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Dave,

 

I was looking at one of these colonial notes. How do tell if they are real?

 

This is harder than I thought at first, due to the lack of printing techniques, paper materials, etc. These early notes were printed with caution against counterfeiters, but they were still rife and they are still at it today.

 

First I bought a book "Early American Paper Money" for under $30.00 from Amazon to read up on them. - Great book. In it it details that there are different types of papers that were used, some with mica flakes, some without, some with hidden text-characters, some without, some intentional misspellings to thwart counterfeiters, some known contemporary counterfeits, etc. Great stuff. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough to get me convinced that I could ascertain on my own without seeing and holding some. So -

 

I bought these two - my first two - from a reputable dealer trusted worldwide, and who deals with a lot of these notes (Denly's of Boston). Trust in the seller is paramount, especially when learning. I'll have to spend more on issues from other colonies, so I am learning with the cheaper notes.The ones I bought were cheaper notes, and are not encased so I am able to see them, touch them, etc.The inking, can be seen with a loup up close without the plastic, they smell old, feel old, mica flakes shine in the light, etc. Examination on this level has given me a great understanding of the type of papers and printing, This is great, but there are still many varieties out there that are different from the two I have. So -

 

Buy the book, then the notes - from a trusted dealer. That's how I do it anyway. I really like these notes. The history of early printing, early America, historical times and persons, etc. - So much of it appeals to me. I've wanted to get a representative set for a while. Glad I finally started on it.

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two consecutive 1000 fr. 1940

(if someone is interested in one and has another date of this note in same condition, let me know)

That's a wonderful pair of notes! Hard to find in that condition, for sure.

 

Dave

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This is harder than I thought at first, due to the lack of printing techniques, paper materials, etc. These early notes were printed with caution against counterfeiters, but they were still rife and they are still at it today.

 

First I bought a book "Early American Paper Money" for under $30.00 from Amazon to read up on them. - Great book. In it it details that there are different types of papers that were used, some with mica flakes, some without, some with hidden text-characters, some without, some intentional misspellings to thwart counterfeiters, some known contemporary counterfeits, etc. Great stuff. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough to get me convinced that I could ascertain on my own without seeing and holding some. So -

 

I bought these two - my first two - from a reputable dealer trusted worldwide, and who deals with a lot of these notes (Denly's of Boston). Trust in the seller is paramount, especially when learning. I'll have to spend more on issues from other colonies, so I am learning with the cheaper notes.The ones I bought were cheaper notes, and are not encased so I am able to see them, touch them, etc.The inking, can be seen with a loup up close without the plastic, they smell old, feel old, mica flakes shine in the light, etc. Examination on this level has given me a great understanding of the type of papers and printing, This is great, but there are still many varieties out there that are different from the two I have. So -

 

Buy the book, then the notes - from a trusted dealer. That's how I do it anyway. I really like these notes. The history of early printing, early America, historical times and persons, etc. - So much of it appeals to me. I've wanted to get a representative set for a while. Glad I finally started on it.

 

Great advice! Thanks for sharing!

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The new Namibia 2012 notes. If you have the old Namibia you will want to get this one too. This is one of my favorite countries. I had a bit of trouble with ordering this. On my first attempt I had ordered the 10; 100; and 200 from someone in Namibia, and they sent it “Registered” mail via Nampost. But someone along the root cut the end open and took the notes. All I got was Index cards wrapped in paper. The US postman, of course, did not come knocking on the door and just left it in the mail box. They did not even ask for a signature. Bummed. I contacted the post office and they sent me to fill out forms.

 

This set I got from a very trusted US dealer.

 

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Btw MMMM, I'm sorry of your lost notes. Never trust to African sellers. I have bought too many items through ebay from all around the world but I had problems only with African sellers. Don't think to buy anything from them now.

 

Cheers.

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Let's stay in Africa:

Belgian Congo

5 francs/frank 19.3.(19)19 - to much 19 in this date, for me. Kinshasa branch. I like it for the beautifull light-green color on the rev.

Circulated but hard to find. The branch, along with Elisabethville, are ok to find, but Matadi and Stanleyville are imposible to find.

Design reused in the 1940's, different collors, and 1950's, with different bank name (when CB became Congo et Rwanda Burundi and so on).

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Nice low serial MMMM, good find.

 

Here is something more from me;

 

 

1- Poland 1000 Marek 1919 (XF)

 

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2- Poland 20 Zlotych 1936 (VF)

 

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3- Malaya 10 Dollars 1942 (Japanese Occupation) (UNC)

 

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4- Netherlands Indies 1942 (Japanese Occupation) (AUNC)

 

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5- Czechoslovakia 1000 Korun 1985 (VF)

 

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Part 2

 

1- Germany 5 Mark 1917 (UNC)

 

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2- Germany 1 Mark 1920 (UNC)

 

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3- Germany 50000 Mark 1922 (VF)

 

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4- Germany 100 Reichsmark 1935 (UNC)

 

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5- Sri Lanka 10 Rupees 2006 (UNC) (A cheap fun, great note for the price. I paid less than 1€ and can suggest everyone)

 

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Once again, I want to thank Mr. Michael Wiese from Germany for his endless patience and kind help on me while getting these notes.

 

Enjoy.

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