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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.

17 March 2018

North Korea - 5000 Won 2017 Commemorative Kim Jong-Suk

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

This is a commemorative collector note of 5000 won issued in 2017 commemorating the 100th Birthday Anniversary of the late Kim Jong-Suk (김정숙/金正淑) who died in 1949. Kim Jong-Suk was the first wife of Kim Il-Sung (1912-1994) who ruled North Korea from 1948 to until his death in 1994. Based on this new issue, it would have suggested that Kim Jong-Suk was born in circa 1917. However various searches on the Internet have suggested that she may have been born in 1919. Most people would have agreed that she died when she was in her late 20s, however the circumstances as to how she died was not clear.

Is this a collector series note printed with 7 zeros but without the usual words "견본" (sample/specimen) printed across? It is not clear if any normal serial numbered notes have been issued for circulation. More importantly, are these notes legit or just a novelty printed for whatever celebration they wanted it to be? If this is the case, who printed them? There must be a simple explanation why these notes are all printed with zeros. The design of this note is the same as the one that first issued in 2014 (P67 dated 2013) except that the following commemorative texts are printed on the watermark area - 항일의녀성영웅김정숙동지탄생100돐기념 (basically translated as; The heroine of anti-Japanese, heroine Kim Jong-Suk's 100th birthday).

Five Thousand Won
Dated 2013 (2017), ㄱㄷ Prefix
Five Thousand Won
Dated 2013 (2017), ㄱㅌ Prefix

04 March 2018

Dominican Republic - 100 Pesos Oro Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic 2002

The Central Bank of the Dominican Republic (Banco Central de la Republica Domimicana (BCRD) was established by the Monetary and Banking Law of 1947. This note was issued in 2002 to celebrate the bank's 55th anniversary. The design of this note is the same as the one issued in 2000 and 2001 except that it has the Anniversary logo printed on the back of the note.

One Hundred Pesos Oro

Dated 2002, P175
 One Hundred Pesos Oro (Specimen)

Dated 2002, P175s

24 February 2018

Djibouti - 40 Francs 2017 40th Year of Independence

Djibouti - Anniversaire de la 40ème Année de l'Indépendance
 Djibouti - 40th Year of Independence Anniversary

The Republic of Djibouti was once a colony of France and independent came on 27.06.1977. Djibouti is a small country with a population of around 1.0M people. Djibouti is also a member of the United Nations, the Arab League and the Organisation of African Unity. The capital of Djibouti is also called Djibouti.

This note, issued in late November 2017,  celebrates the nation's 40th Anniversary of Independence from France 1977-2017 (40eme Anniversaire de L’Independence). On the front, it features a whale shark swimming along the colourful coral reef. The whale sharks can be seen along the coast of Djibouti throughout the year and become more common between the months October to February. On the back is the aerial view of Port of Djibouti with three cargo ships and loading cranes. The note is also printed with the Anniversary logo with the flag of Djibouti and the map of Djibouti too. The year date of 2017 is also printed vertically on the back.

Whilst the design of this note is very beautiful, I wonder why they picked the whale shark as the main feature. What has the whale shark got to do with the nation's independence? The note depicts the whale shark swimming along the coral reef and is surrounded by shadows/images of fishes including
star fishes, shark egg case and a seahorse. I may be wrong but at least one of the fishes looks more like a fresh water (domestic) type of fish. This note looks more like one of those novelty or fake note or homemade type especially on the front, like those ever increasing fake notes popping out every
now and then. I am still wondering why a denomination of 40 Francs and not a higher value as the 1000 Francs is the smallest note circulating in the country. The face value of this note is less that US$0.25!!

The signature on the note belongs to the Governor, Ahmed Osman Ali (acting). He has been on the job following the sudden death of the previous Governor Jama Mahmoud Haid in 2013.

Forty Francs
Dated 2017, DJ Prefix
Note: When I first saw this note, I could not believe that this is a genuine banknote. The design is very difference from current serious of banknotes. Obviously this could be that this note was printed by a difference security printing company. Then the nominal value of 40 francs? Why not 400 or 4,000 francs instead? There are so many "home made" picture banknotes today that one has to wonder if this is a real stuff!

17 February 2018

Transnistria - 2017 Great October Socialist Revolution 100th Year Anniversary

Transnistria is officially known as the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. However they are also sometime referred to (spelling) as Transdniestr, Trans-Dniestr, Transdniestria or Pridnestrovie.

A set of two Commemorative notes released by the Transnistrian Republic Bank on 03.11.2017 to celebrate the 100th year of the Great October Socialist Revolution (1917 to 2017). The Russian Revolution was started on the 08.03.1917 and ended on 07.11.1917. The Revolution marked the end of the Romanov dynasty. Needless to say, Transnistria is pro Russia even though they do not share a common boarder with Russia. The nearest distance between Transnistria and Russia is about 800+ kilometers (exclude Crimea). The denominations for the 2 notes are the 1 and 5 Rubles. A told of 5,000 sets were issued with 2017 sets sold in a folder. The designs for both notes are from the 2007 series but with the addition of the USSR Order of the Revolution added to the design of the notes. With such a small issue, it was not intended for general circulation.

*Front: Russian General Alexander Vassilyevich Suvorav (1730-1800). Both notes are printed with the commemorative logo: 100 ЛЕТ ОКТЯЬРСКОИ РЕВОЛЮЦИИ (100 Years of October Revolution).
*Back One Ruble: Kitskansk Bridgehead memorial;
*Back Five Rubles: Kwint Destillery administrative building

Prefix OP - October Revolution (ОКТЯЬРСКОИ РЕВОЛЮЦИИ)

One Ruble
Dated 2017
Five Rubles
Dated 2017
As Transnistria is a disputed territory with the Moldova government and is not recognised by any of the United Nations member state. It's currency has no value outside it's territory. Like all previous issues, there are no signature on the notes.