As many of my loyal
contributors know, I have had trouble adding your notes
to Numismondo. Today I'm attempting to add an amazing 2018
HYBRID, paper and varnish covered, ESSAY note from
banknote designer Mr. Matej Gábri.
This Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
note features a native woman, a partial flag, other interesting
local elements, along with a unique clear window at right. The
window appears in this image as having a black vector coat of
arms at right.
But is in fact a clear window with the image appearing as a watermark to the naked eye.
The back features a beautiful scene
from the southeast town of Tasiilaq, formerly called Ammassalik,
with a current population of 2000 people.
European colonization of Greenland started in 982 A.D. by Iceland when Viking
explorer, Eric Thorvaldson, known as Eric the Red, arrived with his small
party. Born in Jaeren, Iceland in 950 A.D. Thorvaldson was exiled from Iceland for three years
when he traveled west seeking the land that Norwegian Gunnbjorn Ulfsson
had sighted 50 years earlier. He initially settled the southeast
coast of Greenland and
after completing his exile he returned to Iceland.
The name Greenland is said to have been established by Eric, the
worlds first "Ad man", to attract potential settlers who were
looking for fertile lands. It worked and in 985 A.D. Eric
returned to Greenland with 450 colonists establishing the
eastern settlement of Brattahlid, near the current town of Julianehab.
Leif Ericsson, Eric's son, became Ruler of Greenland. Leif, his
brother Thorvald and his
sister Freydis were thought to have been the first Europeans to have
landed in North America around 1000 A.D., long before Columbus.
graphic and banknote designer
Mr. Matej Gábri has release another outstanding design,
this time with the theme of
Ita Rina (1907-79), who
was a Slovenia & Serbian film actress and beauty queen.
Slovenia P.UNL 2,000 Tolarjev
13.4.2016. This is a private
graphic essay specimen
with dimensions of 158 x 78 mm. The
actual date of printing was 21.5. 2016 and released notes have
unique individual numbers on the front. The back has a
composition of Ita Rina images displaying her film work and
Ljubljana Town Hall. A total of only 600 pieces were produced on
100% cotton paper using an advanced offset printing technique
which incorporates three security spot colours.
These notes also have other security features including a
triangle watermark, fluorescent fibres
and embedded "gabrisbanknote-specimen"
which can only be seen under ultraviolet light.
the Gábri website for more info:
graphic and banknote designer
Mr. Matej Gábri
has now partnered with American
Stebbins to form the
Studio. Their first creation is this classic Kingdom
of the Francs 1 Silver Shilling note and will be issued in a
limited edition of only 600 pieces.
Designed in the American Bank Note Company tradition, this note
features the Late Antiquity-Middle Ages period but with modern
security features, including watermarked paper, microtext,
UV light print and spot
The Kingdom of the Francs is a takeoff on the West Germanic
tribes of Regnum Francorum with a coin image of Martellvs CarolV,
Duke & Prince of the Franks from 718-41
Mr. Stebbins designed the obverse while Mr.
Gábri did the reverse. This note was originally prepared as a
traditional 20 Franc note but later changed to the current
denomination. It was printed in Slovakia. I expect it will be
highly sought after by the traditional collecting community.
The reverse inscription at the bottom states, "solido uno" which
means the solid one in Latin - a fitting description.
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