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America’s Original Currency, a tribute to all Americans past & present!

If notes could talk, what would the highly collectible Colonial notes say about the significant role they played in achieving independence for all Americans? ….
For some fascinating information about these rare and beautiful notes, read on …..

WWI ended on November 11th, 1918; In tribute and honor of another GREAT war, the Revolutionary War, all Americans cherish America’s Original Currency.
Our early American history — from a political, social, and certainly economical perspective — is fascinating. Fortunately, for all currency enthusiasts, this history is exemplified in the first American currency, lovingly referred to as Colonial Currency.

Colonial currency provided financial incentives and means to build America and win the Revolutionary War. Certainly, colonial currency helped supply our Continental Army and feed and clothe early colonists.

Colonial Currency notes are unique works of art and demonstrate incredible sophistication in counterfeit prevention, multi-color production techniques, engravings, woodcuts, logos, and political insignias and slogans. From Maryland to Georgia, these diverse currency items were expertly crafted by local artisans, engravers, and printers. Looking at each note, you will touch this history, feel the strength and determination of these early patriots, and wonder at the skill and splendor each note demonstrates.

Colonial notes are rare, sought-after, desirable but, surprisingly, well within reach of most collectors. Market values placed on these notes are based on condition, demand, and rarity; the original value of the notes is far less significant. For example, regardless of denomination, notes produced by Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere will have greater value due to greater interest and demand. Additionally, notes produced during the Revolutionary War have seen greater interest, with the idea that those notes display powerful patriotic symbolism and may have been placed in the pockets of patriot soldiers as they took arms against the British.

Colonial currency collectors build collection sets in a number of ways. One common method is to collect a note from each of the original 13 colonies. Similarly, many collectors choose a “favorite” colony and collect samples of each of the emissions and/or denominations.

Fortunately, internationally recognized grading services such as PCGS and PMG are now verifying and grading Colonial money. Thus, graded notes carry greater value and notes with higher grades command exceptional prices.

Though the perception is that these notes are of a premium price, collectors are still able to find and purchase notes from all 13 colonies for a relatively fair price. Collections with all 13 colonies are then passed down from generation-to-generation, as family heirlooms, pride in our country, and outstanding investments.

Therefore, now is the time to invest in colonial currency; affordable prices will NOT last! Large numbers of new currency collectors are reaching retirement age and are “in droves” contributing to higher demand and higher prices.

Proudly, has excellent examples of Colonial Currency notes from each of the 13 colonies as well as the Continental Congress issues.
Call us at (870) 670-4255 or email for help and support, as you venture into Colonial Note Set collection.

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Yours for a truly wonderful Veteran’s Day,

Jeff Smith, President
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Question: Are Federal Reserve Bank Notes (FRBNs) and Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) the same?

Question: Are Federal Reserve Bank Notes (FRBNs) and Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) the same?

No, they are very different notes and it is important to make the distinction when buying, selling, or trading these notes. Here is some history and information.

Federal Reserve Bank Notes, also known as FRBNs, were issued in the US between 1915 and 1934. As legal US tender, they were regarded, just as other kinds of notes, according to their face value. There are 12 Federal Reserve Banks. It is important to note that Federal Reserve Bank Notes are backed up by just ONE of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, not all of these banks as a unified group.

And size does matter. Two size designations exist for FRBNs – large size and small size. Large size FRBNs were initially issued in 1915 with the five, ten, and twenty dollar denominations. The one, two, and fifty dollar denominations surfaced in 1918.

Small size FRBNs were emergency printed in 1933 (during the depths of the American Depression), using paper stock from the printing of National Bank Notes and in denominations ranging from five through 100 dollars. During the depression, Americans lost faith and trust in their banks, so wide-spread currency hoarding created extreme shortages. Of great interest to collectors is that, just as is seen in our current one dollar bills, the letter A through L appears, denoting one of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts. Since 1934, these small size FRBNs were not printed and banks stopped making them publicly available in 1945. They have serial numbers and brown seals and have the “National Currency” printed across the top of the obverse side.

FRBNs were issued by each individual member bank, as mentioned, and were phased out in the mid-1930s. FRBNs are considered by numismatists to be very different bills, when compared with Federal Reserve Notes.

Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) are still in production. Notably, the term Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) is considered to be the best term to use when describing circulating US paper currency. The only U.S. banknotes still in production since 1971 are the FRNs.

FRNs were backed in a similar way to National Bank Notes, using U.S. bonds, but issued by Federal Reserve banks instead of by chartered National banks. Before 1971, FRNs (in theory) were supported by an equal amount of US Treasury gold. Under President Nixon, however, the gold standard was replaced by a government declaration that the paper money had value and was legal tender in the US.

But how was this possible? In December of 1913, during his first year in office, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson aggressively influenced and subsequently signed into law the Federal Reserve Act. This Act of Congress established the Federal Reserve System and the US Central Banking System (a major reform for US banking and currency).
Importantly, this Act provided the US central banking system official authority to issue Federal Reserve Notes and Federal Reserve Bank Notes as legally authorized US currency. Notably, the bill’s co-sponsor was the Chairmen of the House Banking and Currency Committee, Virginia Congressional Democratic Representative Carter Glass.
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Yours for a truly amazing Thanksgiving Holiday,

Jeff Smith, President

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A few ‘notes’ about Military Payment Certificates (MPCs)

Exciting and historical MPC information follows: No two notes are identical; each is unique

As a military veteran of the United State Navy, I recall receiving my pay with Military Payment Certificates, fondly known by us GIs as MPCs, and spending these MPCs at the base PX. I am an MPC Collector and I think that these beautifully engraved Military Payment Certificates are some of most artistic pieces of currency ever made.

The United States military devised the MPC program immediately following World War II. In post war Europe, US dollars became very valuable due to the high inflation rates of local currencies. Hence, US servicemen stationed overseas could purchase very high value items for relatively small numbers of US dollars.

To overcome this problem and help stabilize foreign economies, MPCs were developed and used from the time immediately following World War II until about the end of the Vietnam War (1946-1973). In the opinion of many military veterans and collectors like me, MPCs include some of the most beautiful currency notes the US has ever printed. I look at these currency notes and see not only the financial impact they made for me but the military, political and social environments surrounding them.

MPCs are paper money in cent denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 and dollar denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 20. The MPC Program was at its peak during the Vietnam War.

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Creating a World Currency Collection

Most world money collections began with international travel. During foreign travel, fun and attention-grabbing examples of transcontinental money are often preserved as souvenirs.

Terms such as World Currency, World Banknotes, World Paper Money, are used interchangeably to describe the exciting and information-rich pursuit of collecting non-coin world money.

Collecting paper money from all over the world is a perfect way to learn, teach, and share the history (political, economic, social, and cultural), science, and geography of nations that make up the great and glorious world we live in.

Three types of world paper money are collected: Money from banks, money from governments, and money produced during emergencies, such as during and after wars and conflicts. One collector we’ve met has a currency collection with examples from all nations known to exist, dated during World War II. What a legacy he will leave for his family and future generations!

To help avoid counterfeiting, many world money examples display complicated, beautifully engraved drawings, patterns, figures, and motifs which contribute to the diversity and rich historical value to this artwork.

Additional diversity includes the changing political and geographical formation of our world powers and populations.

Where was Bohemia? What is the Isle of Man? What did Syrian money look like in 1967? Who is engraved on the 1912 (just prior to the Revolution) Russian Ruble Note? Why are the Bernhard Notes located in the “Great Britain” category instead of Austria where they were engraved and printed? Answers lead to more questions; therefore, finding, holding, and collecting world paper money has become an increasingly popular, thrilling, profitable, and very exciting pursuit.

Condition (and authentication) is a significant factor for collectors; condition is represented as the “grade” of the note. Un-circulated notes with high grades are the most sought-after and valuable. The note’s appearance is also a factor. For us (and for many collectors), these notes are some of the most beautiful and fascinating ever created.

As international travel and service increases, the popularity and demand for these exquisite world currency notes increases. Thus, now is a great time to create and enhance your world money collection – value will never be better!

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Disney Dollar Demise: The end of an era 1987 – 2016 RIP 29 years old

Disney Dollar Demise: The end of an era 1987 – 2016 RIP 29 years old

Digital Currency and Disney Gift Cards are reasons cited for yesterday’s official discontinuation of Disney Dollars. Of course, because Disney Dollars never expire, Disney will continue to accept them as currency, at face value. But this is small comfort to and other Disney Dollar collectors who, since 1987, have anxiously awaited each new Disney Dollar issue and theme.

This sad announcement was made on Thursday with the final discontinuation date of 14 May 2016. That is, all official Disney production and sales of Disney Dollar Notes ended yesterday!
You may wish to access official news media items located at these web sites. WDW News Today (reports on Disney park information and news), broke the story late last week were later confirmed by the Orange County Register.

Disney Dollars have been extremely popular with collectors since their birth in May 1987. Functioning as both currency and souvenir, these beautifully engraved existing “Dollars” will now be far more difficult to locate and more expensive to purchase.

“This news is devastating,” said Jeff Smith, President. “Collectors from all over the world love and cherish these amazingly beautiful notes. Disney Dollars have been a really fun way to introduce currency collecting to children of all ages! Disney Dollars have always made great Christmas and birthday gifts!”

First released in 1987, Disney Dollars were recognized for very high quality printing with intaglio steel engraving and expensive 100% cotton paper, giving Disney Dollars the feel and appearance of beautifully crafted currency. Just like any “real” money, they have anti-counterfeiting features such as reflective ink and imprinting, unique serial numbers and letters, tiny specks of glitter (we call pixie dust), and expensive micro-printing.

Important characters on each bill include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and many others. Each side of the bill incorporates its denomination and each currency item has a serial number series year. These numbers/letters denote when they were printed and where they originated. Some bills were printed in small amounts such as the limited edition $50 and some were printed in large quantities.

Disney Currency designs changed yearly, often reflecting the general theme for that year. Bills also include letter designations, located after the serial number. For example, an A series relates to a note initially sold at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA (A is for Anaheim), D denotes Walt Disney World in Florida, and T (available starting in 2005) designates Disney stores. There are also a few very rare B (for Designer Charles Boyer). Now, at age 29, official production and sales of Disney Dollars has ended.

Importantly, though Disney Dollars never expire, once “spent” at Disney Parks and Stores, notes are cancelled and destroyed.
So the only way to purchase Disney Dollars now is through collectors like Please let us help you build your own collection of these ever-more-valuable/rare world famous Disney currency notes.

If you have any questions call Jeff @ (870) 670-4255