My name is Jos, Jos F.M.Eijsermans. I was born in 1955 in Venlo, Netherlands. Now I am living with my wife Fabienne. No kids, just 4 lovely cats.
our move to Germany back in May 2007, we now live some 150 KM north of
Maastricht in a rather small but very cosy town with great neighbours.
In a beautiful old house (1927) with a fantastic garden.
Very near to the both Dutch borders (!) since as well East as West of us we have the Netherlands, 30 KM away both of them.
I have been collecting since I was a kid. As usual for a youngster I
collected anything collectible. Beer mats, key rings, cigar labels, stamps
And maybe more that I forgot about.
It was my granddad
who gave me my first coins… He and my grandma went on holiday abroad
back then. Unusual for that time in the Netherlands.
He also gave me my
first (German) banknotes.
German inflation Reichsmark notes and others. Local issues from just
over the border from 1920-ies.
Not unusual since the whole Venlo area
is and was agricultural and the produce was mainly exported to Germany
till 1945! And is now again…
Including the period of hyper-inflation
in 1923. So many farmers and other people here on the Dutch side of the
border too back then, were paid with money that proved worthless not
I remember getting stacks of these notes for free from
various people when I was young, when they learned I was collecting
"Strange guy, collecting PAPERmoney!" Nobody collected papermoney back then!
Nobody these days gives you stacks of banknotes for free anymore!! Times have changed.
I became a
banknote-only-collector after I joined the team of a Numismatic Dept.
at the Main Office of a major bank. That was 1979. I sold my coins then.
I only had banknotes left. When
the coin market collapsed, I joined the cashiers of the Foreign
Currency Dept. of that same bank. I was there for over 15 years.
my knowledge of papermoney from the hobby (but also gathering
information for the hobby from handling notes from all countries every
Detection of forgeries was one of my tasks of course.
explains my collection of contemporary forgeries and advertising notes
that very often look like genuine notes…
After that department
had reorganised and I became obsolete there, I found myself a job as Editorial Advisor at a printing
firm that does the "green books" for Interpol about currency being
valid or exchangeable or not…
I worked there for 2 years trying to
improve the books where needed. This contract ended suddenly in June
I have been organising collectors bourses since I was 17 or 18. Small local events. Quite succesfull as well.
I co-founder of a German collectors group when I was 20,
board-member of several collectors organisations since, like the
I.B.N.S. I was on the board for many years, became Vice President and
eventually President of the (International) I.B.N.S. a few years ago.
was also founder member and later - for a period of time - President of the
Dutch Chapter of I.B.N.S.
Until September 2007 I was concentrating on banknote dealing and made the organisation of the
"Papermoney-Maastricht" bourse part of my daily work. And it is a lot
back then founded my own little company under the name "A.P.n.C. Int.
", which stood for "All Papermoney 'nd Collectibles International".
since a few year changed to "Eijsermans Events" since I limited the
dealing in banknotes already and concentrated on the bourse
organisation (twice a year now) That was too much to do it all for 100%.
my heart problem in Summer 2007 - just after our move to Germany - I
sold and auctioned off almost all of my collection and duplicate trade
I only did keep duplicate material from the topics I
continue to collect. But above all I am still a collector… As long as I
cannot part with some of my notes I still am… isn't it?
In the meantime I gathered a wide selection of world- and other notes again... I can't help myself...
you can offer - for my private collection this is - contemporary
forgeries, advertising notes, and postcards, phonecards, emphemera etc.
all depicting papermoney I am most interested.
When in Valkenburg I cannot check every
table for these items myself during the week-ends of the bourses as you may
Please advise. Thank you.