Austria chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Austria cover
The Austria chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 34-page catalog covers notes issued by the Oesterreichisch-Ungarische Bank (Austro-Hungarian Bank) from 1920 to 1922, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian National Bank) from 1924 to 1997, Alliierte Militärbehörde (Allied Military Authority) in 1944, and Republik Österreich (Republic of Austria) in 1945. Published 6 January 2017.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Austrian note printing firm in scandal involving Azerbaijan and Syria

A Washington Post article dated 15 November 2014 details the allegations of bribery behind Austria's banknote printing firm, Oesterreichische Banknoten-und Sicherheitsdruck, and its efforts to win bids to produce currency for Azerbaijan and Syria.

European Monetary Union new signature 500-euro note with prefix N (Austria)

500 euros, 2002. Like ECB B7, but new signature (Mario Draghi) and prefix N (Austria).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

Austrian banknote firm may pull out of Syria contract

According to an Associated Press report dated 5 August 2011, OeBS (Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck, Austria) is reviewing its contract to provide banknotes to the Central Bank of Syria. The Austria Press Agency reported that printing company OeBS—a subsidiary of Oesterreichischen Nationalbank, Austria’s central bank—has nearly completed the 2008 contract it has with Syria, and may pull out of the troubled country due to international pressure in the wake of the crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Austrian specialized catalog reviewed

Be sure to check out the Books page of this site for my new review of “Katalog der österreichischen Banknoten ab 1759 (Austrian Papermoney after 1759)” by Johann Kodnar and Norbert Künstner.