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Proof Of The Month
Gerald Dzara recently asked me to run down a photo of a proof from The Yough National Bank of Connellsville, Pa., for an article he was writing. This is an unusual bank name so the first question that came to mind was, who was Yough? It certainly was
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Ringling Brothers Circus Scrip
Who can recall the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.? As a child I would watch “The Mickey Mouse Club” on TV and could only dream of ever going there; as a boy in a family of eight from Wisconsin it was financially out of reach and beyond a di
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New Fiji $50 Note Celebrates 50 Years of Independence
On the evening of Oct. 7 the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) launched a new commemorative $50 bank note to mark 50 years of independence. The official unveiling was undertaken at the Grand Pacific Hotel by The Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia
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Show Calendar
The BNR show calendar listings are restricted to those shows which have a specific paper money focus or which are large enough so that a significant number of tables of interest to currency collectors might be expected. Abbreviations used include, A:
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Beating the COVID Blues in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Still in the clutches of the COVID-19 situation, and with little much to do, I decided to make a short drive to the bucolic Blue Ridge Mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania. These mountains pass through the Maryland panhandle and parts of Central Pe
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Collecting Irish and Scottish Bank Notes
This month, I have invited Jonathan Callaway, an expert on currency from Ireland and Scotland, to share some of his thoughts on collecting and identifying bank notes. I could not pass up the opportunity to bring up a couple of questions on the ever-i
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Tim Prusmack: Artist Extraordinaire
For most of the time paper currency has been a part of earthly society, it has been used as an inspiration for artists to create copies. Sometimes such copies serve as a means of providing an outlet for a purely creative result; at other times a less
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Note Of The Month
National Gold Bank Notes were specifically derived from the gold rush of California in 1848. Because the enormous flow of gold through banks had become so difficult to manage, Congress passed a law in 1870 authorizing nine Gold Banks in California an
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$10,000 Federal Reserve Note Grabs Nearly $400,000 at Auction
Last issue we were watching some notes in the Long Beach U.S. Signature Action cataloged event held by Heritage Auctions. The first note, Lot 20637, a $10,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note, PMG-graded Uncirculated 66-EPQ, was projected to exceed its esti
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Rare Charter Numbers Bring Strong Prices
This issue I’m analyzing the Late September Heritage auctions. I’m also quite impressed with the ZOOM movement. I’ve participated in two so far and they have worked out well. We typically do some club business after introductions and then do some Sho
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Unexpected Jewels in BEP Correspondences
You occasionally find unexpected jewels in the course of reading documents in the correspondence files of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The correspondence is often one-sided and sometimes incomplete, but you get the picture. Here are two exam
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Reader’s Showcase
Pete Papadeas has specialized in finding unusual fonts, symbols, and punctuation on 1929 notes, especially from New Jersey. One that he came up with is this Atlantic City note. It turns out that this is the only 1929-note-issuing bank in the entire c
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Who was Ogden Livingston Mills?
Ogden L. Mills was President Hoover’s Secretary of the Treasury from Feb. 12, 1932 to March 3, 1933. His grandfather was the Mills of The National Gold Bank of D. O. Mills, Sacramento, Calif., charter 2014. This lineage represents quite a numismatic
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Reader’s Showcase
Michael Scacci provided the scan of this amazing tax-payment certificate, the likes of which I have never seen before. Here is a transcript of the certificate. I have used italics to denote the information that is filled in. Form 1595 Treasury Depart
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Proof Of The Month
The $1 1899 silver certificate illustrated here passed through the Heritage Auction held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society in April 2020 as lot 20711. It was touted as an error wherein the ‘s’ in Treasurer of the United States
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Paper Money Market
I try to respond to questions. A reader asked me why the 2017 and 2017A $1 notes seemed to be exactly the same. I lost his e-mail so I’ll answer here. I got the answer from my friend Alex Delatola, a Small Size expert and New Jersey dealer. The BEP i
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Everybody Wants to Win the Lottery!
It’s a practice that goes back to ancient times. As with so much else, the first recorded evidence of a lottery emanates from China, during the Han Dynasty (205-187 BCE). This activity is believed to have helped fund major government projects, among
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Note Of The Month
This time, we discuss a related pair of printed items - a government-printed Treasury check made during the earlier Civil War period and a 5c Fractional Currency note of the Third Issue. The unfilled date on the check is 186- and the government offic
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Show Calendar
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PRESIDENT Peter Miller VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER Corinne Zielke ASSOCIATE EDITOR Hannah Wiedmeyer SENIOR MARKET ANALYST Richard Giedroyc DESIGNER Edie Mann SALES DIRECTOR Heather Glynn Gniazdowski ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVES April Kruege
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Mott, North Dakota Preserves Bank History
Well, we are still in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, with everyone wearing masks seemingly the “new normal.” Some states, like Maryland where I live, have moved to Stage 3, wherein all businesses can reopen, including movie theaters, albeit at r
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Exploring Banknote World with Abdullah Beydoun
Q: What inspired you to become a bank note enthusiast? A: I have always been inspired by the culture and history that bank notes represent. Bank notes are more than paper money; they are memoirs of the past and can help educate people about the hist
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Heritage Readies Long Beach Auction
There are many spectacular notes in this upcoming auction. The top five I will be keeping an eye on are notes of exceptional quality. I look forward to sharing the auction results with you next month. The first note is Lot 20637, a $10,000 1934 Feder
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NALLC November Auction Features ‘Uncut’ Rarity
Recently, Numismatic Auctions L.L.C. announced their 65th catalog sale of nearly 3,000 lots, which will take place Nov. 23-24.* This auction contains several buying opportunities for the collector community such as two collections of rare U.S. Coins
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The Devil Is In The Details
Collectors have found hidden images in plain sight on some paper money. For Canadian currency collectors, this is the infamous and well-known “devil’s face” varieties – if you look closely, the devil is in the details. When a new portrait of Queen El
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Misamis Oriental and Mountain Provinces Next for Revision
This article is a continuation of a series of such updating my 1974 book on Philippine emergency notes that I started in 2009. It is possibly the last of its kind that I will prepare for Bank Note Reporter because I am now working together with an in
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Note Of The Month
You never know where research with short snorters is going to take you. For reasons now lost to me after 22 years, I showed this pair of Turkish notes that was obviously very carefully executed, perhaps to see if anyone had an idea about the signific
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1895 Directive Altered NBN Title Blocks
In 1895, the Comptroller of the Currency sent a directive to the Engraving Division of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing requesting that they insert the name of the town above the will-pay line in the title blocks of national bank notes in cases w
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Reader’s Showcase
Attentive reader Adam Stroup reeled in this Gloversville note from the May 26, 2020, Heritage weekly online auction that has a “round” C in the right serial number. It is in the identical position as the round C on the discovery $5 Windham, NY, note
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