Women on Canadian banknotes

Last year there was some discomfort among Canadian women when it became clear that no women would be on the new banknotes save for Queen Elizabeth II. The Bank of Canada didn't make any new female friends when they cancelled their plans to decorate the new 50 dollar note with the  "Famous Five," a group of women that fought to see females recognized as persons under the constitution, and Thérèse Casgrain, a feminist and the first woman ever elected to lead a political party in Canada. They were replaced by an icebreaker.

Now over 48,300 people have signed a petition on Change.org asking the Bank of Canada to commit to featuring women from Canadian history on future banknotes. On their website you can even upload your own favorite Canadian woman on the 100 dollar note.

Before you ask: yes I know Pamela Anderson is Canadian...

Steven Friday 07 November 2014 at 09:41 am | | links, fun | No comments
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Why the US Military printed women on the MPC's

A fun article (Google Translate) from Die Welt about women on US banknotes. Women? Wasn't Martha Washington the only woman ever on a US banknote? Yes, but the Military Payment Certificates (MPC's) which were used by US soldiers between 1946 and 1973 did have women on them. Some even looked very familiar...

More banknote stories from Die Welt can be found here.

© Die Welt

Steven Wednesday 15 October 2014 at 09:25 am | | links | No comments

Profits warning from De la Rue

An interesting article on the site of The Economist as to why De la Rue issued a profit warning when it has just been awarded the printing order for the next generation of British banknotes.

Steven Wednesday 01 October 2014 at 10:20 am | | links | No comments
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This weekend: Papermoney Fair autumn 2014

This weekend on 27-28 September the Papermoney Fair Maastricht will be held in Valkenburg a/d Geul. Although not as big as the spring edition held in April every year, the autumn edition is growing fast. As we speak 157 dealers have already booked a table. Be sure to check it out if you've never been there: the mood is good, the local town and surroundings beautiful and more than enough banknotes are available to satisfy every collectors wishes.

More info can be found on the website.

Steven Friday 26 September 2014 at 09:00 am | | links | No comments
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Italy seizes massive amount of counterfeit euro notes

Reuters reports: "Italian finance police arrested a man who concealed a haul of forged 50-euro banknotes equivalent to 17 million euros ($21.8 million) in a van outside a shopping center near the southern city of Naples, a police statement said.

The massive seizure tops the number of counterfeit banknotes withdrawn from circulation by the European Central Bank during the first half of the year.

The banknotes "were a very good copy of the original and absolutely capable of deceiving most consumers because they successfully imitated the texture, the security band and the holograms," the statement said.

Police spotted the man in a corner of a shopping center parking lot, "frenetically" moving packages into his van from another vehicle. Suspicious of his movements, they searched the van and found the fake banknotes hidden underneath stationery in 15 boxes, the statement said.

The man, who is accused of counterfeiting currency with intent to distribute, had no criminal record, police said. They did not release his name. Investigators are now trying to find out where the notes were made.

The Naples area is a hotbed for counterfeiting in Italy. The top finance police counterfeiting investigator in Naples, Gerardo Marinelli, said this week half of all fake bills in the euro zone come from the Naples area, according to estimates based on previously sequestered banknotes.

The seizure of 340,000 50-euro notes is more than the 331,000 counterfeit notes of all denominations withdrawn by the ECB in the 18-country bloc during the first six months of 2014, but it is a small fraction of the 16 billion notes the central bank said were in circulation."

Steven Thursday 25 September 2014 at 08:17 am | | links | No comments
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Articles from Die Welt on banknotes

German newspaper Die Welt has published several articles about the history and design of banknotes. Several of these can be read online so if you can read German or know how to use Google Translate, you can find some below:

- Diese Scheine waren der Ursprung der Hyperinflation (These notes were at the origin of the hyperinflation)
- Wie Tito auf Guineas Banknoten kam (How Tito ended up on a banknote from Guinea)
- Die rätselhafte Marktfrau auf dem Bahamas-Dollar (The mysterious market woman on the Bahamas dollar)
- Der italienische Maler, der alles falsch machte (The Italian painter who did everything wrong)

>> More articles can be found here.

Steven Friday 15 August 2014 at 09:23 am | | links | No comments
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India: no one else but Ghandi on our banknotes

Reserve Bank of India's Governor Raghuram Rajan today said that nobody but Mahatma Gandhi should feature on the currency notes. "There are so many great Indians, but of course he (Gandhi) stands above head and shoulders above every one. There are many great Indians that we could get on the notes. But I sense that almost anybody else would be controversial," the Governor said.

Steven Friday 15 August 2014 at 09:09 am | | links | No comments
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Commemorative note Poland now for sale

The commemorative 20 zlotych banknote from Poland which is described in more detail here, can now be bought at the online shop of the National Bank of Poland. The price is 60 zlotych (about 15 euro or 19 dollar) excluding shipping costs.

Steven Wednesday 06 August 2014 at 09:42 am | | links | No comments
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Catalog Dutch Papermoney 1573-2002 coming soon

© Patrick PlompI live in the Netherlands and I'm dutch but until recently I've never had any 'extra' interest in dutch banknotes. For me as a collector they were just as valuable or in demand as banknotes from any other country. But lately I've taken more of an interest in the heritage of my own country and have been acquiring more dutch notes. 

One of the problems you quickly face when collecting dutch banknotes is that they are generally speaking more expensive than other banknotes. Not a lot of dutch banknotes can be found in the 1-euro-per-note-baskets at dealers. A second problem is that the existing catalogs are far from complete. Most catalogs like The Standard Catalog of World Paper Money have only (most of) the standard notes and hardly any varieties. 

One member of the dutch chapter of the IBNS, Patrick Plomp, has taken the initiative to compile a new catalog of dutch banknotes which promises to be the new bible for this field of collecting. Every banknote and every variety which has ever circulated in the area we now call the Netherlands (from 1572-2002) will be described, priced and shown. It's not surprising that the end result of all this research provides us with a catalog of about 450 pages. An example can be found here.

The catalog is supposed to be issued in the last quarter of this year and the retail price will be € 34,95. You can also choose to pre-order one today and receive a discount of 15%. More info can be found here.

Steven Friday 18 July 2014 at 2:53 pm | | links | No comments
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United States - Educational Series

A nice article on the so-called Educational Series from the 1890's. Some of the most beautiful banknotes the United States has ever had.

© wikipedia

Steven Wednesday 16 July 2014 at 1:56 pm | | links | No comments

Romanian banknotes

The website Romania Insider has a nice article describing and explaining all the people and imagery which can be found on the beautiful Romanian banknotes.

Steven Wednesday 16 July 2014 at 12:35 pm | | links | No comments
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Cheap catalogs!

If you hurry you can pick up some nice catalogs for a bargain. At shopnumismaster.com all ebooks are now offered with a 75% discount. I like to have my catalogs on my iPad so I can bring them with me to fairs and dealers.

I managed to pickup the 12th edition of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money Specialized Issues as well as the 32nd edition of the Standard Catalog of US Paper Money yesterday. Normally this would cost me 122 dollars but I got them both for 30 dollars! This offer expires tonight so hurry!

The latest and 20th edition of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money Modern Issues can also be bought for a bargain at $17.50.

Steven Wednesday 30 April 2014 at 10:50 am | | links | No comments
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