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CDN Publishing Acquires The Banknote Book from Owen Linzmayer

by CDN Publishing

Published on May 28, 2021

Covers from three of the nearly 300 chapters of The Banknote Book
Covers from three of the nearly 300 chapters of The Banknote Book


In a major industry announcement, CDN Publishing has agreed to acquire the collection of world paper money catalogs edited by Owen Linzmayer, and published under the name of The Banknote Book (BNB).


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May 27, 2021 Virginia Beach, VA — In a major industry announcement, CDN Publishing has agreed to acquire the collection of world paper money catalogs edited by Owen Linzmayer, and published under the name of The Banknote Book (BNB). The Banknote Book consists of nearly 300 different chapters of world bank notes, based on the issuing country. Linzmayer has been working on the BNB project for more than a decade and has published an impressive 7,400 pages of reference material covering more than 71,000 different bank note types and varieties.

According to CDN Publisher, John Feigenbaum, "This acquisition marks a significant event in the timeline of CDN. We've had our eyes on Owen's efforts for years and are pleased to have reached an arrangement where CDN will take over the distribution of his extraordinary work while leveraging the technology that we've invested in for our other titles." The Banknote Book is currently available for subscription on the Greysheet.com web site at a reduced rate to introduce the numismatic community to this incredible resource.

Feigenbaum continues, "As an experienced publisher of catalogs and reference materials, CDN recognizes that BNB stands out as one of the great hidden gems in the world for its vast scope. We couldn't be more excited about working with Owen in the future to complete the handful of remaining chapters, and adding our market expertise to the pricing."

CDN Managing Editor, Patrick Ian Perez, was instrumental in working out the details of the acquisition and will maintain a crucial role in the BNB's future. In addition to his skill set in U.S. coin and paper money pricing, Perez is a published expert in world paper money with his book, "Modern Chinese Paper Money: 1949 to Present," now in its second edition. According to Perez, "As someone who has personally collected world paper money for 25 years, I couldn't be more excited to help guide this transition. Knowledge is power, and a comprehensive resource such as BNB will spark the rapid growth of the world paper money market."

According to Mr. Linzmayer, "The Banknote Book is a natural extension to CDN's library of numismatic references to cover international currency. The Banknote Book customers will benefit from CDN's extensive market knowledge, pricing acumen, and technological prowess. Over time, the pricing in the entire catalog will be revised, with even more accurate valuations of all note varieties in additional grades, including specimens, trials, and replacements. Furthermore, all the information in The Banknote Book will be transferred into an online database, opening up exciting possibilities for the future. I will continue to oversee the editorial content of The Banknote Book, focusing my efforts on completing the few remaining country chapters not yet published. New issues will still be added to existing chapters and posted on BanknoteNews.com."

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CDN Publishing is the parent company and publishers of numismatic industry price guides including the Greysheet, Greensheet, CPG Coin & Currency Price Guide and CAC Rare Coin Market Review, as well as the CDN Exchange dealer network. Visit www.greysheet.com for more information.



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    A. Bult Reply

    I'm very anxious about this new phase of the Banknote Book, due to the fact that I was one of the first subscribers of the BNB. In this decade the BNB became familiar to very many collectors and sellers, as an unique addition or even replacement for already existing catalogues I'm exited about this new step. Mr Albert Bult Netherlands

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 1:01 PM EST

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      John Feigenbaum

      Albert, Thank you so much for your message. We really appreciate you as a legacy subscriber to The Banknote Book! We pledge to you, and other long-time fans, that we will continue the legacy of this great catalog. Our intention is only to help Owen continue to make the BNB the best reference of its kind in the world. Please keep in touch and let us know how we're doing. Kindest regards, John

      Tuesday, June 1, 2021 2:26 PM EST
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    William Girimonti Reply

    While the acquisition is great to raise the profile of The Banknote Book, I suspect that subscription pricing will increase considerably once the initial pricing deal concludes. For this I am somewhat apprehensive about what the future holds for current subscribers.

    Friday, May 28, 2021 9:32 PM EST

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      John Feigenbaum

      William, Thank you for your reply. The Banknote Book is an incredible resource, which is why we are so excited about adding it to our current offerings. The price of the subscription will certainly go up, because we are already investing heavily on it to make it better. For example, we've already added subscriber access to the Greysheet app which is a major upgrade from the previous ContentShelf access. We are also in the process of making a comprehensive database from the entries which will be a game changer for a number of reasons, like sharing the catalog structure to auction companies and marketplaces. But also to make it easier to update pricing on a rapid basis. There are many exciting opportunities. The good news is, we've priced it at the same price for an introductory period to allow subscribers to get access at the same price as before.

      Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:14 PM EST