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Stockholm's Banco - Europe's oldest
Sweden is the first country in Europe to have issued banknotes as legal tender. This bank, "Stockholm's Banco" was founded by Johan Palmstruch in 1656. The first banknotes in denominations ranging from 5 to 1000 Daler copper coins was issued in 1661. Every banknote was signed by Johan Palmstruch himself as well as the other clerks of the bank. In 1666 there was a new series of banknotes, now in denominations 10, 25, 50 and 100 Daler Silvermynt, these are the wellknown "Palmstruchare". In 1664 the bank got in to financial trouble and in 1668 the bank was reconstructed by the state. Palmstruch himself was sentenced to death for embezzlement, but later on pardoned.

Rikets Stšnders bank
In 1668 the state decided to take control over the privilege to issue "bank notes", wich is the same year as the Statebank was founded, also the oldest in Europe. However from the experience of Stockholm's Banco they allowed only "kreditivsedlar" to be issued. This means that the banknotes, was not real bank notes, but more like depository receipts, wich could be transported to other persons. The "transport note" had the exact amount of money deposited in the state bank as was written on the note.


Introduction to Paper Money Collecting
Collecting world paper money let's you travel all around the globe without leaving comforts of your home. When you collect world paper money you explore different cultures, places, countries and continents, get to know many famous people, learn about nature, animals, birds, fishes and plants that are plentiful in seven continents of our Earth. Collecting world paper money teaches you arts, geography, history,foreign languages even politics. Paper money collecting is an exciting hobby which many thousands of people all over the world enjoy so much.

People started systematically collecting paper and plastic bank notes quite recently. Although collecting of paper money was going on for a long time, but that was done only on a very small scale. Only in late 1950's paper money collecting became more
of a global phenomenon. By 1920's paper money began to be issued by significantly more countries around the world and in early 1960's practically the whole world was using paper money for buy or sell transactions between people, businesses etc. As
a result more and more people started collecting paper money as beautiful collectible items, for an investment or both. These days collecting world notes is growing very strong and very fast. There are millions of paper money collectors all over the world and every year new ones join in. Knowledge abounds with a multitude of general and specialised catalogues covering notes of all modern and no longer existing countries.

Prices and value of collectible paper money grows steadily and better notes now bring much higher prices than before making an idea of investing in banknotes as well as collecting attractive.

Various countries of the world have their own words for "paper money". These are translations of words "banknotes" and "paper money" into some world languages:

French: Billets, Papier Monnaie;
German: Banknoten, Papier Geld;
Italian: Cartamoneta, Banconota;
Lithuanian: Banknotai, Popieriniai Pinigai;
Russian: Banknoty, Bumazhniye Den'gi;
Spanish: Notas de Banco, Papel Moneda.

Ways to Collect World Paper Money
There are many ways of assembling a collection of world banknotes without having to spend a fortune on it. You can start collecting topical notes such as those featuring famous people
(scientists, writers, poets, politicians etc.), animals, fishes, birds, sailing ships, boats, cars, trains, planets, poetry, buildings, dams, rivers, mountains, views of nature in general, kings, queens, presidents and many many other topics already. featured on banknotes of the world issued all across the globe up to date.

Another way of assembling a meaningful collection is to use historical context as your main criterion. For example you may decide to focus on collecting pre-WWII notes only. Or start a collection of World War II era notes such as occupational, prisoner-of-war, propaganda, emergency, local issues.

Also you may want to limit yourself to collecting paper money of the country you live in or were born in. You may want to collect all banknotes of a certain continent, or all notes of a certain group of countries, for example: Middle-East (covers Asia, Africa and even Europe) or you may choose to collect banknotes of countries that
belong to NATO or countries of Pacific Ocean etc.

Did you notice that two banknotes which appear to be similar can have two different dates or signatures on them? There are notes that look similar, but were printed by different printers. Surely almost every note has a different serial number.

Please remember: the stricter your requirements for your collection are, the less notes you will likely collect in your collection or the more your collection will cost you, but the more value your collection will have. Also: if you just start collecting
paper money, don't look for investment, just buy the notes you like and enjoy them. Later on when you become a more advanced collector you will learn how to buy up notes that are worth not only because of their beauty, but also because of their investment value.

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