A nine-second promotional video from a service called Framepool offers a rarely seen glimpse of the currency printing process in the days of four-subject sheets. The clip is one of several offered for sale under the subject heading “Bureau of Engraving and Printing / Money Printing Company / Washington / USA / 1920.”
The death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct. 13 unleashed a torrent of currency news. First, the Bank of Thailand had to give assurances that the current bank notes will continue to be used despite his passing. Next, private banks began releasing an earlier series of commemorative notes.
In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year on Jan. 28, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has announced the newest addition to its Lucky Money Collection: a Year of the Rooster 2017 offering. It features an Uncirculated $1 Federal Reserve note with a serial number beginning with “8888.”
Not everyone reads the “fine print,” but in the mid-1960s, reading and acting on the fine print found on a particular class of U.S. paper money meant big profits for thousands of individuals and businesses.
Old paper money is found in all sorts of unusual places, but perhaps none stranger or more historic than a recent discovery by catalogers at Mossgreen Auctions in Australia.
The paper money market took a brief hiatus after the Heritage Auctions September sale in Long Beach, Calif., but it was not meant to last long. Activity resumed in late October, and additional auctions are on the schedule in Novmeber in Baltimore and Rosemont.
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...