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Auction 80 Online

The catalogue for IBNS Auction No. 80, 2019 containing almost 5,000 lots is now available.  Auction Closes Sunday 10 November 2019

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IBNS Journal 58-3

is avaialble to download: Survey of New Security Features, 1869 1-Peso of the Republic of Cuba, Queen Victoria Portraits for India and People on Australian Banknotes who named Canberra Suburbs. Login to download your copy.

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Banknote of 2019 Nominations

received so far are for Northern Ireland's 5 Pound (Ulster Bank) NoteSwitzerland's 1,000 Franc Note and Aruba's 25 Florin Note

Do you know of a banknote that will be issued to the public that should be nominated for the Banknote of 2019?  Send your nominations to the Banknote of the Year Co-Ordinator (banknoteoftheyear@theibns.org). 

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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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Howard Daniel III (2017)

is a most notable numismatic researcher and ambassador, specializing in the the currencies of Southeast Asia.  Always willing to share his time and knowledge with anyone he has for many years focused on attracting young members into the hobby. 

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Michael Vort-Ronald (2017)

has written and self-published numerous books on Australian banknotes and related items. He also established the only private Banking and Currency Museum in Australia which operated from 1988 to 2008 and won ten regional tourism awards.

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George J Sten (2017)

was without doubt a true pioneer in the study of world paper money. His single-volume Encyclopedia of World Paper Money published in 1965 was a tremendous step forward into the understanding of what it was to collect world currencies.

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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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