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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!

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10 April 2008

Swaziland - 100 & 200 Emalangeni 2008 Commemorative Hybrid Notes

One Hundred Emalangeni
Commemorative Issues
Minister For Finance - Majozi V Sithole
Governor – Martin G Dlamini
Dimensions – 157mm x 70mm
Prefix number serial - HM/00
Paper - Laminated with polymer on both side
Date issue – 10.4.2008

Notes issued celebrating the 40th Birthday of the King and also 40th Anniversary of independence. The Kingdom of Swaziland gained it’s independence from the United Kingdom on 6.9.1968. The United kingdom ruled Swaziland since the 19th century.

Obverse - Mswati III was born on 19.4.1968. In 1986, following the death of his father the late king Sobhuza II, he became the King of Swaziland as the absolute monarch and as well the head of the Swazi Royal Family. In 2005 his role was modified to as constitutional monarch.
King Mswati III is one of many sons of King Sobhuza II (who had 70 wives and at the time of his death left over 1000 grandchildren) and the only child of Ntombi Tfwala, also known as Inkhosikati LaTfwala, one of the King's younger wives. He was born at the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, four months before Swaziland attained independence from Britain. King Mswati III’s birth name was Makhosetive (King of Nations).

When King Sobhuza II died in 21.8.1982, the Great Council of State (the Liqoqo) selected the 14-year-old prince Makhosetive to be the next king. For the next four years two wives of the late King Sobhuza II, Queen Dzeliwe Shongwe (1982–1983) and Queen Ntombi Tfwala (1983–1986), served as regent while he continued his education in England, attending Sherborne School, before he was called back to take over.

Mswati III was crowned King on 25.4.1986, aged 18 years and 6 days old.

Reverse - The back of the note illustrated a rock formation and with the iscription of '40th Independence Anniversary.

Two Hundred EmalangeniDimensions – 161mm x 70mm
Prefix number serial - HM/00

Obverse - as above
Reverse - A village scene. The commemorative inscriptions on the front and back of the note are both in vertical formate.

Footnote: As these notes have been laminated with a thin layer of polymer, on the surface it look a bit glossy or like the surfaces on both side had been waxed. The portrait of the King is also look difference from previous issues, and it appears that image it has been digitised.

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