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  1. The quest towards a note from each of the Mexican States continues and I am now able to add Guerrero as State No.4, the list so far:-

    1   Chihuahua
    2   Tamaulipas
    3   Veracruz
    4   Guerrero

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    Guerrero is in the southwest of Mexico and is named after Vicente Guerrero Saldana (the chap on the front) who, having joined the Mexican revolutionary forces in 1810, progressed to the rank of General with control of the southern forces. As a result he played a key role in Mexico gaining her independence from Spain in 1821 and went on to serve in the provisional government which was established in 1823 following Agustin de Iturbide's failed attempt at the introduction of a monarchy. Later on in 1829 he became President, with his most notable achievement being the abolishment of slavery in Mexico. This office proved shortlived as he was deposed by his vice president Anastasio Bustamante, subsequently captured and executed by firing squad in 1831.

    My note is a 50 pesos, printed by the ABNC, for the Banco de Guerrero which is the only 'Banco' for the state which began operations in 1906 with its first branch in Iguala, My note is cancelled with a needle punched 'AMORTIZADO' and it seems to be common for the Guerrero issues that the tops of the letters are missing - I guess they couldn't be bothered to fix the punch.xD  It is a Series B note which was printed in 1914  and it appears that serial numbers 10001 to 14000 were issued yet the remainder of the run 140001 to 20000 was not, no doubt due to yet another revolutionary war. Liquidation of the bank, and many others, followed in 1921.

    The back of the note is a scene overlooking the largest city and major port of Acapulco - which entered popular culture as the playground of the rich and famous and the only place I was aware of in the State, sadly, this appears to be no longer the case.:frown:

    Examples of the 5, 10, 20 and even the 100 pesos notes are also available as remainders with issued notes being much more scarce, a 500 pesos issued note is a 'holy grail' item - anybody have one?

     

     

    Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialised Issues 12th Edition.
    Mexican Paper Money 2017
    Papermoneyofmexico.com (usmex.org)
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  2. ...will the National Bank of Ukraine stick to it's current product schedule?

    I've been tracking the NBU product release schedule closely, I always keep an eye on it regardless but more so now, and it has been changing on a monthly basis, even prior to the Invasion. They have been paring the gold issues down since the initial release of the schedule in Nov-Dec of 2021, and now there is no gold commemorative or bullion issues on the latest iteration. Even the silver issues have been cut way back including halving the anticipated mintage of the 1 UAH Silver Archangel to 10,000, a mintage that would be the lowest since the initial release of the series back in 2011. Currently there is no release date for the Archangel which makes me think that these are in serious jeopardy of being cut from the production schedule unless the tides of war start to swing in Ukraine's favor. 

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    Even the 500 UAH silver banknote that the NBU was planning to release has been cut from the schedule. The silver banknotes have been a staple of the NBU's souvenir product line since 1992!

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    With all of the slashing going on with the product schedule it was looking pretty bleak a month ago, the NBU had actually passed a resolution to pause all precious metal products at one point, but the schedule has been replenished with plenty of war themed and morality lifting products which, now, includes two commemorative banknotes. 

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    The print runs are healthy, especially the 20 UAH note with a run of 300k. For comparison the 30th Anniversary notes of Ukraine's Independence that were issued last year only had print runs of 30k for each denomination, and there are plenty of those to go around. I have not seen any potential designs for the notes yet but I imagine that the 500 UAH note will be very similar to last year's commemoratives and that the 20 UAH note will be of one of the designs submitted to the NBU under their sketches for the creation of numismatic products dedicated to Ukraine's struggle against Russian aggression contest.

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    The NBU has already authorized production of 5 & 10 UAH coins titled "In Unity, Strength", both are on the current production schedule. The winning sketch "Unity-Power", lower-left in the image above, will be on one side and on the other side another submitted sketch  "Assistance of Partner Countries" will be displayed (image of sketch obverse below). https://bank.gov.ua/en/news/all/viznacheni-pidsumki-golosuvannya-za-eskizi-dlya-stvorennya-numizmatichnoyi-produktsiyi-prisvyachenoyi-borotbi-ukrayini-z-agresiyeyu-rf 

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    The banknotes, probably, have a very good chance of being printed as the NBU's Banknote Printing and Minting Works has all the capabilities to produce its own paper, along with the printing equipment needed to produce these notes. I also would not be surprised to see more notes added to the schedule in the near future, or other paper products. Everything is subject to change or, if things go terribly wrong for Ukraine, the entire production schedule could be deep sixed. It has been very interesting monitoring the actions taken by the NBU in response to Russian aggression, and the production schedule has not been immune to some of these actions. The messages being sent through these products, in both the artwork and production are all part of the Ukrainian response. More to follow when available...

    Here are some more numismatic related announcements from the NBU, some are only available in Ukrainian so you have to use Google translate if you can't read them. 

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    https://bank.gov.ua/ua/news/all/utochneno-poryadok-roboti-pidrozdiliv-natsionalnogo-banku-z-pamyatnimi-ta-investitsiynimi-monetami-ukrayini-v-osobliviy-period

     

    Production schedules from February 2022 (pre-invasion) and May 2022.

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  3. Czech it Out

    So recently Mike has been sharing a lot of contemporary counterfeit Ukrainian notes and so I figured that I would share kind of along the same lines. 

    The Czechoslovakia P#5 1000 korun which is an Austrian 1000 korun with a red stamp printed onto the Hungarian side of the note. This stamp turned the old currency of the Austro Hungarian Empire into "new" Czechoslovakian currency. These were issued in the newly founded nation for a short time period in 1919 and 1920 before new banknotes were printed and issued.

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    Counterfeit bills were handstamped with an additional stamp over the red stamp that read "BANK UR MIN FIN PRAHA", (Banking Office of the Ministry of Finance Prague. This was to indicate that these bills were not legitimately stamped. I'm unsure if they were stamped with the extra stamp to make them legal currency or help identify them later when the new banknotes were swapped out . But it makes me wonder why they were stamped as opposed to being pulled from circulation.

    My example of this note is heavily circulated and damaged but the ink of the handstamp is still mostly visible. I don't know if this damage was from circulation under Czechoslovakia or Austria. Or just improper storage later.

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    I am unsure what the total population of these notes is and how many survive to today. They were issued for a very short time period in the new nation of Czechoslovakia and they were a high denomination that was not used as much as smaller currency. Currently only 1 has been graded by PMG and no counterfeit notes have been graded, and these do not come up for sale very often. 

  4. Since I've been ready to get back in, have been looking through my raw notes, especially Mexican and ABNC notes. I came across this note which is one of my favorites. The obverse looks gorgeous to me, but I'm afraid the reverse may knock the grade down. Having been a pressman, really looks like there is a darker shade mixed in. I can see it especially in the largest 10s in the middle down the sides, plus the upper left 10. Or possibly the press hasn't been cleaned up good enough to get rid of the old ink.

    How much will PMG deduct (if any??) I guess I would knock it down some, as the orange should be nice and bright. I know how hard it is to clean out the old ink. Honestly I've had to clean up again, one time I had to go to a yellow  on a rush job, and it took me three washups. I think I'd be lucky to get a 62 with an EPQ regardless.

     

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  5. So, I saw this thing come up and knew it was higher grade than what I had. I added it to my watch list and then never followed up or look at it.

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    I got a notification last night from eBay that it was ending. It had no bids and a price of $27. The seller - who I buy from often - had a BIN option on it in another listing for $35. Just for fun I put in a $27 bid as the minutes were ticking down. I thought mine was a 66 EPQ but I didn't feel like I had time to check. I won it though!

    It turns out the one I had in my set was a 67 EPQ. So this was only a 1 point, minor, upgrade... but it's an upgrade. The set gets slightly better, slightly stronger... slightly closer to being acceptable to Mike's lofty standards.

    The seller's image is of an AB. I wouldn't mind if this turned into another case where what they actually send me is an AA, because what I have in my set already (the 67 EPQ) is also an AB. So that could be nice. I guess we'll see.

    The serial number on the note they image is interesting - Not fancy, but interesting. Somehow I doubt this is the one I'll get but... interesting to look at nonetheless.

     

    Edited to add:

    A few months ago I finally bit the bullet and bought a 66 EPQ VEN104a just to fill the whole in my set. The same seller with the above has a VEN104a in 67EPQ now, finally... If I'd realized this last night I might have grabbed this for combined shipping... as it is, now, I'm just going to sigh, roll my eyes, and be a bit annoyed. :frustrated:lol

    I am still waiting to see if pre-graded Digital Bolivars will start showing up on eBay. If I can get them pre-graded in good grades for good prices I'll probably expand the set to include those and update the name from just "Strength and Sovereignty," but I don't really want to go through the hassle of grading these myself. I think the uniformity and sameness of these is hurting collector interest though and that might hurt dealer interest. I'm noticing that P-110 through P-113 don't seem to have done well, but P-114 did because it has a new back and, of course, it is the 1 Mil.

     

     

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  6. You won't find stars on National bank notes to signify a replacement.  This set has a few large and a few small examples.  It's all about paged serial numbers and detecting them from normal production numbering.  See if you can see what makes these notes replacements

     

  7. With the President in the White House, its look like we will see the new redesign Twenty Dollars bill with in this year or next year, with "Harriet Tubman" on the bill in 2022 or 2024 series, only after the new Treasurer of the United State and a new Secretary  of the Treasury are name and approved by House and Senate. We will see the new "Harriet Tubman" bill that will be printed; I hope they can be printed at both the Washington D.C. and at the Fort Worth TX location. This will be the first time a person of color will be on any U S currency in the history of the United States. This bill first design was the 1928 series with Tate-Mellon and the next was in 1996 series with the Withrow-Rubin "Big Head" notes series was last printed in that format.

    Starting in 2004 the new redesign notes with Marin-Snow series was the first printed in that format, and rand from 2004 thru 2021. This will be the fourth redesign for the Twenty Dollar notes. This is one of the most used notes of all the currently in circulation today. The Harriet Tubman bill will be an open face design, the same way as the series of 2004 current bill that are in circulation. This will be a newest note in the series of Twenty Dollars notes, within this collation.

  8. Counterfeiting of paper money in North America dates back to the very first emissions.  The only Massachusetts 1690 bills that survive today are raised bills; genuine bills on which the denomination was altered, or raised, to a higher denomination.  Counterfeits were a problem in all of the 13 colonies from the beginning.  Free money was the motivation for the counterfeiters was, for the first 85 years.  That all changed in 1775 when the British placed counterfeit May 10, 1775 $30 Continental bills into circulation.   

    These very rare counterfeit bills represent the first tactical use of counterfeits.  The objective of the British was to undermine confidence in the paper money of the Continental Congress.  The first bills were not very convincing and were probably viewed as more of an irritation than a real threat.  The bills were printed from a relatively crudely engraved plate and are easily spotted.   As the American revolution progressed the British counterfeiting operations improved, and the counterfeit bills became a real threat to the colonial economy.  The rampant counterfeiting of the May 20, 1777 and the April 11, 1778 emissions forced the early recall of the bills, and significantly undermined confidence in the currency.  The British not only printed counterfeit bills, they encouraged the use of counterfeits by sympathizers and even issued propaganda heralding the quality and number of the counterfeits in circulation.

    The pictured bill is an example of the first shot fired by the British in the economic battlefield of the American Revolution.  These are very rare counterfeits with less than 10 examples known today.  They are easily identified becuase they were printed from engraved plates, rather than typeset.  This example has evidence of mounting and paper pulls on the face, but is collectable none the less.  

    Eric Newman wrote a detailed article about the British Counterfeiting Operations, the full article is available here:  https://www.britnumsoc.org/publications/Digital BNJ/pdfs/1958_BNJ_29_18.pdf

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  9. It's now the end of March, one of the wackiest months in my life and probably yours and perhaps in history of the modern world.  Plagues have been with us since the beginning and I suppose this isn't gonna be the last one unless we all go down with it.  But, not here to discuss our future, but the present.  Seems as though everything except the graders have gone home, and I bet their number of coins and paper money has dropped quite a bit as only electronic trading is happening. All the venues I go to are shut down for the foreseeable future, and my website hasn't had a hit in 2 weeks.  I thought maybe with folks stuck inside, perhaps more would be looking at the site, www.exonumiaandmore.com but no such luck.  

    I'm working with a company who puts up sites, so I cannot edit it until they finish with their legal beagles and so on and so forth.  So,I thought I'd talk about what I am doing to keep me off the streets looking for paper money blowing in the wind.

    A while back, I bought a stash of uncertified notes, mostly $2 modern FRN's  If you care to go to my site, you can see a few, and also I put a few on eBay and will add more when Tomorrow comes.  I put so many up, I ran out of free postings, so I have to wait til tomorrow. See captbrian2.  Is it illegal here to putup my locations of info. Hope not.

    Anyway, these $2's are of many sorts.  Fancy serial #'s, error notes, and so on. One of them, I especially like (the blue book shows it at $700+-, and it is with 3 other notes.  What happens is, the third printing, (the serial # & seal) are submitting to gravity, then fighting it.  The 1st note is where it should be (the serial #) then the 2nd note has it dropping down a bit. and the 4th, it begins to defy gravity and starts self correcting back up to where it belongs.  I have never seen a set like this, and I have talked with others who have seen similar, but it is quite rare from what I can get from the paper money community.  Anyway, I will try to post the pictures. 

    I always have incredible trouble posting pictures on these journals, but I'll give 'er a spin.

    No luck with picture. I'm gonna publish this then try to add in pictures.

     

  10. HunterSS

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    Starting a small collection to pass the time.

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  11. Since its founding in 2005, PMG has been committed to the principles of accuracy, consistency and integrity. We are grateful for all of the collectors and dealers who have entrusted their notes to PMG. Thank you!

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  12. Ron Greene

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    I am a collector of all Baltimore MD small town notes.  With the exception of Charter 1413, I am buying all Charter Baltimore notes.  They should grade VF35 or better.  My only missing note in my collection is Charter 1432 which has 7 total in the inventory and last was in a public aucthion dated 2009.

     

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    Could some one please show how to get to the population list. Since that change, I can not fine any thing, I know it hear but ware to fine it. Thanks for your help. Don

     

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    Testing to see date/credentials when posted

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  14. Create Sets and Upload Images

    Finally figured out how to create images on the registry site. Now I am able to start searching for bills to match sets.

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    PICKED UP 4 $1 SILVER CERTIFICATES I AM NEW TO THIS AND IM HOPING I DIDNT GET RIPPED OFF HAHA

    GOT 3 1935 F SERIES BILLS SERIAL NUMBERS: U 040006581 I, Z 55232228 I, Z 76129511 I, AND A 1928 A SERIES, SER: F 52406831 B. NOW WHAT SHOULD I DO lol PLEASE IF ANYONE CAN GIVE ME A LITTLE INSIGHT ID BE FOREVER GRATEFUL.....SORRY ABOUT THE ALL CAPS MY KEYBOARD GOT WET. SEMPER FI!

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    what grade will it be.in process now.

    glad to see it back.

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    BEST Before Now Light Years ahead...

    By Far The Best 3rd party graded holders out there!

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  15. The 2013 Star notes had a run of 80,000 For the 2013 L star note. I came across these this week..... two packs of A, Boston FRB ..

    came across these this week, Will be placing one of them on ebay to test the waters... I have not seen any others yet.. but who knows how many are in the run as there is no Production numbers that I can find from the Federal Reserve (BEP). ??? There was an 80,000 run of 2013 L star notes, of course I want this First run of A stars to match that production number....

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  16. C S A $20.00 COUNTRFEIT NOTE's BY SAM UPHAM

    THIS IS PART OF MY C S A COUNTERFEIT NOTES MOSTLY $20.00. THESE NOTES HAVE A STORY BEHIND THEM AND THE MAN THE SOUTH PUT A BOUNTY ON . HE IS REPORTED TO HAVE PUT INTO CIRCULATION OVER 1 MILLION INTO THE SOUTHS ECONOMEY.HE HAD A DRUG STORE / stationary STORE.GOT PICTURE OF $5.00 NOTE IN NEWS PAPER AND STATED PRINTING THEM UP.SELLING THEM FOR 5CENTS SOLD OUT QUICK so he started buying bills and reproducing them sold to fast to keep up.people were going down south buying loads of cotton paying with counterfeit notes. the U S gov. went to sam stationary store but but to his surprise they were not there to arrest him. No they resupplied him with ink and paper. [true]before that he had printed his name and address on the bottom of notes. that his buyers would just trim it off. I have them with and with out name ,address. start of war c s a doll. was @ about .88 cents on dol. not bad. till sam's funny money brought it down. will try to upload photos ASP

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    Old Navy created the T-shirts "Young Aspiring Artist", but with the word "artist" crossed out, and substituted with other words such as "astronaut" and "president". The T-shirts triggered controversy and social media outcry.

    Old Navy created the T-shirts "Young Aspiring Artist", but with the word "artist" crossed out, and substituted with other words such as "astronaut" and "president". The T-shirts triggered controversy and social media outcry. People were complaining about the shirt shamming artists as a legitimate career choice. Old Navy apologized for the T-shirts and pulled them from its stores and issued a statement that it did not try to offend anyone on purpose. In my opinion the Old Navy did not offend anybody. The T-shirt merely reflected the current affairs of the art and the place of an artist in our contemporary times. I call the current situation "Hyperinflation of Arts".

    Hyperinflation in economy often occurs when there is a large increase in the money supply not supported by the product growth, resulting in an imbalance in the supply and demand for the money. Left unchecked this causes currency to lose its value. Rapid devaluation of the currency, and with it, hyperinflation, is devastating for the economy and it is very painful for the society.

    "Hyperinflation of Arts" started with Conceptual Art movement in the mid-1960. The movement completely rejected standard ideas and aesthetics of art. Many works of conceptual art, often called installations could be created by anyone. In the article "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art" Sol LeWill explains: "In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art."

    In music around the same time, the avant-garde movement developed. That movement in music challenged and critiqued existing aesthetic conventions, rejected existing status quo, and introduce new and unique elements to provoke or annoy the audience. Music, however, recovered from the influence of avant-garde movement, and moved on. Maybe because you can reject existing status quo all you want, but at the end of the day, you won't be able to play any music without music elements such as rhythm, harmony, dynamics, etc., or music theory. Yes, you will be able to go on stage and cut the piano in half to shock and annoy your audience, and you can declare that it was a music performance. Next time however, your audience is not going to show up to see it again, because it was interesting once (maybe).

    Music moved on, and avant-garde movement is just a movement in music history, however art never recovered from the conceptual art. Art is still under strong influence even now in the twenty first-century. We are still suffering from the belief that idea suffices as a work of art, and that concerns such as aesthetics, expression, skills are nothing, but the limitation to the boundaries of art. The boundaries were pushed very hard and are still being pushed. Institution such as museums and art galleries, and educational institutions are still forcing conceptual art as a main stream art, and any other styles of art suffered devaluation.

    The idea that you don't need any skills, or education, or talent, or anything else to become an artist was pretty much accepted. This notion opened the door for anybody who wanted to enter the art scene and declare themselves the artists. I personally witnessed ridiculous situation when someone without any degree was teaching in a major university. The university hired someone without any degree to teach the students who were actually pursuing the art degrees.

    I'm sure everybody is familiar with a tale by Hans Christian Andersen "The Emperor's New Clothes", about tailors who promise an emperor a new clothes that is invisible to those who are unqualified for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor paraded before his subjects in his "new clothes", no one dared to say that they don't see any clothes and the emperor is parading naked, until a child cried out, "But he is naked!"

    I cannot help but think of the Andersen's tale when I think about the art affairs in our contemporary times. The mainstream institutions still strongly insist that "Emperor" is wearing expensive and sophisticated clothes and those who are unable to see, are unqualified stupid and incompetent. I personally see that "Emperor" is naked, Old Navy sees it, so does everybody else. Conceptual art like avant-garde music was shocking, and appeared fresh in sixties, seventies, eighties... , but in our contemporary time it cannot pass as fresh, but quite opposite. It stinks...

    Because there are no boundaries to entry, the art scene is flooded with endless number of people who aspire to be the artists, but don't want to spend a lot of effort, time or money to produce the quality artwork. The product they produce is the product of no skill, and represents rejection of standard ideas and aesthetics of art by the conceptual art movement. Such products presents very little value, therefore the value of art has been deluded, and in return the place of an artist in the modern society slowly disappears. Like in economy, rapid devaluation of the currency, and with it, hyperinflation, is devastating for the economy and it is very painful for the society. Rapid devaluation of contemporary art is devastating for art, and painful for the society.

     

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    The first note of Brasil.

    Banco Central Do Brasil

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  17. http://www.moneyfactorystore.gov/28888luckymoneysheet.aspx

    (First day of sale: November 18, 2015 -- 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time) In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Lucky Money Collection: the $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet.

    The $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet features an uncirculated Series 2009 $2 8-subject, uncut currency sheet with the serial numbers of all eight notes beginning with "8888." Each sheet is displayed in a decorative holder, capturing the significance of numerology and Chinese symbolism, and is protected by an acid-free, clear, polymer sleeve. This product is sold for $58.88 and only 16,888 will be available for sale.

    Bulk pricing is available for the $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet.

    Household quantity purchase limit restrictions of 250 units for the $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet will be imposed for the first week of release, November 18 -- 24, 2015. On November 25, 2015, household purchase restrictions will be waived.

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