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January 2, 2013

Fiji released new set of notes today. News report from Fiji that some F$50,000 worth of new Fiji notes were stolen from the bank during Christmas week (28/12/12). The theft was reported when 3 of these new F$100 were used in 3 difference supermarkets in the southern part of the country. It was also reported that the new notes were also used in other part of the country as well. Hmmm... these thieves (assuming more than one person  involved) just can't wait to spend them. I interesting story.

In addition to the above, all new notes were released with the exception of the $5 polymer note. Report from Fiji was that the $5 was not released was to avoid any confusion between the old green $2 and the new green polymer $5 banknotes. In order to avoid this confusion, the central bank will firstly withdrew the old $2 by 31.3.2013 and the proceed to issue the new green $5 banknotes. It should be noted that the old paper $5 note was printed in brown colour which will also be gradually withdrew from circulation. The new polymer $5 banknotes will be released in April 2013. 


December 1, 2012

If you are keen to collect banknotes if full sets or series, here are two areas that may still be possible to complete: -

a) Franklin Mint Banknotes From Around The World in Specimen set. 16 countries were involved in these and were released between 1976 to 1979. The sets comprises issued ranging from 3 notes (Malta) to 7 notes (Bahrain). All notes were printed with a Maltese cross as prefix and the word Specimen printed across. All sets were issued in an envelop and a certificate of authenticity. The original issue price was for US$14 per set and 7 pounds for the Northern Ireland notes. Judging by the serial numbers observed, more than 10,000 sets for each country were released. All sets come with matching serial numbers;
b) Millennium issues. Only 15 countries issued banknotes to celebrate this special occasion. Most countries issued between one to 2 notes, with the exception of Slovakia (full set). The most expensive piece (at face value) is the Fiji F$2000 note. I was told that this note originally came in a presentation box.

Obviously there are replacement, specimen and uncut sheets issued for the millennium series. However, if you are just looking for single normal issues, you can still be able to get them in full set including the Fiji $2000 piece.


November 30, 2012

I like to buy my notes on various auction sites in order to achieve what I am looking for. However, I must say that some of the listings are very discouraging and heavily favouring the sellers. Here are some of my 10 points comments: -

1) Item listed as 'Uncirculated' condition. But under the description section, quite often you will see sellers remarks that "Please grade the note from the scan as I an not an expert and I do not want to miss lead anyone". Honestly, if you are not an expert, then why do you graded it as Uncirculated in the first place? Furthermore, no one can grade a note simply by looking at the scan. Sometime you can't even grade a note correctly even you have the note in your hand physically. Cutting cup marks or binding marks are acceptable if these are mentioned in the listings;
2) Those listed their item with no returns or goods sold are not returnable should be aware off. Not much confident in the seller's products themselves. Some sellers do offer returns but restricted to just 7 days. If you are an overseas buyer, this offer is as good as none!;
3) COD is great but with so many conditions imposed against a buyer, bank transfer for payment is a no, no an no. Once paid, you can kiss your money goodbye!
4) Most sellers tend to supply more info on payment details than the description of the goods. This is a classic case of take your money and run!;
5) All shipments are at buyer's risk. Fair enough, but how do the buyers know that you will take all necessary precaution in your packing and post them in a secured manner? Remember that you have already paid for the goods via bank transfer. What recourse are the sellers are offering in return?
6) Buyers will post feedback first before the sellers. Common, we all know that sellers can't post negative feedback against buyers now. Who are you kidding?
7) Postage for delivery. Some of them listed can buy the seller lunch and still have spare for the registered postage to delivery the mail to you. I understand that certain country registered postage charges are quite expensive, like USA, Canada, UK, Australia and NZ, but for some developing or third word countries, they would only cost between one to 2 US dollars per mail;
8) Combined shipment at extra cost. for one piece of paper, it cost 'x' amount. For another piece, you have to add addition cost? Fair to say that most seller allow combined shipping up to a certain notes at no extra cost;
9) Low start or no reserve is great. You just have to worry about dummy bidders. There are plenty out there. Some are from the sellers themselves and some are from mates of the sellers. Why sell if you are not making a good profits? But if by doing business always made you a nice and healthy profit, then why would anyone get up every morning, Monday to Friday to go to work for a dickhead boss? Why not start selling online and made millions of dollars in return? If you get a second chance offer for the same item, most likely you were out bidded by a dummy buyer!;
10) Beware of some sellers that never admit that they are wrong. Always look at their negative feedbacks and see how they responded to one. This will give you some indication who you are dealing with.


November 18, 2012

The current Denmark series was first released in 2009. Until now, 5 signature varieties have been sighted. However, I have no info to tell me if notes for all signatures were printed and issued. If any collectors out there can confirm this for me? Thank you.
 
NB 50, 100, 200, 500 & 1000 (Full set)
TN 50, 100, 200, 500 & 1000 (Full set)
JT 50, 100, 200, 500 & 1000 (Missing 1000 Krone)
PC 50, 100, 200, 500 & 1000 (Missing 100 & 200 Krone)
HFJ 50, 100, 200, 500 & 1000 (Missing 100 Krone)

3 comments:

Raihan Numista said...

Now many dealer in ebay selling Fiji 5$ Polymer that was stolen & still bank haven't issued 5$ polymer in circulation!

I wonder who sold these stolen notes to them!!

me said...

Hi Raihan

Ha ha ha! When there is a will, there is always a way, right?

Cheers

Raihan Numista said...

Yeas.