New additions week 1 - 2014

I'm not really a collector of Euro notes. I use those notes to buy other banknotes and also because I think they're boring. But this week I got a gift: a 20 euro note from Cyprus. Euro banknotes from Cyprus are pretty rare so why not? I'll add it to my collection.

Steven Wednesday 08 January 2014 at 09:21 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 52 - 2013

Just before the end of the year I received a new addition to my collection: a 1 dollar Silver Certificate from the United States (series 1935-E, P416D2e). 

Silver Certificates are a type of representative money printed from 1878 to 1964 in the United States as part of its circulation of paper currency. They were produced in response to silver agitation by citizens who were angered by the Fourth Coinage Act, which had effectively placed the United States on a gold standard. The certificates were initially redeemable in the same face value of silver dollar coins, and later in raw silver bullion. Since 1968 they have been redeemable only in Federal Reserve Notes and are thus obsolete, but are still valid legal tender.

Normally I'm not much of a collector of US notes. Mainly because I think they have boring designs and also because a lot of the collectors of US notes I know are obsessed with special serial numbers. For me that's not the collecting of banknotes but of numbers on an arbitrary item. This Silver Certificate however has an interesting numismatic story so I welcome it in my collection

Steven Monday 30 December 2013 at 11:19 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 48 - 2013

Joyous tidings dear readers for I, Steven Bron, have added the 200th country to my collection. And the 201st! I have also managed to get one of the best looking banknotes issued this year: the new Canadian 5 dollar. So a very good update! Four new notes have been added, starting with the two newcomers:

© Bank of Canada

Steven Tuesday 26 November 2013 at 9:05 pm | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 46 - 2013

After last weeks new addition of Tannu Tuva I received a banknote from another new country this week and again it's a pretty unknown note issuing 'country' to most people: Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.

Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon's official name is: collectivité territoriale de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. It's a self-governing territorial overseas collectivity of France, situated in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean near Canada. It is the only remnant of the former colonial empire of New France that remains under French control. The islands are situated at the entrance of Fortune Bay, which extends into the southern coast of Newfoundland, near the Grand Banks.

As you can see in the scan the note is damaged and normally I wouldn't buy a note like that. The thing is though: banknotes from Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon are pretty rare and therefore pretty expensive. This note still looks very decent (the non-damaged parts are almost UNC) and I could get this for a bargain. So I present you: the 20 francs (P24) from country number 199!

Steven Wednesday 20 November 2013 at 08:19 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 45 - 2013 (2)

After the nice new note from Rhodesia I received earlier this week another great addition to my collection arrived yesterday. Country number 198: Tannu Tuva! Before I started collecting banknotes I had never even heard of this nation or seen its banknotes. Some background information seems in order.

The Tuvan People's Republic (or People's Republic of Tannu Tuva 1921 – 1944) was a partially recognized independent state in the territory of the former Tuvan protectorate of Imperial Russia also known as Uryankhaisky Krai. It was a satellite state of the Soviet Union that is now known as the Tuva Republic within the Russian Federation. The Soviet Union and the Mongolian People's Republic were the only countries to recognize its independence.

Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, Communist troops took Tuva in January 1920. The chaos accompanying this era allowed the Tuvans to again proclaim their independence. On 14 August 1921, the Bolsheviks (supported by Russia) established a Tuvan People's Republic, called Tannu Tuva until 1926. Tannu refers to the Tannu-ola Mountains while Tuva is derived from the ethnicity Tuvan. The capital Khem-Beldir was eventually renamed Kyzyl ('red' in Tuvan). A treaty between the Soviet Union and the Mongolian People's Republic in 1926 affirmed the country’s independence. No other countries formally recognized it, although it appeared on maps and globes produced in the United States. 

The area that was the Tuvan People's Republic is now known as Tyva Republic within the Russian Federation.

Steven Saturday 16 November 2013 at 07:34 am | | new additions | No comments
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New additions week 46 - 2013

Thanks to an early birthday gift I received 6 new banknotes from Russia yesterday. Isn't it nice when your aunt goes on holiday to Russia and doesn't forget the hobby of her nephew? Here are the new notes in chronological order:

  • 1 Ruble (1915 (1898)) - P15c05
  • 25 Rubles (1919) - P90
  • 3 Rubles (1961) - P223a
  • 25 Rubles (1961) - P234b
  • 500 Rubles (1993) - P256
  • 100 Rubles (1997) - P270a

All the images of the new notes can be found on the Russia page of my collection.

Steven Wednesday 13 November 2013 at 08:42 am | | new additions | No comments
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New additions week 45 - 2013 (1)

This week I received a new note I bought on eBay. Not only was it a bargain, it is also the 197th country in my collection! Just three more to go and I can order cake to celebrate the magical 200.

This note is from Rhodesia, the country which was never recognized and which existed for only 14 years. It was considered a de facto successor state to the former British colony of Southern Rhodesia. After a bloody civil war, in which the white government fought with two black nationalist groups, the country finally settled for peace in 1980 and renamed itself Zimbabwe.

This is a 1 dollar note from 1970 and has pick number 30a.

© www.banknoteworld.com

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New additions week 43 - 2013

Two new notes this week which I found in the Big Pile of Rubbish-box at the local coin dealer. Though most of the items in this box are nothing more than toilet paper, I always manage to find something I still want.

  • German Empire, 50 Mark - P41
  • Germany Weimar Republic, 10 Mark - P67a1

Steven Friday 25 October 2013 at 09:02 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 41 - 2013

Thanks to a very generous donation I received 21 new banknotes last week. Including two notes from a country I've wanted in my collection for some time: Belgian Congo. Among the notes were some Notgeld issues from Germany's Weimar Republic which I won't list below, mainly because it's not a real part of my collection. They're nice to have but I don't pursue them like 'normal' banknotes and only add them to my collection when I receive them by chance for free.

So the new 'real' banknotes are:

  • Sweden, 10 Kronur (P52d)
  • Egypt, 5 Piastres (P165a)
  • Rwanda, 20 Francs (P6b)
  • Rwanda, 100 Francs (P8b)
  • Czechoslovakia, 5 Korun (P82a)
  • Germany, 5 Mark (P56b1)
  • Germany, 10000 Mark (P70)
  • Germany, 20000 Mark (P85a)
  • Germany, 1 Mark (P192a)
  • Belgian Congo, 5 Francs (p13B)
  • Belgian Congo, 10 Francs (P14E)

Steven Tuesday 15 October 2013 at 08:48 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 39 - 2013

At the World Paper Money Fair I bought 17 new notes from 12 new countries. I now have 606 banknotes in my collection. Just 6 more countries and I also have 200 countries in my collection! All the new additions from this weekend:

  • Bahamas, 1 dollar, P50
  • Belize, 5 dollar, P67d
  • Cape Verde, 200 escudos, P68
  • Central African States, 1000 francs, P102Cg
  • Finland, 1 Markka, P98a
  • French Pacific Territories, 500 francs, P1b
  • Gambia, 5 dalasis, P20a
  • Iran, 5000 rials, P150
  • Lesotho, 10 maloti, P15f
  • Luxembourg, 20 francs, P54a
  • Morocco, 10 dirham, P57b
  • Slovakia, 20 korun, P20a
  • Slovakia, 50 korun, P21a
  • Sweden, 20 kronur, P63a
  • Tanzania, 20 shillingi, P9
  • West African States, 500 francs, P210Bn
  • Uganda, 1000 shilling, P49

Steven Wednesday 02 October 2013 at 10:05 am | | new additions | No comments

New additions week 36 - 2013

Last week I received two great new banknotes from Kuwait. They are both commemorative issues commemorating the liberation of the country in 1991 after the Gulf War. Both notes come in special folders with an envelope. 

PCS1 (front):

PCS2 (back):


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New additions week 33 - 2013

I received a banknote this week which had been high on my wishlist. It is by itself a beautiful note but it's also the first polymer banknote ever issued. The note (P49) has been issued by Australia in 1988 to commemorate the bicentenary of the landing in Sydney Cove and has been issued in a folder with more info on the design and history.

Steven Tuesday 20 August 2013 at 10:48 am | | new additions | No comments
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