I have found some money from Findland in the USA. The units are called Hell Bank Notes, what do you know about this money and can it be redeamed there from…

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20.11.2003

I have found some money from Findland in the USA. The units are called Hell Bank Notes, what do you know about this money and can it be redeamed there from here?

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21.11.2003
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21.11.2003

This site has excellent information on hell bank notes in general:
http://www.luckymojo.com/hellmoney.html : “The word Hell was introduced to China … by Christian missionaries who claimed that non-converted Chinese folks were all "going to Hell" when they died -- and the Chinese, thinking "Hell" was the proper English term for the afterlife, adopted the word. Thus, Hell Bank Notes are simply Afterlife Monetary Offerings or Spirit Money. …when people die, their spirits or ghosts go to an afterlife where they continue to live on, doing the same sort of things why did while alive, eating, drinking, wearing clothes, playing with their children, and so forth. In order to ensure that they have lots of good things in the afterlife, their relatives send them presents, and one of the best things to send them is Hell Bank Notes -- money to spend in the afterworld. In addition to Hell Bank Notes, some Chinese grocery stores also sell elaborately-made and multi-coloured paper watches, clothes, cars, Hell Credit Cards, and even refrigerators for the purpose of burning in the belief that doing so sends their essence to the afterlife world, where the recipient will be glad to receive such material goods.”

It seems unlikely that there could be hell bank notes from Finland, because this belief is not known here. If you make a search with Google (http://www.google.fi/ ), search term hell bank notes finland, you get lots of numismatic sites where hell bank notes are mentioned (http://www.123banknotes.com/ ).

But in case there has been Finnish hell bank notes in America, perhaps some of the societies on the following site are able to help you: http://www.utu.fi/erill/instmigr/eng/e2_finnsabr.htm#NorthAm

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