As my username is Colonial Coins UK and as my interests moved beyond the UK I started collecting coins of the British colonies, however the corresponding banknotes were beyond my reach, even more so than some of the coins. As the ‘Impossible Set’ for Latin America does include a few of these former colonies a note from Belize (formerly British Honduras) and a couple of examples from British Guiana have been added this month removing the ‘No notes’ label. Reading up on the history of Barclays Bank was fascinating as it is still one of the major banks here in the UK.
Some other countries were also classed as ‘No notes’ so a couple of notes for Costa Rica and a couple for Ecuador have now also made it into the Set. The more I discover about the struggles of independence from Spain, the key Figures involved and the ever-changing names and boundaries of the various territories the more absorbing it is, and for some countries the search for stability is still ongoing 200 years later.
The last two notes this month are from the former Dutch colony – Suriname. These are not the first examples as the Centrale Bank van Suriname was already represented. An example of the World War II Zilverbon issue to combat hoarding of silver coin and the post-war Muntbiljet notes from the Dutch Administration.
The Set is now upto 45 notes so still a very very long way to go