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


Hall of Fame

Imagine a world without a world paper money catalogue, with no specialist paper money dealers, no shows featuring foreign paper money, and certainly no internet to instantly link collectors and dealers across the globe. That barren scene was the world of 50 years ago. But scattered across Europe, North America and Asia were men and women who were fascinated by the paper money that had become the main medium of exchange in the 20th century, replacing the coins that has been the staple of exchange for more than two millennia. Some of these early collectors were in contact with each other; others were not. However, efforts by them and others like them over the past half a century have seen the hobby of collecting world paper money grow from being a minor offshoot of coin collecting into the substantial branch of numismatics it is today.

The International Bank Note Society takes this opportunity to recognize these pioneers of the hobby. The IBNS Board determined to establish a Hall of Fame to honor these men and women. The process, it was hoped, would foster an appreciation of the historical development of the pastime we all follow with varying levels of passion.

The first selection of inductees to the Hall of Fame was made in 2010. The inaugural inductees into the IBNS Hall of Fame, in alphabetical order, are: Yasha Beresiner, Joseph Boling, Michael Crabb, Ruth Hill, Dr. Arnold Keller, King On Mao, Colin Narbeth, Dr. Albert Pick and Neil Shafer. They helped lay the foundations on which the hobby is built. As world paper money collecting is a relatively new pastime, especially when compared with coin or stamp collecting, many of the hobby’s earliest champions and benefactors are still with us. Sadly, some are not.

Several of those being honored this year were instrumental in the formation of IBNS, without which the hobby would be far poorer today. Others contributed through the spread of knowledge of banknotes to fellow collectors through books and catalogues. Some have helped build the institutional structure that underpins the hobby and enables collectors to meet and trade. All have given greatly of their time and effort and have earned the lasting gratitude of fellow collectors.

The IBNS Board has selected three individuals to join the Hall of Fame for 2011: author and broadcaster Gene Hessler, leading dealer and researcher Mel Steinberg and dealer and publisher Pam West. Together they represent major influences on our hobby in recent decades.

Following is a very brief outline of the work of the induces to the IBNS Hall of Fame. The year mentioned relates to when they were inaugurated into the IBNS Hall of Fame

Peter Symes (2012)

Peter Symes has been a prolific contributor to the Journal for 10 years, in addition to editing the Journal between 2008 and 2010 and being IBNS President twice between 2005 to 2012.

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.

Yasha Beresiner (2010)

A lawyer by training and a dealer in collectables by choice, Yasha was an early member of IBNS (he is Life Member No. 2), founder of the Latin American Paper Money Society, a past director of IBNS and editor of The IBNS Journal for several years in the early 1970s.

Ruth Hill (2010)

Ruth Hill, or Mrs. Adolf B. Hill Jr. III as she liked her letters to be addressed, was the grand old lady of paper money collecting in North America.

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.

Dwight Musser (2012)

Dwight Musser was a pioneer working in the late 1950s and early 1960s especially with notgeld and other kinds of notes aimed at getting collectors interested.

Mel Steinberg (2011)

Mel Steinberg, who passed away October 2010, was among the major world paper money dealers for more
than 30 years.

Joseph Boling (2010)

Joseph Boling has devoted much of his life to collecting and a large part of his retirement years to the services of numismatics as an author and an indefatigable administrator.

King On Mao (2010)

King On Mao, whose books published in English on Chinese paper money helped open the door to non-Chinese collectors of this vast area of world paper money, has been described as “a gentleman and a rogue.”

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.

Dr. Walter Loeb (2012)

Dr. Walter Loeb was the co-founder of the IBNS and its first president, then Vice-President until his death in 1968.

Pam West (2011)

Pam West is a paper money dealer, publisher of award-winning books on paper money, entrepreneur and for 30 years the driving force behind the London Chapter of the IBNS.

Mike Crabb (2010)

Mike Crabb was the innovator and long-time chairman of the International Paper Money Show in Memphis, the main meeting place for the hobby in North America for more than 30 years.

Arnold Keller (2010)

Arnold Keller can rightly be called the father of modern paper money catalogues. He was born in Germany in 1897 and began collecting paper money around the age of 14.

Neil Shafer (2010)

Neil Shafer has added immensely to the paper money hobby through his work in developing the Standard Catalogue of World Paper Money