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The World of Paper Money

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March 11, 2018- The Bank of Canada unveiled a new 10 dollar polymer banknote featuring Civil Rights pioneer Viola Desmond. Desmond will be the first black person and first woman with no royal blood to appear on a Canadian banknote. See details of the new note in my blog.


March 10, 2018 - The Bank of Thailand unveiled a new series of bank notes depicting the country's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Rama X). The 20, 50 and 100 Baht notes will be released on the 236th Anniversary of the founding of the Chakra dynasty April 6, 2018. The 500 and 1,000 Baht will be issued on the King's birthday July 28, 2018. See pictures of the notes in my blog.

Sri Lanka

January 31, 2018- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka issued a new 1000 Rupees banknote to mark the 70th Anniversary of Independence on April 2, 2018. See pictures of the new note in my blog.


January 18, 2018 - The National Bank of Ukraine has issued a new souvenir banknote to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917 and the first Ukrainian banknote. See pictures of the notes in my blog.


January 13, 2017 - The Central Bank of Mauritania has issued its new Ouguiya currency, consisting of newly denominated banknotes that have dropped a zero from its value. The new polymer banknotes began circulating in Mauritania on January 1, 2018. See pictures of the new note 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 March 11, 2018




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