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


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





2018 & 2019 Venues where I expect to be attending:  (web links are in blue)

LONDON COIN FAIR--Holiday Inn  Coram Street, Bloomsbury --upstairs in the main lobby near the stairwell entrance--Saturday 2nd February 2019.

YORK Stamp & Coin SHOW, York Racecourse-I can be found on the Mezzanine level upstairs to the right on table seven, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th January 2019.

MIDLAND COIN & PAPER MONEY SHOW, National Motorcycle Museum (near the NEC), Birmingham, the second Sunday of every month, the next venues that I will attend are on Sunday 11th November & 9th December 2018.

LEEDS COIN & PAPER MONEY SHOW , Cedar Court Hotel, Denby Dale, near Wakefield, (just off M1- Junction 39) last Sunday of every month--next venue I attend will be on Sunday 25th November 2018.

LONDON WORLD PAPER MONEY FAIR--IBNS at The Bloomsbury Hotel, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NN, next venue is October 2019.

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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).


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Bank Note Grading

I have been a member of IBNS for many years now and am an ex-Director to the Board, I endeavour to grade my bank notes to their new standards though mine are usually more old school (IBNS aUNC--a light centre fold I would grade GEF-aUNC-between old school and new school).


TPG (third party graded or slabbed) banknotes are self describing but you will usually find them more conservatively graded than IBNS.

The number and paper quality (i.e. EPQ or PPQ) grade 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 66 or upwards with a PPQ, EPQ rating, etc, higher numbers are usually given for more accurate design position front & back (centering). If unsure about a notes' grade please email me for more accurate descriptions.


the following is a simple guide only:

UNC = uncirculated - (Perfect note) i.e. PMG 66 EPQ, PCGS 66 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 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 -- Standard Catalog of World Paper Money (3 latest volumes I, II & III)
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 8th edition 2011
D = Douglas,James Scottish banknotes Vol I (2nd ed),Vol II & Trevor Jones Vol III

Pirot = Pirot,Jean Les Billets de Chambre de Commerce 2002 ed.
O=Outing, Roger, Standard Cat. of Provincial Banknotes of England & Wales 2010

Ros =Holger Rosenberg,  Die Deutschen Banknoten ab 1871, 2015 ed.BMGC=Billetes Municipales Guerra Civil, Amoros & Gari  2002 ed.

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 Krause World price guides. I also use the online Owen Linzmayer digital Banknote Book which has more detailed information available.


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