same security features as the current note of the same denomination, and the two will circulate in parallel.

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BOZ B58 (PNL): 50 kwacha (US$8.20)
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; dove; fish eagle; fig tree in Kabwe; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Presidents Frederick Jacob Titus Chiluba, Rupiah Bwezani Banda, Kenneth David Kaunda, Michael Chilufya Sata, and Levy Patrick Mwanawasa; Bank of Zambia building; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Holographic LEAD stripe. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 50 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2014. Signature 13. Prefix EH/12. Intro: 23.10.2014.

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Courtesy of Aidan Work and Olexandr Danishenko.

Cape Verde approves introduction of new note series

According to an article on OceanPress dated 31 October 2014, the Banco de Cabo Verde intends to honor Cape Verdean figures in the fields of literature, music, and politics by introducing a new series of banknotes in denominations of 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 5,000 escudos. The draft decree approving the issuance was passed on 30 October.

The 200-escudo note is a tribute to the doctor and Cape Verdean writer Henrique Teixeira de Sousa, and his native island, Fogo.

The 500-escudo note honors one of poet Jorge Barbosa and his island, Santiago.

The 1,000-escudo note honors composer and musician Codé de Dona, and the musical genre funaná.

The 2,000-escudo note honors Cesária Évora.

The 5,000-escudo note honors the first President of the Republic of Cape Verde, Aristides Maria Pereira, as well as his native island, Boa Vista.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Zimbabwe new 20-dollar bearer cheque confirmed

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I'm looking for information about this bearer cheque. It's payment clause stipulates "Pay the bearer on deman on or before 30th June 2009." Issue date is listed as 1st August 2008, which corresponds to Zimbabwe’s revaluation when they struck 10 zeros from the dollar. However, the $20 note (RBZ B59) which they issued on that date doesn’t look anything like this note.

This bearer cheque looks like the $20 (RBZ B86) banknote issued on 02.02.2009, which seems to bear some relation to the vertical numbers at front left: 02022909.

I suspect that this was either an unadopted design or a consignment of bearer cheques which they decided not to issue when they opted to issue banknotes instead.

If anyone has additional information, including images of other denominations with similar designs, I would love to hear from you.

Morocco chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 29-page catalog covers notes issued by the Protectorat de la France au Maroc (Protectorate of France in Morocco) from 1919 to 1920, the Banque d’État du Maroc (State Bank of Morocco) from 1910 to 1958, the Empire Chérifien, Protectorat de la République Française (Sharif Empire, Protectorate of the French Republic) in 1944, the Banque du Maroc (Bank of Morocco) from 1960 to 1985, and the Bank Al-Maghrib from 1987 to present. Published 10 October 2014.

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
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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Egypt chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 19-page catalog covers notes issued by the Central Bank of Egypt from 1961 to present. National Bank and Egyptian Government issues will be added to this chapter in the future. Revised 24 July 2016.

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Seychelles new 100-rupee commemorative sheet confirmed

Seychelles_CBS_100_rupees_2013.00.00_BNL_PNL_ZZ_035378_f
100 rupees, 2013. Like CBS B17b, but with 35th Anniversary Central Bank of Seychelles overprint on watermark area at right front. Available only in sheets of 40.

Courtesy of TDS.

Nigeria new date (2014) 100-naira notes confirmed

Nigeria_CBN_100_naira_2014.00.00_B26r_P28_B-10_205963_f
Nigeria_CBN_100_naira_2014.00.00_B26s_P28_B-86_598044_f
100 naira, 2014. Like CBN B26, but new date. Also, on note with B/10 prefix, the signatures appear at center on front with DIRECTOR OF CURRENCY OPERATIONS title on one line. On note with B/86 prefix, the signatures appear at lower center on front, with DIRECTOR OF CURRENCY / OPERATIONS title on two lines.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Nigeria new variety 200-naira notes confirmed

Nigeria_CBN_200_naira_2014.00.00_B27t2_P29_AG-77_398468_f
200 naira, 2014. Like CBN B27t1, but date in italics and black (not brown) signatures.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

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

Congo_Democratic_Republic_BCC_50_francs_2013.06.30_B19b_P97_KD_3864645_D_sig
50 francs, 30.06.2013. Like BCC B19a, but new date and new signature (Deogratias Mutombo Mwana Nyembo).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Southern Rhodesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Southern Rhodesia cover
The Southern Rhodesia 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 Southern Rhodesia Currency Board from 1939 to 1954, and the Central Africa Currency Board in 1955. Revised 29 July 2016.

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Nigeria new date (2014) 500-naira note confirmed

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

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.

Malawi new 1,000-kwacha commemorative note confirmed

Malawi_RBM_1000_kwacha_2014.01.01_B56a_PNL_AV_9716100_f
Malawi_RBM_1000_kwacha_2014.01.01_B56a_PNL_AV_9716100_r

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).

Ethiopia new date (2013) 5-birr note confirmed

5 birr, 2013. Like NBE B31, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Zambia new commemorative note planned for October 2014

According to an article on LusakaTimes dated 8 August 2014, the Bank of Zambia will honor all heads of state—President Sata, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, late Dr Frederick Chiluba, late Dr Levy Mwanawasa, and Mr Rupiah Banda—by incorporating their portraits on a commemorative banknote to be issued in October this year, as part of the golden jubilee celebrations to be held on 24 October 2014.

The bank also launched a book titled, “50 years of Central Banking,” with Dr Gondwe urging interested parties to take keen interest and obtain the book or purchase the coin from BoZ offices in Ndola and Lusaka.

Comoros new signature 5,000-franc note confirmed

5,000 francs, 2006. Like BCC B9, but new signature 8 (Mze Aboudou Mohamed Chafioun and Remy Rioux).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Malawi to issue new note family with blind recognition features in August 2014

According to a press release dated June 2014, in August the Reserve Bank of Malawi will introduce a family of notes similar to the existing issues (RBM B50-B55), but with enhanced blind recognition features. Furthermore, the color of the 50-kwacha note will be changed from light blue to light green to differentiate it from the 200-kwacha notes. Curiously, the 200-kwacha note is not listed as a denomination expected to have the new Braille features.

East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 22-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of the East Africa Protectorate from 1905 to 1919 and the East African Currency Board from 1920 to 1965. Revised 21 June 2016.

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Zambia new date (2013) 20-kwacha note confirmed

20 kwacha, 2012. Liike BOZ B55, but new date. Prefix DG/12.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Sudan 10,000-dinar note confirmed in issued form

Sudan_BOS_10000_sudanese_dinars_1996.05.19_B47a_P59A_NA_8072492_f
Sudan_BOS_10000_sudanese_dinars_1996.05.19_B47a_P59A_NA_8072492_r
10,000 dinars, ١٩٩٦ (19.05.1996). Previously thought to exist only as specimen (BOS B47as), this note has now been confirmed in issued form with signature 12. Prefix NA.

Currently offered in F/VF for sale on eBay with Buy It Now price of US$10,000.

Courtesy of Kang Hyun Soon.

Egypt new sig/date (17.0.2013) 50-pound note confirmed

Egypt_CBE_50_pounds_2013.06.17_P66_167_sig
50 pounds, 17.06.2013 in Arabic. Like P65, but new date and signature (Hesham Ramez).

Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.

Uganda new date (2013) 50,000-shilling note confirmed

50,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B59, but new date. Prefix AM.

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

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Uganda new date (2013) 10,000-shilling note confirmed

10,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B57, but new date. Prefix AU.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Uganda new date (2013) 5,000-shilling note confirmed

5,000 shillings, 2013. Like BOU B56, but new date. Prefix AS.

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

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Nigeria new date (2013) 500-naira note confirmed

500 naira, 2013. Like CBN B28, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Nigeria new date (2014) 200-naira note confirmed

200 naira, 2014. Like CBN B27, but new date.

Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.

Nigeria new date (2013) 100-naira note confirmed

100 naira, 2013. Like CBN B26, but new date.

Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.

West African States (Senegal) new sig/date (2012) 5,000-franc note confirmed

West_African_States_BCEAO_5000_francs_2012.00.00_P717K_12629575551_sig
5,000 francs, (20)12. Like P717K, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

West African States (Senegal) new sig/date (2013) 2,000-franc note confirmed

West_African_States_BCEAO_2000_francs_2013.00.00_P716K_13608346627_sig
2,000 francs, (20)13. Like P716K, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Mauritania new 500-ouguiya note issued 02.06.2014 confirmed

Mauritania_BCM_500_ouguiya_2013.11.28_B23a_PNL_CA_1234567_A_f
Mauritania_BCM_500_ouguiya_2013.11.28_B23a_PNL_CA_1234567_A_r

According to a French-language decree 145-2014 dated 2 June 2014, the Banque Central de Mauritanie introduced a new 500-ouguiya note like BCM B16, but dated 28.11.2013, without the holographic patch at right front, reduced in size to 138 x 65 mm, with electrotype 500 added to the watermark, a windowed security thread, iridescent PEAK (Printed Embossed Anticopy Key) of SCM/500, and LOOK (Laser Originated Optical Key) on three digits of the serial number.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Manuel Fernando Iglesias, and Thomas Augustsson.

Burundi new sig/date (31.10.2013) 500-franc note confirmed

Burundi_BRB_500_francs_2013.10.31_B32c_P45_BS_342501_sig
500 francs, 31-10-2013. Like BRB B32, but new date and new signatures (Melchior Wagara and Jean Gaspard Ciza).

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Hamid Kazemi (banknoteswholesale).

Burundi new sig/date (31.10.2013) 5,000-franc note confirmed

Burundi_BRB_5000_francs_2013.10.31_B35c_P48_BB_043096_sig
5,000 francs, 31-10-2013. Like BRB B35, but new date and new signatures (Melchior Wagara and Jean Gaspard Ciza).

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Raghavendra (Raju) Reddy.

Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 5,000-franc note confirmed

Congo_Democratic_Republic_BCC_5000_francs_2013.06.30_B24b_PNL_R_3001454_B_sig
5,000 francs, 30.06.2013. Like BCC B24, but new date and new signature.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Malawi new note family and commemorative 1,000-kwacha note reported

According to an article on Face of Malawi dated 1 July 2014, the Reserve Bank of Malawi plans to issue a new family of banknotes in August 2014. The new notes will have enhanced blind recognition features, and the color of the 50-kwacha note will change from light blue to light green to better distinguish it from the blue 200-kwacha note. Furthermore, a 1,000-kwacha note will be issued on 6 July 2014 to commemorate Malawi's 50th anniversary of independence. The limited edition commemorative note will circulate in parallel with the existing note of the same denomination (RBM B55).

Courtesy of Cedrian Lopez-Bosch.

Saint Helena new sig/date (2012) 10- and 20-pound notes confirmed

Saint_Helena_GOSH_10_pounds_2012.00.00_B8b_P12_P-1_400028_sig
10 pounds, 2012. Like GOSH B8, but new date and signatures.

20 pounds, 2012. Like GOSH B9, but new date and signatures.

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Courtesy of Yuri Minkin.

Press release: 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012

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Bushra Ali, a frequent contributor to this site and The Banknote Book, recently published the second edition of his Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012. This specialized catalog is available via Lulu.com as a print-on-demand book or an eBook. This 512-page second edition covers all notes from 1856 to 2012, and includes Egyptian notes used in Sudan, along with many notes unlisted in the SCWPM, such as unadopted designs, specimens, and proofs. Visit Lulu.com and click on the Preview link below the image of the book cover to see sample pages of this detailed catalog.

New in the second edition:

  • section for un-Adopted Color Trial for Egypt Notes used in Sudan in Chapter 2
  • Archives Specimen under Pricelist and re-edit some price under pricelist in Chapter 3
  • more un-adopted Design for Sudan and Egypt notes used in Sudan in Chapter 2
  • more information for some early Egypt notes in Chapter 1
  • increase more than 65 pages from previous edition

Eritrea new 20-nakfa note confirmed

Eritrea_BOE_20_nakfa_2012.05.24_B12a_PNL_AE_9499867_f
Eritrea_BOE_20_nakfa_2012.05.24_B12a_PNL_AE_9499867_r

20 nakfa, 24.5.2012. Like BOE B4, but new color scheme, new date, new signatures, and windowed security thread.

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

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

Italian East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Italian East Africa cover
The Italian East Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download to all.

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banca d’Italia (Bank of Italy) from 1938 to 1939. Revised 11 December 2015.

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Nigeria new date (2014) 1,000-naira note confirmed

1,000 naira, 2014. Like CBN B29, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

The Challenge: Identify vignettes on Mozambique's notes

Today’s challenge is to identify the following vignettes from Mozambique's banknotes.

If you can precisely identify the proper name of any of the following—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please send me an email, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

The following scene appears on the front of Mozambique's 100-metical note (P126) dated 16 de JUNHO DE 1980. Mozambique_BDM_100_M_1980.06.16_B11a_P126_AB_7305625_f
IDENTIFIED: Five FRELIMO soldiers raising flag on 25 June 1975 at Machava stadium in Lourenço Marques (Maputo).
Courtesy of Martin Maillot.

The following two scenes appear on the front of Mozambique's 500-metical note (P127) dated 16 de JUNHO DE 1980, so they may be related. The bottom scene could be a crowd waving their voter ID cards. However, I don't like to publish guesses in The Banknote Book, so if anyone can properly identify this vignette, please do.
Mozambique_BDM_500_M_1980.06.16_B12a_P127_AA_3009222_left
IDENTIFIED: Permanent Commission seated behind Samora Moisés Machel addressing People's Assembly.
Courtesy of David Blair.

Mozambique_BDM_500_M_1980.06.16_B12a_P127_AA_3009222_right

The following scene appears on the front of Mozambique's 1,000-metical note (P128) dated 16 de JUNHO DE 1980. On the wall is inscribed FRELIMO [Frente de Libertação de Moçambique] PARTIDO DE VANGUARDA DA REVOLUÇÃO SOCIALISTA, so it appears to be a monument or memorial to liberation fighters, but I've been unable to find its official name or location.
Mozambique_BDM_1000_M_1980.06.16_B13a_P128_AA_0004581_f
IDENTIFIED: FRELIMO monument in Maputo in a small crescent-shaped square along Avenida Samora Machel, beside the old colonial Governor’s house (so called Casa de Ferro) and before the entrance gate of the Tunduru Botanic Gardens. At some point, the monument was replaced by a statue of the FRELIMO leader Samora Moises Machel, killed in a plane crash on 19 October 1986. Courtesy of Rocco Di Leone.

The following scene appears on the front of Mozambique's 5,000-metical note (P133) dated 3 de FEVEREIRO DE 1988 and the 500-metical note (P134) dated 16 de JUNHO DE 1991. Is the statue/carving a famous one? If so, by whom, and what is the name?
Mozambique_BDM_5000_M_1988.02.03_B18a_P133a_ZA_0013097_f
IDENTIFIED: Wood sculpture by Alberto Mabungulane Chissano. Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

The following scene appears on the front of Mozambique's 20,000-metical note (P140) dated 16 DE JUNHO DE 1999.
Mozambique_BDM_20000_M_1999.06.16_B23a_P140_AA_6767546_f
IDENTIFIED: Allegorical representation of education.
Coutesy of Frank van Tiel.

The following appears on the back of Mozambique's 50,000-metical note (P138) dated 16 DE JUNHO DE 1993. Is this just decorative artwork, or does it have some other significance?
Mozambique_BDM_50000_M_1993.06.16_B24a_P138_EC_7631113_r
Querubim artwork
IDENTIFIED: Portion of ceramic low relief on the front of the bank headquarters by artist Querubim Lapa de Almeid. Courtesy of Rocco Di Leone.

Malawi new sig/date (01.06.2012) 50-kwacha note confirmed

50 kwacha, 1st JUNE 2012. Like RBM B51, but new date and signature 12.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Eritrea new 10-nakfa note confirmed

Eritrea_BOE_10_nakfa_2012.05.24_B11a_PNL_AA_3125333_f
Eritrea_BOE_10_nakfa_2012.05.24_B11a_PNL_AA_3125333_r

10 nakfa, 24.5.2012. Like BOE B3, but new date, new signature, new color scheme, and windowed security thread on back. Intro: 2014.

When other denominations underwent color changes, they continued the prefixes from the preceding issues. Curiously, this new note reverts back to prefix AA.

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de), Dennis Zammit and Alexander Petrov.

Zambia new date (2013) kwacha notes confirmed

2 kwacha, 2013. Like BOZ B52a, but new date.

5 kwacha, 2013. Like BOZ B53a, but new date.

10 kwacha, 2013. Like BOZ B54a, but new date.

100 kwacha, 2013. Like BOZ B57a, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Tunisia new 5-dinar note confirmed

Tunisia_BCT_5_dinars_2013.03.20_B36a_PNL_C-1_1033730_fTunisia_BCT_5_dinars_2013.03.20_B36a_PNL_C-1_1033730_r
BCT B36 (PNL): 5 dinars (US$3.20)
Green. Front: City of Carthage; Carthaginian general, Hannibal wearing helmet. Back: Carthaginian ships. Holographic stripe with Hannibal, Carthaginian ship, and crescent moon and star. Windowed green-to-gold security thread with demetalized design. Watermark: Olive tree and electrotype 5. Printer: Unknown. 143 x 73 mm.
a. 2013-3-20. Signature 10. Intro: 17.03.2014.

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Courtesy of Cleo Phas, Max Keller, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Seychelles new 10-rupee commemorative sheet confirmed

Seychelles_CBS_10_rupees_2013.00.00_B9c_P36_AK_020272_f
10 rupees, 2013. Like CBS B9c, but with 35th Anniversary Central Bank of Seychelles overprint on watermark area at right front. Available only in sheets of 28.

Courtesy of TDS.

South Africa new 10-rand note with Omron rings confirmed

South_Africa_SARB_10_rand_2013.11.06_B67a_PNL_CA_8769441_A_f
South_Africa_SARB_10_rand_2013.11.06_B67a_PNL_CA_8769441_A_r

10 rand, no date. Like note issued 06.11.2012, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

Courtesy of David Jones.

South Africa new 20-rand note with Omron rings confirmed

20 rand, no date. Like note issued 06.11.2012, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Egypt new sig/date (16.05.2013) 20-pound note confirmed

Egypt_CBE_20_pounds_2013.05.16_P65_265_sig
20 pounds, 16.05.2013 in Arabic. Like P65, but new date and signature (Hesham Ramez).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Egypt new sig/date (26.02.2013) 5-pound note confirmed

Egypt_CBE_5_pounds_2013.02.26_P63_278_sig
5 pounds, 26.02.2013 in Arabic. Like P63, but new date and signature (Hesham Ramez).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Botswana new date (2012) 100-pula note confirmed

100 pula, 2012. Like BOB B27b, but new date.

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Malawi new sig/date (01.06.2012) 20-kwacha note confirmed

Malawi_RBM_20_kwacha_2012.01.01_B50b_P57_AK_0067156_sig
Malawi_RBM_20_kwacha_2012.01.01_B50b_P57_AK_0067156_r
20 kwacha, 1st JUNE 2012. Like RBM B50a, but new date, new signature, and building on back now correctly identified as in MACHINGA, not DOMASAI.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

South Africa new 50-rand note with Omron rings confirmed

South_Africa_SARB_50_rand_2013.11.06_B69a_PNL_DK_6389661_C_fSouth_Africa_SARB_50_rand_2013.11.06_B69a_PNL_DK_6389661_C_r
50 rand, no date. Like note issued 06.11.2012, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Mauritius new sig/date (2013) 200-rupee note confirmed

Mauritius_BOM_200_rupees_2013.00.00_B27b_PNL_BQ_005378_sig
200 rupees, 2013. Like BOM B27, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Tunisia to introduce new 5-dinar note in Q1 2014

According to an article on Investir en Tunisie dated 27 December 2013, Deputy Governor Mohamed Rekik announced that the Banque Centrale de Tunisie will introduce a new 5-dinar banknote in the first quarter of 2014.

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle.

South Africa new 200-rand note with Omron rings confirmed

South_Africa_SARB_200_rand_2013.11.06_B71a_PNL_GD_0461814_E_f
South_Africa_SARB_200_rand_2013.11.06_B71a_PNL_GD_0461814_E_r
200 rand, no date. Like note issued 06.11.2012, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

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

Courtesy of Shibu Paul - IBNS LM 208 (www.ebanknoteshop.com).

Morocco new 20- and 50-dirham notes confirmed

Morocco_BAM_20_dirhams_2012.00.00_B15a_PNL_05_519271_f
Morocco_BAM_20_dirhams_2012.00.00_B15a_PNL_05_519271_r
BAM B15 (PNL): 20 dirhams (US$2.35)
Purple, orange, and blue. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; crown with star. Back: Train crossing Hassan II Bridge over the Bou Regreg river in Rabat; Hassan II Mosque and city buildings in Casablanca; denomination numerals as registration device. Color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized 20 and Bank Al-Maghrib in Arabic. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 20. Printer: (DAS). 131 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 19.12.2013.

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BAM B16 (PNL): 50 dirhams (US$5.85)
Green, yellow, and blue. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; crown with star. Back: Ouzoud Falls; tree, fruit, and bird; denomination numerals as registration device. Color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized 50 and Bank Al-Maghrib in Arabic. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 50. Printer: (DAS). 138 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 19.12.2013.

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Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle and Manuel Rodriguez Cassanello (Numiscondor).

West African States new sig/date (2013) notes confirmed

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500 francs. (20)13. Like unlisted notes dated (20)12, but new date and signatures.

1,000 francs. (20)13. Like P315C, but new date and signatures.

2,000 francs. (20)13. Like P316C, but new date and signatures.

5,000 francs. (20)13. Like P317C, but new date and signatures.

10,000 francs. (20)13. Like P318C, but new date and signatures.

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Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee.

Congo Democratic Republic new sig/date (30.06.2013) 1,000-franc note confirmed

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1,000 francs, 30.06.2013. Like BCC B23, but new date and signature (Deogratias Mutombo Mwana Nyembo, who took over as governor from Jean-Claude Masangu Mulongo on 14.05.2013).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Tunisia new 10-dinar note confirmed

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BCT B35 (PNL): 10 dinars (US$6.40)
Light blue and yellow. Front: Poet, Aboul El Kacem Chebbi. Back: Arches of Medesa Bacchia school in Tunis. Holographic stripe with Aboul El Kacem Chebbi, quill, and crescent moon and star. Windowed security thread with demetalized design. Watermark: Olive tree and electrotype 10. Printer: Unknown. 148 x 73 mm.
a. 2013-3-20. Signature 10. Intro: 28.11.2013.

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Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Guinea new font variety 1,000-franc note confirmed

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1,000 francs, 1 MARS 2010. Like BCRG B33a, but 3-mm (not 4-mm) tall prefix letters in vertical serial number at right and different font in horizontal serial number at left (B33a, top; B33b, bottom). Also, Cornerstone watermarks removed, possibily indicating someone other than DLR printed the new variety.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Seychelles new sig/date (2013) 10- and 100-rupee notes confirmed

Seychelles_CBS_10_rupees_2013.00.00_B9c_P36_AH_005001_sig
10 rupees, 2013. Like CBS B9, but new date and signature (Caroline Abel).

100 rupees, 2013. Like CBS B17, but new date and signature (Caroline Abel).

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Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (http://www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com).

Nigeria may dump polymer for paper in 2014

According to various news sources dated 26 November 2013, the Central Bank of Nigeria has announced its intention to revert to paper from polymer for its banknote substrate. Nigeria has been issuing low-denomination (5 to 50 naira) notes on polymer since the introduction of the 20-naira note (CBN B32a) on 28 February 2007. In justifying the move, the bank cited the fading of the notes and the bribery scandal surrounding Securency, the substrate supplier. The switch back to paper is expected to begin in 2014 and take place gradually, with the new notes printed by the state-run Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company rather than abroad.

Nigeria new sig/date (2013) 10-naira note confirmed

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10 naira, 2013. Like CBN B35, but new date and signatures.

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

Nigeria new date (2013) 20-naira note confirmed

20 naira, 2013. Like CBN B32k, but new date.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2013) 10-cedi note confirmed

Ghana_BOG_10_cedis_2013.03.06_B47d_P39_SK_9231369_sig
10 cedis, 6th MARCH 2013. Like BOG B47c, but new date and signature.

Courtesy of Radoslaw Dlouhy.

P.S. Radoslaw also mentions that Ghana's National Museum in Accra has some exhibits of banknotes including many specimen notes.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2013) 1-, 5-, and 20-cedi notes confirmed

Ghana_BOG_1_cedi_2013.03.06_B45e_P37_FS_0034409_sig
1 cedi, 6th MARCH 2013. Like BOG B45, but new date and signature (Henry Kofi Wampah).

5 cedis, 6th MARCH 2013. Like BOG B46, but new date and signature (Henry Kofi Wampah).

20 cedis, 6th MARCH 2013. Like BOG B48, but new date and signature (Henry Kofi Wampah).

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

South Africa new banknotes with Omron rings reported

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10back

According to a press release, on 6 November 2013 the South African Reserve Bank revised the banknote family launched exactly a year prior by adding Omron rings (or as the SARB calls them, "little dots") on the fronts and backs of all denominations (visible in the watermark areas on the images above). The existing Mandela notes will continue to circulate in parallel with the new ones. Omron rings appear to be randomly positioned design elements, but in fact can be detected by modern computer hardware and software to restrict the editing and printing of banknote images.

Courtesy of Ruan de Witt.

Libya's central bank robbed of $55 million note shipment

According to a Reuters article dated 29 October 2013, 10 gunmen intercepted a van carrying $55 million in cash when it left the airport in Sirte on its way to the local central bank branch. No word yet on the notes which were stolen, but in the past other nations have responded to large-scale robberies by issuing notes in new colors or designs to thwart the use of the ill-gotten gains.

Courtesy of Nikolajs Cerps.

Ivory Coast chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Ivory Coast chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download to all.

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’A.O.F. - Colonie de la Cote d’Ivoire (General Government of French West Africa - Colony of the Ivory Coast) from 1917 to 1943. Revised 17 October 2015.

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Senegal chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque du Sénégal (Bank of Senegal) from 1853 to 1901 and the Gouvernement Général de l'A.O.F. - Colonie du Sénégal (General Government of French West Africa) in 1917. Revised 31 July 2016.

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Mauritius new 500-rupee polymer notes confirmed

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BOM B32 (PNL): 500 rupees (US$16)
Orange. Front: Coat of arms; Sookdeo Bissoondoyal; bank building façade; standing Justice with sword and scales; blue-to-green OVI patch. Back: Blue-to-green OVI patch; University of Mauritius building and palm trees in Reduit. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): None. Printer: (TDLR). 155 x 74 mm. Polymer.
a. 2013. Signature 9. Intro: 22.08.2013.

According to an official press release, on 22 August 2013, the Bank of Mauritius issued new 25-, 50-, and 500-rupee banknotes printed on polymer. The 25- and 50-rupee notes were printed by Oberthur Technologies on Innovia Security's Guardian substrate, whereas the 500-rupee note was printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard substrate (formerly called Flexycoin). The new polymer notes will circulate in parallel with the preceding paper banknotes upon which their designs are based. The notes contain numerous new security features such as transparent windows showing the image of the dodo, numbers printed with magnetic ink which become fluorescent under ultra violet light, and swing features printed in iridescent ink, which change to a different color when observed in transparency or when tilted.

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Courtesy of Mike Jackson, Thomas Krause, Alex Tobert, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Dahomey chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Dahomey chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free to all.

This 2-page catalog covers notes issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’A.O.F. - Colonie du Dahomey (Government General of French West Africa - Colony of Dahomey) in 1917. Revised 10 September 2015.

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Rwanda new 500-franc note confirmed

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BNR B37 (PNL): 500 francs (US$0.80)
Dark blue and gray. Front: Three cows. Back: Four young students with XO computers (from One Laptop Per Child). Windowed security thread with demetalized BNR500. Watermark: Coat of arms and electrotype BNR. Printer: Unknown. 135 x 72 mm.
a. 01.01.2013. Signature 23. Intro 24.09.2013.

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Courtesy of Antje Maroussi, Ricardo Castedo, Claudio Marana, and Charles Stanikowski.

Ghana new 2-cedi note confirmed

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Like BOG B50a, but without commemorative text at upper center, new date (6th MARCH 2013), and new signature (Henry Kofi Wampah, who took over as governor from Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur on 6 August 2012).

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Mauritius new 25- and 50-rupee polymer notes confirmed

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BOM B30 (PNL): 25 rupees (US$0.80)
Violet and brown. Front: Coat of arms; Milin Jean Ah-Chuen; bank building façade; standing Justice with sword and scales; dodo bird. Back: Dodo bird; building façade, Rodrigues island map; man with trap. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): RS. Printer: (OT). 135 x 65 mm. Polymer.
a. 2013. Signature 9. Intro: 22.08.2013.

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BOM B31 (PNL): 50 rupees (US$1.60)
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; Joseph Maurice Paturau; bank building façade; standing Justice with sword and scales; dodo bird. Back: Dodo bird; Le Caudan waterfront buildings. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): RS. Printer: (OT). 140 x 68 mm. Polymer.
a. 2013. Signature 9. Intro: 22.08.2013.

According to an official press release, on 22 August 2013, the Bank of Mauritius issued new 25-, 50-, and 500-rupee banknotes printed on polymer. The 25- and 50-rupee notes were printed by Oberthur Technologies on Innovia Security's Guardian substrate, whereas the 500-rupee note was printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard substrate (formerly called Flexycoin). The new polymer notes will circulate in parallel with the preceding paper banknotes upon which their designs are based. The notes contain numerous new security features such as transparent windows showing the image of the dodo, numbers printed with magnetic ink which become fluorescent under ultra violet light, and swing features printed in iridescent ink, which change to a different color when observed in transparency or when tilted.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Botswana new date (2012) 200-pula note confirmed

200 pula, 2012. Like BOB B28, but new date.

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Courtesy of Craig Eustace.

Central African States new sig 500-franc notes confirmed

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500 francs, 2002. Like BEAC B6, but new signatures. Confirmed with country code A.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Central African States new sig 10,000-franc notes confirmed

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10,00 francs, 2002. Like BEAC B10, but new signatures. Confirmed with country code A and T.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

West African States new sig/date (2013) 500-franc notes confirmed

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500 francs, (20)13. Like unlisted 500-franc notes dated 2012, but new date. Confirmed with A, B, C, D, H, K, and T suffixes.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

West African States new sig/date (2012) 2,000-franc note confirmed

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2,000 francs, (20)12. Like P216B, but new date and signatures.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Morocco new 100-dirham note confirmed

Morocco_BAM_100_dirhams_2012.00.00_B17a_PNL_11_029865_fMorocco_BAM_100_dirhams_2012.00.00_B17a_PNL_11_029865_r
BAM B17 (PNL): 100 dirhams (US$12)
Brown, yellow, violet, and blue. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; SPARK crown with star. Back: Touareg tent; wind turbine farm; three camels with riders on a desert; denomination numerals as registration device. Color-shifting windowed security thread with demetalized 100 and Bank Al-Maghrib in Arabic. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 100. Printer: (DAS). 145 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 20.08.2013.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Nigeria new sig/date (2012) 20-naira note confirmed

Nigeria_CBN_20_naira_2011.00.00_B32k_P34_AH_1703906_sig
20 naira, 2012. Like CBN B32j, but new date and signatures.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Malawi new sig/date (01.01.2013) 100-kwacha note confirmed

Malawi_RBM_100_kwacha_2013.01.01_B52b_P59_AG_2714405_sig
100 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like RBM B52a, but new signature and date.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Malawi new sig/date (01.01.2013) 500-kwacha note confirmed

Malawi_RBM_500_kwacha_2013.01.01_B54b_P61_AJ_9100605_sig
500 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like RBM B54a, but new signature and date.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (http://www.banknoten.de).

Angola new sig/date (01.2011) 50-kwanza note confirmed

Angola_BNA_50_kwanzas_2011.01.00_B37c_P146_CX_6447887_sig
50 kwanzas, JANEIRO DE 2011. Like BNA B37, but new date and signature 13 (José de Lima Massano and Ricardo Daniel Sandao Queiroz Viegas d’Abreu).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Gambia new signature 50-dalasis note confirmed

Gambia_CBG_50_dalasis_2013.00.00_B25c_P28_F_1661331_sig
50 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B25, but new signatures (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

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Courtesy of The Monetary Unit.

Morocco new 200-dirham note confirmed

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BAM B18 (PNL): 200 dirhams (US$23)
Blue, green, and violet. Front: Denomination numerals as registration device; Moroccan door; coat of arms; King Mohammed VI; SPARK crown with star. Back: Cargo ship, gantry cranes, and shipping containers in port of Tangier; lighthouse and trees on Cape Spartel in Tangier; denomination numerals as registration device. Motion windowed security thread with stars. Watermark: King Mohammed VI and electrotype 200. Printer: (DAS). 151 x 70 mm.
a. 1433-2012. Signature 9. Intro: 15.08.2013.

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Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and The Monetary Unit.

Kenya to unveil new notes for issue in February 2015

According to an article on allAfrica dated 19 August 2013, this week the government of Kenya may unveil a new set of Kenya banknotes that will be in circulation by February 2015. Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia said the new 10-, 20-, 50-, 100-, and 1,000-shilling notes will depict Kenyan tourism, economic engagement, wildlife, history, traditions, and cultures.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Djibouti chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Djibouti chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 4-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque Nationale de Djibouti (National Bank of Djibouti) from 1971 to 1999 and the Banque Centrale de Djibouti (Central Bank of Djibouti) from 2002 to present. Published 6 June 2016.

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Central African States chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Central African States chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 8-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque des États de l'Afrique Centrale (Bank of the Central African States) from 1993 to present. Revised 26 February 2016.

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Ethiopia investigating printing its birr notes in Sudan

According to a Daily Ethiopia article dated 31 July 2013, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) is considering having its birr banknotes printed by the Sudan Currency Printing Press (SCPP), a private enterprise established in 1994 which prints all Sudanese currencies for the Central Bank of Sudan. Currently the NBE utilizes unnamed European companies to print its birr notes.

Gambia new signature 100-dalasi note confirmed

Gambia_CBG_100_dalasis_2010.08.02_B27b_PNL_E_6320664_sig
100 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B27, but new signatures (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

Courtesy of Семаков Алексей.

Gambia new signature 10-dalasi note confirmed

Gambia_CBG_10_dalasis_2009.04.16_B23c_P26_F_0575701_sig
10 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B23, but new signatures (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

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

Morocco new 20-, 50-, 100-, and 200-dirham notes to be issued 15.08.2013

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According to various sources, Bank Al-Maghrib intends to issue new dirham notes starting on 15 August 2013.

All four denominations feature a portrait of King Mohammed VI and the royal crown. Each also shows a Moroccan door to the left of the portrait, demonstrating the richness of the country's architectural heritage, and symbolizing the openness of the country.

The general themes of the new series are development and modernity, solidarity, diversity and openness. The 20-dirham note depicts Rabat and Casablanca. The 50-dirham note depicts a tree and Ouzoud Falls. The 100-dirham note depicts camels on a desert. The 200-dirham note depicts a lighthouse in the Mediterranean port of Tangier.

West African States new sig/date (2013) 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-franc notes confirmed

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500 francs, (20)13. Like unlisted denomination first issued in 2012, but new signatures and date.
1,000 francs, (20)13. Like P815T, but new signatures and date.
2,000 francs, (20)13. Like P816T, but new signatures and date.

All three denominations have T suffix for Togo.

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Courtesy of Chris Twining (www.pagescoinsandcurrency.com).

Djibouti bank governor died 11.01.2013

According to a press release on the web site of Banque Centrale de Djibouti, bank governor Feu M. Djama Mahamoud Haid died on 11 January 2013. Collectors should keep their eyes open for a new signature combination.

Courtesy of Jean – Claude Royaud.

Nigeria new sig/date (2013) 5-naira note confirmed

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5 naira, 2013. Like CBN B34, but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

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Courtesy of Mohammed Elarabi.

Gambia new sig 25-dalasi note confirmed

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25 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B24 (P27), but new signature (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Angola new 1,000-, 2,000-, and 5,000-kwanza notes confirmed

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On 31 May 2013, Banco Nacional de Angola issued the above denominations.

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Courtesy of Francisco Marques.

Rwanda new 500-, 1,000-, and 5,000-franc varieties confirmed

At some point during the issuance of the notes dated 1998 (BNR B25-B27), the font used for printing the upper left serial numbers changed from wide to narrow (see below).

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Courtesy of Sergey Vostrikov and Alexander Petrov.

Namibia new 10- and 20-dollar notes confirmed

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According to a media release dated 13 July 2012, the Bank of Namibia “has observed that the diamond shape feature on some of the N$ 10 and N$ 20 banknotes is cracking after multiple folding or handling.” These affected notes feature a large OVI (optically variable ink) diamond with latent image of the denomination. The higher denominations aren’t affected because they use different security features.

The bank laid the blame on the paper and placement of the OVI feature in the center of the note where it is subjected to the most folding. On 4 June 2013, the bank announced it improved the paper quality and shifted the placement of the OVI feature to avoid being folded. Beginning 17 June, the bank put a limited quantity of the new notes into public circulation for three months to determine if these changes solve the problem.

These notes are like the preceding issues, but with new date (2013) on back.

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Courtesy of Phil Martin and Heinrich Lindner.

Libya new 50-dinar note (B545) confirmed

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B545 (PNL): 50 dinars (US$40)
Green. Front: Crescent moon and star on green SPARK patch; 1922 Italian lighthouse in Benghazi. Back: Rock arch in Tadrart Acacus. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread and windowed Motion security thread with crescent moon and star. Watermark: Omar El Mukhtar, electrotype 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 155 x 77 mm. No date. Signature 8a. Intro: 20.06.2013.

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Courtesy of The Monetary Unit.

Tangier chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Tangier chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by Servicios Municipales (Municipal Services) in 1941 and 1942, and Junta de Servicios Municipales (Municipal Services Board) in 1942. Published 5 August 2015.

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Nigeria new sig/date (2013) 50-naira note confirmed

50 naira, 2013. Like CBN B36 (P40), but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Algeria chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Algeria chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 10-page catalog covers notes issued by Banque Centrale d'Algérie (Central Bank of Algeria) from 1964 to 1984, and Banque d'Algérie (Bank of Algeria) from 1992 to present. Revised 15 April 2016.

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Liberia new 2011 varieties confirmed for all denominations

All denominations (CBL B6-B10, respectively) have been confirmed dated 2011 with two varieties. The first variety is plain, and the second variety has the denomination spelled out in pearlescent ink on tne watermark area on front. The 5- to 20-dollar notes also have pearlescent designs added around the border on front, whereas the 50- and 100-dollar notes have embossed designs above the signature at right.

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Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com) and Andrew Roberts.

Mauritius to issue polymer banknotes

An article on BusinessMega dated 26 May 2013 states that the Bank of Mauritius will soon issue polymer banknotes, according to the Facebook page of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Xavier-Luc Duval. Polymer will be used for 25-, 50-, and 500-rupee notes "in the coming months" and will circulate in parallel with the existing paper notes of the same denominations.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause (http://www.polymernotes.de).

Rwanda new 500-franc note approved for issuance by end of 2013

According to an AllAfrica article dated 14 May 2013, the cabinet approved a presidential order to issue a new 500-franc note by the end of 2013, with three exotic cows on the front reflecting the government’s efforts to eradicate malnutrition, and four students working with computers on the back reflecting education and technology.

Press release: Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012

Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012
Bushra Ali, a frequent contributor to this site and The Banknote Book, recently published Encyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012. This specialized catalog is available via Lulu.com as a print-on-demand book. This 467-page first edition covers all notes from 1856 to 2012, and includes Egyptian notes used in Sudan, along with many notes unlisted in the SCWPM, such as unadopted designs, specimens, and proofs. Visit Lulu.com and click on the Preview link below the image of the book cover to see sample pages of this detailed catalog.

Guinea new date (2012) 5,000-franc note confirmed

5,000 francs, 2012. Like BCRG B30a (P41), but new date.

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

Morocco chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 29-page catalog covers notes issued by the Protectorat de la France au Maroc (Protectorate of France in Morocco) from 1919 to 1920, the Banque d’État du Maroc (State Bank of Morocco) from 1910 to 1958, the Empire Chérifien, Protectorat de la République Française (Sharif Empire, Protectorate of the French Republic) in 1944, the Banque du Maroc (Bank of Morocco) from 1960 to 1985, and the Bank Al-Maghrib from 1987 to present. Revised 7 July 2016.

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Nigeria to switch lower denominations from polymer to paper mid-year

According to an article in ThisDayLive dated 24 April 2012, Tunde Lemo, the deputy governor of operations for the Central Bank of Nigeria, defended the bank's plans to stop the printing of lower denominations of the naira in polymer and revert to paper currency because the former reportedly fades too much, making the notes unsuitable for circulation. “By the middle of the year, we will start producing the lower denomination notes in paper not in polymer. My plea is that Nigerians should be patient with us. It wasn’t the fault of the CBN; it is just because we have to go back to the drawing board. We will correct that in the course of the year. Polymer certainly will be phased out. In fact, no new note is being printed in polymer now,” said Lemo.

Angola new 50-, 100-, 200-, and 500-kwanza notes confirmed

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On 22 March 2013, Banco Nacional de Angola issued the above denominations. The remaining three denominations (1,000, 2,000, and 5,000 kwanza) are scheduled to be introduced on 31 May 2013.

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Courtesy of Francisco Marques and Thomas Augustsson.

Malawi new sig/date (01.01.2013) 1,000-kwacha note confirmed

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1,000 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like RBM B55 (P62), but new date and new signature (Charles Chuka, governor as of 2012).

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Angola new sig/date (2011.01.00) 10-kwanza note confirmed

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10 kwanzas, JANEIRO DE 2011. Like BNA B36, but new signature and new date.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Libya new 20-dinar note (B544) confirmed

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According to an article (English) in the Libya Herald dated 20 March 2013 and a press release (Arabic) from the Central Bank of Libya, the new 20-dinar (US$15.55) note was issued on 31 March 2013. The orange-colored note shows a school in Ghadames on the front and Al-Ateeq mosque in Oujlah on the back.

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Courtesy of Antje Maroussi and Eyad Alai.

Egypt new sig/date (11.02.2013) 100-pound note confirmed

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100 pounds, 11.02.2013 in Arabic. Like P67, but new date and new signature (Hesham Ramez).

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Courtesy of Khalifa Abdallatif (Notes4All).

Tunisia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 12-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque Centrale de Tunisie (Central Bank of Tunisia) from 1958 to present. Revised 31 December 2015.

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Angola new kwanza note designs unveiled

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According to an article on MacauHub dated 26 December 2012, the Banco Nacional de Angola intends to issue new banknotes denominated in 5,000 and 10,000 kwanzas (US$52 and $104, respectively) in 2013. The lower denominations are expected to be revised and issued later in 2013. Currently the largest denomination is the 2,000-kwanza note (BNA B42).

According to an article on MacauHub dated 22 January 2013, the bank will make an official statement on 29 January regarding the issuance of the new notes.

New coins are to be introduced starting 18 Febuary, followed by new notes issued from March to June. Illustrations of Falls Cuemba (Bie), are printed in the denomination of 50 Kwanzas, the Binga Falls (Kwanza Sul), in footnote 100 Kwanzas, the Falls Thiumbue (Lunda Sul), in footnote 200 Kwanzas, the Falls Andulo (Bie), at 500 note Kwanzas, the Falls Kalandula (Malanje), in 1000 Kwanzas note, the Falls Dande (Bengo), footnote 2000 Kwanzas and Dam Kapanda (Malanje), in note 5000 Kwanzas.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts, Jay Mollindo, and Phil Martin.

West African States new sig/date 5,000- and 10,000-franc notes confirmed

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5,000 francs, (20)09. Like P817T, but new date and signatures.

10,000 francs, (20)08. Like P818T, but new date and signatures.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Nigeria reported to be eliminating polymer notes

According to an artilce in PM News dated 11 March 2013, the Central Bank of Nigeria will cease printing polymer notes because of complaints that the notes fade and shrink over time, and environmental concerns regarding their disposal when unfit.

Congo Democratic Republic new 500-franc imprint variety confirmed

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500 francs, 04.01.2002. Like BCC B17 (P96), but with new imprint (orell füssli zürich) at lower right on back.

Courtesy of Piet van der Pijl.

Tunisia new 5- and 10-dinar notes reported

According to an article on Tuniscope dated 9 March 2013, the Central Bank of Tunisia plans to issue new 5- and 10-dinar notes per decree 1223 of 2013. Also, per decree 1224 of 2013, Tunisia will withdraw 5-dinar notes dated 1993 and 2008 (Pick 86 and 92), as well as 10-dinar notes dated 1986, 1994, and 2005 (Pick 84, 87, and 87A).

Courtesy of Cedrian.

Congo Democratic Republic new 20,000-franc note confirmed

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According to an article on L'Express dated 1 November 2012, the Banque Centrale du Congo has issued a new 20,000-franc (US$22) banknote.

BCC B26 (PNL): 20,000 francs (US$22)
Yellow. Front: RDC and map as registration device; two giraffes; carved head; holographic patch. Back: Palm trees; date clusters; two gray crowned crane (Balearica regulorum) birds; BCC and map. Windowed security thread with demetalized RD CONGO. Watermark: Leopard head. Printer: Unknown. 157 x 72 mm.
a. 18.02.06. Signature 1. Intro: 01.11.2012.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo (www.castedos.com).

Angola new sig/date (2011) 5-kwanza note confirmed

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5 kwanzas, JANEIRO DE 2011. Like BNA B35 (P144), but new date and new signatures (José de Lima Massano and Unknown.).

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

British West Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The British West Africa chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 7-page catalog covers notes issued by the West African Currency Board from 1916 to 1962. Revised 8 October 2015.

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Libya new 1-dinar note (B543) confirmed

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B543 (PNL): 1 dinar (US$0.80)
Purple, bue, red, and green. Front: Cheering crowd with flags. Back: Flag and doves. Holographic windowed security thread with demetalized 1, Arabic characters, and star and crescent. Solid security thread. Watermark: Omar El Mukhtar, electrotype 1, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 130 x 65 mm.
a. No date. Signature 8a. Intro: 17.02.2013 (2nd anniversary of Libyan revolution).

Courtesy of Dennis Zammit.

West African States new 500-franc note confirmed

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According to the Banque Centrale des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO), a new 500-franc note was issued 30 November 2012. This note dated (20)12 has been confirmed with suffix B for Benin, C for Burkino Faso, K for Senegal, and T for Togo, and dated (20)13 with suffix K and T.

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

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger, Dennis Zammit, Richard Miranda, Cedrian Lopez Bosch, Chris Twining (www.pagescoinsandcurrency.com), and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Burundi new sig/date (01.09.2011) 5,000-franc note confirmed

5,000 francs (US$3.20), 01-09-2011. Like RBR B35 (P48), but new date and new signatures (Unknown and Gaspard Sindayigaya).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger (www.banknote.ws).

Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 24-page catalog covers notes issued by the Sudan Government in 1955, the Sudan Currency Board in 1956, and the Bank of Sudan from 1961 to present. Revised 26 July 2016.

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Botswana new sig/date (2012) 50-pula note confirmed

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50 pula, 2012. Like BOB B26 (P32), but new signature and date (next to printer imprint on back).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Mauritius new sig/date (2012) 100-rupee note confirmed

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100 rupees, 2012. Like BOM B22 (P56), but new date and new signature for second deputy governor, Mohammed Iqbal Belath.

Courtesy of Owen Griffiths.

Botswana new date (2012) 20-pula note confirmed

20 pula, 2012. Like BOB B25 (P31), but new date (next to printer imprint on back).

This is the first denomiantion confirmed dated 2012. Curiously, this denomination (and all others except the 50-pula note) has been confirmed dated 2009 and 2010, but 2011 seems to have been skipped.

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer and Craig Eustace.

Libya new banknotes reported to be issued on 17.02.2013

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According to an article in the Libya Herald, reportedly the Central Bank of Libya will issue new notes on 31 January 2013. The notes are denominated in 1, 5, 10, and 20 dinars. A 50-dinar note was considered but not issued "in a bid to control the black economy." No word yet on when existing notes will cease to be legal tender.

According to a subsequent article in the Libya Herald, the notes will be issued on 17 February, the second anniversary of the revolution, and will include the 50-dinar denomination after all.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Cedrian López Bosch Martineau and Antje Maroussi.

Liberia new sig/date (2006) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, 2006. Like CBL B9, but new date and signatures (Antoinette Sayeh and Joseph Mills Jones).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Morocco new 25-dirham commemorative world's first printed on Durasafe substrate

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According to a press release dated 18 December 2012, Fortress Paper has announced the launch of the world's first banknote printed on its new Durasafe substrate, an innovative paper-polymer-paper composite substrate produced at its Landqart mill. The new Swiss 50-franc note had been expected to be the first in the world to use Durasafe, but its introduction has been delayed until 2015 at the earliest due to technical difficulties encountered in the note's production.

With the issuance of the new Moroccan 25-dirham (US$3) note in December 2012, Bank al Maghrib, Morocco's central bank, became the first in the world to issue a banknote printed on Durasafe. The front of the banknote features an intaglio vignette and a watermark of King Mohammed VI, and a magenta/green color-shift security thread developed by Fortress Optical Features. The thread, like the watermark, is embedded inside the banknote yet visible behind a one-sided Viewsafe polymer window. It also has a fully transparent polymer window embossed with the King's royal crest. The back of the note carries a print vignette commemorating 25 years of banknote printing at the Moroccan State Printing Works, Dar As-Sikkah.

The windows in Durasafe are formed by die cutting each side of the three layer composite substrate separately. One-sided Viewsafe windows give a clear view inside the substrate where the thread and the watermark of King Mohammed VI are protected, but fully visible behind the polymer core. The transparent Thrusafe window is created by die-cutting both the outer paperlayers to reveal only the transparent polymer core.

Chadwick Wasilenkoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, commented: "After a decade in development, we are pleased to see the fruits of our labour in the launch of the Moroccan 25 Dirhams. We have designed Durasafe to offer the ideal characteristics of polymer and traditional paper notes to create a new standard for high security banknote substrates. Fortress Paper would like to congratulate the Bank al Maghrib on the launch of their new 25 Dirham banknote and being the first in the world to produce and launch a Durasafe banknote."

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

Courtesy of Phil Martin and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Burundi chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 20-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque du Royaume du Burundi (Bank of the Kingdom of Burundi) from 1963 to 1966, and the Banque de la République du Burundi (Bank of the Republic of Burundi) from 1966 to present. Revised 24 April 2016.

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Zambia new date (2012) 5,000-kwacha note confirmed

5,000 kwacha, 2012. Like BOZ B47, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig (http://www.garrysue.net).

Zambia rebased kwacha notes confirmed

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BOZ B52 (PNL): 2 kwacha (US$0.40)
Gray. Front: Coat of arms; dove; trees; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Roan antelope; two woman with baskets and produce; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOZ 2. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 2 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 140 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.
Replacement notes: Prefix denominator X.

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BOZ B53 (PNL): 5 kwacha (US$0.95)
Purple. Front: Coat of arms; dove; murera/acacia/mopani tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Lion head; root cassave plant and leaves; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOZ 5. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 5 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 140 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.

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BOZ B54 (PNL): 10 kwacha (US$1.90)
Aqua. Front: Coat of arms; dove; musuku tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Porcupine; workers harvesting rice paddy; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Holographic LEAD stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOZ 10. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 10 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.

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BOZ B55 (PNL): 20 kwacha (US$3.80)
Brown. Front: Coat of arms; dove; mukwa tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Black lechwe (kobus leche) antelope; men working pneumatic drill in mine; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Holographic LEAD stripe. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 20 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.

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BOZ B56 (PNL): 50 kwacha (US$9.50)
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; dove; fish eagle; fig tree in Kabwe; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Leopard; Bank of Zambia building; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Holographic LEAD stripe. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 50 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.

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BOZ B57 (PNL): 100 kwacha (US$19)
Olive green. Front: Coat of arms; dove; fish eagle; musuku tree; fish eagle perched on branch. Back: Buffalo; National Assembly of Zambia building; Freedom Statue in Lusaka. Holographic LEAD stripe. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Fish eagle and electrotype 100 plus fish eagle. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 13. Intro: 01.01.2013.

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de), Maambo Kasonde (makas70@gmail.com), JR and Garry Craig (http://www.garrysue.net).

Ethiopia new date (2004/2012) 50-birr note confirmed

50 birr, 2004/2012. Like NBE B33, but new date.

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

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

Kenya new signature variety 200- and 500-shilling notes dated 01.07.2001 confirmed

200 shillings, 1st JULY 2001. Like CBK B35, but governor's signature is 23.25-mm wide, not 17.25-mm wide.
500 shillings, 1st JULY 2001. Like CBK B36, but governor's signature is 23.25-mm wide, not 17.25-mm wide.

All other denominations dated 1st JULY 2001 have been confirmed with 17.25-mm wide signature.

Likewise, all other denominations bearing the next date, 1st JULY 2002, have been confirmed with 23.25-mm wide signature.

Collectors are encouraged to examine their notes to determine if cross-overs exist for other denominations.

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

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

Ghana new 1-cedi watermark variety confirmed

The 1-cedi note dated 6th MARCH 2010 (BOG B45) is confirmed available with and without an electrotype 1 in the standard watermark of Tetteh Quarshie and cocoa pod.

It has been confirmed with a new electrotype variety:

On the earlier notes (BOG B45c), the 1 is outside the cocoa pod, below and to the right.
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On the newer notes (BOG B45d), the 1 is partially on the cocoa pod, at left center.Ghana_BOG_1_C_2010.03.06_B45d_P37_watermark_f

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Libya chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 25-page catalog covers every note (177 types and varieties, including 63 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Military Authority in Tripolitania in 1943, the République Française (French Republic) in 1943, the Kingdom of Libya in 1952, the United Kingdom of Libya in 1955, the National Bank of Libya from 1958 to 1963, the Bank of Libya in 1963, and the Central Bank of Libya from 1971 to present day. Published 11 January 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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Gambia new signature 5-dalasis note confirmed

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5 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B22 (P25), but new signature for the governor: Amadou Colley, appointed 03.12.2010. This is the first denomination confirmed bearing the new signature combo.

Courtesy of Ian Fall.

Rwanda chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 14-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque Nationale du Rwanda (National Bank of Rwanda) from 1960 to present. Revised 15 November 2015.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
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  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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Zambia new currency issued 01.01.2013

According to the Bank of Zambia's Currency Rebasing Technical Guidelines dated August 2012, the new currency (ISO code ZMW) will be introduced 1 January 2013, and old notes will cease to be legal tender as of 30 June 2013, but may be exchanged at the Bank of Zambia until 31 December 2015, after which time they will be demonetized.

This presentation to commercial banks provides additional interesting information.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Tod Hunt.

Liberia new date (2011) 5- and 100-dollar notes confirmed

5 dollars (US$0.05), 2011. Like CBL B6e, but new date.

100 dollars (US$1.40), 2011. Like CBL B10e, but new date and pearlescent ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS added on watermark area on front; pearlescent map added above signature at right on front.

WIth the confirmation of these two notes, all denominations have now been confirmed dated 2011.

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

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (www.africanbanknotes.blogspot.com).

Mauritania new 5,000-ouguiya note dated 28.11.2011 confirmed

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BCM B22 (PNL): 5,000 ouguiya (US$18)
Olive and ochre. Front: The Great Mosque Ibn Abbas in capital, Nouakchott; holographic patch with denomination in Arabic numerals (٥٠٠٠). Back: Unloading iron ore in the port of Nouadhibou; diesel train. Solid security thread printed BANQUE CENTRALE DE MAURITANIE. Watermark: Bearded man. Printer: (G&D). 150 x 70 mm.
a. 28.11.2011. Signature 12. Intro: 2012.

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Courtesy of Fernando Iglesias and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Zambia new date (2012) 20,000-kwacha note confirmed

20,000 kwacha (US$3.80), 2012. Like BOZ B49 (P47), but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Libya new notes to be issued at end of January 2013

This video shows what appear to be new notes denominated in 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 dinars from the Central Bank of Libya. There is no indication as to who is showing off the new notes. According to a Bahrain News Agency post dated 29 November 2012, the notes are expected to be introduced at the end of January 2013.

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1 dinar - Front: Unknown. Back: Flag of Libya and peace doves.

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5 dinars - Front: Ottoman Clock Tower. Back: Zeus Temple in Cyrene.

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10 dinars - Front: Portrait of Omar Al Mukhtar. Back: Al Mukhtar horsemen.

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20 dinars - Front: Al Ateeq mosque in the city of Oujlah in the oasis. Back: Traditional school in Ghdamis.

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50 dinars - Front: Italian Lighthouse of Sede Khrebeech. Back: Stone arch in Tadrart Acacus.



Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Cedrian López Bosch Martineau, Mosab K. Ibrahim, Carmine Turco, and Thomas Augustsson.

Uganda to demonetize all notes dated before 2010

According to a press release dated 6 December 2012, on 1 April 2013 the Bank of Uganda will revoke the legal tender status of all notes printed before 2010, though such notes can still be exchanged for 2010 series notes at bank branches until the end of 2013, at which time they will be demonetized.

South Africa new note family confirmed

According to a press release dated 30 October 2012, on 6 November the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) plans to issue a new series of banknotes in South Africa and in neighboring countries (Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland) that use the South African Rand as an alternative currency.

The new R10, R20, R50, R100, and R200 banknotes feature a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela on front, while the back of the notes have maintained the “Big Five” animal images that appear on current banknotes. The current and the new banknotes are the same size, have the same colors, and will co-circulate as legal tender.

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Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Thomas Augustsson.

Seychelles chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 17-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of Seychelles from 1914 to 1975, and the Central Bank of Seychelles from 1983 to present. Revised 18 June 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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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
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Comoros new signature 500- and 1,000-franc notes confirmed

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500 francs (US$1.30), 2006. Like P15, but new signatures and new title for right-hand signatory (possibly Mze Aboudou Mohamed Chafioun).

1,000 francs (US$2.60), 2005. Like P16, but new signatures (as above).

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

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de) and Gergely Scheidl.

Mauritania new 100-ouguiya note confirmed

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100 ouguiya (US$0.35), 28.11.2011. Like preceding issue (BCM B14 / P10), but new date, new signatures, windowed security thread, and other minor changes to the overall design, including removal of second horizontal serial number on front and added OVI denomination at lower right on back.

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

Courtesy of Marian Klubert and Orocondor.

Liberia new date (2011) 10-dollar note confirmed

10 dollars (US$0.15), 2011. Like CBL B7 (P27), but new date.

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

Courtesy of Collect Numis (http://stores.ebay.com/COLLECTNUMIS-NET).

Uganda new date (2011) 5,000-shilling note confirmed

5,000 shillings (US$2.10), 2011. Like BOU B56 (P51), but new date.

Courtesy of Hermann Huber and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Central African States new sig 2,000-franc note confirmed

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2,000 francs (US$TK), 2002. Like P508, but new signatures (Lucas Abaga Nchama and Louis Aleka-Rybert).

Courtesy of Vic Krysko.

Morocco new 20- and 200-dirham banknotes reported

According to an article on Telquel dated 17 September 2012, Bank Al-Maghrib will soon issue new banknotes in Morocco.The new 20-dirham (US$2.30) note supposedly features the ornate Moulay El Hassan bridge in Rabat, while the new 200-dirham (US$23) note depicts the Tanger Med port and lighthouse of Cape Spartel.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Libya new 10-dinar note confirmed

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This post on Facebook includes images of Libya's new 5- and 10-dinar notes. Both denominations have been confirmed already, but curiously the images show two different varieties of the 10-dinar note. The upper one printed by De La Rue has prefix 7 and the bank's name on back is rendered with initial-capitals, whereas the lower one printed by Oberthur has prefix 1 and the bank's name in all-caps. The square security feature at upper right front is also different, as are the windowed security threads, and the Oberthur issue has a crecent moon and star at upper left front. Finally, the De La Rue issue is undated.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Claudio Marana.

Swaziland central bank fires employee for selling specimen notes

According to a Times of Swaziland article dated 1 October 2012, the Central Bank of Swaziland has fired an employee for selling specimen banknotes to collectors, humorously described as "individuals or consortiums who fraudulently buy specimen bank notes."

Nigeria halts plans to restructure currency

According to the following press release issued 20 September 2012, the president of Nigeria has instructed the central bank to halt plans to restructure the nation's currency following public concerns about inflation that erupted after last month's announcement that a 5,000-naira note would be issued in Q1 2013.

Update on the Proposed Currency Restructuring Exercise ‘Project CURE’
Under Section 19(1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act 2007, “the currency notes and coins issued by the Bank shall be -

a. In such denominations of the naira or fractions thereof as shall be approved by the President on the recommendation of the Board; and
b. Of such forms and designs and bear such devices as shall be approved by the President on the recommendation of the Board.”

In line with the above provisions and for the purposes of more efficient payments and currency management systems, the CBN proposed and obtained the approval of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, to embark on the currency restructuring exercise, codenamed ‘Project CURE’ on December 19, 2011.

The CBN hereby informs the general public that the President, on Thursday, September 20, 2012, directed that further action on the approved restructuring exercise be stopped.

In full compliance with the provisions of the law, the CBN hereby announces that further action on the said restructuring exercise has been stopped, until such a time Mr. President may direct otherwise.

It is important to stress that till date, no contract whatsoever, has been awarded by the CBN in connection with the printing and minting of the new currency notes and coins. Consequently, no currency note or coin has been printed or minted under the proposed exercise.

In line with its mandate, the CBN remains committed to the pursuit of policies and programmes aimed at promoting the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Zambia unveils new note and coin designs due 01.01.2013

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According to an article in the Zambia Daily Mail dated 21 September 2012, the Bank of Zambia has now received images of the new banknotes and coins scheduled to be introduced on 1 January 2013. When the country rebases its currency, the notes will be in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 kwacha, with coins of 1 kwacha, 5, 10 and 50 ngwee. Based upon the imprint that appears at the lower right on the back of the new notes, Germany's Giesecke & Devrient is the printer of all denominations. Zambia's current notes have recently printed by G&D, De La Rue, SABN, Oberthur, and Canadian Bank Note Company. All the new notes are dated 2012 and feature a new signature of governor Michael M. Gondwe.

The rebasing of the kwacha, by removing three zeros, was expected to take effect in July 2012, but was delayed due to "unforeseen technicalities."

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Zambia new date (2012) 1,000-kwacha note confirmed

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1,000 kwacha (US$0.20), 2012. Like BOZ B46 (P44), but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Zambia new date (2011) 100-kwacha note confirmed

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100 kwacha (US$0.01), 2011. Like BOZ B39 (P38), but new date and new printer (Giesecke & Devrient).

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Nigeria to abandon polymer banknotes

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According to an article in allAfrica dated 12 September 2012, the Central Bank of Nigeria plans to no longer print banknotes on polymer due to higher costs (a result of Australia-based Securency's monopoly on the substrate) and environmental issues. Currently the bank issues polymer notes in its lowest denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 50 naira. All but the 50-naira denomination will be replaced by coins when the bank restructures the currency as expected in 2013.

Ethiopia new date (2012) 100-birr note confirmed

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100 birr (US$5.70), 2004/2012. Like NBE B34 (P52), but new date.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Richard Miranda, and Zagreb Online Paper Money Shop.

Mozambique chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 13-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banco de Moçambique (Bank of Mozambique) from 1976 to present. Revised 27 July 2015.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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Central African States new signature 1,000- and 10,000-franc notes confirmed

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1,000 francs (US$1.90), 2002. Like P307, but new signatures (Lucas Abaga Nchama and Louis Aleka-Rybert).

10,000 francs (US$19), 2002. Like P110, but new signatures (as above).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Ghana new 50-cedi note dated 02.01.2012 confirmed

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According to a press release dated 9 July 2012, the Bank of Ghana intends to enhance the security of the 50-cedi banknote (BOG B49 / P41) by replacing the square holographic patch at lower right front with a cocoa pod printed in green-to-blue SPARK ink. The revised note is scheduled for introduction in early August 2012. The notes bear the signature of Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur because when they were printed in June, he was the governor of the bank, having served from 1 October 2009 to 6 August 2012. Notes to be issued later will however bear the signature of the new governor, as of yet unnamed.

Courtesy of Merjim Groen.

Guinea new 10,000-franc note confirmed

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According to a press release, on 9 July 2012 the Banque Centrale de la Republique de Guinée issued a new 10,000-franc (US$1.40) note dated 2012, similar to the preceding issues (BCRG B32), but red instead of green, and with a holographic patch to the right of the portrait on front.

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Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Nigeria to introduce new notes in Q1 2013

According to an article on WorldStage dated 23 August 2012, the Central Bank of Nigeria has announced plans to introduce a new 5,000-naira (US$32) banknote in the first quarter fo 2013. The restructuring exercise, code-named Project Cure, will change the naira currency structure to 12, comprising of six coins and six banknote denominations. “Under the structure, the existing denominations of N50, N100, N200, N500 and N1,000 will be designed with added security features. It is our pleasure to inform you that a new high currency denomination will also be introduced. It is the N5,000 note. In the same vein, the lower banknote denominations of N5, N10 and N20 will be coined,” said the Governor of the Bank, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

The new 5,000-naira banknote will have pictures of three Nigerian heroine and nationalists, namely Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Mrs Margaret Ekpo and Alhaja Sawaba Gambo on the front while the National Assembly pictures would be the illustrations at its back.

Congo Democratic Republic new 10,000-franc note confirmed

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BCC B25 (PNL): 10,000 francs (US$11)
Violet. Front: BCC and map as registration device; two water buffalos; carved statuette; holographic patch. Back: Trees; bird on branch; BCC and map. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Leopard head and electrotype 10000. Printer: Unknown. 151 x 72 mm.
a. 18.02.06. Signature 1. Intro: 02.07.2012.

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Courtesy of Yuri111 and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Congo Democratic Republic new 1,000-franc note confirmed

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BCC B23 (PNL): 1,000 francs (US$1.10)
Green. Front: BCC and map as registration device; two standing okapi; Kanioka carved box with two seated human figures and two lizards on lid. Back: Field of corn; parrot on branch; BCC and map. Windowed security thread with demetalized RD CONGO. Watermark: Okapi head and electrotype 1000. Printer: Unknown. 140 x 72 mm.
a. 02.02.05. Signature 1. Intro: 02.07.2012.

Replacment notes: Suffix Z.

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Courtesy of Yuri111 and Richard Castedo (eBay listings).

Libya new 1-dinar note without Gaddafi portrait

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Apparently Libya is preparing a new 1-dinar (US$0.80) note without the portrait of Muammar Gaddafi, which appears on the current note CBL B35 (P71) issued in 2009.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Congo Democratic Republic new 5,000-franc note confirmed

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BCC B24 (PNL): 5,000 francs (US$5.40)
Brown. Front: BCC and map as registration device; zebras; Hemba statuette. Back: Food (perhaps cassava) bundles; two Congo peafowl birds; BCC and map. Windowed security thread with demetalized RD CONGO. Watermark: Okapi head and electrotype 5000. Printer: Unknown. 146 x 72 mm.
a. 02.02.05. Signature 1. Intro: 02.07.2012.

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Courtesy of Yuri111.

Angola chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

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. Revised 26 January 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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Zambia new date (2010) 50-kwacha note confirmed

50 kwacha (US$0.01), 2010. Like BOZ B38, but new date. Printer: DE LA RUE.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Namibia new 10- and 20-dollar notes' OVI cracking in circulation

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According to an article in The Namibian and an article in New Era, both dated 16 July 2012, as well as a media release dated 13 July 2012, the Bank of Namibia "has observed that the diamond shape feature on some of the N$ 10 and N$ 20 banknotes is cracking after multiple folding or handling."

These notes (BON B9 and B10) were issued 15 May 2012, and feature a large OVI (optically variable ink) diamond with latent image of the denomination. The higher denominations aren't affected because they incorporate different security features.

“From a banknote technical printing perspective, this phenomenon is supposed not to be the case,” said Deputy Governor Ebson Uanguta.

The bank is investigating whether the problem is caused by handling or the ink used by the printer, Oberthur Technologies. The results are expected by August, and may necessitate reprinting the notes.

Abyssinia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Abyssinia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 4-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Abyssinia from 1915 to 1929. Revised 15 June 2015.

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Malawi to revise banknotes for the sight impaired

According to an article on Amalawi dated 10 July 2012, the Reserve Bank of Malawi will revise its new family of notes (issued on 23 May 2012) so that they are more "blind friendly." According to the Malawi Union of the Blind, the current notes have raised dots to aid in recognition of the denominations, but the dots are too small to be useful. The bank confirmed that it will address the problem, but didn't specify how or when.

Tanzania to replace 500-shilling note with coin by December 2012


According to an article on DailyNews dated 1 March 2012, the Bank of Tanzania plans to replace 500-shilling (US$0.30) notes with coins because the latter lasts much longer in circulation.

The article also contains new details on plans of the East African Community (www.eac.int)—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda—to introduce a common currency, the new East African shilling.

According to an article on DailyNews dated 6 July 2012, the bank now expects that the notes will be replaced by coins by December 2012.

Zambia delays issuing new banknotes and coins

According to an article on Zambia Reports dated 4 July 2012, "unforeseen technicalities" have caused the Bank of Zambia to indefinitely postpone the planned re-basing of the kwacha which was expected to take effect this month.

The Challenge: Identify items on Mozambique 1975 notes

It's been a while since I last posted a challenge, but I'm working on the Mozambique chapter of The Banknote Book and I came across the following unidentified items on the banknotes dated 1975.

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All four of these circular items appear at right front on these notes. Does anyone know what they are, or what they are supposed to symbolize?

If you can precisely identify the name of these items—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

Also, according to the SCWPM, these notes (Pick 120-124) were unadopted designs, but I have a scan of a well-worn 100-metical note with normal serial numbers, indicating actual circulation. So, were they issued, and if so, when, and for how long?

Zambia new date (2012) 10,000- and 50,000-kwacha notes confirmed

10,000 kwacha (US$1.95), 2012. Like BOZ B51 (P46), but new date.

50,000 kwacha (US$9.75), 2012. Like BOZ B50 (P48), but new date.

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Courtesy of COLLECTNUMIS NET.

Mozambique new 1,000-meticais note confirmed

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BDM B21 (PNL): 1,000 meticais (US$35)
Green. Front: Bank logo; Samora Moisés Machel; SPARK bank logo. Back: Three elephants; trees. Windowed security thread with demetalized BM 1000. Watermark: Samora Moisés Machel and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 156 x 65 mm.a. 16 DE JUNHO DE 2011. Signature 2.

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Courtesy of Hermann Huber and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Mozambique new 500-meticais note confirmed

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BDM B20 (PNL): 500 meticais (US$18)
Pink. Front: OVI bank logo; Samora Moisés Machel; bank logo. Back: Three Cape buffalos; ferns. Windowed security thread with demetalized BM 500. Watermark: Samora Moisés Machel and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 65 mm.
a. 16 DE JUNHO DE 2011. Signature 2.

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Courtesy of Hermann Huber and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

Zanzibar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Zanzibar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Zanzibar Government from 1908 to 1928. Revised 15 May 2015.

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Angola authorized to issue new notes in early 2013

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According to an article on Angop dated 26 June 2012, the Angolan National Assembly (Parliament) has passed a law authorizing the Banco Nacional de Angola to issue new banknotes and coins in early 2013. The current banknotes in denominations of 1 to 2,000 kwanza were initially issued in 1999 to 2003, and have not had any changes to their security features since that time. The bank is authorized to issue new notes up to 10,000 kwanza (US$105), but plans to issue 5,000- and 10,000-kwanza notes only if necessary. Existing notes will remain legal tender.

The new 2012 series notes will bear different features from the current ones, particularly microprinting and ultraviolet features. The paper notes will bear a watermark depicting the figure of the “thinker,” a symbol of the national culture. Among other features, the notes will also bear two lightly overlapped effigies of the late founder of the Nation, António Agostinho Neto and the incumbent head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos.

Sierra Leone new 5,000- and 10,000-leone notes reported

According to an article on Awoko.org dated 23 June 2012, the Bank of Sierra Leone has begun issuing new 5,000- and 10,000-leone (US$1.15 and $2.30, respectively) banknotes to alleviate a currency shortage. The article mentions that there was a delay in receiving these new notes because “the printers require time to inscribe the intricate security features,” but that wasn’t the case with the 1,000-leone notes. This would appear to indicate that there are some changes between these notes and the preceding issues (BSL B25 / P30 - BSL B28 / P33), but there is no word yet on what those differences may be.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Congo Democratic Republic to issue new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc notes 2 July 2012

According to an article on Le Potentiel dated 6 June 2012, the Banque Centrale du Congo (Central Bank of Congo) plans to issue new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc notes on 2 July 2012, with face values of US$1.10, $5.40, and $11, respectively. Currently the largest denomination is 500 francs (BCC B17 / P96).

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Malawi new banknote family confirmed

According to an article in the Nyasa Times dated 17 May 2012, the Reserve Bank of Malawi issued new banknotes on 23 May 2012. The bank is replacing the old denominations 10-500 kwacha, and adding a new 1,000-kwacha (US$4) note. The new notes, printed by De La Rue, are "much smaller in size" than the current notes which measure from 132 x 66 mm to 162 x 81 mm. Old notes will circulate in parallel until 22 May 2013, at which time they will cease to be legal tender. Three months later, they will be demonetized.

In related news, on 7 May 2012, the bank devalued the kwacha exchange rate 48.8% from K168 to K250 per US dollar.

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RBM B50 (PNL): 20 kwacha (US$0.10)
Purple and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa II (Lazalo Mkhuzo Jere). Back: Domasi Teachers Training College building and tree; stack of books and mortarboard; Malawi map; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa II, electrotype 20, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 128 x 64 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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RBM B51 (PNL): 50 kwacha (US$0.20)
Light blue, orange, and green. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani II (Philip Zitonga Maseko). Back: Elephants, tree, and safari vehicle in Kasungu National Park; Malawi map; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani II, electrotype 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 128 x 64 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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RBM B52 (PNL): 100 kwacha (US$0.40)
Red and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; James Frederick Sangala. Back: College of Medicine in Blantyre; stethoscope; Malawi map; bank logo. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: James Frederick Sangala, electrotype 100, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 128 x 64 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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RBM B53 (PNL): 200 kwacha (US$0.75)
Blue, violet, and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Rose Lomathinda Chibambo. Back: New Parliament building in Lilongwe; Malawi map; bank logo. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: Rose Lomathinda Chibambo, electrotype 200, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 132 x 66 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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RBM B54 (PNL): 500 kwacha (US$1.90)
Brown, orange, and light blue. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Reverend John Chilembwe. Back: Mulunguzi dam in Zomba; water spigot; Malawi map; bank logo; silhouette of woman carrying container on head and man carrying hoe over shoulder. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized RBM. Watermark: John Chilembwe, electrotype 500, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 132 x 66 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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RBM B55 (PNL): 1,000 kwacha (US$3.80)
Green and orange. Front: Fish; fishermen in boat; Malawi map as registration device; Reserve Bank of Malaŵi headquarters building in Lilongwe; Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Back: Mzuzu maize silos; stalk of maize (corn); Malawi map; bank logo; silhouette of two people mashing maize into flour with poles. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 1000 RBM. Watermark: Hastings Kamuzu Banda, electrotype 1000, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 132 x 66 mm.
a. 1st JANUARY 2012. Sig. 11. Intro: 23.05.2012.

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Courtesy of Aidan Work, Claudio Marana, and S. Herald Samson (eBay ID silicoin).

Burundi new sig/date (01.09.2011) 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs (US$0.35), 01-09-2011. Like P45, but new date and new signatures (Melchior Wagara and Gaspard Sindayigaya).

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Courtesy of yuri111.

West African States new sig/date (2011) 5,000- and 10,000-franc notes confirmed

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5,000 francs (US$9.50), (20)11. Like P717K, but new date and new signatures (Tiemoko Yadé Dominique Coulibaly and José Mario Vaz).

10,000 francs (US$19), (20)11. Like P718K, but new date and new signatures (Tiemoko Yadé Dominique Coulibaly and José Mario Vaz).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Jean Leclerc.

Malawi new 20-kwacha note error reported

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According to an article on Malawi Today dated 27 May 2012, the new 20-kwacha (US$0.08) note issued on 23 May contains an error. On the back of the note is a building identified as the Domasi Teachers Training College (now known as the Domasi College of Education). However it's reported that the building is in fact the Machinga Teachers Training College. Reserve Bank of Malawi spokesperson Ralph Tseka played down the issue, saying the error would not affect the legal tender as the rest of the security features are intact. "We are going to verify and if we find the error we will make a correction in the next issue," said Tseka.

I have been unable to find any images of either college online to confirm that this is in fact an error. Any assistance in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Mozambique new 200-meticais note confirmed

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BDM B19 (PNL): 200 meticais (US$7)
Blue. Front: Samora Moisés Machel; bank seal. Back: One male and two female lions; trees. Windowed security thread with demetalized BM 200. Watermark: Samora Moisés Machel, electrotype 200, and Cornerstones. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 65 mm.
a. 16 DE JUNHO DE 2011. Signature 2.

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Courtesy of Hermann Huber and Ny Andry Ranaivosolo.

West African States new sig/date (2012) 1,000-franc note confirmed

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1,000 francs (US$1.90), (20)12. Like P215K and P715K, but new date and new signatures (Tiéna Coulibaly and Tiémoko Meyliet Koné).

Courtesy of Jean Leclerc, Claudio Marana, and Sejin Ahn.

Guinea new date (2012) 500-franc note confirmed

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500 francs (US$0.01), 2012. Like BCRG B28 (P39), but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Nigeria new date (2011) 5-naira note confirmed

5 naira (US$0.05), 2011. Like CBN B34 (PNL), but new date.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new sig/date (2012) 100-naira note confirmed

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100 naira (US$0.70), 2012. Like CBN B26 (P28), but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

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100 naira (US$0.70), 2012. Like CBN B26 (P28), but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2012) 200-naira note confirmed

200 naira (US$1.45), 2012. Like CBN B27 (P29), but new date.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new sig/date (2012) 1,000-naira note confirmed

1,000 naira (US$7.15), 2012. Like CBN B29 (P36), but but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mahmoud K. Umar).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

South Africa shreds 3.6 million defective 100-rand notes

According to an article on News24.com dated 20 May 2012, the South Africa Reserve Bank shreaded more than 3.6 million 100-rand (US$12) notes printed by Crane Currency’s Swedish division (Tumba Bruk) because they have the same serial numbers as a batch printed by the South African Bank Note Company. In addition, the notes printed in Sweden aren’t the right color, and they are one millimeter short.

The article doesn't state if the defective notes are of the existing series (P131) or the new series featuring Nelson Mandela's portrait, which are scheduled for introduction in late 2012. In 2011, the South African Reserve Bank outsourced printing of the 100-rand note to Sweden following the discovery of missing security features on notes previously printed by the South African Bank Note Company.

Ethiopia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 20-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Ethiopia from 1932 to 1933, the State Bank of Ethiopia from 1945 to 1961, and the National Bank of Ethiopia from 1966 to present. Revised 4 May 2016.

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Nigeria contemplating new 2,000- and 5,000-naira notes

According to an article in Leadership dated 13 May 2012, the Central Bank of Nigeria is contemplating introducing 2,000- and 5,000-naira (US$13 and $31, respectively) notes, as well as replacing the 10-, 20-, and 50-naira notes with coins.

Namibia new 2011-2012 banknote family confirmed

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BON B9 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$1.50)
Blue. Front: H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma; Parliament building in Windhoek; green-to-gold OVI diamond with latent image 10. Back: Coat of arms; three standing springbok antelope (Antidorcas marsupialis). Green-to-magenta/blue windowed security thread with demetalized BON 10. Watermark: Sam Nujoma and electrotype 10. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 129 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 4. Intro: 15.05.2012.

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BON B10 (PNL): 20 dollars (US$2.95)
Orange. Front: H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma; Parliament building in Windhoek; green-to-magenta OVI diamond with latent image 20. Back: Coat of arms; three standing red hartebeest. Green-to-magenta/blue windowed security thread with demetalized BON 20. Watermark: Sam Nujoma and electrotype 20. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 134 x 70 mm.
a. 2011. Signature 4. Intro: 15.05.2012.

Curiously, the 20-dollar note is dated 2011, whereas all the other denominations bear the date of 2012 at lower center on back.

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BON B11 (PNL): 50 dollars (US$7.35)
Green. Front: Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi; Parliament building in Windhoek; green-to-gold SPARK bank logo. Back: Coat of arms; five standing kudo antelope (Tragelaphus stepsiceros). Green-to-magenta/blue windowed security thread with demetalized BON 50. Watermark: Hendrik Witbooi and electrotype 50. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 140 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 4. Intro: 15.05.2012.

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BON B12 (PNL): 100 dollars (US$15)
Pink. Front: Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi; Parliament building in Windhoek; green-to-gold SPARK bank logo. Back: Coat of arms; three standing oryx antelope (Oryx gazella). Green-to-magenta/blue windowed security thread with demetalized BON 100. Watermark: Hendrik Witbooi and electrotype 100. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 147 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 4. Intro: 15.05.2012.

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BON B13 (PNL): 200 dollars (US$29)
Purple. Front: Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi; Parliament building in Windhoek; green-to-purple SPARK bank logo. Back: Coat of arms; three standing roan antelope. Green-to-magenta/blue windowed security thread with demetalized BON 200. Watermark: Hendrik Witbooi and electrotype 200. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 152 x 70 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 4. Intro: 15.05.2012.

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Courtesy of Heinrich Lindner.

Equatorial African States chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Equatorial African States chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 5-page catalog covers notes issued by the Central Bank of Equatorial African States and Cameroun in 1961, and the Banque Centrale États de l’Afrique Équatoriale (Central Bank of Equatorial African States) from 1963 to 1968. Revised 4 May 2015.

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Uganda new date (2011) 10,000-shilling note confirmed

10,000 shillings (US$4.05), 2011. Like BOU B57 (P52), but new date.

Courtesy of Monetary Research Institute.

Zambia's new notes to feature fish eagle, not portrait

According to an article on The Post Online dated 7 May 2012, the rebased Zambian kwacha notes will feature the national symbol of the fish eagle instead of a portrait. The name of the printer of the new notes is expected to be announced this week. The colors and themes of the new notes will be the same as the old ones (economic, culture and history), except for the new denominations of 2 and 100 kwacha.

Zambia new date (2010) 100-kwacha note confirmed

100 kwacha (US$0.02), 2010. Like BOZ B39 (P38), but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Guinea new date (2012) 100-franc note confirmed

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100 francs (US$0.01), 2012. Like BCRG B24 (P35), but new date and new prefix/serial number font.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Thomas Augustsson.

Kenya and De La Rue's currency partnership

AllAfrica has an excellent article dated 13 April 2012 concerning the history of De La Rue's contracts to print banknotes for the Central Bank of Kenya.

Mauritania new 2,000-ouguiya note confirmed

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According to an article on Agence Mauritanienne d’Information, on 1 February 2012, the Banque Centrale de Mauritanie introduced a new 2,000-ouguiya (US$6.80) note that is smaller than the preceding issue (BCM B18 / P14), and includes several new anti-counterfeiting elements, including a ClearText windowed security thread with demetalized BCM 2000, holographic stripe, and green-to-blue OVI features, as well as a new blue color scheme.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Angola new date (2011) and signature 100- and 200-kwanza notes confirmed

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100 kwanza (US$1.05), JANEIRO DE 2011. Like P147, but new date and new signatures.

200 kwanza (US$2.10), JANEIRO DE 2011. Like P148, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Eritrea new 50-nakfa notes confirmed

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According to a press release dated 16 January 2012 on Sabait.com, the web site of Eritrea’s Ministry of Information, the National Bank of Eritrea has produced new 50- and 100-nakfa (US$3.35 and $6.65, respectively) banknotes. Kibreab Woldemariam, administrator of the bank, said the new 50-nakfa note is already in circulation, and the new 100-nakfa note will be introduced soon.

“Explaining that it is common to change old currency notes with new one, Mr. Kibreab said that the previous currency notes of the same color were creating problem to identify. As a result, the National Bank of Eritrean was obliged to make the change. The Government has been conducting research to print colored currency notes of better color and that the process would be continue as regards other currency notes, he added. Pointing out that the newly circulated currency notes are of the same value with the previous ones, Mr. Kibreab called on the general public to utilize with due caution.”

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Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla and Philanote.

West African States new sig/date (2010) notes confirmed

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5,000 francs (US$10), (20)10. Like P317, but new date and signatures (Philippe Henri Dacouri Tabley and José Mario Vaz).

10,000 francs (US$20), (20)10. Like P318, but new date and signatures (Philippe Henri Dacouri Tabley and José Mario Vaz).

Courtesy of Richard Maranda and Jean Leclerc.

West African States new sig/date (2011) notes confirmed

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1,000 francs (US$2.05), (20)11. Like P315, but new date and signatures (Tiemoko Yadé Dominique Coulibaly and José Mario Vaz).

2,000 francs (US$4.10), (20)11. Like P316, but new date and signatures (Tiemoko Yadé Dominique Coulibaly and José Mario Vaz).

Courtesy of Richard Maranda and Jean Leclerc.

Libya new 5-dinar note confirmed

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5 dinars (US$4.05), no date. Like P72, but serial number prefix 7A, new signature (presumably Al-Seddiq Omar al-Kabir, but possibly Gasem Azzoz, and in any event, slightly different than that on the 10-dinar note dated 17-2-2011), English text replaces Arabic text on back, the removal of the reference to the Gadaffi era “Jamahiriya” from the front and upper right back, and Gadaffi-era falcon crest is removed from the monument to the Battle of Al-Hani.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Claudio Marana.

Namibia unveils new notes due in May

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According to an article in The Namibian dated 22 March 2012, the decision of the Bank of Namibia to replace the portrait of anti-colonialist Chief Hendrik Witbooi with that of founding President Sam Nujoma on the new 10- and 20-dollar (US$1.30 and 2.60, respectively) notes has stirred up a bit of controversy. These notes, along with other denominations which retain Witbooi's portrait, were unveiled on 21 March, but won't be issued until May.

Further details about security features on these notes can be found here.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause, Marcus Jansson, and Claudio Marana.

Zambia revalues kwacha by removing three zeros

According to an article in The Post Online dated 23 January 2012, the government of Zambia has agreed to Bank of Zambia plans to revalue the currency by removing three zeros from all denominations of the kwacha. Currently the largest denomination banknote is 50,000 kwacha (US$9.75), which will become 50 kwacha under the revaluation plan.

No details yet on when new notes will be issued, or if old notes will be overprinted as a provisional measure.

However, according to two documents (Tender For Procurement of New Rebased Zambian Currency - Paper Banknotes and Tender For Procurement of Paper Banknotes - K2 and K100), the Bank of Zambia is seeking bids from the following shortlist of security printers:
  • De La Rue Currency, United Kingdom
    Giesecke & Devrient, Germany
    Orell Fussli Security Printing Limited, Switzerland
    Francois Charles Aberthur [sic] Fuduciaire, France
    South African Bank Note Company (Pty) Limited, South Africa
    Goznak, Russia
Two of the terms of the contact that are interesting to collectors are that "the printer’s name [imprint] shall appear on the banknotes" and that "the supplier shall provide 500 specimen notes, free of charge, of each denomination." The contract also breaks down the number of notes required for each denomination (2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 kwacha) over a three-year period. It's unclear if the notes will be issued 2012-2014, or simply dated as such.

Also of interest are the technical specifications which detail the overall designs and security features of the notes, and which specify that the notes are to be printed on "cotton based substrate" of the printer's chosing, not polymer.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Namibia bank official discusses new banknotes due next week

According to an interview in AllAfrica dated 14 March 2012, the Bank of Namibia is set to unveil a new series of banknotes on 21 March 2012 and issue them in May. Ndangi Katoma, the bank's director of strategic communication, discusses the history of Namibia's banknotes and the decision to change the portraits as well as improve security features.

Malawi new series with 1,000-kwacha denomination to be issued in July 2012

According to an article on Nyasa Times dated 9 March 2012, within the next six months the Reserve Bank of Malawi will introduce a whole new series of notes, including a 1,000-kwacha (US$6) note, twice the largest denomination currently in circulation. The notes were announced in Biantyre on 8 March by Governor Dr. Perks Ligoya. An article in the Sunday Times dated 11 March 2012 indicates that the new notes will be issued in July, and will consist of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 kwacha denominations. It may be that the report is in error, as it hardly seems economically feasible to print notes smaller than 20 kwacha (US$0.12).

The new notes will be much smaller in size than the current notes, which serves as a cost-cutting measure. The new 1,000-kwacha note is to be printed by De La Rue. Nyasa Times reported recently leaked image of the note showing a portrait of current president, Bingu wa Mutharika, but that image is a hoax created from a Federal Republic of Germany DB B31 (P46) 100 deutsche Mark note.

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Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Somalia's Puntland region plans to introduce six new banknotes soon

According to an article in SomaliaReport dated 9 March 2012, Farah Ali Shire, minister for finance for Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland, announced that they will print new and various denominations of hte Somali shilling to replace the current single 1,000-shilling note.

The new notes will be used in Puntland and areas under the control of the government in southern Somalia. The new notes—printed in Sudan—will be denominated in 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, and 50,000 shillings. No date was given for the introduction of the new notes, but they are expected to be ready "soon."

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Namibia to unveil new notes on 21 March 2012

According to a press release dated 10 May 2010 [sic], the Bank of Namibia has announced that it will issue new banknotes sometime after 21 March 2012. The new family will have the same denomination structure as the current series: 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 dollars. All denominations will have improved anti-counterfeiting features, and the portrait of Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi will be retained for all but the 10- and 20-dollar notes, which will feature a new portrait of Sam Nujoma, the founding president and father of the Namibian nation. The existing notes will circulate in parallel with the new ones.

Informanté has published an article dated 15 February 2012 which states that the notes will be issued “right after Independence Day (21 March).”

According to a media release by Bank of Namibia issued on 24 February 2012, the new set of notes (N$ 10, 20, 50, 100, 200) will be presented to the public for the very first time on Independence Day (21 March 2012), but will not be issued until May, giving the bank time to launch an information campaign.

Judging from the large number of virtually uncirculated N$ 10, 50, 100 and 200 notes in circulation now, It appears there are still a large number of "old type" notes in stock, which the bank is trying to use up. However, the "old style" N$ 20 has virtually disappeared from circulation, and those that are in use are usually torn and dirty. Note that all notes currently in circulation still carry the signature of the previous governor, Tom Alweendo. Notes with the signature of the current governor were never issued.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Jay Mollindo and Heinrich Lindner.

Sudan new 20-pound variety reported

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20 pounds (US$8.95), JUNE 2011. Like CBS B10/PNL, but 2-mm wide windowed security thread on front of the note.

Curiously, all denominations of the new designs issued on 24 July 2011 had the windowed thread on the back, apparently to help distinguish them from the preceding issues. However, it now appears that the bank is reversing course with the 5- and 20-pound notes. It remains to be seen if the thread will move to the front on the other denominations in this series.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Sierra Leone to print notes to alleviate cash shortage

According to an article in Sierra Express Media dated 9 March 2012, the government of Sierra Leone will soon print new banknotes to address the “serious shortage of currency in the country” which is “a result of the intensive economy activities of mining companies that were not taken into consideration when the resized bank notes were about to be printed,” said Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, Information and Communications Minister.

Given that the Bank of Sierra Leone introduced new, smaller banknotes just two years ago which were printed by De La Rue, it’s likely that Kargbo’s comments simply mean that the bank will purchase additional notes of the same design from DLR, perhaps with new dates and signatures, but not new designs entirely.

Kenya seeks new note designs without portraits

According to an article in The Star dated 8 March 2012 and an article in the Daily Nation dated 7 March 2012, the Central Bank of Kenya “hereby invites individuals, institutions, institutions, organizations and professional bodies to present in writing, proposals on elements/features to be considered for incorporation in the design of the proposed new Kenyan currency banknotes and coins.” Per Article 231(4) of the constitution, the new notes may not bear the portrait of any individual. All notes in Kenya currently feature a portrait of former president Jomo Kenyatta.

The issuance of new notes is at least two years away, and even after their introduction, existing notes will likely circulate in parallel until they wear out. The bank has not ruled out changes to the colors or sizes of the new notes, and has said that “dominant Kenyan physical features, flora and fauna and key economic activities such as agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, are expected to replace these presidential portraits.”

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Ethiopia new date (2000/2008) 5-birr note confirmed


5 birr (US$0.30), 2000/2008. Like P47, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Sao Tome and Principe new sig/date (10.12.2010) 20,000-dobra note confirmed


20,000 dobras (US$1), 10 de Dezembro de 2010. Like BCSTP B5 (P67), but new date and signatures (Americo de Oliveira dos Ramos and Luis Fernando Moreira de Sousa).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Zambia new date (2011) 5,000-kwacha note confirmed


5,000 kwacha (US$1), 2011. Like BOZ B47 (P45), but new date and new printer: Giesecke & Devrient.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Cape Verde chapter of The Banknote Book is now available


The Cape Verde chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 7-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banco de Cabo Verde (Bank of Cape Verde) from 1977 to present. Revised 12 September 2015.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
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Sudan new 2-pound note confirmed


CBS B7 (PNL): 2 pounds (US$0.90)
Yellow, purple, and brown. Front: Sunflower as registration device; peace theme with dove in flight above map, Central Bank of Sudan headquarters building in Khartoum, and drums. Back: Bank logo; two doves in flight; sunflower. 2-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized CBS 1 LS and Arabic text. Watermark: Pigeon and electrotype LS 1. Printer: (Sudan Currency Printing Press). 139 x 64 mm.
a. JUNE 2011. Signature 2. Intro: November 2011.

Courtesy of Marian Klubert and Andrew Roberts.

Botswana new sig/date (2010) pula notes confirmed


All denominations—BOB B24 (P30) to BOB B28 (P34)—except the 50-pula note have been confirmed with the new date 2010 on back, and new signature combo (Ontefetse Kenneth Matambo and Linah K. Mohohlo).

Courtesy of Craig Eustace and Andrew Roberts.

South Africa announces new banknote series for late 2012


President Jacob Zuma holding example of 50-rand note bearing portrait of Nelson Mandela.



According to a press release dated 11 February 2012 (22 years after Nelson Mandela was freed), the South African Reserve Bank is in the process of producing a new series of banknotes which “will have the same denominations, sizes, and colors but the front of all notes will carry a specially designed engraving of former President Nelson Mandela. The reverse side of each denomination will have an image of one of the big five [lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino].” The new notes are expected to be issued “towards the end of 2012.”

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ghana new date (01.07.2011) 10-cedi note confirmed


10 cedis (US$6.50), 1st JULY 2011. Like BOG B47 (P39), but new date.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Liberia new date (2011) 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$0.30), 2011. Like CBL B8 (P28), but new date.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Nigeria new 200-naira note variety reported


Both of the above scans are of 200-naira (US$1.25) notes dated 2010, signed by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda, with prefix numerators AG. However, on the note on the left the spelled out denomination “Two Hundred Naira” and the signatures are located higher up, the word “Two” is 9-mm tall versus 11-mm tall, and Sanusi’s signature is equal in width to that of Nda. All other images I’ve examined of this denomination dated 2000 to 2011 are like the note on the right. Does anyone else have an example of the “short Two” vareity? If so, please send scans so it can be confirmed and the serial number range narrowed.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Libya removing 50-dinar note featuring Gaddafi's portrait


According to an article on Trend.com dated 13 September 2011, banks in Libya are withdrawing 50-dinar (US$40.70) banknotes from circulation because they feature a large portrait of Muammar Gaddafi, who has recently been ousted from power but whose location remains uncertain. "The banks have agreed to collect the notes and to hand them over to the Central Bank," said Talal al Dhaguissi, an official in charge of a branch of Libya's National Commercial Bank in capital Tripoli, according to TAP. There’s no word on whether the Central Bank of Libya will destroy the withdrawn notes or overprint the portait and recirculate them eventually.

According to an article on Libya Business News dated 13 January 2012, citizens have until 15 March 2012 to turn in the old 50-dinar notes, and that the old 1- and 20-dinar notes, both of which also feature images of Gaddafi, will be gradually withdrawn.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda and Thomas Augustsson.

Libya new 10-dinar note confirmed



10 dinars (US$8), 17-2-2011. Like CBL B37 (P73), but new date, new signature (possibly Gasem Azzoz, new governor as of September 2011), new demetalization on windowed thread, new hologram on upper right front, and the removal of the reference to the Gadaffi era “Jamahiriya” from the front and upper right back, plus the use of English on the notes for the first time in two decades. Furthermore, the serial number prefix system has apparently been reset to 1.

The 10-dinar note features Oberthur’s new Jasper hologram, which combines a hologram with blind embossing in 3D, with at least two optical effects, as well as anti-photocopy and anti-scanner characteristics.

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Courtesy of Eyad Alali and Thomas Augustsson.

Somaliland new 1,000- and 5,000-shilling notes confirmed




Athough dated 2011, these two notes were apparently issued in January 2012.

Courtesy of John Miskell.

Eritrea new 50- and 100-nakfa notes reported

According to a press release dated 16 January 2012 on Sabait.com, the web site of Eritrea’s Ministry of Information, the National Bank of Eritrea has produced new 50- and 100-nakfa (US$3.35 and $6.65, respectively) banknotes. Kibreab Woldemariam, administrator of the bank, said the new 50-nakfa note is already in circulation, and the new 100-nakfa note will be introduced soon.

“Explaining that it is common to change old currency notes with new one, Mr. Kibreab said that the previous currency notes of the same color were creating problem to identify. As a result, the National Bank of Eritrean was obliged to make the change. The Government has been conducting research to print colored currency notes of better color and that the process would be continue as regards other currency notes, he added. Pointing out that the newly circulated currency notes are of the same value with the previous ones, Mr. Kibreab called on the general public to utilize with due caution.”

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Kenya new sig/date (16.07.2010) notes confirmed


All six denominations (50 to 1,000 shillings) have been confirmed dated 16th JULY 2010 and bearing new signatures (Njuguna S. Ndung’u and unknown).

Courtesy of Richard Miranda, John B. Silver, Andrew Roberts, and Bill Stubkjaer.

Sao Tome and Principe chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (50 types and varieties, including 10 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banco Nacional de S. Tomé e Príncipe (National Bank of Sao Tome and Principe) from 1976 to 1989, and the Banco Central de S. Tomé e Príncipe (Central Bank of Sao Tome and Principe) from 1993 to present day. Banco Nacional Ultramarino notes are not currently included in this chapter.

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Nigeria new date (2011) 50-naira variety confirmed


50 naira (US$0.35), 2011. Like CBN B36 (PNL), but new date, signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda), and 7-digit serial numbers. Printer: (G&D). Polymer.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new sig/date (2010) 100-naira note confirmed


100 naira (US$0.70), 2010. Like CBN B26 (P28), but new date and signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new sig/date (2011) 500-naira note confirmed


500 naira (US$3.60), 2011. Like CBN B28 (P30), but new date and signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Ghana new sig/date (01.07.2011) 5- and 20-cedi notes confirmed


5 cedis (US$3.25), 1st JULY 2011. Like BOG B46 (P38), but new date and signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur).

20 cedis (US$13), 1st JULY 2011. Like BOG B48 (P40), but new date and signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Liberia new sig/date (2011) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$0.70), 2011. Like CBL B9 (P29), but new signatures (Augustine K. Ngafuan and Joseph Mills Jones) and date.

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Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee.

Sao Tome and Principe new sig/date (10.12.2010) 50,000- and 100,000-dobra notes confirmed


50,000 dobras (US$2.65), 10 de Dezembro de 2010. Like P68, but new date and signatures (unknown and Luis Fernando de Sousa Moreiraa).

100,000 dobras (US$5.30), 10 de Dezembro de 2010. Like P69, but new date and signatures (unknown and Luis Fernando de Sousa Moreiraa).

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Courtesy of David Murcek (www.themonetaryunit.com).

Zambia new date (2011) 500-, 1,000-, and 20,000-kwacha notes confirmed


500 kwacha (US$0.10), 2011. Like BOZ B45 (P43), but new date and printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient.).

1,000 kwacha (US$0.20), 2011. Like BOZ B46 (P44), but new date and printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient.).

20,000 kwacha (US$3.90), 2011. Like BOZ B49 (P47), but new date and printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient.).

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Mauritius new 200-, 500-, and 1,000-rupee notes confirmed


According to a press release dated 10 October 2011, on 14 October Bank of Mauritius issued revised 200-, 500-, and 1,000-rupee (US$6.90, 17.25, and 34.55, respectively) banknotes with new security features:

Multi Image Hologram upgrade for 200- and 500-rupee banknotes
This upgrade consists of a new feature which appears as a Multi Image design of a dodo and the face value as a new feature on the 200-rupee banknote, whereas the previous silver foil on the 500-rupee banknote has been replaced by a Multi Image design of a deer and the value of Rs500.

Depth Image Hologram upgrade for 1,000-rupee banknote
This feature replaces the current silver foil on the 1,000-rupee banknote and is an optically variable device. Classical holography allows a perception of depth by placing an image over a secondary plane apparently deep. On the hologram there is a registered central image of the Bank of Mauritius Tower and in the background the Multi Image feature showing the design of a key and the value of Rs1000.

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Courtesy of Sami Kiuru, Claudio Marana, and Noteshobby.

Malawi new date (30.06.2011) 100-kwacha note confirmed


100 kwacha (US$0.60), 31th JUNE 2011. Like RBM B45 (P46 & P54), but new date and signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Angola new date (2011) and signature 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-kwanza notes confirmed


500 kwanza (US$5.25), JANEIRO DE 2011. Like P149, but new date and new signatures.

1,000 kwanza (US$10.50), JANEIRO DE 2011. Like P150, but new date and new signatures.

2,000 kwanza (US$21), JANEIRO DE 2011. Like P151, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Rui Manuel Palhares.

Sudan new 5-pound notes confirmed


5 pounds (US$1.85), JUNE 2011. Like P66, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note, and map removed from upper right front.


5 pounds (US$1.85), JUNE 2011. Like above note, but with windowed thread on front of note.

Curiously, all denominations of the new designs issued on 24 July 2011 had the windowed thread on the back, apparently to help distinguish them from the preceding issues. However, it now appears that the bank is reversing course. It remains to be seen if the thread will move to the front on the other denominations in this series.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

South Sudan new piaster notes confirmed






According to various news reports, on 19 October 2011 the Central Bank of South Sudan issued new notes in the denominations of 5, 10, 25, and 50 piasters. These low-value notes will make it possible to purchase smaller items that cost less than a pound (1 South Sudan pound = 100 piasters), said Governor Kornelio Koriom. The new piaster notes are reportedly printed by De La Rue, which also produced the pound-denominated notes introduced on 18 July 2011. Further reports indicate that the 50-piaster denomination was dropped in favor of a coin.

Curiously, the currency is spelled piaster, not piastre, and the signatures remain the same as on the pound-denominated notes, even though the governor was replaced shortly after their introduction, which means these notes must have been planned well before his removal. To differentiate the designs from the higher denominations, the piaster notes have the portrait at right instead of left, and they do not have windowed security threads.

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Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee.

Malawi new date (30.06.2011) 50-kwacha note confirmed


According to an article on Nyasa Times dated 2 June 2011, in late May the Reserve Bank of Malawi issued a large quantity of 50-kwacha (US$0.35) notes dated 30th JUNE 2011. These are like the preceding issues (P53) dated 31st OCTOBER 2009, but with the new date which oddly falls after the date of introduction into circulation.

Courtesy of Aidan Work and Andrew Roberts.

Madagascar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 18-page catalog covers notes issued by the governor general in 1917, the Banque de Madagascar (Bank of Madagascar) from 1926 to 1942, and the Banky Foiben'i Madagasikara (Central Bank of Madagascar) from 1983 to present. Revised 3 May 2016.

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This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque de Madagascar et des Comores (Bank of Madagascar and the Comoros) from 1950 to 1958. Revised 8 April 2016.

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Malagasy Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 8-page catalog covers notes issued by the Malagasy Issuing Institute from 1962 to 1969, and the Banky Foiben’ny Repoblika Malagasy / Banque Centrale de la Republique Malgache (Central Bank of the Malagasy Republic) in 1974. Revised 12 Feb 2015.

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Angola new date (2010) and signature 5-, 10-, and 50-kwanza notes confirmed


5 kwanza (US$0.05), MAIO DE 2010. Like P144, but new date and new signatures.

10 kwanza (US$0.10), MAIO DE 2010. Like P145, but new date and new signatures.

50 kwanza (US$0.10), MAIO DE 2010. Like P146, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Alexey Semakov and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Libya new note series to be issued 2012


According to an article on Arabstoday dated 29 November 2011, the Central Bank of Libya is set to introduce new 1-, 5-, and 10-dinar banknotes in early 2012.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Tunisia new 20- and 50-dinar notes confirmed

On 20 October 2011, the Central Bank of Tunisia introduced a new 20-dinar (US$14.20) note dated 2011 and measuring 153 x 76 mm. The preceding 20-dinar note dated 1992 (Pick 88) will remain legal tender for the time being, but will be gradually withdrawn from circulation. The front of the new 20-dinar note is similar to the preceding issue, but it’s pinkish red and brown in color instead of purple. The back of the note features an entirely new design. A new 50-dinar (US$35.45) note was also issued. Like the 2008-dated commemorative note (P91) of the same denomination, it features a portrait of Rachiq, but the front and back designs have both changed.


PNL 20 dinars (US$14)
Red, blue, and yellow. Front: Ksar Ouled Soltane fortified granary in Tataouine district; Kheireddine Ettounsi with sword on horse. Back: L’ecole Sadiki (Sadiki College) building in Tunis. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 20 DINARS BCT. Watermark: Olive tree with electrotype 20. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 76 mm. 2011-3-20. Signature unknown. Intro: 20.10.2011.


The same signature combination appears on both the 20- and 50-dinar notes. I am unsure of to whom the signatures belong. The bank’s web site identifies them by title only, which are Governor and Vice Governor of the Central Bank, positions currently occupied by Mustapha Kamel Nabli and Brahim Saada. However, given the recent turmoil in Tunisia, it’s not certain that these were the signaturories for the notes.


PNL 50 dinars (US$34)
Green, blue, and orange. Front: Musée de la Monnaie (Currency Museum) building in Tunis; scholar Ibn Rachiq. Back: Place Gouvernement la Kasbah, central square in Tunis. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50 DINARS BCT. Watermark: Olive tree and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 158 x 79 mm. 2011-3-20. Signature unknown. Intro: 03.11.2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Zambia new date (2011) 10,000-kwacha note confirmed


10,000 kwacha (US$2), 2011. Like P46, but new date.

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Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Congo (Democratic Republic) chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 17-page catalog covers notes issued by the Conseil Monétaire de la République du Congo (Monetary Council of the Republic of Congo) from 1962 to 1963; the Banque Nationale du Congo (National Bank of Congo) from 1961to 1971; and the Banque Centrale du Congo (Central Bank of Congo) from 1997 to present. Revised 5 July 2015.

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Sudan to issue new 2-pound note by end of November 2011

According to an article in Sudan Vision dated 15 November 2011, the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) has announced that it will start circulation of the 1-pound coin and the new 2-pound (US$0.75) banknote by the end of November 2011. The bank is removing old style notes from circulation as they are processed, regardless of their condition.

Nigeria new date (2011) 10-naira note confirmed with 6-digit serial numbers

10 naira (US$0.05), 2011. Like previous unlisted polymer 10-naira notes, but new date, new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda), and 6-digit serial numbers.

Courtesy of Mohammed el-Arabi.

Malawi no longer issuing 20-kwacha notes

According to an article on Nyasa Times dated 11 November 2011, the Reserve Bank of Malawi claims it has stopped issuing 20-kwacha (US$0.12) notes because they are in short supply and the existing stock consists of poor-condition notes. Speculation holds that the move is intended to encourage use of coinage instead of notes.

Uganda clarifies position on 100,000-shilling note to keep up with inflation

According to an UGPulse article, Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile said the Bank of Uganda would consider introducing a 100,000-shilling (US$38.50) banknote if inflation doesn’t ease from recent levels around 30 percent. Currently the largest denomination is the 50,000-shilling note issued on 17 May 2010.

In a follow-up statement dated 11 November 2011, the Bank of Uganda clarified that it is not contemplating and has no immediate plans to introduce a 100,000-shilling note and that the bank has no intention of changing its currency structure at the moment.

Republic of the Congo chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Challenge: Identify building and monument on back of Madagascar 5,000-franc note

Today’s challenge is to identify the objects which appears on the back of the old 5,000-franc note of Madagascar.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of the building and/or monument—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

These objects appear on the back of the 5,000-franc from 1983 (Pick 69). The SCWPM claims the building is a school, but doesn’t give a precise identification. The monument has writing on it which reads “MADAGASIKARA MAHALEOTENA NAMBARA AMBAHBENASO 26 JUIN 1960.” The date is Madagascar’s independence day, and the text is in Malagasy.

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IDENTIFIED: La Bibliothèque Nationale de Madagascar (The National Library of Madagascar) building in Antananarivo and Stèle de l’Indépendance in Place de l’Indépendance in Antananarivo.

Courtesy of Robert Bethea, Murray Hanewich, and Dominique Dannery.

Burundi new sig/date (2011.09.01) 100-franc note confirmed


100 francs (US$0.07), 01-09-2011. Like P44, but new date and sigantures (Aimee Laurentine Kanyana and Gaspard Sindayigaya).

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Courtesy of Giuseppe Favaro.

Nigeria new sig/date (2011) 10- and 20-naira notes confirmed


10 naira (US$0.05), 2011. Like previous unlisted polymer 10-naira notes, but new date, new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda), and 7-digit serial numbers.


20 naira (US$0.10), 2011. Like P34, but new date, new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda), and 6-digit serial numbers.

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Courtesy of Mohammed el-Arabi.

The Challenge: Identify dam on front of Congo 100-franc note

Today’s challenge is to identify the dam which appears on the front of the old 100-franc note of Congo Democratic Republic.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of this dam—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This dam appears on the front of the 100-franc from 1963 (Pick 1):

IDENTIFIED: Ruzizi I hydroelectric dam on Ruzizi River between Congo and Rwanda.

For extra credit, please supply the precise name of this equipment which appears on the back of this note:

IDENTIFIED: Bucket chain excavator.

Courtesy of Frederick Martin.

Rhodesia and Nyasaland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Rhodesia and Nyasaland cover
The Rhodesia and Nyasaland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 4-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1956 to 1961. Revised 20 May 2016.

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Mozambique new 20-, 50-, and 100-meticais notes confirmed






The Banco de Moçambique has announced a new family of banknotes dated 2011 that are similar in design to the existing series (P143-P148) dated 2006, but with enhanced security features. The three smaller denominations are printed on polymer, and the three larger denominations remain printed on paper. The notes were issued 1 October 2011.

Courtesy of Carlos Pinto and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Somalia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 14-page catalog covers notes issued by the National Bank of Somalia from 1962 until 1971; the Somali National Bank in 1975; and the Bankiga Dhexe ee Soomaaliya (Central Bank of Somalia) from 1977 to present. Revised 5 January 2015.

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Angola to issue new note family by end of 2011

According to an AngoNotícias article dated 3 October 2011, the Banco Nacional de Angola plans to introduce new banknotes before the end of the year. The new series will contain a 5,000-kwanza (US$53) denomination for the first time, and will replace the co-joined portrait of José Eduardo dos Santos and Agostinho Neto with kings of Angola and nature scenes.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Zambia new date (2011) 50,000-kwacha variety confirmed


50,000 kwacha (US$10.35), 2011. Like P48, but new date and new printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient instead of DE LA RUE).

Courtesy of Garry Craig and Ronald Kowaleski.

Italian Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Italian Somaliland
The Italian Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 6-page catalog covers notes issued by the V. Filonardi & C. in 1893, the Banca d’Italia Somalia Italiana in 1920, and the Cassa per la Circolazione Monetaria della Somalia from 1950 to 1960. Revised 12 February 2015.

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Cameroon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 11-page catalog covers notes issued by the Kaiserliches Gouvernement von Kamerun (Imperial Government of Cameroon) in 1914, the Territoire du Cameroun (Territory of Cameroon) in 1922, the Banque Centrale (Central Bank) from 1961 to 1972, and the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) from 1974 to 1992. Revised 4 February 2015.

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Lesotho 50-loti note dated 1993 confirmed


50 maloti (US$7.45), 1993. Like P14, but new date.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Ethiopia accepted bids to print more banknotes

According to an article on allAfrica.com dated 14 September 2011, De La Rue, Francois-Charles Oberthur, and Giesecke & Devrient have submitted bids to the National Bank of Ethiopia for printing 46 billion birr worth of 100-birr notes and 6 billion birr worth of 50-birr notes. The winning bidder is expected to deliver the new notes within four months. No word on if the notes will be new designs.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

New Sudan high denomination notes sought


The IBNS Journal Volume 50 Number 1 contains an interesting article, “The Elusive Unofficial Banknotes of New Sudan.” Author Peter Symes details the history of notes from the “Bank of New Sudan” which were prepared in late 2002 and issued regionally for a few years thereafter. Reliable information is scarce regarding these issues, particularly regarding the higher denominations. Anyone who owns the 50, 100, or 200 pound notes in this family is encouraged to send 300-dpi scans of same so this info can be shared with other collectors.

Nigeria chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 20-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of Nigeria in 1918, and the Central Bank of Nigeria from 1958 to present. Revised 26 June 2016.

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Seychelles new 50-, 100-, and 500-rupee notes confirmed






According to a press release dated 3 June 2011, the Central Bank of Seychelles issued updated 50-, 100-, and 500-rupee banknotes on 7 June 2011. The new notes have enhanced security features, revised colors, and updated designs.

Each of the three new banknotes has a hologram instead of a foil sailfish which currently appears at upper right front on the existing notes. On the 50-rupee (US$4.10) note, the silver holographic sailfish alternates between the number 50 and an image of the Aldabra rail, a flightless bird. On the 100-rupee (US$8.15) note, the gold holographic sailfish alternates between the number 100 and an image of the Seychelles giant tortoise. On the 500-rupee (US$41) note, the gold holographic sailfish alternates between the number 500 and an image of the Seychelles scops owl.

Additional security upgrades include a 2.5-mm wide fluorescent security thread on the 50-rupee note, a 2.5-mm wide color-shifting security thread on the 100-rupee note, and a 3-mm wide color-shifting security thread on the 500-rupee note. The notes are also protected by De La Rue’s unique Gemini technology that fluoresces under ultraviolet light but appears normal in daylight.

The color schemes of the notes have been revised, with the notes being more green, red, and orange, respectively, than the notes currently in circulation. The new notes also carry the year of printing, as well as the signature of Pierre Laporte, the bank’s current governor. Existing notes remain legal tender and will be removed from circulation as they wear out.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Seychelles new 100-rupee variety confirmed


100 rupees (US$8.20), no date. Like P40, but signature of Governor Norman Weber in red ink, not purple. The change in ink color for the signature appears to take place sometime between prefix AE and AF, which makes this variety a very short run because the signature changes to that of Francis Chang-Leng with prefix AF, when the vertical serial number also switches from black to red.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Sierra Leone chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 12-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Sierra Leone from 1964 to present. Revised 22 April 2016.

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Somaliland new date (2011) 500-shilling note confirmed


500 shillings (US$0.05), 2011. Like BOS B22 (P6), but new date and new signatures (Abdi Dirir Abdi and Abdi Mohamoud Gullet).

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Dennis Zammit.

UN releases $1.5 billion in Libyan banknotes from DLR

The United Nations has approved the release of 1.86 billion (US$1.5 billion) worth of Libyan dinar banknotes printed by De La Rue. The notes had been held in the UK under sanctions imposed on the Gaddafi regime, but will now be delivered to the Central Bank of Libya.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

South Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

South Sudan cover
The South Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 4-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of South Sudan from 2011 to present. Revised 24 May 2016.

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Ghana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 25-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Ghana from 1958 to present. Revised 18 April 2016.

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Ethiopia considers issuing 200-birr notes

According to an article on Ezega dated 20 August 2011, the National Bank of Ethiopia is considering introducing a 200-birr (US$11.70) banknote to keep up with the needs of an economy experiencing high inflation. Currently the highest denomination in Ethiopia is the 100-birr note (Pick 52).

Central African States new sig combo confirmed


The above signature combination has been confirmed on 500-, 1,000, 2,000-, and 5,000-franc notes with U country code for Cameroon. These notes are like P206 to P209, respectively, except for the new signatures (Le Gouverneur is Lucas Abaga Nchama and Censeur Salomon Francis Meke).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Hans-Dieter Müller, Dennis Zammit, Richard Castedo, and Murtaza Karimjee.

South Sudan's central bank governor replaced by deputy

According to a Reuters Africa article dated 16 August 2011, Elijah Malok has been replaced as the governor of the Bank of South Sudan by his former deputy, Kornelio Koriom. Malok’s signature appears on the world’s newest nation’s banknotes which were issued 18 July 2011.

The Challenge: Identify building on back of Ghana's 20,000-cedi note

Today’s challenge is to identify the building which appears on the back of the old 20,000-cedi note of Ghana.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of this building—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This building appears on the back of all of the 20,000-cedi notes from 2002-2006 (Pick 36):

IDENTIFIED: National Theatre of Ghana in Accra.

Courtesy of Frederick Martin.

Sierra Leone to withdraw old notes as of 15 August 2011

According to a press release dated 25 February 2011, the Bank of Sierra Leone has postponed until 15 August 2011 the withdrawal of old-style banknotes in favor of the new, smaller notes which were issued 14 May 2010.

Sudan new 10- and 20-pound notes confirmed


10 pounds (US$3.75), JUNE 2011. Like P67, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note, and watusi cattle removed from front of note.


20 pounds (US$7.50), JUNE 2011. Like P68, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, and 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of http://stores.ebay.com/PHILANOTE.

Liberia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Liberia
The Liberia 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 Republic of Liberia Treasury Department from 1857 to 1880, the National Bank of Liberia in 1989 and 1991, and the Central Bank of Liberia from 1999 to present. Revised 1 August 2016.

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Sudan new 50-pound note confirmed


50 pounds (US$18.70), JUNE 2011. Like P69, but new color schemes, new date, new signature, and 2-mm wide windowed security thread moved to back of note.

Courtesy of Tom A. Adami.

Nigeria new sig/date (2011) 50-naira note confirmed


50 naira (US$0.30), 2011. Like unlisted 50-naira note first issued dated 2009, but new date and new signatures (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Mauritania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Mauritania cover
The Mauritania 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 Banque Centrale de Mauritanie (Central Bank of Mauritania) from 1973 to present. Revised 8 December 2015.

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Sudan new note designs unveiled


The International Business Times has posted Reuters images of Sudan’s new notes which are expected to be issued in the coming weeks in response to Monday’s issuance of a new series of notes in the newly independent South Sudan. From the photos, it appears Sudan has simply changed the color schemes of the existing designs for its various denominations.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Nigeria new date (2011) 200-naira note confirmed


200 naira (US$1.30), 2011. Like P29, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

South Sudan public complains about lack of dates on new banknotes

According to articles in Al Bawaba and Sudan Tribune, members of the public in South Sudan are complaining that the new series of banknotes issued on 18 July 2011 lack printed dates, as have all notes previously issued by Sudan. Apparently the people are unaware that many countries routinely issue notes without dates (much to the consternation of researchers and catalogers such as myself).

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

The Challenge: Identify objects in Liberia bank seal

Today’s challenge is to identify the crossed objects which appear in the seal of the Central Bank of Liberia (and previously the National Bank of Liberia).

If you can precisely identify the name of these objects—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This bank seal appears on the back of all of Liberia’s notes since 1989:

IDENTIFIED: Kissi money.

Liberia new date (2008) 10-dollar note confirmed


10 dollars (US$0.15), 2008. Like P27c, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun.

South Sudan issued new pound notes 18 July 2011


According to an Al Jazeera article dated 11 July 2011 as well as a BBC article dated 11 July 2011, South Sudan—which just gained its independence on 9 July—will introduce its own currency next week [update: the notes officially entered circulation on 18 July]. The South Sudan pound notes feature a portrait of rebel leader John Garang on the front, while the backs contain images of the country's culture and wealth. Finance Minister David Deng Athorbei said plane-loads of the South Sudan pound would arrive in the capital, Juba, on 13 July and would be in circulation by 18 July. The new notes, printed by De La Rue, will be exchanged at par for the existing Sudanese pounds. The Bank of South Sudan will issue six denominations – 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 pound – and the notes are signed by Elijah Malok as “Governor” even though he has not been officially appointed to the position.

Meanwhile, Sudan has announced that it will issue new notes of its own. The Central Bank of Sudan issued a new series of pound-denominated notes just four years ago.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Mojmir Cerny, Thomas Krause, David Bonczak, Aidan Work, Murtaza Karimjee, and Thomas Augustsson.

The Challenge: Identify man in watermark on Mauritania's notes

Today’s challenge is to identify the following man whose face appears as the watermark on all of Mauritania’s notes since 1974.

If you can precisely identify the name of this man—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This man’s face appears as the watermark on all of Mauritania’s notes since 1974, and is shown here from an unissued specimen design of 1981:

Katanga chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Katanga
The Katanga chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 5-page catalog covers notes issued by the Gouvernment Katanga (Katanga Government) in 1961, and the Banque Nationale du Katanga (National Bank of Katanga) from 1960 to 1962. Revised 22 November 2015.

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  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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South Africa Reserve Bank's printing presses sit idle since February 2011

According to an article in Times Live dated 9 July 2011, the South African Reserve Bank has outsourced printing of the 100-rand note to Sweden following the discovery of missing security features on notes previously printed by the SA Bank Note Company. Other problems with other denominations have left the SABN presses sitting idle since February. The article also mentions SABN’s printing of notes for Zambia and Namibia.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Equatorial Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Equatorial Guinea
The Equatorial Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 8-page catalog covers notes issued by the Central Bank in 1969, the People’s Bank in 1975, the Bank of Equatorial Guinea from 1979 to 1980, and the Bank of Central African States from 1985 to 1986. Revised 23 November 2014.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Lesotho chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Lesotho chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 10-page catalog covers notes issued by the Lesotho Monetary Authority in 1979, and the Central Bank of Lesotho from 1981 to present. Revised 20 April 2016.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Mali chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Mali chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 7-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque de la République du Mali (Bank of the Republic of Mali) from 1960 to 1967, and the Banque Centrale du Mali (Central Bank of Mali) from 1970 to 1983. Revised 30 November 2014.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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The Challenge: Identify flora on Lesotho's banknotes

Today’s challenge is to identify the following plants and flowers from Lesotho’s banknotes.

If you can precisely identify the proper name of any of the following—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This plant appears as the registration device on Lesotho’s 20-loti note dated 1990 (P12):

IDENTIFIED: Agave plant and flowers.

This left and flowers appear as the registration device on Lesotho’s 100-loti note dated 2001 (P19):

IDENTIFIED: Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) leaf and flowers.

This plant appears as the registration device on Lesotho’s 200-loti note dated 1994 (P20):


These flowers appear on the back of Lesotho’s 10-loti note dated 2010 (PNL):

IDENTIFIED: Cosmos flowers.

Swaziland new 10-, 20-, and 50-emalangeni notes confirmed


10 emalangeni (US$1.45)
Blue. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion and elephant flanking shield topped with crown of feathers (lidlabe); shield (isihlangu), spears (sikhali), and staff (umgobo). Back: Nine princesses taking part in the Ncwala (kingship ceremony); bank seal. Windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 10. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 148 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 9b. Intro: 30.06.2011.


20 emalangeni (US$2.90)
Purple. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion and elephant flanking shield topped with crown of feathers (lidlabe); shield (isihlangu), spears (sikhali), and staff (umgobo). Back: Flower, corn, and pineapple; steer; refinery; bank seal. Windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 20. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 151 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 9b. Intro: 30.06.2011.


50 emalangeni (US$7.25)
Violet. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion and elephant flanking shield topped with crown of feathers (lidlabe); green-to-blue OVI shield (isihlangu), spears (sikhali), and staff (umgobo). Back: Central Bank of Swaziland headquarters Umntsholi building in Mbabane; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 50. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 154 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 9b. Intro: 30.06.2011.

Courtesy of Andre du Toit, Joseph Gerber, and Thomas Krause.

The Challenge: Identify buildings and dams on Mali's banknotes

Today I’m inaugurating a new feature on BanknoteNews.com: The Challenge.

Anyone who has downloaded chapters of The Banknote Book catalog knows that I take pains to precisely identify all the people, places, and objects depicted on banknotes. However, sometimes precise identifications remain elusive despite all the efforts of myself and various contributors. This frustrates me both as an author and a collector because it’s my belief that if a country has chosen to feature something on one of its notes, it must have some particular historical or cultural significance and it deserves better than a generic description.

So I’m turning to the power of crowdsourcing with The Challenge, an open call for help in identifying certain design elements which have heretofore defied identification.

If you can precisely identify the proper name and location of any of the following—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

Today’s challenge is to identify the following items from Mali’s banknotes.

The building on the back of Mali’s 5,000-franc note dated 1960 (P5 shown below, but it also appears on P10):

IDENTIFIED: Le Marché Rose (pink market) building in Bamako.

The dam on the front of Mail’s 50-franc note dated 1960 (P6):

IDENTIFIED: Markala dam on the Niger River.

The dam on the front of Mail’s 1,000-franc note of 1970 (P13):

IDENTIFIED: Sotuba dam hydropower plant on the Niger River.

Swaziland announces release of remaining denominations of new series

According to a press release dated 30 June 2011, the Central Bank of Swaziland announced the release into circulation the remaining denominations (10, 20, 50, and 200 emalangeni) of its new series of banknotes. This comes after the official introduction of the 100-lilangeni note on 1 November 2010, and the premature release of a small batch of the 200-lilangeni notes at one bank branch. The other denominations were originally scheduled for a staggered introduction schedule over the course of 2011 and 2012. The press release seems to contradict the notion that all denominations will be available immediately when it quotes Governor Martin G. Dlamini thusly, “We are more likely to see the new E10 dominating in the public domain. Other denominations will also be released in due course, depending on market demand.”

Courtesy of Tod Hunt.

Tanzania chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 14-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Tanzania from 1966 to present. Revised 13 January 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Zambia contemplating changes to currency

According to an article in the Times of Africa dated 21 June 2011, the Bank of Zambia is contemplating replacing the paper 500- and polymer 1,000-kwacha notes with coins, and issuing notes larger than the current highest denomination of 50,000 kwacha. The bank is also considering using polymer for a higher denomination than the 1,000-kwacha note. Nothing is official yet, but the new measures could take effect in 2012.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

French Afars and Issas chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Afars and Issas
The French Afars and Issas chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Trésor Public Territorie Français des Afars et des Issas (Public Treasury of the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas) from 1969 to 1975. Revised 8 September 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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Kenya chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 22-page catalog covers notes issued by the Central Bank of Kenya from 1966 to present. Revised 24 July 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Malawi new sig/date (31.01.2011) 500-kwacha note confirmed


500 kwacha (US$3.30), 31ST JANUARY 2011. Like P56, but new date and signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Rhodesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Rhodesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 5-page catalog covers notes issued by the Reserve Bank of Rhodesia from 1964 to 1979. Revised 2 December 2014.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Uganda chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 20-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Uganda from 1966 to present. Revised 15 July 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Central African Empire chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Central African Empire chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 2-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of the Central Africa States) from 1978 to 1979. Revised 2 October 2014.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Central African Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Central African Republic
The Central African Republic chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 6-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of the Central Africa States) from 1974 to 1976, and 1980 to 1991. Revised 16 December 2014.

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
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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
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Somaliland burns Somali shillings as part of currency switch

There’s an interesting article on Somalilandpress dated 28 May 2011 which discusses Somaliland’s efforts to replace Somali banknotes in its region.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Malawi new 1,000-kwacha banknote reported

According to an article on Nyasa Times dated 13 June 2011, the Reserve Bank of Malawi will soon introduce a 1,000-kwacha (US$6.60) note, twice as large as the current highest denomination, the 500-kwacha (P56). The new notes are supposedly being printed by De La Rue.

Additional information and images are requested so that this report can be confirmed.

Uganda 50,000-shilling note wins IBNS Banknote of 2010


The International Bank Note Society’s (IBNS) ‘Banknote of 2010’ is Uganda’s 50,000-shilling note. This year, for the first time, the award was decided by a popular vote by members of the IBNS, rather than by a committee, and the award shows a strong appreciation of the 50,000-shilling note among a large community of banknote enthusiasts. From thirteen nominations, voting indicated a strong preference for the Ugandan note from the time voting was made available to members on the IBNS web site (www.theIBNS.org) in mid February.

The highest denomination in a series of six notes introduced in May 2010, the 50,000-shilling note has strong design elements consistent with the series. These elements include the watermark of the head of a crested crane, an outline of a map of Uganda (highlighting the equator), the profile of man wearing Karimojong head dress, patterns based on indigenous basket work and, at the far right on the back, the Independence Monument. Erected to celebrate Ugandan independence in October 1962, the statue is of a woman wrapped in bonds lifting a child above her head, celebrating the birth of the nation.

On the front of the award-winning note the ‘Stride Monument’ is at the left, the Bwindi tropical rain forest is illustrated at the centre left, a foil strip with the denomination and images of shields at centre right and an area for the watermark at the far right. The Stride Monument was erected to celebrate the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Kampala in 2007. Depicting a husband, wife and son stepping forward, the monument symbolizes the countries of the Commonwealth progressing as a family.

The back of the note is dominated by illustrations of silver back mountain gorillas and undoubtedly these amazing animals attract people to the notes and their depiction is one of the reasons the 50,000-shilling note was so popular amongst the IBNS members voting for the award. Apart from the gorillas, there is much which is attractive about the note, such as the good use of colour – particularly the brown, which might have made the note appear dull if used inappropriately, and the golden highlights which capture attention. Strong images, well depicted, add to the quality design of the note and good use of security features for a high-denomination note enhances the overall effect.

Printed by British security printers De La Rue, the note was designed in co-operation with the Bank of Uganda. This successful collaboration has seen an impressive series of banknotes introduced to Uganda and it has produced the award-winning note in the competition for the IBNS Banknote of 2010. The IBNS congratulates the Bank of Uganda and De La Rue for its achievement.

Malawi chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Malawi

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

This 21-page catalog covers notes issued by the Reserve Bank of Malawi from 1964 to present. Revised 28 June 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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
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Namibia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Namibia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 7-page catalog covers notes issued by the Namibia Reserve Bank in 1990, and the Bank of Namibia from 1993 to present. Revised 8 May 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Swaziland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 14-page catalog covers notes issued by the Monetary Authority of Swaziland from 1974 to 1978, and the Central Bank of Swaziland from 1981 to present. Revised 28 November 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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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
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Members sought for new South African banknote collectors' society

I have recently been contacted by Andre du Toit, who is trying to form a new society of collectors of South African banknotes. Please read the following and write directly to Andre if you are intersted in joining.—OWL

Dear fellow banknote collectors,

For those who don’t know me please let me introduce myself.

My name is Andre du Toit. I live in South Africa very close to the Oliver Tambo (Johannesburg) airport.

I was a member of the South African Banknote Society (now defunct) where I also served as the Secretary.

I am also the Regional Director of the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) for Region 5, which includes other African countries.

The reason for this writing is to start a new Banknote Society which will be called THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN BANKNOTE SOCIETY. The exact demographics will be determined by the members at a later stage.

There is currently no official collectors forum for banknotes in South Africa that I am aware of.

My idea is to run this society as the IBNS does: totally electronically. All communications, voting, etc. will be done via the Internet.

For those of you who are not familiar with the IBNS, please visit www.theIBNS.org and see what it is all about.

At this stage, membership will be free, but we may have to charge a small fee at a later stage to cover the website. I am currently negotiating with the IBNS to make use of a website similar to theirs.

Furthermore I will try to get sponsors to finance the website.

All I need from you at this stage is to let me know whether you would like to become a member of the new Society. Thereafter I will send you application forms.

The current interest is 76 people.

If I have failed to contact anyone that you know that may be interested in joining please, forward this letter to them as well.

The main objectives of this Society will be:

  • To foster and maintain the art of banknote collecting;
  • To assist and keep each other informed about new issues and older ones;
  • To get a swop or want list going;
  • To become a chapter in the IBNS and participate in their programmes

This list will be much longer than above as we go along.

This Society will be properly constitutionalised with a management team which will be elected by the members.

Just to get the ball rolling I have appointed myself as the Secretary. This can be changed at a later stage when a committee is elected.

Please let me know about your decision at your earliest convenience.

Thank you

Andre du Toit

Rwanda and Burundi chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Rwanda and Burundi cover
The Rwanda and Burundi chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque d’Emission du Rwanda et du Burundi (Issuing Bank of Rwanda and Burundi) from 1960 to 1963. Revised 3 December 2014.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Somaliland chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 7-page catalog covers notes issued by the Baanka Somaliland (Bank of Somaliland) from 1994 to present. Revised 15 January 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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Zaire chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 17-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque du Zaïre (Bank of Zaïre) from 1972 to 1996. Revised 12 July 2015.

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  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Nigeria new sig/date (2011) 100-naira note confirmed


100 naira (US$0.65), 2011. Like P28, but new date and new signatures.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Congo Democratic Republic new 200-franc note confirmed


200 francs (US$0.45), 31.07.2007. Like Pick 95, but instead of the bank initials embossed on the silvery round patch at lower center on the front, the initials are printed; and the note is lithographed front and back. Furthermore, new date and new printer imprint (GIESECKE & DEVRIENT MUNICH). Imprint is in lower right corner on the back, below the denomination. It’s hard to read without a magnifying glass. Available in varieites with 1- or 2-character prefixes.

All of the other 2007 dated denominations I’ve seen have 2-letter prefixes. If anyone has 1-letter varieties of these notes, please send scans so they can be confirmed.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Gambia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 15-page catalog covers notes issued by The Gambia Currency Board in 1964 and the Central Bank of The Gambia from 1971 to present. Revised 21 June 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Guinea-Bissau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Guinea-Bissau chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 5-page catalog covers notes issued by the National Bank of Guinea-Bissau from 1975 to 1984, and the Central Bank of Guinea-Bissau from 1990 to 1993. Revised 9 July 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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 16-page catalog covers notes issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’A.O.F. - Colonie de la Guinée Française (Government General of French West Africa - Colony of French Guinea) from 1917 to 1920, the Banque de la République de Guinée (Bank of the Republic of Guinea) in 1958, and the Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée (Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea) from 1960 to present. Revised 22 June 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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
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Biafra chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Biafra from 1968 to 1969. Revised 10 January 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Eritrea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 6-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Eritrea from 1997 to present. Revised 22 May 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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French Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

French Sudan
The French Sudan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

This 1-page catalog covers notes issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’A.O.F. - Soudan Français (Government General of French West Africa - French Sudan) in 1917. Revised 16 May 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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
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Gabon chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 5-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque Centrale (Central Bank) from 1971, and Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) from 1974. Revised 2 August 2014.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Saint Helena chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 4-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of St. Helena from 1976 to present. Revised 4 July 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Upper Senegal and Niger chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Upper Senegal and Niger chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

This 2-page catalog covers notes issued by the Gouvernement Général de l’A.O.F. - Haut-Sénégal - Niger (Government General of French West Africa - Upper Senegal and Niger) in 1917. Revised 23 October 2014.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Botswana chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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This 10-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Botswana from 1976 to present. Revised 24 July 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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
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Comoros chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Comoros
The Comoros chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 8-page catalog covers notes issued by the Republique Française Colonies Postes (French Republic Colonial Post) in 1920, the Banque de Madagascar et des Comores (Bank of Madagascar and Comoros) from 1960 to 1963, the Institut d’Émission des Comores from 1975 to 1976, and the Banque Centrale des Comores (Central Bank of Comoros) from 1986 to present. Revised 2 August 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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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Zimbabwe's inflationary notes selling well to curious collectors

There’s an excellent article in The Wall Street Journal about how Zimbabwe’s large-denomination banknotes are selling well to collectors as well as the general public curious about the huge number of zeros on these inflationary issues. Be sure to read it soon as I seem to recall that the WSJ blocks access to articles after a few days.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Zambia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 21-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Zambia from 1963 to present. Revised 19 February 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Zimbabwe chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 28-page catalog covers notes issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe from 1980, and the Cargill Cotton Group from 2003 to present. Revised 6 June 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
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Chad chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Chad
The Chad chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 6-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banque Centrale from 1971, and the Banque de États de l'Afrique Centrale from 1974 until 1992. Revised 12 May 2016.

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
  • 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
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • 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
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Algeria new 2,000-dinar note confirmed



PNL 2,000 dinars (US$27.55)
Greenish-blue and brown. Front: University professor lecturing students in amphitheater; satellite; double-helix DNA strand; three researchers in scientific laboratory with microscope and beakers. Back: Wheat; palm tree; body of water; urban high-rise buildings; olive tree. 13-mm wide LEAD holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized Arabic text. Watermark: Emir Abdelkader pattern. Printer: Unknown. 160 x 70 mm. 2011-03-24. Signature Unknown. Intro: 28.04.2011.

Read the Magharebia story dated 4 May 2011, “Algeria issues 2,000-dinar banknote.”

Courtesy of Yves Courtemanche and Jean-Michel Engels.

Nigeria new sig 20-naira note confirmed


20 naira (US$0.12), 2010. Like P34, but new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Swaziland new 100- and 200-emalangeni confirmed


B36 (PNL): 100 emalangeni (US$14.70)
Brown. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; green-to-blue OVI shield and spears. Back: Elephant, rhinoceros, lion, flowers, and bird; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 100. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 157 x 70 mm. 6.9.2010. Signature 10b. Intro: 01.11.2010.


B37 (PNL): 200 emalangeni (US$29.40)
Green. Front: King Mswati III; coat of arms with lion, shield, and elephant; green-to-blue OVI shield and spears. Back: Straw huts; two goats; warrior; rock formation; bank seal. Green-to-pink windowed security thread with demetalized CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND. Watermark: King Mswati III and electrotype 200. Printer: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT - GERMANY. 160 x 70 mm.
6.9.2010. Signature 10b. Intro: 2011.

Central Bank of Swaziland Governor, Mr. Martin G. Dlamini has announced that the new series of banknotes with upgraded security features will be released to the public on the 1st November 2010.

The Governor stated that although all the banknotes have been upgraded (E10, E20, E50, E100 and E200), the denominations will be released at intervals of six months, starting with the E100 (One Hundred Emalangeni).

“It is important to clarify from the onset that the new banknotes will be used together with the old notes,” he said.

The Governor further explained that banknote security technology had advanced significantly since the issuing of the current series of notes in 1999. “In addition to ensuring that these banknotes are produced with the best technology in line with the highest international standards, we have also ensured that the new notes are a creative expression of our heritage as a nation,” he said. “We gave a lot of thought to making our new printed currency one that we can all identify with as a reflection of our own lives.”

The Governor appealed to the public to familiarize themselves with the new notes by paying close attention to the security features. “We encourage you to know and understand your money so that you can trust it,” he said.

Click here to download the bank’s official brochure describing these two new notes.

Courtesy of Ny Andry Ranaivosolo, Hermann Huber, and Leszek Porowski.

Congo Democratic Republic new 500-franc variety/error confirmed


500 francs (US$1.10), 04.01.2002. Like P96, but lacking the three diamonds to the left of the watermark area on the front (top image). Both notes bear the imprint of GIESECKE & DEVRIENT MUNICH (the imprint is very faint, printed at lower right on back).

I’m not sure if this is an error note or an intentional new variety. On the “normal” note (bottom image), the diamonds appear to be printed as part of the rest of the design, so it’s not as if the underprinting or an overprinting was omitted by mistake. It may be that the diamonds were removed to make the design of the note conform to the other denominations in this family, none of which have any similar elements in the same location. Does anyone else have examples of this note to report?

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Kenya's constitution requires new notes without names

According to an article in The East African dated 4 April 2011, Kenya's new constitution requires that names of individuals be removed from the front of banknotes and coins. The country's current notes, originally issued in 2004, all feature a named portrait of Kenya's first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. This design is owned by De La Rue, which holds the exclusive contract for printing Kenya's banknotes. By changing the design to conform with the constitution, the Central Bank of Kenya would own the copyright on the new notes and could put their printing out to bid by other security printers. However, in a related article dated 4 April 2011, it's reported that DLR is on the verge of signing a new 10-year deal with the Central Bank of Kenya.

Ghana new 2010 1-cedi variety confirmed


On early 1-cedi notes dated 6th MARCH 2010, the watermark is Tetteh Quarshie, a cacao pod, and Cornerstones. On later issues with the same date and signature, an electrotype denomination numeral has been added.

Collectors are encouraged to check the other denominations also dated 6th MARCH 2010 to see whether they can confirm any without the electrotype denomination in the watermark, or if this variety appears on the 1-cedi notes only.

In addition to the different watermark, there’s also a change in the brown underprint bar to the left of the words BANK OF GHANA on the front of the note. On the earlier 2010 notes, the bar is ragged with ill-defined edges, but on later 2010 notes, the bar has straight edges, as on the 2007 notes.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts and Ricardo Castedo.

South Sudan to issue new banknotes in July 2011

According to a Bloomberg Businessweek article dated 30 March 2011, the Bank of Southern Sudan plans to release its own currency, called the South Sudan pound, when the new African country declares independence in July 2011 and after either the US or the UK recognizes Southern Sudan as an independent nation. The new notes are being printed by an unnamed European company. The issuance of a new currency in Southern Sudan will probably prompt Sudan to revise its own currency, too.

Lesotho new 2-maloti variety confirmed


The blue underprint which appears to the right of the portait on earlier issues of the 2-maloti note P1 (bottom image) is missing on later issues (top image), then returns on still later issues.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Tanzania refutes rumors of recall of new notes

According to an artilce in The Citizen dated 10 March 2011, Bank of Tanzania (BOT) has refuted rumors that it was withdrawing the new family of notes that it had just introduced on 1 January. Apparently there have been widespread complaints that the new notes are of inferior quality compared to the older notes. The bank insists the notes are of good quality and has no plans to withdraw them from circulation.

Guinea new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc commemoratives confirmed


At a press conference on 20 November 2010, Alhasanne Barry, governor of the Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée, unveiled new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc (US$0.15, 0.70, and 1.45, respectively) banknotes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Guinean currency. In addition to the 50th anniversary logo on the watermark area, the new notes have enhanced security features, additional intaglio printing, and a varnish for additional durability.

Anyone interested in buying these notes in wholesale quantities can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Lesotho to issue new notes in March 2011

According to a Sunday Express article, on 26 November 2010, at a celebration marking its 30th anniversary, the Central Bank of Lesotho launched a new set of banknotes aimed at fighting the spread of counterfeits. According to a press release dated 5 January 2011, the new notes are expected to hit the streets in March 2011 and will eventually replace the existing notes. The new banknotes feature a portrait of the three royal family members: the current king, His Majesty Letsie III is in the middle, his father King Moshoeshoe II is on the left, with the founder of the Basotho nation, King Moshoeshoe I, on the right. The famous Basotho hat, the mokorotlo, is also visible on the new notes as well as the Lesotho coat of arms.


CBL B22 (PNL): 10 maloti (US$0.90)
Red and yellow. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Flowers; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 10, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 130 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.


CBL B23 (PNL): 20 maloti (US$1.80)
Purple and light blue. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Thatch-roofed round houses; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 20, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 135 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.


CBL B24 (PNL): 50 maloti (US$4.55)
Violet. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Men on horseback; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 138 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.


CBL B25 (PNL): 100 maloti (US$9.05)
Green. Front: Mokorotlo hat registration device; King Moshoeshoe II, King Letsie III, and King Moshoeshoe I; coat of arms. Back: Shepard with flock; mokorotlo hat registration device. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBL and four-leaf clovers. Watermark: Coat of arms, 100, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 140 x 70 mm. 2010. Signature 8. Intro: 01.03.2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Hermann Huber.

Libyan leader prevented from getting notes from DLR in UK

There’s an interesting article on MailOnline about Britain’s successful ploys to prevent Gaddafi from taking possession of new Libyan banknotes worth 1.8 billion dinars. Although it is unnamed in the article, the printer of these notes is De La Rue.

Nigeria new sig 1,000-naira note confirmed


1,000 naira (US$6.50), 2010. Like P36, but new date and signature (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Rafal Nogowczyk.

Zambia new date (2010) 20,000-kwacha note confirmed


20,000 kwacha (US$4.35), 2010. Like P47, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

East African Community moves to introduce common currency in 2012

An East African Business Week article dated 14 February 2011, contains interesting information on the continuing plans to form an East African Community Monetary Union similar to the European Union, wherein all the partner states will replace their individual currencies—the Burundian franc, Kenyan shilling, Rwandan franc, Tanzanian shilling, and Ugandan shilling—for a single regional currency in 2012.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Morocco watermark varieties confirmed

Morocco’s 10 to 200 dirham notes dated1987-1996 (P63-P67) have several previously undocumented watermark varieties, all of King Hassan II.

For example, the 20-dirham note P67 has at least two different watermarks of Hassan II in profile. The first one appears to have a thinner face, whereas the second one with the fuller face also looks like the king has a black eye. The thin profile has been confirmed on signature 12, 15, and 16 notes, whereas the black eye profile has been confirmed on signature 13 and 14 notes.



The 50-dirham note P64 has at least two watermark varieties, both with the king making eye contact, but with a full versus thin face, confirmed on signature 12 and 13 notes, respectively.



The 100-dirham note P65 has at least three different watermarks, all having been seen on notes with signature 12. One where the king is making eye contact, and two in profile, with full and thin faces.





Finally, the 200-dirham P66 has at least three different watermarks: two in profile and one with eye contact. The eye contact and thin profile have both been doucmented on signature 12 notes, whereas the full (black eye) profile and eye contact have been documented on signature 13 notes, so this is not a case where the watermark corresponds to the change in signatures.





Perhaps these watermark changes correspond to different printers? Any additional info would be appreciated.

Courtesy of Lucien Beaudouin and Bill Stubkjaer.

Sudan to split, creating two new currencies

According to an article on allAfrica.com dated 1 February 2011, “the financial authorities in North Sudan told their Southern counterparts that they will discontinue use of the pound after the semi-autonomous region officially becomes an independent state” following last month’s referendum in which 99% of the Southerners voted to separate from the North.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Malawi new sig/date (31.10.2009) 20-kwacha note confirmed


20 kwacha (US$0.15), 31st OCTOBER 2009. Like P44, but new date and signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Egypt new date (15.12.2009) 10-pound note confirmed

10 pounds (US$1.70), ٢٠٠٩/١٢/١٥ (15.12.2009). Like P65, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.
Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Egypt new date (12.05.2009) 10-pound note confirmed

10 pounds (US$1.70), ٢٠٠٩/٥/١٢ (12.05.2009). Like P64, but new date.

Courtesy of Ricardo Castedo.

Congo Republic scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of Congo Republic:

P4 signature 12
P8 dated 1-01-1988
P10 dated 1-01-1989
P12

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Tanzania new note family confirmed

On 17 December 2010, the Bank of Tanzania announced it would introduce a new family of notes on 1 January 2011. The new notes are slightly smaller than the existing notes, which will continue to circulate in parallel. The new notes are protected by Motion windowed security threads, Spark patches, and watermarks with electrotype denominations, among other anti-counterfeiting features.

According to an article on The Citizen dated 30 December 2011, Crane printed all denominations except the 1,000-shilling note, which is printed by De La Rue. Previously Tanzania’s notes were printed by Giesecke & Devrient, whose contract expired in April 2009.


500 shillings
Green. Front: Coat of arms; Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume. Back: Snake coiled around stick; University of Dar es Salaam central hall building; graduating students wearing caps and gowns. giraffe. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 500. Printer: (Crane). 120 x 60 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


1,000 shillings
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; President Julius Kambarage Nyerere; Bismarck Rock in Mwanza Harbor. Back: Coffee plant; State House (Ikulu) building with flag in Dar Es Salaam. Windowed security thread with demetalized BOT 2010. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 1000. Printer: (TDLR). 125 x 65 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


2,000 shillings
Tan and brown. Front: Coat of arms; lion. Back: Palm trees; old Omani Arab Fort (Ngome Kongwe) in Zanzibar’s Stone Town; carved block; diamond-shaped Spark patch with giraffe head. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 2000. Printer: (Crane). 130 x 66 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


5,000 shillings
Purple. Front: Coat of arms; plant; black rhinoceros. Back: Mining machinery; rough and cut diamonds; diamond-shaped Spark patch with giraffe head. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 5000. Printer: (Crane). 135 x 67 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.


10,000 shillings
Red and yellow. Front: Coat of arms; elephant. Back: Flowers; Bank of Tanzania headquarters building in Dar es Salaam; diamond-shaped Spark patch with giraffe head. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Julius Kambarage Nyerere with electrotype 10000. Printer: (Crane). 140 x 68 mm. No date. Signature 15. Intro: 01.01.2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Nigeria new sig/date (2010) 200-naira note confirmed


200 naira (US$1.30), 2010. Like P29, but new date and signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Egypt new date (27.10.2009) 50-pound note confirmed

50 pounds (US$8.60). Like P66, but new date ٢٠٠٩/١٠/٢٧ (27.10.2009).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

West African States new signature varieties confirmed


A new signature combination has been confirmed for the 1,000, 5,000, and 10,000-franc notes from the West African States. All notes are dated (20)10. The three denominations have been confirmed with the country code of D for Mali, which makes these P415, P417, and P418. The 5,000 and 10,000-franc denominations have also been confirmed with the country code of K for Senegal (P717 and P718). If anyone has this signature combination on notes with other country codes, please send scans of same.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee and Abdullah Beydoun.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2010) 50-cedi note confirmed


50 cedis (US$33.75), 6th MARCH 2010. Like P41, but new date, new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Uganda 20,000-shilling note spurs copyright claim


According to an article on Daily Monitor dated 30 December 2010, the Bank of Uganda used an image of a sculpture on the front of the 20,000-shilling (US$8.60) note issued 17 May 2010 without the permission of its creator, Sylivia Nabiteeko Katende, a senior lecturer at the Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Art at Makerere University. The artist is suing the bank for over 1 billion shillings (US$430,000), for fraudulent use of her intellectual property. Ms Katende claims she created the sculpture, named the Socio Economic Growth of Kampala City, to commemorate the city’s centenary celebrations in 2000.

Liberia new sig/date (2009) notes confirmed


All denominations (5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollars) have been confirmed dated 2009 with new signature combination (Augustine K. Ngafuan, MINISTER OF FINANCE; J. Mills Jones, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Egypt new date (01.03.2010) 200-pound note confirmed

200 pounds (US$34.55), ٢٠١٠/١/٣. Like P68, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Gambia new 25-, 50-, and 100-dalasis notes confirmed



According to an article in The Gambian Banker, on 2 August 2010 the Central Bank of The Gambia issued new 25-, 50-, and 100-dalasis banknotes signed by Governor Momodou B. Saho and First Deputy Governor Basirus A.O. Njai. The notes are essentially unchanged from the preceding issues of the same denominations issued in 2006, except for the 100-dalasis note, which has a Depth Image holographic patch instead of a silver embossed foil. The patch shows the portrait on the banknote with the palm trees alternating with the denomination. When tilted, a flying parrot moves behind the portrait. All current banknotes continue to be legal tender.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

South Africa faulty 100-rand notes reported


According to an article in BusinessReport dated 5 December 2010, the South Africa Reserve Bank discovered in May that it had issued 100-rand (US$14.55) banknotes which are defective because they lack fluorescent printing visible under UV light. In June, printing of this denomination was shifted from the South African Bank Note Company to Crane Currency’s Swedish division (Tumba Bruk.), which reportedly produced 80 million 100-rand notes. The defective notes are said to bear the signature of former governor Tito Mboweni' (P131) as well as the current governor, Gill Marcus. These notes were originally issued in 2005 and 2009, respectively, so the problem apparently went undetected for quite some time.

If anyone can confirm they have examples of these notes without UV printing, or knows the serial number range of the notes printed by Crane, please advise.

Central African States new signature varieties confirmed


A new signature combination has been confirmed for all denominations from the Central African States. In this case, all carry the country code of U for Cameroon, which makes these P206-P210. If anyone has this signature combination on notes with other country codes, please send scans of same.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer, David F. Cieniewicz, and Murtaza Karimjee.

South Africa new signature 10-, 20-, 50-, 100- and 200-rand notes confirmed


10 rand (US$1.40), no date. Like P128, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus).

20 rand (US$2.85), no date. Like P129, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus).

50 rand (US$7.15), no date. Like P130, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus). Intro: 2009.

100 rand (US$14.30), no date. Like P131, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus). Intro: 2009.

200 rand (US$28.60), no date. Like P132, but new signature (Ms. Gill Marcus). Intro: 2009.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi, Michael Reissner, and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Nigeria new sig/date (2010) 10-naira note confirmed


10 naira (US$0.05), 2010. 6-digit serial number, signatures Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2010) 10-naira note confirmed


10 naira (US$0.07), 2010. Like 10-naira note originally dated 2009, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda). 6-digit serial number.

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2010) 5-cedi note confirmed


20 cedis (US$3.50), 6th MARCH 2010. Like P38, but new date, new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Nigeria new 50-naira commemorative polymer note confirmed



The Central Bank of Nigeria commemorated the nation's 50th anniversary of independence by issuing a redesigned 50-naira (US$0.35) note on 29 September 2010. The polymer note is adorned with a 50th anniversary logo and circulates in parallel with existing notes of the same denomination. The redesigned note has the anniversary logo, a strip of gold band, and a varnished message that reads “1960-2010, 50th Independence,” which can be seen when the note is tilted.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla, Mohammed Elarabi, Thomas Krause, and Mohammed Elarabi.

Mauritania new sig/date (28.11.2008) 100-ouguiya note confirmed


100 ouguiya (US$0.35), 28.11.2008. Like P10, but new date and new signatures. Can anyone please translate the signature titles and/or identify the signatories’ full names?

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.

Ghana new sig/date (06.03.2010) 10-cedi note confirmed


10 cedis (US$7), 6th MARCH 2010. Like P39, but new date, new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Egypt new date (11.06.2009) 200-pound note confirmed


200 pounds (US$35.05). Like P68, but new date (11.06.2009).

Courtesy of Giuseppe Minafra.

Egypt new date (16.09.2009) 50-pound note confirmed


50 pounds (US$8.75). Like P66, but new date (16.09.2009).

Courtesy of Giuseppe Minafra.

Egypt new date (18.08.2008) 5-pound note confirmed


5 pounds (US$0.90). Like P63, but new date (18.08.2008).

Courtesy of Giuseppe Minafra.

Ethiopia new date (2008) 1-birr note confirmed


1 birr (US$0.05), 2000/2008. Like Pick 46, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Banknotes LT.

How well do you know the Ghana cedi?

Check out this interesting article on Ghana Business News.

Nigeria plans to redesign its banknotes

According to a press release from the Central Bank of Nigeria dated 29 September 2010, the bank is redesigning the country’s notes to reduce cost and enhance security. Governor Mallam Lamido Sanusi said, “We will soon unfold proposals that should mark the beginning of the return of coins into circulation in the economy. The CBN has evolved plans that would enhance the efficiency and self-reliance of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSMPC) with a view to improving its performance in note printing.

Swaziland new 100-emalangeni note reported

According to Times of Swaziland article dated 7 April 2010, by August the Central Bank of Swaziland (CBS) was to begin upgrading it entire series of banknotes—starting with the 100-lilangeni note (US$13.80), then continuing with the other denominations—10, 20, 50, and 200 emalangeni—one every six months. The new notes will be printed by Giesecke and Devrient (G&D). The German firm was chosen based on price, durability of the notes, and performance in circulation.

“The Central Bank of Swaziland has initiated a project to upgrade its entire series of banknotes in view of the fact that the existing portrait shown of His Majesty King Mswati III is outdated. Also banknote durability and security technology has advanced significantly since the issuing of the current series of notes in 1999,” Governor, Martin Dlamini said in a press statement. Older notes currently in circulation will remain legal tender and will be phased out gradually.

It has recently been reported that the 100-emalangeni note has been issued in September 2010.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski.

Malawi new sig/date (31.10.2009) 50- and 100-kwacha notes confirmed


50 kwacha (US$0.35), 31st OCTOBER 2009. Like P45, but new date and new signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

100 kwacha (US$0.65), 31st OCTOBER 2009. Like P46, but new date and new signature (Perks M. Ligoya).

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Nigeria new sig/date (2010) 500-naira note confirmed


500 naira (US$3.30), 2010. Like P30, but new date (2010) and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Muhammad Nda).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Burundi new reduced-size 100-franc note confirmed



On 5 July 2010, Banque de la Republique du Burundi issued a new 100-franc (US$0.10) note which has been reduced in size to 125 x 65 mm. Older notes of the same denomination remain legal tender until 31 December 2010.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Zambia new date (2010) 5,000-kwacha note confirmed


5,000 kwacha (US$1), 2010. Like P45, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Mauritius new date (2009) 25-, 50-, and 100-rupee notes confirmed

25 rupees (US$0.80). 2009. Like P49, but new date and new signatures (see below).

50 rupees (US$1.60). 2009. Like P50, but new date and new signatures (see below).


100 rupees (US$3.20). 2009. Like P56, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net and Bill Stubkjaer.

Mauritania new 5,000-ouguiya note confirmed


5,000 ouguiya (US$17.35)
Olive and ochre. Front: The Great Mosque Ibn Abbas in Nouakchott. Back: Unloading iron ore in the port of Nouadhibou; diesel train. Solid security thread printed BANQUE CENTRALE DE MAURITANIE. Watermark: Bearded man. Printer: (G&D). 150 x 70 mm. 28.11.2009. Signature 11. Intro: 08.08.2010.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Seychelles new signature 100-rupee note confirmed


100 rupees (US$8), no date. Like P40, but new signature (Francis Chang-Leng). 2-mm wide security thread, and the vertical serial number is red. It appears these changes took place within the AF prefix range.

Courtesy of Stefan Rombaut.

British West Africa scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of British West Africa:

P3 issued or specimen
P4 with Arabic text on back
P5 with blank back
P6 issued note, not specimen
P7 dated 2ND JANUARY, 1930, 21ST JULY, 1930, 10TH DECEMBER, 1943, 29TH NOVEMBER, 1948, and 28TH JULY, 1950
P8 dated December, 1947
P11 dated 31ST MARCH 1953

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Ghana new date (06.03.2010) 1-cedi note confirmed


1 cedi (US$0.70), 6th MARCH 2010. Like P37, but new date, new signature (Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur), and electrotype denomination added to the watermark.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Congo Democratic Republic new 500-franc commemorative confirmed


500 francs (US$1), 30.06.2010.
Green. Front: Port of Matadi with buildings, cranes, ships, and mountains; map. Back: Kinsuka bridge; 50th anniversary logo. Solid security thread with demetalized REP DEM DU CONGO. Watermark: Okapi head. Printer: Unknown. 151 x 70 mm.

This note has also been confirmed as a specimen with a diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint.

Banque Centrale du Congo issued 20 million notes to commemorate the country’s 50th anniversary of independence from Belgium. The commemoratives will circulate in parallel with the preceding notes of the same denomination.



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Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer, banknoteshop@gmx.net, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer.

Ghana new 2-cedi note confirmed



On 14 May 2010, the Bank of Ghana introduced a new 2-cedi (US$1.40) banknote to meet public need for an intermediary denomination and reduce the frequency, and associated cost, of printing large volumes of the GH¢1 banknote. The bank also acknowledges that the use of a single, identical portrait (The Big Six) on all the five denominations introduced in the July 2007 re-denomination exercise (and the previous ¢10,000 banknote that was withdrawn from circulation in 2007) makes it hard for the public to distinguish between denominations. As such, the bank has chosen to recognize departed national heroes who positively impacted on the lives of Ghanaians, such as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, whose portrait appears on the new 2-cedi note in commemoration of the centenary of his birth. The back of the note depicts the old and new Parliament buildings, signifying Ghana’s deepening democracy.

The introduction of the new coincides with the conclusion of the year-long centenary celebrations of the birth of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, and has the commemorative text “CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF DR. KWAME NKRUMAH”. Future issues of the GH¢2 banknote are not expected to have this text; making this introductory issue a collector’s item.

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Courtesy of Dieter Eheim.

Zambia new date (2010) 50,000-kwacha note confirmed


50,000 kwacha (US$10.50), 2010. Like P48, but new date.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

Sierra Leone resized note family confirmed


1,000 leones (US$0.25). Red and yellow. Front: Coat of arms; carving; Bai Bureh. Back: Telecommunications satellite dish. Windowed security thread with demetalized BSL. Watermark: Lion head and electrotype 1000. Printer: DE LA RUE. 135 x 67 mm. 27th APRIL 2010. Signature 18. Intro: 14.05.2010.


2,000 leones (US$0.50). Blue and orange. Front: Double diamond foil patch; coat of arms; cargo ship and port building; I.T.A. Wallace Johnson. Back: Bank of Sierra Leone building. Windowed security thread with demetalized BSL. Watermark: Lion head and electrotype 2000. Printer: DE LA RUE. 140 x 69 mm. 27th APRIL 2010. Signature 18. Intro: 14.05.2010.


5,000 leones (US$1.25). Blue and purple. Front: Foil patch; coat of arms; building; Sengbe Pieh. Back: Bumbuna Dam. Windowed security thread with demetalized BSL. Watermark: Lion head and electrotype 5000. Printer: DE LA RUE. 145 x 71 mm. 27th APRIL 2010. Signature 18. Intro: 14.05.2010.


10,000 leones (US$2.55). Blue and green. Front: Dove flying over the map of Sierra Leone; national flag; holographic patch. Back: Coat of arms; cotton tree. Windowed security thread with demetalized BSL. Watermark: Lion head and electrotype 10000. Printer: DE LA RUE. 153 x 73 mm. 27th APRIL 2010. Signature 18. Intro: 14.05.2010.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Egypt new date (04.05.2009) 10-pound note confirmed


10 pounds (US$1.77), 04.05.2009. Like P64, but new date.

Courtesy of Christoph Thomas.

Egypt new date (17.07.2008) 5-pound note confirmed


5 pounds (US$0.90), 17.07.2008. Like P63, but new date.

Courtesy of Christoph Thomas.

Zambia new date (2009) 500-kwacha note confirmed


500 kwacha (US$0.10), 2009. Like P43, but new date and new printer imprint (SABN).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Uganda new note family confirmed

All notes are signed by Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile and George W. Nyeko.




On 3 May 2010, Bank of Uganda unveiled a new series of redesigned and smaller banknotes which will go into circulation on 17 May. The new notes are in the existing denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000 shillings, as well as a new denomination: 2,000 shillings (US$0.95).

Besides a harmonized banknote design that depict Uganda’s rich historical, natural and cultural heritage, the new notes bear improved security features and are smaller in size than the existing series which will remain legal tender. The common security features for the 1,000-, 2,000-, and 5,000-shilling notes are a watermark, a color-change image, and a raised effect on the surface to help the visually-impaired people differentiate denominations. The notes also feature a windowed thread that changes from red to green when the note is titled. The notes also bear a hidden irridescent pattern.

The bank hired professional artists and designers led by Gen. Elly Tumwine which explains the Ugandan look as depicted by the main images which constitute pots and ornaments common in Ugandan homes. The notes were printed by De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial security printer.

Bank of Uganda chief Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile said the new notes did not constitute a currency reform, nor were they dictated by politics. The redesign, he said, was driven by the need to comply with international practices and to beat counterfeiters. “Uganda is the first country in Africa to introduce ultra –modern security feature called SPARK,” an optical security feature from KBA-GIORI first used on Kazakhstan’s 5,000-tengé commemorative of 2008.



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Courtesy of Ny Andry Ranaivosolo and Tuyet Nhung- Dieter Eheim Le.

Somalia new notes reported

According to a Garoweoneline article dated 16 May 2010, a private jet is said to have delivered to Mogadishu a total of 22 million worth of Somali shilling notes, supposedly printed in Malaysia. The central bank had previously announced plans to have Sudan print new notes at a cost of $17 million.

Uganda new date (2009) 5,000-shilling note confirmed


5,000 shllings (US$2.30), 2009. Like Pick 44, but new date and new signatures (Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile and Chris Manyindo Kassami).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Nigeria new dates (2009 & 2010) 1,000-naira note confirmed


1,000 naira (US6.60), 2009. Like Pick 36, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

1,000 naira (US6.60), 2010. Like Pick 36, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2010) 100-naira note confirmed


100 naira (US$0.65), 2010. Like Pick 28, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2010) 50-naira note confirmed


50 naira (US$0.35), 2010. Like unlisted 50-naira note, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Nigeria new date (2010) 20-naira note confirmed


20 naira (US$0.15), 2010. Like Pick 34, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Kenya new date (17.06.2009) shilling notes confirmed



50 shillings (US$0.65), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 41, but new date.


100 shillings (US$1.25), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 42, but new date.


200 shillings (US$2.55), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 43, but new date.


500 shillings (US$6.40), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 44, but new date.


1,000 shillings ($12.80), 17th JUNE 2009. Like Pick 45, but new date.

Courtesy of John Silver.

Nigeria new date (2010) 200-naira note confirmed


200 naira (US$1.32), 2010. Like Pick 29, but new date and new signatures (Lamido Aminu Sanusi and Benjamin C. Onyido).

Courtesy of Arigo Avbovbo.

Zambia unissued 1,000-kwacha proof dated 1992 confirmed


1,000 kwacha, 1992. Like Pick 40, but signature 10, blue in color, and design consistent with lower denominations dated 1992. This unissued note is uniface, with only a handwritten date of 24/08/93 on back.

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

Zambia new date (2009) 10,000-kwacha note confirmed


10,000 kwacha (US$2.10), 2009. Like P48, but new date, and instead of a holographic patch in the shape of a fish eagle head, an entire fish eagle is represented in a bright silver demetalized holographic LEAD (longlasting economical anticopy device) at left center on the front. Furthermore, the denomination at top right on the back is printed in copper-to-green OVI.

Courtesy of Manjunath P. Iyer.

Ethiopia new date (2008) 10-birr note confirmed


10 birr (US$0.75), 2000/2008. Like Pick 48, but new date.

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla.

South Africa withdrawing older 200-rand notes


On 21 April 2010, the South African Reserve Bank informed citizens that they had until the end of May to exchange older 200-rand (US$26.94) notes (Pick 127) in an effort to combat counterfeits. These notes have been in circulation since 1994 and lack the enhanced security features of the newer notes introduced in 2005, first with the signature of T. T. Mboweni and now with that of the current governor, Gil Marcus.

Madagascar new 2,000-ariary note confirmed



2,000 ariary (US$0.97), no date. Like Pick 90, but new signature and references to franc removed.

The 10,000-ariary note has also been confirmed without reference to franc. If anyone knows when these notes were introduced, or if the other denominations have been issued also without references to franc, please share that info.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Congo Democratic Republic new printer for 100-franc note confirmed


100 francs (US$0.20), 31.07.2007. Like Pick 92, but instead of the bank initials embossed on the silvery round patch on the front, the initials are printed; and the note is lithographed front and back. Furthermore, new date and new printer imprint (GIESECKE & DEVRIENT MUNICH). Imprint is in lower right corner on the back, below the denomination. It’s hard to read without a magnifying glass.

Courtesy of Rui Manuel Palhares.

Congo Democratic Republic new printer for 10-franc note confirmed



10 francs (US$0.02), 30.06.2003. Like Pick 93, but new printer (HOTEL DES MONNAIES B.C.C.). Imprint is in lower right corner on the back, below the denomination. It’s hard to read without a magnifying glass.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Egypt new date (08.06.2009) 100-pound note confirmed


100 pounds (US$17.80). Like P67, but new date (08.06.2009), new signature (El-Okdah), new watermark (Sphinx) and electrotype 100, and new threads and placement of threads. On P67 notes dated earlier than June 2006, the windowed thread has no text and appears near the signature, but on later notes the thread is slightly wider and appears to the left of the minaret in the foreground and has demetalized 100 and ONE HUNDRED POUNDS in Arabic. Both old and new noes also have a solid security thread with demetalized 100 POUNDS in Arabic.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Seychelles new signature 25-rupee note confirmed


25 rupees (US$2.10), no date. Like Pick 37, but new signature (Francis Chang-Leng).

Courtesy of TDS.

Egypt odd 200-pound replacement note confirmed


Pick 68a


200 pounds (US$37.25), ٢٠٠٧/٤/٣ (2007.04.03). This replacement note (indicated by the prefix which is an even hundred) is like the 200-pound note dated 2009.01.03 in that it too is reduced in size (166 x 72 mm) and has horizontal lines at front edges, but is odd because it bears the date of Pick 68 (see top image), which is a larger note (176 x 78 mm) without the lines.

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Courtesy of David F. Cieniewicz.

Gambia new signature 10-dalasis note confirmed


10 dalasis (US$0.40), no date. Introduced 16.04.2009. Like Pick 26, but new signatures: Governor Saho and First Deputy Governor Njai.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

IBNS's Rhodesia-Zimbabwe chapter publishes 15th issue of newsletter

The Rhodesia-Zimbabwe chapter of the International Bank Note Society has just published the 15th issue of its newsletter as a PDF. Anyone with an interest in joining this topical chapter is encouraged to write to Steve Milner for details. The newsletters are a wonderful resource for anyone who collects notes from this interesting and challenging African country.

Seychelles new signature 10-rupee note confirmed


10 rupees (US$0.85), no date. Like P36a, but new signature (GOVERNOR Francis Chang-Leng, who served from May 2001 - October 2008).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

The Challenge: Identify items on Kenyan notes


Can someone please identify the building on the back of Pick 24? Given the diploma and students in the vignette, it’s almost certainly a university, but which one? Educated guesses are welcome, but I am looking for definitive answers supported by citations if possible.

IDENTIFIED: Kabarnet Boys High School administration building in Baringo County.

Courtesy of Dennis Mukuba,

The Challenge: Identify buildings on Uganda P29 note


Please post a comment or send me an email if you can positively identify any of the buildings on the back of Uganda Pick 29 above.

Upper left: Unknown.
Upper center: Unknown.
Lower right: New Bank of Uganda headquarters.
Lower left: Old Bank of Uganda headquarters.

The Challenge: Identify Sudan note elements

Can anyone positively identify the following items that appear on some Sudanese banknotes? Precise names and locations of the buildings are appreciated, and links to supporting evidence is welcome, too.


1. The secretary bird at the center of this vignette appears on the front of B312 - B321. It is not the coat of arms of the country. Perhaps it is the logo of the bank?


2. Identified: Parliament House in Omdurman.


3. This building appears on the back of B342 - B344. Identified by Pavel Gusev: Ministry of Information and Communications in Khartoum.

Nigeria color varieties on 50-naira notes reported




Aidan Work has reported varieties in the coloring of the 50-naira (US$0.35) note of 1991 (Pick 27). As you can see from the details above, the head scarf worn by the woman on the front of the note is entirely blue on one note (left) and black and blue on another (right). Also, the shorts worn by the man on the back of the note are also blue on one and black and blue on the other. There are other subtle color differences on the sample scans submitted.

Can anyone else confirm these color varieties in their collections? Please post comments to help resolve this issue.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Morocco new 50-dirham variety confirmed


50 dirhams (US$6.05), 1423 2002. Like Pick 69, but no dash between dates. Intro: 2008.

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Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

The Challenge: Identify Zaire and Congo DR note elements

Thanks to everyone who helped positively identify the following features which appear on the back of some banknotes from Zaire and the Congo Democratic Republic.

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