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Last Chance for BNOY 2014 & Auction 71

Voting for the IBNS Banknote of the Year closes at 23:59 GMT Sunday 29th March, and all bids for lots in Auction 71 need to be with the Auctioneer by 23:59 GMT Tuesday 31st March

 
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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IBNS Auction No. 71

 The catalogue for IBNS Auction No. 71 2015 containing over 3800 lots is now available.

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Gene Hessler (2011)

Gene Hessler, the author of five major books on paper money, an award winning author of more than 350 articles on numismatics and a well-known broadcaster and lecturer on the topic.

Gene was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1928 and as a child already knew that music would be his profession. After studying music in Cincinnati and New York, he traveled with the big bands of Woody Herman, Billy May and others, and then worked in the pit orchestras for many Broadway shows. It was here that he started collecting under the mentorship of the late Lester Merkin, former musician and respected numismatic dealer. Gene quickly realized that paper money was more interesting than coins. He soon began to research paper money engravers, and ultimately produced his series of books. Gene has written for numerous magazines including the IBNS Journal. For about 10 years he wrote columns for the Numismatist and Coin World, and for 14 years served as editor of Paper Money. Gene was also curator of the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum and the St. Louis Mercantile Bank Money Museum.