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  1. I wasn't planning on a Journal entry today but what the heck, I saw something that just got the juices flowing, mostly jealousy. While wrapping up my morning browsing of eBay I enter my final search "Zimbabwe PMG". Sort, "Time Newly Listed", check. Scroll, scroll, scroll,wait what! Back, back, back, ooooooh! A PMG 2019, 70* EPQ Zimbabwe $2 banknote, sweet. I hadn't seen or noticed this note earlier in the week, as it looks like it was posted several days ago, with a little over a day left in the bidding. It's listed by a seller I've purchased from before in fact this is the seller I purchased my Zimbabwe $10 note from, another listing that seemed to pop out of nowhere as I didn't see that listing until the day it was ending. Seems that I have a propensity for passing by this sellers listings, anyway. This "70" comes on the heels of a PMG 2019, 70* EPQ Zimbabwe $5 banknote that sold a few weeks back for $1,026.02. As I write this, the available "70" $2 note has a starting bid of 399.99 with no current bids. 

    (Damn it, I just did an advanced search and the current listing is the second PMG 2019, 70* EPQ Zimbabwe $2 banknote this seller listed, the first listing ended a few weeks ago with 1 bid and final price of $399.99, a steel compared to the $5 "70".)

    These "70" notes got me thinking, first that someone will or could have a chance at a real sweet "70" set, how much will this one go for, how often does a ""70" happen, better document this and wish I had a "70". In that order. The chance at a perfect "70" modern set (short set), that would be quite an accomplishment (and expense) if someone could do that. The cost of a "70" note is typically astronomical, the hammer price on the $5 note blew me away, comparatively speaking, $400 for the $2 note doesn't sound so bad. This (low hammer price, along with me consistently overlooking them) makes me think this seller is doing something wrong or eBay is screwing them, In my mind there should not be a $600 difference between the two ($5 & $2). A "70" for a modern banknote is not like having a "70" modern coin, a banknote in that grade is WAY more difficult to find, for example as I look at the PMG population report for Zimbabwe there are currently 2 listed out of 13,242 total notes graded, going back to 1980. The unlisted Picks, which include the 2019 issues, are not currently listed in the population reports (a RANT for another journal entry). In series that I collect, I like to catalog the higher grade notes that I do not own (I extensively catalog the notes in my collection), this helps me keep track of them in case I win the lottery in the future and it gives me a standard to hold my own notes to. I'll save images and sell prices for these notes and compare them to my own, this helps give me an idea of value and gives me a "70" example to compare ungraded and lesser graded notes to, theoretically honing my grading skills. Finally.... Man, I wish I had a "70" (stomping feet and crossing arms)! Nothing like having a supposedly "perfect" note (I have none), maybe someday but not this note, even though I feel there is value here if some entrepreneurial minded person wanted to invest and flip it at a later date. To whomever ends up with this note, it's a beauty and you'll have "The best! Around!". Going to watch "The Karate Kid" now, (original version)

    My highest graded note/s is/are a 68 EPQ, here is one of them. 

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    A 2020 PMG 68 EPQ Zimbabwe $20 banknote has been proving elusive so far, they don't seem to be grading very well.Just going to have to wait it out. :(

  2. I just thought I'd share this as a journal now that it's here and I can get higher res images:

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    it was stamped as “PAID” on Oct 26 2004 (which happens to be just a week after my birthday, the year I turned 18). It was also marked as “Zimbank Waste” on “11-10-2004,” which, depending on whether you use US or UK conventions for dates, either October 11th or November 10th of 2004. Even though I’d normally expect them to use the UK convention, I’m tempted to say they used the American one and this refers to November 10th, because this stamp seems to have been placed after the Oct 26th stamp and it just doesn’t make much sense for me for this have been stamped as “Waste” before it was stamped as “PAID.” How something that was redeemed and stamped as waste to be discarded came to be in my collection and encapsulated in gem uncirc condition is a bit of a mystery to me but... it happened somehow! Somebody kept the trash I guess – possibly foreseeing that one day there’d be people like me with an interest in these things, and they kept trash paper and turned it into something that I later paid about US$40 for 16 years later. Life is funny sometimes that way, I guess. 

     

    Some of the things I find interesting here is some of what is NOT on it. The “Date” line is blank, so they didn’t bother to date it when it was issued to someone. The name of the person it was issued to was also left blank and, even though you were supposed to have to show ID to redeem these, there’s no redemption signature on the check. So there’s no record of when it was issued, or to who, or who it was that redeemed it – at least not on the check itself.  

     

    That information might have been retained at the Chisipite Sub-Branch in Harare, which is apparently where this check was stamped as waste, but I have a feeling the answer is “No.” My guess is, based on all the blanks, at least by this point in late 2004, they were just dealing with a ton of these increasingly worthless $1,000 checks and they were doing things “fast and loose” to process them all faster. By the time this thing was redeemed, $1,000 in Zimbabwe dollars was barely worth an American quarter or dime – so who would have even cared? It wouldn’t have even bought you bread probably. 

  3. I just sent a good chunk of my NBNs to PMG to grade.  The post office sure took it's time, but got my package there in 8 days instead of 4.  PMG listed as received about a week after it arrived in Sarasota.  

    Here's one of the notes awaiting scrutiny.  I can't wait to add it to one of my series of 1882 collections here.  Connellsville, PA The First NB (E)2329 Radar Treasury SN on a $10 1882 VB Fr. 576 Tillman | Morgan SN 9076/T493394 pp F/118.  Love that SN especially on an early value back.

    Chartered 4/8/1876, Liquidated 6/22/1928.  Assumed circulation of 4861, Yough NB of Connellsville which liquidated in 3/3/1913.  Bank officers' signatures are from (Geo W.) Stauffer, Cashier and E.T. Norton stamped in blue ink and remain legible, albeit light, to this day.  For 52 years, 3x10-20 sheets only and only a 193 of them VBs (SN 9001-9193).  Finding the $20 VB to go along with my $10 would be an awesome score!

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  4. This note was recently returned from grading. I am growing fond of the new holders. They seem to have solved the problem of crooked notes and bulging ridges between the note and label compartments. Track and Price lists only 13 large notes and one Value Back. The VB listed is a $20 so this is new to then census. When I received the note from the seller, I could smell the strong tint of tobacco! If only this note could speak. I am sure the yellow color is a result of cohabiting with a smoker for a long time. However, in the holder, no one will ever know!!

     

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  5. Counterfeiting of paper money in North America dates back to the very first emissions.  The only Massachusetts 1690 bills that survive today are raised bills; genuine bills on which the denomination was altered, or raised, to a higher denomination.  Counterfeits were a problem in all of the 13 colonies from the beginning.  Free money was the motivation for the counterfeiters was, for the first 85 years.  That all changed in 1775 when the British placed counterfeit May 10, 1775 $30 Continental bills into circulation.   

    These very rare counterfeit bills represent the first tactical use of counterfeits.  The objective of the British was to undermine confidence in the paper money of the Continental Congress.  The first bills were not very convincing and were probably viewed as more of an irritation than a real threat.  The bills were printed from a relatively crudely engraved plate and are easily spotted.   As the American revolution progressed the British counterfeiting operations improved, and the counterfeit bills became a real threat to the colonial economy.  The rampant counterfeiting of the May 20, 1777 and the April 11, 1778 emissions forced the early recall of the bills, and significantly undermined confidence in the currency.  The British not only printed counterfeit bills, they encouraged the use of counterfeits by sympathizers and even issued propaganda heralding the quality and number of the counterfeits in circulation.

    The pictured bill is an example of the first shot fired by the British in the economic battlefield of the American Revolution.  These are very rare counterfeits with less than 10 examples known today.  They are easily identified becuase they were printed from engraved plates, rather than typeset.  This example has evidence of mounting and paper pulls on the face, but is collectable none the less.  

    Eric Newman wrote a detailed article about the British Counterfeiting Operations, the full article is available here:  https://www.britnumsoc.org/publications/Digital BNJ/pdfs/1958_BNJ_29_18.pdf

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  6. Over the last three months the BEP has added the new 2017A Series of One Dollars notes for the Western or Fort Worth and the Washington DC location. The Collectors Society is also working at this time to updating the Friedberg Numbers for all the existing 2017 and new 2017A series of notes. The first to be corrected were the new 2017A Hundred Dollars notes starting with Fr #2189 and Fr #2190. The next were the new One Dollar notes 2017A series Fr #3005 for the Fort Worth location and Fr #3006 for the Washington DC location, this cover all the district location.

    At this time BEP is listing all the Ones, Twos, Fives, Tens, Twenty's, Fifty's and Hundred Dollars notes for 2017 and 2017A series of notes.

    Also at this time no new update from USPAPERMONEY.COM the last was on 01/23/20.    

  7. It's now the end of March, one of the wackiest months in my life and probably yours and perhaps in history of the modern world.  Plagues have been with us since the beginning and I suppose this isn't gonna be the last one unless we all go down with it.  But, not here to discuss our future, but the present.  Seems as though everything except the graders have gone home, and I bet their number of coins and paper money has dropped quite a bit as only electronic trading is happening. All the venues I go to are shut down for the foreseeable future, and my website hasn't had a hit in 2 weeks.  I thought maybe with folks stuck inside, perhaps more would be looking at the site, www.exonumiaandmore.com but no such luck.  

    I'm working with a company who puts up sites, so I cannot edit it until they finish with their legal beagles and so on and so forth.  So,I thought I'd talk about what I am doing to keep me off the streets looking for paper money blowing in the wind.

    A while back, I bought a stash of uncertified notes, mostly $2 modern FRN's  If you care to go to my site, you can see a few, and also I put a few on eBay and will add more when Tomorrow comes.  I put so many up, I ran out of free postings, so I have to wait til tomorrow. See captbrian2.  Is it illegal here to putup my locations of info. Hope not.

    Anyway, these $2's are of many sorts.  Fancy serial #'s, error notes, and so on. One of them, I especially like (the blue book shows it at $700+-, and it is with 3 other notes.  What happens is, the third printing, (the serial # & seal) are submitting to gravity, then fighting it.  The 1st note is where it should be (the serial #) then the 2nd note has it dropping down a bit. and the 4th, it begins to defy gravity and starts self correcting back up to where it belongs.  I have never seen a set like this, and I have talked with others who have seen similar, but it is quite rare from what I can get from the paper money community.  Anyway, I will try to post the pictures. 

    I always have incredible trouble posting pictures on these journals, but I'll give 'er a spin.

    No luck with picture. I'm gonna publish this then try to add in pictures.

     

  8. HunterSS

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    Starting a small collection to pass the time.

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  9. Since its founding in 2005, PMG has been committed to the principles of accuracy, consistency and integrity. We are grateful for all of the collectors and dealers who have entrusted their notes to PMG. Thank you!

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  10. Ron Greene

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    I am a collector of all Baltimore MD small town notes.  With the exception of Charter 1413, I am buying all Charter Baltimore notes.  They should grade VF35 or better.  My only missing note in my collection is Charter 1432 which has 7 total in the inventory and last was in a public aucthion dated 2009.

     

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    Could some one please show how to get to the population list. Since that change, I can not fine any thing, I know it hear but ware to fine it. Thanks for your help. Don

     

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    Muhammed =]
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    Testing to see date/credentials when posted

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    How do you use the journals? hm

  12. Create Sets and Upload Images

    Finally figured out how to create images on the registry site. Now I am able to start searching for bills to match sets.

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    PICKED UP 4 $1 SILVER CERTIFICATES I AM NEW TO THIS AND IM HOPING I DIDNT GET RIPPED OFF HAHA

    GOT 3 1935 F SERIES BILLS SERIAL NUMBERS: U 040006581 I, Z 55232228 I, Z 76129511 I, AND A 1928 A SERIES, SER: F 52406831 B. NOW WHAT SHOULD I DO lol PLEASE IF ANYONE CAN GIVE ME A LITTLE INSIGHT ID BE FOREVER GRATEFUL.....SORRY ABOUT THE ALL CAPS MY KEYBOARD GOT WET. SEMPER FI!

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    what grade will it be.in process now.

    glad to see it back.

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    BEST Before Now Light Years ahead...

    By Far The Best 3rd party graded holders out there!

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  13. The 2013 Star notes had a run of 80,000 For the 2013 L star note. I came across these this week..... two packs of A, Boston FRB ..

    came across these this week, Will be placing one of them on ebay to test the waters... I have not seen any others yet.. but who knows how many are in the run as there is no Production numbers that I can find from the Federal Reserve (BEP). ??? There was an 80,000 run of 2013 L star notes, of course I want this First run of A stars to match that production number....

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  14. C S A $20.00 COUNTRFEIT NOTE's BY SAM UPHAM

    THIS IS PART OF MY C S A COUNTERFEIT NOTES MOSTLY $20.00. THESE NOTES HAVE A STORY BEHIND THEM AND THE MAN THE SOUTH PUT A BOUNTY ON . HE IS REPORTED TO HAVE PUT INTO CIRCULATION OVER 1 MILLION INTO THE SOUTHS ECONOMEY.HE HAD A DRUG STORE / stationary STORE.GOT PICTURE OF $5.00 NOTE IN NEWS PAPER AND STATED PRINTING THEM UP.SELLING THEM FOR 5CENTS SOLD OUT QUICK so he started buying bills and reproducing them sold to fast to keep up.people were going down south buying loads of cotton paying with counterfeit notes. the U S gov. went to sam stationary store but but to his surprise they were not there to arrest him. No they resupplied him with ink and paper. [true]before that he had printed his name and address on the bottom of notes. that his buyers would just trim it off. I have them with and with out name ,address. start of war c s a doll. was @ about .88 cents on dol. not bad. till sam's funny money brought it down. will try to upload photos ASP

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    Old Navy created the T-shirts "Young Aspiring Artist", but with the word "artist" crossed out, and substituted with other words such as "astronaut" and "president". The T-shirts triggered controversy and social media outcry.

    Old Navy created the T-shirts "Young Aspiring Artist", but with the word "artist" crossed out, and substituted with other words such as "astronaut" and "president". The T-shirts triggered controversy and social media outcry. People were complaining about the shirt shamming artists as a legitimate career choice. Old Navy apologized for the T-shirts and pulled them from its stores and issued a statement that it did not try to offend anyone on purpose. In my opinion the Old Navy did not offend anybody. The T-shirt merely reflected the current affairs of the art and the place of an artist in our contemporary times. I call the current situation "Hyperinflation of Arts".

    Hyperinflation in economy often occurs when there is a large increase in the money supply not supported by the product growth, resulting in an imbalance in the supply and demand for the money. Left unchecked this causes currency to lose its value. Rapid devaluation of the currency, and with it, hyperinflation, is devastating for the economy and it is very painful for the society.

    "Hyperinflation of Arts" started with Conceptual Art movement in the mid-1960. The movement completely rejected standard ideas and aesthetics of art. Many works of conceptual art, often called installations could be created by anyone. In the article "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art" Sol LeWill explains: "In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art."

    In music around the same time, the avant-garde movement developed. That movement in music challenged and critiqued existing aesthetic conventions, rejected existing status quo, and introduce new and unique elements to provoke or annoy the audience. Music, however, recovered from the influence of avant-garde movement, and moved on. Maybe because you can reject existing status quo all you want, but at the end of the day, you won't be able to play any music without music elements such as rhythm, harmony, dynamics, etc., or music theory. Yes, you will be able to go on stage and cut the piano in half to shock and annoy your audience, and you can declare that it was a music performance. Next time however, your audience is not going to show up to see it again, because it was interesting once (maybe).

    Music moved on, and avant-garde movement is just a movement in music history, however art never recovered from the conceptual art. Art is still under strong influence even now in the twenty first-century. We are still suffering from the belief that idea suffices as a work of art, and that concerns such as aesthetics, expression, skills are nothing, but the limitation to the boundaries of art. The boundaries were pushed very hard and are still being pushed. Institution such as museums and art galleries, and educational institutions are still forcing conceptual art as a main stream art, and any other styles of art suffered devaluation.

    The idea that you don't need any skills, or education, or talent, or anything else to become an artist was pretty much accepted. This notion opened the door for anybody who wanted to enter the art scene and declare themselves the artists. I personally witnessed ridiculous situation when someone without any degree was teaching in a major university. The university hired someone without any degree to teach the students who were actually pursuing the art degrees.

    I'm sure everybody is familiar with a tale by Hans Christian Andersen "The Emperor's New Clothes", about tailors who promise an emperor a new clothes that is invisible to those who are unqualified for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor paraded before his subjects in his "new clothes", no one dared to say that they don't see any clothes and the emperor is parading naked, until a child cried out, "But he is naked!"

    I cannot help but think of the Andersen's tale when I think about the art affairs in our contemporary times. The mainstream institutions still strongly insist that "Emperor" is wearing expensive and sophisticated clothes and those who are unable to see, are unqualified stupid and incompetent. I personally see that "Emperor" is naked, Old Navy sees it, so does everybody else. Conceptual art like avant-garde music was shocking, and appeared fresh in sixties, seventies, eighties... , but in our contemporary time it cannot pass as fresh, but quite opposite. It stinks...

    Because there are no boundaries to entry, the art scene is flooded with endless number of people who aspire to be the artists, but don't want to spend a lot of effort, time or money to produce the quality artwork. The product they produce is the product of no skill, and represents rejection of standard ideas and aesthetics of art by the conceptual art movement. Such products presents very little value, therefore the value of art has been deluded, and in return the place of an artist in the modern society slowly disappears. Like in economy, rapid devaluation of the currency, and with it, hyperinflation, is devastating for the economy and it is very painful for the society. Rapid devaluation of contemporary art is devastating for art, and painful for the society.

     

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    The first note of Brasil.

    Banco Central Do Brasil

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  15. http://www.moneyfactorystore.gov/28888luckymoneysheet.aspx

    (First day of sale: November 18, 2015 -- 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time) In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Lucky Money Collection: the $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet.

    The $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet features an uncirculated Series 2009 $2 8-subject, uncut currency sheet with the serial numbers of all eight notes beginning with "8888." Each sheet is displayed in a decorative holder, capturing the significance of numerology and Chinese symbolism, and is protected by an acid-free, clear, polymer sleeve. This product is sold for $58.88 and only 16,888 will be available for sale.

    Bulk pricing is available for the $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet.

    Household quantity purchase limit restrictions of 250 units for the $2 "8888" Lucky Money Sheet will be imposed for the first week of release, November 18 -- 24, 2015. On November 25, 2015, household purchase restrictions will be waived.

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    Estate sale finds

    Collector, investor, interested in readily, first rate marketable coins discovered at estate sale, which are then sent for grading and placed for sale. Such as this gem...

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  16. SERI's Journal

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  17. Never felt so happy to get a 15

    Happily Surprised

    Sending notes in to be graded can be a real shoot.

    Sometimes lucky 7 comes up and sometimes you out.

    This time I was Happily Surprised, I was expecting this rare

    mule to come back a 10 or 12 net. It was like Christmas when

    I saw the 15 and no ugly comments. PMG has graded

    over 1 Million notes now, with a total of (2) 1935 Mules from the M-A block.

    My 1935 set is now 100% complete.

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