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  1. Erwin - Superb! Thank you, and for even more information than I imagined - I never thought as to who the signatures were of. I was wondering about the vignette - a similar mirror image of it appears on at least one of the Bank of West Shandong notes, plus I have seen what appears to be versions of the same scene on numerous small commercial notes. Sometimes with duplications of another version of the vignette on notes apparently produced by different printers. Any ideas as to the subject or why it seems so widely used? I must admit I'm tempted by the older hell notes. I've noticed a few turn up on occasion and have recognised them through the first (top right) character. Having said that, some of the more recent examples have a certain appeal so I may expand my collecting to include hell notes. Why not, after all? I have some more mystery/partial mystery banknotes to show you in the near future. Thanks again for all the help. Kevin
  2. For anyone else reading this who's interested - hopefully an image of the front of the mystery 2 yuan mentioned above will appear. Kevin
  3. Erwin, Thanks again for the info. I'm not surprised that you are producing a book - from what you've posted on here it seems a pity that it won't be more generally available. Have you thought of producing a pdf version - though I'm not sure what that would entail? Anyway - hopefully you will have recieved scans of the "Ch'ang Hsing Ho" vertical commercial note. As noted in the e-mail I also attached an image of a mystery note that I've had for a while - The second rather ragged note is a bit of a mystery at the moment. It may be communist and seems to have a similar vignette to that used on issues of the Bank of West Shantung. It is dated to 1941 and may be something like the "Lu Pei Bank of North Shantung" ? I'm very impressed as to how you became interested in banknote collecting - bus and train from Cologne to a Kabul shop, via Istanbul!!! I agree that it's best to focus on a specific area - though chinese banknotes in themselves are allot - do you include the funerary notes? So far I haven't except where they've been issued for a business itself rather than those produced for the ritual. Kevin
  4. Thats okay, thanks for replying. It's taken me a few days to respond. Thanks for finally resolving the Huangdi/Mencius problem. Is there any indication as to why they used Huangdi? Perhaps because he's traditionally held to be the ancestor of the Chinese people. I know that his image replaced that of the Qing statesman Li Hongzhang, assumedly as he was tainted with imperial associations. Your clearly very dedicated to the subject - was there any particular event or other trigger that drew you into collecting Chinese banknotes? I imagine that over that period you've managed to gather some fascinating examples. Looking through the Smith & Matravers catalogue, it does seem that 40 years ago many notes that were considered commonplace now seem to be fiendishly difficult to find - though of course the opposite is also true. The internet seems to have brought alot out in recent years. And alot of people selling fakes! Some of the things on e-bay - it's amazing that they seem to get away with it for so long. For example, fake specimen notes of the ABNCo 1914 issues depicting Yuan Shi-kai, that dont even have the clearly visible punch marks removed or actually punched out. On the positive side some very interesting items do appear on there, from good sellers. You mentioned an interest in local notes - I found a couple of block printed local exchange notes of 1939 on there recently, and an excellent vertical "small commercial" note - a 6 strings of cash issued by a 'Ch’ang Hsing Ho,' possibly of Chang-Yi city in Shantung province. Another question - do you know what the temple (?) building on the obverse of the 1 Yuan of the Provincial Bank of Honan (of 1923) is? Kevin
  5. Thank you again. Yes, I have been collecting Chinese banknotes for around four years. I started off by simply buying the 2 and 5 yuan of the Central Bank of China 1941, (printed by Thomas De la Rue) as part of a more general interest in Chinese history and culture. I never intended to buy anymore but overtime bought another and another, and was very surprised when I began to realise how extensive this topic is. I had taken very little notice of most 20th century Chinese history until I really began collecting and starting to research these notes. Do you have a particular focus on Chinese currency or a more general interest in banknotes? I was wondering whether you had an opinion or information as to the person who appears on the 1912-13 issues of the Bank of China. I keep seeing him referenced as Huang-Ti but this has never seemed plausible. I did discover an article in the New York Times of the period, which states that the personage is Mencius. As they seemed to have this information from the ABNCo itself, and as Mencius seems more of a likely choice given the recent revolution; is there any reason to doubt this information?
  6. That's the building I found it to be! I never trusted that theatre label either which is why I kept looking for confirmation. You've given me some useful extra information regarding the history of the building, so thank you again. Your English seems good to me. To take you up on your offer - do you know anything regarding the riverside temple (?) building on the Bank of China 10 cents of 1925, and a similar building which appears on the back of the ABNC 100 Yuan of the Central Bank of China of 1945 (issued 1948)?
  7. Thanks Erwin Thats cleared one mystery up. It knew it wasn't the current building as that was built in the 20's so this must have been it's predecessor, which assumedly has long gone. It's frustrating knowing that this info is often out there but in relatively obscure sources, so my only option usually has been to painstakingly search through whatever imagery I can find. For example, it took forever to discover what the building was on the Kwangtung Province 10 Dollars of 1918. Amazingly I eventually tracked it down using Google Earth. With some of the vignettes you never know whether the subject in question still survives. Anyway, thank you again.
  8. A very obscure question, but does anyone know the location of the train and station on the face of the Bank of Communications 5 yuan of 1914 (and later) and that of the Chinese Government Post Office depicted on the back? I've been trying to identify the vignettes on Chinese currency with some success but these are two of the more stubborn images.
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