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Libya - 1 Dinar 8th Anniversary of the First Libyan Civil War 2011-2019 Polymer

ليبيا Libya

Central Bank of Libya

On the 18.02.2019, the Central Bank of Libya introduced a new 1 dinar polymer note celebrating the 8th Anniversary of the First Libyan Civil War (2011-2019). This civil war is also referred to the Libyan Revolution or the 17 February Revolution. This civil war was started by those who seeks to oust the Colonel Muammar Gaddafi government. The revolution started in February 2011 and ended on 23.10.2011 with the captured and death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi came to power in 1969 when he ousted the then Libyan King Idris l (1889-1983). He was only 27 years old when he came to power. He then went on and ruled the country as a dictator for 42 years until his own downfall in August 2011 (aged 69) when he was captured and killed in Sirte by the rebel militia from Misrata. Sirte is a town about 452 km east of Tripoli and was then considered a stronghold of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The designs of the note
Front -  Central Bank of Libya building in Tripoli. See-through window with the image of Omar Mukhtar (1858-1931), a hero of the Libyan Resistance.
Back - Brega Oil Refinery and the Arch of Marcus Aurelius in Tripoli.

This is the first time that Libya has issued a polymer banknote. Printed by De La Rue.

One Dinar

Tunisia - 20 Dinars 2017

الجمهورية التونسية
al-Jumhūrīyah at-Tūnisīyah
Republic of Tunisia

Central Bank of Tunisia

This 20 dinars was issued on 21.12.2017 featuring the Tunisian trade unionist Farhat Hached on the front and the image of the amphitheater of El Jem on the back. Farhat Hached was born in 1914 and was assassinated in 1952 by the then Tunisia’s colonial master, the French Intelligence Services. He was killed at broad daylight with a single shot to his head after following him from his home on the morning of 05.12.1952. Prior to his death, he was involved in the pro-independence movement to free Tunisia from France. Tunisia eventually gained it’s independence on 20.03.1956.

This note is coated with varnish to improve its longevity whilst in circulation.

Twenty Dinars
Dated 2017

South Africa - 2018 Nelson Mandela Centennial Commemorative Full Set (Hybrid - 10 & 20 Rand)

Republic of South Africa / iRiphabhuliki yaseNingizimu Afrika

South African Reserve Bank

This is a complete set of 5 notes with values from 10 to 200 Rand all issued on 18/07/2018, celebrating the birth centennial of Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2018.

Nelson Mandela was born on 18/07/1918 in a village of Mvezo, Umtata (almost 1,000 kilometers south of Pretoria). His birth name was Rolihlahla Mandela. He became the first democratically elected President of South Africa after his party, the African National Congress (ANC) won the general election held on 27/04/1994, thus formally ended the apartheid era in South Africa. However he only served for one 5-year term as President and retired from politic in June 1999. He died on 05/12/2013, aged 95 years old. In 2012, a full set of South African notes were issued with his portrait printed on the front. However those notes were normal notes for general circulations. This is the first time South Africa has issued commemorative banknotes.

The theme for this commemorative series depicts the life of its first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela. The portrait and image of Nelson Mandela are printed on both sides of all the notes. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela is commonly known by his Xhosa clan name Madiba and this name is also printed on the back of the notes. The words Mandela Centenary 1918-2018 are also included in the designs. In addition to the banknotes, a 5 Rand commemorative coin is also issued for this special occasion.

The design of each note depicts various stages of the life of Nelson Mandela, from the beginning until he became the President of South Africa;

10 Rand - Birth: his birth place in Mvezo;
20 Rand - Life: his former home in Soweto;
50 Rand - Capture: Mandela's Memorial in Howick when he was captured in 1962. Fifty steel plates showing his image;
100 Rand - Struggle: Robben Island with rock pile started by Mandela and where he served 27 years as a political prisoner; and
200 Rand - Destiny: Union Buildings, where he served as President from 1994 to 1999.

In following with the tradition of banknotes of South Africa, the central bank's name on the front is printed in English - South Africa Reserve Bank. However on the bank the names are printed with two other official languages; -

10 Rand - Africaans & Swati;
20 Rand - Southern Ndebele & Tswana;
50 Rand - Venda & Xhosa;
100 Rand - Northern Sotho & Tsonga;
200 Rand - Sotho & Zulu.

These notes are all printed by De La Rue. The two lowest denominations of 10 and 20 rand are printed on Louisenthal's Hybrid material with the cotton paper core sandwiched by polyester protective film on both sides for durability.

These notes were launched on 13.07.2018 by the bank's governor Lesetja Kganyago.

Ten Rand (Hybrid)
Dated 2018
Twenty Rand (Hybrid)
Dated 2018
Fifty Rand
Dated 2018
One Hundred Rand
Dated 2018
Two Hundred Rand
Dated 2018

Mauritania - 100 Ouguiya 2015 Hybrid Reprint

الجمهورية الإسلامية الموريتانية
al-Jumhūrīyah al-Islāmīyah al-Mūrītānīyah
République Islamique de Mauritanie

Central Bank of Mauritania 

One Hundred Ouguiya
Dated 2015, P16b
This is a reprint of the 100 Ouguiya 2011 Hybrid issue. Apart from the difference signatures, the design is not 100% the same as the previous note. On the left hand side, the purplish squarish box with the two denomination value of 100s on top of each other, the top part of the box is darker than the lower part (vise versa for the 2011 issue). The gap between the titles of the two signatures are a bit wider apart too. On the back, the 100 denomination value on the bottom right corner, has changed from dull green to a metallic green colour.

Watermark: Portrait of an old man.