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Banknotes - the answers

This is a 500 forint note from Hungary, correctly guessed by 11 out of 14 of you.

This is a 50 dinar note from Serbia, although it is described as Yugoslavia on the currency. I allow either answer; even so, it was correctly guessed by only 5 out of 12 people. (missfairchild, I'm surprised at you - surely you know that Croatia doesn't use Cyrillic?)

This is a 20 pound note, in good old UK pounds sterling, issued by First Trust Bank in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Despite the geographical bias of my friends list, only 8 out of 15 of you got this, with two guesses for Malta (where they would write in Maltese as well as English, I suspect). The six shields on the left-hand note represent the six historic counties of my native statelet.

This is a 10 denar note from the Republic of Macedonia, correctly guessed by 7 out of 12 (allowing bennmorland and qatsi a point for the "FYR Macedonia", whatever that is). matgb's response of "Somewhere where they keep peacocks" is insufficiently precise.

This proved the most difficult, with only 4 correct answers out of 13. In fact as many people opted for Algeria as for the correct answer, Lebanon. I can see why - if you are asked to think of a country that might have both French and Arabic on its banknotes, you might well try Algeria first. The diagonal white box on the image on the left was where I cut out a map which would have otherwise been a dead giveaway.

5 out of 12 correctly guessed this as a single Georgian lari. Given the unusual alphabet, xnamkrad's guess of Ethiopia, londonkds's of South Korea and qatsi's of Armenia are not unreasonable. Again, I fear matgb's "Somewhere with a history of weird beards" is insufficiently precise to give him a point.

I was surprised by how difficult this was, with 4 correct answers out of 11. This is a 10 ruble note from Russia. qatsi and blue_condition were not far off, orthographically and linguistically, with Bulgaria but still wrong I'm afraid. I cannot allow matgb any points for "Somewhere with a famous bridge".

This is a banknote for 50 convertible marks from Bosnia and Herzegovina. 5 out of 13 got it right. londonkds and applez - there are two alphabets on this banknote, but neither of them is Armenian. arwel_p, you get a bonus quarter of a point for specifying which part of Bosnia issued the note.

Yes, 8 out of 14 of you got this: 10 Croatian kuna. This includes missfairchild . Once again, matgb's answer of "Somewhere with Roman ruins" is not sufficiently precise to get any points.

5 out of 12 of you guessed correctly that this is 10,000 manat from Azerbaijan (and I'm giving rcfinch an extra quarter point for almost spelling it correctly in Azeri, Azərbaycan). applez, not a bad guess, but Kazakh still uses Cyrillic. burkesworks, also not a bad guess but the TRNC doesn't produce its own banknotes. matgb, "Somewhere very boring without any design flair" is not very precise and anyway a bit unfair - have you seen their carpets?

As with the Hungarian banknote, 11 out of 14 of you got this: 5 new Turkish lira. As with Lebanon, I had to excise a map of the country here.
matgb, I don't know what Marx brothers films you have been watching recently...

This note is a recent casualty of European integration: 100 Slovenian tolars replaced by the euro as of 1 January this year. 5 out of 11 got it, with, alas, matgb's answer of "Somewhere with even stranger beards" still getting no points.

So, the final scores on the doors, in the traditional sense of who got the most answers right, are:
0 matgb
1 omegar
1 qatsi
2 redfiona99
3 applez
3 xnamkrad
4 londonkds
5 blue_condition
5 inulro
7 bennmorland
7 missfairchild
9 burkesworks
11 strange_complex
12¼ arwel_p

So, congratulations to arwel_p with his more than perfect score, and thanks to everyone, especially matgb, for playing along.


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Feb. 12th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
The only one I knew for sure was the Northern Irish one, though the Hungarian and Turkish weren't difficult to figure out (or at least I was pretty sure that accent under the "s" is only used in Turkish).

I might have done better if I could ever remember which Balkan countries use the Latin alphabet and which ones use Cyrillic (except for Croatia and Serbia respectively).
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
[info]sneerpout, I'm surprised at you

Oh, I know! I did twig immediately when I looked at the notes for a second time after hitting "submit", but didn't want to go back and fill the poll out again. I tend to stick with my first answers on LJ polls.
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Well, ok, it looks like someone in a film, but I couldn't figure out who it reminded me of, so went for a Marx brother because, well, it's a good default answer. I could've cheated and googled for the trust bank to get one point, but, well, I don't cheat.

Roll on the Euro. Actually, no, because you still get to print your own design on one side. Ah, roll on the Euro anyway.

(Maybe I should've just copied burkesworks answers like I considered. Nah...)
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
To me, this chap bears a passing resemblance to Roger Moore. Now whilst I can imagine the Bank of Blofeld issuing its own notes, ...
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
It's only euro coins which have one national side. The only way to figure out which country the notes come from is by looking at the letter in the serial number on the back.
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh well, I appear to have had one or two close misses. I should have got the Hungarian one right, I did wonder about it but didn't recognise it from my day trip from Vienna a couple of years ago, and thought there weren't enough noughts on the end. I had no idea Northern Ireland banks issued their own notes.

"FYR Macedonia" = Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Apparently this is important in some circles (I think it may have something to do with a region of Greece historically being referred to as "Macedonia"). But I admit my knowledge on that particular point stems from the mouthful it represents when recited 30 times over in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Woot, and the yay! and the hoo! I am really proud of that result.

It wasn't 'cos I knew any of the answers just by looking, of course - it was more a case of serious hard-core Google-fu. But hey - that's a skill. :)
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
12¼ points! Fame at last :)

That was a fun quiz. I have to admit that I've actually handled very few of those currencies, but it was mainly a logic puzzle working out which countries use what combination of alphabets, plus judicious use of Google to find banknote collecting sites to check what typical notes of different countries look like.

My logic was:
1. The Hungarian coat of arms is a bit of a giveaway. Apart from the language, which I recognised...
2. Latin and Cyrillic alphabet, so probably somewhere in ex-Yugoslavia; Cyrillic predominant, so check up Serbia...
3. As the author of most of Wikipedia's "British banknotes" article (since renamed "Banknotes of the pound sterling"), I damn well should recognise this one!
4. Pretty note. Cyrillic script. The antique-looking bust at the bottom left and the statuary (?) on the reverse perhaps indicates some classical connection. Macedonia perhaps? ah, yes...
5. Mixture of Arabic and French; could perhaps have been Algerian, Tunisian or Moroccan, but the Baalbek ruins on the back were a giveaway...
6. Didn't recognise the script on this one at first. Thought possibly Korean, but 1 SK won is far too little for a note; then maybe 1 Mongolian tugrik... nah, then I thought about where you are likely to have been on business, and Georgia came to mind...
7. This was an easy one as I knew Russian money anyway, but the double-headed eagle was a bit of a giveaway.
8. This was the toughie! Mixture of Latin and Cyrillic, but at first I was thinking maybe one of the Caucasian or central Asian countries (and in checking this I found out what Azeri money looks like...). Then inspired to look back at old Yugoslavia and I found an example of a BiH convertible mark - the Latin alphabet taking precedence means that it was issued by the Federated Zone rather than by Republika Srpska.
9. Slavic language. The man looks like he's wearing a Catholic priests' cap, and the checkerboard is a dead giveaway for Croatia...
10. I found Azeri money when I was trying to work out what (8) was.
11. Recognised the Turkish language, and I know what Kemal Ataturk looked like...
12. Process of elimination, but I'd seen pictures of Slovenian money last January when the euro came in.
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't play, but I do wonder who the elegant actor is on the Turkish note. He looks vaguely familiar-maybe he was in a Eurovision!
Feb. 13th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
It's not an actor, it's Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938), the founder of the republic and four-term president of Turkey (1923-38).
Feb. 13th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm one of the one's that got Hungary because of the coat of arms, I'm interested who the distinguished man I thought was Smetna in the second one is. There's no forgiving my thinking AIB was an Australian bank. For the actually Russian one, my logic was bridges and Cyrillic, and I ended up with Serbia. Oops. The Fez was why I thought the B&H one was Albanian. I was fooled by the priest in the Croatian one. The Bes was the clue in the Turkish one. I see my usual inability to tell Slovenia and Slovakia apart happened again.
Feb. 13th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
I can't argue with the results. Not bad for a relatively well-traveled American who has never been to any of these countries. :-)
Feb. 13th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
what I found most interesting was that after scan 60 (I got tired) this had the most comments by far. :)
Feb. 13th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
The Hungarian and Turkish ones were easy for me because of the distinctiveness of the languages. It was the fez that made me think the Bosnian one was Armenian.
Feb. 13th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
Is the First Trust Bank newish, or the product of a recent merger? I remember Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Northern Bank, Allied Irish Bank and Provincial Bank (of Ireland?) notes from when I lived across the water. Oh, and I think TSB notes, but they may have been Scottish ones that came over with tourists?
Feb. 13th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
First Trust is a merger between the AIB and TSB's Northern Ireland operations, as long ago as 1991!
Feb. 13th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
I feel rather stupid for not realising a Maltese banknote would also have a text in Maltese... and the more so as I visited Malta not too long ago. But I'm happy with my extra quarter point. Would it have been a half point if I'd known how to make the upside-down e (or whatever it's called)?

Feb. 13th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
Would it have been a half point if I'd known how to make the upside-down e (or whatever it's called)?

The ə or schwa (though it's pronounced more like ä)? Yes!
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