Slovakian graphic and banknote designer Mr. Matej Gábriš 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.

Visit the Gábriš website for more info:
GSE 5.10.2016

Slovakian graphic and banknote designer Mr. Matej Gábriš has now partnered with AmericanCLICK TO ENLARGE banknote designer Mr. T. Stebbins to form the Stebbins-Gábriš 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 CLICK TO ENLARGEcolor. 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.
Gábriš 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.                              GSE 14.9.2016

Egypt banknotes issued during the World War II Italian Axis occupation rarely come on the market and the issued versions are extremely rare in any condition. This note is 1 of 4 known issued notes and while it is of low grade it is to bring $12,000 - $15,000 USD at auction next week at Winners Auctions in Jerusalem, Israel.

500 million notes were thought to have been destroyed except 4 pieces appear to have survived, including the note shown here. A set of Specimens sold at auction in London for 90,000 Euros.

From 1940 the Italians attempted to capture Egypt and North Africa, in order to reach the Suez Canal. In a meeting which took place between the Foreign Ministers of Italy and Germany they divided the areas which they were going to capture between them, as well as the economic effect. According to this agreement, which stated that the Italians will rule in Egypt and North Africa, the Italians issued a series of eight special banknotes, in accordance with the value of the local currency of Egypt and Sudan, which were intended to replace the local currency with the occupation. Issued in Istituto Poligrafico in Rome, under the name Cassa Mediterranea di Credito and they bore the name of the local currency in Italian and Arabic in addition to pictures of Caesars of ancient Rome. On July 16 1942, the banknotes were flown in a special airplane to Lybia, where they were carefully guarded by tanks. In January 1943, as a result of a counter attack by the British forces commanded by Marshal Montgomery, the Italians understood that the plan to distribute the banknotes must be aborted. The Italian forces left the banknotes in iron crates inside a fortress, and there, by command of the high echelons, all of the notes were burned in order to leave no evidence of their defeat, and so that their original plan should not be revealed to everyone.  The mystery of the notes which survived: Over the years rumors abounded that some of the notes were saved by a military policeman, before the army destroyed them. In 1967 a collector managed to purchase five notes and they are currently found in the collection of Italia d'Banca. According to what is known, these five notes were part of a complete series which his uncle, a military policeman in the area of the Egyptian occupation, succeeded in saving before the fire a short while before General Montgomery arrived. The location of the remaining three notes from the series remained a mystery. In the 1980's, three additional notes were stolen from an Italian collector at a collectors conference, and have since disappeared.

15,543 banknotes from 384  "countries" in 6391 pages are now listed; last update 28 January 2016
Current Countries, 149 Former, Terr., Unrecog.,Currency Unions, 31 Local currency Issues, 19 Fantasy Issues

Last Update: 21.9.2016 Scotland
Recent Update: Canada-Canadian Tire   by WB
Update: 27.1.2016 Haiti  1, 20 Credits by DS
Update: 22.1.2016 Zanzibar  500 Rupees by SP, AB

Update: 2.1.2016 Switzerland  N.260 Local Note by CL3
Recent Update: 2.1.2016 Switzerland  N.500-N.514 Art Deco Notes by CL3

A  new chapter of the International Bank Note Society  was  formed  on 27.3.2014 in the USA state of North Caroli na under the leadership of Austin Mattox, Vice President of Mattox Coins & Stamps.

Membership is currently free and is not limited to IBNS members. The chapter would particularly like to encourage   exploration, as seen from the unique perspective of paper money.
IBNS and Chapter member Migue
l Chirinos, a Latin America researcher and author has just published his latest article on Venezuela's Leper Colony currency. Read it here. He also just  finished a beautifully illustrated articles on the little known USA - Panama $50 C ommemorative issue of 1914, Lighthouses on World Banknotes and Historical Maps on Latin American Banknotes.

Meetings are held monthly in the Triangle Area of NC  but interested parties from other areas may also join. Contact us for additional info. 

 20.1..2015  GSE


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