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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

11 May 2014

Great Britain - Five Pounds 2000 Queen Mother Queen Elizabeth 100 Years Old

Five Pounds
Front Cover
Great Britain £5 Commemorative note. This note was issued in an envelope folder together with a £5 coin and a £5 postage stamp. This was a joint issue with the Bank of England, the Royal Mint and the Royal Mail to celebrate the late Queen Mother Queen Elizabeth 100th birthday. The Queen Mother was born on 4.8.2000 and passed away on 30.3.2002, aged 101. Like all previously numismatic issues, this £5 note is the same as the normal Merlyn Lowther £5 note issued but with special prefix of QM10. Only 10,000 sets issued of which 1,000 were issued with a postage stamp of £5.

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