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I'm the same, David. I usually try and save a low denomination banknote from every country I go to. I don't think I've been to quite so many as you though. And I've never got round to displaying the notes - I like the idea of making motivational wallpaper out of them.
I'm another that collects banknotes I was going to put them under glass on a coffee table but never got around to it now I have that many I would need an extended dining table.Some of my favourites are the discontinued currencies such as Perus Sol de Oro, Brazils Cruzeiro,Banque of Zaire,The small chinese Jiao & Fen notes and the Iraq dinars note depicting Saddam Hussain
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I used to keep a bit of currency - though mostly coins rather than notes, but stopped a while back. I have kept one of my personal favourite notes though, which is the Macedonian 10 denar, which has a colourful peacock on the reverse.
Fascinating. I've had all sorts of problems with my N.I Bank of Ireland notes over the years on returning to England - even when I've patiently explained it's pounds sterling (and that's even after Eire took on the Euro).
Thanks for the comments. I hadn't thought in terms of having a favourite banknote before, but I'd probably go for the French Polynesian Franc. The reverse side is just as colourful as the front and I also like the fact that the people featured are, as far as I know, just ordinary citizens rather than famous politicians or other well known French Polynesians (not that I can think of any).The coffee table sounds like a good idea, Treacleminer, as more people would see them there than on my bedroom wall.Actually, Helen, the last time I was in Northern Ireland I brought back a few £5 notes and had no problem spending them in Glasgow, but maybe it's different elsewhere.
No, you're right, David - never had any problem in Scotland. It's England - but I think they're better than they used to be.
I enjoyed this! My proudest (or perhaps most foolhardy) banknotes that I own are the couple I smuggled out of North Korea - it's illegal to export North Korean Won and indeed the only time we were allowed to use any in the country was in a supermarket with an exchange facility set up specifically for group tours. The rest of the time we had to use US$, Euros or Chinese Yuan.
Keith,A friend of mine was in North Korea last year and didn't even so much as see any of the local money. He was obliged to use the currencies you mention and, since he wasn't allowed to wander around on his own outside the hotel, he couldn't buy anything in local shops and get local money as change. I'd be quite interested to see what it looks like, if you can copy and paste it into a comment.I should point out, at this juncture, in case anyone got the wrong idea from the final sentence of the penultimate paragraph of my Experience above, that I've never actually visited North Korea, or indeed a brothel.
Did you manage to save a 1000 and a 500 Indian rupee David? I got one of each before managing to deposit the rest!
Nandini,The only Rupee notes I brought back were 10s and 5s. Most of the 10s have Ghandi on them, but some have different designs, although they all say "Reserve Bank of India." The 5s are from the same bank and feature a man driving a tractor on one side. I probably spent the higher denominations while I was there, although it was about 15 years ago so I can't exactly remember.
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