Guatemala has flirted with issuing polymer banknotes and this 5 quetzales dated 2010 is one of the few. (P122) The front features a portrait of General Justo Rufino Barrios who was President of Guatemala between 1873 and 1885. The back has a schoolroom scene and celebrates the introduction of free primary education. Uncirculated polymer 5 quetzales
These Haiti 10 gourdes were prepared but never issued. They follow the design of the paper 10 gourdes issued in 2004 to celebrate the Bicentenary of Independence, except that these were printed on polymer plastic. Nobody has yet come up with a reason for them being prepared and then never issued and it seems a few bundles of these slipped out before anyone realised the mistake. Haiti of course was one of the first countries to experiment with a form of plastic banknote way back in the 1980s but the project was abandoned then too. These more modern 10 gourdes Polymer notes are in Uncirculated condition.
In 1983 when these plastic £1 notes were issued by the Isle of Man, they were considered revolutionary. They were both the first and last £1 note printed on plastic in the British Isles (P38) The plastic was not the silky polymer we know today. It was printed on Tyvek and was shortlived being replaced 4 years later with a paper issue. Available in Unc.
We offer a pair of 20 new shequalim notes issued by Israel, one printed on paper and one on polymer plastic (P59/64) The follow an almost identical design. Printed in vertical format the front features a portrait of Moshe Sharett, a flag raising ceremony at the UN, a Star of David and text from a speech made by Sharett. The back shows the Tower & Stockade settlement and members of the Jewish Brigade during World War II. Available separately or as a pair.