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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 1997

Australia - $20 1997 Centenary of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith

Governor - Bernie Fraser
Treasury - Ted Evans
4000 Folders Issued
Twenty Dollars, ND1997
This note was issued together with a silver (99% fine) proof one dollar coin in honouring the achievements of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (1897-1935) and celebrating the centenary of his birth. This $20 bears an overprint of "Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Centenary" on the right hand side of the note and printed on the last prefix of "ADK". This is portfolio number 653 of 4000 produced.

Folder - Front Cover
Folder - Back Cover

Note: Issue price $129. The number 1 portfolio note was sold at auction and fetched $1,200.

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