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CurrencyDen1
Test note folders offer great information on security features.  Here's a test note & folder for Czech designer Max Svabinsky.  The state banknote producer is Statni Tiskarna Cenin (The State Printing Works of Securities).  Notice there are 36 (THIRTY-SIX), security features delineated.
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CurrencyDen1
Kind of a jackpot day at the post office.  I received 44 souvenir cards & 4 test notes.  Here is a Giori uniface Beethoven test note, actually an uncut pair made of Duranote material.  I have attributed 40 different varieties of this note.  Most are 2 sided,
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CurrencyDen1
1893 Perkins, Bacon, & Co. test note up for auction.  This is the 1st note attributed to the firm & it's a beauty!  I cannot improve on the Dix Noonan Webb description, so:
Perkins, Bacon & Co. Ltd, an advertising note/card produced for use at the Chicago World Fair of 1893, featuring a spectacular engraved portrait of Queen Victoria, who was born in the same year as Perkins, Fairman & Heath was founded, reverse featuring a treatise on anti-forgery measures, including a not-so-subtle dig at the Bank of England, whose contract Perkins did not win earlier in the century, printed on card, uncirculated, extremely rare and very attractive.
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The note sold for 575 UK pounds, net.
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GregAlex
So a little over $700 US. Is that what you would have guessed?
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CurrencyDen1
I had not seen one of these before.  Also, the condition appears near UNC.  I would not have been surprised with a bid up to $1500-$2000.
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CurrencyDen1
Here's my latest acquisition. 

AB Tumba Bruk

The paper mill was once owned by Sveriges Riksbank (the Royal Swedish Bank) since 1755.  With the introduction of the Euro, the factory was spun off on 31 December 2001; they no longer produce Swedish banknotes, but they are one of the producers of Euro banknotes (the 6-character printer code prefix is “C”).  The firm has also printed banknotes for Congo.  The firm was acquired by Crane & Company, the paper provider for banknotes of the United States, in January 2002.

800 of these test notes were produced for the IBNS 2nd Annual European Continental Paper Money Bourse of 1988 held in Maastricht, The Netherlands.  Notice the back is blank where the upper "note" section of the note resides.  Some examples of this note, with the lower section cut off exist & sell FOR LESS.  If you find one of these, DON'T CUT THE LOWER SECTION OFF, EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT!!  Like a haircut, you can't put it back on....  Why someone would reduce the value of a note I have no idea.
The vignettes are hull & masthead of a ship, as well as shipbuilder Fredric Henric af Chapman.  It has a HEAVY intaglio printing and Braille at the top left.
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GregAlex
I found another intaglio piece from the Japanese National Printing Bureau. This one meets the qualifications of a souvenir card, I think. But it's outside North America, so it's fair game for the test note catalog.

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CurrencyDen1
And what a beauty this NPB-121 makes to the big catalog!  Thank you sir!
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GregAlex
GregAlex wrote:

The NPB has also printed some greeting cards. These are both intaglio printed and are blank inside, but the two I have came with Tyvek inserts that say "Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year." (In English!) So these might be considered promotional items suitable for the catalog...
 
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Addendum - I just discovered there a LOT more of these greeting cards were printed over the years, some engraved, some not. Many are still available for purchase. Here is a link to the sales site, but deciphering it may be a challenge: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.choyokai.or.jp/&prev=search&pto=aue
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CurrencyDen1
I had mistakenly attributed this pair as ONE greeting card, so I will assign a number for each one.  NPB is certainly active in the numismatic market, & deservedly so.
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GregAlex
I had mistakenly attributed this pair as ONE greeting card, so I will assign a number for each one. 


I think that is one greeting card, front and back.
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CurrencyDen1
Oh good.  I wondered why release two cards for the same site.
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CurrencyDen1
A new color variation of a Johan Enschede en Zonen, the banknote printer for The Netherlands has been discovered.  Since JEZ no longer produces banknotes, there are very few new finds for the firm.  This type, Mercury with fruit is known with normal margins and full-sized sheets.
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CurrencyDen1
Something I've never seen before - 5 notes printed as a long strip!  This SICPA test note(s) has a 10, 20, 50, 100, & 200 unit note printed in a continuous strip 600 mm long.  The note(s) are touting a new security device, Truspin.  More on this later.  The note(s) were designed by Manuela Pfunder (designer of the current Switzerland banknote series).  Manuela has designed 31 prior test notes for SICPA and KBA-Notasys.
PFRU-130.jpg  PFRU-130folded.jpg The new Papua New Guinea series feature this new Truspin feature: To help improve counterfeit resilience, the new K2 features an added optically variable ink (OVI) that changes color when the note is tilted. The K50 and K100 include the complex security feature SPARK® Live TRUSPIN, integrated with the Guardian polymer substrate technology. The SPARK® feature is applied to the substrate windows, making it incredibly difficult to replicate for a would-be counterfeiter.
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CurrencyDen1
I received TWO new versions of the Goznak 195th Anniversary note.
GOZ-272df.jpg  GOZ-272dr.jpg  As it turns out, this one with a solid silver security strip  is from the edge of the sheet as can be seen.  The other one has a segmented silver security strip with no serial number.  All of the 195 notes (2 main types with 8 total variants) have the 195 OVI as shown.  They all have bar codes and 195 watermarks.
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 Oh!  And the Russian seller sent TWO free test notes (KBA Sevelin & KBA Beethovan CTIP) and a sheet of Goznak seals!
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CurrencyDen1
New rare Pushkin note.  The test note that started it all for me has a new variant.  There are 7 different attributed with front & reverse + 9 with only one side printed.  This new one features a Prova Cutpak II overprint and 3  other new items on the reverse.  It may prove to be unique...  No sale as yet.
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GregAlex
That's a nice one. Maybe they could do a set of four queens!
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CurrencyDen1
Alas, the Giori name, THE inventor of the multi-color intaglio process is lost to history now.  Organization Giori was bought out by Thomas de La Rue & Koenig & Baure - 50% each.  Koenig & Baure bought out TDLR, with a name change to KBA-Giori.  The name changed yet again to the current KBA NotaSys.
As for Alexander Pushkin, the Russian writer produced the short story "The Queen of Spades" in 1833.  It was turned into an opera 3 times - The Queen of Spades (1890) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, La dame de pique (1850) by Fromental Halévy and Pique Dame (1864) by Franz von Suppé  It has been filmed numerous times as well.  So, no other queens!
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CurrencyDen1

Bradbury Wilkinson’s Argentinean Rip-Offs 
Here's a link to a great article by PMG about several BW test notes & actual notes printed for Buenos Ayres.
https://www.pmgnotes.com/news/article/8363/bradbury-wilkinson-printers-advertising-notes/

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GregAlex
That is a great article! I've heard stories about ABNC's underhanded tactics so I can imagine they might have engendered some ill will at BW by poaching clients.
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notehunter494
Well I was getting a little bored, sorry the foreign stuff...then I saw that Gilbert!
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CurrencyDen1
Gene Hessler referred to a trial and experimental piece in "U.S. Essay, Proof, and Specimen Notes" he cataloged as Ex7.  He mentions these were sent to the Bureau of Standards in 1931 to experiment with different types of paper.  There is no image.
I have also cataloged this piece as BEP-161.  It will appear in the next catalogs, both book (North America) and eBook whole world versions.  The probably unique note was sold for $3200.
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