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...Mauritius - 50 Ouguiya 2023 Hybrid Commemorating 50th Years of the Ouguiya Currency 1973-2023

 .الجمهورية الإسلامية الموريتانية
(The Islamic Republic of Mauritania)
 
البنك المركزي الموريتاني
 (Central Bank of Mauritania, Est.1973)
Currency - Ouguiya (MRU)
 
To me, this is an usual release - One design but with three substrates!
 
Here are the three commemorative banknotes of 50 ouguiya all released on 18.06.2023. The designs for these three notes are all the same except that the banknote materials printed on are not all manufactured the same. I believe this is the first time a central bank has issued the same note design but printed on three different substrates - Hybrid x 2 and Paper. 
 
The three type of materials (substrates) printed for this series are; -

Type l - Durasafe®, a polymer center between paper (Prefix AA, Suffix L);
Type ll - Paper with sisal (Prefix BA, Suffix V); and
Type lll - Hybrid ADDvance®, paper center between polymer (Prefix CA, Suffix G)
 
The above three substrates are manufactured by Landqart, Oberthur and Louisenthal respectively. According to the central bank, the purpose of the three substrates for the same note is to see which one would fare better in terms of durability over a reasonable period, and from there it will then select the one that is most adaptable to Mauritania's environment and climate. As the country has adopted polymer banknotes since 2017, it is not sure if this outcome will have any impact on the current polymer series.

The above Types I and III are considered as hybrid banknotes, but I believe Type II is not. A paper banknote can be manufactured with cotton base, hemp, flax and sisal materials. These materials can provide good resistant cellulose with exceptional strength to the banknotes. 
 
These commemorative notes were released to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ouguiya, the currency name first adopted on 18.06.1973. Prior to that, the country was using the West African CFA francs. The word Ouguiya came from the Hassaniya Arabic language meaning "Ounce". Mauritania was occupied by the French in 1904 and independence was achieved in 1960.
 
These notes are all printed with the bank's anniversary date of 18.06.2023.
 
The selling price for these three notes are very inconsistent. It appears that the C series is the most common type and followed by the A series. The B series seems to be the most expensive, or perhaps depending on who you are buying it from, both the A and B series can be seen as equally expensive. The selling price for the A and B series are well above the face value of this note, some selling as much as 60+ times above it's value.
 
Fifty Ouguiya Hybrid (Series A - polymer center between paper)
Central Bank of Mauritania

Traditional teapot, traditional musical instrument, wind turbines and solar panels

Fifty Ouguiya (Series B - paper with sisal)
Traditional teapot, traditional musical instrument, wind turbines and solar panels

Fifty Ouguiya Hybrid (Series C - paper center between polymer)
Central Bank of Mauritania
 
Front - The building of the Central Bank of Mauritania located in Nouakchott. To the center right is the Ibn Abass mosque also located in Nouakchott.
 
Treasurer General - Unknown
Governor - Mohamed Lemine Ould Dhehby (March 2022-)
Watermark - Image of a bearded old man and electrotype 50
Dimensions - 131mm x 66.5mm
 
Back -Traditional metal teapot, traditional musical instrument, green energies in Mauritania with wind turbines and solar panels.
 
Traditional teapot, traditional musical instrument, wind turbines and solar panels

...Tunisia - 2022 Prints of 5 and 50 Dinars

الجمهورية التونسية
(al-Jumhūrīyah at-Tūnisīyah)
(Republic of Tunisia)

Central Bank of Tunisia
Currency - Dinar (TND)
 
Two notes of 5 and 50 dinars both dated 2022. These are a new series of banknotes, first introduced in 2017 with the 20 dinars note and then followed by the 10 dinars dated 2020. These two 5 and 50 dinars notes replaced those previously issued in 2013 (5 dinars) and 2011 (50 dinars). Needless to say, the designs are also completely new too.

The 5 and 50 dinars were reportedly released on 28.04.2022.

Five Dinars
Slaheddine El Amani (b.1936-1986)

Front - A portrait of Slaheddine El Amani (b.1936-1986), an agricultural engineer and a left-wing activist.
 
Signatures;
Deputy Governor - Nadia Gamha (since 24.08.2018)
Governor - Marouane El Abassi (since 16.02.2018)
Watermarks - Slaheddine El Amani and electrotype 5
Dimensions - 144.5mm x 73mm
 
Back - The image of the Zaghouan Aquaduct or Aqueduct of Carthage, an ancient Roman aqueduct which supplied water to the city of Carthage in Tunisia. It is believed that the construction for this aqueduct first started in the 2nd century AD.
 
Zaghouan Aquaduct
 
Fifty Dinars
Hedi Amara Nouira (b.1911-1993)
 
Front - A portrait of Hedi Amara Nouira (b.1911-1993) was a politician and was appointed as the second Prime Minister of Tunisia in 1970. He resigned and retired from politics in 1980 after suffering a stroke.
 
Signatures;
Deputy Governor - Nadia Gamha (since 24.08.2018)
Governor - Marouane El Abassi (since 16.02.2018)
Watermarks - Hedi Amara Nouira and electrotype 50
Dimensions - 159mm x 79.5mm
 
Back - The image of the Central Bank of Tunisia. The central bank was established in 1958. The bank was formed two years after gaining independence from the French. The bank is owned by the State, and operates 12 branches in the country, with its head office located in the capital city, Tunis.

Central Bank of Tunisia

...South Africa - 2023 Series Full Set Of Five Notes

 Republic of South Africa
iRiphabhuliki yaseNingizimu Afrika

South African Reserve Bank (est. 1921)
Currency - Rand (ZAR)

This is a full set of five notes all released on 03.05.2023. The themes for these notes are basically the same as the 2013-2016 series but with updated security features. However, the designs on the back are completely new but still maintain the theme as per previous issues. On the front it still depicts the portrait of the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. However, the Orion patterns security features previously printed on the 2016-2016 series have been omitted from the 2023 series. The Orion patterns feature is to prevent unauthorised or illegal reproduction of the banknote by a colour photo copier machine. However, I understand that there are other security features added to the designs to prevent this from happening.  

Ten Rand
Nelson Mandela (b.1918-2013)

Front - The portrait of Nelson Mandela. 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 first fully democratic general election held on 27.04.1994, thus formally ending the apartheid era in South Africa. However he only served for one 5-year term as President and retired from politics in June 1999. He died on 05.12.2013, aged 95 years old.
 
Governor - Lesetja Kganyago (since 09.11.2014)
Watermarks - Rhinoceros's head and electrotype 10
Dimensions - 129.5mm x 70.5mm

Back - A rhinoceros with a calf.
 
A rhinoceros with a calf


Twenty Rand
Nelson Mandela (b.1918-2013)

Watermarks - Elephant's head and electrotype 20
Dimensions - 130mm x 71mm

Back - An elephant herd.
 
An elephant herd

 
Fifty Rand
Nelson Mandela (b.1918-2013)

Watermarks - Lion's head and electrotype 50
Dimensions - 141mm x 71mm

Back - A lion with a cub.
 
A lion with a cub


One Hundred Rand
Nelson Mandela (b.1918-2013)

Watermarks - Cape buffalo's head and electrotype 100
Dimensions - 147mm x 70mm

Back - Cape buffalo with a calf.
 
Cape buffalo with a calf


Two Hundred Rand
Nelson Mandela (b.1918-2013)

Watermarks - Leopard's head and electrotype 200
Dimensions - 153mm x 71mm

Back -  A female leopard with a cub.
 
A female leopard with a cub

...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)

...Mauritania - 1000 Ouguiya x 2 Unissued Notes Dated 1981 And 1989

 الجمهورية الإسلامية الموريتانية
(The Islamic Republic of Mauritania)
 
البنك المركزي الموريتاني
 (Central Bank of Mauritania, est.1973)
Currency - Ouguiya (MRU)

These two banknotes of 1000 ouguiya were reported recently and were printed with the date of 1981 and 1989. Both notes were not issued then, but it is now available to collectors. I bought them just out of curiosity despite it's pricey price tag, as I like collecting official and unissued banknotes, just like those 1990 Poland unissued sets.

The two notes posted here are both printed with the value of 1000 ouguiya, one with the date of 28.11.1981 which would form part of the unissued 1975 series of four notes. It is not sure if the remaining unissued for the 1975 series will also be made available to collectors at a later date. The other three unissued notes for this series are the 100, 200 and 1000 ouguiya. The other one dated 28.11.1989 would have formed part of the 1974-2002 series. It is not sure why both banknotes were printed but not issued then. 
 
The 1975 unissued series are very attractive banknotes and I am sure many collectors would like to get them for their collection, including me.

To me, these two notes are considered large sized notes and as such and in my opinion, if anyone gets hold of it would immediately fold them into half and tuck them into their wallet or purse, unless you are a collector. As per all banknotes issued back in the 1980s, these two notes are printed with white borders on all sizes.

One Thousand Ouguiya
An elderly man

Front - Image of an elderly bearded man

Treasurer General - Unknown
Governor - Dieng Boubou Farba (tenure 1978-1981; 1983-1987)
Watermarks - Image of an elderly bearded man
Dimensions - 161mm x 92mm

Back - Palm trees, camel, mining plant and farmers working in a field.
 
Palm trees, camel, mining plant and farmers working in a field

Note: Governor Dieng Boubou Farba was born in Senegal in 1942. He was appointed by the Mauritania Military as the Governor of the Central Bank from 1978 to 1981, and again from 1983 to 1987. He died in 2021. 

One Thousand Ouguiya
Geometric pattern design

Front - Geometric pattern designs.

Treasurer General - Unknown
Governor -Ahmed Quld Zein (tenure 1988 - 1992)
Watermarks - Image of an elderly bearded man
Dimensions - 161mm x 91mm

Back - Camel, ship, harbour with port gantry cranes and warehouses, fish. 

Camel, ship, port with gantry cranes, fish