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  1. aye, the odd color, thickness, and smudginess (lack of fine detail) is a dead giveaway. here's a genuine texan for comparison: (more texas notes here) compared to those, the replicas look like crude photocopies...complete with photocopied tears & holes. here's a few examples of the same exact replica, with obvious attempts to "age" the note: fhere's a full listing of known replicas: http://www.crutchwilliams.com/BogusCSA_RoTx.html#REPUBLIC
  2. I haven't been able to post as often as I used to, but I wanted to thank David for all the work he put into coordinating/setting everything up. Also, as some of you may know, I've been away for the last year and a half. I was unable to provide my own snorter, so David donated one of his own on my behalf. On top of several beers, (also due to his generosity), I don't know how else to thank him. Three cheers for Scottishmoney!
  3. nope, he didn't send me any iberian girls i'll have these all signed and on their way shortly!
  4. lol...i remember posting about it, but i don't know what happened to the post! there's a lot of software out there available to manufacturers of scanners and imaging programs that can detect whenever somebody tries to scan images of banknotes. one of the earliest methods of detection was through the use of the "eurion constellation", a pattern of 5 small circles that software can easily recognize. since 1996, color photocopiers looked for that pattern and prevent copies from being being made. eurion constellation samples eurion constellation on wikipedia nowadays, software has
  5. i knew it was called the "maiden tower" only because the standard catalog said so. now i know more. thanks for the write up!
  6. okay, but in my example i used romania. romania revalued their currency because of their acceptance into the european union, and their gdp is set to double by 2011. if i walked into any bank and cashed in my old romanian money, i'd walk out with about the same amount as i put in. how does a vietnamese dong revaluation or an improved outlook on trade and economics make buying bundles of dong an investment, if romania is a prime example of why it's not? the only place on the planet you can go to convert iraqi dinars into something other than iraqi dinars is in a bank...in iraq. there's a f
  7. i've always been a bit skeptical when it comes to "investing" in money bundles. i've seen hundred of those ads for years on e-bay now, (iraq dinars/vietnamese dong), and so far i haven't heard of any of the investors making any money. (the dealers are making a killing though!) if i had a large bundle of these a few years ago: i wouldn't have made any money at all once these came out: so my question is...even if the vietnamese dong is revalued, how do i make any profit?
  8. i'm all for currency albums...but you might wanna be careful if you plan on using these over the long-term. dansco is one of the big names in numismatic supplies, so i have no idea why they would choose to make their currency pages out of vinyl, (or poly-vinyl chloride...PVC)
  9. one more thing....i'm aware i scanned the lebanese notes backwards. i'm just too lazy to rescan it!
  10. off the top of my head, i can only think of lebanon & the netherlands...unless you count disneyland. it's not a common feature, but i think it's pretty nifty.
  11. quick way to tell is the smell test. vinyl pages have a strong 'plasticky' smell, while the safe materials don't. i've never known a dealer to store their notes in unsafe holders, but if in doubt...
  12. heheh, i posted without ever seeing this reply. here's a link to tiffibunny's banknotebank. http://banknotebank.com/user_view.aspx?id=Tiffibunny i like the way her camera catches the holograms vs. our scanner pics. i almost forgot about the guineas! i don't have any of those... gotta love this aspect of coinpeople's paperpeople. the majority of us have our own private issues.
  13. when i ordered berkshares, the berkshire chamber of commerce responded to my e-mail the very same day. they charged me face value + $6.00 shipping and handling. $6.00 over face wasn't so bad, considering they also took the time to look for crispy new notes & sent them in a protective mailer.
  14. hiya! i collect local currencies as well. not too many people do, so it's nice coming across others. here's a link to my website of scans: http://public.fotki.com/sanmiguel/private_...cal-currencies/ one of these days i'll have to update the new additions with better descriptions. right now, most of them are just labeled with whatever generic name i gave them after the scanner. here's where i picked them up: http://www.cascadiahourexchange.com http://www.hourexchange.org http://www.ithacahours.org http://www.berkshares.org http://www.humboldtexchange.org http://www.riverhours.
  15. found em! your first note is definitely the nagorno karabakhian 2 dram note. those are novelty notes ordered by and delivered to the educational coin company in new york, marketed almost exclusively on e-bay. they've been ordered to stop selling them, so you won't find them on their website anymore. http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/busi...eav090704.shtml i think the second note you're talking about belongs to bulgaria. it's listed as bulgaria p-100, 20 leva, 1994. the front portrait is of dutchess sevastokrat oritza desislava, the reverse features the boyana chur
  16. great notes dave! i remember seeing them as your avatar way back when. did you ever print any, or have they stayed digital?
  17. yep! the purple one with a hologram. it was released only for a short period before the fakes started showing up, and it was quickly replaced with the peach notes. very hard to find! i've never seen one for sale in any grade, but managed to snag this picture from ron wise's site. if you can find one for me, i'll be forever grateful!
  18. thanks guys! it's good to be home. i used to think the bahraini 5 was the toughest note to find for bahrain...but now i'm realizing it's only the second toughest. once i track down a p-22, it'll be smooth sailing. i'll just be a few design variations away from having a complete set of every bahraini note ever made! p-22 is one tough mama-jamma, i gotta say. picking up the panama opened up a can of worms for me. besides the exceptions i made for american, confederate, and republic of texas notes, i pretty much stuck to 1961-date moderns. now i have a few greenlands on the way, and i'm
  19. everytime i think i'm mission accomplished, i'm shocked and awed and end up in another surge.
  20. i'm home! to help celebrate, i present my newest pride and joys... more additions on: http://public.fotki.com/sanmiguel/
  21. just a few years ago, the winner would have to be this note: over 550,000 zimbabwean dollars were equal to one u.s. dollar, so imagine a dollar being equal to a stack of 1,100 of these. today's zimbabwe dollar has been redenominated two or three times since note above...but i wouldn't be surprised if the old zimbabwe dollar moved to the millions or billions!
  22. for the reverse sidebar: gültig bis 3 Monat nach öffentlicher Aufforderung zur Einlösung! valid until 3 months after public request for redemption!
  23. the front is a rhyming proverb split between the top and bottom parts of the note. together, it reads: Es grüne die Tanne, es wachse das Erz, Gott schenke uns allen ein fröhliches Herz! It greens the firs, it grows the ore, God give us all a merry heart!
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