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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

28 March 2014

Cambodia - 2000 Riels Commemorative 60th Independence

Two Thousand Riels
Dated 2013
The country was occupied by the French between 1867 to 1953, except briefly between 1941 to 1945 which the country was then under the Japanese occupation during the Second World War period. Independence was granted to the Cambodians on 9.11.1953 and this note was issued to commemorate it's 60th year of independence. Since independence in 1953, the people of Cambodia had gone through some horrendous sufferings the world has ever seen due to various conflicts beyond our imaginations. These sufferings were bought about by small groups of narrow minded people, both Cambodians and foreigners, whom would not see things the other ways except theirs. Apology to the people of Cambodia is long way overdue!

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