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European Paper Money / Re: Older Italian Notes
« Last post by Paxbrit on April 25, 2017, 10:43:05 AM »
Nice note !
European Paper Money / Older Italian Notes
« Last post by Proteus on April 25, 2017, 12:03:19 AM »
Managed to pick up a pretty nice and very large note from Italy recently (p51d).

North American Paper Money / Old Haitian Notes
« Last post by Proteus on April 25, 2017, 12:02:19 AM »
I've been meaning to pick up one of these for a long time, and since my initial itch to buy one of these notes the decent grades have become scarce and/or out of my price range.  Nonetheless, I am happy to have purchased this Haiti p137 note:

Paper Money Collecting / Re: Choo-Choo Notes
« Last post by Paxbrit on April 22, 2017, 01:08:12 PM »
Another Choo-Choo note, this is from the Banco de Durango in western Mexico.

The notes of Durango and Sonora are some of the prettiest of the American Bank Note Co. designs for Mexico.
Paper Money Collecting / Post your newest purchase!
« Last post by Paxbrit on April 20, 2017, 12:30:36 PM »
Let's share our newest additions to the collections !

Mine are these two recent Maldive Islands notes from the 2nd Series.  I'll have to think about spending the money on the 500 Rupee note, it seems overpriced, but these two have a nice design and pleasant colors.  The lateen-rigged Indian Ocean dhow is central to the history of the Maldives.  The archipelago was colonized by explorers from southern India around 400 B.C., and thrived until the 12th Century A.D., when it was Islamized by the Arabs, who arrived in their characteristic dhows seen on the notes.

A 3rd Series of notes was recently issued, containing colorful local designs.
European Paper Money / Re: General Deniken's Rostov Army
« Last post by Proteus on April 18, 2017, 10:42:13 PM »
Nice!  Thank you for posting that.  My background is from Poland, and unfortunately I do not know nearly as much history as I should, so I am happy to learn of this White Army.  Hurray allies of Poland  ;)  It is also a fantastic privilege to actually hear extraordinary stories of historic events from individuals who were there, and especially those who took part.  Personally, as I don't live in Poland, I've been ridiculously fortunate to call two elderly gentlemen friends:  one who flew with the RAF during WWII (squadron 303), and another who survived Auschwitz.  Both have been a fountain of knowledge and wisdom, among other things.
Valuations and Grading / Re: 2016 General Issues Catalogue
« Last post by Proteus on April 18, 2017, 10:36:54 PM »
Finished.  :)  And the 2017 Modern Issue catalogue has not shipped yet, so it looks like I might get to catch my breath ...
European Paper Money / General Deniken's Rostov Army
« Last post by Paxbrit on April 18, 2017, 05:41:33 PM »
A nice note from Yuri 111, he has several of the Russian Civil War notes from 1918-1922 era.  This is one of the notes produced for General Denikin's White Army in the south of Russia, around Rostov in the Ukraine.

Most of this 'White' notes feature artwork of the Archangel, and the Romanov two-headed eagle. 

Denikin's army was partly funded and armed by the British and French, and enjoyed several successes, but when the Allies left in 1919, Denikin made an alliance with Sobieski's Poland.  The two fought as allies in the Russo-Polish War of 1920, but only Poland enjoyed a successful outcome.  By the end of 1920 Denikin's army was defeated and Ukraine part of Bolshevik Russia.

For a good read on this era, get a copy of 'Last Train over Rostov Bridge', an enjoyable account of the only American pilot who flew for the White Army in the Ukraine.  The author, Capt. Marion Aten, lived in my home town at the time and was a local celebrity.  When his memoir was published in 1960, a copy found it's way into our family library, and I have it still.
Valuations and Grading / Re: 2016 General Issues Catalogue
« Last post by Paxbrit on April 18, 2017, 11:21:04 AM »
You're doing a good job.
Valuations and Grading / Re: 2016 General Issues Catalogue
« Last post by Proteus on April 17, 2017, 08:06:51 PM »
Finished everything up to and including Tannu Tuva.  Trying to complete the General Issues catalogue before the Modern Issues catalogue arrives ...
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