Bangladesh Bank will launch a regular currency note of Tk 200 denomination alongside commemorative gold and silver coins worth Tk 100 on March 17.
“We’ve taken this initiative as part of the commemoration of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” Sirajul Islam, Executive Director and spokesman of Bangladesh Bank, told UNB.
He said 1,050 gold coins of Tk 100 and 5,000 silver coins of similar value will be released to mark the occasion. The first ever Tk 200 note will also come into circulation, but it is yet to be decided how many of these notes will be released, he added.
However, he did not provide any other details on the new commemorative notes.
At present, there are regular currency notes of Tk 1, Tk 2, Tk 5, Tk 10, Tk 20, Tk 50, Tk 100, Tk 500 and Tk 1,000 in the market, which were released on different occasions in the past.
Their designs have changed several times since their first release.
Bangladesh Bank also introduced a Tk 40 note to commemorate the “40th Victory Anniversary of Bangladesh” back in 2011. The Tk 40 commemorative note featured a portrait of the Father of the Nation and the National Martyrs’ Memorial in Savar in the front, and six armed men on the back.
The central bank introduced a Tk 60 note to commemorate “60 years of National Movement” on February 15, 2012 and issued a Tk 25 note to commemorate the 25th anniversary (silver jubilee) of the Security Printing Corporation (Bangladesh) Ltd on January 26, 2013.
On July 8, 2013, they issued the Tk 100 note to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bangladesh National Museum.