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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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03 April 2011

Guinea - 1000, 5000 and 10000 Francs 2010 Commemorative

I have added the two varieties for the 1000 and 5000 Francs commemorative notes. I have listed them with the references of P43b and P44b for ease of identification. The difference between these two are the two sets of serial numbers printed on the notes. On the bottom left hand side, the first print (P43a & P44a), you can see that the two letter prefixes printed are slightly taller (about 4mm) than the numerals (about 3.5mm height), whilst the same set of serial numbers for the second print (P43b & P44b) for the same denomination are all having the same height (all about 4mm height). Also the fonts for the serial numbers for both prints are not the same either. This is very obvious that these notes were printed by two difference security firms. The prints for P43a and P44a both have the Cornerstone features, which is a registered trademark of De La Rue since 2001. The purpose of the Cornerstone feature is to strengthen the corners of the note (to prevent the corners from folds or bends) which has been a problem for ATMs. However no other variety has been reported yet for the 10000 Francs piece.

Commemorating 50th Year of Guinean Currency
Notes issued in November 2010
One Thousand Francs
Dated 2010, P43a
One Thousand Francs (Variety)
Dated 2010, P43b
Five Thousand Francs
Dated 2010, P44a
Five Thousand Francs (Variety)
Dated 2010, P44b
Ten Thousand Francs
Dated 2010, P45

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