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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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02 December 2012

Macau - 100 Patacas 2012 Commemorative

This note was issued to celebrate the centenary of the founding of Bank of China and was released in February 2012.
One Hundred Patacas MO Prefix
Dated 5.2.2012, PNL
 One Hundred Patacas BOC Prefix
Dated 5.2.2012, PNL
Front Cover with Note

The design of this note incorporated the followings:-

Obverse - Note tinted in gold and illustrating the Bank of China Head Office Building on the right. On the left it incorporated the magnificent Great Wall and the press release (in Chinese) of the founding of the Bank of China in 1912. In the center, a number “100” in Chinese calligraphy to highlight the commemorative theme of the note. The symbol of “∞” has been used to replace the “00” of “100” to imply that Bank of China will continue to prosper and grow without limitation. The note is dated 5.2.2012.

Reverse - Predominaly in green and its main theme is a lotus in Chinese ink and wash painting. Lotus is the floral emblem of Macau SAR.

According to the bank's website, 3.0 million pieces were printed but not less than 1.0 million pieces were sold to the public at MOP 150 each. Is than means that the rest were retained or handed out as gifts to guests, business associates or staffs of the bank etc? So far, I have only sighted two prefixes, ie MO and BOC. Is there a third one, just like those issued by BoC Hong Kong?

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