Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Venezuela 2 Bolivares 2008 series UNC
Front Design: Sebastián Francisco de Miranda y Rodríguez March 28, 1750 - July 14 1816),
Back Design: Orinoco River Dolphins with Coro Dunes

In 1940, the Banco Central de Venezuela began issuing paper money, introducing by 1945 denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 bolívares. 5 bolívar notes were issued between 1966 and 1974, when they were replaced by coins. In 1989, notes for 1, 2 and 5 bolívares were issued.

Set of 2008 series..

Statue of Francisco de Miranda in Fitzroy Street, London.

Sebastián Francisco de Miranda y Rodríguez commonly known as Francisco de Miranda, was a Venezuelan revolutionary. Although his own plans for the independence of the Spanish American colonies failed, he is regarded as a forerunner of Simón Bolívar, who during the Hispanic American wars of independence successfully liberated a vast portion of South America. Miranda led a romantic and adventurous life. An idealist, he developed a visionary plan to liberate and unify all of Spanish America but his own military initiatives on behalf of an independent Spanish America failed in 1812. He was was handed over to his enemies and four years later, in 1816, died in a Spanish prison. Within fourteen years of his death, however, most of Spanish America was independent.

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Uruguay 5 Pesos 1998 series A UNC
Front Design: Joaquin Torres Garcia
Back Design: Pintura construcctiva 1943

Joaquín Torres García
Born July 28, 1874(1874-07-28)
Died August 8, 1949
Nationality Uruguayan
Field Painting, Sculpture
Training Escuela Oficial de Bellas Artes and Academia Baixas, Barcelona
Movement Constructivism
Awards Premio Nacional de Pintura (Uruguay)

Joaquin Torres Garcia art works...
Arte universal (1943)

Constructivo con campana ("Construction with belltower", 1932)

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Thursday, December 11, 2008


Ukraine 1 Hryvnia 2004 (December 1, 2004)UNC
Front Design: Vladimir the Great
Back Design: The fortress wall of Volodymyr in Kiev


Uganda 5 Shilling 1982 UNC
Front Design: Map, arm
Back Design: Coffee bean picker

The Coat of Arms of Uganda is centered on a shield and spears on a green mound.

The shield and spears represent the willingness of the Ugandan people to defend their country. There are three images on the shield: those on top represent the waves of Lake Victoria; the sun in the centre represents the many days of brilliant sunshine Uganda enjoys; and the traditional drum at the bottom is symbolic of dancing, and the summoning people to meetings and ceremony.

The shield is flanked on the right by a Crested Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps), a subspecies of the Grey-crowned Crane and the national bird of Uganda. On the left is the Ugandan Kob (Kobus kob thomasi), a species of Kob that here represents abundant wildlife.

The shield stands on a green mound, representing fertile land, and directly above a representation of the River Nile. Two main cash crops, coffee and cotton, flank the river. At the bottom is the national motto: "For God and My Country".

Coat of arms of Uganda
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Monday, December 8, 2008


Turkmenistanyn 5 Manat
Front Design: Musical College; Horn-shaped Parthian rhyton (drinking horn; vessel)
Back Design: Turkmen coat of arms; Abu Seyid Mausoleum

It was introduced on November 1, 1993, replacing the Russian ruble at a rate of 1 manat = 500 ruble.

Religion in Turkmenistan
Traditionally, the Turkmen of Turkmenistan, like their kin in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Iran are 89% Muslim, 9% Eastern Orthodox, and 2% unknown.

Although the great majority of Turkmen readily identify themselves as Muslims and acknowledge Islam as an integral part of their cultural heritage, many are [[Irreligion non-believers]] and support a revival of the religion's status only as an element of national revival. They do not attend mosque services or demonstrate their adherence publicly, except through participation in officially sanctioned national traditions associated with Islam on a popular level, including life-cycle events such as weddings, burials, and pilgrimages.

Other religions
Orthodox Christianity
Nine percent of the country's citizens are Eastern Orthodox.

Other Christianity
Protestantism in Turkmenistan and Roman Catholicism in Turkmenistan
Protestants account for less than 1 % of the population of Turkmenistan. There are very few Catholics in the country - around 50 in total.
The Roman Catholic Church in Turkmenistan is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and curia in Rome.

Catholic missionnaries became relatively more active in Turkmenistan in 2005.In 2007 there were already over 20 places of worship for Catholics in the country, of which 4were in Turkmenabat and 3 in Mary. The community in Turkmenabat alone consists of 500people, most of whom are recent converts from Islam. The community is headed by Fr. Jabbar, an Azerbaijan-born pastor.

Hinduism spread in Turkmenistan by Hare Krishna Missionaries. Hare Krishnas are a minority community in Turkmenistan. Many of the 600 Indians in Turkmenistan are Hindu.

Major Hare Krishna festival banned in April 2005
Officials warned the Hare Krishna community in the capital Ashgabad not to hold celebrations on 17 and 18 April for the festival of Rama Navami, an annual celebration marking the appearance of Lord Sri Ramachandra and one of the most important Hare Krishna festivals Major Hare Krishna festival banned in April 2005

Bahá'í Faith
Bahá'í Faith in Turkmenistan
The Bahá'í Faith in Turkmenistan begins before Russian advances into the region when the area was under the influence of Persia.By 1887 a community of Bahá'í refugees from religious violence in Persia had made a religious center in Ashgabat Shortly afterwards — by 1894 — Russia made Turkmenistan part of the Russian Empire.While the Bahá'í Faith spread across the Russian Empire and attracted the attention of scholars and artists, the Bahá'í community in Ashgabat built the first Bahá'í House of Worship, elected one of the first Bahá'í local administrative institutions and was a center of scholarship. However during the Soviet period religious persecution made the Bahá'í community almost disappear - however Bahá'ís who moved into the regions in the 1950s did identify individuals still adhering to the religion. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in late 1991, Bahá'í communities and their administrative bodies started to develop across the nations of the former Soviet Union; In 1994 Turkmenistan elected its own National Spiritual Assembly however laws passed in 1995 in Turkmenistan required 500 adult religious adherents in each locality for registration and no Bahá'í community in Turkmenistan could meet this requirement. As of 2007 the religion had still failed to reach the minimum number of adherents to register and individuals have had their homes raided for Bahá'í literature.

Freedom of religion is guaranteed by article 11 of the Constitution of Turkmenistan. However, like other human rights, in practice it does not exist. Former President Saparmurat Niyazov's book of spiritual writings, the Ruhnama, is imposed on all religious communities. According to Forum 18, despite international pressure, the authorities severely repress all religious groups, and the legal framework is so constrictive that many prefer to exist underground rather than have to pass through all of the official hurdles. Protestant Christian adherents are affected, in addition to groups such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Bahá'í, and Hare Krishna. Jehovah's Witnesses have been imprisoned and suffered beatings due to being conscientious objectors.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008


Thailand 50 Baht (Polymer) 1992 UNC
Front Design: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the uniform of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
Back Design: Statue of King Rama VII modeled from the monument in front of the National Parliament Building in Bangkok.

Anantasamakhom Throne Hall, Bangkok


Thailand 20 Baht 03 March 2003 UNC
Front Design: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the uniform of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces

King at age 19

Back Design: H.M. King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) September 20, 1925 till June 9, 1946 (aged 20)

Ananda MahidolRama VIII of Thailandพระบาทสมเด็จพระปรเมนทรมหาอานันทมหิดล

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Tanzania 500 shilling Unc
Front Design: African Buffalo or Cape Buffalo,1.7 meters high, 3.4 meters long. It lives in swamps, floodplains as well as mopane grasslands and forests of the major mountains of Africa.
19 century drawing of an african buffalo
Image obtained from: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Back Design: Nkrumah Hall at the University
of Dar es Salaam. University of Dar es Salaam. The main campus, called Mlimani is located 13 kilometers west of Dar es Salaam city center. The university offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees, and also has Certification Programs. Nkrumah Hall is featured on the back of the Tanzanian 500 shilling bill.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Syria 10 Pound 1991 UNC
Front Design: Al-Azem Palace in Damascus and female dancer

Back Design: Ivory vessel and water plant
Al Azem Palace, Damascus was built in 1750 by As’ad Pasha al-Azem who was the Ottoman governor in Damascus. The structure is made of white limestone and black basalt.

Image obtained from: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Sudan 10 Pound 1991 UNC
Front Design: Map of sudan

Back Design: University of Khartoum,
Image obtained from: sudan-travel.net
It was founded as Gordon Memorial College was built in 1902. Biggest university in Sudan.
Image obtained from: SudanSunbeams.com

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Solomon Island

Soloman Island 2dollar 1997 UNC
Front Design: Arms; Fish
Back Design: Fisherman

The coat of arms of the Solomon Islands shows a shield which is framed by a crocodile and a shark. The motto is displayed under it, which reads "To Lead Is To Serve." Over the shield there is a helmet with decorations, crowned by a stylized sun.
In 2001 two dollar polymer notes were introduced to replace the cotton fibre issue but in 2006 the banknotes was reverted back to cotton. Denomination of 2, 5, 10 dollar banknotes introduced in 1977 and in 1981 denomination 20dollar banknotes and denomination 50dollars banknotes in 1986. Denomination 100 dollars in 2006.
*information obtained from: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Suriname 10 Gulden 1963 serial # LN066662 UNC
Front Design: Woman with fruit basket
Back Design: Coat of Arms


Russia 10 Rubble 1909 G
Front Design: Tsarist arms
Back Design: Tsarist arms

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Iceland 10 kronur 29.03.1961 (issued 1981 - 1986)
Front Design: Arngrímur Jónsson, 1568 - June 27, 1648)
Back Design: Household scene based on Auguste Mayer's drawing

This is a expired 10 Icelandic Krónar bill note. The first notes issued in 1885 by the Lansssjod Islands were in denominations of 5, 10 and 50 krónur. In 1904, the Bank of Iceland (Íslands Banki) took over note production and introduced 100 króna notes. In 1921, the Rikissjod Islands began issuing paper money, with notes for 1, 5, 10 and 50 krónur.

In 1929, another bank, the Landsbanki Íslands took over issuance of denominations of 5 krónur and above, with the Rikissjod Islands continuing to issue 1 króna notes until 1947. The Landsbanki Íslands introduced 500 króna notes in 1935, followed by 25and 1000 króna notes in 1957.

In 1961, the Seðlabanki Íslands became the central bank of Iceland and started issuing paper money, in denominations of 10, 25, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 krónur
*information obtained from: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Myanmar 1, 5, 10, 20 Kyats

1kyats ND (1998)
Front Design: Chinze
Back Design: Rowing long boats

5kyats ND (1996)
Front Design: Chinze
Back Design: Boys playing ball games

10kyats ND (1996)
Front Design: Chinze
Back Design: Palace (Myanmar GreenPalace)

20kyats ND (1994)
Front Design: Chinze
Back Design: Fountain of elephants

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea 2 Kina (Polymer) unc 1996
Front Design: Bird of Paradise members of the family Paradisaeidae of the order Passeriformes...They are found in eastern Indonesia, Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea, and eastern Australia
Back Design: Mt Hagen axe, Kula Arm band from Milne Bay, engraved dogs teeth from Bouganville, and a clay pot from the Sepik region.

Papua New Guinea introduced its own notes 2, 5, and 10 kina to replace australian dollar on the 19th April 1975. In 1991 all the Papua New Guinea banknotes have been produced in polymer.


Nepal 5 Rupees 2002 UNC
Front Design: Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev the second son of Crown Prince Mahendra and his wife Crown Princess Indra.Gyanendra father was told not to look at his son because of bad luck...so Gyanendra was sent to live with his grandmother. Gyanendra married
Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah on 1 May 1970 in Kathmandu, Pagoda
Back Design: Two yaks

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Madagascar 10000 Francs UNC
Front Design: Old man, statuette, artefacts
Back Design: Artisans

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Major Religions- Islam, Christianity, Hindusim, Buddhism. Currency- Rupiah. Indian traders and priests from Asia came to Sumatra and java around A.D.100. they brought Hindusim and Buddhism. Islam reached the area in 1100. European traders came to the Islands from 1500s. Dutch were in control of all Indonesia in 1800s. Indonesia claimed its Independence at the end of World War II in 1945.

Indonesia 500 Rupiah unc 1988
Front Design: Sunda Sambar (also sambur, sambhur, Tamil: Kadaththi man, Assamese: Xor Pohu), is the common name for several large dark brown and maned Asian deer, particularly for the Indian species (Cervus unicolor), which attains a height of 102 to 160 cm. The coat is dark brown with chestnut marks on the rump and underparts. The males are solitary and highly aggressive toward other males during this time. Females may live in groups of eight. A male may have one whole group of females in his territory. The gestation period for the females is around 9 months with one fawn born at a time.
*information obtained from: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sri Lankan Sambar Deer
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Back Design: Bank Indonesia building, Cirebon
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