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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!

07 September 2019

Cambodia - 2015 & 2016 Prints King Norodom Sihamoni Coronation Celebration 2017

ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា / Kingdom of Cambodia

National Bank of Cambodia

These two notes were released into circulation on 25.10.2017 in time for the celebration of King Norodom Sihamoni's Coronation Anniversary. His Majesty was crowned on 29.10.2004. The 1000 Riels note is printed with the year date of 2016 and 2015 for the 5000 Riels note. Whilst some websites have reported these as commemorative notes, I doubt they are. I believe they were released to coincide with the Coronation Anniversary celebration.

One Thousand Riels

Dated 2016, P67
Five Thousand Riels
Dated 2015, P68

01 September 2019

Samoa - T$10 XVI Pacific Games 2019 from 07.07.2019 - 20.07.2019

Malo Saʻoloto Tutoʻatasi o Sāmoa
Independent State of Samoa

Central Bank of Samoa

This is a ten tala polymer note issued on 24.06.2019 celebrating the XVI Pacific Game held in Apai Samoa between 07.07.2019 to 20.07.2019. This event comprises of 26 sports* with 23 Pacific Game Association member countries and territories including Australia and New Zealand. About 3,500 athletes participated in these games.

This event was originally awarded to Nuku'alofa Tonga in 2012 but later withdrew on 15.05.2017 amid concerning the country could face economic difficulties if it had proceeded. Following Tonga's withdrawal, three pacific nations submitted their bids, namely Guam, Samoa and French Polynesia (Tahiti), with Apai Samoa as the winner.

The Pacific Games (previously known as the South Pacific Games) first started in 1963 and occur every 4 years. Suva Fiji held the first game with 10 games and only 13 nations participated (without Australia or New Zealand). This is the 6th tournament under the new name since 1999.

Governor - Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari

This is the first time Samoa had held this game since 2007 and the third time since it's inception. Samoa first hosted this tournament in 1983 and then in 2007.

The motto for this tournament is One in Spirit or Tasi I le Agaga in Samoan. The design of the note depicts the stories of daily life and the realisation of their sporting dreams. The note is also printed with the special prefix, PG/XVI denoting "XVI Pacific Game". The game logo is printed on the see-through window.

The next Pacific Games will be held in Honiara in Solomon Islands. The last tournament was held in Papua New Guinea in 2015 and a 10 kina polymer was issued to celebrate this events. Prior to that Papua New Guinea also held this tournament in 1991 (2 kina polymer) and also issued a 5 kina commemorative paper note for this tournament in 2007. To date only Papua New Guinea and Samoa have issued such notes to commemorate the Pacific games.

Ten Tala
Dated 2019
Ten Tala (ZZ Replacement note)
Replacement Prefix
* the 22 sports are: -
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Football, Golf, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Outrigger Canoeing, Power Lifting, Rugby League Nines, Rugby Sevens, Sailing, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Triathlon, Volleyball and Weightlifting.

New Caledonia won the most medals with 76 gold, 55 silver and 51 bronze (total 182), followed by Papua New Guinea 38/57/35 (130) and Samoa 38/42/45 (125). Every nation participated won at least one medal, and Tokelau as the winner of the wooden spoon with one bronze.

24 August 2019

Papua New Guinea - 100 Kina APEC Commemorative 2018

Papua Niu Gini
Papua New Guinea

Bank of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea hosted the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum between 17-18 November 2018 in it's capital city, Port Moresby. A total of 21 nations in the Asia and Pacific region (Pacific Rim) attended this annual meeting. In addition to these, 13 leaders and representatives of the Pacific Island nations* in the Pacific region were also invited to this meeting. Whilst APEC meetings was first started in 1989 and was held in Canberra Australia, this is the first time the Papua New Guinea had hosted this event. The main purpose of APEC is to create greater prosperity among its members.

The current 21 members of APEC are - Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea (host 2018), Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. It has a combined population of 2.6 billion or more than one third of the world's population.

To commemorate this special event, the Bank of Papua New Guinea issued a 100 Kina ND2018. The design of the note is the same as the current 100 Kina polymer note but with the APEC logo added to the top right corner of the note. In addition to this, the main design has been slightly altered as follows; -

1) The height of the note has been reduced from 151mm x 75mm to 151mm x 71mm;
2) The two Birds of Paradise are now a see-through feature and golden rolling colour effect are also added around the see-through window on both side of the note. 

The signatures on the note are - Loi Martin Bakani (Bank Governor) and Dairi Vele (Secretary, Department of Treasury). It should also be noted that Papua New Guinea has been releasing commemorative banknotes using existing or current designs since 1991.

This is the first time a commemorative banknote has been issued to commemorate this APEC meeting since 1989. The next APEC meeting will be held in Santiago Chile on 16-17 November 2019 and then in Malaysia in 2020. This will be Malaysia's second time hosting this forum.

One Hundred Kina
Note *
Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Nations in the Asia and Pacific region/rim who are not a member are: Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Macau, Nicaragua, North Korea and Panama. To be a member of APEC, the nation's geographical location needs to have a pacific border and situated between Asia and America. Other nations which does not share a common geographical location can still apply to be a member. Cambodia has applied to be a member of APEC and is awaiting for approval. India has also applied to be a member but was not successful. Other countries have also shown their interest in joining and they are Mongolia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia.

17 August 2019

Transdniestria - 1 Ruble Victory Day against the Nazi Germany May 9

Република Молдовеняскэ Нистрянэ
Приднестровская Молдавская Республика
Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic

Trans-Dniester Republican Bank

This One ruble note is issued to celebrate the Victory Day (09.05.1945) following the surrendering of the Nazi Germany and the signing of the surrendering agreement ceremony in Berlin on 08.05.1945. The signing was occurred late in the evening in Berlin but it was after midnight in Moscow time, thus the day is celebrated on May 9 instead of May 8. Moldova (and Transdniestria) was then part of the Soviet Union empire and thus the celebration. May 9 is a public holiday in both Moldova and Transdniestria as well as in Russia, which is also biggest Russian holidays.

One Ruble
One Ruble

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