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Silver and Gold Foil Fantasies

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Revenant

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I mentioned a few months back that I got some of the gold foil replicas of the 100 Trillion note. I’d been thinking at that time that getting some of the silver foils could be fun but that got set aside for a while and I kinda forgot about it.

I was on reddit recently and a guy told me that I’d inspired him to get two of the 100 Trillion notes, but, when he told me that he only spent a few dollars on it I told him what he’d probably really bought was a couple of the silver foil replicas - which was exactly what he’d done. He felt a bit silly for that but said he might then go ahead and try to get one of the real ones soon-ish.

It’s interesting to inspire someone to start collecting something that you collect, and I wish him well with it, but this got me thinking about the silver foils again and about a month ago I ordered a group.

These cost me a bit more than the gold ones - I paid $7 for 20 gold ones and paid about $11 for 10 silver ones… Go figure. The silver ones were more expensive than the golds.

It’s an interesting group to look at - and not especially easy to image.

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I’ve long viewed the gold ones as harmless because they’re just obviously not right, but I’ve also long considered the silver ones more dangerous because they look a lot more like shiny versions of the real thing. If you’re not paying too close of attention you might see the silver / white and blue and think someone is selling you one of the genuine notes like that guy on reddit did. But his experience just confirmed for me that these are just a little more dangerous. Fortunately, I don’t see them as too much of a problem as they are still cheap, and I don’t see many people crying over wasting a couple of bucks.

The silver foil ones came with this silly little CoA that I just want to laugh at. I’m not at all convinced that these are plated with genuine silver. I’m not at all convinced that the production of these was limited in any way, much less to 1000. There might have been 1000 in that run… with was probably run number 50 or something. The fact that the CoA is made of the same shiny material as the notes just makes it look so silly and over-the top.

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Now all you need are the Quadrillion, Quintillion, Octillion, Centillion, Bicentillion, Tricentillion, Yottalilliion, Durmillion, Zettalillion and Quadringentillion fantasy notes and you'll be all set. :roflmao:I took a look on ebay to see how many fantasy banknotes there are for Zimbabwe and there are quite a few but not as many as Ukraine. :whistle:

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I was on reddit recently and a guy told me that I’d inspired him to get two of the 100 Trillion notes, but, when he told me that he only spent a few dollars on it I told him what he’d probably really bought was a couple of the silver foil replicas

That stinks. I can see those silver ones tricking a lot of people, especially if the sellers aren't up front about them. Those silver notes have probably fooled hundreds/thousands of people. How many $$$$'s have been made on these, hm, selling to knowing and unknowing buyers. Not a bad gig I suspect, even for 100% honest and upfront sellers.

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3 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

Now all you need are the Quadrillion, Quintillion, Octillion, Centillion, Bicentillion, Tricentillion, Yottalilliion, Durmillion, Zettalillion and Quadringentillion fantasy notes and you'll be all set. :roflmao:

It'll probably happen in the fullness of time...

3 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

That stinks. I can see those silver ones tricking a lot of people, especially if the sellers aren't up front about them. Those silver notes have probably fooled hundreds/thousands of people. How many $$$$'s have been made on these, hm, selling to knowing and unknowing buyers. Not a bad gig I suspect, even for 100% honest and upfront sellers.

I'm sure they've fooled many and these things have to be dirt cheap to produce.

I spent about $18 getting myself 20 golds and 10 silvers. I see people selling sets of 1 silver and 1 gold for about $8-9 after shipping. In absolute terms that would have gotten me a pair for less total dollars but I liked the idea of getting a bunch on the cheap and giving away as jokes and to kids. But you know the people selling those pairs are probably cleaning up!

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4 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

Now all you need are the Quadrillion, Quintillion, Octillion, Centillion, Bicentillion, Tricentillion, Yottalilliion, Durmillion, Zettalillion and Quadringentillion fantasy notes

Based on how many of these have sold, I may be alone in this, but I have a hard time convincing myself to spend $20-25 for a fantasy note when the real notes are available for this much or less in raw form.

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8 hours ago, Revenant said:

Based on how many of these have sold, I may be alone in this, but I have a hard time convincing myself to spend $20-25 for a fantasy note when the real notes are available for this much or less in raw form.

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$20? Mmmm, I don't know about that but at least it kind of fits in with the original notes. Design wise. I could see picking this up as a complement piece. There is a "gold plated" version of this that is being sold as a lot of 30 for $30, I could wrap my head around that.

I bet I could easily spend $1k on fantasy notes for Ukraine, I probably have around 40-50 as it stands now, and there are probably another 200+ out there. The only problem is that there are some real dogs out there, like this one. Think I needed another couple bucks to get free shipping on a large order again. :bigsmile:

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10 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

$20? Mmmm, I don't know about that but at least it kind of fits in with the original notes. Design wise. I could see picking this up as a complement piece. There is a "gold plated" version of this that is being sold as a lot of 30 for $30, I could wrap my head around that.

Yeah... As I'm changing my search terms I'm seeing other, more reasonable options I may explore.

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