The Numismatourist: The Only Worldwide Travel Guide for the Numismatist

The Numismatourist: The Only Worldwide Travel Guide for the Numismatist
Howard M. Berlin, 414 pages, soft cover, 6 x 9 inches, color illustrations, English, ISBN-13 978-1933990293, $29.95, (Order from

The Numismatourist is the first book of its kind as a world-wide travel guide for the numismatist. It is also for the numismatist who is traveling, either on vacation or business, and wishes to visit those places that of are interest to the hobby or profession. Inside you will find a numismatic travel guide, listing over 175 places in 75 countries open to the public, with almost 100 of these described in detail with pictures that are spread over North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Oceania-Pacific. The foreword is written by Karen M. Lee, Curator, National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.

The Banknote Book 2nd edition now in print as 4-volume set

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The Banknote Book 2nd edition now in print as a beautiful and massive 4-volume set professionally printed on demand by

The 200 chapters published as of June 2014 are available as a 4-volume perfect-bound set on US letter-sized paper with heavyweight glossy cover pages. This represents a total of 2,454 pages covering 20,477 types and varieties, including thousands of notes not listed in Krause’s “Pick” catalog.

This print-on-demand edition is meant to be purchased as a four-volume set organized alphabetically:

  1. Abyssinia to Czech Republic (49 countries).
  2. Dahomey to Lithuania (54 countries).
  3. Macau to Serbian Krajina (57 countries).
  4. Seychelles to Zimbabwe (40 countries).

Combined, these volumes provide a comprehensive reference of the banknotes from the 200 countries included (see complete list below). Be advised that The Banknote Book is a work in progress and that not all countries in the world are currently cataloged.

The 4-volume price is $176 for B&W and $264 for color.

Keep in mind that anyone buying the print edition also gets a free one-year subscription (or renewal for existing subscribers) to the online edition (a $99 value).

Order the printed catalog volumes from Lulu right now.

  • Abyssinia
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Arab Rep. of Yemen
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Azores
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Biafra
  • Bohemia and Moravia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Caribbean Terr.
  • British Guiana
  • British Honduras
  • British Solomon Islands
  • British West Africa
  • Brunei
  • Burma
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Empire
  • Central African Rep.
  • Central African States
  • Ceylon
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo Dem. Republic
  • Cook Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Dahomey
  • Danzig
  • Dem. Rep. of Yemen
  • Djibouti
  • East African Community
  • East Caribbean States
  • Equatorial African States
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • European Monetary Union
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • French Afars and Issas
  • French Antilles
  • French Guiana
  • French India
  • French Pacific Terr.
  • French Sudan
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • German Dem Rep.
  • Germany, Federal Rep.
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Gilbert and Ellice Islands
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italian East Africa
  • Italian Somaliland
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Katanga
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar & Comoros
  • Madagascar
  • Malagasy Republic
  • Malawi
  • Malaya
  • Malaya & British Borneo
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Memel
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Muscat and Oman
  • Myanmar
  • Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Netherlands New Guinea
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Oceania
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Poland
  • Qatar & Dubai
  • Qatar
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Rhodesia & Nyasaland
  • Rhodesia
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Rwanda and Burundi
  • Saar
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Sarawak
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Serbian Krajina
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Somaliland
  • South Arabia
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • South Vietnam
  • Sri Lanka
  • Straits Settlements
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tangier
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trans-Dniester
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Upper Senegal & Niger
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zaire
  • Zambia
  • Zanzibar
  • Zimbabwe

Switzerland new sig/date (2012) 20-franc note confirmed

20 francs, (20)12. Like P69, but new date and new signatures (Studer and Jordan).

Courtesy of Jürg Rindlisbacher.

Tonga new signature 5-pa'anga note confirmed

5 pa'anga, no date. Like NRBT B14a, but new signatures (Siale ‘Ataongo Kaho, Lord Tu’ivakano and Lisiate ‘Aloveita ‘Akolo).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Pakistan new sig/date (2014) 1,000-rupee note confirmed

1,000 rupees, 2014. Like SBP B38, but new signature (Ashraf Vithra).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Notes in the News promotion: Russia and Ukraine

One of the things I love about banknotes is that they provide insight into history, culture, and geography, all of which are useful in placing current events into context. With that in mind, I'm pleased to announce the first "Notes in the News promotion."

Anyone buying the Russia chapter of The Banknote Book in the next 30 days will be entitled to a free copy of the Ukraine chapter (a $9.99 value).

Selections for promotions should not be considered an endorsement of the politics of either country.

Australia announced new date (2013) notes

According to a post on the Reserve Bank of Australia web site, all denominations from 5 to 100 dollars have been produced dated (20)13.

Courtesy of Shane McCulloch (

Poland new 20-zlotych polymer commemorative to be issued 05.08.2014

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Polish Legions, the National Bank of Poland will issue a new 20-złoty polymer note on 5 August 2014. Up to 50,000 notes will be packaged in a folder and sold for a premium.
This note was designed by Andrzej Heidrich, based upon the unissued 5-million-zloty note dated 1995 (see NBP BNP11).

NBP BNP17 (PNL): 20 złotych (US$6.55)
Green, brown, yellow, and blue. Front: Belvedere Palace hologram; coat of arms with crowned eagle; Commander Józef Klemens Piłsudski wearing military uniform. Back: Eagle badge of the Polish Legions; Grand Cross (with Star) of the Order of Virtuti Militari; badge of the First Brigade of the Polish Legions; Belvedere Palace hologram. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (PWPW). 147 x 67 mm. Polymer.
a. 16 STYCZNIA 2014. Signature 17. Prefix LP. Intro: 05.08.2014.

Free bundled chapters of The Banknote Book

I'm pleased to announce a number of free bundled chapters of The Banknote Book. Simply buy any of the individual chapters listed in the left column and you automatically get the free chapter(s) listed in the right column.

Buy Free
Burma Myanmar
Burundi Rwanda and Burundi
Central African Republic Central African Empire
Comoros Madagascar and Comoros
Congo (Democratic Republic)

Republic of the Congo


East Caribbean States British Caribbean Territories



Guinea Guinea-Bissau
Israel Palestine

Malagasy Republic

Madagascar & Comoros

Malaya Malaya and British Borneo


British West Africa

Oman Muscat and Oman
Qatar Qatar & Dubai
Rhodesia Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Rwanda Rwanda and Burundi
Solomon Islands British Solomon Islands
Sudan South Sudan

Arab Republic of Yemen

Democratic Republic of Yemen

South Arabia

Polymer Bank Notes of the World

Polymer Bank Notes of the World
Polymer Bank Notes of the World

Stane Straus, Donald Ludwig, Marian Meyer, and Tigerson, 144 pages, soft cover, 297 x 212 mm, color illustrations, English, ISBN 9789619365908, €20 (plus shipping),

Reviewed by Owen W. Linzmayer

Polymer Bank Notes of the World is the definitive guide to one of the hottest numismatic fields: non-paper notes, be they Tyvek, polymer, or hybrid (combinations of paper and polymer). The new 2014 edition uses larger format pages than the preceding 2012 edition, and has expanded from 122 pages to 144 pages, with coverage of an additional 285 entries of both issued and promotional/test notes (created by security printing firms to show off their prowess and new anti-counterfeiting features).

Each note is illustrated in color, front and back. Below the illustrations are descriptions with some historical background about the vignettes on the notes, as well as detailed variety listings, each assigned their own unique Straus number (for example: Australia S1R3a), along with cross-references to Pick and The Banknote Book catalog numbers. Pricing in euros is given for uncirculated notes, and lesser grades in the few cases where pristine notes aren't readily available.

The lines devoted to describing the variations are somewhat dense and deciphering the frequent abbreviations requires a bit of mental gymnastics, but as a fellow cataloger with an interest in collecting these notes, I appreciate the authors' attention to details, accuracy, and specificity. Also well received are all the footnotes below the variety listings which provide additional information about the notes, helping put them into context and enhancing their appeal.

If you're one of the many people with a penchant for polymer, this catalog belongs in your reference library (it's a bargain at only 20 euros), and the accompanying web site ( should be a frequent stop as you browse the web for the latest information.

Comoros new signature 5,000-franc note confirmed

5,000 francs, 2006. Like BCC B9, but new signature 8 (Mze Aboudou Mohamed Chafioun and Remy Rioux).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

European Monetary Union new signature 50-euro note with prefix E (Slovakia)

50 euros, 2002. Like ECB B4, but new signature (Mario Draghi) and prefix E (Slovakia).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

European Monetary Union new signature 50-euro note with prefix G (Cyprus)

50 euros, 2002. Like ECB B4, but new signature (Mario Draghi) and prefix G (Cyprus).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

European Monetary Union new signature 500-euro note with prefix N (Austria)

500 euros, 2002. Like ECB B7, but new signature (Mario Draghi) and prefix N (Austria).

Courtesy of Peter Lorenc.

Hong Kong HSBC new date (01.01.2013) 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars, 1 January 2013. Like P213, but new date. Prefix DN.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Cuba new date (2013) 10-peso note confirmed

10 pesos, 2013. Like BCC B6, but new date. Prefix DO.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Cuba new date (2012) 5-peso note confirmed

5 pesos, 2012. Like BCC B5, but new date. Prefix EM.

Courtesy of Yigal Arkin.

Syria new 500-pound note reported for intro in July 2014

According to an article on Syrian Radio & TV dated 16 July 2014 and an article on SanaSyria dated 20 July 2014, Adib Mayala, governor of the Central Bank of Syria, has announced that a new 500-pound note has been issued on 20 July 2014, and will be dispersed early in August, and a 1,000-pound note will be issued in two months (August - September).

Existing notes of that denomination will circulate in parallel before being gradually withdrawn.

The new note is expected to join the family of 50-, 100-, and 200-pound notes (CBS B27-B29, respectively) dated 2009, introduced 27.07.2010, and printed by Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck, a subsidiary of Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Austria’s central bank.

Mayala said the new note will have different colors, depiction, and figures, and will be made of better-quality materials “in a way to reflect the cultural and historical image of Syria and protect the banknotes from getting worn out."

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Pakistan new date (2014) 10-rupee note confirmed

10 rupees, 2014. Like SBP B31, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Kazakhstan new signature 10,000-tenge note reported

10,000 tenge, 2012. Like NBK B40, but new signature.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko.