Chennai: The release of two commemorative coins of Rs 100 and Rs 5 denominations by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami marked the 102nd anniversary of AIADMK founder and former CM MGR in the city on Thursday.

Both the CM and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, who presented a picture of unity, released the coins, issued to mark the birth centenary of the late matinee idol-turned politician M. G. Ramachandran, who is popularly known as MGR. The commemorative coins were released at a function held at the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University complex here. The coins bear the image of MGR and contain the inscription ‘DR. M.G. Ramachandran Birth Centenary.’

A 66-feet wide and 52-feet high “Dr MGR Centenary Arch,” constructed on the arterial Kamarajar road, off the famous Marina beach here, was also unveiled to mark the occasion.

The iconic leader who broke away from the DMK in 1972 owing to differences with the then party chief late M. Karunanidhi, had floated the AIADMK. He captured power in 1977 and ruled the State for ten years without a break till his death. Three-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MGR was awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1988.

Palaniswami and  Panneerselvam, who are the joint coordinator and coordinator of the AIADMK, were accompanied by their cabinet colleagues and other senior party leaders in garlanding the statues of MGR and late CM J. Jayalalithaa at the party headquarters in the city where hundreds of party cadres also gathered. Sweets were distributed to the party workers on the occasion.

The state government had organised MGR centenary celebrations for a year in all the districts, for a year beginning at Madurai on June 30, 2017. The valedictory was held here on September 30 last year.


Currency that would be detectable to visually impaired is really a matter of concern. In India, banks do not provide a special currency for those who cannot see, which is why the Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to file response to a plea seeking to make all currency and the digital means of banking transactions accessible to the visually impaired.

Good quality of services are assured in the developed countries, including America and United Kingdom, where there is a small section of visually impaired people are living.

What does the plea say?

The plea was filed by Blind Graduates Forum of India through advocate Ila Haldia.

It is now with a division Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao, who issued the notice to the Central government

Therefore, the forum’s counsel has sought direction to lay down standards for the design of banknotes and coins and make all forms of physical currency and the digital means of transactions accessible to the visually impaired.

The forum has also requested the court to issue a direction to stop the circulation of the inaccessible physical currency and withdraw all such inaccessible physical currency in a phased manner.

The forum has requested the court to stop the circulation of the inaccessible physical currency and withdraw all such inaccessible physical currency in a phased manner.

Changes to be made in currency

  • In order to make bank notes accessible to visually impaired people, notes and coins will be designed accordingly
  • All forms of physical currency and the digital means of transactions will be made accessible to them
  • Further, the ATMs and net banking services will be made accessible to the visually impaired
  • Also, they will be given technological solutions viable for the visually impaired and compliance of such accessibility standards.

Why we should think about the blind?

According to Global Data on Visual Impairment report by WHO (2010), India has the second largest visually impaired people, i.e. 118 million.

Also, it is a great matter of concern for countries across the globe, for people with disabilities are the world’s largest and fastest-growing minority group.

India is said to have the maximum number of blind people in the world.

According to media reports, of the 37 million people across the globe who are blind, over 15 million are in India.

Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 9 enables persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life and also gives them access to facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and rural areas.

Additionally, Article 12 states “Parties shall take all appropriate and effective measures to ensure the equal right of persons with disabilities to own or inherit property, to control their own financial affairs and to have equal access to bank loans, mortgages and other forms of financial credit, and shall ensure that persons with disabilities are not arbitrarily deprived of their property.”

Where does India stand?

With the boom of technology, the concept of Digital India opened doors for visually impaired people.

The apps on social media works on voice recognition

Also, these technological innovations include screen readers, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) devices, magnifiers, etc.

However, these needs to be fused with banks, making it easier for the blind people in every field.


Commemorative coins are to be minted and placed into circulation to mark the Asian Cup being held in the UAE.

The Central Bank of the UAE has minted 1,000 silver coins, which are worth 50 dirhams each, as part of the footballing festivities.

They have been handed to the football tournament’s organising committee, with the back depicting the Asian Cup logo.

A collection of one dirham coins have also been created, which will be placed into general circulation. One side depicts Mansour and Jarrah, the tournament’s official mascots.

The Asian Cup is currently being hosted in the UAE, with 24 teams aiming to be crowned champions of the continent.


The special one dirham coin

The host nation kicked off their bid for glory with a 1-1 draw with Middle East neighbours Bahrain on Saturday.

The tournament has already thrown up its fair share of surprises, with defending champions Australia losing their opening clash with Jordan and outsiders India thrashing Thailand 4-1.

The UAE are next in action on Thursday, when they take on the surprise package Indian side in Abu Dhabi.

Asian Cup passport stamps have also been rolled out to mark the tournament, which runs until February 1 and is being held across the Emirates.

Previously, the UAE has minted coins to mark special occasions such as the Chess Olympiad in Dubai in 1986 and the country’s qualification for the Italia’ 90 football World Cup.


The Salvation Army has once again found several coins in its donation kettle at Lowe’s Foods in Mebane.

This year, the group found five gold coins — three South African Krugerrand, one Riverman ingot and one Canadian Maple Leaf. All came in little plastic packages to keep them safe, and all were found in a donation kettle outside the store, 1020 Mebane Oaks Road.

“We got [the Riverman] about a week ago, and we got the other four over the last two days,” said Lt. Derrick Smith with the Salvation Army. “I guess the person has gone a little haywire.”

The Salvation Army has seen the coins before with the exception of the Riverman.

All coins are dropped in the kettle by an anonymous person or persons.

The Salvation Army is planning on taking the five coins to a shop in High Point within the next week to determine their value.

“We have a guy that we go to every year. He buys them from us,” Smith said.

The Salvation Army will use the money from the coins like any other monetary donations they receive.

“The fact that he drops these coins and that is his donation towards the [Salvation] Army every year, I think, is pretty amazing because that is a really large donation,” Smith said. “It is exciting.”


The Bank of Zambia has warned consumers that ATMs may not yet be calibrated to allow the new series of banknotes to be deposited.

“All commercial banks have commenced configuring their cash-processing equipment, although the configuration of deposit-taking ATMs may not be completed in time,” the central bank said.

The new banknotes are already in circulation. Members of the public are being encouraged to deposit the new banknotes over the counter until commercial banks complete the necessary


Ceremonial first strikes of both versions of the Proof 2019-P Apollo 11 50th Anniversary silver dollar were executed Dec. 13 at the Philadelphia Mint.

More than a dozen dignitaries and invited guests were accorded the opportunity to strike examples of the standard silver dollar that were placed into envelopes after striking. Those who struck the coins will be able to purchase the examples they struck when sales for the commemorative coin program open at noon E.T. Jan. 24.

Among those in attendance were offspring of the three Apollo 11 astronauts — Buzz Aldrin’s son, Andy; Neil Armstrong’s son Mark; and Michael Collins’ daughter, Ann. The three joined U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder in also striking examples of the 3-inch 5-ounce silver dollars.

Both silver dollars are the first of their kind in the traditional U.S. commemorative coin program. The 5-ounce silver dollar is the first of that denomination and the 1.5-inch silver dollar is the first struck on a .999 fine silver planchet instead of a .900 fine silver planchet.

The 3-inch silver dollar is limited to a maximum release of 100,000 coins while the 1.5 inch coin is limited to a combined maximum mintage in Proof and Uncirculated versions of 400,000 coins.

Ryder said pricing has not been determined for the Proof 5-ounce silver dollar but expected it will likely be on the upside of $200.

The copper-nickel clad half dollar is limited to 750,000 Proof and Uncirculated coins combined and the gold $5 half eagle is limited to 50,000 coins.

All of the coins are being struck with a concave obverse and convex reverse. The obverse, designed by Maine artist Gary Cooper as winner of an open design competition, was sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph F. Menna. The reverse design, mandated under Public Law 114-282, was sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

The obverse features as its central device a footprint on the lunar surface. The reverse features a representation of a close-up version of the famous Buzz Aldrin on the moon photograph taken July 20, 1969, that shows just the visor and part of the helmet of astronaut Aldrin. The reflection in Aldrin’s helmet includes Neil Armstrong, the United States flag and the lunar module.

Ron Harrigal, manager of the U.S. Mint’s design and engraving division, said die preparation proved a challenge to execute the curved features. The Mint started with the 3-inch coin first then adapted the findings to the smaller diameter coins.

Harrigal said each of the obverse and reverse dies were engraved individually on CNC cutting machinery and hand-finished, in essence making master dies into working dies, eliminating any hubbing.

Ryder predicted a program sellout, which if achieved, would generate surcharges of $14 million for the three designated beneficiaries — 50 percent to the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum Destination Moon exhibit, 25 percent to the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, and 25 percent to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.


The Nepal government has banned the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations, a move that could affect Indian tourists visiting the Himalayan nation where Indian currency is widely used.

Indian currency is extensively used by Nepalese people and businesses for their savings and transactions.

The government has asked the people to refrain from keeping or carrying Indian bank notes higher than Rs 100 denomination as it has not legalised them, Nepal’s Minister for Information and Communications Gokul Prasad Baskota said.

“The government has decided not to use, carry and keep the Indian bills of 200, 500 and 2000 denominations. The government will soon issue a formal notice in this matter,” he said.

The decision will adversely affect Nepalese labourers working in India as well as Indian tourists visiting Nepal. India is Nepal’s largest trade partner and supplies the majority of its consumer goods.

The Indian government introduced new banknotes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations after the demonetisation of old notes worth Rs 500 and 1,000 in 2016.

However, the move hit countries such as Nepal and Bhutan where Indian currency is widely used. Nepal Premier KP Sharma Oli said earlier this year that demonetisation hurt the Nepalese people and added that he would raise the matter with Indian leaders.

People have been using the new Indian currency in Nepal for nearly two years now.


Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) said on December 14 that it would issue new banknotes, starting with the 100 leva bill that will go into circulation on December 2018.

The new notes will have little to differentiate them from the 2003 issue currently in circulation, with the main changes being additional security elements, the central bank said.

These include an additional mark for visually impaired people, consisting of five thick and six thin lines at an angle along the short sides of the banknote.

The new notes will also have some optical effects, such as the hologram stripe alternating images of edelweiss and Aleko Konstantinov’s profile, as well as using a variable ink, which alternates between emerald gгееn and sapphire blue depending on the angle at which it is viewed, BNB said.

Additionally, the security thread will feature the same variable ink, while the watermark of Aleko Konstantinov’s portrait will be in higher resolution.

BNB said that 100 leva banknotes issued in 2003 will remain in circulation as legal tender.


YEREVAN – On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s national currency, the dram, the third generation banknotes will be gradually put into circulation in the country, as of Thursday.

The new 1,000-dram banknote will be devoted to poet Paruyr Sevak, the 2,000-dram banknote—to chess Grandmaster Tigran Petrosian, the 5,000-dram banknote—to American Armenian writer William Saroyan, the 10,000-dram banknote—to composer and clergyman Komitas, the 20,000-dram banknote—to Russian Armenian painter Ivan (Hovhannes) Aivazovsky, and the 50,000-dram banknote—to Saint Gregory the Illuminator, the Central Bank of Armenia informed Armenian News-NEWS.am.

The currently used banknotes will come out of circulation through natural wear and tear.

The dram was introduced in Armenia as of November 22, 1993.


In this Banknote News we see new upcoming banknotes that’s been released or yet to release this November

1) Bahamas new 20-dollar banknote 27.09.2018

Bahamas new 20-dollar banknote 27.09.2018

Bahamas new 20-dollar banknote 27.09.2018

Bahamas new 20-dollar banknote 27.09.2018

According to a press release dated 26 September 2018, the Central Bank of the Bahamas has introduced a new 20-dollar note (B351) and is going to be printing the ½- and 3-dollar denominations as part of the CRISP Evolution family.

2) Norway new 50-krone Banknote introduced 18.10.2018

According to the Norges Bank, the new 50-krone note was introduced on 18 October 2018. The preceding issue will circulate in parallel for one year before being withdrawn.

Norway new 50-krone Banknote introduced 18.10.2018

Norway new 50-krone Banknote introduced 18.10.2018

Norway new 50-krone Banknote introduced 18.10.2018

Norway new 50-krone Banknote introduced 18.10.2018

Green. Front: Norwegian text; SPARK Orbital rectangle; seagull in flight; Utvær lighthouse in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway’s westernmost point. Back: Norwegian text; lighthouse on the horizon (pixel motif); 1.6 metres per second (cubic pattern); light breeze and gentle waves (organic pattern); Ursa Major constellation; nautical chart showing the classification of lighthouses. Windowed security thread with holographic anchor chain and solid security thread with demetalized NB 50. Watermark: Atlantic puffin head in profile with electrotype 50. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 126 x 70 mm.

3) Norway new 500 krone Banknote introduced 18.10.2018

Norway new 500 krone Banknote introduced 18.10.2018

Norway new 500 krone Banknote introduced 18.10.2018

Norway new 500 krone Banknote introduced 18.10.2018

Norway new 500 krone Banknote introduced 18.10.2018

Orange. Front: Norwegian text; SPARK Orbital rectangle; Colin Archer’s rescue vessel, RS 14 “Stavanger;” Atlantic puffin. Back: Norwegian text; oil platform on the horizon (pixel motif); 13.9 metres per second (cubic pattern); high wind with sea heaps up, white foam from breaking waves (organic pattern); North Sea gas pipeline network; ammonite fossil shell. Windowed security thread with holographic anchor chain and solid security thread with demetalized NB 500. Watermark: Atlantic puffin head in profile with electrotype 500. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 147 x 70 mm.

4) Honduras new 500-lempira Banknote introduced 13.08.2018

Like P102, but new date (28 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2016), new signatures, and denomination in OVI at lower left front. Prefix A

5)Australia new 50-dollar Banknote (B233a)introduced 18.10.2018

Australia new 50-dollar Banknote (B233a)introduced 18.10.2018

Australia new 50-dollar Banknote (B233a)introduced 18.10.2018

Australia new 50-dollar Banknote (B233a)introduced 18.10.2018

Australia new 50-dollar Banknote (B233a)introduced 18.10.2018

6) Bolivia new 50 boliviano Banknote introduced 15.10.2018

Bolivia new 50 boliviano Banknote introduced 15.10.2018

Bolivia new 50 boliviano Banknote introduced 15.10.2018

Bolivia new 50 boliviano Banknote introduced 15.10.2018

Bolivia new 50 boliviano Banknote introduced 15.10.2018