Working with banknotes and collecting banknotes attracts people for many reasons. For one, it’s money. Two, it’s a look into faraway countries, their history and culture. Three, they are often beautiful. Fourth, banknotes are often based on the newest and coolest technology. For those who work on making new banknotes and security features, the technology used creates awe and excitement. This love of technology can make it into the themes used for banknotes. Just like security technology is often a new frontier, space remains a new frontier, and a frontier that has made it onto several banknotes. 

Poland 1,000 Zlotych | 1982 | P-146c |
Source: Banknote World

Science As a Collecting Theme

Early investigation of the science associated with space was done by renaissance men include Leonardo DaVinci, Galileo and Nicholas Copernicus. It is not a surprise that each is highlight on banknotes. The 1982 Polish 1000 Zlotych shows Copernicus on the front an a sketch of his solar system on the reverse. For modern high school students, the idea of planets spinning around the sun is well understood, this was a new concept in Copernicus’ time. The 1999 Romania 2000 Lei shows a similar view of the solar system. 

Armenia 100 Dram | 1998 | P-42 |
Source: Banknote World Educational

Armenian & Indian Banknotes

The 1998 Armenian 100 Dram honored Armenian astrophysicist Viktor Amazaspovich Ambartsumian. While he was born in Georgia. He spent much of his life in Armenia and died there. He has recognition as a leading astrophysicist during the 20th century. Just like several other notes, this banknotes shows the solar system on the reverse. 

The 1977 India 2 Rupee shows a satellite in geosynchronous orbit around the Earth. It is likely this image is in use to commemorate the launching of India’s first satellite.  

India 2 Rupees | 1977 | P-79 |
Source: Banknote World

A series of fantasy notes was issued in 2014 that focused top to bottom on space exploration. The (Fake) Silver Reserve of the Moon Bank issued ‘Lunar Dollars. These are fun fantasy notes. The 10 Lunar Dollar note shows an astronaut in a 1960’s style space suit next to a three-dimensional representation of the solar system. The reverse shows a Space Shuttle zooming out of orbit and on to exploring space. It is a great concept. The entire fantasy note is well conceived and includes see-through features and looks a lot like a banknote. 

New Frontier Collection of Banknotes
Source: Banknote World Educational

Banknote World Themed Collections

Too bad more actual banknotes aren’t using space as a theme. But Banknote World has put a number of them together in it New Frontier Collection. This is perfect for people who are new to the world of banknote collecting and don’t know what to banknotes to choose.

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