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A TOTALLY AMATEUR BANKNOTE COLLECTOR

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

SPANISH ROMANTIC POET




Here is a 100 peseta note from 1965 (1970) it has Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, a famous Spanish writer. the reverse has a lady reading with her parasol over her shoulder and the cathedral of Seville.

A LARGE GERMAN NOTE FROM 1910




This is a large old note from 1910 from Germany with mercury (left) and Ceres (right) on the front and Germania  on the reverse.



TURBULENT TIME FOR YUGOSLAVIA




this is the 10 Dinara note from Yugoslavia which was issued in 1944.this was a period of huge change for Yugoslavia. Up until 1943 it was the kingdom of Yugoslavia, it was then  declared as a democratic federal Yugoslavia and then in 1945 the monarchy was abolished and the communist federal people's republic was declared in 1946.

the front of the note has a soldier with his rifle.


lots more notes Here



LAO'S FIRST PRIME MINISTER



This note is a Lao 2000 kip note from 1997 with Kaysone Phomvihane, the leader of the Lao people's revolutionary party and first prime minister of the Lao people's republic.the reverse has a hydroelectric plant.


more notes Here, here, here, here, here  and here

CEYLON OR SRI LANKA





These two notes are both using two different formats of printing orientation - landscape on the front and portrait on the reverse. They are both from Sri Lanka (ceylon) . The top note is the 10 rupee note issued by the central bank of ceylon ( even tho the bank was called the central bank of Sri Lanka from 1950). it has the Malibar Grey Hornbill sitting on a Pebble Tamarind tree. The reverse has 4 native species  to sri lanka - yellow eared bulbul, gunthers whipping frog , rhododendron and a form of crocus.

The second note is the 1995 50 rupee from the central bank of Sri Lanka. The front has a male dancer in traditional costume and the reverse had a shield and sword .

more notes here, here, here, and  here

NEPAL ROYAL MASSACRE




This is a nice clean 1 rupee note from Nepal. It has King Birenda Bir Bikram Shah and a temple on the front and two musk deer on the reverse.

the king was one of the victims of the Nepalese royal massacre in 2001.



More Nepali notes Here, Here and Here

ZIONIST THINKER FROM BEFORE ISRAEL



This is an Israeli note from 1979 on the front is Ze'ev Jabotinsky - a revisionist zionist (later the political ideology of the Likud party) and Herod's gate on the reverse.

COSTA RICAN POLITICAL THINKER



The note above is the 10 colones from 1986. It has Rodrigo Facio Brenes, a Costa rican political thinker from the 40's and 50's on the front along with the university of Costa Rica building and the central Bank building on the reverse.

MORE COSTA RICAN NOTES HERE

BI-LINGUAL NOTE FROM BELGIUM



This is an interesting note as it is in two languages and two denominations . It is from 1943/4 and is a 5 frank note in french or 1 Belga in Flemish. This note was issued under German occupation which started in 1940 and ended in 1945.


Thursday, 2 August 2018

NOTES SHOWCASING THE ETHNIC PEOPLES OF THE DRC








here we have 3 notes from the Congo Democratic republic , sometimes referred to as the DRC or  Congo - Kinshasa so as not to be confused with the Congo Republic (Congo - Brazziville) and was formerly called Zaire . All the above notes are from the 1997 issue.

first is the 1 centime note which has a woman harvesting coffee beans on the front and the Nyiragongo volcano erupting on the reverse.

secondly there is the 5 centime note which has a Suku hembe  Mask on the front - (the Suku people are a tribe from the SW of the country)  and a Zande Harp on the reverse ( the Zande people are a tribe from the north of the country)

Finally the 10 centime note has a Pende mask on the front and Pende dancers on the reverse. ( the pende people are from the SW of the country)

all the above have Okapi heads for the watermark

more DRC notes Here

BHUTANESE KINGS







After a wee break, i'm back with some notes to add to mt collection of Bhutanese banknotes. the top note is the 100 Ngultrum note , featuring Jigme singme Wangchuk, king of Bhutan until december 2006. The reverse is the Tashichho Dzong monastery . Its the 2011 issue.

The middle note is the 50 Ngultrum note from the 2003 series. This one has Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, the present king of Bhutan, he took over from his father (above) in 2006 . The reverse has Trongsa Dzong fortress on it.

the bottom note as a very young looking, Jigme Singme Wangchuk on the front and the Panakha Dzong on the reverse. It is a 20 Ngultrum note from the 2013 issue.

Dzong's Are an architectural style of building common to Bhutan and Tibet. They serve as monasteries, fortresses, administrative centres and palaces all in one.







this note above is a slightly more rare one as its a 2 Ngultrum note which only had 2 issues in 1981 and 1986 neither had a date written on them so it took a while to figure out the difference. This one is from 1986 as it has its serial number at the lower left hand side and the upper right hand side, whereas, the 1981 issue has them both on the upper side of the note - left and right.

it has the royal emblem with dragons flanking it, on the front and the reverse has the Simtokhan Dzong on the reverse.


MORE NOTES FROM BHUTAN HERE , HERE AND HERE

Sunday, 25 February 2018

ALBANIAN FRANGA



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.

1968 GULDEN



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

MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS






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

ANOTHER VENEZUELAN REVOLUTIONARY



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

A LOVELY BELGIAN POST WORLD WAR II NOTE



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.

MORE BELGIAN NOTES here


IS THIS A PRISONER OF WAR CURRENCY ?



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


A GOOD DAY AT THE ANTIQUES FAIR













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

www.guerrilla-money.com

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.