Hong-Kong – new banknotes

Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
  • Design elements on the front

The front of each banknote bears our traditional elements – the HSBC lion “Stitt” and the Main Building at 1 Queen’s Road Central. “Stephen” and “Stitt” have been part of our community through the generations and Hong Kong people often rub their paws for luck. The Main Building has been in use since 1985 and is an unmissable component of the modern Hong Kong skyline.

  • Use of vertical layout on the reverse side

The 2018 series marks the first use of a vertical layout on Hong Kong banknotes. Illustrations on the back of the banknotes are based on specially commissioned photos that feature different facets of life in Hong Kong.

Financial Metropolis as seen through a special panoramic fisheye lens creates a stunning image of the Central business district of the city, the harbour and the mountain range including the Lion Rock in the background, representing the prosperity and vibrancy of Hong Kong.

Source: Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd.

The new HK$1,000 banknotes have been issued into circulation on 12 December 2018 while the new HK$500 banknotes will enter circulation on 23 January 2019. The launch of the new HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20 banknotes will be announced at a later stage. The existing series of banknotes remains legal tender in Hong Kong and continues to circulate along with the new series.

The front panel of the HK$1,000 banknote features a bauhinia flower and Bank of China Tower with diamond patterns in the background. The silhouette of a human head on the right echoes the design theme of Hong Kong as a smart metropolis.

The HK$1000 banknote has a golden colour scheme, with a measurement of 163 mm (length) by 81.5 mm (width).

Two people in profile, with a representation of their brain structure made up of the digits 0 and 1, along with a globe, symbolise human wisdom. The design of this banknote signifies Hong Kong’s pool of talented people and the global vision behind the city’s vibrancy as a financial market, as well as its success as a world-class smart metropolis.

Source: Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd

$1000: Wit and Wisdom

The $1000 banknote highlights Hong Kong’s position as an international financial centre with the signature Central skyline as its key visual. The symbols of technology and the stock market show the wit and dynamics of the financial industry in Hong Kong. With wit and wisdom, Hong Kong people can create new opportunities for the future.

The 2018 Banknote Series HK$1,000 notes and HK$500 notes will be issued into circulation on 12 December 2018 and 23 January 2019 respectively. The other three denominations of HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20 will enter circulation between mid-2019 and early 2020. Together with the 2018 Series, all other banknotes currently in circulation will continue to be legal tender.

Source: Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd

Bulgaria – new 100 levs banknote

New Series of Bulgarian Banknotes

The Bulgarian National Bank puts into circulation a new series of banknotes. The overall design and the main elements of the new banknotes have no significant changes as compared with the banknotes in circulation. The changes in the banknotes of the new series result from the use of new security features.

The first banknote of the new series is a BGN 100 denomination, issue 2018, and will enter into circulation on 28 December 2018 as legal tender.

The obverse of the banknote features a portrait of the writer Aleko Konstantinov, figures and elements connected with the tourist movement in Bulgaria, the title page of his travel notes ‘To Chicago and Back’, vertically printed texts ‘Алеко Константинов’ (Aleko Konstantinov) and ‘1863-1897’, and the denomination of the banknote in numbers and in words.

The reverse of the banknote features elements connected with the life and works of Aleko Konstantinov, and the denomination of the banknote is given in numbers and in words.

Technical Characteristics

Background colour – green.

Material – banknote paper tinted in green, varnished after printing.

Dimensions – 141 х 79 mm.

New Security Features

Additional mark for visually impaired people: five thick and six thin lines at an angle along the short sides of the banknote.

Hologram stripe with optical effects: when the banknote is swayed, there are alternating images of edelweiss and Aleko Konstantinov’s profile; а coloured hologram portrait of Aleko Konstantinov; а detail of Aleko Konstantinov’s monument which changes its colour from emerald gгееn to sapphire blue when the banknote is swayed; а dynamic checkmate effect with the change of colour from emerald gгееn to sapphire bluе when the banknote is swayed, and a 3D image of the number 100.

Optically variable ink: the number 100 is printed in variable ink, with a dynamic checkmate effect, and when the banknote is swayed, the ink changes its colour from emerald gгееn to sapphire bluе.

Security thread – built into the paper and partially appearing on the reverse with a repeated light-coloured text ‘БНБ 100’ and a dynamic checkmate effect shifting from emerald green to sapphire blue. The image of the repeated text ‘БНБ 100’ is visible on the obverse when the banknote is held up against the light.

High resolution watermark – it is seen when the banknote is held up to the light. It consists of a high resolution semi-tone image of Aleko Konstantinov’s portrait. The images are also seen on the reverse of the banknote.

Source: Bulgarian National Bank

Disney stamps 2018 issues

Alphabetic order

–> France


Mickey et La France / Mickey Mouse in France – Stamp Booklet
  • Issue Date: 02.07.2018
  • Designer: Luma
  • Process: Heliogravure
  • Size: 256 x 54 mm

Mickey Mouse – 90 years of enthusiasm
  • Issue Date: 06.09.2018
  • Designer: Marion Favreu / Felix Sikora
  • Process: Heliogravure
  • Size: 40.85 x 52 mm

About Mickey Mouse – 90 years of enthusiasm

Youth Series 2018. The work of the stamp is made by Felix Sikora, a student at the ECV school and participant in the Mickey Is Art contest, organized by Disney for the 90th anniversary of Mickey: ” Mickey, 90 years of enthusiasm “.

–> Japan


Winnie the Pooh / Mickey Mouse

–> Maldives

95th Anniversary of Walt Disney Company (shlt and s/s)

–> Portugal

Set of two – Size Stamps: 30,6 x 40 mm,


Miniature Sheet – size: 140 x 160 mm
First day cover
First day cover
Special Folder
Maxi cards
Stamp Booklet
  • Issue Date: 14.09.2018
  • Designer: MAD Activities
  • Printer: BPOST
  • Process: Offset

Argentina – new 100 pesos banknote

The Central Bank of Argentina has launched the new ARS100 pesos banknote featuring the taruca Argentina’s native deer, which represents a Northwestern symbol. From tomorrow, December 19, this banknote will be gradually put into circulation through the network of bank branches and will be used alongside older banknotes with the same value.

The taruca completes the new banknote series Argentina’s fauna. This is the sixth and last animal of the series after the condor (ARS50), launched this year; the rufous hornero (ARS1000) and the guanaco (ARS20), launched in 2017; and the southern right whale (ARS200) and the jaguar (ARS500), released in 2016. This new series involves substantial renewal and improvement of the quality of money in circulation.

The ceremony to launch the ARS100 banknote was held today at the school N°44 José Ignacio Gorriti in León— province of Jujuy—, and was marked with the presence of Nicolás Gadano, General Manager, and Julio Pando, Means of Payment Deputy General Manager.

Like all the banknotes in this series, it has strict security features. Among other features, there is a watermark—which shows the taruca’s image and, in the lower part, the face value “100”— and a security thread within which the words “$100 BCRA” appear repeatedly along a strip.

The new banknote presents a see-through register: half of the animal’s footprint printed, on the left of the watermark, fits exactly with the other half of the image on the reverse side. The intaglio printing shows a picture of the taruca and the code for the visually impaired stand out in relief. Finally, the images printed in green turn into yellow luminescence under UV light.

The main color of the taruca’s banknote is violet. Its design is that of the new banknote series. The obverse side of the banknote portrays a vertical layout of the taruca and the reverse side shows an artistic recreation of the taruca’s habitat in a horizontal position. In addition, at the bottom left-hand corner, there is a picture of a baby taruca as an element dedicated to children.

Source: Banco Central de la República Argentina

Armenia – new 10000, 20000 and 50000 dram banknotes

Armenia 10000 dram
10000 Dram – front – grey and violet, 145 x 72 mm
Portrait of Komitas Vardapet against the background of the fragments of his manuscripts and Armenian landscape. Intro 22-11.2018
Armenia 10000 dram
10000 Dram – back – Monument to Komitas in Etchmiadzin against the background of the building of Gevorgian Seminary and the fragments from the frescos of the seminary’s hall
Armenia 20000 dram
20000 Dram – front – green, 150 x 72 mm
Portrait of Hovhannes Aivazovsky against the background of the fragments from his canvas. Intro 22-11.2018
Armenia 20000 dram
20000 Dram – back – Monument to Hovhannes Aivazovsky in Yerevan against the background of the building of Aivazovsky Art Gallery and a panorama of the painter’s birthplace Theodosia
50000 dram – front – golden, 155 x 72 mm
The image of St Gregory the Illuminator against the background of the fragments from the manuscripts telling about the life and activities of the Pontiff, the images of a dome of the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin and the winged cross
50000 Dram – back – St Gregory the Illuminator’s tombstone in Etchmiadzin against the background of the Mountain Ararat, the Khor Virap Monastery and a scene of Christianity adoption engraved on the wall of the St Astvatsatsin Church in the monastery complex

Source: Central Bank of Armenia

Romania – new 100 lei commemorative banknote

100 years since the Great Union on 1 December 1918

Characteristics

  • size: 147 x 82 mm, with ±1 mm tolerance;
  • prevailing colour: blue;
  • polymer substrate, printed in plane/relief mixed technique; and
  • complex transparent window.

The obverse of the banknote shows the following representative graphical elements: on the right side, the portraits of King Ferdinand I and Queen Maria; below, on two lines, their names and life spans, namely “REGELE FERDINAND I 1865-1927” and “REGINA MARIA 1875-1938”. In the central area, an image depicting the Great National Assembly in Alba Iulia, on 1 December 1918.

The obverse also shows: the coat of arms of Romania, in the upper left part, the name of the issuing central bank “BANCA NAȚIONALĂ A ROMÂNIEI”, in the upper part horizontally, and below, the NBR logo in a medallion and, further down, the years “1918-2018”. The face value is printed four times, as follows: in the lower left corner, horizontally, in figures, “100”; in the lower central area, in letters, on two lines, “LEI UNA SUTĂ”; in the lower right corner, vertically, in letters, “UNA SUTĂ LEI” and in the upper right corner, vertically, in figures, “100”.

The signatures of the Governor and the Chief Cashier are printed in the central area, above the face value in letters.

The date of putting the banknote into circulation, i.e. “1 decembrie 2018”, is printed vertically, on the right side.

The reverse of the banknote features the arrival of the royal cortege in Bucharest, on 1 December 1918, and part of the mace of King Ferdinand I, together with four women in folk costumes typical of each united Romanian province: Bessarabia, Romania, Transylvania and Bukovina.

Below is the text “FALSIFICAREA ACESTOR BILETE SE PEDEPSEȘTE CONFORM LEGILOR” (Forgery is punished according to the law).

The name of the issuing central bank “BANCA NAȚIONALĂ A ROMÂNIEI” is placed in the upper part, horizontally, and the NBR logo is printed in the upper right corner and in the lower left corner. The face value is printed as follows: vertically, in the upper left corner, and horizontally, in the lower right corner in figures, “100” and horizontally, in the lower left corner in letters, “UNA SUTĂ LEI”.

The serial number of the banknote is printed in letters and figures, in red and black ink, as follows: on the left side, horizontally, in red ink, with fonts of ascending height and on the right side, vertically, in black ink.


As protection against forgery, the banknote includes the following security features:

  1. Security features in the polymer substrate:
    1. complex transparent window, vertically, featuring the portraits of King Ferdinand I and Queen Maria, the text “ROMÂNIA”, a band of variable colour and a security feature visible when held against the light, which appears in the middle of the stylised flower;
    2. watermark (part of the mace of King Ferdinand I and the NBR logo), placed on the left side of the obverse, visible when the note is held up to the light;
    3. the text “ROMÂNIA 100” on the edges of the transparent window;
    4. microtext on the magnetic security thread, in negative: “1 DECEMBRIE 1918 1 DECEMBRIE 2018”.
  2. Security features added via printing:
    1. raised print, detectable by touch:
      • on the obverse: the portraits of King Ferdinand I and Queen Maria, the image depicting the Great National Assembly in Alba Iulia, on 1 December 1918, the coat of arms of Romania, the name of the issuing central bank “BANCA NAŢIONALĂ A ROMÂNIEI”, the NBR logo in a medallion, the face value in figures and letters, and the embossed feature “100” in the transparent window;
      • on the reverse: part of the mace of King Ferdinand I, the name of the issuing central bank, the NBR logo, the face value in figures and letters, and the rectangle with the NBR logo;
    2. special ink shifting from golden to green when the banknote is tilted, on the obverse, on two lines, the text “LEI UNA SUTĂ”;
    3. latent image on the reverse, below the image of the mace of King Ferdinand I, the face value “100” becoming visible when the banknote is tilted;
    4. superposed image depicting part of the “Mihai Viteazul” Military Order, which was introduced by King Ferdinand I in recognition of the acts of bravery during World War I. Parts of this are shown on both obverse and reverse, and the superposition becomes visible when the note is held up to the light.
    5. laser micro-perforations: the face value “100” placed vertically, in the central area.

This numismatic issue has 10,000 banknotes.

The commemorative collector banknote comes with a leaflet and is put into circulation through the regional branches of the National Bank of Romania in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iaşi and Timişoara.

Source: Banca Nationala a Romaniei