Begginers guide

Collecting world paper money let’s you travel all around the globe without leaving comforts of your home. When you collect world paper money you explore different cultures, places, countries and continents, get to know many famous people, learn about nature, animals, birds, rivers and lakes that are plentiful in seven continents of our Earth. Collecting world paper money teaches you arts, geography, history, foreign languages even politics.

Another way of assembling a meaningful collection is to use historical context as your main criterion. For example you may decide to focus on collecting pre-WWII notes only. Or start a collection of World War II era notes such as occupational, prisoner-of-war, propaganda, emergency, local issues.

Also you may want to limit yourself to collecting paper money of the country you live in or were born in. You may want to collect all banknotes of a certain continent, or all notes of a certain group of countries, for example: Middle-East (covers Asia, Africa and even Europe) or you may choose to collect banknotes of countries that belong to NATO or countries of Pacific Ocean etc.

A very simple way to start your world banknote collection is to buy one note from every different country of the world. Inspect the notes, study the features, enframe your notes.

Here are a few more ideas what to start collecting in the world paper money collecting area. So, you may want to start or advance your paper money collecting into collecting notes by:

– Topic (birds, nudes, sailing ships, famous people, views, militaria etc.)
– Time period (WWII, 20th century, only notes dated 1999 etc.)
– Country (your native or favourite country)
– City (city that issued the note, that applies to local issues)
– Continent (Africa, Europe, Antarctica etc.)
– Features on a note (holograms, security insertion strips, paper kind)
– Material used (paper, plastic, mylar, cloth etc.)
– Signatures (there are so many varieties)
– Serial numbers (111111 or 000001 or 123321 or specimens 000000 etc.)
– Name of Printer (company or government who printed the note)
– Influence zone (for example: France and (former) colonies)
– Size (collect only large size notes or notes that don’t exceed certain size etc.)
– Condition/grade (collect only Uncirculated or only circulated notes etc.)
– Science (collect notes that feature biologists, astronomy, engineering etc.)
– Watermark (type of watermark or a picture on it)
– Type (Counterfeit/Bogus/Forgery notes; Specimen notes; Error or Trial notes….)

Please remember: the stricter your requirements for your collection are, the less notes you will likely collect in your collection or the more your collection will cost you, but the more value your collection will have. Also: if you just start collecting paper money, don’t look for investment, just buy the notes you like and enjoy them. Later on when you become a more advanced collector you will learn how to buy up notes that are worth not only because of their beauty, but also because of their investment value.