The joys of Banknote Collecting

20170116_2017451Yes, that’s me. I collect money as one of my hobbies. It’s a fantastic way to catch a glimpse of other cultures, historic events, famous and historic persons, wildlife and heritage sites worldwide.

So there are many ways of choosing which notes to collect and why, the most common means of collection are..

Countries Maybe its the ones you’ve already been to, retaining notes as a form of memento outside of typical tourist souvenirs. Or maybe it’s those from your country from the age you grew up in. It’s exciting to collect the money the people exchange (have exchanged) in the countries you have been to. Another novelty is where a particular country has multiple banks that hold legal rights to issue notes, examples of which are Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

World heritage sites Do you have a passion for architecture or Roman ruins and other gems? A collection of notes depicting heritage sites as another nice collectible reminder of the sites and period you have an interest in.

Nature and wildlife Sea Turtles, Pelicans, Flamingoes, and varying species of birds amongst others. If the most prettiest depictions of wild animals gracing their natural habitat is for you then a collection of these notes is likely to please.

Commemorative and otherwise limited edition notes If sport and international events are what you live for then there are lots of commemorative banknotes out there. There are one-off notes for the Olympics, Golfing events, anniversaries of national holidays and more. If you are looking for a particularly sought after collection this is the way to go. Due to the rarity these notes are likely to be harder to find and more expensive, particuarly in very fine or mint condition.

People Have a love of all things Shakespeare or Mihai Eminescu or other poets, playwrights and prominent figure in society. There are countless notes with prominent figures from many countries and many banknote issues. This sort of collection would compliment a collection of items of the worlds most prominent.

Polymer The next generation of paper money is here. If you enjoy looking at the enhanced security features, see through windows and then an assorted collection of Polymer notes is unlikely to disappoint. Not all countries have polymer notes as of yet but many of the notes out there are very impressively designed and constructed. While in some degree they are the next generation of paper money they are not as “brand new” as one might have first thought. They were first invented in Australia and a commemorative note was placed into public circulation in Australia back in 1988. Nowadays well over 30 countries (and counting) are embracing the use of polymer.

All in all Banknote collecting can be a fun and rewarding hobby that has multiple reasons that make it a differing and interesting hobby, the sense of excitement can no doubt expand if it involves collecting for a reason related to another interest you have. This hobby is also one of the least space consuming collectors hobbies there is.

Samantha Eaton

La Reina Razonable

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