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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  In 1993 the note was suddenly withdrawn and declared worthless.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- $3.00
Item PM-IQ-25Dx10 10 of the above IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTES, 1986 P73 XF $19.50
Item PM-IQ-25Dx100 100 of the above IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTES, 1986 P73 XF. $99.50



NEWSADDAM GULF WAR NOTE

Iraq 5 Dinar 1992 Saddam banknote P80
This 1992 5 Dinars note of Iraq was issued after Iraq's defeat in the First Gulf War.  The country was under a United Nations embargo so was unable to utilize its regular bank note printers.  Instead it utilized a Chinese printer that was willing to break the embargo.  The quality of the notes left much to be desired, however they filled the need and were pressed into service.  The red note features a portrait of Saddam Hussein with an underprint of an ancient temple.  The back features Iraq's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a small vignette of an ancient carving of Hammurabi in conversation with the sun god Shamash. As an anti-conterfeiting measure, the note contains threads that fluoresce blue and orange under Ultra-Violet light. The note is Uncirculated.
Item PM-IQ-5D IRAQ 5 DINARS NOTE 1992 P80 UNC. $3.00
Item PM-IQ-5Dx10 TEN of the above IRAQ 5 DINARS NOTES 1992 P80 UNC. $17.00


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



FAMOUS ITALIANS ON BEAUTIFUL BANKNOTES

 Italy 1000 Lire Marco Polo (1982) P109Italy 1000 Lire Maria Montessori (1990) P114Italy 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.   Educator and physician Maria Montessori is featured on the front and in the watermark of Italy's last 1000 Lire banknote.   Her revolutionary educational methods have developed a large following throughout the world.  The back of the note pictures two students. The note was introduced in 1990 and was withdrawn when the Euro was introduced in 2002.   It measures 112 x 61mm.  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  UNC $3.00
Item PM-IT-MONTESSORI ITALY 1000 LIRE NOTE (1990) MONTESSORI P114 UNC. $3.00
Item PM-IT-MARCONI ITALY 2000 LIRE NOTE MARCONI (1990) P115 XF-AU $5.00




JAPANESE INVASION MONEY

WWII Japanese Invasion notes: Burma 10 Rupees, Malaya 10 Dollars, Philippines 10 Pesos
As Japanese forces  conquered Burma, Malaya and the Philippines in World War II they introduced their own currency.  Anyone found with any other type of currency was subject to severe punishment.  As English was the official language of these three colonies, the notes were printed in English and were denominated in the currency that had been in circulation.  The notes were only labeled “THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT” without mentioning the colony.  The red 10 Rupee note for Burma depict the Ananda Temple in Bagan.  The dark blue and yellow 10 Dollar note for Malaya bananas, breadfruit and coconuts and a ship steaming in the horizon on the back.   The black and light blue Philippine 10 Pesos note depicts a banana plantation.
Item PM-JIM3 JAPANESE INVASION MONEY: BURMA 10 RUPEE, MALAYA $10 & PHILIPPINES 10 PESOS VF-AU $4.00
Item PM-JIM3x10 10 SETS OF THE ABOVE THREE JAPANESE INVASION MONEY VF-AU $22.50




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 at that time 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. $5.00



RARE KOSOVO BANKNOTES

Kosovo 10 Dinare banknote 1999Kosovo 25 Dinare 1999 banknote
Kosovo was a province of Serbia that is made up of primarily Muslim ethnic Albanians.  In 1998 fighting broke out between Serb armed forces and ethnic Albanian militias that supported independence or unification with Albania.  Atrocities were committed by both sides.  United States and NATO forces finally stepped in to stop the fighting.  It was during all this chaos these unusual banknotes were issued.  The notes were printed on obsolete 1992 Macedonian banknotes.  The notes dated April 1, 1999 were issued by the Provisional Bank of the Republic of Kosovo.   The notes were sold to collectors as fundraisers for humanitarian efforts in Kosovo.  They are the only notes of Kosovo as Kosovo has not yet issued any coins or notes for circulation. They use Euros or Serbian Dinars. 
Item PM-KOS-10D KOSOVO 10 DINARE NOTE 1999 UNC. $4.00
Item PM-KOS-25D KOSOVO 25 DINARE NOTE 1999 UNC. $7.00




THE GREATEST BANK HEIST OF ALL TIME!

Kuwait Contraband 1 Dinar note taken in First Gulf War by Iraqi forces P13d
Iraq borrowed over $14 billion from Kuwait in order to finance the Iran-Iraq war.  Rather than pay it back, Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990.  They quickly hauled off everything of value, including some $1 billion in currency and gold from the Central Bank of Kuwait.  On July 17, 1991 the United States and coalition forces attacked Iraq and liberated Kuwait.  This Kuwait 1 Dinar is one series of notes (prefix 47-53) that had been plundered by Iraq. Kuwait declared it contraband and invalid. The front depicts the Kuwait City Tele-communications Center and the arms of Kuwait.  The back depicts Kuwait's historic Red Fort. The note has a watermark of a dhow.  It comes in a descriptive folder.
Item PM-KW-1D KUWAIT 1 DINAR "CONTRABAND" NOTE (1990) P13d IN FOLDER UNC. $6.00



 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




LEBANESE LOLLAR SATIRE NOTES

Lebanon Lollar satire currency set: 1 to 100 LollarIn May 2022 a Lebanese group called “The Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption” released a series of six satire notes protesting the corruption and incompetence of the Lebanese government. The notes are all labeled “The Currency of Corruption” in English and Arabic.   Lebanon used to be called the “Switzerland of the Middle East”.  It was the place to do business in the Middle East and had a lively culture and night life.  Elected officials, more interested in their political party than their country have destroyed the country, which is now near collapse.
Lollar is a term used to described U.S. dollars that were deposited in Lebanese banks but now can only be withdrawn in Lebanese Livres at highly unfavorable rates.  Advertising agency Leo Burnett partnered with acclaimed British artist Tom Young to create the notes. The notes were available at special ATMs in various locations in Beirut.  
The notes are approximately the size of United States currency.  The backs of all the notes depict a modified rendering of the Central Bank building, showing it in ruins and labeled “The Lollar Bank”. 
The 1 Lollar note depicts a rusted train at the Tripoli Mina station.  The once prosperous rail system that linked Lebanon to Europe has been inoperable since 1989 and left to rot, but the government still spends millions to pay the wages of 300 employees of the railway administration department.  The 5 Lollar note protests the fuel cartels.  It depicts the endless queues at gas stations that have blocked streets nationwide since 2021.   The 10 Lollar notes depicts the garbage crisis.   Garbage has been piling up in the streets in Beirut and elsewhere creating an environmental disaster.  The government signed sweetheart contracts with politically connected companies to collect garbage.  Some companies just dumped the garbage into the ocean, others disappeared, those that remained reduced or stopped collection when the government could no longer afford to pay them.  The 20 Lollar depicts a burning cedar forest.  The country spent millions of firefighting equipment, but did not maintain it, so fires rage out of control.  Neighboring countries have stepped in to help the Lebanese army put out fires.  The 50 Lollar note protests power shortages. Despite large government expenditures electricity is only available a few hours a day if at all from the power grid.  Local cartels which obtain fuel under questionable circumstances operate generators selling electricity at exorbitant rates.  The 100 Lollar note depicts the 2020 Beirut port explosion which killed over 200, left over 300,000 homeless and exposed the corruption and incompetence of port officials.   The set of six satire notes are not real money, but are a real protest against of corruption of the Lebanese government. 
Item PM-LOLLAR LEBANON SET OF 6 SATIRE NOTES, 1 - 100 LOLLAR UNC. $5.00
Item PM-LOLLARx10 10 SETS OF THE ABOVE LEBANON SET OF 6 SATIRE NOTES, 1-100 LOLLAR UNC. $25.00


LEBANON BANKNOTE SETS

Set of 6 Lebanon banknotes 1000 - 100,000 Livres 2016-2022
Lebanon was once one of the most prosperous nations in the Middle East.  In recent years entrenched politicians, caring more for their political party than their nation, drove the country to ruin.  In 2020 a massive ex-plosion caused by improperly stored am-monium nitrate killed over 200, left over 300,000 homeless and destroyed major portions of Beirut.  Due to inflation Lebanon introduced new notes in 2014. The 3 note set includes the 1000, 5000 and 10,000 Livres dating from 2014 to 2016.  The colorful notes feature geometric designs, a Lebanese Cedar (few of which survive) and the denomination in large Arabic numerals on the front.   Lebanon was under French control from the end of World War I until after World War II so the notes have legends in Arabic on the front and in French on the back.   Also available is the full set of all six notes currently in circulation: 1000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 Livres dated from 2016 to 2022 in Uncirculated condition.  At the official exchange rates the notes are worth well over $100.  We obtained these at black market rates so can offer them for far less than their official face value.
Item PM-LB-SET3 LEBANON 3 NOTE SET 1000-10,000 LIVRES 2014-16 UNC. $7.50
Item PM-LB-NEW6 LEBANON 6 NOTE SET 1000-100,000 LIVRES 2016-22 UNC. $39.50



COLORFUL MADAGASCAR BANKNOTE SET

Madagascar 5 note set: 1 - 2000 Ariary (2017) P97-P101
Madagascar introduced a new, colorful series of banknotes in 2017.  The theme of the series is "Madagascar and its riches," including economic activities, biodiversity, culture and tourist sites.  All the notes tactile geometric features for the sight-impaired at the upper front corners,  a zebu head watermark and images of a butterfly and a map of Madagascar.  The 5-note set includes the 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 Ariary.
Item PM-MG-SET5 MADAGASCAR 5 NOTE SET 100-2000 ARIARY (2017) P97-P101 UNC. $9.50

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JAPANESE INVASION OF THE UNITED STATES?

Malaya 10 Dollars Japanese Invasion Money PM7c
When these 10 Dollar notes issued by The Japanese Government started showing up shortly after World War II, many people took it as proof that Japan planned to invade the United States, and had their new currency for the United States already printed.  The story was repeated so many times that many believed it must be true.  Though the Japanese government did print the notes, they were for use in Malaya, which Japan conquered by early 1942, not the United States.   Like the United States, Malaya called their currency the Dollar.  However, the design is much more suited to Malaya than the United States.  The front features bananas, breadfruit and coconuts. The back pictures palm trees and a ship steaming on the horizon. Each note has two sets of block letters, starting with the letter “M”, which stood for Malaya.  As an anti-counterfeiting measure tiny colored silk threads were embedded into the paper.  These unissued, Crisp Uncirculated 10 Dollar notes were abandoned by the Japanese forces in Malaya after Japan’s surrender in 1945.  They sat in storage for many years since then.   Today they are historic collector’s items recalling Japan’s unsuccessful attempt to extend her empire across Asia in World War II.
Item PM-MY-JIM$10 JAPANESE INVASION OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS  PM7c UNC. $3.00
Item PM-MY-JIM$10x10 10 of the above JAPANESE INVASION OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS  PM7c UNC. $15.00



MEXICAN REVOLUTION CURRENCY

Mexican revolution banknotes
The Mexican Revolution was a series of civil wars lasting from 1910 until 1920 which transformed Mexican culture and government.  Due to the collapse and instability of a central government various revolutionaries and states issued their own currency.  One of our suppliers, who has been setting aside Mexican Revolution currency for years finally accumulated enough to make sets of these popular notes.  The exact notes in each set may vary.
Item PM-MX-REV8 8 DIFFERENT MEXICAN REVOLUTION NOTES F-VF $49.50



HISTORIC MEXICAN BANKNOTE SET

Mexico 100 Pesos note, 100th Anniversary of Mexican Revolution P128Mexico 200 Pesos note, 200th Anniversary of Mexican IndependenceSet of Mexico 2010 banknotes: 100th Anniversary of Mexican Revolution 100 Pesos, 200th Anniversary of Mexican Independence
Mexico issued special banknotes for the 2010 centennial of the Mexican Revolution and the bi-centennial of their independence from Spain.   The Polymer 100 Peso note for the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution features a steam locomotive that carried troops on the front.  The back depicts soldiers in David Alfaro Siqueiros' mural "Del Porfirismo a la Revolucion".  The paper 200 Peso for the 200th anniversary of independence pictures Miguel Hidalgo holding a banner on the front and the Angel of Independence on the back.  Both notes with matching serial numbers are housed together in a colorful, descriptive folder (in Spanish) produced by the Banco de Mexico.  It is an attractive and historic set.
Item PM-MX-SET2 MEXICO 100 & 200 PESOS NOTES (2010) P128 & P129 matching serial numbers in folder, UNC. $45.00




IMPRESSIVE 2021 MEXICAN 20 PESO NOTE

Mexico 20 Pesos 2021 banknote
Mexico issued this amazing, award winning 20 Peso note in 2021 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the nation's independence.  The front, which is in horizontal format, features The Army of the Three Guarantees peacefully entering Mexico City, the flag of the Army and the current Mexican flag.  The back is in vertical format.  It depicts a crocodile and a chocolate heron in the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve.  The polymer note features many sophisticated anti-counterfeiting devices including a window with two color shifting inks: green to gold and red to gold, inks     that glow in three colors when exposed to ultra-violet light, an integrated magnetic design in the shape of a flower, and embossed features to help the blind.   It is an impressive piece of currency.
Item PM-MX-20P21 MEXICO 20 PESOS NOTE 2021 UNC. $7.00



MEXICAN BANKNOTE SET 

Mexico 8 note set: 5 Pesos - 2000 Pesos 1971-1985
In 1969 the Banco de Mexico introduced a new series of banknotes featuring modern designs depicting Mexican heroes and architecture.   Inflation became a major problem, requiring ever higher denominations to be issued.  The series ended in 1992 when Mexico did a 1000 to 1 revaluation of their currency.  This 8-note set includes the 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 2000 Peso notes issued in this period.  The first three notes featured heroes of the Mexican War of Independence.  The 5 Pesos note, dated 1971 depicts Josefa Ortiz de Dominquez (La Corregidora) on the front.   The back features the city of Queretaro where she lived and the famous Queretaro Aqueduct.  The Aqueduct was built between 1726 and 1738 by a wealthy Marquis, who according to legend, built it to show his love for a Nun which he knew he could never marry.  The 1977 10 Pesos depicts Mexican Catholic Priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.  The back features the Church of Dolores from which he issued his famous cry for Mexican Independence, thus instigating the revolt against Spain. The 20 Pesos features Jose Morelos on the front and the Quetzalcoatl pyramid on the back.  Morelos was a priest who led the Mexican War of Independence after the execution of Hidalgo. The next four notes feature heroes of the 1910-1916 Mexican Revolution.  The 50 Pesos depicts Benito Juarez. The front of the100 Pesos features Venustiano Carranza and the mural La Trinchera by revolutionary Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozco.  The back depicts a Toltec stone figure used in human sacrifices. The 500 Pesos features Francisco I Madero on the front and the famous Aztec calendar stone on the back.  The 1985 1000 Pesos depicts 17th century scholar and nun Juana Inés de la Cruz (Sor Juana) on the front.  The back features Santo Domingo Plaza in Mexico City.  The 1989 2000 Pesos has Mexican writer Justo Sierra and the famous Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico on the front.   The old University courtyard is on the back.
Item PM-MX-SET8 MEXICO 8 NOTE SET: 5 - 2000 PESOS BANKNOTES 1971-1985 UNC. $32.00



MISSOURI OZARK STRAWBERRY PICKERS CHITS 

Missouri Ozark strawberry pickers chits
These cardboard tokens were used to pay strawberry pickers in the Missouri Ozarks from the early 1900’s until about 1940. The chits are usually denominated in quantities of berries and show the issuing company. Workers received the chits as the berries were picked, and could redeem them later for pay. Because cardboard does not last long, few of these chits survived. Recently we purchased part of a hoard of these scarce and interesting pieces of history.
Item OZARK1 1 MISSOURI OZARK STAWBERRY PICKER CHIT $1.00
Item OZARK10 10 DIFFERENT OZARK STRAWBERRY PICKER CHITS  $7.00


WHEN A COMPANY RAN A COUNTRY  -  THE MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY

Mozambique Company, 20 Centavos 1933 PR29 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.   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 .  The note is punch-cancelled "PAGO 5.11.1942"  (PAID November 5, 1942), which was shortly after the Company lost its concession.   The note wass were printed in London by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co.   It is a fascinating note from a private company that was given control over a nation.
Item PM-MZ-R20C MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY 20 CENTAVOS BANKNOTE 1933 PR29 AU-UNC.-cancelled $12.00




COLORFUL BANKNOTES FROM WAR TORN MYANMAR

Front of Myanmar 100 Kyat note feathres Chinthe (lion)Myanmar 6 note set: 50 Pyas - 100 Kyat, 1994-1997 P68-74b
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma is again in the news due to an ongoing civil war.  This 7-note set of Myanmar includes the 50 Pyas, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Kyats which were first issued between 1994 and 1997..  The 50 Pyas has a Saung, a traditional Burmese harp on the front.  The fronts of the other notes depict a Chinthe, which is a stylized Burmese lion. The back of the 1 Kyat depicts boat racing, the 5 Kyat depicts Chinlone cane ball game, the 10 Kyat pictures A Karaweik (royal regalia boat), the 20 Kyat pictures the Elephant fountain in Yangoon, the 50 Kyat features a lacquerware artist, the 100 Kyat features stucco workers repairing a temple.  The higher values have a watermark of the Chinthe and the value.
Item PM-MM-SET7 MYANMAR 7 NOTE SET 50 PYAS-100 KYAT 1994-96 P68-74b UNC. $6.00




LAST NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 1 GULDEN BANKNOTE

Netherlands Antilles 1 Gulden banknote 1970 P20a
The Netherlands Antilles was officially created in 1954.  It provided coins and currency for the Dutch posession in the Caribbean:  Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten.  It was officially dissolved in 2010, though Curacao and Sint Maarten continue to use Netherlands Antilles coins and currency.  The 1970 1 Guilden bank note was the last 1 Gulden note issued by Netherlands Antilles.. The note depicts the  harbor at Willemstad, Curacao with a number of cargo ships
Item PM-AN-1G NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 1 GULDEN NOTE 1970 P20a UNC. $4.50



WORLD WAR I RUSSIAN POSTAGE STAMP MONEY  

Russia 15 Kopeck Postage Stamp Currency (1915) P22Russia faced a severe coin shortage during World War I.   In 1915, in order to provide for much needed small change, the government created this emergency issue of postage stamp notes.  The postage stamp notes were printed on thin cardboard using the designs of stamps issued in 1913 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.  The back had the imperial Russian eagle and text indicting that the stamp money should be accepted the same as silver or copper coins.  The brown 15 Kopeck features Czar Nicholas I, who reigned from 1825 to 1855. It is 24 x 13mm and has perforated edges.   Just two years after the czarist postage stamp notes were issued the Czar Nicholas II was deposed and murdered by the Bolsheviks, bringing and end to the rule of the Romanov dynasty.
Item PM-RU-15K-STMP RUSSIA 15 KOPECK POSTAGE STAMP CURRENCY (1915) P22 AU-UNC. $5.00



CURRENCY 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.  More tecently he was involved promoting bitcoins in Zimbabwe and Nigeria  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




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-92 RUSSIA 500 RUBLES NOTE, 1992 P249 UNC. $7.00



RUSSIA CELEBRATES CRIMEAN TAKEOVER WITH BANKNOTE

Russia 100 Rubles Crimea banknoteIn 2014 Russia took Crimea from Ukraine and incorporated it into Russia. To commemorate the annexation of Crimea, Russia issued a 100 Ruble note in 2015.  One side is devoted to Sevastopol.  It features the Monument to the Ships sunk in the Siege of Sevastopol in 1854.  In the background is a painting of sailing ships and outlines St. Vladimir’s Cathedral and other historic buildings.  The other side is devoted to Crimea.  It features the famous “Swallow’s Nest” castle.  In the background are Crimean landmarks including the Big Khan Mosque and RT-70 radio telescope.  At the bottom is a QR code for the Bank of Russia web page that describes the note.  The note has a watermark of Catherine the Great, who conquered Crimea in 1783. The colorful note measures 150 x 65mm.
Item PM-RU-CRIMEA100R RUSSIA 100 RUBLES 2015 CRIMEA BANKNOTE P275 UNC. $17.00



BEAUTIFUL POLYMER NOTES OF ST. THOMAS & PRINCE 

Saint Thomas and Prince (Sao Tome e Principe) 5 & 10 Dobras 2016 (2018) P70 & P71
Saint Thomas and Prince (Sao Tome e Principe) is a poor island nation off the west coast of Africa, yet they have some of the most attractive banknotes in the world.  These 5 and 10 Dobras polymer notes are dated 2016, but were not released into circulation until 2018.  There issued for a 1000 to 1 revaluation of the Dobra and as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Central Bank.  The notes were designed and printed by De La Rue. The fronts of these beautiful notes depict a butterfly. The notes have two see-through windows, one featuring a butterfly, the other Rei Amador, who in 1595 led a slave revolt against the Portuguese.  The back of the 5 Dobras features a Sao Tome shrew and a map of the islands.  The 10 Dobras pictures a Sao Tome prinia bird and a map.
Item PM-ST-SET2 ST. THOMAS & PRINCE 5 & 10 DOBRAS NOTES P70 & 71 2016 (2018) UNC. $12.00



FIRST BANKNOTE OF NAZI OCCUPIED SERBIA 

German occupied Serbia 100 Dinar banknote 1941 P23
The first banknotes issued by the Germans after invaiding Serbia were made by overprinting Yugoslavian banknotes they found in the vaults of the central bank. Perhaps it is telling that the Nazi's would put their ugly brown overprint on what was then one of the world's prettiest banknotes. This 100 Dinar note dated May 1, 1941, less than a month after the Nazi invasion began. It is overprinted on the 1929 Yugoslavia 100 Dinar banknotes. The front depicts young woman holding a sword. The back features a young man with a large garland of fruit.
Item PM-RS-OVPT-100D NAZI SERBIA 100 DINARA 1941 OVERPRINTED NOTE P23 Fine $5.00



ATTRACTIVE BANKNOTE OF NAZI GERMAN OCCUPIED SERBIA 

Nazi German occupied Serbia 500 Dinara note 1941 P27
On April 6, 1941 Axis Forces under Nazi Germany invaded Yugoslavia.  They promptly conquered and divided the nation along ethnic lines.  Serbia was placed under the control of the German military.   Serbia issued some beautiful, multi-color banknotes while under Nazi German control. The notes were printed by the Serbian Institute for Manufacturing Banknotes and Coins in Belgrade. The 500 Dinar dated November 11, 1941 depicts a woman with gold coin jewelry on the front and a bricklayer on the back.  They are impressive, large size, colorful notes from a time when Serbia was under Nazi German occupation.
Item PM-RS-500D-41 NAZI SERBIA 500 DINARA BANKNOTE 1941 P27 Fine $5.00



NEWLAST BANKNOTE OF NAZI OCCUPIED SERBIA

Serbia 100 Dinara 1943 banknote P33
The 100 Dinar note dated January 1, 1943 was the last note issued by Nazi German occupied Serbia before it was liberated in 1944. The front depicts Saint Sava. Sava, known as the Enlightener, was a 13th century Serbian prince and monk who is considered one of the most important figures in Serbian history. The back depicts a cornucopia spilling out fruit and a farmer with a pair of oxen. The note has a watermark of a woman's head. It measures 165 x 84mm.
Item PM-RS-100D-43 NAZI SERBIA 100 DINARA NOTE 1943 P33 VG-Fine $8.00




SOUTH AFRICAN BANKNOTES FEATURE WILDLIFE & NELSON MANDELA

South Africa 10, 20 and 50 Rand notes picturing Nelson Mandela and wildlife
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black President who helped lead the transition from that countries apartheid government to a democracy is featured on the fronts of these attractive recent attractive South African banknotes.  He also appears in the watermark on each of the notes.  The backs feature South African wildlife.   A rhinoceros is on the green 10 Rand note, an elephant is on the brown 20 Rand note and a lion is on the red 50 Rand note.  South Africa has 11 official languages. so the name of the central bank appears in different languages on the back of each note.
Item PM-ZA-SET3 SOUTH AFRICA 3 NOTE SET: 10, 20 & 50 RAND (2012-2016) UNC. out
Item PM-ZA-10R SOUTH AFRICA 10 RAND NOTE FROM ABOVE SET UNC. $4.50



SOUTH SUDAN BANKNOTES AND COINS FEATURE WILDLIFE

South Sudan 10 and 20 Pound banknotes 2016-2017 P12 & P13South Sudan 10, 20 and 50 Piastre coins, 2015 KM1-3
South Sudan is one of the youngest and poorest nations in the world. After a long civil war, South Sudan finally gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011. Since then, the nation has suffered from multiple civil wars, floods and droughts. The South Sudan 2016 10 Pound note depicts a pineapple and a Cape Buffalo cow and her calf on the back.  The back of the 2017 20 Pound note pictures an oil derrick and a Oryx and her young.  The front of the notes picture and have a watermark of John Garing, a leader in the country's independence movement.  Also available is a three-coin set from South Sudan which includes the copper-plated steel 10 Piasters depicting an oil derrick, the brass-plated steel 20 Piasters depicting a Shoebill Stork and a nickel-plated steel 50 Piasters depicting a Northern White Rhino.  The obverses of the coins have the arms of South Sudan.  All three coins were struck only a single year: 2015.
Item PM-SS-SET2 SOUTH SUDAN 10 & 20 POUND NOTES 2016-17 P12 & 13 UNC. $4.00
Item SS-SET3 SOUTH SUDAN 10, 20 & 50 PIASTRES COINS 2015 KM1-3 UNC. $13.50




CIVIL WAR IN SUDAN

Sudan 10 Pounds note 2017 P73Sudan 10 Piastres 2006 depicts pyramid KM122Sudan 20 Piastres 2006 depicts pyramid KM124
Civil War broke out in Sudan in April 2023 between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF).   The RSF was created by former president and military strongman Omar al-Bashir in 2013 to crush uprisings in Darfur and elsewhere.  In 2017 it was al-Bashir made it an "independent security force".  In 2019 the Sudanese Armed Forces joined with the RSF to overthrow al-Bashir and set up a transitional civilian government.  In October 2021 SAF and RSF then overthrew the civilian government.  Unable to come to an agreement on power sharing, a civil war broke out between the two armed forces, forcing thousands of civilians to flee for their lives.  This 2017 10 Pound note of Sudan pictures a baobab (Tabaldia) tree, mountains and a camel. The back features the Presidential Palace, which was damaged during the current civil war.  The note includes a watermark, holographic stripe and a security thread. It is 155x69mm.  The 2006 10 Piastres coin depicts one of the famous Meroe Pyramids.  The pyramids date from between 720BC and 350AD.  The copper-nickel coin is 20.4mm.   The bi-metallic 2006 20 Piastres features an Ankole Bill.  The coin is 22.2mm.  Both coins were struck at the Khartoum mint for only a single year.
Item PM-SD-10PND SUDAN 10 POUNDS NOTE 2017 P73 UNC. $3.00
Item SD-10PIA SUDAN 10 PIASTRES COIN PYRAMID 2006 KM122 UNC. $3.00
Item SD-20PIA SUDAN BI-METALLIC 20 PIASTRES COIN 2006 KM124 UNC. $4.00



SURINAME 5 NOTE SET FEATURES LANDSCAPES

Suriname 5 note set, 5 Dollars to 100 Dollars 2012-2020, P162-P166
This is the complete 5-note set of the second issue of the Surinamese Dollar. IT was introduced in 2010 and is in current circulation.  The designs are similar to the first issue but with many advanced security features including a holographic stripe, color shifting security thread and bank logo registration device.  The fronts of the notes all depict the Central Bank building in Paramaribo and native plants. The back sides show the country’s impressive landscape and also various plants.  The back of the 2012 5 Dollar note features the Gran Rio River and a Coconut palm. The 2019 10 Dollar depicts the Suriname river and a Yellow lapacho tree.   The 2019 20 Dollar pictures the Voltzberg granite dome mountain and a Red mangrove on the back.  The 2019 50 Dollar depicts Mount Kasikasima and a Java cotton tree.  An aerial view of the Maroni River and a Sandalwood tree are on the back of the 2020 100 Dollar note. 
Item PM-SR-SET5 SURINAME 5 NOTE SET 5 TO 100 DOLLARS 2010-20 P162-P166 UNC. $49.75




SWITZERLAND HONORS MATHEMATICIAN & PHYSICIST EULER

Switzerland 10 Francs banknote, 1980 Leonhard Euler P53b
Switzerland honored famed 18th century Swiss mathematician, physicist, geographer, logician and engineer Leonhard Euler.  He made many important mathematical discoveries including infinitesimal calculus and graph theory, as well as major advancements in mechanics, fluid dynamics, optics and astronomy.  Unable to secure a university position in his native Switzerland he spent most of his career in Russia and Prussia.  The front of this 1980 10 Franc note depicts Euler and has a watermark of him . The back is in vertical format and alludes to some of his work by depicting a water turbine, light rays through lenses and the Solar System.
Item PM-CH-10F SWITZERLAND 10 FRANCS NOTE P53b 1980 UNC. $32.00

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PORTUGUESE TIMOR HONORS WORLD WAR II HERO

Portuguese Timor 2 Escudos banknote, 1967 P26a
Portuguese Timor, now the independent nation of East Timor, honored their World War II hero Dom Aleixo Corte-Real on this 1967 20 Escudos note.  A vignette and watermark of him wearing an impressive feather crown appears on the front of the note. He is the only native to be honored on a banknote of Portuguese Timor and one of the only World War II heroes to be honored on a banknote anywhere. Aleixo Corte-Real, also known as Dom Aleixo Timorese was born in 1886.  In 1912 he became the Liurai (chief) of the region of Ainaro.  He was a strong supporter of the Portuguese rule of Timor.  The Japanese invaded Portuguese Timor in 1942, even though Portugal was a neutral country during the war.  He led a major revolt against the Japanese until he was captured in 1943.  He refused to denounce the Portuguese flag, for which he and his family were killed by the Japanese.   The back of the note includes the Portuguese Imperial Arms and the seal of the Banco National Ultramarino which features a sailing ship.  The note measures 135 x 75mm and has a solid security thread.  Because Portuguese Timor was a small, isolated colony its notes are difficult to find.  The note is Uncirculated, but has minor brown stains from storage in the tropics.
Item PM-TP-20E PORTUGUESE TIMOR 20 ESCUDOS NOTE 1967 P26a UNC.-minor stains $5.00




CURRENT RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN WAR HAS ROOTS IN 10th CENTURY VIKINGS

Ukraine 1 Hryvenia coin 2006 depicting Volodymyr the GreatUkraine 1 & 2 Hryvni banknotes 2013-2014The roots of Russia's recent invasion of Ukraine can be traced back to a Viking who lived over 1000 years ago.   In Russia he is called Vladimir the Great.  In Ukraine he is known Volodymyr the Great.  Ironically both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy share his name.  A statue of Vladimir the Great (his name in Russian) was erected next to the Kremlin by Vladimir Putin in 2016.  There is also a statue of Volodymyr (his name in Ukrainian) in Kyiv.  Volodymyr was of Viking descent and Prince of Novgorod.  After the death of his father, who was the Grand Prince of Kiev, he was forced flee to Scandinavia when war broke out between his brothers.  He gathered an army of Vikings and returned to defeat his only remaining brother in order regain Novgorod and become Grand Prince of Kiev.  By 980 he ruled much of what is now Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia, stretching up of the Baltic Sea.  He was initially a follower of Slavic Paganism and was said to have many wives and 800 concubines.  He decided that a monotheistic religion would strengthen his control over his realm.   In making a decision as to what religion he should choose he rejected Islam due to its prohibition of alcoholic beverages and pork.  He remarked "Drinking is the joy of all Rus'. We cannot exist without that pleasure."  He rejected Judaism as he saw their loss of Jerusalem as evidence they were abandoned by God.   His envoys to Byzantium were so impressed with the church and liturgy that they reported "We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth" Ukraine 1 & 2 Hryvni coins 2018and "such beauty, and we know not how to tell of it."  Based on these reports, in 988 he converted to Christianity and Christianized Kievan Rus.  Ukrainians see him as founder of an independent Ukrainian nation.  Russia considers him to be the founder of the first Russian Empire which included Ukraine.  Both consider him a saint for bringing Christianity to realm. Upon his death in 1015, his son Yaroslav engaged in a series of complicated and bloody battles and intrigues against his own brothers before consolidating his power.  He codified legal customs of the Rus and was a patron of learning, books and culture, hence he was known as "the wise".   Under Yaroslav, Kievan Rus reached its cultural zenith and the height of its military power. He is considered a hero in both Russia and Ukraine.  The 2006 Ukrainian 1 Hryvnia coin depicts Volodymyr the Great holding a cross and a model of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev.  The reverse of the 26mm aluminum-bronze coin has the denomination.  Volydymyr is also depicted on the Ukraine 2014 1 Hryvnia banknote.  The back depicts Kiev as it was in Volodymyr's time along with an eagle, cross, mace ax and sword.   The front of the 2013 2 Hryvni note depicts Yaroslav the Wise and a coin of his depicting the tryzub (trident), which is now the national emblem of Ukraine.  The back includes an image of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev which was constructed for Yaroslav.  In 2018 Ukraine introduced new nickel-plated steel 1 and 2 Hryvni coins.  The coins utilize the same portraits as the same denomination banknote:  Volodymyr on the 1 Hryvnia and Yaroslav in the 2 Hryvni.  
Item UA-1H06 UKRAINE 1 HRYVNIA COIN 2006 KM209 UNC. $4.00
Item PM-UA-SET2 UKRAINE 1 & 2 HRYVNI BANKNOTES 2013-14 P116A & P117 UNC. $4.00
Item UA-SET18 UKRAINE 1 & 2 HRYVNI COINS 2018 UNC. $3.00





UNITED STATES FRACTIONAL CURRENCY

United States 10 Cents fractional currency note, 5th series, P122
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 of the Series of 1874 (Fifth Series) was the last fractional notes of the United States.  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 note was  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-10C74 UNITED STATES 10 CENTS NOTE 1874 P122 F-VF $38.95




VENEZUELA COMPLETE 27 NOTE INFLATION SET

Venezuela 27 note set: the 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 and 100,000 Strong Bolivares. 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 200,000, 500,000 and 1 Million Sovereign Bolivars, 2013-2020
This set includes all 27 denominations of banknotes issued by Venezuela between 2007 and 2020.  The Venezuelan Bolivar was for many years one of the strongest currencies in the world.  Under the Socialist government of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro the country and its currency underwent a complete collapse. In 2007 the Bolivar, which had been in use since 1879, was replaced by the Strong Bolivar (Bolivares Fuerte), with 1 Strong Bolivar being worth 1000 Bolivars.  The Strong Bolivar turned out to be very weak.  Inflation accelerated due to government incompetence and misrule.  In 2018 another new currency was introduced, the Sovereign Bolivar (Bolivares Soberano), with 100,000 Strong Bolivars worth 1 of the new Sovereign Bolivar.   Inflation has continued and in 2021 another new currency was introduced, the Digital Bolivar (Bolivares Digitales), with 1 Digital Bolivar being equivalent to 1 Sovereign Bolivar.  This 27-note set includes the 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 and 100,000 Strong Bolivares notes dating from 2013 to 2017 and the 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 200,000, 500,000 and 1 million Sovereign Bolivar notes dating from 2018 to 2020.  The issues before the 10,000 Sovereign Bolivar feature Venezuelan heroes on the front native wildlife on the backs.  Starting with the 10,000 Sovereign Bolivar note which was released in 2019, all the notes feature the same portrait of Simon Bolivar on the front and either his mausoleum or the Battle of Cordoba on the back.  With little to distinguish these high denomination notes from each other than their muted color, I pity anyone who is colorblind in Venezuela.
Item PM-VE-SET27 VENEZUELA 27 NOTE SET: 2 STRONG BOLIVARS - 1 MILLION SOVEREIGN BOLIVARS UNC. 2013-2020 UNC. $35.00





VENEZUELA'S NEW NON-DIGITAL BOLIVARES DIGITALES 

Front of Venezuela 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 Digital Bolivar (Bolivares Digitales) notes, 2021Back of Venezuela 100 Digital Bolivar (Bolivares Digitales) note, 2021
For the third time in 13 years Venezuela launched a new currency due to ongoing inflation.  The new Bolivar Digitales (Digital Bolivar) is equivalent to 1 million of the Bolivares Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar).   The Sovereign Bolivar, introduced in 2018 was worth 100,000 Bolivares Fuerte (Strong Bolivar).  The Strong Bolivar was worth 1000 Bolivars.  The Bolivar had been used since 1879 and was once one of the strongest currencies in the world.  Though called a Digital Bolivar, there is nothing digital about it other than knocking six zeros off the previous currency.  Digital Bolivars are banknotes and not a crypto-currency.  The new notes released are the 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Digital Bolivars.  The notes are dated April 21, 2021, though were not first released until October 1, 2021. The notes all have the same basic design, which itself was recycled from previous Venezuelan banknotes.  Simon Bolivar is on the front.  The back commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo, in which Bolivar's defeated Spanish Royalist forces on June 24, 1821, paving the way for Venezuela's independence.  The new notes list the denominations as Bolivares rather than Bolivares Digitales and with the similarity of designs to previous banknotes. they undoubtedly create opportunities for fraud and causes confusion, especially for those with poor eyesight or limited education.
Item PM-VE-DIGITAL VENEZUELA 5 NOTE SET: 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 DIGITAL BOLIVARS, 2021 UNC. $49.75


ATTRACTIVE SOCIALIST VIETNAM BANKNOTE SET

Vietnam 5 note set: 200 - 5000 Dong 1987-1991
Ho Chi Minh is featured on the front of these five banknotes of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  The back features various Vietnamese enterprises. The 1987 200 Dong depicts a tractor and farmers in a field.  The 1988 500 Dong features ships in Hai Phong Port. An elephant dragging logs is on the back of the 1988 1000 Dong.  Textile workers are on the 1988 2000 Dong.  The 1991 5000 Dong features the Tri An Dam hydroelectric plant.  It is an attractive and colorful set.  All five are Uncirculated.
Item PM-VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 NOTE SET, 200 - 5000 DONG 1987-1991 UNC. $7.00


 

WASHINGTON COUNTY, OREGON DEPRESSION SCRIP

Washington County, Oregon 50 Cent depression scrip note dated April 15, 1933
Unable to pay their bills during the depths of the depression, some communities issued their own scrip.  The scrip was generally accepted within the community and would be redeemed by the local government authorities at some later date.  This 50 Cent note was made for Washington County, Oregon.  It is dated April 15, 1933; about 6 weeks after Roosevelt declared the Banking Holiday.   On the back is the terms of redemption.  When the County had money to redeem the notes, it was to publish a notice in at least four local newspapers.  The public would then have six months to redeem the scrip for warrants, which could then be cashed at a local bank.  This unissued 50 Cent note is approximately 162mm x 71mm and is in original Uncirculated condition.  It is a rare monetary item from the Great Depression.
Item PM-WASH-50C WASHINGTON COUNTY, OREGON 50 CENT NOTE 1933 UNISSUED-UNC. $18.00
Item PM-WASH-50Cx5 5 X WASHINGTON COUNTY, OREGON 50 CENT NOTES 1933 WITH CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERS, UNISSUED-UNC. $75.00




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 $3.00

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HIGH VALUE ZIMBABWE HYPERINFLATION NOTES

Zimbabwe 50 Billion Dollars banknote, 2008 P87In 2007 and 2008 Zimbabwe suffered from some of the world’s worst hyperinflation.  Prices would double every 24 hours.  This 12 note set includes the regular issue $1 million, $50 million, $100 million $200 million, $500 Million, $1 billion, $5 billion, $10 billion, $20 billion and $50 billion notes.  The notes depict the Chiremba balancing rocks on the front and vignettes of Zimbabwe life, wildlife and industry on the backs.  Also included in the set are the $100 million bearer cheque and $5 billion Agro-cheque that circulated alongside the regular currency.  The denominations are both in numerals and words on all the notes. All notes are dated 2008 and are well circulated. 
Item PM-ZW-SET12 SET OF 12 ZIMBABWE  BANKNOTES $1 MILLION - $50 BILLION 2008 CIRCULATED $19.95
Item PM-ZW-SET12x5 5 of the above SETS OF 12 ZIMBABWE INFLATION NOTES (total of 60 notes) $95.00






ZIMBABWE 100 TRILLION DOLLAR BILL!

Zimbabwe $100 Trillion Dollars banknote 2008, P91
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On January 16. 2009 Zimbabwe released the highest denomination note ever issued by a national government: 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 note 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 note is  148 x 74mm and guaranteed to be genuine.  
Item PM-ZW-$100TRIL ZIMBABWE $100 TRILLION NOTE 2008, P91 UNC. $135.00



NEW ZIMBABWE CURRENCY

Zimbabwe 5 note set: $2 to $100, 2019-2020
Despite the previous disastrous inflation brought on by issuing huge quantities of unbacked currency, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is again issuing unbacked currency.  In 2019 it released new 2 and 5 Dollar notes, followed by 10 and 20 Dollar notes in 2020, then 50 and 100 Dollar notes in 2021 (dated 2020).  The government unsuccessfully tried to outlaw the use of foreign currencies in order to force the acceptance of the Zimbabwe notes, but was forced to backtrack after government employees refused to accept pay in their own government’s currency.  The notes all feature the Chiremba Balancing Rocks on the front.  The backs depict Zimbabwe scenes and wildlife.
Item PM-ZW-SET6 ZIMBABWE 6 NOTE SET 2 DOLLARS TO 100 DOLLARS 2019-20 UNC. $27.50

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new2PRETTY POLYMER BANKNOTES

Set of 13 different pretty polymer banknotes
Since they were first introduced in 1988, polymer (plastic) notes have become widely adopted 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 such as  transparent areas, latent images, diffraction grating, ultra-violet images and embossed areas.  We have assembled a set of 13 of these popular polymer notes:  Bangladesh 10 Taka 2000. Egypt 10 Pounds 2022 picturing a pyramid and an ancient statue of Queen Hatshepsut that is in the Metropolitan Museum of New York.  Libya 1 Dinar (2019) depicting the Brega oil refinery and the ancient Arch of Marcus Aurelius located in Tripoli on the back. Libya is in the midst of a civil war and the Central Bank which supplies currency to both factions.  The Bank portrayed an important landmark in the area controlled by each of the two major factions.  The Central Bank building is on the front of the note.  The 2018 Macedonia 10 Dinar features an ancient multi-color mosaic of a peacock.  The back of the Malaysia 1 Ringgit has a pretty Bunga raya flower on the front and a family flying kites on the beach on the back. The Nepal 10 Rupees commemorates Gyanendra's Accession to the Throne in 2002.  The back pictures a family of Blackbucks.   The Nigeria 5, 10, 20 and 50 Naira depicts politicians on the fronts and working Nigerians on the backs including dancers, milkmaids carrying baskets on the heads, a potter and fishermen. The notes are dated 2021 to 2022.  The 2014 Papua New Guinea 2 Kina  has the Parliament building on the front and traditional forms of money and artifacts on the back. The front of the Paraguay 2008 2000 Guaranies has the Speratti sisters, who instrumental in developing the educational system in that country.  The back depicts a military parade with colorful Paraguayan flags.  The 2018 Romanian 1 Leu has the Curtea de Arges Cathedral and the ancient Wallachian featuring an eagle holding a cross.  It is an impressive and colorful set.
Item PM-POLY13 SET OF 13 DIFFERENT POLYMER BANKOTES, UNC. $29.75



BULK CURRENCY LOTS

Lot 50 Different World BanknotesCollecting 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 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,
Item LOTPM25 25 Different world banknotes, Uncirculated $9.95
Item LOTPM50 50 Different world banknotes, Uncirculated $19.50
Item LOTPM100 100 Different world banknotes, Uncirculated $48.50
Item PM-100CSET 100 Different world banknotes from 100 Different countries, Uncirculated  $145.00




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