Seychelles new banknote family (B419-B422) introduced 05.12.2016

According to a press release dated 3 November 2016, in December 2016 the Central Bank of Seychelles will launch a new family of banknotes and coins to commemorate 40 years of Seychelles’ independence, with the theme “Seychelles’ Unique Biodiversity – the backbone of our economy.”





Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya (eBay store), Alex Zlotin, and Igor Tereshkov.

Seychelles new 100-rupee commemorative sheet confirmed

100 rupees, 2013. Like CBS B17b, but with 35th Anniversary Central Bank of Seychelles overprint on watermark area at right front. Available only in sheets of 40.

Courtesy of TDS.

Seychelles new 10-rupee commemorative sheet confirmed

10 rupees, 2013. Like CBS B9c, but with 35th Anniversary Central Bank of Seychelles overprint on watermark area at right front. Available only in sheets of 28.

Courtesy of TDS.

Seychelles new sig/date (2013) 10- and 100-rupee notes confirmed

10 rupees, 2013. Like B409, but new date and signature (Caroline Abel).

100 rupees, 2013. Like B417, but new date and signature (Caroline Abel).

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Seychelles chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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

This 21-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of Seychelles from 1914 to 1975, and the Central Bank of Seychelles from 1983 to present. Revised 10.01.2019.

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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Seychelles new 100-rupee variety confirmed

100 rupees (US$8.20), no date. Like P40, but signature of Governor Norman Weber in red ink, not purple. The change in ink color for the signature appears to take place sometime between prefix AE and AF, which makes this variety a very short run because the signature changes to that of Francis Chang-Leng with prefix AF, when the vertical serial number also switches from black to red.

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Seychelles new 50-, 100-, and 500-rupee notes confirmed

According to a press release dated 3 June 2011, the Central Bank of Seychelles issued updated 50-, 100-, and 500-rupee banknotes on 7 June 2011. The new notes have enhanced security features, revised colors, and updated designs.

Each of the three new banknotes has a hologram instead of a foil sailfish which currently appears at upper right front on the existing notes. On the 50-rupee (US$4.10) note, the silver holographic sailfish alternates between the number 50 and an image of the Aldabra rail, a flightless bird. On the 100-rupee (US$8.15) note, the gold holographic sailfish alternates between the number 100 and an image of the Seychelles giant tortoise. On the 500-rupee (US$41) note, the gold holographic sailfish alternates between the number 500 and an image of the Seychelles scops owl.

Additional security upgrades include a 2.5-mm wide fluorescent security thread on the 50-rupee note, a 2.5-mm wide color-shifting security thread on the 100-rupee note, and a 3-mm wide color-shifting security thread on the 500-rupee note. The notes are also protected by De La Rue’s unique Gemini technology that fluoresces under ultraviolet light but appears normal in daylight.

The color schemes of the notes have been revised, with the notes being more green, red, and orange, respectively, than the notes currently in circulation. The new notes also carry the year of printing, as well as the signature of Pierre Laporte, the bank’s current governor. Existing notes remain legal tender and will be removed from circulation as they wear out.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Seychelles new signature 100-rupee note confirmed

100 rupees (US$8), no date. Like P40, but new signature (Francis Chang-Leng). 2-mm wide security thread, and the vertical serial number is red. It appears these changes took place within the AF prefix range.

Courtesy of Stefan Rombaut.

Seychelles new signature 25-rupee note confirmed

25 rupees (US$2.10), no date. Like Pick 37, but new signature (Francis Chang-Leng).

Courtesy of TDS.

Seychelles new signature 10-rupee note confirmed

10 rupees (US$0.85), no date. Like P36a, but new signature (GOVERNOR Francis Chang-Leng, who served from May 2001 - October 2008).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

History of Paper Currency in the Seychelles available

On December 2008, the Central Bank of Seychelles published a special second edition of its publication that traces the history of paper currencies in the Seychelles, dating from the period of French colonization to the present.

Entitled “History of Paper Currency in the Seychelles,” the new 55-page booklet, in full colour, should prove useful not only to banknote collectors but also for educational purposes, as it includes a section which describes the flora & fauna appearing on the most recent paper currencies of the islands.

Divided into sections pertaining to marked periods and events in the life of the Seychelles currency, the booklet provides colourful illustrations of the different forms of paper currency used over the years.

Information for the booklet was compiled by a small group from the Central Bank with the help of the National Archives and several individuals who are experts in their fields. They include Adrian Skerrett (conservationist), Dr. Jeanne Mortimer (biologist and conservationist), Julien Durup (archivist and historian), Kantilal Jivan Shah (historian, naturalist, conservationist, artist, photographer, healer, numismatist and philatelist) and Stella Doway (Senior Museum Curator).

In a foreword to the publication, CBS Governor Francis Chang Leng says: “It is a rewarding feat for readers to explore the different varieties, sizes and designs of the various denominations of the Seychelles rupee notes, which have been issued over the years, not forgetting the individuals who were in authority in the country at the time the notes were printed and issued. Not only is this booklet very informative, but it can also be used as a guide for currency enthusiasts.”

The Central Bank of Seychelles sells copies of this book from its web site, but isn’t very responsive to email inquiries, and only accepts wire transfers which are costly and time-consuming. After jumping through a lot of hoops, I was finally able to obtain a few copies of this amazing book, but these have now been spoken for. Good luck to anyone attempting to purchase directly from the CBS. By the way, the CBS web site still shows the first edition of this book, but I believe that has sold out and that only the second edition is currently available.

Seychelles revised 50-rupee note confirmed

50 rupees (US$3)
Green, brown, and lilac. Front: Coat of arms; map; angel fish; paille en queue orchids; turtle; silver foil swordfish. Back: Cowrie shells; cars; clock tower in Victoria; yellow-fin tuna fish; tiomitio bird. Windowed security thread with demetalized CBS. Watermark: Turtle. Printer: Unknown. 150 x 75 mm. No date. Signature: Francis Chang Leng, GOVERNOR. Introduced early 2005.

This note is like Pick 38, but it has a silver foil swordfish in the upper right front. Also, at 2 mm the security thread is twice as wide as that on the older note.