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February Postings 2013

1 February 2013 - Northern Ireland - Bank of Ireland PCS1 (P61b-64b) 1978. Finally, this is the last set for my Franklin Mint Banknotes From Around The World Specimen set collection. Like all other Franklin Mint sets, these notes were issued in conjunction with the issuing bank and the set comprises of £1, £5, £10 and £100. The initial issue price was £7 per set. All notes are printed with a Maltese Cross as part of the serial number prefix and the word Specimen printed across, both front and back. The £100 piece is a large size note too. The journey for collecting these notes started more than 10 years ago when I first bought the Gibraltar set. However not until recently that I decided to complete the series. I must say that today, the Bahrain set, in my opinion, would be the most expensive set of the lots. Fortunately for me, I also bought this set some 10 years ago too, and l paid approx. $35 for the set. I only bought this set purely out of curiosity. This has been a great journey for me to be able to collect them all in full. I hope you enjoying viewing these notes. You can click here to view them all, in total 72 notes all in uncirculated condition. If  you enjoy what you see, perhaps you should get one full set too. Good luck!
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2 February 2013 - Scotland, The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) £100 P350e. This is a reprint of the previous note dated 2000, except that it's dated 20.12.2007. The design for this notes was first released in 1987. Since then it has been reprinted in 1992, 1999 and 2000. This note bears the signature of Fred Goodwin, who was then the CEO of the RBS Group until 2008. His signature also appeared on the 2000 issue. In today's standard, this is a fairly large size note and the current weak GBP also make them quite affordable to collect as well. Based on my records, the value of the British Pound Sterling has depreciated by more than 40% over the last 10 years.
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6 February 2013 - South Sudan 2011 complete set of 9 notes issued on 18.7.2011 and 19.10.2011. The Republic of South Sudan, the newest nation on earth, became an independence nation on the 9.7.2011. Prior to that South Sudan was an autonomy region of Sudan (since 9.7.2005). The printing for these notes was approved by the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly prior to its secession from Sudan on the 9.7.2011. The main feature of these notes is the portrait of the late Dr John Garang de Mabior (23.6.1945-30.6.2005) who was then the leader of the South Sudan Independence movement until his death from a helicopter accident. A complete set comprises of 5, 10 and 25 piasters and 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pounds. The piaster notes were released on the 19.10.2011. If you look carefully on these notes, Dr John Garang's portrait is printed on the right side of the notes for the Piasters denominations and the portrait shifted to the left for all other Pound notes. I suppose this is to avoid any confusion between the Piaster and the Pound values. The Piaster notes are also smaller in size as compared to the Pound notes. These notes were released at par with the Sudanese pounds. The town of Juba (population estimated 2011 - 372,000+) located in the south is the nation's new capital and English is the country official language.
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9 February 2013 - Swaziland complete set, released between 2010 and 2011. This is a set of Hybrid notes comprises of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Emalangeni. The notes depict the portrait of King Mswait lll. All notes bear the signatures of Governor Martin G Dlamini and the Minister for Finance Mojozi V Sithole. These notes were released on 1.11.2010 (100 & 200 Emalangeni) and 30.6.2011 (10, 20, 50 Emalangeni). All notes were printed by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D). The notes I have posted here are all have AA prefix with the exception of the 10 Emalangeni ie AZ Replacement note.
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10 Februsry 2013 - United States of America 2012 Numismatic Commemorative set. This is a 2 notes folder set released to celebrate America's Founding Fathers, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson/Declaration of Independence. The set comprises of two notes - Series 2009 $1 and Series 2003A $2. The notes used for this commemorative set are the same as those issued for general circulation and both notes are from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Letter I). Both notes have matching serial numbers, beginning with “2012” (Year Date). This historic set is attractively packaged in a tri-fold folder. This issue was released on 21.2.2012 with only 9000 sets selling for US$19.95 per set but discounted to $16.95 each if purchased 50 sets or more. It is believes that this issue is all sold out now. Just imagine this. USA has a population of 315+ millions and by any standard, this is considered as low issue and yet the Federal Reserve provides discount for bulk purchase. Shouldn't there be a restriction on the number of folders one can purchased to be fair to others? Perhaps these kind of numismatic products are not popular in the country (yet). If you compare such low quantity issue with some of the Asian countries, you will be extremely lucky to get hold of even one set. Such issues may not have even last an hour from the day of released.
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14 February 2013 - Australia 1999 Maritime Heritage Joint Issue with Australia Post Numismatic Commemorative. This issue comprises of a 1999 $20 note and a pane of 10 stamps (MUH) of 45 cents each with matching serial number printed on the note as well as the stamps gutter. This note bears the signatures of the Governor Ian Macfarlane and the Secretary, Ted Evans. The note is also overprinted with the words - "Maritime Heritage #1727" in black and only printed with prefix MH99. This is the only $20 note issued in 1999. In total, 3000 sets were issued of which 1000 are with red serial numbers (Premium sets) and the remaining with black serial numbers (Deluxe sets). The first set with serial no MH99 000 001 was sold at auction with all proceeds donated to charity. Today is also the 47th anniversary of Australia first converted to decimal currency (14.2.1966).
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20 February 2013 - Trinidad and Tobago 2006 Prints (P46-51). The main designs of these notes have changed very little since the 1980s. Here I have uploaded a full set from T$1 to $100 (in all 6 notes). These notes were released in stages with the last one released was the T$50 note. I have a feeling that the T$50 note does not seem to be a popular note in the country and I am just wondering why?
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22 February 2013 - Singapore 2 Dollars Polymer P54, ND2011. This is a 3 Uncut sheet of $2 with 2 tiny triangles added to the back of the notes. I have no information as to how many sheets were printed or what was the purpose of the issue. I can only guess that these were just another numismatic product released mainly for collectors/incomes generating. Uncut sheet is not my preferred area of collection unless it is not more than 4 uncut. Anything bigger than that is only good for wall papers. Storage can be a real issue and it's also expensive too. It's not much fun to have such large note to be stored away and never to be seen for a long time. I don't know if any collectors would get full size uncut sheet and have it framed up nicely and display it on their wall? Of course this is not recommended for obvious reason.
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23 February 2013 - Singapore $5 Polymer 3 Uncut Sheet. This is a reprint of the $5 note with one small tiny square dot added on the back of the note. I am still not sure as to why this and other tiny symbols are added to all the reprint notes. These notes bear the signature of Goh Chok Tong, who was also the former Prime Minister of Singapore. Like the $2 Polymer 3 uncut, I believe this is just another numismatic product, issued at no particular purpose, apart from making a huge profit margin out of it. Some of these products were released via a local auction house or was it all released via this way? When buying uncut sheet, it would be wise to do some research first. As for me, I will not buy any uncut sheets if they were not an official issue ie privately cut up by individuals or like "home made".
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25 February 2013 - Hungary 2005 reprints. I have uploaded 2 notes - 200 (P187e) and 1000 Forint (P189d) both dated 2005. I have these 2 notes for quite a while now. I have few more of these Forint notes to be posted at a later date.

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