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  2. Nice, Nothing like striking while the iron is hot and being able to nearly complete a graded set in a days time. High grades and reasonable prices no less, can't beat that. Sounds like the Venezuelan Bolivars were a perfect choice for your next set.
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  4. The Venezuelan hyperinflation and the Bolivar / Bolivar Fuerte (“Strong Bolivar”) / Boliver Soberano (“Sovereign Bolivar”) Series got my attention last year while I was heavy into building and shopping my Zimbabwe set. I think they are cool looking notes, I love the animals on the back, and I love the fact that some of them have turtles on them, in addition to being hyperinflation notes / series. I didn’t start collecting them though because I was neck-deep in Zimbabwe, I didn’t have the budget to do both and I’ve long since decided that I’m happier doing 1 thing well than doing 5 in a very random, haphazard way. So, I stuck with Zimbabwe. But we are a year down the road now and my Zimbabwe set is a lot stronger and a lot more complete now. Many of the sub-sets in it and the collection overall is about 90% complete now and I am just hitting a point where making further progress is just going to keep getting harder and slower. So, it seems like a good time to consider branching out. Last week I noticed a seller I have bought from before was auctioning a set of 6 Bolivar Fuerte notes. There were 6 denominations that would make about a half-complete set of the 13 denominations in that series. The starting price was low, and I knew based on prior eBay sales that the auction might end at about $13-14 a note after shipping for a mix of 66 EPQ, 67 EPQ and 1 68 EPQ notes – not a bad deal. I knew that another dealer I have bought from before also had some of these already graded from PMG for good prices and that dealer had a 10% off sale going on this last weekend for the 4th. So, I decided to look at what they had and found that I could get 5 of the other 7 denominations from them in grades of 66 EPQ or 67 EPQ for $14 each - $12.60 after the discount / sale. After seeing that I was suddenly very excited! If I could win the auction Sunday night and bought the other 5 on sale, I’d have made an 11 of 13 denom set in just 2 transactions over a weekend for just $140-160. I did a little bit of looking and found that buying notes of similar grade one at a time from other dealers on eBay could potentially cost me $30-35 per note and / or would have required a fair bit more time and effort. I am pretty sure I would / will never get a chance to build this set easier or cheaper than this. So, I decided to just go for it! I did end up winning the auction for $81 after shipping. That puts the total cost of all 11 notes at $144.95 – or about $13.18 per note on average. It is hard for me to imagine building a graded set of gem / superb gem notes cheaper than that – and 7 of the 11 will be 67 EPQ or higher. One thing I very much like about this is that it is NOT another Zimbabwe set. The full Zimbabwe set is just so huge and building that has been such a commitment and such an undertaking – there are over 90 notes in it now. The Venezuelan set is comparatively small. Unless you start chasing varieties (which I am not going to do – for now) there are only 13 Fuerte notes and 11 Soberano notes so far (up to 2019) – 24 notes that’s it! That is smaller than the Zimbabwean 3rd dollar note set (27 notes) or the 2nd dollar bearer check series (28 notes) are individually. (Swiped the image below from an eBay merchant that is selling ungraded sets of the notes). This will be a nice chance to research some new people, a new country, and figure out why these animals are significant enough to the country to want to put them on a banknote. I am just getting these Bolivar Fuerte notes for now and I am not going to be venturing into the Bolivar Soberano notes until later. It really is scary just how much all of this “rhymes” historically with what happened in Zimbabwe just a few years prior… the first redenomination being 1000:1, the 2nd redenomination being bigger than the first, the changing of just the last letter of the ISO currency code every time… Scary. It is almost as if history repeats itself and people just do not learn. My wife accuses me of trying to be the “Hyperinflation King of the Registry.” I disagree with this assertion, but I would have no problem with it if it happened. 😊
  5. I haven't decided whether to be a member of PMG or ANA, which provides submission privileges through PMG. I might do both. I've seen your post but it doesn't explain how to package the notes for safe transport to you, and the pricing indicates a range depending upon the value of the note. Is that value determined by you? If it is supposed to be determined by me, there is NO chance. I don't know enough about bills to value them. Some of these notes I will sell and some I will keep. Ideally, I make enough money on the lesser bills to keep the 88888880-88888889 set because of its hard to find feature. I do have a serious error note and some sub 1917 notes I have considered grading as well. I REALLY WISH there was a video showing how one packages bills for submission. Doing it the first time is so stressful that I considered waiting for the Fun convention in Orlando to submit them to a representative in person. I got a submission packet from the last convention that I attended but I misplaced it somewhere. All I remember is that it seemed a bit daunting for some reason.
  6. Good morning, thanks for your message. Unfortunately, we cannot advise you on which notes to send in for grading. Each person submits notes for their own reasons so it would entirely depend on what you want to do with them after they are graded. If you are just looking to sell them then you'd have to weigh the cost of signing up for membership and grading fees versus what you could get for them at auction. You might want to have them appraised by a currency dealer in that case. If you do wish to submit notes to us, you would either need to become a member of the Collector's Society or find a PMG authorized dealer near you to submit the notes for you. I have included a link to our website which goes over the steps needed to sign up for membership as well as the other options you have for submitting notes. I have also included a link to the page which outlines the different grading tiers and the pricing for each as well as the current turnaround times for each tier. You may wish to refer to this before submitting your notes. If you have any other questions, please let me know. Thank you!
  7. I hit the MOTHERLOAD of luck! I was at my ATM and I like brand new notes so I pay more attention to them. By some weird freak, they had the 1,000 block starting with 88888. At first, I had no idea that solid notes command such a premium. I just wanted the 88888888 because I thought the bill was cool. I do collect coins and notes but I'm not real serious so I go to coin shows to buy a few things that I like in my price range. Anyway, I knew enough about currency to look up the values and I nearly had a heart attack especially since lots of 8's are highly valued in many Asian cultures. At first, I took about 5 to 10 of the notes starting with 888888 and deposited them into another account....:( After I realized what I had, I started withdrawing the notes to my withdraw limit which I thought was just $500 so I missed sections of notes. At the end, I was withdrawing my max limit on this and my other bank accounts absorbing the ATM fee for non-member banks until the notes ran out. These are the best of the notes for both collectors or Asians. Numerology in Chinese can be difficult in combos. 8 and 6 are obviously good and 4 is obviously bad yet 54 is pretty good and 848 represents "Wealth for 8 lifetimes" even though 4 represents "death". I am trying to figure out which notes to grade and which ones not to grade. Obviously, 88888888 should be graded but I'd think ALL the notes from 88888880 to 88888889 should be graded. A few of these are near double quads like 88888777 and 88888666 and then there is a note like 88888168 which tends to mean "Easy wealth all the way" Apparently, I can only upload some of the bills so I picked a variety. I have binaries and near double quads as well as 6 8's followed by numbers like 44 or 55 or 77. Thank you for any help
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  9. Currently there's four categories in the Venezuela Registry. The Banco Central de Venezuela, 2000-Date, P-84-Date is the closest one to what I'd like to see but it includes P-84 through P-87, which are part of an earlier run of notes and I think they're still Bolivars (Bs, ISO Code VEB). The rest of the set (P-88 to P-100) are the Bolivar Fuertes series (BsF, ISO Code VEF) Would it be possible to remove the four slots for P-84 to P-87 from this set so it's just Bolivar Fuertes notes? Also, would it be possible to get a new, separate category for the Bolvar Soberano Series (BsS, ISO Code VES) - P-101 to P-111 (I think).
  10. I just realized that this old thread was updated for the 2020 awards... When did this happen? I've been waiting for and looking for the big announcement. Did i miss something or did PMG go super low-key this year? Anyway... Glad to see it continue!
  11. 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.
  12. In observance of Independence Day, PMG, NGC and NCS will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020. Have a safe and happy holiday.
  13. In observance of Independence Day, PMG, NGC and NCS will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020. Have a safe and happy holiday.
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  16. Good morning, Thanks for your message. We only do crossovers with PCGS graded notes so, unfortunately, we would not be able to do a crossover of the CGA grade. We would grade this note just as we would a raw note coming in and there would be no guarantee the grade would remain the same and could possibly even grade lower. If you have any other questions, please let us know. Thank you!
  17. Jennifer F.

    2009a $100 bill

    Good morning, thanks for your message. I'm afraid we couldn't tell you how rare something like that would be. You could check with a currency dealer to get an idea or for more information. If you are interested in submitting your note to us for grading, you can find out more information on our website here: Thank you!
  18. I hear ya. I do. My 4 year old had trouble understanding recently that my laptop - which was bought 3 months after his birth - did not have a touchscreen like his tablet and you have to use the keyboard and mouse. I am soon to be 34 years old and I have received my paycheck as a physical check precisely 1 time in the ~16 years of my working life. When I was on unemployment they mailed me a pre-paid debit card and they just loaded my benefits onto the card every 2 weeks.
  19. Agreed, but this is just another push towards going paperless. I don't expect that the U.S. will go 100% paperless in the next 50 years (maybe not ever 100%) but by then I would think the production of paper currency will be primarily driven by the collectibles market. In under developed areas/countries it will take longer or we may see a step backwards towards barter systems, pseudo currencies, or people are automatically issued a bank account, who knows what the future will bring but it is interesting to speculate. National Banks around the world are developing digital currencies in anticipation of the future and to retain their market share in the financial system vs cryptocurrency creation by private players. Ukraine has been developing a digital currency, the E-hryvnia, since 2016 and launched a pilot project for issuing E-hryvnia into circulation in 2018. Paperless will not be immediate but it is imminent for the majority. People being born now or who have already been born, may not ever use physical money in there life. My 14 year old nephew got into my 1996 Ford F250 and asked me how to roll down the window, I pointed to the window crank/handle and the look on his face was one of disbelief. As was the look on my face, when I realized he had never seen a manually operated window before. He had no idea what to do, as far as he was concerned that truck might as well have been equivalent to Fred Flintstones footmobile. Not that he would have understood that reference anyway.
  20. I'm not sure what the situation is in the rest of the world , but the paper money at least isn't going away until they find a way to resolve the issue of the "unbanked." There's still a good chunk of the population that doesn't have a checking account or a credit card and they don't have easy access to a bank. The situation is or is going to get worse for some people because banks are increasingly going online and encouraging people to bank exclusively online - even cashing checks, when you actually get one, with an app on your phone. If you switch to requiring people to have electronic money which they are going to be required to monitor and access electronically you're then going to have to deal with the idea how internet connectivity / smart phones / data plans as a basic right or something people absolutely have to have in order to function within the society. We're not going paperless or cashless yet.
  21. I was reading through the National Bank of Ukraine's press releases and came across their response on "Preventing the spread of coronavirus infection COVID-19 during cash transactions" dated Mar, 18 2020, link here. On a side note, the NBU actually has a decent website with English translations and good info on all banknotes and coins produced by the Banknote Printing and Minting Works in Kyiv, along with their monetary policies (they revamped the website early last year). Anyway, reading through the press release one finds the typical precautions as to be expected when in a biological crisis and in regards to physical money. Reduce contact, minimize receipt of funds, non-cash payments, etc.The NBU is also requesting that old notes be returned for disposal, all the while assuring the public that the cash reserves are sufficient to meet the countries needs. This release is probably to some extent standard "boilerplate" that is similar to releases and precautions being taken by banks around the world. This press release has me wondering how much the coronavirus did or will speed up the elimination of cash and coin, is this pandemic another log on the pyre of physical money? In Ukraine's case they just recently shuffled their coin and banknote denominations around. Starting on Oct, 1 2019 1, 2 and 5 kopeck coins, (the penny equivalent) were were withdrawn from circulation and are no longer accepted, (the 25 kopeck is also being eliminated, just not immediately) all transactions are now rounded to the amounts nearest multiple of 10. Next was eliminating the 5 and 10 hryvnia banknotes and replacing them with coins of the same denomination. The latest adjustment was the addition of a 1,000 UAH banknote, which is double the previous highest available denomination banknote. These moves along with additional adjustments decreased the available denominations in Ukraine from 17 to 12 (6 coins and 6 banknotes currently). All this was to lower the cost of manufacturing and streamline transactions, two more logs for the pyre. Lower denomination banknotes have already gone the way of the Dodo in Ukraine is the rest of the "dirty" money next? Ukraine's newest denomination, put into circulation on Oct, 25 2019.
  22. I have several FRN CGA graded notes I would like to get put into PMG holders. I understand that CGA notes are not considered true grades. Can I submit them encapsulated and just see what comes back or should I remove them first, then send them in.
  23. The P-2e is an interesting note (one of a few 1994 issues, along with the P-1d). It is a somewhat rarer variety than the P-2d, but when you look at the two, on the surface, they look pretty much the same. The difference between the P-2d and the P-2e (and the difference between the P-1c and the P-1d) is that the earlier issue uses the first version of the Zimbabwe bird watermark while the later issue uses the newer, second version of the Zimbabwe bird watermark that was used in later issues, including the Series 2 notes. Zimbabwe started rolling out the Series 2 notes in 1994 and 1995 (and retired the $2 denomination, replacing the P-1 note with a $2 coin). So, between their replacement mid-year of the prior issues with the old watermark and their subsequent replacement with completely new designs, these notes were not in print long. Pictured below for comparison is my P-2c, from 1983. I don't have a 1994 dated P-2d at this point. We'll see what the future holds there. The P-1c is fairly common and cheap, seemingly almost as common and inexpensive as the P-1b, and it’s just a watermark that separates it from the P-1d – which is one of the rarest and most desirable notes in any Zimbabwe note collection. I can say that with the P-1c and P-1d because I have seen P-1c notes come up for sale in 67 EPQ and sell for less than $30 in most cases 3 or 4 times now. I have hardly ever seen P-1d notes and they tend to go for more in the $120+ range. It’s harder to make this argument, for me, from what I’ve seen, with the P-2d and the P-2e because I’ve now seen two P-2e notes sell for $51 or less, but I have not yet seen a P-2d come up for sale. This makes it difficult in most cases to try to shop for a P-1d or a P-2e on the internet, in raw, ungraded condition, because sellers typically don’t include pictures where they’re holding the note up to a light to show off the watermark and it’s the watermark that makes literally all the difference - the dates and signatures are the same. From a registry perspective, these notes are interesting in that they are competition drivers that play an outsized role in making sets competitive (or not) in the 1st dollar category. And they seem to be more scarce on the market but their prices aren’t much higher in practice - I’m sure because there aren’t many 1st dollar collectors compared to 3rd dollar collectors and there aren’t all that many 1st dollar collectors that are crazy enough to build full variety sets or to try to hunt down the rare varieties instead of settling for the more common ones - most people probably would not care to pay extra for a P-1d and would rather just get a P-1b. The notes are nearly identical. A P-2c in 66 EPQ gets 45 points but a P-2e in the same grade gets you 357. I paid about $30 for the P-2c and paid about $51 for the P-2e. More, but not 7 times more. A P-1b gets 37 points in 66 EPQ but a P-1d gets 584 - which can make it hard to compete in the category if someone else has a P-1d and you don’t. The point values on these notes seems to be more reflective of their relative rarity and not necessarily their price - and we all know, per NGC/PMG that the scores are not based exclusively on price. But you also can’t draw many conclusions about relative scarceness or desirability because these things are rarely graded in general and the more common varieties are generally not worth enough after grading to justify the grading fees - so their relative numbers in the pop reports are not at all indicative of their relative commonness overall. This dynamic has made me keen to try to go for some of these rarer varieties when one comes up for sale and the seller is asking something close to a reasonable price. But the problem sometimes becomes that the seller is asking what I do not particularly feel is a reasonable price. And, when the thing sits unsold for months, it suggests to me that the others out there that buy these things also don’t feel like it’s all that good of an ask. But, when you’re dealing with something that only comes up for sale very infrequently - especially already graded in a very hard grade - it can be extremely hard to argue this point with the dealer or get them to come down off those asks. And then the things just sit in inventory for a year or two or three.
  24. djb66

    2009a $100 bill

    I have this bill but with 76 stamp but don’t see others with it. Is it something unique?
  25. NGC and PMG tend to show a reluctance to encapsulate things not issued by a government agency. I think that's one of the reasons they have expressed a reluctance to encapsulate some bank-issued Zimbabwe checks that have been given / assigned pick numbers in the catalogue even though they didn't come from the RBZ. There are exceptions though like the Civil War tokens - which NGC will encapsulate. An aside, even though I know you were 100% joking.
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