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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 1,500 pieces. If you have achieved any figures close to this, then you are doing extremely well, as many of the older commemorative notes are hard to find even in poor conditions.

Opinion: Many collectors of commemorative banknotes would have came across with those Somaliland sets overprinted with gold and silver texts with the following wordings - 5th Anniversary of Independence 18 May 1996 [Sanad Gurade 5ee Gobanimadda 18 May 1996]. I believe these are "home made" (or fake) and not authourised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central banks would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would covered the two signatures on the note as well as part of the serial numbers. Even if these are genuine notes, then these could be issued as souvenir sheet and not as legal tender. As I said before, this is my opinion. If you have paid top dollars for these, please think about my argument. There is always a sucker around the corner, including me of course!

26 June 2020

Scotland, Bank of Scotland Limited - £20 Polymer and Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth Commemorative Collectors Set

Alba / Scotland

Bank of Scotland Limited
(Established 17.07.1695, First bank to issue banknote in Scotland)
Currency : Pound Sterling (GBP)

On 07.11.2019, the Bank of Scotland unveiled two new £20 polymer notes. The theme for these new notes are the same as the current "Bridge and Viaducts" series. This series was first issued in 2007 with a full set from £5 to £100. These two new polymer notes were released to the public on 27.02.2020, consists of one normal and one commemorative note.

On 10.03.2020, the Bank of Scotland released the two new polymer notes of £20 in a presentation pack with matching serial numbers. These are purposely put together as a pair with matching serial numbers. The two notes issued are one for general circulation type with the first prefix of AA and the other one is a limited commemorative edition with the prefix of QC, celebrating the Queensferry Crossing bridge. These notes have a general low serial numbers range, and it is believed that the first batch released with serial numbers range from 400 to 600 and then 900 and beyond (presumably but not confirmed). Obviously with 1000 sets to be issued, not all are in sequential order. These sets are put together for a good cause and sold at a premium with all profits raised donated to the Bank's group charity.

Front
Portrait of Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott (b.1771-1832);
Bank of Scotland Headquarters on The Mound, a man-made slope situated in central Edinburgh which connects Edinburgh’s New and Old Towns;
Bank of Scotland Crest;
Spark® denomination numeral "20";
Image of Four Thistles;
Holographic foil stripe featuring image of ‘Fame’ below the pediment of the Mound with a thistle motif in the background;
Bank of Scotland name and logo.

The design on the front for these two notes are the same but not the same as those previous two polymer notes issued i.e. £5 and £10. Unlike those earlier polymer notes issued, this £20 is printed with the holographic depth stripe.

Back
Normal Note
Vignette of the famous Forth Bridges and wording ‘Forth Bridge’;
Lyrics from the traditional ballad ‘Far Over the Forth’;
Bank of Scotland Headquarters on The Mound;
A Thistle;
Holographic foil stripe featuring image of ‘Fame’ below the pediment of the mound, with a thistle motif in the background;
Bank of Scotland name and logo.

The Queensferry Crossing bridge is also visible in the background. The distinctive red Forth Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge crossing the Firth of Forth which is located nine miles west of the city of Edinburgh. The construction for The Forth Bridge was started in 1882 and completed in 1889 and is one of the many famous man made landmarks in Scotland. This bridge is for rail traffic only. The Forth Bridge has a length of 8,094 feet and double tracks elevated to 150 feet above the water level at high tide. This bridge was designed by the English engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker. The Forth bridge was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2015.

Commemorative Note
Vignette of the Queensferry Crossing with the Forth Bridges in the background, and the wording ‘Queensferry Crossing’;
Lyrics from the traditional ballad ‘Far Over the Forth’;
Bank of Scotland Headquarters on The Mound;
A Thistle;
Holographic foil stripe featuring image of ‘Fame’ below the pediment of the mound, with a thistle motif in the background;
Bank of Scotland name and logo.

This commemorative note is issued to celebrate the Queensferry Crossing bridge which was completed in 2017. Unlike the Forth Bridge, this Queensferry Crossing bridge is for vehicle traffic only. This bridge was built alongside the Forth Bridge. This is the third bridge linking South Queensferry to Fife and was opened to traffic in 2017. This is a limited commemorative issue printed with the special prefixes of QC (Queensferry Crossing) and QF (Queensferry) only.

Both notes are printed with see-through tiny windows or an anti-counterfeit “window effect” on The Mound and a holographic depth stripe at the top of the foil, showing a “Northern Lights effect” when the note is tilted.

Below is a picture of the three bridges built across the Firth of Forth linking between Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, and Fife, at North Queensferry. The distance between these bridges is about 1 to 1.5 miles. These bridges are (L-R) Forth bridge (b.1889), Forth Road bridge (b.1964) and Queensferry Crossing bridge (built 2017). These 3 bridges are famous landmarks in Scotland.
a bird's eye view of all 3 bridges, courtesy of visitscotland.com
These two notes are both dated 1st June 2019.

Governor - Antonio Mota de Sousa Horta-Osorio
Treasurer - Philip Grant
Imprinter - De La Rue
Size - 139mm x 73mm

Twenty Pounds (Normal first prefix note)
Dated 2019, Prefix AA
Reverse
Twenty Pounds (Commemorative note with QC prefix)
Dated 2019, Prefix QC
Reverse
Folder Front Cover

09 June 2020

Scotland, Bank of Scotland Limited - £20 Polymer Commemorative Note Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth

Alba / Scotland

Bank of Scotland Limited
(Established 17.07.1695, First bank to issue banknote in Scotland)
Currency : Pound Sterling (GBP)

On 07.11.2019, the Bank of Scotland unveiled two new £20 polymer notes. One is for general circulation and the other one is to commemorate the Queensferry Crossing bridge which was built in 2017. Both of these notes were released to the public on 27.02.2020. I have earlier posted the normal note and now I am posting the commemorative note here.

The release of these two notes were first announced by the bank on 07.11.2019. The theme for this new polymer note is the "Bridge" series, which is the continuation of the current series, first issued in 2007.

Here I have posted the commemorative notes with the two prefixes of QC and QF.

Front
Portrait of Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott (b.1771-1832);
Bank of Scotland Headquarters on The Mound, a man-made slope is situated in central Edinburgh which connects Edinburgh’s New and Old Towns;
Bank of Scotland Crest;
Spark® denomination numeral "20";
Image of Four Thistles;
Holographic foil stripe featuring image of ‘Fame’ below the pediment of the Mound with a thistle motif in the background;
Bank of Scotland name and logo.

Back
Vignette of the Queensferry Crossing with the Forth Bridges in the background, and the wording ‘Queensferry Crossing’;
Lyrics from the traditional ballad ‘Far Over the Forth’;
Bank of Scotland Headquarters on The Mound;
A Thistle;
Holographic foil stripe featuring image of ‘Fame’ below the pediment of the mound, with a thistle motif in the background;
Bank of Scotland name and logo.

As mentioned earlier, this commemorative note is issued to celebrate the Queensferry Crossing bridge. Unlike the Forth Bridge, this Queensferry Crossing bridge is for vehicles traffic only. This bridge was built alongside the Forth Bridge. This is the third bridge linking South Queensferry to Fife and was opened to traffic in 2017. This is a limited edition with the special prefixes of QC (Queensferry Crossing) and QF (Queensferry) only.

Just like the normal £20 Polymer note, this note is also printed with see-through tiny windows or an anti-counterfeit “window effect” on The Mound and a holographic depth stripe at the top of the foil, showing a “Northern Lights effect” when the note is tilted.

There are three bridges built across the Firth of Forth linking between Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, and Fife, at North Queensferry. The distance between these bridges is about 1 to 1.5 miles. These bridges are Queensferry Crossing bridge (2017), Forth Road bridge (1964) and Forth bridge (1889). The Forth bridge was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2015.

The note is also printed with the date of 1st June 2019. It is believed that only up to 1.0M pieces each are issued for the commemorative notes with QC and QF prefixes.

Governor - Antonio Mota de Sousa Horta-Osorio
Treasurer - Philip Grant
Imprinter - De La Rue
Size - 139mm x 73mm

Twenty Pounds
Dated 2019, Sir Walter Scott, Bank of Scotland Headquarters on The Mound
Reverse - Vignette of the Queensferry Crossing with the Forth Bridges in the background
Twenty Pounds
Dated 2019, Sir Walter Scott, Bank of Scotland Headquarters on The Mound
Reverse - Vignette of the Queensferry Crossing with the Forth Bridges in the background

01 June 2020

Oman - 50 Rials Dated 2010 (ND2019 Reprint) Hybrid

سلطنة عُمان
Sultanate of Oman

Central Bank of Oman
Currency : Rial (OMR)

This is a reprint of the 50 rials dated 2010 with enhanced security and additional security features. Whilst this note is dated 2010, it was released to the public on 02.06.2019. This note was originally issued to celebrate Oman's 40th year of National Day.

In comparison to the first issue, the new security features of the enhanced note are: -

Front:
A Golden security patch window (Varifeye CC Patch) shows the following: The denomination; the Central Bank of Oman's main entrance; name of the Central Bank of Oman in both Arabic and English; the color of the window changes from gold to blue under any source of light; a Golden Magnetic Windowed Security Thread (RollingStar Security Thread), the direction of the line moves and changes color gold to green when tilting the banknote; and Spark Live Truspin in a shape of a crown changes color from gold to green when tilting the banknote. Also the colour of the crown on the bottom left has changed from green (first issue) to gold.

Reverse:
Golden security patch window (Varifeye CC Patch) on the left side of the banknote changes color from gold to blue under any source of light.

The rest of the designs are the same as per the first print: -
Front - Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who passed away on 10.01.2020 due to colon cancer. He was born in 1940 and became the Sultan of Oman in 1970. Next to his portrait is the Ministry of Finance and Economy building in Muscat. Other features are national emblem of Oman, the Royal Crown and Fort Al Mirani which is situated in the old city of Muscat;
Back - Cabinet building (L) and Ministry of Commerce and Industry building (R) both situated in the capital of Oman, Muscat.

Despite this note was initially issued to celebrate Oman's 40th National Day in 2012, this reprint note is also printed the same commemorative texts on the back of the note.

Like the first print, this note is also printed on Hybrid material.
Size : 173mm x 76mm

Fifty Rials (Issued 2019)
Dated 2010, Sultan Qaboos, Ministry of Finance and Economy building in Muscat
Reverse - Cabinet, Ministry of Commerce & Industry building
Fifty Rials (First Print 2010)
Obverse
Reverse
Footnote ➽ It is not sure if other notes have been reprinted and are waiting to be released prior to the passing of Sultan Qaboos. His successor (first cousin) Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said was named the new Sultan of Oman on 11.01.2020. Going forward, we would expect the portrait of the new Sultan printed on the notes. Potentially, it might even be a commemorative note to celebrate his first full year to the throne next year. Perhaps we may see a new note celebrating the country's 50th National Day too!!

01 May 2020

Cayman Islands - $1 Dated 2018 60th Anniverasry of the First Written Constitution and the Granting of Coat of Arms

Cayman Islands
(British Overseas Territory)

Cayman Islands Monetary Authority
Currency : Dollar (KYD)

This is a $1 commemorative note, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the First Constitution and the granting of the Coat of Arms by Queen Elizabeth ll. Cayman Islands have been controlled by the British since 1670 and granted self-government on 04.07.1959. The proposal for the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms was first approved by the Legislative Assembly in 1957. The celebration for this special occasion was on 14.05.2018, however this note was only issued in 2020.

This new commemorative note has the same design as the $1 issued previously but with the round shape logo for the celebration added onto the center of the note. The signatures are also shifted to the right side of the note to allow room for the placement of the commemorative message.

In 2018, a $2 miniature sheet postage stamp was issued for this celebration with the Coat of Arms printed on the logo. However the logo for this note is showing a 5-point star instead of the Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms is printed next to the logo to the right next to the portrait of the Queen, just like those $1 notes issued earlier.

This note was launched on 27.01.2020 by the Premier of Cayman Islands, Alden McNee McLaughlin Jr (Premier since May 2013) during the Heroes Day celebrations and the note was then made available to the public on 31.01.2020.

Signatures : Roy Mc Taggart (Minister of Finance) and Cindy Scotland (Managing Director)
Quantity issued : 1,000,000 pieces
Size - 156mm x 66mm

I believe only one prefix is printed with Q/2. The prefix of Q/1 was used on the 2003 $1 note commemorating the 500th year of the Discovery of the Cayman Islands 1503-2003. However it is not sure if any replacement notes are printed. Cayman Islands has a rather small population of approximately 68,000+ and therefore there are plenty around for everyone including those overseas collectors.

One Dollar
Dated 2018, Queen Elizabeth the Second, coral fish
Reverse - the Bluff on Cayman Brac


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