Author Owen W. Linzmayer forwarded this announcement about the first anniversary of his publication The Banknote Book.
The Banknote Book—a new catalog of world notes—marked its first anniversary in June
2012. After its first full year of availability, The Banknote Book now comprises 130
country-specific chapters available as individual high-resolution PDF files. This
represents a total of 1,400+ pages covering 11,000+ types and varieties, including
2,000+ notes not listed in Krause’s “Pick” catalog, officially known as the Standard
Catalog of World Paper Money (SCWPM).
Author Owen W. Linzmayer is pleased with reaching this milestone. “It is particularly
satisfying to collaborate with a wide range of domain experts around the globe to help
create a new catalog, and it keeps getting bigger and better every week.”
Subscriber Russ Smith is also thrilled with the results. “The Banknote Book goes well
beyond my expectations,” said Smith. “The graphics, layout, signatures, descriptions,
presentation, source references, and more are truly appreciated. The Banknote Book far
surpasses Pick and other general reference works.”
Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background
information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also
Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
Specific identification of all vignette elements
Security features described in full
Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
Date reproduced exactly as on note
Precise date of introduction noted when known
Replacement note information
Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
Background information for historical and cultural context
Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
Bibliographic sources listed for further research
The Banknote Book is sold by subscription or individually by chapter, and payments may
be made online or by mail. The $99 annual subscription entitles the buyer to every
chapter currently available as well as everything published—or revised—during the next
The chapters—which serve as stand-alone catalogs for individual countries—are priced
based upon their page count:
Fewer than 5 pages: $0.99
5 to 9 pages: $4.99
10 or more pages: $9.99
Several shorter chapters are available as free samples, and new releases and revisions
are published regularly.
Furthermore, all 130 chapters published to date are currently available as a two-volume,
black-and-white paperback set. For details on the printed version, interested parties
should visit Lulu.com and search for “Linzmayer” in Books.
For more details, to set up an interview, or to request a review copy, please contact Owen W. Linzmayer via email email@example.com, or call +1 (415) 519-1418.
About the author: Owen W. Linzmayer is an avid collector of world paper money and the
former editor of the International Bank Note Society's quarterly publication, the IBNS
Journal, which the American Numismatic Association awarded second place in the
specialty clubs category of the ANA’s 2008 Club Publications Contest. Linzmayer also
received the IBNS Literary Award Honourable Mention in 2011 for his article “Eritrean
Banknotes—The Birth of the Nakfa.” In addition to writing The Banknote Book, he also
publishes BanknoteNews.com, the #1 web site devoted to breaking news about
international paper & polymer money.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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