Women are continuing to improve their equality status throughout the world. Here's the latest country rankings by the World Economic Forum (WEF) along with some famous representative women from each of the top 10 ranked countries. The WEF measures the relative gaps between men and women in the areas of health, education, economy and politics.

1. Iceland 2. Finland 3. Norway 4. Sweden 5. Denmark

Prime Minister:
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

First Female Prez:Tarja Halonen

Prime Minister:
Erna SOLBERG

Princess: VICTORIA Ingrid Alice Desiree

Prime Minister:
Helle THORNING-SCHMIDT

6. Nicaragua

7. Rwanda 8. Ireland 9. Philippines 10.Belgium


48th Prez:
Violetta Chamorro


Philanthropist:
Jeanette Kagame


Former Prez:
Mary McAleese


11th Prez:
"Cory" Aquino

EU Comm. Candidate:
 Marianne Thyssen

KLAUS SCHWAB, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum summed up the latest report this way: "Some of the most compelling findings regarding the benefits of gender equality are emerging from companies. For example, companies that include more women at the top levels of leadership tend to outperform those that don’t....but these benefits gWomen in Numismaticso beyond the economic case. There is another simple and powerful reason why more women should be empowered: fairness. Women represent one half of the global population—they deserve equal access to health, education, influence, earning power and political representation. Their views and values are critical for ensuring a more prosperous and inclusive common future. Humanity’s collective progress depends on it."   

An organization which promotes numismatics for women is Women in Numismatics (WIN). Founded in 1991 as a non-profit for both newcomers and established collectors. It encourages fellowship and networking among members, and promotes education through speaking engagements and seminars. The group’s magazine, Winning Ways, is published three times yearly and features scholarly numismatic articles.                                    28.10.2014  GSE

CLICK to visit AFGAfghanistan has finally agreed on new national leaders after a flawed election which occurred eight months ago. A compromise was reached with Ashraf GHANI as "President and Head of State" and Abdullah ABDULLAH as "Chief Executive Officer." The country has suffered from this long period with international donors pulling back and the economy being severely impacted. The Taliban continues to fight and it has been reported that they have gained strength. Both leaders appear to be more friendly to the west so perhaps the lessons of Iraq will be learned in this situation.                       22.9.2014  GSE

Scotland Independence was settled - NO! I should have remembered Quebec prior to my prediction...Now what will happen in Catalonia? On Nov. 9 Catalans may also vote for independence but Spain's PM has said he will block the vote. In the wealthy northeastern region of 7.5 million people, this could be big if it comes to a positive vote for independence.          20.9.2014  GSE
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16,180 banknotes from 395  "countries" in 6338 pages are now listed; last update: 29 August 2014
208
Current Countries, 145 Former, Terr., Unrecog.,Currency Unions, 30 Local currency Issues, 17 Fantasy Issues

 

2014 UPDATES - BY DATE

2014 UPDATES - ALPHABETIC
PHILIPPINES    EMG      P.S261,    N.1560         WK 5 29.8..2014 ANGOLA      P.29, P.33       PNC 2 14.8..2014
PORTUGAL    P.15P.40,  P.149       AB, PNC 3 22.8..2014 BAHAMAS   P.12                                   BV 1 23.7..2014
East Caribbean States   P.13 - P.15            BV 3 22.8..2014 Bermuda                                   BV,   AB 8 3.8..2014
Ceylon (Sri Lanka)         P.44, P.45    P.50            BV 5 20.8..2014 EAST AFRICA              AB, BV 10 11.8..2014
FALKLAND ISLANDS   P.4,  P.8e       BV 2 19.8..2014 British East Africa              BV 8 23.7..2014
SALT SPRING ISLAND     AB 3 16.8..2014 BR. CARR. TERR.   P.7c                                   BV 1 23.7..2014
CANADA       P.11 - P.34j    BV,  CL1C  15 16.5..2014 CANADA       P.11 - P.34j    BV,  CL1, AB  15 16.5..2014
ANGOLA      P.29, P.33       PNC 2 14.8..2014 CANADA       P.S471   5 Dollars   Bank Montreal   DM   1 16.5..2014
CYPRUS      P.20, P.22, P.23       BV 3 11.8..2014 Ceylon (Sri Lanka)         P.44, P.45    P.50            BV 5 20.8..2014
EAST AFRICA              AB, BV 10 11.8..2014 Ceylon (Sri Lanka)         P.30                          BV, 1 3.8..2014
East Africa              BV 8 23.7..2014 CYPRUS      P.20, P.22, P.23       BV 3 11.8..2014
Ceylon (Sri Lanka)         P.30                          BV, 1 3.8..2014

DENMARK      SB.1501                         JEB, AB

6 7.2..2014
Bermuda                                   BV,   AB 8 3.8..2014 East Caribbean States   P.13 - P.15            BV 3 22.8..2014
BR. CARR. TERR.   P.7c                                   BV 1 23.7..2014 FALKLAND ISLANDS   P.4,  P.8e       BV 2 19.8..2014
PHILIPPINES    EMG        P.S271b, IOC.146        WK 1 1.8..2014 HONG KONG      P.172 -  P.178,    P.319       MS, AB 6 7.2..2014
BAHAMAS   P.12                                   BV 1 23.7..2014 HONG KONG      P.68,  P.70                                     MS 2 6.2..2014
PHILIPPINES    P.187+, P.193+        WK 2 13.7..2014 HONG KONG   Various Issues                           MS 18 2.6.2014
PHILIPPINES  P.132+ , P.142+ , P.159+ ,
        P.168+ ,  P.175+ , P.180+ , P.187+, P.193+    
   WK
33 12.7.2014 HONG KONG   HKSBC  P.155b  1 Dollar 1913  MS 1 22..2014
PHILIPPINES   P.A26a, P.A27r                    AM 2 7.1..2014 MALDIVES             P. 2 -P.4                     PC, TH, OY 4 3.6..2014
SIAM              P.S111                                AB 1 29.6..2014

DENMARK      SB.1501                         JEB, AB

6 7.2..2014 PHILIPPINES    EMG        P.S271b, IOC.146        WK 1 1.8..2014
HONG KONG      P.172 -  P.178,    P.319       MS, AB 6 7.2..2014 PHILIPPINES    EMG        P.S271b, IOC.146        WK 1 1.8..2014
HONG KONG      P.68,  P.70                                     MS 2 6.2..2014 PHILIPPINES    P.187+, P.193+        WK 2 13.7..2014
MALDIVES             P. 2 - P.4                     PC, TH, OY 4 3.6..2014 PHILIPPINES  P.132+ , P.142+ , P.159+ ,
        P.168+ ,  P.175+ , P.180+ , P.187+, P.193+    
   WK
33 12.7.2014
HONG KONG        Various Issues                           MS 18 2.6.2014 PHILIPPINES   P.A26a, P.A27r                    AM 2 7.1..2014
HONG KONG   HKSBC  P.155b  1 Dollar 1913  MS 1 22..2014 PHILIPPINES    EMG        P.SUNL,SMR.214       WK 1 14.5..2014
CANADA       P.S471   5 Dollars   Bank Montreal   DM   1 16.5..2014 PHILIPPINES    EMG        P.S284c, ILC.165       WK 1 14.5..2014
PHILIPPINES    EMG        P.SUNL,SMR.214       WK 1 14.5..2014 PHILIPPINES    EMG        P.UNL,SMR.735        WK 1 15.10..2013
PHILIPPINES    EMG        P.S284c, ILC.165        WK 1 14.5..2014 SALT SPRING ISLAND     AB 3 16.8..2014
PHILIPPINES    EMG        P.UNL,SMR.735        WK 1 15.10..2013 SIAM              P.S111                                AB 1 29.6..2014

 
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A new chapter of the International Bank Note SocietyNC-IBNS was formed on  27.3.2014 in the USA state of North Carolina under the leadership of Austin Mattox, Vice President of Mattox Coins & Stamps.

Membership is currently free and is not limited to IBNS members. The chapter would particularly like to encourage young people interested in this fascinating area to join in a new world exploration, as seen from the unique perspective of paper money.

IBNS and Chapter member Miguel Chirinos, a Latin America researcher and author has just published his latest article on Venezuela's Leper Colony currency. Read it here. He also just  finished two beautifully illustrated articles on the little known USA - Panama $50 Commemorative issue of 1914  and Lighthouses on World Banknotes.

Meetings are held monthly in the Triangle Area of NC  but interested parties from other areas may also join. Contact us for additional info. 
           

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Click for More Info or to BuyRecommended:
One of the most comprehensive and outstanding numismatic books is the massive 864 page World War II Remembered - History is in Your Hands, A Numismatic Study by C. Frederick Schwan and Joseph E. Boling. As we have built the Numismondo site from contributed images, this book has been a tremendous help with this important period in modern world history.  Joseph Boling has also been very kind in providing additional attribution assistance, particularly with Japan.

Click for More Info or to BuyAnother interesting title is Collecting Paper Money by Colin Narbeth and Simon Narbeth which was released in October 2010. While I have not read this book I expect it is an excellent work as was all of the similar titles by Colin Narbeth over many years. Colin is a pioneer in World Paper numismatics and he was instrumental in the founding of the IBNS.

We also have provided quick links to the KrauseClick for More Info or to Buy catalogs, the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money - Vol.1: Specialized Issues being the only 5 star rated volume.
 
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