How does one know if a banknote is actual currency or not? Which notes are real and which are simply collector’s [fantasy / fun] notes?
While we do try to label collectors’ banknotes on our website, which are also called private issue, fantasy, fun and art notes, here is how you can differentiate between real currency and fun/art notes:
- Fun/Art notes tend to be created for “fantasy” countries or regions where banknotes are not issued, such as: Antarctica, Arctic Territories and Marie Byrd Land.
- There are fun/art notes that are created for countries with real currency. Some examples would include: Reunion, Panama and the new United States State Banknote series. The key here is price. Fantasy notes from these countries are far cheaper than real currency banknotes. A real Reunion note, for example, would cost thousands, whereas a fun/art note would be valued around $10 – $20.
Again, I would suggest you just contact me and ask if not sure. It can get confusing with these notes and with advent of polymer printing options being available for banknote artists, they are producing some amazing notes that are sometimes better than the notes produced by the big banknote printing companies.