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Stolen Banknotes

The following notes were stolen en route to Valkenburg on the 24th April 2015.  If you come across the, please inform David Hunt uk-secretary@ibns.biz and your local police.

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Banknote of 2014 Announced

Trinidad & Tobago's 50 Dollar Note has been announced as the Banknote of 2014 following a vote of the IBNS Membership. Read More

 
Revised Membership Fees

From 1st April 2014 Regular Membership Fees paid in Sterling or Euros will increase to £22.00 and €30.00 respectively.  This has been necessary due to the significant changes in the exchange rate between these currencies and the U.S. Dollar.

 
IBNS Journal 54-1

is available to download.  Articles include an Interview with Colin Narbeth LM-01, Indian Banknotes in the Gulf Countries, Monroe Palace and Swedish Private Bank Issues.  Login to download your copy.

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Colin Narbeth (2010)

Colin Narbeth, IBNS Life Member No. 1, was the founder of the IBNS in 1961. More than 50 years ago, Colin was one of the few enthusiasts scattered around the globe who were devoted to the collection of world paper money.

Colin began collecting banknotes (and many other things as well) as a schoolboy in the 1940s. During seven years in the Royal Navy he added a few pieces to his collection from his ports of call. After he left the navy, he became a newspaper reporter and began collecting paper money seriously, buying from the infrequent paper money offerings from the likes of Spink Limited and B.A. Seaby Limited in Britain and Jolie Coins in US. He was also busy writing to anyone whose name came to his attention as sharing a similar interest in paper money. In this way he became friends with other banknote pioneers like Dr. Walter Loeb, Dr. Arnold Keller (who proofread and corrected Narbeth’s first book on banknotes), and often swapped notes with them. He helped launch “Stamp Weekly” and then moved to become a director of Stanley Gibbons International, where he started Stanley Gibbons Currency Limited, the first major British business dealing in paper money. He later left Gibbons to start his own banknote business, Colin Narbeth and Son Limited, which continues as a family business today. Colin has written numerous articles and some 20 books on a range of collecting subjects. In July 1961, Colin produced the first IBNS Journal on a hand-operated Gestetner printer, mailing it out to around 20 people. In addition to the IBNS, Colin is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Philatelic Society, London.