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  1. There are probably some much smarter guys than me on the website that can answer, but your description doesn't match my Netherlands square 5 cent pieces circa 1913-1943. I don't see a match in Krause for the Netherlands or the Netherlands Antilles either. My guess would be it is a commemorative issue. I wouldn't expect a high value, but of course that would depend on condition and exactly what it is.

  2. I primarily collect mainland SEA because I've lived there several times, but since started to travel to Indonesia this year for work, I plan to start collecting some notes there too. My catalog has price figures pretty close to what dave listed in his post. However, there is also a note that states most examples of 35A (the 600 rupiah note) in high grade are contemporary copies. Sorry to disappoint on the big $$.


  3. When I was a boy, my allowance was 25 cents a week, and I can remember hoarding those precious quarters in my piggy bank...counting and recounting them along with a few dimes, nickels, and pennies. I can't explain it precisely, but I certainly felt like those coins were special and important. Occasionally, I'd get a 50 cent piece from my grandfather, and it felt like hitting the lottery.

    My life is a lot more complicated now, and simple pleasures lose much of their novelty as we get older. However, when I am playing (as my wife puts it) with my coin collection, I feel the same way I did years ago looking at the half-dollar from Grandpa. It's my little world of something special and precious...even if it is not in monetary terms (I only have a handful of coins that cost more than what it takes to fill my car with gas these days). But, it doesn't feel that way when I'm playing.

    It is also interesting to note that my love of coin collecting was resparked when I had children of my own. Perhaps seeing the joy of small things through their eyes made me want to recapture some of that myself.

    Plus, I'm a geek and coin collecting works out well as a pretty geeky hobby. Lots of background, numbers, history, etc behind every little hunk of copper, silver, and even zinc. Let's face it, there is nothing quite like the look in someone's eyes when you explain to them the reason behind the different composition of war nickels or the variations on a coin type through the years. Mostly, they nod politely...but they are thinking "what planet are you from and why would you bother to store such useless and arcane knowledge in your head?" It brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.


  4. :ninja: ... Duke Ellington???

    I may not have been a history or political science major, but isn't DC our f**king Capital? WTF!?!?! Aside from being the center for our nation's executive, legistative, and judicial branches, there are also famous monuments every 20 feet (that's approximately 6.1 meters for our European friends). Pathetic. Thank God were done with these stupid things.

  5. Didn't I once buy some Thai notes from you? I have a fairly decent Thai collection going now, they have some of the best commems around.


    That's me brother. I was living the good life in Thailand, but moved to DC two years ago. A little while back, I won an all-expense paid 6-month trip to Afghanistan. That's where I am writing this from. Unfortunately, I did not bring my Thai note collection with me. Overall, it is solid from 1948 to date (missing three notes that I can recall), but I need to do some work on the late 30s and early 40s issues. My wife tells me I have all the 2007 commemoratives waiting for me when I get back home.

    If I can find some extra time, I'll try to do a giveaway of some new Afghan notes.


  6. Scottishmoney,


    You are spot on about the lower grades of older Cambodian notes...I have the same note as the one you just acquired, but not as good condition. I picked it up in Cambodia while I was, among other things, taking the photo in my avatar.


    Dave (not a Captain anymore...I just like coffee and alliteration)

  7. yea hes not a collecter and i have no clue about banknotes , but if its close to that number ill buy it off of him for 20$ :ninja:

    Is it a local bank issue? There were no regular (federal, silver cert, etc) $1 1902 issues that I'm aware of.


  8. On the "glove" side, you've got Sleeping Bear Dunes. On the peninsula side, you've got Pictured Rocks. I remember going to the dunes a few times when I was a kid visiting Grandma. Technically, you've got Isle Royale N.P. too...but that would be quite an adventure just to get there. Of course, if you did, you could visit Ryan Island (the largest island on the largest lake on the largest island on the largest freshwater lake in the world).

    Sorry for the non-coin post.


  9. The Chief is certainly on my list of "must have" notes. I just have to wait until my wife blows a lot of money on something stupid. Then I'll have license to purchase. Unfortunately, she'll probably never spend enough to justify me buying the $5 educational note.


  10. Thanks! I just got back from a week of camping up in Shenandoah, so I am only seeing the replies now. You guys rock. BTW, I'm a National Park nut, and would highly encourage all of you to get out and enjoy them...the greatest resources our nation has. Truly beautiful and inspiring.


  11. I recently picked up one of the new Idaho quarters that had an interesting ripple effect on the reverse. The flat fields looked as if their were tiny waves or someone dropped a pebble in a still pond. I tried to get a picture, but it doesn't really look the same. In the pic, it almost looks like tiny cracks, but to the eye it looks as described above. Could anyone fill me in on what causes this? Thanks.



  12. hi vfox--the dates are usually if not always on the back--the 1st coin--the date is from 2 o'clock to 4 o'cloch and is 2505--2nd coin is from 6 o'clock to 4:30 and is 2489--3rd coin is also about from 6 o'clock to 4:30 and is 2500--i'm reasonably certain this is right-hope this helps you out a little

    If it is helpful for you to use when comparing to other Thai coins in comparison, I'll translate the first coin for you. On the obverse, the left hand side says "Bhumipol Adulyadet", the name of the current King (L makes N sound at end of syllable). The right hand side says "Ninth Period" (as in period of reign) and refers to the ninth king (the current king).

    On the reverse, top left says "Thai Government". Top right has two letters (พ.ศ.) which are the abbreviation for the Buddhist calendar year (like A.D. or B.C.) and the date, 2505. Bottom says "one baht".

    Feel free to send me any Thai stuff for translation/questions...since it is the only specialty where I'm actually useful to anyone on this website.


    ardrv - is your Thai collection catching up to mine? Hope you are doing well.



  13. Am I safe to continue my heavy reliance upon Krause mixed with current selling trends I find on the Internet?


    In my experience with world coins & Krause valuations, I've found that Krause tends to value the coins very high. Sometimes they are spot on, but sometimes they overvalue by as much as ten times the true price. There are so many coins listed that it is not reasonable to expect they will get the prices right...I'm just happy if I can ID a coin and they didn't make any major errors.

    Ebay is good for checking prices, but you need to look at the actual purchase prices, not what they are offering to sell them for.


  14. and i know my other posts on this topic stated my buying was finished for the nexyt year or so...but i fell victim to an impulse buy. it's not even a real banknote! heheh...this is my last one for sure. no more buying after this! :ninja:




    2005 Disney World $50, special design, #248 out of 500.


    Thanks man. I was feeling guilty for buying a few of the disney $1 notes. Now I can show your post to my wife and say, "hell, at least I didn't spend $50 on funny money!"

  15. Every time I travel/live/work in a new country, I try to get hold of all the coins/banknotes that I can. It's a great way to combine my coin/banknote hobby and collect souvenirs of the place. 9 countries in Asia, 4 in North America, and 6 in Europe so far. Unfortunately, only repeat visits coming up in the next year. I generally don't collect any coins/banknotes from countries that I haven't visited. Somehow, it just doesn't mean as much unless there is a memory attached to it.

  16. For the EU, the Maastricht Treaty set of pre-entry rules for a single currency (<2% inflation, <3% of GDP as budget deficit, <60% debt, <2% interest rates, etc). I think that if the countries here were able to agree on similar terms, it could eventually happen--but in many years. The problem is, assuming they used the same economic standards , there really wouldn't be very many contries capable of getting there in the near term.


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