Zimbabwe new 2-dollar note (B192) confirmed


Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2019) 500-dollar note (B240k) confirmed

Like B240j, but new date (01.06.2019) and new printer imprint (CRANE CURRENCY). Prefix DW.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Laos new 500-kip note (B519) confirmed

Like B507, but new coat of arms and new date. Prefix AA.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Trinidad and Tobago new 100-dollar polymer note (B241) reported for 09.12.2019 introduction

On 9 December 2019, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago introduced a new 100-dollar note on polymer substrate with significantly enhanced security. The bank intends to expand the range of polymer notes to the other denominations in 2020. The polymer notes will circulate in parallel with the preceding paper notes.


South Sudan new sig/date (2019) 100-pound note (B115d) confirmed

Like B115c, but new signatures (Ngor/Unknown) and new date (2019). Prefix AR.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Romania new 100-leu commemorative note (BNP203) reported for 04.12.2019 introduction

According to a press release dated 27 November 2019, on 4 December 2019 the National Bank of Romania plans to introduce a 100-leu numismatic product to commemorate the anniversary of The Completion of the Great Union. The blue note measures 147 x 82 mm and is printed on polymer. It will be sold in leaflet for 150 lei.


30% off select chapters of The Banknote Book in print

In response to customer demand, 26 of the largest chapters of The Banknote Book are now available in print.

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Dominican Republic
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Jordan new sig/date (2019) 5-dinar note (B230h) confirmed

Like B230g, but new date (2019 ٢٠١٩) and new signatures: Kanakriyah/Fariz.

Courtesy of Tomasz Jazwinski.

Bahamas new 50-dollar note (B354) confirmed introduced 03.10.2019

According to a press release, the Central Bank of The Bahamas introduced a new 50-dollar note (B354) on 3 October 2019. This is the first note in the world with a Rapid security thread on Durasafe substrate.


Courtesy of Cesar Zuluaga and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Ghana announces new 100- and 200-cedi notes (B160 and B161)

Due to “sustained periods of high inflation and the perennial depreciation of the currency,” on 29 November 2019 the Bank of Ghana announced a new 2-cedi coin, as well as new 100- and 200-cedi notes. Existing 1- and 2-cedi notes remain legal tender, though these denominations will be gradually replaced by coins to reduce costs.



Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (www.africancollectible.com).

Sao Tome and Principe new 5-, 10-, and 200-dobra notes reported for introduction in 2020

According to a TélaNón article dated 27 November 2019, the Banco Central de São Tomé e Príncipe and De La Rue met to discuss replacing the defective 200-dobra note of 2016, which had been removed from circulation due to security flaws. Furthermore, the 5- and 10-dobra notes printed on polymer could not withstand the hot, humid climate and will be replaced with new notes printed on paper with better security features and durability. The new notes are expected to be introduced in the first half of 2020.

Courtesy of Murtaza Karimjee (www.africancollectible.com).

Hong Kong chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Hong Kong cover new
The Hong Kong chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale and as a free download to subscribers.

This 139-page catalog covers notes issued by the Oriental Bank, Oriental Bank Corporation, Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London and China, Mercantile Bank of India, Mercantile Bank Limited, The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, The Chartered Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Agra and United Service Bank, Bank of Hindustan, China and Japan, Asiatic Banking Corporation, Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Company, Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Commercial Bank Corporation of India and the East, National Bank of China, Government of Hong Kong, and Bank of China. Revised 26.11.2019.

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  • 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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De La Rue announces financial results

According to a press release dated 26 November 2019, security printer De La Rue announced its half year results for the six months ending 28 September 2019.

Clive Vacher, Chief Executive Officer of De La Rue, said:
“The business has experienced an unprecedented period of change with the Chairman, CEO, senior independent director and most of the executive team leaving or resigning in the period. This has led to inconsistency in both quality and speed of execution. The new Board is working to stabilise the management team, which we believe will take some time.
“At the same time, we have seen significant changes since the start of the year in the market for Currency, including pricing pressure as a result of reduced overspill demand. This has had a material impact on volumes and profitability in H1 2019/20 and it will also take time for the currency market to normalise. Our Authentication business continues to show good growth and provides some degree of balance to the Currency headwinds, while demand for polymer substrate is also exceeding our expectations.
“In response, we are reviewing our cost base and will make the structural changes that will further strengthen our competitiveness in a challenging market. We continue to focus on building momentum in the higher-margin security feature market and continue to innovate to improve our position in this fast-growing area.
“Between now and the end of calendar Q1 2020, we will complete a full review of the business and design a comprehensive turnaround plan for the Company. In the meantime, we have already identified and started to implement the urgent actions needed to stabilise the business and allow us to complete the review. With strong emphasis on cost control and cash management, coupled with a focus on innovation and reversing the revenue decline, we will become a leaner, more efficient Company and drive shareholder value.”

Ukraine new 50- and 200-hryvnia notes (B855 and B857) to be introduced late 2019, early 2020

According to a press release dated 26 November 2019, the National Bank of Ukraine plans to introduce a new 50-hryvnia note (B855) on 20 December 2019, followed by a new 200-hryvnia note (B857) on 25 February 2020, thereby completing the new note family which began with the introduction of the 100-hryvnia note (B856) introduced in 2015.


“The updated banknotes inherit the design features of the new-generation 20-, 100-, 500-, and 1,000-hryvnia bills. They retain the main images depicted on the previously issued 50- and 200-hryvnia bills and are similar in size and color range.

At the same time, both of the upgraded banknotes carry enhanced security features. In particular, the bills have more pronounced embossed elements, including features for visually impaired individuals. The UV and IR protection of the bills has been improved. The serial number, printed in black using a font where characters vary in height, runs vertically down the right edge of the bill’s reverse.

In addition, two innovative security features have been added to the upgraded 200-hryvnia banknote and the new-generation 100-, 500-, and 1,000-hryvnia bills. One of these security features is an optically variable element known as SPARK, which is made in the shape of a stylized image of a water lily, and changes colors as the banknote is tilted. The other security element is a window thread that features the denomination and the hryvnia symbol. The thread produces a dynamic light effect where the background image moves in a different direction as the banknote is tilted.”

Courtesy of Igor Nosenko (Instagram account).

Czech Republic announces new 100-koruna commemorative note to be issued in 2022

According to a press release dated 19 November 2019, the Czech National Bank plans to introduce a new 100-koruna note (194 x 84 mm) in 2022 commemorating the establishment of the Czechoslovak koruna by featuring Karel Engliš, the most important financier of the First Republic.

Somaliland new sig/date (2016) 500-shilling note (B122f) confirmed

Like B122e, but new signatures and new date (2016). Prefix NC.

Courtesy of Dmitry Svobodin.

Norway new 1,000-krone note confirmed introduced 14.11.2019

According to a press release, the Norges Bank has introduced the new 1,000-krone note on 14 November 2019. This completes the new series of notes from Norway.


Courtesy of Jan Ove Larsen.

Solomon Islands new signature 100-dollar note (B225b) confirmed

Like B225a, but new signatures. Prefix A/7.

Courtesy of Ivan Bogdanov (bonistics.org) and Yuri Minkin (yuri111 on eBay).

West African States (Niger) new date (2018) 5,000-franc note (B123Hr) confirmed

Like B123Hq, but new date (2018).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.

West African States (Niger) new sig/date (2019) 5,000-franc note (B123Hs) confirmed

Like B123Hr, but new signatures and new date (2019).

Courtesy of Kevin Warfel.