November 28, 2012 - Scotland The Royal Bank of Scotland 2010. This is a reprint of the current issue and is signed by the bank's CEO Stephen Hester.
|Scotland The Royal Bank of Scotland 20 Pounds 2010|
November 25, 2012 - Honduras 20 Lempiras commemorative note, dated 30.3.2000 (P83). This note was issued for two purposes - a) to celebrate the 2000 Millennium year, and b) the country's Central Bank 50th Anniversary. You don't find many banknotes nowadays that issued with more than one commemorative purposes.
|Honduras 20 Lempiras 2000 Commemorative|
November 21, 2012 - Philippines 500 Piso Commemorative. This note commemorates the 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank. The meeting was held in Manila Philippines between 2-5 May 2012. Whilst we note that Philippines has released full set of new design of notes in 2010, this commemorative note was issued with the overprint on the previous issue. It appears that there are still plenty of stock left for this denomination and what a best way to clear them. Quantity, ten millions pieces issued.
|Philippines 2012 Asian Development Bank Commemorative|
November 18, 2012 - Colombia 10000 Pesos Oro Dated 1992 (P437), 1993 and 1994 (both P437A). The 1992 print was issued to commemorate the Quincentennial of Columbus' voyage to America on 12.10.1492. Two more reprints were later issued with the year dates of 1993 and 1994. The design of this note, in my opinion, has to be one of the best I have seen so far. On the front it has the portrait of a youthful women Mujer Embera (indigenous of Colombia). On the back, the design comprises of an antique world map, the ship that Cristobal Colon (aka Christopher Columbus) sailed to America, and native birds of Colombia. These birds (from left to right) are; great flamingo, andean condor, green honey creeper, andean cock of the rock, blue and yellow macaw, hotzin, scarlet ibis, yellow-hooded blackbird, metallic green tanager, white pelican, magnificent frigate bird, keel-billed toucan, baltimore oriole, scarlet macaw, yellow crowned parrot and red-capped cardinal. In all, 16 of these beautiful creatures displayed all on one tiny piece of paper. I really enjoy having this note. I like it so much that I bought all three of them and I hope you like it too. P/S..According to the SCWPM, one million pieces of the 1993 prints were stolen in 1994 (that's 10,000,000,000 Pesos Oro or 10 Billions Pesos Oro or today's value of approximately US$5.49 Millions).
November 17, 2012 - Cyprus Pounds set (pre Euro). Cyprus joined the EU in 2004, and on 01.01.2008 the Euro replaced the Cypriot pounds with a fixed exchange rate of 0.585274 Cypriot pound to one Euro dollar. Here I have uploaded a full set of Cypriot pounds used before the switch over. The notes posted here are the 1, 5, 10 (x2) and 20 pounds. The denomination of 20 pounds was the largest note used in the country prior to the Euro. Imagine, suddently from a 20 pounds note to a 500 Euro note circulating in the country! The 20 pounds note posted here is a Z prefix replacement note. I have listed Cyprus as part of Asia, just like Turkey.
|Cyprus 20 Pounds 2004, P63c|
November 11, 2012 - Hong Kong Bank of China (BoC) $100 Commemorative note 2012. This note celebrates the bank 100 year of establishment (5.2.1912). The bank originally started in 1905 when the last Chinese Imperial government established Daqing Hubu Bank and in 1908 changed it's name to Daqing Bank. Following the establishment of the Republic of China, the bank was then renamed Bank of China by the Nationalist Kuomintang government. After the Chinese civil war ended in 1949, the bank split into two operations, with one part of it's operation shifted to Taiwan. The Taiwan operation later changed it's name in 1971 and merged with the Taiwan Bank of Communication. The mainland operation remains unchanged. BoC, by market capitalisation, is the 5th largest bank in the world. The bank operates in 27 countries and employed staffs in excess of 380,000 worldwide. The BoC (Hong Kong branch) commenced it's operation in 1917 and was forced to closed temporary during the Japanese occupation in 1941 and then reopened in 1946 following the end of the war. In 1994, the BoC (HK) was granted the license in Hong Kong to issue banknotes in the territory. Two millions of notes printed (single, 3-Uncut and 30-Uncut) with no letter prefix, AA and AB prefixes.All notes posted here with serial numbers ended with 4s, ie 24, 24 and 54, what a lucky number, to me!
|A Century of Glory and Global Services|
November 10, 2012 - Trinidad and Tobago $50, 50 Years of Independence Commemorative. This note is dated 2006 but was issued in 2012. This note has the same design as the recent T$50 issued except that the commemorative text is added "Celebrating 50 Years of Independence 1962-2012".
|Trinidad and Tobago $50 Dated 2006(2012), PNL|
November 6, 2012 - Philippines 2000 Piso Unissued 2001 Folder Commemorative note. In 1998, the Central Bank of the Philippines released few notes to commemorate the country centennial of the first republic (1898 - 1998). Four notes were printed for this special occasion: -
* 100 Piso x 2, P188a & 188b - ND1998 and dated 1998 (commemorative overprint);
* 2000 Piso Folder P189 dated 1998 (new design); and
* 100000 Piso P190 dated 1998 (size 215mm x 315mm, world largest banknote ever issued).
However not until recently that collectors discovered that a similar design (2000 Piso dated 2001) of the P189 was also printed but smaller in size. To the local collectors, this note is known as the "Erap note" as it features the former President Josep 'Erap' Estrada's inauguration at the Barasoain Church in Bulacan on 30.06.1998 (13th President). It has been reported that this note was printed in 2000 and was meant to be put into circulation in 2001. However corruption charges impeachment hearings were already underway against the President Estrada then and he was eventually ousted from office on 20.1.2001, before even the notes were released. About 4.95 million pieces of these 2000 Piso were printed (99 boxes or 50,000 pieces each per box) and until recently, the central bank decided to demonetised them and destroyed all of it except one box. These 50000 pieces have been retained for historical, educational, numismatic and other purposes. Here I managed to get one for my own collection and it comes in a folder. Like they said, every banknote tells an interesting story.
|Philippines 2000 Piso Dated 2001 Unissued, PNL|
November 4, 2012 - Denmark 2009-2011 Bridge Series. Uploaded here (update) are few more notes of the current bridge series. The notes that I have added are signed by Per Callesen (500 Krone) and Hugo Frey Jensen (200 and 500 Krone). Unfortunately these are not full sets. The 2009 Bridge series of notes beared the signatures of Nils Bernstein (full set), Torben Nielson (full set), Jens Thomsen (without 1000 Krone), Per Callesen (without 100 & 200 Krone) and Hugo Frey Jensen (without 100 Krone). All notes are countered signed by Lars Gerrild Sorensen. The collection of modern European banknotes is shrinking by the day simply because of the growing of the EU community.
|Denmark 500 Frone, PNL|
November 3, 2012 - Philippines 50 Piso 2012 ASEAN Commemorative. This note celebrates the 45th year of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia Nations). ASEAN was formed on the 8.8.1967 by the founding members of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand. The aims of ASEAN includes accelerating economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, protection of regional peace and stability, and opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully. Since then, the membership expanded to include Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. It's amazing that this country continues to issue Commemorative notes, like there is no end to it. This ASEAN commemorative is not even the latest issue. I got this at a very affortable price!
|Philippines 50 Piso ASEAN Commemorative PNL|
November 1, 2012 - Solomon Islands 1977 First Day Issue. This is a set of first day issue/commemorative of notes released in 1977. This set comprised of $2, $5 and $10. Each note is individual sealed in an envelope. In addition to the notes, it also comes with a set of proof coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and $1 coins. This set was put together by the Franklin Mint, authorised by the issuing bank. The notes and coins are housed in a black album. All notes have matching serial numbers. Foot note: The $5 Silver proof coin is missing from this set. Buying this set of notes is cheaper than buying them individually.
|Solomon Islands 1977 First Day Issue Set|