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. (, 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 and a point for the “FYR Macedonia”, whatever that is). ‘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, ‘s guess of Ethiopia, ‘s of South Korea and ‘s of Armenia are not unreasonable. Again, I fear ‘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. and were not far off, orthographically and linguistically, with Bulgaria but still wrong I’m afraid. I cannot allow 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. and – there are two alphabets on this banknote, but neither of them is Armenian. , 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 . Once again, ‘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 an extra quarter point for almost spelling it correctly in Azeri, Azərbaycan). , not a bad guess, but Kazakh still uses Cyrillic. , also not a bad guess but the TRNC doesn’t produce its own banknotes. , “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.
, 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, ‘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:


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

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  1. Indeed, though this is not that book, and I doubt that volume 2 will be either.

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