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Banknote of 2015 Announced

New Zealand's 5 Dollar Note has been chosen by the IBNS Membership as the Banknote of 2015.  The nominations are now open for the Banknote of 2016 and the first nomination is Maldives 1,000 Rufiyaa Note.
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IBNS Journal 55-1

is on its way to the printers and should be with Members in the next few weeks. Can't wait for the postman? Login to download your copy. Topics include: Albert Pick, Mozambique, Portuguese Colonial Note Issues and Euro Banknotes

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Banknote of 2015 Voting

Voting for the Banknote of 2015 is open until 23:59 BST Sunday 20th March 2016.

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Albert Pick Dies

It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the death of Albert Pick, 93, on 22nd November 2015.  He created the eponymous numbering system still in use today, alongside the original Standard Catalog of World Paper Money.

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Albert Pick (2010)

Albert Pick is internationally recognized as the author of the first comprehensive catalogue of world banknotes and is widely credited with establishing the modern face of banknote collecting.

The Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, first published in 1975, is based on earlier regional listings produced by Dr. Pick and is today the standard reference work for banknote collectors worldwide. The numbering system for identifying world paper money bears his name. Dr. Pick started collecting banknotes as a teenager in his native Germany in 1930. He later studied philosophy, literature and history, and by 1964, was working as the manager of a publishing house before dedicating himself to the study of paper money and becoming an acknowledged expert. When Dr. Pick’s private collection of (at that time) 180,000 notes became too extensive for a private collector, it was taken over by the Bayerische Hypotheken und Wechselbank, one of the largest German private banks. He continued to expand the collection as curator for the bank between 1964 and his retirement in 1985. Besides the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Dr. Pick published numerous books and received several international prizes and honors for his publications. He currently lives in retirement in Bavaria, Germany.