As I like to add little-known facts and diversions to my columns, I mention here some numismatic series, among paper money as well as coins, in which worn pieces are more desirable than Uncirculated examples.
The Bank of England's new £5 polymer bank note is shrinking, but not in value: Why applying heat to the Churchill “fiver” is proving a bad idea.
An Academy Award nominated actress is depicted on new bank note of Sweden, with a legendary opera singer depicted on another new issue of the same nation. Who are these two women?
As expected, Far Eastern bank notes showed enormous strength at Dix Noonan Webb’s auction Oct. 3 in London. Asian issues led the way in the £397,122 or $493,920 auction. An extremely rare Bank of Taiwan “Fifty Yen in Silver” note dated 1901 and estimated at £10,000 to £15,000 went to a Chinese bidder for £48,000 ($59,700). The low estimate was eclipsed by a factor...
A May 10, 1775, Continental Currency $20 note printed on rectangular, marbled border paper provided by Benjamin Franklin highlights the Oct. 29 online auction by Early American History Auctions Inc. The sale comprises 437 lots, and includes the categories Historic Autographs, Federal Period, War of 1812, Abraham Lincoln Related, Colonial America, Slavery & Black History,...
Some businesses in Netherlands are no longer accepting traditional forms of money. Saying that noncash payments are faster, safer, and more convenient, Dutch banks and merchants are striving for 60 percent of all payments to be electronic by 2018. Across the border in Germany, payments are still 75 percent in cash.
Central Bank of the Bahamas releases new $10 note as first in the CRISP Evolution family. CRISP stands for “Counterfeit Resistant Integrated Security Product,” and was first used in 2005 with the family of bank notes preceding the new one.
World War II era lottery tickets and ephemera related to the German social welfare program known as Winterhilfswerk (known by its initials WHW and translated roughly as the “Winter Fund” or “Winter Help Work”) is collectible today.
“Counterfeit Detection 2016 – Counterfeit Detection Training for Individuals and Organizations” is being offered by Counterfeit Forensics LLC, a Herndon, Va., company founded by Joel Zlotnick, a former U.S. Secret Service forensic scientist.
On Nov. 10 in London, as part of a larger auction of bonds and stock shares, Spink will offer what it is labeling “The Casino Collection.” More formally, it is the Helmut-Stahl Collection, described as the world’s biggest collection of casino shares. It comprises almost 300 items from over 20 countries, issued between 1830 and recent times.