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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 18, May 2, 2010, Article 8

THE WORLD'S LARGEST BANKNOTES

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. -Editor

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. -Editor

Philippines 100,000 Peso note

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.

Pete adds:

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.

Large Chinese banknote

We should probably measure the champions by surface area. -Editor

To read the complete article, see: Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Money (www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article
/0,28804,1914560_1914558,00.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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