Today I’m inaugurating a new feature on BanknoteNews.com: The Challenge. Anyone who has downloaded chapters of The Banknote Book catalog knows that I take pains to precisely identify all the people, places, and objects depicted on banknotes. However, sometimes precise identifications remain elusive despite all the efforts of myself and
This interesting engraving appears on the front of B114, the 1,000-rial note of 1934. The image—described in SCWPM as “warrior killing fabulous creature”—also appears on the date stamps of subsequent issues.IDENTIFIED: Darius the Great stabbing Ahriman monster from stone relief at Persepolis. Courtesy of Raphael.
Can someone please identify the building on the back of B125? Given the diploma and students in the vignette, it’s almost certainly a university, but which one? Educated guesses are welcome, but I am looking for definitive answers supported by citations if possible. IDENTIFIED: Kabarnet Boys High School administration building
Can anyone positively identify the following items that appear on some Sudanese banknotes? Precise names and locations of the buildings are appreciated, and links to supporting evidence is welcome, too. 1. The secretary bird at the center of this vignette appears on the front of B312 – B321. It is
Thanks to everyone who helped positively identify the following features which appear on the back of some banknotes from Zaire and the Congo Democratic Republic. I find it curious that many countries are proud enough to feature certain places, people, and objects on their notes, yet they fail to label