New additions week 40 - 2012

I hadn't visited Van Mastrigt in Rotterdam for a while so when I had a free afternoon I stopped by them. Their banknote collection is very small and most of it is piled up in something which can best be desribed as a waste paper basket. Most of it isn't worth much and in very poor quality (Van Mastrigt is primarily a coin- and stampshop). So it takes some time and a trained eye to spot the good banknotes between the toilet paper.  

Apparently someone had brought a large amount of Austrian Notgeld because it comprised half of the available banknotes. I'm not really a Notgeld collector but nice looking or interesting notes always spark my interest. After about half an hour of digging through piles of paper money I had six new notes for my collection.

  • From Austria three Notgeld notes. A very nice one from Waldhausen and two from Mauthausen. Mauthausen, haven't we heard that name before? Indeed, the place where a famous World War II concentration camp was. They apparently have a thing for prisoners in Mauthausen because on the two banknotes are pictures of "different types of prisoners of war" from World War I. Now there's a nice thing to put on your banknote... 
This isn't the version I have but this scan shows the picture in more detail.
  • From Spain a 2 Pesetas (P95) from 1938 with the text "Republica Espanola" on it. This was issued during the Spanish Civil War.
  • My second Swiss banknote is the 10 Francs from 1963 (P45h).
  • One of my goals is to have at least one banknote from every country. But I also have a preference for some countries and one of those is Germany. So I'm delighted to have found the first ever banknote issued in the Federal Republic of Germany better known as West Germany. From 1948 it's the 1/2 Mark (P1a).

Steven Monday 08 October 2012 at 12:02 pm | | new additions | No comments

Is this Australia's new paper money?

Australia is developing new banknotes. This project, called Next Generation Bank Note, has started five years ago and so far it has cost 9,3 million Australian dollar (about 7,4 million euro). Supposedly, the Reserve Bank of Australia is running two years behind schedule according to Australian newspapers but they (of course) refuse to comment on this delicate subject.

But now a new set of approved designs had surfaced which will serve as a basis for the final designs. You might notice that queen Elizabeth II is missing from these notes. Don't be alarmed: the central bank has already proclaimed that the queen will appear on the issued note. The new banknotes promise to have a more youthful appearance and will be updated with the latest security features. The approved designs are made by Garry Emery, a designer from Melbourne who also designed the current banknotes in circulation.

I can see the youthful appearance but 'Monopoly' is also something which springs to mind seeing these designs. Due to the complicated process of developing new banknotes, the Aussies will have to wait for a few more years before they have new money in their wallet.





Steven Tuesday 02 October 2012 at 1:50 pm | | news | No comments
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PVV issues 100 Gulden banknotes (update)

We had election night in the Netherlands. The PVV (Freedom Party) distributed banknotes amongst their supporters picturing their leader Geert Wilders on an old 100 gulden banknote. This in support of their wish to leave the euro and return to our former currency, the gulden. The banknotes were made by Benny Wezenberg, a transport company owner and PVV supporter. A spokesperson of the Dutch Central Bank said they were monitoring the action to see if the public wouldn't be confused in thinking it was real money.

Confusion over a banknote with Wilders on it?? Rrrright… Later the spokesperson said it is the duty of the Central Bank to monitor all money being used in the Netherlands and to make sure no fake money enters the system. If it doesn't then they would regard this 'new' note as a joke.

By the way, the stunt had little effect on the results which can be viewed here.

Update: How nice! I tweeted NOS reporter Ron Fresen who was there on election night asking him if he can get a Wilders banknote for me and he will try to send me one!

Update 2: Yes! The banknote has arrived and is added as a fantasy note to my collection.

The Wilders Gulden:

The original 100 Gulden:

Steven Thursday 13 September 2012 at 09:09 am | | news, new additions | No comments
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New banknotes for South Africa

Yesterday the South African Reserve Bank started the campain to inform the public on the new banknotes. Before the end of 2012 the new series will enter circulation. On the front of all the new banknotes will be former president Nelson Mandela. The reverse shows one of the Big Five animals which are already on all current South African banknotes.

I really like the new designs and I give them a good chance to compete in the next Banknote of the Year election. If you want to add this set to your own collection: a 100 Rand equals about 10 euro at the moment. So for just 36 euro the whole set could be yours.

Steven Thursday 06 September 2012 at 1:46 pm | | news | Three comments
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New banknotes Costa Rica

As a collector of paper money I have a strong preference for 'beautiful money'. A colorful design with lots of details showing is what I like to add to my collection. No matter what its value is. Now Costa Rica will be issuing new banknotes soon. Three new banknotes which would be a great addition to any collection of beautiful money. The banknotes with a nominal value of 5000, 10.000 en 50.000 Colon will enter circulation on August 27.

The new notes are part of the very nice looking series with which Costa Rica has spoiled us collectors. Already issued are the 1000, 2000 en 20.000 Colones. The complete series is here for your enjoyment:

Source: Banknote News

Steven Tuesday 28 August 2012 at 09:54 am | | news | Two comments
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Dollar green

So here's something I bet you didn't know: the color green which is used for this blog (look on the left and right side of your screen) is the same green used in US dollar banknotes. If you use CSS you can find the color using hexcode #8C9566.

Steven Tuesday 28 August 2012 at 09:44 am | | site info | No comments

New additions week 34 - 2012

As mentioned earlier Thailand has issued two new commemorative banknotes. The prettiest of the two, the 80 Baht commemorating the 80th birthday of the queen, has arrived.

The folder accompanying the banknote, has the same golden design as the commemorative 100 Baht which was issued for the birthday of the king in 2011.

Steven Tuesday 28 August 2012 at 09:32 am | | new additions | No comments
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Papermoney Fair Autumn 2012

The next Papermoney Fair Maastricht is due for its autumn edition. The 29th and 30th of September collectors can visit the usual location in Valkenburg a/d Geul. At this moment 116 traders have signed up. More info about the event can be found on this website.

Steven Wednesday 22 August 2012 at 10:03 am | | news | No comments
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New additions week 33 - 2012

Vacation is almost over so that means friends and colleagues will return home from strange countries far away and hopefully bring something nice for me. That's exactly what happened this week when I could add the 150th country to my collection:  Switzerland.

Well, that's neither far nor strange but it's still a nice number.

Steven Friday 17 August 2012 at 2:09 pm | | new additions | Three comments

New additions week 32 - 2012

This week I bought a bunch of new banknotes which also meant three new countries for my collection. Just one more to the magical number 150! I'm also happy to report that my collection of commemorative banknotes from Thailand has expanded. Hopefully I'm able to add another one of those Thai beauties to my collection, like the one I wrote about recently.

The harvest this week:

  • Trinidad and Tobago with 10 Dollars (P49).
  • In the Carribean a group of small islands has formed the Eastern Carribean States with common banknotes and coins (sort of like a tropical Euro). I've added a 5 Dollar (P47) to my collection. The serial number starts with an A so that means my note belongs to the island of Antigua.
  • A former part of our Kingdom which was still missing from my collection is the Netherlands Antilles. A note of 1 Gulden (P20a) is now also present.
  • My collection of Thai banknotes has grown with two more banknotes. The first one is a commemorative note of 100 Baht (P110) issued in 2002. The second one is the 50 Baht (Pnew) which was issued in 2012.

Steven Friday 03 August 2012 at 11:03 am | | new additions | No comments

Evita on Argentinia's new 100 Peso

The National Bank of Argentina has announced it will issue a new commemorative banknote of 100 Peso with the image of Evita Perón on the front. About 20 million pieces will be distributed and it is issued in commemoration of her death 60 years ago.

More info on Evita Perón can be found here. After the 'read on' you can watch a video of the presentation of this banknote.

Read on

Steven Thursday 26 July 2012 at 08:26 am | | news | No comments
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New commemorative banknotes from Thailand

The announcement of new bankotes is always something to cheer about but especially when it's Thai money. I'm a real sucker for their commemorative notes and have acquired quite a few already. They're not really difficult to get because in Thailand every birthday or wedding day of the royal family is cause for celebration and a new banknote it seems. That's great news for collectors!

Yesterday the National Bank of Thailand released a message (PDF) where it announced two new commemorative banknotes. The first one is an 80 Baht note in celebration of the 80th birthday of queen Sirikit. The note 80 mm wide and can be bought in Thailand for 120 Baht in a special folder. Two million copies will be available from the 9th of August.

The second banknote is a 100 Baht commemorating the birthday of crown prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. This one is sold in 10 million copies from July the 27th. The front of the note is the same as a regular 100 Baht. The back depicts the prince in a portrait and the moment he was 'crowned' as the crown prince.


Steven Wednesday 04 July 2012 at 2:10 pm | | news | Two comments
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