Macau new 20-pataca commemorative notes (B090, B235) confirmed

The Bank of China and Banco Nacional Ultramarino in Macau introduced 5 million 20-pataca commemorative banknotes in the second half of 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of Macau's return to China.



Courtesy of 钞票百科 (Chaopiaobaike) and Claudio Marana.

China new 1-, 10-, 20-, and 50-yuan notes (B4118 - B4122) confirmed introduced 30.08.2019

On 29 April 2019, the People’s Bank of China announced that on 30 August 2019 it would introduce new notes like the preceding issues (except the 5-yuan note), but with redrawn vignettes, new date (2019), and enhanced anti-counterfeiting features including denomination as registration device and additional Omron rings on all denominations, as well as windowed security threads, denomination in SPARK, and vertical serial numbers at right front on all but the 1-yuan note.





Courtesy of Max Keller, Ivan Bogdanov, and Juan José de Francisco Portal.

North Korea new 200-won commemorative note (B360.2) confirmed

70th anniversary overprint on B343.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Christian Funke.

Japan new serial number color 1,000-yen note (B365c) confirmed introduced 18.03.2019

According to a press release dated 10 May 2018, Japan’s Ministry of Finance changed the color of the serial numbers on 1,000-yen notes from brown (B365b) to blue (B365c) starting on 18 March 2019.


Courtesy of Kazutaka Nagura and Akina Wada (

North Korea new 50-won commemorative note (B360.5) confirmed


Courtesy of KK Lim ().

Japan to issue new 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-yen notes (B368 - B370) in 2024

On 9 April 2019, Japan’s Ministry of Finance announced plans to introduce a new series of notes in the first half of 2024. The new series will consists of three denominations (the existing 2,000-yen note is not being replaced) featuring bacteriologist Kitasato Shibasaburō on the 1,000-yen note; Tsuda Umeko, founder of Tsuda Juku University and the first Japanese woman to study in the US, on the 5,000-yen note; and industrialist Shibusawa Eiichi (who appears on Korea B201 - B206), on the 10,000-yen note. All three notes will feature 10-digit serial numbers, 3D holographic elements, elaborate watermarks, and larger number to aid the sight-impaired. Existing notes will continue to circulate in parallel for three to four years.




Courtesy of Mark Irwin, Kazutaka Nagura, Lexter Ibasco, 钞票百科 (Chaopiaobaike), and Ryutaro Arai.

Mongolia new date (2018) 20-tögrög note (B431f) confirmed

Like B431e, but new date (2018). Prefix AM.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Mongolia new date (2018) 10-togrog note (B430f) confirmed

Like B430e, but new date (2018). Prefix A.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Russia new 100-ruble FIFA commemorative note (B840) confirmed introduced 22.05.2018

This 100-ruble note commemorates the World Cup held in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, and run by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (French: International Federation of Association Football, FIFA).

B840 (PNL): 100 рублей (rubles) (US$1.50)
Blue, green, yellow, and red. Front (vertical): Russian text; coat of arms; standing boy holding soccer ball under arm; goalkeeper (Lev Yashin) diving for soccer ball; Quick Recognition Code. Back (vertical): Russian text; stylized Russian flag with silhouettes of athletic fans; stylized globe on soccer ball with Russian Federation map; names of Russian cities hosting playoff games. No security thread. Watermark (shadow image): None. Printer: (Goznak). 150 x 65 mm. Polymer.
a. 2018. No sig. Prefix AA, AB.
20,400,000 notes printed. Intro: 22.05.2018.

Courtesy of Jérôme Deschamps, Vladimir Buravlev, 钞票百科 (Chaopiaobaike), Sergey Parfenov, Menshikov Anton, Vadim Tislenko, and Михаил Плахов.

Mongolia new date (2016) 500-tögrög note (B432c) confirmed

Like B432b, but new date (2016). Prefix AR.

Courtesy of Max Keller.

Russia new 2,000-ruble note (B838) confirmed introduced 12.10.2017

According to a press release dated 12 October 2017, the Bank of Russia has introduced a new 2,000-ruble note (B838).

B838 (PNL): 2,000 рублей (rubles) (US$30)
Blue. Front: Russian text; unknown building; bank seal; cable-stayed Russky Bridge over Eastern Bosphorus Strait in Vladivostok; bridge in gold SPARK; Far Eastern Federal University building in Vladivostok; QR-code. Back: Russian text; rocket on launchpad at Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Oblast; map of eastern Russia. 5-mm wide holographic windowed security thread with demetalized 2000. Watermark: Bridge and electrotype 2000. Printer: (Goznak). 157 x 69 mm.
a. 2017. Prefix AA. Intro: 12.10.2017.

Courtesy of Albert Vokhmin and Ole Martin Halck.

Russia new 200-ruble note (B835) confirmed introduced 12.10.2017

According to a press release dated 12 October 2017, the Bank of Russia has introduced a new 200-ruble note (B835).

According to a press release dated 13 October 2017, the National Bank of Ukraine announced that effective 17 October, all Ukrainian financial institutions are forbidden from performing any cash transactions with “notes and coins issued by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation in case they contain images of maps, symbols, buildings, monuments, archeological or historical artefacts, and landscapes of any other objects located on Ukrainian administrative territorial units occupied by the Russian Federation and/or bear texts related to occupation of Ukraine’s territories by the Russian Federation.”

B835 (PNL): 200 рублей (rubles) (US$3)
Green. Front: Russian text; colonnade of Count’s Quay in Sevastopol; bank seal; seagulls flying over breaking waves and sculptor Amandus Adamson’s “Monument to the Scuttled Ships” in Sevastopol Bay: Count’s Quay in Sevastopol; QR-code. Back: Russian text; arch, columns, bell, and door archeological ruins on Chersonese in Sevastopol; bird and branch tile mosaic; map of Crimea; grapes and leaves. 3-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized 200. Watermark: Monument to the Scuttled Ships and electrotype 200. Printer: (Goznak). 150 x 65 mm.
a. 2017. Prefix AA. Intro: 12.10.2017.

Courtesy of everyone and his brother.

Turkey new signature 5-, 10-, and 200-lira notes reportedly introduced 27.03.2017

According to a press release dated 25 March 2017, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey plans to introduce 5-, 10-, and 200-lira notes (B300, B301, B305, respectively) with new signatures on 27 March 2017.

Courtesy of M. Okyay Demirors.

Russia new 100-ruble polymer World Cup commemorative note reported for 2018

According to a TASS article dated 14 February 2017, in the first quarter of 2018, the Bank of Russia will issue a 100-ruble banknote dedicated to 2018 World Cup, and it will be Russia's first polymer banknote. The bank also intends to use polymer when producing either the new 200- or 2,000-ruble notes with symbols of Sevastopol and the Far East.

Russia considering 100-ruble World Cup 2018 commemorative note

According to a press release dated 25 July 2016, the Russian security printer Goznak has prepared six different designs for a 100-ruble banknote to commemorate the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, to be held in various locations (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Yekaterinburg) from 14 June to 15 July. The commemorative note is expected to be printed on either polymer or a composite substrate to help distinguish it from regular issue banknotes. Printing is expected to begin in mid-2017 with the note introduced in 2018.

Press release: The Banknote Register 2nd edition

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The Banknote Register: CIS and Baltic Countries
1991-2016, General Issues
Second edition (English)

Author: Dmitry Zagorenko (IBNS #11608, General Secretary of the Russian Chapter of IBNS).
Editor: Dmitry Litvak (IBNS LM #204, President of the Russian Chapter of IBNS).
Format: A4. Weight: 1,5 Kg.
Hard cover with pressed gilding and book jacket band.
344 full-color pages (paper 115 g/m2).
16 Chapters (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Moldova, Transnistria, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Estonia).
Edition: 1000 pieces.

The Banknote Register provides the most detailed information on all emissions of paper money in post-Soviet countries from 1991 to present. It describes the history of money circulation establishment and development in the new sovereign states. The book gives detailed information on each banknote, variations and types, commemorative and souvenir issues, security features, designers, signatories, serial prefixes, images portrayed on the notes. It will be no exaggeration to say that the author with the help of collectors and staff of national banks has compiled the best known up to now data, many of which will be published for the first time, and also data unknown to many collectors. This work has resulted in compilation and classification of the most complete information on currency circulation in the post-Soviet countries.

The publication of the Register will, for sure, reduce the number of blank spaces in the history of circulation in CIS and Baltic states. Nevertheless, the author continues searching for materials and communicating with paper money collectors, museum workers, designers and bank specialists and laymen. We hope that the Register of Banknotes of CIS and Baltic Countries will encourage you as well to study actively the currency circulation in the post-Soviet countries.

Official website:

For a $7 discount off the list price of $62, use the coupon code "BanknoteBook" when ordering the book by email. Registered shipment to any country in the world is $22, so the total discounted cost is only US$77.

Russia new 200- and 2,000-ruble notes reported for late 2017 introduction

According to a press release dated 12 April 2016, the Bank of Russia plans to introduce new 200- and 2,000-ruble notes by the end of 2017. These entirely new denominations are expected to enhance the convenience of cash payments, and will save time when paying for goods and services.

The current Russian banknotes depict the characters of Russian cities and regions, and this tradition will continue with the new notes, but for the first time the Russian public will get to vote on the new designs in the summer of 2016.

Courtesy of Artem Shevchenko and Alexander Petrov.

China new 100-yuan aerospace commemorative note confirmed

According to a Chinese-language press release dated 6 November 2015, this note commemorates Aerospace Science and Technology. It was issued 26 November 2015.

Blue, purple, and green. Front: Coat of arms; Dongfanghong I satellite; Shenzhou 9 manned spacecraft rendezvous and docking with Tiangong-1 space station; Chang’e 1 lunar-orbiting spacecraft; denomination as registration device. Back (vertical): Advancement of flight (bird, Fung Joe Guey biplane, jumbo jet, Shenzhou 9 and Tiangong-1, Chang’e 1). Windowed security thread with printed * 100 *. Watermark: Dongfanghong I satellite and electrotype 100. Printer: (China Banknote Printing and Minting). 155 x 77 mm.

Courtesy of 嘉瑞(Nick Chiu) and Teng Zhiming (Tzm-Collections).

China new 100-yuan note confirmed issued 12.11.2015

On 12 November 2015, the People’s Bank of China introduced a new 100-yuan note which is like P907, but new date, and enhanced anti-counterfeiting features, including purple-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized 100, denomination as registration device, denomination as SPARK, additional Omron rings, and vertical serial number in blue at right front.

Courtesy of Teng Zhiming (Tzm-Collections).

China new 100-yuan note reported for 12.11.2015 introduction

According to a press release dated 31 July 2015, the People’s Bank of China has unveiled a new 100-yuan notes which will be issued into circulation on 12 November 2015. The new note is like P907, but new date, and enhanced anti-counterfeiting features, including purple-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized 100, denomination as registration device, denomination as SPARK, additional Omron rings, vertical serial number in blue at right front.

Russia to issue 100-ruble Crimea commemorative note in 2015

According to an article on dated 8 December 2014, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation has confirmed it intends to may issue a 100-ruble banknote commemorating the Crimea in 2015.

Courtesy of Albert Vokhmin.

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.

South Korea banknote printer seeking more overseas contracts

According to an article in Korea Times dated 24 June 2014, Korea Minting, Security Printing & ID Card Operating Corp. (KOMSCO) has seen its production volume halved over the past five years, and hopes to utilize excess capacity by obtaining contracts to print banknotes for other countries. Countries for which KOMSCO has produced or is producing "currencies" (may include coins, not just banknotes) include China, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Libya, Peru, Switzerland, Thailand, and Vietnam. Last year KOMSCO won an order from Peru to produce 305 million 50-nuevo sole notes, with delivery to be completed by the end of June 2014.

Russia not planning polymer banknotes

According to an article in Pravda dated 24 June 2014, Goznak does not plan to introduce polymer banknotes in Russia. Goznak General Director Arkady Trachuk said, "From the point of view of duration, price and quality, paper money is usually more effective than plastic money," but admitted that polymer notes have advantages in countries with hot and humid climates.

Russia adopts symbol for ruble currency

Russian ruble symbol
According to an article on dated 11 December 2013, the board of directors of the Bank of Russia has adopted a lowercase barred "p" as the symbol for Russia's currency, the ruble. The bank intends to mint coins with the new symbol in 2014 and it will also appear on future banknotes.

Courtesy of Albert Vokhmin and Andrey Kuvaldin.