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Botswana - 10 Pula 2018 Polymer Note

Lefatshe la Botswana
Republic of Botswana

 A new 10 Pula polymer released on 01.02.2018 for general circulation. This new Polymer note was issued due to problems with the poor quality of the paper note issued since 2009. This note is printed on Safeguard Polymer substrate by De La Rue. I believe at the time of this posting, Botswana is the 9th nation in Africa that has issued Polymer substrate banknote.

Ten Pula
Dated 2018
Reverse

Sao Tome and Principe - 2018 New Series (Dobras Currency Reform) Full Set

República Democrática de São Tomé e Príncipe
Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe 

This is a complete set of the new currency reform banknotes issued on 01.01.2018. The notes are all printed with the date of 21.10.2016. These new series replaced previous Dobras currency by removing 3 zeros from the value (ie 1,000 old Dobras = 1 new Dobras). There are 6 notes in this new series with denominations consisting of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Dobras. The two lower value notes are printed on polymer materials whilst the remaining 4 notes are cotton based paper banknotes. All these notes were printed by De La Rue.

The designs on the front for this series are basically the same with the exception of the two polymer notes where a see-through window is added together with the image of Rei Amador. The designs on the front features butterflies and the central bank building. On the back, the common images are map of Sao Tome e Principe and cocoa pod and with one animal each for each denomination - São Tomé shrew, prinia bird, giant treefrog, weaver perched, mona monkey and sunbird.

Five Dobras (Polymer)
Dated 2016
Reverse
Ten Dobras (Polymer)
Dated 2016
Reverse
Twenty Dobras
Dated 2016
Reverse
Fifty Dobras
Dated 2016
Reverse
One Hundred Dobras
Dated 2016
Reverse
Two Hundred Dobras
Dated 2016
Reverse

Swaziland - 10 Emalangeni Vision 2020 Hybrid

Umbuso weSwatini
Kingdom of Swaziland

The is a 10 Emalangeni Hybrid note printed by Giesecke & Devrient Germany. The design on this note is the same as previously issued except that the colour has changed from predominately blue to green. In addition to this, it has also added the text of "VISION 2022" printed vertically to the right of the note on the front and back. The tiny yellow donuts or circular dots which are printed on previous issues are also missing on this new note. This note is printed with the date of 6.9.2017.

The Vision 2022 is the wishes the King to see Swaziland becoming a first world nation by 2022. A first world nation is usually defined when a country is fully developed or industrialised. Swaziland is currently classified as a third world nation. In fact all the countries in the African continent are third world nations.

The front of the note features King Mswati lll and on the back with 9 females dancing in traditional costumes.

Ten Emalangeni
Dated 2017
Reverse


Mauritania - 2013 Hybrid (2011-2015 Series)

Two Hundred Ouguiya
Dated 2013, P17, Numeral ٨٧٩
Reverse
 Five Hundred Ouguiya
Dated 2013, P18, Numeral ٦٢٠
Reverse
These are two Hybrid notes both dated 28.11.2013. Unlike previous issues, each note is printed with three Arabic Indic numeral on the from in vertical format, just to the right of the security thread. I am not sure why these are added to the design as each note (including the 100 Ouguiya) are also printed with these numbers and all are not the same. Are these numbers related to the printing plates or all notes printed with the same year have the same numbers?

Watermark: Portrait of an old man.