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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

13 September 1993

Australia -$20 80th Anniversary of Commonwealth Note

80th Anniversary of First Commonwealth Note 1913-1993
Twenty Dollars, Dated 1993
The first notes were printed in a Customs establishment situated near the Melbourne Docks - the (then) King's Warehouse. This building, which is still stands today as the Queen's Warehouse, acts as the central design theme in this folder. To link the 1913 with 1993, the numbering on the left hand side of this Twenty Dollar note has been printed in a similar typeface, colour and in the same numbering range as used in 1913 for the ten shilling note. The numbering typeface on the right hand side is the same used on paper notes in 1993 but in red - the first decimal note to be numbered in this colour. By taking the predecimal Ted Pound (now $20) note into consideration, this particular denomination circulated between 1925 and 1973 as the highest value note issued for the longest period of Australia's note issuing history - 48 years.

Front Cover
Note M00001 was raffled at Brisbane fair and sold for $1,500.00;
Notes M000002 to M000500 was sold for $95.00 each;
Notes M003001 to M005500 was sold for $40.00 each.

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