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CurrencyDen1
400 dpi was a no, but finally at 600, success.  VERY tightly spaced!
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CurrencyDen1
A couple of new Giesecke & Devrient / Louisenthal test notes showed up last week.
GD-611D & LOU-281D
GD-611f.jpg  GD-611r.jpg 
GD-612D & LOU-282D
GD-612f.jpg  GD-612r.jpg 
These tout their new substrate.  Hybrid ADDvance® allows customers to secure their whole series from low to high denominations with the addition of highly sophisticated stripes and patches including windows – along with all well-known paper-based security features. As an advanced new substrate platform, Hybrid ADDvance® ensures that banknotes have a long circulation life – even in tropical and other difficult conditions – while remaining attractive and highly secure.
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HoneyBadger
No collecting of the test notes, but I had some Natick test notes come in our shop recently.

FRN Collections Complete - 1928-1934 LGS: $5 [87%] - $10 [37%] - $20 [2%] - $50 [6%] - $100 [0%] - $500 [0%]

http://www.1928notes.com - If you have a new note to add, please let me know.
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CurrencyDen1
Here's the next note I received today from my Russian source - GOZ-231a.  There are two types of these, one with & one w/o serial number.
GOZ-231.jpg  Here's the note with back light to view the watermark
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CurrencyDen1
Here's a Waterlow & Sons note appearantly designed for the Central American / South American market, competing with American Bank Note Company.
I just found a black & green tint version of this note.
WS-231.jpg   
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CurrencyDen1
I don't buy sheets often (3?), but here's one that arrived this week.  King Charles I notes from Bradbury-Wilkinson have 3 main types.  This type has 4 different color varieties + one with a reverse, a coal-fired train on a trestle - I'd like to have THAT one.  I believe I will cut these down to single notes - I've never done THAT before.
The note with back light first.  I didn't know these had a watermark before checking mine out.  It wouldn't fit in UV / back light I have, so the thread lines are NOT on the note!
BW-223a-wm.jpg  BW-223a-sheet.jpg 
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CurrencyDen1
CurrencyDen1 wrote:
A couple of new Giesecke & Devrient / Louisenthal test notes showed up last week.
GD-611D & LOU-281D
GD-611f.jpg  GD-611r.jpg 
GD-612D & LOU-282D
GD-612f.jpg  GD-612r.jpg 
These tout their new substrate.  Hybrid ADDvance® allows customers to secure their whole series from low to high denominations with the addition of highly sophisticated stripes and patches including windows – along with all well-known paper-based security features. As an advanced new substrate platform, Hybrid ADDvance® ensures that banknotes have a long circulation life – even in tropical and other difficult conditions – while remaining attractive and highly secure.

These sold together for $550.
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GregAlex
There are some remarkable items on Ebay at the moment. Alas these are only photos, not the actual proofs. But these seem clearly intended to test the viability of anti-counterfeiting measures. Would they be considered test notes or essays? I have no idea who produced these designs -- I would love to see the originals! Some are almost vertigo inducing.

1 dollar pinwheel.jpg  1 dollar seals.jpg  1 dollar.jpg  2 dollar.jpg  5 dollar circle.jpg  5 dollar.jpg 

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CurrencyDen1
I wish I had found this hoard from Canada before Frank did!
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GregAlex
You are probably not the only person thinking that. :-D
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CurrencyDen1
A new version of a Perum Peruri test note first surfaced in Asian markets & now on Ebay.  PP is the state owned printing and minting firm for Indonesia & adopted its’ trading name in 1972.
The new note, PER-142
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PER-142r.jpg 
The first note, PER-141 PER-141f.jpg 
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CurrencyDen1
Here's the newest test note from Goznak. It is not available on the market yet, not even in mother Russia.

GOZ-413               No Units, 2018, lynx, grouse, large transparent window, intaglio, 65x150.

.07 mm polymer substrate, .09-.11 mm with ink and intaglio relief.
GOZ-413f.jpg 
GOZ-413r.jpg 

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tigertrader


Great thread! Keep up the good work!


and Congrats!


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Jim61
I agree - an amazing thread! I never knew as I have avoided "test" banknotes.
Looking for:
Any small size UNC $1 FRN with serial 16977961.
2009 $1 LX end -61 - CU.
1935A $1 CC HAWAII end -61 raw or PCGS CU or better, PMG ok.
World serial 00000061.
World replacements serials ending -61.
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GregAlex
I'm quite enjoying the recent pics. Love the color on those notes.

It seems like there is a competitive auction market for many of these notes, judging by the prices realized. Where are most of the buyers -- Europe? Asia?
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CurrencyDen1
That's the big 2, Europe (UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands) and Asia.  Australia and Russia are also large markets.  The US is strong, naturally more so for ABNC & Crane Currency notes.  I have had good success buying Goznak test notes from Russia.  A year or so back, the ruble crashed and I picked up several higher end notes at what I think as bargain prices.

I did an analysis of the world record price for the Beijing Banknote Printing Corporation 10 (Yuan) note.  Results?
"Hot" Asian market and assumed rarity of note.  Another ultra rare set of notes for India yielded prices in the $8000+ range for each note.  That means the hot Asian wildcard had a FIVE TIMES multiplier.

The Beijing note was graded 66 EPQ. There appears to be little or no effect of grading on the hammer price, based on other test note sales with and w/o TPG grading the same 66 EPQ grade.  One reason for this is the nature of test notes.  They are not made for circulation.  Similar to specimen circulating notes, there is no expectation of signs of wear on notes intended for collectors and government officials.

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CurrencyDen1
I received more information from a Russian contact about several Ulanova notes.  These Goznak notes depict the Ballerina Galina Ulanova.  They are made from hybrid and polymer substrate (hybrid is banknote paper, really cotton and polymer sections).  There are wide and narrow security strips, no strips, masks, fleur-de-lis, no watermark, ballerina watermark, Securancy watermark (2 different slants), and with or without dates.  All in all, presently there are 17 different versions.
This GOZ-268a is made of polymer with a pale yellow tint (all the others are clear).
GOZ-268af.jpg 
Here's GOZ-261c with a hybrid substrate material.  The dark oval area is polymer material.
GOZ-261cf.jpg    GOZ-261cr.jpg 
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CurrencyDen1
CurrencyDen1 wrote:
This promotional note for the 2nd Trigo Kuala Lumpur International Money Show held in March 2018 is NOT to be cataloged in the Catalog of Printers Test Notes.  It was not produced by a bank note printer, but a private printer, even though it was produced on banknote paper with ultraviolet ink.  The estimate at auction was 100-300 MYR, but sold for 3,000 MYR with 61 bids ($715).  Note the PMG S/N is in error.  Another note with no TPG sold for RM70 ($17).  Obviously still collectable.
triogmetric-oct-2018-lot-8867_lg.jpg 

I found a source for this note in Malaysia - doesn't seem to appear very often.  Here's a shot of the note with UV light.  The Chinese love UV sensitive ink.  The note came in a promotional folder.
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Jim61
Wow, that looks very impressive in UV. Thanks for posting.
Looking for:
Any small size UNC $1 FRN with serial 16977961.
2009 $1 LX end -61 - CU.
1935A $1 CC HAWAII end -61 raw or PCGS CU or better, PMG ok.
World serial 00000061.
World replacements serials ending -61.
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GregAlex
CurrencyDen1 wrote:
The estimate at auction was 100-300 MYR, but sold for 3,000 MYR with 61 bids ($715). Note the PMG S/N is in error. Another note with no TPG sold for RM70 ($17).


$17 for the same note, but raw? Why such a price disparity?
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CurrencyDen1
Sooo many comments on this one!  I will avoid getting in trouble here...
1) Sure glad it's NOT going in the catalog!  What value to assign.
2) Probably first sale of note - always higher.
3) Auction estimates.  Sometimes these are "self fulfilling prophecies"...
I'm writing an article for the SCCS (hopefully!) on all these issues.

I bought mine for $27 - the shipping was higher than the cost of the note!
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CurrencyDen1
Here's my latest purchase, again from Mother Russia, the 100th Anniversary of the Moscow factory.  Mine came with a 3 page promotional folder. GOZ-531
GOZ-531f.jpg  GOZ-531r.jpg  UV light, both sides
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CurrencyDen1
Here's the last test note Johan Enschede ever produced before going out of the banknote printing business.

Founded in 1703, this Dutch printer printed all of The Netherlands banknotes and now prints the Euro banknotes for six countries in the Union (the 6-character printer code prefix is “G”).  It has produced notes for over two dozen other countries.  Catalog prefix changed from ENSC to JEZ to reflect accepted abbreviation of this printer.  Enschede lost their monopoly for Dutch notes and had to sharply reduce their price to keep the bid.  They elected to no longer print banknotes in early 2017.
JEZ-221.jpg 

A large version of this art piece “The Mother of all Dutch Money”, was presented to JEZ by the artist commemorating the 300 years of the printer. 400 smaller versions were produced and given to each employee in 2003. Each piece came with a watermarked letter and the unique number of the 400 set.  Even the "small" samples given away are large - 260 x 380 mm.  I do not believe there were any security features on these, but still with a population of 400, the only known sale netted only $100.



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CurrencyDen1
I received news & image of this N T Graph note today from 2014.  It has not appeared on the market, so there is no market test of the value.
GRAF-163f.jpg

GRAF-163r.jpg 
The 70x155 note has 3 colors Screentaglio,5 colors offset, 1 color screen silver and iridiscent varnish.  Screenytaglio method is a company patented method which can print more ink layers at the same time.

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Jim61
WOW, keep posting. I for one is pleased to see all these things I have never seen and knew nothing about.
Looking for:
Any small size UNC $1 FRN with serial 16977961.
2009 $1 LX end -61 - CU.
1935A $1 CC HAWAII end -61 raw or PCGS CU or better, PMG ok.
World serial 00000061.
World replacements serials ending -61.
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