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

US – Philippines 50 Centavos 1945s

US - Philippines 50 Centavos 1945s

Details (numista):

Years 1944-1945
Value 50 Centavos (0.5 PHP)
Metal Silver (.750)
Weight 10 g
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized yes

Eagle above shield, date below

S 1944

Lady standing wearing flowing dress, right hand holding hammer resting on anvil. Active volcano (Mt. Mayon) on right



*I’m finally starting to unload some of my own silver. Picture above is of a US Philippines 1945s 50 Centavos silver coin struck during the time the Philippines was under the US. Only two dates (coins) are from this series namely 1944s (19,187,000 mintage) and 1945s (18,120,000). The pieces I have range from AU to UNC all with great details and luster. I actually have around 40+ pieces for sale for 300 each as of today 1 – 12 – 2014. Interested parties can contact me via my blog or sms 09157695204. ( I also posted them for sale on my other sites – sulit, facebook page: currency store and on eBay).

Mauritius Polymer Notes 2013!

Mauritius Polymer Notes 2013!

Introduced August 22, 2013, these are the first polymer banknotes to be circulated in Mauritius (25, 50 and 500 Rupees). The 25- and 50-rupee notes were printed by Oberthur Technologies on Innovia Security’s Guardian substrate while the 500 Rupees note was printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard substrate (formerly called Flexycoin). The polymer notes are printed with magnetic ink that becomes fluorescent under ultra-violet light. They also contain a transparent window bearing an image of the dodo – an extinct Mauritian bird that lives on on the front of the country’s notes and coins – and other ‘swing’ features (iridescent, optically variable ink printed on a transparent background.)

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).

Bangladesh 40 Taka “40th Victory Anniversary of Bangladesh”

Bangladesh 40 Taka  “40th Victory Anniversary of Bangladesh”

Obverse – Inscribed with the image of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Reverse – Inscribed with the image of six Freedom Fighter

Face Value : Forty Taka
Per Unit Price : Single note with folder and envelope Tk 200/=(Two Hundred Taka).Only single note Tk 40/=(Forty Taka).

Date of Issue : December 26, 2011

NOKOR North Korea commemorative notes – “Great leader” Kim II Sung 95th Anniversary

A few new notes I picked up, well not really “new” but it took me quite sometime to get a hold of these. I have been scouring the net for any info but all I pulled out is this:

North Korea banknote to commemorative “Great leader”
Kim II Sung 95th Anniversary.
朝鲜中央银行特别发行九种少量面值流通纪念钞 – 纪念伟大的领袖金日成诞辰95周年.

9 pcs North Korea Commemorative banknotes (1,5,10,50,100,200,500,1000 & 5000 Won) A complete set with folder of North Korean notes overprints has recently been reported. Unfortunately, little is known about these notes other than that they appear to be the latest issued notes (dates range from 1992 to 2007) with a common overprint in Korean and the Western numerals 95. The literal translation of the overprint is “Great leader Kim Ilsung comrade birth 95th.” Since he was born April 15, 1912, his 95th birthday would have been celebrated in 2007.

Info from

These are the same old designs with overprints (words – top left).

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.

North Korea 1 and 2 Star coin sets

North Korea 1 and 2 Star coin sets

Since the North-South split of Korea after World War II, North Korea issued its first coins in 1959 in the jeon (aka chon) unit. (1 won = 100 jeon.)

The next new coin was minted in 1978 — a 50 jeon piece, and in 1987, 1 won notes were replaced with a 1 won coin. All of these coins are aluminum.

Also made of aluminum are the last of the “second won” coins (the “first won” currency used banknotes only) — four new coins first appearing in 2005 (5 won, 10 won, 50 won, and 100 won). Rounding out the brief and simple history of North Korean coins are 1 jeon, 5 jeon, 10 jeon, 50 jeon, and a new 1 won (“third won”) coin, minted in 2002 and 2005 and released for circulation in 2009.

Of particular interest to North Korean coin collectors is the stars system of NK coins: coins for general use by the country’s citizens do not feature any stars, while coins expressly for use by visitors from socialist countries feature one star. Non-socialist country visitors use coins with two stars (though in practice, coins like the euro are generally favored).

Also of note are “specimen” coins, with no stars but intended for collectors. These, as well as occasional commemorative coins, are for collectors abroad, and are often particularly rare.

India 10 Rupees INSET STARNOTE – replacement

India 10 Rupees INSET STARNOTE - replacement

Star Replacement Notes of Reserve Bank of India
Star Notes
From 2006, the Reserve Bank of India issued notes with a * (Star) after the first three characters or prefix followed by the six digit serial number. These are used as replacement notes for errors in printing. These were issued initially in denominations of 10, 20, 50. From 2009 star or replacement notes are issued for Rs.100. The star series notes are identical to the existing banknotes in every respect except in the serial number where a * star) is added in between the prefix and the serial number. For example 9AA*034801. The prefix in the star notes are unique to the star notes only and these prefix are not combined with the regular issues. When issued in a packet, it has a wrapper stating “contains non-serially numbered notes with * in the number panel”.

Reserve Bank of India Press Release No.2005-2006/1337 dated 19th April 2006:
The Reserve Bank of India at present issues fresh banknote packets containing one hundred (100) serially numbered banknotes. Each banknote bears a distinctive serial number along with a prefix. The prefix consists of the numeral and a letter / letters and is followed by a serial number. The number e. g. could be 4CC 456917.

In a serially numbered packet, banknotes with any defect, detected at the printing stage, are replaced at the note printing presses by banknotes having the same number so that the sequence of the packet is maintained. As a part of the Bank’s ongoing efforts to benchmark its procedures against international best practices as also for cost effectiveness at printing presses, it is proposed to adopt the STAR series numbering system for replacement of the defectively printed banknotes.

The Star series notes, to begin with, will be issued in lower denominations, that is Rs.10, Rs.20 and Rs.50. The Star series notes will look exactly like the existing notes of Rs.10, Rs.20 and Rs.50 in the Mahatma Gandhi series but will have an additional character viz. a *(star) in the number panel. Packets with star series notes will have 100 pieces as usual but not in serial order. The Star series notes will be legal tender and members of public may freely accept and use these notes.

Consequently, some fresh banknote packets issued by the Bank may contain some notes having a *(star) in the number panel in the space between the prefix and the number. The packet will contain 100 banknotes, as hitherto. The number e. g. may be 4CC*456987. To facilitate easy identification of the note packets containing star series notes, the bands on such packets will clearly indicate the presence of these notes in the packet.

courtesy of: Rezwan Razack