Building your Banknote Collection with Banknotes under $2.00

Many times when we venture into a new hobby or a collection of any kind we often wonder about the cost and what sort of investment we might be undertaking. One of the many reasons I love collecting banknotes is because you can start a collection without spending a fortune. “Cheap notes” don’t necessarily mean poor quality, ugly, or overall an undesirable note; that’s what this particular blog is going to focus on. All the notes I’m going to be showing are priced $2.00 and under (all found on my website for that price).

So, now I want to showcase certain countries that have, in my opinion, some gorgeous notes for a reasonable price tag.


There are several notes from Belarus that are inexpensive and feature all sorts of animals: Bears, squirrels, wolves, and many more. I think these notes are bright, colorful, fun and a great start for any collection. Plus the cost of the 5-100 Rubles notes are around $1.50 (with the exception of the 10 Rubles which is $3.00 prices subject to change)!

Belarus 10 Roubles p5
Belarus 10 Roubles p5 – $1.50


If you love abstract and colorful banknotes then you’ll love these notes from Bhutan! Blues, browns, greens, purples… these notes are not only vibrant and multicolored but can be added to your collection for $1.50 or $2.00 (prices subject to change)

Bhutan 1 Ngultrum p27 – $1.50
Bhutan 1 Ngultram p12 – $2.00


Chinese notes are some of the most complex and historical banknotes out there, and also can be rather inexpensive to collect. What I love about these particular notes is the beauty of the portraits and showcasing the side view of the natives, and for $1.00 to $2.00 you can’t go wrong adding them to your collection (prices subject to change)!

China 5 Jaio p883 – 1.50


What a wide range of currency you can find in Indonesia, from gorillas, to ships, to native dancers, to guys holding big knives (below)! The colors, depictions, and price range from 1.50 to $2.00 makes them perfect for anyone’s collection (prices subject to change)!

Indonesia 1000 Rupiah p141 – $1.50


If you like birds, elephants,  zebras, and inexpensive notes- then these are some to keep an eye out for! You can also get these great notes in polymer as well as paper for between $1.50 and $2.00 (prices subject to change).

Zambia 100 Kwacha p38 – $1.50

Favorites Under $2.00

With all the amazing notes out there it is easy to get overwhelmed, therefore I hope highlighting some of these “cheaper” notes help show you how collecting any note big or small, $2.00 or $200.00 can be an exciting and an educational hobby. Below I’m going to put some more of my favorite “$2.00 and Under” notes for you to look at (prices subject to change). If you are interested in any notes, just click the picture and it’ll take you right to my website. Thank you as always for reading, and happy collecting!

Yugoslavia 100 Dinara p80b $1.50
Nepal 10 Rupee p70 $1.50
Sri Lanka 10 Rupee p115e $1.00
India 10 Rupee p102e $2.00
Guinea 500 Francs pNEW 2018 $2.00