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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

17 December 2010

Nepal - 1997 Commemorative Silver Jubilee of Accession

Twenty Five Rupees, ND1997 P41Reverse
Two Hundred and Fifty Rupees, ND1997 P42
Front Cover
Nepal: These two notes were issued in 1997 to celebrate the silver jubilee of Kg Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. He acceded to the thrown on 31.1.1972 and was killed on 1.6.2001 by his eldest son following a Nepalese royal massacre. After his death, he was succeeded by his brother King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, who was later forced to abdicate when the Nepalese Monarchy was dissolved in 2008 by the elected government without a popular referendum.

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