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São Tomé e Príncipe

September 4, 2017 - The Banco Central de São Tomé e Príncipe unveiled new banknote series to celebrate the bank's 25th anniversary. The notes were designed and printed by De La Rue to showcase wildlife that typified São Tomé e Príncipe. The four largest denominations include a range of security features such as Depth Image holograms and StarChrome Color Shift Thread. The two smallest denominations are printed on Safeguard polymer substrate. The new notes are expected to be introduced on January 1, 2018. See pictures of the new note in my blog.


August 24, 2017 - The Reserve Bank of India announced that a new 200 Rupee denomination will enter the banking system beginning August 25, 2017. See details of the new note in my blog.


August 18, 2017 - The Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a new 50 Rupee note in the new Mahatma Gandhi Series. The new denomination has motif of Hampi with chariot on the reverse, depicting the country's cultural heritage. The base color of the note is fluorescent blue. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall color scheme, both at the obverse and reverse. The dimension of the note will be 66 mm x 135 mm. See pictures of the note in my blog.


August 18, 2017 - The Nepal National Bank issued a new 5 Rupees banknote on August 15, 2017. The front shows Mount Everest and the Kasthamandap Temple which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. The back shows a yak in front of a mountain. See pictures of the new note in my blog.


August 15, 2017 - The Central Bank of Uzbekistan plans to issue a new 50,000 Sum banknote on August 22, 2017. Currently, the highest denomination is 10,000 Sum, which was released on March 10, 2017. See pictures of the notes in my blog.

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This site is all about paper money. Most people associate money with earning and spending. Very few consider money as an art object or a collectable item. Only in the last several decades has paper money collecting as a hobby become more popular. Modern banknotes are very attractive and colorful, especially in uncirculated conditions favored by collectors. This site features over 2400 notes from 314 countries.

The banknotes are showcased in 7 major galleries by geographical regions. You can also find any particular country under country index. In addition, there are 9 special exhibits:

starBanknote of the Year
starHybrid Polymer
starJapanese Invasion Money
starPolymer Plastic
starQueen Elizabeth II
starU. S. Obsoletes

You will also find some interesting information related to paper money:

starBanknote collectors directory
starBanknote dealers directory
starBanknote news archive
starFancy number banknotes
starIs my money worth anything?
starPaper money trivia
starReplicas of U. S. obsoletes
starWho use euro?

I hope you enjoy your visit. On your way out, you may want to stop by My Store to check out the banknotes I have for sale. This site changes frequently. So come back soon you hear!


Last revised September 20, 2017




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