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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

14 April 2013

Cambodia - 1000 Riels 2013 Commemorative

One Thousand Riels
ND2013, PNL
Commemorative notes are much more fun to collect and this is a fairly cheap note too, released in February 2013 to commemorate the late King Norodom Sihanouk Funeral Procession (1922-2012). King Sihanouk was the King of Cambodia twice from 1941 to 1955 and then from 1993 to 2004 when he abdicated in favour of his eldest son King Norodom Sihamoni. The late King Sihanouk had a very long and debatable performance in his role as a politician and Prince/King of Cambodia. As this topic is very subjective, perhaps history will judge him on his achievement (good or bad). This will be depending on which side of the fence you are sitting on. I suppose the Cambodian people are the best to judge on this, after all we are just outsiders.

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