you delve into this strange, new and exciting world of paper money, you
will be instantly struck by
the wide variety of colors and designs of these notes. Some are
exotic, far-away places and
seldom seen by the average person outside of the area of issue.
like our most well-known American dollar, generate a feeling of
and value among many of the world's people. With
this rich assortment, there are enough subjects to satisfy just about
collector. Even for the average, non-collecting individual, a
of inexpensive world notes makes a fascinating desk-top display in the
home or office.
are many different reasons why people collect banknotes. Here are
some of them:
notes are an interesting way to learn about history in general and
events in particular.
subjects, designs, scrollwork and colors of the world's paper notes are
an artist's delight and what a nice display they'll make under glass on
your coffee table or desk.
VALUE AND INVESTMENT
notes carry their face value or have a relatively high collector value
and bargains can be found, especially by knowledgeable collectors.
might be someone who likes birds or ships, etc. who'll collect most
with these subjects. You might collect only military-related notes or
of places you've been to. Most collectors will develop some sort
of rhyme or reason to their collecting habits after spending some time
in the hobby. My own personal themes include the old Mexican
bancos notes of the late 1800's and early 1900's, other old notes
Latin American) printed by the American Banknote Company and the notes
of Queen Elizabeth the II.
collecting provides a good opportunity to research the places where the
notes come from and the people who spend them.
is just something else to collect and what better thing to hoard than
It's a nice adjunct to coin collecting. Notes make great complementary
displays with coins, also other documents, books, etc.
Banknote collectors may really be stamp collectors who like big stamps!
Old notes are little antiques and display well with antique furniture.
THINGS THAT LOOK VALUABLE BUT MIGHT NOT COST TOO MUCH
might start a collection of high denomination inflation notes. There's
a wide variety of these available from a number of different areas and
new ones are popping up all the time. Inflation notes are one of
our dealer specialties and we stock a nice selection of affordable,
THRILL OF THE HUNT
notes, particularly older ones, are tough to find. Some are darn near
NEW PEOPLE AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Many folks from
of life collect banknotes. In the course of collecting and
joining clubs, going to shows, etc., you'll probably meet other people
with similar interests in collecting and possibly other areas as well.