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Offline Pellinore

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Visa dollar
« on: March 11, 2020, 09:15:00 AM »
Further forthcomings of the field day:

Visa dollar. What would it be for? Who is Coonen?
Might be from the Netherlands. 1995.

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Re: Visa dollar
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2020, 12:02:35 AM »
J.J.H.W.M. Coonen was managing director of credit card-organisation Visa Card Services (VSB International) from 1995 until 2008. The part of the building shown is the central part of the VSB offices on Wisselwerking 32, Diemen (near Amsterdam). The building was opened in 1991. Your note is dated 1995. No idea how it was used, presumably for advertising.

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Re: Visa dollar
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2020, 04:18:01 AM »
Is that even legal?  Interesting bill, though.
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Re: Visa dollar
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2020, 09:36:16 AM »
The Dutch central bank (DNB) is pretty fierce on Dutch banknotes, e.g. you cannot make pictures of them, except when they are in a very different size or overlaid with the word SPECIMEN. You can imitate them only if the difference with the original is quite obvious. While in principle they have no obligation towards foreign banknotes, in practice they are likely to apply the same rules, whether formally, because of rules, regulations and treaties or informally, because they hate confusing imitations. I would argue, that in this case, the portrait, the bird and the building are sufficiently different from the original not to cause confusion. In cases of doubt, DNB can be asked for an opinion before the fact, a judge can rule after the fact.

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Re: Visa dollar
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2020, 10:00:05 AM »
I wouldn't think it would be confused with a legitimate note either. A similar look but enough has been changed to remove any confusion.

I was also wondering about the purpose of it. Other than advertising, I can't think of any.

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Re: Visa dollar
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2020, 10:36:09 AM »
Advertising is indeed likely. No further clues about its usage can be found online and in general this appears to be the only one on the internet. It is no longer possible to ask Mr Coonen either as he died last year. I was also interested by that bird, which apparently is a dove that is/was since 1978 being used as a security feature on certain Visa cards. On the real US 1 dollar note an eagle is depicted in that circle.
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