Comoros chapter available for free for a limited time

Comoros cover
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Robert is sponsoring the give-away of the Comoros chapter. This 8-page catalog covers notes issued by the French Republic Colonial Post in 1920, the Bank of Madagascar and Comoros from 1960 to 1963, the Institut d’Emission from 1975 to 1976, and the Central Bank from 1986 to present. Revised 23 July 2014.

It normally costs $4.99, but if you are among the first 100 collectors to use the coupon code found on Robert's World Money web site during checkout, you can download the chapter absolutely free. As this is a limited offer, please take advantage of it only if you are truly interested in the notes of Comoros.

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Aruba new sig/date (01.12.2012) 10- and 25-florin notes confirmed

10 florin, 1 december 2012. Like CBA B16, but new date and new signature 6.

25 florin, 1 december 2012. Like CBA B19, but new date and new signature 6.

Courtesy of Patrick Plomp (

Mexico opens online numismatic collection

The Banco de México has posted its Coleción Numismática online for free.

Courtesy of Cedrian Lopez-Bosch.

Denmark to outsource note and coin production in 2016

According to a press release dated 21 October 2014, Danmarks Nationalbank will discontinue the internal production of banknotes and coins in 2016, due to declining demand for cash. By outsourcing the production to a third-party, the bank is expected to save 100 million kr. until 2020.

Trinidad and Tobago new 50-dollar polymer note to be issued 15.12.2014

According to a post on the web site of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, a redesigned 50-dollar note will be unveiled on 13 December 2014, and introduced into circulation on 15 December. The note will be printed on polymer substrate, be gold in color, and "reflect the beauty of our people and the diversity off our flora."

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Cleo Phas,

Kyrgyzstan new 100- and 200-som commemoratives confirmed

On 20 October 2014, the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic began issuing 3,000 pieces each of 100- and 200-som banknotes to commemorate the 150th birthday of Toktogul Satylganov (25.10.1864) and the 100th birthday of Alykul Osmonov (21.03.1915), respectively. These legal tender commemorative notes are like the preceding regular issues, but with offset overprints on the watermark areas at right front. On the 100-som note, there is a golden profile of Satylganov framed with the national ornament and bluish commemorative inscription (“Toktogul is 150 years old”). On the 200-som note, there is a golden quill drawing blue wave-like patterns with commemorative inscription (“Alykul Osmonov is 100 years old”).

KB BNP2 (PNL): 100 com (som) (US$1.95)
Blue. Front: Toktogul Satylganov; golden profile of Satylganov framed with the national ornament and bluish commemorative inscription Токтогулга 150 жыл. Back: Toktogul hydroelectric power station; mountains. Windowed security thread with demetalized 100 COM. Watermark: Toktogul Satylganov with electrotype 100. Printer: (OT). 132 x 63 mm.
a. 2009. Signature 4. Prefix TC. Intro: 20.10.2014.

KB BNP3 (PNL): 200 com (som) (US$3.85)
Yellow. Front: Poet and playwright Alykul Osmonov; relief image of the sun and waves; golden quill drawing blue wave-like patterns with commemorative inscription Алыкул Осмоновго 100 жыл. Back: Lines from Osmonov’s “Jenishbek” about Lake Issyk-Kul; mountains. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 200 com. Watermark: Alykul Osmonov with electrotype 200. Printer: (TDLR). 138 x 66 mm.
a. 2010. Signature 4. Prefix AO. Intro: 20.10.2014.

Courtesy of Arsentij Khonin, Cleo Phas, Albert Vokhmin, and Vladimir Buravlev.

Colombia moves to commemorate writer Gabriel García Marquez on money

According to an article in La Verdad dated 23 October 2014, the Colombian Congress has passed three of four stages necessary to honor 1982 Nobel literature prize winning writer Gabriel García Marquez on banknotes or coins. A final decision should be made by December.

Courtesy of Cedrian Lopez-Bosch.

Zambia new 50-kwacha commemorative note reported

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.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Zimbabwe new 20-dollar bearer cheque confirmed

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.

Philippines new date (2014) 1,000-peso note confirmed

1,000 pesos, 2014. Like P211, but new date.

Courtesy of Andy Siegman.

Bangladesh new date (2013) 100-taka note confirmed

100 taka, 2013. Like BB B52, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Bangladesh new date (2014) 10-taka note confirmed

10 taka, 2014. Like BB B49, but new date.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Scotland new sig/date (30.11.2010) 5- and 10-pound notes confirmed

5 pounds, 30th NOVEMBER 2010. Like P352, but new date and new signature (Stephen Hester).

10 pounds, 30th NOVEMBER 2010. Like P353, but new date and new signature (Stephen Hester).

Courtesy of Tomasz Jazwinski.

German New Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

German New Guinea cover
The German New Guinea chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$0.99, and as a free download to subscribers or anyone purchasing the Papua New Guinea chapter.

This 3-page catalog covers notes issued by the Australian Military Administration in 1914. Published 17 October 2014.

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  • Security features described in full
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  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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  • 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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Myanmar new 5,000-kyat note confirmed

According to an article on dated 19 September 2014, the Central Bank of Myanmar will issue a 5,000-kyat banknote with a new design and improved security features on 1 October 2014. Existing 5,000-kyat notes (CBM B15) remain legal tender.

CBM B17 (PNL): 5,000 kyats
Purple. Front: Elephant. Back: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) legislature buildings in Zeya Theddhi Ward of Naypyidaw. Color-changing windowed security thread with demetalized Spw MYANMAR CBm. Watermark: Elephant and electrotype 5000. Printer: SECURITY PRINTING WAZI CBM. 150 x 70 mm.
a. No date. Prefix GN. Intro: 01.10.2014.

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

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

New Zealand new sig/date (2014) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, (20)14. Like RBNZ B34, but new date and new signature (Graeme Wheeler). Prefix AA - DA.

Courtesy of Scott de Young.

Moldova new date (2013) 1-leu note confirmed

1 leu, 2013. Like BNM B8, but new date.

Courtesy of Albert Vokhmin.

Iraq new sig/date (2013) 5,000-dinar note confirmed

5,000 dinars, ٢٠١٣ - ١٤٣٤ (2013/AH1434). Like CBI, but new date and signature 17.

Courtesy of Dmitry Svobodin.

Dominican Republic new 50, 100, and 500-peso dominicano notes confirmed



On 2 October 2014, the Banco Central de la República Domincano issued a new family of notes dated 2014 with enhanced security features and redesigned images. To date only the 50, 100, and 500 pesos dominicanos denominations have been confirmed. According to a press release, the notes were all printed by De La Rue.

Courtesy of Tomasz Jazwinski, Cedrian Lopez-Bosch, and Manuel Rodriguez Cassanello.

Kazakhstan new signature 1,000-tenge note confirmed

1,000 tenge, 2006. Like NBK B30, but new signature. Prefix ДЖ.

Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya.