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Auction 76 Online

The catalogue for IBNS Auction No. 76 2017 containing over 5,200 lots is now available.

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IBNS Journal 56-3

is available to download. Includes articles on: Qatar Banknotes, Greek Banknotes, Test Notes and Currency Conferences, Circular Letters of Credit, Differences in Denominations

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Latest Banknote of 2017 Nominations

Madagascar's 20,000 Ariary Note, Fiji's 7 Dollar Note and England's 10 Pound Note are the latest nominations for the IBNS Banknote of 2017.

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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.”

His History of Chinese Paper Currency published in 1968 and History of Paper Currency as issued by the People’s Republic of China, published in 1972 were groundbreaking works that predated the first Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Mao himself was a colorful character who often dressed in the style of a Chinese Mandarin from the 19th century. He was collector and dealer, whose trading activities were not always welcomed by his contemporaries in Hong Kong. But his contribution to the accumulation of knowledge on the history of banknotes is unchallenged.