History and future of the bourse

…about the event.


Upcoming dates
‘s Hertogenbosch

  • 2022: Spring – april 23-24
  • 2022: Autumn/fall – oktober 22-23

  • 2023: Spring – april 22-23
  • 2023: Autumn/fall – oktober 21-22


“Brabanthallen” Diezekade 2
5222 AK ‘s-Hertogenbosch

The Mecca of bank note collecting
We hope to see you there

PaperMoneyFair – History

My team – friends, relatives and collector/dealer volunteers, the people from the Brabanthallen and I, would like to welcome you all who come (again) from far away and nearby to the next bourse, welcome you to this ever growing event in the spacious Brabanthallen.

Over the past years the previously named “Maastricht”, as it is called by many of you, has become a trademark amongst banknote-collectors and dealers alike from all over the world. Including more and more collectors of old bonds & stocks from now on.

Not without reason has it grown into the biggest event in Europe for the papermoney collector. (Some even claim it to be the biggest worldwide) All tables in this room added, make over 550+ meters/yards of banknotes on offer by people from over appr. 70 nationalities back over the past years. This was for the April edition so far. The September edition still has fewer stands, but is only being held for 15 years, against 35 years in April.

All of this now taking place in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in the province of Brabant.

A short explication is due here, many have asked me over the past years:

Why was it called “PaperMoneyFair – MAASTRICHT
– when the event tooks place IN Valkenburg???

Fact is, the event started in Maastricht, and over the first years the convention halls available there were the right size. But the size of the event – as well as the reputation world wide – grew, and after a few years I could not find a right sized place for the bourse in Maastricht anymore.

So we all moved to Valkenburg some 10KM out of town. Something I do NOT regret at all. Change to “PaperMoneyFair – Valkenburg” ??? Did not seem to be a good idea, since that “Maastricht” was so well established over the years. Also internationally Maastricht is better known because of the EU conventions there about the Euro currency. So the name stayed! See?

When this bourse took place for the first time on March 28th and 29th of 1987 – in Hotel Maastricht back then under the (too long) name “European Continental Spring Paper Money Bourse” there were just 27 names of dealers in the program. On 35 small tables only: Mike O’Grady – Educational Coin Company/David Laties – Victor Schmidt – James of Norwich – Daniel Denis – Gary Snover – Mel Steinberg – Clyde Reedy – Christan Meiners – Van den Berg – Lucien Huyge – Reichenberger – Stan Furman – Spink London – Intercol London – Theo Peters – Rosenberg – Marco Valenti – Jaime Casanovas – Van der Dussen – Robert Kotyla – Ian Marshall – Speijer and also the then organizers Jan Fleer, Marthis Verkooijen and myself. Several dealers on this listing have passed away over the years, others stopped coming by now… no longer in business, old age or health or other reasons… Don’t forget, this was 1987!! As you see: some of the names of the first listing of participants still can be found on this year’s list of participants again.

We wish to express our thanks to all those that supported the bourse over the past years by participating every year again. As it then started under the name of “The European Continental Spring Paper Money Bourse” because of the contrast to the London I.B.N.S. Congress that took and still takes place in the UK in autumn/fall first weekend of October. That event had a similar name so the addition had to express the difference. By now this event has another name too. In 1988 and 1989 the name changed into resp. “The European Continental Paper Money Bourse” and finally “The European Paper Money Bourse”. The name was unchanged until the moment the event had to be moved to Valkenburg. Then the name was adapted to “The European Paper Money Bourse – Maastricht”. Only a few years ago the name was shortened again to just : “Papermoney Maastricht” bourse. For a while also “Papermoney / Bond&Share – Maastricht”. “PaperMoneyFair-Maastricht” (Spring and Autumn/Fall edition!) was the name used for a few years. And now due to the move to another town it is called “PaperMoneyFair-The Netherlands”.

This bourse started as an initiative of 4 Dutch members of I.B.N.S. 3 of them having visited the London Congress of I.B.N.S. for many years already. I was one of them. We all believed that there was a need for a similar event on the European continent since getting to London in October in the years before the Channel tunnel was in operation was not easy. We also believed that is was feasible too. These 4 people also founded the Dutch Chapter of I.B.N.S. So this event started as an I.B.N.S. bourse. Soon this already small group of active and working people for this event got smaller.

Eventually there was a moment where I had to decide to give up the organization (which I enjoyed and loved doing) or continue on my own. I decided to do the latter. Lacking others to assist in this. I ended up doing all the preparation on my own. But also to find fellow collectors from all the world that attend that work as volunteers during set-up day and some during the bourse week-end. Some come a day earlier just to help set up… Many thanks to all of you, specially Mike Turner who over the past years came over for an entire week to help me with the last preparations, and the entire week-end. Twice a year! In the first years as an extra “job” in my off-work-time, next to my full-time job at the Rabobank as cashier in the Head Office, specialized in Exotic currencies and Forgeries. Not making! Detecting! Only since 1993/94 it is my official company “APnC Int.” and later “Eijsermans-Events” that is responsible for the organization. On the week-end itself still with lots of help from friends and relatives as well as volunteers.

I guess – with the growing interest in the paper money hobby over the past few years continued in the years to come – that this event also will continue to grow over the years. In size and in importance for the hobby. But no one of us can predict what the future wll bring. I hope that for many years to come this bourse will continue to exist and will expand.

One can be optimistic, but I rather stay realistic too. But that would create a hotel capacity problem too. Also in the past a number of participants have asked me to organize a bourse in autumn/fall also in the Polfermolen.

For 15 years now that is reality and it promises to be another succesful event for the future. If you have any suggestion, please let us know!

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An old friend has a new home: “PaperMoneyFair THE NETHERLANDS” 2021

On Saturday and Sunday, October 23-24, 2021, the “PaperMoneyFair THE NETHERLANDS” was held in the Brabanthallen in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), Netherlands, 80 kilometers south-southeast of Amsterdam and 130 kilometers north-northwest of its previous location in Valkenburg.  Congratulations to Jos Eijsermans and his team for a well-organized and successful show!

The spring “Netherlands” show was first held in March 1987 with just 27 dealers.  With the exception of 2020 and 2021 (due to Covid-19 restrictions), the show has been held every year, beginning in Maastricht, moving then to Valkenburg and now to Den Bosch.  An autumn show was added to the schedule fifteen years ago.

The dealers’ pre-bourse event was held on Wednesday through Friday, October 20-22:  over these three days the dealers arrived and began their business dealings…  About 125 dealers in total booked tables and attended the show, coming from around the world.  As has been the trend at most all banknote shows over the past few years, fewer collectors attended the show on the weekend when it was open to the public.

Heritage Auctions, the main sponsor of the show, held their “Netherlands World Banknote Signature® Auction 4033” on Saturday evening, October 23rd.  The auction sold 530 lots and realized USD 1,783,583, quite impressive indeed!  In-person bidders were treated to Bossche bollen, the local delicacy (explained below).

PMG (Paper Money Guaranty) was present and accepted banknotes for grading.  In addition to Heritage Auctions, other auction houses including Dix Noonan Webb from London and Lockdales from Ipswich (both in the UK) were also in attendance.  Lindner was present as well, offering their high-quality numismatic products for sale.

More UK dealers were present than at the Aachen show the month before, but with a few exceptions, most all North American and Asian dealers were not in attendance.  As per current Dutch health regulations, masks were not required and vaccination statuses were not checked at the door.  However, at all hotels and restaurants, proof of vaccination and/or current test results were meticulously checked, so one did feel safe.

On Friday evening, an International Bank Note Society (IBNS) dinner was held at a local restaurant for members and friends.  35 people attended the event, headed by Pam West, current President of the IBNS.  On the following day, IBNS members gathered for a group photo, which was far from complete as many member dealers were manning their tables doing business.

There was nostalgic yearning for the old location in Valkenburg, our former home for so many wonderful years.  The new location was farther for some and closer for others.  The best advantage of the new location was the Brabanthallen, a huge convention center hall that enabled all dealers to be together in one hall with much room for social distancing.  Another highlight of the location was the local specialty, Bossche bollen.  A Bossche bol (Dutch for “Bosch sphere”), sometimes called chocoladebol (“chocolate sphere”) in its city of origin, is a pastry from ‘s-Hertogenbosch. It is a large profiterole (cream puff), about 12 cm (5 in.) in diameter (somewhat larger than a tennis ball), filled with whipped cream and coated entirely or almost entirely with (usually dark) chocolate fondant icing.  Decadent perhaps, but oh so delicious!!!

The next show “PaperMoneyFair THE NETHERLANDS” is scheduled for the weekend of April 23-24, 2022.  See you there!

Customs & immigration

If you do not know if you need a visa to enter the Netherlands, please check with the embassy or consulate in your country.

Like any other country, the Netherlands have their customs regulations. If you arrive from outside the EU/Schengen countries you may not only need a visa but also will have to declare goods.
Also the (European) 10.000 Euro declaration law is something to look into.

Please check this before you leave. It is your own responsibility.

The organisation cannot and will not be involved in problems resulting from not declaring goods.

Entrance to & exit from the EU (European Union countries)

Every visitor entering or departing from the European Union carrying more than (the equivalent of) Euro 10.000 (ten thousand) IS OBLIGED BY LAW to fill in a form, specifying the currencies he or she is carrying AT THE FIRST POINT OF ENTRY INTO THE EU. The forms will be supplied by customs.. or being downloaded from Internet before departing. This link is to English version of the form.

Other languages forms can be found after searching in the Internet for “European Community” and “1889/05” which is the number of the form. A copy of this form is given to the the declaring party, in some countries stamped, in others not. When leaving the EU the same procedure is followed. Apart from that there are still some old rules not replaced by later EU rules for some European countries with less or more Euros (e.g. Cyprus +, Portugal -/-) (So far for European UNION) For visitors who carry many different currencies (!) it is recommended to produce a specification of currencies and their equivalent value in Euro’s before their arrival and to attach this specification to their declaration.

Sample form

Attention is drawn to the fact that at Schiphol (Amsterdam) Airport, “money dogs” are patroling which are trained to find cash money.

Undeclared amounts CAN BE seized for investigation and reporting to a number of government bodies which occupy themselves with terrorism, money laundering, prohibited drugs and evasion of taxes.

ATTENTION: we are talking about VALID currency from whatever country!
It is only illegal if you dont declare it.

People leaving the EU via Schiphol/Amsterdam are advised to go to the desk opposite EXIT D10 to declare. Calculate another 1-2 hours for the process. This is for your information, in an attempt to help you to avoid serious problems at the border which may ruin your trip to Valkenburg and more – not to scare you.

Over the past 30 years I have heard about very very few problems with customs and declaring goods. On average customs officials in the Netherlands are very cooperative and understanding. But that is no rule.

My personal opinion is, that it is all depending on the person you display when being stopped and approached at either green or red zone. Going through green zone with material that you are supposed to declare and being stopped may of course change the attitude of the customs-officer and result in a lot of trouble, paperwork, delays, fines and/or confiscation.

In this matter I can only say, do what you think you should do, to your own best knowledge so that you do not have to regret anything. I was in that situation myself many years ago once and I was not happy afterwards.

How to get there?


Diezekade 2
5222 AK ‘s-Hertogenbosch

check in advance

  • how far you have to drive
  • how long you need

  • By car

    Many roads from all directions lead to ‘s Hertogenbosch, main one being the A2 E25 coming from north or south! Route Amsterdam-Maastricht! (The same A2 also took you south : to Valkenburg!)

    There are several exits for ‘s Hertogenbosch The easiest access for “Brabanthallen” however – coming from outside – is via that A2 turn off → RING A59 then Exit #46 Engelen where Brabanthallen is signposted already as well as a few times on the route as indicated on the map.. This avoids a complicated across town – including industrial zones – trip. From all other points of entry follow Centrum (Citycenter) and once “in town” Brabanthallen is signposted pretty well… See attached maps

  • By train

    To & from the railway station is a 15 minute walk… but there are taxi’s also. Unfortunately there is NO bus connection. Strange but there must be a reason for that.

    By Eurostar high speed train from London to Rotterdam / Amsterdam is also an option.

  • By airplane

    Schiphol/Amsterdam Airport (AMS) is nearby : is just about an hour away… train or (rental) car.

    Both Brussels (BRU) in Belgium as well as Düsseldorf (DUS) in Germany still can be used, however train connection is complicated. Nice alternative is Eindhoven Airport (EIN), approx. 1 hour away by bus & train.


The large own parking lot of “Brabanthallen” can easily be found. Certainly if you use your car navigation system using “Diezekade 2” as destination.

  • FOR NON – STANDHOLDERS : Ticket available from ticket machine. On departure!

It’s a long drive but it is worth coming, I’ll be back next year

…I have been told many times!!