The news about Sweden’s introduction of new bank notes and coins in 2015 and 2016 may be eclipsed by the fact that the Swedish people do not seem interested in using them. In terms of consumer trade, just 20 percent of Swedish transactions are in cash, compared to 75 percent in the rest of the world.
The Dec. 13, 2015, issue of the New Yorker contained an article by Caelainn Hogan, “The Language of Nigerian Money,” that called attention to a 2014 controversy over a Nigerian bank note design and the religious wars always close to the surface in Africa’s most populous and diverse nations.
The mystery over the design of Russia’s 100-ruble commemorative bank note for its annexation of Crimea last March is over. The face of the note is dedicated to the city of Sevastopol. The main feature of the back, devoted to Crimea, is the Swallow’s Nest.
Social media help to convince Treasury Department to overcome its objections to showing anyone on current notes other than white men. A woman will appear on the $10 in the 2020s.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing announced on Dec. 18 that the first of three issues in its 2016 Intaglio Print Subscription Program, dubbed the Independence Collection, will go on sale Jan. 7. This year’s program focuses on the Declaration of Independence and its famous phrase with the words “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
They were the most beautiful federal notes ever issued, vastly more artistic than anything in circulation in the United States today. And they were abject failures, replaced by new designs within two years in response to complaints from bank tellers and the public. They were the Series 1896 silver certificates — the Educational Series of $1, $2, and $5 notes. In a...
The term "notaphilists" is not widely known or used, but it certainly has its place in the paper money collecting hobby.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s latest celebration of the Chinese New Year went on sale at the BEP Store website on Nov. 18 and has already sold out according to a posting on the website. A $2 note sheet in special packaging for the Chinese New Year is still available.
After a break in December, the paper money auction season resumes in January in Tampa with Heritage's auctions held in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists convention.
Paper money researcher Doug Murray has uncovered something that he had known about for years but had never before seen — a Series 1869 $5 United States note, also known as the “Rainbow Note,” with a serial number that begins with a letter other than “K.”