Sunday, 25 February 2018


this note is a 1939 20 franga note from Albania. it has Roma seated at the front with romulus (wolf) in the background. The reverse has the Albanian double eagle as the centre piece.


This note is the 10 gulden note from 1968 with Frans Hals , the dutch painter, on the front and  a modernistic design on the back.there are two versions  - in the top left  of the reverse side is two circles one is a cross fire , one version has a zero in it, the other has no zero (as above)

Sunday, 21 January 2018


These notes above were a Christmas present and are quite exciting. They are  5 and 10 pound notes from 2016 and both have the same serial number which makes them collectable how ever there is also a print error in the 10 pound note   

on the front of the £5 note is the bank's old headquarters in Edinburgh and Sir Walter Scott whereas the reverse has a picture from "brig o' doon" . "Brig" is scots for bridge and this bridge from Ayrshire in Scotland, is the setting for the burn's poem "Tam o' Shanter"

The £10 note has a similar front view to the £5 note but the reverse has the Glenfinnan Viaduct. The viaduct has been featured in many films including some of the Harry Potter films.

you can get more info on the banknotes Here

more Scottish notes Here


Sorry for the long delay in posting on the blog. I been training for one of my other hobbies - lapidary so the banknotes had to take a backseat for a while. 

So here we have a 50 Bolivares from Venezuela. this note is from 1998. The front has the "palacio de Las Acedamias" which is in the middle of Caracas. it was built in 1684 as a convent . it was also an army barracks, a hospital and college before  being given to the university of Caracas in 1876. it also features Andres Bello , a contemporary of Simon Bolivar, who spent 19 years in England as a diplomatic representative of the revolution. 
the reverse has the central bank building in Caracas.

you can see more notes from Venezuela Here, Here and Here

Sunday, 11 June 2017


This is a lovely Belgian 50 franc note from 1948. This lovely artistic note has a agrarian theme to it with a woman and fruit on the front left and a man planting a tree on the right. whereas the reverse has  a farmer sharpening a harvesting tool on the left and a woman gathering wheat sheaves on the right. The note was issued by the Royaume de Belgique - kingdom of Belgium.



This is quite an interesting note it is from (British) East Africa in that there are varying stories behind it the most accepted is that it was used in British POW camps in occupied  Italian Somaliland. Although Italian prisoners of war (POW) didn't remember them being used. Although British East Africa included Kenya, Zanzibar Tanganyika (Tanzania) and Uganda, its currency was  also used in British Somalian (NW part of modern Somalia) and the protectorate of Aden (now in Yemen)

The note is a 1 /- (shilling) note from the war period between 1940-1945 and is uniface (printed on one side only)

More East African notes HERE


Normally I would list these individually but thought as I bought them all at the same antique fair.

So firstly we have a 50 Riels from Cambodia issued in 1972 and the front  has fishermen fishing from a boat - one on each side of the note, while the reverse has Angkor wat temple complex.

More notes from Cambodia Here

The second note is called a guerrilla note from the Philippines. during WWII the Japanese occupied the Philippines and issued its own money but resistance fighters gathered in the different provinces and had their own underground governments and this was their currency, this note was from the Negros island and is for 10 pesos.

find more notes from the Philippines HERE

you can find more info and this website that documents all the wartime money used in the Philippines

The third  note is a 10 dalasi note from The Gambia.This note, from 1996, has the sacred ibis in the centre of the front of the note with a child on the right. The reverse has the Abuko earth satellite station

More Gambian notes HERE

The next note is the 25 Piastres note from Sudan and it was issued in 1985. The front has a camel and the map of Sudan while the reverse has the Central bank of Sudan building.

More Sudan notes HERE

And finally, the last two notes are from Ethiopia. The two are similar but from different dates. Both have a boy and some long horn cows on the front and the reverse has two white throated bee-eaters and the waterfall at Tisisat. 

The first note is green and has the signature of Teferra Deguefe which dates it to 1976 . The second one, which  is black / brown on a multi coloured background is dated at 1998. There are also differing symbols on the reverse  in the far right centre.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


This note is one I can tick off the "to get" list. This note is the same age as me and was issued in 1963 with a local man on the front and elephants on the reverse. it is a 100 franc note and with the code letter D means it is from Gabon.

the countries within the equatorial African states are

cameroon                        *
|central African Republic  B
Chad                              A
Congo                            C
equatorial Guinea
Gabon                            D

One thing I dont like is that the person I bought this note from, has sealed the note in a plastic wallet I will probably cut it out of the wallet (carefully)

Friday, 5 May 2017


This set is making up the ones I had earlier (see here) I just have one more to get !! (the Lynx).
Above are the Rouble notes from Belaus ther first one is the 5 Rouble note with a picture of wolves on the front. The next  one is the 3 rouble note with beavers on the note and finally is the 1 rouble note with the hare motif. all are from 1992.

If I am being correct two of the notes above should be named as Roublei note as  this is the plural of rouble , but rouble sound more familiar..

More Belorussian notes here

Well look what i found in the collection! this lynx must have sneaked in when i was not looking!! so here is the 10 rouble note from 1992. All the notes in this little group have the reverse similar to the one above with colour  variation. so the group is complete.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Well here it is, my 1000 note in the collection and a great note as well. This note - a 100 Pengo note from 1945 - is a large note. However in 1946 the Pengo went into Hyperinflation which saw a note of 100 quintillion pengo which is written as:

100,000,000,000,000.000,000 !!!! which at the time had a exchange rate equal to $0.20 and there was notes ordered with 1 sextillion pengo denominations - and another 0 to the one above -  but were never issued.

But back to the note above. the front of the note has Matthias Corvinus, who seemed to be king of most of central europe and the reverse has the royal palace in Budapest


This is a Hungarian 10 pengo note from 1936 with Patrona Hungariae (protector of Hungary) on the front and the statue of St Stephen on a horse. This note also has an SS overprint on the front left.

Explaination of OVERPRINT HERE

More notes from Hungary HERE

The pengő  was the currency of Hungary between 1 January 1927, when it replaced the korona, and 31 July 1946, when it was replaced by the forint. The pengő was subdivided into 100 fillér. Although the introduction of the pengő was part of a post-World War I stabilisation program, the currency survived for only 20 years and experienced the most serious hyperinflation ever recorded.

from Wikipedia


I bought a job lot of Russian note from an auction at Ramsay Cornish and Although i had most of them already there were a couple of new ones to my collection. Above is the 10 Ruble note from 1961 With an image of Lenin's bust on the front CCCP on the reverse.

 This note is also a 10 ruble note but from a much earlier date. This one has 1909 on it and I am not sure which signature is on it as it doesn't seem to match any of the 3 signatures listed in the reference book.



The three Polish notes above are all from the inter war period (1919-1939) but all have stamps which lead us to believe that they were still in use in 1939. Germany tried to occupy the whole of Poland in 1939 but, by breaking an accord with Soviet Russia , meant that Russia held half of Poland and Germany the other half until !941 when Germany went on the offensive and took the rest of Poland and went on to attack on the Eastern Front, the rest of Russia.

The first note above is the 50 Zlotych note from 1929. and you will see it has an overprint of the Deutsche LuftPost (german airmail) and the eagle and swastika of Nazi Germany. It also has the number 1024 which I am still researching to see what it signifies.

Next is the 100 Zlotych note from 1932, again with the Deutsche Luftpost stamp. it has Prince Jozef Poniatowski on the front and an oak tree on the reverse signifying the history of Poland.

The final note in this section above, is the 20 Zlotych note from 1936. now the overprint stamps are different and carry the SS sign and different wording  - which i cant make out - the note itself has Countess Emilia Plater  on the front and Wawel Castle in Krakow

the two notes above are the 1000 Zlotych and 500 Zlotch notes Respectively and you can find a description HERE . The only thing of note is the square stamp on the 500 Zlotych note which has a Masonic symbol on it and the ink has seeped through the paper to give it a see-through like lady's nylon stockings !!!

This final polish note is the 50 Zlotych note from 1988 and it has Karol Swierczewski on the front and the Order of the Cross of Grunwald on the reverse.