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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 November 2011

...Brunei - 2011 Commemorative

One Ringgit, Dated 2011 PNL
Commemorating the 65th Birthday of the Sultan of Brunei
Reverse - view of Bandar Sri Begawan, the capital city
Five Ringgit, Dated 2011 PNL
Reverse - Lapau, the Royal Ceremonial Hall
Ten Ringgit, Dated 2011 PNL
Reverse - Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque
Footnote: It appears that an error had occurred when printing these notes. The error is related to the braille numbers (round little dots printed on the top right hand corner). These little dots enable those visually impaired individuals to identify the value of the note by running their fingers across the dots. However these tiny little dots printed were not raised and as such are useless to those who are visually impaired. Are we expecting these notes to be replaced soon? I wonder who's fault is this?

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