New additions week 34 - 2015

Rejoice, workers of the world! For the Mujand Trading Company has released a second set of banknotes from the Kuninganna Territory inspired by the glory of socialism. OK, I can hardly say these words without laughing a little because we've seen plenty of the socialistic wonders in the 20th century.

But the new set from Mujand is certainly no joke. We already had the first set which was reminiscent of the famous British notes of the past, but the story of the Kuninganna Territory continues and they have to face the 'joy' of a socialist leadership. The new set of banknotes reflect that perfectly with the same kind of images we have seen from nations like Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, North-Korea and Romania with happy well-fed people doing all different kinds of hard labour on the land with a smile on their face. The theme for this new set is the Harvest Maven who is pictured on the front of the notes. The back shows different people harvesting. 

The mood from the notes is spot-on as far as I'm concerned because you can feel the show (or charade) which is being put on by the 'regime' and the impending and inevitable doom which always follows. 

The Mujand Trading Company doesn't just print fantasy banknotes, they have designed several series belonging to different 'countries' on the planet Blissdane Naïve in the Mujand System. There is a whole mythology behind the notes, the different countries and even time periods. Sets are available exclusively via eBay at the store of Yuri111.

Pictures of the new set:

Steven Vrijdag 21 Augustus 2015 at 9:43 pm | | new additions | Geen reacties
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New additions week 26 - 2015

Just recently I wrote about the limited edition 5-zilchy note from the Mujand Trading Company honouring the works of Edgar Allen Poe. This week I received the polymer beauty and it is gorgeous. Read more about it here and you can order one for yourself here

Steven Zondag 28 Juni 2015 at 08:23 am | | new additions | Geen reacties
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New additions week 19 - 2015 (2)

This week after a three-day visit to Disneyland Paris I came home finding a brown envelop with some interesting stamps on it in the mail. A letter from the Mujand Trading Company with the new set of fantasy banknotes! I can tell you that this was the perfect homecoming after a long car trip with loads of traffic jams and lousy french food. Below is the description I wrote earlier about this wonderful new set:

"One of the most interesting fantasy banknote series is the one from the Mujand Trading Company. Previous posts about their sets can be read herehere and here. What I like about these sets is not only their beautiful and innovative design but especially the whole story and mythology behind them. The fictional planet Blissdane Naïve and the different nations on the planet provide a fascinating backdrop for the different banknote sets.

Now a fifth set has been released, from the nation of Perish Island. The story goes that this island regularly sinks beneath the water and now has submersible houses on it (please read the whole fantastic story of why this happens here). Following this story the banknotes have been made of a waterproof polymer material. The front of the notes shows half of the portraits above water, while the backs shows the other half of the portrait under water. Front and back put together makes the portrait complete. How brilliant is that?

The set can be bought exclusively at the eBay store of Yuri111."

Steven Vrijdag 08 Mei 2015 at 2:22 pm | | new additions | Geen reacties
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New additions week 19 - 2015

Thanks to family members who remember my hobby I'm sometimes suprised with new notes. It always feels like a little present. Yesterday I got three new notes from former Yugoslavia (P89a, P90a and P92d) and one from the Dominican Republic (P170b).

Steven Maandag 04 Mei 2015 at 10:30 am | | new additions | Geen reacties

New additions week 18 - 2015

After a visit to the Papermoney Fair Maastricht in Valkenburg aan den Geul you can't come home empty-handed. I visited the fair last Saturday and it was bigger than ever. Another hall was added to provide room for all the dealers and I don't know for sure but it also seemed more busy with visitors than previous editions. Lots of respect to the dealers by the way because it was very hot in the dealer rooms. Some of my budget had to be spent on much needed water to help me through my visit. 

But it was a succes for me because I found some notes which I really wanted and ended up with 11 new notes in total and three from new countries. The complete list:

  • Algeria - 100 dinar - 1964 - P125
  • Angola - 50 escudos - 1973 - P105a
  • Argentina - 50 pesos - 2015 - Pnew
  • Chatham Islands - 10 dollar - 1999 - PNL
  • France- 200 francs - 1989 - P155c
  • Iran - 2000 rials - 1986 - P141f
  • Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia - 100 Kronen - 1940 - P7a
  • Spain - 100 pesetas - 1925 - P69c
  • Trinidad & Tobago - 50 dollar - 2015 - Pnew
  • South Africa - 2 rand - 1983-1990 - P118d
  • South Russia - 25 rubles - 1918 - PS412b

Steven Dinsdag 28 April 2015 at 09:47 am | | new additions | Geen reacties

New additions week 3 - 2015

Just one new note added this week which I picked from the 'trash tray' at the local coin shop. It's a 100 Kronen note from Austria (P77). 

Steven Vrijdag 16 Januari 2015 at 8:21 pm | | new additions | Geen reacties

Imperium Romanum Fantasy Banknotes

I received a very interesting set of fantasy notes in the mail today. It's the Imperium Romanum set made by Fantasy Banknotes. Now I am, like a lot of banknote collectors as it turns out, quite interested in history. And since the Roman Empire is probably one of the most fascinating empires in history, these banknotes hit a homerun with me. They are great to see and depict a variety of themes from Roman history. Every note shows a Roman emperor on the front. The back shows a variety of Roman buildings, art, statues and maps connected with the emperor on the front. 

If you're interested in Roman history, this set is a must-buy. But also if you're just into collecting (fantasy) banknotes these notes are a great addition to your collection. The quality of the work is excellent and the paper even has watermarks, planchettes and UV-elements. The issue is limited to 1,300 sets. All in all a beautiful addition to any collection.

You can buy the full set for 25 euros of 37 US dollars + post costs by going to this page

Steven Zaterdag 15 November 2014 at 8:49 pm | | new additions | Geen reacties
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New additions week 46 - 2014

This week was filled with fantasy as it turned out. For my birthday I got three notes from the Canadian community of Chemainus. It is most famous for its 39 outdoor murals but as it turns out they also have their own local currency: the Chemainus dollar. The currency can be spend at local shops and merchants. Oh, and did I mention it is absolutely gorgeous? On the front it shows the face of Emily Carr, a Canadian artist who was heavily inspired by the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. The back of the notes show different paintings by different artists depicting historical scenes and landscapes. For my collection I got the 1, 2 and 5 Chemainus dollar but if you're interested in getting these notes, you can buy different sets or individual pieces via this link

The second set of fantasy notes has 7 very interesting and elaborate pieces showing a variety of themes from the Roman Empire. I have a separate article on them here

A total of 10 new notes in one week? Not bad!

Steven Zaterdag 15 November 2014 at 8:13 pm | | new additions | Geen reacties
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New additions week 43 - 2014

Just one new note this week: the new 10 euro finally ended up in my pocket.

© European Central Bank

Steven Donderdag 23 Oktober 2014 at 10:49 am | | new additions | Geen reacties

New additions week 42 - 2014

New banknote from South Korea, donated by a colleague! A 1000 won note, P54a:

Steven Vrijdag 17 Oktober 2014 at 08:40 am | | new additions | Geen reacties

New additions week 40 - 2014

Last weekend the bi-annual Papermoney Fair Maastricht was held in Valkenburg a/d Geul. As always the halls were packed with dealers, collectors and of course loads of banknotes. I managed to acquire some nice new notes and also to expand the number of countries I have notes from. Unfortunately I was also witness to an arrest when I saw a guy being taken away in handcuffs for trying to steal from a dealer. I later heard from other dealers that this was not the first theft that weekend.

But back to our hobby now. I bought 7 new banknotes including 5 from new countries. The list:

  • Djibouti, 1,000 francs - P37d
  • Faeroe Islands, 50 krónur - P24a
  • Fiji, 5 dollar - P115
  • France, 100 francs - P94
  • French West Africa, 10 francs - P37
  • Malta, 1 Lira - P31a
  • St. Helena, 1 Pound - P9a

Steven Dinsdag 30 September 2014 at 08:37 am | | new additions | Geen reacties

New additions week 38 - 2014

Recently I wrote about the new fantasy banknote set from the Mujand Trading Company. This fourth set is from the "Nation of Andaqesh" and features 7 banknotes. More background on this nation can be read here as well as other stories from the planet of Blissdane Naïve which can be found here. I love the whole mythology which has been created and the different banknote sets which reflect the various nations. The booklet which accompanied this particular set gave a preview of future sets so it seems we can expect more beautiful crafted sets from Mujand.

To buy this set, go to this site. If you're quick you might be able to buy one of the first seven sets and get a banknote with a #1 serial. Unfortunately the 500.000 finto note with a #1 serial number is no longer available ;-).

Steven Woensdag 17 September 2014 at 09:50 am | | new additions | Twee reacties
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New additions week 29 - 2014

A great new banknote this week with the RBS Ryder Cup commemorative issue from Scotland. I recently wrote an article on this new note which is printed on hybrid paper, a mix of traditional cotton paper and polyester plastic materials, which should make it more durable and resistant to staining. On the front of the note, the design includes a see-through window in the shape of The Ryder Cup. The banknote will be the first to contain the signature of new RBS chief executive Ross McEwan. The banknote is printed by Giesecke and Devrient.

One thing I was a little disappointed about: they've encased the note in a plastic holder. There is much debate on this practice which is also done by grading companies. Personally: I don't like it because I want to feel a banknote and I also think that encasing a note hides folds which you would be able to see otherwise.

That said, I still really this edition to my collection!

Steven Vrijdag 18 Juli 2014 at 09:29 am | | new additions | Geen reacties
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New additions week 28 - 2014

Last week I went on vacation but when I returned a new banknote was waiting for me in the mail. It's the 1 gulden note from 1938 (P61) from my home country of the Netherlands. I'm gradually expanding my Dutch collection so this will fit in nicely.

Steven Dinsdag 15 Juli 2014 at 08:52 am | | new additions | Geen reacties

New additions week 27 - 2014

Just one addition to my collection this week but for me a great one: the 10,000 gulden note from Suriname (P153). Why is this great? First of all I think the design of this note is beautiful (who doesn't like birds and flowers?). But this also means that I'm down to just one missing banknote from this beautiful series from the year 2000: the 25,000 gulden note. So if anybody has this on offer for a reasonable(!) price ;-)?

Steven Woensdag 02 Juli 2014 at 08:45 am | | new additions | Geen reacties