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NessunDorma
Happy Friday everyone!

I've always been curious about something ever since I began collecting American currency years ago. As many of you have probably guessed from some of my posts, I am actually Canadian and while I have tried to collect other currencies, I always make my way back to US currency because there is something very special about the elegance and simplicity of the designs. I find the almost austere appearance of the portraits against the white background to be very appealing, and the almost endless serial# possibilities are an awesome bonus.

That got me thinking that I cannot possibly be only non-American that loves American currency. So for those of you that are not from the USA, please chime in and tell us what made you decide to collect. It would also be awesome to hear from American members about why US currency simply beats everything else out there for them.

Look forward to your thoughts!
Collector of United States Currency, fine mechanical watches & fridge magnets
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HoneyBadger
Wow, that is an interesting question. I am not sure why exactly. Many reasons I guess. History and art probably.

I also collect Canadian currency, along with most of the former British Empire countries. So I understand. 😃
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mikelaw

I’m from Philadelphia. Love Canadian notes.  Link:  https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/banking/

Mike
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GregAlex
I think, during the Gilded Age, there was actually something of a professional rivalry between American Bank Note Co. (which printed the majority of Canadian currency) and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The BEP frequently poached the best engravers from ABNC, so that sense of artistry carried over into U.S. currency. But the Bureau also developed a very particular esthetic, different from commercial bank note companies, that strived for a more holistic design, beyond just dropping a vignette inside an ornamental frame.
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bob16
I started collecting National Bank Notes around 1978 when I was attending a coin show in Albany, NY and a dealer had a note on my hometown of Hudson, NY.  I bought the note and its been full-speed ahead since then.  I've been chasing National Bank Notes from New York State since then - the aura of "hometown" paper money appeals to me - especially when you do the research and find out all sorts of interesting things about the local banks and their communities.  I don't mean to upset anybody but I find type notes to be the same as coins - lots of them out there and a bit sterile.
As an aside, I went to college just 20 miles from the Canadian border and made many a trip to Canada.  Of course, that was 50 years ago when all you had to do was wave at the guard as you crossed the border.  My how times have changed!  I tried to get interested in Canadian currency but it's tough when you have to compete against a National Museum that is actively grabbing up all the good stuff.  I'm glad we don't have that problem down in the States.
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Rhino89
mikelaw wrote:

I’m from Philadelphia. Love Canadian notes.  Link:  https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/banking/



I'm assuming a Temple alum as well, judging from the avatar? 😏 Alum here, too, just not living in the city. (Sorry to hijack the Canadian thread here, carry on 😂)
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postalnotes
I'm from the Republic of Texas, but enjoy U.S. Currency because it is easier to obtain than Texas currency. Too many Texas currency collectors down here. 😉

Researching United States Postal Notes 1883-1894.

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EarlySmallSizeFanatic
I love the 1954 Canadian notes, there are some nice scenes on the backs. 

I am from northern Massachusetts (Canada is not that far). I have confined down to just the early stars, due to so many block possibilities. 

1934 L star LGS $5.jpg 

Many early stars are rare in any grade, while others have conditional rarities, and a few are fairly common. 
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jordon
As an American collector, I think I focus on US currency mainly because it's familiar to me and "feels like money." I was a kid when the small-head designs were phased out, so they remind me of a time when $20 was a huge amount of money.
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NessunDorma
jordon wrote:
As an American collector, I think I focus on US currency mainly because it's familiar to me and "feels like money." I was a kid when the small-head designs were phased out, so they remind me of a time when $20 was a huge amount of money.


I can understand that. I think we can all agree that US money is the universal "default" currency in every corner of the world. When the Euro came out 20-some years ago, many thought it would replace the US dollar in that capacity, but that never really happened. Personally, I love the simultaneous simplicity and complexity of the older US notes and if someone were to ask me "what does money look like?", my answer would always be "an American dollar bill". I hope that makes sense 😗
Collector of United States Currency, fine mechanical watches & fridge magnets
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bkzoopapa
Back in the 1980s I did coin shows in Hong Kong for 8 years. I had at least a dozen local collectors start building type sets of U.S. Large Size type notes. Also numerous collectors of small size US. They collected from Vg to Unc. It was always a surprise what they wanted from year to year. There are a lot of US notes over in Asia now.
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Springfield
I enjoy the earlier US notes due to their intricate designs.  In my opinion the recent currency is too plain and not as nice as it was in the past.  
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Propanol
I'm from Singapore, got my tertiary educations from both sides of the American coasts, and worked and lived in nyc for a few years. A colleague then pointed me to the star on a dollar bill that left an impression and piqued my interest in star note collection.

I also collect Singapore dollars, British pound and Chinese yuan. General consequence of countries where I have ties with. Outside numismatics, I collect first editions, mainly in modern American literature.
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