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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 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 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!

01 March 2019

Transdniestria - 1 Ruble 100th Anniversary of Border Troops 1918-2018

Република Молдовеняскэ Нистрянэ
Приднестровская Молдавская Республика
Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic

Transnistria 1 Ruble Commemorative notes introduced on 11.05.2018. This note celebrates the 100th Year of the Border Troops. A total of 2500 pieces issued in a folder format with 1000 sets issued in a simple folder format. The design of this note is the same as current 2007 print except that a logo/badge of the Transnistria Border Troops is added to the watermark area. This is the 17th Commemorative issued by this disputed country.

One Ruble
Dated 2007/2018
Front Folder

17 February 2019

North Korea - 70th Year of Anniversary of Independence 1948-2018

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

Central Bank of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

조선민주주의인인공화국, 장건70돐1948-2018 (The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 70th Year of Independence 1948-2018).

Two commemorative notes with year dates 1948-1918 overprint, celebrating the nation's 70th Year of Independence. These notes have the face values of 1000 and 2000 won respectively.

I understand that the North Korean won are not negotiable outside the country nor it holds any value against any foreign currencies. In North Korea, the Chinese yuan, USD, Euro and the Japanese yen are acceptable in certain designated shopping centers for foreigners.

One Thousand Won
Dated 2018
Two Thousand Won
Dated 2018

14 February 2019

South Africa - 2018 Nelson Mandela Centennial Commemorative Full Set (Hybrid - 10 & 20 Rand)

Republic of South Africa / iRiphabhuliki yaseNingizimu Afrika

South African Reserve Bank

This is a complete set of 5 notes with values from 10 to 200 Rand all issued on 18/07/2018, celebrating the birth centennial of Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2018.

Nelson Mandela was born on 18/07/1918 in a village of Mvezo, Umtata (almost 1,000 kilometers south of Pretoria). His birth name was Rolihlahla Mandela. He became the first democratically elected President of South Africa after his party, the African National Congress (ANC) won the general election held on 27/04/1994, thus formally ended the apartheid era in South Africa. However he only served for one 5-year term as President and retired from politic in June 1999. He died on 05/12/2013, aged 95 years old. In 2012, a full set of South African notes were issued with his portrait printed on the front. However those notes were normal notes for general circulations. This is the first time South Africa has issued commemorative banknotes.

The theme for this commemorative series depicts the life of its first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela. The portrait and image of Nelson Mandela are printed on both sides of all the notes. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela is commonly known by his Xhosa clan name Madiba and this name is also printed on the back of the notes. The words Mandela Centenary 1918-2018 are also included in the designs. In addition to the banknotes, a 5 Rand commemorative coin is also issued for this special occasion.

The design of each note depicts various stages of the life of Nelson Mandela, from the beginning until he became the President of South Africa;

10 Rand - Birth: his birth place in Mvezo;
20 Rand - Life: his former home in Soweto;
50 Rand - Capture: Mandela's Memorial in Howick when he was captured in 1962. Fifty steel plates showing his image;
100 Rand - Struggle: Robben Island with rock pile started by Mandela and where he served 27 years as a political prisoner; and
200 Rand - Destiny: Union Buildings, where he served as President from 1994 to 1999.

In following with the tradition of banknotes of South Africa, the central bank's name on the front is printed in English - South Africa Reserve Bank. However on the bank the names are printed with two other official languages; -

10 Rand - Africaans & Swati;
20 Rand - Southern Ndebele & Tswana;
50 Rand - Venda & Xhosa;
100 Rand - Northern Sotho & Tsonga;
200 Rand - Sotho & Zulu.

These notes are all printed by De La Rue. The two lowest denominations of 10 and 20 rand are printed on Louisenthal's Hybrid material with the cotton paper core sandwiched by polyester protective film on both sides for durability.

These notes were launched on 13.07.2018 by the bank's governor Lesetja Kganyago.

Ten Rand (Hybrid)
Dated 2018
Twenty Rand (Hybrid)
Dated 2018
Fifty Rand
Dated 2018
One Hundred Rand
Dated 2018
Two Hundred Rand
Dated 2018

04 February 2019

Macao Bank of China - 10 Patacas 2019 Year of the Pig Commemorative

Região Administrativa Especial de Macau da República Popular da China
Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Banco da China, filial de Macau
Bank of China Macau Branch


This is the eighth note of the Chinese Zodiac series celebrating the Year of the Pig (05.02.2019 to  25.01.2020). This note is issued by the Bank of China (BoC).

Ten Patacas
Dated 2019
Lunar Chinese New Year 12-year full cycle

23 January 2012 to 9 February 2013 - dragon
10 February 2013 to 30 January 2014 - snake
31 January 2014 to 18 February 2015 - horse
19 February 2015 to 07 February 2016 - goat
08 February 2016 to 27 January 2017 - monkey
28 January 2017 to 15 February 2018 - rooster
16 January 2018 to 04 February 2019 - dog
05 February 2019 to 24 January 2020 - pig
25 January 2020 to 11 February 2021 - rat
12 February 2021 to 31 January 2022 - ox
01 February 2022 to 21 January 2023 - tiger
22 January 2023 to 09 February 2024 - rabbit

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