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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 1994

Australia - $20 1994 Centenary of Lawrence Hargrave

Twenty Dollars
Commemorative 1994 Centenary of Lawrence Hargrave
Governor - Bernie Fraser
Treasury - Ted EvansBlack Overprint #4369
Twenty Dollars
Red Overprint #0153
Lawrence Hargrave (1850-1915) came from England to Australia as a young man. In 19883, he gave up paid employment to concentrate on his experiences with flight.

His experiments led him to work on box kites and on 12 November 1894 at Stanwell Park, New South Wales, he succeeded in lifting himself from the ground with four box kites attached on the ground by piano wire.

Hargrave made great contributions to aeronautical history. his inventions were vital to the success of manned powered flight. He became famous throughout the world or early aviation because of the large number of scientific papers he wrote.

Not only did Hargrave make major breakthroughs in the physics of flight, he invented the rotary engine which has to be the basic for powered aircraft.

Despite all of Hargrave's significant contributions, it is for his experiments with box kites that he will be remembered.

Note: Issue Price Black Serial Number $95.00
Issue Price Red Serial Number $175.00

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