Paper

The Chinese were making paper money back in the 900s AD before Europe knew what paper was, but some exchange commodity had to back it. Paper currency, as we know it today, has not been around for very long (120-130 years in America). Before that, people used bank notes, federal notes, or any kind of guaranteed note. Still, there were some very beautiful designs created for these bills.

GERMANY 2 MARK NOTGELD, MÜNSTER 1921

P016

Paper, Crisp UNC

113 x 85 mm

WEST AFRICA STATES, 50 FRANCS, 1958

P015

Paper, Pick #1, Circulated

115 x 77 mm (4-1/2” x 3”)

COOK ISLAND $3, INA AND SHARK, 1987

P014

Paper currency, Type P-3, UNC

150 mm x 75 mm (5-7/8” x 2-15/16”)

COSTA RICA, 1 COLONE, 1917 (1963 100th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE)

P011

P-S121r, UNC

152 mm (6), 70 mm (2-3/4)

GERMAN 5 DEUTSCHE MARK, 1948

P001

Paper, Bank Deutscher Lander Frankfurt A. Main 9.12.1948

120 mm x 60 mm (4-11/16 x 2-3/8)

THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SCRANTON, $20, MAY 6, 1902

P002

Paper bill secured by U.S. Treasury Bonds; unknown engraver

193 mm x 80 mm (7-1/2 x 3-1/8)

COOK ISLAND $10, INA AND SHARK, 1987

P003

Paper currency, Type P-4, UNC

150 mm x 75 mm (5-7/8 x 2-15/16)

ITALY 2 LIRE MONETA PATRIOTTICA, 1848

P004

Paper

115 mm x 70 mm (4-1/2 x 2-3/4)

100 REICHSMARK NOTE, 1935

P005

Reichsbanknote, UNC

92 mm x 182 mm (3-1/2 x 7-1/8)

100 FRANCS BANQUE DE FRANCE 28-7-1932

P009

Currency, condition Fine; watermark, portrait of two youths

112 mm x 180 mm (4-3/8 x 7)