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  1. Hi


    I have a banknote which I can't identify. I have no idea of the country it comes from. My first impression was a Japanese banknote but I am no expert and doubt very much if I am right. Can anyone tell me where and when it originated? I tried uploading photos to this site but even at 114kb the file was too big. I've put it on imageshack here is the link http://img529.imageshack.us/i/banknotes3002.jpg/


    Many thanks.


    It's from Taiwan.

    Bank of Taiwan 1 Yuan 1961

  2. According to Certain Old Chinese Notes by Andrew MacFarland Davis, his book states that the wood blocks were used up until the year 1168, and after that they started the use of copper plates. THere is also a reference to the Mongols using them in 1277, but that was evidently their adoption of the technology already in place of the territory they conquered.


    If you haven't a copy of the book, it can be found on Amazon, or at this link http://www.archive.org/stream/certainoldchines00daviiala#page/n9/mode/2up which has the benefit of being free, and searchable. You can find several references to printing through the search function at the top right. It operates as a book, so clicking on the right page advances one page and clickin on the left page advances to the left.


    Should you desire to print or save a copy, there are several options at the base page here: http://www.archive.org/details/certainoldchines00daviiala


    It is a fascinating read and I think that you would find it quite informative.



    Thank you, Dave. Most of the notes in Andrew MacFarland Davis' book came from the same source as my Five Ancient Chinese Notes which have since proved to be forgeries.

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    I recently bought my second Ming Dynasty 1 Kuan note (shown on the bottom) from a college history instructor in China. This note is possibly a modern forgery. Maybe it's my imagination, but the note appears to be printed on felt-like material to resemble mulberry paper. Other than that, it's hard to tell the difference between the two notes. If it's a forgery, it's a very good forgery. Can anybody verify if this one is real or fake?


    My first 1 Kuan note (shown on the top) was bought nine years ago from Ponterio & Associates auction of the Ed Bohannon Collection of Chinese Paper Money. Ed Bohannon is a regular contributor of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. This one is genuine and I paid almost 10 times more for it.

  4. Erwin,

    You're right. None of the Tang and Song notes survived. Any appearance of such notes is automatically subjected to suspicion. Denominations not listed in dynastic records are also a give away that the notes are not real.


    To set the record straight, the first four note are based on the 1832 Chinese numismatic catalog 泉布统誌, Ch'uan Pu T'ung Chih. The last note is copied from a facsimile drawing of such a note from a book, General History of China, published in French in 1736 by P. Du Halde.

  5. Tang Dynasty 30 Kuan 860-874




    Southern Sung Dynasty 20 Taels 1275-1276




    Yuan Dynasty 4 Kuan 1330-1332




    Ming Dynasty 10 Kuan 1403-1425




    Ming Dynasty 1 Kuan 1643





    I bought these notes recently in a private sale. With no previous sales record available as a guide, I basically pulled a number off my head to make an offer and was accepted. What you think about the notes? In your opinion, how much do you think are they worth?

    Read the story on my blog http://nutmegcollector.blogspot.com/2010/10/story-of-five-ancient-chinese-notes.html

  6. I understand from Kevin that you all or some of you cannot see the Chinese characters in my posts. As I understand very little of my personal computer it never came to my mind that you cannot see these characters... I can see them clearly... So it's useless to include Chinese characters in my posts.


    Or can this problem be solved?




    Erwin, I can see the Chinese Characters you posted. I use IE Windows 7. Seems like it can read different languages. Maybe you have to set to read in Chinese? I'm curious how you type in Chinese charactetrs for your post?

  7. @Erwin


    Yes, I hope you let us know when it is available and where we can get it. It will be interesting to see.


    Speaking of obscure info. Maybe you or someone here can help me with this Chinese note. I think it is a forgery, but not quite sure and I am having bit trouble identifying it and the scene of where this note is from. Thank you.



    Looks like P-804

  8. Picture at http://tomchao.com/coinpeople/us20-1974.bmp


    P-458 is $20 Series of 1974 Federal Reserve Note. There are 12 varieties with Letters A-L on the seal at the right side.


    The Federal Reserve System is divided into twelve Federal Reserve districts, in each of which is a Federal Reserve Bank. Each district is designated by a number and the corresponding letter of the alphabet which appear on the notes printed for that district. The district numbers, the cities in which the twelve banks are located, and the letter symbols are:


    1-A Boston

    2-B New York

    3-C Philadelphia

    4-D Cleveland

    5-E Richmond

    6-F Atlanta

    7-G Chicago

    8-H St. Louis

    9-I Minneapolis

    10-J Kansas City

    11-K Dallas

    12-L San Francisco

  9. Hi.I store my banknotes in 6 x 4 polythene bags. I usually fold the excess at the top over, and apply a small piece of tape, to prevent the note from sliding all over in the bag. I have my notes in a tin, and keep the tin in my wardrobe.


    Is this a good way to store notes, or should i pay more for better quality storage bags. Oh, and by the way, i just collect world notes, nothing special, just random ones.


    I use 8 1/2" x 11" polyethylene transparent 3-ring pocket pages. They are archival quality and fit into regular 3-ring binder. You can buy them at any stationary store. Much cheaper than special currency holders. I bought a packege of 100 pages for about $10 several years ago. They are much easier to view than in bags.

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