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SCARCE BANKNOTES OF THE SHORT-LIVED REPUBLIC OF AFGHANISTAN 

Afghanistan 1000 Afghani note of Mohammad Daoud Khan 1973-1978
In 1973 Muhammad Daud Khan (also known as Mohammad Daoud Khan) overthrew his cousin and brother-in-law, the king of Afghanistan, and declared himself President of Afghanistan.  Though he did not claim the title of the Shah, he retained many of the Shah's powers. He initiated a number of progressive policies, including the expansion of the rights of women.  He suppressed the radical Islamic fundamentalists, whose leaders found refuge in Pakistan and who were supported encouraged by the Pakistan government.  Though initially aligned with the Soviet Union, he began to push for increased relations and trade with other Muslim nations  and the United States.   In 1978, he was assassinated in a coup that was supported by the Soviet Union, which was afraid of losing its influence over Afghanistan.  This six note set of Muhammad Daud Khan includes the 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Afghani dating between 1973 and 1977. The notes all bear his portrait on the left, and a watermark of him on the right.  The reverses of the notes features various Afghan vignettes.   The 10 Afghanis pictures the Arch at Qila'e Bost.  The 20 Afghanis shows a scene of Kabul featuring a canal.  The 50 Afghani features 3 men riding yaks.   The 100 Afghani features the Friday Mosque in Herat.  The 500 Afghani features a fortified village and is brown.  The 1000 Afghani features the Mosque of Mazar-e Sharif.  The lower denominations are AU- Uncirculated, the higher denominations are VF to AU.  The set catalogs for over $40, however our price is MUCH less.
Item PM-AF-DAUD6 AFGHANISTAN 6 NOTE SET 10-1000 AFGHANIS, 1973-77, ( P47-50,52-53) VF-UNC. $17.50




WWI AUSTRIAN POW CAMP NOTES

Austria Aschach Prisoner of War Camp 10 Heller note (circa 1916)Austria Aschach Prisoner of War Camp 20 Heller note (circa 1916)
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These currency notes were issued for the Aschach A.D. Prisoner of War camp during World War I.   The camp was located near the small town of Aschach an der Donau, which is in Upper Austria on the Danube River. The POW Camp primarily held Officers and Non-commissioned officers from Serbia and Montenegro. The Serbian government estimated some 6000 of its citizens died at the camp due poor living conditions, lack of hygiene and inadequate medical care.  Today Aschach is a town of about 2000 people, which is not much larger than it was during the Great War. Minimal effort was spent on designing the notes.  Both notes feature the same design on both sides.  The front and back of the notes feature a "modern" Austrian eagle. The light blue notes were issued from about 1916 to 1918. They both measures 110 x 70mm.
 Item PM-AT-POW10 AUSTRIA, ASCHACH POW CAMP 10 HELLER NOTE AU-UNC. $15.00
Item PM-AT-POW20 AUSTRIA, ASCHACH POW CAMP 20 HELLER NOTE AU-UNC. $15.00



BANKNOTES OF UPPER AUSTRIA

Upper Austria 20 Heller 1921 PS120Upper Austria 50 Heller 1921 PS120
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After the collapse and dismemberment of the Austro-Hungarian Empire following its defeat in World War I, coins disappeared from circulation. The state of Upper Austria issued these small, low denomination notes to help alleviate the coin shortage. The 20 Heller note depicts buildings in Upper Austria on both sides of the note, including the Church of Saints Michael and Ursula and the Holy Trinity Column in Linz. One side of the orange 50 Heller note features the arms of Upper Austria.  The other side is blank.     Both notes are dated 1921 and were issued in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria.
Item PM-UPAT-20 UPPER AUSTRIA 20 HELLER 1921 PS120 AU-UNC. $3.00
Item PM-UPAT-50 UPPER AUSTRIA 50 HELLER 1921 PS121 UNC. $3.00

OLD BANKNOTE FROM VIENNAWholesale prices available to dealers

Vienna 50 Heller 1920 banknoteWith the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War I the economy of Austria went into a tail-spin.  In order to combat a serious coin shortage, the capital city of Vienna issued their own currency.  This 50 Heller note is dated December 3, 1920.  It was good only until December 31, 1921. The small (75mm x 48mm) note has a view of the city and the city’s arms.
Item PM-VIENNA VIENNA 50 HELLER NOTE, 1920 VG-Fine $3.00


HISTORIC AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES

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With the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire following World War I, hundreds of local communities briefly issued their own emergency currency, known as notgeld, for use within the town.  These notes are denominated in Heller and usually depict scenes of the issuing community.  They are an inexpensive, interesting and historic collectable. Most of the notes are dated 1920 and most grade VF to Unc.  Every lot is different, with few duplicates between lots.
Item PM-AU-NOTx10 10 DIFFERENT AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES $8.00
Item PM-AU-NOTx100 100 DIFFERENT AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES $75.00



NEWOLD BANKNOTES OF CHINA

China 5 Cutom Gold Units, 1930 P220
Central Bank of China 100 Yuan 1936 P220
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In 1930 The Central Bank of China introduced special banknotes, called Custom Gold Units (CGU). Initially the unusual vertical notes were used to pay customs duties, were backed by silver and had a fixed exchange rate of 1 CGU = 40 U.S. cents.   After 1935 China stopped backing the notes with silver. By 1942 the notes entered general circulation alongside other Chinese banknotes, with a value of 1 CGU = 20 Yuan.  The notes continued to be used until 1948.   The front of the note depicts Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Republic of China..  The Shanghai Custom House is on the back. The notes were printed by the American Banknote Company. This set of 3 notes includes the 5, 10 and 20 Custom Gold Units date 1930.
In November 1935 China implemented a major currency reform which removed silver backing of the Chinese Yuan and outlawed the private ownership of silver.   New banknotes were introduced in 1936.  This set includes the 5, 10, 50 and 100 Yuan notes dated 1936. The notes all have similar designs. Sun Yat-sen is on the front and is in Chinese.  The back pictures the Imperial Ancestral Temple in Beijing and is in English. All the notes feature a watermark of Sun Yat Sen.
Item PM-CN-CGU CHINA 5, 10 & 20 CUSTOM GOLD UNITS NOTES, 1930 F-VF $8.00
Item PM-CN-36SET CHINA 4 NOTE SET 5, 10, 50 & 100 YUAN NOTES 1936 F-VF $22.00


WORLD WAR II JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY USED IN CHINA

China - Japanese Military Currency: 5 Yen P25 (1938-44)
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Japan  issued Military Currency starting in 1938 for use in the areas of China that they occupied. Because civilians were forced to accept the Military Yen, which was not backed and could not be exchanged into Japanese Yen, it cost the Japanese government virtually nothing to purchase whatever they wanted. The initial issues of Military currency were created by taking partially completed Japanese homeland notes and overprinting them on the front and back with four large red characters that read "Military Note". 
Item PM-CN-M5YOVPT JAPANESE MILITARY 5 YEN OVERPRINTED NOTE FOR CHINA, 1938-44 PM25 F $4.00


BANKNOTE OF NAZI OCCUPIED CROATIA

Croatia 1000 Kuna banknote 1943 P12
On April 6, 1941 Axis Forces under Nazi Germany invaded Yugoslavia.  They promptly conquered and divided the nation along ethnic lines, creating the puppet governments for Croatia and Serbia.   Other bits of Yugoslavia were divided between Germany's allies. Croatia was nominally ruled by an Italian prince who never set foot in the country.. From the Nazi puppet state of Croatia we have the 1943 1000 Kuna note. The note has an ancient frieze on the front and two Croatian women in fancy native costumes.  It was  printed in Germany by Giesecke & Devrient, a private company which is still printing banknotes.   
Item PM-HR-1000K NAZI CROATIA 1000 KUNA 1943 P12 AU-UNC. $5.00


SERBIAN KRAJINA & CROATIA AT WAR 

Serbian Krajina (Croatia) 500,000 Dinara 1993 P23
Serbian Krajina (Croatia) 5,000,000 Dinara 1993 P24
Serbian Krajina (Croatia) 500,000,000 Dinara 1993 P26
Croatia 50,000 & 100,000 Dinara 1993 P26 & P27
With the collapse of Yugoslavia, the Serbian portions of Croatia declared independence from Croatia, even before Croatia declared itself independent from Yugoslavia.  The Serbs formed the Republic of Serbian Krajina and had their capital at Knin.  A brutal war broke out, and both Croatia (Republika Hrvatska) and Serbian Krajina suffered from severe inflation as they tried to finance themselves by printing money.  Krajina was defeated in 1995 and reincorporated into Croatia.  From Serbian Kranina we have the 500,000 Dinara and 500,000,000 Dinara notes dated 1993.  Both notes have similar designs.   The notes feature the Knin fortress on a hill on one side, and the Serbian arms on the other.  The Croatia 50,000 Dinara and 100,000 Dinara are dated 1993.  Both feature Croatian astronomer, physicist, mathematician, and philosopher Roger Joseph Boscovich.  Boscovich is famous for his atomic theory.  In 1753 he discovered the absence of atmosphere on the Moon.  The reverse of the notes have the Statue of  "Glagolica Mother Croatia", a marble statue created in 1932 by artist Ivan Mestrovic. The sculpture is of a mother holding on her lap a stone tablet with “History of Croatians” engraved in the old Croatian script.  The original sculpture has been in a "temporary exhibition" in Belgrade, Serbia since 1934.  Serbia has refused to return the statue to Croatia.  A bronze copy is at Zagreb University in Croatia
Item PM-KRAJ-500K SERBIAN KRAJINA 500 THOUSAND DINARA NOTE 1993 PR23 AU-UNC  $3.00
NEWItem PM-KRAJ-5M SERBIAN KRAJINA 5 MILLION DINARA NOTE 1993 PR24 UNC $3.00
Item PM-KRAJ-500M SERBIAN KRAJINA 500 MILLION DINARA NOTE 1993  PR26 AU-UNC $3.00
Item PM-HR-SET2 CROATIA 50,000 & 100,000 DINARA NOTES 1993 P26 & 27 UNC. $4.00



NewTHE SHORT-LIVED FARMER’S GOVERNMENT OF HADERSLEV IN DENMARK

Haderslev, Denmark 2 Kroner banknote 1927
Haderslev is a town in Denmark located near Germany. Unhappy with the traditional political parties and reinforced by an agri-cultural crises in 1926. Haderslev declared itself an independent “Self Government of the Farm”.  The purpose was to establish a “new state modeled after ancient Frisian traditions”.   Currency was issued, dated June 1, 1927, denominated in Kroner but tied to the U.S. dollar. The inscriptions on the notes indicate “1 Kr. = 26/100 Dollar”.  The notes bear the facsimile signatures of the founders of the movement, which  fell apart about a year later.   This brown 2 Kroner note of Haderslev has inscriptions on the front.  The back depicts archers shooting at a fleeing horseman, a design that was used on a 1920 Haderslev notgeld note.  It is approx.-imately 110x73mm.  It is
Item PM-HADERSLEV HADERSLEV 2 KRONER 1927 UNC. $9.50

 


ERITREA NOTE FEATURES NATIVE GIRLS AND STUDENTS  

Eritrea 1 Nakfa note 1997
This 1997 1 Nakfa note was one of the first notes issued by Eritrea after gaining its independence from Ethiopia.  The front features three native girls.  To their left if a small vignette of men raising the Eritrean flag.  To the right is a camel and a watermark of a camel’s head.  The back features a group of students in a bush school.  It is an attractive note featuring the young people of a young nation.
Item PM-ER-1 ERITREA 1 NAKFA 1997 P1 UNC. $3.00

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FIJI $7 DOLLAR BILL COMMEMORATES OLYMPIC GOLD RUGBY TEAM

FIJI 7 DOLLAR BILL, 2016 RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALFiji recently released a $7 Dollar bill to commemorate the Fiji Rugby 7s gold medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  It was Fiji's first Olympic gold medal.  The front is in a vertical format and features team captain Osea Kolinisau.  Behind him is the flag of Fiji.  Below is team coach Ben Ryan and the depiction of two winning tries being scored. A watermark, in the shape of a rugby ball, depicts leading ball carrier Savenaca Rawaca.  The back is in a horizontal format and depicts the winning Olympic team along with team officials and the Prime Minister of Fiji. When placed under an ultraviolet light, the gold medals worn by the players are visible in gold color.  It is an attractive, colorful note with many security features and is the only circulating seven dollar bill in the world today.
Item PM-FJ-$7 FIJI 7 DOLLAR BILL, RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL UNC. $11.00

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WORLD WAR I BANKNOTES OF GERMANY

Germany 1 Mark banknote 12.8.1914 P51Germany 50 Mark banknote 5.8.1914 P49Germany 20 Mark banknote4.11.1915 P63Germany 20 Mark banknote 20.2.1918 P57
This set includes four attractive and historic banknotes issued by Germany during World War I. The war caused a major strain on Germany's monetary system.  People hoarded coins and large sums were needed to pay for the war effort.  The Reichsbank continued to issue some notes that were supposedly backed by gold, they were insufficient to keep with the demand for money needed for the war effort.  A new series of notes without any backing, called Darlehnskassenschein was released.  The notes were technically an interest-free loan to the government.  The two types of notes circulated together at par.  The 1 and 50 Mark Darlehnskassenschein notes are dated August 1914, just a few months after the war had started.  The small 1 Mark note was issued to replace the silver Mark coins that disappeared from circulation due to hoarding.  It measures 95x60mm and has an unusual embossed seal.  The 50 Mark note measures 150x100mm.  The front has underprints of a sword and crown on the left and the imperial German arms on the right.  The Reichsbank issued a 20 Mark note dated November 4, 1915.  It was one of the few Reichsbank issues dated during World War I.  The front of the handsome blue note features two men pouring coins from cornucopias.  The back depicts a man rolling up his sleeves for work during the day and a woman sleeping at night. The note measures 140 x 90mm.  The dark brown 20 Mark note dated February 20 1918 was the last Darlehnskassenschein note issue of World War I. The front depicts the heads of Minerva at the left and Mercury at the right.  The back features a knight in armor and an allegorical woman. The note measures 140x90mm.
Item PM-DE-WWISET4 SET OF 4 WORLD WAR I GERMAN BANKNOTES, Fine $19.75

WORLD WAR I GERMAN MILITARY LEADERS ON BANKNOTE  

Bad Kruznach 50 Pfennig note 1917-1918The German town of Bad Kreuznach is noted for its radon inhalation and radon spas. For many years radon was used for reducing pain of rheumatism and treatment of many other ailments. Today it is known for being a major cause of cancer.  During the winter of 1917-1918 Kaiser Wilhelm moved the German High Command to Bad Kreuznach in order to take advantage of the spas.  One side of this crudely printed Bad Kreuznach 50 Pfennig note depicts the three leaders of the German High Command: Kaiser Wilhelm II, Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg and General Erich Ludendorff.  The note bears the dates "1917 1918" and the city’s coat-of-arms.  The other side has a picture of a bridge and a spa. The Uncirculated note measures approximately 100mm x 75mm (4” x 3”).
Item PM-KREUZNACH BAD KREUZNACH 50 PFENNIG NOTE, 1917-1918 UNC. $6.00


GERMAN WEIMAR REPUBLIC BANKNOTE

Germany 100 Mark note, 1920 The Weimar Republic was formed after the defeat of the German Empire in World War I.  Its early years were a tumultuous period of uprisings, riots and massive inflation.  It is named after the city where the new German constitution was written and adopted in August, 1919, and lasted until the rise of the Nazis in 1933.    The 100 Mark note features two images of the head of the “Bamberg Horseman”.  The horseman is an impressive 13th century sculpture in the Bamberg Cathedral.  The note is dated November 1, 1920 and includes the red Weimar crest. 
Item PM-DE-100M-20 GERMANY-WEIMAR 100 MARK NOTE, 1920 P69 Fine $3.00

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NAZI GERMAN CURRENCY

The following notes were used in Nazi Germany throughout World War II and remained legal tender until 1948.  The notes bear two dates: the date the note was first authorized, and the date the issuing bank was authorized to issue currency. Unlike coins, the date is not the year the note was printed.  These Reichsbank notes were supposedly backed by gold.  

Germany 100 Reichsmark note 1935 P183
The 1935 100 Reichsmark features a large swastika underprint at the center. To the right is Justus von Liebig, a 19th century German chemist who is "Father of the Fertilizer Industry" for his discovery of nitrogen as an essential plant nutrient.  The back depicts allegorical figures.
 Item PM-DE-NAZI100RMK  GERMANY 100 REICHSMARK 1935 P183 Fine-VF $20.00


Germany 50 Reichsmark note 1933 P182
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The 50 Reichsmark features the portrait and watermark of 19th century Prussian politician and banker David Hansemann.  The back features a portrait of Mercury and two small children.  The design does not include a swastika.  The note is dated March 30, 1933, which is one week after Hitler assumed control over Germany. 
Item PM-DE-NAZI50RMK GERMANY 50 REICHSMARK 1933 P182 VG-VF $10.00



Germany 20 Reichmark note 1929 P181
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The 20 Reichsmark note dated 1929 portrays Ernst Werner Siemens, the 19th century German industralist and inventor who founded the Siemens A.G. which has expanded into a multi-national company producing a wide range products. The back features children holding tools and a worker carrying a hammer.  It has a watermark of Siemans at the left and an embosed seal near the lower left corner.  The note continued in circulation throughout World War II.
Item PM-DE-NAZI20RMK-29 GERMANY 20 REICHSMARK 1929 P181 VG-VF $7.00


Germany 10 Reichmark note 1929 P180
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The 10 Reichsmark depicts Albrecht Thaer, a 19th Century German agriculturalist who applied scientific principles to agriculture and set up one of the first agricultural colleges.  The back features two children and a woman carrying a sickle.  The note is dated January 22, 1929.  It has a watermark of Thaer at the right and an embosed seal near the lower left corner.
Item PM-DE-NAZI10RMK GERMANY 10 REICHSMARK 1929 P180 VG-VF $5.00


NAZI GERMAN 1 RENTENMARK NOTE

Germany 1 Rentenmark note, 1937 P173
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In 1937 Nazi Germany introduced a 1 Rentenmark note, in order to replace the nickel 1 Reichsmark coin. The coin was to be withdrawn so that the nickel could be used in the upcoming war efforts.  The Rentenmark was equivalent to the Reichsmark, however it was issued by the Rentenbank rather than the Reichsbank and the currency was theoretically backed by land rather than by gold. The note has the embossed seal of the Rentenbank at the lower right hand corner. The note is technically Uncirculated, but may have had slight mishandling over the past 80 or so years, so we call it AU-UNC.
Item PM-DE-1RNTMKU NAZI GERMANY 1 RENTENMARK NOTE 1937 P173 AU-UNC. $15.00


WORLD WAR II GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 

German Wehrmacht military currency, 1 Reichsmark 1944 PM38German Wehrmacht military currency, 10 Reichsmark 1944 PM40
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Wehrmacht military currency was used by Nazi Germany to pay its troops during the final months of World War II.  The notes are dated September 15, 1944. Soldiers were paid in military scrip while in transit. When a soldier arrived at his post the notes could be converted to the local currency or occupation notes. The notes all have similar designs. The front includes a small Eagle holding a Swastika and the inscription "VERRECHNUNGSSEN FÜR DIE DEUTSCHE WEHRMACHT" (Clearing notes for German Armed Forces) The back of the note includes regulations and instructions on how to use the notes.  They are interesting and historic pieces of World War II military history.
Item PM-DE-MILIT1 GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 1 REICHSMARK 1944 PM38 UNC. $13.00
Item PM-DE-MILIT10 GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 10 REICHSMARK 1944 PM40 AU-UNC. $25.00


ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY FOR OCCUPIED GERMANY

Allied Military Currency for Germany: 1/2, 1 & 5 Marks P191a - P194acommon back of Allied Military Currency for Germany  Closeup of German Allied Military Currency showing "F" for Forbes Printing (U.S. Printing
Germany, Allied Military Currency 20 Mark 1944 P195d
Germany, Allied Military Currency 50 Mark 1944 P196d
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The Allied Military currency for Germany was created by the United States for use in Germany after the defeat of the Nazis. The notes are dated 1944 and have a simple design, with the denomination and legends in German on the front and a large letter “M” for  Mark, on the back.  As the Soviet Union participated in the occupation of Germany, they demanded that they too print a portion of the notes.  After great debate, the United States gave into the Soviet demand, and provided them with glass plates, inks, paper and specimen notes.  The Soviets then proceeded to print vast quantities of the notes, without regard to the wishes of the other allies, fueling inflation in the war-torn country.  There are however a few very minor differences that distinguish the United States issues and the Soviet issues.  The United States issues were printed by Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company (Forbes Printing) in Massachusetts, and contain secret mark:  a tiny letter “F” hidden in the scrollwork. The exact location varied by denomination.  The plates provided to the Soviets did not have that “F”, so it is lacking on the Soviet issues.  The Soviets did not have serial numbering equipment capable to print nine-digit number, so they combined a three digit and a six-digit block for their printings, which causes a slight gap between the third and fourth digits.  Forbes used a dash for the first digit to signify a replacement note.  The samples provided the Soviets were replacement notes, so initially all the Soviet issues had a dash for the first digit of the serial number – until they printed so many notes that they needed all 9 digits.  In 1948 the Allied Military Currency was withdrawn and replaced with the currency of West Germany and East Germany. 
   We are pleased to offer the following the following selection historic Allied Military Currency notes used in the occupation of Germany.
NEWItem PM-DE-AMC-SET3 GERMANY ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY SET: 1/2, 1 & 5 MARK, 1944  P191-194 Fine $15.00
Item PM-DE-20MS GERMANY 20 MARK ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY Soviet issue 1944 P195d F-VF $12.00
Item PM-DE-50MS GERMANY 50 MARK ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY Soviet issue 1944 P196d F-VF-spots $15.00

HELL BANK NOTES

Hell Bank Notes
Hell Bank notes, also called "Spirit Money" are used in funeral ceremonies in many far-eastern countries to provide money and goods in the afterlife for the dead person.  The term "hell" just designates the place where the dead go, and does not carry the negative connotations that it does in the Christian world. A wide variety of notes have been produced, and make an interesting and inexpensive area to collect.  We assembled a collection of 10 different Hell Bank Notes from China and Vietnam. It includes both traditional style notes exchangeable for goods in the afterlife and modern,  multi-color currency style notes. 
Item PM-HELL8 COLLECTION OF 8 DIFFERENT HELL BANK NOTES $4.00

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BANKNOTES OF THE PRIVATE BANKS OF HONG KONG

Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank 20 Dollars 1997 P201cStandard Chartered Bank 10 Dollars 1995 bank note P284bBank of China 20 Dollars 1998 banknote P329d
Hong Kong is one of the few places left in the world where private banks are still allowed to issue currency for general circulation.( The others are Scotland and Northern Ireland).  Except for the lowest denominations, all of the currency of Hong Kong is issued by three private note-issuing banks.  The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, now known as HSBC, and the Standard Chartered Bank, have issued notes in Hong Kong since the 19th Century.  The Bank of China, a commercial bank founded in China 1912, was given the authority to issue currency in 1994.  All the currency is backed by United States dollars held in reserve.  We offer notes from all three of Hong Kong’s note issuing banks.
Item PM-HK-HKSB HONG KONG & SHANGHAI BANK $20 1997 P201c UNC. $7.00
Item PM-HK-SCB STANDARD CHARTERED BANK $10 1995 P284b UNC. out
Item PM-HK-BOC BANK OF CHINA $20 1998 P329d UNC. $7.00


ATTRACTIVE OLD HUNGARIAN BANK NOTE Restocked

Hungary 100 Pengo note, 1930 P112
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This attractive, old, Hungarian 100 Pengo banknote is dated 1930 and continued to be used throughout World War II.. The front depicts King Matthias Corvinus.  Matthias had an eventful life. He grew up in Transylvania and was married and widowed by age 12, though he never consummated the marriage.  After the death of his father, a struggle broke out between the Hungarian barons and the Hapsburg King and Matthias was sentenced to be be-headed. He was spared on account of his youth.  In 1458, at age 15, he was elected to be King of Hungary by the Hungarian Parliament.  He spent most of his life at war, both to protect his throne from other claimants, protect his country from other powers and to expand his kingdom.  He regained Bosnia from the Ottomans.   Through the skillful use of arms and diplomacy he was crowned King of Bohemia in 1469.  He imprisoned his vassal, Vlad III the Impaler, (also known as Dracula).  He eventually allowed Vlad to marry Matthias's cousin and released him so he could fight the Ottomans.  Matthias died in 1490, leaving no legitimate heir and his empire collapsed.  His reign is considered one of the most glorious in Hungary’s long history and he became a popular hero of Hungarian folk lore. The back of the note has a picture of the famed Buda Castle as it looked in the 1930's, before being damaged in World War II and modernized by the communists that followed.
Item PM-HU-100P HUNGARY 100 PENGO NOTE 1930 P112 VF $3.00



NewSMILING SADDAM & MEDIEVAL HORSEMEN ON IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTE

Iraq 25 Dinar note 1986 P73
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This multi-colored 1986 25 Dinar note of Iraq features the portrait of Saddam Hussein and a picture of medieval horsemen charging on the front. It was an attempt to link Saddam with great military victories in past centuries.  The note was the first to bear the Saddam's portrait.  The back shows the ancient gate of Babylon at the left, below it is a lion frieze.  In the center is the Martyr’s Monument (al-Shaheed) in Baghdad which was dedicated in 1983.   When the note was issued it had an exchange rate of approximately $80 and was the largest denomination in circulation.  It was in use at the time of the invasion of Iraq in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.  In 1993 the note was suddenly withdrawn and declared worthless.
Item PM-IQ-25D IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTE, 1986 SADDAM P73 XF-AU $3.00
Item PM-IQ-25Dx10 10 of the above IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTES, 1986 P73 XF-AU $19.50
Item PM-IQ-25Dx100 100 of the above IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTES, 1986 P73 XF-AU. $99.50



NewIRAQ 1995 250 DINAR NOTE PICTURES SADDAM

Iraq 205 Dinar note 1995 P85
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This 1995 Iraqi 250 Dinar note picturing Saddam Hussein was issued after Saddam's defeat in the First Gulf War.  Inflation was taking a serious toll on Iraq, so this new, higher denomination was needed.  At the time it was issued, it was the highest denomination note in circulation. It had an official exchange rate of over $750, however on the street it would buy only a few dollars worth of goods. The reverse of the note shows the frieze from the Liberty Monument in Baghdad.  Because of the United Nations embargo, the notes were printed locally on an offset press and lacked the anti-counterfeiting devices found on most banknotes today.
Item PM-IQ-250D IRAQ 250 DINAR NOTE, 1995 SADDAM P85 AU-UNC. $3.00
Item PM-IQ-250Dx10 10 of the above IRAQ 250 DINAR NOTES, 1995 AU-UNC. $19.50
Item PM-IQ-250Dx100 100 of the above IRAQ 250 DINAR NOTES, 1995 AU-UNC. $99.50



FAMOUS ITALIANS ON BEAUTIFUL BANKNOTES

Italy 1000 Lire banknote, Verdi (1969-1981) P191 Italy 1000 Lire Marco Polo (1982) P109Italy 1000 Lire Montesorri (1990) P114Italy 2000 Lire Marconi (1990) P115Italy 5000 Lire note Vincenzo Bellini/Opera Norma P111Italy 10000 Lire Volta (1984) P112
Famous Italians and their works were featured on Italian banknotes prior to the introduction of the Euro in 2002. The attractive, reasonably priced, notes are popular with collectors throughout the world.  The 1969 1000 Lire features operatic composer Giuseppe Verdi and a harp on the front.  The back depicts the La Scala Opera House where many of his works were performed.  In 1982 it was replaced with a new 1000 Lire note depicting Marco Polo and the Doge’s Palace in Venice on the back.  Italy’s last 1000 Lire note was introduced in 1990.  It depicts famous physician and educator Maria Montessori.  Her revolutionary educational methods have spread throughout the world.  The back of the note pictures a teacher and a student. Astronomer, physicist and mathematician Galileo Galilei is on the 2000 Lire introduced in 1973.  Also on the front of the Pisa cathedral and the Leaning Tower of Pisa where his famous experiment on the effect of gravity on falling objects took place.  The back features a modern observatory and the signs of the Zodiac.    Italy’s final 2000 Lire note was issued in 1990. Inventor Guglielmo Marconi is depicted on the front.  Marconi won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his development of long distance radio and ship to shore radio.  The back depicts radio towers, a ship and an early radio  Italy’s final 5000 Lire note pictures composer Vincenzo Bellini and the interior of an opera house.   The back of the 1985 dated note depicts a scene from his Opera Norma.  .The final 10,000 Lire note is the 1984 issue depicting Alessandro Volta and his Voltaic pile.  He is the inventor of the electrical battery and the discoverer of methane.  The back pictures the Volta “Temple” or Mausoleum in Como, Italy.   With the introduction of the Euro all of the notes became obsolete and were withdrawn from circulation and destroyed.
Item PM-IT-VERDI ITALY 1000 LIRE NOTE GIUSEPPE VERDI (1969-81) P101 VF $2.00
Item PM-IT-MARCO ITALY 1000 LIRE NOTE MARCO POLO (1982)  P109 AU-UNC $3.00
Item PM-IT-MONTESSORI ITALY 1000 LIRE NOTE MARIA MONTESSORI (1990) P114 UNC. out
Item PM-IT-MARCONI ITALY 2000 LIRE NOTE MARCONI (1990) P115 XF-AU $5.00
Item PM-IT-BELLINI ITALY 5000 LIRE BELLINI (1985) P111 AU-UNC. $10.00
Item PM-IT-VOLTA  ITALY 10,000 LIRE NOTE ALLESANDRO VOLTA (1984) P112 VF-XF $10.00


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NEWNORTH KOREAN NOTE HONORS DICTATOR KIM IL-SUNG

North Korea 100 Won banknote, 1978 P22
North Korea honored their dictator Kim Il-sung on their 1978 100 Won note.  It was the highest denomination issued by North Korea and the first time he appeared on a note.  The front includes his portrait surrounded by a garland of Siebold Magnolias, the national flower of North Korea. The North Korean arms are to the upper left.  The back features Kim Il-sung's birthplace in Mangyongdae. The note measures 169x84mm and is Uncirculated.
Item PM-KP-100W NORTH KOREA 100 WON NOTE, 1978 P22 UNC. $4.00



NewBEAUTIFUL OLD BANKNOTE OF THE KINGDOM OF LAOS

Laos 100 Kip note, (1957) P6Laos 1 Kip note, (1962) P8
This beautiful and colorful Laotian 100 Kip note printed by the Bank of France was introduced in 1957.  The front features King Sisavang Vong, a chalice and Naga Dragons.  The back includes a woman in traditional costume with a bowl of roses.  Erawan, the three headed elephant appears in the coat of arms in the watermark. The large size note measures 170x107mm.  The note is Uncirculated but has staple holes as that is how they were often distributed by the National Bank. We also have the Kingdom of Laos 1 Kip note released by the National Bank in 1962.  The brown note features a stylized mythological figure on the front and Erawan, the three headed elephant on the back.  The small note measures 100x60mm
Item PM-LA-100K KINGDOM OF LAOS 100 KIP BANKNOTE (1957) P6 AU-UNC.-staple hole $15.00
Item PM-LA-1KIP KINGDOM OF LAOS 1 KIP BANKNOTE P8 (1962) UNC. $2.00




NewLAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC NOTE SET

Laos 6 note set, 1 - 100 Kip 1979 P25=P30
In 1979 Laos introduced new notes to replace the Pathet Lao Liberation notes. The new notes continued to reflect the theme of Laotians at work. Also included is the national emblem on the front of each note. The 1 Kip depicts parading soldiers and students in school.  The 5 Kip shows shoppers in a store and logging elephants. The 10 Kip pictures workers at a lumber mill on one side; doctors performing surgery and a nurse checking a child on the other. The 20 Kip depicts a military tank, soldiers and a patrol boat on the Mekong River on the front and workers in a textile mill on the back.  The 50 Kip features farmers planting rice and the Nam Ngum hydroelectric dam. It was the first hydroelectric dam built in Laos.  It supplies most of Laos's electricity and sale of its electricity to Thailand is one of Laos's largest exports. The 100 Kip depicts farmers harvesting grain and a soldier guarding storage tanks.
Item PM-LA-SET79 LAOS 6 NOTE SET 1-100 KIP 1979 P25-30 UNC. $7.50


LIBERIA BANKNOTE SET

LIBERIA 5 banknote set: 5 Dollars to 100 Dollars P26-P30
This five note set includes the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 Dollar notes of Liberia. The $20 is dated 2004, the others are dated 2011.  The fronts of the notes picture Presidents of Liberia.  The backs feature Liberians at work and the emblem of the Central Bank of Liberia which includes coins and Kissi Irons, a traditional form of money used in Liberia. The President of Liberia is a hazardous job.  The 5 Dollar note depicts Edward J. Roye, who was born in the United States. He was President from 1870 until he was overthrown in 1871.  He was killed shortly thereafter. A woman harvesting rice is on the back.  The 10 Dollar bill features Joseph J. Roberts.  Born free in the United States in 1809, he was elected Liberia’s first President from 1848 to 1856, and again elected President from 1872 to 1876. He died of natural causes less than two months after his term ended. A rubber tapper is on the back.  The 20 Dollar note features William Tubman, Sr, who was President of from 1944 until his death in 1971. The back features a large group of men and their scooters. Samuel K. Doe is on the 50 Dollar bill.  He was a Master Sergeant who led a coup in 1980, overthrowing and killing President William Tolbert, Jr..  Doe was elected President in a rigged election in 1985.  In 1990 he was overthrown and executed in Liberia’s civil war.  A palm plantation worker is on the back.   President William Tolbert, Jr. appears on the 100 Dollar bill.  The back features a woman and her child selling fabric.
Item PM-LR-SET5 LIBERIA 5 NOTE SET: 5 to 100 DOLLARS P26-30 UNC.$15.00



RECENT BANKNOTE FROM LIBYA

Libya 1 Dinarbanknote Revolution (2004) P76
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Since overthrow of dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 Libya has been engaged civil wars between two governments, tribal groups and ISIS all trying to gain control of the oil rich nation   Despite the political chaos, the Central Bank of Libya seems to have been able to keep the economy running.   Despite the political chaos, the Central Bank of Libya seems to have been able to keep the economy running.  In 2013, on the second anniversary of Gaddafi’s overthrow, it released a new 1 Dinar banknote. The colorful red, purple, blue and green note features joyous, anti-Gaddafi protestors waving the traditional Libyan flags that were used by the rebels.  The back the Libyan flag and doves.  The note features numerous anti-counterfeiting measures including an advanced holographic security thread and a watermark of Omar El Mukhtar, who led the resistance against the Italian colonization of Libya. 
 Item PM-LY-REV-1D LIBYA 1 DINAR NOTE (2013) REVOLUTION P76 UNC. $5.00



ATTRACTIVE MEXICAN REVOLUTION BANKNOTE Restocked

Mexico - Revolution - Veracruz 1 Peso PS1101
In December 1914 Mexican President Carranza and his government was forced to flee Mexico City due to the approaching forces of Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata.  He reestablished his government in Veracruz and issued banknotes that were the same design as those he had issued in Mexico City except they bore the legend "VERACRUZ, FEBERO 5 DE 1915". The front of the note features the Eagle and Snake on a island in Lake Texcoco with the Iztaccihuatl (Ixtaccíhuatl) and Popocatepetl volcanoes in the background.  To the left is Liberty seated holding an olive branch and shield.  The back of the note features two Mexican silver Pesos.
Item PM-MX-VC1P MEXICO 1 PESO NOTE VERACRUZ 1915 PS1101 Fine $6.00


WHEN A COMPANY RAN A COUNTRY  -  THE MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY

Mozambique Company, 20 Centavos 1933 PR29Mozambique Company, 5 Pounds Sterling 1934 PR32
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The 1885 Congress of Berlin carved up Africa, granting various European nations control over of the continent.  The boundaries that were set in the conference still make up most of the national boundaries in Africa today.  Portugal was granted control over Mozambique; however it did not have the economic or military resources to control the vast territory.  In 1891 it granted The Mozambique Company (Companhia de Moçambique) a 50 year concession over the central region of Mozambique.  The Company was given almost complete control over the region,  including the right to exploit resources, collect taxes and require the natives to engage in forced labor.  It ran the Post Offices and issued its own currency.  It developed the port of Beira and built a railroad to the landlocked British colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. However it did not have the financial resources needed to develop the rest of its territory and often failed to meet its obligations to the Portuguese government.  Most of its income came from its ability to tax and its power to use conscripted labor on its plantations. In 1929 the Mozambique Company took over the issuance of currency within its territory. Most of the company's trade was with the British colonies so  it chose to issue its notes in the British Pound Sterling.  Lower denomination notes were issued in Centavos, with 100 Centavos equal to 1 Pound Sterling.     Because of the company's poor performance and changes in the Portuguese government,  the company's concession was not renewed when it expired in 1942.  The Portuguese Government assumed direct control of the region.  The currency issued by the Company was recalled and punch cancelled.  From the Mozambique Company we have the 20 Centavos note dated November 25, 1933 and the 5 Pound note dated January 15, 1934.  Both notes are punch cancelled "PAGO 5.11.1942"  (PAID November 5, 1942), which was shortly after the Company lost its concession.   The notes were printed in London by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co.   They are fascinating notes  from a private company that ran a country.
Item PM-MZ-R20C MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY 20 CENTAVOS BANKNOTE 1933 PR29 AU-UNC.-cancelled $12.00
Item PM-MZ-R5P MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY 5 POUND STERLING BANKNOTE 1934 PR33 VF-XF-cancelled $15.00

ATTRACTIVE BANKNOTES FROM NAMIBIA

Namibia 10 Dollar banknote, 2015Namibia 20 Dollar banknote, 2013
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This two note set includes the 20 Dollar note dated 2013 and the 10 Dollar note of 2015.  The front of both notes depict Dr. Sam Nujoma and the Parliament building in Windhoek.  Dr. Nujoma served Namibia’s first President from 1990 until 2005.  The notes also incorporate a watermark of his portrait.  The 2013 20 Dollar not also has a diamond-shaped optically variable ink patch on the front.  The diamond was removed on the 2015 issues due to problems with it cracking and wearing in circulation.  The 10 Dollar note has three springbok antelopes on the back.  The 20 Dollar note features red hartebeest on the back.
Item PM-NA-SET2 NAMIBIA 10 AND 20 DOLLAR NOTES, 2013-2015, UNC. $10.00



SCARCE PAPUA NEW GUINEA BANKNOTE AT BARGAIN PRICE


Papau New Guinea 10 Kina 1998 25th Anniversary of Bank of Papau New Guinea

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Because its remoteness, Papua New Guinea notes are rarely seen by collectors.  In 1998 the central bank, the Bank of Papua New Guinea, celebrated its 25th anniversary.  To commemorate the event a commemorative 10 Kina note was released.  The front of the note has a Silver Jubilee foil with the emblem of the bank next to the Bird of Paradise.  Below the bird is imprinted SJ XXV.  The back depicts a ceremonial bowl, arm ring, feathers and other artifacts. The note catalogs for $20.00, however our price is MUCH less. 
Item PM-PNG-10K PAPUA NEW GUINEA 10 KINA 25th ANNIVERSARY 1998 P17 UNC. $9.00

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POLYMER ROMANIAN BANKNOTE COMMEMORATES ECLIPSE

Romania 2000 Lei banknote, 1999 Total Solar Eclipse commemorative P111
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Romania issued this colorful polymer 2000 Lei banknote to commemorate the Total Solar Eclipse on August 11, 1999.  It was their first, and so far, only commemorative banknote. One side has a fanciful map of the Solar System.  The other features the Romanian flag within a map of Romania and the path of the eclipse. The Uncirculated note has two transparent windows and is 143x63mm.
Item PM-RO-ECLIPSE ROMANIA 2000 LEI NOTE, 1999 ECLIPSE P111 UNC. $3.00



CZARIST AND BOLSHEVIK 5 RUBLE NOTES OF RUSSIA

Russia 5 Rubles note, 1909 P35Russia 5 Rubles note, 1909 P35
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World War I brought the fall Russian Empire.  Initially the new Russian governments issued banknotes utilizing the same date and designs as the Czarist issues, making only a change in the serial number.  The beautiful blue and pink Russian 5 Ruble note dated 1909 was first issued by the government of Czar Nicholas II.  When first issued it was equivalent to 3.87 grams of gold, which is worth about $160 today! The large vertical format note is 99mm x 158mm.  The design incorporates the Romanov Imperial Eagle on both sides. The notes issued by the Czarist government had a full serial number consisting of two letters and six digits.  After the fall of the Czar in 1917 the notes continued to be issued by both the Provisional Russian Government and the Bolsheviks, still dated 1909, but with only a series number consisting of two letters and 3 digits instead of a serial number.  They are large, impressive. large pieces of historical currency from a turbulent time in Russian history.
Item PM-RU-5R-CZAR RUSSIA-CZARIST 5 RUBLES 1909 serial number P10 F-VF $6.00
Item PM-RU-5R-BOLSH RUSSIA-BOLSHEVIK 5 RUBLES 1909 series number P35 VF $5.00




LAST BANKNOTES OF THE USSR

LAST BANKNOTES OF THE SOVIET UNION: 1 - 25 RUBLES
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This five note set includes the last banknotes by the Soviet Union before it collapsed in 1991.  Included are the 25 and 10 Rubles notes featuring a portrait of Lenin, the 5 and 3 Rubles notes showing scenes of the Kremlin and the 1 Ruble note.  The 1,3,5 and 10 Rubles are dated 1991, and the 25 Rubles is dated 1961.  No 25 Rubles were issued in 1991.  All five notes include the Soviet emblem of the hammer and sickle enveloping the earth
Item PM-USSR5 USSR 5 NOTE SET 1-25 RUBLES (P237-240,P234) UNC. $12.00

NewCURRENCY OF RUSSIA'S INFAMOUS MMM CORPORATION

MMM Corporation Note set: 1 to 10,000 Biletov note (1994)The MMM Corporation in Russia was one of the most spectacular scams in history.  As many as 40 Million people lost as much as $10 Billion dollars by the time it was closed down by Russian authorities.  MMM was founded in 1989 by Sergei Mavrodi and two associates. After several unsuccessful ventures he started a Ponzi scheme.  With promises of fantastic returns, investors poured millions of Rubles into unregistered "shares".  Money from the later investors was used to provide big payoffs for the early investors.  As word of the success of the early investors spread, even more money poured into the company. The price of shares soared from 1,600 rubles per share in February 1994 to around 115,000 rubles in late July 1994. Mavrodi became a symbol of prosperity and had his own private army.  Because the price of shares was so high, Mavrodi started to issue partial shares, called Biletov, in July 1994. 1 Bilet was worth 1/100 of a share. The Biletov looked like banknotes and came in standard denominations from 1 to 10000 Biletov.  The Biletov notes bore Mavrodi’s portrait, the MMM logo and a serial number on the front and the MMM logo on the back.  Due to their seemingly endless increase in value, they were often preferred over the rapidly depreciating official Russian currency.  In the summer of 1994 the pyramid scheme collapsed and Mavrodi was jailed.  While in jail he ran for, and won, a seat in the Russian Duma (parliament), thereby gaining parliamentary immunity for his crimes.  He was expelled from the Duma,, but went into hiding before he could be arrested.   He was finally captured and arrested in 2003.  In 2007 he was fined a few hundred dollars and sentenced to four and a half years in a penal colony.  Since his release he started similar Ponzi schemes in India, China, South Africa  and South Africa.  Recently he has been involved in schemes promoting bitcoins in Zimbabwe and Nigeria and some claim that he is behind the rapid rise and decline in the value of the bitcoin. No banknotes have been reported from his latest schemes. We offer a set of 8 different Crisp Uncirculated 1994 MMM Biletov notes ranging from 1 to 10,000 Biletov. They serve as a reminder of this and other financial follies
Item PM-MMM SET OF 8 MMM BANKNOTES: 1 - 10,000 BILETOV, 1994 UNC. $9.00



NEWDID 2018 RUSSIAN WORLD CUP SOCCER BANKNOTE PREDICT THE FUTURE?

Russia 100 Rubles World Cup Soccer (FIFA) banknote, 2018On May 22, 2018 Russia released an impressive polymer 100 Ruble to commemorate their hosting of the World Cup Soccer (FIFA) games.  The vertical note includes numerous advanced features, including color changing ink, holograms, tactile features, multiple windows of various colors, micro-images, and images that are only visible under UV light.  The front features iconic Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin diving to make a save.  Watching him is a young boy holding a metallic green soccer ball. To the right of the boy is a QR code which links to the Bank of Russia web page that describes some of the many security features of the note.  Perhaps most intriguing is the silver hologram in the upper left which features a diving player just barely getting his left foot on a ball which is exactly how Russia's Igor Akinfeev would save Spain's Iago Aspas’s shootout penalty kick on July 1.  The save gave 70th ranked Russia an astounding victory over soccer powerhouse Spain in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.  The back of the note includes a soccer ball that features the globe featuring a map of Russia and the name of the eleven host cities.  It is an impressive and colorful note.

Item PM-RU-FIFA100 RUSSIA 100 RUBLES 2018 WORLD CUP SOCCER NOTE, UNC. $12.00



PRETTY RWANDAN BANKNOTES

Rwanda 1000 Francs note, 2015
Rwanda 5000 Francs note, 1998
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Rwanda recently released a new 1000 Franc note dated  01.05.2015.  The front depicts the Rwanda Ethnographic Museum which was built in 1987 along with a sparkling green image of a dove. The back depicts a Golden Monkey.  We also have available the scarce and 1998 5000 Francs note from Rwanda. It was one of first notes issued after the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 and was the highest denomination the country had ever issued. The front depicts the highly regarded traditional Intore dance. The back depicts the National Bank Building. The pretty pink note catalogs for $50.00, however our price is much less.   Both notes are Uncirculated and incorporate watermarks in their designs.
Item PM-RW-1000F RWANDA 1000 FRANCS 2015 UNC. $9.00
Item PM-RW-5000F RWANDA 5000 FRANCS 1998 P28 UNC. $29.50



SCARCE ST. HELENA BANKNOTE FEATURE SAILING SHIPS

St. Helena 50 Pence note issued in 1979 P52
Due to its geographical isolation the banknotes of St. Helena are difficult to find.  We managed to acquire one of the few notes of this small island in the Atlantic.  The undated purple 50 Pence note was issued in 1979.  The front pictures Queen Elizabeth and a harbor scene with various sailing ships.  The back features the Royal arms and a shield with a sailing ship.    The note is crisp Uncirculated and is priced well below its current catalog value.
Item PM-SH-50P ST. HELENA 50 PENCE NOTE (1979) P5 Unc. $29.50


 

NEWWARLORD NOTE OF SOMALIA

Somalia - Mogadishu North warlord 50 N.Shillin note of Ali Mahdi Mohammed
After the overthrow of the government of Somalia in 1991 the country quickly collapsed into anarchy as various warlords attempted to establish dominance.  The United States sent troops into Somalia to try to stop the fighting, but with little success. This attractive 50 N.Shilin note was issued by Ali Mahdi Mohammed, a warlord who controlled northern Mogadishu.  The note was made to pay his troops who were battling Mohammed Farah Aideed in the “Banana War”.  The war was about who got to collect the taxes on Somalia’s banana exports! The scarce, multi-colored note shows a man working a loom on the front.  The back shows a banana plant and a young person leading a donkey carrying three children. The note is dated 1991, but was issued later.  We offer the note at far less than its $15 catalog value.
Item PM-SO-PR2 SOMALIA 50 N.SHILLIN WARLORD NOTE PR2 UNC. $4.00



SILVER CERTIFICATE OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

Spain 5 Pesetas note 1935 P85
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The Spanish Civil war broke out in 1936 between the Republic, which was supported by the Soviet Union and the Nationalists which were supported by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.  The brutal war was a prelude to World War II.   The Republic issued a series of small, low denomination banknotes during the war to replace the silver coins that disappeared from circulation due to the war and the fall of the value of the Peseta.  The 5 Pesetas “silver certificate” (“Certificado de Plata”) dated 1935 was released by the Bank of Spain in October 1936. The note was supposedly backed by silver held by the Bank.  The green note features a portrait of a woman on the front and the denomination on the back,  The notes were withdrawn after the Nationalists, under General Francisco Franco, won the war in 1939.
Item PM-ES-5P SPAIN 5 PESETAS NOTE 1935 P85 F-VF $4.00



SRI LANKA DEVELOPMENT, PROSPERITY & DANCER BANKNOTES

Sri Lanak 20, 50 & 100 Rupees banknotes 2010 P123-P125 FrontsSri Lanak 20, 50 & 100 Rupees banknotes 2010 P123-P125 bacls
Sri Lanka put a little bit of everything (except politicians) in their current series of colorful banknotes which makes it popular with a wide variety of collectors.  The series is officially titled "Development, Prosperity and Sri Lankan Dancers".  The back of the notes are in vertical format.  Each note features a different traditional dancer and drummer.  The front is in horizontal format features vignettes of development, as well as birds and butterflies. The front of the maroon 20 Rupees note depicts a modern and an historical view of the Port of Colombo.  A Serendib Scops Owl is to the right. The tiny owl was not discovered until 2001.  A Baronet butterfly is to the left.  The blue 50 Rupees depicts the old and new Manampitiya Bridge as well as a train crossing an historical railroad bridge.  A Dull-blue Flycatcher is to the right and a Ceylon Blue Oakleaf Butterfly to the left.  The orange 100 Rupees features the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant and the Laxapana waterfall.  An Orange-billed Babbler is to the right and an Autumn Leaf butterfly to the left.  It is a colorful three note set reflecting many aspects of Sri Lanka nature and culture.
Item PM-LK-SET3 SRI LANKA 3 NOTE SET 20-100 RUPEES 2010 P123-125 UNC $7.00



UNUSUAL UKRAINE COMPENSATION CERTIFICATE

Ukraine 1,000,000 Karbovantsiv Compensation certificate P91A
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After gaining independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine planned to privatize the many state-owned enterprises.   Instead the economy went into a tailspin and the country suffered from a hyperinflation.  To compensate for losses suffered by the depositors of the State Savings Bank and State Insurance Company, depositors were given compensation certificates which supposedly could be used to purchase shares in privatized companies.  They could also be sold or traded. Many apparently circulated as money.  In reality little privatization took place and most firms remained in the hands of the state or went to oligarchs with connections to the government.  The certificates are denominated as 1,000,000 Karbovantsiv and measure 172x94mm (about 7"x4").  
Item PM-UA-COMP UKRAINE 1,000,000 KARBOVANTSIV CERTIFICATE P91A VF-AU $3.00
Item PM-UA-COMP2 UKRAINE 2,000,000 KARBOVANTSIV CERTIFICATE P91B UNC $8.00


INFLATION NOTES FROM VENEZUELA   

Venezuela 2016 inflation currency set: 500 - 20,00 Bolivares, FronVenezuela 2016 inflation currency set: 500 - 20,00 Bolivares, Back
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By December 2016 Venezuela's inflation had spiraled out of control. In a desperate move the government suddenly demonetized the 100 Bolivares note, which was the highest denomination then in circulation.  The 100 Bolivares made up almost half of the value of currency in circulation. A new series of higher denomination notes, ranging from 500 to 20,000 Bolivares was introduced. Citizens were given 2 days to exchange their 100 Bolivar notes for higher denomination notes.  Unfortunately, the government did not have sufficient supplies of the new notes, resulting in chaos, confusion and hardships, especially for the poor who do their transactions in cash and had most of their meager savings in 100 Bolivares notes.  Those with close government or bank connections were spared the hardships.  The new notes utilized same designs as the notes that were already in circulation, but had higher denominations and different colors. The design of the 2 Bolivares was used on the 500 Bolivares, the 5 Bolivares design became the 1000 Bolivares, the 10 Bolivares design was used on the 2000 Bolivares,  the 20 Bolivares design was recycled on the new 5000 Bolivares, the 50 Bolivares design became the new 10,000 Bolivares and the 100 Bolivares design became the new 20,000 Bolivares. Even with the values increasing by 200 to 250 fold, the notes do not keep up with the rapidly increasing prices.   The notes are all dated August 18, 2016 and measure 69x157mm.  They represent a desperate measure by a desperate government that destroyed what was once one of the prosperous nations in South America.
Item PM-VE-SETINFLAT VENEZUELA 6 INFLATION NOTE SET: 500 - 20,000 BOLIVARES 2016 UNC. $35.00



NEW VENEZUELA 100,000 BOLIVARES INFLATION NOTE

Venezuela 100,000 Bolivares 2017 banknoteVenezuela 100,000 Bolivares 2017 banknoteVenezuela introduced a new high denomination 100,000 Bolivares banknote in November 2017 in response to the countries hyperinflation brought on by the governments economic and political mismanagement.  The Simon Bolivar is on the front of the note in a vertical format, and Red siskin birds are on the back in a horizontal format.  The same design was used on the previous 20,000 Bolivares and 100 Bolivares notes, but in a different color.  In an effort to disguise the galloping inflation, the denomination is spelled out in words, rather than the full numerical value. The notes are apparently in short supply "due to a shortage of paper".  The note is expected to be replaced soon as Venezuela recently announced that it will revalue its currency.
Item PM-VE-100,000B VENEZUELA 100,000 BOLIVARES NOTE, 2017 UNC. $12.50


NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT NOTES FOR SOUTH VIETNAM

National Liberation Front 1 Dong note for South Vietnam
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This 1 Dong note was printed in the People's Republic of China for the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam guerillas in the 1960's.  They were intended to be used in areas that the communist captured within South Vietnam.  Many of the notes were captured by United States and South Vietnamese troops during a military operation in Cambodia, so they were never released into circulation.   The front of the 124mm x 62mm note shows farmers threshing and carrying rice in a field. The back shows students in a classroom.  Though these notes are technically Uncirculated, they show some water damage, though no stains, from storage in the damp jungle.
Item PM-SVN-NLF-1D NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT 1 DONG NOTE PR4 $10.00



NEWLAST BANKNOTE OF SOUTH VIETNAM FEATURES ELEPHANTS

South Vietnam 1000 Dong note P34
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This undated 1000 Dong banknote of South Vietnam was released in 1972, three years before the country fell to the communist North Vietnam.  It was one of the last notes issued by South Vietnam.  The front depicts Independence Palace in Saigon, now known as Reunification Palace  The Palace served as the home for the President of South Vietnam.  It was built on the site of the old Norodom Palace, which was heavily damaged in 1962 when it was bombed by South Vietnamese Air Force pilots attempting to assassinate President Ngo Dinh Diem.  On April 30, 1975 a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the gates of the palace, bringing an end to the Vietnam War.  The back of the note depicts three working elephants and their trainers.  The note has a watermark of the head of a young woman.
Item PM-SVN-1000D SOUTH VIETNAM 1000 DONG NOTE (1972) P34 AU-UNC $6.00




NEWLIBERATION CURRENCY FOR SOUTH VIETNAM

South Vietnam Liberation Currency, 10 Xu 1966 (1975) P37South Vietnam Liberation Currency, 20 Xu dated 1966 (1975) P38South Vietnam Liberation Currency, 1 Dong dated 1966 (1975) P40
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After the defeat of the South Vietnamese government, the South Vietnamese currency was exchanged for this newly issued "Liberation Currency" at the rate of 1 "Liberation Dong" for 500 South Vietnamese Dong.  These small notes were printed in China and dated 1966, though they were not issued until September 21, 1975.  The notes were withdrawn on May 2, 1978 when it was replaced with a new currency for unified Vietnam.  The 10 Xu note depicts women harvesting salt on the front.  The back pictures people unloading boats along a branch of the Mekong River. I measures 99mm x 50mm.   The 20 Xu shows a truck driving through a rubber plantation on the front.  The back shows a line of soldiers being greeted by farmers plowing with oxen.  It measures 107 x 54mm.  The 1 Dong pictures boats on a river on the front and farmers harvesting rice with rifles stacked behind them on the back.  It is 124mm x 62mm.
Item PM-SVN-LIB-10XU SOUTH VIETNAM 10 XU LIBERATION NOTE 1966(1975) P37 AU-UNC $5.00
Item PM-SVN-LIB-20XU SOUTH VIETNAM 20 XU LIBERATION NOTE 1966(1975) P38 AU-UNC $6.00
Item PM-SVN-LIB-1D SOUTH VIETNAM 1 DONG LIBERATION NOTE 1966(1975) P40 AU-UNC $15.00



ATTRACTIVE SOCIALIST VIETNAM BANKNOTES

Vietnam 200 Dong note 1987, Front, P100   Vietnam 200 Dong note 1987, Back P100Vietnam 500 Dong note 1988, Back P101
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This two note set from Socialist Vietnam includes the brown 1987 200 Dong note which features a tractor and farm workers on the back and red 1988 500 Dong which depicts ships unloading at a dock on the back.  Both notes are 131mm x 65mm, have Ho Chi Minh on the front and have watermarks. 
Item PM-VN-SET2 VIETNAM 200 & 500 DONG 1987-88 P100 & P101, UNC. $3.00


POLYMER NOTE SET FROM VIET NAM

Vietnam bank note set, 10,000 to 100,000 Dong P119 - P122
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This set of four current polymer notes from Socialist Republic of Vietnam includes the 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 Dong issued between 2012 and 2014.  The front of the notes all feature Ho Chi Minh and the arms of Vietnam.  The back of the 10,000 Dong note depicts offshore oil platforms.  The back of the scarce 20,000 Dong pictures the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An.  Hoi An was an important trading port until the 19th Century. The bridge was built in the 1600's by Japanese traders who lived on one side of the bridge, while the Vietnamese lived on the other.  It is the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist Pagoda attached to it.  The 50,000 Dong features old buildings in imperial capital of Hue.  A gate to the National University is on the back of the 10,000 Dong. The notes contain numerous anti-counterfeiting devices, including a "watermark", front/back registration marks, and a clear window that shows the denomination. 
Item PM-VN-SET4 VIETNAM 4 NOTE SET: 10,000 DONG to 100,000 DONG P119-P122 UNC. $24.00


ATTRACTIVE COMMEMORATIVE POLYMER NOTE FROM SAMOA

Samoa 2 Tala banknote (1990) P31c
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Samoa issued this attractive polymer 2 Tala banknote to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Malietoa Tanumafili II (also known as Susuga) as Head of State in 1990.  The front of the note includes his portrait and a view of Mulivai Immaculate Conception of Mary Roman Catholic Cathedral, fales (traditional huts) and two buses on Beach Road in the capital city of Apia.  The Cathedral was damaged in 2009 and is being rebuilt.  The back depicts a family scene that includes a mother with a sleeping child,  and the national emblem.  The transparent window in the note features a Kava bowl.  The note was withdrawn from circulation in 2011 and replaced with a 2 Tala coin. The undated note measures 140x72mm and is Uncirculated.
Item PM-WS-2T SAMOA 2 TALA NOTE (1990) 50th ANNIVERSARY, P31c UNC. $6.00


BEAUTIFUL OLD YUGOSLAVIAN NOTE

Yugoslavia 100 Dinara banknote 1929 P27b
This beautiful old 1929 100 Dinara note of Yugoslavia depicts a seated woman holding a sword overlooking a village on a bay with boats on the water.  The reverse of the multi-colored note includes three sailboats and a young man with fruit leaning on the arms of Yugoslavia.  The note has the watermark of Alexander I, who was King at the time.   
Item PM-YU-100D YUGOSLAVIA 100 DINARA NOTE 1929 P27b AU-U $10.00



TESLA HONORED ON YUGOSLAVIAN BANKNOTE

Nikola Tesla pictured on Yugoslavia 5000 Dinara 1993 currency
Nikola Tesla was one of the great pioneers in electricity. His inventions in electrical generation and power transmission give us the alternating current electricity we use today. He was a man of many nations. He was born in Croatia to Serbian parents, studied in Austria and Czechoslovakia then went to the United States where he did most of his inventing. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia honored him with this this 1993 5000 Dinara banknote. The reverse pictures the Tesla Museum in Belgrade. The  note circulated only briefly due to Yugoslavia's severe inflation at the time.
Item PM-YU-TESLA YUGOSLAVIA 5000 DINARA BANKNOTE 1993 P128 VF $2.00


ZIMBABWE TRILLION DOLLAR BILLS!

Zimbabwe $100,000,000,000,000, $50,000,000,000,000, $20,000,000,000,000 and $10,000,000,000,000 bills
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On January 16. 2009 Zimbabwe released the highest denomination notes ever issued by a national government: the $10 Trillion, $20 Trillion, $50 Trillion and $100 Trillion bills.  Despite the government "outlawing inflation" (which is about as effective as outlawing the tides from rising), inflation soared to an estimated 231 million percent per year in 2008, the highest ever in history.  Rather than attempting to solve the problem the government just kept printing money in order to pay the army and government employees.   There was a severe shortage of everything, except freshly printed bills. The notes circulated for only about 2 weeks before being replaced.  On February 2, 2009 Zimbabwe did a Trillion to 1 currency revaluation and the short-lived notes were replaced.  About the same time, Zimbabwe’s citizens were allowed to use foreign currencies and the discredited Zimbabwe dollar ceased to be used.  The front of the notes picture the Chiremba Balancing Rocks. The back of each note features two vignettes of Zimbabwe.  They are a fascinating lesson on what happens when the government creates too much money. All four notes are crisp Uncirculated.
Item PM-ZW-$10TRL ZIMBABWE $10 TRILLION NOTE 2008, P88 UNC. $9.75
Item PM-ZW-$20TRL ZIMBABWE $20 TRILLION NOTE 2008, P89 UNC. out
Item PM-ZW-$50TRL ZIMBABWE $50 TRILLION NOTE 2008, P90 UNC. out
Item PM-ZW-$100TRIL ZIMBABWE $100 TRILLION NOTE 2008, P91 UNC. $99.00


ZIMBABWE PETROL RATION COUPONS USED FOR MONEY Wholesale prices available to dealers

Zimbabwe 5 & 20 Litres petrol and diesel ration coupons
As Zimbabwe's economy spiraled into complete collapse due to its incompetent government policies, corruption, and massive inflation, shortages developed for most essential items.  Petrol (Gasoline) and Diesel were rationed.  The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe issued the ration coupons which were required in order to purchase fuel.  Because of the rapidly depreciating currency, fuel ration coupons soon became a parallel currency.   Even though fuel was often not available, many merchants accepted the ration coupons rather than the Zimbabwe Dollar in payment for goods and services, as their value was more stable.  We offer a set of two unissued Zimbabwe fuel ration coupons.  One is good for 5 Litres (Liters); the other is good for 20 Litres (about 5 gallons).  The coupons were released around 2005 and could be used to purchase either Petrol or Diesel.   They are an interesting item that was used for money during a time of economic crises.
Item PM-ZW-PETROL SET OF 2 ZIMBABWE PETROL RATION COUPONS, 5 & 20 LITERS UNC. $4.00


POPULAR POLYMER BANKNOTES

Set of 10 Polymer plastic bankotes
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Since they were first introduced in 1988, polymer (plastic) notes have become widely adopted by by many countries due to its durability and difficulty to counterfeit.  The notes have also become very popular with collectors due to their colorful designs and sophisticated anti-counterfeiting devices.  The notes may contain a variety of anti-counterfeiting devices such as transparent areas, latent images, diffraction grating. Ultra-violet images and embossed areas.  We have assembled a set of 10 different of these popular polymer notes.  Included is Guatemala 1 Quetzal 2006, Guatemala 5 Quetzal 2010, Malaysia 1 Ringgit, Nepal 10 Rupees (2005), Nicaragua 10 Cordobas 2007, Nigeria 10 Naira 2009, Paraguay 2000 Guaranies 2008, Romania 2000 Lei 1999 Solar Eclipse, Romania 1 Leu 2005, Vietnam 10,000 Dong all in Uncirculated condition.
Item PM-POLY SET OF 10 POLYMER (PLASTIC) BANKNOTES, UNC. $20.00



BULK CURRENCY LOTS

Lot 50 Different World Banknotes Collecting banknotes is a colorful, fun and educational way to learn about the world.   Each note is a small piece of art that reflects what each country feels are its important cultural aspects. These sets are a great for starting or expanding your collection. These sets contain attractive and colorful notes from throughout the world.  The lots of 50 different, 100 different and 1000 different banknotes provides a good selection of notes, however there will be more than one note from each country.  The larger lots contain a wider variety and more higher value notes than are in the smaller lots (and it is a LOT tougher to find 300 different notes than it is to find 50 different notes).  And the 1000 different world banknotes is almost impossible to put together. The larger lots contain the notes from the smaller lots. For those that want banknotes from a lot of different places, we offer a lot of 50 banknotes from 50 different countries and  100 banknotes from 100 different countries. All notes are Uncirculated.
Item LOTPM50 50 Different world banknotes, Uncirculated $19.50
Item LOTPM100 100 Different world banknotes, Uncirculated $49.50 Item PM-50CSET 50 Different world banknotes from 50 Different countries, Uncirculated $45.00
Item PM-100CSET 100 Different world banknotes from 100 Different countries, Uncirculated $145.00


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