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Fenntucky Mike

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"It was a dark and stormy night" Not really but it was pretty crappy out so I decided it was a good time to sort through the pile of cr*p (why does crappy show in the Journal but not cr*p, need to work on their censoring) on my desk. In doing so I realized it was a pile of supplemental material that I had saved, news articles, pictures, notes I made, etc. Towards the bottom of the pile was a group of "banknotes" (?), oh yeah, I remember these. It was a set of  commemorative "fantasy" banknotes that I picked up online about a year ago to go with my Ukrainian banknote set. It's a set of seven notes, printed in 2016 on behalf of the Ukrainian numismatic magazine Numismatics & Faleristics (Phaleristics), in an effort to raise funds to support the periodical. The fantasy issue is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Vernadsky Research Base in Antarctica. They were made in the exact size, style and denominations as the 1991 Control Coupons, Picks 81 - 87. The designs on the "Fantasy" notes are appropriate to the subject matter and mimic the original Coupons nicely. On the obverse of the "Fantasy" notes is a penguin, to the left of which is written in Cyrillic (top to bottom) Ukrainian / Antarctica / Coupon / (denomination) / Karbovantsiv / 2016. On the reverse is a depiction of the Ukrainian Antarctic Base along with a depiction of the Antarctic Continent, with the flag of Ukraine marking the location of the base, printed over the depiction of Antarctica is 20 POKIB (20 Years). At the top center is printed ANTARCTIC STATION (in Cyrillic) at the bottom center is VERNADSKY / ACADEMY (in Cyrillic). Each note is printed in color schemes to match the original Coupons and the paper used has "crescent" shaped watermarks when held to a light. 

These are just a fun set of notes I picked up, notes that I think go well with my Ukrainian set even if they are not legitimate. Items that will never see the light of day in my registry set or probably even in my signature set for that matter, now that I'm thinking about it. Just one of the many items I've accumulated, to aide in research, enhance a collection or just because they're fun.  These notes have been on my mind for the last few weeks as I have read a few different articles on penguin themed coins and I believe I read somewhere that another country issued a "Fantasy" series of penguin notes recently. Anyway, I just thought I'd post these and give them there moment in the sun as they will probably be packed away now for the foreseeable future. Here's the eye candy, enjoy.

Obverse (Oh yeah, the notes came with a postcard)

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Reverse

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Crescent watermarks

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Side by side obverse (I like how they matched the pose of the penguin to the figurehead, it's even perched on the bow of a ship, like the figurehead. Cracks me up every time, where's DiCaprio when you need him.)

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Side by side reverse

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Those are interesting and neat - good to have, even if they aren't part of the signature set. A collectable that is very adjacent to your Ukraine collection.

Not really the same but this makes me think of some novelty notes that some enterprising person in China made that continue the silliness of the Zimbabwe denominations with "quadrillion," and "quintillion." Some have "Octillion" and "Vigintillion" - A vigintillion is a 1 followed by 120 zeros. These amuse me but they're dangerous because some people don't realize that Zimbabwe stopped at 100 Trillion and they don't know that these are not "real."

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They also make gold and silver "foil" versions of the 100 Trillion note, which I honestly find to be some of the most deeply ironic things ever. One of these days I think I'll have to buy one of these just for the pure novelty of it - and they're sold in groups of 10 for $10. These also get a little difficult with the uninformed, who don't get what these really are. I've actually had to explain to people on reddit that "the blue one" is real and the "gold one" is a (nasty) joke.

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1 hour ago, Revenant said:

A vigintillion is a 1 followed by 120 zeros

I've seen that one, I did a double take, said "No WAY", and moved on. The gold foil took me a minute before I came to my senses. I would consider picking up one of each, if the price was right, to add to my collection. For sure. I forgot about those, thanks for posting them.

The Zimbabwe Million, Billion and Trillion dollars notes are some of my favorites to pick up in circulated condition. If I find a 10 pack of any of them, for a buck a piece, I'll pick them up and hand them out (Halloween maybe) or leave one with the tip.

Anyone else have some "Fantasy Issues" ,in their collections? Feel free to post'em. This might be a good discussion for the chat boards (If anyone was there).

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5 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

I've seen that one, I did a double take, said "No WAY", and moved on. The gold foil took me a minute before I came to my senses. I would consider picking up one of each, if the price was right, to add to my collection. For sure. I forgot about those, thanks for posting them.

The Zimbabwe Million, Billion and Trillion dollars notes are some of my favorites to pick up in circulated condition. If I find a 10 pack of any of them, for a buck a piece, I'll pick them up and hand them out (Halloween maybe) or leave one with the tip.

If you're willing to get them shipped over from China (doesn't seem terribly risky on something you know is fake) you can get the gold ones on eBay for something like $0.40 each. You could probably get them in time for Halloween - assuming there is a Halloween this year.

Seems like it could be fun. They honestly make me think of the golden tickets from Willy Wonka.

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