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The World of Paper Money

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Latest Banknote News

Hong Kong

July 26, 2018- Hong Kong unvieled a new 2018 series of banknotes to be issued by the three note-issuing banks in 5 denominations. See details of the notes in my blog.


July 9, 2018 - Poland to issue a 20 Zlotych banknote on August 31, 2018 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Independence. The size of the note is 150 mm x 77 mm. Only 50,000 will be printed. See pictures of the note in my blog.

Solomon Island

July 6, 2018- Solomon Island has issued a 40 dollars banknote on July 5, 2018 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Independence. The new banknote was printed on polymer. It has a vertical format on the front and a horizontal format on the back. Only 100,000 pieces were issued. See picture of the new note in my blog.


July 5, 2018 - Hungary unveils a new 500 Forint banknote scheduled for circulation on February 1, 2019. The note is similar to previous issue but different color and improved security features. See pictures of the new note in my blog.

South Africa

June 20, 2018 - South African Reserve Bank unveils new banknotes to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. The commemorative notes have the same front as the existing issues, but with a young Mandela on back. The notes will be issued on July 18, 2018, and will circulate in parallel with the exiting issues. 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. 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!


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