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Banknote of 2017 Nominations Close 31st Jan

Nominations for the Banknote of 2017 close on Wednesday 31st January 2018 - Do you know of a note issued in 2017 that should be nominated? Send your nomination to banknoteoftheyear@ibns.biz

The Latest Nominations are

Kyrgyzstan's 2,000 Som Note
KGZ-2000-Front

Djibouti's 40 Franc Note
DJI-40-Front

Argentina's 1,000 Peso Note
ARS-1000-Front

 
IBNS Journal 56-4

is available to download. Includes articles on: Australian Paper Money in the British Library, Indian Paper Money Engravers, Finnish Markka, Concorde on Banknotes and Southern Nigeria

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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.