At PBN, we assist issuing authorities with efficient and profitable disposal of their currency that is no longer needed for circulation.
We handle large stocks of currency, including circulated coins in large quantities for destruction (smelting), uncirculated coins and banknotes in large quantities for the numismatic market, and specialized accumulations of currency.
We also advise issuing authorities on conversion to polymer banknotes, on banknote security features, and on coin and banknote numismatic programs.
By working with metal smelting companies and numismatic companies worldwide, we are uniquely positioned to offer professional advice on how to sell your banknotes and coins, or we can offer to buy them from you directly.
Over the past decade, we have handled millions of pieces of banknotes and thousands of tons of coins. We are interested in any items you can offer: no business is too large or too small for us. We will travel to meet you, discuss your needs and provide an on-site professional opinion and assessment of your material. While our special interest is polymer bank notes, we deal in all types of bank notes and coins.
The company publishes "POLYMER 2021" (preceded by three editions of "Polymer Bank Notes of the World") for collectors and "The Future of Bank Notes—Why and How to Convert to Polymer" (to be issued in 2022) for central banks and other currency professionals.
Stane Straus is Managing Director of PBN Ltd. He travels extensively overseas and maintains relationships with central banks and banknote printers around the world, working on coin and banknote-related projects. He has advised central banks on banknote printing and on conversion to polymer notes. Stane used to work at Note Printing Australia in Craigieburn, Australia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is a coauthor of several award-winning publications (awarded by the IACA and the IBNS) on polymer banknotes, has appeared on several news networks, including CNN and BBC, and is currently authoring a new book on polymer banknotes. He is also a Director-At-Large of the International Bank Note Society (IBNS). Stane also curates The Polymer Collection, the world's most advanced museum-quality archive of polymer banknotes and related material. Stane is based in Slovenia.
Contact Stane at:
Phone +386 41 367 086
Hermann Huber is Director of African Operations of PBN Ltd. He studied geography and French at the University of Vienna, Austria, and in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Hermann was previously a managing director and co-owner of an Austrian IT company with 60 employees, based in four locations within Austria, that focused on vocational training in IT and management skills. He was also the founder and co-owner of a music-production company in Antananarivo, Madagascar, a partner in a consulting company for photovoltaic systems and alternative energy solutions, and is currently a managing director of Tolimana KEG, based in Austria and focused on numismatic sales. Hermann is based in Austria and has over 25 years of experience working on different business projects across the African continent.
Contact Hermann at:
Phone +43 699 1922 0011
Donald Ludwig is Director of International Business Development of PBN Ltd. He received his B.S. from Millersville University (Pennsylvania, USA) in 1981 with completed majors in computer science and mathematics. He completed the M.S. program at Purdue University (Indiana, USA) in 1984 with a major in computer science. Donald has extensive business experience in the IT industry in the USA and in Germany, primarily in large-scale systems in the banking industry, programming, performing system design and liaisoning with the client. Donald also worked with and advised numerous US postal authorities on new issues and presentation ceremonies for new stamp issues. He is a coauthor of Polymer Bank Notes of the World (three editions) and POLYMER 2021. Donald is based in Germany.
Contact Donald at:
Phone +49 160 9676 8549
Arsentiy Khonin is Director of Asian Operations of PBN Ltd. He studied mathematics at the Suleyman Demirel University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Arsentiy used to work as a journalist and a NGO project coordinator, and is currently running his own business in Almaty. Arsentiy is based in Kazakhstan and travels extensively around the world for currency-related business. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Bank Note Society.
Contact Arsentiy at:
Phone +7 702 550 7149
Toni Zupanc is Operations Manager of PBN Ltd. He holds a bachelor's degree in Risk Management and Information Security from the University of Maribor, Slovenia. Toni is responsible for operational planning, logistics and project research. You will find him representing our company at trade fairs all over the world. He also monitors the market for the latest issues of polymer banknotes and is in charge of purchasing. Toni is based in Slovenia.
Contact Toni at:
Phone +386 40 654 592