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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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30 July 2008

Tonga - 100 Pa'anga Coronation of King George Tupou V

One Hundred Pa'anga
Brief Description
Prime Minister - Hon Dr. Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele
Minister of Finance - Hon. 'Otenifi Afu'alo Matoto
Dimensions – 150mm x 70mm
Prefix number series – A/00
Date issue - 30 July 2008, no date on note

Obverse - The front of the note is dominated by the portrait of His Majesty King George Tupou V in full military ceremony uniform. On the right it also features the National Coat of Arms. The background and border patterns are derived from Tonga ornaments.
Tupou V was sworn in as King of Tonga on 11 September 2006 following the death of his father King Taufa?ahau Tupou IV on 10 September 2006 (born 4 July 1918). The note was launched by the King on 25th July 2008 and then released to the public for circulations on 30th July 2008 to mark the coronation of His Majesty and the new epoch for the Kingdom. King George Tupou V's full name is Siaosi Taufa'ahau Manumataongo Tuku'aho Tupav V. He was born on 4 May 1948.
This note has a watermark depicting a profile of His Majesty King George Tupou V. The note also contains an optic stripe and sees through feature in the form of a cross. The serial number is printed twice, one horizontally and the other laterally. All wording on the front of the note with the exception of the 'Kingdom of Tonga' is in Tongan.
Reverse - The back of the note depicts the beautiful view of Vava'u Harbour with boats and residential homes.
With a rather small Tongan population of 112,000 (2005 estimated), this prefix 'A' could be the only letter printed so far, apart from the replacement prefix if any. Time will tell if there are more prefixes printed.
Note was issued to commemorate the coronation of King George Tupou V.

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