IBNS Auction 72

 The catalogue for IBNS Auction No. 72 2015 containing almost 3500 lots is now available.

IBNS Journal 54-3

is available to download and will soon be arriving by post.  Transition Town Currencies in the UK, Mexican Revolutionary Paper Money, Printers Test Notes, and Nepalese Paper Money are all covered, along with many others.  Login to download your copy.

Banknote of 2015 - Nominations

Gambia's 100 Dalasi, Burundi's 2000 Franc and Argentina's 50 Peso note are the latest nominations for the IBNS Banknote of 2015

IBNS Elections

Nominations for the IBNS Board of Directors are now being sought, for elections to be held in 2016.  Do you want to take part in running the IBNS, guiding its future, or implementing ideas you have for its improvement or do you know another member who does then please nominate them. Read More



The IBNS Book of the Year for 2009

(For a book published in 2008)


The International Bank Note Society has named as its 'Book of the Year' for 2008 Billetes del Paraguay by Miguel Ángel Pratt Mayans and Carlos Alberto Pusineri Scalla. The book is the long-overdue update of Paraguay Paper Money produced by the same authors in 1990.

Written in Spanish, yet relatively easy to follow for non-Spanish speakers, it provides a comprehensive listing of the quite complex series of Paraguayan banknotes from 1851 until 2007. For modern note collectors, it offers guidance to the myriad combinations of printers and signatures of recent issues under the law of June, 1995.

Commenting on the award, IBNS President Peter Symes noted Billetes del Paraguay "highlights the rich variety of paper money books available around the world, which are often unfamiliar to collectors in English-speaking countries. It is yet another example of the depth of information found in regional catalogues."

The catalogue is illustrated in colour and includes much information on the many Paraguayan notes. Pricing in US dollars for three grades of condition is suggested for most issues. The book also provides a listing of the specimen notes issued by Paraguay. Billetes del Paraguay is priced at US$25, plus postage, and is available from the authors at 14 de Mayo 221, Asunción, Paraguay or through

Receiving an honorable mention in the Book of the Year Award was Mikhail Istomin’s Catalog of Banknotes of the Civil War in Russia.