All Bosnia and Herzegovina banknotes dated before 2012 will cease to be legal tender effective January 1, 2025. After this date, the banknotes can be exchanged at the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina until December 31, 2035. This announcement was made by the Central Bank of Bosnia Herzegovina on April 23, 2024.

Which banknotes will be withdrawn from circulation?

Banknotes from several series will be pulled from circulation, as detailed below.

Denominations of 10 KM, 20 KM, 50 KM, and 100 KM with the year of issue in 1998. These notes do not have the year of issue printed on them. They are displayed here: 

10 KM, 20 KM, 50 KM and 100 KM notes dated 1998

Other banknotes to be withdrawn are listed below. On all these banknotes, the year of issue is listed below the word “GOVERNOR” in the lower left corner of the face of the banknote:

  • 2002: Denominations of 50 KM and 100 KM.
  • 2007: Denominations of 50 KM and 100 KM.
  • 2008: Denominations of 10 KM, 20 KM, 50 KM, and 100 KM.
  • 2009: Denomination 50 KM.

Which banknotes will remain in circulation—and why

Banknotes in denominations of 10 KM, 20 KM, 50 KM, and 100 KM that were issued in 2012, 2017, 2019 and 2024, shall remain in circulation as valid legal tender. These notes have an upright micro-optical Motion™ security thread which makes them more difficult to counterfeit. It also makes authentication easier for consumers, manual banknote handlers, and banknote receiving and processing devices. The banknotes being withdrawn from circulation lack this security feature.

Additionally, both editions of banknotes in denominations of 200 KM will remain in circulation

Sources/References:

Central Bank of Bosnia Herzegovina

MRI Bankers’ Guide to Foreign Currency

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