Passion for Banknotes

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Security guard collects currency from around the world
Manal Ismail
Aug 28, 2011

ABU DHABI // When he is not working as a security guard at the Rocco Forte Hotel, Said Roshan can often be seen walking around town with a backpack full of money.

That may sound suspicious but Mr Roshan's money is not for spending, nor for personal gain.

It is money that will go into a collection he has been compiling for the past 16 years.

He took up his hobby in 1995, when he was nine years old.

"I was buying a toffee from a cafe in India and the shopkeeper gave me back a dime," says Mr Roshan, 25. "I really liked the way it looked and from that point I started collecting."

Mr Roshan spent the first 14 years collecting banknotes and coins in his home country, India. He tries to expand his collection with every person he meets.

His collection grew significantly after he moved to the UAE in 2009 because of its diverse population.

Now he has 200 bills and coins from about 140 countries, including Nepal, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Roshan keeps his bills carefully protected behind plastic sheets, taking special care of the older bills.

His most precious pieces include an Egyptian bill from 1898 and coins dating to the Raja Raja Chola dynasty in India more than 1,000 years ago.

But Mr Roshan's efforts have not always been well received. Nearly a month ago, one encounter almost landed him in jail.

"I was at the Sharjah Airport waiting at the gate for my flight and I saw people come my way," he says. "It was a family and they were speaking a strange and unfamiliar language."

Too shy to ask the adults in the group, Mr Roshan decided to approach one of the children.

"I asked him, 'Where are you from?' He replied that he was from Kazakhstan. So then I asked him, 'Do you have money?'"

The message was lost in translation. The child ran back to his parents and his family called for security.

"I then took out my album and showed them that I collect currencies," he says. "The family was very understanding and handed me a Kazakhstani bill."

Most experiences have been pleasant, with people intrigued by his fascination with currencies.

At his previous job as a guard at the Higher Colleges of Technology's central services building, Mr Roshan often talked to faculty and staff.

"We would always see him around the area and he would always play with our kids," says Aaron Sorensen, an English and maths teacher.

"One day he was showing the kids and my wife his collection and she found it very interesting."

The next day, Mr Sorensen's wife, Mineko Meakawa, brought two Japanese bills for Mr Roshan.

He also searches for missing pieces to his collection online and joins collector groups. In India he is a member of a group called Relabia, also known as the House of Collections.

But Mr Roshan says the people he meets through these channels are not so generous.

Another one of his most prized possessions is the limited-edition 1953 Mahatma Gandhi rupee. These rupees were designed differently from the ones used today, he says.

"They only came in sets of three: a 1 rupee bill, a 2 rupee bill and a 3 rupee bill," he says. "I had the 2 and 3 rupee bills, but I was missing the 1 rupee bill."

After a lengthy search, Mr Roshan tracked down the bill from a collector in India. But it came at a hefty price.

"I had to pay Dh1,400 from my own pocket for that bill," he says. "But it was well worth it."

That worth cannot be measured in dirhams, as Mr Roshan has not had his collection evaluated.

He continues his search for notes and coins, particularly older ones that reflect a country's heritage.

"You can tell so much about a country just by looking at its currency," Mr Roshan says. "One day, I hope to have the currency for every country."

Source: The National
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.

Bimat

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"They only came in sets of three: a 1 rupee bill, a 2 rupee bill and a 3 rupee bill," he says. "I had the 2 and 3 rupee bills, but I was missing the 1 rupee bill."

3 Rupee bill? ??? Can someone explain? ???

Aditya
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.

asm

Quote from: Bimat on August 28, 2011, 07:20:22 AM
Another one of his most prized possessions is the limited-edition 1953 Mahatma Gandhi rupee. These rupees were designed differently from the ones used today, he says.

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Amit
"It Is Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness"

Bimat

So basically we both agree that there are lots of  ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? in this article.

;D ;)

Aditya
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.

Figleaf

I guess this is just another case of a journalist understanding half of what he's told. The main message is: this guy has fun with his banknote collection. That should be true  :)

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Md. Shariful Islam

No idea just want know is there really no 3 rupee bill? But in the report 3 rupee bill has been quoted twice by the collector.

Islam

Figleaf

The collector may have aid: "They came in sets of three. For a long time I had two and three, but not one". Or something to that effect.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Coinsforever

Quote from: Bimat on August 28, 2011, 07:22:37 AM
3 Rupee bill? ??? Can someone explain? ???

Aditya
Quote from: asm on August 28, 2011, 04:16:21 PM
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Amit

Above are after affects of reading such nonsense articles................... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

The journalists as usual creating chaos ::) ::) & keep on misleading . ???

In a positive direction : The Guy Mr Roshan is really passionate for this hobby & dedicated.

Cheers ;D
Every experience, good or bad, is a priceless collector's item.



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asm

If only the corespondents verify facts before they publish............ I have never heard of a 1953 edition bank note sent in the name of MKGandhi. This series of notes were issued........... but it was in 1969, on his 100th birth anniversary...........and it was in a set of 5 notes.........Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 & Rs 100. They were issued for circulation............. so in those times were not so scarce.......... but like all old banknotes, they are difficult to find. (the 1964 one rupee is probably the most scarce of the post independence notes).

............and the Raja Raja Chola coin........... is as common as a current issue.........

Amit
"It Is Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness"

Alan Glasser

Just curious, do you have a list of countries that you still need bills from? I may be able to help a bit.

Alan   Massachusetts. U.S.A.

Very nice article, by the way!!