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Last Update June 18, 2019

Bank note printing and cash management system firms worldwide show their expertise by printing examples or samples, usually called Test Notes or Promotional Notes.


The most common types are:

·         Test notes made for marketing purposes.

·         Test notes produced for large, international gatherings of currency collectors, dealers, bank note issuing authorities, and ATM manufacturers. Examples would include: International Bank Note Society annual meetings and CeBIT, Centrum der Büro- und Informationstechnik; German for "Centre of Office and Information Technology", the world's largest computer trade show.

·         Test notes made for trial runs of future use.

·         Test ATM's and other devices such as currency counters. (Thanks, Jim!)

·         Test notes made for banking and cash handling firms to practice with new issue of notes.


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UPDATED March 1, 2019. The Catalog of Printer’s Test Notes – 14th Edition was released March 2019.

UPDATED June 18, 2019. American Bank Note Test Notes Book – was released March 2019, sold out June 18, 2019.

The ABNC book will be replaced with a new book, 200 Years of North American Promotional Sheet & Test Notes. It will be released in early 2020 to coincide with the anniversary of North America's oldest promotional note, with a date of 1820. The expanded book will cover all notes from the ABNC + 70 other North American firms. The book should be about 160 pages, with a cost of $40.

Catalog Cover ABNC Cover North American Cover

For order page for the 2 test note catalogs and to pre-order the 200 Years of North American Promotional Sheet & Test Note, go here
  • Order Page CLICK HERE

    The new American Bank Note Test Catalog book specifics:

  • All 90 ABNC test, advertising, color sample, promotional, salesman's sample notes.
  • All 148 notes from 26 known printer firms producing test notes that were predecessors or were acquired by ABNC from 1850 forward.
  • All COLOR NOTE IMAGES
  • Attributing all sub-varieties, such as date, logo, address, color, material, security device differences, and others.
  • 86 pages, spiral bound book with 65# white laser glossy paper cover to allow laying book on flat surface.
  • Current catalog values
  • Cross reference "family trees" of all firms that formed the American Bank Note Company

    The new for 2020 "200 Years of North American Promotional Sheet & Test Notes" book estimated data:

  • All 90 ABNC test, advertising, color sample, promotional, salesman's sample notes.
  • All 148 notes from 26 known printer firms producing test notes that were predecessors or were acquired by ABNC from 1850 forward.
  • An additional 393 notes from the 72 other known printer firms producing test notes in North America from 1820 forward.
  • All COLOR NOTE IMAGES
  • Attributing all sub-varieties, such as date, logo, address, color, material, security device differences, and others.
  • 160 pages, spiral bound book with 65# white laser glossy paper cover to allow laying book on flat surface.
  • Current catalog values
  • Cross reference "family trees" of all firms that formed the American Bank Note Company

    Significant changes for The Catalog of Printers' Test Notes catalog include:

  • Security features for many notes are noted, physically pointed to, or shown with additional images. The images are close ups, under ultraviolet light, with back light, or at a sharp angle.
  • Glossary greatly enhanced with dozens of registered or patented security terms, complete with definitions and patent holder.
  • All 209 known printer firms producing test notes, including Printer's test, house and advertising notes from the 1850's forward. The catalog also includes any firm used to produce bank notes, including security ink, security paper mills, polymer producers, holographic and other security devices, and banknote design firms.
  • 3,962 COLOR NOTE IMAGES
  • Attributing 1,701 with over twice as many sub-varieties, such as date, logo, address, color, material, security device differences, and others.
  • Instructions for converting the PDF file to Mobi for use with KINDLE READERS.
  • 811 pages - about 100 more pages than last edition!
  • Not only current catalog values, but values with folders included when available.

    UPDATED April 8, 2019. The following 13 MB Adobe Acrobat PDF file of bank note printers test note table contains information on all known paper suppliers, ink suppliers, substrate (holograms, Kinegrams, stamping foils) suppliers, and currency designers that have produced test notes. The number of known test note varieties is listed as well in red, along with a sample note. The next PDF is the Table of Contents of The Catalog of Printers' Test Notes - 14th Edition.

  • Printers Test Note Table CLICK HERE

  • Table of Contents - The Catalog of Printers' Test Notes CLICK HERE

  • Table of Contents - American Bank Note Company Test Notes CLICK HERE

    UPDATED March 2018. Here is a photo page of all new "finds", not attributed in the latest Printers Catalog 13 and ATM Catalog 11

  • Test Note Photo AlbumCLICK HERE
    Here is a photo page of all new "finds", not attributed in the latest Printers Catalog 14
  • Test Note Photo AlbumCLICK HERE

    ATM Firms

    Bank Note Printers

    UPDATED MARCH 25, 2018. The Catalog of ATM Test Notes – 11th Edition was released March 2018.

    Catalog Cover

    UPDATED MARCH 25, 2018. The following ATM firms test note table contains information on currency counters, banks and virtual banks providing ATMs, dispensing machine manufacturers, system integrators, ATM service firms, ATM safe manufacturers, secure electronic financial transaction providers, ATM resellers, banknote readers, banknote counters, counterfeit detection equipment manufacturers, currency strappers, and timed access cash controller equipment manufacturers as well. The number of known test note varieties is listed as well.
  • ATM Test Note Table CLICK HERE

    Test Notes Articles

    Article published in 2018 in the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) Journal - "The Perfect Pair - Test Notes and Currency Conferences". Received Honorable Mention for best article of the year. It's a 9 page story about one of the main uses of Printers' Test Notes - promotional or house notes provided at currency conferences for current and potential customers.
  • The Perfect Pair - Test Notes and Currency Conferences CLICK HERE

    Article published in 2015 in the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) Journal - "Printers’ Test Notes – A Primer". Received 2nd Place for best article of the year. It's a 5 page story about "All you wanted to know about printers' test notes but were afraid to ask". Example: What is the oldest firm to produce a test note? (Establish in 1264, have a look and see!) Other examples: Oldest test note, most expensive test note, and test note produced together by the most firms (SIX).

  • Printers’ Test Notes – A Primer CLICK HERE

    Article published in the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) Journal - "An Introduction to ATM Test Notes - Intrinsically worthless, demo dollars offer a wealth of collecting opportunities". It's a 3 page story about ATM test notes, including the history of ATM development.

  • An Introduction to ATM Test NotesCLICK HERE

    "Promotional Paper Provenance". It's a 2 page story about a printer's sample and the search for who it belongs to and what it was used for.

  • Promotional Paper Provenance CLICK HERE

    "A Tale of Two Thomas Edison Notes". A 3 page story about 2 different test notes from 2 different printing firms with the same portrait of Thomas Edison.

  • A Tale of Two Thomas Edison NotesCLICK HERE