On 29 January 2016, MPO, the Dutch affiliate of Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, will auction the Frank van Tiel collection of Dutch and world banknotes. Frank has been a long-time contributor to The Banknote Book, and this auction features many better notes, both old and modern. Check it out,
I am saddened to report the death of Albert Pick, 93, on 21 November 2015 in a nursing home in Germany. Mr. Pick was the author of the original Standard Catalog of World Paper Money (SCWPM) in 1975, and is responsible for creating the eponymous numbering system still in use
In the 3 October 2015 edition of The Economist, there’s an interesting article “Money for everything” which asserts that “Despite many usurpers, cash is still king.” Good news for banknote collectors! Courtesy of Mark Irwin.
The BBC has a very interesting article dated 25 June 2015 by Chris Baraniuk entitled “The secret codes of British banknotes,” which discusses the so-called EURion Constellation (aka Omron rings) patterns’ role in deterring digital counterfeiting. Unmentioned in this article is that the simplest way to defeat this anti-counterfeiting feature
The BBC News has an interesting artlcle, “Which country has the least sexist banknotes?“ Courtesy of Mark Irwin and Jim Chen.
According to a press release dated 25 November 2014, security printer De La Rue’s profits fell 36%, to £18.1 million, in the six months ended 27 September, with revenue down by 8%, despite banknote printing volume up 4% to 2.7 billion notes. The company blamed “ongoing challenging market conditions” for
The Financial Times has an interesting article dated 28 April 2014 in which Andy Sharman interviews Malcom Knight, “former research and development director and now consultant at De La Rue, the discreet British banknote maker that has designed more than 40 per cent of the paper currency to have entered
It is with great sadness that his family and the employees of Compagnie Generale De Bourse announce the death of the founder and chairman of their company, M. Michel Prieur, following cardiac arrest on 18 March 2014. The religious ceremony was held in Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet Church on 28 March. While I
San Francisco – 21 February 2014 – International Currency Grading (ICG) is pleased to announce that they have begun printing The Banknote Book catalog numbers on ICG grading labels. “As a new grading service focused exclusively on world paper money, we offer accurate grading that collectors demand and deserve. The