History of polymer banknotes in Australia

The Conversation has published an interesting article on the history of polymer banknotes in Australia.

De La Rue reports declining profits and revenue on increased volume

According to a press release dated 25 November 2014, security printer De La Rue's profits fell 36%, to £18.1 million, in the six months ended 27 September, with revenue down by 8%, despite banknote printing volume up 4% to 2.7 billion notes. The company blamed “ongoing challenging market conditions” for ad­versely impacting financial performance.

China new prefix formats for 1-, 10-, and 100-yuan notes confirmed

1 yuan, 1999. Like P895, but letter, number, number, letter prefix.

10 yuan, 2005. Like 904, but letter, number, letter, number prefix.

100 yuan, 2005. Like 907, but letter number, number, letter prefix.

Courtesy of Max Keller.

Malawi new sig/date (01.01.2013) 200-kwacha note confirmed

200 kwacha, 1st JANUARY 2013. Like RBM B53a, but new signature and new date. Prefix AJ.

Courtesy of Garry Craig.

India new sig/date (2014) 1,000-rupee note confirmed

1,000 rupes, 2014. Like P107, but new signature (Raghuram G. Rajan) and date.

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger (Bank Note Museum).

Cuba foreign exchange expert sought

I'm trying to complete coverage of the Cuba foreign exchange (forex) pesos convertibles issues for inclusion in The Banknote Book. However, due to the US embargo against Cuba, it's been difficult obtaining information. As such, I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has info and images about these notes. Please write to me using the Contact page.

Macedonia unveils new 200- and 2,000-denar note designs


НАРОДНА БАНКА НА РЕПУБЛИКА МАКЕДОНИЈА (National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia)
announced that it intends to issue new 200- and 2,000-denar banknotes.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Madagascar new Hybrid substrate 2,000-ariary note confirmed

2,000 ariary, 2004. Like BFM B27a, but Hybrid substrate. Prefix/suffix B/P. Intro: 2014.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de) and Thomas Augustson.

New Zealand unveils new "Brighter Money" polymer notes for intro in October 2015






On 19 November 2014, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand unveiled the designs for a new family of "Brighter Money" banknotes with upgraded security features. The new notes will be released progressively, by denomination. The target release date for the $5 and $10 is October 2015, with the $20, $50 and $100s likely released in April 2016. The new notes have the same themes, colors, and sizes as the existing notes, and will circulate in parallel. The images above are only artistic renditions of the new notes and the actual issued notes may be different. The notes are to be printed by Canadian Bank Note Company in Ottawa, Canada.

Gambia new 20-dalasi commemorative polymer note to be introduced at end of 2014

According to a De La Rue press release dated 18 November 2014, the Central Bank of The Gambia will introduce a 20-dalasi banknote before the end of 2014 to commemorate 20 years in office for President Yahya Jammeh. This note was designed and printed by De La Rue on Safeguard polymer substrate.

This new note is based on the existing paper 25-dalasi note (CBG B24), but is green rather than blue, and features a portrait of the president. The clear window in the polymer note will have an image of a crocodile which currently appears in the watermark of the paper note.

Ruth Euling, Sales Director for De La Rue Currency stated “We are proud to have worked with The Central Bank of The Gambia since its inception and are delighted that they have joined the growing number of banks who have chosen Safeguard for their banknotes. The Gambia is the second country in Africa to issue notes on the Safeguard substrate with a third African country due to issue later this year.”

South Africa new 100-rand note with Omron rings confirmed


100 rand, no date. Like P136, but with Omron rings added to front and back.

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

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Challenge: Identify building on back of Brazil 20,000-reais note of 1923

Can anyone positively identify the building on the back of the 1923-dated note P116? SCWPM lists it as Monroe Palace, but it doesn't appear to match any views of said building that I could find online.

IDENTIFIED: The Palácio da Liberdade is a building in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which was for several years the office of the government of Minas Gerais state.

Courtesy of Wesley Stel.

Mexico new date (19.12.2012) 500-peso note confirmed

500 pesos, 19 DIC. 2012. Like P126, but new date. Serie AA.

Courtesy of Cedrian Lopez-Bosch.

Hong Kong new date (01.01.2013) 20-dollar note confirmed

20 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P212, but new date. Prefix KB.

Courtesy of Wally Myers.

Peru new 10-nuevo sole note confirmed



On 5 November 2014, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú introduced a new 10-nuevo sole note (PNL, bottom) which is similar to the existing notes (P182, top), but with a darker green color, color-changing denomination, and latent image of the denomination. Both new and old notes will circulate in parallel.

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

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Italo Castillo.

Austrian note printing firm in scandal involving Azerbaijan and Syria

A Washington Post article dated 15 November 2014 details the allegations of bribery behind Austria's banknote printing firm, Oesterreichische Banknoten-und Sicherheitsdruck, and its efforts to win bids to produce currency for Azerbaijan and Syria.

Venezuela new date (27.12.2012) 100-bolívar note confirmed

100 bolívares, 27 DE CIDIEMBRE DE 2012. Like P93, but new date. Prefix Q.

Courtesy of José Daniel Fernandez (https://www.facebook.com/fernandezschlaefli.numismatics).

Indonesia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 36-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank Indonesia from 1952 to present. Published 14 November 2014.

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  • Security features described in full
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  • 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
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  • 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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Zambia new date (2014) 100-kwacha note confirmed

100 kwacha, 2014. Like BOZ B57, but new date.

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

Courtesy of David Murcek.

Morocco announces intention to print notes for other countries

According to a press release dated 12 November 2014, Crane Currency and Bank Al Maghrib (Morocco's central bank) have entered into a partnership for international banknote printing. "The partnership will enable the group to support the expansion of its paper money printing worldwide with the expertize of Dar As Sikkah, Bank Al Maghrib’s printing unit, with is equipped with modern printing technology."