Massive exhibit combines three diverse interests

John Powers, with help from sponsor Colonial Acres, brought some of his ‘Banknotes and Butterflies of the World’ exhibit to the recent National Postage Stamp and Coin Show.

Thirty display cabinets long and three decades in the making, John Powers’ “Banknotes and Butterflies of the World” exhibition combines lepidopterology – the study of butterflies and moths – with notaphily and philately. With stunning effect, 120 countries are represented by a complete collection of 150 uncirculated banknotes issued by the Franklin Mint in stamped philatelic covers (or envelopes) postmarked in the capital city of its issuing nation. A real butterfly from each respective country is held within the cabinets alongside the word for “butterfly” in the country’s official language and other relevant information. Continue reading →

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