A History of the World in 100 Objects

Ming Banknote (© British Museum)So I was browsing through the podcast section of iTunes yesterday when I stumbled upon the BBC program The History of the World in 100 Objects. I love shows like that. Especially when I found out one of the objects used in the series, is a Ming banknote from 14th century China. They talk about the history of banknotes and how the first ones like these were used. Really interesting, even if you already know most of the story like a lot of collectors probably do. You can listen to the episode via iTunes or on the BBC website. The banknote being discussed is this one in the British Museum.

Steven Wednesday 05 December 2012 at 08:30 am | | fun | 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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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

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

Want to save money? Get new banknotes!

Dirty MoneyThe Telegraph has a funny study on banknotes today. Researchers looked at how people spend money, particularly when they pay with either old filthy banknotes or with nice new crisp notes. You can already guess the conclusion: people tend to spend 'filthy money' faster than new banknotes.

Even though it's just money we value it more when it's nice and clean because it makes us feel proud to have it - especially if we're in a social setting where other people might see the bills, the researchers said. This could mean that asking a bank cashier for newer notes could in fact help curb spending, they said.

Of course, collectors already knew that nice uncirculated banknotes have far greater value.

Steven Thursday 15 November 2012 at 08:29 am | | fun | No comments
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Zombiecalypse in South Africa?

The new South African banknotes with Nelson Mandela continue to make the news. This time in the form of the painting below. Is it a representation of the coming zombiecalypse? According to artist Ayanda Mabulu his version of the new banknotes is a way to show how the gap between the rich and the poor of South Africa has widened.

I like the art of banknotes, but I'm not too sure about this one... I prefer the original version!

Steven Tuesday 13 November 2012 at 08:22 am | | news, fun | No comments
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How money is counted in different countries

Just for fun:

Steven Saturday 10 November 2012 at 10:48 am | | fun | No comments

So where did he stand?

A little game: trying to determine where the artist stood when he shot the photo or made the painting which went on to become a banknote.

The first one: the back of the 1 Pound note from the Isle of Man (P40). 



To view in Google Maps: click here.

Steven Thursday 18 October 2012 at 8:20 pm | | fun | No comments