Saudi note issuer changes name to Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority

According to a press release dated 4 December 2016, "the name of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency has been changed to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, with effect from the date of this announcement. The acronym SAMA remains unchanged. All existing agreements, obligations and contracts under the previous name of SAMA will continue to remain in force."

Furthermore, according to an article on dated 8 December 2016, SAMA plans to unveil the designs of a new banknote family on Tuesday 13 December 2016.

Courtesy of Morad H. Kamvar and Cleo Phas.

Brazil new signature 10-real note (B876c) confirmed

B876c: Like B876b, but new signatures (Henrique Meirelles and Ilan Goldfajn). Prefix EH.

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

China chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 33-page catalog covers notes issued by the 中國人?'銀行 / Zhongguo Renmin Yinhang (People's Bank of China) from 1948 to present. Published 9 December 2016.

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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
  • 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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Iran proposes replacing rial with toman as new currency unit

According to an article on DW dated 7 December 2016, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's government proposed changing the name and denomination of the country's official currency from the rial to the toman. With 1 toman equal 10 rials, this would effectively remove a single zero from prices, making transactions slightly easier to calculate. A US dollar would currently buy 3,200 tomans at official exchange rates, and 3,900 tomans at unofficial rates.

Courtesy of Rok Jarc.

Canada chooses Viola Desmond to be face of 10-dollar note in late 2018

According to a press release dated 8 December 2016, "Governor Stephen S. Poloz, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Minister of Status of Women Patty Hajdu today announced that Viola Desmond will be featured on a new $10 bank note, expected in late 2018. This will mark the first time that a portrait of a Canadian woman will be featured on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note."

Desmond, an icon of the human rights and freedoms movement in Canada, was selected from a short list of five iconic Canadian women by Minister Morneau, in accordance with the Bank of Canada Act. A successful Nova Scotia businesswoman, she is known for defiantly refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946. She was subsequently jailed, convicted and fined. Her court case was the first known legal challenge against racial segregation brought forth by a Black woman in Canada.

“Today is about recognizing the incalculable contribution that all women have had and continue to have in shaping Canada’s story. Viola Desmond’s own story reminds all of us that big change can start with moments of dignity and bravery,” said Minister Morneau. “She represents courage, strength and determination—qualities we should all aspire to every day.”

Joining Governor Poloz and Ministers Morneau and Hajdu at the Canadian Museum of History for the announcement was one of Viola Desmond’s sisters, Wanda Robson.

“It’s a big day to have a woman on a bank note, but it’s an especially big day to have your big sister on a bank note. Our family is extremely proud and honoured,” said Robson, who was instrumental in making Desmond’s story widely known.

The selection of Viola Desmond is the final step in the #bankNOTEable campaign to choose an iconic Canadian woman to appear on this new bank note. Last spring, an open call for nominations launched by the Bank yielded more than 26,300 submissions from across Canada, resulting in 461 eligible candidates. An independent Advisory Council composed of eminent Canadian academic, sport, cultural and thought leaders narrowed down the list to five candidates for consideration by the Minister of Finance.

“Canadians were extremely engaged, which made our consultation process very successful,” said Governor Poloz. “Through this exciting process, with every mouse click or turn of a book’s page, with every kitchen table discussion or classroom debate, Canadians learned more about the iconic women who built Canada.”

Minister Hajdu said, “Many extraordinary women could have been on this next bank note, and the search and decision-making process were extremely thorough. The choice of Viola Desmond reminds us that Canada is a diverse country where everyone deserves equality and respect.”

Venezuela plans to introduce 6 new notes starting 15.12.2016

According to a Spanish-language press release dated 7 December 2016, Banco Central de Venezuela intends to introduce six new banknotes (500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, and 20000 bolivars) and three coins (10, 50, and 100 bolivars). The denominations will be introduced in a staggered progression, starting with the 500-bolivar note on 15 December 2016, followed by the 5,000-bolivar note.


Courtesy of Cleo Has.

Colombia new 10,000-peso note confirmed

According to a press release, Colombia's Banco de la Repüblica plans to introduce a new 10,000-peso note on 7 December 2016, thereby completing the new family of notes.

Red. Front: Denomination in dark red-to-light red OVI; BRC as registration device; water lily flower as registration device; Rana Arborícola (Hypsiboas granosus) tree frog; anthropologist Virginia Gutiérrez de Pineda standing, holding book; Virginia Gutiérrez de Pineda close-up. Back: Leaves; snake; turtle; caiman; Amazon River; fish; man holding pole in canoe; Victoria regia water lily flower; text from Virginia Gutiérrez’s book Familia y cultura en Colombia; Liberty head bank seal. Fuschia-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BRC and flowers. Watermark: Virginia Gutiérrez and electrotype 10. Printer: IMPRENTA DE BILLETES — BANCO DE LA REPUBLICA. 138 x 66 mm.

Philippines new date (2016F) 100-peso note confirmed

Like P208, but new date (2016F). Prefix CY.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Kyrgyzstan modified 200-, 500-, and 1,000-som notes (B230-B232) reported for 01.01.2017 introduction

According to a Russian language press release dated 6 December 2016, the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic plans to introduce three new banknotes on 1 January 2017. These notes are like the preceding issues, but with revised portraits at left front, round ornament at center front that reveals hidden image of COM when viewed with backlighting (TDLR’s Mask security feature), and the year 2016 at lower right back.

According to an article on, the bank has awarded the contract to print modified notes of 20, 50, 100, and 5,000 som to Oberthur Technologies, a French company. No word yet on when these denominations will be issued.


Courtesy of Vladimir Buravlev and Cleo Has.

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.”





Courtesy of Alex Zlotin and Igor Tereshkov.

Venezuela announces six new banknotes to be introduced starting 15.12.2016

According to a Spanish-language press release, the Central Bank of Venezuela intends to gradually introduce six new banknotes and three coins beginning with a 500-bolívar note on 15 December 2016.

The circulation of the new notes of Bs. 500, Bs. 1,000, Bs. 2,000, Bs. 5,000, Bs. 10,000 and Bs. 20,000 is a decision of the monetary authority, in coordination with the National Executive, to optimize the Current monetary cone. The BCV conducted technical studies, which also employ other central banks, to determine the optimal set of denominations required by the national economy. The coins that will also begin to circulate during the indicated period are those of Bs. 10, Bs. 50 and Bs. 100.

The expansion of the monetary system will make the payment system more efficient, facilitate trade and minimize the costs of production, replenishment and transfer of monetary species, which will result in benefits for banking, trade and the general population.

The six new banknotes complement the current family and will coexist with those that are in circulation. They will be distributed progressively by the BCV, at its headquarters in Caracas and Maracaibo, and through the banking system throughout the country.

Courtesy of Dario Silva.

Dutch printer Joh. Enschedé to quit banknote production

According to reports, Dutch security printer Joh. Enschedé plans to quit banknote production due to overcapacity in the sector, and will instead focus on printing stamps and visa documents.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Philippines new date (2016G) 20-peso note confirmed

Like P206, but new date (2016G). Prefix M.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

India new 1,000-rupee note reported

Here is an image reportedly of the new Indian 1,000-rupee note. Some speculate that this is a modified image of the new 2,000-rupee note based upon the number of tactile lines at left and right front. Time will tell.

Courtesy of Shibu Paul.

Nicaragua new 1,000-córdoba commemorative note (B512) confirmed introduced 01.12.2016

According to a press release, a new 1,000-córdoba note was issued to ease high-value transactions. A commemorative design was introduced 1 December 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of poet Rubén Darío, and a regular issue will be introduced 2 January 2017.


Courtesy of Cleo Has and Francisco Orozco.

Norway new date (2015) 50-krone note confirmed

Like P46, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Janus Juraschek.

Venezuela new 500- and 5,000-bolívar note reported for January 2017 intro

According to an article on Bloomberg/Quint dated 1 December 2016, Venezuela will introduce new 500- and 5,000-bolívar notes mid-January 2017, with additional denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 10,000 and 20,000 bolívars to enter circulation in the first half of 2017. The exact timing of the introduction and the makeup of the denomination structure has been the subject of conflicting rumors as of late, but it's clear that Venezuela must do something to address the collapsing value of the currency.

Courtesy of Rok Jarc.

Norway new sig/date (2014) 100-krone note confirmed

Like P49, but new signatures (Øystein Olsen and Trond Eklund) and new date (2014).

Courtesy of Elazar Schachar ().

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

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

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

Courtesy of Jan De Roeck.