PMG Registry Featured Set: Lebanese Banknotes

Posted on 5/17/2022

This month’s featured set belongs to Hassan S. Bazzi

This month, we feature a set by a collector who made quite a bold entrance into the PMG Registry competition in January 2022. With his extensive collection of Lebanese notes, Hassan S. Bazzi presents the most impressive Lebanon set to date in the PMG Registry! He has rocketed past the other sets and currently sits comfortably in first place. Be sure to check out his Lebanon, 1925-Date, Complete set, found here.

Lebanon, Banque du Liban 2016 50,000 Livres graded PMG 70★ Gem Uncirculated EPQ
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Climbing to the top is no easy feat, to be sure. This collector sets the bar for the other participants in this set category. Hassan has compiled an astounding 128 notes thus far and sits at 80% set completion. His dedication to this series is obvious in his detailed comments and images of all 128 notes! Boasting many Top Pops, this set includes examples of the elusive PMG 70★ Gem Uncirculated EPQ. His slideshow is a colorful, comprehensive walk through the history of Lebanese currency. It is definitely worth viewing here.

There are also comments for every note; some are descriptive, and some offer a historical perspective; for example, “A quadruplet of the 1939 5 livres printed in London during WWII and marked with different geometric shapes to allow authorities to cancel them if the enemy got hold of the notes.”

Lebanon, Banque du Liban 2004 10,000 Livres graded PMG 70★ Gem Uncirculated EPQ
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Hassan is currently on top with not only this set, but also with two other Lebanon sets. There are 17 participants in the most popular Lebanon set types. The next few months offer plenty of opportunity for other participants to rise to the challenge and expand their sets. It will be exciting to watch as we get closer to the PMG Registry Awards!

We welcome and thank you, Hassan S. Bazzi, for sharing your Lebanese treasures with the PMG community. We look forward to seeing what other PMG Registry expansions you have in store for 2022!

Would you like your set to be chosen for a future article? 100% completion in a set is not always feasible. Our team features sets with thoughtful comments and images for their set descriptions and notes. It may be your set! Stay tuned.

The PMG Registry is a free online platform where collectors register and display their certified notes and can compete against other collectors around the world for recognition and prizes. This popular resource now boasts almost 18,000 registered sets and over 92,000 registered notes. Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) is excited for the 2022 PMG Registry Awards, and we hope you are, too! Get ready! The 2022 awards are being planned now. Winners of PMG Registry Awards will receive a personalized plaque, an icon of recognition next to their PMG Registry set, and a $500 PMG grading credit!

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