The only complete book on all the possible banknotes is still by far the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. It is published by Krause Publication and is in three volumes.

The main characteristic of this catalog are the “Pick Numbers” which are designated to each of the identified banknote. It also gives good guidance on variations for each banknote. The country introductions however, are not properly done and I have noted some political views in them which in my opinion are incorrect and should be reviewed. The books are also available on PDF version on Dvds.

I am in no position to write a review on such extensive work by the experts but I believe this is be far a very essential book for each collector and would remain for quite some time till we get some better options. I also own a copy of the Modern Issues –  17 edition and it serves as a benchmark for identifying and cataloging my collection.