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The World of Paper Money

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Great Britain

July 16, 2019 - Bank of England unveiled design concept of the new 50 Pound polymer note to be issued in 2021. The back of the note will feature imagery depicting Alan Turing and his work. See details in my blog.


July 5, 2019 - The Bank of Albania will release into circulation a new series of banknotes in the fall of this year. The first ones released will be 200 and 5.000 Leke. The new series will include the rest of the banknotes gradually. See details of the new note in my blog.

West African States

July 3, 2019 - As part of its plans to make Africa a more integrated continent, leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have adopted the name "ECO" for a planned single currency to be used in the region. See details in my blog.


July 3, 2019 - The National Bank of Georgia plans to issue a new 10 Lari note on October 1, 2019. The note completes the series started in 2016. See pictures of the note in my blog.


June 29, 2019 - Japan to issue a new series of 1000, 5000 and 10000 Yen banknotes in 2024. See pictures of the new 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. This site changes frequently. I'm looking forward to see you soon.


Last revised July 17, 2019




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