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5,985 banknotes collected as at 31.12.2021

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Facts - About eleven countries still issuing banknotes without any signature(s) on it. They are; - China, Japan, Korea North, Korea South, Laos, Myanmar, Russia, Taiwan, Transnistria, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

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June Postings 2024

June 2024


1st June 2024

Solomon Islands - On 28.12.2023, the Central Bank of Solomon Islands released two new notes of $50 and $100. The designs for these two notes are similar to those previously issued in 2013 and 2015 respectively, but with added security features, which include an embedded 17mm wide micro-optic stripe band on the front of the notes. The micro-optic strip replaced the Optiks security thread (Hybrid) of the previous series. 

6th June 2024

Mauritania - An unusual release - One design but with three substrates! Here are the three commemorative banknotes of 50 ouguiya all released on 18.06.2023. The designs for these three notes are all the same except that the banknote materials printed on are not all manufactured the same. I believe this is the first time a central bank has issued the same note design but printed on three different substrates - Hybrid x 2 and Paper.

8th June 2024

Ukraine - This is a commemorative note of 50 hryven, released on 23.02.2024 on the eve of the second anniversary of the Russian invasion. Russia invaded Ukraine on 24.02.2022. This is the second commemorative note issued commemorating the war against Russia. On 24.02.2023, a banknote of 20 hryven was issued to remember the first anniversary of the unwanted war with Russia.

10th June 2024

Philippines - Posted here is a twenty piso commemorative note issued in 2023 for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Central Bank of The Philippines (Bango Sentral ng Pilippinas) 1993 - 2023. The Philippines's central bank was first established on 03.01.1949. In 1993 (3rd July), it reestablished itself under the New Central Bank Act. 

15th June 2024

Kazakhstan - Here I have posted two of the three normal circulation notes issued with the signature of Grigory Alexandrovich Marchenko. Marchenko was the Chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan from 2009 to 2013. I believe only three notes were issued with his signature for the normal circulating notes. In addition to this, his signature also appeared on five other banknotes issued for commemorative purposes from 1000 tenge to 20000 tenge. This series has changed little since it was first introduced in 2011. The 10000 tenge note is printed on Hybrid material.

22nd June 2024

Mauritania - This is an odd polymer note of twenty ouguiya reportedly released in December 2021. I believe this note formed part of the 2017/2018 currency reform series. The currency reform is for the re-denomination of the previous ouguiya currency where one new ouguiya is equal to 10 ouguiya.

 

May Postings 2024

 May 2024

1st May 2024

Tonga - A a full set of paper/polymer notes released on 04.12.2023. This set comprises six notes from 2 pa'anga to 100 pa'anga. This is the first time this tiny pacific nation has issued a polymer banknote and the bank has released them in the denominations of 5 and 10 pa'anga. I believe this is the 9th series of banknotes issued since 1921.

4th May 2024

Tajikistan - Here is a full set of six notes all printed with the year date of 2022. These are the reprint of the 2021series in full set. There are no changes to the designs or signatures except for the year date. I believe both the 20 and 50 somoni are still hybrid notes, including the 500 somoni as well. The rest are paper notes.

7th May 2024

Transnistria - Posted here is a 1 ruble commemorative overprint banknote issued on 07.09.2023 for the celebration of the 100th Year of Gold Chervonets. The word Chervonets is a Russian name for large foreign and local gold coins. As the word Chervonets is a Russian word, it means 'Red' or 'Rose Gold'. 

10th May 2024

Myanmar - This is a 20,000 kyats commemorative note. This is the largest denomination of banknote issued in this country. This note was reportedly issued on 31.07.2023, to celebrate the first birthday of the Royal White Elephant called Ratha Mandaka, and also the completion of an 81 feet statue of a sitting Maravijaya Buddha in the capital city of Naypyidaw. The giant Buddha statue was unveiled on 01.08.2023 by General Min Aung Hlaing and is reportedly the world's highest sitting marble Buddha statue. This marble Buddha weighs 1,700 ton and cost US$27.6 million (58 billion kyat) to build. The white elephant, Ratha Nandaka was born on 23.07.2022. 

12th May 2024

Philippines - I have added another 1000 piso polymer note dated 2022 to my earlier post. This note bears the signatures of Philippines President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Romualdez Marcos Jr and the Bank Governor Felipe Manguiat Medalla. This note has since been superseded by the 2023 and 2024 reprints. Polymer substrate banknotes should have a longer lifespan than those cotton based banknotes. However, since the introduction of polymer banknotes in the country in 2022, this is the fourth print for this note. Is this not working for the Filipinos or the quantity printed for each series is just not a lot. I do understand that this country has a large population, in excess of 115+ millions people.

18th May 2024

Tunisia - Two notes of 5 and 50 dinars both dated 2022. These are a new series of banknotes, first introduced in 2020 with the 10 dinars (dated 2020). These replaced those previously issued in 2013 (5 dinars) and 2011 (50 dinars). Needless to say, the designs are also completely new too. 

25th May 2024

Malaysia - I have added two x 50 ringgit to my previous post with the governor signature of Muhammad Ibrahim (tenure 2016-2018). The two notes posted here are with the last prefix of PC and a replacement prefix of ZE. I have also uploaded the same notes to my polymer site too.

April Postings 2024

April 2024

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1st April 2024

Northern Ireland, Northern Bank Limited - This is a Northern Bank Ltd bank's training specimen note issued for the purpose of assisting training the bank's tellers/staff. This note is similar to those full sets of bank's teller training banknotes issued by Note Printing Australia (NPA). A total of 45,000 pieces printed/issued. 

4th April 2024

Myanmar - Here are the two notes both issued in 2020. The 1000 kyats note was issued on 04.01.2020 to coincide with the 72nd Year of Independence anniversary (04.01.1948) from the British. The 500 kyats note was released on 19.07.2020, which is also celebrated as Martyr's Day in Myanmar. This is the day in 1947 when several leaders of Myanmar's (Burma) independence movement were gunned down including their leader Aung San. For this purpose, I have also posted these two notes on my Commemorative site as commemorative issues as well.

6th April 2024

Papua New Guinea - Here is a 50 kina nd2023 polymer commemorative note issued for the celebration of the 50th year of self-governing and independence 1973 - 2023.

11th April 2024

South Africa - This is a full set of five notes all released on 03.05.2023. The themes for these notes are basically the same as the 2013-2016 series but with updated security features. However, the designs on the back are completely new but still maintain the theme as per previous issues.

14th April 2024

Mexico - Here are the reprints of five polymer banknotes all dated 05.10.2021. These are commemorative notes released to celebrate the Bicentennial of Independence of Mexico from Spanish rule. Independence was achieved  on 27.09.1810. The war for independence started on 16.09.1810.

20th April 2024

Thailand - I have added the 20 baht polymer nd2022 note to my previous post with the second variety. This note was first issued on 24.03.2022 and both notes have the same combination of signature but not printed with the same polymer substrate material - Safeguard and Guardian. I was not aware of these until when I bought the Guardian type and realised that I did not have this note in my collection. The easiest way to tell the difference between these two notes is to look at the transparent window of the 20 denomination value. You can see the numeral '20' is much clearer for the Safeguard print.

25th April 2024

East Germany - Here are four notes issued by the Forum Außenhandelsgesellschaft m.b.H. (Forum Foreign Trade Company m.b.H.), and all notes are dated 1979. A complete set consists of 50 pfennig, 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 marks. The value of these Foreign Exchange Certificates (FEC) or Forum Cheques were issued at par with the West German mark, and to enable foreigners to purchase high quality goods at specific shops (Intershops) controlled by the East Germany government. These high quality goods are usually from or associated with Western countries, and these Intershops only accept the Forum Cheques as payments and not the East German mark. 

27th April 2024

Paraguay - I have added the 2000 guaranis polymer note series with the date of Ano 2023 (Year 2023) to my previous post. To date five polymer notes for this denomination have been issued - 2008, 2009, 2011, 2017 and now 2023.

March Postings 2024

March 2024
Autumn 2024 


1st March 2024

Solomon Islands - This is a commemorative polymer note of 10 dollars issued on 27.10.2023 to celebrate the 17th Pacific Games held in the capital city of Honiara in Solomon Islands. The sporting tournament was held from 19.11.2023 to 02.12.2023. There were 24* nations competing in this tournament. Here I have posted the normal note as well as the one with the replacement prefix. Only one million pieces were issued.

4th March 2024

Iraq - Here I have posted three notes of 5000, 25000 (Hybrid) and 50000 dinars (Hybrid) all printed with the year date of 2021. It is believed that these are the only three notes issued for this particular year. The 5000 dinars is printed on paper material, whilst the remaining two are on Hybrid. There are no changes to these designs, except the year of 2021.

8th March 2024

East Caribbean - This is a new $2 commemorative polymer note issued for the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. The announcement of the new $2 note was made on 01.12.2023 by the Minister for Finance of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Monetary Council Camillo Gonsalves, and the Governor of ECCB Timothy N.J. Antoine. The commemorative notes were made available to the public via commercial banks on 06.12.2023.

10th March 2024

Guernsey - I have added the one pound note P48b to my previous post. This note bears the signature of Michael John Brown who was the States Treasurer of the States of Guernsey from 1990 to 1996. During his tenure in office, there were two versions of this series issued, mainly due to the sizes of the note. Unfortunately I only have the two versions of the £1 pound note. This note that I have added to my earlier post was the large size note, together with the small size note posted earlier. This note that I have added is measured at 136mm x 67mm. 

11th March 2024

Kingdom of eSwatini - Here is a 200 emalangeni hybrid banknote printed with the date of 06.09.2023. This is the reprint of the 2017 issue but with a new date and new signatures. This note was reportedly released on 11.09.2023. The date printed on the note is also the nation's independence day. The country was previously occupied by the United Kingdom until 06.09.1968. The British occupation of Eswatini started in 1903 after the end of the Second Boer War (1899-1902).

16th March 2024

Solomon Islands - I posted the circulating note on 01.03.2024. Here, I have posted the specimen note for the same polymer commemorative series. I have no information as to how many have been printed. As this series is printed by DLR, I would guess the quantity would be between 300 to 500 pieces. It is unlikely they would have printed anything more than that. The specimen note that I have posted here is also printed with a tiny control number on the bottom left corner. However, it is not sure if there are other varieties for this specimen series. 

20th March 2024

Mauritania - Two banknotes of 1000 ouguiya were reported recently and were printed with the date of 1981 and 1989. Both notes were not issued then, but it is now available to collectors. I bought them just out of curiosity despite it's pricey price tag, as I like collecting official and unissued banknotes, just like those 1990 Poland unissued sets.

24th March 2024

Vanuatu - I have added the 1000 vatu nd2020 polymer note to my previous 200 vatu nd2020 note. It is not sure if other denominations, apart from the 200a and 1000 vatu notes have been issued.

 29th March 2024

Papua New Guinea - I have added two notes of 5 and 20 kina polymer both printed with (nd)2021 to my previous post. Not sure if the remaining notes for the 2 and 10 kina (nd)2021 were also printed.

30th March 2024

Egypt - Posted here is a 10 pounds polymer banknote released on 05.07.2022 by the Central Bank of Egypt. Since the release of this note, a reprint for the 10 pounds polymer was also issued in 2023. Here, I have only posted the first issue of this polymer banknote.