Vanuatu has completed the transition from issuing its banknotes in paper and now uses polymer plastic. We offer here Uncirculated examples of the plastic 500 vatu issued in 2017 (P-New). The mauve polymer plastic 500 vatu is mauve and slightly reduced in size over the paper version. The same Melanesian man in on the front and a group of dancing boys on the back while another draws in the sand. Limited availability.
We offer Crisp Uncirculated examples of the 500 vatu in 1993.(P5) From 1906 this Pacific Island nation was jointly managed as the New Hebrides as an Anglo-French condominium until its independence in 1980. A Melanesian man appears to the right on the front. The back shows carved figures and a man in traditional dress beats a drum carved from a whole tree. Crisp Uncirculated.
Once North and South Vietnam had united to become the Republic of Vietnam, their currencies were merged. In 1980, the first new Vietnamese 100 dong was issued (P88a) It shows the coat of arms at its centre and a large portrait of Ho Chi Minh on the right. The back shows sampan sailing ships in Ha Long Bay. Available in Fine for £2.75.
For quite a few years now the banknotes issued by Vietnam have been printed on polymer plastic. Yet in 2016 a new 100 Dong note was issued, bigger than normal and printed on paper. It was issued to mark the 55th Anniversary of National Banking in Vietnam 1961-2016. Ho Chi Minh is on the front and a view of the bank headquarters in Hanoi is on the back. Uncirculated.
This 100 rial note for Yemen was for issue in 2018 but has only just appeared (P-New) The front features the Dracaenea Cinnabari or Socotra Dragon Tree so called because of its red sap. Native to Yemen these trees have a strange appearance with upturned crown, reminiscent of an umbrella. A terraced hillside is illustrated on the back. Crisp Uncirculated at £3.25.
In the early 1990s, Yugoslavia suffered chronic hyperinflation with banknotes being issued in the millions and finally the billions. This 100 million Dinara is dated 1993. (P124) A young boy appears on the front with the facade of the Academy of Science on the back. A relic of troubled times before war led to the breakup of the country. Crisp Uncirculated at just £ 3.75
These large Yugoslavia 1000 dinara notes are dated 1931 and are printed in pastel colours in that wonderful French style (P29) The front features a portrait of Queen Marie who was the wife of King Alexander until his assassination in 1934. She fled to Britain during the Second World War and died in exile in 1961. In 2014 her remains were returned to Serbia to be reinterred. Lovely notes in AU/Unc.
Not many countries have had to resort to issuing banknotes with a billion denomination. Always a result of runaway inflation, these billion notes have always fascinated collectors. We offer this 500 billion Dinara note from Yugoslavia issued in 1993 (P137) in Uncirculated at only £12.50.