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The Standard Catalog of World Paper Money is a well-known catalogue of banknotes that is published by Krause Publications in three volumes. These catalogues are commonly known in the numismatic trade as the Pick catalogues, as the numbering system was originally compiled by Albert Pick. Since the mid 1980s the titles have been owned by Krause Publications, and since 1994 have been under the editorship of George S. Cuhaj.


Numbering system

The numbering system uses capital letters (e.g. 'P', 'PS', 'PM') and an integer to identify a note. If a note has signature or date variants, then a lower case letter follows (e.g. P120a); If a number needs to be added, and the secion not renumbered than the format is to use a suffix capital letter (e.g. P120A.


Prefix code

  • P: regular issues
  • PS: special issues such as those issued by private banks or local governments
  • PM: military issue
  • PR: regional issue (by a national issuing authority for regional use)
  • CS: collector series (specimen set or commemorative)


The sorting of notes is usually by issue series/date, then ascending by denomination.


Regular variants start with the letter a, b, c, ... Error notes usually bears the letter x, while specimen notes have the letter s. Unissued remainders (mostly 19th century incomplete printings) have the letter r, while known replacements would also have the letter r (mostly 20th century). Color trials beat the variant letter ct. When multiple specimens are know, then the format used is s1, s2.


Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, General Issues, 1368 - 1960

This is updated every two or three years, currently in the 12th edition, which includes a DVD of PDFs of the book pages.

Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues, since 1961

This is updated annually. Currently in the 15th edition, which includes a DVD with PDFs of the book pages.

Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Specialised Issues

This is updated every three or four years, currently in the 11th edition (November 2009).

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