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06 April, 2024

...Papua New Guines - 50 Kina ND2023 Polymer Commemorative 50th Year of Self-Governing/Independence

   Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Bank of Papua New Guinea (est.1973)
Currency - Kina (PGK)
 
Here is a 50 kina nd2023 polymer commemorative note issued for the celebration of the 50th year of self-governing and independence 1973 - 2023. 
 
Papua New Guinea (PNG) was first occupied by Germany (only the northern part) in 1884, and by the British in the southern part of the island. The country was then given to Australia to administer following the end of the First World War in 1918 when Germany was defeated. On 01.12.1973, the country was granted self-rule by the Australian and Sir Michael Somare (b.1936-2021) became the first Chief Minister. Independence was then achieved on 16.09.1975 and Michael Somare became the first Prime Minister. Michael Somare was also the longest serving Prime Minister of PNG for 17 years over three separate terms, from 1975 to 1980; 1982 to 1985, and from 2002 to 2011. He retired from politics in 2017, and in PNG, he is known as the Father of the Nation. For all banknotes issued since 1975, Michael Somare is the only person to have his portrait appear on the banknotes. His portrait first appeared on the banknote (50 kina only) in 1989.

Fifty Kina
National Parliament building
 
Front - An image of the country's National Parliament in the center. To the top left is the National Crest
 
Governor - Elizabeth Genia* (tenure 2023-)
Secretary, Department of Treasury - Andrew F Oaeke (tenure 2021-)
Dimensions - 146mm x 70.5mm

Back - Portrait of Sir Michael Somare. To his right are Headdress and marks from the regions of:-
1) Bainings (Esat New Britain);
2) The Orokolo (Gulf Province);
3) The Huli (Southern Highlands Province);
4) The Tubuan (East New Britain Province);
5) A West Sepik and a Malagan Mask (New Ireland Province)
6) Karkar spears and Tapa (Oro Province); and
7) Mekeo (Central Province) and Siassi (Morobe Province)
 
Note* - First female bank governor appointed since the Bank of Papua New Guinea was established in 1973.

Sir Michael Somare (b.1936-2021)

30 March, 2024

...Egypt - 10 Pounds ND2022 Polymer Notes Series

 جمهورية مصر العربية
 (Arab Republic of Egypt)

البنك المركزي المصري
 (Central Bank of Egypt, est.1898)
Currency - Pound (EGP)
 
Below is a 10 pounds polymer banknote released on 05.07.2022 by the Central Bank of Egypt. After the release of this note, a reprint for the 10 pounds polymer was also issued in 2023. Here, I have only posted the first issue of this polymer banknote.
 
The design for this series is completely new and this is also the first time Egypt has issued a polymer banknote. This note is reportedly printed in Egypt by The Printing House of the Central Bank of Egypt.

Egypt is the 69th counrty/bank in the world to release a polymer banknote since 1988.
 
Ten Pounds
Al Fatah al-Aleem mosque
 
Front - On the front is the Al Fatah al-Aleem mosque located in the new administrative capital in Cairo. This mosque was built in 2019 and has a capacity of almost 17,000 people. This mosque is considered the largest ever built in Egypt.
 
Governor - Tarek Hassan Amer (tenure 2015-2022)
Dimensions - 133mm x 69.5mm
 
Back - The main feature on the back is the statue of Queen Hatshepsut (b1507-1458 BC) and was the fifth Egyptian Pharaoh from 1478 to until her death in 1458 BC. She was married to Thutmose ll who was her half-brother. Thutmose ll was the fourth Pharaoh from 1493 to 1478 BC. To her right is an image of a pyramid, and below that is the Great Library of Alexandra.

The statue of Queen Hatshepsut (b1507-1458 BC)

16 March, 2024

...Solomon Islands - 10 Dollars Specimen Commemorative Polymer Note 2023 XVll Pacific Games

 Solomon Islands

Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) (est.1983)
Currency - Dollar (SBD)
 
I posted the circulating note on 01.03.2024. Here, I have posted the specimen note for the same polymer commemorative series. I have no information as to how many have been printed. As this series is printed by DLR, I would guess the quantity would be between 300 to 500 pieces. It is unlikely they would have printed anything more than that. The specimen note that I have posted here is also printed with a tiny control number on the bottom left corner. However, it is not sure if there are other varieties for this specimen series.

Ten Dollars (Specimen)
Sanfords sea eagle head, billowing flag, Coat of Arms

Front - A Sanford's sea eagle head (Solomon eagle) is printed on the left, which is traditionally the watermark for paper banknotes issued in the Solomon Islands. The Sanford's sea eagle is a native bird of Solomon Islands. The tournament logo illustrates the year 2023, a billowing Solomon Islands flag in the middle. To the right is the Coat of Arms.

Signatures
Governor - Dr Luke Forau
Secretary, Minister of Finance - McKinie P Dentana
Watermark - Electrotype CBSI
Dimensions - 137mm x 68mm

Back - Various sporting events, depicting from left to right: man running with a rugby ball in his right hand, two men playing in a basketball game, woman lifting weight, footballer, athlete and bodybuilder posing.
 

Six sports - soccer, weight lifting, marathon, bodybuilding, rugby and basketball

08 March, 2024

...East Caribbean - $2 2023 Commemorative 40th Year of Eastern Caribbean Central Bank 1983-2023

 Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
(Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe and Martinique)

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (est. 1983)
Currency : Dollar (CXD)
 
This is a new $2 commemorative polymer note issued for the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. The announcement of the new $2 note was made on 01.12.2023 by the Minister for Finance of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Monetary Council Camillo Gonsalves, and the Governor of ECCB Timothy N.J. Antoine. The commemorative notes were made available to the public via commercial banks on 06.12.2023.
 
The ECCB was established on 01.10.1983, succeeding the previous central bank, East Caribbean Currency Authority (1965-1983), and prior to that the British Caribbean Currency Board (1950-1965). The ECCB is the central bank for 8 island nations in the Eastern Caribbean. The countries that use the Eastern Caribbean Dollar are St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts & Nevis, and Saint Lucia. Whilst there are eleven members in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, the remaining three members (British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe and Martinique) use other currencies.
 
The design for this commemorative note is completely new. Unlike those banknotes previously issued, there are no portraits of a British monarch (past or present) as part of the designs. Instead of a monarch, this note bears the image of a living legendary former West Indies cricketer Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards. 

Reports have indicated that only two million pieces have been issued, however, I have now sighted at least 4 prefixes - AA, AB, AC and AD and I have all four prefixes of the notes posted here.

Two Dollars
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards (b.1952-)

Prefix AB
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards (b.1952-)
 
Prefix AC
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards (b.1952-)

Prefix AD
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards (b.1952-)

Front - The legendary former West Indies cricketer and Antigua and Barbuda Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards (b.1952-) a.k.a. 'The Master Blaster', wielding a cricket bat. He represented the West Indies cricket team from 1974 to 1991 and is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He first represented the West Indies cricket team in 1974 in a test match against India in Bangalore and in 1975, he helped the team by winning the inaugural Cricket World Cup final in London, by beating Australia. He captained the West Indies team from 1984 to 1991, and was the only captain that had never lost a Test series. He retired from the sport in 1993. In the middle left is the Eastern Caribbean Bank headquarters building located at Basseterre on the island of St Kitts. To the right is the commemorative logo. On the bottom it also features an aqua-blue tinted holographic foil. 
 
Governor - Timothy N.J. Antoine (tenure 2015-)
Imprinter - De La Rue
Quantity - 2.0 million pieces
Dimensions - 65.5mm x 133mm
 
Back - Aquatic design which depicts the region rich in marine lives. The design features a coral reef with fish (Queen Angelfish and Abudefduf Saxatliis or Sergeant-Major fish), a star fish and a Caribbean Sea turtle swimming around. Also printed on the notes are the islands of the Caribbean states of (top to bottom) Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada, the nations that are currently using the Eastern Caribbean dollar currency. 
 
Coral reef

01 March, 2024

...Solomon Islands - 10 Dollars Commemorative Polymer Note 2023 XVll Pacific Games

  Solomon Islands

Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) (est.1983)
Currency - Dollar (SBD)
 
This is a commemorative polymer note of 10 dollars issued on 27.10.2023 to celebrate the 17th Pacific Games held in the capital city of Honiara in Solomon Islands. The sporting tournament was held from 19.11.2023 to 02.12.2023. There were 24* nations competing in this tournament.
 
Final Medals Tally
1st New Caledonia - 197 medals (G82; S57: B58);
2nd Tahiti - 160 medals (G57; S53; B50); and
3rd Australia - 84 medals (G50; S24; B10).
 
The host nation, Solomon Islands finished 7th place with 80 medals (G12; S37; B31). Tokelau is the only nation without winning a single medal. 
 
The Pacific Games first started in 1963 when Fiji staged the tournament in Suva. The Games were then known as the South Pacific Games. In 2007, it then changed the name to Pacific Games. The Pacific Games is a multi-sporting event that is held every four years. Since its inception, only six nations have held the games, namely Fiji (1963, 1979 & 2003); New Caledonia (1966, 1987 & 2011), Papua New Guinea (1969, 1991 & 2015), Samoa (1983, 2007 & 2019), French Polynesia (1971 & 1995, and scheduled to host the games in 2027), and Guam (1975 & 1999). This is the first time Solomon Islands has hosted this event.
 
It should be noted that the Pacific Games is not the same as the Pacific Mini Games (PMG). The PMG is a scaled down version of the main Pacific Games, and its purpose is to allow smaller nations in the Pacific region to host this tournament. The PMG first started in 1981 and was hosted by Solomon Islands. In 2017, Vanuatu hosted the PMG and issued a 500 vatu commemorative note celebrating this event.
 
Since 1963, only three nations have issued commemorative banknotes celebrating the events, namely Papua New Guinea (1991, 2007 & 2015), Samoa (2019) and Solomon Islands (2023). Despite hosting the event three times, neither Fiji nor New Caledonia had issued any banknote to celebrate these occasions.
 
As expected, the design for this new note is completely new, and it retains the predominantly red colour as the current $10 paper note. This commemorative note is printed by De La Rue on SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate. A total of 1,000,000 pieces have been issued. All notes are printed with a special prefix of SI/23 (Solomon Islands/2023), and for the replacement notes, they are printed with the prefix of X/23.

Ten Dollars
Sanfords sea eagle head, billowing flag, Coat of Arms

Replacement Prefix X/23 031 031 (Repeater)
Sanfords sea eagle head, billowing flag, Coat of Arms

Front - A Sanford's sea eagle head (Solomon eagle) is printed on the left, which is traditionally the watermark for paper banknotes issued in the Solomon Islands. The Sanford's sea eagle is a native bird of Solomon Islands. The tournament logo illustrates the year 2023, a billowing Solomon Islands flag in the middle. To the right is the Coat of Arms.

Signatures
Governor - Dr Luke Forau
Secretary, Minister of Finance - McKinie P Dentana
Watermark - Electrotype CBSI
Dimensions - 137mm x 68mm

Back - Various sporting events, depicting from left to right: man running with a rugby ball in his right hand, two men playing in a basketball game, woman lifting weight, footballer, athlete and bodybuilder posing for a front double biceps pose.

Six sports - soccer, weight lifting, marathon, bodybuilding, rugby and basketball

In addition to the notes, the bank also released a folder (dimensions 211mm x 149mm) for this commemorative series. It is not sure how many of these were issued or if they were presented to the participants who attended the games. This folder is sold separately without the banknote. Inside the folder, it printed with the following text:
 
"The Central Bank of Solomon Islands is issuing a commemorative banknote printed on Safeguard polymer substrate. Our new $10 Dollar Note has been produced to commemorate the XVll South Pacific Games 2023 which are being held in Solomon Islands for the first time in November 2023.
 
Signed Governor Dr Luke Forau"
 
And the inside back folder, it printed with the text of: -
 
"The design of the newly vibrant commemorative banknote celebrates the Solomon Islands first historical hosting of the South Pacific Games and its sporting progress and success. 
 
Front: The image depicts the Solomon Islands flag and coat of arms as seen in all circulating banknotes 
 
Back: Participation in this South Pacific Games in both team and individual sports are depicted in soccer, weight lifting, marathon, body building, rugby and basketball inviting all to remain united in SPORTS. 
 
2023 Pacific Games 
Solomon Islands"
 
Folder front
 
Footnote*
 
Medal Tally
 
New Caledonia - 197 (G82; S57; B58), 
Tahiti - 160 (G57; S53; B50),
Australia - 84 (G50; S24; B10), 
Samoa - 76 (G34; S21; B21),
Papua New Guinea - 105 (G29; S37; B39),
Fiji - 91 (G21; S30; B40), 
Host - Solomon Islands - 80 (G12; S37; B31),
New Zealand - 35 (G10; S13; B12),
Nauru - 28 (G10; S12; B6),
Guam - 17 (G7; S4; B6),
Cook Islands - 18 (G5; S3; B10),
Marshall Islands - 10 (G5; S3; B2),  
Northern Mariana Islands - 12 (G5; S1; B6),
Wallis and Futuna - 15 (G3; S6; B6),
Vanuatu - 19 (G3; S5; B11), 
Kiribati - 11 (G3; S2; B6),
Federated States of Micronesia - 4 (G3; S1; B0),
Tonga - 19 (G2; S8; B9),
Niue - 2 (G1; S0; B1),
Tuvalu - 5 (G0; S5; B0),
American Samoa - 6 (G0; S3; B3),
Palau - 3 (G0; S0; B3), 
Norfolk Island - 1 (G0; S0; B1),
Tokelau - 0.