I don't normally post this sort of news, but it's interesting to see that the Macau Year of the Horse (Lunar New Year) banknote has been offered for sale by the Chinese website www.taobao.com early this month, even before they announced the release of these new notes. Of course these notes were fake, according to the Bank of China Macau branch website.
It appears that the seller had listed the items as pre-order in readiness for the expected issues. The design of the notes posted were just an artist impression but the banks called them as fake or counterfeit. Perhaps the seller should have left the pictures out from their listing.
As we all know, we are expecting new Year of the Horse banknotes to be released by the two commercial banks in Macau, but the designs of such notes are yet to be released to the public. The first day of the Lunar New Year falls on 31.01.2013 (to 18.02.2015). These notes will be available to the public after the Lunar New Year celebrations.
Ahhhh, I like the Chinese. They are so innovative and creative too. Early birds (always) get the best worms, I suppose.