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Banknote News Archive

 

Banknote news for the past twelve months are maintained here for you reference. News articles more than 12 month old are discarded.

 

Poland

July 9, 2018 - Poland to issue a 20 Zlotych banknote on August 31, 2018 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Independence. The size of the note is 150 mm x 77 mm. Only 50,000 will be printed. See pictures of the note in my blog.

Solomon Island

July 6, 2018- Solomon Island has issued a 40 dollars banknote on July 5, 2018 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Independence. The new banknote was printed on polymer. It has a vertical format on the front and a horizontal format on the back. Only 100,000 pieces were issued. See picture of the new note in my blog.

Hungary

July 5, 2018 - Hungary unveils a new 500 Forint banknote scheduled for circulation on February 1, 2019. The note is similar to previous issue but different color and improved security features. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

South Africa

June 20, 2018 - South African Reserve Bank unveils new banknotes to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. The commemorative notes have the same front as the existing issues, but with a young Mandela on back. The notes will be issued on July 18, 2018, and will circulate in parallel with the exiting issues. See pictures of the new notes in my blog.

Northern Ireland

May 24, 2018- Northern Ireland Ulster Bank plans to issue first ever vertical Pound notes in 5 and 10 Pound denominations. The notes will be printed on polymer. See details of the notes in my blog.

Azerbaijan

May 23, 2018 - Azerbaijan issues a new 200 Manats banknote on May 23, 2018. See picture of the note in my blog.

Macedonia

April 25, 2018- Macedonia plans to replace the existing 10 and 50 Denari paper notes with new polymer notes on May 15, 2018. See picture of the new notes in my blog.

Bolivia

April 12, 2018 - Bolivia plans to issue a new series of banknotes starting from April 2018: 10 Bolivianos - April 2018; 20 Bolivianos - July 2018; 50 Bolivianos - October 2018; 100 Bolivianos - January 2019; 200 Bolivianos - April 2019

See details in my blog.

2017 IBNS Bank Note of the Year Award

April 6, 2018 - The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announces that its voting membership has selected the Swiss National Bank to again receive its prestigious "Bank Note of the Year Award" for 2017. See details in my blog.

Taiwan

March 28, 2018- Winner of new Taiwan banknote design contest announced. See details of the notes in my blog.

Australia

March 28, 2018 - The Reserve Bank of Australia plans to issue a $50 banknote of the new polymer series in October 2018. The new note follows Australia's existing $50 note with Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon in the front, and the first female member of any Australian parliament Edith Cowan in the back. See pictures of the note in my blog.

Bangladesh

March 24, 2018- The Bangladesh Bank issued a 70 Taka banknote on March 22, 2018 to commemorate the nation's development. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

Venezuela

March 24, 2018 - The Central Bank of Venezuela will issue a new bolívar soberano series of banknotes on June 4, 2018. 1 bolívar soberano equals 1,000 bolívares fuertes. See pictures of the notes in my blog.

Switzerland

March 19, 2018 - The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has announced that the latest addition to the new banknote series, the 200 franc note, will go into circulation on August 22, 2018. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

Canada

March 11, 2018- The Bank of Canada unveiled a new 10 dollar polymer banknote featuring Civil Rights pioneer Viola Desmond. Desmond will be the first black person and first woman with no royal blood to appear on a Canadian banknote. See details of the new note in my blog.

Thailand

March 10, 2018 - The Bank of Thailand unveiled a new series of bank notes depicting the country's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Rama X). The 20, 50 and 100 Baht notes will be released on the 236th Anniversary of the founding of the Chakra dynasty April 6, 2018. The 500 and 1,000 Baht will be issued on the King's birthday July 28, 2018. See pictures of the notes in my blog.

Sri Lanka

January 31, 2018- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka issued a new 1000 Rupees banknote to mark the 70th Anniversary of Independence on April 2, 2018. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

Ukraine

January 18, 2018 - The National Bank of Ukraine has issued a new souvenir banknote to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917 and the first Ukrainian banknote. See pictures of the notes in my blog.

Mauritania

January 13, 2017 - The Central Bank of Mauritania has issued its new Ouguiya currency, consisting of newly denominated banknotes that have dropped a zero from its value. The new polymer banknotes began circulating in Mauritania on January 1, 2018. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

Malaysia

December 25, 2017 - Malaysia launched commemorative banknotes on December 14, 2017 to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Federation of Malaysia Independence Agreement. See details of the new notes in my blog.

Argentina

December 2, 2017 - The Central Bank of Argentina has issued a new 1,000 Pesos banknote on December 1, 2017. See pictures of the note in my blog.

Solomon Islands

December 2, 2017 - The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands issued a new 10 Dollars banknote on November 29, 2017. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

Kazakhstan

December 2, 2017 - The National Bank of Kazakhstan issued a new 500 Tenge banknote on November 22, 2017. See pictures of the notes in my blog.

Kyrgyzstan

November 14, 2017 - Kyrgyzstan plans to issue a new banknote on November 17, 2017. The new note commemorates the 25th anniversary of independence of Kyrgyzstan and the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the national currency. It has an original design reflecting the history of the formation of Kyrgyz statehood from ancient times to the present day. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

Cambodia

October 26, 2017 - Cambodia puts into circulation new 1000 and 5000 Riels banknotes on October 25, 2017. See details of the new notes in my blog.

Switzerland

October 17, 2017 - Switzerland unveiled a new 10 Franc note of the ninth banknote series. The new note is scheduled for introduction on October 18, 2017. See pictures of the note in my blog.

Russia

October 13, 2017 - Russia unveils new Crimea-themed 200 and 2000 Ruble bank notes on October 12, 2017. The new banknotes will immediately go into circulation in Moscow, Crimea and the far east, before being released nationwide by the end of the year. See pictures of the new notes in my blog.

Turkmenistan

October 3, 2017 - Turkmenistan issued a new series of banknotes to commemorate the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan September 17-27, 2017. See pictures of the notes in my blog.

São Tomé e Príncipe

September 4, 2017 - The Banco Central de São Tomé e Príncipe unveiled new banknote series to celebrate the bank's 25th anniversary. The notes were designed and printed by De La Rue to showcase wildlife that typified São Tomé e Príncipe. The four largest denominations include a range of security features such as Depth Image holograms and StarChrome Color Shift Thread. The two smallest denominations are printed on Safeguard polymer substrate. The new notes are expected to be introduced on January 1, 2018. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

India

August 24, 2017 - The Reserve Bank of India announced that a new 200 Rupee denomination will enter the banking system beginning August 25, 2017. See details of the new note in my blog.

India

August 18, 2017 - The Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a new 50 Rupee note in the new Mahatma Gandhi Series. The new denomination has motif of Hampi with chariot on the reverse, depicting the country's cultural heritage. The base color of the note is fluorescent blue. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall color scheme, both at the obverse and reverse. The dimension of the note will be 66 mm x 135 mm. See pictures of the note in my blog.

Nepal

August 18, 2017 - The Nepal National Bank issued a new 5 Rupees banknote on August 15, 2017. The front shows Mount Everest and the Kasthamandap Temple which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. The back shows a yak in front of a mountain. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

Uzbekistan

August 15, 2017 - The Central Bank of Uzbekistan plans to issue a new 50,000 Sum banknote on August 22, 2017. Currently, the highest denomination is 10,000 Sum, which was released on March 10, 2017. See pictures of the notes in my blog.

Vanuatu

August 15, 2017 - The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu issued a new 5000 Vatu polymer banknote on July 28, 2017. This will be followed by a 500 Vatu polymer note to be issued by the end of this year. The latter will be the last denomination of the polymer series which started with a 10000 Vatu note in 2010 and followed by 200, 1000 and 2000 Vatu notes in 2014. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

Kazakhstan

August 12, 2017 - The National Bank of Kazakhstan has issued a new 500 Tenge banknote. The new note is similar to previous issue except with a few minor changes. See details of the new note in my blog.

Poland

August 8, 2017 - Narodowy Bank Polski is putting into circulation a 20 Zlotych banknote on August 21, 2017 to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Coronation of the Image of Our Lady of Czestochowa. See pictures of the note in my blog.

Swaziland

August 8, 2017 - The Central bank of Swaziland began issuing a green 10 Emalangeni banknote on July 24, 2017 to reduce confusion between the current blue 10 Emalangeni note and South Africa's blue 100 Rand note which also circulates in Swaziland. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

Thailand

July 23, 2017 - New commemorative banknotes in remembrance of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be put on circulation from Sept 20, 2017. See pictures of the notes in my blog.

Great Britain

July 19, 2017 - Bank of England unveiled the design of its new polymer £10 note featuring the world-renowned author, Jane Austen, on the 200th anniversary of her death. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

Armenia

July 13, 2017 - The Central Bank of Armenia plans to issue a new series of banknotes in 2018 to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Armenian dram celebration. The new banknotes will be technically more secure and durable. See details of the new notes in my blog.

Madagascar

July 12, 2017 - Madagascar plans to issue a new series of banknotes with the following denominations: 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 Ariary. The four larger denominations will be issued on July 17, 2017; the four smaller denominations on September 18, 2017. The theme of the series is "Madagascar and its Riches" including economic activities, biodiversity, culture and tourist sites. See pictures of the notes in my blog.

Syria

July 2, 2017 - The Syrian Central Bank announced that a new 2,000 Syrian Lira ($3.9) bank note with the face of President Bashar Assad will go into circulation today. This is the first time since he took office 17 years ago that his image appears on Syrian banknotes. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

 

 

 

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