670+ pieces collected and counting

there are approximately 1,466+/- pieces of Commemorative banknotes issued, excluding those repeats

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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 900 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 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.

04 May 2018

Bhutan - 100 Ngultrum 2017 Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck Commemorative

Kingdom of Bhutan

The is the second banknote issued to celebrate the young prince, Jigme Namgyet Wangchuck. The crown prince was born on 05.02.2016. In 2016, a 1000 Ngultrum was issued celebrating the royal birth of the prince. This note is for the celebration of the prince first birthday, and the note is printed with the following texts - Commemorating the First Birth Anniversary of
HRH The Gyalsey (Prince).

Front: Portrait of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wankchuck, Queen Jetsun Pema and crown prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.
Back: Dragon (same design as the one on the Bhutanese national flag) and the background featuring the mountain ranges in the eastern Himalayas

Printer: Orell Fussli Security, Switzerland
Prefix: RB (Royal Birth)
Quantity: 1.0 Million pieces

One Hundred Ngultrum
Dated 2016
 Front Folder Cover
The following texts are printed on the folder:-

The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan us honoured to venerate the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (born on February 5, 2016), with the release of a commemorative Nu. 100 denomimination banknote.

The presence of the Gyalsey among us is a personification of deeply auspicious tendryil, signifying his own and our collective destiny. It is the accumulation of our collective merit and goof karma that we witness three successive generations of the Wangchuck dynasty, a phenomenon that assures the continuity and stability of our kingdom.

Thus the obverse side of the commemorative banknote portrays His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo and her majesty The Gyaltsuen, and his Royal Highness the Gyalsey, Embodying our proud past, the vibrant present, and a future of hope.

The reverse side of the commemorative banknote features a pair of jewel-clasping dragons that symbolise our inner resilience. Just as all Bhutanese draw our inspiration and strength from the Druk Gyalpos, the dragons epitomise the stability and prosperity of Bhutan as personified by our Hereditary Monarchs. The reverse side also features the mighty Himalayan range, rising from the premises of a glacial lake, to illustrate Bhutan's beautiful pristine natural beauty and balanced ecology.

The commemorative banknote reflects the national colours of Bhutan.
Information Sheet Front
Information Sheet Back
Footnote: If my memory serves me right, this would be the youngest portrait of any Prince or Princess ever appears on a banknote. Even Queen Elizabeth the Second can't beat him. The Queen was 8 years old when her portrait appeared on the Canadian $20 banknote in 1935. I am not sure if any banknotes have issued that have a portrait younger than this Bhutanese prince.

06 April 2018

Dominican Republic - 500 Pesos Dominicanos Central Bank 70th Anniversary

República Dominicana 
Dominican Republic 

Five Hundred Pesos Dominicanos
Dated 2017, P195
Footnote: In case you do not know where this country is, it shares the same island as Haiti in Central America.

01 April 2018

Sri Lanka - 70th Year of Independence Commemorative 2018

 ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජය
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
இலங்கை ஜனநாயக சோசலிச குடியரசு 

A new 1000 rupees dated 04.02.2018 was released on 30.01.2018 commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka 1948-2018. Independence was achieved from the British rule on 04.02.1948. The country was first colonised by the Portuguese in 1517, then the Dutch from 1638 and in 1815, the British took over until 1948.

Between 1947 and 1972, the country was known as Dominion of Ceylon with King George Vl as the Head of State and then Queen Elizabeth ll from 1952 following the death of her father until 1972. From 22.05.1972, the country changed it's official name to Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka with an elected President on a five-year term.

This commemorative note celebrate the various religion faiths in Sri Lanka with designs including a Hindu Temple, a Mosque, a Tamil Kovil and a Church on the from. The majority of the population in the country are Buddhist (70+%). The note is predominately in green just like the current 1000 Rupees note and the design on the back is the same as the current issue. This is the 4th commemorative banknotes issued since gaining independence.

Five million pieces issued with prefixes from S70/1 to S70/5. These notes are issued at face value. However a small number of the notes are also sold in an attractive holder at the price of 1,300 Rupees each.

One Thousand Rupees
Dated 2018

24 March 2018

Ukraine - 100 Karbovantsiv Numismatic/Souvenir Banknote 2017

National Bank of Ukraine
Національний банк України
'Souvenir banknote - one hundred karbovantsiv'

The National Bank of Ukraine issued a Souvenir note on the 29.12.2017 to celebrate the 100 years anniversary event of the Ukrainian Revolution 08.11.1917-17.11.1921 and the first Ukrainian banknote. This note is known as 'Souvenir banknote - one hundred karbovantsiv.

The design is a banknote inside a banknote. The main features of this note, both front and back, is the reproduction of the first Ukraine banknote – the State kreditovogo of 100 karbovantsiv (P1). This first Ukrainian banknote was printed with three languages - Ukrainian, Polish and Yiddish. The new note is measured 80mm x 170mm. The Ukrainian Revolution was a conflict between different political and military forces in Ukraine. This conflict went on for 4 years which resulted in the creation of the Ukrainian Republic and then became part of the Soviet Union and known as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. On 24.08.1991 it became an  independence sovereign state.

As mentioned earlier, this is a souvenir note and as such has no legal tender value. Apart from the word Україна (Ukraine) the central bank’s name Національний банк України is missing from the note. Furthermore there are no value printed on this note apart from the design of the 1917 100 karbovantsiv note. The note is also printed with the texts of the events of the Ukrainian Revolution 1917-1921 and 100 РОКІВ (YEARS) on both sides.The note has no signature either.

A total of 80,000 pieces has been issued with a selling price of 42 hryvnia per note.

One Hundred Karbovantsiv