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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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12 October 2013

1995 $10 Commemorating Centenary of Waltzing Matilda 1895-1995

Joint Issue with Telecom Australia (now Telstra)
Commemorating Centenary of Waltzing Matilda 1895-1995
Prefix “WM’ Red S/N Premium Set with $10 Phone Card
Ten Dollars
ND1995, PNL
$10 Telecom Phone Card
Premium Folder From Cover
Australia $10 Centenary of Waltzing Matilda 1895-1995 commemorative. Like the deluxe issue, this note was issued in a joint venture with Telecom Australia (now Telstra Corporation Limited) celebrating 100th year of Waltzing Matilda. As this is a premium set, the serial number of this note is printed in red. The phone card that came with the folder has a credit value of $10 (worth $10.40). On the back of the phone card it printed with the texts - SPECIAL EDITION COMMEMORATING 100 YEARS OF WALTZING MATILDA 1895 - 1995. This card is only good at those coin/card public payphones in Australia. I am not sure if this is still valid, but one would not expect this to be used, as both the banknote and the card are sealed in the plastic sleeve and can only be removed by breaking the seal. Waltzing Matilda is an Australian folk song and is sometime referred to as ‘the unofficial national anthem of Australia’. The original lyrics were written by Banjo Paterson when he was holidaying at Dagworth Station near the Queensland town of Winton in 1895.

Issue price for the premium set was $195. These folder sets were distributed equally both by NPA and Telecom Australia. The first Premium folder was sold at auction and raised $2,300. Proceeds from the sale was donated to charity. This is the only JV issue between NPA and Telecom Australia.

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