smallarcticterritories1.5polardollarsnew2014Back last March the Arctic Territories introduced three new notes, and I’m so excited that they’ve done it again! This January three more notes were issued to make a lovely addition to this wonderful set. Since the debut of the Arctic Territories banknotes in 2010, these beautiful fun notes have been a big hit for all different kinds of collectors. Then in 2013 the banknote series got a little bigger, by adding the 2 ½ , 6, and 11 notes to the already 1,2,3,5,8,9,10, and 15 polar dollars.

So what are the latest additions? 1 ½ , 3 ½ , and 12 Polar Dollars.

Last year with the release of the new notes we saw a few changes from the original series. These changes including the addition of a beautiful holographic security strip, as well as a new style design on the back. The original notes had different write-up on the back of each note. The 2013 series however included the same write-up all about Greenland. The cool thing about this change to the back is that the pictures almost acts as a puzzle when the three notes are placed together to reveal a scenic view. Almost a year later, with the release of these three additions the same changes can be found. They all include the holograph and also have a beautiful backing that when placed together creates a new beautiful picture (see below).

The 1 ½ Polar Dollar is a pale green note featuring three polar bears (though you can only see half of one). My favorite part of this is the polar bear on his back legs surveying his surroundings.

The 3 ½ Polar Dollar is a beautiful blue note with the walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) depicted, it states that he is the only living species of his family.

The 12 Polar Dollar showcases puffins in flight soaring overhead. The Atlantic puffin is the only puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean.

The back of the new series features information about Svalbard, and when put together the back displays a beautiful image of white capped mountains with a small lit community tucked beneath the hills.

The view of the back with the whole set together
The view of the back with the whole set together

It amazes me that this series is continuing to grow. I originally found an interest in these “fun notes” with the release of the Antarctica notes (Blog found here) which over ten years later still amazes me. Since the Antarctica banknotes became so popular with collectors (especially for the young collectors, which always makes me happy to see)  there have been others following in the (very icy) footsteps. Galapagos, Federation of North America, Easter Island, New Jason Islands, Marie Byrd Land, Kerguelen Archipelagos, Plus more! (Check back for a brand new look at the Kamberra notes!)


So, now with the addition of these three notes the completed Arctic Territories Series includes fourteen notes and is as follows: 1, 1 ½, 2, 2 ½, 3, 3 ½, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 15 Polar Dollars. These are available on my website.smallarcticterritories3.5polardollarsnew2014