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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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06 July 2013

United States of America - 150th Anniversary of the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing

150th Anniversary of the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing 
Two Dollars
Dated 2009, PNL
Five Dollars
Dated 2009, PNL
Front Cover

United States of America $2 and $5. This is a commemorative folder issued on 11.12.2012 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP - 2 locations at Washington DC and Forth Worth Texas). This is a limited edition consists of 2 notes set featuring a Series 2009 $2 note from the Federal Reserve of New York and a Series 2009 $5 note from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The $2 note bears a serial number beginning with '2012' to celebrate the 150 years of the pride, craftsmanship and innovation, and the $5 serial number begins with "1862" to symbolise the origin of the BEP. For each set the last 4 serial numbers on the notes are matching. Only 10,000 sets are printed and each set is sold for US$49.95. Despite such a low limited issue, I can't say they are selling like hot cakes as it has no restriction as to how many sets a customer can buy. In fact, you can buy 10 sets or more at a discounted price of $44.95 each. Perhaps this is because only customers in the USA, US Virgins Island, US Minor Outlying Islands and Canada can buy them. With a USA population of 315+ million (excluding Canada), 10,000 sets is indeed a very low issue.

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