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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

21 November 2007

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - $10 Commemorative

Ten Dollars
Dated 1.4.2007, P401a
This is a Polymer note dated 1.4.2007 and was released on 9.7.2007. This note was reported to be a commemorative note issued to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the returning of Hong Kong to China - 1.1.1997 to 1.1.2007. To the local, this is a "Lai See'' note in high demand during Chinese New Year or for the use as HongPao/AngPao celebrating any special/auspicious occasions. Both the HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and The Standard Chartered Bank ceased printing the HK$10 in 1993. However due to popular in demand by the locals, the government reintroduced this denomination in 2002 printed on paper material. In 2007, it introduced this note in Polymer to celebrate this special occasion. The initial plan was to have this note for a trail period of two years. Since then, this note has been reprinted three times, with the last reprints dated 1.1.2014.

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