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Several times I've heard from some collectors that they have trouble with storing their banknotes in a proper way, so I thought that you guys might appreciate it if I would share my view on how I store my notes. Personally, I like to hold my banknotes in my hands so I can view and admire them better. Unfortunately this doesn't really help to preserve my notes since human hands are always full of gems and bacteria. So having a some sort of plastic protection like an album would probably the most suitable solution for preserving your beautiful banknotes. The only downside of this is that good-quality albums are always expensive. I don't have anything against albums and sheets because they display banknotes in a very fine way, but paying 50 USD for an album that only holds notes worth 30 USD is simply a little too much trouble for me. But I still would like some sort of protection for my banknotes! Anyway, after some time searching on Ebay I found a Chinese dealer who sells 'banknote sleeves'. They are made from clear plastic and they come in 4 different sizes, in a pack of 400. These sleeves are probably the best thing I've came across so far because although they are quite thin, they let me hold my banknotes in my hands without me damaging them. Also, a pack of 400 costs less than 10 USD and they are shipped with free world-wide shipping! Probably some of you are already familiar with them, but I have never heard of them before. They came in a couple of days ago and personally I am very satisfied with the sleeves. Here's how it looks like when they have banknotes in them: The sizes are: 85x175 mm, 75x175 mm, 70x150 mm and 60x130 mm. Coincidently, I had some old videotapes laying around and I figured that the hard shells in which the videotapes are stored would make a perfect 'album' for my banknotes. The shells are also very practical when you are on a fair and quickly need to store your purchased notes somewhere. By the way, no dust can enter the shells unless you open them, which makes them again very useful. But unfortunately I have some banknotes that have a larger size than 85x175 mm, so I need to store those notes in a 'real' album: Not that it really matters to me, because the cost of the album makes up for the money I have saved on the sleeves!
Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum's and this is my first post, hope it's in the correct area! I have a fair sized Canadian penny collection, just missing an 1894, and I'm working on the different varieties of the different years. I have both the large and small 1920, and I came across an odd large 1920 at a junk sale, as you may see in the pictures, the middle coin is slightly smaller diameter than another large 1920 to it's left, it also has a very large raised edge as seen in the last picture. Any idea's on what I have here as I cannot find one like this listed in any guides or online anywhere? Thanks.
Mona Lisa on 2 Colones, Banco Internacional de Costa Rica issued banknote - How much this banknote worth today in XF or UNC condition? http://latinamericanbanknotes.blogspot.com/2010/11/mona-lisa-on-2-colones-specimen.html