Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thailand: Series 6 Banknotes

Towards the end of 2nd World War, Thailand had a serious shortage of banknotes. As production capacity and quality of the Royal Thai Army Survey department was not enough, Bank of Thailand assigned the Royal Thai Naval Hydrographic department as a second source for printing banknotes. Only 20 and 100Baht banknotes were produced.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Coin and Banknote dealer: Hong Kong

I started collecting coins and banknotes mostly by buying from dealers (shops) in countries that I travelled to. However, on short visits, it has never been easy to locate such dealers without advance information from friends or internet searches. To help others like me, I thought I should share some of the details that I have collected recently.

On my recent trip to Hong Kong, I took advice from Vincent Tan, a Singaporean friend and a fellow collector, and went to Ho Mongkok Shopping Centre. This is quiet a rundown building at the Portland-Soy Street intersection in Kowloon. Several floors of coin/notes shops having plenty to choose from.

Red dot marks location of the Ho Mongkok Shopping Centre. It is located within walking distances from both Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei MTR stations.

At the intersection there is a Circle K convenience store.

There are one or two money exchangers next to the Circle K shop. The look out for this sign on the is coloured red in the night.

The first shop on the right as you enter the building.

Mr. AK Lam - owner of AK Numismatic & Collection ( Speaks good English and has a good collection. I bought most of my stuff from him.
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