Category Archives: Anti-Counterfeit Technology

PCGS Announces NFC Technology Included in All Coin, Currency Holders

Professional Coin Grading Service leads numismatic hobby with a massive leap forward in anti-counterfeiting technology   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has announced that it will begin embedding Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in all its encapsulated coins, medals, tokens, and banknotes in October 2020. This revolutionary advancement launches after an initial limited rollout earlier […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2021 Kangaroo 1oz Platinum Bullion Coin

The Perth Mint is pleased to present the Australian Kangaroo 2021 1oz Platinum Bullion Coin. The Australian kangaroo is a large marsupial endemic to Australia. Identified by its muscular tail, strong back legs, large feet, short fur, and long, pointed ears, the animal has become a much-loved national icon. Struck by The Perth Mint from […]

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MintID Announces World’s 1st NFC-Protected Precious Metal Products

MintID was created to solve the problem of counterfeiting in the precious metals space. But until now, investors have been plagued with the uncertainty of whether or not the products they own are actually genuine. By embedding AES-128-bit encrypted and tamper-proof NFC chips directly at the source, customers can authenticate their investments in real time […]

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Bank of England Enters New £20 Note Into Circulation

By De La Rue, plc …… On February 20, 2020, De La Rue announced that the new Bank of England £20 note has entered circulation. It features the artist J. M. W. Turner and is the third denomination in the series to convert to a polymer substrate, following on from the £5 and £10, in […]

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2020 American Silver Eagle Bullion Coins: The Last of Their Breed

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. The Proof version of the 2020 American Silver Eagle is set for release on January 3, but it won’t be just any year for the popular .999-fine, one-ounce silver United States bullion coin. The 2020 Silver Eagle will be the last of its kind, with significant changes coming to […]

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A Most Innovative Coin: The German Polymer Ring Climate Zone Series

By Gu Jun (Shanghai), for the Journal of East Asian Numismatics …… On December 8, 2017, in Karlsruhe, Germany, it was raining outside with the foulest chill in the air. But at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Mint, strong glowing warmth permeated everywhere. Guests from banks, mints, and mint equipment suppliers gathered together to witness the birth of […]

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World Currency News – Bank of Botswana Introduces New Polymer Banknote

A new 10 Pula designed in collaboration with De La Rue on their Safeguard® polymer substrate entered circulation February 1 By De La Rue, plc …..   Front, Botswana 10 Pula banknote. Image courtesy De La Rue The Bank of Botswana announced their decision to introduce a new 10 Pula on polymer to help increase […]

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Uruguay Issues 100 and 1,000 Peso Banknotes with New Security Features

By Central Bank of Uruguay ….. As of January 24, the Central Bank of Uruguay has released new $100 (Series G) and $1,000 (Series E) bills into circulation that incorporate new anti-counterfeiting security features. The $100 banknotes have the same security features as found on the $200, while the $1,000 notes share the same security […]

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Dillon Gage Metals Offers New 2018 Incuse RCM Maple Leaf Coin

Incuse Struck Design on Both Sides Dillon Gage Metals, one of the world’s largest precious metals wholesale firms, is pleased to announce the release of a unique and innovative bullion coin. The Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a first-ever incused version of its flagship Silver Maple Leaf coin. Whereas most coins feature raised design features, […]

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First Strike: Germany Mints 5 Euro Polymer Ring “Subtropical Climate Zone” Collector Coin

On 8 December 2017, Department of Finance Assistant Undersecretary Walter Leibold has struck the very first 5-euro collector coin “Subtropical Climate Zone”. He thus set the wheels in motion for the production of the second issue of the “Climate Zones of the Earth” coin series. All coins in the series are equipped with a polymer […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 1, 2017: Take a Knee, Not Elon, the Red Kettle

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 1, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Vasilopita – An Important Greek Celebration for New Year Vasilopita literally means St. Basil’s Cake, which contains a hidden coin baked inside. This “New Year’s Cake” is a highly esteemed Orthodox tradition worldwide, having its origins in the 4th century… 2.) History […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 27, 2017: The Bitcoin Revue, Vending Machines for Crows

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 27, 2017:  Brain Food 1.) Coin stash that puts new spin on China’s 100 years of humiliation Inside a nondescript Hong Kong warehouse sit seven tons of Qing dynasty coins – proof, their owner says, that it was the imperial monetary system, not the opium trade, that […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 22, 2017: Nanotechnology, Coin Thievery, and Gold

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 22, 2017: Brain Food 1.) The ATM at 50: How it’s changed consumer behavior The wide acceptance of the ATMs changed the types of cash Americans typically carry in the pocketbooks. Since ATMs became more widely available in the early 1980s, the $20 bill has regularly been […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 22, 2017: Nanotechnology, Coin Thievery, and Gold

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 22, 2017: Brain Food 1.) The ATM at 50: How it’s changed consumer behavior The wide acceptance of the ATMs changed the types of cash Americans typically carry in the pocketbooks. Since ATMs became more widely available in the early 1980s, the $20 bill has regularly been […]

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World Paper Money – New Australian $10 Banknote Enters Circulation

By Reserve Bank of Australia ….. The new Australian $10 banknote entered general circulation on Wednesday, September 20, following the release of the new $5 banknote last year. Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, said: “The launch of the new $10 banknote is a milestone in our program to deliver Australians banknotes […]

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Scotland’s Clydesdale Bank to Launch New £10 on Safeguard® Polymer

Clydesdale Bank has announced its second polymer banknote will be issued into circulation on 21 September 2017 By De La Rue, plc ….. De La Rue worked closely with Clydesdale Bank on the design of the new £10 note which will continue to feature Robert Burns, the world famous Scots poet. The design also includes […]

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Thailand to Launch Commemorative Banknotes in Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

By Bank of Thailand …. Mr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand (BOT), announced that His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun had granted royal permission for the BOT to print and issue commemorative banknotes in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The BOT will issue 20-Baht, 50-Baht, 100-Baht, 500-Baht, and 1000-Baht banknotes in […]

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World Currency News – Paraguay, Turkey, Madagascar Introduce New Banknotes

Madagascar to Issue New Range of Bills By Central Bank of Madagascar …… Following Decree No. 2017-400, adopted in Government Council on May 23, 2017, the Central Bank of Madagascar (Banky Foiben’i Madagasikara, or BFM, in Malagasy) will start issuing a new range of banknotes this month. The first group was released July 17, consisting […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for July 21, 2017: The Hobby Under Fire, Endangered Cash, & Coin Crime

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for July 14, 2017:  The War on Cash 2: This Time It’s Personal 1.) ‘CASH ESSENTIAL TO PERSONAL FREEDOM’ – EUROPEANS PUSH BACK The biggest cited concern for respondents was the threat the cash restrictions would pose to privacy and personal anonymity. A total of 87% of respondents viewed […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for July 14, 2017: The War on Cash

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for July 7, 2017:  The War on Cash 1.) Visa Takes War on Cash to Restaurants Visa has long considered cash one of its biggest competitors and has been taking steps to chip away at it. Getting rid of cash is a priority for Visa Chief Executive Al Kelly, […]

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Bank of Norway Introduces New 100, 200 Krone Banknotes

  By Bank of Norway (Norges Bank) …… The first two denominations in Norway’s new banknote series were put into circulation on May 30, 2017. “This is an important milestone in the work to issue new banknotes. The notes … are the product of highly advanced graphic design that will function as a secure and […]

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Bank of Canada Issues Commemorative $10 Banknote for 150th Anniversary of Confederation

By Bank of Canada ….. On Thursday, June 1, the Bank of Canada began circulating the $10 commemorative bank note that celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canadians can now obtain this special note at financial institutions. Only 40 million notes are being issued–roughly one for every Canadian. Governor Stephen S. Poloz was among the […]

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World Currency- Maldives Launches New 5 Rifiyaa Polymer Banknote

By De La Rue, plc…. The Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) has issued the final banknote in their new family of Safeguard® banknotes. To facilitate financial transactions for all their citizens, the MMA has now issued the final note in the new series, the Rufiyaa 5. As with the rest of the new family that was […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for April 28, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for April 21, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The Hidden Science Of The New British Pound Coin There is however one security feature that the Royal Mint are being particularly cagey about, and that is the feature that they deem to make the coins the most difficult ever to forge. […]

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Switzerland Lands 2016 IBNS Banknote of the Year Award

By International Bank Note Society …… The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announces that its voting membership has selected the Swiss National Bank to receive its prestigious “Bank Note of the Year Award” for 2016. With almost 120 new banknotes released worldwide during 2016, over half were of sufficiently new design to be eligible for […]

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World Paper Money – New €50 Note Now in Circulation

By European Central Bank ….. Fourth new banknote in ‘Europa Series’ Enhanced security features to offer better protection against counterfeits Notes can be checked using Feel, Look, Tilt method The new €50 banknote is now in circulation across the euro area as of 4 April. The note is the fourth in the ‘Europa series’ of […]

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Royal Mint UK Releases Commemorative Gold, Silver Versions of New £1 Coin

Heraldic designs, regional landmarks and cultural interpretations of the UK such as fish and chips and cups of tea were amongst over 6,000 entries submitted by the public for consideration when the competition to design the UK’s new bimetallic 12-sided £1 coin was announced in 2014. Now, three years later, the moment when we will […]

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World Paper Money – Solomon Islands Launches Third Denomination in New Banknote Family

By De La Rue, plc….   A new $20 designed and printed in close collaboration with De La Rue has been launched by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. This is the third denomination of the new family of notes following the $50 and $100 launched previously. The overall theme of the note is the […]

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World Paper Money: Bank of Poland Issues New 500-Zloty Banknote

By Polish National Bank ….   The banknote with the image of King John III Sobieski ensures the uninterrupted circulation of cash and a reduction in the cost of issuing currency; the 500 złoty banknote has some of the most advanced security features in the world. The National Bank of Poland (Narodowy Bank Polski) has […]

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World Paper Money – National Bank of Poland Issues New 500-Zloty Banknote

By Polish National Bank …. The banknote with the image of King John III Sobieski ensures the uninterrupted circulation of cash and a reduction in the cost of issuing currency; the 500 złoty banknote has some of the most advanced security features in the world. The National Bank of Poland (Narodowy Bank Polski) has put […]

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World Paper Money – Next Generation of Banknotes: $10 Design Reveal

By Reserve Bank of Australia ….. Signature side, Australian 2017 $10 banknote featuring AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson. All images courtesy Reserve Bank of Australia The Reserve Bank of Australia has today revealed the design of the new $10 banknote that will be issued into circulation from September 2017. The images show the basic design artwork on […]

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New World Banknotes from Switzerland, Solomon Islands, Guatemala

Date Announced for Issue of New Swiss 20-Franc Note By Landqart AG ….. The second note of the ninth series of Swiss Franc banknotes, printed on Landqart’s Durasafe® substrate, the CHF 20, will be released this year. The note will be formally presented to the public at a press conference on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, […]

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Royal Mint Reflects Pioneering British Spirit with New UK Coin Designs for 2017

The Royal Mint has unveiled the new coin designs for 2017 – with a strong pioneering theme linking them all. These are the themes that will not only appear in circulation in pockets and purses in the UK, but will also be available in annual coin sets in precious metal and base proof finishes. The […]

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Royal Mint Reflects Pioneering British Spirit with New UK Coin Designs for 2017

The Royal Mint has unveiled the new coin designs for 2017 – with a strong pioneering theme linking them all. These are the themes that will not only appear in circulation in pockets and purses in the UK, but will also be available in annual coin sets in precious metal and base proof finishes. The […]

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World Banknote News – Barbados, Colombia Introduce New Bills

Central Bank of Barbados Marks 50 Years of Independence with Commemorative $50 Banknote By De La Rue, plc…. De La Rue is delighted to have designed and produced a commemorative banknote for the Central Bank of Barbados to celebrate 50 years of independence Based on the fully circulating banknote that has a bright hologram and […]

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World Currency News – Meet Norway’s New Banknotes

By Norges Bank …… Today, Norway’s new banknotes will be on public display for the first time. The first denominations will be put into circulation in summer 2017. In recent years, a number of our neighboring countries have issued new and more secure banknotes. Fortunately, only a very small proportion of banknotes in Norway are […]

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World Currency News – Seychelles to Release New Family of Banknotes, Coins

By Central Bank of Seychelles…. The Central Bank of Seychelles will launch a new family of banknotes and coins to commemorate 40 years of Seychelles’ Independence, with the theme “Seychelles’ Unique Biodiversity – the backbone of our economy”. The project which started in 2012 is in its final stage and the issuance is scheduled for […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for November 18, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for November 18, 2016 Brain Food 1.) The priceless legacy of P.L. Gupta We owe a great debt to coin collector P.L. Gupta, whose career continues to shape the study of the monetary and numismatic history of India… 2.) A Brief History of the Racketeer Nickel [T]he Deadwood nickel is […]

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Argentina Central Bank Puts New $200 Note into Circulation

By Central Bank of Argentina …. The Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA) put into circulation from October 26 the $ 200 pesos with the image of the Southern Right Whale. It is the second of the new family “indigenous animals Argentina”, which introduces the vertical design on the obverse of the note and also a […]

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Argentina Central Bank Puts New $200 Note into Circulation

By Central Bank of Argentina ….   The Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA) put into circulation from October 26 the $ 200 pesos with the image of the Southern Right Whale. It is the second of the new family “indigenous animals Argentina”, which introduces the vertical design on the obverse of the note and also […]

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World Currency – Bahamas Launches New Banknote Family with $10 Bill

Central Bank Launches First Denomination of New Family By De La Rue, plc…. De La Rue congratulates The Central Bank of The Bahamas on the occasion of the launch of the new $10 banknote, the world’s first circulating note with its Active™ security thread. The new $10, launched today, has been designed and printed by […]

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World Banknote News – New British 5 Pound Note Issued Today

By Bank of England ….. The Bank of England’s first polymer note – the new £5 featuring Sir Winston Churchill – enters circulation today, Tuesday 13 September. We have printed 440 million New Fivers and they will begin to be available from many cash machines and bank counters across the UK from today. You can […]

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Next Generation Australian $5 Banknote Enters Circulation

By Reserve Bank of Australia …..   Australia’s new $5 banknote entered circulation on September 1. Issuance is being supported by an information campaign to ensure that the Australian public is able to identify the new banknote and its security features. The Reserve Bank’s Governor Glenn Stevens said: “The new $5 banknote has a range […]

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Market Whimsy: Mothers of Invention

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …. We love Columbus, Ohio. We spent some time there in the early 2000s, and even though neither of us has been back in a while, we still marvel at the culture one can find tucked away in various corners of the city: Hermon Atkins MacNeil’s bronze statue of […]

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Thailand to Issue Commemorative Banknote for Queen’s Birthday Aug. 12

By Bank of Thailand …. Mr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand (BOT), unveiled a 500-Baht commemorative banknote to celebrate the Auspicious Occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 12 August 2016. The BOT will issue 20 million commemorative banknotes to celebrate this auspicious occasion. The color, size, and the […]

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Gold & Silver PAC August 2016 e-Newsletter

By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee ….. From the Political Coordinator In my introduction to the August 2015 newsletter I said that “22 men and women have thrown their proverbial hats in the ring to become President of the United States.” One year later, we are down to two representing […]

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Numismatic Books – Whitman Publishes Paper Money Counterfeiting and Technology Reference

Whitman Publishing announces the upcoming release of Counterfeiting and Technology: A History of the Long Struggle Between Paper-Money Counterfeiters and Security Printing, by Robert “Bob” McCabe. In 480 pages this narrative covers the origins and development of paper and printing; the formation of engraving companies in America, particularly in the melting pot of Philadelphia; the […]

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Bank of Thailand to Launch Commemorative Banknote Honoring King’s 70 Years on Throne

By Bank of Thailand ….   Mr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand (BOT), recently unveiled a 70-baht commemorative banknote to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne, which takes place on June 9, 2016. The BOT will issue 20 million commemorative banknotes to celebrate this auspicious occasion. The […]

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Anti-Counterfeiting: New Techs Fight Fake Coins

By Steven Cochran for Gainesville Coins …… As The Royal Mint begins production of a new 12-sided £1 coin made with their recently-patented anti-counterfeiting measures, it seems like a good time to look at some of the recent technologies being used to fight fake coins. Quitting the Old Quid The Royal Mint’s campaign to invent […]

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US Paper Money – An Open Letter from Secretary Lew

By Secretary of the Treasury Jacob “Jack” Lew …..   [The following is the text of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s April 20 announcement concerning the redesign of the $5, $10 and $20 Federal Reserve notes, which confirmed that Harriet Tubman will become the first African-American ever and the first woman to appear on the front […]

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World Banknotes – New Zealand to Issue New $20s, $50s and $100s in May

By Reserve Bank of New Zealand….   The new $20, $50 and $100 banknotes were revealed at Government House today by the Governor-General, Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. The banknotes were literally bought to life with the kārearea / New Zealand falcon, a feature of the $20 banknote, on display at Government […]

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World Paper Money – Bank of Ukraine Issues New 500 Hryvnia Banknote

By National Bank of Ukraine ….   On Monday, April 11, the National Bank of Ukraine issued an updated 500 UAH banknote. The National Bank of Ukraine’s Director of Circulation of Money Viktor Zayvenko emphasized that this bill continues to update the nation’s banknotes, on which work began in 2012 as part of the Strategic […]

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Counterfeit Gold – Beware of Fake PAMP Gold Bars

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……….   A new wave of counterfeit PAMP Suisse gold bars are making the rounds. These new fakes show much better quality than earlier attempts, especially with the packaging. Previous fake PAMP gold bars have been easily detected when compared to the real thing (see image, below). These new […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Bullion, Numismatic Sales Drive Profits in 2015 3Q

In publishing its 2015 Third Quarter Financial Report, the Royal Canadian Mint announced consolidated revenues of $928.5 million for the 13 weeks ended September 26, 2015, representing an 85.5% increase over the same period in 2014. A sustained resurgence in gold and silver bullion demand, paired with robust sales of numismatic products have put the […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Bullion, Numismatic Sales Drive Profits in 2015 3Q

In publishing its 2015 Third Quarter Financial Report, the Royal Canadian Mint announced consolidated revenues of $928.5 million for the 13 weeks ended September 26, 2015, representing an 85.5% increase over the same period in 2014. A sustained resurgence in gold and silver bullion demand, paired with robust sales of numismatic products have put the […]

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Maldives Launches New Family of Polymer Banknotes

By De La Rue, plc…. De La Rue congratulates the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) on the occasion of the launch of the exciting new Maldives family of Safeguard® banknotes. As previously announced, the new family of six banknotes – Rufiyaa 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 – launched on 1 November has been designed […]

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New Zealand 2015 Series 7 $10 Bank Note

Description: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Series 7 bank notes were introduced in October 2015 with the release of the NZ$5 and $10 denominations (at the time of writing, $20, $50 and $100 notes are set for release in April 2016). Like Series 6 (originally issued in 1999), Series 7 notes are made of […]

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New Zealand 2015 $5 Bank Note

Description: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Series 7 bank notes were introduced in October 2015 with the release of the NZ$5 and $10 denominations (at the time of writing, $20, $50 and $100 notes are set for release in April 2016). Like Series 6 (originally issued in 1999), Series 7 notes are made of […]

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New Zealand Launches New $5 and $10 Notes

By Reserve Bank of New Zealand…. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key along with the Reserve Bank today launched the first two denominations in a series of new banknotes that include new security features. The NZ$5 and $10 final banknotes were revealed at an event at the Bank in Wellington, and will start to be […]

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