Standard Catalog of World Paper Money

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The Standard Catalog of World Paper Money is a well-known catalogue of banknotes that is published by Krause Publications in three volumes. These catalogues are commonly known in the numismatic trade as the Pick catalogues, as the numbering system was originally compiled by Albert Pick. Since the mid-1980s the titles have been owned by Krause Publications, and since 1994 have been under the editorship of George S. Cuhaj.

Numbering system

The numbering system uses capital letters (e.g. 'P', 'PS', 'PM') and an integer to identify a note. If a note has signature or date variants, then a lower case letter follows (e.g. P120a). If a number needs to be added, and the section is not renumbered then the format is to use a suffix capital letter (e.g. P120A).

Number

The sorting of notes is usually by issue series/date, then ascending by denomination.

Variants

Regular variants start with the letter a, b, c, ... Error notes usually bears the letter x, while specimen notes have the letter s. Unissued remainders (mostly 19th century incomplete printings) have the letter r, while known 20th century notes issued with replacement serial numbers would also have the letter r. Color trials bear the variant letters ct. When multiple specimens are known, then the format used is s1, s2.

Edition

As of May 2017, the most recent editions are as follows:

  • Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, General Issues, 1368-1960, 16th Edition 2016 – digital copy available separately. This is updated every two years or so.
  • Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues, 1961-Present, 23rd Edition 2017 – digital copy available separately. This is updated every year.
  • Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Specialized Issues, 12th Edition 2013 – digital copy available separately. This is updated every two years.

See also


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