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15 Jan 2021

Time to Travel

Paper Money-World | Mokie

I was wandering aimlessly around ebay offerings a couple of weeks ago and ran across someone selling 13 world banknotes for $7.70, including shipping. Being a person that always enjoys a perceived bargain, I decided to invest my hard earned ebay bucks and a couple of additional dollars to find out what kind of assortment I would get. The envelope came yesterday, and it did not disappoint. The bills are all crispy, the seven countries were interesting, especially North Korea, and the designs are pleasing. Here are the countries and denominations I received. I think I am going to buy another lot of foreign currency very soon. I picked 1 bill per country to illustrate the riches.

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27 Apr 2020

An Interesting Variation

Paper Money-World | Mokie

Some of you that follow my blogs have probably noted that I have an inordinate interest in Canadian Coins, that interest also extends to Currency, Medals, and Ephemera. I was hoping one of you has the answer to a question I have about the two bills pictured. They are both from 1967, they both have the Canadian Centennial Maple Leaf logo on the obverse and they both have the Old Parliament Building on the reverse. But, and its an important but, one has a serial number and one has the dual dates 1867 1967 in place of the serial number. They are both legal tender and neither is worth much unless in fairly high grades. So here's the question. Why the difference? Is the dual dated example meant to be distributed to collectors only while the serial numbered example is for general circulation? Was one issued before the other, in other words, did one issue replace the other? I am doing research for an article I am writing on the general subject of Canada 1967 and I would like to flesh out the article with the straight story on this variation. PS- the Post Card is just for fun, it shows all the Canadian Provinces at the time of the centennial. It does not include the Yukon or Northwest Territories. Since 1967, no new provinces but the eastern half of the Northwest Territory has had the Nunavut Territory calved off its eastern flank like a big iceberg.

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06 Feb 2020

The Devil Made Me Do It

Paper Money-World | Mokie

Queen Elizabeth II was in her second year of reign when Canada issued their first series of bank notes with her image on the right obverse. Unlike the United States, the Canadian Bills have the same portrait on each denomination. This first series of 1954 had $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, and $1,000 dollar denominations and besides their Queen Elizabeth portraits, they also all shared a devilish detail.

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