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  1. Yes, it was fun traveling around Africa for numismatic reasons in the '00s'. Only sorry I did not reach any ex-Portuguese colonies besides Mozambique. Heard horror stories about what happened to people trying to smuggle Angolan currency out of Angola... Zimbabwe officials were not a problem to deal with. I took out almost a ton of coins at the time.
  2. I was in Harare during the initial phase of the inflationary period on a number of occasions. When I went to the Reserve Bank for Traveler Cheques, it was already problematic to obtain the lower denomination examples. Just obtained around five of the Z$1000 and multiples of 10 of everything else up to the Z$100,000. The reason the issuing stopped because these notes could - of course - only be used once. It took several years for quantities of Traveler cheques to reach the market. In my experience via eBay but also probably via some of the wholesalers at the numismatic shows. Of course prices crashed for the series incl. the Z$1000 note. However, what I noticed is that the Traveler cheques hitting the market were all redeemed ie they had a dated stamp with the date of redemption as well as signatures of the people that bought and then redeemed the notes. On the other hand, I made sure that I did not sign the notes when I bought them even though urged to do so by the bank staff of RBZ at the time. They are also not bank stamped, of course. Except for the examples I mostly sold into the South African numismatic market at the time and a couple of others spread to Zim fanatics around the globe, I haven't seen any re-enter the market. I only have three examples of the Zim$1000 note that I have kept for nostalgic reasons and are not for sale. In stock I have some of the earlier 5000, 10000 & 20000 Z$ early bearer cheques left for sale.
  3. Hello Just got the following message when trying to enter an Austrian note for my registry set: 50 Schilling 1927-30 Issue P96 8054848-001 Yes Yes This Note was successfully added to your set. 100 Schilling 1933-36 Issue P101 8054848-003 Yes No This Note is not valid for this slot. Please check the slot's list of eligible Notes. 8054848-03 actually is a 50 Schilling 1935-dated note Pick 100. The above is an error from PMG. Please revise. Regards! Paul Neumann
  4. Very impressive collection, IR? This would surely interest the rest of us: where did you get the notes - reveal as much as you like - and how much did you pay? There are websites out there with auction results information for Bahamas Specimen notes.
  5. Sorry, I sold all my TPG South Korean notes. Demand for the stuff was quite fierce recently.
  6. Any interest in AMC issued for Korea ie the famous "A" notes. Just trying to see how far your interest goes.
  7. Hello Anuj Please reveal what you would be paying for Portuguese India notes - PMG graded of course. A range would be fine, depending on conditions.
  8. Hello Kelin Welcome to the PMG/NGC message board community. I was in Accra back in 2005 and I went to a market near to the Central Bank. In one of the stalls I met an elderly gentleman from whom I bought quite a few better grade 2/- coins. I think I visited him a couple of times and at a certain point I bought all he had to sell of the grades (condition) that interested me. The 2/- coin is not made out of a Nickel-Brass mixture. Thanks for the photographs scanned with your message. The coins in the pictures all appear to be heavily circulated and some are damaged or corroded. I would venture that they would not be of interest to most collectors as better quality examples are available fairly easily on the world coin market. You could maybe find a local market among tourists who may pay you a couple of Dollars per coin so they can have a somewhat unusual memento of their trip. Maybe it would be more worthwhile for you to find out who has available collections of coins and/or paper money in Accra and elsewhere in Ghana. Tokens and medals are also of interest and condition is less important for these items as they are scarce. Wishing you luck in your endeavors!
  9. A lot of these "booklets" as well as for the previous Series seem to have come on to the open market now - compared to the 1990s. The notes appear genuine, the printing style is similar to that used by Chinese state institutions in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when these sets would have been assembled for inclusion into these albums. Chinese mint products are far more sophisticated now in appearance. The individual notes in MS65 or higher grade, as a set, would definitely be valued well north of US$100.
  10. Thanks for providing this site with information about the new Argentina notes. It is a country with incredible numismatic diversity with even recent paper money not accurately covered by the major numismatic catalog.
  11. In my experience collecting and trading in world notes, I would say that if a note is the only one of its Pick type graded - or less than five - and has been NET graded the I would assume that it would make very little to no difference. In Germany the terminology for such ''unique'' notes in certain catalogs is ''LP''. ''LP'' means Liebhaberpreis or - direct translation - Afficionado price. The cost would generally be a high one, far above similar (priced) ones for that denomination. Both NET and non-NET graded notes would or should cause a bidding war in a well-publicized auction situtation. For 99%+ of modern, let us say post 1970 notes, the note would probably not be collectable EXCEPT in case of pin holes/ spindle holes with French, French colonies & dominions, India & Indian sub-continent issues.
  12. Try You can use one of the Internet translation programs to start/maintain contact. Good luck and please tell us how you are getting on...
  13. To erase any doubt: ICG is a high quality operation based in Madrid, Spain. As a European collector of long standing in IBNS, Mr Jaime Sanz (ICG' Director), is a well respected expert within the paper money collecting fraternity. Of course, based in Europe, and with fellow mainly Europe based experts, ICG is in a prime position to have the expertise to grade European notes. While being satisfied with PMG grading in general, mainly due to an improvement in PMG administrative procedures as well as less PMG errors in attribution and grading, I think that competition is good for the hobby and the business. I would always use PMG for notes printed in the US or under US supervision. I would use ICG for "difficult to attribute'' notes, European printed notes, European colonial notes and sundry items. International auction houses who are aware of their customers needs recognize grading services that are ethical in their business procedures. This is certainly the case with auction companies that recognize ICG. This comment reflects my own experience as an IBNS Life Member - I have no association whatsoever with ICG. I am merely a satisfied client. I have not informed ICG that I was going to make this comment.