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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 September 2013

...Guernsey - 1 Pound 2013 TDRL Commemorative

Thomas De La Rue Commemorative 2013
One Pound
Dated 2013, PNL
Guernsey £1 Commemorative note released on 4.7.2013. This note was issued to celebrate Guernsey's world famous son, Thomas de la Rue (TDLR) 200th year of his first commercial venture. TDLR was born in La Foret, Guernsey in 1793 and founded the De La Rue plc in London, a printing company which is now the world's largest commercial security printer and papermaker. He retired from the company in 1858 and died in London England in 1866. This issue is limited to only 300,000 pieces and has a special letter prefix of TD/LR. This is also the first series of the £1 note to feature the signature of Bethan Haines (States Treasurer). Her signature also features on the existing £20 note, as well as the 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee commemorative note (also a £20 note).

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