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Short news from India:

The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue `10 denomination Banknotes with Rupee Symbol (`) on the obverse and the reverse, inset letter ‘A’ in both the numbering panels, in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005 bearing the signature of Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor , Reserve Bank of India, and the year of printing ‘2012’ printed on the reverse of the Banknote. The design of these notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the `10 Banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi Series- 2005, issued earlier. All the Banknotes in the denomination of `10 issued by the Bank in the past will continue to be legal tender.

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Steven Saturday 24 November 2012 at 08:28 am | | news | No comments
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Banknote calendars

Owen Linzmayer of Banknotenews.com (every collector should have this site in his bookmarks) has designed a few calendars with the most beautiful banknotes depicting aircraft, beasts, beauties, birds, boats, bridges, and fish. 

You can order them here for $24,99 but if you use the code DELIRITAS you get a 51% discount. This code expires 27 November so get them while you can! I just ordered a calendar with the beasts theme.

Steven Saturday 24 November 2012 at 08:13 am | | fun | No comments
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New additions week 47 - 2012

Two new notes arrived yesterday which I won on eBay. The first one is an ECU-testnote which I remembered from 20 years ago and which sparked my interest in banknotes. A year later I started collecting. The second note came as a gift with the first one and is from Burundi. Such a nice gesture!

Steven Friday 23 November 2012 at 08:54 am | | new additions | No comments

Money Dress

As you might have noticed I love to collect banknotes. Some people however have thought of different uses for the notes in their pocket. Like this 'sugar daddy' in China who came up with the idea of dressing his girl up in a dress made of real banknotes. The girl claims they're the equivalent of 200.000 Yuan, or 32.000 Dollar. But as one commenter on a Chinese website pointed out, the dress is made of Ukrainian banknotes. All together he estimates they're worth about 200 Dollar which seems like a reasonable guess to me. Take a look:

The money dress.

Steven Friday 23 November 2012 at 08:39 am | | fun | No comments

50 and 1000 Krona will become invalid after 2013

Tuesday I wrote about the 50 and 1000 Krona from Sweden which will become invalid after 31 December 2013. More news is available now from the website of the Swedish Central Bank, the Sveriges Riksbank. This is part of the preparations for the replacement of the current banknote series which will begin in 2015. From the website:

Schedule for the introduction of Sweden’s new banknotes and coins

  • 31 December 2013 is the last date you can make payments using 50-krona and 1,000-krona banknotes that do not have foil strips.
  • October 2015 is when the new 20-krona, 50-krona, 200-krona and 1,000-krona banknotes will be issued.
  • 30 June 2016 is the last date you can use the current 20-krona notes and the 50-krona and 1,000-krona banknotes that have foil strips.
  • October 2016 the new 100-krona and 500-krona banknotes will be issued, along with the 1-krona, 2-krona and 5-krona coins.
  • 30 June 2017 is the last date you can pay using the current 100-krona and 500-krona banknotes with foil strips and the current 1-krona, 2-krona and 5-krona coins.
© Banknoteworld

Steven Thursday 22 November 2012 at 08:03 am | | news | No comments
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Countries

For a collector of world banknotes like me it's always nice to know how many countries are represented in your collection. At the moment I have 157 countries for instance. But it's much nicer to see this in a list which could also be easy to manage.

Well I did just that. There are numerous lists of banknote issuing countries but I've tried to combine them in one list which I hope is somewhat complete. Of course there is still room for debate: should you add every German state as a separate entity or is 'German states' sufficient? But as a first attempt this works for me.

You can choose 'countries' in the menu on the right or click here.

Steven Wednesday 21 November 2012 at 1:16 pm | | site info | No comments

Short news

Sweden: 50-krona and 1,000-krona banknotes without foil strips will become invalid after 31 December 2013. Source: Sveriges Riksbank.

United Arab Emirates: the new 50 Dirhams note which was announced on 23 July 2012 has been issued dated 2011. It has  a new 3-mm wide color-shifting security thread and it bears the new coat of arms which was adopted on 22 March 2008. Source: MRI Bankers' Guide.

Source: Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates

Steven Tuesday 20 November 2012 at 2:49 pm | | news | No comments

New Spink auction coming up

Spink and SonOn December 13 Spink and Son will hold a new auction of world banknotes. A total of 741 lots with banknotes from all over the world is available to bid on. To be honest: the prices are a 'little' bit higher than on eBay. But the notes at Spink are indeed very rare and beautiful.

To me it's already a pleasure to flip through the catalogue which you can download here (pdf).

Steven Tuesday 20 November 2012 at 1:04 pm | | links | No comments
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Can Scottish notes be used in England or not?

Scottisch banknotesAccording to a recent study from forexcurrency.us 35% of all Britons believe you can't use Scottish banknotes in England. This is however not the case: in everyday transactions the notes can be used and will be accepted by retailers. The confusion probably comes from the use of the term "legal tender" as is being explained by The Telegraph:

As the Bank of England website clarifies, Scottish bank notes are technically not 'legal tender' in England, just as Bank of England notes are not in Scotland. However, the term 'legal tender' holds a very narrow, technical meaning in regards to debt settlement.

So when you do want to spend Scottish pounds in England, you are free to do so. Or collect them of course, as I did back in 1993 when I started my collection with a Scottish pound.

Steven Tuesday 20 November 2012 at 12:00 pm | | links | No comments
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New additions week 46 - 2012

On the 14th of November I celebrated my 35th birthday. Yes, thank you very much. From my mother I got a whole bunch of new banknotes as a gift. Some were new, some were better versions than I already had and some were issues with lower serial numbers.

The new banknotes are:

  • Albania, 3 Lek (P41a).
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10 Dinara (P10a).
  • Brazil, 500 Cruzeiros on 500 Cruzados Novos (P226b).
  • Cambodia, 1 Kak (P25a) - 2 Kak (P26a).
  • Russia, from 1991: 1 Ruble (P237a), 3 Rubles (P238a), 5 Rubles (P239a) and 10 Rubles (P240a).
  • Poland, 50 Zlotych (P142c) and 100 Zlotych (P143e). With these two notes I now have one note for every denomination in this series.
  • New Notgeld from Austria: 90 Heller from St. Johann in Tirol.
  • Venezuela, 1 Bolívar (P68).
  • Great Britain, a new military banknote: 10 new Pence (PM48)
  • And finally a couple of new varieties from Yugoslavia: 20 Dinara (P85), 10 Dinara (P87a) and 100 Dinara (P90c).
Brazil, 500 Cruzeiros on 500 Cruzados Novos - P226b

Steven Sunday 18 November 2012 at 2:17 pm | | new additions | No comments

Shady banknotes on display in Cornwall

A story from Cornwall:

Cornish bank notes issued by a notorious businessman known as the "Smugglers' Banker" are to go on display in Polperro after being sold at auction in London.(...)The lower denomination note, which went under the hammer at Spinks' sale-room in Russell Square, is signed by Zephaniah Job and dated 1818. Job, who was born in St Agnes and moved to Polperro in the 1770s, was an astute and wealthy entrepreneur. He helped his adopted community in a number of ways, including building its first school, but behind the veil of respectability lay a scheming free-trader. It was for this reason he earned the nickname of the "Smugglers' Banker". 

Full story.

One of Zephaniah Job's £5 notes.

Steven Saturday 17 November 2012 at 09:56 am | | links | No comments
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Horror from Paraguay

While checking all the sites of Central Banks yesterday, I stumbled on a truly horrific spectacle. On the website of the Central Bank of Paraguay, they show a video of banknotes being destroyed... These are old and dirty notes of course but still: the heart of a collector skips a beat. If you still want to watch this monstrosity, you can tune in from Monday to Friday between 11:00-13:00 local time. Be warned!

Steven Saturday 17 November 2012 at 09:55 am | | fun | No comments