Morocco 25 Dirhams Durasafe substrate note 2012 – 2013

Morocco 25 Dirhams Durasafe substrate note 2012 - 2013

With the advent of hybrid notes, here is another great banknote from Morocco to add to my collection.

* Fortress Paper has announced the launch of the world’s first banknote printed on its new Durasafe substrate, an innovative paper-polymer-paper composite substrate produced at its Landqart mill. The new Swiss 50-franc note had been expected to be the first in the world to use Durasafe, but its introduction has been delayed until 2015 at the earliest due to technical difficulties encountered in the note’s production.

With the issuance of the new Moroccan 25-dirham note in December 2012, Bank al Maghrib, Morocco’s central bank, became the first in the world to issue a banknote printed on Durasafe. The front of the banknote features an intaglio vignette and a watermark of King Mohammed VI, and a magenta/green color-shift security thread developed by Fortress Optical Features. The thread, like the watermark, is embedded inside the banknote yet visible behind a one-sided Viewsafe polymer window. It also has a fully transparent polymer window embossed with the King’s royal crest. The back of the note carries a print vignette commemorating 25 years of banknote printing at the Moroccan State Printing Works, Dar As-Sikkah.

The windows in Durasafe are formed by die cutting each side of the three layer composite substrate separately. One-sided Viewsafe windows give a clear view inside the substrate where the thread and the watermark of King Mohammed VI are protected, but fully visible behind the polymer core. The transparent Thrusafe window is created by die-cutting both the outer paperlayers to reveal only the transparent polymer core.

Chadwick Wasilenkoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, commented: “After a decade in development, we are pleased to see the fruits of our labour in the launch of the Moroccan 25 Dirhams. We have designed Durasafe to offer the ideal characteristics of polymer and traditional paper notes to create a new standard for high security banknote substrates. Fortress Paper would like to congratulate the Bank al Maghrib on the launch of their new 25 Dirham banknote and being the first in the world to produce and launch a Durasafe banknote.”

– Courtesy of Phil Martin and Hartmut Fraunhoffer

Comoros 1000 Francs 2005

Comoros 1000 Francs 2005

Obverse: Coelacanth fish;
Reverse: Man in a catamaran boat;
Watermark: BCC Bank logo.

*winner of IBNS 2006 “Bank Note of 2006” award

Taken from IBNS:

Banque Centrale des Comores – 1000 Franc note
The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) is proud to announce the winner of the IBNS Bank Note of 2006, awarded to the finest banknote issued in 2006. This year’s award goes to the 1,000-franc note issued by the Banque Centrale des Comores, the central bank of the Comoros, an archipelago located between Madagascar and the east coast of southern Africa. Commendations go to the 10,000-tenge note from Kazakhstan and 100-dollar note from the Solomon Islands.

The IBNS Bank Note of the Year is awarded to the banknote which, in the eyes of the judges, has a high level of artistic merit, an imaginative design, and features that present the best of modern security printing (taking into account the value of the note). The Comoran 1,000-franc note impressed the judges with innovative design, well-balanced color, and sensible use of modern security features.

The front of the 1,000-franc note is dominated by a coelacanth, a pre-historic fish long thought to be extinct, that was found living in the waters off the Comoros in recent years. Its discovery put the Comoros at the centre of the scientific world for a short time and remains one of the small country’s claims to fame. Below the piscine curiosity is an aerial view of several islands that make up the country. Predominantly blue, there are red and green elements to the design on the front of the note.

Poetry is common to the entire series of notes to which the 1,000 franc belongs, with a verse appearing on the front and the back of each note. The verse on the front of the 1,000-franc note can be translated from French as:

From our feelings, what you expect I understood
For it is a love that is so absolutely exclusive
That, not to lose you, I hereby consent.
Truthfully, it will be a love
That our times have never seen.

Continued on the back of the note is a further verse which translates as:

I claim these different names which are ours
and if I speak the rainbow
It is to better greet our Indian Ocean sea-mother
whose waves of pleasures brings
to insularity abundance and joy

The final line below the verse identifies the author, Mab Elhad, and the book in which his verse appears: Kaulu la Mwando (meaning First Word in the Comoran language). The book was published in 2004 and the verses of the author, a Comoran policeman, celebrate his Comoran life and nationality.

The back of the award-winning note is dominated by a Comoran man in a canoe, surrounded by red and blue designs of differing character. While the name of the issuing authority is in Arabic on the back of the note, the warning to counterfeiters is in French (reflecting the nation’s French past).

Oman 1 Riyal 2005


* 35th National Day of Sultanate of Oman commemorative issue

Obverse: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said; facsimile signature of His Majesty; watermark portrait of His Majesty; the National Emblem (two swords and a khanjar) in the middle; the apex bank’s name (Central Bank of Oman) on the top in Arabic; serial numbers on the right and left sides of the note; denomination in figure on the right and left sides and in words in the middle; the 35th National Day and year of issue (1426 H and 2005G in Arabic at the bottom); Omani adornment in gold behind the portrait of His Majesty; recognition feature for the blind on the left side;
vertical security thread; and an Omani incense burner on the bottom centre.

Reverse: the apex bank’s name in English (Central Bank of Oman) on the top; denomination in English (word) at the left bottom and in figure on the right; 35th National Day logo; 35th National Day commemorative text in English with the year of issue; flagship Shabab Oman; fort Jalali (bottom right); minaret of a mosque (centre); and traditional Omani jewellery (bottom centre).

Uzbekistan 1994 Issue banknotes

Uzbekistan 1994 Issue banknotes

The Uzbeks are the third largest nationality in the former Soviet Union (after Russians and Ukrainians). The capitol Tashkent has more than 2 million people, is the largest city in Russian Central Asia. The original population was believed to be Iranian, with rich history started as a member of the Persian empire. Here were famous emirate of Bukhara (Sogdiana) and khanate of Khiva (Khorezm). Russians annexed all this territory in 1856-1886. Cotton is the king in this Muslim state, intensive farming based on artificial irrigation. Crude oil, natural gas, coal, cooper and gold deposits make up the chief resource.

The 1994 issues as seen in the pictures (incomplete) depict various sites of note on the reverse and the Coat of Arms in the obverse. AKA the “Persian Carpet” or “carpet” series for the intricate patterns on the obverse.