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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 1995

Australia - $50 1995 Howard Florey Commemorative (deluxe set)

Governor – Bernie Fraser
Treasury – Ted Evans
3500 Folders issued (including 1000 with Red Serial Number)
Fifty Dollars, ND Released on 7.9.1995 with Special Prefix “HF”
Note and stamps issued to commemorate 50 years since Howard Florey’s award of the Nobel Price for his contributions to medical science.

Lord Howard Florey (1898-1968) was one of Australia’s most eminent medical scientists. He gained prominence when he became interested in Alexander Fleming’s initial work on developing the life saving drug, penicillin. In 1939, Florey and his colleague, Ernst Chain, worked on Fleming’s discovery and purified the drug. In 1942 a small amount of the penicillin was tested on badly burned airmen with good results. Their discovery helped save thousands of lives during the Second World War. Florey was knighted in 1944 and appointed a life Peer in 1965. In 1945 he was awarded the Nobel Prioze, together with Fleming and Chain.

The $50 bears a special letter prefix of “HF” and issued with pane of 10 x $2.50 Howard Florey stamps. This is portfolio number 2554 of 3500 produced.

Black Serial number - Issue Price $129.00
Red Serial number - issue price $199.00

The No 1 note was auctioned and sold for $2,500.

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