Author Archives: Tracy Schmidt

French Colonial Notes with Georges Bayle

I have invited Georges Bayle, a French specialized collector of French Colonial bank notes, to share some of his thoughts on collecting. (Interview conducted and translated by Richard Taylor in France.) Georges Bayle has been collecting French colonial paper money … Continue reading

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Exploring Banknote World with Abdullah Beydoun

I have invited Abdullah Beydoun, the founder of Banknote World, to share some of his thoughts on collecting and identifying bank notes. Beydoun has developed a website, https://www.banknoteworld.com/ that includes an educational component.   Q: What inspired you to become … Continue reading

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Stack’s Bowers May 2020 Hong Kong Auction

By Tracy Schmidt Stack’s Bowers’ May 2020 Hong Kong Auction included bank notes in Session B held on May 4 and Session E held on May 7. There were four notes that I especially want to share with you from … Continue reading

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Stack’s Bowers NYINC World Paper Money Highlights

By Tracy Schmidt  I enjoyed the selection of World Currency offered at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries January 2020 NYINC Auction.  There was a strong selection of Canadian currency offered. I enjoyed seeing the variety of notes offered by Bermuda and … Continue reading

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January 7 Heritage Weekly U.S. Currency Auction

By Tracy Schmidt Heritage Auctions provides great opportunities for collectors to buy and sell at their weekly online auction events. I see some interesting items in these auctions and many of the items included are attainable to all collector levels. … Continue reading

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Collections Lead Heritage Sale

by Tracy Schmidt  There were many notes included in Heritage Auctions’ December  4 – 6 World Paper Money Signature Auction. The auction included notes from the banknote collections of Ma Tak Wo and Yuri Solovey.  The collections featured pieces from … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season for Santa Bank Notes

By Tracy Schmidt The last live U.S. Currency auction of the year for Stack’s Bowers Galleries contained several great notes. What captivated my attention was a special collection of “Santa Claus” notes in obsolete currency. This group was curated by … Continue reading

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Silver Certificates Rule Heritage Weekly Auction

Heritage Auctions brought some interesting Proofs and Silver Certificates to their Oct. 29, 2019, U.S. weekly auction. Their World Currency auction, also on Oct. 29, had two notes that caught my eye: a Cuba Banco Nacional 500 pesos and an … Continue reading

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SPINK’s Spectacular World Banknotes Auction

by Tracy Schmidt The recent World Banknote Auction held by Spink from Oct. 2 to 3 contained many interesting, quality bank notes. Two hot collecting areas of interest to watch were China and India. Overall, there were many strong performers … Continue reading

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U.S. Currency Weekly Auction Seizes Bidders’ Attention

by Tracy Schmidt Heritage Auctions attracted multiple bidders on several interesting lots offered in their Oct.1 Weekly Online Auction. The lots that piqued my interest were in the categories of Large Size, Small Size, and National Bank Notes. It is … Continue reading

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