630++ pieces collected and counting

there are approximately 850+/- pieces of Commemorative banknotes issued, excluding those repeats

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Total commemorative banknotes issued is about 850+/- 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.

04 January 2014

Sri Lanka - 500 Rupees 2013 CHOGM

Five Hundred Rupees
Dated 2013, PNL
Sri Lanka 500 Rupees Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) commemorative. This note was issued on 15.11.2013 commemorating the 23rd CHOGM held in Colombo Sri Lanka (10-17 November 2013). CHOGM is a biennial summit meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations. The 2013 meeting was hosted by the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakso (Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office). Queen Elizabeth ll who is the Head of the Commonwealth did not attend this meeting but was represented by her eldest son, HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. In all a total of 53 world leaders attended the meeting. This meeting was also boycotted by the governments of Canada, India and Mauritius in protest of widespread over human rights abuses against the country minority. The design of the note is the same as the 500 Rupees first issued in 2011 (1.1.2010 series) but with minor alterations. The CHOGM logo for this summit was added to the note replacing the butterfly that appears on the 2011 issue. A total of 5.0 million pieces were issued with serial numbers ranging from T/51 000001 to T/55 1000000. A small numbers of these notes are also sold in a folder at 800 Rupees each. This is the forth CHOGM note ever issued, I think, after Scotland (Clydesdale Bank plc 1997 £20), Uganda (2007 10,000 Shillings) and Trinidad &Tobago (2009 $100). The next CHOGM was supposed to be held in Mauritius and since the Government of Mauritius boycotted this meeting, they have decided not to stage the next gathering. The 2015 CHOGM will be held at Malta and with Vanuatu staging the 2017 meeting. It is very unlikely that Malta will release any banknote to commemorate this special event given that they have adopted the Euro currency. Perhaps Vanuatu will in 2017.
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