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Banknotes in demand as iPhones

The Bank of China in Hong Kong has issued a limited edition of banknotes commemorating its centenary jubilee. Frenzied scenes occurred in front of the building the day of the restricted distribution, prices went high but nobody can know for sure how the market value will develop. more ]

New Faroese banknote series

Since 10 April 2012 an updated version of the Faroese banknote series with new security features is sold in the webshop of the Royal Danish Mint. The motifs are still the well known Faroese animals and Faroese landscapes. more ]

Second series of euro banknotes: the “Europa” series

The European Central Bank and the national central banks of the Eurosystem are to introduce a second series of euro banknotes. Called the “Europa” series, it will include a portrait of Greek mythology figure Europa in the watermark and the hologram. more ]

The meaning of the symbols on the euro banknotes

On the euro banknotes various symbols are printed that contain important information. We give an overview of the symbols which might be of interest to coin collectors and dealers. more ]

Polymer money – only longer lasting but not better?

After introducing polymer banknotes in 2011, Canada faces criticism due to supposedly weak points in the banknotes’ characteristics. And now the Bank of Canada Governor who is going to take over the same position in the UK has big plans for his new job. more ]

Winston Churchill to appear on new Bank of England banknote

The Bank of England Governor, Sir Mervyn King, announced on April 26 that Sir Winston Churchill will appear on the next Bank of England banknote. more ]

Canada’s new banknotes unveiled on Earth and from orbit

Canada’s last new polymer banknotes were unveiled from the Bank of Canada’s headquarter and at the same time via satellite from the ISS 350 km above Earth. more ]

20th Edition of Friedberg’s Paper Money of United States

The brand-new 20th Edition of Friedberg’s Paper Money of United States marks the 60th anniversary of the first release. The 2013-2014 version is in full color and available in multiple formats for the first time... more ]

HSP awards Latin American Banknote of the Year 2013

The organisers of the Latin American High Security Printing Conference have announced that the inaugural award of Latin American Banknote of the Year 2013 was presented to Senora Katya Daura, President of S.E. Casa de Moneda, Argentina for the 100 Pesos Eva Perón note. more ]

Theme of Norway’s new banknotes: ‘The Sea’

In order to enhance banknote security, Norges Bank started work on a new banknote series in autumn 2012. The theme of the new series will be the sea, reflecting its importance for Norway’s business sector and economic prosperity. more ]

New Bank of England banknotes to be printed on polymer

The Bank of England has announced that the next £5 and £10 banknotes will be printed on polymer, a thin flexible plastic film, rather than on the cotton paper used for notes currently in issue. more ]

Number of counterfeit euro banknotes remains low

In the second half of 2013 a total of 353,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation. The number of counterfeits, however, remains very low in comparison with the number of genuine banknotes in circulation during that period (over 15 billion). more ]

Bank of England: new process and principles for selecting banknote characters

The Bank of England has reviewed the process and criteria for selecting characters to appear on its banknotes. Now it has established a set of principles to guide the choice of historical characters. more ]

New 10 euro banknote unveiled

On 13 January 2014, the new 10 euro banknote was unveiled at a press conference at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The note has a refreshed design and some enhanced security features. Circulation in the euro area starts on 23 September 2014. more ]

Industrialization displayed on banknotes

From muscle power to steam engines, the new banknote exhibition held by Giesecke & Devrient, the Munich-based banknote specialist, traces the history of industrialization. The firm’s in-house museum is displaying one hundred banknotes – both historical and current – from 61 countries. more ]

Bank of England withdraws Houblon 50 pound banknote

The Bank of England will withdraw the 50 pound banknote with the portrait of Sir John Houblon from circulation on 30 April. From that time, only the 50 pound note featuring Matthew Boulton and James Watt will hold legal tender status. more ]

From banknotes and old jeans

Did you know that banknote paper was partly made of old jeans? And that the fashion industry’s discovery of the stretch jeans had far-reaching consequences on banknote production? Here’s the whole story. more ]

Bank of England App for checking British banknotes

The Bank of England has launched a new app that aims in particular at businesses and the police. It is free to download and enables you to view all current Bank of England banknotes and their security features using its interactive touch screen guide. more ]

New Success of Money-tracking Dogs

Since years France has been training police dogs to sniff money. Thanks to Banque de France the training has been simplified enormously. Experts found out what exactly the dogs’ noses smell. And the success of this method is really impressive! more ]

Motifs of Norwegia’s new banknote series

Norges Bank has now decided on the motifs to be used as the basis for further work the new banknote series. A surprising decision secures that the motifs are typically Nordic with a modern expression at the same time. more ]

The Reference Work on Banknotes: The Banknote Book

In 2014, Spink published a comprehensive catalog of banknotes which is not only an asset to every library but breaks new ground in terms of how the material was collected. Ursula Kampmann has taken a closer look at the project. more ]

Launch of public nominations period for Great Britain’s next £20 banknote

The Governor of the Bank of England announced that the next £20 note will celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual arts and he launched a public nomination period to seek people’s views as to who should be recognised on the next £20 note. more ]

Canadian currency reaching new galaxies?

If, during your next stay in Canada, you come across a 5 dollar note displaying a strangely familiar looking face, you better keep it: modified to become a likeness of Star Trek character Mr Spock, these bills have become a cult. more ]

New app identifies counterfeit euro notes

A recently released smartphone app, developed by the Dutch Central Bank, now allows quick and easy checking if a euro note is genuine or counterfeit. more ]

Sweden launched new banknotes

Sweden has launched new banknotes. It is the first step in the major overhaul of the country’s banknotes and coins. Since 1 October 2015, it is possible to pay with the new 20-, 50- 200- and 1,000-krona banknotes. more ]

Whitman Releases Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money Vol. 6

Whitman Publishing has released volume 6 of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, by Q. David Bowers. It covers the early bank currency of the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. more ]

Theft at Dutch euro notes printer

A “substantial amount” of 50 euro banknotes had been siphoned off by employees of the distinguished Dutch printing company Royal Joh. Enschedé. After two years, their actions have now been uncovered. more ]

Argentina implements new banknotes with higher denominations

Due to its high inflation, Argentina plans introducing new 200, 500, and 1,000 peso banknotes until 2017. Today, the highest denomination is the 100 peso bill equivalent to 7,4 US dollars. more ]

U.S. American Secret Service recovers $30 million of counterfeit money

In a concerted action, the U.S. American Secret Service seized fake U.S. banknotes worth $30 million in Lima, Peru. Controlled by the mafia, this is where many of the world’s most-talented counterfeiters are working. more ]

Money laundering by order of the government

What does a country do when its banknotes last less than a year but they do not want to keep printing new ones? Wash and iron the old ones. By doing so, the U.S. Treasury Department saved several hundreds of thousands of dollars of production costs around 1910. more ]

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