1st October 2015
Maldives - This is a new Commemorative denomination of 5000 Rufiyaa released on the
26.07.2015, celebrating the country's 50th Year of Independence from
the British. This note is also called the "Minivan" note, a
Dhivehi/Maldivian word, meaning Independence. The printing and release
of this new banknote was
first announced by the security printing firm, De La Rue on 12.05.2015. This
note is printed on Safeguard Polymer substrate by DLR. The design for
this note was opened to the locals, and won by Abdullah Nashaath. The
country Maldives is comprises of a chain of 26 atolls and is situated
south of India. Maldives is the smallest Asian nation in both population
(395,000+/-) and land area (298 km2). The country became a British
protectorate on 16.12.1887 and was granted independence on 26.07.1965.
In 1968 the country became a republic. Total quantity printed for this note is not cleared but only 3000 singles are released in
a folder with an issue price of 7,500 Rufiyaa (US$490+/-) each. The note with serial number MF026765
(independence day) was presented to Mr Abdu Saththaar Moosa Didi who
was involved in gaining independence from the British. The other note
with serial number MF026715 (50th Anniversary) was presented to the
country's President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.
Tags: Maldives; Polymer; Commemorative;
4th October 2015
United Arab Emirates - This is the latest of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 500 Dirhams Hybrid
note printed with the year date of 2015. This note replaced the previous
similar note issued dated 2011. The design of this new note is the same
as the 2011 print but with minor changes such as new signature, six
horizontal tactile lines added on both side of the edges to assist those
with visually impaired. The vertical serial number on the left has also
shifted away from the edge to accommodate those horizontal tactile
lines. The colour of the omron rings aka champagne bubbles or donuts
(whatever you want to call it) have also modified to made it more
obvious to the naked eyes. To my viewers out there, do you know where
UAE is without looking at the map? Do you know why there are no
portraits of Emir or Ruler printed on any of their banknotes, like those
in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman or Bahrain? I guest the best to describe
UAE is by saying, it's where Dubai is. UAE is a Federation of seven
Emirates/Sheikhdoms, which was established in December 1971, following
gaining independence from Britain. Each Emirate is controlled by a
Ruler/Emir. The 7 Emirates are Abu Dhabi (the largest), Ajman (the
smallest), Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras AL-Khaimah and Umm AL-Qaiwain.
Prior to the forming of UAE, these Emirs were known as the Trucial
States and they used Bahraini Dinar and before that, the Gulf (Indian)
Rupees. The UAE Dirham currency was first introduced in 1973. The UAE
Government positions for the President and Prime Minister are hereditary
with the Emir of Abu Dhabi holds the President role and the Prime
Minister post goes to the Emir of Dubai. The government is assisted by
40 members of the Federal National Council. Half of these members are
appointed by the 7 Emirs and the other half are indirectly appointed for
a term of two years. The capital of UAE is Abu Dhabi but all the major
commercial actions are in Dubai, which is also the largest and most
populous city in UAE. This is where you will find the world tallest
building, fancy and expensive shopping malls, the Palms residents, the
World Islands and many more expensive hotels etc.
Tags: United Arab Emirates: Hybrid:
8th October 2015
Kazakhstan - 1000 Tenge 2013 Commemorative Note. This note was
issued to commemorate the Kultegin, the moment of Turkic Runic Writing.
This note was released to the public on 12.12.2013. The "Day of Turkic
Runic Inscriptions" was celebrated for the first time in Astana, the
capital of Kazakhstan
in 2014. The event was held on 19-20 May 2014, which took place at the
Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. the event was attended by scholars,
intellectuals, state officials as well as representatives of official
institutions and organizations from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan,
Turkey and the Russian Federation.
Tags: Kazakhston; Commemorative;
10th October 2015
Lebanon - The Lebanese Army (Lebanese Armed Forces) Day is celebrated on the 1st
of August each year. Whilst this note was issued to celebrate the 70th
Anniversary (1945-2015), the Lebanese Armed Forces were well in
existence before 1945. Prior to 1.8.2015, the Lebanese Armed Forces were
under the control of foreign power (the French government) and was
handed over to the Lebanese National government from 1.8.1945, and since
then celebrating this day as their anniversary annually.
Tags: Lebanon; Polymer; Commemorative:
16th October 2015
Kazakhstan - This is a reprint of the 10,000 Tenge Hybrid note first
issued in 2012. The note is still printed with a year dated of 2012 but with new signature of
Kairat Kelimbetov. This note was released in 2014. The 10,000 Tenge is
still the largest denomination in the country.
Tags: Kazakhstan; Hybrid;
20th October 2015
Bangladesh - A set of notes all printed with year date of 2011. The denominations posted here are 2, 5, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Taka. I am not sure if the 10 Taka was also issued for this year. The 50 Taka note was withdrew from circulation on the 7.3.2012
when an online news portal in Bangladesh identified a spelling mistake
on the name of the artist of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin (on the reverse
of the note). This note was released together with the 10 and 20 Taka
both dated 2012.
24th October 2015
Japan - 5000 Yen reprint with new square shape hologram security, difference from the first print issued in 2004 (hologram in circle shape). The colour of the serial number has also changed from black to brown. These are the two most noticeable changes for this reprint note. This note was issued in 2014.
28th October 2015
Thailand - I have added the latest 1000 Baht to the current new series. This note was issued recently. This new series was first released in 2011.
31st October 2015
Thailand - I have added two notes here; 20 and 100 Baht. These are odd notes that I have. Unfortunately I do not have a full set with matching signatures. Collecting all Thai Baht is a nightmare. There are so many varieties, it would be hard to get them all, unless you are residing in the country. Good luck to you if you are concentrating in this area. I am happy if I can get just one full set for every series issued with same signatures.