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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

01 May 2011

...China - 10 Yuan Olympic 2008 Commemorative

Ten Yuan, Dated (08.07)2008 P908
2008 Summer Olympic Games Commemorative
Commemorating the 29th Olympic Games Beijing 2008. The games were held in Beijing between 08.08.2008 to 24.08.2008. China was the 22nd nation to host the Olympic games and the 18th nation to host a Summer games. The game was awarded to Beijing on 13.07.2001.

Below are how the votes was won by Beijing: -
2008 Summer Olympics bidding results
City NOC Round 1 Round 2
Beijing People's Republic of China China 44 56
Toronto Canada Canada 20 22
Paris France France 15 18
Istanbul Turkey Turkey 17 9
Osaka Japan Japan 6

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