Ian Gradon World Paper Money.

Welcome to my website for rare and collectable world banknotes.

  Here you will find selected listings of my current stocks of GB and world paper money. There are many high grade and scarcer notes for you to look through. Please see below for terms of sale, payment instructions and also a guide to the Grading System plus some of the abbreviations used to describe the general condition of the notes.

Please feel free to tour my site and email me with your comments. All e-mail is appreciated. If any particular banknotes that you are searching for are not listed, please contact me as I may be able to acquire specific notes upon request. I search for scarcer items if you would like to send a "wants" list.

 All enquiries are treated with the strictest confidence.



Many scarce & collectable banknotes for sale.
Please visit the price list for an a-z index of notes in country origin. All banknotes are photographed front & back, click on the thumbnail images to see a larger detailed photo.

Situated in County Durham, in the North East of England. I travel extensively to view all quality and rare banknotes. Check my price list for some of my latest finds. I am an active buyer of all early and scarcer banknotes.


Please contact me if you require any advice, or you wish to purchase any of the notes for sale. Thankyou.

I stand at numerous paper money and coin shows during the year, please see below for upcoming venues that I expect to be attending. Email me if you have any paper money to sell or bring it along for an appraisal.

Coin & Banknote shows I regularly attend are:

United Kingdom

YORK Stamp & Coin SHOW

York Racecourse--January and July


Birmingham National Motorcycle Museum--every 2nd Sunday of the month (near the NEC)


Holiday Inn, Coram Street, Bloomsbury--near Russell Square tube



Bloomsbury Hotel, Gt. Russell Street--near Tottenham Court Road tube

LEEDS COIN SHOW - Denby Dale, nr Wakefield

Cedar Court Hotel--last Sunday of every month except December (see dates below)





2021 Venues where I will be attending:  (web links are in blue)

LONDON COIN FAIR--Holiday Inn  Coram Street, Bloomsbury --upstairs in the main lobby near the stairwell entrance-- expected to be held on Saturday 3rd July 2021

YORK Stamp & Coin SHOW, York Racecourse-I can be found on the Mezzanine level upstairs to the right on table seven, next venue expected to be held on Friday 16th & Saturday 17th July 2021

MIDLAND COIN & PAPER MONEY SHOW, National Motorcycle Museum (near the NEC), Birmingham, the second Sunday of every month, next venue expected to be held on Sunday 11th July 2021.

LEEDS COIN & PAPER MONEY SHOW, Cedar Court Hotel, Denby Dale, near Wakefield, (just off M1- Junction 39) last Sunday of every month--next venues I attend will be on cancelled until further notice due to Covid 19.

LONDON WORLD PAPER MONEY FAIR--IBNS at The Bloomsbury Hotel, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NN, next venue expected to be held on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd October 2021.

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Inland U.K. postage & packing charges are as follows:
Recorded Delivery - £2 (your risk, insured up to £50 value)
Special Delivery / Registered Post - £8 (insured up to £500 value)
, £10 (insured up to £1000 value).

Overseas -- Insured "Signed For" £8 (up to £50 cover) and £10 (over £50 to a maximum of £500 cover). Most post will be sent both tracked & traced where possible.



For payment within the UK I prefer personal cheques or direct online bank transfers (BACS).

All bank cheques please make payable to IAN GRADON.

For easy payment
is also available to overseas clients (I can also accept this form of payment from UK clients but a GB cheque or online bank transfer works out cheaper for you).

Credit card payments also available, please enquire.


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my PAYPAL address is igradon960@aol.com

Bank Note Grading

I have been a member of IBNS for many years now and am an ex-Board Director, I endeavour to grade my bank notes to their standards.


TPG (third party graded or slabbed) banknotes are self describing but you will usually find them more conservatively graded than IBNS--(the knowledge of their numbering system is important coinciding with their use of EPG, PPG, OPG and NET for example).

The number and paper quality grading (i.e. EPQ, PPQ, OPQ for example) is the key but they can vary from company to company. I usually find that a perfectly UNC note I have had graded myself to come back as 67 or upwards with an EPQ, etc rating, higher numbers are usually given for more accurate design position front & back (centering). If unsure about a grade of a note please email me for more accurate descriptions.


the following is a simple guide only:

UNC = uncirculated - (Perfect note) i.e. PMG 67 EPQ, PCGS or Legacy 67 PPQ, or higher

aU/UNC = almost UNC to UNC (i.e. edge flick, minor handling or light corner fold)

aUNC= almost UNC (minor handling up to the lightest centre fold)

GEF= Good extremely fine (light centre fold &/or minor handling) i.e. PMG58
EF = Extremely fine - (few light folds / or 1 heavy crease)
VF = Very fine - (several folds vertically or horizontally, still clean)
i.e. PMG40

F = Fine - (many folds, wrinkling, etc, presentable) i.e. PMG25
VG = Very good - (well used with many faults but intact)
G = Good - (well worn, with many faults, damage etc.)
P = Poor - (missing pieces, torn in half,etc)

any other faults such as edge tears, pinholes or ink marks will be also mentioned.

Description of some abbreviations used:
Obv = Obverse
Rev = Reverse
i / a = Ink annotation
Phs = Pinholes
Canx = Cancelled
Ovpt = Overprint
W / = With
W / O = Without
Sm = Small

Abbreviations from catalogue descriptions:


P or Pick--Krause Standard Catalog of World Paper Money--SCWPM-- (Volumes I, II & III)


BNB--online Banknote Book by Owen Linzmayer  (tends to have more detailed info than SCWPM in certain areas)

C = Campbell,L.K., "POW and Concentration camp money" 2nd edition.

SB = Schwan and Boling, "WW2 Remembered, history in your hands".

Dug = Duggleby,Vincent-- "English Paper Money" 9th edition 2017.

D = Douglas,James "Scottish banknotes" Vol I (2nd ed),Vol II & Trevor Jones Vol III

also for Scotland I use "Paper Money of Scotland" Vol 1 & 2 by Jonathan Callaway & Dave Murphy.

Pirot = Pirot,Jean "Les Billets de Chambre de Commerce" 2002 ed.

Outing-- Roger Outing--"Standard Catalogue of Provincial Banknotes of England & Wales" 2010


Ros. =Rosenberg/Grabowski,  "Die Deutschen Banknoten ab 1871", 2015 ed.

BM="Billetes Municipales Guerra Civil Espanola", Berges & Amoros--2nd edition

I have an extensive library of other banknote pricing catalogues and many are used to find the most up-to-date prices outside of the scope of the above price guides. I also like to use the online Owen Linzmayer digital Banknote Book which has more detailed information available.


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