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I'm curious to see what folks either have in their collection, or just what you feel is *the* most beautiful banknote. Just your one favorite in terms of artistic design. Obviously there isn't going to be just one best among the list, but it might help us all find a few new notes to put on our "most wanted" lists : :ninja:

 

Here's my offering, France 500fr 1918 by Flameng

 

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Dave

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Suriname makes some wonderful notes with bright colors and great detail. I'll have to go back out to the galleries and look at them.

 

And of course the African note is pretty cool too, that's a great scene.

 

Dave

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Suriname makes some wonderful notes with bright colors and great detail. I'll have to go back out to the galleries and look at them.

 

And of course the African note is pretty cool too, that's a great scene.

 

Dave

 

 

I like to share with you this multi-coloured printing note. Very pretty and lively to look at... ENJOY !

 

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Is there any reason why the US insists on having butt-ugly currency of ALL sorts? So jealous... I may have to move to some of these places.

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These are beautiful notes.

 

No kidding! I have nothing to compete with Dave's French piece, but here is one of my favorites. Greece 50 Drachmai 8.12.1978 (Poseidon; sailing ship):

 

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Its a security feature of sorts. It is more difficult for counterfitters to reproduce those different sized numbers. It takes special dies that are not available to the general public.

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I have always liked Danish banknotes, they look Danish, and not look alike to any other countries banknotes.

 

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Loving fine art as I do, I appreciate that Denmark chose to put artworks by painter Jens Juels on their banknotes.

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Similarly to why I appreciate and love Danish notes, I appreciate and love Netherlands banknotes - they are also unique in their design and approach. Curiously- while I can image United States currency very easily with my scanner, these 1930's and 1940's printed Dutch notes are quite the challenge, they tend to have unexpected moire patterns show up on images when scanned:

 

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A 17th century Dutch lovely is the subject

 

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