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will be settled by a
referendum vote on 18 September 2014. One of the major
issues, among many, will be currency of an independent
Scottish ₤ banknotes currently in circulation are not
technically legal tender
essentially a local currency,
although they are widely used and considered valid. They
are also accepted
England and Wales.
The pro's and con's of Scottish independence is being
hotly debated throughout the UK. My opinion is that it
will not come down to a
financial decision but rather one based on the Scottish
people's desire to have an independent identity
after more than 300 years. In 1707
the Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England merged into
I've been to Scotland a few times and have had the pleasure
of working with many Scottish engineers over the years. I think
it is a "coin toss" but I'm guessing they will approve
independence with QE II as
HOS and Alex Salmond as
fired 3,500 rockets from Gaza (Palestinian
Israel since 8 July 2014.
used its "Iron Dome" defenses to protect its
people from the rockets and also launched an offensive to kill
Hamas fighters and to remove Hamas tunnels into Israel. As a
result, Hamas reported that 1880 of the
people were killed while Israel reported 66 before an Egyptian brokered
cease-fire was agreed to by both parties. It is currently for 72
hours and it began on Tuesday 5 August 2014 at 8:00 AM
Many attempts over the past years to find a solution to the
Israel-Palestine dispute have all failed. As a retired
businessman who has conduced negotiations on several continents
with different cultures,
I believe a new approach is sorely needed in this situation.
In addition to a number of important historic issues between the
current disparities are wide.
have a GDP per capita of $1924 (West Bank) and $876 (Gaza) while
has a GDP per capita of $35,658. Palestinian's live on 6,220
km2 of land while Israel has 20,770
km2. So it would seem impossible to bridge
the wide gaps that exist.
I believe it can be done
with a bold plan, support from certain neighboring countries
and a few competent negotiators respected by all parties. Anyone
interested in my ideas on this issue,
write me for my creative, comprehensive plan that has not
been published before.
signed a historic trade
pact with the European Union today. All former states of the
Soviet Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to inflict
consequences on these independent countries for rebuking better
trade/relations with Russia. I fully expect Russia to keep this
16,180 banknotes from 395
"countries" in 6338
pages are now listed; last update:
Current Countries, 145 Former,
Terr., Unrecog.,Currency Unions,
30 Local currencyIssues,
17 Fantasy Issues
new chapter of the International Bank Note Society
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.
currently free and is not limited to
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 a beautifully illustrated article on the little known
USA - Panama $50 Commemorative issue of 1914.
Meetings are held monthly in the Triangle Area of NC
but interested parties from other areas may also join.
Contact us for additional info.
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
Another interesting title is
Collecting Paper Moneyby Colin Narbeth and Simon Narbethwhich 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