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5420 banknotes collected as at 25.12.2018

Something about myself:-
I have been collecting banknotes (also at one time including postage stamps, FDCs, coins etc) for many years now. However, my banknotes collection didn’t pick up until the early-90s and also later the convenience of Internet that really escalated my collections. Apart from this, I am also interested in photography too, but only at amateur level. In term of my photography hobby, I have a Yashica TLR 635 (almost in mint condition), a Yashica Mat 124G, two Nikon SLRs and three digital cameras.

1st January 2011

Happy New Year To You All
Show and TellHong Kong Standard Chartered Bank 1000 Dollars dated 1.1.2010 Chinese Dragon note. This note was released to the public, together with the 1000 dollar notes printed by The HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and Bank of China, on the 7.12.2010. This is a high value note and also a large size note which is always my favourite too.

Welcome to the new year 2011. Another year gone by and a new one begins. More notes is expected to be issued and this is always a challenge to find the best notes available. As usual, pricing is always the main hurdle, and one can only get what one can afford. The year 2010 was a good year for me. According to my records, I have added approximately 280 new notes to my collection in 2010. These 280 new notes (averaging 23 notes per month) exclude duplicates, which I have a habit of getting for my own collection if the price is right. I do not think I can repeat this record in 2011, but one must be optimistic in ones ability. It should be noted that a large percentage of my acquisition in 2010 came from the Zimbabwe hyper inflation notes which I bought in January 2010. As at 31.12.2010, I have a total collection of 3393 notes.

To all my regular visitors, thank you for your continuing support. Without you, it would be meaningless to maintain this site in the first place, and I really appreciated that. If you have a banknotes site of your own and I am not aware of it, please do let me know and I would reciprocate your good gesture. Like you, I am also keen to know what you have in your collection too. In order to improve my collection, I am also constantly looking for new exchange partners too.

For those who would like to view this site in his/her own mother's tongue, I have now added the Google Translator gadget on the top right hand corner for your convenience. Simply clink onto the drop down box and select the language you know best.

The following are my latest acquisitions; -

January 26, 2011
New Zealand - 1999 $20 Uncut pair issued in folder. I can't remember how many of these were issued, but back then, when I first noticed about this, it was all sold out. Apart from this, the 4 Uncut sheet was also released back then.

Transnistria - 500 Rubles (P10). Back in December 2010, I posted a Transnistra 10 Rubles note. In that post, I also mentioned that Transnistra is a nation that is not recognised by any members of the United Nations member state. Following the break away from Moldova, Transnistria imported used Russia Rubble in 1994 and re issued them to the public for circulation with a Transnistria sticker placed over the note. This note that I have uploaded is the same as the Russian 500 Rubles (P245) and is in uncirculated condition. However according to SCWPM, those Rubles notes imported in 1994 were all supposed to be used condition and for that, it is believe that this note that I have may have been deliberately 'manufactured' after 1994. Well, either way, this is still one note (Russia or Transnistria) that I do not have in my collection, as I am also looking for a set of the Russian notes. Any readers who can assist me, please feel free to contact me.

January 21, 2011
Taiwan - 100 Yuan. This note was first released in 2000. This new note is now overprinted to celebrate the 100th year of the founding of the Republic of China, following the Chinese revolution that started on 10.10.1911. The revolution was started during the Wuchang Uprising (Hebei province) which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China. The interesting story was that the uprising started purely by accident when a bomb built by the revolutionaries exploded in the Russian concession of the city. This led to police to investigate and discovered list of Literary Society members in the Qing Dynasty army. Knowingly that these members will certainly face arrested and execution, they staged a coup immediately. The local official panicked and fled and the army took over the city in less than a day. The revolutionaries then telegraphed other provinces asking them to declare their independence and within six weeks, 15 provinces had seceded. The revolution did not end until 12.2.1912 following the abdication of the last Emperor of China.

Whilst this note depicts Dr Sun Yat-sen, it should be noted that Dr Sun has nothing to do with the uprising, as he was visiting in the US then. He only found out the uprising following a report on the local newspaper in US. Following the uprising, the revolutionaries realized that they needed a high ranking officer to be their figurehead leader. Li Yuanhong, a General in the Qing Army, was then forced at gun point to lead the revolutionaries. General Li initially was reluctant to accept but later agreed when he saw the growing momentum of the uprising. On 1.1.2012, Dr Sun Yat-sen was appointed as the first Provisional President with Li Yuanhong as his Vice President. Following a successful negotiation with General Yuan Shikai, Dr Sun stepped down as the Provisional President in favour of General Yuan, who was appointed as the Provisional President on 14.2.1912 with Li Yuanhong as his Vice President.

In Taiwan the uprising is known as Double Ten (++) and in China, Hong Kong and Macau, this day is known as the Anniversary of Xinhai.

Quantity Issued
Single note - 400 millions;
3-Uncut Sheet - 300,000 sets at NT$500 each. Uncut sheets are all sold out.

January 15, 2011
Democratic People's Republic of Korea - or commonly known as North Korea. I have uploaded two sets of notes issued in 1947 and 1959. These notes were acquired some 15 years ago at a very affordable price. After so many years, they are still very cheap today. I bought them because it was cheap then and also the 1959 issue for the 100 won is a very large note, measuring 205mm x 95mm. All notes are in uncirculated condition.

January 8, 2011
Malaysia - Various 3-uncut sheets issued between 1995 to 2000 from RM1 to RM10. I believe these are the only uncut sheets (regardless of size) ever issued and released by the Central Bank of Malaysia. Of course I have deliberately exclude the RM50 3-Uncut polymer printed for the Commonwealth Games in 1998, as I am not sure if this was meant to be for public distributions. Generally uncut sheet is fun to collect but storing them can be a bit of challenge, and because of this, I usually restrict myself to collect uncut sheets not larger that 4-Uncut. Anything larger than that can be a bit of a nightmare to store them. For those who lives in a high humidity environment, foxing can also be another problem to worry about. To me, this is one problem that I do not have over here. As these are numismatic products, these uncut sheets were released to celebrate the change over designs of new banknotes, and as for the RM1, it was the reintroduction of this denomination. Please click here to view the notes for; -
RM1; RM2; RM5 x 2 and RM10 x 2.

January 7, 2011
Transnistria (also known as Trans-Dniestr or Transdniestria) is a breakaway territory from Modova, and is located between the boarders of Ukraine and Moldova. Transnistria was formerly part of the USSR and declared its independence following the dissolution of the USSR empire in 1990. However since then, Transnistria sovereignty is not recognised by members of the United Nations, and needless to say it's currency too. This 10 Rubles was issued in 2009 to commemorate 15th year of National Currency. It was reported that only 1000 of this notes were issued with a folder. How true is this, I have no idea. With or with the folder is not a concern. It is the note that I was interested in.

Belarus - 50000 Rubles. This commemorative folder note was released on 31.5.2003 to commemorate the Mir Castle been listed as the UNESCO World Heritage site. The Mir Castle was built in the 16th century by the Ilyinichy magnate family. Only 1000 folders released.

January 5, 2011
Guatemala - 200 Quetzal, the is a new and the largest denomination issued not long ago (23.8.2010). The note is dated 18.2.2009 . It's good to have high denomination notes in ones collection.

Israel - Current complete set of New Sheqalim from the value of 20 to 200. The 20 New Sheqalim is a polymer note whilst the rest are paper. These notes were printed between 2006 to 2008 and all notes have the same signature. I thought I better get them now before new series of notes are released in 2012.

First day of the new year.
Hong Kong - The HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of China. These are the three major banks in Hong Kong that issue their own banknotes and these were released on 7.2.2010 for general circulation. The $1000 note is the largest denomination currently circulating in Hong Kong. This is the first note of the new series with improved security features. The rest of the series from $20 to $500 will be released some time this year. Nice notes and should get one if you are a collector of banknotes from the Far East!

Update 15.1.2011: According to a collector friend who alerted me on these new Hong Kong $1000 notes. It appears that there are two very light indented horizontal lines running parallel across the note. The lines are about 24mm apart, on all three notes. I have no answer as to why, but can only guess that this could be caued by some mechanical devices or rollers holding down the sheet of notes during the printing process. Of course, I am guessing here. I could be wrong after all I know nothing about banknotes printing.

Great Britain - A complete set of notes all signed by the Chief Cashier Andrew Bailey. Year issued various between 2004 to 2009. I though I better get them now in case new design of notes are released.

China - RMB100. This note was first issued in 1999 and then reprint in 2005. This note posted is the 2005 series. The difference between this note and those printed in 2005 is the letter prefix. Previous prints only have two letters prefix. Latest released still have the two letters prefix, but instead it also inserted a numeral number in between the two letters prefix. I wonder why didn't they adopt the 3 letters prefix instead, or perhaps a prefix and a suffix too?


Anonymous said...

Hi paperbanknotes,
Finally managed to get into other sites of yours.
The 1k chartered bank note is beautiful.
Phew, such a high denomination will definitely eat into our pockets.
Haha, not for us at the moment.
Wow, 3393 and still going strong!
You must have spent a fortune.
Are they all in mint conditions?
Thanks alot for sharing.

me said...

Hi WhyCollect,
Yes, the HK $1000 notes are nice. I like them when they have designs like dragon and other mythical animals. You are right that this hobby is really expensive, and collecting banknotes are only for those who is willing to give up few others things just to save up to buy another note LOL!. Majority of my collections are in UNC condition. Used or circulated notes are less appearing to me personally :-). Cheers

Anonymous said...

Hi paperbanknotes,
Is it wise to concentrate solely on collecting replacement banknotes?
Thanking you in advance.

me said...

Hi WhyCollect,

I think is a good idea. Most collectors would started off with a particular theme and later on expanding into other areas of collection. As you know, replacement notes are generally more expensive than normal prefix of banknotes. Good luck to you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks alot for the advise, paperbanknotes.
Will be one of the options for us to put into our consideration.