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Fiji Launches Banknotes, Coins to Commemorate 50th Year of Independence

By Reserve Bank of Fiji …… The Reserve Bank of Fiji has launched a commemorative $50 banknote and 50 cent coin to commemorate Fiji’s 50th year of independence. The commemorative currency was officially unveiled by the Honourable Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama on October 7 at the Grand Pacific Hotel. Work on […]

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Reserve Bank of Australia Announces $100 Banknote Release Date

By Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) ……   The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced that the new $100 banknote will be released into general circulation on October 29, 2020. Existing $100 banknotes retain legal tender status and can continue to be used. The new banknotes have been in production since mid-2019 and will soon […]

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Northern Ireland Launches New £20 Polymer Banknotes on Safeguard

By De La Rue, plc ….. Bank of Ireland and Danske Bank launched their new £20 banknotes on Monday, July 13, printed on De La Rue’s SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate and incorporating a De La Rue holographic stripe featuring DEPTH™ IMAGE and DUAL™ IMAGE respectively into the window of each note. This will be followed by […]

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Scottish Banks to Roll Out New £20 Polymer Banknotes in March

By De La Rue, plc …… Over the next two weeks, three new polymer £20 banknotes will be released into circulation throughout Scotland, starting with the Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale notes today and finishing with the Royal Bank of Scotland’s note on March 5, 2020. This is the first time that the Scottish £20 […]

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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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Reserve Bank of Australia Announces Release Date for New $20 Banknote

  By Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) …… The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and Bank Governor Philip Lowe have announced that the new $20 banknote will be released into general circulation on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. While they will soon be shipped around the country in time for release, as with any new banknote […]

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Alan Turing on New £50 Note: Bank of England

Today, Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, announced that Alan Turing will appear on the new £50 polymer note   By Bank of England ….. Making the announcement at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney also revealed the imagery depicting Alan Turing and his work that will be […]

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Paper Money – What Are The World’s 15 Highest Denominations Ranked by GDP

Paper Money Denominations Updated by Coinweek Staff July 24, 2018 ……. Ever wonder what the highest-denomination paper money banknotes are in the world’s top-producing nations based on GDP? At a time when terrorism and other criminal activities increasingly have the attention of international police and regulatory agencies, there is greater pressure on authorities to eliminate the […]

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Paper Money – Some of My U.S. Currency Favorites

By Chad Hawk – Grader, Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) ……   As a grader for PMG, I enjoy the tremendous benefit of seeing some of the world’s greatest paper money everyday. I review notes from all over the world and have been able to view more paper money than most people encounter in their entire […]

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New $10 Canadian Banknote Featuring Viola Desmond Unveiled on International Women’s Day

By Bank of Canada …… Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz yesterday unveiled the new $10 bank note featuring Viola Desmond during a ceremony at the Halifax Central Library. Once issued into circulation in late 2018, it will mark the first time that an iconic Canadian woman is portrayed […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for Feb. 9, 2018: Germans Love Cash, Inside Jobs, Crypto Crash…

By Coinweek Coin News Wire …. Coin News Wire for February 9, 2018 Brain Food 1.) Digital != crypto != virtual I suspect that the Telegraph’s confusion may have arisen because of the tendency amongst management consultants (and others) to conflate the two entirely different kinds of electronic money: a cryptocurrency and a digital currency are […]

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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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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 November 3, 2017: Bitcoin Bound and the RCM Counterfeit Gold Mystery

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for November 3, 2017:  Brain Food 1.) The Ideal Auction Preston McAfee, Chief Economist at Microsoft, explains the different kinds of auctions, how they work, what the pros and cons are, and why we don’t have auctions for everything we buy. Truly fascinating stuff. But where it gets deep […]

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Clydesdale Bank’s New £10 Note Enters Circulation

By De La Rue, plc …..   Clydesdale Bank’s second polymer note available from September 21 World famous Scottish poet Robert Burns features on Clydesdale Bank’s new £10 note which was designed in collaboration with De La Rue’s talented design team. They worked closely with the Bank to produce the new polymer note which also […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for September 15, 2017: Cash or Credit, Company Scrip, Gold Hold

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 15, 2017: Brain Food 1.) Why the world has so many Guineas As colonisers carved up the continent, many European nations controlled their own Guinea. At independence, French Guinea became Guinea, Spanish Guinea became Equatorial Guinea, and Portuguese Guinea became Guinea-Bissau. The region was a major source […]

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Central Bank of São Tomé & Príncipe Celebrates 25th Anniversary with New Banknote Series

By De La Rue, plc …..   The Central Bank of São Tomé and Príncipe (Banco Central de São Tomé e Príncipe) has today unveiled a new currency series. The launch is part of the bank’s 25th Anniversary celebrations and consists of six new banknotes and five new coins. The banknotes have been designed and […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 18, 2017: Missing Persons, Chinese Counterfeits, Bitcoin Boom

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 18, 2017:  Urgent 1.) Walter Allan’s car found, but 84-year-old Numismatist still missing Allan’s family told police they last heard from him on July 18, when he told them he was heading to the 2017 convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) in Boucherville, Qué., held […]

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Bank of England Decides if Future Polymer Banknotes to Contain Tallow

By Bank of England ….. On Thursday, 10 August, the Bank of England announced that after careful and serious consideration and extensive public consultation there will be no change to the composition of polymer used for future banknotes. The new polymer £20 note and future print runs of £5 and £10 notes will continue to […]

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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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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 June 30, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Making Cents of Currency’s Ancient Rise Objects that occurred rarely in nature and whose circulation could be efficiently controlled emerged as units of value for interactions and exchange. These included shells such as mother-of-pearl that were widely circulated in the Americas and […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Making Cents of Currency’s Ancient Rise Objects that occurred rarely in nature and whose circulation could be efficiently controlled emerged as units of value for interactions and exchange. These included shells such as mother-of-pearl that were widely circulated in the Americas 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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CoinWeek News Wire for June 2, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 2, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Princeton University Now Has Rare Peter Donald Byzantine Coins According to Princeton University Library, there are 5, 280 coins in the Peter Donald Byzantine collection. The London-based numismatic scholar’s items are one of the most comprehensive private collections in the world … […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017 Brain Food 1.) How Learning to Love Coins Made the Vikings Modern The Vikings originally traded with precious metals by weight, known as a “bullion economy.” They accepted coins from other nations, but only as their weight value in gold or silver. As the Vikings […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017 Brain Food 1.) How Learning to Love Coins Made the Vikings Modern The Vikings originally traded with precious metals by weight, known as a “bullion economy.” They accepted coins from other nations, but only as their weight value in gold or silver. As 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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Swiss National Bank Releases New 20 Franc Note

Second ninth-series note showcases Switzerland’s creativity By Swiss National Bank …… The Swiss National Bank (SNB) will begin issuing the new 20-franc note on 17 May 2017. It is the second of six denominations in the new banknote series to be released. The current eighth-series banknotes will remain legal tender until further notice. The inspiration […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for April 7, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for April 7 2017 Brain Food 1.) How tough is the new £5 note? The new UK’s new £5 bank note – made of polymer rather than paper – gets the “chemistry treatment”. Featuring Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff [Of popular Youtube channel Periodic Videos. The professor donated an equivalent […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for February 17, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for February 17, 2017 Brain Food 1.) A walk through the coinage of ancient India “The first known coins of India, the silver bent bars of the Gandhara Janapada region (Afghanistan, which was part of India), were punch marked coins with symbols of flowers on each side dated 2500 […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 9, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for December 9, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Plough uncovers major hoard of Roman coins A WONDERFUL collection of 120 Roman Imperial coins was unearthed in the Isle of Axholme. The so-called Owston Ferry Hoard was discovered in 1952 by Mr. A. T. Pitchfork. Ploughing a field in the village, […]

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Bank of Canada, Finance Minister to Reveal Woman on Latest Banknote

By Bank of Canada ….. On Thursday, 8 December 2016, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Minister of Status of Women Patty Hajdu will reveal which iconic Canadian woman will be featured on the next regularly circulating bank note. Topic: The announcement of a Canadian woman to be […]

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Controversy Over Animal Fat Used to Manufacture New UK 5 Pound Note

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. Tallow: The white nearly tasteless solid rendered fat of cattle and sheep used chiefly in soap, candles, and lubricants. –Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Tallow. Probably not a word we or any other numismatic authors and journalists have to use much, but it’s at the heart of the […]

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Conveying Wealth and Culture: Ships on World Banknotes

The junk and dhow are two ancient ship models that are prominently featured on banknotes in dozens of countries Images of national pride, of rich history and economic strength, of autonomy and cultural heritage have served to round out and embellish banknotes from all ages and corners of the world. The junk and dhow have […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for November 4, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for November 4, 2016 Canada 150 1.) Royal Canadian Mint unveils its 2017 Canada 150 circulation coin series The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled its 2017 Canada 150 circulation coin series featuring the work of five Canadians selected by popular vote to design the tails side of the […]

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World Banknotes – Royal Bank of Scotland Issues New £5 Polymer Note

By De La Rue, plc…. On Thursday, October 27, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) issued its new £5 note, which has been produced by De La Rue on its Safeguard polymer substrate. As the 21st Safeguard note to be issued, this marks the coming of age of this novel substrate. Following a widespread public […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 28, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 28, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Is It Illegal to Deface US Currency? While this video may be ridiculously awesome, because Bill Murray is super cool, have you ever wondered if it is illegal to deface or alter a U.S. bank note? 2.) 7 Tips For Surviving Your First […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 14, 2016

By CoinWeek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 14, 2016 Brain Food 1.) A guide to valuing all your old Irish coins (PHOTOS) Between the formation of the Republic of Ireland, the shift towards decimalization, and the introduction of the Euro, Irish currency underwent a great number of changes over the past 100 years, resulting in […]

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Gold & Silver PAC October 2016 e-Newsletter

By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee ….. From the Political Coordinator Every four years we elect a president and vice president. By definition, elections are politically motivated exercises and candidates look to convince you to elect them and not their opponent. I used an opportunity to have a discussion about […]

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Spink Helps People Delve Deep for Charity Banknote Auction

On Monday, October 3, many witnessed a wonderful sight in Spink’s London auction room; an entirely non-profit auction of the brand-new Bank of England notes. The auction began at 5pm and continued till 8pm with a jam-packed room and voracious bidding on the phones and internet. The auction started with the Chief Cashier of the […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 30, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 30, 2016 Brain Food 1.) The evolution of money in its many forms In his new book The Curse of Cash, which was released on September 7, the Harvard University economist Kenneth Rogoff argues for the near-total abolition of paper money, on the grounds that technology has […]

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Spink: Scottish Banknote Auction, Plus the Return of Pudsey

Pudsey Returns to Spink, and he brought some Scottish Friends In addition to the mammoth World Banknotes auction, we have also managed to put together a sizable British Banknotes sale, the majority of which is made up of Scottish material. In fact, for the first time, we have even given Scotland pride of place at […]

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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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Gibraltar Issues New £100 Banknote with Holographic Foil

By De La Rue plc …. HM Government of Gibraltar has issued a new £100 banknote, designed and printed by De La Rue on its Safeguard® polymer substrate, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joshua Hassan, Gibraltar’s first Chief Minister. This banknote is the first in the world to have a […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 26, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Rare coins in rare places While finding one or more rare coins in a totally unexpected location doesn’t happen very often, it does happen. Here are three stories about rare coins found in surprising spots… 2.) Some interesting facts about Indian currency […]

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Candidates for 2018 Bank Note Featuring Iconic Canadian Woman Announced

By The Bank of Canada ……   The Bank of Canada today announced that the 2018 bank note independent Advisory Council has narrowed to 12 names the list of iconic Canadian women who could be featured on the first bank note of the next series. The 12 prominent Canadian women, who were selected from the […]

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World Paper Money – New Scottish £5 Banknote to Feature Female Author Nan Shepherd

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced it will feature a portrait of author Nan Shepherd on a new polymer £5 note to be released later this year. Shepherd will become one of two women to be featured on circulating Scottish currency, with the other female figure a likeness […]

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Britain to Debut J.M.W. Turner £20 Banknote in 2020

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. The Bank of England announced it will release a new £20 banknote featuring artist J.M.W. Turner in 2020. The new £20 pound note will be printed on polymer, as will the next series of £5 and £10 British banknotes. The selection of J.M.W. Turner to appear on the £20 […]

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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 Banknotes – Bank of England to Unveil New £5 Note Design in June

By Bank of England ….. ​Victoria Cleland, the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, has announced that the Bank will unveil the design of the new £5 banknote on Thursday 2 June 2016. In her speech at the Retail Business Technology Expo in London on March 10, Victoria outlined the benefits of polymer banknotes and how […]

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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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