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Worst of the Best?

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Revenant

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In late December / early January I picked this Zimbabwe coin up as a kind of extension or part of my Zimbabwe note set. I added it to a set in the registry and it became a #1 ranked set with 1 coin and a total score of 16 points. We're after the awards cut-off now and its still #1 and I think it's going to get a "Best in Category" this year, with a total score of 16 points. This has me wondering what the lowest scoring set to ever win a "Best in Category" is / was.

 

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Almost,

That's a really neat coin by the way, goes really good with the notes. That depiction of a bird (or one very similar) is one of the watermarks on the notes right? You can't beat the price and first place to boot.^^

The most likely sets to have a chance at "worst of the best" are world countries, circulation issues (no proofs or precious metals), moderns and registries with only one participant. Also a minimum of one coin in the set. Using those criteria I started at the bottom with Zimbabwe and worked my way up, found a tie in Vatican City but found a new champ in Thailand and stopped.

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Looks like it's going to be two years running.

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5 hours ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

Almost,

That's a really neat coin by the way, goes really good with the notes. That depiction of a bird (or one very similar) is one of the watermarks on the notes right? You can't beat the price and first place to boot.^^

The most likely sets to have a chance at "worst of the best" are world countries, circulation issues (no proofs or precious metals), moderns and registries with only one participant. Also a minimum of one coin in the set. Using those criteria I started at the bottom with Zimbabwe and worked my way up, found a tie in Vatican City but found a new champ in Thailand and stopped.

 

Ah.... well, nuts. lol

Thanks. Yes. It looks a lot like the type A watermark used until 1994. :)

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I had that happen two years running, win the best in category with one coin in the set for both the overall and the NGC only award.  :banana: However that coin was worth over 700 points so I cannot get close to the worst of the best claim.

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I haven't posted here in a bit @Revenant but I wanted to share a story. I help with homeschooling my middle child, and he is always curious about economies, money, different things. He put forward to me the crazy scenario of ever seeing a one million bill. My mind immediately flashed to your collection as I explained to him about hyperinflation. I even showed him some of your posted notes, and he was quite impressed! 

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On 12/17/2020 at 10:02 PM, thisistheshow said:

I haven't posted here in a bit @Revenant but I wanted to share a story. I help with homeschooling my middle child, and he is always curious about economies, money, different things. He put forward to me the crazy scenario of ever seeing a one million bill. My mind immediately flashed to your collection as I explained to him about hyperinflation. I even showed him some of your posted notes, and he was quite impressed! 

That's awesome! :) Glad it's doing some good and getting used like that. It captured my imagination 12 years ago and I've never forgotten it.

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On 12/19/2020 at 1:24 PM, Revenant said:

That's awesome! :) Glad it's doing some good and getting used like that. It captured my imagination 12 years ago and I've never forgotten it.

He was SHOCKED when he saw how big those bills are!! Take care!! 

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14 hours ago, thisistheshow said:

He was SHOCKED when he saw how big those bills are!! Take care!! 

P-91 is the most zeros ever printed on a note but I don't think its the highest denomination. In the 1940s Hungary printed notes that were I think 1 million or 100 million "Bilpengo." Their currency unit had been the "pengo." A "bilpengo" was a "Billion pengo," and I THINK at the time they were using a now antiquated meaning for Billion wherein a Billion to them was a Trillion for us. They used "Milliard" for Billion. So, if I read up on all this right, "1 million bilpengo" was "1 million trillion pengo." They just didn't print that.

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