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Thanks for your interest in contributing to my new catalog of world notes.

I plan to publish the front and back of every note type (not every variety) at 50% actual size, in full color. For optimal image quality, it's vitally important that you follow the detailed instructions in this document and scan using these settings (your scanners controls will look different than these screen shots from an Epson scanner):

Many scanners come with software that has both "automatic" and "advanced" modes of operation. The advanced mode typically provides the best results once you learn to use it because it gives you greater control over the various settings. Scanning Tips Dimensions: In addition to front and back scans, please initially submit the dimensions of the notes in millimeters (for example: 140 x 70 mm). Once I have confirmed that your scanner settings are correct, you need not continue to tell me the dimensions as I can determine them from examing your scans. No holders: If the note is in a protective holder, take the note out so that the image isn't distorted by the plastic. Indent notes: Do not place the banknote directly against the edge of the flatbed scanner's scan bed as this may result in clipping of the image as most scanners can't scan all the way to the edges. Furthermore, many notes are not perfect rectangles, so placing a note against the edge is no guarantee of a straight image. Inset the note a quarter inch or so from all sides to ensure you capture the entire image.

Black background: After you have placed the banknote on the scan bed, place a piece of black construction paper over the banknote. This serves two purposes. First, it improves overall image quality. Most scanners can perform a quick preview pass over the desired image during which the scanner analyzes the image and makes subtle adjustments. The use of a solid black backing paper helps the scanner anchor the black end of the color spectrum. Second, it's easier for me to crop the banknote to the edges if there's a lot of contrast between the banknote and the background. Lower lid: When using a flatbed scanner, lower the lid after placing the note on the glass. The weight of the lid helps press the note flat against the flatbed glass for best results, especially for notes with windowed security threads that pucker the paper. Without pressing the notes flat, the scans can be distorted. Use preview: Use your scanner's preview feature for each new note you are scanning so that it can auto-adjust contrast, brightness, etc. Failure to do so may result in washed out or overly dark images. Do nothing: Don't use your graphics program to attempt to make an image

of a note look better than the note's true life condition. Creases, tears, stains, and pinholes are expected in older notes. I will handle straightening and cropping once I receive your submission.

Saving Images When you are finished scanning notes, save them as uncompressed JPEG files or TIFF files with ZIP compression. Utilizing any other compression option discards detail in the image and defeats the purpose of creating the high-resolution scan in the first place.

Naming Files It is helpful, though not absolutely necessary, to assign file names using the following convention: CountryName_DenominationValue_YYYY.MM.DD_PickNumber_f/r.jpg

For example, the front of Kenyas first 5-shilling note would be saved using the file name of Kenya_5_1966.07.01_P1a_f.jpg. The date included in the file name should be the date as printed on the note, standardized to YYYY.MM.DD format with placeholder zeros as necessary. For notes without printed dates, please use the exact date of introduction if known. If unknown, use 0000.00.00. For notes already cataloged in the SCWPM, please include the Pick number and variety letter in the file name. For new issues, leave off this info rather than guess what will be assigned. Submitting Scans Once you have scans saved to disk and wish to submit them to me, feel free to send them via email, provided you don't send more than 10MB attached to any one email (the maximum size allowable on my email server). I have a cable Internet connection, so downloading large files is not a problem for me. If you have more than a few files to send, a much better approach is to use the free web service YouSendIt.com. The process is far easier than sending a bunch of emails with attachments: 1. Place all the images into a single folder called Scans on your computer. 2. Compress the Scans folder. Windows: Right-click the Scans folder then scroll down to Send to (red arrow) and then Compressed (zipped) Folder (green arrow). Mac OS X: Right-click the Scans folder then choose Compress Scans. 3. Go to http://www.yousendit.com. Click Sign Up, then choose the free Lite account. 4. Log in using your Lite account info, then follow the on-screen instructions for sending the Scans.zip archive file to owen@banknotenews.com. If you have a lot of images to submit or a slow Internet connection, you can burn them to an optical disc and mail to me at the address below. Be sure to provide me with your full name, postal address, and web site URL so that I can add you to the list of contributors. If you have any questions about anything in this document, please don't hesitate to ask. I am happy to help explain the technical aspects of scanning notes in greater detail.

Once again, thank you for your contributions. -Owen W. Linzmayer (IBNS member 7962) 2227 15th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94116-1824 USA owen@banknotenews.com www.banknotenews.com