Mauritius

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

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

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.

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).

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.

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

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

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).

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.

Mauritius chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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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 11-page catalog covers every note (79 types and varieties, including 26 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bank of Mauritius from 1967 to present day. Government of Mauritius notes are not currently included in this chapter.

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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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.

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 Sami Kiuru, Claudio Marana, and Noteshobby.

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.

Mauritius to introduce polymer notes

According to an African Press Agency report dated 10 December 2008, the Bank of Mauritius plans to introduce polymer banknotes as a cost-cutting measure. The press release from the bank in Port Louis indicates that even though it costs US$0.50 to manufacture a polymer note versus US$0.05 for a paper note, the polymer notes have a lifespan of 20 to 25 years, which makes them more cost-effective in the long term. The Bank of Mauritius will invite tenders for the manufacture of polymer 25-, 50-, and 100-rupee notes in early 2009.

Please note that the above information is based upon the APA report. I have not been able to locate the bank press release which the report cites, and strongly suspect the report is in error. Polymer banknotes certainly do last longer than paper notes, but a 20-25 year lifespan is unheard of (polymer notes haven’t even been around that long). According to Securency, the Australian supplier of polymer substrate, polymer notes can last up to four times longer than paper, which can start to wear out in as little as one year of circulation.

Mauritius new date (2007) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$38.70), 2007. Like P59, but new date and new signatures (Yandraduth Googoolye, FIRST DEPUTY GOVERNOR; Rundheersing Bheenick, GOVERNOR; Ahmad Jameel Khadaroo, SECOND DEPUTY GOVERNOR).

Courtesy of Steve Milner.

Mauritius issues new date (2004) 1,000-rupee note


1,000 rupees, 2004. New date. Issued July 12, 2006.

Mauritius new date (2006) 1,000-rupee note confirmed


1,000 rupees (US$30.70), 2006. Like Pick 59, but new date.

Courtesy of Paul van Bodegraven.

Mauritius issues new date (2006) 50-rupee note


50 rupees (US$1.55), 2006. Like Pick 50, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying this note can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Mauritius announces new banknote design contest

On September 25, 2007, Manou Bheenick, governor of the Bank of Mauritius, announced a design competition for a new family of banknotes to be issued in 2009 to celebrate the bank’s 40th anniversary. Under the theme of “Banknotes—Mirrors of our Motherland,” this eighth series of notes should relate to the islands’ history, culture, ecology, industry, architecture, and landscape. Rs30,000 will be awarded to the winner of the best design as chosen by a jury of eight local artists. The competition is open to Mauritian nationals only, and proposals must be submitted by October 31, 2007.

The bank will also conduct a study on the Mauritian people’s preferences about the patterns to include on these new notes. “The idea is to know what the Mauritian people want to see on the banknotes,” said Bheenick.