Recommended reading: Money for everything

In the 3 October 2015 edition of The Economist, there's an interesting article "Money for everything" which asserts that "Despite many usurpers, cash is still king." Good news for banknote collectors!

Courtesy of Mark Irwin.

Argentina new 5-peso note confirmed issued 01.10.2015

(PNL): 5 pesos (US$1)
Green, light blue, violet, and yellow. Front: Handshake as registration device; sunburst symbolizing Orden del Libertador (Order of the Liberator); branch with flowers; OVI patch of statue; José de San Martín in military uniform; OVI patch of standing soldier with boots, sword, and helmet. Back: José Artigas, Simón Bolívar, José de San Martín, and Bernardo O’Higgins; flags, flames, and presidential seal; coat of arms; handshake. No security thread. Watermark: José de San Martín and electrotype JSM. Printer: S.E. CASA DE MONEDA. 155 x 65 mm.
a. No date. Signature Alejandro Vanoli and unknown. Suffix A. Intro: 01.10.2015.

Press release in Spanish.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Thailand new signature 50-baht note confirmed

PNL: Like PNL originally issued 18.01.2012, but new signatures. Prefix 1G.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

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

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



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.

Costa Rica new sig/date (19.09.2012) 20,000-colone note confirmed

Like P278, but new signatures (Rodrigo Bolaños Zamora/Félix Delgado Quesada) and new date (19 de setiembre de 2012). Intro: 27.01.2015. Press release in Spanish.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

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.

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.

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 ( and Thomas Augustsson.

Dominican Republic new 1,000-peso dominicano note confirmed

(PNL): 1,000 pesos dominicanos
Red, violet, and yellow. Front: Bank seal; Rose of Bayahibe flowers; Palacio Nacional (National Palace) building in Santo Domingo. Back: Alcázar de Colón (Diego Colón castle) museum building in Santo Domingo. Windowed security thread with demetalized MIL PESOS DOMINICANOS. Watermark: Juan Pablo Duarte. Printer: (TDLR).158 x 67 mm.
a. 2014. Signatures uknown. Prefix AA - AC. Intro: 02.10.2014.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Belize new sig/date (01.11.2014) 2-dollar note (B324e) confirmed

B324e: Like B324d, but new date (1st. NOVEMBER 2014) and new signature for Director at right. Prefix DM.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

India new novel numbering 50-rupee note reported

According to a press release dated 23 September 2015, the Reserve Bank of India intends to issue a 50-rupee note like P104, but with novel "ascending size" serial numbers.

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

India new 500- and 1,000-rupee notes reported

According to a press release dated 22 September 2015, the Reserve Bank of India intends to issue new 500- and 1,000-rupee notes like P106 and P107, respectively, but with novel "ascending size" serial numbers, "angular bleed lines" at the edges, and bigger identification marks. The RBI very recently introduced these denominations with novel numbering, but has now added "two more features to aid visually impaired in easy identification of banknotes part from securing them against counterfeiting."

Courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

Bangladesh new date (2015) 100-taka note (B352e) confirmed

B352e: Like B352d, but new date (2015). Intro: 28.09.2015.

Courtesy of Syeed Bin Salam (Tuhin).

Vietnam new date (2015) 500,000-dong note (B348k) confirmed

B348k: Like B348j, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

India new novel numbering 500-rupee note confirmed

Like P106, but with novel "ascending size" serial numbers.

Courtesy of Indiararecoins on eBay.

India new novel numbering 1,000-rupee note confirmed

Like P107, but with novel "ascending size" serial numbers.

Courtesy of Indiararecoins on eBay.

United Arab Emirates new 20-dirham note (B238a) confirmed

B238 (PNL): 20 dirhams (US$5.45)
Blue. Front: Coat of arms; Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club building. Back: Saker falcon; dhow with sail. Windowed security thread with demetalized UAE 20. Watermark: Saker falcon head with electrotype 20 and coffee pot. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 63 mm.
a. 2015 and ١٤٣٦ (AH1436). Sig 4. Prefix 050.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

United Arab Emirates new 1,000-dirham note (B243a) confirmed

B243 (PNL): 1,000 dirhams (US$272)
Brown. Front: Saker falcon head as registration device; OVI coat of arms; Al Hosn Palace (White Fort) in Abu Dhabi. Back: Saker falcon; Abu Dhabi skyline with Corniche; Saker falcon head. Holographic stripe with denomination. 3-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized UAE 1000. Watermark: Saker falcon head with electrotype 1000 and coffee pot. Printer: Unknown. 163 x 70 mm.
a. 2015 and ١٤٣٦ (AH1436). Sig 4. Prefix 052.

Courtesy of Naeem Ahsan Jamil.

United Arab Emirates new 10-dirham note (B237a) confirmed

B237 (PNL): 10 dirhams (US$2.70)
Green. Front: Coat of arms; traditional dagger (khanjar). Back: Saker falcon; agricultural scene with date palm trees. Solid security thread with demetalized UAE 10. Watermark: Saker falcon head with electrotype 10 and coffee pot. Printer: Unknown. 147 x 62 mm.
a. 2015 and ١٤٣٦ (AH1436). Sig 4. Prefix 165.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Republika Srpska chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 8-page catalog covers notes issued by the Narodna Banka Srpske Republike Bosne I Hercegovine (National Bank of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina) from 1992 to 1993, and the Narodna Banka Republike Srpske (National Bank of the Serbian Republic) from 1993 to 1995. Published 18 September 2015.

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Kazakhstan new signature 500-tenge note (B129b) confirmed

B129b: Like B129a, but new signature (Kairat Kelimbetov). Prefix EЛ. Intro: 2015.

Courtesy of Arsentij Khonin.