I came across this article from a Chinese publication about the Guinness World Record for the largest banknote collection. -Editor
Recently, 42-year-old Wissam Ali Youssef, a Lebanese from Chakra in southern Lebanon, broke a new Guinness World Record for owning the biggest collection of banknotes
with 12,282 pieces from different countries around the world.
Youssef expressed his happiness for being able to achieve his dream after long efforts and hard work.
"My first collection of banknotes was destroyed when Israel hit southern Lebanon in July 2006," he said, adding that "the war destroyed my house entirely and all
of my collection."
Youssef said that he had started collecting his first banknotes at the age of eight.
"These banknotes were very precious to me. I felt that the war destroyed my passion. These currencies hold a lot of history and culture," he said.
However, Youssef decided not to give up his dream when he watched an exhibition for banknotes on television in 2014.
His passion came back and he decided to start a new collection all over again.
"This was my dream and passion. I thought that I should not allow an act of aggression to destroy my ambition after it had already destroyed my country and house," he
Youssef now owns 12,282 pieces of banknotes, breaking the record of an Indian who holds 10,025 pieces.
"Some of my banknotes are gifts from friends who travel regularly to different countries while others were bought from e-bay, merchants and exhibitions," he said.
Youssef's next dream is to establish his own exhibition in his hometown Chakra to showcase all the banknotes that he collected over the years.
Before Youssef's achievement of his goal with his record number of banknotes, the largest collection of banknotes belonged to the Indian Anil Bohora with a total of 10,025
different banknotes, as of Jan. 13, 2009.
Guinness World Record also recognized Leigh Follestad of British Columbia, Canada, for breaking the world record for the largest collection of uncut banknotes.
The article had no images; I added a random picture of banknotes for grins.
I was unable to confirm this claim - the Guinness web site does not list winners, and I don't have a new copy of the book. That's a large collection, but surely someone
can come along to top that. I assume duplicates aren't allowed but wonder what the criteria are for the category. -Editor
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Feature: Lebanese man breaks Guinness World Record with biggest banknotes collection
Wayne Homren, Editor
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