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Chile 1000 Pesos 2010 (11.5.2011) Polymer. This is a new design and replaced the previous 1000 pesos paper. This is the third polymer notes in the current Chiliean banknotes series. The other donominations in polymer are the 2000 and 5000 pesos. Both the 10,000 and 20,000 pesos are still printed on paper banknotes.
December 23, 2011 - Tunisia 10 Dinars x 2. With the recent Spring Uprising in the Arab World, I thought I better get some of these notes before it too late. As today is the last working day before the Christmas break, here I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends and visitors a Merry Christmas. Also it has been reported that Christchurch in New Zealand has been hit by a series of earthquake today. Barely 12 months ago, the city was almost destroyed by an earthquake. If you have experienced an earthquake before, no matter how minor it was, you will know the scarey feeling of it. My thoughts are with the people of Christchurch. If they can survived the first one, I am sure you will survive this one too.
December 18, 2011 - Serbia & Montenegro 1000 Dinara. My first note from that region since the end of the Yugoslav War (1991-1995). I got this via exchange from a collector in Slovenia. This is quite a nice note. The highest denomination is 5000 Dinara and I do not have one yet.
December 16, 2011 - The Royal Bank of Scotland. This is a five pounds note issued recently. This note is dated 21.11.2008, and signed by the Group CEO Stephen Hester. It is also interesting to note that this is also the date that Stephen Hester took over the Group CEO position from his predecessor Sir Fred Goodwin. The design of this note is the same as those previously issued. This is the first note issued by the bank since the Global Financial Crisis started in 2007 (aka Global Recession or Credit Crunch).
December 10, 2011 - Bhutan 100 Ngultrum. This is a commemorative note issued on the eve of the Royal Wedding between King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchue and Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck (b.4.6.1990). The Royal Wedding took place on the 13.10.2011 with the main ceremony held at the Punakha Dzong (Palace of Bliss). This is also the second largest dzong structure in Bhutan. King Jigme Wangchue was born on 21.2.1980 and became King of Bhutan on 14.12.2006 following the adication of his father the former King Jigme Singye Wangchue. The note was issued at a price of 500 Ngultrums each or 5 times the face value.
December 8, 2011 - Indonesia - 20000, 50000 and 100000 Rupiah, a set of commemorative notes. According to the Jakarta Post, these notes were issued on 28.10.2011 to commemorate the Youth Pledge Day (Hari Sumpah Pemuda). The declaration of the Youth Pledge Day (one motherland, one nation and one language) by young Indonasian nationalists was first made on 28.10.1928. The designs of these notes are similar to those previous issues but with upgrade securities, such as rainbow printing, blind codes etc. The quantity issued for these notes are Rp20000 (7.6M), Rp50000 (103.5M) and Rp100000 (125.8M).
December 3, 2011 - Canada $100 dated 2011. This is the first of the Canadian polymer note (Frontier) series issued on 14.11.2011. The note was officially released into circulation by Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney at an event in Toronto Ontario, at the MaRS Centre. The next note to be released will be the $50 and that will be in March 2012. The remaining of the series, being the $20, $10 and $5 will be released by 2013. The new polymer notes series will eventually replace the current circulating Journey series, which was first introduced in 2001.
December 1, 2011 - England £50. Released on 2.11.2011. This is a new design of the English GBP50 and is also the first note signed by Chris Salmon since appointed as Executive Director, Banking and Chief Cashier on 1.4.2011. The reverse of the note depicts the portraits of Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) and James Watt (1736-1819). Boulton was a manufacturer and Watt was a Scottish Engineer. Both were business partner and were involved in the manufacturing of coins (Soho Mint) by adopting the latest technology available then for Britain (including the Royal Mint) and other countries. Well, technically, these two gentlemen were money makers!