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Nominations for Banknote of 2016 Close 31st January 2017

The latest nominations are:

Columbia's 50,000 Pesos note
COL-50000-Front

India's 2,000 Rupee Note
IND-2000-Front

Argentina's 500 Peso Note
ARS-500-Front

Do you know of a note issued in 2016 that should be nominated?
Send your nominations to banknoteoftheyear@ibns.biz before 31st January.

 
IBNS Membership Directory

The PDF edition of the 2016 IBNS Membership Directory is now available from the Members Area.

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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



Ward D. Smith (2016)

Elected to the IBNS Hall of Fame in the Pioneer Category is deceased member Ward D. Smith from California. He was a very early and eminent researcher and collector of Chinese paper money.

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John Sandrock (2015)

John Sandrock (Charter Member 0026) from the United States of America was a pioneer in the hobby of paper money collecting and his devotion was stellar.

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Fred Philipson (2014)
Fred Philipson was sometimes called “a father of English paper money collecting.” Fred was with the IBNS at its inception.
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Weldon D. "Burt" Burson (2014)

The very epitome of a world banknote collecting legend, Weldon did what no one else was capable of doing by physically handling, conserving and bringing order to the most challenging monetary union in the world, West African States.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trevor Wilkin (2016)

Trevor Wilkin from Australia has been described as “one of the most interesting, most knowledgeable and most trustworthy banknote dealers in the world.” His banknote expertise and historical perspective are refreshing and always spot on accurate.

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Milt Blackburn (2015)

Milt Blackburn (Life Member 18) from British Columbia, Canada is best described as a true “gentleman” and has been a highly respected banknote dealer for over 30 years.

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Arthur C "Art" Matz (2014)

Charter Member of IBNS #0022-C, Art is nominated for his long work in running the Latin America Paper Money Society (LANSA), founded in 1973.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Milan Alusic (2016)

Milan Alusic died in 2015 at age 90 as IBNS Secretary Emeritus and Director for Life. He was one of the last of a core group of numismatists from Racine, Wisconsin,

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Jimmie Lawrence (2015)

An extraordinary banknote collector from Johannesburg, South Africa, he helped found the IBNS in 1961 and served as one if its early presidents for almost a decade.

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Amon G Carter Jr. (2014)
A worldwide banknote collector of legendary magnitude who was IBNS Life Member #5, Amon Carter’s continuing impact on world banknote collecting cannot be overstated.
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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.

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Mel Steinberg (2011)

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

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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.

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