South Africa issues new banknotes featuring Nelson Mandela

According to a news release in February 2012 (22 years after Nelson Mandela was freed), the South African Reserve Bank will produce a new series of banknotes which “will have the same denominations, sizes, and colors as the current issued notes, but the front of all notes will carry a specially designed engraving of former…

Banknote Collecting

When I first decided to start collecting banknotes I began the way I start most new projects, extremely motivated and excited; jumping in head first and blind sighted. However I learned very fast that starting out that way would create chaos to my collection and ultimately lead me to give up on my new project….

The Mistaken Face of South Africa

I always state that you can tell a lot about a country and their history by the images on their banknotes. One of the most common features of any note is a portrait of someone synonymous with that country. Whether someone like Gandhi on the Indian rupee, or Saddam Hussein on the Iraqi dinar; those immortalized on their…

Danish Wartime Stamp Notes

At the outset World War II (1939) Denmark issued a declaration of neutrality, but within several months German troops crossed their border, and  after some resistance, the Nazis forced the Danish government to submit to military occupation. Almost immediately, all copper ( and its related alloys ) in the country were claimed by the  German…

The Fun of Fun Notes

I know a lot of people ask, “what is a fun note?” Well, that is not always so easy to answer, but a fun note (AKA Private issue note, art note, fantasy note) is a note created by an individual but not issued by a bank or authorized by a specific government entity. The difficulty…