Since a very early age I remember taking an interest in paper money. Not the type of interest one would expect of a child, but a keen interest in the depictions, designs, and histories of the banknotes that I both handled and owned. I don't remember the exact year, but I do remember the moment when I decided that one day I would collect paper money as a hobby: I was examining a handful of Canadian banknotes, which I was about to spend on some hockey cards, video games, and candy, and I carefully put a couple of two dollar bills into a side pocket, stowed away as the first banknotes of a future collection.
I no longer know where those two notes are, though I have seen them now and again when I do a spring cleaning of my house. However, since I started collecting paper money in the summer of 2006 I have amassed a beautiful collection, and spend a lot of my time writing about and collecting paper money. I have come to know a few very good people in the online paper money community and a lot of historical, economical, and geographical knowledge has piled up in my brain as a result of collecting paper money. I have found that this hobby can be profitable, as well as educational, and so I spend a lot of my time and money investing in paper money, as I learn about the world in the process.
I originally designed and programmed RealBanknotes.com as an image gallery and encyclopedia of paper money, based on the Krause series of Standard Catalog of World Paper Money (General and Modern Issues). But after many years of collecting I have tried to address the wants and needs of a seasoned collector in the design and functionality of RealBanknotes.com. After spending hundreds of hours per year upkeeping the website, I have undertaken the enormous project of building not simply a banknote website, but a paper money community where you get an opportunity to interact with, contribute to, and grow the website in size and scope.
The website is growing endlessly, and its content is becoming more dynamic. While still strictly a hobby, I continually aim and work to make the website bigger and better -- more thorough, and more useful; hence there is always something new and something upcoming. I hope you find what you are looking for, and contribute what you have to offer when you are ready. Welcome to our paper money collecting community.
The following is a very brief and somewhat spotted history of RealBanknotes.com, in terms of its size and scope.
There is definitely a goal-oriented drive that fuels the growth and direction of RealBanknotes.com. The following are some of the goals and objectives that give the website direction and purpose.