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Odd Denominations On Banknotes - The List

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 Posted 04/18/2017  05:51 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A follow up to the Odd denominations on coins list, this time featuring banknotes.

Most of these should be well-known - I've listed the top German and Zimbabwean inflationary notes, the Burmese notes of the 1980s, and some Russian/Soviet issues from the time of the revolution.

The Polish 4 zlote note may not be as obvious - it was issued back in 1794. It is shown here among the other contemporary issues. And here are all the Tirol notgeld pieces including the 99 heller.


Odd denominations on banknotes - initial list:

1: (common)
2: (common)
3: Russia/USSR 3 roubles, Ukraine 3 karbovanets, Belarus 3 roubles, Czechoslovakia 3 kcs, Bulgaria 3 leva
4: Poland 4 zlote
5: (common)
10 (common)
15: Burma 15 kyats, RSFSR 15 roubles
20 (common)
25 (common)
30: RSFSR 30 roubles, Tirol 30 heller notgeld
35: Burma 35 kyats
40: Russia 40 roubles, Tirol 40 heller notgeld
45: Burma 45 kyats
50 (common)
60: RSFSR 60 roubles
75: Burma 75 kyats, Germany various 75 pfennig notgeld, Tirol 75 heller notgeld
90: Burma 90 kyats
99: Tirol 99 heller notgeld
100 (common)
200 (common)
500 (common)
1000 (common)
2000 (common)
5000 (common)
10,000 (common)
20,000 (common)
50,000 (common)
100,000 (common)
200,000 (common)
500,000 (common)
750,000: Zimbabwe 750000 dollars
1,000,000 (common)
.
.
.
1,000,000,000,000: Germany 1 billion mark
2,000,000,000,000: Germany 2 billion mark
5,000,000,000,000: Germany 5 billion mark
10,000,000,000,000: Zimbabwe 10 trillion dollars, Germany 10 billionen mark
20,000,000,000,000: Zimbabwe 20 trillion dollars, Germany 20 billionen mark
50,000,000,000,000: Zimbabwe 50 trillion dollars
100,000,000,000,000: Zimbabwe 100 trillion dollars



If you have or know of anything else, please add to the list.

Just as with the coin list, the denomination has to be spelled out (numbers or words) on the note. So if it says "5 cents" it counts as a 5, if it says "$0.05" it will be listed as a 1/20.

What will be listed: central bank issues, local and private bank issues, notgeld and other emergency notes.
What won't be listed: stocks, bonds, bond coupons, checks, bills of exchange, all those fantasy million dollar pieces, Chinese dead man's money, countries that never existed (like this)...

Things to decide:
- how far does the 'common' designation for inflationary notes go? 1-million notes were issued by many countries (Germany - Reichsbank issues plus all the notgeld, Poland - twice, Danzig, Romania, Greece, Hungary, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Georgia, Nicaragua, Zaire, Angola, and Zimbabwe of course) - that's enough to call the denomination common. What about 1-billion/milliarde? 100?
- Germany issued a 30 RM in the 1930s and several goldmark notes (which had unusual denomination related to the dollar conversion rate): what were they? Did they circulate? Do they count as banknotes?
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 Posted 04/18/2017  08:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add X2an to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some notes that come to mind:
Hungarian B-Peng#337;. The denominations got crazily high there.



10^9 * 10^12 Peng#337;, or 10^21, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Peng#337;. Or more simply, One sextillion Peng#337;. Or as they would say is, Egytrilliard Peng#337;. I'm not entirely sure how many denominations are in between there and the Zimbabwean record, but it's quite the amount I reckon.

Bank of England has an interesting guide to very old yet odd denominations. Issued in the 18th century are (odd denomiantions) notes of 15, 30, 40, 60, 70, 80, 90, 300, 400.

Yet another very interesting list!
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 Posted 04/18/2017  10:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
X2an, thank you for the first additions!

The Hungarian note you posted will be 1,000,000,000 (bilpengo) for the purpose of this list (of course, if we were to factor in the fact that 1 bilpengo was in fact 1 billion pengo, the face value would be much higher - but then we would have to do the same for the Zimbabwe dollar since they cut the zeroes at one point as well, etc). For the sake of simplicity, I'll keep to what we can read from the note.

All notes from the Bank of England website have been added to the list. I imagine these are very expensive notes nowadays.

The 18th century might prove to have more to offer. Wikipedia shows examples French Assignats (400 livres and 15 sols), I suppose there were more of those. They also list a Russian 75 rouble notebanknote quoting Krause.
Those are now added as well.


Edited by DL20K
04/18/2017 10:24 am
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 Posted 04/18/2017  4:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Updated the list with
- Transcaucasia, 75 million roubles, 1924 (link),
- Hungary, 30 kreuzer, 1849 (link),
- Indonesia, 400 rupiah, 1948 (link),
- Yugoslavia, 40 kronen, 1919 (overprint) (link),
- Russian Far East / Priamur, 30 kopeks, 1918 (1920) (link)
- Georgian inflationary notes from the 1990s,
- commemorative notes from Thailand and Bangladesh,
and some more notgeld.


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Odd denominations on banknotes - updated list for page 1:

1/4: (common)
1/2: (common)
1: (common)
2: (common)
3: Russia/USSR 3 roubles, Ukraine 3 karbovanets, Belarus 3 roubles, Czechoslovakia 3 kcs, Bulgaria 3 leva, Mongolia 3 tugrik
4: Poland 4 zlote
5: (common)
10 (common)
15: Burma 15 kyats, RSFSR 15 roubles, UK 15, France 15 sols assignat
20 (common)
25 (common)
30: RSFSR 30 roubles, Tirol 30 heller notgeld, UK 30, Ruhpolding 30 pfennig notgeld, Russia Priamur 30 kopeks, Hungary 30 krajczar
35: Burma 35 kyats, Ruhpolding 35 pfennig notgeld
40: Russia 40 roubles, Tirol 40 heller notgeld, UK 40, Ruhpolding 40 pfennig notgeld, Bangladesh 40 taka *, Yugoslavia 40 kronen overprint
45: Burma 45 kyats
50 (common)
60: RSFSR 60 roubles, UK 60, Bangladesh 60 taka *, Thailand 60 baht *
70: UK 70
75: Burma 75 kyats, Germany various 75 pfennig notgeld, Tirol 75 heller notgeld, Russia 75 roubles
80: UK 80, Pfarrkirchen 80 heller notgeld
90: Burma 90 kyats, UK 90
99: Tirol 99 heller notgeld
100 (common)
200 (common)
300: UK 300
400: France 400 livres assignat, Indonesia 400 rupiah, UK 400 [no examples known to survive according to the Bank of England]
500 (common)
1000 (common)
2000 (common)
3000: Georgia 3000 lari
5000 (common)
10,000 (common)
20,000 (common)
30,000: Georgia 30000 lari
50,000 (common)
100,000 (common)
150,000: Georgia 150000 lari
200,000 (common)
250,000 (common)
500,000 (common)
750,000: Zimbabwe 750000 dollars
1,000,000 (common)
2,000,000 (common)
5,000,000 (common)
10,000,000 (common)
20,000,000 (common)
50,000,000 (common)
75,000,000: Transcaucasian Soviet Republic 75000000 roubles
100,000,000 (common)
.
.
.
1,000,000,000,000: Germany 1 billion mark
2,000,000,000,000: Germany 2 billionen mark
5,000,000,000,000: Germany 5 billionen mark
10,000,000,000,000: Zimbabwe 10 trillion dollars, Germany 10 billionen mark
20,000,000,000,000: Zimbabwe 20 trillion dollars, Germany 20 billionen mark
50,000,000,000,000: Zimbabwe 50 trillion dollars
100,000,000,000,000: Zimbabwe 100 trillion dollars
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 Posted 04/18/2017  11:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Joseph7420 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, I just looked through all of my banknotes and found only one new addition: 2.50 gulden from the Netherlands, 1938.

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 Posted 04/19/2017  12:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add X2an to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
The Hungarian note you posted will be 1,000,000,000 (bilpengo) for the purpose of this list


Of course, I forgot that's how this works

Thailand has issued more commemorative odd denominations:




Another "odd" note is 250 Gourdes, Haiti:


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 Posted 04/19/2017  06:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Well, I just looked through all of my banknotes and found only one new addition: 2.50 gulden from the Netherlands, 1938.


Well, there don't seem to be that many odd denomination on banknotes. Your note has now been added, along with 2.50s from Turkey and Indonesia.


Quote:
Thailand has issued more commemorative odd denominations


These have now been added as well.


Quote:
Another "odd" note is 250 Gourdes, Haiti


There seem to be quite many 250s (Russia, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Suriname, Bulgaria, Georgia, and others), thus 250 has been added as common.
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 Posted 04/19/2017  3:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From one of Spink's videos: Scotland 12 pounds from 1723 (sold for 2000 pounds).

Sweden, first half of the 19th century:
16 schillingar banco (link),
12 schillingar banco (link),
8 schillingar banco (link),
14 koppar schillingar (link),
and 32 skilling banco dated 1852 (link).
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 Posted 04/19/2017  7:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is going to be a fun thread!

Will look through my notes when I get home.
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 Posted 04/19/2017  11:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are a few more Zimbabwe notes to add:

200 and 500 million.
1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 billion.

It might be an interesting rule to be required to provide photographic evidence in this thread.
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 Posted 04/20/2017  05:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, it would be best if new additions were somehow verifiable (links to auctions, shops, previous sales, bank websites, online catalogs, articles).

Your Zimbabwean additions are now included, along with the 25 billion 'special agro-cheque', Koblenz 300 million mark notgeld (here, near the bottom of the page), Austro-Hungarian POW camp note for one-tenth of a heller (here, why would they need such low values?), and Germany 50 billionen mark (here, this one must be quite rare, you don't encounter them often).

Edited by DL20K
04/20/2017 05:33 am
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 Posted 04/20/2017  08:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In an old thread on a similar topic - the Argentine 0.36 centavos (it's actually 36 centavos, or 0.36 pesos).

This page has a list of other Argentinese issues of the time (including, among other things, a hilarious 0.04-1/2 banknote).

BTW, there's a banknote in there that says 0.8 but is supposed to be 0.08 (8 centesimos) - how do we count it?
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 Posted 04/20/2017  09:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you!

All notes from the old thread which we didn't have are now added to the list.
All notes from the Argentinian website too. I listed the erroneus denomination as "8", it was after all 8 centesimos.

Also, random clicking at the said website produced this: (link) second from the top, a one-and-a-half peso note.
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04/20/2017 10:13 am
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 Posted 04/21/2017  04:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sweden:
- 9 daler kopparmynt (here)
- 6-2/3 riksdaler banco and 33-1/3 riksdaler banco (both here)

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 Posted 04/21/2017  04:21 am  Show Profile   Check Fuzzy317's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Fuzzy317 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There was also a Zimbabwe 5 Billion Note


and are the US Fractional currency notes included? like 3 Cents, 5 Cents, among others.


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 Posted 04/21/2017  04:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 5 cents isn't particularly odd But the Zimbabwean 5 billion dollar note is already on the list, as is the fractional currency 3 cents.
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