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The "TIME TRAVEL X BANKNOTE" NFT - 1930 and 1938

Updated: Jun 30, 2022

"Time Travel X Banknote NFT" is the latest NFT Project developed by IZBLU Labs in collaboration with BOAX team to animate very rare and precious ancient Chinese banknotes owned by the renowned collector Mr. Norman Lin. All these banknotes have been professionally authenticated by Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) - the world's largest and most trusted third-party grading service for paper money.

IZBLU Labs selected the most representative periods from Chinese history, curated graphically interesting samples from those periods and turned them into fascinating animated NFT artworks as if people can time travel back to the eras depicted by the banknotes and see the action for themselves.

The first series of "Time Travel X Banknote NFT" project includes 10 banknotes that portray different eras. The most eye-catching one is commonly called "Li Hongzhang notes" to the Chinese public. It was issued by the "Bank of Qing Dynasty" and printed by the American Bank Note Company in 1909 featuring the portrait of Li Hongzhang, a Chinese politician, general and diplomat of the late Qing dynasty.

500 Yuan issued by Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China (1930)

The Charted Bank of India, Australia and China was first established in London in 1853 and soon expanded around the world. The bank developed its business by financing trade from Asia to Europe with goods such as indigo, sugar and tea, which were highly sought after in Europe.

In 1859, it founded a branch in Hong Kong, China and began issuing currency in 1862. The bank continued to influence Hong Kong, China through the 18th century and into the 19th. As the bank grew, it acquired other banks along the way, finally merging with Standard Bank in 1969, making the Standard Chartered Bank that is the modern institution we recognize today.

100 Yuan issued by Federal Reserve Bank of China (1938)

Rushing their first issue of Federal Reserve Bank notes into circulation in 1938, the Japanese did not have time to prepare distinctive plates for this series. Instead they used plates which had been prepared by two American engravers sent to China in 1909 to assist the imperial government in preparing an issue for the Ta Ch'ing Government Bank.

Chinese characters at top and bottom, portrait of Huang-Ti to the right, dragon flying over fieldwork to the left.

5 Yuan issued by Hua Hsing Commercial Bank of China (1938)

This banknote was issued by Hua Hsing Commercial Bank which was a bank set up by a puppet regime in China of the Japanese Empire during the Second Sino-Japanese war (a part of World War II) in the areas of Japanese occupation.

The puppet Nanking administration declared the Hua Hsing Bank notes to be freely exchangeable against foreign currencies and acceptable in the payment of taxes and postal obligations. The right of the Hua Hsing Bank to issue its own coins and notes was revoked in 1940 upon the establishment of the Central Reserve Bank of China, which promptly recalled them.

The collection is available on Opensea: Buyers of this edition will receive a high-res scan of the original Bank Note authenticated by Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) with PMG seal, the NFT in HD as well as owning the IP rights of this edition of the NFT.

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