Thursday, October 31, 2013

Odd Banknotes - 09 Bangladesh

In my set of odd Bangladesh notes, I will show another rather odd note.
It was sent to my from my friend in Bangladesh, so now I can show it to you.
front side of the commemorative note
40 on a banknote, is not a common denomination for a circulation note.
But just in case of any doubt, this IS a commemorative note...

just in case ...
40 refers to the 40th anniversary of the independence from Pakistan.

The revolution was lead under the leadership of sheikh Mujibur Rahman, later first president and afterwards also Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

Sheik Mujibur Rhaman
Back side of the note :

back side of the note

Friday, October 4, 2013

Odd Banknotes - 08 Bangladesh

Another odd note today, not special because of the size, and also not because of the face value (25 is not a special number), but the following commemorative note, is more or less celebrating itself...

Bangladesh' banknotes are printed by the Security Printing Corporation of Bangladesh.
The company was founded in 1988 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013.
No better way to celebrate that anniversary with an own banknote.

The colours of this banknote is not that common either.
We see different shades of pink, purple, over light blue to white.
I haven't been eating funny mushrooms, but to me this note leaves a very pshychedelic impression.

If we look at the front side of the note, in a more detailed way, we see another odd thing :

In detail on the front side of the note : the National Martyr's Monument in Savar, Bangladeshi taka banknotes and postage stamps.
This is probably also the first time that 'stamps' are depicted on a banknote.

Two other symbols that can be found, are: three spotted deer, magpie robin (doyel) bird.

On the back side of the note, the Headquarters of the Security Printing Corporation are depicted in the same colours as the front side.
Headquarters of the Security Printing Corporation
Headquarters of the Security Printing Corporation
Overall, a weird banknote, that - due to the chosen colours - depict the own countries flag (green and red) in blue and pink.
detail with flag of Bangladesh
Special thanks to my friend in Bangladesh who provided me these (and other) notes.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Odd stamps : 08 Stamps with special cuts - 06 i

It's been a while, but I haven't stopped looking for new items - or at least new for this blog.
Thanks to my good friend in the Netherlands, I can show you some new items I recently added to my 'odd stamp' collection.

One of the world's first cartographers is the Turkish (Ottoman).
Hadji Ahmed  Muhiddin Piri (Piri Reis), born between 1465 and 1470, was an Ottoman Captain, geographer and cartographer who is mainly know for his outstanding work in world maps and charts, collected in his famous 'book of navigation'.
This book, published in 1521 and 1525, but prepared in 1513, was only 'recently' discovered in 1929, in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
It is the oldest known Turkish made map of the 'new world', only few years after Colombus' (re)discovery of the Americas.

The accuracy of the maps is so outstanding that it took over 300 years before the admirals of the British Empire were able to redesign the world map with more modern technology.

Piri Reis' map of Europe - 16th century
The stamps on the souvenir sheet shows us 4 times a hexagonal stamp. The 4 stamps and the background of the sheetlet is a detail out of Piri Reis' maps.

Full sheetlet - Piri Reis
The hexagonal stamps in detail :

detail - top stamps

detail - bottom stamps
Piri Reis died in 1553. Copies of his charts can be seen in Istanbul in the Topkapi Palace.
The sheetlet was issued in 2013 - 500 years after Piri's version.