Category Archives: World Currency

From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… The year 1949 saw the culmination of the long, bloody Chinese civil war that had begun in 1927. That was when Chiang Kai-shek’s governing Republic forces initiated a purge of their opposition, the Chinese Communist Party, that was steadily gaining strength and followers. By the early 1930s, […]

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Denmark Issues New 500-Krone Banknote

By National Bank of Denmark (Dansmarks Nationalbank) …… On November 17, 2020, the National Bank of Denmark issued new, updated 500-krone banknotes. The new banknotes are very similar to existing banknotes, but there are slight differences because several new security features have been added. The existing banknotes are still valid and in circulation, so it […]

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Trinidad & Tobago Launches Further Polymer Banknote Denominations

By De La Rue, plc ….. The Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago announced that new $5, $10 and $20 denominations on De La Rue’s SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate entered circulation on November 2. The design of the new polymer notes is consistent with the new $100 and retains familiar themes from the previous cotton series […]

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Saudi Arabia Issues Its First Polymer Banknote

By CCL Security ….. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority has issued the Kingdom’s first polymer banknote. The new 5 Riyal banknote uses Guardian™ polymer substrate by CCL Industries (Innovia) that is already used in over 160 denominations and commemorative banknotes around the world. Polymer was chosen, say the Saudi authorities, because it’s distinguishable for its […]

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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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World Banknote News: Brazil Launching New $200 Real Banknote

A new denomination of the real will begin to be produced in August and will feature the maned wolf (Concept Image above,Not actual design) 200 Real World Banknote By Central Bank of Brazil (Banco Central do Brasil) …… The Central Bank is launching the newest denomination for the second family of the real: the R […]

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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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World Paper Money – Euro Banknote Counterfeiting Remained Low in 2nd Half 2019

By European Central Bank ……   308,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in the second half of 2019 Over 70% of those counterfeits were €20 and €50 banknotes Euro banknotes continue to be a trusted and safe means of payment All euro banknotes can be verified using the “feel, look and tilt” method […]

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World Paper Money – Euro Banknote Counterfeiting Decreased Further 1st Half 2019

By European Central Bank …… 251,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in the first half of 2019 Over 80% of those counterfeits were €20 and €50 banknotes Euro banknotes continue to be a trusted and safe means of payment All euro banknotes can be verified using the “feel, look and tilt” method Some […]

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MA-Shops: The Diverse Iconography of Banknotes

by Joël van Dam, Owner of Joëlnumismatics. My previous story was about some specific banknotes from the Netherlands. Today I want to discuss some other banknotes. There is no specific coloration in theme or nation by the banknotes in this blog. I just want to show how interesting the iconography on banknotes can be. In […]

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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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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 Currency News – Bank of Botswana Introduces New Polymer Banknote

A new 10 Pula designed in collaboration with De La Rue on their Safeguard® polymer substrate entered circulation February 1 By De La Rue, plc …..   Front, Botswana 10 Pula banknote. Image courtesy De La Rue The Bank of Botswana announced their decision to introduce a new 10 Pula on polymer to help increase […]

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World Paper Money – Euro Banknote Counterfeiting Remains Low 2nd Half 2017

By European Central Bank ….. 363,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in the second half of 2017 Around 85% of the counterfeits were €20 and €50 banknotes All euro banknotes can be verified using the “feel, look and tilt” method Euro banknotes continue to be a trusted and safe means of payment Some […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 15, 2017: Christmas Gold Coins, Bitcoin News, Greek Coins

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 15, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Ancient Jewish Coins – Fame, Fortune and Fakes Did you get gelt? No, not the chocolate kind but honest-to-goodness gelt. Maybe you were lucky to receive a genuine Judaean coin for Chanukah. Or a medallion from the early years from the State […]

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World Paper Money – Bank of Philippines Releases New Generation of Banknotes

By Central Bank of the Philippines ….. Pursuant to its mandate of preserving the integrity of Philippine currency, the Central Bank of the Philippines (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP) release its New Generation Currency (NGC) banknotes with enhanced design on December 5. The enhancements aimed to highlight significant moments in the nation’s history, as […]

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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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New Russian 200 Ruble Banknote Features Crimean Landmarks

For the second time in as many years, the Bank of Russia has released a new banknote featuring prominent symbols and landmarks from Crimea to almost immediate controversy By CoinWeek News Staff …. On October 12, the Bank introduced two new denominations of Russian currency, a 200-ruble note and a 2,000-ruble bill. And while the […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 13, 2017: Swiss 10 Franc, Money Monopoly

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 13, 2017:  Brain Food 1.) Silver dollar artist: Orem sculptor designs WWI commemorative coin The most common mistake beginners make, contest officials told LeRoy Transfield, is adding too much detail. So the Orem sculptor meticulously planned every detail of his 8-inch plaster masterpiece: a soldier with a […]

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Collecting World Currency: A Study of El Banco del Estado de Chihuahua Bromide Proofs

By Connor Falk – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……   The history of El Banco del Estado de Chihuahua (Bank of the State of Chihuahua) is brief and steeped in the turbulent times of the Mexican Revolution. It was founded on December 12, 1913, as decreed by General Francisco “Pancho” Villa, military governor of the […]

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World Paper Money – New Australian $10 Banknote Enters Circulation

By Reserve Bank of Australia ….. The new Australian $10 banknote entered general circulation on Wednesday, September 20, following the release of the new $5 banknote last year. Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, said: “The launch of the new $10 banknote is a milestone in our program to deliver Australians banknotes […]

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India Introduces 50 and 200 Rupee Banknotes in New Mahatma Gandhi Series

By Reserve Bank of India ….   The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued ₹ 50 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, bearing signature of Dr. Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India. The new denomination has motif of Hampi with Chariot on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage. The […]

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Central Bank of São Tomé & Príncipe Celebrates 25th Anniversary with New Banknote Series

By De La Rue, plc …..   The Central Bank of São Tomé and Príncipe (Banco Central de São Tomé e Príncipe) has today unveiled a new currency series. The launch is part of the bank’s 25th Anniversary celebrations and consists of six new banknotes and five new coins. The banknotes have been designed and […]

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Scotland’s Clydesdale Bank to Launch New £10 on Safeguard® Polymer

Clydesdale Bank has announced its second polymer banknote will be issued into circulation on 21 September 2017 By De La Rue, plc ….. De La Rue worked closely with Clydesdale Bank on the design of the new £10 note which will continue to feature Robert Burns, the world famous Scots poet. The design also includes […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Making Cents of Currency’s Ancient Rise Objects that occurred rarely in nature and whose circulation could be efficiently controlled emerged as units of value for interactions and exchange. These included shells such as mother-of-pearl that were widely circulated in the Americas and […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Making Cents of Currency’s Ancient Rise Objects that occurred rarely in nature and whose circulation could be efficiently controlled emerged as units of value for interactions and exchange. These included shells such as mother-of-pearl that were widely circulated in the Americas and […]

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Bank of Canada Museum Unveiled Ahead of July 1 Public Opening

By Bank of Canada ….. On June 20, Governor Stephen S. Poloz welcomed special guests from the government, business and the tourism sectors for a preview of the Bank of Canada Museum, which is opening soon. Located at the corner of Bank and Wellington, in the Bank’s head office complex in downtown Ottawa, the re-designed […]

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Iraqi 10,000 Dinar Note Mosque Destroyed by ISIS

By CoinWeek News Staff ….. On July 21, 2017, retreating ISIS fighters detonated a series of explosive charges that destroyed the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in the heart of Mosul overlooking the Tigris River. The 12th-century structure was built by Nur ad-Din Zangi, a Turkish noble, in the closing decades of the great Seljuk Empire. […]

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Bank of Norway Introduces New 100, 200 Krone Banknotes

  By Bank of Norway (Norges Bank) …… The first two denominations in Norway’s new banknote series were put into circulation on May 30, 2017. “This is an important milestone in the work to issue new banknotes. The notes … are the product of highly advanced graphic design that will function as a secure and […]

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World Banknotes – Georgia to Issue New 5 Lari Note

By National Bank of Georgia …… At a press conference on Wednesday, June 7, the National Bank of Georgia announced that, from September 2017, the Bank will put into circulation new banknotes in the denomination of 5 lari. It is a continuation of the Bank’s currency upgrade process; the 20-, 50- and 100-lari banknotes have […]

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Could a Joke Rename Australia’s Currency?

By Everett Millman – Gainesvillecoins.com …… There’s that saying about how “a great deal of truth is said in jest”. It’s true that sometimes comedy can reveal some important point that has been overlooked or under-appreciated. This is probably not the case with the joke that appeared on a 1995 episode of The Simpsons that, […]

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Could an Old Simpsons Joke Rename Australia’s Currency?

Australia’s currency may just get the name change it logically deserves… By Everett Millman – Gainesvillecoins.com ……   There’s that saying about how “a great deal of truth is said in jest”. It’s true that sometimes comedy can reveal some important point that has been overlooked or under-appreciated. This is probably not the case with […]

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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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World Currency- Maldives Launches New 5 Rifiyaa Polymer Banknote

By De La Rue, plc…. The Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) has issued the final banknote in their new family of Safeguard® banknotes. To facilitate financial transactions for all their citizens, the MMA has now issued the final note in the new series, the Rufiyaa 5. As with the rest of the new family that was […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 19, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for May 19, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Defacing coins like a suffragette Have you ever tried to get into the mind of a suffragette? British Museum curator Tom Hockenhull has… and not in the way you might expect from a numismatist… The Future Is Now 2.) How the Royal […]

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US & World Currency – PMG Grading On-Site at International Paper Money Show

PMG will be at the International Paper Money Show in Kansas City, Missouri June 8 – 11, 2017. Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) will be accepting early submissions for on-site grading on Thursday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon by appointment only. To set up an appointment, please e-mail Mauricio Escobar or Chad Greenbach. […]

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Swiss National Bank Releases New 20 Franc Note

Second ninth-series note showcases Switzerland’s creativity By Swiss National Bank …… The Swiss National Bank (SNB) will begin issuing the new 20-franc note on 17 May 2017. It is the second of six denominations in the new banknote series to be released. The current eighth-series banknotes will remain legal tender until further notice. The inspiration […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for April 28, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for April 21, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The Hidden Science Of The New British Pound Coin There is however one security feature that the Royal Mint are being particularly cagey about, and that is the feature that they deem to make the coins the most difficult ever to forge. […]

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Fiji Issues Circulating Banknotes, Coins to Commemorate 2016 Olympic Gold Medal Win

By Reserve Bank of Fiji …… The Reserve Bank of Fiji announces that a commemorative circulation banknote and coin commemorating Fiji Rugby 7s gold medal win at the Rio 2016 Olympics was officially unveiled by Honorable Prime Minister and Minister for i-Taukei Affairs, Sugar Industry and Foreign Affairs, Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama at […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for April 14, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for April 7 2017 Brain Food 1.) Test How Much You Know About Bitcoin As the world’s monetary systems teetered on the edge in late 2008, some computer whizzes sought a digital solution. As Lehman Brothers lay dying, a math-based, completely digital means of exchange known as bitcoin was […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for April 14, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for April 14 2017 Brain Food 1.) Test How Much You Know About Bitcoin As the world’s monetary systems teetered on the edge in late 2008, some computer whizzes sought a digital solution. As Lehman Brothers lay dying, a math-based, completely digital means of exchange known as bitcoin […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for March 10, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for March 10, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Switzerland ranked world’s worst currency manipulator The Economist magazine placed Switzerland first in a recent ranking of currency manipulators. According to the analysis, China, commonly thought of as the world’s champion at keeping its currency’s value artificially low, appears to be doing […]

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World Paper Money – Uzbekistan to Issue New 10,000 Som Banknotes

By Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan …..   On March 10, 2017 the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan will issue new banknotes in the denomination of 10,000 som made on the protected paper size of 144 x 78 mm. On the wide white box on the right side of the banknote […]

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World Paper Money – Solomon Islands Launches Third Denomination in New Banknote Family

By De La Rue, plc….   A new $20 designed and printed in close collaboration with De La Rue has been launched by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. This is the third denomination of the new family of notes following the $50 and $100 launched previously. The overall theme of the note is the […]

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World Paper Money: Bank of Poland Issues New 500-Zloty Banknote

By Polish National Bank ….   The banknote with the image of King John III Sobieski ensures the uninterrupted circulation of cash and a reduction in the cost of issuing currency; the 500 złoty banknote has some of the most advanced security features in the world. The National Bank of Poland (Narodowy Bank Polski) has […]

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World Paper Money – National Bank of Poland Issues New 500-Zloty Banknote

By Polish National Bank …. The banknote with the image of King John III Sobieski ensures the uninterrupted circulation of cash and a reduction in the cost of issuing currency; the 500 złoty banknote has some of the most advanced security features in the world. The National Bank of Poland (Narodowy Bank Polski) has put […]

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World Paper Money – Next Generation of Banknotes: $10 Design Reveal

By Reserve Bank of Australia ….. Signature side, Australian 2017 $10 banknote featuring AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson. All images courtesy Reserve Bank of Australia The Reserve Bank of Australia has today revealed the design of the new $10 banknote that will be issued into circulation from September 2017. The images show the basic design artwork on […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for February 17, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for February 17, 2017 Brain Food 1.) A walk through the coinage of ancient India “The first known coins of India, the silver bent bars of the Gandhara Janapada region (Afghanistan, which was part of India), were punch marked coins with symbols of flowers on each side dated 2500 […]

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Bhutan Releases Design of New Commemorative Banknote Honoring The Gyalsey’s 1st Birthday

NU. 100 denomination commemorative banknotes celebrate the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey By Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan ….. The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan (RMA) is pleased to launch the design of the Commemorative Banknotes of Nu.100 denomination to celebrate the First Birth Anniversary of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for February 10, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for February 10, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The “Scandalous” Quarter Protest That Wasn’t Some accounts even claimed that famous anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock had personally led the attack against the coin. The only problem with that story? Comstock died in 1915… 2.) Minting history “The world of coins is […]

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Bank of Israel Preparing to Launch New Series NIS 20 and 100 Banknotes

By Bank of Israel…. Since the launch of the new NIS 50 banknote in September 2014, almost 90 percent of the banknotes in circulation have been replaced with Series C banknotes. Since the launch of the new NIS 200 banknote in December 2015, more than half of the banknotes in circulation have been replaced with […]

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New World Banknotes from Switzerland, Solomon Islands, Guatemala

Date Announced for Issue of New Swiss 20-Franc Note By Landqart AG ….. The second note of the ninth series of Swiss Franc banknotes, printed on Landqart’s Durasafe® substrate, the CHF 20, will be released this year. The note will be formally presented to the public at a press conference on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, […]

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World Banknotes – Sunken Luxury: The Loss of the SS Andrea Doria

By Connor Falk – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC …… The SS Andrea Doria name invokes tragedy now, but at the time of construction, she represented the hopes of Italian recovery after World War II. Construction began in 1950, with the ship launching in June 16, 1951. In terms of size, she was 697 feet long […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 13, 2017

  By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for January 13, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Collector has passion for ancient coins Borland turns to the register and takes out a handful of quarters. “See this?” he says. “That’s not money.” He drops the coins back in the register. “They’re tokens,” he says. “I know what money […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Design Moments: Irish Free State coins c. 1928 By 1926 the newly-minted Irish Free State was ready to get its own coinage and by the time the Coinage Act was enacted in 1927 a design competition was under way… 2.) Stories […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Design Moments: Irish Free State coins c. 1928 By 1926 the newly-minted Irish Free State was ready to get its own coinage and by the time the Coinage Act was enacted in 1927 a design competition was under way… 2.) Stories […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Design Moments: Irish Free State coins c. 1928 By 1926 the newly-minted Irish Free State was ready to get its own coinage and by the time the Coinage Act was enacted in 1927 a design competition was under way… 2.) Stories of […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 30, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for December 30, 2016 Brain Food 1.) The medal detective Few things mean as much to soldiers as their medals. But if the medals get lost, how do they find their way home? That’s where Major Zachariah Fike comes in… 2.) All India coin in India-1940-1965 3.) Falkirk’s […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 9, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for December 9, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Plough uncovers major hoard of Roman coins A WONDERFUL collection of 120 Roman Imperial coins was unearthed in the Isle of Axholme. The so-called Owston Ferry Hoard was discovered in 1952 by Mr. A. T. Pitchfork. Ploughing a field in the village, […]

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Woman of Color, Civil Rights Pioneer Viola Desmond Chosen as Woman on New $10 Canadian Banknote

By Bank of Canada ….. Governor Stephen S. Poloz, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Minister of Status of Women Patty Hajdu today announced that Viola Desmond will be featured on a new $10 bank note, expected in late 2018. This will mark the first time that a portrait of a Canadian woman will be […]

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Bank of Canada, Finance Minister to Reveal Woman on Latest Banknote

By Bank of Canada ….. On Thursday, 8 December 2016, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Minister of Status of Women Patty Hajdu will reveal which iconic Canadian woman will be featured on the next regularly circulating bank note. Topic: The announcement of a Canadian woman to be […]

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Controversy Over Animal Fat Used to Manufacture New UK 5 Pound Note

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. Tallow: The white nearly tasteless solid rendered fat of cattle and sheep used chiefly in soap, candles, and lubricants. –Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Tallow. Probably not a word we or any other numismatic authors and journalists have to use much, but it’s at the heart of the […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 2, 2016

  By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 2, 2016 Current Events 1.) Zimbabwe police fire tear gas at bank note protest “We are not going to embrace bond notes,” Hardlife Mudzingwa, a spokesman for Tajamuka, told AFP. “They are being used to mop up the US dollars that people have in their accounts so […]

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World Banknote News – Barbados, Colombia Introduce New Bills

Central Bank of Barbados Marks 50 Years of Independence with Commemorative $50 Banknote By De La Rue, plc…. De La Rue is delighted to have designed and produced a commemorative banknote for the Central Bank of Barbados to celebrate 50 years of independence Based on the fully circulating banknote that has a bright hologram and […]

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World Currency News – India Demonetizes 500 & 1,000 Rupee Banknotes

There was more than one surprise on election night… By CoinWeek Staff Reports …. While much of the world–and certainly much of the world’s press–was otherwise occupied on election day, shortly before midnight on Tuesday, November 8, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Indian 500 rupee (Rs 500, or ₹500) and 1,000 rupee […]

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World Currency News – India Demonetizes 500 & 1,000 Rupee Banknotes

There was more than one surprise on election night… By CoinWeek Staff Reports …. While much of the world–and certainly much of the world’s press–was otherwise occupied on election day, shortly before midnight on Tuesday, November 8, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Indian 500 rupee (Rs 500, or ₹500) and 1,000 rupee […]

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World Banknote News – Zimbabwe Introduces Bond Notes

By Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe ….. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is pleased to advise the nation of the introduction of bond notes with effect from Monday, 28 November 2016. The bond notes will be released into the market through normal banking channels in small denominations of $2 and $5 to fund export incentives of […]

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Women on Money: Five Finalists Chosen for Canada’s Newest Banknote

By Bank of Canada……. On Thursday, 8 December 2016, the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Bank of Canada will reveal which iconic Canadian woman will be featured on the next regularly circulating bank note, expected in 2018. In advance of that announcement, the Bank today published the short list from which the […]

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World Currency News – Meet Norway’s New Banknotes

By Norges Bank …… Today, Norway’s new banknotes will be on public display for the first time. The first denominations will be put into circulation in summer 2017. In recent years, a number of our neighboring countries have issued new and more secure banknotes. Fortunately, only a very small proportion of banknotes in Norway are […]

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World Currency News – Seychelles to Release New Family of Banknotes, Coins

By Central Bank of Seychelles…. The Central Bank of Seychelles will launch a new family of banknotes and coins to commemorate 40 years of Seychelles’ Independence, with the theme “Seychelles’ Unique Biodiversity – the backbone of our economy”. The project which started in 2012 is in its final stage and the issuance is scheduled for […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for November 25, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for November 25, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Q&A: Erik Goldstein Erik J. Goldstein is the senior curator of mechanical arts and numismatics at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and has been in this position since 2002. A student of military history and numismatics, he has lectured widely and instructs a three-year […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for November 18, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for November 18, 2016 Brain Food 1.) The priceless legacy of P.L. Gupta We owe a great debt to coin collector P.L. Gupta, whose career continues to shape the study of the monetary and numismatic history of India… 2.) A Brief History of the Racketeer Nickel [T]he Deadwood nickel is […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for November 11, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for November 11, 2016 Current Events 1.) Some Central Florida toll booths not registering $1 coins Central Florida Expressway Authority officials said they weren’t aware of the problem until Channel 9 brought it to their attention… Under the Radar 2.) Commemorative Singapore Botanic Gardens coin unveiled A commemorative coin showcasing iconic features of the Singapore […]

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World Banknotes – Colombia to Issue New Five Thousand Peso Note

By Central Bank of Colombia …… In 2016, Banco de la República (Central Bank of Colombia) will release a new family of banknotes composed of six denominations: $2,000, $5,000, $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, and $100,000. On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 the Central bank will enter into circulation the new 5,000 peso bill, the fourth note of […]

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World Banknotes – Colombia to Issue New Five Thousand Peso Note

By Central Bank of Colombia ……   In 2016, Banco de la República (Central Bank of Colombia) will release a new family of banknotes composed of six denominations: $2,000, $5,000, $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, and $100,000. On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 the Central bank will enter into circulation the new 5,000 peso bill, the fourth note […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for November 4, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for November 4, 2016 Canada 150 1.) Royal Canadian Mint unveils its 2017 Canada 150 circulation coin series The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled its 2017 Canada 150 circulation coin series featuring the work of five Canadians selected by popular vote to design the tails side of the […]

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Argentina Central Bank Puts New $200 Note into Circulation

By Central Bank of Argentina …. The Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA) put into circulation from October 26 the $ 200 pesos with the image of the Southern Right Whale. It is the second of the new family “indigenous animals Argentina”, which introduces the vertical design on the obverse of the note and also a […]

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Argentina Central Bank Puts New $200 Note into Circulation

By Central Bank of Argentina ….   The Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA) put into circulation from October 26 the $ 200 pesos with the image of the Southern Right Whale. It is the second of the new family “indigenous animals Argentina”, which introduces the vertical design on the obverse of the note and also […]

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World Banknotes – Royal Bank of Scotland Issues New £5 Polymer Note

By De La Rue, plc…. On Thursday, October 27, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) issued its new £5 note, which has been produced by De La Rue on its Safeguard polymer substrate. As the 21st Safeguard note to be issued, this marks the coming of age of this novel substrate. Following a widespread public […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for October 28, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 28, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Is It Illegal to Deface US Currency? While this video may be ridiculously awesome, because Bill Murray is super cool, have you ever wondered if it is illegal to deface or alter a U.S. bank note? 2.) 7 Tips For Surviving Your First […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016 Brain Food 1.) What is the Average Lifespan of a Coin? Coins are tough little devils. Over the course of a coins’ lifespan, they will be dropped, kicked, stepped on, possibly run over by a vehicle, or involved in some children’s experiment to discover just how […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 14, 2016

By CoinWeek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 14, 2016 Brain Food 1.) A guide to valuing all your old Irish coins (PHOTOS) Between the formation of the Republic of Ireland, the shift towards decimalization, and the introduction of the Euro, Irish currency underwent a great number of changes over the past 100 years, resulting in […]

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Spink Helps People Delve Deep for Charity Banknote Auction

On Monday, October 3, many witnessed a wonderful sight in Spink’s London auction room; an entirely non-profit auction of the brand-new Bank of England notes. The auction began at 5pm and continued till 8pm with a jam-packed room and voracious bidding on the phones and internet. The auction started with the Chief Cashier of the […]

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World Currency – Bahamas Launches New Banknote Family with $10 Bill

Central Bank Launches First Denomination of New Family By De La Rue, plc…. De La Rue congratulates The Central Bank of The Bahamas on the occasion of the launch of the new $10 banknote, the world’s first circulating note with its Active™ security thread. The new $10, launched today, has been designed and printed by […]

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Sweden Introduces New Coins & Banknotes

By Sveriges Riksbank …… On October 3, 2016, the new 100- and 500-krona banknotes–together with new 1-, 2- and 5-krona coins–were introduced. This means that it is now possible to make payments using all of the new banknotes and coins, and that the work of collecting all the older banknotes and coins is continuing. “It’s […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 30, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 30, 2016 Brain Food 1.) The evolution of money in its many forms In his new book The Curse of Cash, which was released on September 7, the Harvard University economist Kenneth Rogoff argues for the near-total abolition of paper money, on the grounds that technology has […]

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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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Bank of Indonesia to Issue Banknotes, Coins Commemorating National Heroes

By Bank of Indonesia ….. After the issuance of Presidential Decree Number 31 of 2016 on the Use of Images of National Heroes as the Main Picture on the Front Part of the New Print Banknotes and Coins of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, the Bank of Indonesia will issue Rupiah NKRI […]

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Bank of Indonesia to Issue Banknotes, Coins Commemorating National Heroes

By Bank of Indonesia …..   After the issuance of Presidential Decree Number 31 of 2016 on the Use of Images of National Heroes as the Main Picture on the Front Part of the New Print Banknotes and Coins of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, the Bank of Indonesia will issue Rupiah […]

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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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World Banknote News – New British 5 Pound Note Issued Today

By Bank of England ….. The Bank of England’s first polymer note – the new £5 featuring Sir Winston Churchill – enters circulation today, Tuesday 13 September. We have printed 440 million New Fivers and they will begin to be available from many cash machines and bank counters across the UK from today. You can […]

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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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The Future of Money: Banknotes and Coins

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. Throughout the modern era (roughly since gold and silver specie ceased to be used as circulating currency), coins and banknotes have been the fiat tokens we use to represent money. However, like the rest of our society, the financial system has undergone a rapid transformation in the Digital […]

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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 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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World Paper Money – Euro Banknote Counterfeiting Declines 1st Half 2016

By European Central Bank …..   331,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in the first half of 2016 Around 80% of the counterfeits were €20 and €50 banknotes All euro banknotes can be verified using the “feel, look and tilt” method Euro banknotes continue to be a trusted and safe means of payment […]

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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 – 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 – 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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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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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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Cool Currency! from the 2015 Memphis International Paper Money Show – Video: 13:28

CoinWeek’s David Lisot was in Long Beach, California, site of the 2015 Memphis International Paper Money Show. While there, David had a chance to talk to dealers and collectors to see what Cool Currency! they had on hand. Frederick J. Bart, 1977 Federal Reserve $10 Note Obstructed Printing Error PG64, Dennis Forgue, Colonial Vermont Half Crown Note, Pierre Fricke, Confederate […]

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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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Bank of Thailand to Launch New 100-Baht Thai Banknote Feb. 26

By the Bank of Thailand…. On Tuesday, February 24, Mr. Paiboon Kittisrikangwan, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Thailand, unveiled the new 100-Baht Thai banknote (series 16) and announced that it will enter into circulation on February 26, 2015. The design glorifies King Taksin the Great for his contributions to the country. It has several […]

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Argentina to Issue New 50 Peso Falkland Islands Note

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Unveiled last year, the note’s release ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Falklands War is bound to stir nationalist fervor in both Argentina and the U.K. The Central Bank of Argentina (Banco Central de la República Argentina) is set to begin issuing new 50 peso notes […]

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New Set of Swedish Coins and Bank Notes in 2015

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The Central Bank of Sweden (Sveriges Riksbank) announced recently that a new series of Swedish coins and bank notes will be introduced in October 2015, replacing over 300 million notes and two billion coins currently in circulation. The Riksbank announced a design contest for the new notes in spring 2011. […]

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