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Balaji Murthy

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About Balaji Murthy

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  • Birthday February 27

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    Portland, OR
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    Indian Banknotes
    Rupee Banknotes
    US Banknotes
    Polymer issues
    World Banknotes

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  1. Coming to coinpeople after a long time. The prefix 'O' by itself isn't anything special. You may see some premium for the X and Y prefixes which were circulated in Africa.
  2. India banknotes is a slightly complicated topic. Up until about 15 years ago, while the market was very strong, it was primarily in India and some dedicated collector pockets. Most established auctioneers did always carry a good selection and the material remained eminently affordable. The advent of ebay and online auctions caused an explosion and bid-rigging drove up the market, but again only among dedicated India collectors, both inside and outside India, and largely comprised Indians. Today, all but the very common banknotes are largely priced out of the reach of a regular collector. I have certainly stopped buying them. In the United States, I have struggled to see a steady market for anything other than American currency. Often, in shows when I look for India (or some other non US currency) pieces I am interested in, there is glaring paucity of inventory. It is not surprising that you do not see interest. I am curious, do you interest of other non-US currency items? The note shown above is a fairly common note. Considering this issue is from 1975 and was demonetized in 1977, there are many pieces available and many in very good condition.
  3. The $2 is still printed. The series year is 2013. I am a bit ambivalent about complete redesign, though changing the theme every decade or so seems nice.
  4. I am not sure how to take the comment about "decent grades". If these are decent, wonder what is a high grade!!! Lovely additions to your collection.
  5. Not sure what happened earlier Dave, perhaps an erroneous image was cached in a server somewhere. Now I do see the Belgian note (a stunning note may I add) in all instances of the image. Thanks for indulging.
  6. Maybe I am missing something. The image I see (in Dave comment) is this (how car suspensions work). Does anyone else see that?
  7. There area I collect also often has a similar situation as far as condition goes. I need to complete my (nearly complete) set of KGV and KGVI of India notes. Missing 2 denominations in the former and missing 1 denomination and a couple of specific issues in the latter. I wait for years if necessary to get the acceptable condition at the right price.
  8. I am not sure of that. I asked this earlier, but haven't gotten a satisfactory response, although Tom Chao has responded for the recent past, and I have even seen recent registers marked with denominations on the slots. But not the older ones. Remember, until the mid 60s $2s were quite common, at least until LTs were ended. Tom mentions that for over a hundred years the cash register design hasn't really changed in the available slots. So the question becomes, how were $2s stored in the past when they were quite common!!
  9. I have seen cashiers hoard the $2s, so usually they don't give them out, although I remember 15-20 years ago, if you asked and they had, they would easily part with them, no recent experience. I don't spend cash much these days, but when I have spent cash, I have occasionally been given $1 coins (although they asked if it was OK instead of the bills, as they were running low on bills).
  10. I do spend them often. I also give them to my kids as spending money. The problem is, now even my local branch of my bank only orders when I ask them to, so I have to stock them only during the holidays.
  11. Oh, I didn't mean that there aren't any $2 FRNs. What I meant was when the Legal Tender vanished, there were already FRNs in all other denominations, just not $1 and $2. While $1 FRN was issued immediately, it wasn't until 1976 that $2 FRN came out, which was actually sold as a novelty item for most part, almost like the Presidential Dollar coins these days. The big gap of about 12 years made people used to not seeing a $2, so much that most people think they never printed them any more. Even today, that perception persists. IMO, that is what makes $2 not popular. The question about cash register really was how did they handle 2s during 60s and before, as $2 was circulated fairly well. You response seems to imply that even then, there was no place for the 2 in the drawers, is that really true?
  12. I am thinking this is a fallout of end of Legal tender!! Since there wasn't a $2 FRN, people just got used to idea of no $2. Or was $2 FRN not produced because even before this denomination was less popular? I am curious. What about the cash registers from 60s and before? Did the not have a slot for the $2?
  13. Coins or note, the $2 is a very useful denomination. I have first-hand seen the utility of the particular denomination here and elsewhere. It is the absence of this particular sweet spot between a $1 and $5 that puzzles me and I think is lamentable. I would personally prefer the note over the coin though.
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