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International Bank Note Society


There are many branches of the IBNS around Britain & The World

Just come along   All welcome   

If you would like to give a short talk at a meeting, we would love to hear from you.

It is an informal meeting and everyone is welcome. 

You do not have to be an IBNS member to attend.

 London IBNS Meetings 

Venue   Spink Auction Room

6.30pm prompt, the last Thursday of the month
@ Spink & Sons, 69 Southampton Row,
Bloomsbury, London  WC1B 4ET


5.00 pm in Pizza Express opposite Spink (in Spink if early) if you are around before any meeting

  All Welcome




On Line only Via Internet


27th August        On line         


September           No meeting -


cancelled   October   IBNS World Paper Money Fair 

29th October        Laurence PopeThe Escudo Paper Money of Portugal 1928 on


26th November    AGM & Banknote Auction


December              No meeting





5.00pm in Pizza Express  opposite Spink (in Spink if early)  If you are around before any meeting  All Welcome




  6-30pm prompt

Spink Auction Room,  69 Southampton Row

Bloomsbury,  London  WC1B 4ET




       IBNS  World Paper Money Fair  2020

             2nd  3rd  October


   The Bloomsbury Doyle Hotel,  Great Russell St,  London  WC1B 4BH

   Friday     2nd    Open 10am Early Bird  £20  

                            Open to all  11pm to 6pm -  £5

  Saturday  3rd   Open to all 10am to 4pm  -  £3


                       For more information see


IBNS East Midlands Branch meeting 2009, Pam is closest to the ground


   East Midlands IBNS Meetings

East Midlands meet last Saturday of every odd month 1.30pm to 4.00pm 

at Wollaton Park Community Association, Harrow Road, Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

Further information contact:

              Meeting Dates

       January    March    May

 July    September    November



  The Bank Note Society of Scotland

Meetings held in Edinburgh.

for details contact me:



  Bank of England Museum

 Mon - Fri, 10.00 - 17.00
Admission FREE
Closed weekends

For more information visit:





IBNS Banknote of the Year


The 2014 Banknote of the Year

Awarded 2015


The 2013 Banknote of the Year

Awarded 2014

Kazakhstan 1000 tenge by De La Rue

The 2012 Banknote of the Year

Awarded 2013

Kazakhstan 5000 tenge by De La Rue

The 2011 Banknote of the Year

Awarded 2012

Kazakhstan 10000 tenge by De La Rue


The 2010 Banknote of the Year

Awarded 2011

Uganda 50000 shillings by De La Rue


The 2009 Banknote of the Year

Awarded 2010

Bermuda Monetary Authority - 2 Dollars


The 2008 Banknote of the Year

Awarded 2009

SAMOAN Banknote 

After reviewing government banknote issues worldwide last year, the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) has selected their Banknote of the Year from among the many countries that issued new currency designs in 2008. This year, the International Bank Note Society’s Board of Directors has chosen as the most attractive new issue of 2008, the Central Bank of Samoa’s 20 Tala note. Samoa’s 20 Tala banknote beat eight other banknotes nominated by IBNS members, two of which were also from the Pacific region.
With striking, eye-catching yellow and gold colours and bold and innovative security devices, the 20 Tala note easily eclipsed its competition in the views of the IBNS judges. The judges liked the Central Bank’s emphasis on tourism, achieved by highlighting one of the nation’s picturesque waterfalls—a refreshing departure from the standard practice of portraying famous persons on paper money. The reverse design was also praised for featuring Samoa’s national bird, the Manumea, and the national flower, the Teuila; the two symbolizing the uniqueness of Samoa’s natural environment.
Sharing the spotlight with the Central Bank of Samoa is the designer and printer of the banknote, UK-based De La Rue Currency, one of the world’s foremost producers of paper money and securities. De La Rue’s creative blend of state-of-the-art security features and design elements maintains its long tradition of superior banknote design and printing, significantly adding to the appeal of the 20 Tala banknote, according to the IBNS Board.
The International Bank Note Society is proud to commend the Central Bank of Samoa and De La Rue for producing and issuing the 2009 Banknote of the Year.


Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i


New 20 tala bill is ‘Bank Note of the Year’

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, April 13, 2009)—The Samoan 20 Tala currency note has won the International Bank Note Society’s (IBNS) ‘2009 Bank Note of the Year’ award.
The IBNS is an Organisation founded in 1961 with the objectives of promoting, stimulating and advancing the study and knowledge of world banknotes and paper currencies.
It has some 1,750 members throughout the world who collect, research, and write about aspects of paper money.
And, for a number of years, the IBNS has made an award to recognise an exceptional banknote issued each year.
The award recognises the artistic merit, imaginative design, and use of security features in the winning banknote.
In his letter advising the Central Bank of Samoa of the award, the IBNS President Mr. Peter Symes stated that "of the nine notes short listed for our award this year, the 20 Tala note was a clear winner."
Mr. Symes went on to congratulate the Central Bank of Samoa and the printers of the note, De La Rue and Company, on the magnificent achievement, not only in producing the Bank Note of the Year, but also in preparing a meritorious range of notes in the new series of banknotes.
The design theme of the 20 Tala note is ‘Nature and the Environment.’ These are represented by the Sopoaga waterfall and native forest in the front, and our national bird and national flower at the back of the note. Like other notes in our new family of banknotes, the 20 Tala exhibits a vibrant colour palette which is an important part of the Bank’s design brief.
Our traditional Samoan tattoo designs background all the notes in the new family of banknotes.
The new Tala series of currency notes is the first since the 1980s to involve a complete redesign.
This follows a decision by the Central Bank to introduce new designs and upgrade to the latest banknote security features, especially after experiencing many counterfeiting problems with the previous issue.
On receipt of the notification of the award, the Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa, Leasi Papali’i Scanlan, said he was both "gratified and pleased" at the recognition received by Samoa’s new banknotes,
praising the close collaboration between the Bank and De La Rue on the award winning design.
The Central Bank has been further advised that our same 20 Tala note has also won the ‘Bank Note of the Year’ award for a German Numismatic Publication called the Munzen & Sammeln.
Samoa Observer:
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 The 2007 Banknote of the Year

 Awarded 2008


The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) is delighted to announce that the Bank of Scotland’s 50-pound note has been awarded the Society’s Bank Note of the Year for a bank note issued in 2007.
In a ceremony today in the Bank’s Edinburgh Head Office, representatives of the IBNS presented certificates and medals marking this award to Graeme Donald, Head of Industry and Products, Payment Services at HBOS plc, the parent company of Bank of Scotland plc; and Stuart Rost, Banknote Designer at De La Rue Currency.
The IBNS judges considered the 50-pound note to be a bold design and an outstanding representative of the new series of notes issued by the Bank of Scotland in September 2007. Dominating the note is an ethereal portrait of Sir Walter Scott giving the note an intriguing ambiance considering the range of traditional and modern featu

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