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NEWBANKNOTES FROM SOVIET OCCUPIED & TALIBAN AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan 50, 100, 500 & 1000 Afghani notes, (1978 - 1991)
This set of 4 attractive Afghanistan banknotes were introduced in 1978 during the Soviets occupation of Afghanistan.  The notes continued to be printed until about 1991 for the Taliban and various warlords.  The set includes the 50, 100 and 500 and 1000 Afghani notes in crisp uncirculated condition.  The 50 Afghani pictures the Dar-al-Aman palace in Kabul.  The 100 Afghani depicts a farmer and the Naghlu hydroelectric dam on the Kabul river.  The 500 Afghani pictures a group of horsemen playing Buzkashi. Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan.  It is somewhat similar to polo, but is played with goat or calf carcass and has few, if any, rules. The 1000 Afghani depicts a flock of birds at the Mazar-e-Sharif Mosque (Noble shrine) on one side.  The other side pictures the monument to fallen soldiers and the Victory Arch in Paghman Gardens near Kabul.  They were built to commemorate Afghan victory over the British in 1919, heavily damaged during the Soviet-Afghanistan war in the 1980's and have since been restored. The notes all bear the seal of the Afghanistan bank on the front. The seal includes an image of an ancient Greco-Bactrian Tetradrachm minted circa 171-179BC, two cornucopias spilling out coins and the year the bank was founded (1939).  The notes are a reminder of the recent troubled and violent history of Afghanistan.
Item PM-AF-SET4 AFGHANISTAN 4 NOTE SET 50 - 1000 AFGHANI (1978-1991) UNC.  $5.00



WWI AUSTRIAN POW CAMP NOTE

Austria Aschach Prisoner of War Camp 10 Heller note (circa 1916)
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This 10 Heller currency note was 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 World War I. Minimal effort was spent on designing the note.  The light-blue note features the same design on both sides.  The front and back features a "modern" Austrian eagle. The note was issued from about 1916 to 1918. It measures 110 x 70mm.
 Item PM-AT-POW10 AUSTRIA, ASCHACH POW CAMP 10 HELLER NOTE AU-UNC. $15.00



BIG BEAUTIFUL UNCIRCULATED BANKNOTE OF SHORT-LIVED GERMAN-AUSTRIA

German-Austria 1,000 Kronen 1902 (1920) P61
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German-Austria (Deutsch-Österreich) was a short-lived republic that was created after World War I after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  It claimed sovereignty over the German speaking portions of the former Hapsburg Empire.  Not seeing itself as a viable nation, having lost the agricultural lands of Hungary and the industrial areas of Bohemia (Czechoslovakia) it planned to join Germany as part of the Weimar Republic. However, treaties forced upon Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire following their defeat prevented this.  The Treaty of Versailles prohibited its unification with Germany, and the Treaty of Saint Germain prohibited it from calling itself German-Austria.  The modern Republic of Austria was then created out of the central core of German-Austria, with other areas claimed by German-Austria becoming parts of Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Italy. Because of the rush to get the needed currency into circulation this 1000 Kronen banknote of German-Austria utilized the design of the existing Austro-Hungarian Empire 1000 Kronen note overprinted with the word “DEUTSCHÖSTERREICH” in red ink.  Though the note was released in 1920, it still bore the 1902 date of the original banknote.  The front of the note features a crowned double-headed eagle in the center and a vignette of a young woman with garlands of flowers in her hair at the right.  The back includes two more vignettes of the same young woman.  The large sized note is 192 x 128mm (approximately 7.6" x 5").  The note was replaced with an Austrian note in 1922 and was demonetized in 1924.  It is an impressive, historic banknote from a short-lived country in Uncirculated condition.
Item PM-AT-1000K GERMAN-AUSTRIA 1,000 KRONEN BANKNOTE (1920) P61 UNC.  $19.75



HINTERBRUHL, AUSTRIA NOTE PROMOTES TOWN

Hinterbruhl, Austria 80 Pfennig notgeld note depicts Hotel Radetzky and Liechtenstein Castle
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The town of Hinterbrühl Austria was a popular resort town for artists, aristocracy and upper-crust Viennese "longing to escape the heat and unsanitary conditions of the city in summer, its annual typhus and dysentery epidemics and the poor water quality, in search of fresh air, peace and quiet". On June 2, 1920 the town issued a large (152 x 82mm) 80 Heller note which promoted the towns attractions.  The front describes the town as being near Vienna and depicts the Hotel FM Redetzky.  The 100 Room hotel was the premier institution in town. Built in 1913, it was designed by famed Austrian-American architect Wilhelm Baumgarten. It advertised itself as a "High Class Hotel" with such amenities as hot and cold running water, central heating, an American bar, 5 o'clock tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, splendid gardens and marvelous views.  The back of the note describes Hinterbruhl as the "Most splendid air resort of the whole Vienna Woods. Surrounded by resin-scented pine forest. … Just 49 minutes from Vienna on the Südbahn Railroad.  Especially favorable for convalescents and those suffering from the nerves. Every year about 4000 summer guests. Baths, water - sanatoriums, post office, telegraph and telephone station. Comfortable hotels and inns." The back of the note also mentions that the town is the terminus of the Mödling-Hinterbrühl tram, built in 1885. (The Mödling-Hinterbrühl Tram was the first electric tram in Austria and, it was the first railway in the world that was run with electricity delivered by an overhead line in permanent service.) Also on the back of the note is the nearby Liechtenstein Castle. Liechtenstein ("bright stone") Castle is the origin of the name of the Liechtenstein family, the ruling house of the country by the same name.  The family owned the castle in the 12th and 13th century and again starting in 1807.  The note was good only for the summer of 1920 as it expired on September 30. It is an unusual promotional piece of notgeld currency.
Item PM-HINTERBRUHL HINTERBRUHL AUSTRIA 80 HELLER NOTE 1920 AU-UNC. $5.75




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


HISTORIC AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES Price Reduced

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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-AT-NOTx10 10 DIFFERENT AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES VF-UNC. $5.00
Item PM-AT-NOTx25 25 DIFFERENT AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES VF-UNC. $13.00
Item PM-AT-NOTx100 100 DIFFERENT AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES VF-UNC. $55.00



BEAUTIFUL OLD BANKNOTES OF COMMUNIST BULGARIA  Restocked

Bulgaria 7 note set: 3 - 200 Leva 1951
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This seven beautiful, old, multi-colored, Uncirculated banknotes from communist Bulgaria is dated 1951.  The 3 and 5 Leva notes feature an upraised hammer and sickle.  A farmer and tractor is on the 10 Leva. A railroad construction crew is on the 25 Leva.  A peasant woman with a basket of roses is on the 50 Leva, A woman picking grapes is on the 100 Leva and farmers picking tobacco are on the 200 Leva.   The backs of the higher denomination notes picture Georgi Dimitrov, the first communist leader of Bulgaria. The value of the note corresponds with its size, thus the 3 Leva is 120mm x 60mm while the 200 Leva is an impressive 175mm x 90mm. All seven attractive notes feature watermarks.  
Item PM-BG-SET7 BULGARIA 7 NOTE SET 3 to 200 LEVA 1951 P81-87 AU-UNC. $8.50

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NEWJAPANESE INVASION MONEY FOR BURMA


World War II Japanese Invasion Money for Burma: 1/2, 1, 5, 10 & 100 Rupee P13 - P17
Prior to World War II, Burma (now Myanmar) was under British rule. Japanese forces attacked Burma on December 14, 1941.  Within five months the British forces were defeated or retreated to India and Burma came under Japanese control. Japan issued thee banknotes for their occupation of Burma.. Like the previous British issues, the notes are in English and denominated in Rupees. The undated notes were issued from 1942 to 1944.  The fronts of the notes all bear the legend "THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT" and depict the Ananada Temple in Pagan (Bagan).  The backs have the denomination and a geometric design.  This five-note set includes the 1/2, 1, 5, 10 and 100 Rupees. The notes are Uncirculated, though may have been slightly mishandled in storage.
Item PM-BURMA-JIM5 BURMA 5 NOTE SET OF JAPANESE INVASION MONEY, 1/2 - 100 RUPEES, P13-17 AU-UNC. $6.00
Item PM-BURMA-10R BURMA 10 RUPEE JAPANESE INVASION NOTE P16 from the above set VF-AU $2.00
Item PM-BURMA-10Rx10 10 PIECES OF BURMA 10 RUPEE JAPANESE INVASION NOTE P16 VF-AU $9.75
Item PM-BURMA-10Rx100 100 PIECES OF BURMA 10 RUPEE JAPANESE INVASION NOTE P16 VF-AU $65.00




OLD BANKNOTES OF CHINA

China 5 Cutom Gold Units, 1930 P326*328
Central Bank of China 5, 10, 50 & 100 Yuan 1936 , P217-P220, Waterloo & Sons type
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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. The notes were printed by Waterloo & Sons in London.  All the notes feature a watermark of Sun Yat Sen.  
Item PM-CN-CGU CHINA 5, 10 & 20 CUSTOM GOLD UNITS NOTES,  P326c-P328 1930 F-VF $8.00
Item PM-CN-36SET CHINA 4 NOTE SET 5, 10, 50 & 100 YUAN NOTES  1936 P217-P220 F-VF $22.00



HISTORIC BANK OF CHINA CURRENCY

The Bank of China is the oldest and one of the largest banks in China.  It was founded in 1905 and was named Bank of China in 1912. It was one of four major note issuing banks for the Republic of China.  It currently issues banknotes for both Hong Kong and Macao, making it one of the only banks in the world to issue currency for three different realms.  

THE BANK OF CHINA'S CURSED BUILDING

Bank of China 1 Yuan 1937 P79
China, Bank of China, 5 & 10 Yuan 1937 P80 & P81
In 1930 The Bank of China began to construct a new 34-story headquarters on the Bund in Shanghai.  It was built on property that had been confiscated from the Germans during World War I. Perhaps a departing German cursed the property.   It was to be the highest building in the Far East. However, Britisher Victor Sassoon, the owner of the Sassoon House (now Fairmont Peace Hotel) located next door, demanded that no building be higher than his.  The municipal government, under British control, limited the height of the bank building giving it a chopped off appearance.  In 1937 the building was topped out at a height of 15 stories and the bank issued new banknotes to mark the occasion.  The back of the notes depict the Bank of China building along with a partial image of the Sasson House on the left and the Yokohama Specie Bank the right.. The front depicts Sun Yat Sen and have a watermark of the Temple of Heaven.  Unfortunately, the war with Japan broke out the same year which delayed the completion and move into the building.  The bank was not able to move into the building until 1946.  The notes were printed by Thomas De La Rue in London.
NEWItem PM-CN-BOC1Y BANK OF CHINA 1 YUAN NOTE 1937 P79 XF $4.00
Item PM-CN-BOC37 BANK OF CHINA 5 & 10 YUAN NOTES 1937 P80 & P81 XF $5.00

WORLD WAR II NOTES OF THE BANK OF CHINA

Bank of China 5 Yuan banknote 1940, P84Bank of China 10 Yuan banknote 1940, P85Bank of China 100 Yuan banknote with Chungking Overprint 1940, P88c
In 1937 Japan invaded China,  forcing the Chinese government and The Bank of China to retreat to the remote city of Chungking (now Chongqing). From there the Bank of China issued this blue 5 Yuan,  red 10 Yuan and purple 100 Yuan notes dated 1940. The 100 Yuan note is overprinted "Chungking" in English on the back, and in Chinese on the front.  Sun Yat Sen is on the front and the Temple of Heaven is on the back of all the notes.  The notes were printed by the American Bank Note Company in New York. The notes were among the last released by the Bank of China for the Republic of China, which ceased to issue notes for China in 1942.
Item PM-CN-BOC5Y BANK OF CHINA 5 YUAN NOTE, 1940 P84 VF $5.00
Item PM-CN-BOC10Y BANK OF CHINA 10 YUAN NOTE, 1940 P85 VF $4.00
Item PM-CN-BOC100Y BANK OF CHINA 100 YUAN NOTE, 1940 P88c F-VF $9.00

BANK OF CHINA CURRENCY FOR HONG KONG AND MACAU

Hong Kong - Bank of China 20 Dollars banknote, 2015 P341eMacau Banco da China 10 Patacas banknote 2008 P108
After World War II most of the Bank of China was nationalized by the People's Republic of China, which operates it as a government owned commercial bank. Ahead of China's takeover of Hong Kong and Macau, China insisted that the Bank of China be allowed to issue banknotes for both territories. It is one of three banks that issues currency for Hong Kong and one of two banks issuing currency for Macau. This 2015 Bank of China 20 Dollar note for Hong Kong note depicts Bauhinia flowers and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong on the front.  The distinctive building was designed by I. M. Pei and was the tallest building in Hong Kong when it opened in 1990.  The back of the note portrays the shore of Repulse Bay.  The note includes braille to assist the blind and many security devices including, microprinting, watermark, security thread, SPARK (an optically variable magnetic ink) and iridescent ink.  The Bank of China Macau 10 Pataca dated 2008 features the A-Ma temple on the front.  Built in 1488, the temple is one of the oldest in Macau and thought to be the settlement's namesake. The back depicts the Bank of China Building in Macau.  It is the second highest building in Macau.  The bank's name is in Portuguese "Banco da China"
Item PM-HK-BOC20-15 BANK OF CHINA HONG KONG $20 2015 P341e UNC. $6.00
Item PM-MO-BOC10-08 BANK OF CHINA MACAU 10 PATACA 2008 P108 UNC. $6.00

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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 $3.00



NEWLAST NOTES OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA

Confederate States of America $20 1864 banknote P69Confederate States of America $10 1864 banknote P68
These 10 Dollar and 20 Dollar notes dated February 17, 1864 were part of the seventh and final series of notes issued by the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.  According to the legend they were "Payable two years after the ratification of a peace treaty between the Confederate States and the United States of America".  With the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865 they were never paid.  The 10 Dollar note depicts horsemen pulling a large cannon, with fighting going on in the background.  Also pictured is Robert M.T. Hunter who served as the Confederate Secretary of State and later as a Confederate Senator.  The 20 Dollar note depicts the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens.  The notes have a pink underprint on the front and the denomination in words and numerals in blue on the back. They were printed by Keatinge & Ball in Columbia, South Carolina and are approximately 7" x 3" (180 x 80mm). The notes are hand signed and hand numbered. 
Item PM-CSA-$20 CONFEDERATE STATES $20 NOTE 1864 P69 VF $49.00
Item PM-CSA-$10 CONFEDERATE STATES $20 NOTE 1864 P69 VF $48.00



CONGO NOTES FEATURE WILDLIFE & CULTURE

Congo Democratic Republic banknote set: 10 to 100 Francs
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This set of four attractive banknotes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo features the country’s wildlife and culture.  The 2003 dated 10 Francs features native carvings, with a carving of a couple embracing on the front and one of a man holding a bowl on the back.  The 2003 20 Francs features a male lion on the front and a female lion and her cubs on the back.  The 2007 50 Francs  features a wooden mask on the front.  The back depicts a fishing village on the Congo river and fish.  The 2007 100 Francs note features an elephant on the front.  The back depicts the Inga II dam and hydroelectric power plant.  Inaugurated in 1982, the 1400 Megawatt plant is to be part of the Inga hydroelectric project that is supposed supply electricity to much of southern Africa. Due to poor management and lack of maintenance the dam produces only about 20% of its capacity and is not even able to ensure reliable power to Kinshasa.  Despite its failure, plans are underway to build additional phases of the project.  All four notes have a watermark of the head of an Okapi and are Uncirculated. 
Item PM-CD-SET4 CONGO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC 4 NOTE SET: 10 - 100 FRANCS, 2003-2007 UNC. $9.00



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
Item 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



CHE GUEVARA ON CUBA 3 PESO NOTE Restocked

Cuba 3 Pesos 2004 Che Guevera banknote P127a
Revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is featured on both sides of this 2004 Cuban 3 Pesos banknote. His portrait is on the front, and an a picture of him harvesting sugar cane is on the back   Che was a close comrade to Fidel Castro and served in many rolls, including minister of industries, President of the National Bank, and deciding who gets executed by firing squads. It is an unusual denomination featuring a well-known communist hero.
Item PM-CU-3P CUBA 3 PESOS NOTE 2004 CHE GUEVERA P127a UNC. $7.50




THE 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 agricultural 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".   In order to help finance the new government, Haderslav issued banknotes dated June 1, 1927.  They were 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.  The movement  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 approximately 110x73mm.  It is a scarce and historic banknote from a failed "new model state".
Item PM-HADERSLEV HADERSLEV 2 KRONER 1927 UNC. $9.50



ANCIENT THEMES ON MODERN EGYPTIAN NOTES

Egypt 5 Piastres banknote P188Egypt 10 Piastres banknote P189
Egypt’s ancient heritage is portrayed on these modern Egyptian banknotes.  The statue of Nefertiti is on the 5 Piastres note.  The front of the 10 Piastres note depicts the Sphinx and pyramids and the Mohammad Ali (Alabaster) Mosque in Cairo on the back.  Both notes have watermarks of King Tut.  Because of their minimal buying power, the undated notes no longer circulate.
Item PM-EG-SET2 EGYPT 5 & 10 PIASTRES NOTES P188 & P189 UNC. $3.00




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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MAGNIFICENT GERMAN EMPIRE & WEIMAR REPUBLIC NOTES OF GERMANY 

Germany 100 Mark 1908 P34 Green Seal

These large, beautiful German notes were issued before, during and after World War I by both the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.  The blue 100 Mark is dated 1908   Regardless of when the notes were actually printed, they always carried the original date. The notes issued by the German Empire have a red seal and serial numbers.  The Weimar Republic continued to issue the notes with the same date and designs from 1918 to 1922, but with a green seal and serial number.  The 100 Mark note features the crowned imperial German eagle on one side.  The other side features allegorical figures representing industry and agriculture holding a large portrait of the Norse goddess Freya. Freya is associated with gold, love, sex, beauty, war and death.  Her name is the basis of the day of the week Friday.  The note measures 160x105mm.  When first issued in 1910 the note was worth about $24 (which had the buying power of about $600 today!).  By the end of 1922 it was worth less than a cent.  These unusual "multi-government" notes are impressive pieces of historical currency.
Item PM-DE-100M-EMP GERMAN EMPIRE 100 MARK 1908 RED SEAL P33 F-VF $4.00
Item PM-DE-100M-REP GERMAN REPUBLIC 100 MARK 1908 (1918-1922) GREEN SEAL P34 F-VF $4.00



HISTORIC WORLD WAR I BANKNOTES OF GERMANY

Germany 20 Mark Reichsbanknote note 19.2.1914 P46Germany 20 Mark banknote4.11.1915 P63Germany 1 Mark banknote 12.8.1914 P51Germany 2 Mark banknote 12.8.1914 P54Germany 5 Mark banknote 5.8.1914 P47
Germany 50 Mark banknote 5.8.1914 P49
Germany 20 Mark banknote 20.2.1918 P57
Germany 20 Mark banknote 20.2.1918 P57
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This set includes eight different 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.  Notes issued by the Reichsbank were backed by gold and could be exchanged for gold upon demand.  Shortly after the war started the Reichsbank suspended converting the notes for gold, though notes issued by the Reichsbank were supposedly still backed by gold.  Far more money was needed for the war effort than Germany had gold, so a new series of notes without any backing, called Darlehnskassenschein, were issued.  The notes were technically an interest-free loan to the government.  The Reichsbank and Darlehnskassenschein notes circulated together at par. This eight note set includes the 20 Mark Reichsbanknote issued dated February 19, 1914.  When initially issued the note could be redeemed for .23 troy ounces of gold.  A second Reichsbank 20 Mark note was issued dated November 4, 1915. 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.  In August 1914, just a few months after the war started 1, 2, 5 and 50 Mark Darlehnskassenschein notes were issued. The small 1 and 2 Mark notes was issued to replace the silver coins that disappeared from circulation due to hoarding.  Both notes have embossed seals.  The blue 5 Mark note features two allegorical heads of Germania, the imperial crown, scepter and sword.  The brown 20 Mark note includes the heads of Minerva and Mercury and the imperial eagle.  The 50 Mark note, though dated 1914, was not actually released until early 1916.  In 1917 a new, attractive 5 Mark Darlehnskassenschein note was introduced.  The note dated August 1, 1917 features he head of a young woman with flowers in her hair on the front and the imperial crown with oak leaves on the back.   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.  The eight notes grade Very Good to Very Fine.  Because we purchased a large hoard of German banknotes at a good price, we can offer this historic set well below its current catalog value
Item PM-DE-WWISET8 SET OF 8 WORLD WAR I GERMAN BANKNOTES 1914-1918,  VG-VF  $29.75

EMERGENCY WORLD WAR I 50 PFENNIG NOTE OF KIEL, GERMANY

Kiel 50 Pfennig 1918 notgeld noteKiel is an important seaport located at the mouth of the Kiel Canal which connects the Baltic Sea to the North Sea.  It was also a major base for the German Imperial Navy.   By the beginning of 1918 the war effort was not going well for Germany.  Though the German government continued to mint silver 1/2 Mark coins, they were hoarded almost as soon as they were minted, resulting in a serious coin shortage.   To help alleviate the shortage and allow merchants and citizens to carry on commercial transactions the city of Kiel issued this emergency 50 Pfennig note dated January 1, 1918. The front features the denomination and date in words and has a green under-printing depicting ships on the ocean.  The back features the Kiel city hall.  
Item PM-KIEL-50P KIEL, GERMANY 50 PFENNIG NOTE, JANUARY 1, 1918 UNC. $3.00




EMERGENCY WORLD WAR I BANKNOTE OF KIEL

Kiel 10 Mark October 15, 1918 notgeld noteThis 10 Mark note was issued by the German city of Kiel in the closing days of World War I.  It is dated October 15, 1918, less than a month before the end of the War.  Kiel, located on the strategically important Kiel Canal which connects the Baltic Sea to the North Sea, was a major base of the Imperial German Navy. By 1918 Germany was in a near hopeless position.  The Americans had entered the war against Germany. Morale of its citizens and armed forces was low.  The economy was a wreck. It could not produce food to feed its populace nor produce enough arms to continue fighting.  On October 24, 1918 the order was given for the German fleet to attack the Royal Navy in hopes of gaining a stronger negation position for favorable peace terms.  Seeing the hopelessness of their situation, sailors of the German High Seas Fleet instead mutinied. By November 4, the sailors, joined by soldiers and workers had taken over the entire city of Kiel, taking control of both military and public institutions. Revolts quickly spread to other cities throughout Germany. On November 11, Germany having been abandoned by its allies and tittering on collapse signed the armistice bringing an end to World War I.  The note was an emergency issue that was to expire on May 1, 1919, less than seven months after its issue date. It measures 136x87mm and depicts the Kiel city hall on the back.  It is a little known but historic note issued during a turbulent period of history.
Item PM-KIEL-10M KIEL, GERMANY 10 MARK NOTE, OCTOBER 15, 1918 UNC. $6.00


NewHIGH-GRADE WEIMAR GERMAN BANKNOTE

Germany 1 Mark banknote, March 1, 1920, P58Germany 2 Mark banknote, March 1, 1920, P59Original pack of 50 pieces of Germany 2 Mark banknote, March 1, 1920, P59
These 1 and 2 Mark notes dated March 1, 1920 were some of the first notes issued by Germany's Weimar government after World War I. They were needed to help relieve the serious coin shortage that developed in Germany during and after World War I.  The notes were technically were not legal tender but a non-interest-bearing loan to the government. that did not stop people from accepting them as the low denomination notes were needed to purchase essential goods.  When first issued the 1 Mark note could buy about a pound of flour or half a dozen eggs.  The notes include an embossed seal and are printed on watermarked paper. They are quite reasonably priced for historic high-grade notes that are almost a century old.  We also have a few original, unopened packs of 50 of the 2 Mark note in Uncirculated condition.

Item PM-DE-1+2M GERMANY 1 & 2 MARK NOTES 1920 P58 & P59 AU-UNC. $5.00
Item PM-DE-2M20x50 ORIGINAL PACK OF 50 GERMAN 2 MARK NOTES 1920 P59 AU-UNC. $75.00



GERMAN WEIMAR REPUBLIC 100 MARK 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 Bamberg Horsman depicts a famous king, however which king it is is a matter of debate. The note is dated November 1, 1920, measures 162x108mm and includes the red Weimar Republic crest.
Item PM-DE-100M-20 GERMANY-WEIMAR 100 MARK NOTE, 1920 P69 Fine-VF $3.00
NEW Item PM-DE-100M-20x10 10 OF THE ABOVE GERMAN 100 MARK NOTES, 1920 P69 VG-VF $15.00
NEW Item PM-DE-100M-20x100 100 OF THE ABOVE GERMAN 100 MARK NOTES, 1920 P69 VG-VF $75.00



SMALL COLORFUL GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES Germany small municipal notgeld notes

These small paper Notgeld notes were initially issued by towns during World War I to provide for small change. Most were denominated 1 Mark or less and are usually less than 4 inches (90mm) long.  By 1921 most notes were being made to sell to collectors and the designs became increasingly colorful. The issues ceased after 1922 with the collapse of the German economy.  The colorful notes are a fun and popular collectible.  They have a wide variety of themes, including fairy tales, local history, monuments, and political satire.  Most notes are Uncirculated. Every lot is different, though there may be some duplication between lots. They will make a fun and interesting addition to your collection.
Item PM-DE-NOTx1 1 GERMAN NOTGELD NOTE $1.00
Item PM-DE-NOTx25 25 DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES, $19.50
Item PM-DE-NOTx100 100 MOSTLY DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES, $79.50






INFLATION NOTGELD NOTES

Municipal and corporate German inflation notegeld notes, 1922-1923By late 1922, inflation was racing out of control in Germany.  The German government could not print money fast enough to keep up with the ever soaring prices.  Companies started printing their own money in order to pay workers.  Municipalities also issued their own currency to provide cash for the local economy.  All of this made inflation worse by increasing the money supply.  We offer sets of these full-sized inflation notgeld notes, ranging in value from 100 Marks to billions (milliarden) of Marks, dated 1922 or 1923. Every lot is different.
Item PM-DE-INFL 1 GERMAN INFLATION NOTGELD NOTE VG-VF $3.00
Item PM-DE-INFLx10 10 DIFFERENT GERMAN INFLATION NOTGELD NOTES VG-VF $29.95
Item PM-DE-INFLx50 50 DIFFERENT GERMAN INFLATION NOTGELD NOTES F-XF $125.00




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 50 Reichsmark note 1933 P182
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The 50 Reichsmark was the first note issued after Adolf Hitler came to power.  The note is dated March 30, 1933, which is one week after Hitler assumed control over Germany. It continued to be issued until 1945, always with the same date.  It 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.
Item PM-DE-NAZI50RMK GERMANY 50 REICHSMARKNOTE 1933 P182 Fine-VF $8.00




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 NOTE 1929 P181 F-VF $4.00

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 and was issued until 1945..  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 NOTE 1929 P180 F-VF $3.00



HIGH GRADE NAZI GERMAN 5 REICHMARK NOTE FEATURES HITLER YOUTH  

Germany 5 Reichsmark note, 1942 P186
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Nazi Germany introduced this 5 Reichmark note in 1942 to replace the silver 5 Reichsmark coins which were disappearing from circulation due to hoarding.  The front of the note features a German young man, along with a small eagle and swastika. The back depicts a woman with a sickle and a man with a wood plane, representing farming and industry.   Between them is a vignette of the Brunswick Cathedral and the Brunswick Lion statue.  The Lion was commissioned by Henry the Lion about 1166AD.  The statue is the oldest, preserved large sculpture from the Middle Ages north of the Alps. The note measures 140x70mm and is brown.  The left side features a watermark of the numeral "5".
Item PM-DE-5RMK-U NAZI GERMANY 5 REICHSMARK NOTE, 1942 P186 AU-UNC.  $20.00



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

NEWSCARCE, FINAL BANKNOTES OF EAST GERMAN NOTES 

East Germany 200 Mark note, 1985 P32
East Germany 500 Mark note, 1985 P33
These scarce 200 and 500 Mark East German notes are rarely seen in any collections. They are the highest denominations ever printed by East Germany and were some of the last banknotes ever printed by East Germany. The notes were dated 1985, however the East German government collapsed before the notes were released into general circulation. After the collapse of East Germany the notes were put into storage in old Nazi bunkers. A very limited number of notes were "liberated" from the bunkers before the German government destroyed all of the remaining notes. The front of 200 Mark note features a family standing in front of a government apartment complex. The back pictures a group of young school children and their teacher.  The 500 Mark pictures the East German Arms and the Staatsrat building in Berlin. 
Item PM-EGER-SET2 EAST GERMANY 200 & 500 MARK NOTES, 1985 P32 & P33, AU-UNC. $39.75



GREAT BRITAIN 5 POUNDS WINSTON CHURCHILL POLYMER NOTE

Great Britain 5 Pounds Winston Churchill 2015 banknote P394
Note: "SPECIMEN" appears on this image for legal reasons, not on the note itself
Winston Churchill is featured on the back this recent 5 Pounds note of Great Britain.  Churchill, who led Britain through much of World War II, is considered one of the greatest statesmen of all time and is the only British Prime Minister to win a Nobel Prize in literature.  Next to Churchill on the note is an image of Westminster, Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) and an image of his Nobel Prize. Beneath him is his famous quote that he gave at the House of Commons upon assuming leadership of the government in 1940 "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."  The front depicts Queen Elizabeth and the Bank of England building.  The note has a window depicting the Queen and Big Ben as well as a holographic image that changes from "Five" to "Pounds" as the note is shifted.  It is an impressive note for an impressive statesman. 
Item PM-GB-5P GREAT BRITAIN 5 POUNDS CHURCHILL BANKNOTE, 2015 p394 UNC. $12.50


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

For further information about Hell Bank Notes visit
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SMILING 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



IRAQ 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



NEWNORTHERN IRELAND NOTE OF THE PROVINCIAL BANK OF IRELAND

Northern Ireland 1 Pound banknote, Provincial Bank of Ireland P247b
The Provincial Bank of Ireland was founded in 1825.  In 1966 it was merged with two other banks to form Allied Irish Banks, Ltd.. A single branch in Belfast kept the original name in order to continue the issuance of banknotes until 1982, when Allied Irish Banks began to issue notes under its own name.   Since then the bank has changed names a few more times. The front of this Provincial Bank of Ireland 1979 dated 1 Pound note pictures an Irish lad and the coats of arms of the six counties of Northern Ireland.  The back features The Girona, an oared fighting ship of the Spanish Armada, a gold Bible cover, candle sticks and a canon recovered from the ship.  The ship went down in a gale on the night of October 26, 1588 off Lacada Point in Northern Ireland with a loss of some 1300 lives and a huge amount of treasure.  The wreck was rediscovered in 1966, resulting in the largest Spanish Armada treasure ever salvaged.  Much of the treasure is now displayed in the Ulster Museum in Belfast.  The note has the watermark of the Allied Irish Banks emblem.
Item PM-NO.IRE-P247 NORTHERN IRELAND 1 POUND NOTE P247b 1979 UNC. $35.00



FAMOUS ITALIANS ON BEAUTIFUL BANKNOTES

 Italy 1000 Lire Marco Polo (1982) P109Italy 2000 Lire Marconi (1990) P115
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 1982 dated 1000 Lire note depicts Marco Polo and the Doge’s Palace in Venice on the back.     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  With the introduction of the Euro all of the notes became obsolete and were withdrawn from circulation and destroyed.
Item PM-IT-MARCO ITALY 1000 LIRE NOTE MARCO POLO (1982)  P109 AU-UNC $3.00
Item PM-IT-MARCONI ITALY 2000 LIRE NOTE MARCONI (1990) P115 XF-AU $5.00


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NORTH 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



SCARCE NORTH KOREAN BANKNOTE SET  Restocked

North Korea set of 3 Banknotes 5 - 50 Won P58-P60
This set of 3 North Korean banknotes includes the 5, 10 and 50 Won dated 2002.  The notes were not released until 2009 when North Korea recalled and revalued its currency, wiping out the savings of most of it citizens.  The  notes Won depicts stern faced North Koreans staring into their bleak future. The 5 won depicts a student and a scientist on the front and the Hwanggang hydroelectric dam the back. The 10 Won features a soldier, sailor and pilot on the front and the Korean War Victory Monument on the back.  The front of the 50 Won depicts 3 women representing an engineer, farmer and an intellect.  The back features the Party Foundation Monument.   The notes all have watermarks of the Siebold-Magnolia which is the national flower of North Korea.
Item PM-KP-SET3 NORTH KOREA 3 NOTE SET 5 - 100 WON 2002 (2009) P58-P60 AU-UNC. $7.00



BEAUTIFUL OLD BANKNOTE OF THE KINGDOM OF LAOS

Laos 100 Kip note, (1957) P6
Original pack of 20 Laos 100 Kip (1957) P6
Laos 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 the National Bank. We have a few original National Bank of Laos packs of 20 of the 100 Kip notes which we can offer at a wholesale price. I suspect few packs of these high denomination notes have survived.  Also available is the small 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 note measures 100x60mm
Item PM-LA-100K KINGDOM OF LAOS 100 KIP BANKNOTE (1957) P6 AU-UNC.-staple hole $15.00
Item PM-LA-100Kx10 ORIGINAL PACK OF 10 LAOS 100 KIP BANKNOTES (1957) P6 AU-UNC.-staple hole $69.00
Item PM-LA-1KIP KINGDOM OF LAOS 1 KIP BANKNOTE P8 (1962) UNC. $2.00


 PATHET LAO LIBERATION BANKNOTE

Laos 10 Kip banknote (1968) P20
In April 1968, the communist Pathet Lao forces introduced new banknotes notes in the areas of the Laos that they controlled.  Following their victory in 1975 the notes were used throughout Laos.  The red 10 Kip depicts nurses with patients and soldiers planting bamboo booby-traps.
Item PM-LA-10K PATHET LAO 10 KIP NOTE (Nurses) FROM ABOVE SET $3.00




LAO 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


SCARCE, HISTORIC INTERWAR PERIOD LATVIAN NOTE

Latvia 50 Latu note, 1934 P20 depicts Karlis Ulmanis
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This historic Latvia 50 Latu note depicting Kārlis Ulmanis is dated 1934, the year Ulmanis made himself dictator of Latvia. The note was a considerable sum of money when issued, equivalent to about $300 today.  Ulmanis fled Latvia after the 1905 Revolution in Russia and moved to the United States where he earned a Bachelor degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and later ran a dairy business in Houston, Texas.  He returned to Latvia in 1913.  In 1918 he helped Latvia achieve independence and served at its first Prime Minister.  He served in various positions in later administrations as well.  In 1934 he led a bloodless coup.  Political parties and the parliament were dissolved, opposition politicians and government officials were locked up.  Ulmanis ruled by decree and made himself both President and Prime Minister, which was a violation of the constitution. In 1940 Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union.  Though he cooperated with the Soviets, he was forced to resign and was arrested then imprisoned.  He died in 1942 while he and other prisoners were being evacuated ahead of approaching Nazi troops.  Thus, Ulmanis was both the first and last Prime Minister of Latvia during its brief period of independence between World War I and World War II.   The note also includes a watermark of Milda, the Latvian maiden that serves as a symbol of the nation.  The back includes the arms of Latvia.
Item PM-LV-50L LATVIA 50 LATU 1934 P20 Fine $35.00





YEAR OF THE PIG NOTES FROM MACAU

Macao 10 Patacas Bank of China Year of the Pig
Macao 10 Patacas Banco Nacional Ultramarino Year of the Pig
The two banks that issue currency in Macao, the Bank of China and the Banco Nacional Ultramarino, each a released 10 Patacas banknote honoring the Year of the Pig for 2019.  Both notes have similar designs.  The front of both notes include a stylized pig, bird and flowers, a Chinese zodiac and a color-shifting gold "10".  The backs depict the headquarters building for the issuing bank, children with fireworks outside the A-Ma temple, and the stylized pig, bird and flowers.  Security features include both a security thread and watermarks.  Both notes were printed by Hong Kong Printing Ltd. The last five digits of the serial numbers will match.
Item PM-MO-PIG MACAO SET OF TWO YEAR OF THE PIG (2019) NOTES, UNC. $15.00





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



NEWNETHERLANDS ANTILLES BANKNOTES FEATURE SHIPS, AIRPLANE

Netherlands Antilles 1 Gulden and 2 1/2 Gulden banknotes, 1970 P20a & P21a
The Netherlands Antilles consisted of the Dutch territories in the Caribbean, including Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius. Though the Netherlands Antilles were officially dissolved in 2010, Curacao and Sint Maarten continue to use Netherlands Antilles coins and currency due to a disagreement over the details of a replacement currency.  These 1970 Netherlands Antilles 1 and 2 1/2 Guilden notes were the last notes of those denominations. The red 1 Gulden note depicts the  harbor at Willemstad, Curacao with a number of cargo ships. The blue 2 1/2 Gulden note pictures an ALM Antillean Airlines DC-9-15 jet in flight.  The jet, a hand-me-down from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines had entered the service for ALM in 1969, replacing propeller planes.  It was considered a sign of modernity, hence its placement on the banknote.  The airline went bankrupt and ceased operations in 2001. The back of both notes features the coat-of-arms and a geometric pattern.
Item PM-AN-1G NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 1 GULDEN 1970 P20a UNC. $9.75
Item PM-AN-2.5G NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 2 1/2 GULDEN 1970 P21a UNC. $12.50





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




NEWLENIN CHILDREN'S FUND NOTES

Soviet Union, V. I. Lenin Children's Fund 1 & 5 Rubles notes 1988
These unusual notes were issued by the Soviet Union's V. I. Lenin Children's Fund in 1988.  For many years the Soviet Union did not allow for private charities. The government was supposed to take care of everyone so officially there was no need for charities.  The fallacy of this policy became increasingly clear as the Soviet Union opened up under Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms in the 1980's and independent charities were again permitted.  One the earliest and largest of the new charities was the Lenin Children's Fund. It was organized in October 1987 with the support of many top government officials, including Gorbachev himself.  The organization took the name of a similar charity that had been abolished by the government in 1938, ostensibly because all orphaned children were safely under government care. On the national level it advocated policies to better support and care for abandoned children.  On the local level it built children's homes and provided resources to orphanages and needy children. During the first two years of its existence it was one of the most successful charities in Russia, raising over 200 million rubles through a variety of activities including a Christmas telethon and a weeklong rock music festival.  The success however was short-lived.  In 1990-91 the fund received considerable negative publicity from its Leningrad branch, with reports of cruelty to children, wasteful spending and authoritarian management.  Other branches suffered problems due to the lack of experience in operating a charity.  And with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 the name Lenin Children's Fund became a liability.  These 1988 dated 1 and 5 Ruble notes were issued by the organization in exchange for donations for building new children's homes.  The brown 1 Ruble depicts a cute young girl and children playing. The blue 5 Ruble features children skiing. The backs summarize some of charities activities. The watermarked notes are 152 x 60mm and were printed by Goznak State Printer.
Item PM-RU-CHILD1 USSR LENIN CHILDREN'S FUND 1 RUBLE 1988 NOTE XF-AU $3.50
Item PM-RU-CHILD5 USSR LENIN CHILDREN'S FUND 5 RUBLES 1988 NOTE XF-AU $4.50




LENIN ON TRANSITIONAL RUSSIAN BANKNOTE

Russia 500 Rubles note, 1992 P249
Vladimir Lenin is featured on this 1992 transitional banknote of the Russian Federation.  The note was issued shortly after the collapse of Union on December 26, 1991 and before new banknote designs could be prepared.  The note is a slightly modified version of the 1991 Soviet 500 Ruble note.  The front of the features a portrait of Lenin, the arms of the Soviet Union and the legend reads that it is a "State banknote of the U.S.S.R.".  The back has a view of Kremlin.  The main difference is that on the back the note is dated 1992 and has a guilloche in the watermark area.  It is a colorful and unusual transitional note bearing the name of a country that no longer existed when it was issued.
Item PM-RU-500R RUSSIA 500 RUBLES NOTE, 1992 P249 UNC. $7.00



PRETTY & SCARCE RWANDAN BANKNOTE


Rwanda 5000 Francs note, 1998
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The Rwanda 1998 Rwanda 5000 Francs was one of the 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 Uncirculated note incorporates watermarks in the design.  It is a scarce and attractive note.
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




NEWROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND 1 POUND NOTE

Royal Bank of Scotalnd 1 Pound note 1981 P336a
The Royal Bank of Scotland is the second oldest bank in Scotland and one of the three note issuing banks in Scotland. It was founded in 1727.  In 1728 it was the first bank to offer overdrafts.  In the early 21st century it overextended itself in an attempt to expand internationally and in 2008 had to be bailed out by the British government, who still owns a majority of the bank. This 1 Pound note of the Royal Bank of Scotland is dated January 10, 1981.  To the right is a watermark of Adam Smith.  On the left is the bank's coat of arms.  The back pictures Edinburgh Castle. 
Item PM-SCOT-P336 SCOTLAND 1 POUND NOTE P336a 1981 UNC. $32.50



WARLORD 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



BANKNOTE OF SECOND SPANISH REPUBLIC  Restocked

Spain 25 Pesetas 1928 (1934) P74b
The Second Spanish Republic was proclaimed April 14, 1930 when King Alfonso XIII fled into exile. The Republic suffered instability and revolts until it was finally defeated in the Spanish Civil War by the Nationalists under Francisco Franco in 1939.  This 25 Pesetas note issued by the Bank of Spain is dated August 15, 1928, when Spain was still a monarchy, but it was not actually released until some years later during the Republic.  The front of the note pictures 17th century Spanish playwright and poet Pedro Calderón de la Barca.  At the center is the monument to Calderón in the Plaza de Santa Ana in Madrid.  The back depicts a scene from one of his plays.
Item PM-ES-25P SPAIN 25 PESETAS NOTE 1928 P74b Fine NOTE PR2 UNC. $7.00






ATTRACTIVE NEW SUDAN NOTE FEATURES GOLD BARS & BOAT

Sudan 50 Pounds 2018 banknote
The front of this attractive new 2018 Sudan 50 Pound note features a stack of gold bars (maybe to make people think the currency is worth something), the Central Bank building and a map of Sudan.  The back depicts a sailing boat and a heard of camels. The note utilizes the two official languages of Sudan, the front is in Arabic, the back in English.  The colorful note includes many sophisticated anti-counterfeiting devices including a foil strip with holographic images, front/back registration and a watermark.
Item PM-SD-50P SUDAN 50 POUNDS NOTE, 2018 AU-UNC. $15.00


ATTRACTIVE WORLD WAR I ERA UKRAINE NOTE

Ukraine 1000 Kabovantsiv (1918) P35
This attractive, large (191x120mm), 1000 Karbovantsiv note was issued in 1918 during Ukraine's brief period of independence following the collapse of Czarist Russia during World War I.  The undated note features two allegorical women and the emblem of the Ukrainian People's Republic, which is still used by Ukraine today.  In 1920, after two years of civil wars and foreign intervention, Ukraine was forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union.
Item PM-UA-1000K UKRAINE 1000 KARBOVANTSIV (1918) P35 XF-AU $35.00



NEWUNITED STATES FRACTIONAL CURRENCY

United States 10 Cents fractional currency note, 4th series, 1863 P115United States 10 Cents fractional currency note, 5th series, P122United States 25 Cents fractional currency note, 5th series, P123
Due to a severe shortage of coins caused by hoarding during the Civil War, the United States government issued currency in denominations of less than a dollar called fractional currency. According to the legends on the back of the notes they could be redeemed for United States Stamps or could be exchanged for United States notes in amounts of not less than 3 Dollars.
The 10 Cent note, dated March 3, 1863 was part of the fourth series of fractional notes, which continued to be issued as late as 1875.  The front depicting Liberty and a large red treasury seal was printed by the American Bank Note Company in New York.  The green back was printed by the National Bank Note Company in New York.  Two firms were used as a security measure to prevent unauthorized issues.
The 10  Cent and 25 Cent notes of the Series of 1874 (Fifth Series) were the last fractional notes of the United States.  The 25 Cent note depicts Robert Walker, who was Secretary of the Treasury from 1845 to 1849 under President Polk.  During his administration he was involved in a bank scandal in which large sums of money were withdrawn from the army and deposited in a private bank which used the money to invest in stocks.  He also was a Senator from Mississippi and served as Kansas Territorial governor. The 10 Cent note depicts William M. Meredith who succeeded Robert Walter as Secretary of the Treasury from 1849 to 1850, under President Zachery Taylor.  Meredith graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at age 13 in 1812 and went on to be a successful lawyer.  He died in 1873 and was honored on the note the following year.  The front of the notes were printed by th Bureau of Prionting and Engraving.  The green back was printed by the Columbian Bank Note Company in Washington DC.  
Item PM-US-10C63 UNITED STATES 10 CENTS NOTE 1863 P115 F-VF $39.95
Item PM-US-10C74 UNITED STATES 10 CENTS NOTE 1874 P122 F-VF $38.95
Item PM-US-25C74 UNITED STATES 25 CENTS NOTE 1874 P123 F-VF $39.95



ATTRACTIVE & UNUSUAL VENEZUELAN BANKNOTES Restocked  Price Reduced!

Venezuela currency set: 2 - 100 Bolivares, FrontVenezuela currency set: 2 - 100 Bolivares, Back
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This full set recent banknotes from Venezuela is both attractive and unusual.  The notes are unusual in that they are issued in both the vertical and horizontal format.  The front of the note is vertical and features a national hero.  The back is horizontal and features native wildlife.  The 2012 2 Bolivares features Francisco de Miranda and a small vignette of a ship on the front. Miranda helped Venezuela to obtain its independence from Spain, only to be betrayed by fellow revolutionary Simon Bolivar. The back pictures two Tonijas, also known as Orinico River Dolphins.  The front of 2011 5 Bolivares features "Negro Primero", also known as Pedro Camejo.  Born a slave, he joined the revolution against Spain and became a brave and skillful army officer, until dying in battle in 1821.  The back of the note features two Giant Armadillo.  The 2014 10 Bolivares depicts Guaicaipuro, who led a coalition of tribes against the Spanish conquest of Venezuela in the 16th century. The back pictures an American Harpy Eagle with the Ucaima Falls in the background.  Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi, is on the 2013 20 Bolivares.  In 1814, at age 15, she married the 39 year old General Juan Bautista Arismendi, who was fighting for Venezuela’s independence from Spain. A few months later the pregnant Luisa was captured by the Spanish in order to exert pressure on her husband.  She was imprisoned in a dark dungeon and given poor food, but did not betray her husband.  Her child died at birth due to the poor prison conditions.  In 1816 Spanish put her on a ship to Spain, however the ship was attacked by privateers, and she and the other passengers were stranded in the Azores.  She was eventually taken to Spain.  All this time she had no communication with her husband, family or friends.  In 1818 she escaped to the United States and from there eventually made it back to Venezuela and to her husband.  She went on to have a total of eleven children. Quite an adventure!   The back depicts two Hawksbill turtles and the Macanao Mountains.  The 2016 50 Bolivares pictures Venezuelan philosopher and educator Simón Rodríguez.  A Spectacled Bear is on the back.  Simon Bolivar, who led the fight for the independence of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia depicted on the front of the 2015 100 Bolivares.  Venezuela’s currency is named after him.  The back features a pair of Red Siskin birds.  On December 12, 2016 the government suddenly demonetized the 100 Bolivares notes, giving citizens two days to redeem their currency.  It was the highest denomination and made up a majority of the value of currency in circulation. The banks of course were not prepared, creating vast chaos.  The government claimed the move was to stop speculators and smugglers.  In reality it mainly hurts the poor who are do most of their transactions in cash, keep what little savings they have in cash and are unable to invest in property, gold or foreign currency.  The notes all measure 69x157mm.  The six notes are all of the denominations issued as of December 1, 2016.   The six note set has a current catalog value of $61.50. Because of the recent fall in the value of the Bolivar we can offer the complete set of these beautiful notes at a much better price.
Item PM-VE-SET6-11  VENEZUELA 6 NOTE SET: 2 - 100 BOLIVARES 2011-2015 P88-P93 UNC. $6.00



INFLATION NOTES FROM VENEZUELA   Price Reduced!

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. $12.00



VENEZUELA 100,000 BOLIVARES INFLATION NOTE  Price Reduced!

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" according to the government.  The note is expected to be replaced soon as Venezuela recently announced that it will revalue its currency.
Item PM-VE-100K VENEZUELA 100,000 BOLIVARES NOTE, 2017 UNC. $5.00


VENEZUELA'S NEW CURRENCY

Fronts of Venezuela 2018 Bolivar Soberano banknotesBacks of Venezuela 2018 Bolivar Soberano banknotes
On August 20, 2018 Venezuela did a 100,000 to 1 revaluation, replacing the worthless Bolivar Fuerte (Strong Bolivar) with the Bolivar Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar).  The value of the Bolivar Soberano is supposedly tied to the a crypto-currency created by the government of Venezuela called the Petro, with 1 Petro being equivalent to 1 barrel of oil.  In reality the currency was not tied to anything.  The socialist government of Venezuela continued its disastrous political and economic policies, resulting in frequent blackouts. lack of running water, and continued hyper-inflation in Venezuela, which some estimate at a million percent per year.  Eight denominations of Bolivar Soberano notes were released.  Like previous issues the fronts are in a vertical  format and depict national heroes.  The backs are in a horizontal format and depict native wildlife and national parks.    The 500 Bolivars depicts Simon Bolivar and the Venezuelan Troupial, which is the national bird.  The 200 Bolivars features Francisco de Miranda and the Military Macaw. The 100 Bolivars depicts Ezequiel Zamora and a Brown Spider Monkey.  It was nominated for the Banknote of the Year award.  The 50 Bolivars pictures Antionio Jose de Sucre and an Oncilla (tiger cat or Cunaguaro). The 20 Bolivars portrays Simon Rodriguez and a Jaguar. The 10 Bolivars depicts Rafael Urdaneta and a Giant Anteater.  The 5 Bolivars pictures José Felix Ribas and a Veragua stubfoot toad (Atelopus cruciger).  The 2 Bolivars features Josefa Camejo and a Yellow-crowned Amazon Parrot.  The lower denomination notes are difficult to obtain as many people refuse to accept them due to their minimal buying power - the effort spent counting the notes is more than the notes are worth!  With increasing hyper-inflation,  political and economic instability in Venezuela the notes may not be around for long.
Item PM-VE-SOB VENEZUELA 8 NOTE BOLIVAR SOBERANO SET (2018) AU-UNC. $15.00


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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.  It was 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 the note is technically Uncirculated, it shows 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



LAST 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


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 BANKNOTES OF THE KINGDOM OF YUGOSLAVIA

Yugoslavia 100 Dinara banknote, 1929 P27b
Between World War I and World War II the Kingdom of Yugoslavia issued some impressive, large and beautiful multi-colored banknotes.   The front of the 1929 100 Dinara depicts a seated woman holding a sword, overlooking a village on a bay with boats on the water.  The back includes three sailboats and a young man with fruit leaning on the arms of Yugoslavia. The note is 168 x 101mm Both notes have a watermark of Alexander I, who was king at the time.
Item PM-YU-100D YUGOSLAVIA 100 DINARA BANKNOTE 1929 P27b VF-XF 8.00




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

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ZIMBABWE TRILLION DOLLAR BILLS!

Zimbabwe $10 Trillion Dollars banknote 2008, P88Zimbabwe $100 Trillion Dollars banknote 2008, P91
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On January 16. 2009 Zimbabwe released the highest denomination notes ever issued by a national government, including the $10 Trillion and the infamous $100 Trillion dollar 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. The notes are Uncirculated and guaranteed to be genuine.  
Item PM-ZW-$10TRL ZIMBABWE $10 TRILLION NOTE 2008, P88 UNC. $9.75
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
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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



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 and 100 different 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.  The 100 Different set includes the notes that are in the 50 Different set. For those that want banknotes from a lot of different places, we offer a lot of  100 banknotes from 100 different countries. All notes are Uncirculated and each set comes with a listing of the notes included in the set (click on link in text to see the listing of notes).
Item LOTPM50 50 Different world banknotes, Uncirculated $19.50
Item LOTPM100 100 Different world banknotes, Uncirculated $49.50
Item PM-100CSET 100 Different world banknotes from 100 Different countries, Uncirculated $145.00



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