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).

Laos new 100,000-kip note confirmed

The Bank of the Lao P.D.R. issued a new 100,000-kip (US$12.50) note on 1 February 2012 to encourage the public to use the national currency instead of US dollars or Thai baht. The new note is printed by Goznak in Russia.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski and Dustin Roses.

Laos new 2,000-kip note (B517) confirmed

According tp a report on J&C Expat Services dated 29 November 2011, the Bank of the Lao PDR has released a new 2,000-kip (US$0.25) note dated 2011, marking the 36th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the birthday of the late President Kaysone Phomvihane on 13 December.

B517 (PNL): 2,000 kip (US$0.25)
Light blue, purple, gold, and green. Front: Kaysone Phomvihane; Xieng Thong temple; coat of arms. Back: Seset 2 Hydropower Plant. Solid security thread demetalized with Lao text. Watermark: Kaysone Phomvihane with electrotype design. Printer: (BOL). 141 x 65 mm.
a. 2011. Intro: 01.12.2011.

More details are in this Lao press release.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, José Fabrício Macêdo, and Dirk Kultus.

Laos chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

The Laos chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 15-page catalog covers every note (142 types and varieties, including 24 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Lao Issara Government from 1945 to 1946; the Banque Nationale du Laos (National Bank of Laos) from 1957 to 1975; the Pathet Lao Government in 1968; the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic in 1979; and the Bank of the Lao PDR from 1979 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • 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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The Challenge: Identify building on back of Laos 20-kip note

Today’s challenge is to identify the building which appears on the back of the old 20-kip note of Laos.

If you can precisely identify the name and location of this building—or have a lead which you think might be useful—please post a comment, preferably including a URL which links to evidence supporting your identification.

This building appears on the back of the 20-kip notes from 1963 (Pick 11):

IDENTIFIED: Wat Sop monastery in Luang Prabang.

Courtesy of José Fabrício Macêdo.

Laos new 100,000-kip commemorative confirmed

On 15 November 2010, the Bank Of the Lao PDR introduced a new 100,000-kip (US$12.45) banknote and several coins to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the capital, Vientiane, and the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Lao PDR. Further details are available in this press release, currently available in Lao only, as well as this article from Vientiane Times.

100,000-kip (US$12.45)
Blue. Front: Naga; statue of King Setthathilat; frangipani, national flower; Wat That Luang stupa in Vientiane; naga. Back: Frangipani flowers; Ho Phra Keo temple in Vientiane. Holographic security thread printed with Lao text. Watermark: Kaysone Phomvihane. Printer: (Goznak). 159 x 68 mm.

Courtesy of Leszek Porowski and Thomas Augustsson.

Laos withdraws new 1,000-kip note

I’ve received confirmation from the Bank of the Lao PDR that in November it began withdrawing the 1,000-kip (US$0.10) note which it had introduced just this past October. The bank representative stated only that it was done at “the government’s discretion,” because the note depicts three actual people based upon photographs, not an artist’s rendering of representative women. This low-cost note is not likely to become a modern rarity, but you may want to pick one up for your collection while supplies last and prices are low.

Laos issues new 1,000-kip note dated 2008

1,000 kip (US$0.10)
Green and blue. Front: Three young women; temple; coat of arms. Back: Dancer; elephant; grazing cattle; power lines. Solid security thread. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Bank of the Lao PDR (w/o imprint). 2008. No signature. Introduced 30.10.2008.

Download bank press release (in Lao). Translation requested.

This note is also available as a specimen with horizontal red Lao overprint.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Thomas Augustsson, and Leszek Porowski.