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 Friday 18 July 2014 at 09:29 am | | new additions | No comments

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 Tuesday 15 July 2014 at 08:52 am | | new additions | No comments

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 Wednesday 02 July 2014 at 08:45 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 24 - 2014

Recently I wrote an article about the Mujand Trading Company which designs and produces fantasy banknotes. These are not just banknotes with a nice design but they are part of a whole story and mythology centering around the planet Blissdane where several 'countries' exist. Three sets have been issues so far and four more will be issued in the future.

I was so lucky to receive a package this week with the complete set of Series C in it from the Kuninganna Territory. It really showed why I like these particular sets of fantasy banknotes. This set of notes is completely different from the Series B I recently received in terms of design, paper and overall feel and look. The notes reminded me of the white notes the Bank of England issued in the first half of the 20th century. Considering the 'country' which issued these fantasy banknotes has a monarchal history, this may not be a coincidence: the notes honour the myhical queen Anya Qesh whose story you can read here.

If you're interested in buying this set or other sets, please visit the Mujand Trading Company website.

Steven Friday 13 June 2014 at 08:55 am | | new additions | No comments
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New additions week 21 - 2014

Two new banknotes this week from and both are from Suriname: the 500 gulden (P150) and 5,000 gulden (P152). This series issued in 2000 is one of my favourite series to collect and features birds and flowers from Suriname. The only two notes missing from my collection are the 10,000 and the 25,000 gulden. I'm afraid the latter is a little above my budget but I have high hopes for the 10,000 gulden note.

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New additions week 17 - 2014

Fantasy banknotes, the opinions on them vary but it's a fact that there are a lot of them. The most well known are from Antarctica and the Disney Dollars. I know a lot of collectors don't want them because they weren't issued by an official bank and are not 'real money' but I like them a lot to be honest. To come up with a good design for a banknote is a lot harder than most people think. Let alone actually producing them. 

This week I received a wonderful gift from the Mujand Trading Company. Not only have they printed fantasy banknotes, they have even 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. I received a gift package containing the B-series of banknotes from the Territory of West Junee

If you're interested in fantasy banknotes or collect them, go check them out!



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New additions week 17 - 2014

Remember kids, when you know of a friend, a colleague or a family member going on vacation to an exotic country, always ask to bring some money back as a souvenir. I did, and look what it got me: three new Moroccan banknotes, including two from the new series!

  • 50 dirham - P69a
  • 20 dirham - P74
  • 100 dirham - P76

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New additions week 16 - 2014

Last weekend was the bi-annual Papermoney Fair Maastricht in the lovely town of Valkenburg aan den Geul. This year all tables were sold out so it was packed with dealers, buyers and tons of great banknotes. What I really liked this year in comparison with previous years was the amount of 'cheap' banknotes offered. Everywhere were crates filled with banknotes sold for a few euro. I'm sure lots of collectors skip these offers but it meant that the fair was useful for every type of collector, including the beginners or people with limited funds. 

I also managed to get some nice new notes and expand the amount of countries in my collection. The purchase list:

  • Armenia, 100 dram, P42
  • Aruba, 10 florin, P16b
  • Bermuda, 2 dollar, P57a
  • Denmark, 10 kroner, P44ag
  • El Salvador, 1 colon, P125a
  • Ghana, 10,000 cedis, P35a
  • Macedonia, 10 denari, P14c
  • Netherlands, 10 gulden, P85
  • Norway, 10 kroner, P36c
  • Somaliland, 1000 shillings, P20
  • Somaliland, 5000 shillings, P21
  • Timor, 100 escudos, P28a

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New additions week 12 - 2014

Three new banknotes for my collection this week, including one new country! A colleague was so generous to give a 20 francs from 1997 (P151i) to me with one of my favourite composers on it: Claude Debussy. Another new note is the 500,000 lira (P212) from Turkey. This is of course a note before decimalization (unfortunately).

The real treasure this week is the 204th country I've added to my collection: a 1 gulden note (P35a) from Curacao. I had been looking for a Curacao note for some time and I finally found one on eBay which was sold for a reasonable price.

Steven Thursday 20 March 2014 at 10:07 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 9 - 2014

We got him! This week I received the beautiful Russian 100 ruble note issued in commemoration of the Olympic Winter Games in Sotchi. The note looks great once you have it in your hand and I was surprised how nice the transparant window turned out.

You can still vote for this note as IBNS Banknote of the Year if you're a member of the IBNS by the way.

Another new note I received yesterday was the new 2 dollar note from the island of Barbados. The new series was issued in June 2013 and you can read the article I wrote about the beautiful new series here.

Barbados is the 203rd country I've added to my collection.

Steven Thursday 27 February 2014 at 08:04 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 8 - 2014

Two Dutch banknotes this week, one new and one better version than I already had. To start with the latter: I got the UNC version of the 5 gulden note from 1973 (P95a). I already had a VF note I saved from when these notes were replaced with a coin in 1988 but the UNC is of course much nicer. 

The second new note is a 10 gulden note from the 1933 series (P49) with a picture of an old grey man ("Grijsaard" in Dutch) originally painted by Rembrandt van Rijn. This was the first note where the text stating that the Central Bank promises to pay the bearer on demand was left out. 

Steven Sunday 23 February 2014 at 3:12 pm | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 7 - 2014

A beautiful new banknote in my collection this week and one which has been on my wishlist for a long time. Last week I had the chance to get one for a very reasonable amount of money so I finally could add this commemorative note from Bhutan. It was issued to commemorate the royal wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, to Jetsun Pema in 2011. The 100 ngultrum note (P35) was issued in 2011 in a special folder.

Steven Thursday 13 February 2014 at 08:09 am | | new additions | No comments