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Nominations for the Banknote of 2020 close on the 31st January 2021

Latest Nominations are Indonesia's 75,000 Rupiah Note, Saudi Arabia's 20 Riyal Note, Tunisia's 10 Dinar Note and Qatar's 5 Riyal Note

Send your nominations to the Banknote of the Year Co-Ordinator (banknoteoftheyear@theibns.org). 

 
IBNS Journal 59-4

is available to download: Articles cover Banco de Mexico's Waterlow Banknotes; Petroleum Industry on Banknotes; Alleged Forgery of 50 Serbian Dinars 1942 and World Currency Definitions. Login to download your copy.

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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.

During this time the IBNS was in the midst of growing pains and he saw it through that period admirably, sharing his paper money knowledge whenever possible. His reputation as a collector and promoter of world banknote collecting was global. Years after his death, he is still remembered fondly by former numismatists. Jimmie Lawrence was understandably proud of his world-class collection of about 50,000 banknotes, specializing primarily in Africa. His South Africa collection was publically displayed in a local bank for many years. His enthusiasm and camaraderie were appreciated by everyone who knew him. Significantly, Jimmie Lawrence is the first IBNS Hall of Fame member from the continent of Africa.