Welcome To

The Banknote Den

Collecting Paper Money

The collection of world paper money, or Notaphily, is an enjoyable hobby that brings the world to your door. Paper Money, also known as Banknotes, have many cultural aspects including designs, portraits, artwork, languages, etc., that are unique to the country or area of origin. Through the enjoyment and study of banknotes, it is possible to learn about various cultures, history, languages, archaeology, art, and much more.

From antiquity to modern day, banknotes come in various sizes, denominations, colors, and conditions. There are as many different banknotes as there are people, it seems, and this makes it possible for banknote collections to vary considerably from one person to another.

The Banknote Den is about banknote collecting, or notaphily, in general. This website is meant to be a simple and informative site which attempts to provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of banknote collecting. This site attempts in its own way to deliver aspects of collecting that are often expressed by many collectors: Learning some of the history and culture of the world that is often known only to those who have lived where these notes are from. 

I hope that you enjoy the information presented on this site. Comments and suggestions are always welcomed, including ideas for future articles.


Short essays describing different aspects found on the face of banknotes from all over the world. The focus is mainly on the primary feature of each banknote.


Special banknote selections including:
USA: Colonial, Private, Federal
Asia: China and Japan
Musical Notes
Fantasy Notes


Special lists and charts to take the guess-work out of grading, with a special Third Party Company comparison section.