New additions week 31 - 2017

No less than 11 new notes this week! In my local banknote shop I found two notes I quite liked. First a 100-shilling note from Uganda (P31c) with a design I thought was fascinating. I'm still a sucker for notes that "just look nice". In the same shop I also found an Austrian note which at first glance isn't all that special but the little 1-krone note (P73) is actually the first issue from the Austrian Government in 1922. I didn't have any note from that series yet, so here you go.

The biggest batch of new notes was in a package I got from Texas and were several new series and single notes from Mujand. The Blissdane Naive world keeps on expanding with an M-, N- and O-series. There was also a new Tobacco-note from the second F-series with a naked lady with a pig on it, how great is that?

But the biggest suprise were two MAGA-notes. MAGA? Make America Great Again, does that ring a bell? When I opened the package the face of Mike Pence on the fantasy 5-dollar note smiled at me. The 1-dollar note with Donald Trump on it? Not so many smiles...

I will post a separate review for the Mujand-notes later this weekend. 

Steven Sunday 06 August 2017 at 11:16 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 28 - 2017

After last weeks discoveries at a local store I couldn't resist and just had to return again. This time with more time than just my lunch break. After going through the mountain of available notes twice I found several other notes I could add to my collection. 

  • Czechoslovakia: 50 korun (P96a)
  • Ukraine: 500 hryven (P23)
  • Ukraine: 1,000 Karbovantsiv (P35a2)
  • Germany (Empire): 5 Mark (P56a1)
  • Germany (Empire): 20 Mark (P57)
  • Germany (Weimar): 50,000 Mark (P80)
  • Germany (Weimar): 5,000 Mark (P81a)
  • Germany (Weimar): 100,000 Mark (P83a2)
  • Germany (Weimar): 100 Million Mark (P107e1)
  • Germany (Weimar): 50 Million Mark (P109b2)
  • Germany (Weimar): 500 Million Mark (P110f)

Steven Monday 10 July 2017 at 09:10 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 27 - 2017

A couple of new notes today which I found in the infamous "1 dollar per note" box. Well, it turns out the seller hadn't really been paying attention because some of the notes there had a much higher catalog value. The Russian note in particular was hard to miss because of it's massive size. It's even hard to fit in one of my Leuchtturm Vario 1C folders! 

  • Germany - 20 mark - P46b
  • Germany - 1 million mark - P93
  • Poland - 1,000 marek - P29c
  • Russia - 500 rubles - P14b.c01

Steven Tuesday 04 July 2017 at 10:34 pm | | new additions | Three comments

New additions week 25 - 2017

We've had a big family party last weekend which is always lots of fun, especially when the weather is as good as it has been for the past few days. It's also a good opportunity to see some family members who have been travelling a lot lately. Like a trip to Armenia and Georgia, which are two countries I probably will never visit.

Did I get a souvenir? Well, in fact... I got the BEST type of souvenir. Two new banknotes! The 1000-dram note from Armenia (P55b) and the recently issued 50-lari note from Georgia (P77) which looks great in real life. 

Steven Monday 19 June 2017 at 11:33 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 23 - 2017

Yesterday was a very good day with regard to the mail I received. Two letters from Canada and Fiji with two of the best looking banknotes of 2017 so far. Welcome to my collection!


Steven Saturday 10 June 2017 at 3:58 pm | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 12 - 2017

I recently visited my local brick and mortar store to get new plastic sheets for banknotes (I always use Leuchtturm Vario 3C by the way) but I couldn't pass the 1-euro bin without looking at the notes. For some reason I always find something wedged between some raggedy old notes. This day was no exception since there were a lot of new notes recently added. 

The harvest of this week:

  • Romania - 1 lei (P117d)
  • Czech Republic - 20 korun (P10a)
  • Thailand - 20 baht (p124a1)
  • Mexico - 20 pesos (P122k1)
  • Russia - 100 rubles (P13b.c01 and proving that size does matter)
  • France - Chambre de Commerce Marseille - 50 centimes (PNL)

Steven Saturday 25 March 2017 at 4:41 pm | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 11 - 2017

Recently we had a teambuilding day at work. One of the tasks was to present something personal and talk about it. Of course I brought a banknote with me and talked about this beautiful hobby. This in turn led to several co-workers remembering that they also had some banknotes in their attics which they generously donated to me. 

So I have added the following notes to my collection:

  • Czechoslovakia, 10 Korun, P94
  • Czechoslovakia, 20 Korun, P95 (which I already had but in much worse condition).
  • Lithuania, 1 Litas, P53a

Steven Monday 13 March 2017 at 10:09 pm | | new additions | No comments

New addiditions week 4 - 2017

In the new series from the master creator of fantasy banknotes, Mujand takes us back to the Greek mythology. We enter the dangerous world of the Sirens. These mythical creatures lured passing sailors with their songs and their beauty to their doom. This new edition to the continuing series of the fictional planet Blissdane Naive shows the banknotes from the island of Eklisivia. You can read the history of this island here. It's the classic siren story but with a little twist: the sirens from Eklisivia are also vampires. 

The banknotes are a hommage to this legend and in a fun way follow the story. At first glance the banknotes look like paintings from the Romantic era depicting a romanticized version of Greek history. Bright colors, beautiful women and delicious fruit. Until you look closer and see that the women have fangs in their mouth, snakes in their hair and the fruit consists mainly of poisonous berries. This series is a great addition to an already impressive line-up of fantasy banknotes. 

If you're interested in buying this series you can do so here at the website of Mujand. 

50 Nulas

100 Nulas

500 Nulas

1,000 Nulas

Disclaimer: this fantasy set was sent for review purposes. The text is entirely mine and was not paid for or asked for in any way.

Steven Sunday 29 January 2017 at 12:52 pm | | new additions | No comments
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New additions week 52 - 2016

On the last day before my holiday I decided to visit the local coin shop. Of course you can get everything online, but there is still something special about a brick-and-mortar store, right? The shop near where I work specializes in coins and stamps but they have a small collection of banknotes, mostly the 1-euro-each toilet paper like notes but I can always find something nice there. In places like that with a big basket full of cheap notes, I especially try to look for visually appealing banknotes. For instance, the back of the 20-korun note below from Czechoslovakia which I think is stunning. 

The harvest today: 

  • Czechoslovakia: 20-korun (P95)
  • Greece: 1,000-drachmai (P110a)
  • Greece: 1,000-drachmai-on-100-drachmai (P111a)
  • Hungary: 20-forint (P169g)
  • Hungary: 50-forint (P170g)
  • Hungary: 100-forint (P171e)
  • Hungary: 100-forint (P171g)
  • Luxembourg: 10-francs (P53a)

Last but not least, I also received a very special banknote. This Christmas my family played secret Santa: everybody had to get one present for one other person. My little daughter of 5 had picked me and asked my wife: "Daddy loves banknotes but where does he buy them? I don't know where to get one!" My wife suggested she could make one herself. I think the result is very nice and I will give it a place of honour in my collection!

Steven Friday 30 December 2016 at 11:33 pm | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 25 - 2016

Of course I couldn't wait long to add this beauty to my collection of Thai commemorative notes. So today I received the new 70-baht from Thailand.

Steven Wednesday 22 June 2016 at 6:58 pm | | new additions | No comments

Mujand special: the Mont Blanc fountain pen note

Recently I wrote a piece about several of my hobbies (in no particular order: banknotes, fountain pens and tea) and how I like it when somehow these hobbies can be combined. In that piece I showed several banknotes with tea themes on it but I also wrote about not being able to find any banknotes with fountain pens on it.

Well... 

Celsus Solar of Mujand, famous for the fantasy banknote series of the imaginary planet Blissdane Naïve and the more recent series of Dutch colonies (you can read all the reviews of these different sets here), has risen to the challenge and surprised me with a great personal gift. I received a set of these fantastic notes celebrating the beauty of one of the top brands in the fountain pen world: Mont Blanc

I love the fact that different facets of the fountain pen can be seen: the filling mechanism, the nib unit and also some beautiful exemples of calligraphy. And of course: how cool is it to own a note with your name on it? :-)

Just for the record: these notes aren't anywhere for sale but do they do show the craftsmanship of Celsus Solar of Mujand. His commercially available sets can be viewed here. These sets from Mujand are sold excusively by Yuri111 and fantasy_notes_and_more on eBay.  

Disclaimer: these fantasy notes were provided for review purposes. The text is entirely mine and was not paid for or asked for in any way.

Steven Friday 10 June 2016 at 12:55 pm | | new additions | Two comments

New additions week 21 - 2016

A trip to my local coins and papermoney dealer resulted in a few nice new notes. Some of these were sold at a far lower price than the SWPMC indicated so all in all a good visit!

  • Bhutan - 2 ngultrum (1986) - P13
  • Cuba - 10 pesos (1985) - PFX8
  • France - 1,000 francs (1943) - P102
  • Hong Kong - 1 cent (1945) - P321
  • Japan - 50 sen (1938) - P58a
  • Nepal - 5 rupees (2012) - P69

Steven Monday 30 May 2016 at 12:15 pm | | new additions | No comments