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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

27 November 2006

Northern Ireland - George Best Commemorative 1st Anniversary of his Death

Five Pounds, ND27.11.2006 P339
Commemorating First Anniversary of George Best's Death

One million pieces printed. Notes released on 27/11/2006 to the public. The entire issue was taken up by collectors within 10 days of becoming available in bank branches in Northern Ireland. This is indeed a record for any commemorative issue (apart from the Malaysia 2007 RM50 Commemorative and 2008 China Y10 Olympics note). The Bank also issued a presentation blue wallet with the picture of George Best in his Northern Ireland national strip and details of his achievements when he was a professional footballer, mostly with Manchester United FC. These wallets were issued free to customers for a maximum of 5 for every 10 notes purchased. The note was issued at face value. It appears that the notes were offered for sale worldwide when it was released.

George Best died on November 25, 2005 in the Cromwell Hospital in London, of liver failure, following Best`s battle with alcoholism. The first note in the run with #000001 was presented to Best’s sister Barbara McNarry who headed the George Best Foundation and the last note #1000000 to his father Dickie at a special launch ceremony in Belfast.

You got to have at least one in your collection if you are a football fan.

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