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

The many joys of Walking


It has many benefits and joys waiting for us.

Some are health benefits which are the most obvious but I’ll also be including those that are great for the mind and soul as well.

Great for thinking Got a creative project that you need to develop ideas for? Walking provides the space for brain activity. It’s also fantastic for thinking of ways to resolve problems. It does not always work in this manner all the time but it can be a great way of thinking things out. Consider taking a supportive friend with you should you need to.

I have thought of many of my ideas for my articles (including sub-points) while in this state.

One way to discover new places Sure cars and public transport are great but not everywhere has roads nor is there public transport links everywhere. Walking can provide a means of viewing different places that are off the beaten track.

Bonus points for the fact you’ll see more on the way, with walking you have the added bonus of being able to take it all in rather than seeing it flash by the car window.

If you like a peaceful existence then its a fantastic way to eliminate stresses out of life. Life throws much at us and walking can form a reprieve for those who would like a break. Walking can be akin to a “meditational state with the eyes open” depending on the locations visited, weather, views, wildlife and company you have with you.

I love the awe like state when I see new places, weather formations and varying other things that make me want to take photographs. Many of the photos for my articles are also taken on walks.

It’s another way of getting exercise Not that into the gym but want to exercise? Fed up with high fees to use the gym? Maybe walking is just the ticket. Not only is it one of the gentler forms of exercise out there perhaps second only to swimming but its free. It can provide toning effect to the legs, posterior and tummy. Many say its good for depression also.

Bored  of vegging out in front of the TV? Everyone needs a change of scene every so often. Walking is a means to getting that change of scene. It can provide means for splitting up any activity that needs a break or pause.

A way to put down Facebook and get out with nature With technology comes connectedness, and this is beneficial on many levels. However technology can take up a bigger space in our lives and is more than ever. Walking while not checking Facebook constantly can give us the separation from technology and screens in general

It’s a viable form of transport and can save you money So it depends on how far your going but if your journeys (including your commute) are small then walking is a fair option that will save you money.

Samantha Eaton

La Reina Razonable