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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 36, September 8, 2019, Article 4


Here are a couple new world paper money books discovered via News & Notes from the Society of Paper Money Collectors (Volume V, Number 10 August 27, 2019). First up is one on Ukrainian banknotes. The text is a Google translation. -Editor

Ukrainian Paper money catalog cover Maksim Zagreb:

"Paperowi groschi kinzja XIX - oiwatky XXI ct w obigy Ukrainian catalog (Paper money from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 21st century - catalog)"

518 pages. Size 16.5 cm x 23.5 cm, perfect binding brochure,

1st edition of the Kiev logo 2019, Ukrainian, throughout in color, price: 48 euros

ISBN: 978-617-7446-93-3

Various Mr. Zagreba's catalogs on coins and banknotes were introduced as early as 2013. A new catalog of 2019, which he created with Mr. Sergi Jazenko, deals exclusively with state-issued paper money of his country. It is likely to be the most comprehensive work on the subject to date. As the title promises, we find here paper money expenses that were on the territory of Ukraine in the given timeframe. History buffs may remember a public television film that chronicles the life of an 80-year-old woman who lived her entire life in one place and owned eight different nationalities. According to many different currencies, state and private emergency money will have used them.

Chronologically, this book is built. Chapter I is called "Pomish dwoch imperii", meaning "between two empires". Here are all the bills of Austria-Hungary and Russia in the subsections. The second chapter deals with "state expenditure", according to the notes of the Ukrainian People's Republic. "Under Occupiers" is the title of the third chapter, which is the most comprehensive with more than 170 pages and begins with the various Russian and Soviet editions. The Polish money signs from 1919 to 1939 are recorded under "Poland - Occupation of Galicia", followed by Romanian notes from 1918-1944, the CSR of 1919-1938 and the Hungarian emissions of 1939-1944.

The German editions form the last part of the subchapter ("German occupation 1941-1944"): Here, however, all notes issued in Germany from 1926-1945 are included, as well as the zloty notes printed by the German administration of the issuing bank for Poland. Chapter IV covers the Soviet bills after 1944 until the end of the USSR, and Chapter V is dedicated to the independent Ukraine.

Just the enumeration of the various sub-areas in the chapters should make it clear to German collectors that there are already excellent catalogs for many areas - let us just think of Poland. Extremely interesting are certain "additions", such as illustrations of ration cards and documents.

For German users on the one hand, the overview might be very impressive, on the other hand, the last chapter is probably of great use for collectors who are interested in Ukraine and not in the "secondary areas". This also affects the prices. They are usually given in three degrees of maintenance in the local currency hryvnia. 1000 hryvnia are about 35 euros, one euro is about 28 hryvnia. Who makes rollover bills, will calculate with 30, but of practical use are usually not the many hryvnia prices listed in the book.

If we look only at Poland here, so many bills are marked with RARE here. Few collectors have ever seen these bills, they are missing in most collections in the world, and often there are no auction results for them due to lack of supply. This also applies to other areas. By contrast, there are certainly surprises on Soviet bills and the latest issues of independent Ukraine. Here is worth a closer look certainly, because in the turmoil of the 1990s, a lot of material has been brought to Germany and sold in part for "pennies" what you are looking for in the East today and paid accordingly.

This excellently designed book is a work of two Ukrainians for Ukraine, it is written in Ukrainian. Anyone who is proficient in the Cyrillic alphabet and has Russian or even Polish language skills will be able to guess a lot. It is very easy to find prices, because here we find the usual English abbreviations VC, VF and UNC. If you want to build or expand a Ukraine collection, this book has an excellent guide. The plant can also be useful for language-savvy "treasure hunters" and traders specialized in Eastern Europe because of the prices and variants.

Unfortunately, literature distribution from Ukraine to Germany does not work as it should and could. Gladly trying to help, without being able to give a guarantee of success: "BMV MEHLHAUSEN", D-13125 Berlin, Florastraße 24A and delivers this for 48 € + 4,50 € shipping costs. E-Mail-Address:

Wolfgang J. Mehlhausen

To read the complete article, see:
Zagreba: "Papiergeld vom Ende des XIX. bis Anfang des XXI. Jahrhunderts" (

Wayne Homren, Editor

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