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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

25 April 2012

Malawi - 50 Kwacha 2004 Commemorative

Independence Anniversary Commemorative
Fifty Kwacha, Dated 6.7.2004 P49
The Republic of Malawi was once know as the British Central Africa and
Nyasaland and also was once part of the Federation of Rhodesia and
 Nyasaland.  The British influence was started in 1883 when a consul of
the  British  government was accredited to the  Kings and Chiefs of
Central Africa. In 1891 the British established the British Central Africa
protectorate. The country obtained it's independence from the British
on  6th July 1964 and changed it's name from Nyasaland to Malawi.
Malawi is also a member  of the Commonwealth. The country's motto
is  Unity and Freedom.

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