19 September 2008

South African banknotes

Flag of South Africa

We have seen faces of famous figures on banknotes such as politicains,musicians and scientists but i ma sure most if not all of us have not seen banknotes with animals on it especially ones that are endangered and one that is totally with aimals and not a single human figure in sight.Even if there are humans on these banknotes,there would be dead ones since some of these notes portray wildlife in South Africa nad some are wild and fierce animals.Well here is the South African Rand.

(Location of South Africa )

All 5 denominations contain animals from Africa which are endangered and also one of South Africa's tourist attraction,many tourists from their own country have to go thousands of miles just to see these animals so banknotes are like a advertising tool to introduce your country.Previous issues did have a face of a man by the name of Jan van Riebeeck, the Dutch explorer who founded Cape Town in 1652.But has been changed to these notes

(Some of Africa's wildlife.Do you know all these animals?)

South Africa's new, post-apartheid notes represent the "Big 5" tourist attractions in South Africa - rhinoceros, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard. The reverse side of the notes feature images which reflect South Africa's major industries - primary industry, mining, chemical industry, tourism and manufacturing.

Currently i am trying to obtain these notes but due to its scarcity, i am not able to get all the banknotes.
10 Rand(Rhinoceros)
20 Rand(Elephant)
50 Rand(Lion)
100 Rand(Buffalo)
200 Rand(Leopard)

"I wonder who is visiting South Africa this coming December?"
"Come visit South Africa,ban killing on endangered animals"

17 September 2008

The Brown Thousand

1910 banknoteHere is another banknote, which has gained a nickname similar to the Grand Watermelon banknote previously. A few banknotes in the world has gained names for their high prices, the history it contains, however this note gained its name because of its colour.Yes, the colour of this banknote is brown in colour and it originated from Germany.The size of this bill is 18.5 cm x 11 cm and i am sure you can imagine that this banknote can hardly fit in any of your wallets.
Children playing with stacks of banknotes as toys are even more expensive than the things used to buy them during the inflation in Germany

These 1000 mark banknotes were issued on these dates
10. April 1896
1. July 1898
10. October 1903
26. July 1906
7. February 1908
10. September 1909
21. April 1910
Green seal banknote,(1910)
This note is one of the most common notes of the German Inflationary period and thus the year 1910 notes is the cheapest to buy among the other dates as stated above, notes before 1910 during WWI are more expensive. Red seals and green seals exist for the year 1910 note and has either 6 or 7 digit serial numbers. The latter were issued only from 1916, with inflationary tendencies on the up. These bills are the least valuable of the 1910 series.

20 mark gold(1890-1913)

The banknotes with the green seals were actually given out after World War I (1918-1923). Before the war the currency was convertible into Gold. The issue of the new banknotes should prevent that any of these were requested to be exchanged into gold.

The banknotes with the green seals were actually given out after World War I (1918-1923). Before the war the currency was convertible into Gold. The issue of the new banknotes should prevent that any of these were requested to be exchanged into gold.

In the middle of the banknote the German eagle is depicted. The Eagle (in German “Adler”) is a very old symbol for the German state. Originally the eagle was the symbol of the Roman emperor. Charles the Great took over the eagle as his symbol, when he became emperor around 800.

The eagle remained the symbol of the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation. During 1433 and 1806 the “Reichsadler” as symbol of the emperor had two heads. The eagle during these times was also used by many towns and principalities in their arms. The eagle is common in many cultures as a symbol for power that is given by god. Even in these days the eagle is a symbol in the arms of many nations - amongst them the United States and Germany.Atop the eagle the imperial crown is shown surrounded by a branch of oak and a branch of laurel – symbols of heroism and victory.

Beside the “Reichsadler” are pictured two females. The one on the left is a symbol for navigation. She holds an oar. The lady on the right side is a symbol for agriculture. The inflation in Germany is considered one of the most terrible times for the German people as many has suffered during the inflationary period,lets home this disaster will not happen to us in the future.

10 August 2008


Flag of Taiwan(ROC)

Perhaps some of you do not know that there are actually two chinas exists today,you just know one of them as Taiwan and China.Taiwan is also referred to as The Republic of China and China is also known as the Peoples Republic of China.(Its quite long but this is only a brief one,be patient and read it,its very interesting)Why is it also known as The Republic of China?(Other then that,it is also known as Free China and Nationalist China)
Kuomintang flag

Sun Yat Sen

Well it all started with the founding of the Kuomintang Party in 1912 by SunYat Sen and Song Jiaoren shortly after the Xinhai Revolution.More on the Kuomintang next time.Moving on,the Qing dynasty which was the ruling power in China was overthrown in favour of a republic.This also means that China dynastic system is abolished after 2000 years of imperial rule.Several revolutionary groups which including the Kuomintang were responsible for the downfall of the Qing dynasty

Flag of the Republic of China

The Republic of China was then established on January 1,1912.First led by Sun Yat Sen and then by Chiang Kai Shek who assumed leadership of the Kuomintang in 1925 after the death of Sun Yat Sen. Chiang Kai Shek had united China during the Northern expeditions and defeated the warlords who ruled different parts of China.He had received help from Soviet advisors who provided training, propaganda, popular agitation, and arms but soon dismissed his Soviet advisors, and purged communists and leftists from the KMT.
Chiang Kai Shek

Before the death of Sun Yat Sen the CCP(Chinese Communist Party) was founded and was instructed to cooperate with the Kuomintang.Chiang wanted to destroy the Communists which led to the Chinese civil war(1927) with the help of German military advisors.Chiang was determined to destroy the Communists.The Communists retreated from their bases in Southern and Central China, the retreat was known as the Long March.Chiang continued to attack the Communists to solve internal problems before dealing with the external invasion which were the Japanese.

However Chiang was taken hostage in the Xian incident in 1937 and agreed to an alliance with the Communists and fight Japan in the second Sino-Japanese War(KMT forces sometimes still fought each other during their alliance) which lasted till 1945 with the surrender of Japan.KMT forces and Communist forces begin to fight each other again.Chiang was unable to defeat the Communists due to mismanagement of the economy and the reduction of the number of troops after WWII and a few other factors.

By the end of 1949 the Communist had control of almost all of mainland China and by 1950s the Republic of China lost effective control and Chiang evacuated the government(KMT) to Taiwan along with a significant amount of China's national treasures and 2 million people, including military forces and refugees(including the the entire gold reserve and the foreign currency reserve of mainland China).Chiang established a provisional capital in Taipei.The PRC tried to conquer some parts of Taiwan in the Battle of Kuningtou but failed. The ROC was recognized by most Western nations and the United Nations as the sole legitimate government of China. During the 1970s, the ROC began to lose these recognitions in favor of the Peoples Republic of China.National Chiang Kai Shek memorial hall
Main vault of the Memorial Hall

The Republic of China has not formally relinquished its claim as the legitimate government of all China. Taiwan's quick industrialization and rapid growth during the later half of the twentieth century, has been called the Taiwan Miracle and known as one of the four Asian tigers and it also has the 5th highest reserve of foreign currency,current estimate of population is 22,911,292.We still read about tensions between the two countries and why Taiwan holds military exercises.Now you know that there are two China’s and how its flag came about to be and extra knowledge obtained.Presidential PalaceTaipei

09 August 2008

The banknotes of Taiwan

The New Taiwan dollar was first issued in June 15,1949 to replace the old Taiwan Nationalist yuan,these banknotes are issued between(2000-2004) 50th anniversary of the New Taiwan Dollar,1999
Main building of The Central Bank of China
Sun Yat Sen
Chung Shan Building
Chiang Kai Shek
Presidential Palace
Youth Baseball
Sika Dear and Dabajian Mountain
Mikado Pheasant and Jade Mountain
Formosan Salmon and Nanhu Mountain
(I do not have the 2000 dollar note)
These notes in my opinion are beautiful and the design is stunning,why cant our banknotes be more interesting and beautiful

24 June 2008

Antartican dollar

Gentoo penguin
Banknotes from Antartica??Yes i was asking the same question too when i first heard about them.Strange but true and many if not most do not even know that there are Antartican banknotes and worst of all some dont even know where Antartica is.Ok back to the notes,the currency is called the Antartican Dollar and surprisingly a place with hardly a working economy nor with a GDP growth its worth 1USD for every Antartican Dollar.

The dollar was proposed by a company from the United States,the Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office and is worth 1 USD,it is not legal tender and can only be used if both sides agree.Although not legal the Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office will honour its face value in a period of time and after that it will not redeem the notes.

What are they use for??,since they are not legal tender but worth 1 USD for every Antartican Dollar.Well these notes are collectors items created by the Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office and these notes are sold to anyone interested in them.These notes have been shippied to many countries where people have ordered them. Through the sale of these notes a huge portion the revenue was awarded to groups seeking funding for projects in Antarctica.Money have been donated to the Students on Ice Program to send high school students to Antarctica via Argentina and they will probably continue to make grants to this program and fund fund organizations seeking to undertake research and humanitarian projects in the Antarctic region.Get your notes today.Please visit this site http://www.bankofantarctica.com/. Donate to a good cause and buy some of these notes.This is a noble cause and should be supported by anyone who has the means and the money to do so.
Emperor Penguin
I shall show you the notes and perhaps its beauty can interest you,these notes in my opinion are one of the most beautiful banknotes existing in the world especially the 1 and 2 dollar note .Printed by the British American Banknote Company there are banknotes, polymer notes and their specimens printed by the Company.
A little about these amazing,beautiful,extraordinary,breathtaking notes.
There were three series the 1996,1999/2001 and 2007 series..The 2 dollars here is a 1999/2001 series.The 2007 series consists of polymer notes.The 50 and 100 of 1999/2001 series design is same as 1996 series.All the note measure 8cm x 16cm.So what are you waiting for go get yours now,limited numbers printed only. http://www.bankofantarctica.com/order.php
1996 series
Penguins on Peterman Island, Antartica
Adelie Penguins jumping into icy ocean

Penguins on rocks

Anniversary of tragic Air New Zealand crash with no survivors, flag of Antarctica as adopted by A.O.E.O. Ltd
Crabeater seal on floe
Albatross with killer whales
Captain Robert F. Scott
Map of Antarctica
Roald E. Amundsen, first man to reach the South Pole and flag of Norway
Amundsen reached south pole,14-Dec-1911

McMurdo Station Antartic Treaty System
Ozone hole detection
weather satellite

1999/2001 series
Great Auk

2001 series
Penguin March, Flag

Emperor Penguins(Can you see Happy Feet??) James Clark Ross profile, Antarctic map of Ross DependencyNew Zealand Flag, with New Zealand and territories of New Zealand Dronning Maud Land Norwegian Antarctic Exploration