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!

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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.

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New additions week 42 - 2014

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

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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
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Steven Tuesday 30 September 2014 at 08:37 am | | new additions | No comments

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 Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 09:50 am | | new additions | Two comments
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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 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

Steven Sunday 20 April 2014 at 07:39 am | | new additions | No comments
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