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Which country has the world’s best bank note?

Talking of banknotes and bank note designs, brings me to a
final thought on this: which country has the world’s best bank note?

Surprisingly, this is a debate that rages online by many commentators, newspapers and
institutions.  There are books about it, and even an annual award for the world’s most
beautiful banknote from the International Bank Note Society (IBNS).

So here are the notes that appear most commonly or have been
voted the most beautiful by a range of websites.

The Cook Islands

Cook Islands


Egypt front

Egypt back


Uganda front

Uganda back


BoS front

BoS back



Comoros back


Samoa front

Samoa back

Faroe Islands

Faroe islands


São Tomé and Príncipe

Sao Tome

French Polynesia

French Polynesia










Khazakstan front

Khazakstan back 2012

If you want more background and information about these countries and their banknotes, checkout these two links in particular:

Oh, and the one they all miss that I would place on the
list, is the Czech Koruna notes, especially the 500 Koruna:


And the 2,000 Koruna:


 I suppose these ones are missed because we think cheques will disappear before cash?


About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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One comment

  1. Very nice. Don’t forget about my Amsterdam artist friends at http://blog.artasmoney.com/blog/ , where they literally print their own money!

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