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.

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Why us?

  • We offer immediate wire transfers or cash payments.
  • We handle the logistics for large orders, so you don't have to.
  • We respect business and central bank confidentiality.
  • We can buy everything you have for sale:  no quantity is too big or too small for us.
  • We offer professional advice on currency conversion to polymer banknotes.
  • We offer professional advice on numismatic programs and how best to maximize your profit.

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 Bank Notes of the World (now in its 3rd edition) for collectors and The Future of Bank Notes—Why and How to Convert to Polymer (to be issued in 2020) for central banks and other currency professionals.

Stane Straus

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

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

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

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 

Carlos Pinto

Carlos Pinto is Senior Manager of African Operations of PBN Ltd. He is a numismatic and notaphily specialist with a significant focus on African and Lusophone Countries. The historical context of his knowledge is based on his studies of History at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. Carlos not only holds a BSC degree of the Eduardo Mondlane University, but he was also a lecturer there for a few years. Carlos is representing an international service provider for industrial technical solutions and is responsible for the growth of his company at the Mozambican market with several branches throughout the country. He contributes to several publications on numismatic collections worldwide and his expertise is frequently requested by collectors, museums and central banks. Carlos is based in Mozambique and his personal history makes him a contemporary witness of his country´s development.


Contact Carlos at: 

Phone +258 84 0271677


Katja Šajn

Katja Šajn is Sales Manager of PBN Ltd. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Katja is responsible for online Banknote Store, website editing, customer relations and sales to end-customers (collectors), marketing, social media, communications, as well as for head office management and scheduling of daily activities. Her research work supports the various activities, publications and the website of the company. Katja is based in Slovenia.


Contact Katja at:
Phone +386 40 412 143

Toni Zupanc

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