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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

12 October 2011

Trinidad & Tobago - 2009 CHOGM Commemorative

One Hundred Dollars, Dated 2009 PNL
Commemorating the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)
Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM)is a biennial meeting of all the heads of the commonwealth nations. the meeting is held in difference member state and is usually chaired by the President or Prime Minister of the host nation.The first CHOGM was held in 1971 in Singapore and a set of postage stamps were released to commemorate this event. The next meeting (21st) will be held in Perth Australia (28-30 October 2011) and will be chaired by the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. This is the third time Australia is staging this event and unfortunately only coins are issued to celebrate this special occasion. The meeting in 1971 lasted for 9 days and over the years it reduced to a week, 5 days and now to just 3 days. The topic of discussions varies from economy to election frauds, military coups etc. The Commonwealth nations comprise of 54 members, with Fiji as a suspended member. Zimbabwe withdrew from the group in December 2003. The next meeting will be in 2013 in Sri Lanka. 

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