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A TOTALLY AMATEUR BANKNOTE COLLECTOR

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

THREE NOTES FROM MADAGASCAR WITH GOOD SECURITY






The notes above are stock photos from the Central Bank of Madagascar as, for the first time the notes would not scan on my scanner - well done to the bank , Their security measures are  working well.

The top note is the 100 Aviavy note. there is no date but this series started in 2017 and is still in circulation. this applies to all three notes. the front has   Ambozontany Cathedral and the reverse has the  "Mantella Baroni" or Madagascan poisonous frog

The next note is the 200 Aviavy note. it has the Amber Mountain Waterfall on the front and the Nosy Hara (island) and an endemic plant on the reverse.

The final note is the 500 Aviavy note . the front has an Ambohimanga homestead on the front and the reverse has a red Tsingy which is a rock formation in the north of the country




AN ARMENIAN NOTE WITH AN ASTROPHYSICIST




this note above is the Armenian 100 Dram from 1998. the front has a portrait of Victor Ambartsumian, an Astronomer and the founder of Theoretical Astrophysics in the USSR. the reverse has Byurakan observatory



the Armenian alphabet from curious chris on youtube.com

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

JOMO KENYATTA FROM KENYA





The two notes above, from 2019, are from Kenya . The  first note is the 100 shillings with a statue of president Jomo Kenyatta . and the Kenyatta international conference centre with a leopard in the number 100. with the reverse having a "agricultural" theme.
the second note is the 50 shilling and has a similar front except it has a buffalo instead of the leopard , peeping out of the number 50 and the theme of the reverse is "green energy"



BANK OF MAURITIUS 25 RUPEE NOTE



The note above is the 25 Rupee (Rs) from Mauritius from 2013. it has a portrait of Sir Jean Moilin Ah-chuen founder of the ABC banking corporation and , in 1969, a member of the government of the newly independent Mauritius , on the front and a fisherman  and the island of Rodrigues on the reverse.




Sunday, 10 November 2019

THE GENIAL FACE OF AN ABSOLUTE MONARCH



This note is from Swaziland or the kingdom of Eswatini as it was renamed in 2018, it is the 10 Emalangeni note from 2015 with king Mswati III on the front and on the reverse is a portrait of the princesses doing the kingship ceremony (Ncwala).

The  genial picture of King Mswati III belies the absolute monarch's extravagant lifestyle that has left his countries subjects in absolute poverty



Saturday, 9 November 2019

A SUDANESE BILINGUAL NOTE



This note is from across the border from the previous post. This is the 2 Sudanese pound note from 2017 .  It has pottery on the front and musical instruments on the reverse.




ANOTHER TWO NOTES FOR MY SOUTH SUDAN COLLECTION.






Here we have two additions to my collection of notes of the world newest country (i think) . I already have the 1, 5 and 50 pound notes

The first is the 10 pound note from South Sudan with, as all the notes have,  John Garang, who led the "Sudan Peoples Liberation Army"  on the front and in the case of the 10 pound, buffaloes and a pineapple on the reverse. this note is from 2016

The second note is the 20 pound note from 2017 with a similar front but with Oryx and a oil derrek on the reverse.

more South Sudanese notes Here 

A KAZAKH POET WITH VERY LITTLE WRITTEN ABOUT HIM


This is a 1993 note from Kazakhstan. The 3 Tenge note features  Suinbai Aronuly a Kazakh poet and author born in 1815. I haven't been able to find much more about Suinbai . The reverse has a forest and river scene.

More notes from Kazakhstan Here

A LOVELY PURPLE NOTE FROM THE GAMBIA



this note is the 50 Dalasi note from The Gambia. Issued in 2019 it follows the trend for purple and unusual blue colours in notes. This note has birds ( possibly ospreys)  and the Gambian coat of arms on the front and the standing stones of wassu.  The Senegambian stone circles are the largest concentration of stone circles in the world. the birds were a replacement for the former president jammeh after he went into exile.

more notes from The Gambia Here

Sunday, 27 October 2019

ANOTHER MALAYAN NOTE FROM THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION



This note is from Malaya and from the second world war Japanese occupation of what was known as British Malaya. the unusual thing about these notes is that most have a two letter serial number - this one has MP . It is a 10 Dollar note issued by the Japanese government.

The front has some trees with fruit and the reverse has a picture of a boat on the horizon.



More Malayan notes 
 HERE

Sunday, 22 September 2019

IRANIAN NOTE FROM THE PERIOD OF THE SHAH



This is a 100 rials note from pre revolutionary Iran featuring the Shah on the front. The Shah , in this case, is Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was deposed in the Iranian revolution of 1979. This Note has no date but was issued between 1969 and 1971. the reverse has the oil refinery at Abadan.

more Iranian notes HERE

SOUTH SUDAN 50 POUNDS



This is the 50 Pound note from the world's newest country, South Sudan.  as with all this set of notes it has John Garang on the front but with elephants on the reverse 

more from Ssouth Sudan HERE

ALBANIAN 50 LEV



This is a note from communist Albania dated at 1978, it is the 50 Lev. The front has soldiers on parade and a portrait of Gjergj Kastrioti who was known as Skanderbeg. He was a military leader that led the rebellion against the Ottoman Empire and was one of the first leaders that united the peoples of the area into what was to become the Albania of today. The reverse has a picture of a construction site building a block of flats.

More Albanian notes HERE and HERE

Sunday, 26 May 2019

TWO MODERN NOTES FROM BURUNDI







These are a couple of notes from the Republic of Burundi. Both notes . both notes are from the 2015 issue. The top one is the 1000 franc note , with cattle , a bird and a fish on the front. the reverse has the outline of Burundi over  banana trees.

The second note is the 500 franc note featuring a crocodile, fish, coffee branch and the Burundian flag on the front , with the outline of Burundi over a boat on  lake Tanganyika.

More Burundi notes HERE


Tuesday, 21 May 2019

MORANT BAY REBELLION REMEMBERED WITH THIS NOTE




This is the Jamaican 2 dollar note from 1992.. It has Paul Bogle and the red billed streamertail on the front and on the reverse there is a group of people with the motto "out of many, one people"



more Jamaican notes HERE

Monday, 20 May 2019

João de Barros portugal's first historian




This is the 1997, 500 escudo note from Portugal. It features the historian, João de Barros on the front and a representation of the Portuguese discoveries on the reverse.

João de Barros is known for his history of the Portuguese in Asia and Africa.

more Portuguese notes HERE and HERE


A GRAND ROMANIAN COMPOSER




This is the 5 Lei note from Romania issued in 2005. it has George Enescu, the Romanian musician and composer on the fromt and the Romanian Athenaeum on the back.

more Romanian notes HERE and HERE


ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY IN GERMANY AT THE END OF WWII




This note , like in the previous post , is quite small and is the 1 mark note from Germany issued as the allied military currency in the 1944.



FRENCH OCCUPATION OR LIBERATION NOTE ?




This note looks huge from the scan but it is really quite small - 3' x  2 5/8 in old money or 79mm x 68mm . This is a french note from 1944, the year the Nazi occupation of France ended. 



Sunday, 19 May 2019

PRE INDEPENDENCE NOTE FROM MOZAMBIQUE




This is the 20 Centavos note. Its from Mozambique and was issued in 1933. Mozambique was a Portuguese colony from 1505 until 1975 when it became an independent country. In 1975 FRELIMO group,  who fought for independence, set up a Marxist government but within two years it fell into civil war with the anti-communist RENAMO which lasted until 1992. 


more notes from Mozambique HERE


Friday, 10 May 2019

PORTUGAL 50 ESCUDOS NOTE



This is the 1968 Portuguese 50 escudos note . the front has Infante dona maria on the front and the city of Sintra as it was in 1507 on the reverse.

Infante  is the title given to the son or daughter of the king or queen of Portugal and Spain with the exception of the heir apparent. Infanta is sometmes used for the spouse of an infante.

more Portuguese   note HERE


BANGLADESHI 10 TAKA NOTE




this is the 1972 issue of the Bangladeshi 10 taka note featuring Mujibur Rahman, the first president of Bangladesh on the front along with a map of Bangladesh at the left side the reverse has a geometric design in blue and green.

more Bangladeshi notes HERE