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there are approximately 1,466+/- pieces of Commemorative banknotes issued, excluding those repeats

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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 900 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 came 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 and not authourised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central banks would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would covered 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 sheet 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.

01 January 2014

Russian - 100 Rubles 2013 Sochi 2014 XXl Winter Olympics "AA", "Aa" & "aa"

One Hundred Rubles
Dated 2014 (2013), PNL
All three prefixes
Russian 100 Rubles 2013 Hybrid Commemorative note issued to celebrate the 2014 XXl Winter Olympic games to be held in Sochi Russia. This is the first commemorative note ever issued by Russia. This note was released on 30.10.2013, exactly one hundred days before the opening ceremony of the Winter games (7-23 February 2014). A total of 20 million pieces were issued with letter prefixes of "AA", "Aa" and "aa", sighted so far. This is also a hybrid note printed by the Russian printer Goznak with similar technology like those developed by De La Rue and G&D. The note is printed in vertical format with the polymer strip located horizontally at the lower end of the note. With twenty million pieces printed each with 7-digits prefix, you work it out as to why 3 prefixes have been used. Not many legal tender banknotes commemorating the Olympic games (both Winter and Summer) have been issued in the past. This is the first for the Winter games and the forth for all Olympics games. The others are:  China RMB10, Hong Kong HKD20 and Macau MOP20, all celebrating the 2008 Beijing Summer games.
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Footnote:
I can't confirm this but I have been told that this is how the prefixes of these notes were printed. With 7 digits serial number, each prefix can print up to 10 million pieces before discounting any errors:-
1. "AA" and "aa" = 18.0 million pieces (presumably 9 million pieces each); and
2. "Aa" = 2.0 million pieces.
Is this means that "Aa" is the last prefix (just to top up the 20 millions mark) or the replacement prefix for errors? My guess would be the first option unless a specific prefix is used for replacement note! Please feel free to disagree with me.

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