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What is a Specimen Note?

A specimen note is a sample note, usually with a special serial number(ie an all-zero serial number such as 000000)  and an overprint or perforation with the word “Specimen” in the language of the country of origin.

Some specimen notes have punch holes at the corners or centre of the note, while others come without any serial numbers. Specimen notes are usually distributed to banks, treasuries and law enforcement agencies to familize them with newly issued currency.

Specimen notes are not legal tender or redeemble hence do not have face value which are never intended to be used as actual currency

Specimen notes usually command higher prices than regular issue notes of the same type, even though there are far few collectors of specimens.

Append below are some language in different countries to represent “SPECIMEN”:

AMOSTRA:Brazil

CAMPIONE:Italy

CONTOH: Indonesia, Malaysia

EKSEMPLAAR:South Africa

ESPECIME:Portugal and Colonies

GIAY MAU:Vietnam

HAMYHA:Tajikistan

MINTA:Hungary

MODELO:Brazil

MODEL:Albania
MUSTER: Austria, Germany

MUESTRA: Various Spanish speaking nations

NUMUNEDIR GECMEZ: Turkey

ORNEKTIR GECMEZ:Turkey

PARAUGS: Latvia

PROFTRYK:Sweden

SPEZIMEN:Switzerland

UZORAK:Croatia

VZOREC:Slovenia

WZOR:Poland

 

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