591 pieces and counting

there are approximately 850+ pieces of Commemorative banknotes issued, excluding those repeats

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Total commemorative banknotes issued is about 750 pieces (give or take). 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 in any conditions.

08 June 2017

Ghana - 5 Cedis Central Bank 60th Anniversary Commemorative

Ghana 5 Cedis dated 04.03.17 and released to the public on 07.03.2017. This note was issued to celebrate the country 60th anniversary of the Central Bank of Ghana 1957-2017. The design of the note is completely new, with the main feature of Dr James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey (1875-1927) on the front and an oil exploring ship on the back. An Oil Platform in the open sea is also featured on the design. The note bears the signature of the bank's Governor Dr Abdul Nashiru Issahaku who was appointed to the role since 01.04.2016.

Five Cedis
Dated 2017, P43
Reverse
Note: Dr Abdul Nashiru Issahaku resigned as the Governor of the Central Bank of Ghana on 01.04.2017 citing personal reasons. Dr Issahaku was appointed to the post by the former president John Dramani Mahama, who then lost the election to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2016. Dr Issahaku became the shortest serving governor of Ghana’s central bank history, since it was founded in 1957. The new governor is Dr Ernest Kwamina Yedu Addison.

01 June 2017

Mexico - 100 Pesos 2017 100th Anniversary of the Enachment of the Constitution of the United Mexican States 05.02.1917

On 05.02.2017, Banco de Mexico (Bank of Bank) released a commemorative 100 Pesos paper banknote celebrating the country's 100th Anniversary of the Enactment of the Constitution of the United Mexican States 1917-2017.

The design of the note features the followings:

Obverse: Luis Manuel Rojas Arreola (1871-1949) Chairman of Congress (L) and Venustiano Carranza (1859-1920) Head of State 1915-1917 and Mexico President 1917-1920 (R) - swearing in before the Constituent Assembly after amending the Constitution;

Reverse: Congressmen appear swearing to observe and enforce the Mexican Constitution.
 
The note's colour is predominant in red and yellow, printed with the date of 25 Ene 2016 (25.01.2016) and was released on the 100th Anniversary of the enactment of the constitution, 05.02.2017.

Collecting Mexican banknotes sometime can be tough and challenging as notes are usually signed by difference members of the Board of Government (Junta de Gobierno) even it was a single note issue. For this issue, I believe it comes in two series, AX and AY and each series also printed with five difference signatures varieties, all bearing the same Cashier's signature (Cajero Principal). Here I have posted 9 notes with AX series (prefixes K, L, M, N, P) and AY series (prefixes Q, R, S, T and U).

For this series you will find that both the AX and AY series are printed will matching signatures between them, ie

K & Q,
L & R,
M & S,
N & T; and
P & U.
It is believe that letter prefix O was not used.

One Hundred Pesos
Dated 2016, Series AX, Prefix K
Reverse
One Hundred Pesos
Dated 2016, Series AX, Prefix L
Reverse
One Hundred Pesos
Dated 2016, Series AX, Prefix M
Reverse
One Hundred Pesos
Dated 2016, Series AX, Prefix N
Reverse
One Hundred Pesos
Dated 2016, Series AX, Prefix P
Reverse
One Hundred Pesos
Dated 2016, Series AY, Prefix Q
Reverse
One Hundred Pesos
Dated 2016, Series AY, Prefix R
Reverse
One Hundred Pesos
Dated 2016, Series AY, Prefix S
Reverse
One Hundred Pesos
Dated 2016, Series AY, Prefix T
Reverse
One Hundred Pesos
Dated 2016, Series AY, Prefix U
Reverse
Information Sheet

01 May 2017

Swaziland - 20 Emalangeni 1989 King Mswati lll 21st Birthday Commemorative

This note was issued to celebrate King Mswati ll 21st birthday. The design of this note is the same as P16 but with the following commemorative text added to the watermark area; -

"His Majesty King Mswati lll 19.4.68-19.4.89."

Twenty Emalangeni
Dated 1989, P17a
Reverse

02 April 2017

Barbados - $50 1996 - 2016 50th Year of Independence

Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence (30.11.1966). This note was issued on 21.11.2016. The design of this note is the same at those first issued in 2013 (P77), featuring the portrait of Errol Walton Barrow (1920-1987) except that the 50th Independence logo is added to the design on the top right hand corner. The decision to have this note for this independence commemorative is very appropriate too as Errol Barrow was the father of the nation. He was the Premier of Barbados when he led the country to independence from United Kingdom in 1966. The Errol Barrow day, his actual birthday, is also celebrated annually on January 21st since 1989. It seems that they must have this note in mind for this purpose when they designed this back in 2013. This note bears the signature of the Governor Dr Delisle Worrell.

Barbados was the fourth English speaking nation in the West Indies to achieve independence from the United Kingdom, after Jamaica (6.8.1962), Trinidad and Tobago (31.8.1962) and British Guiana (now Guyana 26.5.1966).

Barbados dollar is pegged to the United States Dollar at B$1 = US$0.50. Obviously this note is worth US$25.00 at face value.

The note is dated 30.11.2016 and was released into circulation on 21.11.2016. The serial number for this issue commenced with prefix J30 with number 100001 as the first note. The note that I have posted here is considered as low serial numbered note. I wonder if the center bank retains any of their notes for their archive purposes. Even if they do, I believe it's not many and I have my reasons to say that.

Fifty Dollars
Dated 2016, P79
Reverse
This is the fourth commemorative banknote issued by the Central Bank of Barbados. The previous three issues were all related to the Central Bank's anniversaries. This is the only note that celebrates the nation's independence.

Previous commemorative notes issued were: -

$100 -  1997 25th Anniversary of Central Bank of Barbados (general circulation);
$5 - 2002 30th Anniversary of Central Bank of Barbados (1000 sets issued at B$7.50 each);
$40 - 2012 40th Anniversary of Central Bank of Barbados (general circulation);