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10 Dollars 2012, Namibia

in Krause book Number: 11a
Years of issue: 15.05.2012
Signatures: Governor: Iipumbu Wendelinus Shiimi (in office 25 March 2010 - 1 June 2020)
Serie: 2012 Series
Specimen of: 15.05.2012
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 129 х 70
Printer: South African Bank Note Company (Pty) Ltd, Pretoria

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Samuel Daniel Shafiishuna Nujoma.


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Hendrik Witbooi

The engraving on banknote is, probably, made from this photo. The date and author of the photo are unknown.

Samuel Daniel Shafiishuna Nujoma (12 May 1929, Ongandjera, Ovamboland, Southwest Africa) is a Namibian politician who was the first President of Namibia from 1990 to 2005. He led the South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) in its long struggle against South African rule and took office as President when Namibia obtained independence on 21 March 1990. Also he was President of SWAPO from its founding in 1960 until 2007.


Right of him is the parliament building in Windhoek, Namibia's capital.

The Tintenpalast (German for "Ink Palace") is the seat of both chambers of the Namibian legislature, the National Council and the National Assembly. It is located in the Namibian capital of Windhoek, just north of Robert Mugabe Avenue. It was designed by German architect Gottlieb Redecker and built by the company Sander & Kock between 1912 and 1913 out of regional materials as an administration building for the German government, which colonized Namibia at the time. As an allusion to the large ink usage by the workers in the building, it was named "Tintenpalast" or "Ink Palace". The building is surrounded by the Parliament Gardens which is very popular among the inhabitants of Windhoek.

Denominations in numerals are in top left and bottom right corners. In words on the left side.


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Three antelopes Springbok.

Antidorcas marsupialis

Rams may weigh up to 50 Kg., and ewes only up to 37 Kg. Their striking body colour renders them easily recognizable. Shoulders appear lower than the hindquarters. Cinnamon coloured upper body, white underparts and a broad dark brown stripe on either flank stretching from the front legs to the rear legs. The short white tail is brown tufted. The rump is marked by a triangular-shaped white patch, framed by a dark brown stripe with the apex on the top of the hindquarters. Horns of ewes are more slender and shorter than those of rams.

coat of arms namibia

Namibian coat of arms is on the top.

The arms are blazoned as follows:

Flag of Namibia: Tierced per bend sinister Azure, and Vert, a bend sinister Gules fimbriated Argent and in dexter chief a Sun with twelve straight rays Or charged with an annulet Azure.

Crest: Upon a traditional head-ring Vert charged with six lozenges conjoined Or, a fish eagle rising wings elevated and displayed proper.

Supporters: Two oryx proper.

Compartment: A Namib sand dune with a Welwitschia mirabilis on the foreground.

Motto: "Unity, Liberty, Justice".

Oryx - The oryx is a large antelope of striking appearance with long, spearlike horns. It has a thick, horse like neck with a short mane and a compact, muscular body. A defined pattern of black markings that contrast with the white face and fawn-colored body are prominently displayed in dominance rituals to emphasize the length of horns and strength of the shoulder. The head is marked with black triangular patches and broad black stripes that extend from the base of the horns over the eyes to the cheeks. Originally, various oryx species were found in all of Africa's arid regions.

The Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina). The Lesser Spotted Eagle breeds in Central and Eastern Europe and southeastward to Turkey, and winters in Africa.

Welwítschia mirábilis

Welwitschia mirabilis grows in isolated communities in the Namib Desert, in a narrow strip, about 1 000 km along up the coast from the Kuiseb River in central Namibia to Mossamedes in southern Angola. The plants are seldom found more than 100 to 150 km from the coast, and their distribution coincides with the fog belt. Welwitschia is still common in its habitat and shows variability, which is a sign that it is far from extinction. They are neither endangered nor rare, nevertheless they are protected by law. Bushmen tribes call this plant "great lord".

Denominations in numerals are in top left and bottom right corners.


The Bank of Namibia has discovered that the diamond-shaped optically variable ink patch on the N$10 and N$20 notes was cracking after multiple folding and handling. The Bank of Namibia has recently issued in limited quantity, the N$10 and N$20 notes on paper with improved quality and shifted the placement of the diamond-shaped optically variable ink feature.

1. Glossy prints, Bank initials "BON" and the denomination number "10" become shiny and are visible on the front side when the note is tilted

2. When the note is held up against the light the Bank initials "BON" are complete.

3. When tilted the diamond changes colour from gold to green and the number "10" appears at the center.

4. Engraved Portrait of H. E. Dr Sam Nujoma.

5. Relief mark for the visually impaired.

6. Watermark: the portrait of H. E. Dr Sam Nujoma and the banknote value "10" appear when the note is held up against the light

7. The security thread changes colour from green to a split of magenta and blue.