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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

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 human rights abuses against the country's 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 number 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.
Front Folder Cover


  1. Only 5 Million Notes were printed T/51 to T/55 with a Million in each prefix. See details in

    1. Hi,

      Thank you for your info. Much appreciated.