Some readers responded with answers to last week's Quick Quiz on the world's largest banknote, based on an item submitted by Tom Fort.
Pete Smith writes:
The answer to your query about the largest banknote would be the Philippines 100,000 peso note of 1998. I only claim single credit. I would not have known this without a web search.
Pete is correct. The newspaper item that Tom Fort submitted is quoted below from a TIME magazine article.
Measuring in at roughly the size of a sheet of legal paper, the world's largest single banknote is the 100,000-peso note created by the government of the Philippines in 1998. Designed to celebrate a century of independence from Spanish rule, the note was offered only to collectors, who could purchase one of the limited-edition notes for 180,000 pesos, or about $3,700.
I am somewhat skeptical that there was not something larger in the dim past.
The Chinese had a note called Da Ming Tong Xing Bao Chao described as 34 cm by 22 cm. I figure that is a little shorter but slightly wider than the Philippines note.
We should probably measure the champions by surface area.
To read the complete article, see:
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Money
Wayne Homren, Editor
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