The Bank of England issued a 5 Pound polymer banknote featuring Winston Churchill on September 13, 2016. This is the first of a new series of polymer banknotes. A 10 Pound note featuring Jane Austen is scheduled for mid-2017, and a 20 Pound note featuring J.M.W. Turner is expected in 2020.
The National Bank of Ukraine issued a new 20 Hryven banknote on September 1, 2016 to commemorate the 160th birthday of the Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko. One million notes were printed. 20,000 notes were packaged in souvenir folders and sold to collectors for 31 Hryven each.
Colombia has issued a new a 50,000 Pesos note on August 19, 2016. The note features Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez in the front. The back shows Natives, Ciudad Perdida (heart of the Tayrona culture in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta). This is the third note issued of the new series.
As announced on 23rd August 2016, the commemoration of the birth of Sir Joshua Hassan, the Government of Gibraltar will soon issue a new polymer £100 banknote featuring an image of Sir Joshua Hassan. Not only will this be the first ever legal tender of £100 sterling banknote to be produced in polymer, it will also be Gibraltar's first sterling banknote to be produced in this material. The note will have a smoother feel than traditional banknote paper but it will be more durable and will stay cleaner for longer.
The new polymer banknotes have been produced by De La Rue and printed on Safeguard® substrate. The design will be similar to the existing paper banknote but with a large clear window showing a hologram which can be seen from both the front and back of the note and which will be highly reflective, showing images of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the letter G for Gibraltar. Using Advanced Image Plane holography, the hologram on the note will offer high levels of security against counterfeiting whilst simultaneously showcasing all the clarity, colour, movement and true depth achievable on a polymer substrate.
Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, said, “We are proud to be issuing a £100 note which is at the cutting edge of banknote design and whose security features are second to none. De La Rue has worked closely with us to achieve this successful launch and we are most grateful to them”.
On 4th August 2016 the new BNM Governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim launch the “Works on Paper: Art Inside the Wallet” exhibition at Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery. Thirty banknotes dating from the 14th to 21st centuries from over 10 countries will be on display beginning Aug 4 until Nov 30 at Sasana Kijang.
This exhibition takes a new look at old subject matter. Banknotes have existed for centuries and are often masterpieces of design, with the added ingenuity of security features. Work on Paper : Art inside the Wallet Highlights the artistry of these miniature marvels and the practical challenges of the banks that issue them. It is a chance to enter a world that us usually unappreciated and unseen inside our wallets. Although they are usually unseen, banknotes have much in common with works of art. Both categories of 'works on paper' are filled with thought and creativity. They are usually crafted from quality materials and are finished with a signature and sometimes a date. Although the size of a banknote doesn.t conform to the typical canvas, they are countless examples of art that is made equally intimate dimensions. Bank Negara Malaysia has never been left behind in the quest to produce banknotes of distinction. The most recent series is as colorful and innovative as any in circulation. Malaysia has not ignored the highest priority of all. The paramount importance of security brings an additional dimension to the work of the designer, printers and banks that collaborate to produce even the most basic of banknotes. The purpose of this exhibition is to welcome you into that largely hidden world.
Bank notes with the signature of the new Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim are expected to be in circulation soon.
The governor said the central bank would need some time to replenish existing notes bearing the former governor’s signature with the new notes. “Once our stock (current bank notes) is finished, we will replenish (the bank notes) with the new one. That (process) will take about two to three months,” he told reporters after the launch of “Works on Paper: Art Inside the Wallet” exhibition here today.
Thirty banknotes dating from the 14th to 21st centuries from over 10 countries will be on display beginning today until Nov 30 at the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery. These banknotes highlight how the designs and security features tell a story about the values and national identity of a country at a specific point in time, similar to how a work of art can convey a massage.
Earlier in his speech, Muhammad said that banknotes of any nation are unique and represent the identity of the issuing country which, after the national flag, is its most identifiable icon. “The central banks and monetary policies (worldwide) spend considerable resources and efforts designing their banknotes, not only to be as aesthetically pleasing and attractive as possible, but more importantly, to appropriately portray the unique identity of their respective country. “Banknotes incorporate significant natural and cultural aspects of the country, encompassing nature, history, society, economy and technology,” he added. The exhibition also has a section showcasing the process of designing a banknote, functions of an automated cash centre and a dark room for examining security features.