New banknotes Costa Rica

As a collector of paper money I have a strong preference for 'beautiful money'. A colorful design with lots of details showing is what I like to add to my collection. No matter what its value is. Now Costa Rica will be issuing new banknotes soon. Three new banknotes which would be a great addition to any collection of beautiful money. The banknotes with a nominal value of 5000, 10.000 en 50.000 Colon will enter circulation on August 27.

The new notes are part of the very nice looking series with which Costa Rica has spoiled us collectors. Already issued are the 1000, 2000 en 20.000 Colones. The complete series is here for your enjoyment:

Source: Banknote News

Steven Tuesday 28 August 2012 at 09:54 am | | news | Two comments
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Dollar green

So here's something I bet you didn't know: the color green which is used for this blog (look on the left and right side of your screen) is the same green used in US dollar banknotes. If you use CSS you can find the color using hexcode #8C9566.

Steven Tuesday 28 August 2012 at 09:44 am | | site info | No comments

New additions week 34 - 2012

As mentioned earlier Thailand has issued two new commemorative banknotes. The prettiest of the two, the 80 Baht commemorating the 80th birthday of the queen, has arrived.

The folder accompanying the banknote, has the same golden design as the commemorative 100 Baht which was issued for the birthday of the king in 2011.

Steven Tuesday 28 August 2012 at 09:32 am | | new additions | No comments
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Papermoney Fair Autumn 2012

The next Papermoney Fair Maastricht is due for its autumn edition. The 29th and 30th of September collectors can visit the usual location in Valkenburg a/d Geul. At this moment 116 traders have signed up. More info about the event can be found on this website.

Steven Wednesday 22 August 2012 at 10:03 am | | news | No comments
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New additions week 33 - 2012

Vacation is almost over so that means friends and colleagues will return home from strange countries far away and hopefully bring something nice for me. That's exactly what happened this week when I could add the 150th country to my collection:  Switzerland.

Well, that's neither far nor strange but it's still a nice number.

Steven Friday 17 August 2012 at 2:09 pm | | new additions | Three comments

New additions week 32 - 2012

This week I bought a bunch of new banknotes which also meant three new countries for my collection. Just one more to the magical number 150! I'm also happy to report that my collection of commemorative banknotes from Thailand has expanded. Hopefully I'm able to add another one of those Thai beauties to my collection, like the one I wrote about recently.

The harvest this week:

  • Trinidad and Tobago with 10 Dollars (P49).
  • In the Carribean a group of small islands has formed the Eastern Carribean States with common banknotes and coins (sort of like a tropical Euro). I've added a 5 Dollar (P47) to my collection. The serial number starts with an A so that means my note belongs to the island of Antigua.
  • A former part of our Kingdom which was still missing from my collection is the Netherlands Antilles. A note of 1 Gulden (P20a) is now also present.
  • My collection of Thai banknotes has grown with two more banknotes. The first one is a commemorative note of 100 Baht (P110) issued in 2002. The second one is the 50 Baht (Pnew) which was issued in 2012.

Steven Friday 03 August 2012 at 11:03 am | | new additions | No comments

Evita on Argentinia's new 100 Peso

The National Bank of Argentina has announced it will issue a new commemorative banknote of 100 Peso with the image of Evita Perón on the front. About 20 million pieces will be distributed and it is issued in commemoration of her death 60 years ago.

More info on Evita Perón can be found here. After the 'read on' you can watch a video of the presentation of this banknote.

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Steven Thursday 26 July 2012 at 08:26 am | | news | No comments
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New commemorative banknotes from Thailand

The announcement of new bankotes is always something to cheer about but especially when it's Thai money. I'm a real sucker for their commemorative notes and have acquired quite a few already. They're not really difficult to get because in Thailand every birthday or wedding day of the royal family is cause for celebration and a new banknote it seems. That's great news for collectors!

Yesterday the National Bank of Thailand released a message (PDF) where it announced two new commemorative banknotes. The first one is an 80 Baht note in celebration of the 80th birthday of queen Sirikit. The note 80 mm wide and can be bought in Thailand for 120 Baht in a special folder. Two million copies will be available from the 9th of August.

The second banknote is a 100 Baht commemorating the birthday of crown prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. This one is sold in 10 million copies from July the 27th. The front of the note is the same as a regular 100 Baht. The back depicts the prince in a portrait and the moment he was 'crowned' as the crown prince.


Steven Wednesday 04 July 2012 at 2:10 pm | | news | Two comments
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Moneta for free

Moneta, the magazine of the Ottawa Numismatic Society, can be downloaded for free from now on. That also applies for back issues (they're in their third year at this moment). A very nice gesture for us collectors. A lot of the articles have to do with coins but occasionaly articles about (the much prettier) banknotes appear. 

Here is a summary of all articles ever written but you can also go straight to the following years: 2010, 2011 or 2012.

Steven Wednesday 04 July 2012 at 1:58 pm | | links | No comments
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New additions week 26 - 2012

After seven weeks without new additions to my collection I can finally report something nice and new! And it's even a banknote from my own country: the 1 Gulden (P72) from 1949 with the young queen Juliana on the front. The close readers will also see a signature by a famous Finance Minister: Piet Lieftinck. His name will forever be connected to his 'tientje' (10 Gulden).

Steven Wednesday 27 June 2012 at 3:02 pm | | new additions | No comments

Bestempelde Roebels

Een aardig artikel in de NRC over een oproep aan de Russen om anti-Poetinpropaganda op hun Roebels te stempelen. Een nieuw voorbeeld van hoe bankbiljetten voor andere doeleinden kunnen worden gebruikt dan waarvoor ze oorspronkelijk bedoeld zijn. Het artikel geeft ook een paar andere voorbeelden uit de geschiedenis zoals het voor verzamelaars bekende Franse 20 Francs-biljet dat als propaganda tegen Hitler werd gebruikt.

Tot slot nog een PDF dat in het artikel wordt genoemd waarin het onderwerp van bankbiljetten als propaganda verder wordt uitgediept en diverse voorbeelden te zien zijn.

Steven Tuesday 19 June 2012 at 11:45 am | | links | No comments

Banknote of the Year 2011

Prijzen, PRIJZEN!! De leden van de IBNS (waaronder uw verslaggever) hebben weer de jaarlijkse winnaar gekozen van het mooiste nieuwe bankbiljet. Hier nog een keer de genomineerden.

En de winnaar is: Kazachstan met het nieuwe biljet van 10.000 Tenge. Op de tweede en derde plek eindigden respectievelijk de Canadese 100 Dollar (die mijn keuze was) en de 100 Pond uit Gibraltar. Persoonlijk vond ik de Kazachse nominatie een potpourri van allerlei kitscherige elementen en ik prefereer ook een horizontale oriëntatie voor een biljet, maar toch van harte gefeliciteerd. Winnaars uit voorgaande jaren zijn hier te zien.

De top 3 van 2011:

1. Kazachstan - 10.000 Tenge

2. Canada - 100 Dollar

3. Gibraltar - 100 Pounds


Steven Friday 18 May 2012 at 07:41 am | | news | Two comments