Albania new sig/date (2013) 5,000-lek note confirmed

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5,000 leke, 2013. Like BES B21a, but new date, new signatures (Ardian Fullani and Dorian Çollaku), and 3.0-mm wide windowed security thread.

Official press release dated 8 July 2014:

The 5000 Lekë Albanian banknote, legal tender, issue of 2013, in circulation

The Bank of Albania is notifying the Albanian public that the 5000 Lekë Albanian banknote, legal tender, issue of 2013, will start circulating on 09 July 2014.

Reprinting of the 5000 Lekë Albanian banknote, legal tender, was approved by decision of Bank of Albania’s Supervisory Council, No. 05, dated 17.01.2013, in pursuance of the Law No. 8269, dated 23.12.1997 “On the Bank of Albania”, as amended.

The new 5000 Lekë banknote, issue of 2013, has the same basic design and size as the 5000 Lekë banknote, issue of 2007, put into circulation on 15.05.2009.

The change in the last issue stands in the thickness of the security threat, which is 3 mm from 1.5 mm, the year of issue in the banknote body which is ‘2013’, and the signature of the Head of the Issue Department.

Starting from 09 July 2014, the 5000 Lekë banknote, legal tender, issue of 2013, will be used as means of payment in parallel with all the currently circulating banknotes of this denomination, of earlier issues.

Courtesy of Sev Onyshkevych.

San Marino chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The San Marino chapter of The Banknote Book is now available as a free download to all.

This 1-page catalog covers notes issued by the Cassa di Risparmio della Repubblica di San Marino (Savings Bank of the Republic of San Marino) in 1976. Published 20 April 2015.

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South Korea's banknote printing firm secures Indonesia substrate contract

According to an article in The Korean Times dated 20 April 2015, the Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation (KOMSCO) is seeking customers outside of Korea to offset declines in production brought about by the introduction of a 50,000-won note (BOK B53) in 2009 and the public's increased usage of credit cards instead of cash. "KOMSCO signed a deal with the Indonesian government in February to supply 8 million 'security papers' with enhanced security functions for 880 million won over the next three years," said CEO Kim Hwa-dong. The article mentions that KOMSCO has produced banknotes for the Indonesian government in the past several years, but doesn't identify precisely which notes it printed. Curiously, all current notes in Indonesia (BI B104-B108) bear the imprint PERUM PERCETAKAN UANG RI IMP and make no mention of KOMSCO.

Venezuela new sig/date (29.10.2013) 100-bolívar note confirmed

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100 bolívares, 29 DE OCTUBRE DE 2013. Like P93, but new date and new signatures. Prefix Z, AA.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Romania new date (2015) 200-leu note confirmed

200 lei, (20)15. Like P122, but new date.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Kuwait to withdraw fifth issue notes as of 01.10.2015

According to a Central Bank of Kuwait press release dated 19 April 2015, all fifth issue (CBK B23-B28) notes introduced beginning in 1994 will lose their legal tender status on 1 October 2015, after which time they may still be exchanged by the CBK for a period of ten years.

Tonga chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Tonga 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 Government of Tonga from 1921 to 1989, and the National Reserve Bank of Tonga from 1989 to present. Published 17 April 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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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Colombia new date (27.08.2014) 1,000-peso note confirmed

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1,000 pesos, 27 DE AGOSTO DE 2014. Like P456, but new date.

In 2013 Colombia stoped issuing the 1,000-peso note as it was replaced by a coin. But due to a shortage of the new coin, the bank has reissued the note until sufficient coins can be produced to meet demand.

Courtesy of Camilo Uribe.

Mongolia new date (2014) 10- and 20-tögrög notes confirmed

10 төгрөг (tögrög), 2014. Like MB B30c, but new date. Prefix AK.

20 төгрөг (tögrög), 2014. Like MB B31c, but new date. Prefix AJ.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Which country has the least sexist banknotes?

The BBC News has an interesting artlcle, "Which country has the least sexist banknotes?"

Courtesy of Mark Irwin and Jim Chen.

Singapore new 50-dollar commemorative polymer note reported

According to an article in The Straits Times dated 14 April 2015, Singapore will issue a new commemorative 50-dollar polymer banknote featuring a transparent panel showing the late Lee Kuan Yew (the first Prime Minister of Singapore) with fist raised, leading the crowd with the rallying cry of "Merdeka!" which means "freedom" in Malay.

Courtesy of Stane Straus (www.polymernotes.org).

Poland banknote numismatic product reported

According to a press release, on 16 April 2015 Narodowy Bank Polkski will begin selling 23,000 special collector albums of 23 banknotes issued from 1975 to 1993 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Polish zloty. The albums will be sold through all NBP regional branches and online at 190 zloty each.

Courtesy of Albert Vokhmin.

Solomon Islands new 100-dollar note reported

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100 dollars, no date. Like CBSI B20, but revised design. Intro: 10 April 2015.

The following is a press release from De La Rue:

10 April 2015: A new $100 designed and printed in close collaboration with De La Rue has been launched by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. This is the second denomination of the new family of notes following the $50 launched in September 2013 .
The Central Bank of Solomon Islands has today issued their new $100 banknote. In keeping with the new $50, this new note uses strong images and bold colours to reflect the vibrancy of the islands.
The overall theme of the note is rural life, depicting particularly the coconut as a major source of income in the rural Solomon Islands. On the front of the note, the abstract pattern work is based on a geometrical design and represents the swirling movement of shoals of fish whilst images portraying rural livelihood, social and economic activities in rural Solomon Islands are shown on the back.
As on the $50, the most prominent security feature is the Optiks™ super wide security thread with a transparent window. This Optiks technology was recognised in 2013 when De La Rue received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation for the thread and its associated paper making process.
On the occasion of the launch of the new $100, the Governor of the Central Bank of the Solomon Islands Denton Rarawa commented “This beautiful banknote is the result of the continued close collaboration between the Central Bank and De La Rue. We thank them for their contribution to the launch of this new note, the second note of our new banknote series”.
De La Rue’s Sales Director Ruth Euling said ”We are delighted to see the issue of this new note and are proud of our continued association with the Solomon Islands, a relationship that dates back almost a century to 1916”.

Courtesy of Paul Nahmias and Claudio Marana.

United Arab Emirates new 100-dirham note confirmed

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CBA B37 (PNL): 100 dirhams (US$27)
Red. Front: OVI coat of arms; Fahidi Fort in Dubai with silver foil stamp of castle tower. Back: Sparrow-hawk; Trade Centre Tower in Dubai. 3-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized UAE 100. Watermark: Sparrow-hawk head with electrotype 100 and coffee pot. Printer: Unknown. 155 x 66 mm.
a. 2014 and ١٤٣٦ (AH1436). Sig. 4. Prefix 169.
Like preceding issues, but with tactile horizontal bars at front left and right.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Hong Kong chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Hong Kong 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 notes issued by the Bank of China from 1994 to present, the Government of Hong Kong from 1935 to present, and the Standard Chartered Bank from 1985 to present. Revised 9 April 2015.

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  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
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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.

Thailand new 100-baht commemorative note confirmed

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PNL: 100 บาท (baht) (US$3.45)
Red, orange, brown, and green. Front: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX in the Royal House of Chakri gown. Back: Royal Garuda emblem; King Rama IX walking with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn; flower; Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn; flowers. Holographic stripe. Gold-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized 100 บาท 100 BAHT. Watermark: King Rama IX and electrotype ๑๐๐. Printer: (NPW). 150 x 72 mm.

According to a press release dated 31 March 2015, this note commemorates "Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 5th Cycle Birthday Anniversary."

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

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Paraguay new 20,000-guaraní note confirmed

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BCP B60 (PNL): 20,000 guaraníes (US$4.50)
Blue and green. Front: Circle symbol for blind; BCP registration device; round coat of arms with star; round emblem with lion and cap La Mujer Paraguaya (Paraguayan woman) holding vase. Back: Modern Banco Central del Paraguay headquarters building in Asunción. Motion windowed security thread with star in circle pattern. Watermark: La Mujer Paraguaya and electrotype 20 MIL. Printer: Joh. Enschedé. 157 x 67 mm.
a. 2013. Signature 21. Prefix E.

Like preceding issues, but with the denomination at upper left front in OVI, new date, and new printer imprint.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank new 5-pound polymer commemorative confirmed

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According to a post on BBC.com dated 23 March 2015, the Clydesdale Bank has begun issuing the first of two million 5-pound polymer banknotes to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge. The polymer note is physically smaller (125 x 65 mm) than the paper note (137 x 70 mm) of the same denomination.

Courtesy of Max Keller, Clea Phas, Claudio Marana, Aidan Work, and James Cadman.

Singapore new symbol (two stars) 1,000-dollar note confirmed

1,000 dollars, no date. Like MAS B7f, but with two stars below GOVERNMENT on back. Prefix 4AD.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Bin Hao.