Before January 2013 Ends Part 1: Foreign Currency Paper Bill Collection

It all started with fun exchange of tweets between me (@BalutManila) and these awesome fellow bloggers and twitter friends, @Archieviner, @GraciesNetwork and @Travel_Quests. 

@Travel_Quest mentioned that she is collecting foreign currency paper bills and I suddenly remember I used to collect that too while mentally recalling as well on where did I place this collection of mine.

I collect a lot of things.  I have STAMP, PERFUME BOTTLES, (Mcdonald’s) 101 DALMATIAN, RACE BIBS and SINGLETS, MUGS and some more collections that I can’t no longer remember because they are no longer on display at my (ware)home (LOL).  I’m a pack rat  - maybe the reason why I collect things. There are more weird things that I collected and it will need a single blog post for me to explain why I collect them.  I’m now making a mental note to make a post about this collections.  For now let’s talk about my foreign currency paper bill collection.

I started to take fancy with foreign currency paper bills when I was working with the  international operations group of a certain corporation.  Part of my job was to monitor the foreign currency exchange rate.  Back then you can ask me how much is the exchange rate of a certain currency versus the US Dollar and I can answer you in one quick second plus I’ll make you a cross reference rate of each currency (wink*).

Since I always need to look at the dollar, I used to keep a dollar bill in my office desk. Then later I think I got a hold with another foreign currency that I placed beside the US Dollar bill that I only used for reference.  It started from there and later I realized I have a collection. The collections came from different people but I remember  that the most contributor of these currencies is hubby who used to travel as an athlete delegate under the Philippine National Football Team. The other main contributor is the son of  the owner of the company where I was working. 

Here’s a glimpse of my foreign currency paper bill collection.  They used to adorn my office desk and they really looked good with glass top on it.  It was from my office desk where colleagues and other people took notice of them and suddenly some of them started to pitch in a contribution to my collection.   It used to be more than this number but some of them are maybe misplaced somewhere because I still have lots of (pack rat) things boxed somewhere.

Top Collector’s Item: (Real) Ten Peso Bill During the Japanese Government

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Love my Own Collector’s Item:’ (Obsolete) Two and Five Philippine Peso Bill


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Fun Collections: Dunkin Dough
(I have play money for foreign  currencies too but it might incriminate me if I’ll post them here :)


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Smallest Paper Bill Collection: Yuan (not sure)

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From Around the World:
ONE US Dollar; MILLE LIVRES (Lebanese Pound); FIVE /TEN  DIRHAMS (United Arab Emirates Central Bank); ONE/TEN RIYALS  (Saudi Arabia Monetary Agency); 1000 WON (The Bank of Korea); MIL CRUZADOS (Banco Central De Brazil); 2 ER YUAN/ 10 SHI YUAN (Zhongghou Renmin Yinhang); TWENTY TAKA (Bangladesh Bank); 5000 TURK LIRASI (Turkiye Cumhuriyet Merkez Bankasi); SATU RINGGIT (Bank Negara Malaysia; CINQUECENTO (Repubblica Italiana); TWO SINGAPORE DOLLARS (Majulah Singapura); 10 DZIESIEC ZLOTYCH (Narodowy Bank Polski)+; 100 SERATUS RUPIAH (Bank Indonesia);  TWENTY THAILAND BAHT; TEN/FIFTY NEW TAIWAN DOLLARS

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So why am I showing this collection with you? Hmn… It has something to do with the Part 2 of this post which I titled “Before January Ends Part 2: New Caledonia, Norway and New York!”

P.S. The photos were taken in a hurry my apologies for the poor quality.

25 comments:

  1. Huwaw. Kailangan talagang mamit kita para mabigay ko ang money ng New Caledonia sayo. :D

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    1. Oh wow! now this seals my decision to continue on this collection :) Thanks in advance King A. Looking forward to meet you :)

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  2. wow ma'am so many collections :)

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    1. ;) Thanks for passing by pretty girl!

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  3. Nice Collections ms B. Baka gusto mo ring idag-dag itong Qatar Riyal at Australian Dollars na meron ako. Just let me know. Moroccan money eh di ako nakapag-uwi, sayang! Pero pwede pa kong makakuha kong gusto mo hahaha.

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    1. Yey! Your offer made me to double sealmy decision to continue this collection. Hindi ko yan tatanggihan Super M pati Moroccan money ha ha. But in one condition - PM me your address :P I'm supposed to surprise you by sending something simple lang naman) but King A won't give me your address when I asked for it last month ha ha

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  4. wow wala na kong nakikitang ganyang pera naun mahal yan pag binenta hahaha
    mukang pera lang haha
    nice ganda ng collection mo balut
    hmm anu pa kaya nasa part 2

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    1. Oo MEcoy wala na nung peso from the Japanese govt. Some collections nga tumataas talaga ang value habang natagal but wala akong balak ibenta yan ha ha ;)

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  5. This is very cool, Balut! I love collecting too - these are true pieces of history, and if only they could tell their stories. I like the Japanese Occupation 10 Pesos note, very historic. Sometimes you can find Philippine Guerilla/Resistance notes from WWII; I have one that is on pink paper, that was given to me by my wife's family. Perhaps you'll also start to collect coins sometime.

    Ingat!

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    1. Hey Buzz happy to see you back here :)

      The Japanese Occupation 10 Peso note came from my father and I think one of my siblings has the one with the pink paper. Good to know you have one too :)

      I have coin collections as well. I will try to make a post about it :)

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  6. galing naman,,,,, may napanood ako sa TV... naibebenta raw yan sa mas mahal na halaga hehehe

    pero iba pa rin ung naitatago mo... nakakatuwa naman... kasi sa ngayon kaw pa lang ung nakikilala kong may ganyang collection...

    sana mas lalo pang dumami....

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    1. Oo nga Jon, tumataas nga minsan ang value ng mga collection :) Kaya nga hindi ko ma- let go ang mga eto. Since nakita ko na ulet sila malamang dumami nge eto :)

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  7. Glad to know na sa bawat koleksyon mo ay may istorya, ganun din ako, papahalagahan ko kung anuman ang aking matatanggap dahil sa likod nito ay pagkakaibigan ang nabuo. nawa'y pagnagkaroon ng tsansang mameet ka kunyari after 10-20 years, ibabalik ko ito bilang regalo kung gaano ko iningatan ang pagkakaibigan natin :)

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    1. Ganda naman ng concept na nasa isip mo Gracie. Meron pang pagkikita after 10-20 years! Gandang idea yan :)

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  8. Dami mo ng collection Balut! Namiss ko ang lumang pera..at naaalala ko nagkaroon rin ako ng Dunkin Donut play money na yan! :)

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    1. Oo nga zai nakakaaliw silang tingnan ngayon :)

      ha ha dati marami yang Dunkin Dough na yan eh :)

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  9. Ang kulet ng dunkin dough na play money. Very interesting yung mga istorya sa bawat koleksyon na ito. Worthy na icollect. ;)

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    1. Oo nga Anthony at talagang isinama ko sya sa mga real paper bills collection ko :) at korek ka sa story behind this collection :)

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  10. I do the same thing except with coins. :P

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    1. Oh great to know DWei! Hope we could exchange some paper bills :)

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  11. My mom used to collect old coins kaso nung bata pa kami pinaglaruan namin yung collection nya kaya nabawasan ng nabawasan hanggang sa nangalahati na lang yung lalagyan nya. Kaya nakakatuwa na nasa maayos pang kalagayan yung mga collection mo. :-D

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    1. Naku yan talaga ang madalas ikawala ng collection pag napag-laruan at hindi na naibalik sa tamang lagayan. Kaya dapat ilagay talaga sa mga hindi mapaglalaruan.

      May coin collection din ako :)

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  12. Great collection sis :) ang dami mo ng naipon kakatuwa no iba iba ang kulay :) love it!

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    1. Yes sis!
      Dahil sayo kaya ko naalala mga yan. Abangan mo next post ko ha ;)

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  13. Wow! What a collection. Reminds me of my hubby who has also s collection somewhere in this house:) you had given me an idea to look for it:)

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