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February Postings 2015

1st February 2015
Zambia - This commemorative note of 50 Kwacha was issued to celebrate the country's central bank, the Bank of Zambia, Golden Jubilee Anniversary (50th year). The bank was established on 24 October 1964. Whilst this note is all about the central bank celebration, the design is more like honoring the country's Heads of State (past and present) since gaining independence in 1964 with the portraits of Dr Kenneth David Kaunda (1964-1991), Dr Frederick Jacob Titus Chiluba (1991-2002), Levy Patrick Mwanawasa (2002-2008), Rupiah Bwezani Banda (2008-2011) and Michael Chilufya Sata (2011-2014). In addition to this commemorative banknote, the bank also issued a bimetallic coin with a face value of K50, bearing the portrait of the Michael Chilufya Sata. Michael Sata passed away on the 28.10.2014 and has since been replaced by Edgar Lungu as President of Zambia on 25.01.2015.
Tags: Zambia; Commemorative

4th February 2015
Trinidad and Tobago - This is the first polymer note issued by the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. This note was released on the 13.12.2014 celebrating the Golden Jubilee (1964-2014) of the country central bank, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. The bank was established by an Act of Parliament on the 12.12.1964. An interesting story about the $50 denomination of this tiny nation. The $50 (together with the $100) was first introduced on 6 June 1977. A shipment of the $50 was then stolen in transit to Trinidad and Tobago. This forced the government to suspense the circulation of $50 banknotes and not until 2012, it was then reintroduced by the former Bank Governor Ewart S Williams with the released of a new $50 to celebrate the country's 50th Year of Independence. A circulating version of the note was also released but without the commemorative text of the $50 commemorative note. This new polymer note bears the Governor's signature of Jwala Rambarran.
Tags: Trinidad and Tobago; Polymer

8th February 2015
Iraq - This is a complete set of Iraqi Dinars issued in September 2014. These notes are all dated 2013/AH1434. In terms of the designs, there are similar to the 2003 issues with the exception of the two high denomination notes of 10000 and 25000 Dinars. The design of the 10000 Dinars had been replaced by a monument. Previous note has the portrait of Ali Hasan ibn al-Haitham (Physicist and Mathematician) and the Kurdish woman holding sheaf of wheat replaced by a young woman holding a jug on her shoulder for the 25000 Dinars. The designs on the reverse for these two notes are the same as previous notes. This new set comprises of 6 notes with denominations from 250, 500, 1000, 5000, 10000 and 25000 Dinars. The 25000 Dinars was first introduced in 2003 and it is still the largest denomination circulating in the country. Obviously, the 50 Dinars is no longer printed for this series. This note was part of the 2003 series. The two notes, being the 10000 and 25000 Dinars are both printed in Hybrid material which come with a small transparent window. These two notes are also considered as large size notes measuring 175mm x 78mm and 170mm x 78mm respectively.
Tags: Iraq; Hybrid

10th February 2015
Great Britain - This is a numismatic joint ventured commemorative issue, released by the Bank of England and the Royal Mint with a five pounds note and a five pounds crown coin. This commemorative issue was released in 1998 to celebrate the 50th Birthday of the Prince of Wales Prince Charles with the banknotes printed with a special cypher of PW50 for this special occasion. The design of the banknote was the same as those circulating £5 notes (P382b) at that time except that it has a special cypher of PW50. This cypher PW50 will not be produced for general circulation. The coin issued together with this note is a five pound crown are in UNC/BU condition. A total sets of 1000 were issued for this commemorative. These kind of numismatic releases were very similar to those issued by Note Printing Australia back in the 90s too.
Tags: Great Britain: Commemorative

14th February 2015
Australia - Posted here is a $20 paper banknote uncut sheet of two. This was issued at the Numismatic Association of Australia's International Coin and Banknote Fair in Melbourne back in 1993 (17-18 July). Two varieties were issued. One with Red Serial Number and the other with Golden Serial Number. Issue price was $85 and $95 respectively. These notes are all printed with unique serial numbers as all paper notes printed since 1996 are all with three letters prefix. Today is also Australia's 49th anniversary of converting it's currency from the Australian Pound Sterling to the decimal currency, Dollar and Cent. It is interesting if we get to see a commemorative note for next year golden jubilee celebration. Prior to converting to the decimal currency, many names for the new currency were suggested, including the Royal, the Austral, the Oz, the Boomer, the Roo, the Kanga, the Emu, the Digger, the Quid, the Dinkum and the Ming (the nickname of the then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies). Just image if they have picked one of these names, especially the Ming! Obviously apart from Australia, the Aussie dollars are also used in Christmas Island, Cocos & Keeling Islands, Norfolk Island and the pacific islands of Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu.
Tag: Australia

18th February 2015
Macau, Banco Nacional Ultramarino - Today is Chinese New Year Eve. As part of the tradition, many Chinese would have returned to their home town by now to have a reunion meals celebration with their elders/parents. To all those who celebrate this Spring Festival, a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all. This is a Ten Patacas 2015 Year of the Goat commemorative Banknote. Both the Bank of China and Banco Nacional Ultramarino commenced issuing Chinese Zodiac banknotes since 2012, with the first issue for the Year of the Dragon. Unlike all previous Chinese Zodiac notes issued, this note was released much earlier, on 6.10.2014, together with the Year of the Horse 10 Patacas notes. This is the forth issue note in the 12 Animals cycle series. The design of this note is very similar to those issued by Bank of China except the company's brand name, it's head office building and the signatures. It is said that people who were born in the year of the Goat will received financial help or inherit money from unlikely sources. Well, if you are one, your days will come, hopefully soon! Here are some famous people who were born in the Year of the Goat - Barbara Walters, King George IV, Rudolph Valentino, Sir Laurence Oliver (1907), Billie Jean King (1943), Pierre Trudeau (1919) and the late Shah of Iran (1919). Goat years - 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.  

19th February 2015
Macau, Bank of China - Happy New Goat Year to you all. This is a Ten Patacas 2015 Year of the Goat commemorative Banknote. Both the Bank of China and Banco Nacional Ultramarino commenced issuing Chinese Zodiac banknotes since 2012. Like the BNU note, this note was also released earlier on 6.10.2014, together with the Year of the Horse 10 Patacas notes, with the first issue for the Year of the Dragon. Unlike all previous Chinese Zodiac notes issued, this note was released much earlier, on 6.10.2014, together with the Year of the Horse 10 Patacas notes. This is the forth issue note in the 12 Animals cycle series. The design of this note is very similar to those issued by Banco Nacional Ultramarino except the company's brand name, it's head office building and the signatures. It is said that people who were born in the year of the Goat will received financial help or inherit money from unlikely sources. Well, if you are one, your days will come, hopefully soon! Here are some famous people who were born in the Year of the Goat - Barbara Walters, King George IV, Rudolph Valentino, Sir Laurence Oliver (1907), Billie Jean King (1943), Pierre Trudeau (1919) and the late Shah of Iran (1919). Goat years - 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.  

26th February 2015
Cambodia - 50000 Riels. The is a commemorative note released on 6.5.2014 to commemorate the 61th Birthday of the King His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni. The new banknote has a portrait of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk on the front and on the back depict the pictures of Bakong temple which is located in Siem Reap province and baby elephant dropping it trunk down on the right. This note is dated 2013.

28th February 2015
Nigeria - Polymer 20 and 50 Naira. Here I have added the two notes to my previous postings. Both notes added are all dated 2011. Nothing special about these except that it has a difference year date from the rest of my collection.

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