Category Archives: World Paper Money

The Joint Coinage of Qatar and Dubai

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Qatar & Dubai AH1386-1966 25 Dirhams, PCGS MS64. Images courtesy PCGS The Gulf Emirate States are an amazing and rich area of the world, with the history of this region stretching back thousands of years. Prior to the discovery of oil there and the wealth from it, what today […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Realize Over $11.5 Million in October Hong Kong Auction

Auction firm Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio continues to deliver world-class sales of quality numismatic material and realize impressive prices, regardless of the challenging and unprecedented circumstances of the year 2020. The firm’s incredible Hong Kong series of auctions clearly demonstrates the firm’s success, as their colossal 10th-anniversary auction in May 2020 shot past expectations and […]

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Reserve Bank of Australia Announces $100 Banknote Release Date

By Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) ……   The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced that the new $100 banknote will be released into general circulation on October 29, 2020. Existing $100 banknotes retain legal tender status and can continue to be used. The new banknotes have been in production since mid-2019 and will soon […]

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Two Sides of a Bill

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a country of immense natural beauty and thousands of years of cultural history that resonates to the present day. With human habitation attested to as early as 16,000-12,000 BCE by the Badanj cave carvings, this beautiful land has been home to many peoples: Ancient […]

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Hong Kong Auction to Feature Pavilion Dollars, Rare Ta-Ching Banknote

The Mysterious ‘Pavilion Dollars’ of 1921 By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… As interaction increased between the western world and the late Imperial/early Republican China, a yearning to modernize Chinese medicine and healthcare caused an influx of both scholarship and funding by the Rockefeller Foundation. Roger Sherman Greene II served […]

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The Paper Money Coin of 1574 – The First Paper Currency of Europe

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Netherlands Leiden 1574 Siege ¼ Gulden, PCGS XF40 Paper money requires a sacrifice, as they are not of any intrinsic value. It has a value that is assigned to the piece and based on a fiat or faith-based system that requires users to accept it for a particular value. […]

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Archives International Auction 61 of Stocks, Bonds, and World Banknotes

Auction 61: October 4-5, 2020 To be sold at public auction in three sessions over two days, beginning at 11:00 am ET each day   During this unprecedented time period, the team at Archives International is committed to taking every safety precaution to protect participants in our auctions: We have continued to reduce the number […]

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Egypt: Central Bank governor confirms plans to produce polymer banknotes for early 2021

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The governor of the Central Bank of Egypt has confirmed (10th September) they will begin to print Egyptian pound banknotes on polymer from the beginning of 2021

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Egypt: Central Bank governor confirms plans to produce polymer banknotes for early 2021

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The governor of the Central Bank of Egypt has confirmed (10th September) they will begin to print Egyptian pound banknotes on polymer from the beginning of 2021

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Heritage Presents Special Auctions of Mexican 8 Reales, Canadian Paper Money

A Special Selection of Mexican 8 Reales Heritage World and Ancient Coins is presenting a month-long auction featuring A Special Selection of Mexican 8 Reales. Bidding is open now through Coins.HA.com, with the live session scheduled for Sunday, August 30 at 8 PM CT. Mexican 8 Reales pieces were struck in large quantities from many […]

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Ultra Rare Issued 1919 50 Rubles Provisional Government Russian Banknote

Russian Banknotes by Christopher Dahncke – Currency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… One of the more intriguing notes offered in the Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction is a P-39Ba 1919 Russian Provisional Government 50 Rubles Credit Note, graded Very Fine 25 EPQ by PMG and retaining fully original paper from 100 years ago. Two […]

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Ancient Type Coins, Crown and Medallic Collections Highlight Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present their annual August Ancient and World auction, featuring over 3,000 lots of coins, medals, and paper money. Scheduled to take place at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, this rich offering of material will comprise three live sessions August 5 and 6, with three additional online sessions […]

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Rare Zanzibar Note, Canadian $5 in Stack’s Bowers Paper Money Auction

Serial Number 1 Merchants Bank of Canada 5 Dollar By Christopher Dahncke – Currency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The upcoming Stack’s Bowers August 2020 World Paper Money auction offers an exciting and vast array of notes from a variety of countries. One is a 5 Dollar Merchants Bank of Canada issued note, CH […]

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Armando Valdes Collection of South American Banknote Proofs at Heritage Auctions

The latest month-long currency auction from Heritage covers The Armando Valdes Collection of South American Banknote Proofs, a fascinating collection assembled over the course of more than a decade. This auction runs through May 31, with the live bidding session scheduled to begin at 7PM CT on May 31. Our team of expert numismatists and […]

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Over $13,000,000 in Coins and Banknotes Sold at Stack’s Bowers Ponterio’s 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to announce the results from their recently concluded May Hong Kong auction. Total prices realized for this monumental 10th anniversary sale were $13,207,382 USD, but that only tells part of the story. The sale had been rescheduled from its original date in March and was put in jeopardy of […]

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Zimbabwe: Reserve Bank announces introduction of larger denomination dollar banknotes into circulation

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has announced (14th May) it will be releasing larger value banknotes into circulation. The release of the ZWL $10 denomination will commence from the date of the announcement, and the issue of the ZWL $20 denomination is scheduled to enter circulation from the first week of June 2020

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Spanish Colonial, Colombian Coins Star in Sedwick’s May 27-29 Treasure Auction

By Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC …… A wealth of shipwreck gold and silver treasure plus a selection of Colombian numismatic rarities will star on May 27-29 in Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC’s online Treasure, World, U.S. Coin & Paper Money Auction 27. As usual for this top auctioneer of Spanish colonial material, Sedwick’s sale features many […]

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Paper Money Care Package – CONTENTS REVEAL STREAM

A CoinWeek follower sent us an interesting care package filled with a variety of very used but interesting banknotes and other numismatic items to enjoy while everyone is on lockdown. For this CoinWeek video stream, editor Charles Morgan and his daughter Stella go through some of the most interesting pieces from the box and share […]

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IBNS 2019 Bank Note of the Year Award Goes to Aruba

Founded in 1961, the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) is a non-profit group dedicated to the collection and study of banknotes and other forms of paper money issued around the world. And since 2005, the Society’s thousands of members in numerous countries around the world have selected a new banknote released in the previous year […]

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The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

Modern World Coins & Currency By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. If you’ve followed our writing at CoinWeek over the years, you’re probably aware of our advocacy for modern circulation strike U.S. coins, specifically coins from 1965 to 1982, or what we like to call the U.S. late modern period. Suffice it to […]

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Scotland: “Fabric of Nature” polymer series continues with release of new £20 banknotes

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In line with the Bank of England’s introduction of their polymer £20 banknote on the 20th February, the Royal Bank of Scotland has released their corresponding banknote which is also produced on the same plastic substrate

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Heritage to Offer the Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer Collection of World Banknotes

Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer have spent a lifetime specializing U.S. and British Commonwealth banknotes. Their collection of World Banknotes is among the finest ever assembled. On April 24, Heritage is proud to present an auction of their collection, featuring rarities spanning the world over, some of the finest to be offered in decades. This […]

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Tunisia: New banknotes feature first female personality in the Arab world and honour country’s first female doctor

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The Banque Centrale de Tunisie has released (27th March) new banknotes, which, for the first time in the modern history of the Arab world, an Arab nation has issued a banknote featuring a woman

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The Don Diego Luna Collection Month-Long Auction of Cuban Coins and Currency From Heritage

The latest offering among Heritage’s Month-Long auctions is the Don Diego Luna Collection. This collection is focused entirely on Cuba, containing selections of coins, currency, tokens, medals, and even badges. This auction, takes place entirely through coins.HA.com, with a live auction to be conducted through Heritage Live scheduled for 8 PM CT on March 29. […]

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Australia Reveals Design of Next Generation $100 Banknote

By Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) …… On February 24, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) revealed the design of the new $100 banknote, which is the final denomination to be redesigned as part of the Next Generation Banknote Program. The banknote will be released into circulation in the second half of 2020. As with […]

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Australia: Newly re-designed $100 banknote unveiled by the Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank revealed (24th February) the design of the new $100 banknote, which is the final denomination to be redesigned as part of the Next Generation Banknote Program. As with the existing banknote introduced into circulation in 1996, the new $100 features revised images of Sir John Monash on its back side and Dame Nellie Melba, who is portrayed on the face side

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Scottish Banks to Roll Out New £20 Polymer Banknotes in March

By De La Rue, plc …… Over the next two weeks, three new polymer £20 banknotes will be released into circulation throughout Scotland, starting with the Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale notes today and finishing with the Royal Bank of Scotland’s note on March 5, 2020. This is the first time that the Scottish £20 […]

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Trinidad and Tobago: Central Bank unveils new family of polymer banknotes

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The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago has unveiled (21st February) concept designs of their new series of updated banknotes which are to be produced in polymer

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Bank of England Enters New £20 Note Into Circulation

By De La Rue, plc …… On February 20, 2020, De La Rue announced that the new Bank of England £20 note has entered circulation. It features the artist J. M. W. Turner and is the third denomination in the series to convert to a polymer substrate, following on from the £5 and £10, in […]

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A Ming Note with Historical Provenance at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

In our 10 Year Anniversary Sale at the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong, Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be once again be offering a few Ming Dynasty notes in various conditions. However, one note will stand out from the group, but not for the typical reasons like vermillion overprints or bold impressions. While the note may […]

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Stack’s Bowers NYINC World Paper Money Highlights

By Tracy Schmidt 
I enjoyed the selection of World Currency offered at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries January 2020 NYINC Auction.  There was a strong selection of Canadian currency offered. I enjoyed seeing the variety of notes offered by Bermuda and the Bahamas

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Bank of Canada Launches Public Consultation for New $5 Banknote

By Bank of Canada …… Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Governor Stephen S. Poloz today announced that the Bank of Canada is launching public consultations to select an iconic Canadian to appear on the next $5 bank note. Canadians can submit nominations by using the Bank of Canada’s submission form by March 11, 2020. […]

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PMG Grading On-site at PaperMoneyFair – Maastricht in April

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) is pleased to announce that it will conduct on-site authentication, grading and encapsulation of paper money at the world-famous PaperMoneyFair – Maastricht in April. The PMG on-site grading event will be held March 30 through April 5, 2020 at the show in Valkenburg, just east of Maastricht, the Netherlands. This is […]

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PMG Certifies Highlights of Omar Waddington Collection of Scottish and Irish Notes

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has certified more than 800 selections from the Omar Waddington Collection of Banknotes. The impressive group is focused primarily on 20th-century issues from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. The notes were submitted by Spink, a global auction house founded in London in 1666. They are being offered in an auction to […]

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PMG Celebrates 15 Years, Nearly 5 Million Notes Graded

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020, a year that will also see the world’s leading third-party paper money grading service surpass five million notes certified. Both of these milestones of longevity and volume are unparalleled achievements in third-party paper money grading. PMG graded its one-millionth note just five years ago […]

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Hong Kong: Last two banknote denominations to be released in time for lai see Lunar Year celebrations

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The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has announced on the 1st January the two remaining banknote denominations which are part of the 2018 banknote series entitled “Hong Kong Spirit” will be issued on the 14th January

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Spain: Possible €1.6 billion windfall for Banco de Espana as billions of pesetas still remain unredeemed

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If you’re one of the many who have a stash of pesetas lying around somewhere in your drawer from an unforgettable holiday, you’re not alone, as it has been reported that more than 1

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PMG-Certified 1975 2 Yuan Proof Leads Sale of Professor Hsu Collection

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has certified the collection of Yih-Tzong Hsu, a Taiwanese professor who is a leading collector and researcher of Chinese banknotes. The PMG certified collection of nearly 300 Chinese notes – dozens of them Specimens and Proofs – will be sold by Spink in Hong Kong on January 3-4, 2020. The centerpiece […]

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Finest PMG Curacao 1960 25 Gulden Note Offered in Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction

By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… NYINC Paper Money Highlights Our upcoming New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) Auction in January will offer one of the nicest Dutch Colonial pieces we have offered in recent memory. In lot 30193, bidders will have the opportunity to purchase a 1960 […]

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Highlights From the Stack’s Bowers NYINC World Paper Money Sale

By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… NYINC Paper Money Highlights Welcome to our World Paper Money Sale at the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) for the year 2020. Enclosed within this catalog, you will find many lots that have never been offered at public auction, along with […]

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Extremely Special CH#55-20-02 1884 5 Dollar Banknote at Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction

In the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction at the January 2020 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), we will be offering a very special 1884 Bank of British North America 5 Dollar note certified by PCGS Currency. This extremely rare example is one of only seven pieces known. Two are housed in an institutional collection […]

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European Central Bank: New president adds her signature to euro notes in ceremony at headquarters

The new president of the European Central Bank took part in a ceremony (27th November) in which she added her signature to a ceremonial display banknote, further solidifying her tenure as the head of the European Central Bank. Christine Lagarde, former head of the International Monetary Fund and a French national, was nominated in July 2019 and confirmed in September as the Central Bank’s new president for an eight-year non-renewable term

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MA-Shops: A Brief Sampling of Banknotes

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… I wanted to discuss a topic about banknotes. So, I started searching for banknotes on MA-Shops. It came to my notice that MA-Shops has a great collection of banknotes for paper money collectors. In this blog, I will give a few examples of the banknotes […]

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MA-Shops: A Brief Sampling of Banknotes

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com ……   I wanted to discuss a topic about banknotes. So, I started searching for banknotes on MA-Shops. It came to my notice that MA-Shops has a great collection of banknotes for paper money collectors. In this blog, I will give a few examples of the […]

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Heritage to Offer Yuri Solovey Collections of China and Banque de l’Indochine Banknotes

We are pleased to offer yet another installment of the Yuri Solovey Collection (session 1) as a part of our December 4-6 Signature Auction of World Paper Money. Mr. Solovey is an investor and businessman with a passion for traveling and culture and is drawn to paper money because of its artistry and history. His […]

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Monaco: Gadoury Monte Carlo autumn auction realises spectacular results

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Editions V Gadoury Auctions, with offices in Monte Carlo, held their two-day autumn auction on the 15th and 16th November

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Switzerland: National Bank announces that time limit to exchange old banknotes is eliminated

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On the 13th November, the Swiss National Bank decided to rescind the regulation which invalidates Swiss Franc banknotes from redemption after a specific posted date

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Stack’s Bowers October Collectors Choice Online Auction of World and Ancient Coins and World Paper Money

  By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Our October 2019 Collectors Choice Sale is now online! Check out StacksBowers.com to view over 1,800 lots of Ancient Coins, World Coins and World Paper Money valued over $700,000 USD. Over 93% of the sale is being offered WITHOUT RESERVE! The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our […]

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Poland: Commemorative banknote issued to honour centenary of first national currency

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The National Bank of Poland has released new commemorative banknotes which remember the country’s first currency issued just after the re-establishment of Polish independence following the conclusion of the First World War

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Albania: Newly revised banknote series launched, 200 and 5,000-lekë notes issued

The Bank of Albania — Banka e Shqipërisë has issued (30th September) two new banknotes that initiate a new family of banknotes which will consist of the currently issued denominations. The 200-lekë note (U

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United Kingdom: Bank of England unveils latest polymer £20 banknote that pays tribute to famed 19th-century painter, JMW Turner

The Bank of England today unveiled their next release in the current “G” series which will be the £20 denomination depicting the eminent 19th-century painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). The famed artist was born in Covent Garden, London, as the son of a barber and wig maker

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Albania: Newly revised banknote series launched, 200 and 5,000-lekë notes issued

The Bank of Albania — Banka e Shqipërisë has issued (30th September) two new banknotes that initiate a new family of banknotes which will consist of the currently issued denominations. The 200-lekë note (U

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More Than 200 PMG-Certified Notes From Manzi Collection to be Offered October 10

Over 200 banknotes certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) comprise the bulk of The Lou Manzi Collection of English Banknotes – Part 2 sale, being held October 10, 2019, by renowned global auction house Spink and Son Ltd. The Manzi Collection ranks among the all-time finest assemblages of British banknotes and includes many highly desirable […]

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Reserve Bank of Australia Announces Release Date for New $20 Banknote

  By Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) …… The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and Bank Governor Philip Lowe have announced that the new $20 banknote will be released into general circulation on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. While they will soon be shipped around the country in time for release, as with any new banknote […]

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The Bank of England takes pride in launching the “G” series £50 banknote featuring computer scientist Alan Turing

The planned issue of the Bank of England’s next generation £50 polymer banknote was announced by Governor Mark Carney during a special event which revealed that computer scientist Alan Turing would be the featured personality on the back.
The process to unveil the design and personality to be featured on the UK’s next £50 banknote all began when the Bank of England asked the country in November 2018 who should be portrayed on the back

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The Bank of England takes pride in launching the “G” series £50 banknote featuring computer scientist Alan Turing

The planned issue of the Bank of England’s next generation £50 polymer banknote was announced by Governor Mark Carney during a special event which revealed that computer scientist Alan Turing would be the featured personality on the back.
The process to unveil the design and personality to be featured on the UK’s next £50 banknote all began when the Bank of England asked the country in November 2018 who should be portrayed on the back

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More Than 200 PMG-Certified Banknotes From Ibrahim Salem Collection Part 2 to be Sold

More than 200 banknotes certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) are part of the Ibrahim Salem Collection of British Commonwealth Banknotes Part 2 sale being held October 2, 2019, by renowned global auction house Spink & Son Ltd. Most of these notes were certified at a PMG on-site grading event held in Munich over the […]

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Henrik Holt Christensen Joins Stack’s Bowers as Europe Paper Money Consignment Director

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce that Henrik Holt Christensen has joined the company as Consignment Director of Europe. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and experience, Mr. Christensen will focus on expanding Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ European network and growing the firm’s World Paper Money department. He will be at the Maastricht Paper Money Fair […]

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Mexico: New “G” series 200-peso banknote unveiled and introduced into circulation

The Banco de Mexico has announced (2nd September) the issue of their second banknote which is part of the bank’s “G” series. The 200-peso banknote (U

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The Harry M. Eisenhauer Collection of Canadian Currency at Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Sale

Some of the most remarkable collections are built by the collectors and researchers that give back to the hobby most. Harry M. Eisenhauer is no exception. Harry specialized in Canadian Chartered Banknotes, with a particular focus on the Eastern Provinces of Canada. Over 50 years of collecting, he was able to acquire some of the […]

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Morocco: Commemorative banknotes celebrate 20th anniversary of accession of King Mohammed VI

The Bank Al-Maghrib announced (21st August) the release of commemorative banknotes of 20 dirhams that celebrate the 20th anniversary of the accession of HM King Mohammed VI in 1999. After a rule of 38 years, King Hassan II, father of the current king, died at the age of 70

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Newly Discovered Santa Maria, CA Serial Number 1 Red Seal Offered in Stack’s Bowers ANA Sale

New Santa Maria Note Added to Sale​   By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to feature in our Official Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money the first Red Seal to come forward from the First National Bank of Santa Maria, California. This offering is […]

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Heritage Auction Offers Solovey Collection of Japanese and Chinese Foreign Banknotes

We are pleased to offer yet another incredible installment of the Yuri Solovey Collection, consisting of both The Yuri Solovey Collection of Japan and Territories and The Yuri Solovey Collection of Chinese Foreign Banks & Hong Kong. The Yuri Solovey Collection is featured in its own stand-alone catalog as a part of the June 26-28 […]

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World Paper Money: New 100 and 200 Euro Banknotes to Enter Circulation May 28

New euro banknotes from the European Central Bank (ECB) ….. The new 100 and 200 euro banknotes will be put into circulation on May 28, 2019. They incorporate new innovative safety features, namely the satellite hologram and the enhanced emerald number. With these cuts of 100 and 200 euros, the series “Europe” will be complete. Euro banknotes […]

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PMG-Certified Selections From Manzi Collection Excel at Auction

PMG certified the top 10 notes in London’s Spink sale of important United Kingdom currency   A high-profile collection of United Kingdom banknotes — some dating to the 18th century and most of them certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) — sold briskly Thursday in an auction presented by the venerable London firm Spink. The […]

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PMG-Graded Notes Lead the Way in Spink Auction in London

Two PMG-certified banknotes from India and another from Zanzibar led the results of a Spink auction of world banknotes held April 17-18 in London. In all, eight of the top 10 lots were certified by PMG. The top lot was an India 1858-60 10 Rupees Progressive Proof, which dates from a time of transition in […]

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PMG Currency Grading: German Vampire Notes

If you turn three German notes to the left at a 90-degree angle, there is an image that looks like a vampire   During the early 1920s, post-World War I Germany saw its economy spiraling out of control. Hyperinflation took over the Weimar Republic from 1921 to 1923 (though it had begun slowly accelerating right […]

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Paper Money Spring Show, Maastricht, proves to be a huge hit with dealers and collectors alike

For the banknote enthusiasts or notaphilists to be wholly accurate, this last weekend was an important date in the banknote collector’s calendar, which took them to the delightful city of Valkenburg. In the current electronic payments climate where we’re witnessing a race to determine which country will rush to the finish line to be the first cashless economy, the atmosphere at the Paper Money Fair was anything but cashless, as banknotes were the order of the day as collectors and dealers alike noticed a significant upturn in both the demand and availability of a variety of banknotes

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PMG-Graded Banknotes From Muszynski and Dauer Collections to be Sold in April

More than 150 banknotes that were certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) from two important collections are being offered in a Spink auction in London, April 17-18. They include 97 PMG-certified banknotes from the Michael Muszynski Collection of Sub-Saharan Africa and 62 PMG-certified banknotes from the Joanne and Edward Dauer Collection of Burma, Ceylon and […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Spring Hong Kong Auction Realizes Nearly $7 Million

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their Spring 2019 auction presented in conjunction with the sixth Hong Kong Coin Show held at the Mira Hotel. The vibrant market, aided by an impressive and dynamic offering of desirable rarities, helped the sale exceed expectations, with total prices […]

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Travel “Round the World in Banknotes” With Coincraft’s New Catalogue

Coincraft – one of the largest sources for coins, banknotes and many collector objects in the United Kingdom – has assembled a new catalogue of highly collectible banknotes that includes selections of vintage and some very recent banknotes issued by Central Banks. Entitled Round the World in Banknotes, the 47 full-color catalogue boasts offerings from […]

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PMG Grades Highlights From Ibrahim Salem Collection of British Commonwealth Notes, Part I

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has certified over 250 selections from part one of the Ibrahim Salem Collection of British Commonwealth Banknotes. The amazing group includes numerous rare and important issues from current and former territories of the United Kingdom. PMG certified the notes at its first London on-site grading event, which was held in January […]

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Northern Ireland: New polymer vertical motif banknotes featuring “Living in Nature” enter circulation

The Ulster Bank Plc, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland has released (27th February) two of their new denominations which are launched as part of a new family of vertically designed banknotes entitled “Living in Nature,” Initially unveiled in May 2018, the new banknotes carry the date 12 APRIL 2018 along with the signature of Ross McEwan, chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group of which the Ulster Bank is a part of. The £5 and £10 notes are produced on polymer, and the Ulster Bank is now making the move to this substrate as the Bank of England has done with the issue of these same denominations

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PMG Grades Second-Known 1920 Home Bank of Canada $5

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has certified the second-known example of the 1920-dated Home Bank of Canada $5. The issue was previously thought to be unique, with the only example being in the National Currency Collection of The Bank of Canada. The note, recently certified by PMG, is the first and only in private hands. This […]

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Bahamas: New half dollar banknotes debut as part of CRISP banknote series

The Central Bank of the Bahamas has released (24th January) their fourth banknote which is part of their current family of banknotes and incorporates CRISP technology. In keeping with its launch strategy for the CRISP Evolution (CE) family of banknotes which began in 2016 with the issue of the $10 denomination in 2016, the half dollar denomination was introduced into circulation and is the first complete re-design of this banknote denomination since 1984

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Cash awards for top exhibits

Exhibitors will compete for cash prizes at the International Paper Money Show June 13-16 in Kansas City, Mo.
Top prize will be $250 for the Best of Show. Winners in each of five classes will receive $100

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World Paper Money – Hidden Messages in Propaganda Notes of Japanese-Occupied China

Chinese banknotes insulted the Japanese enemy and instilled hope in an occupied people By Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) ……   While many American historians cite the start of World War II as the invasion of Poland in 1939, scholars of Asian history often state that the war had, in fact, begun two years earlier, following […]

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MA-Shops: Denarius – New World Coin & Banknote Offers From Norway

MA-Shops gives a warm welcome to Denarius By MA-Shops.com …… A Norwegian 1917 2 øre and 1670 King Frederik III funeral commemorative coin, both beautiful items, are among the new offerings from the shop Denarius. This new shop, owned by Marius Ringsrud, is a member of the Norwegian Coin Dealer Assocation since 2017. Marius received […]

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Iraq: New and improved banknotes include new design representing Assyrian community

The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has unveiled (7th October) changes to the upcoming series of new banknote designs which are aimed at both modernising the currency and better reflecting the nation’s heritage and diversity.
The last significant redesign of Iraqi banknotes came after the country’s invasion, which was initiated by the United States and its coalition in 2003

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Czech note tops Stack’s Bowers auction

Stack’s Bowers’ world paper money sale at the ANA convention consisted of both live and Internet sales for both general world paper and the final tranche of the Eldorado collection of Colombia.
Desirable Czechoslovakian 500 korun of 1923, P-18a, that sold for four times upper estimate, or $40,800, in a remarkable PMG About Uncirculated 55. (Image courtesy Stack’s Bowers)
Top-selling lot was a remarkable Czechoslovakian 500 korun of 1923, P-18a

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Liberia: Authorities seek answers to the curious disappearance of new banknotes

The Liberian government has announced that they are vigorously investigating the unexplained disappearance of two huge shipments of Liberian dollar banknotes printed abroad and brought into the country. The administration of President George Weah has now approached the U

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Eastern Caribbean Central Bank announces new family of polymer banknotes to be issued in 2019

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has announced (11th September) that a new family of banknotes with new designs and security features will be issued from next year with the two largest denominations: The $50 (U.S

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Mexico: Introduction of new 500-peso banknote launches new series

The Banco de Mexico has introduced (28th August) new 500-peso banknotes into circulation that launch a new series of currency notes and initiate three important changes to Mexican banknotes. The new 500-peso banknote (U

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority launches new banknote series from issuing banks

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the central association which governs and regulates the issue of banknotes from the three commercial banks and issues currency banknotes in the City State has launched (23rd July) new banknotes and themes for the 2018–2019 series. The HKMA regulates the issue of banknotes from Note Issuing Banks (or NIB’s), which include the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, the Standard Chartered Bank, and the Bank of China — who issue these currency notes on behalf of the HKMA

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Paper Money – What Are The World’s 15 Highest Denominations Ranked by GDP

Paper Money Denominations Updated by Coinweek Staff July 24, 2018 ……. Ever wonder what the highest-denomination paper money banknotes are in the world’s top-producing nations based on GDP? At a time when terrorism and other criminal activities increasingly have the attention of international police and regulatory agencies, there is greater pressure on authorities to eliminate the […]

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Counterfeit Banknotes – The Story of Czeslaw Bojarski

Counterfeit Banknotes – By Ethan Bickford, PMG Researcher …….. One of the most successful makers of counterfeit banknotes of the 20th century was Czeslaw Bojarski and he preferred to work alone. We have many prefabricated images in our heads of counterfeit banknotes operations; massive mafia printing operations in some dingy cellar in the city, massive […]

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South Africa Releases Designs for Coins, Currency Commemorating Nelson Mandela

By South African Reserve Bank ……   The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) will be launching its first commemorative banknote series, in celebration of the first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela’s birth centenary. These notes will cover all denominations – R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. As part of the celebrations, the South African Mint, […]

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South Africa: First-ever commemorative banknotes celebrate birth centenary of Nelson Mandela

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) announced (14th June) they will be launching their first commemorative banknote series, in celebration of the birth centenary of the country’s first post-apartheid president, Nelson Mandela. These notes will include all currently circulating denominations R10, R20, R50, R100, and R200

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Asian Monetary History at Heritage Hong Kong World Currency Auction

A diverse selection of over 700 world currency banknotes from China and other parts of Asia will be featured in Heritage Auctions’ Hong Kong World Currency Signature Auction, to take place June 27-29 in Hong Kong (June 26-28 in the US). As always, for those of you unable to make it to the live auction, bidding […]

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Azerbaijan: Central bank unveils design of the new 200-manat banknote denomination

The Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan has unveiled (24th May) a new 200-manat banknote denomination, which, when issued, will be the country’s largest value of currency in circulation. The banknotes are part of the current family of banknotes initially introduced in 2006 during which a currency re-valuation was also introduced that saw one new manat equalling 5,000 old manats

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World Paper Money: The Clara Schumann German Mark

During the 1980s, the Deutsche Bundesbank issued a new series of banknotes, which included famous German artists and scientists as a way to honor their life and work By Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) …… One banknote that displays multiple musical instruments is the Federal Republic of Germany 100 Deutsche Mark (German Mark). A simple but […]

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World Paper Money – South Africa Treasures in Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Sale

By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… In our May Collectors Choice Sale closing live at StacksBowers.com on May 16, are featured two important pieces of paper money from South Africa. Lot 72357 is a Pick 39, South Africa Treasury 1 Pond, with an 1872 date, in a PCGS […]

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Paper Money of Belgium in Stack’s Bowers May Collector’s Choice Sale

By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Our May Collector’s Choice World Paper Money Sale is currently available online. This sale offers over 400 lots of certified material and is strong in many areas. One of the standout countries is Belgium, a section that contains the following highlights. Lot […]

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Welcome to the Stack’s Bowers April Hong Kong Auction

By Richard Ponterio – Executive Vice President, Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong Auction ……   Welcome to the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April 2018 Hong Kong Auction Showcase Auction! I am pleased to present our latest auction catalog. The dedicated staff at Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio toiled for months to prepare this sale, which […]

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Thailand: Central Bank unveils new bank notes depicting King Rama X

The Bank of Thailand have unveiled (8th March) the new series of bank notes which will depict the country’s new King Rama X, who succeeded his father the late King Bhumibul Adulyadej (Rama IX), after a reign of 70 years — the longest reign within the Chakri dynasty and in Thai history. The new bank notes which are designated as series 17, were only finalised after the elaborate cremation ceremony of the late king in October 2017 — one year after his actual death

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio presents the April 2018 Hong Kong Paper Money Auction

Santa Ana, California — Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to announce their April 2018 Hong Kong Paper Money Auction. It presents a very diverse auction and the catalog contains pieces for every type of collector of Asian bank notes, from empire to commonwealth, and all the way down to fancy numbers and errors

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Presents April 2018 Hong Kong Paper Money Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to announce their April 2018 Hong Kong Paper Money Auction. It presents a very diverse auction and the catalog contains pieces for every type of collector of Asian banknotes, from Empire, to Commonwealth, and all the way down to fancy numbers and errors. Included among the highlights are pieces […]

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Tunisia: Slain independence leader Farhat Hached depicted on new 20-dinar bank note

The Central Bank of Tunisia has placed into circulation (21st December 2017) a new 20-dinar bank note featuring a portrait of Farhat Hached (1914-1952), a Tunisian trade unionist who was also one of the leaders of the pro-independence Tunisian national movement, along with Habib Bourguiba (1903–2000), first president of Tunisia, and Salah ben Youssef (1907–1961), another key leader of the Tunisian national movement. For decades after the death of Hached, often referred to as “the Martyr,” it was thought that he had been assassinated by a group called “La Main Rouge” (The Red Hand), an armed organisation whose perceived aim was thought to favour a continued French presence in Tunisia

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The Stack’s Bowers Galleries NYINC Auction of World and Ancient Coins realizes $9.82 million

New York — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the results of their January 2018 international auction. An excellent array of coins was anchored by the exceptional Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins

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Final NYINC Stack’s Bowers auction preview: World paper money

One of the first major paper money auctions of the year will be organized by Stack’s Bowers during the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), held from January 12 to 14 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Manhattan. A show that traditionally has been held at the Waldorf Astoria, it has now moved up the street to an entirely new venue

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Stack’s Bowers Presents the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins

  By Lawrence R. Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   The Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins and Paper Money, offered in two auction catalogs, is an important event in Latin American numismatics and is the finest ever cataloged. It is a fitting backdrop that the sales will be conducted as part of our […]

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Unique Record Book of Colombian Banknote Proofs at Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction

A featured highlight from the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Paper Money, which crosses the auction block January 11 in the official auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), is an official American Bank Note Company archival record book of  1923-1979 Colombian Banknote Proofs Issues. Lot 10564 is a unique archival record Colombian Banknote […]

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Selected Highlights from the upcoming Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auctions including the Eldorado Collection

Below are some of the highlights from the upcoming Stack’s Bowers auction sessions during the NYINC show in New York City. There is a treasure trove of Columbian coins and paper money from the Eldorado Collection 1923 COLOMBIA 5 Pesos Banco de la República Billete Provisional banknote  Overprinted on Casa de Moneda de Medellín. PMG Choice Very Fine […]

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Selected Highlights from the upcoming Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auctions including the Eldorado Collection

Below are some of the highlights from the upcoming Stack’s Bowers auction sessions during the NYINC show in New York City. There is a treasure trove of Colombian coins and paper money from the Eldorado Collection 1923 COLOMBIA 5 Pesos Banco de la República Billete Provisional banknote  Overprinted on Casa de Moneda de Medellín. PMG Choice Very Fine […]

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Paper Money Auction – Extremely Rare 1896 Puerto Rico 5 Pesos

By Aris Maragoudakis – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… In our January 2018 New York International Sale on January 12, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, we will be offering a very special Puerto Rico 1896 5 Pesos note in Lot 30390. The note is from the Banco Espanol de Puerto Rico, and […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Showcase Eldorado Collection of Columbian Paper Money

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be showcasing the first installment of The Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins and Paper Money as part of their official auction January 11-13, 2018 during the New York International Convention (NYINC) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The Eldorado Collection, offered in two auction catalogs, is an important […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Offer Prohibitively Rare 1894 British Honduras $1 at NYINC Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the offering of a first-issue British Honduras One Dollar note in their official auction of the 2018 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), January 12-13 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This note is being offered publicly for the first time, having been in private hands since the mid-1890s. […]

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Coin Club News – An Interview with David Chio of the Macau Numismatic Society

  By Yuan Shui Qing, Xi’an Numismatic Society, for the Journal of East Asian Numismatics …… The Macau Numismatic Society was founded in 1988, and since then has become a major player in the Greater Chinese collecting sector. The Society’s leading figure is David Chio. David Chio was born in 1957 in Macau. After much […]

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October Collector’s Choice Online Sale from Stack’s Bowers

By Aris Maragoudakis – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… Our upcoming Collectors Choice Online (CCO) Auction for World Paper Money is right around the corner, closing on October 4, 2017. It promises to offer very exciting items sure to fill gaps in many collections. These sales present strictly certified material, cater to consignors who are […]

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Spink: Charles I, the Placeholder for King Tutankhamun

Another September rolls around, and with it another pair of banknote shows in Maastricht and London. Spink are holding a total of seven Spink banknotes auctions to coincide with these shows. The World Banknotes sale is another gargantuan one at almost 2000 lots and will take place from 27th – 29th September 2017 in London. […]

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Spink Paper Money – Charles I, the Placeholder for King Tutankhamun

Another September rolls around, and with it another pair of banknote shows in Maastricht and London. Spink are holding a total of seven Spink banknotes auctions to coincide with these shows. The World Banknotes sale is another gargantuan one at almost 2000 lots and will take place from 27th – 29th September 2017 in London. […]

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PMG Certifies Rare People’s Republic of China 10,000 Yuan Banknote

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has certified a rare, high-denomination banknote from the early years of the People’s Republic of China. The 1951 10,000 Yüan note is attributed as Pick 858Aa (Pick refers to the catalog numbers originally developed by Albert Pick and used by the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money) and graded PMG AU […]

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World Paper Money Auctions – Collection of Persian Banknotes Offered by Spink

Spink are very excited by the prospect of selling a stunning collection of Persian paper money banknotes: The Shamshir and Lion Collection on the 27th of September, 2017 in London. The banknotes produced by the Imperial Bank of Persia are among the most handsome issues in the history of world currency. With their striking colours, […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Brokers Private Sale of Zanzibar Bank Notes with Spink and Trusted Traditions

Stack’s Bowers Galleries, in conjunction with Spink London and Trusted Traditions, is pleased to announce that it has brokered a record setting private treaty sale of a complete Waterlow and Sons set of banknotes from Zanzibar at an undisclosed price. Zanzibar, a tiny island off the east coast of Africa, is a semi-autonomous region belonging […]

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Stack’s Bowers ANA Sale of Ancient & World Coins, World Paper Money Realizes $4.54 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the results of their August 2017 auction of world coins, world paper money and ancient coins. In total, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA World’s Fair of Money auction realized over $19 million (including the standard buyer’s premium) with the ancient coins, world coins and world paper money realizing […]

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Welcome to the August 2017 Stack’s Bowers Paper Money Hong Kong Auction

By Aris Maragoudakis – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… Welcome to our 2017 August Hong Kong Auction Catalog. As always, we are offering an exceptional amount of scarce and high-quality material. A few pieces of paper money included in this catalog have yet to be offered in public auction, while others are among the finest […]

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World Paper Money – Elusive Qatar and Dubai Color Trial Specimens

A highlight of the Stack’s Bowers August ANA World’s Fair of Money sale and a set that will certainly excite collectors is a Qatar and Dubai Color Trial Specimen grouping. These 1960s series notes from Qatar and Dubai are among the most sought after collectible banknotes as the circulation period was short and the issuance […]

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Paper Money Grading – PMG Certifies 2,000,000 Notes

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has announced that it has now certified 2,000,000 notes, a first for a third-party paper money grading service and more than double the number of notes certified by the next-largest company. Founded in 2005, PMG has become the world’s largest third-party paper money grading service as collectors and dealers soon recognized […]

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Historic Canadian Banknote Collection Could Top $1 Million at Toronto Coin Expo Auction

By Geoffrey Bell Auctions and Toronto Coin Expo…. Hidden in a safety deposit box in New Brunswick since the mid-1980s was a prized collection of 2,000 banknotes. The collection has been hailed as The Covered Bridge Collection and is expected to realize more than $1 million altogether over 2 sales this year. Part one of […]

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World Paper Money – Psychologists, Philosophers & Scientists on Banknotes

By Luke Wilson – Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) …… Last year, we highlighted notes featuring artists and composers. This month we are featuring four notes commemorating the accomplishments of psychologists, philosophers and scientists. Above: Austria P-149, front and back. All images courtesy PMG In 1982, Austria’s National Bank redesigned their banknotes with a new group […]

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Intense Bidding at Sedwick Treasure Auction for Shipwreck Artifacts and Coins

Strong collector demand provoked intense bidding and high prices for both shipwreck and non-shipwreck items in Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC’s May 3-4 treasure auction The 2,086 lot auction realized $1.725 million USD in winning bids. All prices listed include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium. A gold and red-coral rosary recovered from the shipwreck of the […]

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CoinWeek: Cool Currency! 2017 Episode 1 – 4K Video

Cool Currency! gets its first episode of 2017. We really break the bank with four segments that feature four cool U.S. and world banknotes. John Markis of Trusted Traditions shows off the finest-known Specimen South Vietnam 1955-56 1,000 Dong – otherwise known as the “Old Man and the Temple” note. Frederick Bart from Executive Currency […]

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World Paper Money – New €50 Note Now in Circulation

By European Central Bank ….. Fourth new banknote in ‘Europa Series’ Enhanced security features to offer better protection against counterfeits Notes can be checked using Feel, Look, Tilt method The new €50 banknote is now in circulation across the euro area as of 4 April. The note is the fourth in the ‘Europa series’ of […]

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Paper Money Auction – U.S. Rarities, Shipwreck Banknotes in Sedwick Sale 21

Rare U.S., world and even shipwreck recovered bank notes will appear in Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC’s Treasure, World, U.S. Coin and Paper Money Auction 21. The sale will be held live online May 3-4 at auction.sedwickcoins.com. The U.S. paper money section contains federal and obsolete issues in addition to Texas, Confederate and Philippine notes. The […]

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Tibetan Banknotes, Debut Offering of China Pick 16d at Stack’s Bowers April 2017 Hong Kong Auction

By Aris Maragoudakis – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Tibetan Banknotes from the Lissanevitch Collection   In the April 3, 2017 Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Paper Money sale, we are auctioning an extensive offering of Tibetan bank notes. These notes are from the collection of Alexander Boris Lissanevitch, regarded by those familiar with his […]

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Highlighted Results from Stack’s Bowers NYINC World Paper Money Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the results of their January 2017 NYINC World Paper Money Sale. This sale produced pleasing results, with many lots fetching above their high estimate. This sale solidified the notion that many areas of the World Paper Money market are continuing to grow! (All prices realized include the standard […]

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Conveying Wealth and Culture: Ships on World Banknotes

The junk and dhow are two ancient ship models that are prominently featured on banknotes in dozens of countries Images of national pride, of rich history and economic strength, of autonomy and cultural heritage have served to round out and embellish banknotes from all ages and corners of the world. The junk and dhow have […]

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Macedonia to Issue New 200 & 2,000 Denar Banknotes

By National Bank of Macedonia ….. 200 Denar Front The design on the front of the 200 denar banknote is representative of Christian terracotta icon or relief depictions of the Old Testament warriors Joshua and Caleb, the original of which dates to the sixth or seventh century and belongs to a famous group of terracotta […]

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World Currency News – Zimbabwe Bond Notes Plan Criticized

By Steven Cochran for Gainesville Coins …… Zimbabwe’s shattered economy and massive trade deficit have caused a dollar shortage which has paralyzed the nation. The government hopes to reduce the current cash shortage by introducing the first domestic paper money since the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar in 2009. The public reaction was what you […]

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Daniel Frank Sedwick’s The Cob Report – What You Can’t Live Without in Treasure Auction #20 (Pt. 1)

By Cori Sedwick Downing – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC …… Our upcoming Sedwick Treasure, World, U.S. and Paper Money Auction #20 has something for everyone, and I’ll outline some highlights in upcoming blogs. First off, let’s show off our paper money section, a collectible that we haven’t been able to offer in great amounts but […]

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World Paper Money News – Exchange Money for a Garbo and New Coins Oct. 3

By Sveriges Riksbank …. It will soon become possible to make payments with the new 100- and 500-krona banknotes, together with the new 1-, 2- and 5-krona coins. On the same day, between 2:00 and 5:00 pm, members of the public will be able to exchange money for the new 100-krona banknote and the new […]

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Archives International Auctions Sale 35 – Chinese, Asian & World Banknotes and Scripophily

By Archives International Auctions …… Archives International Auctions (AIA) is set to hold a public auction of Chinese, Asian & Worldwide Banknotes and Chinese Scripophily in Fort Lee, New Jersey on Monday, September 26 beginning at 10:30 A.M. Eastern Time (ET). The Live Internet Bidding catalog is available online. We accept absentee bids directly, so […]

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Archives International Auctions Sale 35 – Chinese, Asian & World Banknotes and Scripophily

By Archives International Auctions ……   Archives International Auctions (AIA) is set to hold a public auction of Chinese, Asian & Worldwide Banknotes and Chinese Scripophily in Fort Lee, New Jersey on Monday, September 26 beginning at 10:30 A.M. Eastern Time (ET). The Live Internet Bidding catalog is available online. We accept absentee bids directly, […]

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Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Paper Money Sale Yields Strong Results

By Aris Maragoudakis – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong Paper Money Sale was once again a success! As one of the more diverse Hong Kong Auctions in recent memory, collectors and dealers from all over Asia and the rest of the world were poised to bid on these […]

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Spink: Scottish Banknote Auction, Plus the Return of Pudsey

Pudsey Returns to Spink, and he brought some Scottish Friends In addition to the mammoth World Banknotes auction, we have also managed to put together a sizable British Banknotes sale, the majority of which is made up of Scottish material. In fact, for the first time, we have even given Scotland pride of place at […]

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World Paper Money – Finest Known Issued, Uncancelled Zanzibar 5 Rupees

By Aris Maragoudakis – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… In the Stack’s Bowers official January New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) auction, we are pleased to offer an extremely rare, and well-preserved Zanzibar 5 rupees banknote. This tiny geographic area is a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. Microlithic tools have proven that Zanzibar […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 16, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 9, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Deciphering history, one coin at a time Pankaj Tandon, an accidental numismatist, is breathing life into forgotten kingdoms and solving historical puzzles with the help of ancient currency… 2.) Printing money, minting coins, refining gold IF THERE is one single Philippine institution […]

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Spink: A Trio of Banknote Auctions

Spink’s eagerly anticipated Autumn World Banknotes sale is here Spink’s esteemed banknote specialist, Barnaby Faull, comments that “It doesn’t seem so long ago when I was a young man (to many of you I still am!) and the banknote department was grudgingly allowed a few banknote lots at the end of a coin sale, how […]

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Next Generation Australian $5 Banknote Enters Circulation

By Reserve Bank of Australia …..   Australia’s new $5 banknote entered circulation on September 1. Issuance is being supported by an information campaign to ensure that the Australian public is able to identify the new banknote and its security features. The Reserve Bank’s Governor Glenn Stevens said: “The new $5 banknote has a range […]

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Gibraltar Issues New £100 Banknote with Holographic Foil

By De La Rue plc …. HM Government of Gibraltar has issued a new £100 banknote, designed and printed by De La Rue on its Safeguard® polymer substrate, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joshua Hassan, Gibraltar’s first Chief Minister. This banknote is the first in the world to have a […]

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National Bank of Ukraine Presents New Banknote Commemorating Famous Writer

By National Bank of Ukraine ….. On August 26, 2016, the National Bank of Ukraine presented a new commemorative 20-hryvnia (₴20 or UAH 20) banknote dedicated to the 160th anniversary of the famous Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko. Participating in the press briefing on the presentation of the banknotes were Deputy Chairman of the National Bank […]

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Market Whimsy: Mothers of Invention

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …. We love Columbus, Ohio. We spent some time there in the early 2000s, and even though neither of us has been back in a while, we still marvel at the culture one can find tucked away in various corners of the city: Hermon Atkins MacNeil’s bronze statue of […]

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Cool Currency 2016 Episode 3 – 4K Video

What do you know about money? Our third episode of Cool Currency for the year was filmed at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money – the World Series of American Numismatics! This year, the annual gathering took place in Anaheim, California. CoinWeek was there and found four fascinating banknote stories. In this […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 26, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Rare coins in rare places While finding one or more rare coins in a totally unexpected location doesn’t happen very often, it does happen. Here are three stories about rare coins found in surprising spots… 2.) Some interesting facts about Indian currency […]

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Stack’s Bowers ANA World Paper Money Auction Yields Strong Results

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the results of their August 2016 ANA World Paper Money Sale. This sale produced pleasing results, with many lots fetching above their high estimate. This sale solidified the notion that many areas of the World Paper Money market are continuing to grow! All in all, the entire Stack’s […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Gold Is Hot This Year. So Are Fakes “If we sit and wait around for the government to take care of it, we’ll all be in real trouble,“ said Terry Hanlon, president of Dillon Gage Metals, a wholesale precious-metals trader… 2.) A […]

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Thailand to Issue Commemorative Banknote for Queen’s Birthday Aug. 12

By Bank of Thailand …. Mr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand (BOT), unveiled a 500-Baht commemorative banknote to celebrate the Auspicious Occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 12 August 2016. The BOT will issue 20 million commemorative banknotes to celebrate this auspicious occasion. The color, size, and the […]

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World Paper Money – Liberia to Issue New Bank Notes

By Central Bank of Liberia ….. The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) wishes to inform the general public that in keeping with its statutory mandate to at all times ensure that the integrity of the Liberian Dollar is uncompromisingly maintained, the CBL will shortly introduce a new series of banknotes into the Liberian economy. This […]

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World Paper Money News – Belarusian Ruble Redenominated July 1, 2016

By National Bank of the Republic of Belarus ….. Beginning on July 1, 2016, the legal tender of the Republic of Belarus – the Belarusian ruble – has been redenominated. A corresponding decision was taken by Edict of the President of the Republic of Belarus (No.450 dated November 4, 2015). The redenomination was carried out […]

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World Paper Money Auctions – Rare French Specimen Proofs

By Aris Maragoudakis – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering two very significant French Specimen Proofs in our World Paper Money Session at our official auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. One is known to collectors as the “Colbert note” and is a very rare specimen proof, and […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for July 29, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for July 29, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Deciphering history through coins Another prized possession is the one with an imprint of Alexander [the Great] on the face of the coin. “It belongs to 327 B.C. and there is also a story that Alexander married an Indian tribal woman. I […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Hong Kong Asian Paper Money Auction Aug. 15-17

The ever-growing Asian Paper Money market has become quite a competitive area in numismatics, as many throw their hats into the ring. For decades, Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio has been the source for collectors and dealers alike whenever they wanted to view and bid on fresh, rare, and unique material. The firm’s Hong Kong Auction […]

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World Paper Money Auction – Archives International XXXIV July 26

Over 1,100 lots of United States, Chinese and worldwide banknotes, coins, scripophily (stocks and bonds), security printing ephemera and the American Bank Note Company’s inventory of modern numismatic and philatelic souvenir cards and production material will be sold at public auction on Tuesday, July 26 by Archives International Auctions. The auction will be held in […]

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World Paper Money Auction – Archives International XXXIV July 26

Over 1,100 lots of United States, Chinese and worldwide banknotes, coins, scripophily (stocks and bonds), security printing ephemera and the American Bank Note Company’s inventory of modern numismatic and philatelic souvenir cards and production material will be sold at public auction on Tuesday, July 26 by Archives International Auctions. The auction will be held in […]

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World Paper Money – Unrecognized Countries and Their Currency, Pt 1: Africa

African Banknotes -A complicated history of independent states and their efforts to remain free from colonial rule There have been a litany of unrecognized countries over the last few centuries, and we will highlight a number of these nations in this two-part article series. As you will see, there is a complicated history of independent […]

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World Paper Money: European Central Bank Unveils New €50 Banknote

  By European Central Bank ….. New €50 banknote will start circulating on 4 April 2017 €50 is the most widely used euro banknote New secure banknotes underline Eurosystem’s commitment to cash The European Central Bank (ECB) today unveiled the new €50 banknote, which will enter into circulation on 4 April 2017. The introduction of […]

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World Paper Money – The Charminar: Proof of Architectural Beauty

By Aris Maragoudakis – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… Our August Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money features an exceptional and rare hand-drawn artist proposal. This marvelous Artist Essay exudes everything collectible about Indian paper money, from guilloché borders, and calligraphic writing, to striking lifelike vignettes. This piece is hand drawn and […]

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Bank of Thailand to Launch Commemorative Banknote Honoring King’s 70 Years on Throne

By Bank of Thailand ….   Mr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand (BOT), recently unveiled a 70-baht commemorative banknote to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne, which takes place on June 9, 2016. The BOT will issue 20 million commemorative banknotes to celebrate this auspicious occasion. The […]

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World Paper Money – PMG: Belarus to Release Seven New Banknotes

Beginning in July 2016, seven new denominations of banknotes and eight denominations of coins will be issued by Belarus. The notes will include 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 rubles. Also, the denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 kopeks and 1 and 2 rubles will be introduced as new coinage on July […]

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Grading Paper Money – Dauers Reholder Bermuda Collection in New PMG Holder

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) was chosen by Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer to reholder their prestigious Bermuda collection in PMG’s new crystal-clear holder. To display the highest-graded complete Bermuda pre-decimal collection in existence, the Dauers needed the highest-quality holder to match. They chose the new PMG holder for its museum-quality display, crystal-clear optics and long-term […]

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World Paper Money – New Scottish £5 Banknote to Feature Female Author Nan Shepherd

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced it will feature a portrait of author Nan Shepherd on a new polymer £5 note to be released later this year. Shepherd will become one of two women to be featured on circulating Scottish currency, with the other female figure a likeness […]

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Britain to Debut J.M.W. Turner £20 Banknote in 2020

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. The Bank of England announced it will release a new £20 banknote featuring artist J.M.W. Turner in 2020. The new £20 pound note will be printed on polymer, as will the next series of £5 and £10 British banknotes. The selection of J.M.W. Turner to appear on the £20 […]

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World Banknotes – New Zealand to Issue New $20s, $50s and $100s in May

By Reserve Bank of New Zealand….   The new $20, $50 and $100 banknotes were revealed at Government House today by the Governor-General, Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. The banknotes were literally bought to life with the kārearea / New Zealand falcon, a feature of the $20 banknote, on display at Government […]

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World Paper Money – Commemorative Vietnam Banknote Funded by Foreign Nations

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. The State Bank of Vietnam will honor its 65th anniversary with a commemorative banknote to be issued this year. The State Bank of Vietnam 100-dong banknote will be released on May 6, 2016. Production of the commemorative currency is being sponsored by four foreign banknote printers located in France, […]

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Women on Money: Members of Bank of Canada 2018 Banknote Advisory Council Announced

By The Bank of Canada……. On April 4, the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen S. Poloz, and Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins announced the members of an independent Advisory Council, who will develop a short list of iconic Canadian women who could be featured on the first bank note of the next series. […]

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Rare French 1959 Molière 50,000 Franc Banknote on MA-Shops.com

By CoinWeek ….   50,000 Francs MOLIÈRE 1959 FRANCE New Unc Description: From François Villon to Jean Genet, French culture has long embraced its rebels and non-conformists. One of the greatest is Molière. Molière (real name: Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) was a French playwright who wrote some of the greatest comedies in the Western European theatrical canon: […]

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Paper Money – New 200-Zloty Banknote to Enter Circulation Feb. 12

By Polish National Bank….   On Friday, February 12, the Polish National Bank (Narodowy Bank Polski, or NBP) will begin to introduce new 200-zloty (200 zł) banknotes into circulation with upgraded security. Banknotes of lower denominations with changed security have been circulating since April 2014; they represent more than 30 percent of all banknotes of […]

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New Zealand 2015 Series 7 $10 Bank Note

Description: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Series 7 bank notes were introduced in October 2015 with the release of the NZ$5 and $10 denominations (at the time of writing, $20, $50 and $100 notes are set for release in April 2016). Like Series 6 (originally issued in 1999), Series 7 notes are made of […]

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New Zealand 2015 $5 Bank Note

Description: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Series 7 bank notes were introduced in October 2015 with the release of the NZ$5 and $10 denominations (at the time of writing, $20, $50 and $100 notes are set for release in April 2016). Like Series 6 (originally issued in 1999), Series 7 notes are made of […]

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New Zealand Launches New $5 and $10 Notes

By Reserve Bank of New Zealand…. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key along with the Reserve Bank today launched the first two denominations in a series of new banknotes that include new security features. The NZ$5 and $10 final banknotes were revealed at an event at the Bank in Wellington, and will start to be […]

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Rare Chinese Banknotes to be Sold at May 24 Hong Kong Auction

By Archives International Auctions….   Fort Lee, N.J.-based Archives International Auctions (AIA) will offer over 500 lots of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes, plus scripophily rarities (stocks and bonds), in a public auction slated for Sunday, May 24th. The event will be held at the offices of Kelleher & Rogers, Fine Asian Auctions Ltd., in […]

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Burundi Issues New Banknote Series

By CoinWeek News Staff….   The Bank of the Republic of Burundi (BRB), having the exclusive right to issue bank notes and coins legal tender in Burundi, launched a new range of bills on April 29, 2015 in denominations of 500, 2000, 5,000 and 10,000 Burundian francs (BIF). Made with modern international security standards and […]

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Cool Currency from Spink Auction October 2, 2014.. VIDEO: 5:06. VIDEO: 5:06.

Barnaby Faull, Bank Note Director, Spink London Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com………. See some of the cool bank notes from the recent Spink world paper money auction including …… Chinese Ming notes Egyptian 50 Piastre 1899 Qatar & Dubai Currency Board 50 ryals 1966 East African Currency Board 5 pounds 1920 Romania 1920 unissued 5000 lei […]

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Spink World Banknote Auction Sale Results October 2, 2014. VIDEO: 3:44

Barnaby Faull, Bank Note Director, Spink London Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…….. In October Spink London presented a selection of more than 2000 lots of world paper money that brought some record prices. Bank Note Director Barnaby Faull discusses the sale and what areas of the world were of particular interest especially notes of the Middle […]

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