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The price list in the following pages is updated regularly and contains a wide
range of fairly priced bank notes, graded according to the standards of the International Bank Note
Society -- IBNS. Bank notes are listed using the catalogue numbers of the most recent editions of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, published by Krause Publications.
I make a special effort to additionally identify many notes by signature varieties,
dates or series numbers to assist more specialized collectors. Notes recently added to the price lists, or those with significant price changes, are highlighted in GREEN.
Latin American currency, Caribbean paper money and Asian paper money together offer some of the most fascinating and colorful series available for bank note collecting. Asian paper money spans many eras, from the world's oldest notes -- Chinese currency dating from the Ming dynasty more than 600 years ago -- through to today's beautiful notes from Sri Lanka. As with many things from the region, Asian paper money today is in growing demand, with prices rising strongly as more people in the region turn to bank note collecting as they rediscover their history. Quite a few of these countries have now turned to producing their currency on long-lasting plastic polymer with its superior anti-counterfeiting properties. Latin American paper money ranges from the myriad early private bank notes of Argentina and Colombia to the huge variety of currency that has been used in Brazil as that country passed though successive waves of inflation, each leading to the issue of a new series of notes. Notes from the Caribbean, many from very small island states and bearing the portraits of British monarchs, are also in keen demand with even some recent series quite hard to find because of the small numbers issued.
A whole new area of collecting has opened up with the advent and growing use of notes printed on a polymer-based material. The first regular use of these polymer issues began in Australian in 1988 and today more than 40 countries around the world have issued polymer or part-polymer notes. To help collectors find these polymer issues, I have added a listing under "Polymer Notes" to the drop-down country index at the top right corner of this page. (While I specialize in the notes of Latin America and Asia, I also have a small selection of notes from Europe and Africa/Middle East. These are listed under those combined headings in the drop-down index.)
Paper (and polymer) money collecting is a great hobby for old and young. As with all similar activities, the more you know about your topic, the more satisfying you will find your collecting. I encourage anyone interested in banknote collecting to join IBNS, the one organization that brings together enthusiasts worldwide, providing well-researched articles through its quarterly Journal, news of events in the world of bank note collecting and, most importantly, a link to a diverse group of people with similar interests to your own. The Latin American Paper Money Society, or LANSA, offers similar benefits to those collecting Latin American currency and South American paper money.
Click on the logos of IBNS or LANSA to find out more about these great organizations dedicated to paper money collecting.
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