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Story Behind Every Plates

Car Plates from United Kingdom, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

There is a Story Behind Every Plates. Why do you think some people collects car license plates?  Lets take a look at the history and other interesting facts.

Vehicle registration plates are the mandatory alphanumeric plates used to display the registration mark of a vehicle, and have existed in the United Kingdom since 1903. The first series of number plates was issued in 1903 and ran until 1932, consisting of a one- or two-letter code followed by a sequence number from 1 to 9999. (Wikipedia).

Here are a few official records from Guinness World Records:

Largest collection of number plates (licence plates): Péter and Tamás Kenyeres (both Hungary) have 11,345 different number plates from 133 countries, as of April 2011, which they have been collecting since 1990.  Brothers Péter and Tamás started their collection 21 years ago when they got the first two number plates from their father. The oldest plate in their collection is from Austro-Hungarian Empire, approximately from 1900. Their favourite plate is the B7 which was a Hungarian minister’s car plate between 1945-1948.

Qatari Trial Plate number displayed at Sheikh Faisal Bin Qaseem Al-Thani in Doha






Largest collection of souvenir platesThe largest collection of souvenir plates is 621 plates and belongs to the Kundin family (Russia). The family started the collection in Moscow, Russia, and continued it in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. The feat was verified on 1 October 2012. The collection began in 1990 when Alexander Kundin bought his first souvenir plate as a student on a trip to Prague. Since then the collection has turned into a family hobby, with Alexander’s wife, Irene, and two sons, Andrew and Michael, also contributing to the collection. The family moved to the USA in 1994 and continue to travel the world, collecting plates everywhere they go. They have souvenir plates from 120 countries in 5 different continents, including plates from Easter Island, Papua New Guinea and North Korea. The family say there is a story behind every plate and hope to publish a book about the collection.

Now you can look at your car license plates in a different light.  Old registration plates does not only have a sentimental value, ialso has monetary value.


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