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Owen Linzmayer

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About Owen Linzmayer

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  1. Thanks for sharing your pix. They are well done. I usually wave my little hand-held UV light over new notes that I acquire because it's fun to see what's hidden in plain sight. Incidentally, I picked up a used scanner at a garage sale for $5, opened it up, removed the thin fluorescent bulb, bought a UV replacement bulb online for $20, soldered it into place, and now I have a flatbed scanner dedicated to easily capturing images of UV features on banknotes.
  2. I'm interested in buying one of the following for my personal collection. Can anyone here help me out? 50 ringgit (US$14.95), 2007. 20,000 special sets issued December 26, 2007 for RM60, and at face w/o packaging starting January 30, 2008. Green-blue. Portrait of the first king, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Tuanku Muhammad at right, national flower hibiscus at center, songket weaving patterns in background and edges, signature (Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, GABENOR). Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj declaring independence, oil palm trees, microbiology technology
  3. I have a few polymer notes on my site (http://www.owenink.com/banknotes/forsale.html), and I'd also recommend the following: http://www.polymernotes.com/ http://www.polymernotes.de/ http://www.polymernotes.org/
  4. Unfortunately proving an error in the catalog is all too easy. Krause has really let the quality control slip. I am pretty sure that my assumptions regarding the non-existence of some of the listed varieties are correct. I hope to complete my research on this matter soon and publish the results in an upcoming issue of the IBNS Journal.
  5. Thanks for checking. I haven't heard from anyone here or elsewhere with the other variety.
  6. I am writing an article on the banknotes of the Central Bank of Myanmar and believe I have discovered errors in the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. The SCWPM lists the 1,000-kyat note as available in two varieties: P77a with a security thread in negative script and the chinze-only watermark, and P77b with a security thread in positive script and a watermark of the chinze with the denomination. Not only does the SCWPM have it backwards when describing positive and negative script on the security threads of all Myanmar notes, I believe it's also wrong in claiming there are two
  7. I am writing an article on the banknotes of the Central Bank of Myanmar and believe I have discovered errors in the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. The SCWPM lists two varieties for the 5- and 10-kyat denominations, the first type (P70a and P71a) supposedly issued in 1996 with a chinze watermark, and the second type (P70b and P71b) issued in 1997 with the denomination added to the chinze watermark. The SCWPM definitely has the first date of issuance wrong, and I strongly suspect that it's also in error when it comes to the existence of two varieties. The official press da
  8. The current issue of the IBNS Journal (47.1) contains an article on ATM test notes, if anyone is interested.
  9. I believe Qatar's notes are printed by DLR, not JEZ.
  10. Is your concern whether you are violating customs regulations, the local postal authorities rules for insurance, or the country's import/export rules pertaining to currency? Unlike others on this forum, I don't misidentify banknotes by marking the envelope as "Photos" but rather, I use the factually correct term "Printed material." It's true, and it sounds boring enough never to arouse the interest of thieves.
  11. The reason I don't use it isn't because I have looked it over and found it wanting, but rather, because I already "track" my collection in Excel and don't want to invest the time necessary to switch to a new system unless it's demonstrably better. As my spreadsheet does what I want, I'm OK for now. I agree that it would be great to have a database with all the Pick numbers from the Standard Catalog, along with scans, but such a thing doesn't exist. The NumisMaster site from Krause is presently too coin-focused. As others have suggested, a simple print out of your collection from any da
  12. I haven't used it, but there's a program called I Collect Banknotes from http://www.vee-eye.com/.
  13. The Shetland Museum in Lerwick (www.shetland-museum.org.uk) recently purchased the only known 5-pound note issued by the Shetland Bank. The bank was formed in 1822 by Lerwick businessmen James Hay and Charles Ogilvy. It issued notes until 1828, and went bankrupt in 1842, causing long-term social and economic effects across Shetland. According to a Bonham’s spokesman, the museum paid £2,585 for the banknote which had come up for sale from a private collection at the auctioneers in London. Museum curator Tommy Watt said, “This is a once in a lifetime acquisition; the proverbial hen’s teeth.
  14. On September 25, 2007, Manou Bheenick, governor of the Bank of Mauritius, announced a design competition for a new family of banknotes to be issued in 2009 to celebrate the bank’s 40th anniversary. Under the theme of “Banknotes—Mirrors of our Motherland,” this eighth series of notes should relate to the islands’ history, culture, ecology, industry, architecture, and landscape. Rs30,000 will be awarded to the winner of the best design as chosen by a jury of eight local artists. The competition is open to Mauritian nationals only, and proposals must be submitted by October 31, 2007. The bank
  15. To whom it may concern, I am the volunteer editor of the IBNS Journal, the quarterly printed publication of the International Bank Note Society, a non-profit organization with approximately 2,000 paper money collectors worldwide. I plan to publish an article detailing the many varieties of Egypt's 5-piastre notes featuring Nefertiti. I have images of most of the varieties, with the exceptions of: 1. unissued 1952 “Egyptian Royal Government” specimen (SCWPM 169s) 2. first 1952 issued “Egyptian State Currency Note” (SCWPM 170) 3. second issued “Egyptian Republic Currency Note” (SCW
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