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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 come 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 authorised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central bank would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would cover 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 sheets 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!

All comments are most welcome but it has to be subjects related to banknotes or banknotes collection. If not, it will not be approved. Thanks

21 January 2023

..Fiji - $0.88 ND2022 Uncut Sheets 恭喜發財 Legal Tender Lucky Money Numismatic Banknote "May Prosperity Be Yours"

 Republic of Fiji
 
Reserve Bank of Fiji
(Established 1983)
Currency - Dollar (FJD)
 
In one of my previous posts, I posted the Fiji $0.88 legal tender numismatic note, both the normal and specimen notes. Here I have posted the two of the four uncut sheets of 2-in-1, and 3-in-1. In all, four types of uncut sheets issued. The other two are the 8-in-1, and the 16-in1. I also have the 8-in-1 uncut sheet, but it is a bit too large for my scanner.
 
As mentioned in my previous post, there are not commemorative note, but issued as a joint-venture for financial gains. It is unlikely you will find them circulating in Fiji when one has to pay such a high premium over the face value. Besides, what can you buy for $0.88 in Fiji? A cup of coffee is costing between F$5 to F$6, depending on where you purchase it.

For my initial post for this note, please click here.

Eighty-Eight Cents
Large hibiscus flower, Coat of Arms

God of Wealth holding a scroll, large Chinese ancient coin

Governor - Faizul Ariff Ali (tenure since 11.09.2017)
Watermark - Hibiscus and value 88
Printer - De La Rue (not printed)
Dimensions - 157mm x 77mm
 
Large hibiscus flower, Coat of Arms

God of Wealth holding a scroll, large Chinese ancient coin


13 January 2023

..Pakistan - 75 Rupees Commemorative 75th Anniversary Of Independence 1947-2022

اِسلامی جمہوریہ پاكِستان 
(Islamic Republic of Pakistan)
 
بینک دَولتِ پاکِستان
(State Bank of Pakistan)
Currency - Rupee (PKR)
 
I believed this is the second commemorative banknote issued by the State Bank of Pakistan since the country obtained its independence from the British on 14.08.1947. In 1997, a 5 rupees commemorative banknote was released for general circulation, celebrating the country's Golden Jubilee of Independence. This 5 rupees note was released on 13.08.1997, a day before the independence day celebration.

Fast forward 25 years, this new 75 rupees commemorative note was released on 30.09.2022, celebrating the country's 75th Anniversary of Independence (Diamond anniversary). The initial discussion was to have this banknote printed on polymer substrate by a foreign printing film. However, this idea was rejected by the government, and only agreed to issue this new commemorative note provided they are printed locally, and as such this note is printed on cotton based paper and not polymer. It was reported that a total quantity of 100 million pieces have been printed. 

The largest denomination of banknote currently circulating in the country is 5000 rupees. This 75 rupees note has a face value of less than US$0.40, and with 100 million pieces issued with a population of 221 million in Pakistan, I am sure there will be plenty around for everyone, including those foreign collectors around the world.
 
The designs on the front depicts four well-known people/leaders of Indian Muslim/Pakistani. On the back are the National Animal, and the National Tree of Pakistan. This note is predominately printed in emerald green colour. It is interesting to note that the following text of "SAVING CLIMATE AND SPECIES" are printed in English on the back of the note, and yet this series of notes are printed on paper and not polymer material, which can be recycled, and as such more Eco-friendly to the environment. As expected, the note is printed with the national language of Urdu on the front, and English on the back. I believe these two languages are the official languages of Pakistan.
 
Seventy Five Rupees
Sir Syed Ahmad Taqvi bin Syed Muhammad Muttaqi Khan (b.1817-1898), Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (b.1893-1967), Muhammad Ali Jinnah (b.1876-1948) & Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal (b.1877-1938)
 
Front - On the front, it depicts four well-known people of Pakistan. However, as Pakistan was not formed until 1947, two of the people depicted here were actually considered as Indian Muslims as both were born, and died prior to independence ie before the separation and formation of Pakistan.
 
Sir Syed Ahmad Taqvi bin Syed Muhammad Muttaqi Khan (b.1817-1898), was an Islamic reformer, philosopher, and educationist;

Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (b.1893-1967) aka Mother of the Nation (younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah - the founder of Pakistan and 1st Governor General of Pakistan). She was a dental surgeon, and a politician, who ran for the second Presidential election in 1965, and lost. Is this the first time a female image (either real or factious) is printed on a Pakistani banknote since independent?;

Muhammad Ali Jinnah (b.1876-1948), a barrister, politician, and the founder of Pakistan. He was the elder brother of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. Muhammad Ali Jinnah served as the first Governor General of Pakistan from 11.08.1947 to until his death on 11.09.1948. His portrait has been printed on all banknotes issued in the country since 1957, except one;

Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal (b.1877-1938), was a writer, philosopher, poet and politician.
 
These four individuals were selected for the design, in honoring for their life time instrumental in elucidating, shaping and supporting the struggle for independence.
 
Signature - Dr Reza Baqir (tenure 04.05.2019 to 04.05.2022)
Dimensions - 147mm x 65mm
Watermark - Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Imprinter - De La Rue
Quantity - 100 million pieces

Back - The theme for the back is Pakistan's unique Fauna and Flora. On the back, it depicts a standing wild goat called Markhor. This wild goat is also the National Animal of Pakistan. On the background are vignettes of the Himalayas mountain range (presumably), and the Deodar tree, the National Tree of Pakistan. The Himalayas mountain western range occupying the entire northern end of the Pakistan, and extending about 320 kilometers into the country. To the left its appears to be part of the globe with the text of - SAVING CLIMATE AND SPECIES. The design mainly to highlight the importance of saving the environment, and its Fauna and Flora. At the bottom, the note is printed with the text - 
 
75 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE.

Pakistan's unique Fauna and Flora, a standing Markhor (wild goat), vignettes of the Himalayas mountain range, Deodar tree, part of the globe.

01 January 2023

..Fiji - $0.88 ND2022 Specimen 恭喜發財 Legal Tender Lucky Money Numismatic Banknote "May Prosperity Be Yours"

  Republic of Fiji
 
Reserve Bank of Fiji
(Established 1983)
Currency - Dollar (FJD)
 
On 04.11.2022, I posted an unusual Fiji non circulating note of $0.88, mainly for collectors. Here I have added the same note but issued as a specimen note. As mentioned in my previous post, this note was issued on 08.08.2022. Technically, this is not a commemorative note, in my opinion, but more of a numismatic product.

Eighty-Eight Cents
Large hibiscus flower, Coat of Arms
 
Front - The main feature on the front is a large hibiscus flower in nice red colour. The colour red symbolise as happiness and good fortune. It should be noted that the hibiscus flower is not the National flower of Fiji (The Tagimoucia), and China do not have a national flower at the moment either. It is not sure why the hibiscus flower is chosen on the front as the unofficial flower of China is the Peony flower. To the Chinese, the peonies symbolise prosperity and happiness. The hibiscus is a tropical shrub, and is the national flower of Malaysia, South Korea, Solomon Islands, and Niue. The Haitians have also adopted this unofficially their national flower too. On the top left-hand corner is the two large digits of 88, representing the face value of the note, and this is repeated on the bottom right corner too. In the center just below the word Fiji, it has the following text printed :- 
 
This Numismatic Note is Legal Tender in Fiji for
EIGHTY EIGHT CENTS
 
This note is also printed with an Optically Variable Ink (OVI) security, which is embossed as the shape of a hibiscus flower, and the colour of the flower changes when the note is tilted. The Fiji Coat of Arms is printed on the top right corner of the note.  
 
Governor - Faizul Ariff Ali (tenure since 11.09.2017)
Watermark - Hibiscus and value 88
Printer - De La Rue (not printed)
Dimensions - 157mm x 77mm
 
Back - On the back is the main image of the smiling God of Wealth (禄) or Tsai Shen Ye or Cai-shen Ye (财神爷), holding a scroll with the following text written on it - 恭喜發財 (wishing you prosperity and wealth/Gōngxǐ fācái). In his right arm is a jade Ruyi. The Ruyi is a talisman symbolised power, and good fortune in Chinese folklore. The God of Wealth is worshiped in the Chinese folk religion, and mostly to those Taoism believers. Below the God of Wealth are piles of Chinese ancient coins, and to his left is a large image of a Chinese coin with the writing of 招財進寳 which mean (or similar) - wishing you success and riches with abundance of precious treasures. A large Chinese Money tree is also printed to the left of the God of Wealth, with coins dropping down. On the Money Tree, the design also incorporated the currency symbols of $, €, £, and ¥ (presumably Chinese Yuan). No doubt this is modern Money Tree as the ancient one may not have so many international currency symbols. In the bottom right corner, the following test in English are also printed on the note; -

Good luck & good fortune
May prosperity be yours

The logo for the central bank is also printed on the back, just like all other circulating Fijian banknotes.
 
God of Wealth holding a scroll, large Chinese ancient coin

03 December 2022

..Qatar - 22 Riyals 2022 FIFA World Cup Commemorative Polymer Note

  دولة قطر
(State of Qatar)

مصرف قطر المركزي
(Qatar Central Bank)
Currency - Riyal (QAR)
 
Champion - Argentina
Runner Up - France
 
After months of speculation, wondering and waiting, Qatar finally announced and released a 22 riyals commemorative banknote on 09.11.2022, celebrating the country's hosting the FIFA World Cup final from 21.11.2022 to 19.12.2022. This is the third time that the FIFA have staged the final FIFA World Cup outside Europe or the America continental. In the final of 2002, the games were co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, and in 2010, the final was played in South Africa. Also, for the first time, the final was held during the European football mid season, as all previous finals were held in the June/July month. However, this cannot be done in Qatar, as it would be too hot to play in Qatar, as Summer temperature in Qatar are usually rising above 45 degrees centigrade.

A total of 32 teams, including the host, participating in the final.
 
This is an odd value note of 22 riyals and is printed on polymer substrate. Whilst the value is a bit odd, it signifies the 22nd FIFA World Cup final, and also coincidentally in the year 2022. Whilst this note is legal tender, it was issued at a price of 75 riyals each. This means that it is unlikely you will find anyone try to cash it in at face value. All notes are issued in a black folder, and a total of 6.0 million sets issued. It is believed that the prefixes for this commemorative note is printed with Q/1 to Q/6, but it is not sure if any replacement notes have been included in this series.
 
This is Qatar's first polymer banknote ever issued.

Twenty Two Riyals
Lusail Stadium in Doha. Doha's city skyline. Qatar FIFA World cup logo

Front - Lusail Stadium in Doha. This stadium hosted the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup final. On the background is Doha's city skyline. Doha is the capital city of Qatar. The Qatar FIFA World cup logo is in the bottom middle of the note. The logo is an unbroken loop, and it shaped like the number 8. This logo represents desert dunes. The infinity symbol reflecting the event's interconnected nature, fusing tradition with modernity.
  
Signature
Governor - Sheikh Bandar bin Mohammed bin Saoud Al-Thani (since 2021)
Minister of Finance - Ali bin Ahmed al Kuwari (since 06.05.2021) 
Watermark : ٢٢ 22
Printer : De La Rue
Dimensions : 153mm x 71mm

Back - Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar National emblem, a dhow, Zubara fort, a globe.

As this is a polymer note, it also features a circular shape design, with the image of the FiFA World Cup trophy placing in between two teardrops shape of transparent windows. If you look at it briefly, it gives you the impression that it's looks like a marvel hero mask. It looks like a  Spider-man mask but without the web designs.

On the back, this note is printed with the words - Commemorative Legal Tender

Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar National emblem, a dhow, Zubara fort, a globe.

Folder Cover
The cover provides basic detail of this issue , and it is signed by the bank governor and FIFA President Gianni Infantino
 
Map of Qatar shows as an island rather than a peninsular, with all eight venues hosting the FIFI World Cup final. These stadiums are all located on the eastern side of the country.

Results

Group A - Netherlands (7), Senegal (6), Ecuador (4) & Qatar (Host) (0) 
Qatar 0 vs Ecuador 2
Senegal 0 vs Netherlands 2
Qatar 1 vs Senegal 3
Ecuador 1 vs Netherlands 1
Ecuador 1 vs Senegal 2
Netherlands 2 vs Qatar 0

Group B - England (7), USA (5), Iran (3) & Wales (1)
England 6 vs Iran 2
USA 1 vs Wales 1
Wales 0 vs Iran 2
England 0 vs USA 0
Iran 0 vs USA 1
Wales 0 vs England 3

Group C  - Argentina (6), Poland (4*), Mexico (4) & Saudi Arabia (3)
Argentina 1 vs Saudi Arabia 2
Mexico 0 vs Poland 0
Poland 2 vs Saudi Arabia 0
Argentina 2 vs Mexico )
Poland 0 vs Argentina 2
Saudi Arabia 1 vs Mexico 2
(* goal difference)

Group D - France (6), Australia (6), Tunisia (4) & Denmark (1)
Denmark 0 vs Tunisia 0
France 4 vs Australia 1 
Tunisia 0 vs Australia 1
France 2 vs Denmark 1
Australia 1 vs Denmark 0
Tunisia 1 vs France 0

Group E - Japan (6), Spain (4*), Germany (4) & Costa Rica (3)
Germany 1 vs Japan 2
Spain 7 vs Costa Rica 0 
Japan 0 vs Costa Rica 1
Spain 1 vs Germany 1
Costa Rica 2 vs Germany 4
Japan 2 vs Spain 1
(* goal difference)

Group F - Morocco (7), Croatia (5), Belgium (4) & Canada (0)
Morocco 0 vs Croatia 0
Belgium 1 vs Canada 0 
Belgium 0 vs Morocco 2
Croatia 4 vs Canada 1
Canada 1 vs Morocco 2
Croatia 0 vs Belgium 0

Group G - Brazil (6), Switzerland (6), Cameroon (4) & Serbia (1)
Switzerland 1 vs Cameroon 0
Brazil 2 vs Serbia 0
Cameroon 3 vs Serbia 3
Brazil 1 vs Switzerland 0
Cameroon 1 vs Brazil 0
Serbia 2 vs Switzerland 3

Group H  - Portugal (6), South Korea (4*), Uruguay (4), Ghana (3)
Uruguay 0 vs South Korea 0
Portugal 3 vs Ghana 2
South Korea 2 vs Ghana 3
Portugal 2 vs Uruguay 0
Ghana 0 vs Uruguay 2
South Korea 2 vs Portugal 1
(* more goals scored)

Round of 16
Netherlands 3 vs USA 1
Argentina 2 vs Australia 1
France 3 vs Poland 1
England 3 vs Senegal 0
Japan 1 (1) vs Croatia 1 (3)
Brazil 4 vs South Korea 1
 Morocco 0 (3) vs Spain 0 (0)
Portugal 6 vs Switzerland 1

Quarter Final
Croatia 1 (4) vs Brazil 1 (2)
Netherlands 2 (3) vs Argentina 2 (4)
Morocco 1 vs Portugal 0
England 1 vs France 2

Semi Final
Argentina 3 vs Croatia 0
Morocco 0 vs France 2

Third & Fourth Placing
Croatia 2 vs Morocco 1

Final
Champion - Argentina 2 (1) (4)
Runner Up - France 2 (1) (2)

My comments: 
 
Now that FIFA 22nd World Cup is over, some said that this is the best tournament ever held despite western countries’ criticism on the host poor human rights records and poor working condition for those foreign workers. This is also an unusual tournament where it was held in the northern hemisphere Winter period, and not the usual summer months of June and July. However, it should be noted that this is also the second time that the games were stage during the Winter seasons – South Africa 2010. This tournament also produced some unexpected results too, with nations ranked outside the top 20s, 30s or even higher, beating teams in the top 10s. Who would though that Team Saudi Arabia would wallop the eventual champion by the score of 2 to 1 during their opening game? Who would have bet on Japan (excepted those from Japan) that they would top the group table, and knocked our Germany of the last 16 knock out stage? This is the second time that Germany failed to advance to the knock out stage, as in 2018, they were kicked out by Team South Korea in the round robin stage too. Apart from Saudi Arabia beating Argentina, Japan beat Germany during their opening game, and South Korea beat Portugal. These top teams might have multi millionaires or even billionaires players in their teams, but they were no match to the Asian mighty players. Apart from Japan and South Korea, Cameron also beat Brazil too, and for the first time since 2006, Australia won two games and got 6 points in the round robin stage. 
 
As usual, Team England failed once again. They always choked when come to playing importance games. Talk about bring it home, will have to wait again. The English team are just talk only but no substances. They may have the world toughest league games in the country, but when it comes to FIFA world cup, they are just out of ideas as to how to advance further.
 
Brazil showed some ugly sides of their players when they over celebrated the game with South Korea, by performing their samba dances. Some commentators had a go at them when they lost the game to Croatia during the quarter-final game, and suggested that Brazil team should do their famous samba dances all the way home too. The bottom line is that be humble, and show respect even you know you are a better team, as one day, karma will come your way. Just ask, who is laughing now?
 
Talking about Croatia, they should be very proud of themselves, finishing top three. In 2018, they were runner up. For a small country with a population of less than 4.0 million, this is indeed an excellent achievement.
 
This is also the best tournament for an African team – Morocco. This is the first time that a team from African continent that finished top four. No other African country had ever achieved this, until now.
 
My conclusion is that no single team won all of their games (during the round robin or knock out stage). Even the champion, Argentina lost a game!

04 November 2022

..Fiji - $0.88 ND2022 恭喜發財 Legal Tender Lucky Money Numismatic Banknote "May Prosperity Be Yours"

Republic of Fiji
 
Reserve Bank of Fiji
(Established 1983)
Currency - Dollar (FJD)
 
Talk about an odd face value of banknotes! This is one odd banknote with a face value of $0.88 cents, and was released on 08.08.2022 by the central bank as a numismatic product. Yes, you read it right. It is indeed a numismatic banknote, and it is clearly stated on the front of the banknote. This is the first time, as a collector for so many years that I have seen a legal tender note printed with the word 'Numismatic' on it. It should be noted that this is not a commemorative banknote, but issued as lucky money targeting the Asian market collectors, mainly in China, and to some extents, the rest of the world with large Chinese communities, like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and certain part of the world too. In case, you wonder, the Chinese population in Fiji is only about 8000 people, or about 1% of the population. This is a legal tender banknote in Fiji, but you will unlikely see any of these circulating in the country at face value due to obvious reason (read below).

It is not sure why the central bank ventured into this project, nor how/why the face value of 88 cents was decided. I am aware that the value 88 (Double-Eight) is a symbolic, and auspicious number to the Chinese community. According to a source, the Governor of the bank explained the decision for this project was a business one, and purely for financial gain. The issuing of this note is to foster better relationship between the two nations - the people in China and Fiji. As this is a special issue, and sold as a numismatic product at a premium of F$28.00 per note. I am sure, this note would be also popular to the Chinese people living in Fiji too. In addition to this, other numismatic items, such as uncut sheets are also available for sale too, like the 2-in-1, 3-in-1, 8-in-1, and 16-in-1. 
 
The design for this note is completely new on both sides. This note is undated, and was released on 08.08.2022 (Double-Eight). Whilst the face value is insignificant, this legal tender banknote is printed with all the security features that one would be expected from a Fijian banknote. This note is predominately printed in red, with golden background colours. These are the two most favorable and auspicious colours in the Chinese community. Even this is a nominal value legal tender banknote, the dimensions of this note are larger than the current Fiji $100 in circulation, measuring 157mm x 77mm (official dimensions 156mm x 76mm), against the current $100 note of 156mm x 67mm.
 
The letter prefixes range printed are AA-AH, BA-BH, CA-CH, DA-DH; EA-EH and FJ. I understand that AA prefix are initially holding back by the Chinese vendor, for what reason(s), I do not know. The AB Prefixes were the initial notes distributed to dealers or secondary suppliers. It is also my understanding that the FJ prefix is only printed for the market in Fiji, and according to my source, only 10,000 pieces were made available, all starting with the serial number of FJ888xxxxx. Except for the FJ prefix, all notes are distributed from China. A total quantity of 3.6 million notes are printed, and I believe these include those uncut sheets. As a numismatic or novelty banknote, this is quite a large quantity, in my opinion, given that these notes are not meant for circulations, and sold at a high premium to face value ratio (1:31.82 times). I hope I am wrong on this but time will tell if this joint-venture with the Reserve Bank of Fiji and its partner in China was a success story or not.  

Eighty-Eight Cents
Large hibiscus flower, Coat of Arms

Front - The main feature on the front is a large hibiscus flower in nice red colour. The colour red symbolise as happiness and good fortune. It should be noted that the hibiscus flower is not the National flower of Fiji (The Tagimoucia), and China do not have a national flower at the moment either. It is not sure why the hibiscus flower is chosen on the front as the unofficial flower of China is the Peony flower. To the Chinese, the peonies symbolise prosperity and happiness. The hibiscus is a tropical shrub, and is the national flower of Malaysia, South Korea, Solomon Islands, and Niue. The Haitians have also adopted this unofficially their national flower too. On the top left-hand corner is the two large digits of 88, representing the face value of the note, and this is repeated on the bottom right corner too. In the center just below the word Fiji, it has the following text printed :- 
 
This Numismatic Note is Legal Tender in Fiji for
EIGHTY EIGHT CENTS
 
This note is also printed with an Optically Variable Ink (OVI) security, which is embossed as the shape of a hibiscus flower, and the colour of the flower changes when the note is tilted. The Fiji Coat of Arms is printed on the top right corner of the note. 

God of Wealth holding a scroll, large Chinese ancient coin
 
Governor - Faizul Ariff Ali (tenure since 11.09.2017)
Watermark - Hibiscus and value 88
Imprinter - De La Rue (not printed)
Dimensions - 157mm x 77mm
 
Eighty-Eight Cents (FJ Prefix)
Large hibiscus flower, Coat of Arms

Back - On the back is the main image of the smiling God of Wealth (禄) or Tsai Shen Ye or Cai-shen Ye (财神爷), holding a scroll with the following text written on it - 恭喜發財 (wishing you prosperity and wealth/Gōngxǐ fācái). In his right arm is a jade Ruyi. The Ruyi is a talisman symbolised power, and good fortune in Chinese folklore. The God of Wealth is worshiped in the Chinese folk religion, and mostly to those Taoism believers. Below the God of Wealth are piles of Chinese ancient coins, and to his left is a large image of a Chinese coin with the writing of 招財進寳 which mean (or similar) - wishing you success and riches with abundance of precious treasures. A large Chinese Money tree is also printed to the left of the God of Wealth, with coins dropping down. On the bottom right corner, the following test in English are also printed on the note; -

Good luck & good fortune
May prosperity be yours

The logo for the central bank is also printed on the back, just like all other circulating Fijian banknotes.
 
God of Wealth holding a scroll, large Chinese ancient coin

Footnote
At a quick glance, this note looks like one of those many Chinese home made fantasy notes printed for sales. As the selling price for this note is F$28, it would be insane to find anyone in Fiji trying to spend it at face value. No doubt that as this is a legal tender banknotes, many collectors around the world would be happy to add this to their collections, including me.

In traditional Chinese folklore, especially for those Taoism believers, the God of Wealth usually appears between the God of Prosperity (福/Fu), and the God of Longevity (寿/Shou). In a Chinese household, if you find one is displaying in a home, in many cases you will find all three 福禄寿 (Fu-Lu-Shou) standing side by side in this order from right to left. It is always auspicious to have these three Gods together, rather than just to have one by itself. The Fu Lu Shou to the Chinese is known as 三星 (Three Stars), and is also sometime known as the Chinese Three Wise Men. My opinion on this note is that it has missed this opportunity to incorporate the other two Gods into the design. However, there is always the opportunity to issue two more notes for the two other Gods, but nothing can beat all three in one note.

Over the past 40-50 years or so, few banknotes have been issued by Central Banks or Governments that the face value were not considered as usual in a traditional sense, like the values of 1, 5, 10, 20, and so on. The oddest ones were those issued by Burma with denominations of 15, 35, 45, and 75 kyats all issued in the mid 80s, during General Ne Win (b.1911-2002) was in power. Rumors had it that these were his lucky numbers. Well, if you call these as lucky numbers, two years after this series was issued, he was forced to resign on 23.07.1988 due to the popular uprising by the locals against his regime. I wonder if he had employed a fortune teller for these Burmese banknotes? Other values of notes (face value) that are considered as unusual are $3, $7, $40, 60 & 600 ringgit, and 75000 rupiah, just to name a few. These were mostly issued as commemorative banknotes, where the values represent the theme of the celebrations.
 
Read about the media reports regarding this note here and here.