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Latest Banknote of 2021 Nominations

The Latest Nominations for the Banknote of 2021 are: Oman's Half Rial Note & Bank of England's 50 Pound Note

If you know of a note entering circulation this year that should be nominated, please email banknoteoftheyear@theibns.org with the details

 
IBNS Journal 60-2

Includes articles on: An Unknown Romanian Banknote, The Obvious and Hidden Fibonacci Numbers on Banknotes, The Polymeric Revolution, Harrison & Sons and Isambard Kingdom Brunel and The Best Note. Login to download your copy.

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IBNS Grading Standards

Article Index
IBNS Grading Standards
Grading Guide - Uncirculated
Grading Guide - About Uncirculated
Grading Guide - Extremely Fine
Grading Guide - Very Fine
Grading Guide - Fine
Grading Guide - Very Good
Grading Guide - Good
Grading Guide - Fair
Grading Guide - Poor

 

ABOUT UNCIRCULATED (aUNC or AU): A virtually perfect note, with some minor handling. May show evidence of bank counting folds at a corner or one light fold through the center, but not both. An AU note cannot be creased, a crease being a hard fold which has usually “broken” the surface of a note. Paper is clean and bright with original sheen.  Corners are not rounded.

NOTE: Europeans will refer to an About Uncirculated or AU note as “EF-UNC” or as just “EF”. The extremely fine note described below will often be referred to as “GVF” or “Good Very Fine”.

Example - ABOUT UNCIRCULATED - Note the corner 'dings' at the lower left front. There is a mark on the back.